Buddha's Cup Retreat at Leleka'ae Falls - Hilo, HI

Buddha's Cup Retreat at Leleka'ae Falls with 1200 sq ft wrap around LanaiView of Hilo Bay and the Pacific Ocean from the Front LanaiUpper Level Living Area with full picture windows - open to kitchenUpper Level Kitchen with Granite Countertops and Alder wood cabinetsUpper Level Family Room with exit to back Lanai overlooking both waterfallsUpper Level Master Suite with on-suite full bathUpper Level Queen bedroom with Hilo Bay ViewUpper Level front Queen bedroom with Hilo Bay ViewUpper Level Full Bath with showerLower Level Family Room, Dining and Kitchen and view into 2nd living areaLower Level full kitchen with large pantryLower Level King Master Suite with on-suite full bath over-looking waterfalls.Lower Level King bedroom
393 Kulaniapia Drive, Hilo, HI 96720



Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 4
Sleeps 16
Per night $175
Type: Home
Description of the Hilo vacation home rental
Buddha's Cup Retreat at Leleka'ae Falls is situated on 20 acres above Hilo Bay providing sweeping 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This unique retreat is perfectly suited for a romantic getaway, a unique island wedding, a vacation with family and friends or a corporate retreat and includes two 70' waterfalls on the property.

Natural light spills into every room through large picture windows and French 10-light glass doors highlighting the unique koa, chocolate heart and tropical ash hardwood floors and hand-carved balinese doors. Tastefully decorated accommodations are found throughout the space featuring an upper and lower level. Each level includes a full kitchen, washer and dryer and two full baths.

The 1200' wrap-around upper level lanai provides guests with plenty of outdoor space to take in the superlative views. The large lanai area off the upper level family room features a grill, tables for dining and two chaise lounge chairs to take in the sights and sounds of the waterfalls.

This 3,000 sq. ft. Estate-styled Retreat will accommodate groups of 10 adults with up to 4 additional children and is 10 minutes up mountain from Hilo and 20 minutes from the Hilo International Airport.

Anna Webb

Area Info
Hilo, Hawaii and Hawaii's Big Island

The Hilo region features dramatic waterfalls, lush rainforests and Hilo Bay parks and water sports. The Hilo Farmer's Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays is the best and largest on the Island.
Located 20 minutes from Akaka Falls State Park and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, this area offers stunning views and local-style hospitality.

In addition, Hilo is located 45 min. from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Property Rates

Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2014 Dec 31 2015 $175 $175 - - 3 Nights
: 4 p.m. : 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 13.42%
Tax I.D.: 46-3460637
Deposits: $1000.00 deposit required with reservation.
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: $156.25 cleaning fee for upper level only, $260.42 for whole house. 6 guests or less will stay in the Upper Level; over 6 guests will stay in both levels. Rates are based upon double occupancy (two guests). Additional Guests up to the maximum of 16 will be charged $31.25 each per night.


Owner Supplied Testimonials

Posted January 21, 2015 on another vacation rental site for Buddha's Cup Retreat:

This house is about 15 mins to Hilo. The view is so stunning in the morning and in the night. Because we were out all day every day. It's big enough to fit 12 people at least with 6 bed rooms and 4 bathrooms. My family with eight people enjoyed our stay here very much.
The only issue we had was some technical problem with the water pump first night we got there. But the owner responded so quick and got it fixed next morning.
Oh the beds are soooo comfy.

Posted September, 2014 on another vacation rental site for Buddha's Cup Retreat:

Location, Location! You have heard this mantra in real estate many times, but it really applies to the this home. Located about 1300 feet above Hilo on a 20 acre tract of farm land this house overlooks two beautiful waterfalls on the Waiau Stream off of the back deck with the city of Hilo laid out below you off the front porch. The views are simply stunning. There is a path down into the gulch where you can swim in the pools at the base of each of the waterfalls. A truly unique experience.
The home is a completely “green” home. The power comes from solar arrays on the roof with batteries providing power in the evening. Water is from a rainwater catchment system. So every shower is taken in solar heated rainwater. In spite of being “off the grid” the house has all of the modern conveniences you would expect, Flat Screen Satellite TV, High Speed Internet and strong cellular service.
The house has two completely independent floors with separate entrances. I’ve stayed on the upper floor three different times, ’07, ’08 & ‘14. Each time I’ve stayed about a week and loved the experience. The house then went off the market for a number of years as the owner moved back in for a while. The house has recently returned to the market and the property manager sent me an email to tell me of its availability. I jumped at the chance to return once again.
As I mentioned above this is farm land. The owners are coffee growers and there are plenty of coffee plants on the property. In addition there are also many fruit trees that you can pick fruit from if it’s in season. The owners provide plenty of their award-winning 100% Kona coffee for your consumption. There are also a few horses, cattle, sheep and chickens on the farm, which just added to the charm.
One thing that might come as a surprise that the house has no air conditioning, but you don’t really need it. At 1300’ of elevation, the temperature each night dropped into the mid-60’s, and this was during August. If it’s sunny all day the interior can become a little warm (not hot), but there was a floor fan provided for spot cooling.
In closing, I’ve been to the Big Island over 10 times. I’ve stayed on both sides of the island. Without question, this house is my favorite place to stay on the Island. It has unparalleled views. It’s also convenient to all of the major sightseeing spots. My family love’s the Big Island. There’s no question we will return again and when we do, this is where we will stay.

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