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Location, Location; Beautiful Vacation Beach Property in Hilo

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bathroom Property with Walking Distance From Keaukaha Beaches

**Listing: Posted November 11, 2015**

Our three bedroom beach house and studio were given the name Hale Nani Ma Ka Lihi Kai which means, "Beautiful Home at the Ocean’s Edge". It was given by a Kumu Hula (teacher of hula) who brings her Halau (school of dancers and musicians) to Hilo every year to compete in the World Famous Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

Our remodeled Kama'aina two story three bedroom beach house and adjoining studio is very popular with multiple families who want to vacation together but have individual units for private times.

There is also an outdoor patio where large families can gather

to enjoy their morning and evenings.

The upstairs and studio units offer AC. The downstairs unit does not have AC but is very cool throughout the day and evenings. Each unit has its own patio and there is a large shared outdoor patio with seating and a grill. There are ocean and garden views from the upstairs patio and front porch and it is only a few steps to beaches, tide pools, and ocean shoreline.

The upstairs beach house provides a full kitchen and bathroom, one bedroom, two living areas (one with a queen size futon sofa bed) and a large patio overlooking a pond and garden. Although, there are ceiling fans throughout, air conditioning is also available for those warm tropical nights. The downstairs provides a kitchen area with microwave, refrigerator and other small appliances, a living room and dining room area, full bath with shower, small and large outdoor patios, and bedrooms one with a full size bed and the other a queen bed.

A walkway connects the studio unit with a full kitchen, living and dining area, and shower bath. This air conditioned unit also provides a queen size bed and full size futon sofa bed.

All of the bedrooms have 32" Sony TV's with larger smart screen TV's in the living areas.

Our vacation rental located in the heart of Hilo and along the ocean drive is ideal for visitors looking to visit all sites on the east side of the island. The home is 5 minutes from the airport, shopping, restaurants, gardens, fish markets, and Hilo’s popular Downtown Farmer's Market. The Hawaii Volcano National Park and waterfalls along the Hamakua coast are about a 30 minute drive away. The world famous Arnotts’ Tours that include, Volcano, Mauna Kea Star Gazing, and other famous tours is less than a five minute walk from our home.

Come and be close to everything Hilo has to offer.

More Details

Claudia Calles
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Claudia Calles

Local Kamaaina family that grew up and lived in Hawaii for generations.

Why Claudia Calles chose Hilo

The property has been passed down for generations and has a historic history. The owners grandparents and great grandparents lived and loved this ocean home. Their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have spent long endless summers fishing and swimming in the beautiful beach and ocean nearby. As the owners children have grown they have chosen to share the beauty and island spirit of their family home with others.

What makes this house unique

This older Kamaaina home is located close to all the beautiful island attractions, yet isolated enough to provide visitors with the morning and evening quietness and serenity they long for when visiting the islands. Couples are able to enjoy quiet evenings with ocean sounds, lush green garden views, and a beautiful night sky from every patio. Families will enjoy the closeness of the ocean cove where little ones can safely swim, explore tide pools, and collect shells and other artifacts that the ocean delivers daily on the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was an awesome 6 days in Hilo and living here at your property was most enjoyable & relaxing.

Thank you for the experience of living the island life - BIRDS, FROGS, DOGS, BEETLES making their noise at night & in the morning. The beach and waves (hearing the sounds) of its natural explosions. The most relaxing was the rain as it poured atop the roof.

ALL so thankful for!!

The Robinsons's

Seattle, Washington
Apr 2016
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Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Unit Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Studio Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Outside shower and toilet - toilet , outdoor shower , Outside shower and toilet shared among all units.
  • Upstairs: Full bath (shower/tub) Downstairs: Full bath with Shower Studio: Full bath with Shower Outdoor shower and toilet (for rinsing off after swimming at the beach) Outdoor shower and toilet shared among each unit. Primary use for showering after the beach.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Downstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Downstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Upstairs: 1 bedroom with queen-size bed Queen-size futon sofa bed Downstairs : 2 bedrooms with queen and full-size bed Studio: Queen-size bed with queen size futon sofa bed Full-size futon/pull-out sofa bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Location, Location; Beautiful Vacation Beach Property in Hilo
average rating of 4.923077 based on 19 reviews
Sammamish, wa

Beautiful home and fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time here. The yard is amazing, a great beach with tidepools and swimming is a stones throw away. We had everything we needed, boogie boards, snorkels and masks, and coffee, fantastic bread and fruit for breakfast our first morning.

This is a great place for families, couples, groups, etc. we had a single person staying in the studio, a couple upstairs and we are a couple with a 14 year old and stayed downstairs, next time we would also bring our 2 year old as the beach and tide pools are great for kids and adults.

At the beach we saw turtles and many different types of fish including a large puffer fish that was trapped in one of the tide pools. So fun to explore and sad to be leaving today!!! Thank you for an impeccable time!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Tammy. So glad you had a fantastic time at our beach vacation home. We would love to have you back again. Warmest Mahalo, Claudia
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Hawai'i Aloha at its Finest

  • 5 of 5

As frequent visitors to the Big Island, we go beyond the world of resorts and golf courses and generally seek out a more authentic experience. Our stay at Hale Nani Ma Ka Lihi Kai absolutely delivered. Claudia was flexible and generous regarding a last-minute change to our booking, and emitted a warm and welcoming impression. The location of the rental was just perfect for our two little girls, and we took advantage of its walking-distance proximity to Onekahakaha ("Baby") beach with its protected lagoon, sand, and tidepools. Despite uncooperative (monsoon-like) weather we were still able to enjoy many of our favorite Hilo-side attractions including Pana'ewa Zoo, Lava Tree state park, Laupahoehoe beach park, the mighty Wailuku at Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots, Kalopa state recreation area, Waipio Valley lookout (but seriously, hike or drive down if you can - or even do the Muliwai trail!) and many more. The rental came with an assortment of beach toys, snorkel gear, beach mats, beach chairs, and other extras which were very appreciated. The house itself was impeccably clean, the beds and bedding comfortable, and the kitchen was well appointed with the essential utensils and appliances as well as some bonus coffee and fruit! In the evenings we took full advantage of the under-roof grill and patio area and at night were lulled to sleep by the song of our coqui frog and gecko friends. It was exactly the experience we were looking for.

Mahalo lui noa!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house for us and extended family while in Hilo!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect, kitchens thoughtfully appointed with everything we needed for our

big family dinners! Nice goodies in kitchen and bathroom in case you show up the first night without having done a big shop. We rented all 3 units for ourselves (3) plus extended family which turned out great for us as there was privacy to hang out quietly (nice for early morning coffee or a little down time :) as well as enough space to gather and hang out together. Having Beach access so close was amazing, enjoyed the tide pools, fish and anemones. Hilo is such a sweet town and we would definitely rent this house again next time we visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phenomenal place. Clean, quiet, close to everything, and Claudia was just a nice host!

  • 4 of 5

We did catch two roaches in the room. However when we talked to locals at the Ponds restaurant, they said that's part of being in Hilo. Claudia did say we should have called her and she would have taken care of the issue (Claudia said she hates having bugs in her home and was surprised to hear of our situation, as her husband does spray the outside structure) but I personally feel anyone expecting to go to Hilo and not expect bugs/geckos is being quite unrealistic. My wife and 8 yr old daughter also enjoyed meeting Claudia and her daughter. I would definitely stay in this location again without hesitation. You are close to volcanoes, Hilo, restaurants, and beaches. Thank you Claudia. Till next time!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Warren, It was also so nice to meet you, your wife, and your daughter Skylar. Skylar's got a beautiful and friendly personality and I can see she's gonna be a pleasure to watch grow up. I also was certainly surprised to hear about the two roaches as my husband uses a home defense system regularly to prevent those creepy crawly insects from getting into the house. We're right next to the ocean so it's important to keep the inside and outside of the property really clean and so I want to thank you for your kind review. If you're ever back in Hilo i would love to have you and your family as guests again. Best Regards, Claudia ,
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Ahwahnee, CA


  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our family of 9 adults. We occupied all 3 units at this property. It was perfect for us. Lots of space and privacy for those who wanted it. It also had room for us to gather on the lanai and have breakfast together. Claudia also left us some of the best sweet bread I have ever had, and coffee! She had thought of everything for the house. Lots of amenities and small touches that made the stay truly special. She even called after we arrived to check and make sure everything was in order for us. We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sherilee. It was my pleasure having your family stay at our beach property. You were wonderful guests. Mahalo, Claudia
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Beautiful home in the heart of Hilo

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival at the house we were welcome by goodies and tropical flowers left by Claudia and her husband. We rented both the bottom and top units which provided us with plenty of space for our party of 7. The house was beautifully furnished and fully stocked with necessities. It is located close to downtown Hilo but tucked away enough so you can fall into that Hilo lifestyle where everything moves a little slower. There is a shallow/secluded beach within a minute walk from the house (the best part was we pretty much had it to ourselves most of the time!). The property was about a 1.5hr drive to Volcano National Park, 1.5hr drive to Waipio Valley and 1.5hr drive to Kona. Claudia was also really easy to contact! She called within 30 minutes of our arrival to make sure we were able to access the house and to remind us that she was always an email/message away if we needed anything. Next time we are on the island we will definitely be coming back to this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dana for choosing our beach vacation home for your stay and for your kind comments about the property. We want our guests to feel the aloha spirit that the islands have to offer. Just wanted to clarify that the distance from Kona is 1.5 hours away but from our beach house to the Volcano it is about a 30-45 mins away depending on traffic. Again, thank you and come back and visit us again.
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.41%

Rates for 4-6 guests are for only three bedroom, two bath beach house with reduced cleaning fee $150.
$200 Cleaning Fee is assessed for three units.
Additional fee may be assessed for international credit card payments.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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