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“garden pathways through old hawaii” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast

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Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 Hakalau B&B and Inns
Papaaloa, Hawaii, United States
1 review
“garden pathways through old hawaii”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Akiko's BB is a true treasure in the midst of a rare hawaiian micro climate. For the first 22 miles traveling North of Hilo on hwy 19 you will be able to find numerous waterfalls, pools and streams- including the Great Akaka falls - here there is more water flowing than anyplace in hawaii. Akikos is right in the middle, and her mind is like the water flowing all around.. Within the grounds are pathways that remove you from the world and surround you with flowers, fruit, coconuts, and tall trees with a little hale here and there. Go for it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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English first
Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

On my very first trip to Hawai'i - and I went somewhat reluctantly! - I had the great good fortune to find myself at Akiko's BBand B. I had no idea that such a refuge could still exist. It was better than I could have even imagined from the web site - and that's pretty good! Akiko herself is a remarkable woman and her skillful, artistic hand is evident everywhere, from the garage -gallery, to the off-kitchen garden, to the sweet rooms, to the bathroom/shower with a view of deep red anthuriums growing freely. Of course, I, like so many, fell in love with the great beauty of this special place, in this special place, Hawai'i.

Room Tip: I have slept in all the rooms and each has a different, interesting feel, but I prefer the small bac...
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Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Honolulu
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

The first thing that you notice when you arrive at this rare and secret jewel on the Hilo coast is that Akiko’s heart beats with the deep spirit of Aloha. Yes, this is the Hawai`i that you have dreamt about!

If you are seeking simplicity, ethereal beauty, inspiration, peace, laughter, and a life- transforming experience, this is IT! Akiko’s sacred space occupies another dimension and time, where seeds of loving kindness are nurtured and inner truth is revealed.

Here, you will awaken surrounded by lush gardens, perfumed with the sweet scent of plumeria, gardenia, sacred Chinese blossoms, birdsong and fresh morning dew. Light breezes will touch your skin, while ancient chants and smoky incense ribbons float in the wind. You will be transported by the resonance of the ancestral temple bell which Akiko rings at morning and night.

You will savor Akiko’s gourmet farm-to-table breakfasts, with exotic delicacies served on antique Japanese porcelain, while engaging in enlightening conversation with your fellow guests. He or she might be an artist from New York, an attorney from Switzerland, a healer from Germany, a filmmaker from California, a couple from Honolulu, or, on blessed occasions, a Hawaiian villager elder.

Time stops here, and you are free to design your own personal retreat, limited only by your own inner spirit: Sit quietly, walk mindfully, swim in cool streams, practice tai chi, work in the garden, immerse yourself in a pile of books, move your creative juices, or, if you’d like, sleep deeply for days. Nourish your heart, soul, mind and body at Akiko's B&B for a fraction of what might spend at a luxury resort.

Akiko Masuda is beautiful, joyful (her laugh is infectious), artistic, intelligent, talented, loving and respectful. Her spirit of ho`okipa (gracious hospitality) has touched thousands of visitors, and her name is known around the globe. Many guests return again and again, on an annual pilgrimage.

I have stayed here on business, with my family, with friends, solo and as a couple. And, on every occasion, I am sad to leave. However you choose to spend this precious moment at Akiko’s B&B, I assure you that you will will find the key to lasting peace and be very happy that you came.

Aloha Pumehana!

Kehau

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HEAVENLYDEW
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Holualoa, Hawaii
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Several times a year I return to Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast without knowing exactly what kind of magic I will find. Just 15 miles from Hilo, all of East Hawaii and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are nearby for your exploration. The variety of accommodations can easily be tailored to your needs. The Monastery House is more traditional with futon-on-the-floor single rooms on the second floor that span out around a stately old Zen meditation room. Here silence is observed from sunset to sunrise and group meditation with Akiko’s thoughtful style of instruction is available if you would like to join in.

Each of the other buildings is also unique. If you are lucky you may meet Akiko’s dear friend and professional Hilo painting contractor Eric Sakihara as he brings new life to the Temple of the Ancestors and the Pu’uhonua House. Here you will find bright rooms with Western beds, community spaces and a full kitchen. Perhaps you are in transition and would feel renewed by one of the two just-off-the-grid screened studios tucked quietly into the jungle. This is as close as you will ever come to nature without a tent. Or the privacy and comfort of the artist studio located above the old Motonaga Garage may be your choice for longer stays. The garage was built in 1935 during the heyday of the sugar cane era in Hawaii and is now an amazing gallery for local artists. With WiFi, one of my favorite pastimes is sitting in the old garage listening to the soothing sounds of wind chimes and water fountains while working on my laptop. Here I can recharge my computer as well as my soul as I watch the ever-changing light. Akiko also has a beautiful new vacation rental for you and your friends or family right across the street from the original buildings. Check it out online.

Breakfast is a time of community with other guests and nutritious offerings to power up your day. There will be homemade jams, fresh morning breads and seasonal fresh fruit from the village. Akiko’s signature porridge or French toast or farm eggs along with Kona coffee will keep you coming back for more. Although Akiko’s B&B is nestled into the sleepy little village of Wailea, there are endless daily classes, weekly markets and monthly hikes and events to satisfy your spirit of adventure close by. Hilo is a town of wonderful restaurants, beautiful harbors, parks, dramatic beaches and fun surf breaks.

If you appreciate a fresh alternative to our busy world, Akiko’s is a wonderful choice. The web site offers great photos and descriptions and Akiko is reliably available for questions or concerns via phone or email. She will help you find the perfect experience for you.

Susie Dorian
Holualoa, Hawaii
October 21, 2013

Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

My wife and I have the most memorable stay with Akiko. The room was fantastic with rain falling on the roof while thousands of tree frogs sang in chorus as we fell alsleep. The breakfast was a relaxing experience consisting of wonderful eggs, homemade bread, and fruit along with remarkable stories of days gone by. This a place for relaxation and quiet contemplation.

I would highly recommend staying at Akiko's. Its worth staying here just to meet and interact with Akiko. Its truely the old Hawaii with a flavor of Japanese sprinkled in.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Some friends and I stay at Akiko's several years ago. It was a wonderful experience! A real peaceful environment nested in the rolling hills of the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island. Lush vegetation surrounds this little retreat in a quaint little town that reminds one of old Hawaii with period plantation era buildings. Akiko is very in tune and involved with her environment which includes her warm relationship with her neighbors, and friends from near and far.

Jon
photographer and wood turner
Honolulu

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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St. Paul, Minnesota
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Akiko's B&B is outside Hilo and away from most touristy places. It's a welcoming, serene, and restful place, surrounded by trees, plants, flowers, growing things of all manner, with frogs singing choruses at night. The accommodations are simple but warm, charming and the breakfasts are awesome, with rich coffee (or tea), fresh papaya, chef-made oatmeal and other succulent offerings. Retreat-like quiet quells the spirit. And there is Akiko: artist, dancer, story-teller, chef, Zen-like but a whirlwind of activity, funny as all get-out, with a laugh that rings out like big Ben.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast
Address: 29-2091 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Hakalau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96710-0272
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hakalau
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Hakalau
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Number of rooms: 8

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