Hamakua Ranch House

42-1952 Kalapahapuu Rd PO BOX 188, Paauilo, HI 96776 USA (Show map)


The Hamakua Ranch House Inn is located on the beautiful Hamakua Coast, at 3500 ft elevation on the remote, privately owned Kukaiau Ranch. The views of the ocean and Mauna Kea are stunning from anywhere on this estate built in 1900. Day trip anywhere on the island and come home each night to the serenity that only a gorgeous 30 acre property can offer. We want to you to consider this your home while on the island. This is a place where you can truly get away from it all. We are off the grid and a living a green, healthy, self sustainable lifestyle.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Top Notch Breath taking

5 on March 13, 2017

The hosts are charming. Set up high secluded but grand view of the ocean . Lots of critters domestic and wild. Hosts are knowledgeable of area. A great place to relax and enjoy this side of the island. This gets 5 stars in our book and would highly recommend to friends . It was just lovely.

A beautiful home with a warm hostess

4.8 on October 31, 2016

We stayed at the Hamakua Ranch house to attend my grandmother's memorial service. Terri could not have been more sweet or accommodating. The room was lovely, with a fantastic view. The entire house is gorgeous, the onsite dogs super friendly, and Terri's company delightful and her breakfasts delicious. She sent us out with raincoats and umbrellas when it rained on the day of the memorial, and with beans from her own garden to take to our family. I think Terri has found her calling restoring the old farmhouse to its former gracious past and sharing it with the rest of us. It's a bit out of the way from the usual tourist haunts, but you'll get quite a different feel for the Big Island here. We highly recommend. And thanks again, Terri, for your wonderful hospitality.

Beautiful mountain retreat!

5 on October 01, 2016

We had a fabulous stay! Chelsea took very good care of us, and we basically had the place to ourselves. A magical place up in the eucalyptus forrest!

Rural and fantastic

4.6 on September 28, 2016

The Hamakua Ranch House BNab is great. Do yourself a favour and stay here. The 'Big Island' is a wonderfully down to earth place to see and Terri at the BNB, although not from Hawai'i originally just suits the place completely. Her friendliness and willing to help out any which way provides a brilliantly welcoming environment. We stayed in the Loft' room and it felt peaceful, private and relaxing. Using this BNB as a base to visit places around the Northern part of the island was a fantastic way to see the place. Thumbs up to Terri and Chelsea and Tony (husband names slips my mind right now). Great place, beautiful views and scenery, great vale and greater experience.

Fabulous Anniversary

5 on January 30, 2016

Terry and Tim are great hosts, they think of every detail. You will love their place!

Personal attention in paradise

4.2 on January 01, 2016

Terri and Tim made my holiday stay so welcoming, warm, and cared for that it was a delight to return to the ranch house cottage at the end of each day to recharge in the beautiful seaview setting surrounded by working ranch and forest. Each day they shared the property's history, details about the area, and on-target suggestions for the day. Food raised on the ranch appeared in fresh, healthy and filling breakfasts. My experience was ideal!

A treasure

5 on March 26, 2015

Terry was most welcoming and made us feel at home immediately. The setting is beautiful, food delicious. Room and grounds better than the website pictures. We enjoyed our stay and will recommend this B&b to friends.

Beautiful setting in the forest

3.4 on March 26, 2015

We enjoyed our stay in the cottage at the Hamakua Ranch House. Our hosts were kind and willing to help in any way possible to make our stay a pleasant one, including providing warm coats for a trip to the mountain and rain gear, which was most appreciated! The only downside was the 6 mile journey from the main road, but if you are searching for a spectacular view and serene peace and quiet, this would be a great place for you.


5 on March 24, 2015

The Mermaid Suite is beautiful, the Ranch House is beautiful. It was fun to discover the Mermaids throughout the suite, check behind the closet door;-). The breakfasts were great, Terri had me at Eggs Benedict! The view from the deck can only be described as wow; I was visiting from Alaska, so I know WOW! When the weather messed with my plans and I spend more time at the Ranch, Terri and Tim really made me feel at home. I hope to make Hamakua Ranch part of a future stay on Hawaii. – Jackie in Chugiak, Alaska

BIg island break

4.8 on February 08, 2015

My wife and i felt very much at ease staying here the last 4 nights on the big island. Although our hostess Terri could not be there personally to initiate her personal touch (Due to a family matter) Her presence was felt through her design flair, and quality touches throughout the property . Her husband Tim soldiered through, by preparing us tasty breakfast,and pleasing company. Thanks Tim . WE would very much enjoy coming back if given the chance. thanks again .

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Rooms & Rates


The “Ohia Loft” is detached from the main house and located upstairs in the carriage house and has a FULL KITCHEN. This is our newest, largest (1200 sf) and most private unit. Large Ohia posts support the high open beam ceiling. This large open room has both a King and Queen bed with high quality mattresses and fine linens. There is a full kitchen, large couch, 55” flat screen TV, and has an amazing elevated view from this second story detached unit. There is also a gas stove fireplace, and private bath with walk in shower. This unit sleeps up to 4 guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4


The “Mermaid ” is located in the main house. It has a private deck with ocean views. Decorated in Mermaid theme, has a King size bed with high quality mattress and linens, 47” flat screen TV, refrigerator and private bath boasts both a walk in shower and a Jacuzzi tub. This unit sleeps 2.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


The “Honu ” is located in the main house. It has a private deck with an ocean view. Decorated in Honu (sea turtle) décor, has a solid walnut Queen size bed with high quality mattress and linens, 47” flat screen TV, refrigerator and private bathroom with walk in shower. This unit sleeps 2.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


The “Paniolo Cottage” is detached from the main house and has a FULL KITCHEN, covered lanai (porch) complete with rockers and gas grill, and has amazing views. Decorated in Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) theme, there is a separate bedroom with a King size bed with high quality mattress and linens. The sitting room has a large, sectional sofa, wood burning stove, and 47” flat screen TV. This unit sleeps 2-3.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Countryside, Island, Mountains, Secluded, Small town


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Follow signs towards Honokaa on Hwy 19. The turn is between Mile Marker 34 and 35 on Highway 19. Turn mauka (towards the mountain) marked only by a yellow intersection sign that says 45 mph. Once you turn, you will see a sign for Kukaiau Ranch. Follow this road 4.5 miles to the fork in the road, bear LEFT, towards Umikoa Village. Note: you will pass thru a vacant guard shack about 3 miles up the mountain - keep going. There is wild life thru here (horses, cows, pigs, turkeys) - please drive carefully as this road narrows to one lane in several areas. Pass thru stone entrance for Umikoa Village. We are the first driveway on the right with stone pillars and our sign at the entrance. **Once you turn off the highway, the drive up the mountain takes 15 - 20 minutes. If you have any problems please call 808-776-9890 or 808-226-7411. We will be happy to assist you.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Mountains, Valleys, Hiking, Waterfalls, Zip lining, Lava Tours, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Tours, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Copier, DVD Player, Ironing Board, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Large fire pit in common area, Hammock

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Kitchenette, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 3 PM to 5 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Children are allowed to stay in the Cottage & the Loft
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Payment is required in full at time of reservation.
  • Cancellations: Our cancellation policy is 7 days prior to check in for a full refund.
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Terri Dolan

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , Horses, Sheep, Chickens

About the innkeepers

About the owner: Tim and Terri Dolan have been married 29 years and are living their dream. Tim spent 20 years in the Marine Corps flying anything they would give him the keys to.. They love to travel, exercise, drink red wine, garden, read, and work on the ranch. Terri would like to grow enough food and meat on the ranch to become self sustainable.

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  • Time Served: At your leisure
  • Serving Location: Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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