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Hawaii Vacation With All The Comforts Of Home

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 - Bedroom Cottage Minutes From The Big Island's Best Beaches

A fully self-contained guest house on the owner's property, Downtime Abbey is Fort Awesome's one-bedroom cottage (plus queen-size fold-out couch in the living room) with all the conveniences of home. Spend your days exploring North Hawaii's stunning views and engaging activities; return to your temporary retreat to grill fresh local foods; read a book or make friends with the Jackson chameleons in your private yard; watch satellite TV (or streaming services via our Apple TV); get in the hammock and gaze at the stars.

NOTE: the staircase depicted goes to an unfinished attic; all the living spaces are at ground level.

More Details

David T. Cole
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About David T. Cole

We are David T. Cole and Tara Ariano. Since meeting in St. Catharines, Ontario, twenty years ago and marrying in 1997, we've lived in Toronto, Ontario; New York, NY; and Los Angeles, CA.

We bought this property in 2014, and we both live and work here in the main house. We are web entrepreneurs and two of the co-founders of the website Television Without Pity; since selling it, we've gone on to co-found the website Previously.TV and co-create its several related podcasts, all of which we produce right here at home, ably assisted by Gordon Lightfoot, our Great Dane/Pointer mix; and by Anne Murray, our Catahoula Leopard mix.

David T. Cole purchased this guest house in 2014

Why David T. Cole chose Kamuela

After having visited the Big Island half a dozen times on vacation, we bought this property -- dubbed Fort Awesome after an episode of "NewsRadio," one of our favorite TV shows -- in late 2014. We chose Waimea for its conveniences, its proximity to our favorite beaches, and its quiet. Our neighborhood immediately struck us as homey and friendly, and the kind of place that could be both a comfortable refuge and a serene setting to encourage our creativity.

What makes this guest house unique

We were charmed by the layout of the front yard: setting the houses far back along the edges of the property line makes for a luxurious front lawn, and provides views from both the main and the guest house of the tree swings and mature sheltering trees. We also liked the idea of buying a home with a separate guest house not just so we could host our own far-flung relatives, but also new visitors to the area: since we always loved our visits, we're thrilled at the prospect of helping others discover their favorite activities, meals, and experiences on the Big Island.


Kamuela Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Three-piece bathroom (large stand-up shower); shelving; blow dryer; assorted toiletries available.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • 2 closets (one with washer and dryer); dresser; built-in shelving; sliding doors open to private yard.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Hawaii Vacation With All The Comforts Of Home
average rating of 4.978261 based on 46 reviews

I wish I could have stayed longer

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful guest cottage: completely separate from the house, with it's own little back yard & grill. When I was trying to find a place in Waimea, places were disappearing by the minute as I was waiting to hear back from a friend in Hilo as to when he was available. Even though I wasn't exactly in love with the decor in the pictures, this & a place with just a standard-sized bed were the only ones left in my price range. I'm really happy that I stayed here. The quirky decor is more interesting than generic Hawaiiana, the dogs are friendly (I love dogs & always miss mine when I'm away), it's away from the main road, so it's very quiet and there's a washer & dryer in the unit. I stayed here for a break between photographing the lava, basing out of Hilo. David offered to lend me lenses, which is sort of like offering a stranger the keys to your very nice car. It's pretty unheard of. There are more amenities here than I could possibly use. Having a full kitchen after being in a hotel room is such a blessing!

Get here quick as they are putting it on the market!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Olympia, WA

Nice place. Good location

  • 5 of 5

From here you can take easy trips to the fancy beach parks the Spencer beach area with harbor and natl park area Honokaa Hawi etc. the rental has lots of stuff to use on the beach. Great yard for kids to play in. Large tv comfy bed. Very quiet and private but hosts are there if you need them. Waimea is a full service town with great farmer markets and a theater often featuring first class entertainment.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable space in a great town!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 3 recently returned from our stay in Waimea. Fort Awesome is spacious and has everything to make you feel at home. The location was perfect for us-close to Waimea and its stores/restuarants and a short drive to some pretty spectacular beaches. We didn't spend much time in the Kona area but that was due to us wanting to stay away from the crowds, not due to distance (it's an easy drive). Our 3 year old loved the doggies and the well-equipped shed with the beach toys! And we felt spoiled having Netflix to watch after sunsets and dinner. It was so wonderful having a homey place to relax in the evenings!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carleton Place Ontario Canada

Great location

  • 5 of 5

It was great location for doing our sight-seeing on Hawaii north. Rental had a nice layout, kitchen open into living room and barbecue outside bedroom patio door. Cooled down nicely at nite for sleeping.

Mike & Cathy

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Quiet, comfortable, and spacious

  • 5 of 5

Great kitchen, living area, and yard, with friendly, gracious hosts. Very comfortable bed in bedroom, but pullout couch a bit uncomfortable for an adult.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bucks County, PA/USA

"Fort Awesome" - the name says it all

  • 5 of 5

This property and its hosts provide everything needed to enjoy the parts of the Big Island that one does not have access to when staying in the tourist-only zones on the coasts.

The accommodations are roomy, neat, well-provisioned and furnished in an amusing and eclectic fashion. Everything is neatly labelled - no fumbling around for the correct light switch or poking around for extra towels. And the queen-sized bed was comfortable (the most important criteria for me during an activity-packed vacation). The hosts are friendly and helpful, and their canine companions are welcoming and adorable.

This property is convenient to the Mauna Kea summit and the WM Keck Observatory Headquarters, and the Imiloa Planetarium is a magnificent 75-minute drive along the northeastern coast, for those who are interested in astronomy. Fort Awesome/Downtime Abbey is also within a 5-10 minute drive of three great restaurants - the Hawaiian Style Cafe (for massive portions of diner-style breakfast food), the Big Island Brewhaus (for burgers, beer and other casual dining options), and the Red Water Cafe (for sushi and fine dining).

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hawaiian Style Cafe
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Waimea and its surrounding area features world-class beaches, horseback riding, fine dining, farmer's markets, and and so much more.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

CANCELLATION POLICY: If your reservation is cancelled prior to 90 days of your scheduled arrival, all monies will be re- turned less a $75.00 administrative fee. If your reservation is cancelled less than 90 days prior to arrival, and we are able to rebook any of your days we will credit you for the days booked less a $75.00 administrative fee. Cleaning and damage deposit will be returned in full.

OCCUPANCY AND HOUSE RULES: Please see occupancy agreement for full limitations and house rules.

Hawaii Tax ID Number: W24960769-01

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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