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Elegant 1937 Home Steps Away from Black Sand Beaches

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Hale Keaukaha is a majestic and elegant 1937 home perfectly situated across from Hilo’s Richardson’s Beach Park, a gorgeous black sand beach ideal for snorkeling, surfing, swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Minutes from downtown Hilo, and the airport, the location is convenient and picturesque. Your stay at Hale Keaukaha will be an authentic and luxurious Hawaiian experience.

About Hale Keaukaha

A one-of-a-kind kamaaina home in Hilo. Styled for Hawaii, with a roof design of Hawaiian architecture called a Dickey roof that has a Polynesian style inspired by Kamehameha V's beach house in Waikiki. The floors in the main house are ohia wood, unique to Hawaii.

In the neighborhood called Keaukaha, about which songs are written and hula performed. The coastline is a string of beach parks, some with black sand and many with water access. This is a local playground. The water near the shore is clear with excellent snorkeling. Sea turtles come in to rest on the rocks across the street from the house.

The front bedroom looks down the driveway at the ocean, as does the shower in the attached bath. The luxurious queen bedroom is spacious with fine linens, robes and a ceiling fan.

The master bedroom is quite large. In the back of the house looking at the lava rock seating in the back yard. The elegant king bed has fine linens and the room has a ceiling fan and walk in closet. The attached bath has been kept in the charming 1930's style with updated fixtures and amenities.

The bedroom linens are often organic, or Italian poplin sheets.

The kitchen is fully stocked with espresso/coffee maker, rice cooker, microwave, toaster oven, waffle maker, blender, good knives, wine glasses, and all kitchen utensils.

The house water is all filtered, with the kitchen having an additional filter.

Weber bbq grill is outside the kitchen.

The house has a separate ohana (attached loft apartment) complete with a bedroom, half-kitchen, walk in shower and bathroom, living and dining area with the loft bedroom. (Note that this is not suitable for children.) The kitchen cabinets are koa wood, a prized Hawaii wood. The loft bedroom is paneled in lauhala, a local weave from the hala tree. The ohana has a kitchen with good espresso maker, microwave, toaster oven, blender. The ohana living room faces the green back yard and tree ferns and has a private entrance.The comfortable queen bed is in the spacious loft with skylight.

Both the ohana and the main house have 50" smart televisions, DVD players, wireless internet access. The main house has a telephone with free mainland calling.

The home features local art from Avi Kiriaty, Peggy Hopper, Roger Whitlock, Jack Lord, and other local artists.

20' ceiling in main room. Dining table, comfortable seating in living room to relax or to look out at the water; second lounging area in family room with tv, breakfast table.

Cleaning supplies are, wherever possible, organic, green, and scent free.

Hilo does have coqui frogs that chirp in the evening and an occasional rooster. We provide ear plugs for light sleepers.

House Rules

Hale Keaukaha is situated along a residential street with neighbors. We appreciate your cooperation to keep noise to a respectful level.

No smoking on property.

No parties at all, including dinner parties or off-property guests for bbqs or other casual get-togethers, or any guests not listed on the rental agreement without the prior consent of the property owners and manager.

No pets allowed.

Please let us know right away if anything gets damaged or needs fixing.

The home is appointed with books, decor and amenities to use during your stay. Please do not remove anything from the home and care for the things as your own.

Cancellations within two weeks of making the reservation that are more than 30 days before the arrival date will be charged 10%. Cancellations made more than two weeks after the booking that are more than 30 days before the arrival date will be charged 20%. Cancellations within 30 days of the arrival date will be charged 50%, and cancellations between 1 - 7 days before the arrival date will be charged 60%.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we truly hope you enjoy your stay.

Hawaii Tax ID No. W01445814-01

More Details

Property Manager
Maiva Blaisdell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you, mahalo nui loa, for sharing your hale with us. The location, its peacefulness, the thoughtfulness of the design of the house is unparalleled. Thank you for your thoughtful gift. I hope we are able to come back soon.

PS- Pineapples is amazing! Thank you for the recommendation. Also...Ken's Pancake House. A

Aloha & Mahalo!
Jan 2017
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Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest bathroom - toilet , shower
    Ohana bahtroom - toilet , shower
  • The master bathroom has two entry doors, one from the hallway and one from the bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen
    Ohana room - 1 queen , Loft bedroom in ohana accessed by stairway
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Perfect for couples also. Breakfast table and lounge chairs can be brought out to front lawn.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Elegant 1937 Home Steps Away from Black Sand Beaches
average rating of 4.8 based on 29 reviews

Great Location

  • 4 of 5

The location and property were great - the property manager was very friendly and helpful. The one downside was a ceiling leak when a rain storm came through, although it wasn't in an area that had a lot of traffic. Super accommodating with a late check out as we had a late flight home.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best of Hilo!

  • 5 of 5

I love this house. It has made my trips to Hilo so much nicer! I come to Hilo for work every few months and have stayed here probably four times. I can walk straight across the street and into the water or out to Richardson's black sand and easy water entry but it's tucked back a bit and isn't really visible from the beach parks if I have breakfast in the front yard. It has everything I need and want, tropical shampoo, fluffy towels, good internet, and fans in the rooms. And it's very clean (especially for Hilo, which is buggy and can be very muggy with the rain). Basically it's clean, beautiful, comfortable.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, BC

Great location and clean

  • 4 of 5

This is a very spacious home with a great location across the street from the ocean (rocky shores) and down the street from a park with some sand. Also quite easy to get into Hilo. The home is old (as advertised), and the bathrooms certainly could use some updating. I prefer a more modern rental but it was comfortable for a few nights.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the best

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful well appointed home across from a magnificent beach. We've rented many homes from VRBO and this was one of the nicest.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hilo dream home

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible stay at this gorgeous bungalow located right across the street from the beautiful black sand Richardson beach. The house is truly spectacular: high ceilings with beautiful fans in every room, two huge bedrooms with very comforatable beds, an open fully-equiped kitchen. I can't say enough! We didn't want to leave and are already talking about our return trip to Hilo so we can return to this gem.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Honolulu, HI

Premiere Hilo Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

What a privilege to stay at such a beautiful, historic, well appointed, ideally located home! A gracious, classic 1920s era home that has been meticulously maintained and upgraded! Beautiful layout, spacious common areas and very large bedrooms and bathrooms. Spectacular vintage cabinet work and tasteful decorator details. The kitchen is extremely well outfitted with beautiful plates, stemware, chefs knives and the like. Beautiful linens and lovely toiletries selections. But, the best thing about the house is the location! Directly across the Street for one of Hilo's most popular and lovely beaches, Richardson Park. Clear springs and great snorkeling, is a classic Keaukaha beach venue. Perfect for kids and lounging around under the trees. So nice to just walk across the street and jump in the water! Yes, the coqui frogs are in residence but with so many of them singing, it becomes white noise. Ear plugs are available in the laundry closet. The barking dogs mentioned another reviews were nonexistent during our stay. There is not a better spot in all of Hilo for a vacation! Very central to adventures of all kinds including downtown Hilo, up the Hamakua coast, Volcano national park , and Puna district. I will be back!!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Naniloa Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Seaside Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Richardson's Beach Park
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard Rate
Apr 24 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Summer Season 2017
May 27 2017 - Sep 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
November 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season 2017
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Standard rate 2018
Feb 1 2018 - Apr 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $225 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.42%

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.

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