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Private Ocean View Guest Quarters On 23 Acre Ranch 15 minutes from Hilo

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Private Ocean View Guest Quarters On 23 Acre Ranch

Ho'onanea Ranch is nestled in a quiet lush valley just 10 minutes from Hilo. The private guest wing has an ocean view lanai where you can enjoy a slow morning before heading off on your island adventures. The amenities include two spacious bedrooms, a large bathroom, private kitchenette, shared full kitchen and common area, expansive lanai, mature orchard, horse barn and swimming hole with waterfall.

Kate Johnson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Kate Johnson

I am an adventurous, life loving person. I spend my time caring for my 4 horses, 2 dogs and 3 goats, teaching riding instruction, cooking, hiking and writing.

My home is my masterpiece and a dream realized. It is filled with luxurious finishes that will leave you feeling pampered.

I look forward to welcoming you into my home.

Kate Johnson purchased this house in 2007

Why Kate Johnson chose Hilo District

I don't know exactly what it is about this magical place but everyone who comes here feels it. It has a relaxing and comfortable air about it that enhances your vacation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you both SO much for hosting us this week 5/8-5/16. We very much enjoyed your beautiful home and had a blast getting to know you guys and the animals too 😀. We wish we had some suggestions for you guys, but the only thing we can think of is to move Albert's bed into our room to make morning snuggles a bit easier.

Wishing you guys the best and please stay in touch!


Stephanie and Julien
May 2015
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Private Ocean View Guest Quarters On 23 Acre Ranch 15 minutes from Hilo
average rating of 4.903226 based on 32 reviews

Tranquil, high end property, close to everything on the Hilo side of Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 4 nights over Christmas on this property and fully enjoyed the experience. Both the indoor and outdoor space are very comfortable and peaceful. The house is very well appointed, including both the private kitchenette and the shared gourmet kitchen. The main bedroom, facing the ocean, includes a luxurious king bed. We used the second bedroom for a dressing room to spread out luggage.

The owner, Kate, was extremely easy to communicate with during booking and approaching arrival. She is friendly, and did not compromise privacy or comfort of her guests (during our stay another guest arrived from Brazil to stay in the second rental unit).

As this is a working ranch, we thoroughly enjoyed the resident canines, Moe and Albert. Both excellent readers of people, coming close for a extended pat, or settling into their own space/beds. Kate also trains horses and riders, and we enjoyed visiting the barn down the hill daily and I trail rode for a couple of hours with Kate. A highlight of this 2 week Hawai'ian holiday. When we left the ranch, we made easy day trips to Waipio Valley, Waimea, Honoka'a and Hilo. Less than 15 miles from Hilo airport.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

Home is gorgeous! High ceilings and wonderful accommodations with the added ambiance of being on a country ranch w horses and nature around... What more could you ask for?! Kate was simply fantastic! We arrived late from airport but she stayed up and was even in contact with us to ensure we got to her home safely. Thank you Kate for everything!!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kate is a great host

  • 5 of 5

Kate was amazing. The house was great. This is a fabulous ranch to stay on with easy access to all the great sights on the island. Thank you for being such a great host, Kate!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb!! Best home away from home option I've experienced.

  • 5 of 5

This is an immaculate residence with stunning, peaceful and serene surroundings. All the activities you could want on vacation are within minutes yet when you are on the grounds you're a world away. It's the best stay I've ever had. Kate is accommodating and generous with sharing her knowledge about the area. Thumbs up and well done. Definitely would stay again when next visiting The Big Island. Thank you Kate!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

An exceptional stay; away from it all yet so close to everything on the Big Island. What a view!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully appointed, consciously off-grid, clean with attention to every detail. Wake each day to the most spectacular view of rolling hills down to the ocean and marvel at the night sky and the tranquil nighttime chorus of the local wildlife. For those missing their pets back home Kate's gorgeous dogs, Albert and Moe welcome you each morning and really add to the sense of home away from home. Kate is an exceptional host and being treated to freshly picked fruits from the ranch each morning in my kitchenette was an added bonus to an absolutely once in a lifetime stay. Fabulous private bathroom, a supremely comfortable bed and perfectly appointed bedroom with an abundance of top quality towels for use and all of the basics provided in your private kitchenette ensure that your stay is one of comfort and serenity. I recommend this stay to anyone seeking a serene base from which to explore the big island and to soak in the aloha lifestyle with every possible comfort made available to you.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Clarita, California

A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth!!!

  • 5 of 5

Words can hardly explain how beautiful this property is. You have to see it in person to feel the serenity and peace of this beautiful home and ranch. Our bedroom was off of the main house and we also had a bathroom and a little kitchenette to ourselves, but Kate, the owner, was gracious enough to let us use her gorgeous kitchen to cook in and we also barbecued one night on her spacious patio. Kate was such a lovely host and shared stories with us about her property and surrounding areas, and her two awesome dogs Mo and Albert hung out with us from time to time when we were drinking our coffee in the morning or retiring for cocktails in the evenings. Only 20 minutes out of town we were close to waterfalls, restaurants, and a farmers' market where we purchased local fresh fruit. I have to admit when it was time to leave I had a tear in my eye. I will always remember our stay as one of my fondest vacation memories ever.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Hilo Municipal
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hamakua Coast
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Cafe Pesto
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 20 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.21%

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.
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Pepeekeo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , two sinks,
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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