The Lehua Room is a cute room with two single beds. It is equipped with a sink with hot and cold water.
Waipi'o Hostel is located in beautiful Kukuihaele just one mile from the majestic Waipio Valley. It is a 60 minute drive from Hilo and a 90 minute drive from Kona. The hostel is in a rustic plantation house that was owned and inhabited by my grandparents for 75 years. You will enjoy the wonderful ocean view and the many fruit and macadamia nut trees on the property. We are a "green" facility which is cleaned with non-toxic cleaning products. Our linens and towels are laundered with nontoxic laundry detergent.
Our guest rooms are called "hostel style" but are really private rooms. The rooms are small and simple, yet nicely decorated, clean and with great beds. They share a simple common area with couches, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, cable TV, wi-fi, patio with gas grill (with a burner for cooking) and table, and a rustic plantation style bathroom.
Hawaii means insects and other critters - geckos and a few cockroaches, a lot of cocqui frogs. We do our best to keep them under control. So the disclaimer is: if you are not looking for total quiet and you don't mind an insect here or there, and love being in the simple beauty of the Hamakua Coast, this is your place.
Comment from past guests:
•“Thanks for the coffee- that was very thoughtful. The place is beautiful! We especially like how the bathroom is designed. Lots of nice touches everywhere.” Sean
•“We have had a great and beautiful stay at the Waipi‘o Hostel. Our room had a nice king size bed with plenty of privacy. Even better, we have spent a lot of time in the garden just enjoying the views, the fruits, the smell of nature and the orchestra of the amazing birdlife! The hikes to be done in the Waipi‘o valley were astonishing and very rewarding, this place is just minutes away from the valley. Steve was a great host, fully respecting our privacy and very open and extremely assisting and friendly at the same time. I would strongly recommend this place to anyone who would actually want to learn a bit about what living on Big Island has meant in the past and what it means today.” Julia
""Due to the nature of the hostel business, owner reserves the right to assign an alternate room of equal quality in the event the requested room is not available""
Smoking only in designated area
No illegal substances
Quiet time between 11 PM and 6 AM
Main thing: enjoy!
Waipio Valley really is a magical place and so is Stephen's. He reached out to me early the day of my arrival to let me know he would be out and about for the day and reminded me on how to check in. Everything was exactly as described. My mom and I were very comfortable and able to come and go without any worries. His house looks over the water and is just a short distance from the valley. He offered us advise on how and where to hike. We had a great time, Mahalos
Beautiful place. comfy bed. welcoming people. I really recommended Stephen hostel. I just had a magical time.
The stay was perfect in every way. Stephen was nice to upgrade my friend and I to our own rooms in his very cozy hostel. His little girl brought us 2 tangerines fresh from their tree. The bed was so comfortable- beat sleep ive had all week! This is the perfect place for someone who enjoys meeging the indoors and outdoors! Will stay here again if I come back through!!
Stephen's hostel set up is great - the pictures do not do it nearly as much credit. This 2 bed room room is spacious, has a private sink and the beds were very comfortable. There were others staying there at the time and once in our room we couldn't hear them at all. The directions provided to get there were perfect and the lanai/kitchen/eating area is comfortable. I even saw whales while eating my fresh fruit breakfast.
This is a great location if you're touring the island. We walked to the lookout and hiked into the valley to the black sand beach, so nice to be able to leave the car behind for once. The town is close but don't expect much to be open late, or on a Sunday, we had very limited options for dinner but it seemed like a lot of great variety for cafes and breakfast.
Though I never met Stephen he was easily accessible and quickly responsive to my text and emails and changing travel plans. The hostel is a little off the beaten track in a beautiful spot very close to waipio valley. There are 3 rooms in the basement of the house. Stephen and his family lives upstairs. My room was very clean and the hostel had everything I needed for my short stay.
Beautiful location. Lovely people. Relaxing environment. Liked my corner room with the two single beds. Lots of sunshine. I felt safe, comfortable and stayed longer than planned!
My stay here was fantastic and just as described. My host had fresh fruit out in the table for us. As well as fresh coffee in the morning. And the bed was one of the most comfortable I slept on in my travels. It was very clean. I would definitely come back and stay here!
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I grew up on the Island of Hawaii. After graduating from high school I lived in Europe for 17 years. I returned to Hawaii and bought my grandparents' sweet plantation house in Kukuihaele above the majestic Waipio Valley and love living here surrounded by peace and beauty.
I am a "local" of Japanese, Filipino, and Caucasian descent. I am the father of 6 beautiful children (4 of them grown) and 8 grandkids.
In addition to owning the hostel and vacation rental business, I own a wellness business, and a consulting business specializing in strategic planning facilitation, leadership and fund development. I also own a real estate investing company.
My interests include travel, preparing and eating good tasting, locally grown, healthy food, music, meeting interesting people, languages, and God.