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Hamakua Guesthouse and Camping Cabanas

28-1435 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Pepeekeo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96783
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Pepeekeo
The Hamakua House is a rustic guest house located on the south end of Hawaii's breathtaking Hamakua Coast. We also offer six Glamping Hammock Cabanas (camping sites) on our property in addition to our two bed and breakfast rooms. Make your next getaway greener by staying in this off-the-grid house. The Hamakua Coast (Hawaii's 'green' side of the island) is the perfect place for an adventure vacation.
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Free parking
Free internet
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Private check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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AndreaWM wrote a review 6 Jan
Frankfort, Kentucky267 contributions93 helpful votes
Pros: decent location, able to book for one night and was available, quiet Cons: dirty, needs some pretty major maintenance; especially amidst COVID, cleanliness is important, this place was one of the dirtiest places we've stayed; our room was decent, but not great, there were crumbs on the nightstand when we arrived; the steps, common areas and especially bathrooms needed major cleaning (at least daily by the hosts IMO) and all areas inside and out needed better organization and cleaning. I'm glad we only stayed one night.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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SanCircus wrote a review Dec 2021
Bend, Oregon3 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed at the River View family house. It was 2 days of pouring rain so with the exception of checking out the beautiful little waterfall/swimming hole that would have been inviting in the heat, we stayed indoors. We did not get a chance to see the other parts of the property. It was a unique location and pretty. The interior accommodates 4 quite well. I would not take 6 people thought it says it sleeps 6. The futon is Rocky and the couch is fine but makes it tight. The Place could have been a bit cleaner and they were lacking simple things like hand towels for the kitchen. Some simple upgrades would make the place feel cleaner and better cared for. There were some fun games, though, and plenty to watch on the screen. It was definitely a unique place and we had a good time but probably wouldn’t go back.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Sharee R wrote a review Dec 2021
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My husband, son and I had a week long vacation scheduled at a resort on the other side of the island but decided to arrive a day earlier and do something different. I had heard that the Hilo side of the Big Island was worlds different from Kona, lush,green and wet. We considered camping out, but due to weather concerns decided to rent a cabin for the night. Best choice ever. The cabin is small but clean and equip with everything you'll need. The best part was hearing the sound of the rushing river all night. We arrived at night so our first opportunity to see the river and our surrounding was the next morning. It was magical. We allowed our 13 year old to do a little exploring on his own, which he loved. For the rest of the day he went around calling himself John of the Jungle. We were so sad to leave and wanted to spend more time there. If we are ever fortunate enough to return to the Island of Hawaii I think we split our time evenly between resort living and the simplicity of the little river cabin.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
efejle wrote a review Dec 2021
San Rafael, California100 contributions28 helpful votes
My family stayed here for one night while traveling around the big island. It definitely is a unique experience being situated in the hills to the north of Hilo with pretty easy access and newish screened cabanas that have hammocks to sleep in. Since we were three, we stayed in the coed cabana that could have used about 3-4 extra feet in one direction or another as one of the hammock frames had to be raised on cinder blocks as there was not enough room. That then led to a diminished common space in the cabana. We tried to play cards but the light was only a 25 or 40 watt bulb and not super bright. The other issue was the blankets that were synthetic and had been washed in a mildly perfummy detergent, although not terrible, it would have been nice to have some nicer linens while sleeping in a hammock, both my wife and I got chilly in the wee hours of the morning and some wool blankets would have done the trick. The shared spaces were, well, very shared. It is late December and the new variant of the CV is running wild yet few people in the shared spaces ‘shared’ our enthusiasm for common sense and love of science by wearing masks. The fridge and storage bins reminded me of shared living spaces in the past and the kitchen and common areas are very hostel-ish. The owners could really make something special with a new screened common area with induction appliances, more solar, more common eating areas, etc We probably would not stay again.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Amy H wrote a review Dec 2021
Kansas City, Missouri6 contributions
Exceeded our expectations! We absolutely loved this unique stay. The cabanas are cute and clean and wired with a single simple light. Sleeping in the hammock was comfortable. The noises of nature and rain and the gentle breeze were perfect! The screen keeps bugs out (though it was not buggy at all) and the heavier curtain is a. option if desired for privacy. I left my curtain open. They thought of everything...the cabanas have a safe for belongings, a cooler for drinks, and a table with blankets, towels and a booklet of information about the property. I had an ocean view from cabana 3. I wish I took pictures of the community areas. The bathroom/shower on the upper porch offers so much fresh air and an ocean view all while maintaining complete privacy. The downstairs kitchen area and outdoor covered eating area has everything you need...stove, grill, dish soap, etc. Many guests leave their fresh fruit, coffee, salad dressing, etc. behind for future guests to enjoy. There is a full size fridge/freezer where you can choose to place parishables and a large bin for each cabana to store their non-perishables. It was never busy or crowded and getting to know other guests was so fun! I prefer cabana 3, 4, or 5 for total serenity. Cabana 1 and 2 are a little closer to the main house. A little light from the main house shines on those and voices from the house are noticable. It is an option to pull the curtain closed to darken the cabanas and all guests were respectful of quiet time so of you prefer a shorter walk to the restroom and kitchen, cabanas 1 and 2 are for you! The community cabana that sleeps 3 offers the option to reserve one hammock, more like a hostel. That cabana is very close to the kitchen and bathroom which are on the back side of the house. Cabana 1-5 are on the front side of the house. Book it!! You will love it!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$39 - US$86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesHawaiiIsland of HawaiiPepeekeo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hamakua Guesthouse and Camping Cabanas
Which popular attractions are close to Hamakua Guesthouse and Camping Cabanas?
Nearby attractions include Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden (5.6 km), Pepeekeo Scenic Drive (6.8 km), and Akaka Falls State Park (5.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hamakua Guesthouse and Camping Cabanas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, free internet access, and self serve laundry.
What food & drink options are available at Hamakua Guesthouse and Camping Cabanas?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hamakua Guesthouse and Camping Cabanas?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hamakua Guesthouse and Camping Cabanas?
Conveniently located restaurants include What's Shakin', Mr. Ed's Bakery, and Hilo Sharks Coffee.
Are there any historical sites close to Hamakua Guesthouse and Camping Cabanas?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kaipalaoa Landing (14.9 km).