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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 Bed, 2.5 Bath, Sleeps 10, 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.

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 guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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 teenaged daughter studies ukulele with local teachers and joins in kanikapila sing/play alongs.

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, 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.


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 4.6944447 based on 36 reviews

Perfect for a group

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Good location with everything you need. Especially with kids!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Vancouver, BC

Comfortable home, lovely lot

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this house. My kids loved the ping pong table downstairs.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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If you want to enjoy Hawaiian life at Hilo

  • 4 of 5

I spent three nights and four days at Big Island in this traditional Hawaiian house. It is a good location to travel around Hilo. There were plenty of space for seven people to live together, and the natural environment where the birds sing was also impressive. I could not use a tree house and a terrace because it was winter, but it looked good. It was also good that we could play table tennis which our family likes in our own space.

There was no separate heating system, so the winter nighttime was a bit cold. It was regrettable that hot water of bathroom shower sometimes did not come out well. I think it would be better to fix the ping-pong table net and the tight drawers.

I did not meet Steve in person, but I get a quick answer when I ask him in VRBO message. This house is recommended to family travelers who want to enjoy Hawaiian feeling in Big Island.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, TN

Just as advertised

  • 5 of 5

This was a great house that was perfectly located in a quiet Hilo neighborhood which served as a great camp for outings to Kilhuea and to lava flows in Kalapana, as well as exploring Hilo and the Eastern coast. We especially enjoyed the expansive upper deck in the mornings, and for stargazing at night, tangerines off the tree for breakfast - and also ping pong at night. Beds were comfortable and bathrooms were spacious. This is an older traditional Hilo Home but with many renovations and upgrades, including what appeared to be new flooring throughout. Clean, spacious, quiet and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Great for the price

  • 5 of 5

This home overall was very good and a great deal. The home is very large, with plenty of parking, and a nice yard. The treehouse in back is fairly dilapidated and I didn't let the kids in it due to my concern about the safety. The location is good, about 10 minutes drive to waterfront Hilo. House was clean.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Honoli'i Beach Park
Mokupapapa Discovery Center
Mo's Fish and Chips, LLC
Fish & Chips Restaurant
Big Island Juice Co
Le Magic Pan
French Restaurant
Poke Market, LLC
Sweet Cane Cafe By the Bay
Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill Hilo
Seafood Restaurant
Hilo Shark's Coffee
Coffee Shop
Tina Garden Gourmet Cafe
Thai Restaurant
Bears' Coffee & Deli
Conscious Culture Café
Conscious Culture Cafe
Bangkok Villa Hilo
Thai Restaurant
New Chiang Mai Thai Cuisine
Thai Restaurant
Akmal Foods/Suraya's Indian Kitchen
Indian Restaurant
Kalakaua Park
Naha Stone
Blane's Drive Inn Downtown
Hawaiian Restaurant
Yen's Cafe
East Hawaii Cultural Center
Palace Theater
Surf Break Cafe
Puka Puka Kitchen
Hawaiian Restaurant
Ocean Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Saucy Dogs
Hot Dog Restaurant
Queens Court Restaurant
American Restaurant
Loved by the Sun
Juice Shop
Somsamai Styles Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Sweet Dreams Hawaii Chocolate, Cacao & Coffee Bistro
Chocolate Shop
Tamari Lunch
Japanese Restaurant
Amigos Taqueria LLC
Mexican Restaurant
Cafe Pesto - Hilo
Italian Restaurant
The Lost Boys
Dragon Kitchen Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Remy's Plate Lunch
Hung Phat Vietnamese Banh Mi & Coffee, LLC
Vietnamese Restaurant
Reuben's Mexican Food
Mexican Restaurant
Hilo Farmers Market
Hilo Siam Thai Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Hilo Siam Thai Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Ou Thai Food (Hilo Farmers Market)
Thai Restaurant
Naung Mai Thai Kitchen
Thai Restaurant
Poke N Sides @ the Hilo Farmers Market
Hawaiian Restaurant
Pho Viet Restaurant
Vietnamese Restaurant
Pineapples Restaurant
American Restaurant
Paul's Place
Koji's Bento Korner Inc
Hamburger Restaurant
Wilson's By the Bay
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

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $175
Tax Rate 14.41%


Manager's Cancellation Policy

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