HALE KEPANI, ELEGANT JAPANESE STYLE HOME, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

Julie Ann Wilson

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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HALE KEPANI, ELEGANT JAPANESE STYLE HOME, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

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3000sf 3 Bdrm, 2.5 ba, 2 Convertible sofabeds (Sleeps 10-12)

Hale Kepani, an elegant Japanese-style home, designed throughout for wheelchair accessibility. Located a couple of blocks above Lyman House Museum. Just off Haili Street above Historic Downtown Hilo. Situated in a quiet residential area with lovely enclosed garden for children to play safely. Master bedroom has a private bath and two additional bedrooms with shared hall bath. Spacious lanais, den with home theater, library, formal dining room overlooking a peaceful interior Japanese rock garden. Spacious 3000 sf of comfort.

Short walk and wheelchair access to downtown with unique shops, farmer's market, grocery and health food stores, museums, theaters, restaurants. Ten minute drive to airport and beach parks. Minutes away from the hospital. Perfect for any temporary stays of medical personnel and visitors working with UH or Observatories, contractors and their families.

There is no meal preparation, kitchen is available for personal use. We have everything you will need. Smoking & pets permitted in outside areas and only with special agreement/deposits.

Keywords: House Hilo Vacation Rental

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible

Julie Ann Wilson

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Returned to live in Hilo in 1984 after mainland educations, raising three children who were able to walk 2 blocks to neighborhood schools from our home.

Julie Ann Wilson purchased this house in 1992

This home was custom built in 1962, is near original family home and was purchased for ohana who decided to relocate from the mainland.

The location of our homes enabled us to enjoy small town living with everything conveniently available to us. Minimal driving allows us to save on time and gasoline.

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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5
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HALE KEPANI, Elegant Japanese Style Home, Wheelchair Accessible
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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HALE KEPANI, Elegant Japanese Style Home, Wheelchair Accessible
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p91626vb
808 937-0809
Hilo Hilo District
Colorado
5

Beautifully laid out house

  • 5 of 5
We were spoiled with this house...it was lovely and accommodated our needs perfectly. We were a family of 6 traveling with ages 9-90. We all found the house easy to live in and gorgeous and even better than that were the owners! They attended to our every need and we felt like we were staying in a home, which it is. Hilo is very attractive and easy to get around from this location. We could even see the fireworks in the bay from a couple of blocks away. If you are looking to be in a homey, well appointed atmosphere with wonderful owners, within easy walking distance to downtown Hilo, I would choose this house first!
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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HALE KEPANI, Elegant Japanese Style Home, Wheelchair Accessible
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p91626vb
808 937-0809
Hilo Hilo District
Jefferson, Maine
5

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5
We rented this home for an extended period during the winter 2013-14. Hale Kepani is a turn key home with complete facilities for comfortable living - well appointed dining room for entertaining, home entertainment system, an extensive private library containing a room full of contemporary fiction and nonfiction, not a "swap shelf". In addition to books, there is an extensive collection of DVDs, music, and games for children of all ages. And with all this, best time is spent on the lanais with breezes. One is an honored guest in someone's home.

Ala Muku street is a short way up the hill from downtown. The area is older residential with easy access to town. Hilo is a small city ( about 50,000) and easy to get around. The street is a dead end so traffic is a minimum and located near a veterans memorial cemetery. Now and then, one hears honor guards and taps mid morning. A number of schools dot the vicinity so the afternoon sounds of children are heard. On the other hand, the airport and most of the "big box" traffic are on the other side of the city a couple miles away; there when needed, out of site and sound otherwise. Ideal from our perspective.

The owners live across the street with very busy lives of their own -- farming, professions and family interests which take them away much of the time, yet one or another was always available when needed.

For those in need of the big west side Hawaii beaches, honky-tonk tourist stuff, and high end restaurants, Kona, Waimea, South Point, the rain forest, and Volcano are wonderful day trips thanks to an excellent road system including a new, high speed saddle road connecting the island's east and west coasts. Kona International Airport, now an hour and 15 minutes away is a viable alternative to Hilo International.

We are sure we will be returning to Hale Kepani.
  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities
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HALE KEPANI, Elegant Japanese Style Home, Wheelchair Accessible
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p91626vb
808 937-0809
Hilo Hilo District
Huntsville, TX
5

Two months of comfort and convenience

  • 5 of 5
I hesitate to call this a rental property.... it was my comfortable home for two months. All amenities that would be expected when staying at a close relative's home were waiting for me when I arrived: coffee, wine, snacks, a semi-stocked refrigerator. Even farm-fresh eggs!

Some details for perspective: I stayed here for 9 weeks while working at the university (less than 10 minutes away on bike). I was alone about half of the time, with my wife and two daughters (12- and 1-year old) here for 4 weeks in the middle of my stay. For 10 of the days that my wife was here, my parents also stayed in the house. So anywhere from 1 to 6 slept in the house, and we were never uncomfortable. There were very few complaints from any of my picky family (see below).

Knowing the owners live nearby at first made me worried about a possible lack of privacy. But we were not only left alone to ourselves the entire trip, it was very convenient having them nearby. The propane tank on the grill ran out one evening while cooking, and it was promptly replaced. The beautiful yard was maintained regularly. The more I type, the more I realize how well we were taken care of....

Speaking of the yard: three giant blooming plumeria trees with (wild?) orchids growing in the branches. One has a lilikoi vine growing in it, with passion fruit flowers blooming constantly. There is a lanai on what seems like every side of the house, so shade/sun is available at any time of day.

Downtown Hilo is a 5-minute walk away. Two movie theaters, several restaurants & bars, some churches if you're into that sort of thing, two grocery stores, the Hilo farmers' market.... all within 10 minutes' walk. It really couldn't be more convenient.

A few tiny complaints from my family, just to show that this is an honest review. The mattresses weren't the most comfortable we've slept on. If we were here for a week, this wouldn't have been a problem. But 9 weeks on them, and my back was starting to hurt again. The house is shaped in a "u-shape", with a lanai in the center. Of course there is no air-conditioning, so in the evenings after a hot summer day, the doors and windows were left open. So sitting in the living room or standing in kitchen means a direct look across the lanai into the master bedroom. I didn't care about this, but my wife felt as if she had no privacy when her in-laws were there. That's really the only non-perfect thing about this place.

I really can't wait to return....
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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HALE KEPANI, Elegant Japanese Style Home, Wheelchair Accessible
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p91626vb
808 937-0809
Hilo Hilo District
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5

  • 5 of 5
We have rented this home for extended periods (3-4 months) for 5 consecutive winters. Needless to say we have been extremely happy here. The home is very comfortable with all the conveniences. Although it is totally handicapped accessible, it is also ideal for those of us who love to walk. It is within easy walking distance to downtown which provides many fine restaurants, theatres and a terrific farmers market, yet it is located on a quiet dead end single family residential area. The home is very spacious, with large bright rooms with direct access to lanais. The kitchen and laundry room are large and well equiped. The yard is large and well landscaped with tangerines in season. The owners, who live accross the street, are friendly and helpful.
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This lovely couple have continued to be our guests up to this past May and we are expecting them once again through April of 2012. This will be eleven seasons together and with hopefully many more.

We look forward to meeting others that will appreciate the convenience of a short stroll down the hill into historic Old Towne Hilo. Although, we are not located in the rainforest, and do not have a spa or pool, our home and neighborhood is on peaceful cul de sac as mentioned. We are spared an over abundance of noisy cogui frogs that inhabit the outer regions of the island. Our YWCA has a salt water pool for laps aa well as playtime with the children. They also provide a smaller pool for Physical Therapy purposes. The home is ideal for both retirees and families.
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Hilo International
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
19
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Bayfront
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Numerous choices a short walk downtown
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mauna Kea
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Downtown on the way to Coconut Island
Car: not necessary

Home is located approximately 6 blocks above historic Hilo downtown and Visitor's Bureau along with museums, art studios, restaurants, bookstores, discount movie house, Elks Club with dancing events, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, custom shops, farmers' market, fast food and informal dining, library, banks, massage clinic, Homeopathic clinic, health food store, grocery, antique shops, drug stores and many other specialty shops. For more pictures visit jaswilson.com

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
late summer special
Aug 18 2014 - Sep 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
$1,110
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday/fall&winter
Sep 30 2014 - Feb 28 2015
5 night minimum stay
$250
$1,600
$3,900
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring/Merri Monarch
Mar 1 2015 - May 1 2015
5 night minimum stay
$275
From
$290
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,650
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$199
From
$210
Sat,Sun
$1,299
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Security deposit 50% $500
Tax Rate 13.5%
Notes Look for Summer Special on long terms
Reservation deposit requested within 7 days to guarantee dates. Full payments due 60 to 45 days prior, depending on contract, subject to cancellation fee if home not rebooked, especially on longer term rentals. Personal check, Cashier's or Travelers checks. Security deposit to be held in Trust account. Rates negotiable on longer terms, discounts to military and Kamaina. Owner is Licensed Broker.
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Amenities

Amenities

Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bath has a large walk in shower, wide enough for wheelchair, and a built in seat. Hall bath has a bath tub and walk in shower with built in seat.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • DEN/TV room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Living room/library - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size bed in master bedroom. Double Bed (1) in front bedroom, twin/Single Beds as trundle in middle bedroom, also convertible to double, double size sleep sofa, queen sofa futon, plus other floor futons available
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • CD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Game Room ...
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • botanical garden
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • festivals
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • scenic drives
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • wind-surfing
  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • tennis
  • jet skiing
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • surf fishing
  • parasailing
  • skiing
  • rock climbing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • snowboarding
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • basketball court
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • water skiing
  • spelunking
  • cycling
  • hunting
Notes:
Wheelchair accessibility throughout home with wide doorways, no steps, showers are large with built in benches and adjacent street corners have been ADA modified for easy access downtown areas.
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