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Beautiful Ohana with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Enter the magnificent Royal Palm lined drive and experience Big Island history. Enjoy the unique ambiance of this one of a kind grounds of the former Ola’a Sugar Plantation residence and its directors cottage, now the guest house.

It has been completely and tastefully restored. The floors and walls are still preserved in the original 120-year-old redwood and it has been refurbished with new tropical island and teak furnishing. It features two twin master bedrooms, both with queen-sized beds, with wood and marble bathrooms. It also includes a fully equipped kitchen with all appliances.

From the verandah you enjoy the expanse of a large front lawn with the swimming pool and a view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

The property is not well suited for toddlers and small children. The nearness of the pool and the old brick walkway to the cottage which is uneven and slippery when wet, are of danger.

It is also not ideal for people who are sensitive to the night noises (tree frogs, roosters, screeching owls etc). Since it sits in the middle of a rainforest with no fencing around, wildlife is roaming it freely.


Centrally located on the east side of the Big Island, you will be convenient to Hilo, Kilauea Volcano National Park, the snowy summit of the Mauna Kea observatories, Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, black sand beaches, tropical gardens, waterfalls, warm water ponds, hiking, the historical villages of Kea'au, Pahoa and Kapoho area with it's wonderful snorkeling spots.

Just a 1 mile distance covers all your shopping needs at the Keaau shopping center and the daily Keaau farmers market. It is also not far to downtown Hilo, its shops and shopping centers and the famous Hilo farmers market (10 to 20 minutes).

To Hilo beaches it is 10 to 15 minutes, as well as to rainbow falls.

The distance to the historical village of Pahoa and Kapoho area with it's black sand beaches, warm water ponds, hiking and excursions to the lava flows, is 30 to 40 minutes.

To Hawaii Volcanoes National Park the ride is 30 minutes, to the snowy summits of Mauna Kea and its observatories about one hour.

The guest house is also ideal for those who just need peace and quiet and want to enjoy absolute privacy and just take walks through the beautiful 9.5 acres of lush tropical grounds with flowers (orchids, ginger blossoms, magnolias, plumerias etc.), fruit trees, rare plants and trees. The town's largest Banyan tree and Elephant Ear trees are dwarfing the house and lawn.

The mango forest hides the remains of an ancient heiau.


The residence was built by and for the first manager of Ola’a Sugar, Mr. F.B. McStocker. He planted the large Banyan tree in 1902.

He had a horse drawn lawn mower. He built a wine cellar in the basement which is still in existence.

The Main House, nineteenth century Queen Anne architecture, has been used in many photography sessions for movies, recordings, magazines, books and commercials.

A 1950’s photo is shown in the book “The Hawaiians”.

At times it was also the home of Herbert Shipman, who was known to have saved the nene bird from extinction (Hawaii's State bird). He also played an important role in bringing the orchid Industry to Hawaii. His passion for exotic plants is still noticeable to the present day, as there are shrubs and trees and grasses on the property, not seen anywhere else.

Herbert also used to hold parties for all the prominent people of his time, who came visit the Island. The Roosevelt's, Rockefeller, movie stars, and the legendary Amelia Earhart are known to have graced the residence with their presence.

(Ref. Emmett Cahill 'The Shipmans of East Hawaii')

After the plantation closed and sold the residence in the early 1980’s, it fell in disrepair until the present owners acquired it and worked for several years to restore it to its original beauty.

There is also a rich spiritual history dating back to ancient Hawaiian legends and fairytales. The most known is of the Hawaiian Princess La'ieikawaii, finding refuge in a place called Paliuli.

The Hawaiian movie Choreographer Henry Pa, recounts in an interview: "When I was involved in the movie, "Bird of Paradise," my grandmother Grace Kealiiaua Pa told me to go to the island of Hawaiʻi, to Olaʻa, at Keʻeau. I was to sit beneath a certain tree, which was the birthplace of my grandfather and his former home. There I was to gaze out at the water and look for two stones, one of which was Hiʻiaka-ika-poli-o-Pele, and the other was Lohiau. I was to meditate on the task before me. By doing this, I would receive the strength and inspiration that I needed to choreograph the dance scene for this movie."

More Details

Property Manager
Gisella Coleman
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

Why Gisella Coleman chose Keaau

The unique and special aspect of our location is, that we are very central to everything, yet very private, an oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of modern day conveniences.


Keaau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Do not color your hair in the showers and do not use corrosive cleaners on the marble.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (in both)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Coolers, boogie boards, etc. available upon request.


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Beautiful Ohana with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Long Beach, CA

Lovely Place

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Beautiful grounds, perfect 2 bedroom. Pool was great. Gisela is a wonderful host. We look forward to returning one day soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Welcome to paradise :)

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for one week in this beautiful cottage and enjoyed the wonderful lush garden as well as Gisella's hospitality. The cosy cottage is equipped with everything you need, a supermarket is 5 min away and the airport approximately 20 min. Perfectly located to explore the beautiful Puna District as well as the east coast of Big Island.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home with farmhouse appeal

  • 5 of 5

I loved staying at Gisella's guest house. The feral chickens were a delight to watch and their eggs delish. The property allows for easy access to Hilo, Volcano Rd and the beaches and tidal pools south of Pahoa.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Ohana

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying here our first trip to Hawaii. Having a pool to ourselves was really wonderful.

Plenty of privacy, and close to shopping and Hilo.

The most relaxing part of our trip. THANK YOU GISELLA.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Marvelous Spot

  • 5 of 5

We visited Opaliuli Estate for almost a week with another couple in early February 2015. We couldn't have had a better time. The cottage was a perfect size -- two good sized en suite bedrooms with a comfortable common room and a perfectly adequate galley kitchen in between. The cottage was spotless and in excellent condition. The lanai ran the length of the front of the cottage and overlooked the spacious and quiet grounds of the estate. The private swimming pool a few steps away was a welcome addition. We were very convenient to Hilo, Volcanoes NP, and Puna; there also was a small shopping center less than a mile away for any housekeeping or food need which we had. Gisella was a charming hostess. All in all, our stay could not have been more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas, USA

Unique, Clean, Comfortable & Affordable - Outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

I can only echo the superlatives mentioned by others. We two retired couples enjoyed a week's stay in Jan. '15 immensely. This property is the best value on the Big Island. Lots of space, inside and out. Very conveniently located for exploring Volcanoes NP, Puna, Hilo, Mauna Kea, and the Hamakua Coast. It's also great if you just want to lounge on the large lanai, swim in your private swimming pool, or roam the extensive tropical grounds.

The cottage consists of two large private master bedroom suites separated by a living/dining/kitchen area. Each suite has a spacious bedroom connected to a separate roomy bathroom. Each bedroom also has its own outside entrance as well as connecting to the living area. The baths have showers but no tubs.

Practical Matters: The cottage is about 100 yards from the parking area at the end of a brick walk. If you plan on arriving after dark or returning at night, be sure you have flashlights. There is very little lighting along the walk. Large windows let plenty of daylight into the cottage, but the small curtains leave you feeling a little exposed at night (there are no other buildings close by and foliage does provide some screening). Laundry facilities are not located in the cottage itself. They are about 80 yards away down the brick walk in a latticework room under the main house. There is a very modern front loading washing machine, a large modern dryer and a older top loading washer. Only one roll of toilet paper was provided in each bathroom and no soap for the shower, so don't be "caught short". All plumbing worked well. Our party enjoyed being serenaded to sleep by Coque frogs and awakened in the morning by roosters. Some may not.

There is a pharmacy, supermarket, gas station, farmers market, hardware store, Thai restaurant, and McDonald's about a mile away in Kea'au. A large Hilo shopping area is about 8 miles away. The Kea'au supermarket is Foodland. Foodlands are found throughout Hawai'i. If you plan to do any grocery shopping, I highly recommend that you get the Foodland shopper's card during your first visit. It offers significant saving on many items (Hawai'i prices are high!). Getting the card is no hassle and is issued on-the-spot at the checkout register.

Finally, your hostess, Gisella, is welcoming, accommodating, and helpful. She provided fresh flowers for the dining table and advice about our sightseeing. This place is a gem!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Hilo Airport
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Hilo beaches
Car: necessary

Whale-Watching (winter); Dolphins and Sea Turtles (year round), Water Falls; Lava Flows; Botanical gardens. Warm water ponds and tide pool snorkeling at Kapoho. Horse back Riding; star gazing; boat and helicopter tours.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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