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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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 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


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Lovely Farm/Orchard~Ocean & Mountain Views & Private Balcony Over Rushing River
average rating of 4.962264 based on 53 reviews
Calgary, Alberta

One of the Best Surprises

  • 5 of 5

This property was one of the best surprises of all the VRBOs that I have stayed in (and I have stayed in a lot). The pictures here are beautiful but they still do not do the property justice.

Karen, Tim and Buddy (dog) were so welcoming with fresh fruit, fresh eggs and honey (all from the farm). The unit is so welcoming with a separate bedroom, bathroom and open kitchen/living area. It is comfortable and relaxing - BUT the views from the open living area, out onto the deck are amazing. You know you are somewhere special.

We did a lot of exploring on the Hilo side of the Big Island, visiting volcanoes, tide pools, natural hot spring, water falls, shopping, small towns, good food AND we couldn't wait to get back to the deck every afternoon. As a matter of fact, we didn't go out for dinner or breakfast once! I read 3 books on that deck! And enjoyed some wine from the Volcano Winery and local beer. I made homemade guacamole and had chips. There was no reason to leave.

The river, waterfall and swimming area on the farm looked so inviting - we didn't jump in as it wasn't hot enough while we were there. We did take a couple of runs and walks around the area. The goats, chickens, cats and Buddy were all fun to be around.

Karen and Tim were readily available to recommend places to see and things to do as well as making sure everything was perfect so we could have a great vacation. I have already recommended this property to friends that are planning to visit the Big Island and it was truly one of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our vacation needs, peaceful and quiet. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Should have stayed longer

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I bounced around the Big Island; Kona, Kapaa, and Hilo area. Flower Hill was a real treat. The pictures on VRBO don't do this place justice, it is beautiful. The accommodations itself is more like a home; large, great Lanai, washer/dryer. Yes, it's the rainy side, but so lush and beautiful, we prefer it to Kona. One of the best things here is the hosts. So warm, generous, and friendly. If we come back to the island we'll stay at Flower Hill longer.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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oregon city, oregon

Paradise on the deck

  • 5 of 5

Except for great access to volcano, Hilo, waterfalls and zip lines, one could spend vacation overlooking the properties creek and garden

Very relaxing , low key property

Well worth the stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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This was paradise in paradise

  • 5 of 5

The view of the creek and the sounds of birds were wonderful to wake up to every morning. It was peaceful and relaxing which is what we really needed. The hosts were very friendly and even picked tropical fruits from the property for us to eat. We are looking forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Omaha, NE

Incredible - Paradise within Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We don’t even know how to relay our feelings about this home away from home, other than to say - I cried when we had to leave. It was sooooo relaxing and peaceful being here. Tim and Karen were such great hosts and the animals made our stay complete. We had such a wonderful time that it was hard to venture out during the day, even though we knew we should. We played in the stream and waterfalls for hours one day, speared a crawdad and then Karen cooked it for us to try (it was delicious)! The house was immaculate, well furnished and we had everything we could need right there. We will be back, because this is a place that cannot be forgotten and I will miss it until we return.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Tamari Lunch
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Mexican Restaurant
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Remy's Plate Lunch
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Pho Viet Restaurant
Vietnamese Restaurant
Pineapples Restaurant
American Restaurant
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.

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