About the property
- House1640 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
4 Bed, 2.5 Bath, Sleeps 8, Tropical Yard, Views Of Mauna Kea and Hilo Harbor
E komo mai (welcome!) to this traditional 1940s Hawaiian home in Hilo, the cultural center of the island of Hawai’i. Here, your family or group can hang loose and absorb the spirit of aloha (the joyful sharing of life) while you explore the tropical side of our entrancing island, including the Hamakua Coast and Volcano National Park. The house is located just minutes from famous sites, including Rainbow Falls, Pe'epe'e Falls, the Boiling Pots rapids, and Kaumana Cave (an extinct lava tube).
Outside, the expansive lanai is a vacation unto itself with views of Hilo Bay on the horizon to the east and a view of Mauna Kea peeking above the jungle treetops to the west. The house rests on a lovely palm-fringed half acre, populated by geckos, mongooses, mynah birds and wild chickens. Let the song of tree frogs send you to sleep, and roosters rouse you for another exciting day. Enjoy preparing Hawaiian foods from Hilo's famous outdoor market in the spacious kitchen, while your keiki (children) play on the lanai, ping-pong downstairs, or explore the jungly yard.
Inside, the main living space is on the second floor, inviting gentle trade winds to flow throughout. Four bedrooms and two full baths, eat-in kitchen, and spacious living room provide accommodations for up to 10 people. The house is stocked with linens, and beach towels, as well as games, and books about Hawaiian topics (including travel, children’s books, novels, and local cookbooks) for your enjoyment. Downstairs is an enormous rumpus room with ping pong table and a Hawaiian motif stone mosaic floor that is original to the house. Also downstairs is an additional half bath, laundry facilities, and an outdoor shower for rinsing after the beach. There is also a rustic tree house in the backyard to explore. In Hawaii, please expect visits from the ubiquitous friendly green geckos both in the tree house and main house.
This property is conveniently located just 3 miles from downtown Hilo’s museums and restaurants and 4-5 miles from Hilo’s airport and best snorkeling, at Richardson’s Beach. Not to be missed is a trip to Mauna Kea’s Visitor Center for night stargazing (free, open until 10pm nightly), just 30 miles away. It is also an easy 25-mile drive for a convenient day trip to Volcano National Park. On another day, take a leisurely drive north on the Hamakua Coast to visit the amazing Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (9 miles), or the historic sugar industry towns of Honomu (13 miles) and Honoka’a (43 miles). Take the Saddle Road across the island’s center 75 miles to reach Kona’s airport and beaches beyond.
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Steve Cox
Our family of three has roots in Cuba, and we deeply appreciate the welcome we have received in our adopted island home of Hawai’i. When in Hawai’i, our talented teenaged daughter studies ukulele with local teachers and joins in kanikapila sing/play alongs.
Steve Cox purchased this House in 2014
Why Steve Cox chose Hilo
This house is perfect if you want to avoid the tourist crowds, soak up the laid back Hawaiian lifestyle, meet island creatures up close and personal, and explore the windward side of Hawaii Island and Volcanoes National Park.
What makes this House unique
We have provided Hawai'i travel guides, novels and children's books set in Hawaii, as well as a collection of local cookbooks. Why not try a Hawaiian recipe using locally grown taro, lychee or papaya? For ingredients, visit the famous farmer's market in downtown Hilo any day. Full market days (with crafts in addition to foods) are Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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Loved our stay
Great property and property manager !! Very much enjoyed our stay. Spacious ! Would stay there again :) It's important to remember that you are in a neighborhood not a secluded resort so if the sounds of neighbors (kids, dogs, gardening - all within normal) is not acceptable to you, this might not be your place.
Wonderful family vacation in comfortable home
We had a wonderful stay in this large and comfortable family home. We had plenty of room and all the conveniences of home for our party of six. The house is in a quiet neighborhood close to Volcano Nat'l Park, Akaka Falls, Univ. of Hawaii and Mauna Kea Visitor's Center. Large deck is great for stargazing or sunbathing. Living room and bedrooms are very spacious. Fans in every room keep the house cool. Check in and out was a breeze. Would highly recommend this house for anyone who wants to live like a local on their vacation.
Unique space with lots of room if you're travelling with kids.
Well stocked with a bright kitchen and a large deck. Great access to the many sights the Hilo area has to see.
Perfect for a group
Stayed 3 nights, We traveled with a group of 6 adults and a toddler. There was plenty of room for everyone! Very Clean and well stocked with anything you could need. Outside of town (which was our preference) about a 8-10 min drive to town. Ideal location to travel to Volcanoes NP to avoid long drive to and from Kona!
Good location with everything you need. Especially with kids!
Comfortable home, lovely lot
We enjoyed our stay at this house. My kids loved the ping pong table downstairs.
The Island of Hawaii has so much to see and do! If you love beaches, we have a black sand beach nearby, and even a fabulous green sand beach on the island. Want a change of pace? Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a short 30 minute drive away. There you can explore the fabulous Visitor Center, Art Gallery, lava tubes or possibly take a nice hike. There are short 15 minute hikes or if you are feeling even more adventurous, take an overnight hike throughout this incredible national park. Yes, great surfing and stand up paddle boarding are popular local hobbies as well. Boards and snorkel equipment can be rented at several local shops.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
RESERVATIONS FOR THE WEEK OF THE MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL ARE SUBJECT TO A 120 DAY CANCELLATION POLICY. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN WITHIN 120 DAYS OF THE FESTIVAL.