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

A perfect respite

5 on January 21, 2016

We are farmers in IL. We love the drive through the macadamia orchard, walking through the bamboo garden, and of course being next to our own private water fall.

Truly a paradise

4.2 on January 18, 2016

This is my 3rd stay at the B&B. The first time I stayed in the Princess Kaiulani Room, which was lovely. The second time in the Pagoda, which was amazing -- extremely comfortable and beautiful views of the falls. This last time was in the Jade Cottage, which was compact and comfortable, with a fantastic bed and a wonderful deck. The property (which was great to begin with) has improved over time with the additional accommodations and water sport equipment for the pool. The only drawback was that I missed the hot tub (which is what the Jade Cottage used to be), but apparently it wasn't a frequently used item anyway. Also the Jade Cottage could've used a bit of thorough cleaning of the fan and ceiling, as there were cobwebs everywhere. However the room itself was spotless, and the tiled shower was huge. I did not see the owner about the property as I had the two previous times, but the 3 women who hosted us were the best -- friendly, helpful, professional, and always available. The service was simply excellent. They had great tips for exploring the island and prepared a delicious breakfast. Because we stayed 5 full days (which is longer than usual), we could've used a little variety in the breakfast offerings, but this is a minor quibble as most people don't stay that long, and the fresh fruit, juice, coffee, selection of breads and mac nut waffles were always yummy. One other minor quibble was that I wish the tall grass near the Cottage had been cut down, as it blocked some view of the falls. But otherwise the property was well maintained. This is a very romantic getaway that is very close to Hilo Town, and I recommend it highly.

A wonderful waterfall experience

5 on January 16, 2016

Thanks to the Suttons for this experience. Having a waterfall outside your window at night made for a restful night. The Damerons

Beautiful, secluded location

4.4 on December 21, 2015

So we could stay three days we chose to switch rooms for the last day. What's not to like about rooms (King Kamehameha, Pikake) that have spectacular waterfall views?! The falls are half again higher and better than the local Rainbow Fall State Park's, the swimming was invigorating, and the paddle boarding educational and humbling! Just a nice place stay. It's a little out of the way, but that adds to the charm. Just know that, after your adventure finding it, Domino's delivers! :-)

One night at The Inn at Kulaniapila Falls

4.0 on December 16, 2015

The grounds were beautiful, the breakfast was amazing! The room was alright, we were expecting a larger suite. However, I would stay there again!

Excellent Location!

3.8 on December 15, 2015

Our family truly enjoyed our stay here, the grounds are kept up beautifully, the innkeepers are very helpful and kind and the private waterfall is amazing!

Beautiful setting, ordinary room

4.2 on December 09, 2015

This inn is in a beautiful setting with its own waterfall. The pool at the base of the waterfall is available for swimming but was too cold to use when we were there. The buffet breakfast was excellent. The room was nice but pretty standard.

Wonderful night spent at intimate hideaway !

5 on November 16, 2015

My boyfriend and I stayed the night while visiting Hilo during our exploration of the island. Kulaniapia was by far one of our favorite spots ! Not only is the waterfall incredible but we had an amazing view from our room(we were in the hibiscus garden room, one of the lesser priced rooms) it was well worth the money! :) The owners were absolutely lovely and they had an amazing breakfast, the macadamia Nut waffles were to die for! Also beautiful bamboo gardens and an easy hike to the river and falls.

Magical place

4.2 on October 25, 2015

This is a special place, hike down and swim in the waterfall pool it is well worth it, take in the beauty and serenity. It is rejuvenating.

A gem

4.6 on October 17, 2015

Fabulous location, amazing scenery, wonderful staff. Yummy breakfast.

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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

one bedroom luxury unit...a well appointed art filled space of over 1200 sq. ft.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

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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



Len Sutton

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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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