The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

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Outdoor pool
Individually decorated, individually furnished, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

3.5 out of 5

4.5/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast available
  • Business services
  • Parking available
  • Room service

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
100 Kulaniapia Drive, Hilo, HI, 96720

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationRainbow Falls23 min drive
  • Popular LocationAinako Park23 min drive
  • Popular LocationKaumana Springs Wilderness23 min drive
  • AirportHilo, HI (ITO-Hilo Intl.)29 min drive

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About this area


Located in Hilo, The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls is in a rural area and on a river. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Wailuku River State Park and Akaka Falls State Park, while Hamakua Heritage Corridor and Mokupapapa Discovery Center are cultural highlights. Pacific Tsunami Museum and Gilbert Carvalho Park are also worth visiting. Discover the area's water adventures with surfing/boogie boarding nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with ecotours.

What's nearby

  • Kalakaua Park - 19 min drive
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church - 20 min drive
  • Rainbow Falls - 23 min drive
  • Ainako Park - 23 min drive
  • Kaumana Springs Wilderness - 23 min drive

Getting around

  • Hilo Intl. Airport (ITO) - 29 min drive


  • Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill — 18 min drive
  • Makani’s Magic Pineapple Shack — 18 min drive
  • Hilo Sharks Coffee Shop — 18 min drive
  • Cronies — 18 min drive
  • Naung Mai Thai Kitchen — 18 min drive

About this property

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

Riverfront bed & breakfast in Hilo with outdoor pool
An outdoor pool, a microwave in a common area, and a refrigerator in a common area are available at this smoke-free bed & breakfast. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include self parking, concierge services, and a computer station. All 13 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and room service. Ceiling fans and showers are also available to guests. Limited housekeeping is available.
The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls offers 13 accommodations with ceiling fans. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is provided daily.
Recreational amenities at the bed & breakfast include an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows regional cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Health & Safety Standards (Hawai'i - USA)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Self parking on site (USD 20 per day)

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast available for a fee daily 8:00 AM–9:00 AM: USD 19 for adults and USD 19 for children
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Helicopter/airplane tours
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Rock climbing
  • Ropes course

Family friendly

  • Outdoor pool


  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Library
  • No elevators
  • Water dispenser

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Computer station


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Ceiling fan


  • Shampoo
  • Shower
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • Chef
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Window screens

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Check-in from 3 PM - 8 PM
Express check-in


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 9 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests driving to the property should contact this property in advance.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.0 per day
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: USD 19 for adults and USD 19 for children (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 20 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.0 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host; the provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession, within the meaning of article 155 of the French Tax Code
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
Tax ID - GE-130-508-4928-01
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

Property is also known as

Inn Kulaniapia Falls
Inn Kulaniapia Falls Hilo
Kulaniapia Falls
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Kulaniapia Falls Inn
The Inn At Kulaniapia Falls Hotel Hilo
The Inn At Kulaniapia Falls Hilo, Hawaii
The Inn At Kulaniapia Falls Hilo Hawaii
The At Kulaniapia Falls Hilo
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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 347 out of 555 reviews
5 - Excellent 63%
Rating 4 - Good. 148 out of 555 reviews
4 - Good 27%
Rating 3 - Okay. 33 out of 555 reviews
3 - Okay 6%
Rating 2 - Poor. 21 out of 555 reviews
2 - Poor 4%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 6 out of 555 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This Inn is set up onto the mountain in a gorgeous setting. We had the Jade Cottage which is its own building with a private lanai. It was very clean and had everything you needed. We loved sitting on the lanai at night with a drink and in the morning with our coffee. There is a hiking trail to the waterfall and through a bamboo forest which was beautiful. Breakfast were personalized breakfast paninis and fresh pineapple that were delicious. The setting of breakfast was on the main house lanai overlooking the waterfall, such a gorgeous view. Overall, if you are using Hilo as a base for adventures to Volcano or elsewhere on the big island, or just want a secluded, restful experience, you must stay here. The staff was also extremely friendly, helpful, and very communicative. Stay here for sure!
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2021

2/5 Poor

Disliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Though the grounds surrounding the main house are beautiful, this is not a three-star property, and it would not be as highly rated if it were located anywhere other than next to a large waterfall. The room was very dated, the bathroom was tiny and featured a small shower stall with a plastic shower curtain, and there was no TV or mini fridge in the room. This particularly presents a problem given that the nearest restaurant is more than 15 minutes away. Similar to a dorm, the guests' last names are displayed on the doors, there is a sign advising you to remove your shoes, and you can hear all activity happening in the other rooms. What is most disappointing about this property is that it does not in fact offer many of the amenities that are advertised on various travel sites. What is advertised as a pool is actually a pond at the bottom of the waterfall, and there is no room service, porter/bellhop, or gift shop/newsstand. Perhaps most concerning, while the staff put on masks upon my arrival at the checkin counter, the woman who gave me the tour of the house asked me if she could remove her mask within minutes, and none of the staff or guests were wearing masks inside the house. This would appear to conflict with the fact that neither the advertised breakfast nor housekeeping are currently being offered, ostensibly because of COVID. I would not stay here again or recommend the property to anyone else knowing what I know now.
Stayed 6 nights in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Wonderful place. Love the cabins, though recommend more hooks for hanging stuff.
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2021

2/5 Poor

Disliked: Property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Mixed Bag
We will start with the good: Dinner. Nathan did a great job. Food was good and his presentation was entertaining. The setting: the falls are wonderful. A solid Hawaii waterfall setting Staff: nice folks who did what they could to make your stay nice for the most part Now the rest: Dinner though good, it was definitely overpriced. And not just by a little. Room: The room was average at best. I was amazed to show up and see that some rooms faced the parking lot and storage tank and not the falls. The overall quality of the room it self was not the best. Materials used in the room itself where somewhat cheap. Needs a serious remodel. Have to say one of the most incredible misses by the hotel was breakfast. Remember, this is Hawaii. The expectation was fresh fruits, etc. What they delivered was boxed cereal and pre wrapped pastries from Costco. Truly laughable. We did have a cat make it into our room on night one. The response of staff of "just close the door" is definitely not the right one. Let's see, no AC and you want us to close the door so that a cat, which should not be entering the room to begin with, cannot get in. Yeah, time to re-think the roaming cat policy. The key metric to any hospitality enterprise is would someone return. Our answer to that would be no. The property has a wonderful location but is definitely overpriced for the room and amenities you get.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Romantic/Peaceful Gem in Hilo
My husband and I used to live in Hilo and we were briefly visiting as part of a 10 year anniversary trip to the Big Island. We had no idea this little gem existed! It's off the beaten path and I'd recommend bringing dinner with you (we brought sushi from our favorite place, Ebisuya Sushi). You can sit on the main balcony overlooking the waterfall. The room was spacious and comfy, with a balcony and views of the surrounding jungle. We fell asleep to the sound of gentle rain and frogs. There was plenty of food for breakfast, even at 5 am (we were still on mainland time). There are nice paths around the property and you can swim in the falls, although we did not. Overall, it was cozy, the staff was great, and we will be back!
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2021