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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

100 Kulaniapia Dr, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2361
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#4 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls sits among 22 lush, natural acres, surrounding Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall. The Kulaniapia experience is like no other, just 15 minutes from town, but completely away. Whether you come for relaxation, adventure or both, nothing quite prepares you for how much you find of each.

Those seeking adventure are invited to sign up with the Kulaniapia Adventures team for a guided, 120 foot rappel down our namesake waterfall.

Accommodations are provided in several asian inspired buildings providing accommodations ranging from standard/waterfall view rooms and family suites, to fully detached cottages and a Pagoda Guest House with a full kitchen.

Enjoy a wholesome, locally sourced breakfast and the big island’s best coffee, all while enjoying the view of our namesake falls each morning.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Private balcony
VIP room facilities
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Great View
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German
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traveller47 wrote a review Nov 2021
Port Moody, Canada17470 contributions133 helpful votes
4 of us spent two nights at the Inn at Kulaniapia. We had the Pagoda House and the Queen Liliuokalani room. Driving in to the property you feel as if you're entering another time and place...especially if you've just come from VNP as we had. The road gets narrow and narrower, the vegetation more lush, the signs look as if they were placed by fairy's who really weren't sure they wanted you to visit. Once you arrive the defining feature is the waterfall. It's beautiful and it's loud. There had been recent rains and the falls, while not at their full width, were thundering down. Check in was easy though the key's weren't in the spots per the signage. Got a good tour of the facilities. DD and SIL had the Liliuokalani room which they said was very comfortable. The bed was extremely comfortable and the shower was good. They had a small deck for sitting outside. This room is in the main lodge at the far end and their only complaint was the generator. They said it helped to close the window behind the bed to shut out this noise. The Inn is on off grid operation but apparently they had one of their power sources (water turbine at the falls) destroyed in a storm and they are in the process of replacing this..hence the use of the generator from time to time. The Pagoda House was very comfortable and the big surprise was the kitchen! If I had known how well equipped it was I would have brought groceries and possibly stayed a few days longer. You walk into a main living area with a very large comfortable sofa, easy chair, coffee table, big tv. There's an adjacent dining area with a table and 6 chairs and the kitchen which looked to be quite new. Microwave, coffee maker, stove, fridge, dishwasher and lots of spices, oil, vinegar etc. There was a plethora of cooking utensils and equipment and in fact this kitchen was better equipped than the large house we rented near Captain Cook.The main bathroom is on this level as well. There are lots of large windows and sliding doors and the waterfall is right there when you look out. There's also a desk area with a computer which we didn't use at all. A spiral staircase takes you up to the bedroom. Surprises here as the bed is on a high platform (2 steps up) so that you're level with the windows and can see the waterfall from bed. Thankfully there's also a two piece bathroom just off the bedroom so you don't need to trek down the staircase at night. The bed was very comfortable but the pillows were hard. The main lodge has a self serve area with a large selection of coffee, tea, oatmeal and some fruit when ever you want. Breakfast, served on the deck was fresh pineapple and an assortment of panini breakfast sandwiches. As with most places these days, staffing is an issue and breakfast can be slow, especially if there's a large group trying to eat before they do an activity (there was group heading out to rappel the falls one morning) If you are in a rush to get going you may wish to just do self serve items and skip the hot breakfast. Our second morning we had a considerable wait for breakfast. I have to say the owners very graciously extended our checkout time at no charge so that we could do our planned walking through the bamboo grove and other parts of the property. This type of consideration is what gives an accommodation extra points for service. The big rain storms during our stay created a lot of turbulence on the pool so DD was unable to swim but one morning we did see a kayaker on the pond. In younger days we often camped and would set up by a waterfall because they are so beautiful...then, when trying to go sleep we'd think "why did we do this ?!" LOL The Inn had much the same effect. The waterfall is loud, especially in the Pagoda House as you are very close. We did get accustomed to the sound as background noise and it eventually lulled us to sleep. We also did the Chef's dinner on our first night. There were only the 4 of us and one other guest that evening so they joined us for a really nice evening. The meal was very good with the starter and the soup being excellent, the main ok and the dessert good. None of us are fans of 'ulu but it's use by Chef Nate in the dessert was probably the best presentation of this "fruit" that we had during our trip. Overall the Inn at Kulaniapia is a good place to stay for exploring the Hamakua Coast and the Hilo area. One could easily fill 3 or 4 days and if staying at the Pagoda House do your own dinners to save driving in and out at night. While not a "full service" hotel the In offers comfortable rooms in a beautiful setting. I wouldn't hesitate to return
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Pagoda House was wonderful.
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Traveler wrote a review Nov 2021
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The property is located near a pretty waterfall away from Hilo and the staff are very friendly. Unfortunately the overall experience is very poor. Some examples: On arrival, you are greeted with a tacky “office” sign with taped over information. When we entered the property, a large dog growled at us as we were lead over dirty rugs to the sitting/dining areas. The construction is extraordinarily cheap, with a “frat house” feel. Our room had an awful old motel-style sateen comforter, ugly green sheets and an absolutely unsanitary blanket. The bed made noise if you moved slightly (my husband and I are on the small side, so can’t imagine the racquet if you are larger). The cheap vinyl floor was lifting and the furnishings were random and unattractive. Artwork haphazardly placed on the walls. The bathroom was small with cheap faux-marble countertops. No Kleenex but a roll of paper towels on the back of the toilet. The breakfast included weak, tasteless coffee, pre-packaged cheap pastries, and greasy fried-egg sandwiches, along with a few other items such as sugary yogurt. There was absolutely nothing tasty or healthy. The coffee mugs were sitting on a filthy mat that looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in months, food splatters on the walls, and the tablecloth on our table had spills from the dinner served the night before. A dog freely roamed around the kitchen. Safety concerns: The stairs to the rooms had peeling non-slip tape (and needed to be re-built and painted). The path around the property was poorly maintained and rife with tripping hazards. Worst of all, the pond where it is advertised that you can swim, paddle board and kayak? They give you multiple verbal and written warnings at check in that the water is so dirty that you should not enter it if you have a cut. And if you should try, you must yourself drag an old kayak or paddle board to the edge over slippery, unstable rocks, with an immediate drop off into deep water. We felt incredibly duped by the image presented on the website compared to the reality. It is a budget property in need of massive refurbishment and the implementation of hygiene and safety practices, along with a complete revamping of the food served (dinner was equally poor).
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
BBL wrote a review Nov 2021
Golden, Colorado1 contribution
This property is absolutely dreamy. We stayed in one of the eco cabins, off grid, only solar powered. Outdoor shared showers, toilets (with bidets!) and communal kitchen. There are also cabins w/power and rooms in the inn. Guests can roam the orchards, jungly but well-groomed grounds and take in the feature of the property- the gorgeous falls and swimming hole. If you are looking for a peaceful recovery space, look no more.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Arrive before dark!
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Darla Hartvigsen wrote a review Nov 2021
Keaau, Hawaii2 contributions
Wonderful Experience. Bree the Resident Manager is a delight. Beautiful grounds with so much to offer, including waterfall, kayaking, repelling, bamboo gardens, tranquil surrounds to melt your stresses away. Wondeful farm to table dinner, outdoors overlooking the waterfall. And a delightful breakfast with delicious Island fruits. A must if you ever visit the Big Island. True Aloha Living at it's Finest!
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Queen Liliuokalani & King Kamehameha Rooms over a Balcony View of the Beautiful Waterfall!!
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idyllwildgirl wrote a review Nov 2021
Honolulu, Hawaii234 contributions78 helpful votes
This Inn is solidly mediocre in the area of hospitality and comfort. The setting is beautiful so for anyone looking for backcountry country living and you don't mind a 3 star place, then this place will be fine for you. Here are some of the problems I had: 1. Microfiber sheets and polyester blankets....no one wants to sleep under plastic in the tropics.....not a good idea in the heat or even on the cool nights like winter time...if I'd known this I never would've stayed 2. The path down to the waterfall looks nicely manicured for the first 3rd....but when you get to the bottom the path disappears and you are walking along a dangerous, rocky portion that is best for the super fit. The women hospitality employee said "go up the path to return because its much easier" which is a joke because that path is also not maintained, is quite rocky and not "easier". The first 3rd of the path is nice tho. A covered area next to the river at the bottom of the path has not been maintained for years....there's a rusty small refrigerator there and beat up benches. It looks pretty bad. 3. The cats go into the rooms so to prevent this one has to close the door to your balcony (even on the second floor). In the summer this would leave you roasting! Because they don't have air conditioning and even with a fan, because of the location of this "Inn" there is little air movement even on a normal day. 4. The meals were very limited and overpriced. The coffee was not that good and they put out no cream or half and half. 5. There was a huge clump of long black hair on the toilet when I first used the bathroom. I took a picture of it and will upload it, so you can see how gross it was 6. The place is just getting run down as its not well maintained ....it takes alot of work in the tropics to keep things clean and functional and this place is just not functioning well except to make sure you know their rules ... Would never consider returning (thankfully I only spent one night here) and don't recommend it
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Date of stay: November 2021
US$102 - US$305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
Which popular attractions are close to The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Nearby attractions include Big Island Candies (7.1 km), Liliuokalani Gardens (7.4 km), and Kaumana Caves Park (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paul's Place, Two Ladies Kitchen, and Moon and Turtle.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kaipalaoa Landing (5.0 km).
Does The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.