Kukuihaele

Kukuihaele Homes For Rent on Big Island, Hawaii

At the rim of majestic Waipiʻo Valley sits the plantation camp of Kukuihaele. Once large enough to have its own post office, school, and social hall, today the small neighborhood is one of those quiet places where old Hawaiʻi still exists. Children play safely in the country road, surrounded by orchards and pasture. Some vantage points in Kukuihaele offer even better views of Waipiʻo and the coast than does the Waipiʻo Lookout.

Try one of our great Big Island rental homes here if you want to spend a few days exploring Waipiʻo Valley, as there are no accommodations in the valley. Luxuriate on the otherworldly black sand beach, though exercise extreme caution while swimming here, as currents can be strong. Hike up the Muliwai trail (Z trail) on the far side of the valley for incredible views. Take in views of the famous Hiʻilawe Falls, the tallest in the state. It’s not recommended for visitors to drive any vehicle into the valley, as the road is extremely steep; access the valley by hiking or one of the available tours.

Kukuihaele’s businesses are few. For most services, you’ll need to head the seven miles into Honokaʻa (a great bike ride), where you’ll find a good handful of restaurants, a decent grocery store, banks, gas, and even a historic movie theatre with showings most evenings. In Kukuihaele, you’ll want to stop in at Waipiʻo Valley Artworks, where you can enjoy locally produced ice cream and coffee, admire the beautiful art, and meet up with valley tours, whether by foot, horseback, or ATV. Waipiʻo Cookhouse, a little roadside spot, is taking locally produced food to the next level, with basically everything grown right there on the family’s farm. They’ve got great ranch meats and smoothies to fill you up after a long day in Waipiʻo Valley.

So what are you waiting for? Book one of our Kukuihaele homes for rent on Big Island, Hawaii and start planning your vacation today!