Regardless of its name, we found that ALL guests are welcome and need not be Buddhist to enjoy a unique stay at Akiko's Buddhist B & B. There are no religious strictures, proselytizing or even mentioning of religion except for little uplifting sayings placed at appropriate places through out the place. However, if you are into Zen or any other kind of Buddhism, there is a separate Zendo for meditation.
We found Akiko's a reasonably priced, clean, and unpretentious B&B in refurbished sugar plantation era homes. It is for people interested in a restful stay, untroubled by the pace of modern life. You are invited to events at the little town of Wailea with an opportunity for immersion in local culture, if you wish. There you meet the elders who lived the plantation life for a weekly sponsored lunch (Donations are appreciated.) or at a unique multicultural farmers market. The neighbors we encountered in our walks and my morning photographic forays were delightfully friendly. Newbies in the area take organized group walks.
The B&B imparts to guests the ambiance of living in a sugar plantation home of the past. In this it succeeds. Situated in tropical rain forest vegetation, visitors can take a short stress reducing walk under overarching tall trees to a river and the ocean at sea cliffs. Consequently, there are many opportunities to enjoy nature as many of the residents do.
Akiko herself is a most welcoming, hospitable and friendly person. She is college educated, a former dancer and artist. The spirit of her thoughtful attitudes and beliefs permeates the grounds. She energetically maintains the facility with the willing help of her neighbors and friends. It is a nucleus for the evolving rejuvenation of this little plantation town.
We sincerely and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there which was enhanced, in no small measure, by the especially generous, locally grown, delicious and healthy breakfasts provided by her. We plan to return.
Clinton Kawanishi, Ph.D and Parthena Martin, Ph. D