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
Spent four nights with my girlfriend at Steve's place and we LOVED it! He is such a wonderful and nice person and helps you with everthing. The house is beautiful and the rooms are very clean and comfy. And then there are the fruits and macadamianuts from the garden, just yummy! If we ever come back to Hawai'i, Steve's place is where you'll find us!
Steve was a wonderful host. He was available to all visitors in his home. He was helpful with the local community and sightseeing groups. He was especially generous with his time and availability. We so enjoyed our stay with him and look forward to a visit in the future with him. We have already recommended him to others who would be visiting the town of Honokaa.
My husband and I had a great time at this location. Very clean, and all the amenities we could have wanted. Waipio Valley is only a half block away.Thank you, Jolene for your wonderful hospitality. Thank you for the macadamia nuts and bananas!
My husband and I stayed at Steve's Bamboo Hale for 3 days. The cottage was very spacious, clean and quiet with a wonderful ocean view. We had a wonderful time. Thanks so much!
I stayed at a few other small hostels on the island and this one was definitely my favorite! The location was great, the living room was cozy, the outdoor seating and kitchenette were wonderful. There are fresh macademia nuts and an old-fashioned cracker, and pretty ocean views! You can't beat that. I would have definitely stayed an extra night if I didn't have a flight to catch the next morning. If you plan to hike into the valley or do one of the tours, you really can't beat this location.
One small note - there did seem be some cockroaches. I lived in Florida for a few years and know this comes with open spaces in tropical locations so it didn't bother me too much, but just a heads up if you are squeamish about that sort of thing. The place was overall very clean, so perhaps it was due to a previous tenant leaving food out or something.
Overall this place was great and I highly recommend it. If I am fortunate to make it back to the Big Island sometime soon, I would definitely stay here again.
Great place, perfect beautiful location, Steve and his family were wonderful, will definitely stay again, mahalo nui loa Steve, a hui hou!
I have greatly appreciated my stay at Steve's modest but comfortable hostel. Steve is a very nice and welcoming person. The room was very simple but quiet thanks to the good will of the other guests. The environment is very quiet with a nice sea view from the shadowed terrace where we can prepare the meals in very good conditions, eat and sociolise.
Steve was a great host. We stayed there only for one night, but if we had more time we would have stayed longer. Our room was very nice. it was big, really clean and nicely decorated.
Steve left us a welcome note on the door, so we felt like home! Everything was great and we highly recommend that. Hostel
I only stayed for one night in this charming hostel and it wasn't long enough! It reminded me of the cottage my grandmother used to own. It has a lovely outdoor kitchen, a view of the ocean, and is mere minutes from the Waipi'o Valley. The other guests at the hostel were fun and welcoming...so much aloha spirit! I'll definitely return and stay longer next time!
We had a nice 1 night stay in the hostel. The house was easy to find with Steve's directions. We enjoyed meeting and talking with Steve, as well as gathering and cracking open mac nuts from the yard. The room and common area were clean and comfortable. The only downside was seemingly very thin walls between rooms. Great place to stay to explore the Waipi'o valley.
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