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

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Hammock next to 'Zen space' for people to meet,do yoga, get massage, meditate..


Last updated: 06/02/2015
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Video intoduction 14 seconds by my 10 yr old daughter Hana:
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!

***link to hale kukui's facebook page with over 1800 'likes' for one of our photo albums with over 130 pictures: https://www.Facebook.Com/pages/hale-kukui/149499848545373

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.

See recommendations on trip adviser as well.

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 a daytime year-round 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 meets modern 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.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    ask manager...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    If they are supervised at all times due to dangers around potentially unstable cliff edge and stream/waterfall. Ages 6+...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    Outdoors only away from cottages....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 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, hardwood 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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 smaller 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....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable channels from TWC ...moreless

  • Television:

    Yes, Flat screen basic cable through TWC ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    assortment of dvd's. Redbox rental in Honokaa...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Waipio's famous Black Sand Beach just below property...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View:

    Relax with stunning views of ocean including Waipio Valley, Black sand Beach, 1400 ft cliffs, Waterfall(s)...moreless

  • Rural:

    Kukuihaele Village atmosphere but the property is private and secluded...moreless

  • Village:

    Village of Kukuihaele has 2 stores, island made ice cream within 1/8-1/4 mile easy walk...moreless

  • Water View:


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


  • Dining:

    in cottage or on private lanai. Make your own meals and feel free to get creative with what you find in the orchard....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Rarely necessary but space heaters can be provided for rare chilly nights...moreless

  • Internet:

    We have high speed WiFi through TWC...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Steps away from entry...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free long distance to Canada and the US through Magic Jack...moreless

  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    All your basic needs to cook, some condiments, Kona coffee blend, a variety of teas....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    apartment size...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    some condiments, coffee, a variety of teas, salt, pepper, sugar....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    mini refrigerator with small freezer inside....moreless

  • Stove:

    Apartment size 4 burner gas stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Boat:

    Easy drive to take a charter or rent...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Expansive landscaped, diverse settings, paths, nooks and crannies to lose yourself and relax....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Electric grill on lanai...moreless



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  • cleaning fee $40 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.5%


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Last updated: 06/02/2015
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Honoka'a bar and several restaurants
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Nearest Motorway
Kukuihaele Road
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
80 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mauna Kea sometimes in Winter-do it yourself
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
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/heliconia 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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Waipio:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Hammock next to 'Zen space' for people to meet,do yoga, get massage, meditate..

    Hammock next to 'Zen space' for people to meet,do yoga, get massage, meditate..

  • Many choose Hale Kukui to marry or honeymoon in this unforgetable epic location!

    Many choose Hale Kukui to marry or honeymoon in this unforgetable epic location!

  • One perspective view of several from our cliff edge.

    One perspective view of several from our cliff edge.

  • 2 bedroom cottage

    2 bedroom cottage

  • comfortable furnishings. kitchen area to the right bath thru door behind sofa

    comfortable furnishings. kitchen area to the right bath thru door behind sofa

  • dining areas in and outside

    dining areas in and outside

  • laying on bed looking out of first bedroom

    laying on bed looking out of first bedroom

  • View from Waipio Lookout

    View from Waipio Lookout

  • Orchard Path

    Orchard Path

  • Cliff's edge on our bluff overlooking Waipio's famous black sand beach

    Cliff's edge on our bluff overlooking Waipio's famous black sand beach

  • cliffs with lots of waterfalls after a rain and one on the property always.

    cliffs with lots of waterfalls after a rain and one on the property always.

  • Aleutian Islands 6000 miles straight out looking to the north of our point!

    Aleutian Islands 6000 miles straight out looking to the north of our point!

  • Back of 2 bedroom Cottage.
Park only steps away from entrance

    Back of 2 bedroom Cottage. Park only steps away from entrance

  • living space with great views, first bedroom to Right

    living space with great views, first bedroom to Right

  • first bedroom, queen size bed

    first bedroom, queen size bed

  • Waipio's Famous black sand beach below our property

    Waipio's Famous black sand beach below our property

  • under the kukui nut tree

    under the kukui nut tree

  • coming down the driveway

    coming down the driveway

  • Bamboo Path to the ocean cliff and to the gulch

    Bamboo Path to the ocean cliff and to the gulch

  • View from bluff on property

    View from bluff on property

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