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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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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.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Kate Johnson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2016

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 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Private Ocean View Guest Quarters On 23 Acre Ranch 15 minutes from Hilo
average rating of 4.892857 based on 29 reviews

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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Drive right past Hilo to this upscale country oasis

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing and so pleasant. Will recommend Kate's ranch to my family and friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Gorgeous place with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We (family of 4 - 2 adults, 2 kids aged 8 and 13) just had a wonderful few days in Kate's place. The house is simply breathtaking - beautiful, contemporary style. We had two bedrooms and a kitchenette off the main part of the house but used her big kitchen as well; the kids used the living area in the main part of the house to watch DVDs. Kate is a lovely host - easy going, laid back, unobtrusive so we never felt we were in the way. We barbecued on the patio outside and breakfasted there each day to watch to sunrise over the ocean. We fell in love with her two cheeky dogs, Albert the jack Russell and Mo the Australian cattle dog. She showed us round her horses (we meant to fix up a trail ride with her but time ran away with us!). We collected avocados from the garden and explored the grounds.

The ranch is in a great location - 20 minutes north of Hilo, 50 minutes south of Waipi'o Valley - and there are loads of activities to do close by. We went horseback riding in the Waipi'o valley (with Naalapo Stables), zip lining at KopohoKine Adventures (fantastic!), hiking down a lava tube at Kaumana, great beaches for snorkeling east of Hilo (Richardson's Bay park was a lovely spot). Waterfalls (Akaka and Rainbow Falls close by). And the visitor center at Mauna Kea to watch the sunset and look at the stars was a highlight (but cold!)

The east coast around Hilo is much quieter than the west but lush, green and fantastic for outdoor activities. Kate's home made it a very special part of our holidays. I can't thank her enough. And just wish we lived closer to come back again!

Thanks a million, Kate! And give the dogs a cuddle from the kids.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pretty ranch with nice folks

  • 3 of 5

This is a pretty property with nice owners, and Kirk did a lot to host the three of us and make sure we had everything we needed.The kitchenette is nice to have, and they are welcoming about using their kitchen and shared patio. The little waterfall on the property is a fun experience that's a short, steep hike. The location is awesome for exploring the entire area, and there's definitely lots to do. '

The downside for us was the lack of privacy. The drapes do not provide full coverage, and the rooms have large windows and the rooms are close to the main kitchen and other shared areas. Everyone has their own comfort level with the bed and breakfast concept, but the lack of privacy made the experience less enjoyable for us. There are two bedrooms, and the bed my mother-in-law was in was good, but our bed was uncomfortable. If the bed was replaced, I would definitely stay here again considering it will be rented as a full property in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katherine I am so sorry your were not more comfortable or happy with the accommodations. I wish you would have said something about the bed. I have a couple of different mattress toppers that I can put on that bed. It is a stiffer mattress to offer options but has a father bed or tempropedic topper to increase comfort depending on guests needs. I pride myself on my 5 star rating and am disturbed that you were so unhappy. I hope you will consider my home in the future for your vacation needs knowing that I will do whatever I can to satisfy your needs. Kate
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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

Pepeekeo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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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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