The Banana Patch cottage, for one person, is an open air 12 x 12 room, enclosed in screen and nestled in a grove of banana trees. Guests hear the winds, the rains dancing on the tin roof, the cascading leaves and the crickets.
The Banana Patch cottage is for one person only, someone seeking personal quiet time. It is a screened 12 x 12 cottage nestled in a grove of banana trees. One solar panel provides light for reading. Hear & feel the winds, the rain dancing on the tin roof, the cascading leaves, the crickets, the falling “torpedo” avocados and ripe mangoes, when in season. The single occupant sleeps on a bamboo frame bed. There is a comfy reading chair for reading the wide variety of books and magazines available, and a desk to keep a daily journal when arising early with the coming of the early morning light. The propane shower and toilet are in an adjacent building, and are shared if there are guests in the Mango Tree Cottage hidden next door. There is also a kitchenette next to the Banana Patch Cottage with a gas stove, small frig, pots, tea kettle and dishes Return to simple naturalness. Calm & settle the soul. Just 15 miles north of Hilo along the luscious Hamakua coast on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Miminum 3 nights or more
Guests have access to Wifi. We live in a "retreat zone" so guests wander down a quaint country road to Hakalau Veterans Park for cell phone reception. Zazen, sitting meditation is practiced 5 times a week and guests are invited to join; beginning instruction is offered.
Interaction with guests
Akiko lives on the grounds and interacts with all her guests; guests are invited to breakfast, a wonderful time to share and learn of each others' journeys.
Other things to note
Our facilities offer the best of "old Hawaii," - the natural simplicity and quiet charm. We are steeped in all that is natural - the wind chimes sing, the winds blow through the multitude of trees and plants and shrubs, the light changes - a little rain, a little wind, sometimes a lot, and we live in deep peace and gratitude.
My name is Akiko Masuda, and you will be staying at one of the many facilities at Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast. I am a 3rd generation Japanese woman born in Hawaii in the 40’s in Honolulu on O’ahu, and living here in Wailea for 22 years. You have already visited our website and gotten a “sense” of where you will be staying.
In Hawaii we have the word “ohana” which means family, and even if we are not related by birth or marriage, in Hawaii, we are all family. We begin as one “ohana” (family) in this communication.
Zazen or sitting meditation is a way of life here. We sit Wed.Fri. mornings at 5:20 - 6:20 a.m. and MWF evenings 6:40-8:20 p.m. This is optional for all guests.
Please let Akiko know if you want instruction.
In the mornings guests can walk to the ocean, and In the past, some retreat groups have walked in silence, the 2 mile RT walk to the ocean after meditation, or 7 a.m. before breakfast. Breakfast is 8:00 a.m
A good and hearty breakfast will be served every morning at 8 a.m., a good time to gather and begin each day together. Guests are responsible for their own lunch and supper. One set of sheets & a bath towel is provided. Towels will be changed midway in the retreat.
Change is constant, whether additional guests or weather or wind or scenery. Change is. On that note, however, we live in a little plantation village which has seen very little change, a fleeting flashback in time. I have been living here 21 years, and since that time many of our revered elders have “crossed over.” There is just one remaining elder who will be 100 years old next year. Waichi Ouye has lived here and will pass on from here when it is time.
Here are some requests and guidelines :
1) Please confirm that your interisland travel as well as your car rental are secured, that is if you are renting a car.
2 )Akiko’s is essentially a place of retreat, a sanctuary, a place of refuge. Guests come here to settle within, to restore. Please be respectful of the spirit of this modest and unassuming place.
.3) Our phone number is ONLY for EMERGENCY purposes. ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). We are located in a “retreat dip” so cell phone connection is possible after only a casual walk down to the Hakalau Park. You will find your own “hot spot.”
3) It is wise to bring “flip-flops” or easy to slip-on shoes. No footwear in houses, unless these are only for indoor wear. Please wear slippers or footwear outside out of compassion for the cleaning ladies – Akiko & another person.
4)Laundry at the Laundry Express near Farmers’ Market or Tykes in Hilo. There is a clothesline outside Pu’uhonua House & Hale Aloha. Guests do simple hand washing.
5)Regarding what to bring - LESS is ENUF!
Less is enough.
Many guests end up shipping clothes home. And if you run out of clothes, there is always “Sallys” our Salvation Army. Inexpensive Hawaiian wear available.
6)Akiko’s is a smoke-free & alcohol free B&B. So smokers please walk way-way-way down the street and alcohol can be consumed at many beautiful places in nature. Please explore.
7)There is wi-fi here with a guest password. We request that you use sparingly and with mindful discipline. You can stay home and play on the internet. You are HERE in our precious and blessed Hawaii. Live & experience the beauty and power!
Our prayer is that your experience on our Hamakua side will deepen your connection to the ground we live and walk on, and awaken your vision to the diverse beauty of our plants, creatures, and our people.
Welcome to Wailea,
to our beloved and precious place we call home
a source of natural beauty,
Be in fine health and great calm,
with gratitude and warm aloha,
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ALOHA & WELCOME,
Thank you very much for viewing our various accommodations. Our accommodations are located along the lush and tropical Hamakua Coast, 15 miles north of Hilo.
I am Akiko Masuda, a 3rd generation Japanese woman, born in Honolulu in the 40’s, long before freeways, shopping malls, email, Blackberrys, and cell phones. I have been a writer of children's books, student of tai chi, hula, and zen meditation, I am a storyteller, hostess, housekeeper, and love caring for our gardens and fruit trees with our weedwhacker and leaf blower. I am the president of the WAILEA VILLAGE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMUNITY. I have been living in Wailea Village since' 91, and at that time, was the first person to buy in this quiet, peaceful country village in 35 years. Please come and discover the peace and kindness here.