About this listing
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""
Other Things to Note
Additional services upon inquiry: licensed massage and yoga classes, Cooking Hawaiian and local food class, walking tours of Honokaa, Kukuihaele, and Waipio.. Let the manager know if you are interested in any of these services.
Smoking only in designated area
No illegal substances
Quiet time between 11 PM and 6 AM
Main thing: enjoy!
The Waipio Hostel was great and just as it was represented online. It was very clean. Everyone staying at Waipio Hostel were very friendly and helpful. The room we were hoping to get was unavailable (the Twin bed room), but the King bed room where we stayed was very nice! I never got to meet Stephen, but he was very quick to respond to any Airbnb/email/texts I sent and gave very thorough and complete instructions on the hostel so I felt very comfortable with what was expected at check in/check out and during our stay there. This is a great location for the Waipio Look Out and is a 5 min walk to the meeting point for Waipio Naalapa Stables and I believe other tours as well although I only did the horseback riding. Great place to stay!
We had a perfect at Stephen's wonderful house. We stayed at the Millare Plantation House. The house has great interior, which made us feel like home immediately. The garden is extremely beautiful and breakfast at the terrace is amazing. The location is perfect for exploring the Waipio Valley. Communication was very clear, easy and friendly.
We loved staying at Steve's place. The cottage was charming and the garden and view absolutely stunning. We would definitely recommend staying there!!
The hostel was a cool plantation house close to a beautiful look out over the ocean. I slept on the porch in a cozy room with windows on either side with a fresh breeze. Stephan was very accommodating and ensured I was happy. The place was busy with global visitors and it was nice to chat with them.
Hosts were great and provided an upgrade to the nearby Aloha (?) cabin. It was a rustic cabin, but very quaint with lots of charm and character and had everything we needed. Really comfortable night stay and fantastic ocean view! Thanks again for a lovely stay!
Steve was definetly the best host on our 3 week trip to Hawaii. He was very kind and provided us with several information about the area of waipio Valley. The room was comfortable and living at an old plantage was an unique experience!
We would definetly go again!
Mahalo again for the very nice stay :)
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About the Host, Stephen
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.