The various accommodations by Akiko M. are located along the lush and tropical Hamakua Coast, 15 miles north of Hilo.
Akiko is a 3rd generation Japanese woman, born in Honolulu in the 40’s, long before freeways, shopping malls, email, and cell phones. Akiko is a writer of children's books, student of tai chi, hula, and zen meditation, and makes some "mean" French toast.. She is storyteller, hostess, housekeeper, and loves using her weedwhacker and leaf blower to maintain the garden, citrus orchard and breadfruit grove in the backyard. She is also president of the WAILEA VILLAGE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMUNITY 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. There is still one resident Japanese elder Waichi Ouye, who just celebrated his 100th birthday. 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.