Akiko’s B&B is another time, another place, the very best of old Hawaii with its own rhythm and pace.

There is high-speed internet. Many guests work online. High-speed WiFi provides texting & calling capabilities. Please confirm that your phone and carrier support texting & calling over WiFi.

There is a fine assortment of books and magazines on subjects ranging from back road journeys to Buddhism. Akiko’s is a place to rest and restore, a place to pause, to meditate, to walk down a once busy main street, where very little has changed except the people, the animals, the plants and trees and the rusting metal roof tops. Akiko’s is a portal into history, inviting you to step back into Hawaii’s past, into a former plantation village : an opportunity to explore a profound inner landscape and to discover the spirit of old Hawaii.

Hakalau Beach Park, where the old Hakalau Sugar Mill was, is just a 30 minute walk from Akiko’s. The road down to the Park is closed off to cars; visitors walk around the barricade to visit the beach and the stone ruins of the old mill. Great place to swim, watch surfers and waves, and feel the ocean breeze. Drive north along Highway 19 and see the countless waterfalls, especially when there have been big waves. Take side roads and see rolling hills, lush rainforests, old classic plantation houses with rusty tin roofs. Spectacular! Laupahoehoe Beach Park is a 20 minute drive from Akiko’s. Drive further north and visit Honoka’a, about 45 minutes from Akiko’s. Go to the end of the road to Waipio Valley. There is a lookout with an expansive view of the ocean or you can hike down to the valley. The rolling hills of Waimea, the green and windy coast of Kohala and sunny Kona round out a day long trip with time to explore along the way. In the southerly direction from Akiko’s, Akaka Falls in Honomu is about 5 minutes away.


Hilo’s Tsunami Museum, Saturday Farmers’ Market, Lyman Museum, Hilo Public Library (so quaint) and “Sally”s (Salvation Army) are wonderful treasure troves of old downtown Hilo. About a 20 minute drive.

Akiko’s B&B is very centrally located. Pahoa and Volcano are about an hour’s drive.

Akiko’s is a place to settle....to be still….to pause….meditate….walk down the winding country road, past the streams, breathe in deeply... Akiko’s is a portal to another time, a portal into a way of living, in harmony with the trees, the wind, the flowing streams the birds, the sky.

Photo Montage:

(above) William Olszewski


Akiko's Favorite Sites

Center for Oral History at the University of Hawaii, Manoa

Peace Pole Makers USA

Wailea Village Historic Preservation Community

Sifu Peter Tam Hoy - Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan