Akiko’s B&B is another time, another place, the very best of old Hawaii with its own rhythm and pace. There is no T.V. and radio. Cell phone reception is “down the street.” There is wifi. There is a fine assortment of books and magazines on subjects ranging from backroad 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 roof tops. Akiko’s is a portal into history that invites you to step back into Hawaii’s past, into a former plantation village. It offers 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 Hakalau Paka Love volunteer work crew has created a beautiful park with native trees, picnic benches, a taro patch amidst the stone ruins of the old mill. Great place to swim, watch surfers and picnic along with other local families.

Drive north along Highway 19 and see the countless waterfalls, especially when there have been big or recent 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 Farmer's Market, Lyman Museum, Hilo Public Library (so quaint) and “Sally”s (Salvation Army) are wonderful treasure troves of old downtown Hilo, which is a beautiful 20 minute drive away.

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


Photo Montage:

(above) William Olszewski



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Wailea Village Historic Preservation Community

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