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Peaceful Garden Cottage on a lovely, country estate /Walk to historic Onomea Bay

Sleeps3
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 570 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Private Cottage on estate property/ private bath, kitchenette and covered lanai

Aloha!

Our country estate is in Onomea, 6 miles north of Hilo, on 5 tropical acres with garden and ocean views. Onomea Guest Suite is a private cottage with garden views of flowering royal Poinciana trees, sweeping monkey pod trees, mango, lychee, mountain apple and coconut trees, and many other varieties of palms. The most repeated description by our guests is 'peaceful'. The suite has a studio layout... bedroom, living room and kitchenette all in one ample main space, and a lovely stone-tiled bath with high ceilings and gorgeous light. Guests love the shower which feels like its outdoors because of all the high windows above the shower space. The covered lanai is enjoyable rain or shine for dining or relaxing. Our royal palm-lined road is one of the loveliest in all of Hawaii. Artists frequently come to paint it! Within walking distance is the old donkey trail to Onomea Bay, a breathtaking bay along the old Scenic Highway. You can also walk to the Hawaii Botanic Gardens and What's Shakin' Smoothie Stand (fresh fruit smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, coffee, tea.....)and by car, we are equi-distant to Volcano National Park, Waipio Valley and Mauna Kea Visitors Center, just of many other attractions in the area. (see more below at 'Things to Do'.

A queen bed, plus a twin bed provides a comfortable sleeping for up to three. The kitchenette has enough cooking appliances that you won't miss the stovetop or oven. You'll find the barbecue on your lanai and many kitchen appliances on the countertop or in the cabinets.

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A few notes about our guest suite....and us! .......

Our guest space was completed in March 2011, a project lovingly created over two years. The bathroom and shower are wheelchair accessible and there are no steps between parking and entry to suite. My wife and I live in the main house which is an entirely separate building attached by a breezeway and a central courtyard with a fishpond and burbling fountain. I am usually available to help you with directions, dining suggestions or simply to come up with extra pillows!

By car, within 10 minutes, are the magnificent 419 foot high Akaka Falls, the charming village of Honomu; and the nearby city of Hilo, center of commerce on the east slope of Mauna Kea and home to the renowned Hilo Farmers Market.

Some other activities we recommend you think about during your stay, here on the east side of the Island of Hawaii......

Horseback riding in Kohala or Waipio Valley; a zipline adventure; several nearby beach parks, snorkeling, Champaign Ponds, photography, hiking; bird watching; a visit to the 13,980 foot summit of Mauna Kea where 7 international telescopes are redefining our understanding of the heavens (a visitor center is open daily at the 9,000 foot level); Alahanui Park - Hot Spring Pond; the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, the Hilo zoo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut farm and factory; and.... Volcano National Park. There is a clickable calendar at this site. Please check the calendar for availability and contact us about any questions. FOR INITIAL INQUIRIES, EMAIL IS GREATLY PREFERRED OVER TELEPHONE. Mahalo!

GE Tax Number: W00358152-01

More Details

Property Manager
Randall Duryea - Manager
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Randall Duryea - Manager

Together my wife and I have many stories to tell... about location scouting for film and Tv, performing in Tv and theater, photo assignments, llama farming, life in New York City, LA, Montana, growing up in the territory of Hawaii, the band, our kids. If you come and see us and care to share some stories....as we say in Hawaii... we can Talk Story together.

Randall Duryea - Manager purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Randall Duryea - Manager chose Hilo

This is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of Hawaii. It is gorgeous here, and we'd love to share it with you!

Our place is peaceful... We are on the green and lush side of the island. It's never hot here, never cold, though it might get chilly enough to grab a cotton sweater or flannel shirt early in the morning. The air is soft and full of the smell of flowers. The rivers and waterfalls speak to the rain, the rain responds and the birds and crickets and tree frogs provide the chorus of life all around.

What makes this cottage unique

THINGS TO DO!

LOTS of things to do! Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and the GORGEOUS Scenic Hwy is walkable from our place along with some eating stops, What's Shakin' and the the 100 year old Low Store. About 10 miles away is the 400+ foot high Akaka Falls and several zipline venues. Hilo itself with its old downtown district is 6 miles to the south. The Hilo Farmers Market is open every day. Rainbow Falls is just outside of downtown. Honolii Beach Park is just this side of Hilo and there are many more coastal swim parks to the far side of Hilo. You can swim with big sea turtles at several of them. Volcano National Park is to the south of Hilo, about 40 miles. There's currently a live lava flow to the ocean with a viewing site about 4 miles from the end of Highway 130. Near by to that there's the Waiopae Tide Pools and the warm ponds at Ahalanui Park. To the north about 40 miles is the remote Waipio Valley, inhabited for a thousand years and best toured on horseback with fantastic local guides. Mauna Kea Visitors Center on the mountain at 9000 feet is still 5000 feet short of the top of the mountain. The Vistors Center is an intro to the astronomy taking place from the 13 international telescopes that are the the top (If you have 4x4 you can tour the Keck Observatory at the top). Powerful optical telescopes are provided for public viewing by knowledgeable docents 365 days a year. If Saturn is above the horizon, it's particularly stunning to see it through one of them. Then... there's the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, Imiloa planetarium/museum, MokMokupapapa (museum of the other thousand atolls that make up the rest of the Hawaiian archipelgo, the Plantation Museum, the Hamakua Rail museum..... I could go on.....!

Map

Akaka Falls State Park
"Akaka Falls is a 440 foot high waterfall and a 'must see' when you are on the east side of H..."
Rainbow Falls
"Close to Hilo town.... Its always beautiful, but after heavy rains it's especially impressive."
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
"A 'must visit' when you are on the Big Island, the park is enormous. Hike all day, have din..."
Waipio Valley
"Inhabited for many centuries, Waipio Valley is a very special hidden valley. Lush and tropi..."
Wai'opae Marine Sanctuary
"Wonderful for snorkeling; protected reef area with tide pools, coral reefs and fish. Now rec..."
Hilo Coffee Mill
"Good Coffee; interesting tours. On your way from Hilo to or from Volcanoes National Park."
What's Shakin'
"What's Shakin Smoothie stand; (with a limited but great lunch menu!) On the beautiful Scen..."
Honoli'i Beach Park
"Best surf spot in Hilo!"
At Richardson's Beach Park - Best Location for Swimming and Snorkeling in Hilo.
"A family park with fresh water lagoons leading to the ocean, a small beach with lifeguard, G..."
Lava Tube Cave
Kilauea Volcano
"Volcano National Park is the only volcano in the United States where you will find live flow..."
Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Cronies
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Naniloa Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy and Old Onomea Road
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Pesto's
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Top of Mauna Kea Mountain in winter. No lifts!
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Honolii Beach Park
Car: necessary

In all of Hawaii, there is no place quite like Onomea. Along the famed Hamakua coast, Old Onomea Road and the Old Mamalahoa Highway winding past Onomea Bay, are quiet treasures worth savoring. Take a walk down our little country lane. Too narrow for cars to pass, we stop and visit instead! When our home was part of a larger estate, it was planted with royal palms that now tower alongside the road nearly all the way to the ocean. Nearby, the old donkey trail leads downhill to Onomea Bay where a little river enters the sea. You can imagine the ships of old, anchored in the bay, receiving bales of cane sugar hoisted aloft on zip lines tethered ashore. Nearby, too, is the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a charming smoothie stand and the 100 year old Low's Store; nearby by car.... the 442 foot high Akaka Falls, the little village of Honomu, many beach parks and Hilo's renowned farmers market; We are about equi-distant from Volcano Park to the south and Waipio Valley to the north... two stops you won't want to miss!

! Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and the GORGEOUS Scenic Hwy is walkable from our place along with some eating stops, What's Shakin' and the the 100 year old Low Store. About 10 miles away is the 400+ foot high Akaka Falls and several zipline venues. Hilo itself with its old downtown district is 6 miles to the south. The Hilo Farmers Market is open every day. Rainbow Falls is just outside of downtown. Honolii Beach Park is just this side of Hilo and there are many more coastal swim parks to the far side of Hilo. You can swim with big sea turtles at several of them. Volcano National Park is to the south of Hilo, about 40 miles. There's currently a live lava flow to the ocean with a viewing site about 4 miles from the end of Highway 130. Near by to that there's the Waiopae Tide Pools and the warm ponds at Ahalanui Park. To the north about 40 miles is the remote Waipio Valley, inhabited for a thousand years and best toured on horseback with fantastic local guides. Mauna Kea Visitors Center on the mountain at 9000 feet is still 5000 feet short of the top of the mountain. The Vistors Center is an intro to the astronomy taking place from the 13 international telescopes that are the the top (If you have 4x4 you can tour the Keck Observatory at the top). Powerful optical telescopes are provided for public viewing by very knowledgeable docents 365 days a year. If Saturn is above the horizon, it's partiularly stunning to see it through one of them. Then... there's the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, Imiloa planetarium/museum, Mokupapapa (museum of the other thousand atolls that make up the rest of the Hawaiian archipelgo, the Plantation Museum, the Hamakua Rail museum..... I could go on.....!

And yes..... We do laundry for you. Our laundry is in our private quarters, so it's not self service but we are happy to do a quick load for you and deliver back for you to fold. :-)

Amenities

Hilo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 570 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Stone-Tiled Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Large bathroom with walk-in shower. Wheelchair accessible. Everyone comments how much they love the bathroom, especially the shower which feels like it's outdoors because of all the high windows above the shower space.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Onomea Suite - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Primary bed is a queen size bed with a plush top. The twin bed sleeps a third adult or a child.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Air conditioning is not needed on this, the windward side of the island. However we do have an air conditioner available for you if you do desire. Temperatures vary year round from about 72 to 84 degrees. The kitchenette has a full size refrigerator with freezer, an on-counter cooktop (single burner), microwave, barbecue, electric skillet, crock pot and coffee maker, electric tea kettle, blender, salad spinner, and plenty of cooking and eating utensils. There is no broadcast or cable service available. We have many DVD's to play on Tv. And... we have broadband internet freely available.

Reviews

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Peaceful Garden Cottage on a lovely, country estate /Walk to historic Onomea Bay
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5

Peaceful getaway with top notch hospitality

  • 5 of 5

Without exaggeration, this is an awesome place to stay! If you are looking for a peaceful, laid back environment that has all the comforts of home for a more than reasonable price, your search should stop right here.

Randall and Donna are exactly what you want in a property owner/manager. They are there when you need them with a vast knowledge of Island info, yet they are incredibly respectful of your privacy. Donna gave us a bunch of Apple Bananas that were just to die for and Randall was very patient in answering all of our questions and understanding our constant mispronounced Hawaiian names.

The suite was clean, sleek, homey and well stocked with everything we needed for our stay. The grounds are beautiful and very well manicured. My only regret is that I wish that I would've brought a frisbee!

We would not hesitate to come back and stay with Randall and Donna! Diane and I feel as though we made new friends while here! You will too!

Kevin and Diane

Springfield, MO

  • Submitted: May 6, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
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5

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

The only negative point: we stayed only for two nights.

It is a very cozy and romantic place. The bathroom is pretty awesome and we loved eating breakfast out on the lanai.

Randall is a great host with a lot of recommendations for activities and restaurants.

We definitely recommend this Cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Peaceful, comfortable cottage on a country property, nicely landscaped with trees and gardens.

  • 4 of 5

Randall is a gracious and helpful host who resides on the property. He has good advice for local sightseeing activities. The area has many spots to explore from local walks to the beach, the botanical gardens, as well as more distant hiking into the Waipio Valley, Volcano National Park, and snorkelling spots near Hilo and further south. Randall's cottage provided a safe and comfortable base for our activities.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Great for two!

  • 3 of 5

Unfortunately a feral rooster was running around the property when we visited, so we woke up bright and early every morning. Randall said his neighbor was coming by to take care of it as we left, so hopefully it won't be a problem for anyone else!

The cottage itself was wonderful: very cozy and romantic. I loved the shower with the slate walls and river rock floor. The kitchen area was small, but had everything we needed and is certainly better than what you'd find at a hotel. My wife and I loved eating breakfast out on the lanai and seeing the chickens and wild birds come by. Randall was great with recommendations for restaurants and groceries. We definitely recommend the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden if you visit, its less than 5 minutes away by car and absolutely beautiful!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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5

Truly a tropical paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Randall is a wonderful host and a great resource for any information about the area. The room is wonderfully appointed with all one would need for an extended stay. If one wants privacy and peace it really is so much nicer than a "luxury hotel." This lovely estate surrounded by equally beautiful properties is a just a mile from "Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden." Simply the best!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Beautiful Lanai & Great Hosts

  • 5 of 5

Lovely area, about 6 miles drive to downtown Hilo, yet feeling a world away with countryside beauty. Easy access to Onomea Bay and our hosts were gracious and helpful. I appreciated the fact the accommodations were equipped with what I consider "essentials": coffee and bug juice. We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Two night stays are sometimes possible. Inquire for rate and availability.
Quoted Rates are for double occupancy. Third guest is additional $15/night. Cancellation Policy is for full refund if cancelled by 10 weeks prior to arrival date.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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