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Live the Oceanfront Dream - Perfect Location for Exploring the Big Island 🌴

Bedrooms 1
Space 360 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Stand alone guest quarters on a beautiful 1/2 acre of ocean front property. This is new construction. Your own comfortable, private place to rest, relax, explore etc.

From your second story perch you will enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and coastline where turtles, whales, dolphins and other ocean wildlife is often seen.

We also provide a beautiful pool, sun deck and a cute, comfortable, ocean front gazebo for picnicking, whale and dolphin watching or simply relaxing in a beautiful, blue ocean environment. Or if you want to be more active there are many beautiful walks and hikes in the area including hiking the beautiful Shipman Beach trails.

This is also the perfect location from which to visit all of the tourist attractions on the East side of the Big Island. We are located near historic Hilo town, Volcano National Park and the ocean entry of the 61g active lava flow.

While you are here visit lava, waterfalls, jungle roads, hot ponds etc. We will provide you with ideas, directions, maps and guide books.

The sunrises, sunset skies and moon rises from this property are postcard worthy. You can enjoy these from your own private lanai or choose to sit on the cliffs as the waves crash at your feet.

More Details

Kirk and Janice Madariaga
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

About Kirk and Janice Madariaga

We LOVE Hawaii and enjoy sharing our island experience.

We first began coming to the Big Island in 2007 and fell madly in love ❤with the island. In 2014 we retired, moved from snowy Colorado to the Big Island and began building our dream home on the ocean in this beautiful Kaloli Point neighborhood.

We love meeting new people from all over the world.

Kirk and Janice Madariaga purchased this guest house in 2016

Why Kirk and Janice Madariaga chose Keaau

This property is such a special place. It is located right on the ocean where we are lucky enough to get to watch the beautiful sunrises every day and whales during whale season, other creatures also come and go. The smell and feel of the ocean is amazing!

It is also a very friendly and quiet neighborhood. When you go out for a walk you will receive much aloha.

What makes this guest house unique

The guest house is filled with everything you need to make your trip comfortable and memorable. If there is anything you need while you are here just ask and we will certainly try and accommodate.


Keaau Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 360 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full modern bathroom including a bathtub, granite counter tops and tile floors.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • One bedroom. Comfortable queen size bed with pillow top mattress. Full size closet. Dresser and two night stands.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
If you are an ocean lover like us you will adore this location. The sights and sounds of the ocean can soothe your soul. This is also a great location for exploring the East side of the Big Island. There is so much to see and do. You should leave yourself at least a week on this side of the island if possible. Lava, waterfalls, warm ponds, snorkeling, hiking, botanical gardens, great food, farmer's markets and SO much more!


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Live the Oceanfront Dream - Perfect Location for Exploring the Big Island 🌴
average rating of 4.904762 based on 42 reviews

Beautiful clean oceanfront guesthouse! Peaceful setting, great hosts

  • 5 of 5

If you want quiet peaceful setting, this is a great place to stay unwind after a day of touring the sights in the area. Very clean guesthouse and knowledgeable hosts who had great suggestions of things to do and see.

Highly recommend this place. A refreshing pool as well to cool off in after a day of touring. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The location is beautiful and it was everything as promised, we would love to return someday!

  • 5 of 5

Listening to the waves was so relaxing and sitting on the lanai while it rained was nice also. The view and accommodations were great, just wish we had some time! Thank you for a great experience!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the review! We loved having you. And, yes, next time more sun! Good thing you two have such sunny attitudes and enjoyed yourselves in spite of the weather. Come back and see us again.
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Sammamish, Washington

We loved the ocean front property and the owners are very kind and helpful

  • 5 of 5

The property is in a nice, well kept, safe neighborhood. Owners live on site and are available if you have questions or need help with anything. They had good restaurant ideas for us which was very appreciated and gave us some good info.

Accomodations were comfortable and clean.

Guide books and maps are available in the apartment and there are umbrellas, rain coats, and cooler to borrow. They also have a washer and dryer.

Be aware that it is not a full kitchen.

There is no A/C but there are fans and with windows open and fans on at night it stayed cool. You may want to bring earplugs though because with windows open the frogs are very loud.

If we make it back to the Big Island we would stay there again.

Our only hope is they will get new mattresses as the bed was not comfortable.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for the review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed Hale Nai’a - the Dolphin House and that you would stay with us again. We’d love to have you come again. The coqui frogs you mentioned can really get loud all over the East side of the island when the weather is wet. Fortunately, down here at the ocean there are many less frogs than in the jungle. As you know, we really like to provide everything our guests need for their comfort. You have inspired us to begin providing ear plugs just in case those little guys get overly loud. Thanks for the tip. We are very sorry to hear you found the bed uncomfortable. We have also received many positive comments on the comfort of the bed. We value input from our guests and we will continue to offer every comfort and convience that we can. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
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Kenai, Alaska

Loved our stay at the Dolphin House!!! Kirk and Janice were wonderful Hosts!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Dolphin House was such a Great Place to stay. The location was perfect for all that we

wanted to do. It is so amazing to be that close to the Ocean and see and hear the waves!!!

If you are a walker or jogger the location is perfect for walking or jogging for miles if you so desire.

The rental was very nice and comfortable. It had everything we could need for our vacation.

The owners were the best!!! Kirk and Janice were very nice to visit with and shared some places to visit and places to have meals. Enjoyed interacting with their very cute little Yorkie's Koa and Tika. Our stay was a wonderful experience and we would not hesitate to stay here again. Would definitely recommend this rental to family and friends. Thank you

Kirk and Janice for making our stay so enjoyable!!!

Tim and Lorraine Heikkila Stayed February 12 to February 24, 2018

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Tim and Lorraine and Mahalo for your wonderful review. Everyone here, including two furry friends, enjoyed your visit very much. We sure hope you’ll make it back someday.
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Sandia Park, NM

Gorgeous, just had a bad patch of weather

  • 5 of 5

Dolphin House was a great place to stay near the Hilo area. It is a beautiful property on the ocean front, we unfortunately just had a particular bad stretch of rainy weather during our stay. Kirk and Janice are great hosts and will do everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. If we are ever in the area again, we would definitely consider staying here again.


We had a great meal at the Black Rock Cafe in Pahoa, catch of the day was excellent!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for the kind words and for taking the time to leave a review. Mother Nature really was on a wet and windy roll when you were here. We enjoy guests like yourselves who take what comes their way and make the best of it with a smile. We hope to have you back again someday, hopefully you’ll get lucky with great weather next time.
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Great waterfront location

  • 4 of 5

If you’re looking for a space out of town and with a waterfront place to be one with the waves this is it!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed the waves. We spend a lot of time enjoying the waves ourselves. Hope to have you back again someday.
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Hilo Airport
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Keaau or Pahoa
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Shipman Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

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.