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Waterfront in heart of Hilo, 1 block to hotels. Built on pond w/ fish & turtles."""

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,050 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom Charmer With 4 Baths, On Pond/bay In Hilo. Comfortable & Convenient.

UNIQUE Two story home built over a pond that has both freshwater and saltwater fish plus turtles swimming together. Walk into the pond from the steps on lower level, very unique. Tastefully renovated home. 3 bedrooms/ 3 baths upstairs plus living area, large kitchen and open deck with great views. Downstairs has 2 bedrooms, laundry room with hide-a-bed, living area and covered lanai. Open and airy, room for everyone. Four TV's, stereo system, games and card table for family/friends time. Greatest bar-b-q setting in Hilo.


Classic 2-story Hilo home updated and modernized. High ceilings, lots of windows, spacious and airy. Enter over the bridge, past the banana grove and pineapple field, and up the stone steps to large front porch. Note that this home is not ADA compatible. Enter double glass paned doors into living and dining rooms, with kitchen and office on the sides. Three well appointed bedrooms (one master) and three baths towards back (bayside) of home, with three entries onto large deck with great views of the Ice Pond, framed by mature and fruit-bearing mango, avocado, coconut and banana trees. Truly a tropical delight. Feel free to eat the fruits in season. A very, very enjoyable setting, fantastic for bar-b-q's or just hanging out.

Downstairs is a finished basement built literally over the on-property pond, with the fish swimming right under your feet. Two bedrooms, a laundry room, a gaming area and a boathouse open onto the covered back lanai and backyard. The one downstairs bathroom has an outside access and an outside shower, it is entered from the backyard. Note that access from upstairs to downstairs is at both the front and rear of the house, but it does NOT have interior access.


In town, on the fringe of the resort area and walking distance to the hotels. Within easy walking distance of a dozen restaurants; five bars; four beach parks; Queen Liliuokalani Park & Gardens (30 acres donated by a Queen and the largest Japanese Garden outside of Japan); the 9-hole golf and Frisbee golf Naniloa Golf Course; Moku ola (Coconut Island, accessible via a small pedestrian bridge); and Hilo's three main hotels with shops. About one mile to Hilo International Airport.

This home is in the urban core of Hilo, or at least as urban as Hilo gets. Note that there is some airplane noise from the airport; some road noise from the main street in front of the home; and some noise at night from the Suisan fish-packer across the street, in addition to the ever-present coqui frogs serenading each other (and you) at night throughout East Hawaii.

It is on the part of Hilo Bay that is protected by the breakwater, and is adjacent to the safe harbor anchorage for sailboats. It is quite 'malia' (calm) pretty much all of the time. It is great for kids or adults to enjoy the water activities of kayaking; standup paddle-boarding; snorkeling; sailing; swimming; and enjoying the beaches. There is a reason this is the most popular area for both tourists and locals for a day (or night) at the bay.


From the road and parking area you cross a small wooden bridge to access the classic stone steps up onto the old-fashioned covered porch.


Comfortable and airy, with large flat-screen TV; stereo system; and view overlooking the fishpond. Old fashioned wooden floors with throw rugs. Teak couch; love seat; and chair with matching end tables and coffee table. Large ceiling fan. Antique wardrobe which serves as hanging closet for nearby Master Bedroom Suite. Tropical artwork hangs on walls.


Five burner gas stove, side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator with freezer underneath. Vegetable prep sink. Three bowl stainless steel commercial grade sink. No dishwasher, the family washes together in this home. Small dining table seats three. Old-school wooden cabinets with glass doors and granite countertops. Front window overlooks banana patch.


Oval wood dining table seats six comfortably. Overlooks the fishpond through a wall of windows. Old fashioned hardwood floors, opens onto the living room. Dining area is open to the living room.


Guest bath is a full bathroom with antique claw-foot bathtub and shower enclosure. Tile floors and wooden cabinet with single sink. Window on wall allows fresh air circulation.


Good-sized master bedroom suite has king-sized teak poster bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and tropical bedspread and pillows. Matching bureau and side tables, with two reading lamps at bedside. Wall mounted flat screen TV with swivel mount. Radio with iPod port. No closet, make use of the wardrobe in the living room for your clothes hanging necessities. Nice ceiling fan keeps you cool. Steps from door to outside deck and yard.


The master bathroom has an enclosed commode but the sink and glass block/tile shower are open to the bedroom. with nice wooden cabinet and single sink. Commercial hotel magnifying mirror at sink, and glass block and louvered windows let the light and air in. Tile floor.


Bedroom 2 is a compact bedroom with closet and carpet. Queen sized teak bed with tropical finish and high-quality linen. Matching bureau, flat screen TV with swivel mount. Direct access through glass paned door to outside deck and bar b q area. Served by private bathroom shared with Bedroom 3. A nice ceiling fan keeps you cool. Tropical painting above bed.


Bedroom 3 is on the pond side of the house, and overlooks the on-site brackish pond. It is bright and breezy, but is also the least quiet of the bedrooms due to the windows overlooking the nearby restaurant/parking lot. Also carpeted, and with a small closet. Wall mounted flat screen TV above bureau which matches the queen -sized teak bed set with side tables, with the ever present tropical finish. Bright art decorates the wall. The ceiling fan is wooden bladed.


The private bathroom serving these two bedrooms are accessible only through the bedrooms, with two separate doors. Tile floors and a high ceiling with skylight, tile shower stall (no bathtub) and sturdy wooden cabinet with a single sink. Small windows in the shower stall and above the commode allow great circulation.


The best "room" in the house. Large wooden deck with teak table and 6 matching Captain's chairs plus a large umbrella to keep the sun and/or rain off of your party. The Weber bar b q grill (charcoal fired) is ready to go when you arrive. Overlooking the Ice Pond and surrounded by avocado; mango; coconut; and banana trees. Watch the fish, birds, ducks, and people enjoy the life on and around the pond. Extremely relaxing and scenic. Wooden stairs down to the yard and the outdoor bathroom.


A hobbit-like door leads into the ground floor space of the house, basically a finished basement partly underground on one side. The Greatroom is built directly over the brackish fishpond. The railing separates you from the pond with both fresh fish (Koi) swimming with saltwater local fish and turtles. The water is a mix of fresh and salt, and both types of fish are able to thrive in this microenvironment.

You can feed the fish, just watch or you can walk down the stone steps and actually enter the pond, swimming with the fish or just dangling your feet in the water. Enjoy the cycle of the water rising and falling with the ebb and flow of the tides.

Note that the two stairways connecting upstairs to downstairs are both outside the house, and that the single bathroom serving downstairs is accessed from the outside. It is recommended that small children (under 10) should nobly stay downstairs with adult supervision.


Medium sized bedroom with low (6" 2") ceiling, this tiled floor room offers a queen size teak bed set with tropical finishes and matching bureau. Both floor lamp and table lamps on side tables. No ceiling fans downstairs, circulation is via windows and the open walls by the fishpond.


Another medium sized bedroom with low headroom, this carpeted bedroom has still another teak queen-sized bedroom set with matching bureau and a full-sized mirror. Side tables with lamps and a floor lamp provide lighting, while the single window provides mostly circulation.


The tiled floor laundry room has a washer (electric) and dryer (gas) and laundry facilities, plus a large couch that also is a hideaway sofa bed. With windows on two walls, this is the brightest and airiest of the enclosed rooms downstairs.


Outside the back of the home on the ground floor is a covered lanai, underneath the second floor deck. With a picnic table and some folding chairs, this is a good place to hang out when it is rainy outside or while you wait for the paddlers to return.


An enclosed room over the pond which has storage area for the three kayaks (two singles and one tandem) plus paddles and accessories that come with the home. Additional water accessories are stored in a storage area portion of the Greatroom. It is quite convenient and easy to get the kayaks from the boathouse to the Ice Pond, and vice versa.


The bathroom serving the downstairs as well as the covered lanai and deck is in the rear corner of the home, and accessed via a tile pathway. This bathroom has enclosed sink in a wooden cabinet with commode, plus an outdoor shower for use when returning from the pond or bay. It has automatic lights for use when accessing the bathroom at night.


The compact backyard fronts on both Ice Pond and the peaceful Kuhio Kalanianaole Beach Park. In addition to launching your boats at Ice Pond, you can also launch at the concrete boat ramp at the park. The park is great for kids, birthdays, and weddings. Parking lot is closed and locked at night by the County.

More Details

Richard Wheelock
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Ilocano; Tagalog
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Richard Wheelock

Richard and Leony from Oahu with Hilo partners Tom and Mary handle the bookings and management. Niece Krezalyn and husband Donald handle the maintenance and cleaning. Your typical Hawaii extended family ,hailing from Hawaiian, Ha'ole (Caucasian), and Filipino heritage, with an abundance of Aloha and Lokahi. Raised on O'ahu but with decades on the Big Island, Tom and Mary have extensive knowledge and contacts for any special needs. Donald brings his commercial fishing and kayaking skills honed in Alaska to our group and is happy to share with guests.

Richard Wheelock purchased this house in 2011

Why Richard Wheelock chose Hilo

In addition to the unique style and flair of the property, the location is very active. At the edge of Hilo's tourist district at the south end of Banyan Drive, this site is easy walking distance to beaches like Reed's Bay Beach, just across Ice Pond. Or a ten-minute walk will bring you to Moku Ola, an islet beach park accessed via a pedestrian bridge with great views of Mauna Kea.

Or you can stroll to the 9-hole golf course at Naniloa, or to the restaurants and bars in the area's hotels to visit friends or just enjoy the ambience. And just a 10 minute walk will bring you to the 30-acre Liliuokalani Park and Gardens, the serene oceanfront park about 100 years old.

The central location allows you to take day trips south to spectacular Volcano; funky Pahoa; and the coffee fields in Ka'u as well as north to the waterfalls, Hamakua coastline, the (paniolo (cowboy) town of Waimea, or the regal Waipio Valley and still have time for a paddle and a meal at one of Hilo's many restaurants.

A local favorite restaurant is the next door neighbor "The Pond's" Restaurant, operated by Rick and Debbie (who also own and operate the nearby famous landmark "Ken's Pancake House", open 24/7). Great menu and bar, with lots of daily specials featuring both surf and turf. Think the Charthouse or Buzz's Steakhouse with Hilo charm.

Or walk (or drive) to Hilo Bay Café, another fine dining icon with spectacular views of the bay and Mauna Kea. Thai, Chinese, Ken's Pancake House, and many others just minutes away.

Only 5 minutes to the airport.

What makes this house unique

One of the best located vacation rentals in Hilo town, convenient and comfortable for both intimate affairs or larger gatherings. Adjacent park allows larger events to be accommodated, or let the kids burn off energy.

On the water, setting allows great kayaking and standup paddleboarding from the property appropriate for all skill levels of paddlers. Whether just learning in the Ice Pond, going across the Hilo Bay to visit islets or see the waterfall, or paddling upriver in Wailoa to see the famous arched bridges of Hilo, this is a great spot to launch from. Kayaks included and rental companies for SUP and other needs are just a short walk away.

Spacious home is purpose built and designed for vacation rentals. Comfortable and livable, home can handle the day to day lifestyle of travelers on vacation. And the property is zoned "Resort" which allows daily rentals, so there is no hassle with neighbors or the authorities over short term rentals that can sometimes occur in Hawaii neighborhoods.

Near all the major shopping, entertainment, tourist attractions, and medical facilities available only in Hilo. This home should appeal to the active visitor who wants to maximize their time in beautiful East Hawaii.

Walking distance to Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium, home to the world famous Merry Monarch Festival. And just a short drive to Hilo Bay for outrigger canoe races or fishing.

Your visit to Hilo will be like no other Hawaiian visit. This is definitely NOT Waikiki, Maui or Kona. The tourism industry in Hilo and East Hawaii is a fairly small part of the economy relative to the other areas. Although the people are friendly and accommodating, it is built on the basic premises of Aloha and Lokahi, not on a tourist based goal of presenting something the tourist wants to see. Here, you get the real thing. Leave any attitude at home and come visit one of the last bastions of Old Hawaii, a lifestyle rich in culture, heritage, and pride. Enjoy the ride.

E komo mai.


Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No feeding of fish other than fish food as provided.
  • Tenants to use life vests when kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding from property.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , clawfoot bathtub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , skylight
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , master bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , outdoor shower , outdoor shower
  • Four bathrooms total: Guest bathroom in upstairs hallway with claw-foot tub/shower. Master bathroom in master suite with shower stall, enclosed commode. Private bathroom serving two upstairs bedrooms with shower stall. Outdoors downstairs bathroom with sink and commode enclosed, outside shower. Access is from outside the house, no internal access to this bathroom.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite; air conditoned for your comfort
  • Three bedrooms upstairs: Air conditioned Master with king bedroom suite, two guest bedrooms with queen suites. Two bedrooms downstairs, both with queen suites. Queen-size couch hide-a-bed in laundry room downstairs.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Waterfront in heart of Hilo, 1 block to hotels. Built on pond w/ fish & turtles.
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

unique pond home

  • 5 of 5

nicely appointed. great access to the water by kayak (2 are provided). owners are immediately responsive (our toddler locked herself in the bedroom - owner came to her rescue! and changed the lock position so it could never happen again). air conditioning in every room.

the sheets were damp on the bed - but I think that's bc Hilo is such a humid/rainy place! it resolved with use of the AC.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting for sure....

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at the lovely pond house. The location is prime, the home clean and enchanting, and our host jiffy was wonderfully sweet and accommodating. We really enjoyed our time and look forward to coming back. We highly recommend this gem.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Real island experience in a historical home

  • 4 of 5

Our extended family stayed for 10 days and loved this home. It was built in 1933 and is full of charm. The location made it easy to walk to a small beach park, several restaurants and fresh poke store. Plus it is ideally located for day trips to any part of the island. We traveled to the volcanoes, Kona, tidal pools, thermal pools, observatory and Waipoa overlook. We paddled on the Ice pond out the back door and relaxed on the back porch. It was fantastic. The koi pond distracted the 8month old with us and the laundry facilities were a blessing. The reason for 4 stars was the noise of the shipping company across the street, though turning on the a/c and closing all of the windows did help, plus the lack of a dishwasher in the kitchen. But we overlooked that because of the other things that we got to do. The Ice pond had several large turtles and lead out to the cove that was a gorgeous paddle. It is an older home and did have some great charm I highly recommend it for its real island way of life.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property but in need of upkeep

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic property, great location, perfect for our family get-together. The backyard goes to the Ice pond and the house has kayaks and a stand-up paddleboard to spend the entire day out on the water. Large property with upstairs deck and downstairs patio, shaded yard area, as well as enclosed lanai overlooking the fishpond with koi, ducks and a turtle. Peaceful and relaxing! House is large with good-sized rooms, plenty of bathrooms and the old-style kitchen is huge! Lots of room to keep busy all day. However, the house, yard and fishpond needs lots of maintenance and upkeep. Tons of minor issues and a couple of major ones. Being on the water, problems arose from that. That's why I didn't give it a 5-Star rating. But if you don't sweat the minor stuff, I definitely recommend this place and would surely return!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your stay and taking the time to write a review. Sorry about the "King Tide" that occurred, we have never had the pond rise and enter the downstairs bedrooms the way that it did that week. We are now designing and building a retaining wall to prevent the water from entering the home again. Being on the water does have its issues. Aloha, Richard
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Beautiful property, awesome experience!!! A+!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was the most beautiful property. The location is perfect for spending a vacation in hilo. It comes with two kayaks that you can take onto the pond which is right in the back yard We enjoyed our stay there and will definitely be sharing our experience with friends!! We hope to be lucky enough to stay there again next year. We also had the pleasure of meeting with the owners who gave us a tour of the property. They were very kind and genuine. They even started us off with some snacks!!! I highly recommend staying here!!! Thank you to Mr.and Mrs. Wheelock for a wonderful experience!! We look forward to working with you again!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
The Pond's
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Naniloa GC
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Kanoelehua Highway/Hwy 11
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
The Pond's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Reed's Bay Beach Park
Car: recommended

Central location for all your Big Island adventures. Shop and dine in town; go kayaking, surfing, fishing and boating in the area; drive to the volcano, Mauna Kea mountain, lava tubes, waterfalls, and some of the most beautiful sights you'll ever see. Ocean, golf, and parks in your backyard.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 13.42%

50% upon booking; 50% 15 days prior to commencement of stay. 100% refund if cancelled 60 days or more before start of stay.

Owner'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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