The Alegre Plantation House has been owned by the Alegre family for over 70 years and is now owned and run by an Alegre grandson. The Waipi’o Hostel in the downstairs of this gracious 100 year old home. The house 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 has 3 bedrooms- the Lehua Room has a full size bed, the Kai Room has a cozy king and the Aina Room has very comfortable a king waterbed. An open lanai with outdoor sinks, old style tables and benches, a grill with burner and a stunning view of the alluring Pacific Ocean is available to all guests.
Our guest rooms are called 'hostel style' but are really private rooms. The rooms are small and simple, yet nicely decorated, clean and with great beds. They share a simple common area with couches, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, cable TV, wi-fi, patio with gas grill (with a burner or cooking) and table, and an open plantation style bathroom with deck flooring. Laundry facilities and non-toxic detergent are available upon request for an extra fee.
Tangerines, oranges, lemons, sweet guava, macadamia nuts, and mountain apples grow on the property and can be enjoyed by guests when in season. Down the pathway out back, guests can find bananas, coffee and avocados. In the village wild passion fruit grows for all to enjoy.
Hawaii means insects and other critters - geckos and a few cockroaches, a lot of coqui 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.
We value our pristine environment and are a 'green' facility. In addition to using solar energy to produce our electricity, we provide environmentally friendly soap and shampoo in the bathroom, we clean with non-toxic cleaning products, and our linens and towels are laundered with non-toxic laundry detergent. We recycle and redeem. We use a compost bin and we don’t use toxic chemicals in our yard. Join us in our efforts to preserve our beautiful island.
Our rates are $40 per night for one person and $51 per night for 2 people sharing a room including Hawaii accommodation tax. Linens and towels are provided.There is no cleaning fee as long as you clean up after yourselves, follow our simple checkout instructions and leave the room and common areas in the same condition you found them when you arrived, with the exception of linens and towels.
If this rental isn't available please check out our other rentals in the Waipio Valley area:
Recent guest reviews:
Was just as described and offered an awesome access point for us to explore Waipio Valley! We were able to take our time driving from Kona to the hostel and check ourselves in which made for a relaxing first day :) appreciated all the ease in the process!
Steve was the best host in Hawaii. I have been traveling for almost three weeks and booking in different islands in Hawaii. I can say Waipio Hostel and the host was the best. He was so nice, he made me feel so comfortable like a family member.
Steve is very welcoming. It is very pleasant to chat with him and he is willing to share with us stories and history about his family.
Wonderful host. So kind and thoughtful! Steve is a true blessing to the airbnb community. I feel grateful to have been able to stay here!! Clean, secure, and priced right. Next time I would like to stay an extra night just to soak in the peacefulness.
Disclaimer: ''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''
I am the grandson of Florencio and Mikiyo Alegre who lived in the Alegre Plantation House for over 70 years. I was actually born in Grand Junction, Colorado where my Dad is from, but moved to Hawaii with my family when I was three years old. I grew up on the island of Oahu in Waianae, then from 7th grade in North Kohala (Hawi), where my grandparents first met and my Mom was born.
After graduating from high school, I went to Germany as an exchange student, a fact that would set the course of my young adult life. I ended up majoring in German Language and Literature from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and lived in Germany for 17 years together with my wife, Anuhea. All 5 of our biological kids were born there and grew up speaking German.
I ended up buying the family house, now known as the Alegre Plantation House and Waipio Hostel.
In addition to operating this and a few other vacation rentals in this area, I own a wellness business, and a consulting business.
Four of my children are grown. Michelangelo and Alexis live with me and we all enjoy caring for our guests.
Stephen McPeek purchased this house in 2010
I have always loved Grandma and Grandpa's house and while living there taking care of them, the vision to open up their home to guests from all over the world kept growing. It has now become reality. I love for people to get a feel of the way life used to be in Hawaii with all of its charm, simplicity and surrounded by beauty.
The unique benefit of this historic home is proximity to the renowned Waipio Valley. It's unique location in the quiet and quaint village of Kukuihaele makes it special.
The Waipio Hostel, located downstairs in the Alegre Plantation House is in the sleepy, former plantation town of Kukuihaele, just a stone's throw from the 2nd most visited attraction on the island - the majestic Waipio Valley, valley of the kings. It's a place where time has seemingly stood still and where guests get a taste of a bygone era. Waipio Valley is a 'must experience', preferably on foot, but horseback and van tours are available as well.
Kukuihaele is 9 miles from the historic town of Honokaa where guests can enjoy local and Italian cuisine, shop for groceries, gifts, fruits and vegetables. There is a post office, various banks and ATM machines, an incredibly beautifully remodeled historic theater where you can watch a movie or attend a live concert. One of the new additions to town is the Heritage Center at UH Hilo's campus at the North Hawaii Education and Research Center. Get a feel for the past of this beautiful area at the Heritage Center.
Kukuihaele is at the end of the road, the starting point of a hike into Waipio or even into Waimanu Valley, a days hike away with registered camping grounds. Although quite isolated for those seeking quiet and peace, it's only 1 hour from Hilo and 1 hour 20 minutes from Kailua-Kona. Both have international airports and the drive in both directions covers stunning and diverse landscapes. Mauna Kea, with it's snow capped top in winter can be seen from Honokaa town.
The ranching town of Waimea is just a 30 minute drive from the Alegre Plantation House where guests can visit the historic Parker Ranch, attend cultural events at the Kahilu Theater, or eat the restaurants of all price categories. From there, it's just a 15 minute jaunt to the warmth of the west side beaches.
Heading towards Hilo, it's worth stopping at the locally owned 50's Diner in Laupahoehoe. This little town is also home to the Laupahoehoe Train Museum where guests can learn about our history of railroad. Down the winding road to Laupahoehoe Point, visitors can also see the memorial to those who lost their lives to the tsunami of 1946.
While in Kukuihaele, guests can take an ATV ride around the rim of Waipio Valley and swim in waterfalls most never get to see. It's the same for the horseback ride around the rim with stunning views from the top and back of the valley.
In the valley, guests can take a horseback tour of the valley or a van tour. There is also a horse-drawn buggy ride. The most impressive visit is by foot. It's important, though to be respectful of the land and stay on public roads and trails as much of the valley is privately owned and considered sacred by the people of these lands.
My absolute favorite 'must do' while in Kukuihaele is to hike down to Waipio's beach and lay on the black sand and soak up the peace and serenity while listening to the wind and the roaring waves. It's absolutely energizing.
Fruit abounds in Kukuihaele and much of it is wild - passion fruit, guavas, avocados galore. Many residents are happy to share their tangerine, oranges and macadamia nuts when in season.
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50% down payment required upon booking with balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
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