Hamakua Ranch House

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


The Hamakua Ranch House B & B is a boutique hotel 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. We have perfect sleeping weather here year around. The Paniolo Cottage is a perfect example of true Hawaii country living. 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
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.1

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 Paniolo Cottage

The Paniolo Cottage is decorated In Hawaiian cowboy décor. It is detached from the main house and our most private unit. There is a King size bed with a cowhide headboard in true Paniolo Style. The bath has a walk in shower. There is a wood-burning stove in the sitting room as well as a Full size futon. The cottage boasts a full kitchen. There is also a 47in flatscreen TV with premium channels. You have your own covered lanai complete with rockers and a gas grill. You will wake in the morning after a wonderful nights sleep on our memory foam mattress and the finest linens available.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $349 - $399

The Mermaid Suite

The Mermaid Suite is decorated with Mermaid décor and has a California King size bed. It is located in the main house. The private bath boasts both a walk in shower and a jacuzzi tub with an incredible view. This room has a wall mounted 47 inch flat screen TV with premium sports and cable channels. You will wake in the morning after a wonderful nights sleep on our memory foam mattress and the finest linens available.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $279 - $279

The Honu Suite

The Honu Suite is decorated in Honu (Sea Turtle) décor and is located in the main house. It has a solid walnut Queen size bed. The private bath has a walk in shower. This room also has a 47inch wall mounted flat screen TV with premium cable and sports channels. Private lanai with ocean view. This unit sleeps 2. You will wake in the morning after a wonderful nights sleep on our memory foam mattress and the finest linens available.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $259 - $259

The Ohia Loft

The Ohia Loft is detached from the main house and located upstairs in the carriage house. It has a full kitchen. This is our newest, largest (1200 sf) and most private unit. Large ohia posts from the property support the high open beam ceiling. This large open room has both a King and Queen bed with high quality mattresses and the finest linens available. The is a large couch, 55" flat screen TV, and an amazing ocean view. There is also a gas stove, and private bath w/walk in shower. This unit sleeps up to four guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $349 - $425

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Location Type

Countryside, Island, Mountains, 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, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, 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 30 days prior to check in for a full refund.



Terri Dolan

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

About the owner: Tim and Terri Dolan have been married 26 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. Tim also paddles with a 6 man outrigger team. Terri would like to grow enough food and meat on the ranch to become self sustainable.

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  • Time Served: 7:45 - 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian