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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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on the Honokaa on the Hamakua

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 7
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • 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
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • private full bathroom
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • studio - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/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
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • caving
  • 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 4.9 based on 30 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.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much enjoyed meeting you two. Thank you, Paula & Dan
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Sebastopol, CA

Incredible property

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location and cottage! Incredible views and so peaceful.. was hard to leave! Paula and Dan are awesome. Cannot wait to come back again and stay longer!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Dan and Paula were great. They went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect. Even though the weather isn’t always hot and sunny in this area of the island, it’s a quick drive and beautiful drive to the Mauna Kea resort that has a pristine white sand public beach. Also I don’t think it’s mentioned in the description but there is stream running through the property with small pools to swim in and a waterfall. It was a nice surprise.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to stay near Waipio Valley. Private, quiet, and the total opposite of a busy hotel or resort. Just relaxing and enjoyable. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bozeman, MT USA

Wonderful studio in stunning location with natural beauty

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Hale Kukui and absolutely loved it. You have to pinch yourself every time you look at the view from the deck or inside the studio. The orchard is beautiful--we picked lychee, lemons, limes. We loved the easy access to Waipi'o Valley. The lookout is less than a 10 minute walk. We walked down into the valley several mornings, before many tourists arrived. It was peaceful and magical. The studio is perfect for a couple. There are windows everywhere so that you can enjoy the views. There is an excellent grill--we cooked dinners at home nearly every night of our stay. The refrigerator is small, but the kitchen had everything we needed for wonderful meals. We also loved the tub on the lanai. On our last night, the stars were incredible and it was a perfect spot to relax and enjoy them. The studio feels very private, despite being close to the other properties. We met Paula on arrival and she was helpful when we needed her. She greeted us with fresh papaya and lime which was divine. This was a wonderful, magical place. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage on the Honokaa, Big Island Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning £58.83 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £46.28

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 for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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