The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

100 Kulaniapila Dr. , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)


Kulaniapia is situated on 22 lush tropical acres. Enjoy our private 120 ft. waterfall just 15 minutes from downtown Hilo. Enjoy Kulaniapia Falls, or stroll along the powerfull Waiau River to the Bamboo Garden and enjoy a pavillion that cantelevers over the river with views of our triple tiered waterfalls. Built specifically as a country Inn, our guest enjoy seperate entrances to their guest rooms, comfortable sitting areas, private balconies that overlook the ocean and our waterfall and private baths entirely finished in Itallian marble. Our rate includes a full breakfast with eggs cooked to order, fresh tropical fruits, breads, cheeses, juice, and plenty of our own brand of "Hilo Side" coffee.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Amazing Locationx

4.2 on September 25, 2016

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls provided an absolutely amazing view in an amazing location. The Inn itself was beautiful with beautiful rooms. The Inn overlooks a waterfall, which is available for swimming. The location is extremely remote, which is perfect if you want to disconnect from reality. However, it is a negative when it comes to dining after a long day of sight-seeing.

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5 on September 21, 2016

Perfect location, wonderful and friendly staff, well kept rooms. I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family.


5 on August 26, 2016

Rooms are very modern, clean and our room had a balcony overlooking the most picturesque waterfall. The waterfall is breathtaking, private to the B&B and worth the trip alone. The whole staff was amazing. They were very inviting, helpful and made sure your stay was perfect. We only stayed one night and regret not booking for longer. It's perfect for flights into Hilo, driving to the new lava flow or a day trip to the Volcano National Park. This stay was the highlight of our vacation. Can't wait to go back!

Wonderful place and people!

5 on August 22, 2016

We had a wonderful 2 night stay in the Jade cottage. I would highly recommend this wonderful B&B. We loved the room, setting and the service!

Relaxing in paradise

4.2 on August 17, 2016

The Inn at Kulanapia Falls is a relaxing B&B in idyllic surrounds. The staff are friendly and welcoming and full of recommendations of things to do and see on Big Island. I highly recommend it and will almost certainly stay there again on my next holiday in Hawaii.

Perfect jewel next to your own private waterfall!

5 on August 13, 2016

My wife and I spent 10 days traveling around the islands and enjoying the sights. This was our last day and could not have enjoyed it more. The B&B is located right on the river with access to waterfalls and rooms that overlook the waterfall. The service was incredibly friendly and the rooms were modern, comfortable and very clean. We have stayed in hundreds of B&Bs over the years and this was by far the most beautiful and our favorite stay we've ever had. We are already planning our next stay we loved it so much.

A wonderful gem

4.6 on August 12, 2016

My husband and I were celebrating our 10-year anniversary and we wanted to stay in Hilo on the night before our helicopter ride to the volcanoes. We loved staying at the Inn. The check-in was casual and easy. We had a lovely walk down to the waterfall. It was so soothing to fall asleep to the sound of the waterfall. The next morning, the breakfast was delicious and we had a view of the waterfall from the lanai. All of the staff were so friendly and helpful! Overall, we would absolutely return to the Inn at Kulaniapia. It is such a unique and wonderful place.

The Only Place I'll Stay in the Future

4.8 on August 10, 2016

Absolutely wonderful vacation at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls! We enjoyed every minute we were there; the views, the service...all of it was wonderful. It's a little bit of a drive outside of Hilo, but worth the's a MUST when on the Big Island. Breakfast was varied and plentiful, the staff was fantastic, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We wouldn't stay anywhere else...

Amazing !!!!

4.2 on August 04, 2016

This Place is worth every penny! We stayed on the Hilo side only for one night and stayed at the Inn at Kulaniapia. The location of the Inn is amazing as it sits on a beautiful waterfall and they have a bamboo garden on site which is equally amazing and FREE to walk through. You can walk down to the waterfall and swim in the pond and they provide kayaks and a paddle board and pretty much everything you need (water shoes, life vests if you need it etc). The Inn only holds so many guests so it was not crowded, very quiet and we were so glad we found this gem! only downside was the breakfast. Staff was wonderful and breakfast was great but it was basically fruit and bread (no hot items like eggs); which is what we expected but something you should know. Overall, I would recommend staying here. Its worth the view and experience (even if you can only stay one night). Staff was very pleasant!

Private tranquility

3.4 on August 02, 2016

This B&B was not far from Hilo though you might believe you were in your own private oasis. It is about 15 minutes from Hilo but out in the country side a few miles down a small narrow road. Once there the property offers sweeping views of Hilo below and and a beautiful picturesque waterfall, which can be seen from most places on the property. The rooms are spread out over three builds some closer to the waterfall than others. The Harmony house, where we stayed, is closest the waterfall and the upper rooms offer wonderful views of the waterfall. I will note that the sound of the waterfall is quite noticeable from the rooms in the Harmony house. This did not bother us, but if you would prefer not hear the waterfall as loudly, the main house is a little further away and still provides wonderful views of the property. Our room was slightly smaller than average, but it does state that when booking, and did have limited space to hang up clothing. Also on that note, there was no place to hang up anything longer than a shirt. Check in and out was very simple, though maybe not obvious at first, it is self check in and out instructions are provided on a board just outside of the main house. Due to the laws in Hawaii, breakfast is a buffet style array of fresh fruit and various breads or bagels, but it is served on the lanai at the main house. I really enjoyed staying here. The property is beautiful, peaceful and off the beaten path.

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Rooms & Rates

Jasmine Room

Ground floor room at Harmony with a King size bed, Chinese antique and Contemporary furnishings. Private bath and an LCD TV and Satellite reciever

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Orchid Room

Ground floor room at Harmony with a King size Select Comfort bed. Chinese Antique and Contemporary funtishings. Full bath and shower enclosure finished in Itallian marble. LCD TV and Satellite receiver. You can listen to the sounds of the waterfall from this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

King Kamehameha

The best views of Kulaniapia Falls from the Residence. Private bath and private balcony. Black Lacquer inlaid Japanese furnishings

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Lehua Room

Our Economy room. Furnished in Chinese Antiques and leather, this room is ideal for those on a budget. Queen size bed, LCD TV and satellite receiver and private bath. Listen to the sounds of Kulaniapia Falls from this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Queen Lilio'ukalani

River facing room with a King size bed, private bath, and private balcony with ocean views from the body of the room. You can see the top of Kulaniapia Falls from the balcony of this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Prince Kalakaua

Ocean views from the body of the room and Ocean and Garden views from the private balcony. Asian fusion futnishings and private bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

princess kaiulani

Garden view room with Ocean views from the private Balcony. Traditional Hawaiian furnishing and private bath. You can hear the sounds of the waterfall from this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Pagoda Guest House

Built on a cliff overlooking Kulaniapia Falls, this one bedroom residence has the most spectacular views of the waterfall and pond. 1 bedroom 1 1/2 bath, Fully equipted Kitchen, Work station with computer. Suitable for 4 adults and 2 small children

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Hibiscus Garden Suite

Our junior suite has a screened and comfotrtably furnished lanai with waterfall views in addition to the bedroom with queen size bed, private bath, television and cable

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Maile Room

Upstairs room at Harmony with astounding waterfall views from the private balcony. Chinese art and antique furnishings with private bath. Queen size bed and Flat sceen LCD TV and satellite reciever

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Pikake Room

Upstairs room at Harmony with astounding waterfall views from the private balcony. Chinese art and antique furnishings with private bath. Queen size bed and Flat sceen LCD TV and satellite reciever

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Spare Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Jade Cottage

Fully equiped private cottage built on a ridge with views of our 120 ft waterfall from the large covered lanai. Equiped with Queen bed, TV and cable, and refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Residence One Bedroom Suite

One bedroom luxury unit. Well appointed art filled space of over 1200 sq. ft.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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Location Type



Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 10 miles

Directions to property:

Directions From the Hilo Airport – Turn right at the first traffic light after leaving the airport (highway 11). Turn left at the next traffic light (kamehameha Ave). Continue Through downtown to the last traffic light (Wainuenue) and turn left. Go one block and turn right at the next street (Keawe). Go over the bridge and turn left (Ohai). Continue one block to the stop sign. From this point it is four miles to the Inn. After the stop sign continue 1 mile to the next paved road and make a left (Maikalani). Continue on Maikalani 1 mile to the Kulaniapia sign. At this point the road goes up through the middle of 2000 acres of Macadamia Nut trees. Follow the signage to the Inn. There are no street lights from the stop sign to the Inn (4 miles), so if at all possible, it would be best to arrive during daylight hours on your first visit. From Hamakua (highway 19) – Exit into Hilo at the sign. You will be on Wainuenue. Go one block to Keawe and turn right. Follow directions as above to the Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, world class botanical gardens, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Working Ranch

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wired internet

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Desk, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Hiking trails, swimming in pond below our 120 ft waterfall, working mac - nut farm, walking trails along river, bamboo garden and 3 more waterfalls, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: after 2:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No no smoking facility
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% in advance to hold your room. Balance to be paid upon arrival
  • Cancellations: deposit refunded if reservation canceled 2 weeks prior to your stay



Laura Harton, Jasmine Hetfield

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am to 9:00 am.
  • Serving Location: on the large lanai that overlooks our waterfall, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

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