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Mauna Kea Cloudforest Bioreserve

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41 reviews
· Hawaii
14 acres
3 sites
3 Lodging
The Mauna Kea Cloudforest Bioreserve is a non-profit botanical garden and farm dedicated to the preservation of the world's plant biodiversity. Situated on the southeast facing flanks of Mauna Kea overlooking Hilo Bay and the Hamakua Coast, the bioreserve benefits of a unique climate where the lowland rainforest climate zone (Koeppen climate Zone Af) overlaps with the oceanic temperate mountain zone of Mauna Kea (Koeppen Climate Zone Cfb). The result is a cool and wet climate zone that supports many of the world's endangered palms and conifers. The bioreserve features 14 acres of riverfront Cloud forest. The Kikala river runs through the middle of the bioreserve, so guests on the bioreserve have private exclusive access to prime waterfalls and swimming holes. The Cloudforest bioreserve isn't just home to botanical wonders, Hawaiian native hawks and many other beautiful Hawaiian birds like to nest in the cloudforest. The community center features a Zendo that can support a contemplative yoga and meditation practice. The Bioreserve features gardens with a Japanese Zen influence to encourage a contemplative retreat experience.
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River, stream, or creek
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Hawaii, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Axel K.Joined in July 2017
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18 ratings · 41 reviews
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Michelle M.recommends
November 13, 2022
Hale Pueo (Rightmost Cabin)
Great private oasis! Beautiful stars at night and just enough off grid to make you feel relaxed while still being able to pop into town for a yoga class or meal! Would definitely stay again! Waterfall was refreshing!
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Carlos & Bella Q.recommends
October 13, 2022
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Lovely property and very well kept. Great access to a well stocked community center. Axel is a gracious, friendly host and we felt very welcome. Does a great job in the property’s up keep. Thank you!!
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Atalie Z.recommends
September 17, 2022
Hale Pueo (Rightmost Cabin)
Absolutely loved staying in the cabins. Falling asleep to the sound of the flowing water and jungle was amazing. Even without AC the cabin was a perfect temperature. Would highly recommend this experience.
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Shaun G.recommends
September 12, 2022
Hale Pueo (Rightmost Cabin)
We really enjoyed staying on the east side of the big island near Hilo. Axel’s property is beautiful and we enjoyed the unique sound of the frogs at night. Our 7-month old daughter was happy where she was too.
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Julian G.recommends
September 9, 2022
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Great short stay exactly as advertised. Had a nice chat with Axel, the owner, who gave us some good tips for Volcano National Park.
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Rachel I.recommends
September 7, 2022
Hale Pueo (Rightmost Cabin)
🌸Absolutely Love Everything, 🤙!
*Gorgeous property with varieties of plants, flowers & fruit trees along with river sound so soothing, bountiful birds chirping and singing surrounding with many spectacular bright starry night. Love to relax with nature, and in-tune with all the beauty environments. Two thumbs up❣️
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Jazmyne G.recommends
July 4, 2022
Hale Pueo (Rightmost Cabin)
Beautiful spot. I’m so happy to have started my journey here! The property is lovely and the temperature was so appreciated (other stay was just 10 minutes away right on Wainaku street above Hilo town and it was hot!). Being next to a running stream is priceless with your own private cabin and porch for beautiful morning meditations or snacks while watching the birds in the strawberry guava trees, listening to the stream soundscape. Had my best sleep the first day with stream sounds and coqui frogs. I was so lucky to be the only guest at the time to just zone out in my space. Also jumping in the stream was really refreshing! Shared space is greatly appreciated with a full stock kitchen, fridge/freezer to use, yoga area and two bathrooms with showers. Cabin includes wonderful plush white towels, pillows and bed linens. There is a main bed and a loft bed on the top! Great storage space for belongings and windows bring in the nice air. Might want to bring an extra head lamp or light as there is only one camp light hanging on the wall. Star watching is a must! Note that it is about an 18 min drive from the main road on curvy small country road so I wouldn’t recommend to drive at night if not well versed in driving these streets. Also don’t be afraid of the large looking puddle on the gravel road as you enter, it is possible to cross just looks quite big after it rains. Would not recommend having a sedan or low vehicle. SUV size at least is a must in my opinion.
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Alex L.recommends
May 3, 2022
Hale Pueo (Rightmost Cabin)
What a great property! Cabins are super cozy.
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Ben H.recommends
April 7, 2022
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Great location for peace and quiet.
This is a great little spot. The small cabins are comfortable and well built. I was a big fan of the location, it's secluded and quiet, all you can hear at night is the river and the frogs. The community building is well appointed and didn't leave us longing for anything.
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Jessica A.recommends
March 30, 2022
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
Tent camping was a treat up here. Stars were bright and beautiful, quiet space, and Maggie was a treat! Be aware this is a little bit of a drive up the hill, but it provided lots of privacy.
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Georgia F.recommends
March 13, 2022
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Loved everything about this place!!!
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Josh F.recommends
March 2, 2022
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
We loved the grounds, the community building, and of course the waterfall! Such a nice stay
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Robin C.recommends
March 1, 2022
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
There are blankets, towles and shampoo bars provided. There is a check out time. There is a small electric fence surrounding the property at night (if you arrive late you may need to move it to drive in--its low voltage but be careful). The GPS for the address is not accurate so look at Google satalite view to find a driveway that matches their description and compare it to where your map is sending you. Once I did this it was easy to find.
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Robert W.recommends
February 15, 2022
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
Best Hawaii Experience
This place has it all. It was beautiful, clean, and relaxing. Waterfalls right out you front door. Axel is a great host l felt at home here. This was the Hawaii I came to see thank you Axel!
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Valerie P.recommends
January 30, 2022
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Glamping in Hawaii
It was a beautiful place to stay. They have had some dry weather, so the waterfall wasn't much more than a trickle, but the place was still great. No electricity in the cabin itself, so bring a flashlight, but there is electricity at the waterfall house (also on the property) to charge your phone/camera/etc. Axel was nice, and so was the gal working for him. Very pleasant to talk to! Overall, a great place to stay!
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Peter G.recommends
January 24, 2022
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Quiet little place on a farm with minimalistic cabins and a common area. Beautiful landscape with an opportunity to take a swim in the small lake with a waterfall. Would recommend if this is your cup of tea.
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Ruth D.recommends
January 7, 2022
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
We had a great stay at this lovely place. Appreciated the friendliness and the amenities. I loved swimming in the waterfall pool
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Ryan J.recommends
December 12, 2021
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Waterfall by moonlight
Cabins are beautifully constructed and overlook the stream. Fall asleep at night to the sound of rushing water. Wonderful meeting Axel and his helpers, they have such passion for the property and soon to be carbon busting forest. Swimming in the waterfall by moonlight is the highlight of our trip
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Joann T.recommends
December 7, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
Alex was a wonderful host. Alex offered to upgrade to cabin which was great since the weather to set up camp when we arrived. We will be back.
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Kara C.recommends
November 23, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
It is a wet climate, so it wouldn't have been comfortable to sit outside our tent at night. The nice community center was a comfortable place to hang out and have dinner and read in the evenings. It felt more like glamping than camping, which I'm not complaining about!
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Marc G.recommends
November 8, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
Nice grounds, beautiful waterfall
Lovely property and Axel is really friendly! Climate is beautiful up there. As far as camping, you set up tent in a pretty open field, and in the morning (maybe ~8-9am) work starts nearby, just be aware it's not a very private or nature-embedded spot to pitch the tent. Community space w/ wifi was lovely, waterfall was beautiful & felt sacred and happy. At the time of my stay, kitchen wasn't quite as equipped as we'd hoped but it was functional!
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Mariah S.recommends
November 7, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
We had such a peaceful and wonderful stay here! My family and I just absolutely adored this location. Axel has done an amazing job with renovating this space with his guests in mind! It was private but also welcoming with a fun community center! He was a great host!
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Lauren H.recommends
October 22, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
Nice quiet spot away from Hilo a bit but not a trek to the middle of nowhere. Waterfall is BRISK but refreshing. The community center is nice if you are into amenities while you’re camping too
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Maria D.
October 6, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
Beautiful place, terrible service!
The lay of the land was beautiful in the private files where impressive! We felt like we were inconvenience to our host Axel because they were in the middle of converting their place to an Airbnb instead of hip camp and we were in the way, kitchen was dirty and our cabin had ants in it which bit me in the night! I wanted them to know so that other people didn’t experience the same thing and he seemed very defensive! I think it Will probably be I better stay for people when they are done converting and cleaning!
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Alaina B.
September 27, 2021
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Nice! As described. Cabins are definitely not for more than 3 people. The land and waterfall is beautiful.
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Valentino L.recommends
August 16, 2021
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Great, remote stay with the perfect amount of amenities (shower, toilet, wi-fi), but you still feel secluded in a cabin on a mountain top. Would definitely stay again.
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Josie M.recommends
July 20, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
We love Hamakua Cloud Forest cabins
We stayed in one of the cabins. It was an awesome and relaxing experience. They provide clean cabins, bathrooms, hot showers and a kitchen. Anyone who wants to truly experience Hawaii’s forest should check this place out!
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David M.recommends
July 15, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
Come for the waterfall
The waterfall was really special and private. The amenities were ample. You'll get what you need plus the waterfall is a must.
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Kelsey D.recommends
July 9, 2021
Hale 'Io (Left most cabin)
Peaceful stream side cabin
What an amazing spot! Lovely wood cabin by the stream, just a stone's throw from the community center with a full kitchen, fridge, bathroom, electricity and hot shower. I loved the simple, clean cabin. It is surrounded by magical ferns and the sound of water flowing... super peaceful. Very kind and helpful hosts who set you up to be self sufficient.
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Jennifer L.recommends
June 27, 2021
Hamakua Cloudforest Waterfall
Aptly named
It was a quiet place out of the city if only sounds of frogs. Be prepared for rain as it is aptly named cloud forest. The waterfall was fun to climb up with a rope. The most positive thing was the community center where we could seek refuge from the rain. In the community center there was a sink, dishwasher, basic appliances, such as, a hot plate and an electric skillet. It did not have a stove and the microwave did not work at the time we were there. However, they had two bathrooms with hot showers which was a nice treat. Also there was a large table where you could sit and enjoy a meal indoors. Overall, it was good. The one negative was that the grass was extremely tall and we had to navigate our way to our tents through paths that were mowed but they were narrow in we got wet every time we walked back and forth. Plus, there were electrical fences along those paths which can be quite alarming as my son can attest to if you accidentally touch one. Would I stay there again? Yes of course. But realize what you're getting into before you go. Anything else I should say guys
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