Large bedrooms with ocean views.
Huge bathtubs to relax in.
Wonderful food from the garden. Fresh baked organic breads.
Guests have the Temple space upstairs for a private yoga studio.
Walk to Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Great home cooked food at the 50's diner up the hill. Swim at the Laupahoehoe pool. Visit the Laupahoehoe train museum, Waipio Valley, Akaka Falls, the Hilo farmer's market.
Groups may rent the entire place for retreats!
The place is awesome and the tenants wonderfull!
We had incredible 2 days and were so sad to leave...
Everything was amazing! Landscape, rooms, kitchen, shower, nature, sounds at night!
We will be back very soon!
My friend and I only had one night at this beautiful place. Would had loved to do one or two more days og even a week for e.g. practicing yoga in the amazing old buddhist space.
The whole house is beautifully redecorated and Ron and his wife were nice people who let you feel at home and relax and feel local with nice fruits from the garden in the morning.
Hope to come back someday in the future to indulge this beautiful space.
Beautiful and quite with very sweet hosts. They spent a great deal of time remodeling this old temple and it shows. Wonderful yoga studio upstairs, tropical fruit growing in the yard.
We've had a wonderful stay at the temple. The second room was not booked so we had the whole apartment for us. Both rooms are beautiful, the kitchen is spacious, everything was perfectly clean and everything we needed was there incl internet.
The garden is incredible, huge and you don't see anything but trees and flowers. It's really close to the beach and the only thing we heard was waves and birds.
Our hosts were lovely and Ron made us very delicious banana bread. We wish we've had more time to enjoy it and learn more about the history of the place. We'll come back.
We spent an enchanting 4 days at this historic Buddhist Temple. It is not you typical vacation rental, but a unique, spacious, simple but comfortable lodging. It has historic import to the Laupahoehoe community and is unlike anywhere else we have ever stayed. It is very private and has glorious views of the garden and fruit trees in the foreground with African tulip trees and other tropical trees down the valley. We were able to rent the entire downstairs which includes 2 bedrooms, a large kitchen, a sitting room and another multi-use room. The kitchen is the best equipped one we have ever enjoyed on vacation, including industrial sink, stove with gas burners and electric oven, blender, Cuisinart, lots of cooking pots and bowls, great knives, a garlic press, a juicer,etc. The bathroom sports a classic claw foot tub looking out into an anthurium garden. Luanne and Ron are welcoming and generous but discrete hosts, providing us with bananas and grapefruit from their trees. They live in the adjacent guest house and were very respectful of our privacy. We found the location, although seemingly remote on the map, to be very central to the activities that interest us. Only 45 minutes from Hilo Airport, we were able to easily visit the Botanical Garden, parks and waterfalls along the northeast coast. We went north to walk down into stunning Waipi'o Valley one morning and headed to Kohalo on the dry side of the island via Waimea in the afternoon, taking just just an hour to get back to the Temple. Less than half a mile down the road from the Temple is the striking volcanic Laupahoehoe point where tragedy struck during the 1946 tsunami. There is a memorial there now and amenities for visitors. People sometimes camp there but there are only a few houses near the point at this time. Most of the town moved up on the ridge. The dramatic views, volcanic formations and forceful ocean continue to draw visitors. So, if you are looking for a place that is private, contemplative and off the beaten tourist path, yet close to many natural attractions you will enjoy this accommodation. We would recommend renting the entire downstairs if you can. It helps to be able to cook meals as there are only a few restaurants close by.
I stayed two nights at the Temple. It is an oasis of tranquility and beauty. I enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the birds in the gardens. The building's elegant design is amazing. Nice to soak in the claw-footed bathtub beside a tropical rock wall. On my first morning freshly-baked muffins magically appeared in the kitchen. Yummy.
Thanks for a great stay.
If you would like to get to the country side and away from town, this is the place. I am from a tropical island in the Micronesia and this is what I expect of a Big Island.get away. The house is clean but there is no curtains in the bath room which made my girlfriend uneasy about bathing.. There is no signboard for address # so be carefully when coming in late or at night. I enjoyed the morning walk to the beach park, the is no beach but the shore line is picturesque.
Has I would return and spend more time there