Thank you very much for visiting with us.  Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast is located along the lush and tropical Hamakua Coast, 15 miles north of Hilo.

Akiko Masuda, host and owner, is a 3rd generation Japanese woman, born in Honolulu in the 40’s, long before freeways, shopping malls, email, cell phones and hand held devices. She is a writer of children's books, student of tai chi, yoga and zen meditation. She is storyteller, housekeeper, and loves using her weed whacker and leaf blower to maintain the grounds, citrus orchard and breadfruit grove in the backyard.

Akiko has been living in Wailea Village since' 91, the first person to buy in this quiet, peaceful country village in 35 years. Wailea is a wee, still-intact, plantation village, with about 12 households which have seen very little change, a fleeting flashback in time. The last resident elder, Mrs. Mildred Ouye, a former 3rd grade teacher at Hakalau School, “crossed-over” in 2012. She was 105 years old.

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, increasing newer homes, rushing streams and breathtaking waterfalls, all that make our Hamakua Coast so extraordinary : a Special Place, whose spirit, cultural history, values, land, and peoples are honored and perpetuated through the work of the WAILEA VILLAGE HISTORIC PRSERVATION COMMUNITY.