The Alegre Plantation House is a 100 year old home formerly owned and inhabited by my grandparents for over 70 years. Grandpa was an immigrant from the Philippines who became a supervisor for Honokaa Sugar Company and Grandma's family immigrated from Japan. They represent a bygone era in the history of Hawaii. Come and enjoy the quaintness of a sleepy plantation village in the warmth of a charming old house with high ceilings and old wooden floors.
The APH is the top floor of the house and has a large full kitchen with view of the Pacific Ocean, a large connected living and dining area, 2 large bedrooms with comfortable king size beds, and a small bedroom off the screened in front porch. It has a laundry room and a full bathroom. We have wi-fi so you can stay in touch, but there is no telephone, and limited cell phone service which makes (website hidden) Voice really useful.
Our fee is $101 per night for 2 guests including the 13.42% Hawaii accommodation tax and $12 Including tax) for each additional guest per night. We don't charge a cleaning fee as long as you leave the house in the same condition you found it in and follow our simple check out instructions. As long as everything is in good shape and nothing is missing or broken, we won't take advantage of the Airbnb deposit.
The house accommodates 7 people comfortably. For large families, the three rooms of the Waipio Hostel downstairs can be rented in addition. Six extra guests can be accommodated for a total of 13.
The yard is full of fruit trees that our guests can enjoy: sweet guavas, tangerines, oranges, mountain apples, coffee beans, and macadamia nuts. Down the trail you can find bananas, and in the village there are more avocados and passion fruit than anyone can eat.
The patio with grill, sinks, tables and benches is shared with our downstairs guests as is the fire pit with view of the ocean.
The house is walking distance from the Waipio Valley lookout, approximately 1 mile. We are friends with the people who own the ATV Ride around the Rim, as well as the horseback ride around the rim of the valley. If this of interest to you, we can help you book at a discount.
We are 9 miles from the town of Honokaa where you can buy groceries, gas, and gifts. There are also a couple of restaurants and fast food places in Honokaa as well as a public pool and public park.
There is public transportation to Honokaa from Hilo and Kona but no public transportation from Honokaa to Kukuihaele. There is a gallery in Kukuihaele with a small store but otherwise no grocery store. Soon we will open Kukuihaele Community and Visitors' Center in the historic Japanese School building.
The Kukuihaele Plantation House is unique because it gives you access to a part of our past which many people don't get to experience. While being old and quaint, it is also equipped with modern amenities like wi-fi.
The following is from an email from one of our guests:
I couldn't leave Hawai'i behind without dropping you a note of thanks and appreciation. We LOVED the Plantation House! The welcoming aloha spirit of your grandparents was strong and the place itself glorious. Loved the high ceilings, light airy feel, elegant yet comfortable furnishings -- everything. Inside and out. The pretty garden with fruit trees, orchids, lilies… the peace and restful atmosphere. As for the setting -- oh what a fantastic place to be! We loved wandering & exploring out the back onto the old sugar cane fields, now grassy meadows open to the sky with the ocean sparkling blue on the horizon. And that view out back, just getting better with every step, all the way down the coast past the plunging cliffs of Waipio to Maui floating on the horizon…!! We picnicked back there, a fresh fruit breakfast, and Laura played her ukulele and sang on the clifftop - wild turkeys roaming. I watched little birds flit in the trees including a red-billed leothrix. Another night I went out back there alone and the sky was studded with a million stars that seemed to be hanging so low I could almost touch them. We loved having the space, the big well-equipped kitchen, the breeze keeping it cool thru those tall windows… imagining the people, the family, the community, the lost way of life, all the history -- well what didn’t we love?
When we arrived to your welcoming note and walked inside, I just went “wow…!!!” My jaw dropped at the treasure we had stumbled upon. I wished I had asked to stay twice as long.
I have stayed in a lot of places in my life, but there are a very few to which I return in imagination for years to come. The Alegre House is that kind of place. We feel so lucky to have found you, and to have been able to stay! Included in the pictures is the scrapbook page I made specially for the Alegre House in our souvenir album. We stayed at 3 other places on the Big Island, and quite nice they were too, but not unique & thrilling like the Alegre Plantation House. They were just useful bases for adventures. This is the only one that got a double spread to itself, a cherished spot to remember & commemorate forever.
Thank you for the warm personal welcome, your kind and responsive communication, all the personal touches – most of all, for the opportunity to share this unique and priceless piece of your heritage.
Aloha and mahalo
Upon booking an agreement will be sent for you to complete, sign and return to us. If you are traveling and do not have FAX or scanning capabilities, you can send us the information for the agreement in an email, then sign and make the tax payment upon arrival. Hawaii accommodation tax is 13.42% and is not included in the published price. See you soon!
Our main rule is to enjoy yourself and have a great stay! Other than that, our expectations are spelled out in the agreement you will receive from us when you book. One thing that guests like is that we don't charge a cleaning fee. We hate paying cleaning fees when we travel because we are clean. If you follow our check out instructions and leave the house in the condition you found it in with the exception of the linens and towels, we will not make any claims on your Airbnb deposit. Up until now we have never had to make any claims and we like it like that.
The Alegre Plantation House was unavailable so Steve asked if we would mind staying at his other property, The Bamboo Hale. The place was beautiful, very comfortable and had a nice ocean view. Steve came by to welcome us and make sure we were settled in and offered us some tips on how to spend our time in the Wiapio Valley area. We had a great time. Thanks again Steve!
Alegre Plantation was an ideal spot for us, and we felt right at home there. We found everything we needed, with views and details that surpassed our expectations... so spacious, and comfortable! We love that we could enjoy the rural Honoka'a lifestyle. If we get to return to Hawaii, I hope we will be able to stay at The Alegre Plantation House, again, and talk story around the kitchen table with Steve McPeek.
We had a lovely time here, it was fabulous being able to experience a plantation home. The location was perfect and absolutely gorgeous setting!
Only praises are due to our host, Steve. Mother nature, the location, the house and the history of the area have sold us and we did not want to leave. Could it be that we have finally found a place to drop anchor? Never thought it would happen, but it did. Thanks, Steve, from the bottom of our hearts.
Steve is a wonderful and knowledgeable host. The plantation house is like taking a step back in time to the old Hawaii. Steve shared stories of his family who lived in the house and gave us a tour of an photo exhibit documenting life on a sugarcane plantation. At the education heritage center where he works. We enjoyed the BBQ with the wonderful view and the waterbed as well as the antique charm of the plantation house. The house was very clean and a great value. In addition the downstairs hostel provided an opportunity to chat with other guests. Steve also arranged for us the unique experience of staying in the Waipio Valley for a few nights in a property that he manages there. This too was a highlight of our stay. Our only regret is that we did not have more time to spend with Steve hearing more about old Hawaii and his family history.
I stayed at Steve's place with my family for four days and everyone loved it! We were in town for a funeral and from the moment we contacted Steve, we knew we had chosen the right place. Steve was a gracious host and amazingly accommodating to us. He went above and beyond to make our trip less stressful and for that, we are forever grateful. Steve was super communicative throughout the booking process and even while we were there. The property itself was beautiful and the cottage was nicer than we imagined. Also, access to the other parts of the island was easy. We will definitely suggest Steve's properties to all of our friends and family who travel to the Big Island. And of course, we will stay with him again when we return to the island!
I stayed a few days with some colleagues from the Geological Survey. We were there to do some pretty messy work in Waipio Valley. That didn't phase the owner, Steve McPeek, at all. He was very helpful, and swung by a few times during our stay to make sure we were all okay. The place was comfortable--a nice place to return to after a hot day's work.
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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.