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Traditional Home In Hilo's Waterfall District - Stylish, Spacious & Affordable!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,640 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrm, 2.5 Bath, Sleeps 10, Tropical Yard With Tree House And Horizon Views

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 a few minutes from famous sites, including Rainbow Falls, Pe'epe'e Falls, the Boiling Pots rapids, and Kaumana Cave (an extinct lava tube). Nearby hiking trails also allow exploration of secluded swimming holes and waterfalls.

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 that occasionally leave the gift of fresh eggs. Let the song of tree frogs send you to sleep, and roosters rouse you for another exciting day. Enjoy preparing citrus, lychee, papaya, taro, and several varieties of bananas that grow in the yard, while your keiki (children) play in the backyard’s large tree house that is every child’s dream – but not so high to be a parent’s nightmare!

Inside, the main living space is on the second floor, inviting the 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 soaps, linens, and beach towels for your convenience, 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.

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Steve and Julie Cox
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Steve and Julie 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 11-year-old daughter studies ukulele with local teachers and joins in kanikapila (traditional group jam sessions).

Steve and Julie Cox purchased this house in 2014

Why Steve and Julie Cox chose Hilo

This house is perfect if you want to avoid the tourist crowds, soak up the laid back Hawaiian lifestyle, and explore.

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 harvest taro, lychee or papaya from the yard and try preparing a local recipe? For more ingredients, visit the famous farmer's market in downtown Hilo any day.


Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1640 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , located on the lower floor near the game room
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , located on the lower floor near laundry facilities
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Mauna Loa - 1 queen , features a mango wood dresser and island style bench
    Mauna Kea - 1 queen , features a spacious closet w/ built in shelving
    Hualalai - 1 double
    Kohala - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The futon is Japanese style and best suited for a child.
  • All four bedrooms are located in the upstairs in close proximity to the kitchen, baths and living areas. In addition to the four main beds, we provide a queen blow up mattress, a twin Japanese style futon, and two children's sleeping bags.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • 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
Don't miss the fantastic tree house located in the backyard of the home. Complete with electricity, this tree house will occupy both children and fun loving adults for hours and hours.


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Traditional Home In Hilo's Waterfall District - Stylish, Spacious & Affordable!
average rating of 4.6896553 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful home, amazing location! We felt like locals!

  • 5 of 5

We picked this place because it seemed like it had a local feel with beautiful views of the forest. It did not disappoint! This home had so much for everyone in my family. My daughter and her grandpa hung out in the tree house and went searching for geckos during the day and frogs at night. My sister and her fiancé played ping pong and lounged in the cool interior. My husband and I enjoyed the lanai, drinking coffee in the morning and wine at night. The home is an 8 minute drive from Hilo and is a perfect distance from all the area has to offer; an easy drive to Volcanoes NP, the Botanical Gardens, or even Carlsmith Beach Park. It is a city home that felt secluded and private. The house was stocked with everything we could need. It was a comfortable and very enjoyable stay. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alberta, canada

Comfortable beds, lots of privacy, dated inside needing a lot of work.

  • 3 of 5

The property provided what we needed, but thought game room in basement and tree house were disappointing and didn't meet expectations we saw in pictures provided. Very big clean kitchen but supplies for cooking not adequate. Beds were comfortable, but bathrooms very disappointing. We would not rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our home is special because it is a well-preserved example of 1940s plantation architecture. All other reviews have raved about the Hawaiian feel, spacious, well-appointed kitchen and ping pong room downstairs, which features a 1940s stone mosaic floor depicting a macadamia nut tree because the man who built this house helped introduce mac nut farming to the island. However, to clarify for future renters, our home is not a culinary or spa resort. If that is the experience you seek, we recommend you stay in a new, resort style home or the Four Seasons or Mauna Kea resort properties -- on the Kona side. But we (and all other reviewers) believe our home is a perfect choice if you seek an authentic, historic, comfortable Hawaiian accommodation in Hilo, from which you can explore the Hilo, Hamakua, Puna, and Volcano areas. Mahalo!
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Jackson, MS

Beautiful home, great location.

  • 5 of 5

Our family rented Steve and Julie's home for a week and we loved it. Very clean and comfortable with plenty of room to spread out. The ping pong table and lanai were our favorite amenities. Very close to downtown Hilo, the beach, and Rainbow Falls.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Billerica, MA

Great location to experience Big Island

  • 5 of 5

This house is ideally located on a quiet side street only minutes away from downtown Hilo. We loved the Hilo Farmer's Market (10 min away), the Rainbow Falls (5 min), Volcanoes NP (50 min), Mauna Kea (50 min), Akaka Falls (20 min), green sand beach (2 hours), black sand beach (80 min) and more. Hilo is also great for loading up on supplies, as the big box stores tend to be less expensive here as compare to the more touristy west side of the island. The house itself has all of the standard amenities you'd need to be comfortable. It doesn't have a/c, but we were plenty cool by leaving the windows open. We had fun discovering the fruit trees in the yard--pineapple, papaya, lychee, sugarcane, and lime. Unfortunately the fruits weren't ready (yet) when we were there in early May--but they were well on their way! Easy communication with the owners was much appreciated.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house was very nice and centrally located within Hilo.

  • 5 of 5

The House was very nice and was centrally located within Hilo. We rented the home to attend our daughters graduation from UH Hilo. It was easy to get to the school and to the venue that the graduation was held at. We had 5 grown adults staying in the house and we never felt crowded. The kitchen was large and the 2 full bathrooms made it easy to shower and get our days started. the ping pong table came in handy as well. It was a great experience for us and if ever staying in Hilo again we would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great fit for a large group!

  • 4 of 5

We liked that the location of the property was only minutes away from the center of town. The large, well furnished kitchen is a real plus and the deck was the most popular gathering spot. Thank you Cox's for finding the infant bed!


  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Liko Lehua Cafe 77 Kaumana Drive 808-935-727
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Richardson Beach State Park
Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.43%


Manager's Cancellation Policy

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