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"Heavenly," said a Guest. Awesome, Simple and w Kitchen

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


About the property

A peaceful, rural retreat within easy reach of Hilo town.

Our home is on 13 acres; convenient to a lot of Hamakua Coast and Hilo Area attractions. Volcano National Park is only a 40 minute drive away. We overlook cow pastures and forests; with the prime spot for viewing the sunrise over the ocean, rainbows, pastel sunsets, Hilo town, the full moon, and the night stars.

Enter french doors to this large suite. Your Big Ocean View Suite features a full kitchen with a gas range of 4 burners and an oven. A new medium/small size refrigerator (with 10 cubic feet) and freezer, cabinets well stocked with pots and pans, dishes, utensils, tea pot, coffee pot, toaster, and basic condiments. We have filtered catchment water for cooking and bottled water for drinking. There is a round rosewood dining table and chairs to seat four comfortably. In addition, we offer a Barbecue outside with a small table and chairs outside, under the lanai.

We have a TV with Satellite reception with a wide variety of channels to choose from including: HBO, ESPN, NFL, Sundance, MSNBC, CNN, Bravo, OWN, FOX and the broadcast channels. Our Satellite Internet connection is pretty fast for normal communications. (Not movie or TV downloads, film production and certain high speed professional applications.) Our cell phone reception is pretty awesome, because we don't have any thing in the way.

The queen bed looks upon the awesome view and artwork by acclaimed local artists, Suzy Papanikolas and Leslie Sears. (We're happy to arrange local art studio and farm tours for you if you wish--FYI.)

The sitting area has a satellite TV, two wicker chairs and a double size futon bed that poses as a couch during the day. The space features cathedral cedar and redwood ceilings and an ocean view to die for. The airflow on this corner unit at 1300 feet elevation is good. Additionally, we have a ceiling fan in the main living room, dining and bedroom area. One of the best things about our place, in my opinion, are the near perfect temperatures--seldom hot, never sticky, and rarely too cold--even December thru February. When we have a lot of rain--the bulk of it falls at night.

Weather: A typical day at our place (and generally in the Hilo/Hamakua area) Is wake up to a brilliant sunny morning and an awesome sunrise. I would say it is often a 65% chance you will have sun all day long; but even when not--a shower often comes in around 10 or 11am, sun back in early afternoon, another late afternoon shower, a pastel sunset on puffy clouds with lots of clear sky; and then it rains at night. Often, it rains hard at night. From April through November, you are more likely to encounter a lot of sun during the day here. December thru February expect it to be more 50/50 sunny and rainy during the day. March is more nice; than not. (Hilo's bad reputation for rain is more in relation to Kona--which gets nary a drop of rain near the coast and can be maddeningly dull for those of us that don't really like sun and clear skies 99% of the time. The other factor is global warming. We are getting a lot more sun now, than when John and I moved here twelve years ago.) We have lived all around the world, and this is most comfortable weather that we have ever lived in year round.

We are off-grid and power the house with a new super quiet, state-of-the-art Honda generator. Currently, we generally turn the power off at 10:30pm and on again at 6:00am. We can usually accommodate guests to leave the generator on until 11pm or off as early as 9:30pm; if it is preferred.

(*Note, do not contact us to request long term stays. We are only interested in taking bookings with a maximum stay of ten nights for travelers with travel documents.)

To add a little sense of privacy between the two sleeping areas in this studio space; we can add a bamboo room divider, if you wish. We also have a large walk-in French closet with a small dresser, shelves and a full length mirror.

Your huge private bathroom features a double shower, double sinks, and separate toilet room. We stock the room with bath towels, beach towels, a hair dryer, shampoos, soap, and a stand alone drying rack for wet bathing suits and such.

We're within a one hour drive to great snorkeling in lower Puna District and hiking in Waipio Valley to the north. This is a great, peaceful base to use for exploring some of the sweetest spots on the Big Island of Hawaii. Your hosts, John and Christine, are international travelers and are on hand for travel advice and talk-story; in the main part of the attached house, if you wish.

We hope you choose us for your awesome rest and recreation on the Big Island of Hawaii!

More Details

Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo

John and Christine purchased this property after searching the globe together for sixteen years, including living abroad in Papua New Guinea for four years. Initially, we avoided Hawaii because we worried that it was over developed for our tastes. Then we found beautiful Hilo and the Hamakua Coast and thought it has just the right balance of old and new; adventure and sophistication. Green, lush tropical rain forests, breaking surf with wonderful snorkeling nearby, snow covered Mauna Kea, and more cultural festivals and fun art events than we ever could have imagined. We raised our daughter here and she in turn raised two baby goats. We have a licensed plumbing contracting business from our home and you can see more of what we're about on Emery Plumbing website. We have an art gallery on this property and we love to host big events. *Let us know if you wish us to host a special event for you...

*One note: If you experience any difficulty booking online or simply prefer not to book online--please don't hesitate to call us now at 808 960-8826 Hawaii-time 6am to 9pm. Mahalo.

Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo purchased this studio in 2002

Why Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo chose Papaikou

You drive up the road wondering where in the world you are, park, get out of your car, and turn around to see one of the most stunning views on the Big Island. Not sure how it is that we've been so blessed. We can see from the Kapoho Lighthouse to Pepeekeo Point. On rare occasions we can see the hot orange lava flows coming from far distant Kilauea. But mostly it's all about the sky here. Gorgeous sunrises, peaceful pastel sunsets, and a night sky that will knock your socks off.

What makes this studio unique

If you like taking walks in the country or maybe reading, writing or painting while you are on vacation, this could be a perfect spot. If you like speaking with hosts for ideas on adventuring around the Big Island we'd be happy to let you in on a few secrets here--including what's hot in Hilo during your stay.

Also, we are getting our place ready to host large events--if you would like to reserve both suites and talk to about holding a reunion, a small wedding, a yoga retreat, or even a candidates forum--we might be able to entertain something like that. Let us know what your ideas are.


Papaikou Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 1 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No fireworks, no firearms, no candles, no smoking, no pot, no illegal drugs, and no unauthorized parties. Book a reunion party at additional cost.*
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • One large bathroom with two vanity sinks, a separate toilet room and one large double shower behind a glass block wall. This room also features and ocean view and cathedral ceilings. Cement floor with area carpet, Indonesian furniture and solid mahogany doors. This bathroom is exclusively for your own private use.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , We roll in the single/twin bed when needed.
    Big Ocean View Suite - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , A separate wing of our home. 2 rooms adjoin huge bathroom.
  • The Queen Bed for this room faces towards the Hilo ocean view and rolling green pastureland in the forground, with two wicker chairs the full size Futon Couch/Bed and the medium/small televison to the left and kitchen to the right. If you are sharing this room with others, we can add in a bamboo screen to give you a little privacy. The bed has a firm mattress, with ultra comfy thick memory foam on top; a thick mattress pad and two fitted sheets. If it ends up being too soft--you can simply remove some of the top mattress layers to your taste. Most of our guests find this bed 'just right.' There is a nightlight and a lantern provided on each side of the queen bed. When the generator is turned off, the refrigerator goes totally quiet and most of our guests catch a very deep sleep. The night sounds are coqui frogs, wind, and rain. Most of our guests seem to find it more soothing than disturbing.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have two very friendly dogs, and one cat. All stay outdoors during the day and love to be petted. We bring our dogs inside at night to make sure they stay quiet for your deep night sleep. Our thirteen acres are basically untamed Hawaii, with guava orchard and a lava bed stream on the back--allowing us room to see all up and down the Hamakua and Hilo Coast. We live on paved road and have satellite internet and TV: yet we are off-grid for power with a quiet generator and an independent water catchment system. It's the simple life with a stunning view over some of the most beautiful land, ocean and sky in Hawaii.


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"Heavenly," said a Guest. Awesome, Simple and w Kitchen
average rating of 4.714286 based on 35 reviews

I am grateful for Christine's help

  • 5 of 5

I booked a trip to the Big Island during the Christmas time. When trying to book a rental car, I was shocked to find out they are all booked out. W/o Christine's help, it could be impossible for me to get a car from a local car rental. I may have to cancel my travel to the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was a very interesting Place with a great view of the City of Hilo!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at Christine Mingo's vacation home.

Christine gave us some good ideas where to travel.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Absolutely beautiful view, and wonderful host! Awesome accommodations!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded and away from the bustle

  • 4 of 5

Christine and John were excellent hosts at their property. The property itself was very nice - very clean and Christine was helpful in supplying anything we asked for. She was a good source of information about sights in the area. The road to get to this property felt a bit daunting at first - I wouldn't recommend doing it in the dark for the first time due to the sharp turns toward the top, and the narrowness of the road toward the top. We had GPS and that helped us to know we were on the right road. I liked staying on the East side of Hawaii where there are many interesting sights to see - the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is only a few miles from Christine and John's property - and it feels less tourist-y than the West side of the island.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the place.. It had everything we needed.. Cool and quiet with very comfortable bed.. Great to come back to after a day at the beach..

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dietmannsried, Germany

Beautiful place

  • 4 of 5


It was great to stay for a few days in this nice place.

The bathroom is huge and I love this big shower! It is a quiet place with a wonderful view!

Christine is a great host, we got good advices for our hiking trips. She always made sure that we had enough water during our stay.

The only thing we had to get used to it was that we had no power over night. But after a long day of exploring we fell asleep very early :) And charging our phones and cameras in the morning was no big deal.

I fell in love with her dog, she is adorable and was so excited to see us every time we arrived.

This part of the island is so beautiful, I wish I could have stayed a bit longer...

Mahalo and Aloha

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kilauea Volcano
Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Cronies, Pineapples, The Full Moon Cafe, Ponds
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Highway 19 (Belt Highway)
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Full Moon Cafe, Cafe de Luna, Le Magic Pan
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Richardson's Beach
Car: necessary

Awesome and simple all at once. Overlook pastures and a view of the ocean as wide as you can hold arms. Our Hilo / Hamakua Coast is authentic Hawaii known for tropical gardens, waterfalls, and stunning views of the deep blue ocean. You can even spot whales breeching between January and March. Rainbows show up often. We are only a 12 - 14 minute drive from Hilo with all it's restaurants, shops, and university.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $85 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

We require a $150 deposit by direct deposit online to make a reservation. The full balance is due to be received 21 days prior to arrival. All rates are based on double occupancy; other guests at $15 per person additional/maximum 7 occupants. This one bedroom suite has 2 Queen beds, 1 Double couch futon and 1 Single bed. All payments non-refundable. Please let us know if you are celebrating something or have any special requests--we like to be helpful where we can. Absolutely no fire works, no fire arms, no candles, no smoking, no pot, no illegal drugs and no larger parties are allowed. Please respect. (Special day or early evening reunion events might be considered at additional cost, with great advance notice. Call now to discuss.) Thanks for choosing Hamakua HiloHilo Guesthouse, on 13 acres, in Papaikou--just 10.5 miles north of Hilo. We look forward to meet you and helping you find wonderful adventures here!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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