Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Lovely Farm/Orchard~Ocean & Mountain Views & Private Balcony Over Rushing River

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Experience Country Living, Hawaiian Style! Farm animals, Orchards, Adventure

Enjoy the ideal location on the beautiful Hamakua Coast, the green side of the Big Island of Hawaii, on our own piece of Paradise. With the best views of the Ocean & Mauna Kea mountain from the lanai. The very best views, tho are from your private balcony above the rushing waters of the Makea Stream. We call it a river, as it is 30-50 feet wide, in the wading and swimming holes, below the waterfalls (of course). You could spend your whole vacation here, swimming, hiking, and resting or adventuring.

On six acres of farm land, we have a little working/petting farm; with 2 horses, Thunder and Electra, the miniature horse. 7 goats, 2 barn cats and several chickens and their eggs to gather.

We also have two dogs, old Molly, who will bark at you, then remember you must be old friends, and young Buddy, a Belgian Shepherd pup. And, of course, our two granddaughters who spend occasional weekends with grandma and grandpa; they should be listed with farm animals, I recon.

Feel free to collect fruit, in season from our orchard of lychee, mango, avocado, star fruit, bananas and many others including the best melt in your mouth white pineapple ever to be imagined! We have so many, there is are usually a few ripe at all times.

Your private, separate guest suite, has 3 rooms; a bedroom, bathroom, and a living room/kitchenette. It is off the large lanai, which separates it from the main part of the house, where trade winds coming in from the ocean provide a comfortable breeze; and where the BBQ, with burner, and large dining table with 6 rocking chairs are.

The bedroom has a brass queen size bed, ample storage and closet. Your bathroom has shower and washer and dryer. The main room has a sleeper sofa and a loveseat, satellite TV, and a kitchenette, with all new refrigerator, coffee pot, blender, juicer, microwave, hot plate and convection toaster/oven. I have dishes, coffee, tea, paper towels, rice (and a small rice cooker) some spices and other things to get you started.

We are located 11 miles north of Hilo, at the end of the "Scenic Route" where the botanical gardens, and breathtaking Onemea Bay are; and north of Honoli'i beach and surf spot, where Puff the Magic Dragon hangs out. Around us are acres of corn and purple potato fields. With nice side roads for peaceful and scenic walks, you can check out the cliffs and bays of the ocean, right in front of us; as ocean front is public land. Our own road is the back road to the scenic and quaint town of Honomu, with artsty gift stores, ice cream and bakery shops. You will want to drive around to go thru Honomu, and up to Akaka Falls, a brisk hike up and down stairs to a stunning waterfall.

You can Google us at "Flower Hill Hawaii" for the map location

also like us on Facebook at "flower hill hawaii"

More Details

Karen Greene
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Karen Greene

After "retiring" to Hawaii over ten years ago, from construction and teaching, in Oregon, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Calif, etc.. we have finally (mostly) completed our dream home in our own piece of paradise. We enjoy working outside on the property, in the orchard, trees, and the river; tending to our dogs and barn pets, and spending time with our granddaughters, and their mom. Tim enjoys some horseshoes in the front yard, occasionally, and playing in the state tournaments in Hilo. He is always building, pruning, mowing and then admiring his views.

Karen keeps busy with flowers, animals, and my studio/workshop under the house; where I have set up my little stations, for potting, painting, woodwork repairs, stained glass, and pottery, which we fire in the big gas kiln.

Karen Greene purchased this farmhouse in 2013

Why Karen Greene chose Pepeekeo

When we first came to Hawaii we drove around the island, saw a FOR SALE sign along the highway and drove around the area. We noticed a swimming hole in the stream from Old Railroad Way, and made our way through the 10' tall cane grass to the stream, and said, "This is it!!!" 'IT' was already SOLD, and in escrow, but Karen kept calling the realtor until he said, "Good News Mr & Mrs Greene! Bring the money today!"

So, we like to say, "God lead us here".

That was 2 weeks after we had arrived, over 13 years ago. We bought another house, in Hawaiian Acres which we remodeled and had 2 vacation rental rooms, under the name "Country Gardens on the Old Volcano Trail".

We decided to sell that house so we could put our time into our dream property...

So, Tim built a hut, 30' above the lower swimming hole, and there we lived for over a year as he built the house, and Karen babysat our baby times, fun times.

We have had many friends and family visit, and now we are ready to add you to our friend (or maybe even family) list.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Its all about the river. We love the river, it is cool under the African tulip trees, and the rush of water splashing over and around the rocks takes you to another world. There is no noise above the rush of the river. A dam, built during sugar cane farming times, widens the stream, and causes it to divide in many directions. Tim planned the guest suite to be right above that view. One can sit on the balcony for hours watching and being buried in the sound and sights of the cascading water. (Or, one (like Tim) can even fall asleep on the balcony loveseat)

People drive here to go for walks through our area, down to the ocean, and up to Honomu, the town time forgot, on the way to Akaka Falls, and an amazing Zip-Line experience. They will stop on their walk to take pictures of our flowers, and animals and the view of the ocean from the road.

We feel exceptionally blessed. And so will you!


Pepeekeo Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Washer/dryer & laundry table for luggage
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen brass bed, closet and Large dresser Ceiling Fan/Light
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • 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:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

95% Complete
4% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Lovely Farm/Orchard~Ocean & Mountain Views & Private Balcony Over Rushing River
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 44 reviews

We liked this place!

  • 5 of 5

Tim and Karen are nice people. Our daughter loved playing with the farm animals and swimming near the waterfall. They gave us great tips on where to visit and their property is immaculate. Highly recommend this VRBO.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi we enjoyed you and Cassidy so much. I’m glad we had baby goats while she was here to play with. Hope you return soon, and thanks for the nice and swift feedback And for leaving the place so tidy when leaving at 5:AM!
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Two big bonuses: Ocean views and a huge water-fall stream. Wow!

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations are very private--no windows looking onto the owners' home or any other homes. It's just you and the beautiful, expansive, colorful yard, with a stream as the backdrop off of the lanai and main living quarters. For us, Flower Hill will always be hard to beat. We're booking our next annual trip to stay at Karen and Tim's get-away. On a personal note to Karen and Tim--thank you for your hospitality, and the rewards from your bees and chickens. Looking forward to visiting within the next year. Paul and Kay Smith

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

It was a wonderful place to spend a vacation

  • 5 of 5

It was a beautiful and peaceful setting. The sound of the waterfall echo though out the house. The deck over looked a serene setting. The facility had everything you would need and the hosts were wonderful. I am looking forward to returning. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful Hawaiian Island.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A dream come true: secluded paradise close to Hilo

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our stay at Flowerhill and only wish it could be longer. The suite itself is well decorated, organized and comfortable. Karen and Tim really make you feel at home but offer you privacy as well. The views from every window are breathtaking and lush but especially the view from the lanai. You will feel like you’re in a tropical treehouse but have all the comforts of home. As a special bonus: there’s two friendly, sweet dogs named Roxy and Buddy who will visit you throughout your stay. There’s also goats, horses, chicken, day geckos and cats who are all friendly. There is no better sound and sight than the private waterfall in Flowerhill’s backyard, we’ll dream of it often and return soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Amazing Experience

  • 5 of 5

This property is beyond amazing, and I would give it ten stars if I could. First, Karen and Tim are wonderful, friendly people who made our stay comfortable and relaxing. They gave us the run of the farm, pointed out where the ripe fruit was growing, and always had tips and advice about where we were going for the day. Buddy and Roxy were also great doggy-hosts, and we were very sad to leave them. The house itself was clean and cozy, plenty of space for the two of us. The property itself is a beautiful piece of land, very close to the Botanical Gardens on the 4-mile scenic drive. It feels very remote even though it is actually quite close to town. The stream is beautiful and runs at the bottom of the hill under the balcony, and you can hear it anywhere with an open window. I thought the coqui frogs at night were very relaxing (not everyone feels that way, so if you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs, which we found to be the case pretty much everywhere on the island). Four days was not nearly enough time to spend here, and if we ever make it back to the island we wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Rankin, Ill

Awesome view from lanai

  • 5 of 5

We arrived after dark and awakened to the most beautiful scene from our lanai that we could ever have imagined. The peace over the property was just what we needed at this time. It is evident that Flower Hill farm is not just another homestay, but a true labor of love that Karen and Tim have invested their lives in and given others an opportunity to share with them.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, you were about the best guest ever. We will remember you for long to come, and hope to be praying for you even longer. Hope your back is feeling better now that you are home and can get extra care.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Low Store Deli & Fruit Stand
"Great quick meals, coffee, shakes smoothies in a cute local style roadside café and quick ma..."
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
"Beautiful tropical gardens, all the way to the ocean to the breath taking Onemea Bay. It is..."
Akaka Falls State Park
"After the quick drive thru quaint old Honomu town, with shops and cafes, drive up past (or s..."
Hilo Farmers Market
"Rated #1 Farmers Market in US by Huffington Post for its world wide variety, locally grown f..."
Liliuokalani Park and Gardens
"Lovey gardens for a walk or picnic lunch, or fish bought and cooked the nearby Suisan Fish M..."
Maku'u Farmer's Market  
"If you like an eclectic farmers/flea market with a Hawaiian and worldly flair, this is it. A..."
KapohoKine Adventures
"Well worth the cost for a fun adventurous day zip-line over a Honolii river with ocean view..."
Suisan Fish Market
"The place for fresh caught fish, that you can carry around the side of building and they wil..."
Akaka Falls Fruit Stand
"More varieties of bananas than you can believe. It is worth $5 to have tiny Mylin whack ope..."
Kapoho Tide Pools
"The Best place to go snorkeling, pretty fish and coral colored by the lava warmed waters. N..."
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
"I will save 5 stars for when the lava starts spouting or spewing. Best to see in afternoon i..."
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Hilo ITO
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Coqui's Hideaway
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Low Store
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

We are out in Hawaiian country, the beauty of the ocean, mountain, and your own river are the main attraction. We are 3 miles from the botanical garden, on the scenic route, on the spectacular Onemea Bay. Which we can guide to the walking path, directly to the ocean in the bay. There are ziplines, waterfalls, and beach parks within miles; and more all over the island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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