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Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 4 Honokaa B&B and Inns
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Danbury, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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“Beautiful Hideaway!”
Reviewed 12 August 2012

Wow! Can't say enough good things about this gem of a hideaway! Such a luxurious home and very comfortable. The rooms are well appointed and the service so personable. Randy is a manager who cares about her guest's every need. Breakfast is outstanding, and you must book a personal prepared dinner with chef Peter. His exquisite blend of all local ingredients for a 5 star quality meal is quite a treat! Make Waianuhea your place to stay on Hawaii!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

So much has already been written about Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast that there isn't much left to say, but I would just simply like to reconfirm how excellent this B&B is. In fact, Waianuhea seems more like a 5 star hotel with only 5 rooms.

The property is hidden in a tropic forest on a hill above the coast and just bellows the Mauna Kea observatories. The location thus creates a very special, relaxing and calming atmosphere. We chose to stay here for the last 3 days of our honeymoon on the Big Island and we will never regret it! In fact, we only regret we didn't book more than two nights at Waianuhea.

It is fair to say that the quality of their service and their attentiveness surpasses many five star hotels anywhere in the world. All the staff members are extremely kind and attentive, especially manager Randy who really knows what she is doing.

Breakfast is made from scratch and very delicious. They were also very creative and willing to take an extra step in order to accommodate all our needs. We didn't want to order the whole dinner and have asked just for a desert. As you can see on the picture, we were served with amazingly tasty Green Tea Creme Brûlée with a White Ginger Flower - simply the best desert I have ever had.

Moreover, the snack & wine (every day at 5 pm) is a really nice treat. They usually prepare tasty snacks (such as Baba Ganoush and homemade crackers) that go well with the wine. Also, they will do your laundry for free! They provide turnover service every afternoon (a tropic flower blossom and a chocolate truffle will wait ion your bed every evening). Rooms are comfortable and beds are soft and cozy. There is also a small kitchenette available 24/7 where tea or coffee is available. My only suggestion would be that they install a Sauna in the basement area which would improve their spa facility.

There is a huge selection of DVDs that you can use free of charge, wi-fi is complimentary. On the evenings you can use the lounge (combination of a lobby and a living room), where you can enjoy the view of the nature outside while burning wood in the fireplace.

Simply PERFECT!

Room Tip: Each room has its own character.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2012

Peacful, realaxing, service, eco-managed - everything you want. Not on a beach - perfect - up in the hills, away from the crowds. We had the suite. There is a private outdoor hot tub with the suite where you have views of the observatories on Mauna Kea. Breakfast is big, made from scratch and lots of variety with fresh fruits and daily special offering. Randi's scones are perfect as is the Hawaiian french toast and banana crepes. Have Peter cook your dinner. He is a great chef and the veggies come from his organic garden. Daily wine hour with Sonia is a time to meet other guests or if you are there solo to chat with Sonia about Hawaii and things to do. Each person we engaged with were helpful and wanted you to be there. Coffee growing on the gardens - walk around the property for an after breakfast walkabout. Little bit of heaven.

You will need a car. 4-wheel drive only if you want to go to Waipio or Mauna Kea. You are 1 hour from Hilo and 1 hour from Kona. Follow the directions on the website! There is a grill on the deck if you want to cook. JJ's on Honokaa has the best meats. Honokaa is a sleepy town. Volcano National Park is a round trip day drive - well worth it. Drive to Waimea is 20 minutes. Try the local brewery.

Room Tip: Not a bad room in the house!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berkeley
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

Have to wholeheartedly agree with other reviews- A wonderful and memorable experience. This B+B is so much more than just another inn. We visited for two nights after a large family gathering at another location on the Big Island and just wanted a place to unwind. Waianuhea was perfect. Cozy and quiet, off the beaten track. The staff, especially Randy the manager, are pleasant, easy going, and eager to chat about ideas for day trips and activities. Returning from our excursions to wine and pupus in front of the fire was truly wonderful. We would also recommend adding dinner at least once during your stay, Chef Peter puts together a unique and tasty meal.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

We had an amazing, peaceful stay at this wonderful inn. We stayed in the king room near the kitchen, which is alone on that side of the inn. The room is private, and we didn't have problems with kitchen noise at all. We had dinner with the inn's private chef both nights, and the meals were fabulous. We'd stay here again, without a doubt, and heartily recommend it to others.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati,Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

The Waianuhea is a magnificent, ecologically-friendly country home in a private, somewhat remote area on the Hamakua Coast. It features a common area with a stone fireplace, where wine and hor d'oeuvres were served each evening. A hot, healthy breakfast is included. We added the convenient, optional dinner, which was excellent. The staff was attentive and engaging. If you are looking for an elegant alternative to the large resorts, The Waianuhea is it.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orange County, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2012

This is a modern, comfortable home, well well WELL off the beaten track. This side of the island is so rural and almost cold...but the lovely fireplace, wine and hors d'oeuvres made it warm and cozy. We added the optional dinner which was exceptionally tasty (and very handy). Homemade Lavendar ice cream, with Grand Marnier and Waimea strawberries...amazing. I wish we could have stayed longer.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast

Property: Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast
Address: 45-3503 Kahana Dr, PO Box 185, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6901
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Honokaa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Honokaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A remote yet luxurious bed and breakfast on the big island of Hawaii. Located in beautiful Ahualoa above the town of Honokaa, Waianuhea's five guest rooms combine a sense of remote retreat with modern convenience and sumptuous furnishings. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Waianuhea Hotel Honokaa
Waianuhea Bed And Breakfast
Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast Hawaii/Honokaa

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