| waianuhea is centrally located on the Big Island of Hawaii, halfway between Kona and Hilo on the slopes of beautiful Mauna Kea. Nestled at the 2500-foot elevation on the lush rural Hamakua coast, we offer the discerning traveler a different perspective of life in Hawaii.
After a full day of sightseeing on the island, Waianuhea provides a cool welcome home. Often in the afternoon the Waianuhea (fragrant mountain mist) will envelope the land in beauty and mystery.
Waianuhea is well-suited for weddings, small retreats, corporate meetings, and workshops. Our Great Room, extra half baths and spacious relaxation area with a treatment room and large solar heated spa make an ideal setting for any event.
Escape to the serenity that is Waianuhea. Enjoy the views of the summit of Mauna Kea above and magnificent Pacific Ocean below. Spend the day on the grounds with many beautiful spots for a lazy picnic. Quiet country back roads make for great bike rides and long walks, or explore nearby old Honokaa Town with its western charm.
The Big Island is a treasure trove of things to see and do, especially for the nature and scenic lover. Waianuhea is an ideal place to begin your sightseeing day. Nearby is beautiful Waipio Valley, where you can simply gaze at the stunning panorama from the lookout above or venture on down into the valley with a tour, on foot, or by four-wheel drive. Also nearby is scenic Laupahoehoe Point, craggy rocks and breaking waves creating a beautiful backdrop for picnicking or simply relaxing. A little further down the road on the way to Hilo is impressive Akaka Falls, highest accessible waterfall on the island, with a circle walkway tour that takes you past two waterfalls and through a gorgeous landscape of tropical plants. Hilo, our main port town, has a lovely bay front where you can usually see surfers or canoe paddlers. Continuing on, you can take a dip in the warm ponds of Kapoho.
The Volcano National Park is a full day's sightseeing in itself. One can view old lava sites complete with interpretive signage and easy access. Active lava flows can often be viewed at ocean side. The hike to see the flow could be a short or long one, depending on the path that the flow is currently taking. Usually this hike is over semi-rough terrain. The visitors' center at Volcano will alert you to current conditions.
Going towards the northern part of the island, one passes through beautiful Waimea with its rolling pu'u (hills) of green. The road from Waimea to Hawi is a sightseeing delight in itself, often revealing Maui in the distance. At the end of the northernmost road is Pololu Valley where one can hike down to a pebble beach or simply enjoy the view from the lookout.
Honokaa Town has many surprises in the shopping arena. Several gift shops hold wonderful bounty for those necessary "take home" gifts. Honokaa is also known for its "junk" shops where second hand treasures and curiosities abound. An art gallery and a clothing boutique round out the selection of stores.
Waimea, a bustling ranch town, holds a variety of shops and galleries, grocery stores and specialty items.
Honomu is located near Akaka Falls and has several art galleries and collectors' shops as well as fabulous ginger ice cream for a treat on a hot day.
Hilo has a wide selection of shopping for the visitor. Everything from little boutiques to shopping mall stores, art galleries to map shops, ethnic to mainstream America.
beach lovers can find great sun and fun at Hapuna Beach State Park or several other neighboring beaches. A little closer by, but accessible only with four-wheel drive, is the beautiful black sand beach of Waipio Valley. Hilo has some great snorkeling areas just outside of town.
hiking is all around us. From Waianuhea, one can take off on foot on back country roads as well as more remote trails. Kalopa State Park has great trails through forested areas. Waipio, of course, is known as a destination for the hiking enthusiast. It is a steep road down to and up from the valley, but persistence is rewarded in beauty. The Volcano National Park has many developed hiking trails through varied scenery. Many more hiking destinations are within easy driving distance from Waianuhea.
golf courses can be found at many locales on the island. Honokaa has a small course requiring you to bring your own clubs. Waimea has a full golf course that is one of the Big Island's best-kept secrets. Resorts along the Kohala Coast also have numerous courses and pro shops.
fine dining is close by in Waimea. Several world-renown restaurants are situated there. Good local food is available in Honokaa for lunches or casual dinners. Other ethnic and superb dining experiences can be found around the island. Just ask us for a recommendation.
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"Waianuhea is very welcoming and pampering. It is a totally unique experience. I feel relaxed, cared for and privileged to be let in on a wonderful secret. The inn itself is a joy to behold, a jewel! The staff are fabulous, and the surroundings awesome." guest comment
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