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Bedrooms 8
Space 4,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Great for large families and groups- Check out the Video!

** PLEASE NOTE: This home is unique in that it can be booked with as few as three bedrooms to all eight bedrooms with varying rates depending on the number of bedrooms required. VRBO is not setup for homes such as this and therefore can only automatically quote the rate for a three bedroom reservation. Please refer to the different rates below before submitting a Reservation Request. **

Stately sitting atop a 26 acre former sugar mill plantation, lays the tranquility of the Old Sugar Mill Plantation. Ideally located 11 miles north of Hilo along the scenic Hamakua coast, this elegantly appointed eight bedroom home epitomizes the true Hawaiian spirit of aloha in a beautiful, totally relaxing setting. Imagine yourself spending a morning on your private lanai or enjoying a cocktail with a loved one next to the fabulous waterfall and A’lia stream that flows through the center of the property. Enjoy postcard like views of not only the beautiful ocean but also Mauna Kea at its towering 13,796 feet, tropical birds and a view of the stars unlike anything you have ever encountered. Be our guests and see why the Old Sugar Mill Plantation plays a big part in making Hawai'i no ka 'oi (The Best).



Three bedrooms - $295 USD/night, $1990 USD/weekly with a $175 USD cleaning fee.

Four bedrooms - $340 USD/night, $2300 USD weekly with a $185 USD cleaning fee

Five bedrooms - $415 USD/night, $2800 USD weekly with a $200 USD cleaning fee

Six bedrooms - $495 USD/night, $3350 USD weekly with a $215 USD cleaning fee

Seven bedrooms-$570 USD/night, $3890 USD weekly with a $225 USD cleaning fee

Eight bedrooms - $650 USD/night, $4450 USD weekly with a $235 USD cleaning fee

THREE bedrooms is the minimum that may be booked and there is a three night minimum.

The eight bedrooms sleeps a maximum of 20 persons in beds. Contact us for special arrangements for larger groups.

Special rates apply for Christmas and Merrie Monarch Festival. Please contact us for detailed rates during these periods.

The home offers five large bedrooms and a comfortable common area upstairs with three additional bedrooms downstairs. The well equipped kitchen with modern appliances, a commercial gas range and two refrigerators makes it easy to entertain a multitude of guests.

The home and surrounding 26 acres are the ideal venue for family reunions and other group outings. Contact us and let us make your stay and/or event a special one.

Looking for a smaller home or directly on the ocean? We also own the Pali Lani Seacliff Resort which is only 4 miles away. It is an amazing, oceanfront home which can accommodate a small family or up to eight persons. Please click on the 'Click here to see all my rental listings' on this website or you can cut and paste the below into your web browser.

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Mahalo nui loa!

More Details

Property Manager
Steve Cox
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Steve Cox

I am truly blessed to be not only a resident of the Big Island but to have the opportunity to manage such an incredible home for my dear friend. Helen, the owner, shares my compassion in ensuring our guests feel the true spirit of Aloha while staying at the Old Sugar Mill Plantation. So that our incoming guests know, in Hawai'i, we like to hug a lot! So if you reach out to shake a hand here, don't be surprised if they give you a hug in return. While you are here, you are family! It's the Hawaiian way of life.

Steve Cox purchased this house in 2013

Why Steve Cox chose Pepeekeo

We felt as though this home was all about spending quality time with family and friends. Walking the surrounding 26 acres brings on such a feeling of tranquility and amazes one at the beauties Hawai'i has to offer. While on the island, we love to spend time on the front lanai 'talking story' about Hawai'i, good times and our journeys to come.

What makes this house unique

There are few large homes like this Hawaii. It makes for the perfect family, corporate or event location.. You can prepare your own delicious meals in the spacious and modern kitchen as well as tour the acreage and pick your own fresh fruits straight from our orchards.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Copied from guest email - I am so happy with my decision to rent the Old Sugar Mill Plantation. I am an activities coordinator at an International Language school in Waikiki, and this is the first trip I have planned to the BI. In total our group was 22 people and the house was absolutely perfect! I could not have asked for a better location or a more beautiful house. The bedrooms are all so beautiful, the house clean, the 26 acres of land AMAZING! Unfortunately we were so busy we didn't have a whole lot of time to enjoy all of the property, but the waterfall is definitely a bonus. Most times I rent hotel rooms for our groups, but this house was a hit with the students. Everyone enjoyed cooking dinner together in the beautiful kitchen and getting to relax in the peaceful atmosphere. I could go on and on about this place, but ultimately it was the ideal place to bring a group as large as mine. Steve thank you for making us feel at home and being so helpful throughout the whole process! Mahalo! And I am sure you will be seeing us again!
Apr 2014
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Pepeekeo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Taro - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Pineapple - 1 king
    Palm - 1 king
    Mango - 1 king
    Aloha Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Ocean - 1 king
    Bamboo - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Hilo Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , A nice downstairs room with a queen bed, futon and bath.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.75 based on 29 reviews

Wonderous grounds in a surreal setting. Great views and close enough to Hilo shopping

  • 5 of 5

This was the first visit to Hawaii for anyone in our party. We decided to get a house vs staying at a hotel. Could not imagine making a better choice. Easy to find location right off the hwy 19 but far enough to be away from traffic. We were a party of 10 using 6 of the rooms for a week. The added advantage of having a private bath for each room meant no waiting for use, there was even a large shower on the ground floor that served well as a handicap bath. The location was close to the activities we were in Hawaii for(ziplines, waterfalls, botanical gardens, only 1hr from door to gate of Volcanoes NP, turtle beaches). Most of "Hawaii" was within 15 minutes to 1 hr drive from front door. With the wide variety of mobility in our party, the house served as a great base to chat in the mornings and to return at night after a day out and about. The view of Mouna Kea in the morning sunrise from the window gives one of those wonderous-wow moments not to lessen the great ocean views though. The property is well kept and serves as a great place to walk about in the mornings and evenings. With the creek and waterfalls an added bonus. Steve, the caretaker was very responsive and easy to contact via text. We had a glitch with one of the bedroom locks the first morning and he was there on site, seemingly, within minutes. I can imagine this being a taste of pre-tourist Hawaii, but if you're the type that wants your bed made and bathroom wiped everyday then this is not the place for you. But if you want to feel at home and can accept the sounds of croaking frogs, water running and wind in the trees, then I definitely recommend, especially for a large group.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Five Out of Five Stars

  • 5 of 5

We decided to vacation in Hilo to celebrate my husband’s big 5-0. I found this place after searching months for a place to accommodate 17 people (10 adults and 7 children). My main concern was finding a house that had enough bathrooms for this many people—especially six teens. Imagine my elation finding the Sugar Mill Plantation. It has eight bedrooms and each has its own bathroom; six of the rooms even have their own lanais. The video of this house (and the surrounding property) does not do it justice; it is absolutely beautiful, and it met all our expectations. With six teens and one 8-year old, we needed a lot of space, and that’s exactly what we got. One of the highlights (among many) is that this house boasts a movie room with stadium-like seating. Although it was not yet finished at the time of our rental (no video equipment), the kids made great use of it on days that it was raining by setting up mock concerts and just hanging out. When it was sunny, the front yard was huge enough for us to set up a volleyball net for the whole gang to engage in a friendly volleyball “tournament”. There was also a farm on the property which was a nice surprise. We met the farmer one day and he kindly gave us fresh, beautiful, organic vegetables and fruits for free! We couldn’t believe our luck. We had a farm-to-table dinner that night, and the veggies were wonderful; we had the papayas and avocados the following day for breakfast. Steve Cox, the property manager, was informative about the area and the house. He was also attentive to our needs and responded to all our texts; he even came to help us during his weekend when we accidentally locked ourselves out of the house. I highly recommend this place even for smaller groups or couples. It is rentable by the size of your group so if you don’t need all eight bedrooms, you can rent the rooms to accommodate the size of your party. I loved the fact that the house was so close to town, farmer's market, the botanical gardens, the beach, Rainbow Falls, and so much more. We had an incredible week here. Needless to say, my husband had an amazing 50th. We give Sugar Mill Plantation 5 out of 5 stars!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't have been better

  • 5 of 5

So many good things to say - I'll start with the house itself. It's beautiful, nicely setup with each good-sized bedroom having it's own bathroom & patio/balcony, and each of the bed/bath combos situated privately, so noise from kids, babies, & couples is contained to their own areas. The kitchen/dining rooms are large enough for our whole group of 17 people to cook, eat, and play board games. There are a couple additional sitting areas inside the house for smaller groups to play video games or just hang out on the couches. We used the whole house during our week there.

The outside is equally impressive. The front and back porches were gathering places for hide and seek games after dark, morning coffee, or just enjoying the weather. But the grounds are where we were blown away. Not sure exactly how big the plantation is, but our group explored every day and came back with something new to talk about; lots of fruit growing, some critters spotted, and other nature tidbits.

The area itself was exactly what we wanted - not overrun with tourists! Shopping in Hilo was inexpensive, there were plenty of Hawaiian-only shops but also places like Target & Safeway. The local convenience market was only a couple blocks away, and they had the Spam wasubi that the guys loved. Lots of greenery and waterfalls, old lava flows, shoreline, and very friendly people.

It couldn't have been better.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful home for large or small groups

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home for a family reunion - a few people from the mainland getting together with Hawaii-based family. The home was perfect for our reunion. It's located on a large lot with no homes nearby and very little traffic on the nearby road. There are fruit trees on site and a working farm nearby whose owner has offered to provide fresh vegetables to tenants (for an honorary charge and a thank you to the farmer). The sound of the waterfall was wonderful and we all enjoyed hiking around the property where we picked fresh apple bananas and one or two mangoes. We only needed 4 of the bedrooms and were given our choice of which 4 we wanted to use. The rooms are large and most have lots of windows. Some have private balconies. All have private baths. There is air conditioning in the main living area and some bedrooms but some of the units in the bedrooms didn't work. The owner has tried to fix them but with little success. However, we visited in Late June/early July and were reasonably comfortable sleeping with the windows open and overhead or floor fans. Steve Cox, the property manager, helped us choose rooms that were the coolest based on location, # of windows, etc. He was very helpful and easy to communicate with both before and during our stay. The kitchen is phenomenal. We've never rented a house with so many utensils and great appliances. There are 2 gathering rooms, both with TV's and comfortable seating. A large covered front lanai was our favorite spot in the morning and evening.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property, views, and value

  • 5 of 5

For just around $100/night per bedroom, you have the opportunity to stay on a 20 acre slice of heaven. That basically sums up my review. The property is amazing and sets the perfect scene for enjoying the slower pace of the big island. The house is - of course - huge and space was no issue at all. The kitchen was spacious and appliances were great. The views out onto the property and of the ocean in the distance made getting up each morning a pleasure. We enjoyed coffee and meals out on the large covered lanai / front porch. The bedrooms themselves were also very spacious, and each had its own bathroom which was really nice. The showers in the non-master bedroom were quite small but did the job. As a previous review states, the home does not claim A/C yet we found I believe 4 working ACs and with the doors open around the house it was enough to cool things off. Most of the time I don't imagine they would be needed if you can get a nice breeze to roll through the home.

Addressing previous reviews, do not expect full luxury. You are located on 20 acres of nature, and some of that nature may find its way in and around the home. We're not talking any kind of infestation, but there were some bugs and a gecko or two in the home. This was not a big deal to us. Some ceiling fan lights did not work so we just used the nightstand lights instead.

With the right expectations, you will be delighted with this home. Our group agreed that the home and the property were amazing.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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RRegardless of cost, deficiencies should not be present, therefor overpriced and give it 3 stars

  • 3 of 5

Part A: Favorable comment

Part B: Unfavorable comment

Part A:

1. Setting was gorgeous, but ocean view was barely visible as a slice of the horizon. No whale sighting etc. No view at all from the veranda

2. Grounds were excellently maintained

3. Manager Steve Cox, was professional, friendly, always available and helpful

4. Plantation house was spacious and airy and absolutely devoid of roaches

5. Kitchen equipment was well functioning. Gas stove was large and able to meet large group needs

6. TVs were operational

Part B: Unfavorable

7. Definitely not ocean view as advertised

8. House cleanliness was marginal. When shoes were removed, foot soles became black

9. All window ledges were dirty with dust, dirt, and insect residue

10. Significant dust balls behind and under bedroom furniture

11. Some room air conditioners were inoperative

12. Some bedroom fans were inoperative

13. Some ceiling lights were inoperative including one bedroom

14. Many window blinds were not fully functional, could not be adjusted etc.

15. Lamps were not available at bed stands. Most lamps were under wattage for reading.

16. Pole lamps are needed in the common areas for reading

17. Insufficient bath mats for all bathrooms

18. Bath linen was mismatched in towel sizes etc.

19. Kitchen pots and pans looked like they were assembled from different garage sales

20. Dishes were mismatched collection of types sizes and styles. Soup bowls an odd collection

21. Glassware a total mess, lacked sufficient types (juice glasses, water glasses, wine glasses, drink glasses etc.

22. Kitchen ware storage was totally inadequate to support the needs of advertised number of possible guests, even the group of 11 that we brought.

23. For the type of visit and the cost, visitors should be supplied with a bare minimum of kitchen supplies, mustard, catsup, vinegar, sugar, flour, salt, pepper. To buy these for a short 10 day stay is disconcerting and unnecessarily costly. Availability of these items should be standard and advertised as such.


For the fee which we paid, we found the appointments to be marginal for reasons 7 - 23. The kitchen stuff looked to be a broad collection of garage sale pickups. The poor maintenance of air conditioning and lighting shows a lack of desire on the owner's part to give reasonable care for the cost that people pay. It was passable for us, but it would be a disaster for foreign client occupancy.

We did enjoy our stay ..

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: On behalf of the owner, we thank you very much for your comments and concerns. We are promptly working to resolve any issues as soon as possible. With such a large home, it is virtually impossible to prevent circumstances such as ceiling lights being out and fans malfunctioning. When we see these things or are made aware we do our best to remedy the problems as soon as possible. Regarding the Air Conditioners, we do not advertise the we have AC due to the fact that we have had nothing but problems with this particular manufacturer and there are no guarantees that more problems will not occur. Few homes on the Hamakau Coast have AC as it is typically to needed by most. We hope to have you and your family as guests of the Sugar Mill home again in the future and will do our best to make your stay more pleasurable. Mahalo
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Richardson Beach State Park
Car: recommended

Being Hawai'i, the list of things to do and places to visit are nearly endless:

Picturesque Waipio Rim Valley is a short 45 minute drive up the scenic Hamakua Coast.

Akaka Falls State Park with its towering 422 waterfall is only 15 minutes away.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers great hiking and sightseeing. It is about an hour away and offers a full day or more of journeys.

Nani Mau Gardens is on the edge of Hilo and offers 22 acres of beautiful gardens to tour.

Waimea, the Hawaiian Cowboy town, is a must see during your stay. It is an hour away and sits at 2700 feet where the weather is a little cooler. Watch a rodeo here for great family fun.

The home itself sits on the edge of the quaint, seaside town Pepeekeo. Being only 15 minutes from Hilo, it offers guests the opportunity to relax in a quiet, relaxing home near the ocean yet still be close to great shopping, dining and sightseeing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $175
Tax Rate 14.41%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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