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

Incredible B&B Location

4.6 on July 25, 2016

Incredible location right next to the falls. Falls were visible from the balcony of our room and from the lania where breakfast is served. We were also able to swim and paddleboard in the lake at the base of the falls. Room was OK and breakfast was good. Owner was very nice. Would definitely recommend for the location.

A truly unique and wonderful stay!

3.8 on July 23, 2016

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls is unique. Set in a tranquil setting about 15 mins outside of Hilo, it boasts extensive grounds and it's own waterfall! Staying here feels more like staying with friends. The staff are friendly, the breakfast freshly prepared and delicious. We were given good advice about local attractions and restaurants, and one of the highlights of staying was swimming in the pool beneath the waterfall - so refreshing and truly a unique experience. If you are visiting Big Island you must stay here!

Spectacular natural setting, friendly, homey service

4.8 on July 12, 2016

We stayed two nights, and greatly enjoyed the beautiful natural setting, which includes an overview of Kulaniapia Falls and a nice hiking trail down to the falls where one can swim with permission (we didn't). The host has also constructed a unique bamboo garden along the trail. First rate breakfast each morning, very friendly and downhome service, and a comfortable, stylish room with kitchen space if you want to cook any of your own meals. One slight drawback is that its a fair drive into Hilo, but this also makes for nice privacy and a scenic thoroughfare to the Inn.

An Amazing Stay

5 on July 06, 2016

I was taking a solo trip around the Big Island and stayed at this B&B for 2 nights. The property was amazing, the staff was unbelievable they answered all my questions and were very helpful in booking me a zipline trip. Breakfast was fantastic!! Views were exceptional and swimming by the falls was great. I hope to make it back to the Big Island next year and if I do there is no doubt I will be staying here for a few days again. Thanks for everything. Andrew

Lovely! Only wish we could have stayed longer!

4.6 on June 22, 2016

The rooms and common areas are gorgeous and extremely comfortable. The day we were there the falls were rushing so we didn't get to use the paddleboards and such, but the grounds are beautiful, and breakfast on the deck overlooking the falls was serene and gorgeous. Absolutely will stay again if we're in the area!

Hilo's Tranquil Gem

5 on June 19, 2016

Our stay was phenomenal! The view of the waterfall was like nothing I have ever experienced. The rooms were comfortable and calming. The innkeepers were delightfully kind greeting us every morning at breakfast and recommending activities and excursions.

An amazing getaway!

3.4 on June 13, 2016

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls is a beautiful stay on the Island of Hawai'i. The view of the waterfall right next to your room was amazing. The owner is very kind and allows swimming, paddle boarding and canoeing right in the lake of the waterfall. It was an unbelievable experience. If you are traveling with a family of four, your only option is the Pogada Guest House, which is a bit more pricey then the other rooms on property. It is a great romantic place for a party of two. The only option for food is breakfast which starts at 8 or 9 in the morning. We did not attend the breakfast because it was so late in the morning. There is no bar on property, so be prepared an bring your own drinks.

Second visit as good as our first.

5 on June 05, 2016

We stayed in a main house room for our previous stay. We booked the Pagoda for this stay. The view of the falls from the upstairs platform bed was fantastic, especially under the full moon. The breakfast at the main house is great with a soufflé and Belgium waffles plus fresh fruit. The concierge is new from our previous visit and was very helpful in making activity reservations at a discount. The owner continues to make improvements to the gardens. This is the best B&B on the big island.

Great place to stay in the Hilo area

4.0 on June 02, 2016

This was a beautiful, secluded inn with a gorgeous waterfall on the property. Our host was very pleasant. Pros: beautiful property, nice place to swim, paddle boards available, nice staff, VERY comfortable beds, not "touristy". Cons: shower head in the King Kamehameha was like a pipe that spayed everywhere. Since it was a small shower, there was no way to get out of the way of water to lather up, the door lock on the room was difficult to lock, the hike to the waterfall was a little treacherous. Breakfast was waffles and fruit - no protein. Having said all that, if I were ever in the Hilo area again, I would stay here.

Unique & Comfortable

4.2 on May 22, 2016

We enjoyed our stay at the Inn immensely! The waterfall was spectacular! We swam and used the kayak at the waterfall. We had so much fun! The hike was good excercise and the Bamboo garden on the walk back was beautiful! The staff was friendly and exemplified the "Aloha Spirit". We stayed in the Pagoda House, so we were able to take advantage of the full kitchen & cook our own meals!

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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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