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 fresh tropical fruits, breads, waffles, yogurt, granola, juice, and plenty of our own brand of "Hilo Side" coffee.




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

Rare Location

4.4 on January 27, 2017

If you want an out of the way location, quiet and site beautiful....this is the place. Suggest walking to the falls pool and have a swim.

Wonderful Stay

4.4 on January 23, 2017

Great Rooms. Friendly helpful staff. On property waterfall is unique wow factor.

True Hawaiian Paradise!

4.8 on January 16, 2017

One of the most unique inns we have ever stated at. The setting was true Hawaiian paradise - a beautiful waterfall and paths with lush greenery and a bamboo. The rooms were spacious and beautiful and the staff was extremely welcoming. The waffles for breakfast were the best I've ever had. I would definitely recommend this inn to others wishing to enjoy the true beauty of Hawaii.

I would stay here again anytime!

4.8 on January 01, 2017

Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We stayed in the pagoda house which was amazing! It had everything we needed. The view was fantastic! Hearing the waterfall right outside was the best part. The breakfast was good and everyone was so friendly. I would recommend them to anyon

Great Staff Food and Property

4.0 on November 28, 2016

We were greeted by a very friendly and helpful staff member who showed us to our room, and then to the covered dining deck overlooking the beautiful view of the falls. Next to the deck was the kitchen and the common room with couches, a bar with a mini fridge and a sink where we could chill our wine. Breakfast the next morning was ample and delicious. Our room was visually pleasing with an outdoor covered deck. The room and bathroom need some simple changes for functionality. It lacked racks for our suitcases, and enough towel racks. There was no Kleenex, and it seemed the king sized mattress may have been turned sideways because it was wider than the box spring foundation. The couch was comfy but we had to put the beautiful and heavy bedspread on it so we couldn't use the couch in the evening. We enjoyed our walk on the trails down to the falls where there was a gazebo, and a kayak for our use. We would stay again next time we are on the Big Island.

A lodge in paradise

4.6 on November 26, 2016

We stayed at this amazing place for our whole stay on Hawaii. It made activities on the west side of the island inconvenient.

Great first nights stay in paradise

4.4 on November 22, 2016

We stayed in the main building and had a gorgeous view from our lanai. The only two things I would improve upon are eggs at breakfast and a softer bed. The inn is like an oasis by itself. We strolled through the bamboo garden, swam in the pool by the waterfall, ate breakfast on the main lanai with unbelievable views of the waterfall, had tea on our private lanai in the evenings. Fell asleep to cool nights and sounds of waterfall and frogs. Staff was wonderful with suggestions and service. Definitely was able to relax from our busy mainland lives with work, kids and home. Will recommend to everyone and stay again in the future.

A lodge in paradise

4.6 on November 12, 2016

Amazing scenery! Staff are awesome! The only issue is that it is only accessible via Hilo (on east side of island).

A Gem in Paradise

3.8 on October 18, 2016

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls was an ideal respite for a 5-day stay in Hilo, Hawaii. The setting was idyllic and very zen-like and the Inn was not very far from the places we wanted to visit. Breakfast was delicious and offered a wide variety of fresh fruits, breads, granola, yogurt and delicious waffles. I would definitely recommend this sanctuary during a stay on the Big Island.

Best part of my Hawaiian Vacation

4.6 on October 10, 2016

I found this B&B by chance while looking for places to stay for just a couple nights on the big island. Once I saw the waterfall I was sold. The drive to get out there takes just a little bit as the road is very windy and narrow, but well worth it. When we got there, I was blown away by how beautiful the area was. We had arrived very early and the staff worked hard and got us into our room earlier than quoted. We stayed in the Jade cabin. It is small, but more than enough room as I really didn't want to spend much time inside. I thought having no AC would be a problem, but the breezes were more than enough to keep us cool while in the room. Breakfast was good, about what I would expect from a B&B. The staff was very helpful in pointing out things we shouldn't miss on our short trip. We were able to swim and SUP at the waterfall and it is breathtaking. If I ever get the chance to return I will be staying here again.

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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

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

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

  • 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, 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, 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
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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

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