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Beach, Surf, Whale Watching, Waterfalls, Cruise Ships, 2 Miles to downtown Hilo

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

Vacation Property with on-site property manager

November begins Koholã (humpback whale) Season. This is the best time of year to visit Hawai'i.

'Alani House sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and Honoli'i Beach is at the end of the block. With direct access to the black sand beach and lifeguards on duty, Honoli'i is one of the Big Island's favorite destinations for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing. With a panoramic view of the ocean, you can watch whales and cruise ships from the front lanais. There are 3 lush waterfalls within easy walking distance from the house.

We are only 2.4 miles (about 3 to 4 minutes) from downtown Hilo along Hilo Bay and the Hamakua Coast. Driving to the airport takes only 10 to 12 minutes. Before you book anywhere else, ask if there's access in and out of the ocean with lifeguards to protect you and your family. Will you be located south of Hilo and possibly exposed to dust and vog in the Puna Distric, or will you enjoy the clear skies of the Hamakua Coast? And also ask whether you'll be drinking purified municipal water or catchment instead. 'Alani House provides all of these benefits, plus wireless connectivity via high-speed internet cable modem.

Places to see:

Driving south, downtown Hilo is only 4 minutes away. Another 4 to 7 minutes will get you to four additional swimming and snorkeling reefs. At about the same distance are Rainbow Falls, Kaumana Caves, Lyman Museum, Ocean Discovery Center, Pacific Tsunami Museum, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the Queen Liliuokalani Gardens. Another surf break, called Pohoiki, located at the Isaac Hale Beach Park is about 45 minutes away. While there, you are within 2 miles of the Kapoho tide pools, Lava Trees State Park, and MacKenzie State Park. Within 50 minutes from 'Alani House, you can drive to the hiking entrance for flowing lava, or to Mauna Kea where you can view the North Star and the Southern Cross in the same night sky.

Driving north from 'Alani House, you will find a scenic drive within 5 minutes, and Akaka Falls about 25 minutes away. An additional 30 minutes will get you to the sacred valley of Waipi'o. You can descend into the valley, or just take photos from the breathtaking overlook.

For doctors:

Are you a visiting physician and need an extended stay? We have experience working with medical staffing companies. And consider this when choosing a location, Alae Point has several advantages over Hawaiian Paradise Parks. Alae Point is only 5 to 7 minutes from the hospital and there are 2 routes to get there. HPP has only one main road and it can take from 40 to 55 minutes depending upon traffic.

Keywords: Honolii, Beach, River, Surf, SUP, Fishing, Tow-in, Famer's Market

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Rory Foster
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Rory Foster

We are professionals who love and enjoy the unique beauty of each Hawai'ian Island.

Rory Foster purchased this house in 2011

Why Rory Foster chose Hilo District

For us, the Big Island is one of the last havens for 'old Hawai'i.' We hope you will enjoy seeing the sea turtles (nā honu) and humpback whales (nā koholā) in their natural environment.

What makes this house unique

It is difficult to overstate the advantages of location. Parking at Honoli'i Beach can be extremely limited, and there are times when no parking is available. Staying at 'Alani House means that you don't have to worry about it.

Check-in is after 4:00PM, and check-out is 10:00AM


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Beach, Surf, Whale Watching, Waterfalls, Cruise Ships, 2 Miles to downtown Hilo
average rating of 4.75 based on 32 reviews

Amazing / beautiful / convenient place to stay in Hilo!

  • 5 of 5

This house and the owners are awesome. It is very clean, spacious, bright, and homey. It was the perfect size for our party of 5. Wren was there to meet us when we arrived. She gave us a tour and some fantastic recommendations for how to spend our time. We also received a surfing lesson from Rory, which was a ton of fun. It was hard leaving Hilo because we had such a fantastic time, and loved our rental so much! We will be back and highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The home was all that we could have wished for. The rooms were spacious, the home was very clean and modern. The view from the patio's was a million dollar view. It was located to all of the places on the Hilo side we wanted to visit during our first trip to Hawaii. Rory was at the home to meet us when we arrived late (9:30 pm), showed us around and then let us get on with our vacation. We would recommend this place to stay in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We LOVED it!

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable house in a great position. The bedrooms and living area are spacious, with lots of light,and the kitchen is a delight to work in with that lovely view of the sea. Rory was always available if we had questions, and the house was well supplied. Our main problem was the weather, which was rainy at times - something you gamble on if you stay on the east coast. Another issue was the noise from the main road, which passes close to the property. It was only a bother at night and we found that ear plugs were a good solution.

We LOVED this house,and would go back there in a heartbeat !

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Home, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This is an updated, well maintained home with gorgeous views. It is just a few minutes north of Hilo so it is convenient to the stores and shops there but you are in a quiet neighborhood. The home is elevated so you can sit in the living room or on the front porch and watch the sun rise or watch the ships arrive in the distance. The best surfing beach on the east side of the island is a quick walk right down the road. I've stayed at a lot of places on Kauai, Maui, and Oahu and this home was "more maluhia" (peaceful) than any other place. Rory and Wren were gracious hosts and will always be friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is modern, clean, very nicely finished, and easily accommodated our family of four. The view is amazing, and I already miss the mornings at this property: coffee on the front porch, watching the sun rise and spotting occasional whales close to shore.

The caretaker was respectful of our privacy, but very friendly and helpful with advice on the local area. He even let our children help him harvest some bananas from the trees.

Although we had read so much about the coquis tree frogs in Hilo and were a bit leery of staying anywhere so close to the rain forest, we slept very well and there was no problem with noise.

This property is first class inside and out.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like home with a view of Hilo Bay

  • 5 of 5

Nicely appointed home away from home for exploring the Hilo side of the Big Island. Rory, the manager, did a great job of providing us with local knowledge and keeping the home well stocked and in tip top shape, very clean. He also gave our 15 and 11 year olds a surf lesson at the Hilo area surf beach at the other end of the block. The house has beautiful hardwood floors and granite counter tops. Only a short 5 minute drive to central Hilo. Don't miss the Snow Factory food truck at 619 Manono for something beyond shave ice. We also enjoyed Le Magic Pan for a cute crepe cafe with excellent service. The Hilo farmers market in the center of town is full of tropical fruit and souvenir deals. This home is a find! I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
6.2 Miles
Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Nearest Golf
7.4 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.7 Miles
Cafe Pesto
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Honoli'i Beach Park (2 minute walk)
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Hilo House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 13.42%

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1. Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2. Guest - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms are full bathrooms. Master bathroom is private and ensuite with the Master bedroom. Ocean and Garden bedrooms share the Guest bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 1. Master - 1 king
    2. Ocean - 1 queen
    3. Garden - 1 queen
  • Master Room has a partial view of Hilo Bay, the Ocean Room has a partial view of the Pacific, and the Garden Room has a garden view.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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