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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A Comfortable 3 bedroom, 1 bath in Hilo. Hawaiian Owned & Operated.

Thanks to the feedback of our guests, we installed new carpeting and flooring throughout the house.


*3 bedrooms

*1 bath with seperate vanity area

*1400 sq ft

*2 Queens and 1 Full bed

*Large livingroom, kitchen and sun room

*TV's, AC's, ceiling and standing fans in rooms

* WIFI and local cable tv stations


*Beach towel, cooler, chairs, snorkels

*Infant playpen/crib available

*Parking for 1-2 cars

*Check in 3pm/out 11am (early & late arrangements possible)

*Close to downtown, farmers market, Honolii beach, restaurants and shopping

*Minimal coqui noise

*50% deposit holds dates with remainder due 30 days from arrival

*30 day cancellation notice for full refund of deposit

*Taxes included in nightly

Enjoy Hawai'i, live local, stay close to downtown Hilo. The property is 6 miles from the airport, up mauka (the mountain) in a little plantation village. Our affordable nightly rates include all taxes and a minimal cleaning fee that permit guest to spend their resources on experiences and making memories. Within 10 minutes of the cottage, our guest can visit beautiful beaches, majestic waterfalls, scenic Hamakua drive and an array of restaurants, farmers markets and local delicatessens.

The three bedroom-one bath cottage is perfect for families, couples and friends. The home features a spacious living room to gather in and plan out your day or to reminisce over your adventures in the evenings. The kitchen is stocked with all you need to whip up a quick meal or prepare an enticing meal using fresh produce form the Hilo market. A vanity area separate from the bathroom allows for maximum accessibility and features a tub to get the kids cleaned up. Each bedroom has an A/C unit, ceiling fan and LCD TV for a little down time and entertainment at the end of the day.

The house is situated in a rural residential neighborhood with access to county water that is clean and drinkable (no catchment systems). Parking is located at the front of the house on the gravel. This is our home, not a party house. Please no smoking, pets or loud noise.

Attractions and distance from the Kaiwiki Cottage:

Swimming beaches/Ponds 3-6 miles

Downtown Hilo, Lyman Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo Farmers Market 2.5 miles

King Kamehameha Statue/Wailoa River State Park 3.5

Liliuokalani Gardens 4 miles

Imiloa Astronomy Center 5 miles

Hilo Civic Center/Edith Kanakaole Stadium 4 miles

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo 9 miles

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory 11.5 miles

Makuu Market 20 miles

Pahoa Town 22 miles

Kalapana 32 miles

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 32 miles

Mauna Kea 44 miles

Honoka'a/Waipio 44 miles

Waimea 54 miles

Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) 75 miles

More Details

Val F
Member since: 2012
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Val F

.My husband and I travel frequently between Hilo and Oahu. I manage a community center in the town I grew up in and my husband manages the publication department for the local newspaper. We enjoy bodysurfing, ziplining, picnic bbqs, hanging out with our dogs and trying new foods. We're friendly and easy to get along with so please don't hesitate to ask questions if you want recommendations or if there's something that we can address during your stay. We're grateful for the opportunity to host you during your Hawaii island vacation.

Val F purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Val F chose Wainaku

The Kaiwiki house is very special to us. We were the first family on the street to rebuild and renovate, now our neighbors have followed suit. It's our Hilo diamond in the rough.

What makes this cottage unique

There is wide, open park with avacado, ginger, strawberry guava that is perfect for a morning walk and ideal for the kids to play ball, run around, or fly a kite. Just beyond the park is a short path to a swimming hole and waterfall.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your wonderful place with us. The kids had an awesome time & it helped that there were TVs in each room on those rainy days. your book collection made visits to the beach even more relaxing. And as a family of 6, we couldn't have asked for a better place for the price. We would definitely return and stay at your rental again.
Jul 2014
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Wainaku Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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(29 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.413793 based on 30 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for our family. Very clean and pretty big!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasantly suprised

  • 5 of 5

I was a little nervous driving into the neighborhood, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this home truly is a diamond in the rough. Our host was so kind and the sheets and towels were so soft and smelled so good. Everything was in order and it was a great place to stay. The roosters and coqui are a bit noisy so they may bother you or they may lull you to sleep and help you wake up in the morning, depending on your perspective. Thank you again Val.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not There Yet

  • 1 of 5

The odor struck me as I walked into the larger than normal home. It wan't there when I left, but the strong smell seemed to have a hint of sweet smelling fragrance so I tried to dismiss it. But the odor lingered. I turned off the fan in the bedroom, evidence someone entered prior to my arrival which likely was the owner who asked to enter the home the day before.

Then I wondered about the association of why the fan was on and the fairly pungent odor. Later it clicked in my mind the smell reminded me of residual insect / bug / pest spray or "smoke bombs". Not a healthy environment especially for babies or others with compromised health.

I'd rate that worse than the apparent rodents running across the ceiling at night and clawing / scratching within the interior walls of the kitchen. I didn't actually see vermin in the home.

I'd rate that worse than the "chirping" coqui frogs throughout the lush vegetation around the home. Their chirping at night seemed nearly deafening, cute at first, but eerie as the night wore on.

The home sits in an older somewhat dilapidated neighborhood and wasn't appealing to me.

I liked the spaciousness of the home but wondered why the living room furniture wood frame "penetrated" through the fabric when I sat on it; why the kitchen appliances worked but looked worn out; why the back room walls were left with the paint roller markings as if the paint ran out; why...

I think you get the picture.

I credit the owner's politeness and readiness to assist, but I rate this experience a 1 especially because of the very bad odor in the home, evidence of an attempt to mask an infestation problem putting my health at risk.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that the house disappointed you. We truly want every guest to enjoy their time on Hawaii Island and feel at home and comfortable during their stay. I remember texting with you about the fire alarm chirp that isn't mentioned. My husband came to the house to address it. You were very kind and could have shared any concerns with us in person or by text. Especially if you felt there were conditions detrimental to your health. I assure you we would have made every effort to investigate, explain, remedy situations or find a solution ASAP. The texts you sent the next day and upon your departure also made no mention of the conditions documented in this review. We are very sorry about your experience and ask that future guest communicate their issues concerns so we can address them. We have had many happy guests stay and come back through the years to stay again at our vacation rental. True our plantation neighborhood and home are humble, but we do our best to maintain the integrity of our house and listing. We are honest about what the rental has to offer and try to remedy things within our purview in a timely manner. At the same time, we both work full time on separate islands to support our family. While our house may not be the right fit for every guest, we are grateful for the opportunity to share it with visitors from around the world. And we thank you for taking the time to share with us your perceptions about the house.
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Enjoyed our stay and great set up for a family stay.

  • 5 of 5

Aloha Val,

We want to say mahalo for allowing us to stay at your vacation rental. We enjoyed our stay and it accomadated our Ohana for a visit to Hilo for the holidays. We would gladly book another reservation when visiting Hilo because we had so much fun!!!

Mahalo Janie Quinn of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very convenient for our temporary needs.

  • 5 of 5

It suited our family and was fully equipped with necessities.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

families 2nd trip to Hilo and 2nd time staying at the same location. Great modifications with the same homey feel that we are accustomed to.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Thai Restaurant
East Hawaii Cultural Center
Tina Garden Gourmet Cafe
Thai Restaurant
Akmal Foods/Suraya's Indian Kitchen
Indian Restaurant
Sweet Dreams Hawaii Chocolate, Cacao & Coffee Bistro
Chocolate Shop
Rainbow Falls
Palace Theater
Ocean Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Surf Break Cafe
Amigos Taqueria LLC
Mexican Restaurant
Puka Puka Kitchen
Hawaiian Restaurant
Saucy Dogs
Hot Dog Restaurant
Somsamai Styles Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Tamari Lunch
Japanese Restaurant
Loved by the Sun
Juice Shop
The Lost Boys
Pho Viet Restaurant
Vietnamese Restaurant
Naung Mai Thai Kitchen
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Cafe Pesto - Hilo
Italian Restaurant
Pineapples Restaurant
American Restaurant
Dragon Kitchen Sushi
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Remy's Plate Lunch
Hung Phat Vietnamese Banh Mi & Coffee, LLC
Vietnamese Restaurant
Hilo Siam Thai Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Reuben's Mexican Food
Mexican Restaurant
Hilo Siam Thai Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Hilo Farmers Market
Wilson's By the Bay
Ou Thai Food (Hilo Farmers Market)
Thai Restaurant
Jimmy's Drive Inn
Short N Sweet Bakery & Cafe
Poke N Sides @ the Hilo Farmers Market
Hawaiian Restaurant
Nearest Airport
5.5 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Naniloa Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy 11
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Pineapples, Cronies, Cafe Pesto
Nearest Beach
2.3 Miles
Honolii Surf Spot
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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