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Homestead on the Big Island - Hawaii

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Keolamauloa, a historic family property, was built in the 1930's and is located 37 miles north of Hilo, at the cool 1800 ft. elevation in Paauilo Mauka.

It was originally developed in the 1930’s as a coffee farm. As a center of community life, this property included a family-run general store. Japanese movies were shown in the garage to homestead families and friends. The strength and resourcefulness of this family have inspired those who followed. Even now, their children and grandchildren continue to return to the home to find rest and to remember.

The verdant pasture lands and old family homesteads are evidence of the area’s rich agricultural and cattle ranching history. Today, our family works and plays on this small family farm and share a vision of sustainable living. We grow wholesome food and minimize our environmental impact by using eco-friendly practices. The grounds are abundant with native trees, chickens, and the family pet pig who loves to be fed. The ocean is viewed from the backyard.

The accommodation is the lower part of the larger home. It features quiet comfort with the soothing sound of small waterfalls. Guests will enjoy a private entrance, full kitchen/bathroom and 2 bedrooms – each with a double bed. A futon can be used for extra guests. Keolamauloa will welcome you home, whether you have traveled a few miles to Kalopa State Park, historic Honoka’a town and Waipio Valley, or taken a day trip to Kohala and the Kona Coast or to Hilo and the Volcano. EKomo Mai

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Kaye Lundburg
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Kaye Lundburg

I grew up in rural Eastern Oklahoma. After college city life called and I was off to Denver, LA and Honolulu. But country was really home to me and i moved to the Big Island and have been in rural Hamakua for many years.

Kaye Lundburg purchased this house in 1984

Why Kaye Lundburg chose Paauilo

Finding a old homestead in Paauilo 25 years ago was full of possibilities. Restoring 80 year old buildings and reclaiming land that was overgrown from years of neglect was daunting but was a project for a growing family Today KEOLAMAULOA is a family treasure.

What makes this house unique

Today our family strives to live simply and sustainably on our 4 acre homestead. We have abundant organic vegetables and eggs and take great satisfaction in reclaiming a native forest and wildlife habitat. Guests enjoy the quiet relaxation of this country home. Soaking in the hot tub, walking through the forest, feeding the pig are just of few of the delights of a farmstay at KEOLAMAULOA.


Paauilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(59 traveler reviews)

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Homestead on the Big Island - Hawaii
average rating of 4.9661016 based on 59 reviews

Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

The rental was spacious, private, very comfortable and well-stocked with far more amenities than we expected. We especially liked all the books on the history of the Hamakua Coast, which gave us a special perspective on the region as well as the history of the property itself. When booking, we somehow missed the fact that the rental also includes exclusive use of a large wooden hot tub and outdoor shower, which was a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed taking walks on the upcountry roads amid the lush green forest. The owners were very kind and accommodating, and the kitties who live on the farm are soooo sweet. Our son enjoyed feeding leftovers to the pig! Lots of fun!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homestead stay

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and Kaye was very helpful in making sure that we found our way there. Her daughter met us and showed us around to make sure that we knew where everything was. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and the country atmosphere. We especially enjoyed the DVDs that she had on farming and the books she had. I was surprised and delighted that there was a hot tub and enjoyed that as well. I would suggest that the hot tub be cleaned, there was a lot of sediment in it. I loved walking down to feed the pig. As a whole it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to stay in a quiet homestead atmosphere.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely, quaint, country property

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful week here. We loved the setting with all the bird and insect noise, found the hot tub delightful, and really enjoyed the hosts. If you like a "farm-like" setting this place is for you. It is not a fancy hotel, but suited us. I did find the hard cold floors not so agreeable with my arthritic feet, but found shoes helped. The bathroom is a bit of a journey from the bedrooms, so if you are up a lot at night, this could be a problem. There are also level changes within the apartment which might challenge some folks. We found the kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms all to be plenty adequate and the beds comfortable. All in all, we do not hesitate to recommend this property and truly enjoyed our time there.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Little Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

If you are wanting to lower your blood pressure and get away from it all, this is the place for you! Hidden in the forest is this amazing property where you can relax and hang out without a care in the world. While it is hidden away, it is not far from the typical things you want to do while on the big island. Beaches, shopping, historical sites are all less then an hour away. The property is so tranquil, filled with vegetation, small animals and your own private hot tub. We are hoping to return in the near future!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely farmstay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our 2 young daughters and really enjoyed our stay. The girls loved going out to feed the pig in the morning and we loved all the open space for them to run around. The space was clean and kitchen well equipped for the meals we made. The location is perfect for exploring the Hamakua coast and Hilo. It gets cool being up in the mountains but the heater was perfect to take away the morning chill.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Keolamauloa was a great place to stay for so many reasons. For my wife, daughter, and myself, it was plenty roomy with a comfortable living room, dining area, well stocked/furnished kitchen, and 2 nice sized bedrooms. The owner, Kaye, is a gracious host, and starts you out with a complete tour of the place answering as many questions as you can ask. There is a laundry room with a washer and dryer if you happen to need it as well as lots of extra towels and linens in the closet near the bedrooms. It has a lanai (porch/patio) with a big hot tub and a view of the ocean and plenty of seats to choose from. On the farm grounds, there is a small pond and lots of lush vegetation with chickens, a big friendly pig, and 4 even friendlier cats that love to sit in your lap and be petted. (The chickens and pig are penned up but the cats are not.) I think one of the cats, Aka, might even join you in the hot tub if you let him. (I didn't.) You can take some very pretty hikes right from your front door heading mauka (uphill) on the road past the Hawaiian Vanilla Company and beyond, or in the other direction makai (downhill); it's all good. On one hike, I met a noisy tom turkey and some quieter cattle next to the road, flushed a ring necked pheasant, spooked 3 little wild pigs (really), and found a gnome home built into a tree - although I suspect it was really constructed by humans. We had a wonderful time. The only thing we didn't like about the place was leaving it. We'd highly recommend this happy little farm and its critters (and humans) and aloha to anyone looking for a beautiful home away from home at a great value.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rainbow Falls
Akaka Falls State Park
Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Mauna Kea Beach
Hawaiian Style Cafe
St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church
Makalawena Beach
Leleiwi Beach Park and Richardson Ocean Center
Waipio Valley
Adventure X Ocean Whale Watching Tours
Kiholo Bay
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Island Naturals Market & Deli
Ocean Sushi Deli
You Make The Roll
Cafe il Mondo
Honokaa Trading Co
Lucy's Taqueria
Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
The Landing
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Honokaa Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 19
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Cafe Il Mundo - Honokaa
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

Rates quoted are based on 2 guests. Rated for additional guests is $25/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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