A Gracious Historic Hawaiian Home 10 Minutes from the Best Beaches

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Last updated: 05/13/2010

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The Waimea Guest House is a unique and charming Historic Hawaiian style home which was originally built in the late 1800's. This home has been the heart of many extended family gatherings and reunions due to it's extensive and diverse layout. Located in the emerald green rolling hills of South Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii it is only 10 minutes drive to the most accessible beaches on the Big Island. Kamuela is centrally located between Hawi, Hilo and Kona which allows visitors a wide range of activities from relaxing on the beach, star gazing on the summit of Mauna Kea, snorkling and diving off the Kona coast, and horseback riding in the Kohala Mountains. close to beautiful Pololu and Waipio valleys with waterfalls, excellent restaurants, shopping and internationally acclaimed entertainment at Kahilu Theater only a few minutes away!

The entire house could potentially sleep up to 15 people with ease... or just one or two in our economical Lehua Suite. Waimea Guest House is only a few minutes from the charming town of Waimea, also known as Kamuela. This property is surrounded by 100 year old Ylang Ylang, Kukui, Koaia, Silver Oak, and Rose Apple trees. It offers a truly magical and authentic experience of 'Old Hawaii' at it's very best! Waimea Guest House offers a large kitchen, dining and living space and various private bedrooms. Contact us to discuss your specific needs as you don't have to rent the entire home if you don't need to. We can accommodate just one traveler or 15 depending upon your needs. This is a magic house with several independent suites to meet your needs.

Keywords: House, vacation rental, workshops, retreats, family reunions, community events, apartment, individual suites


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a smoke free property. Thank you for your Kokua....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Other (See Description)


  • Queen size Beds (3) 4 queen beds throughout the house (Ylang Ylang has 2) (Lehua has 1) and, (Hibiscus has 1), Double Beds (1) Ohana has one full size bed and one queen bed in an extra large room. There is a privacy screen between the two for privacy, Twin or Single Beds (2) Ohia has 2 twin beds and can be opened up to Ylang Ylang to accommodate 8 guests ... or to Lehua to accommodate 4 guests., Child Beds (1) In Hibiscus Suite there are 2 child beds or punee's as they are also known as. This would allow for a family of 4 with 2 small children to be accommodated in this suite., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) xtra futons can be made available upon request., Murphy Beds (2) The queen beds in Lehua and the Library are both murphy beds with excellent mattresses so VERY comfortable!...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • This beautifully appointed historic home is also ideal for private gatherings (35 person limit) The Ylang Ylang portion of this property is used regularly by community for educational purposes. Some of the activities you might like to participate in are farm to fork sustainable dinners, music, poetry, healthy cooking classes, meditation groups, etc. ...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    (4) There are Hawaiian music CD's in each Suite....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) One television per suite...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    Beautifully appointed Historic Hawaiian Home...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Computer Available:

    We are happy to print out boarding passes ... and have an iPad or 2 floating around should you need to check your email....moreless

  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone:

    FREE long distance calls!...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    Catering is available upon request...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Ohia / Lehua has a very well equipped kitchenette. Hibiscus Suite has a full kitchen with a dining room....moreless

  • Microwave:

    (2) There is a microwave in Hibiscus Suite as well as an oven. There is a convection oven in the Lehua Suite....moreless

  • Refrigerator:


  • Shared Kitchen:

    For special arrangements we are now allowing guests to reserve a room in Ylang Ylang with kitchen privileges so call for more information and prices....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) There are 2 lovely outdoor lanai's (decks) at Waiaka Homestead. They are quite lovely to sit and watch the resident chameleon's....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $35 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.4%


The multiple suites in the Waimea Guest House offer flexibility and accommodations for either one or up to 15 travelers. The Lehua Suite rents for $82/night with a queen bed and private bathroom and cooking facility. The Hibiscus Suite rents for $99-$115 / night with it's private bathroom and cooking facility. Hale Kukui is the main portion of the house and can accommodate up to 6 guests easily. If guests choose to rent the entire house for family reunions special pricing is available.

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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Kona-Keahole Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Redwater Cafe
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Mauna Kea Resort
0.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 19
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Redwater Cafe & Merriman's Restaurant
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Mauna Kea Beach & Hapuna Beach

Car: Necessary

Centrally located.... up country. BEST beaches on island! Live theater, Star Gazing on top of Mauna Kea, visit a live volcano, Waipio and Polololu Valley's, gorgeous beaches minutes away, horseback riding, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, all within a short distance. Quaint and quiet little town of Waimea is lovely and offers a number of good restaurants and shopping.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Either Barrie Rose or Johanna Tilbury (Josie) might answer your call. Barrie and Josie are the 2 owners of this beautiful historic home called Waimea Guest House. These two women have lovingly restored this home and property over the years and it truly provides travelers a safe and comfortable haven in which to relax and enjoy Hawaii. Josie is a licensed contractor who is now building tiny homes on wheels! Ask her more about this when you meet her! Barrie Rose is a licensed realtor on the Big Island of Hawaii so she can answer your questions about property values. The two of them do custom designed tiny homes on wheels in their spare time. The Waimea Guest House also offers events such as house concerts, meditation, cooking classes, etc. so if you check the schedule you might be here when there is something special happening in the main portion of the house.

Why the Owner Chose Kamuela (Waimea):
Waimea is a beautiful town with a wonderful community. It is very close to the best beaches on the island yet offers a cooler and refreshing climate to return to at the end of the day. Waimea is centrally located on the island so one has easy access to all that the Big Island has to offer. We chose this property because of it's excellent location and wonderful climate... Not too hot! it's just PERFECT!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
You will enjoy an authentic experience of 'old Hawaii' at it's best. Waimea Guest House is spacious and is an ideal location for family reunions and celebrations as it has a large kitchen, dining, and living room where everyone can gather. Each family can enjoy their own individual suite for privacy. Come and enjoy the sound of the Waimea breeze rustling through the large trees surrounding this lovely property. We offer assorted beach equipment upon request.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Main kitchen

    Main kitchen

  • Jade Suite

    Jade Suite

  • Hale Kukui Living Room

    Hale Kukui Living Room

  • Ohana


  • Lehua Suite

    Lehua Suite

  • South Lanai

    South Lanai

  • Waimea


  • Jade Suite

    Jade Suite

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • Large dining and living room with "library" bedroom off to the

    Large dining and living room with "library" bedroom off to the

  • Ohana queen size bed

    Ohana queen size bed

  • Ohia room

    Ohia room

  • Jade Suite Bathroom

    Jade Suite Bathroom

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Friday, November 27, 2015

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