Hale Kukui / Waimea Guest House

House - Entire home/apt · Waiaka St, Kamuela, HI 96743, United States

Hale Kukui is the largest portion of a charming historic home in Hawaii, centrally located close to town and the BEST beaches on the Big Island. This Suite has exclusive access to a large very well equipped kitchen, dining area and living room.

The Space

This is a beautiful fully appointed Historic Hawaiian Home which has several suites which makes it ideal for family reunions and retreats. Hale Kukui (House of Light) is the largest (main) portion of the house and sleeps 3-4 people comfortably. If you need more room we can add the Library, Ohia, Lehua, and Hibiscus Suites for an additional charge. With all Suites open the house can accommodate up to 12 family members easily. Everyone has their own privacy and all can gather in the main part of the home (Hale Kukui) for meals and parties. This home is surrounded by large shade trees with a large outdoor deck and is beautifully landscaped. It is only 10-15 minutes from the best beaches on the island. We offer WIFI, CABLE TV, phone, and a wide assortment of beach equipment ( upon request ). This property is located in a safe residential, sunny side neighborhood in Waimea (aka Kamuela) Nestled at the base of the Kohala Mountains, the gateway to gorgeous rolling green pastures of "up-country" Big Island Paniolo country. Historic and charming town that offers a multitude of great dining, galleries, and cooler climate which is great to return to after a day baking on the beach! Horse back riding, star gazing at world renown astronomy centers, zip-lines, hiking, are just a few of the activities that are easily accessible from the great central location. The Farmers Markets are the BEST on the island!

Guest Access

Guests have exclusive access to 2 bedrooms (2 queen beds and one full) a large well equipped kitchen, large dining and living room and bathroom.

Interaction with Guests

There is a resident manager available in the mornings and evenings to help if need be. Johanna lives in a small cottage in back of the house. There are 2 other independent suites on site as well but they do NOT share facilities with Hale Kukui.

The Neighborhood

This is located in a safe and friendly, dry side, residential neighborhood approximately 2 miles on the west side of Waimea (aka Kamuela) and about 10 - 15 minutes to the shoreline. It is at a cooler elevation so it is good to bring a little jacket & socks for after the sun goes down.

Getting around

There is a small shuttle that goes bac and forth to town periodically.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Cleaning Fee: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Our stay at Hale Kukui was exactly what we were looking for. A nice escape from the heat down on the coast. A quaint house that felt real and connected with Hawaiian living. Not the resort scene. Birds chirping with the rising sun. A sense of belonging. Located in a cute town that had all the normal offerings of a good grocery store and restaurants. The kitchen is ridiculously well equipped. The beds are cozy and the quilts are a nice touch to keep us warm on cool nights. Can't say enough about Johanna, the caretaker who lives on site. She is tremendously knowledgable and helpful. We were travelling with our 3 year old daughter who loved the place as much as we did. Lots of outdoor space to play, chickens to feed, dogs to play with. Waimea has a park like few others. All wooden and full of nooks and crannies to play and discover. The nearby beaches are amazing. Spencer was perfect for kids and Hapuna had some fun waves to play in. We would return to Hale Kukui in a heart beat.

    February 2014
  • This is a beautiful house, with wonderful, solid-wood furniture. Lots of blankets (you'll need them because it gets COLD and windy at night in Waimea). Great location almost equidistant to Hilo and Kona. Also, only a 15-minute drive down the mountain to some of the best beaches on the island. Our two year old enjoyed searching for geckos on the deck. The kitchen is beautiful - huge, open with butcher block counter tops. It rained a little bit - not too much, but every time it rained, we saw rainbows. The woman who lives in the downstairs unit, Johanna, let us use beach chairs, mats, snorkel gear, etc. The main issue we had was with the cold at night. The house only has a gas fireplace which is only on during the coldest months, so it does get cold and windy at night. My family generally wakes up before dawn so mornings were tough, but by late morning the weather was usually sunny and pleasant. Also no microwave, which would have been convenient for reheating food, but plenty of cooking supplies, including a rice cooker, which works just as well for reheating leftovers.

    November 2012
  • Outstanding on all counts. Location is terrific: Waimea is beautiful, with cool nights and in easy driving distance to so much the Big Island has to offer, with the charm of Hawi to superb Kohala beaches, funky Honoka'a, local farmers' markets and hiking around Waimea ranchland itself.
    The house is a gem, beautifully appointed and decorated with upbeat artwork, very clean and spacious. Bedroom was roomy and comfortable, and the kitchen more than well equipped. I liked the bathroom, with a bath and a nicely tiled shower stall. Lots of extras were provided, like beach towels etc. The hosts are very welcoming and helpful. We stayed for 9 nights, and would return anytime!

    February 2014
  • Barrie and Johanna were gracious hosts. They were helpful in every sense of the word. The house had a great Hawaiian feel to it as well as having abundant space for our family. If you're looking for something different than the highrise resort feel then this place is the right choice. Waimea is rich with history as is this house. We also appreciated the commitment to sustainability (for example, solar heated water, food scraps going to the chickens, and available recycling).

    February 2013
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