About the property
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Three bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath plus outdoor shower. Whale + ocean watchers paradise
Simply put, this property sits on one of the most gorgeous ocean-front locations in East Hawaii. Unlike other ocean-front homes, you will not need to walk to the end of a yard to appreciate the Pacific waves. Here, you will feel as if you are on a ship. Simply step out onto the deck, look down and there is the Pacific ocean lapping at the shoreline below you. We have actually fished off the deck. We believe the quality of this view and proximity to dramatic breaking waves are unique among vacation rentals in East Hawaii. This is particularly so considering it is only a couple of short miles from quaint Hilo town, the seat of Hawaii County. During the whale season, humpbacks will breech and frolic so close to the house that, on occasion, it will seem as if they are putting on a show just for you. Sometimes the cove below is visited by schools of spinner dolphins, which number in the hundreds. At almost anytime, you can look out from the windows or deck and see surfers sliding down the face of silver waves at nearby Honoli'i beach. On most days, a giant cruise ship will sail out of the dawn and past the house in the morning and then past the house again at night, as it leaves Hilo Bay, festooned with a thousand glittering lights.
The house is a 40 minute drive from Volcanoes National Park and a brief three minute drive from Hilo. It is perfectly located for exploring East Hawaii and a spectacular hour and a half drive from the beaches and town of Kona.
Aside from the spectacular view, one of the benefits of staying next to the ocean is the lack of pesky mosquitoes. The ocean breeze, which will keep you cool, also serves to drive them away. Unfortunately, the Big Island has been invaded by coqui frogs in recent years, which make a loud chirping noise in the evening. Many B&Bs and vacation properties here actually supply their guests with earplugs. Luckily, the ocean breeze also keeps most of the coquis at bay. You will hear some chirping but it is extremely unlikely that you will find the noise too intrusive.
The house has a large kitchen and living room with picture windows overlooking the ocean and across the bay to Hilo Town. There is a master bedroom with a king-sized bed and french doors leading onto the deck and an outdoor shower. The second bedroom has both a full and a twin bed. Each of the upstairs bedrooms has a large TV, full cable and premium channels. Downstairs from the deck is another bedroom/study with a futon (big enough for one adult or two two children) A/C and a TV with extended cable. This bedroom is separate from the house and is perfect for children or those seeking more privacy. This is the only room with air-conditioning and does not have its own bathroom.
The living room features leather furniture and a gas fireplace, which serves to create ambiance rather than heat as the temperature in Hilo rarely drops below 70 degrees. We have deliberately not put a TV in the living area as we hope that you will enjoy the spectacular view, uninterrupted by flickering images and perhaps read, chat or partake in some of the family games we have left for you. However, there is double-speed wireless internet connection throughout the house should you need it for your own devices. You will find a pair of binoculars for observing the whales, surfers, dolphins, cruise ships, sailboats and Hawaiian outrigger paddlers.
The deck features a large, expandable teak dining table with chairs. It is doubtful that you will want to eat indoors once you have experienced the pleasure of ocean-front dining, although there is an additional dining table in the living room, should you choose to. On the new deck extension there is a smaller table with chairs for a more intimate setting. There is an additional table with all-weather chairs and if you need it, a folding table. Should you wish to entertain, there is ample seating for your guests. For relaxation, there are teak deck-chairs and a comfortable, quilted double hammock in which to swing to the sound of breaking waves. Should you wish, grab a pillow with a blanket and let the hammock rock you to a wonderful night's sleep under the stars.
The large kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need for comfort and convenience: extensive granite counter-tops, a double-door stainless steel fridge with water and ice maker, a dishwasher, garbage disposer, a deluxe Keurig coffee maker with a complimentary selection of coffees, large microwave, blender, rice-cooker, slow-cooker, toaster and range. There is ample china and silverware for all your dining needs. Should you need it, you will find two coolers for taking on your island adventures.
Outside, you will find a kayak, life-vests, boogie boards and snorkeling equipment. Please feel free to use them to enjoy the magnificent Pacific ocean, which undoubtedly will provide you with many happy memories during your stay in Hawaii. You will also find tennis rackets and balls as well as some other beach games to enjoy.
I have noticed that some vacation rental owners claim that their properties are much shorter driving distances to Hilo than is possible. Please bear in mind that any oceanfront property in lower Puna, claiming to be within the Hilo district, is at least a 50 minute drive from town, often a lot more.
This home is special. It is with reluctance that we are having to leave it to live on Oahu. That said, it is nice to offset some of that reluctance against the knowledge that our home will be bringing pleasure into other people's lives. If our home brings you even a fraction of the joy it has afforded my wife and me, you will be blessed with wonderful memories from your stay.
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About Saul Rollason
Margaret and Saul have lived on the Big Island for a combined total of 36 years. She is a physician, specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics, while he has retired from small business ownership and is working towards his MA in American Studies, after which he plans to teach at the local college. In order to pursue their professional endeavors, they are leaving their beautiful home and moving to Oahu. While they are sad to be saying goodbye to this home, which has brought them so much happiness, they are pleased that others will now have the opportunity to enjoy it as well. Our Hawaii State Tax Number is: 00782520-01
Saul Rollason purchased this House in 2011
Why Saul Rollason chose Island of Hawaiʻi
We couldn't resist this property. As a columnist for the local newspaper, I visited the house in 2004 and, like everyone else who came here, was stunned by the spectacular views. The house came onto the market in 2011 and we snapped it up. Three months later, after extensive remodeling, we moved in. The house is nearly 60 years old and despite a few minor quirky characteristics, has stood the test of time well. We plan to move back in a few years. This house and community are very dear to our hearts.
What makes this House unique
This house is all about the view. The construction itself is typically Hawaiian, being built of Pacific redwood in the single wall construction style. To be sure, if this home were a modern house, there would be a few more polished details and the upkeep would be easier, but we love it the way it is. Being located on a quiet cul-de-sac has meant that our home is part of a community within a community. Our neighbors are kind, friendly and full of the island 'aloha' which comes to all who live here.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We hated to leave!
What a magical location! Breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline from this cliff top property.
So glad that you had fun. We miss living there so we have to get our enjoyment vicariously through guests like you!
All About The View !!!
Our second year leaving Waimanalo to head to Hilo for Merrie Monarch Festival.
Saul’s home is the perfect respite from the crowds at Merrie Monarch.
Just a five minute drive from Hilo town it is a quick drive to explore unique shops, and
dine on excellent food, grab fresh local fruit from the farmers market.
Needless to say we were excited about checking in, unpacking and hitting the shops !!!
The problem is…you’ll never want to leave…the view, the feeling of the ocean air.
The house is fully equipped with everything you would need (including binoculars and a guitar!), cleaning comfortable furniture, plenty of linens,
I could go on and on !
MY PERSONAL FAVORITE…the outdoor shower on the deck, naked in nature was the best way to begin your day and certainly a great way to end your day as well.
Your morning coffee on the deck watching the sunrise was like sitting on an ocean liner with a
180 degree view. Simply put Amazing !!!
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are both so glad that you had fun. We miss living in the house and all the lovely things it has to offer. Just knowing that you and others enjoy it makes us very happy
Absolutely beautiful views!
We had a wonderful week. Everything we needed was here. The location was easy and spectacular. The only problem we had was the basement bed. The futon was so bad the couple we had sleeping down there was completely unable to sleep on it and had to find something else. The owners should either say the place sleeps 4 or put a new bed that is usable down there.
I’m so glad that you had fun at the house. I am sorry that your ‘couple’ couldn’t sleep on the downstairs futon. I am a bit confused as you booked the house for four people, so you should have had plenty of room in the two bedrooms upstairs. I have tried to make it as clear as possible on the website that the futon is big enough for one adult or two children. Did you forget to use the foam topper which is in the chest next to the futon? I have always found it to be very comfortable. Despite the misunderstanding you seem to have Had a good time so thank you.
Loved Staying Here Again
This was my second time staying here, and it was just as good as the first time. The beautiful views and outside hammock were very much enjoyed. The outdoor area in this house is incredible. No plastic furniture here and it was all very sturdy wood, with cushions available for the loungers.
The corner table overlooking the cliff is the perfect place for morning coffee or just to sit and take it all in. There is a covered portion of the porch which allows people to sit outside if it rains. It is a very well thought out design.
The beds upstairs are very comfortable. And the kitchen in this house has high quality pots, pans, dishes, etc. It was super clean and really is a bargain for what you get. I felt fortunate to be able to experience it again.
We absolutely loved staying in this wonderful house. The house is lovely and the views are amazing. We watched the cruise ships come into Hilo each morning and saw whales swimming by. The house is clean and well equipped. If you plan on using the 3rd bedroom (we did not), make sure you understand the setup - it is on the lower level and you have to go outside to access it. If you didn't understand this, you might be disappointed but there is nothing else about this house that does not meet or exceed expectations.
Beautiful, comfortable, and convenient. Highly recommended!
This property is perfect. It was so easy to spend a week there — the house came with every convenience we could have asked for, and is so perfectly located close to Hilo but in a quiet, gorgeous oceanfront neighborhood. Saul was very welcoming on email. I will stay here again for sure if I’m ever lucky enough to return to Hawaii.
Our house is located a mere three minutes drive from downtown Hilo; a town which has all the amenities you would expect from one with a population of 40,000. The house sits on an ocean-front cliff on a quiet cul-de-sac in a very safe neighborhood. East Hawaii offers visitors a far more honest and intimate look at Polynesian island life and culture than other, more tourist-oriented parts of Hawaii. Although cruise ships do come into Hilo bay on an almost daily basis (and sail right past the house) the town itself does not rely on tourist dollars to survive. This is a real Hawaiian town, where people live, work and play without ever feeling a need to cater to tourists with the brash, artificial imagery and entertainment found elsewhere in the state. That is not to say that people here are unfriendly to tourists, far from it in fact. People here are kind and welcoming to everyone. Simply put, here you will not be bombarded with opportunities to spend money at every turn. I have lived in Hilo for most of the past 25 years. I enjoy Kayaking around Moku Ola (Coconut Island), which I can see from my deck. I enjoy the striking and always unexpected displays at the various Botanical Gardens and markets, around Hilo. I love taking visitors out to Akaka Falls (a 422 foot drop of remarkable beauty), which is just 5 miles away and of course up to Volcanoes National Park, which is a mere 35 minute drive from the house to see the steaming molten rocks. Sometimes my wife and I go down to Waipio Valley, one of the most spectacular and spiritually redolent places in the world. Sometimes we go up Mauna Kea to look at the telescopes as they come to life at dusk amid a frosty moonscape of craters. Sometimes we stay closer to home and walk down to Honolii beach to watch the surfers slip down the faces of glistening waves. At night there is often a performance in town or out at the University theater. Several times a year we are blessed with a visit from world class musicians and dancers, who have packed one of the large theaters in Honolulu and come down to the Big Island as a side trip. Sometimes we'll go out to see local talent on display. If you take the time to discover it, you will find that there is more extraordinary performing talent in Hilo than in towns many times its size. The Big Island is home to a creative community which is astounding in its scope and variety. What we don't have here is much glitz and glamor (although that said, a recent production of La Cage aux Folles at the beautiful downtown Palace Theater took everybody's breath away) What we have instead is painstaking artistry blended among the deep roots of Hawaiian culture and tradition. You won't find glittering shops and swank hotels but you will find a musician on a beach or a painter on a hill or a weaver in a hidden corner who will remind you of the depths of human feeling. The Big Island is more than twice the size of all the other Hawaiian islands put together. Whatever you seek from your Hawaiian experience, you will find here. From the winter snow-capped peak of Mauna Kea, to the white-sand delight of tropical beaches; from the lushness of tropical forests, to the striking moonscapes of volcanic lava fields; from the charm of old plantation towns to sumptuous modern resorts, it is all here on our island home. We hope that our clifftop slice of paradise will be the perfect base from which to explore the extraordinary sights, sounds and romance of Hawaii's Big Island. Come with dreams and expectations, leave with aloha and sweet memories of adventures enjoyed in the fabulous heart of the Pacific.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
There is a $150.00 cleaning fee, chargeable on all bookings. Taxes will be charged at the standard HI rate of 13.41%