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Bedrooms 2
Space 980 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A cozy 2nd story, oceanfront unit with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath

The only way to stay closer to the ocean would to be in a boat. Sit back and watch the cruise ships slowly pass by knowing that the passengers aboard are truly envying your incredible accommodations. This quaint and unassuming second story home offers a nearly 180 degree of the mighty Pacific ocean where you can relax and watch whales as they suddenly breach the blue water, spinner dolphins playfully chase a passing fishing vessel and the rising sun as it welcomes you to an amazing array of morning colors. If you are searching for a Five Star Luxury Hotel then this is not the place for you. The Loft is all about the views! So, if you are looking for a clean and simple place to lay your head that also offers incredible views then this may be your choice. We want our guests to be pleased with their accommodations therefore we are completely transparent about the Loft.

The Loft at Pali Lani is situated on the same beautiful, tropical paradise as our other listing; the Pali Lani Seaside Lodge (VRBO #507322). These two homes can be rented together at a discounted rate or separately. While they do share the same tropical acreage, they are separated far enough to where privacy is not an issue. Both homes share the same covered parking area however have separate entrances. With nearly 2 acres of lush gardens surrounding the home, there is plenty of space for all.

Immediately as you enter the home your attention is drawn to the vast ocean front windows and sliding glass doors that lead out to the huge deck. Here you can spend endless hours enjoying the cool breezes from the ocean, sipping on a morning cup of coffee or watching spinner dolphins and whales playfully swim by. During whale season, there may even be nights when you can hear the whales singing.

We have made this quaint piece of paradise available as a vacation rental and at a very economical rate. We realize that so many ocean front homes set their rates out of range for many travelling couples and small families. We feel as though the Loft at Pali Lani is the perfect, unassuming option for those desiring to be ocean front yet not wanting to break the bank.

The home features hardwood flooring and is well furnished with two spacious bedrooms, which we have named the Palm and the Ocean. Both bedrooms are spacious, offer comfortable queen beds and a nice size closet to store your belongings. The kitchen is immediately off of the living area with equally incredible ocean views. The kitchen comes furnished with a built in range, full size refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster as well as pots, pans, dishes and other cooking utensils. The bathroom contains a large tub/shower combination, toilet, and spacious vanity. The living area features a comfortable sofa, a nice flat screen television and did we mention....amazing ocean front views. The ample windows in this home do a great job of allowing the comfortable trade winds to flow throughout the home. Like the majority of homes in Hawai'i, we do not have air conditioning. We maintain a simple mindset in that when we get hot we open the windows and turn on the fan. When we get cold, we close the windows and put on socks :)

Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.

We are near Highway 19, 15 minutes to Hilo and only 20 minutes to the Airport.

Please remember that you can rent both The Loft at Pali Lani and the Pali Lani Seaside Home together at a discounted rate.

We also own another property, Old Sugar Mill Plantation, which is only 4 miles away. It is a great, ocean view home and can accommodate up to 16 persons. Click on 'See our other listings' on this website or you can cut and paste the below into your browser.

vrbo #509861

Mahalo nui loa!

More Details

Property Manager
Steve Cox
Member since: 2013
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Steve Cox

I am truly blessed to be not only a resident of the Big Island but to have the opportunity to manage such an incredible home for my dear friends. Helen and John, the owners, share my compassion in ensuring our guests feel the true spirit of Aloha while staying at either of the Pali Lani homes. So that our incoming guests know, in Hawai'i, we like to hug a lot! So if you reach out to shake a hand here, don't be surprised if they give you a hug in return. While you are here, you are family! It's the Hawaiian way of life.

Steve Cox purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Steve Cox chose Hakalau

Relaxing on this raised deck takes you to that state of relaxation where nothing else seems to matter. Something about absorbing the sounds, smells and views of the ocean in this special place brings a sense of peace like no other.

What makes this apartment unique

This property is the perfect fit for couples or small families desiring to stay oceanfront and yet not break the bank. It also is the perfect compliment to the main house also located on the same property. Many large families and groups reserve both homes together.


Hakalau Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The washer/dryer are located inside this bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Ocean - 1 queen
    Palm - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • 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:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
This amazing property is located adjacent to the main house which is also on VRBO and can be viewed under listing 507322. Both are available together at a discounted rate. Feel free to contact the property manager for additional details.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
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average rating of 4.2 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful location, Manager was friendly and willing to try to fix issues

  • 3 of 5

The location of the loft is a 5.

The manager Steve was responsive to our cries of help and tried to come help(several times), but was limited by the setup of the house/loft combination, and the cable company.

The issues had to do with limitation due to it being an "add-on" to the main house.

1) There is very limited(or no) AT&T service at this location, so we were dependent on the "included landline" Unfortunately we were only able to make 1 call out during our 5 day stay due to some issue with the line being a patch off the main house line. Steve tried to fix it, but was stumped. While a phone is not typically a huge issue during vacation, trying to finalize plans or coordinate is limited without phone service.

2) TV- also caused by by loft being "patched out" from the main house. No one realized the cable service had gone all digital thus requiring a cable box. TV also is not necessary on vacation, but with an active Volcano on the island, updates via TV, and some mindless relaxing downtime would have been nice.

3) Internet(yep, the old Main house issue) in the loft is spotty to non-existent. The "solid" internet is by connecting to the cable router in the main house. We could at best get 2 bars when sitting on a chair at the kitchen sink. The couch, maybe 1 bar on a good day, and it would go in and out due to the distance. They had a wifi repeater, but it was less useful than the router in the other house.

4) All of the smoke detectors had been removed...hmmm

5) The bed in one of the bedrooms was "broken" or something. Anyone lying on the right side of the bed immediately rolled into the middle.

6) As other reviews have said, the outside/lanai furniture is raw wood, so even the not broken items have rough surfaces, while the table had a major rotten area, and several chairs had a broken or missing crosspiece.

The main house looked nice, and we will look into staying there in the future. We would probably not stay at the Loft again.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Loved the loft! It is at a great location and easily found with the directions supplied (even after dark and in the rain). Just a few issues were found with the items in the loft - the coffee maker does not heat the water, it is just warm; some of the windows and the wooden deck furniture had mold on them. Even though the deck furniture was very worn and uncomfortable to sit on with shorts, the view and sound of the ocean made it very well worth sitting out there.

The information provided regarding restaurants and shopping were very much appreciated. The grounds are beautiful. The number of flowers, trees, birds, and frogs/geckos were great. We did see 2 geckos in the house. After knowing they were there, it didn't surprise us when the would come out.

All in all, we loved the place and would recommend to others going to visit Hilo. After visiting Kona, we were especially glad that we chose to stay in Hilo. It was much more laid back and peaceful.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Great vacation will be back next year

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible view and setting

  • 4 of 5

Breakfasts looking out into the deep blue, watching the weather drama from so close and appreciating the nature surrounding the place-deep sleeps to the ocean break noise. Needs a little more attention to cleaning-drawers in dressers specifically.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location! Nice landscaping.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely view and very convenient to Hilo town. The furnishings and appliances are in need of attention (one mattress was in need of replacement, the couch and outdoor chairs were uncomfortable and in need of attention, the coffee maker worked but came apart so needed some jimmying). The owner agreed to look at the mattress. Also the main room had a lot of termites as well as a lot of gecko poop at all the corners. As a Hawaii resident this is to be expected somewhat but not this much.

I certainly would not try to dissuade anyone from staying here, especially if you want to explore the windward coast of Hawaii. Again, beautiful views, great location, a very functional place, but cleanliness was less than expected for the price.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Peaceful Get Away

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed four nights here and had a wonderful time. The property grounds are beautiful, and the ocean view makes this house the perfect retreat.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Hilo (ITO)
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Richardson Beach State Park
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300

Arrival instructions are emailed approximately 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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