The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
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We took off from the Hilo International Airport this morning at 11am in a helicopter operated by Sunshine Helicopters. Listing off from the heliopad, we rose up over Hilo and then flew south, toward Volcano National Park. In the park one finds Kilauea Volcano, active recently since 1983 and thus, the world's most active volcano. At first we flew …
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Hawaii is the island of orchids, especially on the east side. You can even see them growing wild on various trees beside the road. But the best viewing occurs where people have planted groups of them near each other. The plants continue to grow there, like perennials everywhere, with little care. I was surprised to find an orchid garden at the …
Tonight we're staying at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls, an incredible bed and breakfast with a 120-foot high waterfall outside our door and are being serenaded (for better or worse) by a swarm of coqui frogs--their incessant "bo-PEEP" sounding much like spring peepers in Muskoka (except that these frogs seem to live in trees). Tomorrow we're going on a helicopter ride, so stayed tuned!
How has this inn rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls Hilo
If you enjoy finding unusual, off-the-beaten-path,places to stay then this is the place for you. We booked 1 night in Hilo to end our Big Island stay. Len, the owner, was the most gentle, kind, person you could hope to meet. The Inn is very secluded and you travel through acres and acres of mac trees to reach it. This is best done during daylight. This place is incredible and worth the extra time to find it!
A Great Experience
The Inn provided us the best of all worlds for our recent trip to the Big Island. We were within easy reach of all the Island destinations yet the Inn location provides the beauty and respite as only a country setting can do. The Suttons and their gracious staff took excellent care of us. The rooms are nicely appointed and comfortable and the breakfast offerings are GREAT!!
A Place of Serenity
Our 10 days far exceeded our expectations. The peace and serenity of the Inn is only matched by the warmth of the Sutton family and staff. This is truely a place to find renewal. Treat yourself to the true spirit of Hawaiian hospitality.
World class property is how I would define The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls. We found our accommodations clean and freshly painted with some very nice chinese funiture along with incredible views of an amazing 120 ft waterfall. Len and Jane Sutton are more than gracious with their time and aloha and have an incredible vision of how their 22 acre parcel should be developed. The road leading to the property is a country road with some pot holes and rough areas, however, as others have stated, have patience because what lies at the end of the road is truly remarkable. We have reccommended this Bed and Breakfast to our friends and are hoping to return next year.
My family and I spent 3 incredible days at the Inn at Kulaniapia in Hilo this last January. We felt fortunate to have found this jewel on the internet. the setting is absolutely gorgeous with not just one waterfall on the property, but four. One of which is 120 ft tall and falls into a pond thats about 400 ft in diameter. A trail leads to a Bamboo Garden were there are 3 more waterfalls. Although the Inn is remote, we found the staff very gracious, and the breakfast was very complete. the guest rooms are well appointed and clean. Our room had a terrific view of the large waterfall. We would highly reccommend this B&B to anyone that wants something private, quiet, and off the beaten path.
What a disappointment - non gracious and vacant of hospitality is how I'd characterize this inn. It is not 10 minutes from Hilo as stated in their description - the inn is located at the very end of a very long dirt road riddled with machinery. We walked down to the falls but there is no path to take you down to the water easily and the water was frigid. Also, full of mosquitos, as was our room. We found cans of bug spray downstairs.. but no mention to beware the bugs. Not recommended at all.
We really enjoyed our two night stay at the Inn at Kulaniapia. The accomodations were clean, comfortable and beautiful. Both the family and innkeeper were very welcomng.
We were at the Inn at Kulaniapia last year, and we found the B&B was very remote. The private dirt road leading to the place was so full of potholes, you had to drive really slowly not to get stuck in a rain-filled hole. Hilo is pretty hot, and we had to keep the veranda open for a breeze. Unfortunately, the veranda is not screended, and the place being so wet, was teeming with mosquitos. One of the least restful stays on that vacation.We stayed for several nights with our child, and we found that the proprietor was NOT at all kid-friendly.
We stayed for only two nights at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls. After our first night stay we reqretted not booking more nights here. The Inn is located approximately 4 miles from the town of Hilo. Be patient during this short drive, you are about to experience a 5 star B & B! We booked the Prince Kalakaua room, which had a great view of the bay and the sunrise. Arriving at night, we could only hear the falls. We had the best two nights of sleep in two weeks due to the quiet location of the Inn (the sound of the falls lulled us to sleep). Much to our surprise, as we left the room and decended the stairs to have breakfast on the main lanai, the falls were absolutely beautiful. The Inns website does not do the falls justice! The flora on the grounds of the Inn that surround the falls is exceptional. Breakfast included all the Kona Coffee you can drink, toast, bagels, coffee cake, mango, papaya, pineapple, bananas, nuts and a great choice of either scrambled eggs or an omelette. From the Inn you have a short drive to the Volcano National Park and Hilo attractions. This Inn is an extremely good value. We have paid much more for less at other resort areas, internationally and within the US. We plan on returning to the Big Island and will definately stay at the Inn at Kulaniapia again!