Eco-minded travelers may want to escape the cold this winter and head to the Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast in Honokaa, Hawaii. As an off-grid property, the water and energy sources are converted directly from the nature that surrounds them. The electricity used at the inn is harbored from the sun using a photovoltaic solar electric system. The water provided throughout the guest rooms is rainwater, caught on the inn’s rooftop into a large storage tank, and is then filtered and UV sterilized.
The Inn also features energy efficient appliances and hot tubs.
“We feel better because we’re reducing our carbon footprint. The Inn is completely powered by a photovoltaic solar electric system and we serve 85 percent local food. We also reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible,” says Randy Goff, Innkeeper at Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast.
Waianuhea is located halfway between Kona and Hilo on the slopes of Mauna Kea and is nestled at the 2,500-foot elevation on the lush rural Hamakua coast.
In addition to the inn’s commitment to the environment, it also focuses on sustainability. The B&Bs chefs buy and prepare locally grown organic foods for the wine hour and gourmet breakfasts. The gardening and landscaping is entirely organic and the produce is used whenever possible throughout the culinary fare. The amenity products used at the inn are also locally produced by Island Herbal and Star of Roses with an all natural coconut chai fragrance. This commitment to sustainability also extends to monitoring all consumption to ensure products purchased are recycled, reusable or compostable. The organic compostable materials from the yard and kitchen are then tended to produce rich and fertile compost used to fertilize our gardens.
With all of these conservation techniques in place, the inn’s guests are still provided with luxurious accommodations in five guest rooms on the property. The energy-efficient spa is heated 24 hours a day for early risers. There’s also an amazing stargazing opportunity on clear nights. Satellites provide Internet and television service, and each guest room has a cellular telephone. Guests also have views of snow-capped Mauna Kea as well as the Pacific Ocean without unsightly power lines.