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Enchanting Private Hawaiian Style Cottage overlooking the majestic Waipio Valley

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

At the heart of Hawaii is a lush tropical paradise beyond compare. Waipio Valley 'Valley of the Kings' is very sacred to Hawaiians, filled with majestic waterfalls, Ancient Hawaiian farms, a gorgeous mile long black sand beach, and over 100 wild horses. The Hamakua Hideaway Cliffhouse is a custom built cottage (Hawaiian style), nestled on the edge of Waipio Valley, in a bamboo forest. You will become immersed in a garden full of beautiful flowers, edible herbs and exotic fruits. Enjoy awe-inspiring 180 degree view of the ocean on our cozy 'made for two' swing and hear the sound of the hundred foot waterfall beneath you. The complete privacy makes it perfect for having a romantic evening using the fully equipped kitchen or perhaps at one of the fabulous restaurants in our sweet little Honoka'a Town (short 10 min drive). Have the most romantic getaway in the 'two person' Jacuzzi tub or by the wood burning fire place then cuddle up in the loft. We provide premium quality organic sheets on the luxurious Cal King bed. We also pride ourselves on using only natural and organic cleaning supplies to keep the purity of the natural haven. If you want to explore Waipio Valley, you can hike it, horseback it, take a shuttle tour, or ride ATV's above it, as we are located just 2 min away from the check in location to many of these Waipio Tours, and a short 10 min walk to the Waipio lookout. Let us make help your magical fairy tale in Hawai'i come true.

Quotes from our in-house diary:

'Outstanding. Priceless. Peaceful. Relaxing. Delightful. Awesome. Fragrant. In no particular order... A real gem. Mahalo!'

Ruth and Allen -- Juneau, Alaska

'One of, if not the most, magical places we've ever been to. Everything from the cliffs to the sunset has been absolutely perfect. So glad we found this place. It reflects love and good spirit from every detail, every corner. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of paradise!'

Tim and Inca -- PA and Germany

'Thank God for this place, creation at its most serene. And thank you, Kristan,for sharing your home with so many of us. Not only would we return here again, we'd live here. Certainly we both take potent changes back with us to our home so far away.

I especially loved to capture the beauty here in my photography - framing Waipio cliffs amongst the incredible flowers of your garden. My husband most loved the isolation, a place for him to recharge his batteries, to sort life's problems out, and to make plans for the future. Truly a thought provoking environment.

Tim and Linda -- Scotch Plains, New Jersey

'What a beautiful, serene spot! We saw whale spouts and rainbows while just sitting on the lanai. This was exactly the vacation we needed. We loved coming back here at the end of every day and some days, we just never left! Thanks for sharing this very magical place with us.'

Cynthis and Heather -- Culver City, CA

'I'd like to write a few pages describing all the reasons that the Hamakua Hideaway is the absolute best place we've ever stayed, but my husband summed it up best - UTTER PERFECTION! Mahalo! We'll be back.'

Cara and Stephen -- Victoria, BC

'Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful stay here at your Hideaway! The view is one of the most beautiful we've ever seen and the house has such unique character. We love the special touches - the pretty soft sheets, freah flowers, candles, landscaping, etc. We found ourselves on a circuitous route thru the house from the bed, to the Jacuzzi, to the massage table, (in-room massage from Rene Romano!)to the kitchen for food/drink, to the neat stone shower...and then back to be! What a rough day!'

Hilary and Wes -- Salem, VA

'Everything we dreamed it would be and more. We can honestly say this has been the best and most relaxing trip we have ever taken.'

Jim and Heidi -- Spring Hill, Kansas

'We have had an amazing few days here! My husband and I had planned to use this Hideaway as a starting point to explore the North of the island, but once we were here, we could barely tear ourseleves away! We spent most of our time enjoying this beautiful house. Your front porch was our big screen TV - we don't know how many hours we spent watching the light change on the cliffs. This has been the end of our honeymoon and we feel so rested and refreshed. Thanks for the beautiful and thoughtful little home.'

Alison and Andrew -- Hong Kong

'I sit here on the lanai, writing this as a rainbow arches over the lighted coast of Waipio Valley. This pretty much defines my experience here. Dawn and I loved this place. It feels like old Hawaii, back to nature and a connection to God. All the amenities were here, yet it felt like we were camping under the stars and surrounded by jungle. The Hideaway is certainly the most unique and pleasurable rental or B&B (and we've been to hundreds of them in our lifetime!) we have ever stayed in. Thank you (mahalo) for lending this experience to us. It's hard to leave.'

David and Dawn -- Cincinnati, OH

Keywords: Cottage, Honeymoon, Romantic, Retreat, Secluded, Beautiful, Awesome, Spectacular, View, Oceanfront

More Details

Kristan Hunt
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2018

About Kristan Hunt

Kristan moved to the Big Island in 1984. With the help of her sons she enjoys organic farming and growing medicinal herbs and edible flowers.

She has raised 3 sons and now has 5 grandchildren, all living on the Big Island.

She established the Hamakua Hideaway Cliffhouse in 1986 and has been taking pride in the stewardship of this amazing place so that people from all over the world can come here and bask in the experience of this wonderful slice of paradise.

Kristan Hunt purchased this cabin in 1986

Why Kristan Hunt chose Kukuihaele

Kukuihaele has the best weather on the island. It is never too hot, too rainy, too windy or too cold. The air is clean and the volcanic sulfur rarely comes to this side of the island. The people in the village of Kukuihaele are friendly. The Hamakua Hideaway Cliff House is within walking distance to Waipio Valley, which is one of the most special places of this island and a wonderful hiking experience. Nature abounds. Beauty follows.

What makes this cabin unique

The Hamakua Hideaway Cliff House was the first vacation rental on this side of the island and we pride ourselves on having the touch of old aloha. This rustic cottage radiates warmth and charm and provides very restful and romantic stay. The spectacular views can be seen from every room. Immersed in total privacy you will see flowers everywhere, birds, geckos and the magnificent Waipio cliffs with its gorgeous waterfalls. You will hear the rushing water of the stream below and the gentle tradewind breezes passing through the bamboo.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Kukuihaele, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) On the floor in the loft
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • long term renters welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Seclusion, privacy and beauty everywhere you look. Very serene, romantic and quiet. Wonderful hiking in Waipio Valley.


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Enchanting Private Hawaiian Style Cottage overlooking the majestic Waipio Valley
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews

Breathtaking View in Authentic Hawaiian Setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed our first 2 nights in Hawaii at this amazing cottage overlooking the Waipio Valley. You think sometimes when you book these places that the pictures are enhanced and exaggerated. Well, I'm here to tell you that your mouth will drop the moment you park your car and get out. If you are interested in hiking down the valley, don't hesitate to book this cottage. We are explorers, so for us, 2 nights was a perfect amount of time to experience the area and cute, quiet town of Honoka'a. When you arrive at the airport, drive through Waimea, pickup your groceries, then make you're way here. Settle in, have the coqui frogs serenade you into a good nights sleep (if you are a sensitive sleeper, there will be earplugs), then wake up and hike down to the valley. We had an amazing black sand beach all to ourselves and saw horses grazing. The hike back up is a challenge but we looked at it as our workout for the day. You could probably hitch a ride on the way back up if you needed to. After getting cleaned up, get those calories back by heading into town and go to Tex Drive In for lunch and malasadas to die for (can't stop thinking about those malasadas).

  • Submitted: 13-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Riverside, California

A little bit of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent four days at the cottage and never stopped marveling at the jaw-dropping view. Tucked away at the end of a long driveway, privacy was complete. The cottage, as others have noted, is old (70's I would guess?) with furnishings of the era, but we wouldn't have it any other way! The effect was comfortable and sweetly nostalgic, with an overlay of Hawaiiana that is perfect for the place. The bed was comfortable and the cottage was very clean. We love to cook and were pleased to find that the kitchen was well-equipped with the basics. The only thing we would recommend adding is a charcoal grill.

Since we cooked in most nights, we did not explore the limited dining offerings of the immediate area, but found the market in Honoka'a completely adequate for our needs. The little craft shop and Waipi'o van station on the road just before you arrive at the cottage carries the wonderful local Tropical Dreams Ice Cream-- a must eat! We drove to Waimea (not close, but not far either) for Sunday brunch at Merriman's, which we highly recommend.

The Hamakua Coast is gorgeous, but not filled with "attractions". For the most part, we were content to explore the small towns and coastal access points. The Waipi'o Valley, the Pepe'ekeo Scenic Drive (along with the Onomea Bay Hike), and the Hawaii Tropical Botanic Garden were places we especially enjoyed. We also took the Hawaiian Vanilla Company tour, which was low-key and nicely done. (We would recommend touring in the spring when the vanilla plants bloom.) The lunch items, all made with vanilla, were delicious.

  • Submitted: 13-Dec-2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Niwot, CO

This place deserves more than 5 stars!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent the last two nights of our 11 day trip to the Big Island here at the Hideaway. After driving down the long driveway and turning into the carport we were blown away by the view before us. Easily the best view on the island (or any island for that matter). The house itself was very comfortable and had everything we needed. We loved falling asleep to the sound of frogs, although earplugs did come in handy at one point as we slept with all the windows open. It was amazing to wake up early and just sit up in bed to see the view. The house is about 9 miles from town so while it's not too far it may be easier for some to get food and eat meals at the house. There is a fully equipped kitchen (although no microwave) that would make it convenient to prepare meals. We did that our second night and had a great time sitting in the yard and looking at the view while having dinner. The house is about 1/2 mile from the Waipio Valley lookout and it was a very easy walk to the lookout and then a not so easy (but definitely recommended) walk to the beach below.

In addition, we loved meeting Lani the dog. We were missing our two dogs at home and to have Lani come around often was a nice touch. She spent an entire afternoon hanging out with us in the yard and even fell asleep on the porch when we went to bed. When we awoke she was wagging her tail at the door about 2 minutes later. She is a super sweet dog who isn't a fan of bananas, but really loves malasadas and pizza crust. :-)

I would highly recommend this wonderful property!

  • Submitted: 20-Jun-2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Schaumburg, IL

A place that will live in your heart

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to add any more details as the other reviews describe it very well. So I'll just tell you that every time I looked up from reading or cooking or relaxing on the bed, the view took my breath away. This is a place to sink into, to allow yourself the time to feel the rhythm of life there. We stayed in 4 different VRBO homes on the Big Island, all beautiful, and most with more amenities, but this is the one that I will come back to.

We took a tour of the Waipio Valley just minutes from the house, and loved it. Next time we will have the tour drop us off and spend more time there (the tour from the art gallery nearby will drop you off and then pick you up on one of their later tours).

Thank you Kristan for sharing this amazing home on VRBO!

  • Submitted: 7-Apr-2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Cliff House for 4 nights on our second stop during our 30th anniversary trip to the Big Island. I don't even know where to start. Everything about our stay was idyllic! I expected a rustic, simple cottage. The woodwork instead was just beautiful (what a ceiling!). The love and care that Kristan has put into every detail is quite evident - the art, the sculptures, the flowers - inside and out, just beautiful. The house is saturated in local culture. Books about the island and Hawaiian legend abound. And the view!!! Breathtaking, spectacular, awesome, amazing, holy - pick your favorite word and it still falls short. We really did feel like we were all alone in the Garden of Eden. Drinking wine on the lanai as the sun went down. Rocking on the swing in the garden. Simple delicious meals made in the well-equipped kitchen. Hot tubs watching the stars every night. Big comfortable bed with soft sheets and puffy pillows. I even loved the silky tropical curtains hanging from bamboo on the windows. Great road for jogging along the water too (don't be put off by the many friendly dogs who come out to say hi along the way). The house is minutes away from the Waipio Valley - a spectacular (but steep) hike down to a pristine black sand beach. You can also take a tour from the store just down the street. The quaint little town of Honokaa is just 10 minutes away with a few restaurants (Café Il Mondo was great for pizza and calzone. Also picked up a terrific CD of the local high school jazz band there!) Our very favorite beach was Hapuna Beach - gorgeous white sand beach great for swimming and snorkeling (drive to the left access area for shade and snorkeling). The restaurant at Hapuna Beach Prince resort was terrific for lunch. The beach at the Mauna Kea resort was also beautiful but the lot for public access fills up by around 8 am. The only other thing I can say is that I almost cried when we left. If you're looking for a romantic time with the one you love in paradise, look no further than the Cliff House.

  • Submitted: 11-Jun-2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Return to a "peace" of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We had a reservation on the Hamkua Coast that fell through! We remembered the Hamakua Hideaway from a previous visit in 1993! Luckily there was an opening and the owner was very helpful. We arrived at night, knowing that the comfortable King size bed was facing a morning view like none other! We slept soundly to the sounds of nature and waterfalls, under a quilt -Nature's airconditioning! The occasional gentle rain on the roof was so calming.If you are looking for a rejuvination away from the tourist traps and the noise of roads/cities this is heaven! The place is clean, the family(owner) is friendly but respectful of your privacy.

  • Submitted: 7-May-2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Car: necessary

Honoka'a and our 'village' of Kukuihaele are charming, historical plantation communities with access to hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV rides along the rim of Waipio Valley or wagon, horse and shuttle tours in the valley.

Your home is .5 miles from the Waipio Valley overlook, an easy and scenic walk. You can also drive into Waipio Valley and beach (with 4WD) or you can hike to the back of the valley which has the 2nd highest waterfall in the USA. If you are looking for more adventure, there is additional hiking into the next valley (Waimanu) which has THE highest waterfall in the USA. Waipio also has a mile long black sand beach with a clear water stream flowing into it. Waipio Valley is the most sacred valley on the island and the 2nd most visited natural site after Volcano Natural Park.

Honoka'a town is a charming one street town with cafes, gift and antique shops as well as a historic movie theater which offers traditional and artistic films as well as local and upscale musical events. It is the only theater between Hilo and Kona and simply a jewel. Check out the Honoka'a People's Theater website for current and upcoming events.

There is a grocery store and farmer's market in Honoka'a and another wonderful market where they sell amazing grass fed beef from the Big Island. We also have a new health food store/cafe. There are farmer's markets all over the Big Island. There are macadamia nut farms on the road to our location and you can often stop and buy right from the farmers when they have stands along the road, as well as folks selling their excess produce from their front yards for a nominal fee.

There are two gifts shops right in Kukuihaele as well as a small cafe and homemade ice cream.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Kukuihaele, Hawaii

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

A 50% deposit is required to hold all reservations, with the balance due two weeks prior to arrival.

Deposits are fully refundable up to 60 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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