My wife and I recently stayed with Waianuhea while on a vacation. We spent 3 nights there, and splurged a little extra for two dinners by Chef Peter (more on that later) and massages for us both. Overall we were very impressed with the service as the ladies were very helpful with everything and would go out of their way to make your stay truly special. The house is tucked way back off the main road making it a little tricky to get to the first time, but it really makes the location very intimate and quiet. From the house, while eating dinner or perusing the grounds, you can clearly see the summit of Mauna Kea. It seems so close that you could just walk right up! The room itself was beautiful and nicely decorated with a large soaking tub and shower, as well as a small private lanai. Also, as a bonus, the inn offers a wine and appetizer (pupus in Hawaiian) hour every night, if you'll be around, which was a great way to unwind after a long day. The massages we had by Shannon were top notch and we would highly recommend. The food was very good. Breakfasts were usually served as a fruit plate and then a main dish. The coffee was not very good and left much to be desired. We had tried lots of different kinds of Big Island coffee by the time we got here and the coffee at this inn tasted stale and like a big-box name brand. But lets talk about dinners with Peter now. The man is an amazing chef. We only planned to have him cook for us one night, but the first night was so good that we asked (on such short notice) if he'd cook for us again. Both meals were wonderful. During the first we all talked about what kinds of food we like, how we grow our own vegetables in the summer, and how my wife is quite a good home cook in her own right. This turned out to be key because for the second dinner Peter prepared dishes based on what we talked about! All of his food was from his own (or a friend's) garden when he could get it, or at least from a local source on the island. For a three course dinner we paid a total of $100 for both of us and I have to say that this is an outstanding deal, and a great bargain. You get top notch food, great service, a personal touch, local ingredients, and you would end up spending much more than this at a decent restaurant. In addition to all these great things, the whole inn is run on sustainable energy. The rain water is collected and recycled and all the power is generated from solar. Amazing! All in all the inn was great and our stay was wonderful. We very much look forward to going back.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Waianuhea Hotel Honokaa
- Waianuhea Bed And Breakfast
- Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast Hawaii/Honokaa