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“Transformative Experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast

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Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 Hakalau B&B and Inns
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
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“Transformative Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

I wanted to experience Hawaii as I knew it as a kid and I was transported back to my grandparents' place in Hilo. The walk downstairs to the bath house, no keys issued and even the archaic room rate. Only the invasion of coqui frogs which can be annoying was a more recent change. But I had earplugs! My trip coincided with Rohatsu and although it was voluntary, I sat for all four nights and it has made me resolve to sit with more regularity in Phoenix. Great breakfasts with a variety of tropical fruits and good conversation.

Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ramsey, Minnesota
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

Staying at Akiko's B&B is an experience that you would not want to miss out on, if you are looking to experience the true Hawaii - away from tourist vacation resorts. At Akiko's you will be welcomed warmheartedly and made part of the family. Akiko's homemade breakfast is delicious and a great way to start your day - in community with other guests and herself. The healthy breakfast consists of fresh, homegrown exotic fruits, oats and homemade breads. The rooms in the different houses are simple and clean, and provide all you need. The views out of the screened windows are so relaxing: palm trees, mango trees, banana trees - all is green. At night you can hear the raindrops pounding on the roof and the frogs. It is a true rainforest experience to stay at this B&B. I absolutely loved staying here (December 2013) and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for more than just a vacation - but who wants to find out what life is like on the beautiful Hamakua Coast of Hawaii!
Yvonne Gustafson, Minnesota.

Room Tip: All rooms are great, just depends on your needs.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean View, Delaware
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

Akiko is very kind and treated us like family. Our room was spotless and beautiful. We had a room in the Hale Aloha. Every morning I hiked to the beach along a road that was a tropical wonderland. Close to Hilo and other places to explore. Alot of positive energy in Akikos. Hope to return.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

I've stayed at Akiko's four times now, and every visit makes me want to move here. I've traveled to 26 countries and stayed in countless hotels, but there isn't another place like Akiko's anywhere.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived that very first night was how peaceful it felt. This is a place where you can set down your suitcases and your worries and just be. You want to leave the car behind for awhile? Walk down the lazy, curving road to the beach park and watch the sunrise and the surfers. Does the light spreading across your bedspread beckon to you in the middle of the afternoon? Lie down and take a nap; there's nowhere else you need to be. You need your coffee in the morning, get ready because Akiko's coffee is the Buzz. Need to make a phone call? Walk down the road to the baseball field and you'll get reception.

The thing is, a stay at Akiko's can be as much as you want it to be, or just a place to rest your head for the night. But to look at a stay at Akiko's as just another night's lodging is to miss out on what could be the transformation of your life.

When your daily roles and labels cover you like a dozen winter coats, Akiko’s B&B offers stillness and room to let all those layers fall away. You catch a glimpse of your inner spirit; that part of you that never leaves, but sits silent and waiting for you to slow down, listen, and remember. No pretending to have it all figured out. Just time and room to recall what it feels like to be yourself. Permission to accept that wherever you are with your life is okay. Once you remember how beautiful that feels,you can hold that feeling inside and try not to lose it again when you go back home. This, to me, is the best souvenir ever.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Morro Bay, California
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

We would recommend Akiko's place for those who wish to experience an authentic slice of Hawaii, present as well as past. You will stay in an area steeped in local Big Island history and aloha. Akiko has a wonderful place that is clean, bright and happy. While there, you may have the opportunity to participate in local gatherings and events which Akiko often hosts. If you are going to visit the Hilo and the Hamakua coast (the most beautiful area of the Big Island), please don't miss a chance to stay at Akiko's B&B.

Mahalo and aloha.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Walnut Creek, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

Regardless of its name, we found that ALL guests are welcome and need not be Buddhist to enjoy a unique stay at Akiko's Buddhist B & B. There are no religious strictures, proselytizing or even mentioning of religion except for little uplifting sayings placed at appropriate places through out the place. However, if you are into  Zen or any other kind of  Buddhism, there is a separate Zendo for meditation. 
We found Akiko's a reasonably priced, clean, and unpretentious B&B in refurbished sugar plantation era homes.  It is for people interested in a restful stay, untroubled by the pace of modern life. You are invited to events at the little town of Wailea with an opportunity for immersion in local culture, if you wish. There you meet the elders who lived the plantation life for a weekly sponsored lunch (Donations are appreciated.) or at a unique multicultural farmers market. The neighbors we encountered in our walks and my morning photographic forays  were delightfully friendly. Newbies in the area take organized group walks.
The B&B imparts to guests the ambiance of living in a sugar plantation home of the past.  In this it succeeds. Situated  in tropical rain forest vegetation, visitors can take a short stress reducing walk under overarching tall trees to a river and the ocean at sea cliffs. Consequently, there are many opportunities to enjoy nature as many of the residents do.
Akiko herself is a most welcoming, hospitable and friendly person. She is college educated, a former dancer and artist. The spirit of her thoughtful attitudes and  beliefs permeates the grounds. She energetically maintains the facility with the willing help of her neighbors and friends. It is a nucleus for the evolving rejuvenation of this little plantation town. 
We sincerely and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there which was enhanced, in no small measure, by the especially generous, locally grown, delicious and healthy breakfasts provided by her. We plan to return.
Clinton Kawanishi, Ph.D and Parthena Martin, Ph. D

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Clintonk20
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Papaaloa, Hawaii, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

Akiko's BB is a true treasure in the midst of a rare hawaiian micro climate. For the first 22 miles traveling North of Hilo on hwy 19 you will be able to find numerous waterfalls, pools and streams- including the Great Akaka falls - here there is more water flowing than anyplace in hawaii. Akikos is right in the middle, and her mind is like the water flowing all around.. Within the grounds are pathways that remove you from the world and surround you with flowers, fruit, coconuts, and tall trees with a little hale here and there. Go for it!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Drean B
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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8

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