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Big Ocean View Suite with Full Kitchen; sleeps 4

Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
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Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Big Ocean View Suite with Full Kitchen; sleeps 4

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Papaikou Studio Rental Photos and Description

A peaceful, rural retreat within easy reach of Hilo town.

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!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015

About Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo

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

Why Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo chose Papaikou

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.

What makes this studio unique

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.

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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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based on 13 traveler reviews

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Big Ocean View Suite with Full Kitchen; sleeps 4
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Perfect for a relaxing stay in Hilo

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. We're finding that several of our guests like making our place a base for three weeks or more, as they look for their dream property or become very thorough in their quest for adventure and relaxation. So happy you had fun here and took time to comment. Mahalo, C.
Kaneohe, Oahu

Can't Wait to Return!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, guys. Looking forward to your return and showing you the old lava slide in the river at the end of Gordon's Trail. :) C.

Beautiful and comfortable; great views/location

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

A love place to stay when visiting the Big Island

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We loved having you, as well!
Auburn, AL

Great Getaway for Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Beautiful up-country lodging

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such an honor to have this great review from someone who travels the world and stays in First Class Hotels on a regular basis. Thanks, Betty!


Kilauea Volcano
Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Cronies, Pineapples, The Full Moon Cafe, Ponds
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Highway 19 (Belt Highway)
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Full Moon Cafe, Cafe de Luna, Le Magic Pan
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Richardson's Beach
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

From $90 Per night

Papaikou Studio Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%
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!

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Papaikou Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • One large bathroom with two vanity sinks, a separate toilet room and one large double shower behind a glass block wall. This room also features and ocean view and cathedral ceilings. Cement floor with area carpet, Indonesian furniture and solid mahogany doors. This bathroom is exclusively for your own private use.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Big Ocean View Suite - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , We have another suite available onsite. Call to discuss.
  • The Queen Bed for this room faces towards the Hilo ocean view and rolling green pastureland in the forground, with two wicker chairs the full size Futon Couch/Bed and the medium/small televison to the left and kitchen to the right. If you are sharing this room with others, we can add in a bamboo screen to give you a little privacy. The bed has a firm mattress, with ultra comfy thick memory foam on top; a thick mattress pad and two fitted sheets. If it ends up being too soft--you can simply remove some of the top mattress layers to your taste. Most of our guests find this bed 'just right.' There is a nightlight and a lantern provided on each side of the queen bed. When the generator is turned off, the refrigerator goes totally quiet and most of our guests catch a very deep sleep. The night sounds are coqui frogs, wind, and rain. Most of our guests seem to find it more soothing than disturbing.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have two very friendly dogs, and one cat. All stay outdoors during the day and love to be petted. We bring our dogs inside at night to make sure they stay quiet for your deep night sleep. Our thirteen acres are basically untamed Hawaii, with guava orchard and a lava bed stream on the back--allowing us room to see all up and down the Hamakua and Hilo Coast. We live on paved road and have satellite internet and TV: yet we are off-grid for power with a quiet generator and an independent water catchment system. It's the simple life with a stunning view over some of the most beautiful land, ocean and sky in Hawaii.

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