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Paula and Dan

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english

Exotic Orchard On Ocean Cliff! Waterfall/Ocean View Takes Your Breath Away!

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Hamakua Coast Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Paradise On An Organic Permaculture Exotic Fruit Orchard

Comfortable and private 2 bedroom cottage on 5 acre permaculture organic orchard retreat on 750' cliff above mystical waipio valley with it's black sand beach. Look from cottage view of ocean, 20 miles of 1000'-1400' cliff/coastline. There is waiulili stream and a 650' year-round waterfall on property!

Between 2012 and 2013 hale kukui has received lots of positive media recognition. Hgtv and Aloha magazine did features on this unique property in 2013.

The lonely planet travel guide said, 'these three tranquil and secluded cottage/units all have wonderful views and pleasing decor, but the perspective of waipi'o from the detached cottage may make you forget your name.'

Southeby's international real estate magazine cover photo features the view from the property.

Organic permaculture orchard, 3 cottages and caretaker's house sits back on 750' cliff above waipio valley, and looks to the ocean southeast, north and northwest up the undeveloped rugged coastline. Sometimes there are a multitude of waterfalls seen cascading down 1400' cliffs into the sea. Gaze at lush greenery, frequent rainbows, especially during the wet season (winter/spring). Epic views face 23 miles of these 1400' cliffs, backed up by undeveloped jungle. Whales jumping and breaching can be seen from the property during the winter/spring. Maui is visible on clear days. The area boasts a perfect climate of just enough rain to keep the streams going and the flowers blooming, cool trades off the ocean, and usually daytime temperature of between 70 and 81 degrees, with cooler nights.

The property is landscaped with a vast variety of exotic trees, ferns, orchids, palms, flowering shrubs and exotic fruits to pick. We are in the early stages of growing vanilla, cocoa, black sapote (chocolate pudding tree), cashew and macadamia nut trees. Try our fully mature hamakua coast coffee, mango, , avocados, pomelo, jackfruit, papaya, passion fruit, soursop, rambutan, lychee nuts, starfruit, brazillian cherries, jaboticaba, cherymoya, mountain apples, true cinnamon, cloves, miracle berries, a variety of citrus, bananas and much more grown on the property.

Walk out to the point for one of the best views on the island.

Walk along the cliff's edge/ocean path or explore the path through bamboo. Both short easy walks take you to an opening on the picturesque lawn going down to the cliff's edge. Take another short fairly steep path (for sturdy feet only) past the banyan tree and passion fruit vines into the gulch on our property.

Listen to the peaceful sounds of the waiulili stream and a waterfall running through the property and over a 650' cliff at the edge of the property. Waipio lookout is 1/2 mile away. Black sand beach seen from the property is a mile away from the lookout. Ocean and waterfall views abound. Enjoy the peace and privacy of your own suite complete with private outdoor soaking tub.

Staying at hale kukui is an ecoadventure and destination in itself! It is also a great central jumping off point for other destinations! This epic property is unique for its historically important location, for its short paths, private nooks, exotic organic orchard, unmatched views and size/character of property.

**if our 2 bedroom cottage calendar appears booked, then check into our studio cottage and deluxe cottage's availability, both are situated on the same 5 acre property with similar views. Look up vrbo's property numbers 16876 (deluxe cottage), and 499551 (private studio). Consider staying in all 3 for larger groups, small weddings, cycling, photography or hiking groups or family reunions. If calendar is 'emptyish' then it may not be reflecting the bookings through our website or by phone.

Overview of the neighborhood: old hawaii with conveniences, safe, private, lush natural beauty and most of the comforts of home. Walk or drive 1.5 miles to the black sand beach or 1/2 mile to waipio lookout. Walk 1/4 mile to get island made ice cream at artworks store in kukuihaele. Its an easy 10 minute drive to the farmer's market in honoka'a where there are restaurants, several quaint shops with local made goods, a theater, gas and groceries. Try local ride the rim, surfing, horseback riding, hiking. Walk or drive to enjoy old world hawaii in waipio valley and the longest black sand beach in hawaii below the property.

Drive to hawaiian cowboy country in waimea with more shopping and great restaurants, then onto the white sand beaches, 5 star hotels and high end shopping of the southwest coast. Otherwise drive east along the lush hamakua coast, see world famous botanical gardens, hilo, volcanoes national park, natural hot springs in pahoa. Take the saddle road between hilo and waimea and drive to the 14,000 top of mauna kea along the way (many countries have their space observatories there). Visit kona and see if you think the preferred coffee of the white house is really as good as the lesser locally known rich tasting hamakua coast coffee. Hale kukui grows small amounts of its own and while we don't dry and roast it, you are welcome to try.

Interaction with caretakers, Paula and Dan, can be as little or as much as visitors want.

If you are able to pull yourself away to see other parts of the island, hale kukui is a great stepping stone to the whole island. Walk or drive to the waipio lookout only 1/2 mile away. The famous black sand beach in waipio valley is another mile down a steep winding 25% grade road and the beach is seen from the property. Explore the quaint town of honoka'a 10 minutes away with its theater, restaurants, grocery stores, outdoor farmers market and a hospital/clinic. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and surfing are all accessible between Kukuihaele, waipio valley and Honoka'a.

Find Akaka falls, the world famous botanical gardens and much more as you drive along the beautiful lush hamakua coast toward hilo 55 minutes away. In the other direction from Honoka'a, you will smell eukalyptus on your way to the cooler climate in Waimea (kamuela) which will have more shopping, a bigger hospital and some of the best food in the islands are only 30 minutes away. Go to merriman's for the best seafood and kailua pork quesadillas. White sand beaches, the larger hotels are a 50-70 minutes drive across the northeast end of the island through hawaiian cowboy country. Close to waimea is an extinct volcano with some of the best astronomy telescopes/observatories in the world because of the clean air, altitude and dark starry nights. Mauna kea is 14,000 + feet above sea level. Mauna kea can be driven to the top and it is the tallest mountain in the world from the sea floor.

Hilo has a great outdoor market, shopping, surfing, etc. And it is a beautiful 1 hour drive along the hamakua coast. Another 30 minutes or so beyond is the must see volcanoes national park and swim in the hot springs in pahoa. Kona is about 1.5 hours away along very nice highways as are most places. Try hamakua coast coffee which many say is better than the world famous kona coffee served at the white house.

The whole island has so much to offer but you will definitely want to relax at hale kukui for its incredible views and natural private surroundings. Each unit or cottage has Internet, its own kitchen and bathroom. just in case you don't want to leave.

A $5 fee is included in your rate which makes you a member of the orchard as a visitor for 1 year so your stay complies with our mission to have you enjoy and learn a little about hawaiian permaculture farming on a small scale. Many of our trees are labelled so you may learn about the fruit, nuts, spices and from which part of the world they come.

Caution!! We don't recommend going near the cliff's edge which may be unstable or walking under coconut trees because the nuts occasionally fall and may be deadly. Only go into the gulch if you are physically fit even though it is a short path.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Paula and Dan (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english

About Paula and Dan

Hello. My name is Andy and I have a ten year old daughter named Hana. We love our paradise in nature and feel surrounded by serenity, beauty and an energy that is powerful and unique to our property. I have always had a passion for the ocean, exotic fruits and for gardening so this organic orchard on the ocean was the perfect find in 2009. I love adding new and more interesting specimen Palms, fruit trees, coffee, nuts, spices, cocoa and flowers such as vanilla bean orchids to the nearly 5 acre retreat. My latest interests are Dragon fruit, Hamakua coast coffee, rare orchids, heliconias and spices like true cinnamon and cloves!

I am also interested in the medicinal benefits of various botanicals and I have a background in science as a doctor of Osteopathy board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. We recently created a common room that may be available for people to meet from around the world to talk, read, meditate, receive massage (several therapists available) or do yoga. This is the 'Zen Space.' Consider organizing your own healing retreats here at Hale kukui. Relax in the Hammock outside with ocean views, spectacular orchard, waterfall and cliff views to sooth the soul.

I am most at home in nature. I am a world traveler and have never seen such beauty as I do at Hale Kukui and I have seen nature at its finest in Switzerland, Fiji, CA, New Zealand, Bali, Europe or Australia. I also love where I am from in New England. I grew up in Maine where people are down to earth like they are in this historic part of Hawaii.

Paula and Dan purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Paula and Dan chose Hamakua Coast

I have never seen anything that compares to all that Hale Kukui has to offer and would prefer its charm to any BNB or 5 star hotel that I have ever stayed at in the past years of travel home and abroad.

What makes this cottage unique

You will feel at home, but more relaxed than ever, not just as a guest but as an integral part of Hale Kukui's natural earthy beauty with ocean, cliff and waterfall views that are second to none. Caretakers Paula and Dan are eager to help with any questions or special needs during your stay and they live in a separate house on site to be at your service if needed. Kitchens are fully equip in case you never want to leave as many people find themselves feeling very early into their stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Aloha Paula and Dan!

We are still amazed at how wonderful our stay was with you - thank you so much! We enjoyed it so much, no, more than only enjoying it, we were full of quiet happiness, and we decided to try to come back all three of us as soon as possible.
Nov 2013
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Exotic Orchard On Ocean Cliff! Waterfall/Ocean View Takes Your Breath Away!
average rating of 4.785714 based on 15 reviews

Unique location-amazing view

  • 5 of 5

The waipio valley cottage had an amazing view, the hosts were extremely friendly and even helped us pick lychees to try from the backyard, very quiet atmosphere and unique location that showcased waipio valley. It was a great beginning to our week long stay in Hawaii

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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V. nice, rustic cottage

  • 4 of 5

Paula and Dan were super nice and welcoming. This is a very, very cool location, right by the Waipio Valley, an amazing hike.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Absolutely Stunning

  • 5 of 5

This was an amazing experience. The house was clean and well stocked with the towels and cooking supplies we needed. The views are breathtaking and you're in the heart of a lush tropical area with the pretty sounds of frogs and birds chirping. Paula welcomed us upon arrival and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. The fruit orchards are really nice to walk through and enjoy and the lookout spot is not to be missed. Look forward to returning to the big island and staying there again. Perfect hidden retreat and getaway! Thank you for the hospitality.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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I couldn't imagine how you could experience the big island any better Han from here

  • 5 of 5

We have been to the island 3 times now and our stay here was nothing short of amazing. The view is breathtaking and changes daily with the mist and shadows ...

To get the true Hawaiian experience stay here. You can get to helo in less than an hour and about the same to the other side of the island, Kona , the village is so authentic , great restaurants and the people are great , no tourist lol

We wil be back , the manager Paula and her husband Dan are great and went above and beyond ... Birthday flowers waiting when we arrived, fed ex packs delivered , couldn't have had a better experience ! Thanks

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Hale Kikui Orchard was Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at Hale Kikui Orchard was wonderful! The location was so beautiful and peaceful. The frogs sang us to sleep, and the birds greeted us each morning. We enjoyed meeting Paula very much, and enjoyed the delicious fresh apple bananas and tangerines she brought us. Would definitely recommend the orchard cottage to others.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Beautiful Oasis and View!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our 3 night stay in the cottage amidst the lush and beautiful orchard and tropical birds. Dan was very helpful in answering all our questions and providing information (and equipment) on a great shady beach nearby for snorkelling and swimming, our favorite on Big Island! Waipio Valley lookout is within walking distance and although a very strenuous hike, we made it both up and down to the black beach. An unforgettable experience, but take your time and pack a lunch and plenty of water.

Thank you for your hospitality!!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Honoka'a bar and several restaurants
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Kukuihaele Road
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Mauna Kea sometimes in Winter-do it yourself
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Waipio's Famous Black Sand Beach below our cliff
Car: recommended

Hale kukui's popular 2 bedroom cottage is perfectly situated as an vacation destination overlooking the ocean,cliffs, our own stream and the historic waipio valley. We are perfectly located in a paradise of exotic organic permaculture orchard with short paths, private nooks, soaking tubs on each private lanai overlooking a foreground of ocean, fruits, spice trees, ferns, palms, orchid/Helicon gardens and nut trees all on our nearly 5 acres of secluded property.

Hale kukui is also a central step off point to watersports, local surfing and swimming. 14,000 mauna kea's observatories the charming town of honoka'a within 10 miles with its restaurants, groceries and a hospital, white sand beaches on the other side of waimea, known as cowboy country and known for some of the finest restaurants in hawaii.

Enjoy local horseback riding, atvs with 'ride the rim,' famous botanical gardens, hiking and lots of nature locally in the lush part of the island.

Volcanoes national park, hot springs, kona, hilo and more are between 1 and 1.5 hour beautiful drives.

This popular 2 bedroom cottage sleeps 4 and possibly 6 to 7 and has one bath room. It has several glass screened doors overlooking the exotic organic permaculture orchard, gardens and a wide expanse of open ocean, cliffs and waterfall(s) if this open concept cottage is unavailable based on vrbo's calendar, then check our other 2 hale kukui cottages with vrbo and home away on the same ocean cliff exotic orchard 5 acre paradise through vrbo property #16876 (very popular deluxe cottage) and #499551 (beautiful studio cottage). Line with vrbo to book up to all 3 cottages for up to 12 or more people. Discounts may apply. If calendar is 'emptyish' then it may not be reflecting the bookings through our website or by phone.


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Kukuihaele Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.5%

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Hamakua Coast Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full private Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • There are 2 separate bedrooms (one is in the main part of the cottage) with open concept design, laminate floors, high ceiling fans, several screened sliding glass doors spanning across the front/ocean side of the cottage. To get to the Second bedroom you step out on the lanai and around soaking tub, very short distance.A sofa bed and/or air mattress may also be used to accommodate more than 4 people.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Ask questions or check into 2 other accommodations listed separately on vrbo with property numbers #16876 (very popular cottage with sliding glass screened doors spanning the entire front, looking over orchard and ocean) and #499551 (studio with similar views and amenities, but a small kitchenette). All cottages have private lanai's with soaking tubs. See 'rental' agreement before arrival where you are donating to experience orchard life in hawaii and get a full 1 year membership to the orchard for $1 included in the suggested donation rates.

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