|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Our home is on 13 acres; convenient to a lot of Hamakua Coast and Hilo Area attractions. Volcano National Park is only a 40 minute drive away. We overlook cow pastures and forests; with the prime spot for viewing the sunrise over the ocean, rainbows, pastel sunsets, Hilo town, the full moon, and the night stars.
Enter french doors to this large suite. Your Big Ocean View Suite features a full kitchen with a gas range of 4 burners and an oven. A new medium/small size refrigerator (with 10 cubic feet) and freezer, cabinets well stocked with pots and pans, dishes, utensils, tea pot, coffee pot, toaster, and basic condiments. We have filtered catchment water for cooking and bottled water for drinking. There is a round rosewood dining table and chairs to seat four comfortably. In addition, we offer a Barbecue outside with a small table and chairs outside, under the lanai.
We have a TV with Sattelite reception with a wide variety of channels to choose from including: HBO, ESPN, NFL, Sundance, MSNBC, CNN, Bravo, OWN, FOX and the broadcast channels. Our Satellite Internet connection is pretty fast for normal communications. (Not movie or TV downloads, film production and certain high speed professional applications.) Our cell phone reception is pretty awesome, because we don't have any thing in the way.
The queen bed looks upon the awesome view and artwork by acclaimed local artists, Suzy Papanikolas and Leslie Sears. (We're happy to arrange local art studio and farm tours for you if you wish--FYI.)
The sitting area has a satellite TV, two wicker chairs and a double size futon bed that poses as a couch during the day. The space features cathedral cedar and redwood ceilings and an ocean view to die for. The airflow on this corner unit at 1300 feet elevation is good. Additionally, we have a ceiling fan in the main living room, dining and bedroom area. One of the best things about our place, in my opinion, are the near perfect temperatures--seldom hot, never sticky, and rarely too cold--even December thru February. When we have a lot of rain--the bulk of it falls at night.
Weather: A typical day at our place (and generally in the Hilo/Hamakua area) Is wake up to a brilliant sunny morning and an awesome sunrise. I would say it is often a 65% chance you will have sun all day long; but even when not--a shower often comes in around 10 or 11am, sun back in early afternoon, another late afternoon shower, a pastel sunset on puffy clouds with lots of clear sky; and then it rains at night. Often, it rains hard at night. From April through November, you are more likely to encounter a lot of sun during the day here. December thru February expect it to be more 50/50 sunny and rainy during the day. March is more nice; than not. (Hilo's bad reputation for rain is more in relation to Kona--which gets nary a drop of rain near the coast and can be maddeningly dull for those of us that don't really like sun and clear skies 99% of the time. The other factor is global warming. I know for a fact, we are getting a lot more sun now, than when John and I moved here twelve years ago.) We have lived all around the world, and this is most comfortable weather that we have ever lived in year round.
We are off-grid and power the house with a new super quiet, state-of-the-art Honda generator. Currently, we generally turn the power off at 10:30pm and on again at 6:00am. We can usually accommodate guests to leave the generator on until 11pm or off as early as 10pm; if it is preferred. Solar upgrades are likely to be in place by autumn of 2014 allowing electricity 24/7.
To add a little sense of privacy between the two sleeping areas in this studio space; we can add a bamboo room divider, if you wish. We also have a large walk-in French closet with a small dresser, shelves and a full length mirror.
Your huge private bathroom features a double shower, double sinks, and separate toilet room. We stock the room with bath towels, beach towels, a hair dryer, shampoos, soap, and a stand alone drying rack for wet bathing suits and such.
We're within a one hour drive to great snorkeling in lower Puna District and hiking in Waipio Valley to the north. This is a great, peaceful base to use for exploring some of the sweetest spots on the Big Island of Hawaii. Your hosts, John and Christine, are international travelers and are on hand for travel advice and talk-story; in the main part of the attached house, if you wish.
We hope you choose us for your awesome rest and recreation on the Big Island of Hawaii!
John and Christine purchased this property after searching the globe together for sixteen years, including living abroad in Papua New Guinea for four years. Initially, we avoided Hawaii because we worried that it was over developed for our tastes. Then we found beautiful Hilo and the Hamakua Coast and thought it has just the right balance of old and new; adventure and sophistication. Green, lush tropical rain forests, breaking surf with wonderful snorkeling nearby, snow covered Mauna Kea, and more cultural festivals and fun art events than we ever could have imagined. We raised our daughter here and she in turn raised two baby goats. We have a licensed plumbing contracting business from our home and you can see more of what we're about on Emery Plumbing website. We have an art gallery on this property and we love to host big events. *Let us know if you wish us to host a special event for you...
*One note: If you experience any difficulty booking online or simply prefer not to book online--please don't hesitate to call us now at 808 960-8826 Hawaii-time 6am to 9pm. Mahalo.
Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo purchased this studio in 2002
You drive up the road wondering where in the world you are, park, get out of your car, and turn around to see one of the most stunning views on the Big Island. Not sure how it is that we've been so blessed. We can see from the Kapoho Lighthouse to Pepeekeo Point. On rare occasions we can see the hot orange lava flows coming from far distant Kilauea. But mostly it's all about the sky here. Gorgeous sunrises, peaceful pastel sunsets, and a night sky that will knock your socks off.
If you like taking walks in the country or maybe reading, writing or painting while you are on vacation, this could be a perfect spot. If you like speaking with hosts for ideas on adventuring around the Big Island we'd be happy to let you in on a few secrets here--including what's hot in Hilo during your stay.
Also, we are getting our place ready to host large events--if you would like to reserve both suites and talk to about holding a reunion, a small wedding, a yoga retreat, or even a candidates forum--we might be able to entertain something like that. Let us know what your ideas are.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owners are very welcoming and helpful with advice on activities and restaurants. They are warm and willing to share and respectful of your privacy. The apartment is well located; out in the country on the Hamakua Coast but 10 minutes to downtown Hilo. Describing the view as stunning is a disservice. You can watch beautiful sunrises over the Pacific, cruise ships navigating Hilo harbor and even the Pu'u O'o vent steaming in the distance. The apartment is well equipped with beach towels, and a well stocked kitchen. This is a great place for a relaxing stay in Hilo. Aloha.
I don't even know where to begin. Before our arrival Christine already exuded a warm and welcoming personality by responding to my emails and answering all of my questions! On the day of arrival, we were welcomed by John and Christine to an immaculately clean part of their home, a cool breeze, Hilo rain, and a view too beautiful to describe.
After introductions to their four-legged family members, we retreated into our rental and immediately knew we'd be back again. Christine was very helpful with suggesting super markets, places to park for the huge event in town, what time to leave, etc. They were very accomodating with leaving the generator on for a quick shower when we returned from our explorations of the Big Island.
We truly only had one full day to sight-see as the main reason for our trip was for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. However, we were able to accomplish much in one day - Akaka Falls, Tex's malasadas, the beauty of Waimea, an awesome wooden playground, a lava tube. the Space Museum at the Kona airport, petroglyphs, a dip in the ocean, the sunset, ono local grinds at the Kona Bowling Alley, and amazing star-gazing from Saddle Road!
We were blessed to have found John and Christine and look forward to a longer stay next time so we can explore their property!
The views are stunning; elevation is perfect to capture cool breezes, and yet close to Hilo area for convenient access to all amenities there plus adventuring further afar. Christine is very helpful and friendly. Top flight experience and highly recommended!
We had a great stay at this location. It was everything it said it would be and more. The location was easy to find, very quiet and peaceful, with a beautiful view. Every morning we woke up to the sun over the ocean, with Hilo off in the distance.
The listing was accurate and the site was a great place to stay. It was comfortable and clean and had everything you needed for a visit, including lots of nice little touches like towels for the beach and a vase of flowers on the dining room table. We were given good tips for restaurants, fun hikes and quiet, off the beaten track beaches.
We would definitely stay here again.
We have stayed at 7 private residences on all 4 Hawaiian islands and Christine and John were by far the most accommodating and friendly host and hostess we have had. In addition, their facilities were clean, quiet and fully user friendly. When you couple this with their close proximity to most of the island's major attractions this was an excellent choice for a couple or family looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the island. If you are looking for fast moving crowds with plenty of traffic go to the other side of the island (we tried it for one day). I would suggest you carry a poncho or umbrella - it doesn't rain all the time, but when it does, it comes down.
Christine and John are SO welcoming and kind. Christine helped me without hesitation when I had a logistics disaster on the way in, and I couldn't have made it through the first 24 hours without her. Both C and J introduced me to their friends and made me feel right at home.
The studio itself is self-sufficient and well-appointed, everything you need down to first-aid kit and flashlights. 'Beach people' might prefer something closer to the ocean, but nothing, including the beaches, is very far from here. You do need a car, but Big Island pretty much requires that anyway.
Added attraction was Bijou the cat , who usually helped me watch the sun come up. The views of ocean and stars are extremely good reasons to stay here - the vistas are incomparable.
Very beautiful, peaceful place, and at a good price...thanks so much for your hospitality!
Overlook pastures and a view of the ocean as wide as you can hold arms. Our Hilo / Hamakua Coast is authentic Hawaii known for tropical gardens, waterfalls, and stunning views of the deep blue ocean. You can even spot whales breeching between January and March. Rainbows show up often. We are only a 12 - 14 minute drive from Hilo with all it's restaurants, shops, and university.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning Fee||$50.00 + Tax|
|Notes||We require a $100 deposit by direct deposit online, check, or calling in a Mastercard, VISA or Discover Card to make a reservation. ion. The full balance is due to be received 21 days prior to arrival. All payments are non-refundable. Thanks for choosing Hamakua HiloHilo Guesthouse, on 13 acres, in Papaikou--just 10.5 miles north of Hilo. We look forward to meet you!|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.