The Bamboo Forest Room in the Pu'uhonua House is elegantly simple : a bed, a desk, an altar, and a view of the towering bamboo groove. Listen to the whispering and creaking of the bamboo as the winds blow gently. Kitchen and bathrooms are shared.
The Bamboo Room is a single room in the Pu'uhonua House, which is a classic 5-bedroom, 2-story plantation house. Sometimes there are 2-3 people in the house, sometimes you are the only one. Shared bathrooms, comfortable living room with a large diverse library and full kitchen in this classic, warm and comfortable "old Hawaiian" plantation home.
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. There is Zazen, sitting meditation is M-F, 5:20-6:20 a.m. and guests are invited to join. Beginning instruction is offered. Our "Temple of Gratitude" is open for guests to sit quietly in silence, contemplation and prayer.
Interaction with guests
Akiko lives on the grounds. She was born and raised in Hawaii in the 40's and shares many stories of special places and old Hawaii with guests. Breakfast is 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.
We are an older community of 10 households. There has been very little change during the 25 years Akiko has lived here, except many of our elders "have crossed over." Guests are requested to honor this older village by being quiet, kind and respectful. Akiko's is smoke free alcohol free, and smokers are asked to walk down the street to the waterfall to smoke and alcohol consumed at either Hakalau Park or Kole Kole Beach Park down the street.
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.