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

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Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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. Call 1-808-775-1701 or 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. Try our fully mature hamakua coast coffee, mangos, mangosteens, 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 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 suite 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. Walk or drive 1.5 miles to the black sand beach down a 25% grade road 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 and enjoy the longest black sand beach in Hawaii below the property.

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 southwest 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, nice lanai space and soaking tub on lanai. WiFi internet.You may not want to leave.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Paula and Dan
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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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 ) 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 on site.

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


based on 17 traveler reviews

Exotic Orchard On Ocean Cliff! Waterfall/ Ocean View Takes Your Breath Away!
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Nice spot, Needs work

  • 3 of 5

Nice spot, and Paula, one of the owners, was friendly and helpful but this is not a five star location. The view is great, so is the orchard, but there is a fair amount of deferred maintenance and the kitchen -- and particularly the dorm-sized refrigerator -- is not appropriate to a location 8 miles from the nearest store. Waipia valley was closed by dengue fever when we were there, and it's a long drive to any other outdoor activities.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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family from canada

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The view from the cottage is unbelievable. The cottage was well appointed and clean. Our kids ran around the orchards and collected fruit. The stars at night from the balcony are incredible. It is also just down the road from the Waipio valley lookoff. Sensational.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and Paula and Dan were excellent hosts. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Anchorage, AK

Far above the ordinary at Hale Kakui.

  • 5 of 5

Awesome, exotic, beautiful, breathtaking, secluded, peaceful, remote, romantic, absolutely perfect piece of Hawaiian paradise set in the middle of a working orchard and far and away from the usual tourist hustle and bustle. Outstanding!

My husband and I spent 7 days as guests of Hale Kakui and could not have been happier with our stay. We wanted a place that was off the beaten path, 5 star quality and out of the ordinary and that's exactly what we got.

Our hosts, Paula and Dean were the perfect combination of attentive and hands off and our studio cottage was large, clean, comfortable, well built and architecturally pleasing.

All the amenities are located just a stones throw away in the historic town of Honokaa...restaurants, groceries, shopping; even your friendly Ace Hardware store. I highly recommend you take the opportunity to eat breakfast or lunch at Grandmas a locally owned and operated business with personality plus. We also enjoyed our tour of the Waipio Valley with Wiapio Valley tours. Friday night BBQ at Waipio Cookhouse is not to be missed.

The best part of the stay, in my opinion was sitting out on our private balcony under the unpolluted night sky, trade winds blowing softly on our faces while listening to the tree frogs sing their nightly songs.

Give yourselves the gift of staying at Hale Kakui. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and completely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The home and the view are as breathtakingly beautiful as the photos. The place is situated not far from one of Hawaii's most historic towns, but it's far enough away that all you can hear are the birds, day and night. We loved our stay here and can't recommend it enough. The hosts are lovely people too!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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  • 5 of 5

A really magical and special place. I looked forward to waking up each morning to push the curtains aside for the incredible view of the Waipio Valley. We felt very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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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
8 Miles
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 watersports, 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. observatories 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,' famous botanical gardens, 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, white sand beaches are all easy drives.Wapio Valley's black sand beach is 1 1/4 mile from the property.

**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

Honokaa Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning $40 + Tax
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.

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Honokaa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • 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 ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
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
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We don't have a true spa but there is a community room that may be available-'Zen space' for yoga retreats, great views. massage, acupuncture, energy balancing, meditation, etc. Truly epic stunning views, comfortable, Quite, Relaxing and Peaceful. Save money by cooking your own meals with the orchard to draw from and to use creativity. Nice central location to all of the best tourist sites but you won't want to leave!

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