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

Bedrooms Studio
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Studio Cottage Sleeps 2-4

This studio cottage sleeps 2 up to 4 and has a kitchenette and one full bath. Sliding glass screened doors overlooking the exotic organic permaculture orchard, gardens and a wide expanse of open ocean, cliffs and waterfall(S) **If our Studio cottage calendar appears booked, then check into our 2 bedroom 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 (Private very popular Deluxe Cottage), and #499549 (Also 2 bedroom cottage). Consider staying in all 3 for larger groups, small weddings, cycling, photography or hiking groups or for family reunions. If the calendar appears 'emptyish' then it may not be reflecting the bookings that often occur through our website or by phone. book on-line with all three cottages on VRBO's website. Book up to all 3 cottages for up to 12 or more people total. Discounts may apply.

Between 2012 and 2013 Hale Kukui has received lots of positive recognition. HGTV and Aloha Magazine did features on this unique property in 2013.The Lonely Planet travel guide said, 'These three tranquil and secluded rooms 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.

This magnificent 5 acre permaculture organic exotic orchard retreat sits back on 650' 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 a daytime year-round temperature of between 70 and 82 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, dragon fruit, black sapote (Chocolate pudding tree), Cashew and Macadamia nut trees. hamakua coast coffee, mangos, mangosteens, avocados, pommelo, 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 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 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 waterfall running through the property. Black Sand beach seen from the property. Ocean and waterfall views abound. Enjoy the peace and privacy of your own cottage complete with private outdoor soaking tubs to relax in and enjoy the stars.

Staying at Hale Kukui is an ecoadventure and an end destination in itself! It is also a great jump 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.

Overview of the neighborhood: Old Hawaii with conveniences, safe, private, lush natural beauty and most of the comforts of home.

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. 1.5 miles to the black sand beach down a 25% grade road (4x4 needed to drive) or 1/2 mile to Waipio lookout. Walk 1/4 mile to get ice cream and shop at the Art store. Its an easy 10 minute drive to the farmer's market in Honoka'a where there are several quaint shops, restaurants and basic groceries. Try local ride the rim, surfing,biking, ride the rim, helicopter tours of Waipio Valley, horseback, hiking, camping.

Drive to Hawaiian cowboy country in Waimea and you can smell eucalyptus on your way to the cooler climate in there in Waimea (Kamuela). Here there is more restaurants and shopping,fast food chains, a bigger hospital and some of the best fine food in the islands (only 30 minutes away). Go to Merriman's for the best seafood and Kailua pork quesadillas.

Drive on to the white sand beaches about 20 minutes from Waimea, the 5 star hotels and high end shopping of the west coast.

Otherwise drive east along the lush Hamakua coast, see Akaka falls, the 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). Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world from the sea floor.

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.

Hilo has a great outdoor market, shopping, surfing, etc. and it is a beautiful 1 hour drive along the Hamakua coast. Another hour 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.

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 cottage has its own kitchen/kitchenette, private bathroom, lanai space and soaking tub on lanai. WiFi internet.You may not want to leave.

More Details

Paula and Dan
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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(check with Paula for availability) 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 )

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 Honokaa

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 on site.

Many of our guests are return visitors or were recommended by our past guests.


Honokaa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 7
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • private full bathroom
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • studio - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • This is an open concept cottage with private deck, outdoor soaking tub, kitchenette and 4sliding glass doors across so you wake to ocean and cliff views. 11 waterfalls counted March of 2014. Additional charge for guests over 2.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • 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
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Exotic Orchard On Ocean Cliff! Waterfall/ Ocean View Takes Your Breath Away!
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews
Livermore, CA

Magnificent view from cute studio

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay for a few days. The view from the studio is incredible. We loved walking through the orchard and seeing all the fruits on the trees. It was fun walking into "town" as well as walking to the Waipio Valley Lookout. How nice not to have to deal with a car and parking. The shower was one of the most amazing showers we've had in a long time; it reminded us of the days before low-flow water restrictions. The bed was super comfortable. The kitchenette has the basics to make limited meals ie. spaghetti. There's no oven but you can buy pre-made food and just heat it up in the microwave. This was a very relaxing location and only about a half hour from Waimea where we attended the Cherry Blossom Festival. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much enjoyed meeting you two. Thank you, Paula & Dan
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Perfect quiet getaway

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the studio for the first part of our honeymoon on the big island this February. We loved staying at Hale Kukui and wish we could have stayed longer than 4 days! Paula was a wonderful hostess and their fruit was delicious!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, relaxing retreat with a million dollar view of the Waipio Rim!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved it here. First of all, the view is amazing!! We loved spending time at the orchard, picking fruit and enjoying the sounds of nature. We would sit on the bench on the edge of the cliff and stare in awe at the beauty around us. We even saw a mama and baby whale one evening. We lost count of the number of geckos hanging around. We had a very laid back experience here and enjoyed every minute of it. Like others have said, if you are more accustomed to hotel accommodations and hustle and bustle, this is not the place for you. If you are looking to get away from the chaos and want to truly enjoy the beauty Hawaii has to offer, book now and you will not regret it.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing in the Orchard

  • 5 of 5

Loved the view off the deck and the colorful birds who came to visit us. The onsite hosts are very attentive and helpful. The studio was fairly small but very comfortable and since we were out most of every day it was perfectly adequate. The parking is tricky for this unit. The orchard offered a delicious array of tropical fruits that could be picked each day. Within walking distance of the Waipio Valley Lookout. Close to Honokaa with a grocery store and several good places to eat, plus our hosts directed us to a closer spot which was excellent, "farm to table".

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, peaceful retreat. We loved being here and will certainly return. Thank you, Paula!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Peaceful & Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my stay here very much. It was the perfect place to get away from it all. The owners were very accommodating! Special attention was paid to giving occupants privacy which was really appreciated.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waipi`o Cookhouse
Waipi?o Valley Lookout
Gramma's Kitchen
Simply Natural
Hina Rae's Café
Fudge'n Coffee Cafe
Cafe IL Mondo
Pizza Restaurant
Blane's Drive Inn
Fast Food Restaurant
Aulani Cafe
Cocktail Bar
The Landing Restaurant And Bar
American Restaurant
Fujino Shaved ice
Fish & Poi Co
Tex Drive-In
Hawaiian Restaurant
The Fish & The Hog
Barbecue Restaurant
James Angelo's Underground Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Takeout Restaurant
Hamakua Country Club
Big Island Brewhaus
Dan-o's Doner
Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc
Dessert Shop
Jade Palace
Chinese Restaurant
Manuela Malasada Co
Aka Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Luna Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Charley's Thai Cuisine
Thai Restaurant
Yong's Kal-Bi
Korean Restaurant
Noodle Club
Noodle Shop
Hawaiian Restaurant
Los Tres Mex
Tex-Mex Restaurant
Don's Chinese Kitchen
Chinese Restaurant
Village Burger Waimea
Hamburger Restaurant
Village Burger Kamuela
Hamburger Restaurant
Lilikoi Cafe
Sandwich Shop
Parker Ranch Center
Paniolo Country Inn
JoJo's Avenue - Shaved Ice & Treats
Hina Rae’s Sugarshack
Hawaiian Style Cafe
Hawaiian Restaurant
Waimea Coffee Company
Coffee Shop
Red Water Cafe
American Restaurant
Merriman's Big Island
American Restaurant
Pizza Restaurant
Keokea Beach Park
Nearest Airport
25.5 Miles
Waimea (25), Hilo (48), Kona (67)
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Kukuihaele Road, rt 240 and 19
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Cook house 1/4 mile. Many others in Honokaa
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Mauna Kea
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Waipio's mile long black sand beach
Car: recommended

Hale Kukui's Studio cottage is perfectly situated as a vacation destination overlooking the ocean,1400 ft cliffs and the historic Waipio Valley. We are perfectly situated in a paradise of exotic organic permaculture orchard with short paths, private nooks, soaking tubs on a private lanai overlooking a foreground of ocean, fruits, spice trees, orchid, Heliconia, antherium, exotic ferns and nut trees all on our nearly 5 acres of secluded property.

Hale Kukui is also a central step off point to water sports, local surfing and swimming. 14,000 Mauna Kea(tallest mountain in the world measured from the sea floor and 14k above sea level sometime with snow at the top. drive up for sunset and star gazing.The charming town of Honoka'a, White sand beaches on the other side of Waimea, known as cowboy country and known for some of the finest restaurants in Hawaii.

Local horseback riding, ATVs with 'ride the rim,'hiking and nature locally in the lush part of the island.

Hale Kukui is a great central jump off point to Waipio, Volcanoes National Park, hot springs, Kona, Hilo, Waimea, .Wapio Valley's black sand beach is 1 1/4 mile from the property.The road down is a single lane at 25% grade. To drive you must have a 4x4.

**If our Studio cottage calendar appears booked, then check into our 2 bedroom cottage #499549 and deluxe cottage's#16876 availability, both are situated on the same 5 acre property with similar views. Look up VRBO's property numbers #16876 (Private very popular Deluxe Cottage), and #499549 2 bedroom cottage). Consider staying in all 3 for larger groups, small weddings, cycling, photography or hiking groups or for family reunions. If the calendar appears 'emptyish' then it may not be reflecting the bookings through our website or by phone.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $75 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.42%

3 cottages available (Studio, 2 bedroom and orchard cottage) ranging from $199-$249/night, seventh night free. $40 cleaning fee and 13.42% accomodation tax not included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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