Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast is located along the lush and tropical Hamakua Coast, 15 miles north of Hilo.
There is a fine assortment of books and magazines on subjects ranging from backroad journeys to Buddhism. Akiko’s is a place to rest and restore, a place to pause, to meditate, to walk down a once busy main street where very little has changed except the people, the animals, the plants and trees and the rusting roof tops. Akiko’s is a portal into history that invites you to step back into Hawaii’s past, into a former plantation village. It offers an opportunity to explore a profound inner landscape and to discover the spirit of old Hawaii.
Hakalau Beach Park, where the old Hakalau Sugar Mill was, is just a 30 minute walk from Akiko’s. The Hakalau Paka Love volunteer work crew has created a beautiful park with native trees, picnic benches, a taro patch amidst the stone ruins of the old mill. Great place to swim, watch surfers and picnic along with other local families.
Drive north along Highway 19 and see the countless waterfalls, especially when there have been big or recent waves. Take side roads and see rolling hills, lush rain forests, old classic plantation houses with rusty tin roofs. Spectacular!
The drive to Akiko’s on Highway 19, is a colorful panorama of small plantation communities with small rusted tin roof houses, mom and pop stores, sweeping ocean vistas, farmlands, pastures, some newer homes, rushing streams and breathtaking waterfalls., all that make our Hamakua Coast so extraordinary.