Gracious, Simple Living in Paradise
The Waip`o Hostel Kai Room is a cute, bright room with a comfortable queen size bed. It is part of the Waipi`o Hostel.
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 the lower level of a rustic plantation house that was owned and inhabited by my grandparents (Grandpa was a plantation supervisor) for 75 years. I call it rustic because it is a simple wood construction which means it has creaky floors and you can hear through the walls. The lower level is a semi-basement but opens up to a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. Our rooms are simple, yet nicely decorated and clean. 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.
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.
Our rates are $45 per night/ $51.04 including Hawaii accommodation tax.
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
Here are just a few of our amenities:
Mail Drop availability!
o Cable TV
o Free Wi-Fi
o Book Selection
o Cooking Utensils Provided
o Coffee Maker
o Gas BBQ Grill
o Covered Patio with Sink
o Fruit Trees
o Pet Friendly
o Smoking Not Allowed
o Illegal Drugs Not Allowed
Activities ( nearby)
o Hiking in the Majestic Waipio Valley
o Basketball Court
o Cinemas/Movie Theater
o Horseback Riding in Waipio Valley and on the Valley Rim
o ATV Tour on the Rim of Waipio Valley
o Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving at nearby beach parks
""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""
Most important rule: Enjoy yourself!
Other than that:
No illegal substances
Quiet time between 11 PM and 6 AM
Unser Aufenthalt im Waipio Hostel war einfach perfekt. Freundliche Begrüssung, liebevoll vorbereitete Zimmer und die Sauberkeit haben uns begeistert. Die Nähe zum Waipiovalley ist perfekt. Wir haben es genossen die Ruhe im Garten zu geniessen und auch die Gelegenheit zu haben in den Gemeinschaftsräumlichkeiten Zeit mit anderen Gästen, mit uns waren Gäste aus Japan, Österreich, USA und Deutschland da, zu verbringen und so auch andere Kulturen kennenzulernen. Es war toll bei Stephen und wir können das Hostel nur empfehlen.
Steve ist sehr freundlich und die Unterkunft hat ein sehr gutes Preis Leistungsverhältnis. Man kann sich auf einem Grill etwas kochen, was viele andere in Hawaii als Küche bezeichnen. Jederzeit wieder. Danke
Stephen is wonderful, and his home is exactly what I was hoping for. I'm a long time resident of the islands and wish for every visitor who wants to know what it is like to live here, to experience just what I have at the Waipio Hostel. Besides having an exceptional view of the ocean and the sun rising over the water, the neighborhood is quiet and quaint with well manicured yards and friendly people who wave and greet you with a smile and Aloha. To answer the frequqently asked question, where does everyone live. This is where we all live on any island here in Hawaii, in precisely what Stephen and his Waipio Hostel share, with outer island kama aina, American mainlanders, or the lovely Britts I just enjoyed a cup of coffee with, real local kine Aloha. Well done Stephen, I look forward to future visits and will send my friends your way too!!
Thank you so much for a much needed tranquil sanctuary for our first night on the big island after a long day of travel! Everything was clean and the bed was quite comfortable. Directions were clear and concise and it was exactly what we needed!
We have a wonderful visit at the hostel and in Waipio. Stephen himself was the highlight of our hostel visit -- he was warm and generous with his time in telling us about the local history, his family's story, and the surrounding geography, which is amazing and spectacular. Our bedroom was pleasant and clean, with a very comfortable king bed. Coffee is included, and the common facilities are well equipped. We loved the indoor-outdoor space, the views from the yard, and the fruit from the trees. Steve goes out of his way to accommodate guests -- in our case, he allowed us to keep our food in the fridge until we left town and provided us with zip lock bags to keep our things dry. We highly recommend Steve's place for the flexible traveler who doesn't need the Ritz.
Stephen is a very nice Person and a great host! He knows the local hiking trails and shared a pineapple with us :-) the room was clean, the bathroom very comfortable and his dogs really cute :)
We had a few very nice and special days. The Room is very cozy and the I haven't ever slept in a more comfortable bed. The bathroom was very nice, too, I'm quite tall so I really enjoyed this big shower.
From the first momemt we met Chris, it felt a lot like being invited to relatives, and then we met Stephen, what can I say: we had a very nice time with those great guys and I'll cherrish the moments we had together. I can totally recommend that place since its a great place, a nice neighborhood and the Best host you can have, mahalo for everything!
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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.