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Stephen McPeek

Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english
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Stephen McPeek

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 7, 2013
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Waipio House Rental Photos and Description

The Waipi'o Hostel is housed in the 100 year old Alegre Plantation House.

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!

March 2014

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.

March 2014

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.

March 2014

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.

January 2014

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''

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Stephen McPeek (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
June 7, 2013

About Stephen McPeek

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

Why Stephen McPeek chose Waipio

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
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based on 5 traveler reviews

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Near Waipio Valley with gorgeous ocean view!
average rating of 3.8 based on 5 reviews

The best accommodation we stayed on Big Island!

  • 5 of 5


this was the best Hostel we stayed on Big Island! The owner ist really nice, helpful,

warm-hearted and welcoming! There is a gorgeous outdoor cooking and dining area with beautiful ocean views! The inside of the hostel was very clean with a beautiful bathroom and bedroom!We would have liked to stay longer!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Infested with cockroaches

  • 1 of 5

The chambers are in the cave and not well ventilated. Do not go there unless you like to sleep with 5 to 7 cm cockroaches.And when I complained about that to the owner, she just pretended not to know, and for sure, did not offer us to reimburse our one night stay that we did not use.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so sorry that this guest was not happy with her accommodations. We certainly recognize that rustic Hawaiian is not for eveyone! Here are some reviews from others who have stayed recently and during the same time that this family was staying: Highly recommended! My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 nights we spent at the Waipi'o Hostel, a rustic plantation house set on a beautiful lush property on the ocean just a mile from Waipi'o Valley. Our hosts were warm and welcoming. The space was quaint and rustic with an "old Hawaii" feel. We enjoyed the outdoor dining area, the cozy community living space, and exploring the property. We would have liked to stay longer. June 2014 We had an awesome time at Waipio Hostel Kai Room. Everything was clean as described. Great outdoor cooking area with beautiful ocean views and protected from rain if you get any. Our host was very accommodating and helpful. Perfect place to stay before and after a strenuous Waimanu valley trail!!!! Will stay here again, thanx guys!!! June 2014 We stayed at the waipio at Kai's room! The place was charming and rustic, and if u dont mind a few bugs here or there (as they advertized), Then this is s Catch! For that price you cant beat it! Close to the lookout at waipio, outdoor kitchen and they also had two cute dogs! Diane, the caretaker was Nice and helpful! Would stay here again July 2014
Steamboat Springs, CO

Perfect place from which to explore the Waipio Valley

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a base from which we could explore Waipio Valley with our family (myself, my husband and our 3 teen daughters). My husband and I had vacationed in this area pre-kids and did the hike to the valley and loved it.

The owner contacted us about a month before our vacation informing us that this house would not be available during August, but offering to move us to another one of his properties, Hale O' Florian - So I can only review that house, which was perfect for our needs. Enough room for everyone, everything worked and a great view.

If you want a place from which to explore Waipio Valley, do contact this owner and trust that he will take care of you.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Waipahu, HI

Definately a do again!!

  • 5 of 5

This house was sureal! I'm a very busy business person and it was a great get away!! I was able to disconnect from phone for my time at house it was very conveinent for my friends and I to commute to and from the honokaa rodeo. The owner was very pleasant and helpful with many aspects of our stay. I'm definately going to book this place again next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha - it was a privilege for us to have you and hope you will consider staying with us for next year's rodeo. You were great guests! Steve

Waipio Valley

  • 4 of 5

This was a great house, a little creeky for a light sleeper, but had everything we needed, friendly and helpful owner, it was between kona and hilo, this house is great, will stay the next time i go.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anna!


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Honokaa Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Cafe il Mondo
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Waipio Valley
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

From $45 Per night

Waipio House Rental Rates

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Waipio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ran shower, sink and toilet and beautiful deck flooring.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Kai bedroom - 1 king
    Aina bedroom - 1 king , This King bed is a waterbed.
    Lehua Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Room also has sink with hot and cold water.
  • The Waipio Hostel has 3 private bedrooms a spacious covered lanai with outdoor kitchen, and a cozy shared living room.
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Book ATV or Horseback ride around the rim through us and receive a 10-15% discount. Let us know if you want to learn to cook Hawaiian food and we will teach you with extra charge.

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