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“Find the true Aloha Spirit at Akiko's Buddhist Bed & Breakfast”

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Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 Hakalau B&B and Inns
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“Find the true Aloha Spirit at Akiko's Buddhist Bed & Breakfast”
Reviewed 6 August 2011

I arrived stressed out from my job and left happy and relaxed, due in great part to the Spirit of Aloha I found with Akiko. And the other part was due to the beautiful setting of the B&B, full of flowers and fruit trees and... frogs! They chirped me to sleep and the sound of the meditation gong gently woke me. If you are looking for the real Hawai'i and not just the tourist Hawai'i, you will find what you are looking for at Akiko's.

Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 January 2010

Staying here felt like the perfect balance between vacation and study abroad. I love that I got to know Akiko, listen to her stories of local goings-on, and even meditate with her at 5am daily! She not only runs a cozy, warm inn, but she gives much of herself. You'll remember her sweet and surprisingly audible laugh!

The bed and breakfast is in a house built in the 30s and slowly being upgraded. It is immaculate, and boasts a few architectural anamolies: stairs built for (her words) "small Japanese people"; a giant shower looking out into the lush, private garden; 6 cats; a full kitchen and fridge exclusively for guests' use; a porch overlooking the quiet road; a short walk to a nearby park / beach (can't swim here!); and a Zendo, or room for meditation. Although we shared the house and bathroom, I never felt a lack of privacy. However, individual cottages are available too.

The home is filled with art, Buddhist imagery, and quotes like, "May you be in quiet calm, filled with gratitude, and living in Aloha". There are so many books.

Akiko also runs a small non-profit, dedicated to preserving Hawaiian culture. Her B&B is located in a village of 12 families, where she is the relative newcomer having arrived 35 years ago. She talks about land, Hawaiian elders and wisdom, and local beliefs about things like Pele (the goddess associated with volcanoes).

She is happy to talk about all of these topics, and hear about you, especially over breakfast. While we stayed here, breakfast was some combination of Japanese tea; delicious coffee prepared on the stove; steel cut oatmeal cooked with trail mix; molasses-containing old plantation style sugar; astoundingly fresh papayas; small, extra sweet bananas; sliced star fruit; bananabread; Portuguese sweet bread; a friend's family-style passionfruit butter spread; rambutan; and tangerines picked from trees on the property. Let her know if you have any dietary restrictions. She'll look out for you.

Akiko knows a lot about the local area, not just from a historical perspective, but also about goings-on: the best market, places to eat (like Yen's Vietnamese in Hilo).

Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa, and Akaka falls are all easily accessible from here.

Somehow this beautiful, slightly removed place seems to attract relaxed, friendly people from all walks of life. I got to know other residents over breakfast and coming and going.

We left feeling well-rested. Maybe it in part the break from TV and Internet (no signal here for my iPhone). I have a feeling we'll end up back here sooner than we think!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2006

We stayed at Akiko's after several days on Waikiki beach and found it to be just what we needed to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city! It's peaceful and quiet, tucked in a small village just north of Hilo, so it makes a good home base for exploring Hilo and Volcanos NP as well as the numerous waterfalls on that side of the island. We stayed in the Mango tree cottage, surrounded by beautiful native foliage and a gigantic mango tree. It's a spacious cottage, comfortable, private, and entirely powered by solar energy. The bathroom and kitchenette, located in a separate small building are shared by the mango tree cottage and the smaller banana tree cottage. It's simple and peaceful, though not roughing it by any means. Miss Akiko is a pleasure to talk to and made us feel at home immediately. We were sorry to leave!

Breakfast was wonderful! Hot tea, coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice, and a wide spread of fresh picked tree-ripened fruits, homemade sweet bread, and hot cereal. Breakfast was served at 7:30, after the optional morning meditation from 5-6. Earlier than I would have normally arisen to eat on vacation, but it was a great start to the day! Because of the set time for breakfast, we were able to sit at the table and chat with the small and intimate group of guests and Miss Akiko herself, yet the whole affair maintained a very informal and comfortable atmosphere.

You will also find a gallery of local art work for purchase, including the not-to-be-missed Hamakua macadamias (forget Mauna Loa!) and Buddha Buzz kona coffee. There are also special events that occur at the B&B throughout the year, the proceeds of which go towards keeping this little village alive!

  • Stayed December 2005
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Property: Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast
Address: 29-2091 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Hakalau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96710-0272
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hakalau
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Hakalau
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Number of rooms: 8

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