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Hale Kawehi Guesthouse In Quaint Downtown Hilo, Hawaii(No Cleaning Fee)

Hilo, HI, USA
  • Guest House2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay1 - 5 nights

1 queen deluxe bedroom 1.5 bathrooms full kitchen, living, den, wet bar, wifi.

Aloha & Welcome to Hale Kawehi. We want to extend all of the warmth, charm and aloha that Hawaii has to offer by making your stay a memorable one. Located in the center of historic downtown Hilo, Hawaii, this is a well-appointed ,vintage, kama'aina guesthouse, very open, airy, Polynesian environment with many Hawaiian artifacts and other collectibles, whimsical decor. Koa furniture and cabinets and stained glass throughout the house 2,000, sq. ft., completely private with full amenities. This is a family estate; host lives on property in separate private cottage with separate private entrance. Free covered parking and free Wi Fi. Deluxe platform queen bed with air conditioning in bedroom.

Cable TV in den and bedroom, ice maker, designer kitchen, no cleaning fees, daily housecleaning, optional. How great is that!!!!!

Located l mile, walking distance to the old town featuring many restaurants, shops, bay front. A truly must stay oasis. 29 miles from active volcano and National Park. For golfers, the Hilo Municipal Golf course is just is 3 miles from rental. A perfect launch area for sightseeing . E Komo Mai...welcome. Hilo also coqui frogs. This is a house filled with many Hawaiian museum pieces which host wants to share. It is truly enchanting and a vintage Hawaiian residence.....check in is 3pm and check out is 11am. HAWAII TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATION TAX CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION NO. W04912050-01


Kawehi Cochran

Member Since 2013
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Kawehi Cochran

Aloha. I am a kama'aina-indigenous Hawaiian, living in a tropical environment. My residence (hale) is ideally located in the heart of Hilo with lots of authentic Hawaiian artifacts and charm. My yard is lush with many tropicals, which I carefully planted. I was born and raised in Hilo, and this was my primary residence growing up so it is dear and special to me. I have lots of local knowledge and history of Hilo and its people. My grandfather was a senator and many of his senate bills that he introduced are still on the books today. I love traveling, hosting, cooking, entertaining, avid golfer, canoe paddler and hula. Hawaii has 12 months of outdoor weather. So come and enjoy my retreat. I believe staying here will be a very special experience reminiscent of old Hawaii. You will feel the mana....spiritual power.... E komo mai.....welcome.....

Kawehi Cochran purchased this Guest House in 1938

Why Kawehi Cochran chose Hilo

Host was born and raised on this property. This is an authentic Hawaiian property and in a special setting. Every guest loves the experience and leaves with special memories of their visit to Hilo.

What makes this Guest House unique

Guests will be surrounded by the Hawaiian culture. It is close to everything. The hale is equipped with everything a guest could possible want or ask for. Warmth, charm, lots of Aloha, FULL AMENITIES. Daily housekeeping in public areas and laundry service upon request. Located 29 miles to active volcano, and the National Park. Minutes away from Imiloa Center, University of Hawaii and walking distance to the downtown area. Three miles from the Hilo Muncipal Golf Course. Whale watching in Hilo Bay. It is very peaceful and in a tropical lush setting.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Very comfortable/deluxe queen bed, air conditioned bedroom for warm nights. also has ceiling and floor fan and large windows for fresh air.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
      • Full bathroom has tub and shower. Half has toilet/basin.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          Approximately one mile to town and 20 minute walk. 5 minutes by car. Ease walk to the town.
        • Near The Ocean
          One mile from Hilo Bay


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                      air conditioning in bedroom, wall unit. Ceiling fans throughout house.
                    • Garage
                      Designated parking:Guests may park on right side of covered garage. Enter Hale Kawehi same right side.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      free wi fi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Provided by innkeeper for a small fee, fee included for washing which is 5.00 per load. Wash, dry and return within 24 hrs.
                    • Living Room
                      Beautiful Living Room connected to wet bar and open kitchen. The house has stained glass throughout.
                    • Parking
                      free covered parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Valet Laundry service provided by innkeeper for a small fee, 5.00 per load. Wash, dry and return within 24 hrs.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          also hasFrench Press coffee maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          fully stocked
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Full kitchen amenities, wrap around kitchen island. A chef's delight.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          convection oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          most pantry items
                        • Refrigerator
                          new refrigerator with ice maker
                        • Stove
                          gas range and oven
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster and Toaster oven


                            • Dining
                              There are inside and outside dining areas.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  cable music included
                                • Television
                                  Hi Def Direct TV in Den and Bedroom


                                    • Balcony
                                      View of gardens
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Covered deck/gazebo at entrance by kitchen
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Tropicals and water feature in garden area. Wind chimes.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      charcoal weber grill
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Swim fins and goggles beach towels chairs boogie boards


                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • smoking allowed

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge


                                                • museums
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • churches
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • theme parks
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • luaus
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • A continental breakfast is included.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  57 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Favorite home on Hawaii

                                                                  Kate S.

                                                                  This home was filled with charming accents and the host provided everything needed for a comfortable stay. The home had plenty of room with loads of quirky accessories and a clock collection. Beautiful inside and out with 2 outside sitting areas. Would have loved to spend more time here. The host even provided fresh baked croissants and sliced mango in the fridge!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Mahalo for allowing me to host you. It was a great pleasure.

                                                                  As advertised - authentic, comfortable and great location.

                                                                  Kawehi was one of the better VRBO hosts we have encountered, with daily fresh Papaya left in the frig, daily trash and towel service and welcoming information. Decorated creatively. Great lighting on timers indoor and out made us feel secure at night. Open air quarters made it Hawai’i authentic (versus a timeshare we stayed in the first week). Bird feeder attracted dozens of beautiful birds. Five different seating areas for lounging and eating was very creative. Well equipped kitchen. Books and maps and slippers and blankets for the cool evenings.... Easy to get south to Volcano, west to Mauna Kea and north to Waipio. Loved it!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Mahalo Nui Loa. i’m delighted you loved your visit with me. A pleasure hosting you.

                                                                  This is Hawaii.

                                                                  Pete D.

                                                                  What a treat. This old Hawaiian home is packed with collections of everything from old wall clocks to straw hats. Also a nice porch overlooking a beautiful garden with fountain, lush vegetation, and entertaining birds. Been to Big Island many times,usually in a house on the lava cliffs or on tide pools at Kapoho. Will continue with the places on the water, but will now stay here for a day or two first. Mahalo Kawehi. And Hau’oli makahiki hou.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Wonderful hosting you and look forward to your next visit. A hui hou.

                                                                  Our Favorite Place to Stay in Hilo

                                                                  Joseph L.

                                                                  For us, Hale Kawehi is a taste of real Hawaii. The house is beautifully maintained and always clean. The owner of the property is the definition of the aloha spirit and how to live with joy and respect. We would recommend this property in a heartbeat. Mahalo Kawehi!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  It was wonderful hosting you. Happy New Year and hope to see you again.

                                                                  Wonderful, clean, Hawaiian home!

                                                                  Rebecca M.Boone

                                                                  We loved our stay here for the beginning of our honeymoon trip! Very clean, cozy home. Owner goes out of her way to make you comfortable. We got in very late from our flight to Kona and drove to Hilo around 11pm but the house was so easy to find, well lit, with plenty of instructions. Would stay again!

                                                                  Lovely home

                                                                  Glen G.Austin TX

                                                                  Just as it appears in the pictures. We stayed here two weeks; its the perfect base from which to explore the Big Island. Kitchen was great, lots of outdoor seating and the AC in the bedroom made for cool sleeping. FYI, the AC makes the frogs a non-issue if you are a lite sleeper like my spouse.

                                                                  Kawehi, our host, is a treasure. We invited her to dinner one evening and she returned the favor by taking us out for a lovely breakfast. She is a native and can give you many tips on the island. The house also has guide books and maps.

                                                                  We can't express how much we enjoyed staying at this hale (house) in Hilo.


                                                                  Hilo, HI, USA

                                                                  Located in the downtown area, walking distance. Close to Rainbow Falls, Liliuokalani Park, Hilo Municipal Golf Course, Imiloa Astrology Center. A great launch to all tourist attractions. 30 miles to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hale Kawehi is a very special kama'aina, very open Polynesian guest house in downtown Hilo featuring many Hawaiian museum/artifacts displayed throughout the house...... there are beautiful stained glass windows and panels and Koa furniture and cabinets. The setting is very private and tropical...a very special oasis in the center of Hilo and you will be coming to a very nice and quiet neighborhood. This guest house is large, 2,000 sq.ft., on a family estate, and very private. Host lives in a separate cottage. It is walking distance to the downtown area with the bus terminal, farmer's market, restaurants and shops. The Volcano district, Akaka Falls, Botanical Gardens, Imiloa, Liliuokalani Gardens are must see places. If you want to golf, there are 3 golf courses in the area. Hilo is, indeed, the sightseeing side of the Island. So come, relax and enjoy the enchanting Hale Kawehi.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Damage Deposit
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  State and hotel taxes not included of 13.41% are not included in rate. East Hawaii has coqui frogs. Check in is 3pm and check out is 11am

                                                                  57 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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