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“Filled with Peace”

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Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 Hakalau B&B and Inns
Victoria, Canada
1 review
“Filled with Peace”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Ms. Akiko is the most gracious host. Her B & B is lovely and you immediately are surrounded
with the Spirit of Hawaii. The plantation houses are quaint and funky with beautiful tropical
gardens all around. Very clean great place to relax and get centered. Close to city of Hilo
and the waterfalls. The breakfast was delicious fresh fruit and oatmeal our bellies and our
souls were well fed. Our stay was short but weI will return to this B&B again for sure.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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San Diego
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Our stay @ Akiko's B&B was an amazing experience. She is a heartwarming individual with welcoming hospitality & such kindness. I am truly inspired by her, visiting & listening to stories told over breakfast are fascinating. The tranquil & serene atmosphere is so invigorating. I look forward to visiting again with my family & highly recommend to all whether it be as an individual, a couple, family or group visits.

  • Stayed April 2014
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new jersey
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Staying at Akiko's B&B is a truly memorable experience. The property consists of several historic houses, and is part of a very small, quaint rural village. It's 11 miles north of fun and funky Hilo and near the botanical gardens, waterfalls etc. I stayed several nights in Hale Aloha, a stand-alone, spacious 3 bedroom house. I loved every minute of it. The house itself is airy and bright, freshly painted and surrounded by a beautiful garden, with a peekaboo view of the ocean. The house has simple woodwork and is sparsely but tastefully furnished.

The sounds at night are amazing. Various tree frogs and insect sing in an undulating rhythm that soothes you to sleep. As elsewhere on Big Island, days are warm and nights are cool with a lovely breeze. Other houses on the property include several beautiful small cabins and the monastery house (where quiet is maintained from 6:30pm to 6:30am). There is a definite Japanese aesthetic at play. Simple, beautiful touches are everywhere, in carefully placed buddha statues, cut flowers, well-kept gardens. There is also a temple for meditation, an artist studio, and an art gallery in a converted garage. One does not need to be Buddhist, just respectful. Shoes must be removed before entering any space.

Breakfast includes amazing fresh fruit from the gardens, and vegetarian items like yogurt, French toast or oatmeal. It's a great opportunity to meet interesting people, including, when I was there, an Indian marine biologist from India, French oceanographers, a Slovenian neuro-scientist, and an American who worked for the CDC in Vietnam. Everyone feels grateful to be in this special place, and so there is a feeling of warm kinship.

Akiko herself is a dynamo; a wonderful spirit who engages with her guests with care, clear presence, and a great sense of humor. A practicing Buddhist, she has created a lush, spiritual place that manages to feel cozy and open at the same time. As the space works on your spirit your heart opens, your mind is at peace. You feel transported to another place and time, and you don't want to leave.

Room Tip: Hale Aloha for privacy (families, couples). Mango Hut or Banana Patch for beautiful rustic experienc...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

I cannot think of many places where I felt so peaceful and comfortable. This place is a true sanctuary, enveloped in beauty and care. Buddha statuettes and little sculptures amongst flowers; little paths winding through the tropical gardens, meditation rooms (zendo) and superb art in the attached Motonaga gallery... this is an absolutely unique place. I loved the frog concerts at night and the wholesome breakfast in the morning. The owner, Akiko, is a role model for how to run a place with a sense of beauty, wisdom and compassion.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

If you’d like to step away from the touristy side of Hawaii and step into a slower-paced, community-based pocket on the tropical side of the Big Island, this is your place. This B&B is rich with history and connections to community and mindful living. It’s also energetic and fun, thanks to Miss Akiko, who is full of spunk and stories. There is a lovely sense of order and sharing here that will stay with me as I leave. I happened to arrive on the weekly FoodShare day when people from surrounding towns meet at the baseball field to sell their produce and creative food items, and it was a good opportunity to meet and mix with “real people” who make a life for themselves in these little towns. Miss Akiko’s B&B was a perfect place for me to slow down, savor the forest, and get a taste for village life on the Big Island.

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

When staying at Miss Akiko’s, there is a calm presence and feeling that, more so than the rest of the Big Island, envelopes you as you enter. The sleepy, small town main street; Miss Akiko’s warm welcome as she comes out to greet you; the walk on the meandering path through lush vegetation to your secluded, but open room; the gentle breeze as it blows through the screens as you settle in; the modest, yet artfully arranged room effects: all of these, and more that cannot be expressed in words, contribute to a feeling that whatever you have done before you arrived, and whatever you are planning to do after, are no longer important. What is left is a feeling of the present, a reminder to yourself that the only place you need to be is here and now. You can take your time, breathe slowly, and appreciate the fact that you are here, in this beautiful oasis in the world.

Those with the inclination to read can find Buddhist-oriented and other inspiring magazines placed subtly in the room, with varying dates that suggest they were hand-picked favorites. Depending on when you arrive, you can also practice sitting meditation or other exercises in a group setting, though our schedule did not permit us to do so for this visit. We did, however, join our hostess and the other guests each morning for breakfast, which was a wonderful way to share stories, get to know travelers from different places, and enjoy the gracious hospitality and ebullient spirit of Miss Akiko (for those who are wondering, the breakfast itself is a treat!).

Though our visit was a month ago, I can still vividly remember the peaceful feeling I had while I was there. My only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We are blessed to have found Akiko's Buddisht Bed and Breakfast. Our first stayed in December of 2012, was in the Mango Tree cottage and it was simply magical. We had never been to Hawaii and dreaded the idea of staying at a traditional hotel or resort, so we searched for something that would appeal to our sense of peace, tranquility, local and conscientious living. What we found was that and much more. After the first moment meeting Akiko and her enchanting corner in Wailea, we realized the blessing that was to unfold before us. With it's simple, zen like appreciation for nature and deeply rooted sense of respect and harmony with the local culture, Akiko weaves a magical spell that seeps into you like the rays of the sun.

We are on our second stay (Jan, 2014), this time at the Hale Aloha house and it continues to amaze our senses and expectations. This house comfortably fits 5 adults and a child. It has been the perfect retreat, allowing us to recharge, rejuvenate and embrace a way of life that reminds you of what is important.

Mahalo for the hospitality: delicious breakfast, delightful stories, excellent company and memories that will travel with us wherever we go.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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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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