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We are located on the lush, tropical side of the big island, just two miles north of the historic whaling town of Hilo. Our home is in a small, upscale neighborhood in the country and borders the old coastal road that winds past streams, waterfalls, and vine-covered bridges.
Honolii Beach is just a short walk down our one-lane road and has a beautiful picnic area with lifeguards, showers, and bathrooms. Honolii is very popular and has consistent waves year-round for surfers and boogie boarders. The freshwater river that empties into the bay has a huge swimming hole and two beautiful waterfalls just upstream.
Hiking, jogging, bikeriding,surfing, swimming, or just kicking back are activities you can do from the vacation cottage without driving anywhere. Our convenient location also makes it simple to visit the many scenic areas around the island.
And remember, one of the friendliest beaches on this side of the island is just a short stroll down the road
Amenities: Amenities: The spacious vacation rental has high ceilings, ceramic tile floors, and a new covered lanai. The fully-equipped kitchen features a refrigerator, 2 burner ceramic cooktop stove, coffee maker & grinder, microwave, toaster, rice cooker, blender, and a full set of dishes, pots, pans, and utensils that allows you to economize your vacation by cooking at home. The rental is beautifully furnished with a queen-size bamboo bed, a very comfortable double futon, wicker dresser and nightstand, kitchen table, and chairs. We also have cable TV with 77 channels and free wireless Internet. Boogie boards and snorkel gear are also available. Your privacy is insured, as this is our only rental.
Activities: Activities (on site or nearby): Swimming, surfing, boogie-boarding, fishing, or just relaxing are all activities you can enjoy at Honolii Beach. Bike-riding, jogging, or hiking are perfect activities along the one-lane old Mamaloha Highway that winds several miles past Honolii. Diving, golf, tennis, shopping, restaurants, museums, sightseeing are a five minute drive into town.
Volcano National Park is 45 minutes
Waimea cowboy town is 1 hour
Kona is 2 hours
Relax and enjoy aloha: One of the friendliest beaches on this side of the island is just a short stroll down the one-lane road.
Stay here and discover aloha.
I teach biology at the University of Hawaii and this is my only rental. It is very important to me that my guests enjoy their stay at my cottage and experience the aloha that I have found on this island.
terre hawkins purchased this cottage in 2002
As owner of the property, I take a personal interest in our guests and the quality of their vacation time in Hilo. The best advertising I have is "word of mouth" from happy guests that have stayed in our only vacation rental.
We enjoyed our last five nights in Hawaii at this large studio apartment. The owner, Terre, who lives next door, is very friendly and checked in with us to see if we needed anything or had questions. It's a nice, safe location outside the hubbub of downtown Hilo. The bed was comfortable and the kitchenette well supplied with what you need as a traveler.
You can walk in five minutes to a really nice black sand beach where surfers are bobbing out in the waves.
it's a great midpoint for touring the east side of the island. We spent two days in Volcanoes National Park, another up in Waipio Valley, and one driving up Mauna Kea -- three completely different -- but all awesome -- experiences. The Hilo Farmers Market is THE place to get your souvenirs on Wed and Saturdays -- a really nice selection from dozens of locally talented artisans. And I got a colorful Hawaiian-made floral shirt for $15 here!
I would stay here again. This nice unit could be a great unit with updating of the brown kitchen & bath cabinets with some colorful bamboo green paint, as well as some minor touches such as new bath towels.
One note: I brought earplugs because I read the other reviews about the coqui frogs and I am a light sleeper. They are quite loud, but I easily fell asleep with the earplugs in. My partner did not wear earplugs and slept just fine!
Enjoy your time in Hilo!
We had a bad experience here. Within 10 minutes arriving here their was a gecko lizard inside the room climbing up the wall. My wife was very disturb that a reptile was inside the the place.She does mind if they are outside but not inside where we are planning to stay. At that time,my wife said she could not stay here for the night and we need to find another place to stay.It was not a easy thing to do on Friday night at 8 p.m. I called Terre and let her know of the situation and she offered to give us 50% of our money back for not spending the night there.My wife just wanted to get out and find a place to sleep.Upon leaving I checked my wife's purse to make sure the lizard was not inside the purse and when I emptied her purse their were a couple of cockroaches coming out of it.Upon returning from my vacation, I texted Terre to request a full refund and she did not respond to two of my texts. Any hotel or any service provider would not charge us for a night we did not stay.We are very disappointed that their a lizard or cockroaches in the place even though it is Hawaii. The other places we stayed in Hilo and Kona had none inside the place. We felt that it is poor customer service of not even responding to our request of a full refund.This was the worst experience we ever had.
This huge studio couldn't have been in a better location. It is 2 minutes from the beach, 2 minutes to the town of Hilo, and easy to find - 2 turns off the main road.
There was a bit of noise from the road but it was quickly drowned-out by the coqui frogs after sunset. We enjoyed relaxing on the front porch before dinner and loved the visits by the cat and dog! We had dinner at Pineapples and the Hilo Bay Club - both were very good.
Don't miss the farmers market in Hilo - we got fresh local produce and lunch. Wednesdays there is an expanded arts and crafts type market right next door - we picked up great unique souvenirs at bargain prices.
If we ever get the chance to return to the Hilo area we would definitely stay with Terre again.
We loved our time in this well-appointed comfortable cottage. You have everything you need to enjoy your stay. The neighborhood is friendly and the homes are beautifully landscaped. Morning walks to the beach to watch the sun rise from the ocean. Surf or sit beachside and watch the show. Screens on all the windows so the cottage is bathed in ocean air. Close to town for dining. Terre is a joy. Loved it.
We stayed here for 3 nights in between Kona and Volcano. Terri was wonderful to work with and went out of her way to make sure we were settled and had what we needed. The property is clean and has everything you need to be comfortable. The neighbourhood is very nice and the nearby beach is pretty. Great location to explore the area and its beauty from.
Nice neighborhood,and walk down to parallel street closer to beach,and then steep steps down to open green park to right,and rocky beach straight and to left is great view. It appears to be a surfing beach,and pretty crowded during daytime,so best not to try parking car on this narrow road above beach. I walked beach later in day during a brief rainfall,and the rocks were slippery. The view once one gets to far left and under bridge,where there is a sandbar is incredible. You see very high gulch from sandbar,where I think three streams converge. Open breezy studio never got hot with ceiling fan. Great vantage point from which to visit volcano area, or go up the road instead towards Laupahoehoe pt park etc.
My vacation rental is located about two miles up the Hamakua Coast , just outside of Hilo town. Our close proximity to Hilo is very convenient for enjoying the amenities the east side of the island has to offer. Honolii Beach is a five-minute walk away and there are multiple attractions within a 15 minute drive such as Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Hawaii Botanical Gardens. Volcano National Park is only 45 minutes away and the cowboy town of Waimea is approximately one hour up the Hamakua Coast.
Other Activities: Kicking back and having a good time
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1 night minimum stay
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This is my only rental. There is no cleaning fee and the only extra charge is tax, as I am licensed by the city. I do the cleaning and maintenance and my rates are continuous year-round. A one-day reservation requires payment-in-full.
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