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

Papaikou, HI, USA
  • Studio1000 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay3 nights

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!


Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo

  • Member Since 2012
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within one hour
  • Speaks: english


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          We have a great long distant view of downtown Hilo and Bay, which is about ten miles away.
        • Ocean View
          Our place has one of the most expansive ocean views on the island. The view from our perch at 1300 ft. elevation is as wide as you can hold your arms!
        • Rural
          The closest neighbor is a half a mile away. We look upon cow pasture south east and natural floral and fauna of the Hamakua Coast to the north east.
        • Village
          Our Papaikou village features a new Plantation Museum, a Post Office, a credit union, and a Mom and Pop Shop, Pinky's. That's it!
        • Water View


            • Away From It All


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                      *See notes under washing machine. Additionally, we stock your room with a stand-alone drying rack for wet bathing suits and such.
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Living room features one full size futon couch/bed, two wicker chairs, an area carpet and a small/medium size TV featuring a wide array of DISH satellite channels.
                    • Parking
                      Park on the grassy shoulder of our private loop driveway, so you are right beside the entrance to your suite.
                    • Telephone
                      *No telephone land line; but the cell phone reception is great here for everyone that we see that has brought their own cell phone.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      *By prior request only - with Property Owner doing the laundry for you at an addl $10 cash per load of wash and dry. Nice laundry in downtown Hilo also on Keawe and Ponohawai Street strip-mall.


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basic condiments.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Hawaiian Guide Books available to loan.
                                • Games
                                  We have board games available for your use.
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Includes HBO, Oxygen, ESPN, MSNBC, CNN, FOX, OWN, Bravo, network television, etc. Our internet connection is also by satellite and is pretty fast. You cannot however, stream TV or movies on a device
                                • Television


                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      We have a front covered lanai area featuring a small glass and wicker table and two wicker chairs. This is on a grassy area. The BBQ is for your use here, as well.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Small LP Gas grill with a side burner to cook a pot of something. This sits under the front covered lanai area--awaiting your exclusive use.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • limited accessibility

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage


                                                • marina
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • festivals
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • pond
                                                • rain forests
                                                • reefs
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • waterfalls
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • luaus
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • 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

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • 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.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  35 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  I am grateful for Christine's help

                                                                  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.
                                                                  Jan 02, 2018
                                                                  Dec 2017

                                                                  It was a very interesting Place with a great view of the City of Hilo!

                                                                  We had a great time at Christine Mingo's vacation home. Christine gave us some good ideas where to travel.
                                                                  May 01, 2017
                                                                  Apr 2017


                                                                  Absolutely beautiful view, and wonderful host! Awesome accommodations!
                                                                  Mar 05, 2017
                                                                  Feb 2017

                                                                  Loved it!

                                                                  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..
                                                                  Feb 17, 2017
                                                                  Feb 2017

                                                                  Secluded and away from the bustle

                                                                  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.
                                                                  Feb 20, 2017
                                                                  Feb 2017

                                                                  Beautiful place

                                                                  Aloha! 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
                                                                  Feb 13, 2017
                                                                  Jan 2017


                                                                  Papaikou, HI, USA

                                                                  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.

                                                                  35 Reviews

                                                                  Excellent 4.7/5

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