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Serene, Restored Plantation House with Sweeping Ocean Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

The View House is the epitome of graciousness, peace, quiet, and privacy. It is a tropical oasis on three acres of manicured grounds, fragrant flowers, and tropical fruit trees. The predominant colors are the crystal-clear blue sky, countless shades of tropical green foliage, and the deep blue-green ocean. The oxygen-rich air reaches the estate untainted over 2500 miles of the Pacific. The sunlight actually sparkles in the air at times. All these elements taken together create a Garden of Eden that you will never want to leave.

From the large, sweeping lanai (deck), Maui can be seen in the distance across the Pacific. The View House is a lovingly renovated and updated sugar plantation house, retaining the feel of a bygone era. Superbly crafted and furnished with tropical bamboo and teak furniture, it offers an elegant and light-filled space.

All water running into the house comes from deep Island aquifers and is double-filtered and pure. Floors are hardwood and tile. The house features a lovely bathroom with a soaking tub, a large, fully-equipped kitchen with Mexican counter tops, a master bedroom with a queen bed and ocean view, a small bedroom with twin beds and garden view, and a fold-out queen bed in the living room.

For even deeper relaxation, guests at the View House have exclusive use of our spa. Our infrared sauna, hot tub, and cold tub sit on totally private decks, surrounded by lime and moringa trees. Guests will find an additional shower room and water closet in the adjoining tiled breezeway.

The View House is our only rental. We are a small, private operation and offer a serene, safe, exceptionally clean environment in “old Hawaii,” off the beaten track. We are 4 miles from spectacular Waipio Valley and 4 miles from a historic small “sugar town” with all amenities. We are an hour from Kona and an hour from Hilo, making both sides of the Island accessible. The most common feedback we get is that the home and property are more beautiful than the photos.

If you are coming to the Big Island in search of beauty, peace, serenity, relaxation, and rejuvenation, you have found what you are looking for! Our part of the island still expresses traditional Hawaiian “Aloha,” and the View House is the culmination of your quest.

Keywords: House, Vacation Rental, Private, Spa, Hot Tub, Sauna, Hawaii, Big Island, naturopathic

More Details

Marcel Hernandez
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Marcel Hernandez

My wife, Connie, and I are both Naturopathic Physicians and maintain a small, part-time office on the property. We see patients and tend the organic orchards and gardens. Our dear friends, Marcus and Shigeko Bachino, work with us in providing unobtrusive support, when needed. It is a blessing to live in this special place and be so closely in touch with the land. We welcome all visitors with warm aloha and invite them to partake in the healing, restorative energies that are so tangible everywhere on the property.

Marcel Hernandez purchased this house in 1999

Why Marcel Hernandez chose Hamakua Coast

We looked for land to purchase in Hawaii for more than 10 years before we found this little piece of paradise. When we bought it, it had two aging plantation houses in need of extreme TLC. Our close friends thought we were nuts. Many years later, even Hawaii-born visitors marvel at the beauty and magic that are so tangible everywhere on the property.

Special places with benches invite visitors to stop and breathe in the beauty. Fruit tree loaded with their bounty are perfect for grazing.

What makes this house unique

Imagine that you wake up in the morning to the songs of tropical birds. The sunrise is filtering through the palms, jacaranda and orchid trees, creating shadow patterns on the walls of your bedroom. The soft, gentle rain that fell through part of the night created a soothing cadence on the metal roof of your lovely quarters. You have slept well. Sliding open the large glass door, you step from your bedroom out onto the lanai, take a deep breath of pure ocean air, do a few stretches and gaze out over the deep blues of the Pacific Ocean. The trade winds are light. It is a sparkling clear day. Across the channel, Maui is shrouded in a slight mist. Donning a sarong, you walk down the lanai steps into the orchard to collect your fruit salad. A couple of ripe papayas, a passion fruit or two and a starfruit tumble into your harvest basket. A hand of tasty apple bananas awaits you on the kitchen counter. A huge, round butter avocado and a couple of Tahitian limes complete your breakfast. What to do after breakfast? Should you pack a picnic lunch and hike 40 minutes through the miles of preserve bordering the estate to the spectacular coastal views from the cliffs overlooking the ocean? Perhaps a beach trip to the legendary Waipio Valley, just four miles away? Or a 5-minute trip into town to browse the galleries and have a cup of tea? There are so many things to see and do on the island, like visiting the volcano, driving up to the Mauna Kea observatories, exploring the lush drive to Hilo. Maybe you'll just lie in the hammock for a while and think about it. Or lounge in the spa. After all, it is a gorgeous day, and you are here to relax and rejuvenate.


Honokaa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , garden view
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

Serene, Restored Plantation House with Sweeping Ocean Views
average rating of 4.632653 based on 49 reviews

Very Peaceful

  • 4 of 5

The property was wonderful, very inviting. The house was clean and very well furnished. We really enjoyed our week and were happy that we chose it for our stay in Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, private, restful - and a great location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights in February and so glad we did. It's minutes to Waipio Valley, an easy drive to Hawi, Pololu Valley and kayaking north of Kona. The main living space is all one large room, extended by the porch, and so you always have this sweeping view of the orchards and then the ocean. (the main BR has that same view.)

Honokaa is minutes away if you want to eat out, but the multiple farmers markets provide more than enough easy dinner options, you may choose to stay at the house and enjoy the peace and serenity.

Access to the second bathroom is from the outside, but the steps are completely private, it's like going to one's lanai. (and that shower is terrific, with non-slip stones that massage your feet just a bit and a small garden right next to it.) The hot tub is an added bonus, seeing the stars from there is a treat.

The house is on the road that ends at Waipio Valley, but most of the traffic is daytime, when we were out hiking, and I didn't hear what little traffic there was from the porch or main bedroom at all. The whole place is just so peaceful and restorative.

The owner provided an incredible basket of fresh fruits and avocados, and cold drinks in the fridge: what a special and thoughtful treat. Communication and directions were perfect.

I had second thoughts when we first arrived, realizing we might be driving a bit more than we would have had we stayed in Kona. I am so happy we chose this place instead, we likely would not have gone to Polulu Valley and other places further northwest, and I was always so happy to come back to this peaceful gem at the end of daytime journeys.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect spot to RELAX!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed with our 2yr son this February and loved it! The house is beautifully maintained with a well stocked kitchen and lots of goodies to take to the beach (boogie boards, beach umbrellas, towels, cooler). Our son loved running around the large garden space and swinging on the swing. There are so many fun fruit trees to taste. The property caretakers (I feel horrible I don't remember their names!) were the perfect balance of helpful advice (loaning us a nut cracker to use on the macadamia nuts we found on the property) while maintaining our privacy. At night, we loved star gazing and relaxing in the sauna and hot tub. The nearby town is cute with some fun shops, tasty ice cream and a fantastic park for kids to play on. This is great spot if you want to slow down and spend time relaxing at your rental. Highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coastal views from Immaculate Guest Home outside Honokaa

  • 5 of 5

This rural setting was a wonderful retreat from tourist-oriented locations. We stayed five nights, and loved the close proximity to many places mentioned in the reviews below, as well as the proximity to Waimea. In addition, we drove the entire island from here, always glad to return and rest in this quiet place, listen to birds sing and frogs chorus, watch stars from the deck and master bedroom, and wake to the ocean view. Idyllic. Immaculate. Guests' needs thoughtfully anticipated in every respect -- inviting us to be peacefully "at home." Highly recommended.

I have already scheduled a return visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfort and seclusion close to Waipio Valley

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I just stayed 3 nights here after a week in Kailua-Kona, and the house and location were perfect for access to Waipio Valley, hiking, and all the waterfalls and botanical gardens of east coast between the house and Hilo. The views from the master bedroom were awesome to wake up to, and the privacy of this house was great. We loved using the hot tub under the full moon, and the overall privacy that was designed into the sauna/hot tub area was great - while highlighting the views over the orchard and the ocean. Kitchen was great for cooking all our meals; mattress & bedding were great; big bathroom was nice too - with plenty of towels. We didn't use the twin beds in the 2nd bedroom, but the looked great, and that closet had all kinds of beach toys inside. (My only complaint is out of the owner's control: one of the neighbor's across the street had two dogs that seemed to want to bark a lot the rainy afternoon we decided to stay at the house and read. They didn't make a sound at night, so I have to assume they were probably left at home alone. We mitigated this by closing the windows in the kitchen that were closest to the street.) I wish there would have been a BBQ on the deck - but the kitchen was large enough and had plenty of options to cook everything inside just fine. There was an extra bathroom, shower and laundry down in the breezeway by the hot tub that would be great to use if you were traveling with family. The owners provided a basket of fresh fruit upon our arrival, and there were two bouquet's of fresh flowers - which was also a treat! I'd highly recommend this house and location for anyone wanting to get away from tourists and relax, or to hike and explore the eastern coast of the Big Island. We'd love to visit again and spend a couple more nights, as I didn't have time to explore all the cute shops and galleries in the area!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene & relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The View House was exceptional! The closest town is about a 5 minute drive, and Waipio Valley is also about 5 minutes away (would definitely recommend visiting the valley). In Honokaa, there are a few places to eat including Il Mundo which we visited...they serve italian (pizza, pasta, calzones). It was nice. There's also grandma's diner (I believe it's called) which serves good breakfast, and a few other small cafes. We didn't visit the cafes since they didn't open until 8:30 or 9:00 am most days. Quite a few shops as well, and a small grocery store.

PLEASE do yourself a favor when you visit the View House - PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT and enjoy the goodness! It wasn't until the last full day we were there that we picked oranges (which we thought were large lemons) and squeezed our own orange juice! We have never tasted orange juice so fresh and delicious!!!! We were kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner! There's also avocados, lemons, limes, apples, starfruit, coffee beans, macadamia nuts and bananas. It was awesome to be able to walk out and pick our own fruit - probably the best and most unique feature of the home!

The only thing to note about this home is it is a bit of a drive from all of the main activities on the island, not including Waipio Valley. About an hour to Kona (almost 1.5 hr) and an hour to Hilo, and almost 2 hours to Volcano National Park. But, the drives are very scenic and the serenity you'll experience at the house make it worth it! The sounds at night (which I believe are the frogs) are so peaceful. We'd highly recommend this home and have talked about renting it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Kona or Hilo, both an hour away
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Metres
Rte 240
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Waipio Valley Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary

The rental sits on top of a hill, overlooking pastoral views and the Pacific Ocean all the way to Maui. Pure, clean air comes right off the ocean. Very quiet and peaceful location.


Rates & Availability

Honokaa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $90
Tax Rate 13.5%

We prefer booking on-line through VRBO. However, we also accept credit cards and paypal. Credit cards: 50% due at booking; 50% automatically charged to card one week before arrival. Paypal: entire amount due at time of booking. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN RATES QUOTED ON-LINE, ADDITIONAL GUEST CHARGES MAY NOT BE INCLUDED.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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