ALOHA & WELCOME,
Thank you very much for visiting with us. Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast is located along the lush and tropical Hamakua Coast, 15 miles north of Hilo.
It is run by Akiko Masuda, a 3rd generation Japanese woman, born in Honolulu in the 40’s, long before freeways, shopping malls, email, and cell phones. Akiko is a writer of children's books, student of tai chi, and zen meditation, and makes some "mean" French toast.. She is storyteller, hostess, housekeeper, and loves using her weed whacker and leaf blower to maintain the garden, citrus orchard and breadfruit grove in the backyard. She is also president of the WAILEA VILLAGE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMUNITY Akiko has been living in Wailea Village since' 91, the first person to buy in this quiet, peaceful country village in 35 years. Wailea is a wee, still-intact, plantation village, with about 12 households which have seen very little change, a fleeting flashback in time. The last resident elder, Mrs. Mildred Ouye, a former 3rd grade teacher at Hakalau School, crossed over in April. She was 105 years old.
The drive to Akiko’s on Highway 19, is a colorful panorama of small plantation communities with small rusted tin roof houses, mom and pop stores, sweeping ocean vistas, farmlands, pastures, some newer homes, rushing streams and breathtaking waterfalls., all that make our Hamakua Coast so extraordinary.