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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
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 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 District

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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Traditional Home In Hilo's Waterfall District - Stylish, Spacious & Affordable!
average rating of 4.730769 based on 26 reviews
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: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little place

  • 5 of 5

The home fit our needs quite well. It was well kept, very spacious and inviting. We were so glad to enjoy the lanai each evening and were grateful to be able to stay here. It was perfect for our family of four. The kitchen was great and I liked the layout and living room area. Thanks for a pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hoping to return!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house, very spacious, clean and well-equipped. It's in peaceful neighborhood about a 10 minute drive from downtown Hilo.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location for large families!

  • 4 of 5

The house was clean and spacious with a cozy country feel. The home decor was unique and comfortable. Our children really enjoyed playing ping pong and tetherball during our downtime. Quiet neighborhood which made our stay even more relaxing. Also located near restaurants and popular Island attractions. We had an awesome experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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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

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas Season
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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.

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