THE HILO HOUSE | AN EXCLUSIVE REEDS ISLAND GRAND HISTORIC HOME

Kristie Kosmides

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Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
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THE HILO HOUSE | AN EXCLUSIVE REEDS ISLAND GRAND HISTORIC HOME

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Grand Victorian Historic Property, 7 Bedrooms/6 Baths

This grand Victorian house is located by the historic Hilo downtown on the Reeds Island, a hidden jewel of Hawaii Big Island. In the old times, royal families occupied the prestigious 'island' with the Wailuku River flowing in the backyard and the tropical rain forest setting covering the grounds. Surrounded by the natural beauty and wild life, this beautiful house is placed on the National Registry for Historic Places.

Built by the British banker Thomas Guard in 1916, the property is grand, elegant, and a place of tranquility. The gracious living room has large sliding picture windows framing the magnificent canopy of nature across the river. A spacious dining room and family room are perfect for family gatherings. The enclosed veranda has large French windows and doors with a desk area and dining table, perfect for creative work and relaxing. The house has 7 spacious bedrooms and an open balcony on the second floor which faces the waterfalls and downtown Hilo Bay. The kitchen is large and updated as well as the washer and dryer in the roomy basement level.

The refined landscape garden ground has been meticulously cared for by our gardeners. Every direction offers lush green and tropical colors.

If you are seeking a beautiful place for relaxation and tranquility, this is the right place!

3 minutes to historic downtown with authentic fine dining and famous Hilo Farmers’ Market; 8 minutes to the Coconut Island and Japanese Garden; 15 minutes to Hilo Airport; 15 minutes to the Akaka Falls; 4 minutes to the Rainbow Falls; 30 minutes to National Volcano Park; walking distance to Waianuenue Avenue where local schools, churches, shops and library.

For additional guests over 2 people there is a $35. fee per person per night. The cleaning fee is $300.

Our manager lives a few minutes from the property and are available to assist you if you have any questions.

The Hilo House is also available for weddings and special events. Please inquire for more information.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the manager
Our Hilo House experience was awesome. We loved the atmosphere of old houses and architecture. Fantastic bedrooms, you could hear the waterfall and birds at night. What it made fantastic were the details: fresh flowers in all rooms, the garden is maintained, the wooden floors, the marble baths, ... and as a passionate cook I highly appreciated good solingen knives (which is normally a deficit in most rented places), so I could cook breadfruit, taro and seafood from the local markets. As a party of three we enjoyed sitting on the terrace, plenty of room for all (would house parties up to 12-14 people, too)
Mar 2014
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Kristie Kosmides

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I was born and raised in Beijing, China. Graduated from Peking University in 1983 with a degree in English Literature. Upon graduation I became an English teacher at university. I met my American husband on campus. We have been living in US for 26 years. This exquisite property surrounded by natural wonders is our sanctuary. Tranquility, beauty and pure air calm the body and mind and uplift the soul...

Kristie Kosmides purchased this house in 2006

This is one of the most beautiful homes in Hilo. If you love beauty, refinement and tranquility, this is the place!

Reeds Island where the house locates is an exclusive community between two volcano rivers. Beautiful homes and fine neighbors are embracing and loving. Tropical rain forests and wildlife lie in every direction. A walk on the island is a step into natural beauty. It's ten minutes walk to historic Hilo downtown where boutique shops, galleries, restaurants and Farmers Market line the streets. Beeches, parks and Japanese garden are minutes away.

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
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Reviews

4.8
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The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews
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The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p479849vb
+1 310-923-4722
Hilo Hilo District
Houston, TX
5

Beautiful 6 night day stay at this Grand Home

  • 5 of 5
My family and I stayed here 8/12-8/18. We absolutely loved this home! There was plenty of room for everyone to have private time and a wonderful family room for everyone to congregate and talk. We love that there was no TV in the family room, it made for great conversation and you really got to share your experiences from the day. The Lanai is an awesome place to catch a breeze and relax in the morning with coffee or in the afternoon with a cold beverage. The living room window opens up to a lush tropical scene and the breeze fills the entire home. We come from Houston and are not used to having windows open all the time or not having the doors locked 24/7, so it took some getting used to, but the neighborhood is VERY safe and after about the first day it was a non-issue. While we were there the maintenance man, Randy, was onsite and was very friendly. He gave us several locations to check out in the city and was never intrusive while working on the property during our stay. There is NO central A/C in this home and after an initial shock (again, we're from HOUSTON) we realized that it's not necessary. Fans are in every room and the temperature never rose outside of an acceptable comfort level. The kitchen was great, oven, microwave, large fridge, utensils, cups, plates etc...we wanted for nothing. The landscape was beautiful and there were several fruit trees on the property for us to enjoy! If we ever are blessed enough to come back to Hilo, this property will definitely be on our short list for another stay!
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Aloha Isisdro,
It was a pleasure having you and your family stay at The Hilo House! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will visit us again! Thank you very much for leaving us a beautiful review. We really appreciate it. Mahalo nui.
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Hilo Hilo District
4

Beautiful Historic Home

  • 4 of 5
This lovely historic home was perfect for our extended family of 11 (3 grandparents, 2 brothers with spouses, 4 grandkids, ages 9-11). Hilo was a great base for our daily excursions and the home easily accommodated our large group. The managers were extremely helpful and nice, particularly with Hurricane Iselle threatening (they checked on us several times and brought us water, flashlights, and batteries). I would definitely recommend this house to others
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Aloha, Julie. Thank you for your review. You were all troopers weathering the storm! Thank you for your help with caring for the home during that time. We hope you were able to enjoy the Big Island even through all the weather chaos. All my best. Mahalo nui.
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The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p479849vb
+1 310-923-4722
Hilo Hilo District
5

40th Birthday Party

  • 5 of 5
The Hilo House was a fun base for our family adventures. The central location on Reeds Island was convenient. It is only a 10 minute stroll into town, but the quiet, lush, tropical setting was the antithesis of the barren touristy Kohala coast. There were day trips to Volcano National Park, Puna, Mona Kea observatory … and when the rainy weather got too much, we zipped across to the sunny beaches of Kona and Kohala. However, it was having this house as a base that made it civilized. Instead of going out to restaurants for all our meals we could wander to the Hilo farmers market and pick up our produce, then head over to the Suisan fish market for the daily catch. The meals that came out of Hilo House’s kitchen were impressive.
The kids and adults loved having the large house and grounds; the sheer size kept conflict at bay (so many reading nooks). Many mornings started off with a lively scavenger hunt. This helped the kids learn all about the properties fruit trees (strawberry guava, lime, orange, pomelo).
Our family highly recommends visiting this elegant old lady – The Hilo House.
Note: Wi-fi reception is weak in the house, so leave your work at home.
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Aloha, Maggie. Thank you for your beautiful review. It was truly a pleasure to have you and your family stay at the Hilo House. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope you visit us again. Mahalo nui.
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The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home
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Hilo Hilo District
Oakland, CA
5

Gorgeous house & setting, wonderful for family reunion

Gorgeous house & setting, wonderful for family reunion
  • 5 of 5
Our extended family of 16 people (6 kids, 10 adults) had a wonderful time at this beautiful house. The house itself is gorgeous - spacious enough for everyone to find quiet space when needed, and yet perfect for coming together and enjoying meals, games, reading, and just talking. The setting is amazing - with the rush of Rainbow Falls and the river behind the house. It was easy to do a lot of sightseeing around the island. We took day trips to Volcanoes National Park, Puna, North Kohala beaches, Waipio Valley, and Kona (an hour and half across the island). The house was a perfect home base from which to explore these areas as well as venturing around Hilo. The property managers, Kristie and Kari, were very gracious, responsive, and accommodating. We highly recommend this house!
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Aloha Alvaro,
Thank you for staying at The Hilo House and for leaving us a review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with your family. It truly is a special home on the Big Island. Mahalo nui.
business
The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p479849vb
+1 310-923-4722
Hilo Hilo District
5

Best family trip

  • 5 of 5
This had to be the best vacation house my family and I have rented. We have rented a good amount of houses and this was the most grand and beautiful houses we have stayed in. The house was beautifully decorated and had more than enough couches and seats for our bigger group. This house had more than enough room for everyone but had great areas where we can all hang out together.

Although there was a tv downstairs, we never used it because of all the actives we were doing. This house was in the most perfect location considering it was only a few minutes away from town yet being at the house you would never know it was so close since it's so peaceful.

My family and I would love to come back to this house because it was perfect.
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Aloha Alysa! Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay at The Hilo House and we do hope that you will visit us again! Mahalo nui!
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The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p479849vb
+1 310-923-4722
Hilo Hilo District
San Francisco CA
5

Grand house

  • 5 of 5
What a lovely way to spend our vacation, in your beautiful grand house on Reed Island. We were enchanted from the moment we drove up the driveway. The living areas, the kitchen and the bedrooms and bathrooms were all very well furnished and maintained. We look forward to a return trip to your piece of paradise.
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Aloha, Melanie! Thank you for choosing to stay with us at The Hilo House. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and we hope you visit us again. Mahalo, Kristie and Kari
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Hilo International airport
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
High Way 11
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Coconut Island, Richardson Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Hilo Bay Cafe
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Coconut Island Golf
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
downtown Hilo restaurants
Car: recommended

This grand Victorian house is located by the historic Hilo downtown on the Reeds Island, a hidden jewel of Hawaii Big Island. In the old time, royal families occupied the prestigious island with Wailuku River running at the back yard and tropical rain forest covering the grounds. Surrounded by the natural beauty and wild lives, this beautiful house is placed on the National Registry for Historic Places.

Built by the British banker Thomas Guard in 1916, the property is all grandeur, elegance, and tranquility. The gracious living room has large sliding picture window framing the magnificent canopy of nature across the River. Spacious dining room and family/TV room are always inviting. The enclosed Lanai has large French windows and door, ideal for office and creative work. Four spacious bedrooms and open balcony on the second floor face the waterfalls and downtown Hilo Bay. Kitchen is updated as well as the washer and dryer in the roomy basement.

Enjoy your breakfast and lunch out on the front lanai is a treat!--a precious time watching native birds and tropical plants.

The refined landscape garden ground has been meticulously cared for by our gardeners. Every direction offers lush green and tropical colors.

If you are seeking for beauty, relaxation and tranquility, this is the right place!

3 minutes to historic downtown with authentic fine dining and famous Hilo Farmers’ Market; 8 minutes to the Coconut Island and Japanese Garden; 15 minutes to Hilo Airport; 15 minutes to the Akaka Falls; 4 minutes to the Rainbow Falls; 30 minutes to National Volcano Park; walking distance to Waianuenue Avenue where local schools, churches, shops and library reside…

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Availability & Rates

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Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 2 2014 - Aug 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
$395
$2,650
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 20 2014 - Nov 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
$395
 
 
Christmas & New Years
Dec 1 2014 - Jan 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Merrie Monarch Festival
Apr 5 2015 - Apr 13 2015
5 night minimum stay
$850
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$375
$2,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $300
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes The rates quoted are for 1-4 guests. For 3 or more guests, an additional $35 is charged per person per night.
Total tax of 13.416% includes GET of 4.166% & TAT of 9.25%
Cleaning fee is $300
State Tax ID W43717092-01

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , Ohana Room in basment
  • All 5 bedrooms have sizable full bath with tub, shower, toilet, sink, marble floors. The Ohana Room has a shower. There is an extra bathroom and sink on the ground level.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Palm Room - 1 queen
    Master Suite with King next to river - 1 king
    Queen Suite next to river - 1 queen , Suite next to river
    Orchid Room - 1 queen
    Ocean room - 1 queen
    Ohana Room - 1 queen
    Ohana Room - 2 twin/ single
  • Extra spacious 4 bedroom suites, 1 studio room on ground level and 2 basement level rooms with 2 twins and a queen bed. 1 king, 5 queens and 2 beds in total.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • swimming
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • basketball court
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