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Little House in the Country - Rural Hawaii on the North Side of the Big Island

(24 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/30/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

1 Bedroom/1 Bath House In Rural Hamakua

This little house is small and simple with ceramic tile floors and open beamed ceilings. It's clean, bright and private. One bedroom with a queen bed, a full bath, complete kitchen and living room area provide a comfortable home away from home. There is also a laundry room with full sized washer & dryer. This house is perfect for a couple or a couple with a young child. Wake to the sounds of birds chattering & have your morning coffee outside watching the chickens & wild turkeys. WiFi, outdoor grill, beach chairs, coolers & some snorkel equipment are provided. Paauilo is still truly out of the busy city areas and offers a taste of old Hawaii.

We are at about the 2000' level on the slope of Mauna Kea. This is an area of small farms & country roads. You can walk for miles on these back roads. Our daytime temps are generally between 75 & 85 degrees. Though these past couple of years we have begun to experience some days in the 90's. Nighttime temps tend to be in the 60's with some summer nights perhaps edging towards 70. The cooler evenings definitely lend themselves to good sleeping temperatures. (Which we always enjoy after a long day in the sunshine at the beach.) We can get rain but can't really predict when that might be. That's not a problem for us as we like to have things growing around us, but do want you to know it can happen!

Paauilo is a great location to stay if you want to explore the Hamakua coast and anywhere on the northern side of the island. Honokaa and Waipio Valley are very close by. A scenic drive on Hwy 19 will take you to Hilo to the east, or Kamuela, Hawi and a choice of beautiful beaches to the west.

10-15 minutes away is the historic town of Honokaa, with restaurants, shopping, a small grocery store and a beautifully renovated movie theater that offers first run movies and live events. Honokaa has also recently started having a monthly 'First Friday'. The first Friday of every month the stores stay open late & there is live music, lots of great food and various other entertainment. It's a fun, local event that's definitely worth checking out if you're here on a First Friday night.

We also are lucky enough to have on site professional massages available in the cabin - unwind even more after a long day at the beach. This is a cozy house, a wonderful place to welcome you home after a day at the beach or sightseeing. It's a great place to tuck away and simply enjoy the beauty of rural Hawaii.


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/30/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 540 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom has 1 queen size bed. We also have a twin size double height air bed that we can add to the bedroom if 2 people are traveling together but don't want to share a bed. This bed is also available for a child....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    HD television with HDMI port will play off your device with an HDMI connection or bring your own ChromeStick or similar. No television channels available. We also provide some DVD's....moreless


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Rain Forests
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Rural


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker & french press. Also coffee bean grinder....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen including fridge, gas range & microwave....moreless



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2 night min stay
$550 $1,800
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Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 13.42%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/30/2017
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
Hapuna Beach

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

Why the Owner Chose Paauilo, HI, USA:
We have lived on this property for almost 30 years. That is so hard to believe! It is true that time flies when you're having fun. We actually fell into this place kind of by accident, not knowing anything about the island when we moved here. Lucky us as we love living in Paauilo and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We've raised our children here and about 10 years ago built the cabin. We have been renting it but it has been open for a few months while we had different friends come and stay. We found that it made us so happy to have visitors enjoying Paauilo too that we decided to offer it as a vacation rental. We live on the 3 acres adjacent to the cabin property. Both places have their own private space as we built the cabin on the other side of a small macadamia nut orchard. This orchard needs a lot of work from us as it's aging and growing over, but in the meantime it provides lovely privacy.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love Paauilo for many reasons. We love that when it's incredibly hot in the summer in Kona we can go home to some cooler air in the evening; that we can spend a morning or an afternoon at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and that nearby Honokaa provides movies and restaurants when we don't want to cook. We love the outdoor beauty, the sunshine through the trees, the slowness of a walk on a country road - and the commute to work is only 15 minutes and without a single stoplight! Visiting friends tell us they really enjoy that we're between Kona and Hilo so they can go touring in either direction. I think that's a good point. This really is a big island and less driving is always good! People who have stayed in the cabin also tell us that it feels like a retreat from their regular life - quiet and peaceful. It helped them relax. That's how we feel about it too. A great place to come home to. It makes us really happy to have visitors in our cabin enjoying their own getaway in Hawaii. As for the house, we really hope you'll like it. We keep it very clean and well maintained. With a full kitchen, bath, bedroom and laundry it's a pretty cozy cabin.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/30/2017

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  • Kitchen with gas stove

    Kitchen with gas stove

  • Waipio Valley from the overlook

    Waipio Valley from the overlook

  • View from one spot on the road down from the cabin.

    View from one spot on the road down from the cabin.

  • Turtle swimming at Makalawena Beach

    Turtle swimming at Makalawena Beach

  • Trail on the floor of Pololu Valley

    Trail on the floor of Pololu Valley

  • White coral on black lava. Love on the big island.

    White coral on black lava. Love on the big island.

  • Wild horses on the floor of Waipio Valley. Easily reached by tour.

    Wild horses on the floor of Waipio Valley. Easily reached by tour.

  • Makalawena Beach

    Makalawena Beach

  • Pololu Valley

    Pololu Valley

  • Shhh...Turtle at rest..

    Shhh...Turtle at rest..

  • Rainbow over Paauilo

    Rainbow over Paauilo

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