The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

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


The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls sits among 22 lush, natural acres, surrounding Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall. The Kulaniapia experience is like no other, just minutes from town, but completely away. Whether you come for relaxation, adventure or both, nothing quite prepares you. Accommodations are provided in several asian inspired buildings. The Residence, which includes our largest suite, the Jade Cottage with a private covered lanai, the Pagoda Guest House with it’s own kitchen, and the Harmony House with some of the best waterfall views. Breakfast is provided daily and included with your room rate. Enjoy a wholesome, locally sourced breakfast and the Big Island’s best coffee, all while enjoying the view of our namesake falls each morning. The Kulaniapia Adventures team operates guided waterfall rappelling tours of Kulaniapia Falls, and can arrange for many other adventure activities around the island. Natural and awe inspiring, Kulaniapia offers guests daily adventures, on the property and beyond. Enjoy miles of trails, bamboo gardens, swimming and kayaking under the falls, and guided rappelling tours down, all among the sights and sounds that make the island come alive. Enjoy your time among wildlife and tropical weather as your experience Hawaii up close and personal. Whether your day calls for self reflection in our Flying Buddha’s sanctuary, or a Waterfall Rappelling Adventure, each day at Kulaniapia is yours to experience how you wish.




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

Nice place to stay

4.0 on October 18, 2017

We loved the room and the beautiful waterfall and serenity of the inn. Breakfast could be improved. Same breakfast the days we stayed. Would be nice to have eggs offered. Other than that, would recommend to couples or families.

Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

4.6 on July 13, 2017

My stay exceeed my expectations. It was myself, my wife and my 13 year old son. The room was comfortable and the views breath taking. It was very quiet and relaxed. My son enjoyed swimming in the pool below the falls. My wife is planning for us to return. There is no on site dining but I understand that there are plans to add one in the next year. Plus you are only a 10 minute ride to Hilo.

Paradise near Hilo

5 on July 01, 2017

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls was a hidden gem of our vacation. The rooms were lovely and comfortable. The staff was oh so helpful and friendly. The only problem one might have is that the rooms are not air conditioned. But we found it perfectly fine. The gardens and waterfall with pool was fantastic. It was my wife's favorite day of our trip to Hawaii. The only onsite dining is breakfast which includes many fruits and nuts grown on the grounds.

We loved this B&B..remote but close to everything in Hilo

4.4 on June 01, 2017

The staff were warm, the breakfast was lovely and the grounds were a delight for a walk. Our only mild concern was trouble getting completely comfortable on the mattress and pillows despite the adjustment features. We would stay here again, for sure.

Two night stay in May

3.6 on May 16, 2017

The grounds are nice and quiet. Take the trail down to see all three or maybe 4 four waterfalls. Very nice. Rooms are acceptable. Clean but Lehua room was small. No AC but really didn't need it while we were there. There is a fan in the room. Some exaggerated the road. It is about 3 miles from town, a 10 minute drive. The grounds and scenery are worth it.

Great time

4.8 on May 09, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful time at the Inn. The property is spectacular. A very serene setting. We will return!

Unique Inn in Fabulous Location

4.2 on May 07, 2017

Lovely view of waterfall, eager staff, nice breakfast. Serene location.

One of a kind--do not miss experience

4.0 on April 23, 2017

We had such a wonderful time at the inn. It is unique and beautiful. The buildings are a little shabby and modest, but our rooms were clean and the beds were extremely comfortable. We had lots of fun at the waterfall and enjoyed the serenity of the gardens. The drive up from Hilo takes about 12 minutes and is beautiful. Breakfast was ample and had lots of fresh fruit.

Outstanding Location

4.8 on April 14, 2017

Rooms, location and service are outstanding. Breakfast could do with some more non-carb options. Quiet, yet close to activities in SE Big Isle. Would stay here again without hesitation.

Great B&B with a view

4.0 on April 11, 2017

This is a great place to spend a few nights on the Hilo side of Hawaii. My wife and I stayed in the Harmony house in the Hibiscus suite, perfect place. We had a private, screened in, patio and only four steps to the fence to enjoy the beautiful waterfall. Room a little cramped but with the added patio it was perfect.

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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

Some of 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

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: 2

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

Expansive, one bedroom, luxury unit in excess of 1200 sq ft. Well appointed with fine art and the owners personal effects.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4


  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Waterfall, Countryside, Island, Oceanview, Rainforest, Rural, Tropical, Waterview


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, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, world class botanical gardens, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Farm, Boutique Hotel, Cabin

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wired internet

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Hiking trails, Rappel down our 120 foot waterfall with our adventure guides, 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: When booking directly or on our website, deposit refunded if reservation canceled 2 weeks prior to your stay. Other reservations are non-refundable.
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Laura Harton, Jasmine Hetfield, Lauri Saarinen

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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

Special meal options


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