I truly do not have words to explain how wonderful this beach house was for our large family.
Our kids have (grade school, middle school, high school, and young adult) have just had a BALL here, and so did we. The home is stocked with every possible thing you might need, including beach chairs, paddle boards, snorkel tubes, etc. We even donated some new snorkel gear to the pile of stuff in the store room. :) The house is situated along a row of Hilo beaches---the most wonderful snorkeling, fun swimming, and sheer visual beauty is just across the little road. We affectionately called the beach directly in front of the house, "our front yard." The actual front yard is huge (the house is on two lots), with the most wonderful spreading tree. The younger kids had a blast climbing it and swinging on the rope swing. Someone was always in the tree, during our entire 9 day stay. :) We even had our little wedding under the tree in front of the beach...magical.
It rains often in Hilo, but it passes quickly and never stopped us. In a half an hour, the sun is out again and so were we---snorkeling, swimming, using the paddle boards provided with the house. The rain is what makes this area so lush and tropical---truly a better fit for us than the dry Kona side.
Everything we need is either in the house, or just a few minutes drive away, as a big shopping center, including a large Walmart and Safeway, are close by---as is the wonderful Farmer's Market, as well as the cutest selection of downtown shops ever.
Our first day here, we saw two turtles, and then have seen more every day we were here. Speaking of the ocean, the snorkeling is fantastic! We have had a blast playing and leaping around on the lava rocks, too. The beaches here get crowded on the weekends, but not overly so, but you have them almost to yourselves all week long, especially in the mornings! The crowding is mostly locals, playing with their families, which our kids really loved and commented on. It was awesome to see so many adults playing and swimming with their kids!
I have tried, but I really don't have words for the awesomeness of this beach house. Our kid's range from 2nd grade to middle school to high school to young adult, as well as the two of us (both 39) and every single one of us has been so impressed and delighted by this rental property. You will absolutely NOT be disappointed. HIGHLY recommended. It was the most wonderful vactaion "home base" I can imagine.