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Break Free from the Dominant Paradigm, at least for a Week!

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

Studio, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Yes, the Big Island does have a north shore, SHHHHHH! This unique spot on Hawaii is unspoiled by excessive tourism, traffic, and VOG (volcanic pollution). Come have an island experience the way locals enjoy it! Gaze across the channel at the island of Maui as you breathe in the clean clear air courtesy of the trade winds. Feel the aloha spirit in the quaint small town of Hawi which borders the tropical and dry sides of the island. The north shore of Hawaii is for people who want to go beyond the high priced hotel experience and enjoy the islands the way they have been enjoyed for generations.

From Hawi you can go ten minutes west to dry heat and swimming, fifteen minutes east to lush tropical jungle and the wild Pololu Valley, twenty minutes south to the summit views from the cool Kohala Mountain top or you can walk into Hawi town and enjoy a cup of coffee with the locals then get a massage or shop for locally made treasures in our artist filled community. After a fresh fish dinner at one of the local restaurants you may even be lucky enough to catch some live music by one of the many famous musicians living in our town.

Enjoy the benefits of a kama'aina (local) host, and use our years of island experience to help you get the most from your island stay. Having an on site host opens a vast potential of possibilities that most people never get to experience while visiting Hawaii.

Travelers who come to North Kohala should know that they are forgoing the hot dry heat and touristy areas to be out in the country. Most of North Kohala is very jungle like and therefore includes all animals and critters found in such locations. If geckos, pigs, spiders, mosquitoes, wild turkeys and roosters trouble you, then North Kohala is not for you.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2017

About The Owner

Our family has deep roots in the Hawaiian Islands. While we certainly do not consider ourselves native Hawaiian, we can however, trace our family back to the early 1900s in Hawaii. Jim's mother grew up in hawaii and spent years in the entertainment industry on Oahu, singing and dancing for the early visitors to the islands.

The aloha spirit is very alive in our family as well as the town of Hawi where we chose to settle down. We invite you to join us and experience the warm hawaiian sun and an even warmer aloha!

The Owner purchased this studio in 2006

Why The Owner chose Kohala Coast

It was amazing; we rounded the the tip of the island and went from rain-forest to desert. What had been a tropical deluge of over 3 inches per hour had given way to sunshine and an amazing rainbow. It was in the magic of that 5 minutes that we decided that the big island was the place we wanted to live. It was 3 months later when we became the owners our Hawi home.

What makes this studio unique

The greatest benefit of choosing to stay with us is called aloha. What do you want and need to make your stay special? Adventure ideas, a meal prepared, your shopping done prior to arrival, a ride somewhere, more privacy; you name it and we can get it done for you. It is our goal that you have a perfectly relaxed and enjoyable vacation and then come back to see us again next year!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(55 traveler reviews)

Break Free from the Dominant Paradigm, at least for a Week!
average rating of 4.836364 based on 55 reviews

Soooooooo AWESOME!

  • 5 of 5

Girls getaway!!!

My three friends and I stayed in Jim and Leah's studio cabin for 3 nights and we loved, loved, loved our stay. It was raining hard when we arrived and Jim immediately greeted us with umbrellas and offered to unload our luggage. Their studio was clean, the beds were comfortable, and the location is located in a quiet neighborhood. Everything you need for cooking a meal at home is there. Our favorite part is the outdoor shower!!

To quote Jim, "You have to have Aloha (kindness) to see Aloha." We felt Jim and Leah's aloha during our entire stay.

We would stay here again!

Lynda (from Seattle)

p.s.: Be sure to schedule your stay through a Saturday so you can visit Hawi's farmers market and to eat Jim & Leah's yummy food at the Sol Kitchen. We ordered Leah's kombucha, their chicken salad and roasted pepper sandwich! Yum..yum...and good for you! So ono!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Lynda, Every once in a while we have guests who actually slow down enough on their vacation to truly see what a paradise we have here. We are glad that you were among that group of people. It's truly not the physical beauty of the place (although that is a nice plus) that make it a paradise, it's the aloha. When I said to you that "one must have aloha to see aloha" I was not using the word in one of its many narrow forms. I was using it in its broadest form: Aloha, love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity; greeting, salutation, regards; loved one; beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, lovable; to love, be fond of; to show kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection; to venerate; to remember with affection. MAHALO FOR SEEING! THIS IS THE PARADISE WE HOPE ALL OUR GUESTS CAN SEE!
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Wonderful studio home in Hawi

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this home! Jim and Leah and their children are very welcoming and the space is beautifully unique, clean, comfortable and quiet. A diverse library was a great bonus too! Located in the country but walking distance to town. Just perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect quite get away

  • 5 of 5

One of the things that we really love about the Hawi area is it's slower pace, way chill environment and just being away from the fast paced life. And this studio just amplifies that experience. It has everything you need. The 3 headed outdoor shower is amazing. You are just a short jaunt to "downtown" Hawi with its wonderful eateries, coffee shop, galleries and a few other store to keep you busy. And of course, there's the farmers market on Saturday. What a treat!!! The property owners of this cottage sell amazing Caribbean/Puerto Rican influenced food there. Super yummy!!!!

I can't recommend this studio highly enough. The owners, Jim and Leah, and their pup Charlie, were very helpful and accommodating. Just really good people sharing the aloha spirit.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Korina. We knew you would love it here when you told us that all you did on your first day was sit in front of the coffee shop listening to the local musicians jam while talking story with the eclectic mix of Hawi's rascals, artists and others. Yes, a slow pace is truly the way to enjoy the aloha of Hawai'i. Some people get it, and others come for a week, drive around the whole island trying to do and see as much as possible---you know, "Been there, done that." We believe that a week in North Kohala (Hawi) would be just enough time to scratch the surface of all there is to enjoy about this awesome unspoiled region of Hawai'i. Mahalo Nui Loa!
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Lovely Hawi

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our 2 kids (ages 11 & 12) had a wonderful stay at Jim and Leah's place. They are great hosts and give you recommendations on where to go, beaches, etc... (just ask). Their ohana is all that you need. It comfortable, neat, clean and has WiFi. The outdoor shower is a bonus!!! Love this feature so much. The space was perfect for our family of four and had a great kitchen for cooking meals in. Hawi has some of the best sushi I have had at Sushi Rock and you must, must, must check out the food at Sol Kitchen at the Hawi Farmer's Market, so ono!!! This a good home base and is but is easily accessible to other areas such as Waimea and Kona. We cannot wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Juneau, AK

Wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time at Jim and Leah's place. Hawi itself is a really interesting place and close by some amazing beaches, with sand dunes, great views, the whole 9 yards. The guest house is a great home base for all your adventures, and because of the way I had set up my vacation, I had to do some work for a few days which wasn't an issue at all (good internet access). We all absolutely loved the outdoor shower.

Bottom line, we really had a great time there with Jim and Leah and their family (their children are roughly the same age as ours) and would recommend it to anyone. Side note: they run a booth down at the Farmer's market that serves excellent food.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible way to start a vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent just a brief two nights with Jim and Leah in Hawi. They we're super accommodating with us arriving late at night which after an entire day of traveling is always fantastic. The hale was perfect, everything two people could want/need. Plenty of cooking supplies to help you save a little money. Jim and Leah also gave us some fantastic recommendations for places to visit, including Mahukona for a brief morning swim and Kēōkea Beach Park to sit and watch the sunset. They're recommendations really made our trip. Not to mention the day of our departure Jim informed us of the local farmers market that day where we went and had an incredible meal cooked by Jim himself.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
King Kamehameha Park ($9 all day)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Historic and scenic Akoni Puli Hwy.
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Bamboo, Sushi Rock, Kava Kafe, Lighthouse Deli
Nearest Ski
120 Miles
Mauna Kea Summit (4x4 needed--- No lift)
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Swim at Mahukona or Pristine 69 Beach 20 mi. away
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Birth place of Kamehameha
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Farmers Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

Kohala Zip lines, Kohala Ditch Adventure, Helicopter tours, Kayak adventures, Swimming,

Sport Fishing for ahi, marlin, wahoo, etc.,

Surfing, Boogie boarding, Whale Watching,

ATV Tours (All-Terrain Vehicle),

Dinner Cruises / Sunset Cruises,

Dolphin Encounters, Hiking / Eco Tours,

Horseback Riding,

Inter Island Tours,

Luaus, Massage, Parasailing, Romance,

Scuba Diving, Shark / Ray Encounters,

Shows / Entertainment, Sightseeing Tours,

Snorkeling / SnorkelCruises, Snuba Diving,

Submarine / Glassbottom Boat,

Volcano Tours


Rates & Availability

Hawi Studio Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 1 2016 - Jan 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Feb 1 2017 - Mar 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

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Hawi Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • This studio has a toilet and bathroom sink inside with an awesome 3 headed and private outdoor shower.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Trundle Bed converts to king or two twin beds, Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pac-n-play is available for your little ones.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Don't miss the Saturday farmers market. and be sure to . . . Pick, husk and crack all the mac nuts you can eat on our organic Macadamia nut orchard.

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