At the heart of Hawaii is a lush tropical paradise beyond compare. Waipio Valley 'Valley of the Kings' is very sacred to Hawaiians, filled with majestic waterfalls, Ancient Hawaiian farms, a gorgeous mile long black sand beach, and over 100 wild horses. The Hamakua Hideaway Cliffhouse is a custom built cottage (Hawaiian style), nestled on the edge of Waipio Valley, in a bamboo forest. You will become immersed in a garden full of beautiful flowers, edible herbs and exotic fruits. Enjoy awe-inspiring 180 degree view of the ocean on our cozy 'made for two' swing and hear the sound of the hundred foot waterfall beneath you. The complete privacy makes it perfect for having a romantic evening using the fully equipped kitchen or perhaps at one of the fabulous restaurants in our sweet little Honoka'a Town (short 10 min drive). Have the most romantic getaway in the 'two person' Jacuzzi tub or by the wood burning fire place then cuddle up in the loft. We provide premium quality organic sheets on the luxurious Cal King bed. We also pride ourselves on using only natural and organic cleaning supplies to keep the purity of the natural haven. If you want to explore Waipio Valley, you can hike it, horseback it, take a shuttle tour, or ride ATV's above it, as we are located just 2 min away from the check in location to many of these Waipio Tours, and a short 10 min walk to the Waipio lookout. Let us make help your magical fairy tale in Hawai'i come true.
Quotes from our in-house diary:
'Outstanding. Priceless. Peaceful. Relaxing. Delightful. Awesome. Fragrant. In no particular order... A real gem. Mahalo!'
Ruth and Allen -- Juneau, Alaska
'One of, if not the most, magical places we've ever been to. Everything from the cliffs to the sunset has been absolutely perfect. So glad we found this place. It reflects love and good spirit from every detail, every corner. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of paradise!'
Tim and Inca -- PA and Germany
'Thank God for this place, creation at its most serene. And thank you, Kristan,for sharing your home with so many of us. Not only would we return here again, we'd live here. Certainly we both take potent changes back with us to our home so far away.
I especially loved to capture the beauty here in my photography - framing Waipio cliffs amongst the incredible flowers of your garden. My husband most loved the isolation, a place for him to recharge his batteries, to sort life's problems out, and to make plans for the future. Truly a thought provoking environment.
Tim and Linda -- Scotch Plains, New Jersey
'What a beautiful, serene spot! We saw whale spouts and rainbows while just sitting on the lanai. This was exactly the vacation we needed. We loved coming back here at the end of every day and some days, we just never left! Thanks for sharing this very magical place with us.'
Cynthis and Heather -- Culver City, CA
'I'd like to write a few pages describing all the reasons that the Hamakua Hideaway is the absolute best place we've ever stayed, but my husband summed it up best - UTTER PERFECTION! Mahalo! We'll be back.'
Cara and Stephen -- Victoria, BC
'Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful stay here at your Hideaway! The view is one of the most beautiful we've ever seen and the house has such unique character. We love the special touches - the pretty soft sheets, freah flowers, candles, landscaping, etc. We found ourselves on a circuitous route thru the house from the bed, to the Jacuzzi, to the massage table, (in-room massage from Rene Romano!)to the kitchen for food/drink, to the neat stone shower...and then back to be! What a rough day!'
Hilary and Wes -- Salem, VA
'Everything we dreamed it would be and more. We can honestly say this has been the best and most relaxing trip we have ever taken.'
Jim and Heidi -- Spring Hill, Kansas
'We have had an amazing few days here! My husband and I had planned to use this Hideaway as a starting point to explore the North of the island, but once we were here, we could barely tear ourseleves away! We spent most of our time enjoying this beautiful house. Your front porch was our big screen TV - we don't know how many hours we spent watching the light change on the cliffs. This has been the end of our honeymoon and we feel so rested and refreshed. Thanks for the beautiful and thoughtful little home.'
Alison and Andrew -- Hong Kong
'I sit here on the lanai, writing this as a rainbow arches over the lighted coast of Waipio Valley. This pretty much defines my experience here. Dawn and I loved this place. It feels like old Hawaii, back to nature and a connection to God. All the amenities were here, yet it felt like we were camping under the stars and surrounded by jungle. The Hideaway is certainly the most unique and pleasurable rental or B&B (and we've been to hundreds of them in our lifetime!) we have ever stayed in. Thank you (mahalo) for lending this experience to us. It's hard to leave.'
David and Dawn -- Cincinnati, OH
Keywords: Cottage, Honeymoon, Romantic, Retreat, Secluded, Beautiful, Awesome, Spectacular, View, Oceanfront
Kristan moved to the Big Island in 1984. With the help of her sons she enjoys organic farming and growing medicinal herbs and edible flowers.
She has raised 3 sons and now has 5 grandchildren, all living on the Big Island.
She established the Hamakua Hideaway Cliffhouse in 1986 and has been taking pride in the stewardship of this amazing place so that people from all over the world can come here and bask in the experience of this wonderful slice of paradise.
Kristan Hunt purchased this cabin in 1986
Kukuihaele has the best weather on the island. It is never too hot, too rainy, too windy or too cold. The air is clean and the volcanic sulfur rarely comes to this side of the island. The people in the village of Kukuihaele are friendly. The Hamakua Hideaway Cliff House is within walking distance to Waipio Valley, which is one of the most special places of this island and a wonderful hiking experience. Nature abounds. Beauty follows.
The Hamakua Hideaway Cliff House was the first vacation rental on this side of the island and we pride ourselves on having the touch of old aloha. This rustic cottage radiates warmth and charm and provides very restful and romantic stay. The spectacular views can be seen from every room. Immersed in total privacy you will see flowers everywhere, birds, geckos and the magnificent Waipio cliffs with its gorgeous waterfalls. You will hear the rushing water of the stream below and the gentle tradewind breezes passing through the bamboo.
Honoka'a and our 'village' of Kukuihaele are charming, historical plantation communities with access to hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV rides along the rim of Waipio Valley or wagon, horse and shuttle tours in the valley.
Your home is .5 miles from the Waipio Valley overlook, an easy and scenic walk. You can also drive into Waipio Valley and beach (with 4WD) or you can hike to the back of the valley which has the 2nd highest waterfall in the USA. If you are looking for more adventure, there is additional hiking into the next valley (Waimanu) which has THE highest waterfall in the USA. Waipio also has a mile long black sand beach with a clear water stream flowing into it. Waipio Valley is the most sacred valley on the island and the 2nd most visited natural site after Volcano Natural Park.
Honoka'a town is a charming one street town with cafes, gift and antique shops as well as a historic movie theater which offers traditional and artistic films as well as local and upscale musical events. It is the only theater between Hilo and Kona and simply a jewel. Check out the Honoka'a People's Theater website for current and upcoming events.
There is a grocery store and farmer's market in Honoka'a and another wonderful market where they sell amazing grass fed beef from the Big Island. We also have a new health food store/cafe. There are farmer's markets all over the Big Island. There are macadamia nut farms on the road to our location and you can often stop and buy right from the farmers when they have stands along the road, as well as folks selling their excess produce from their front yards for a nominal fee.
There are two gifts shops right in Kukuihaele as well as a small cafe and homemade ice cream.
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