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Unique, private, quiet locale! Rates for 1 to 12~ Exclusive use!

Michael and Gina Miller

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Unique, private, quiet locale! Rates for 1 to 12~ Exclusive use!

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Keaau House Rental Photos and Description

4 full Bedrooms + another private room with futon bed + 2 Baths

Located on a lush one acre lot at the end of 23rd Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park and bordering the Maku'u Forest Reserve, with its own private driveway and gate, The Naupaka Guest House has much to offer travelers to East Hawai’i!

The 'Guest House' consists of four quaint cottages, all connected at their roofs and via decking. Two of the cottages house the bedrooms. All 5 of the rooms with beds have separate and individually keyed entries, so those traveling together can enjoy personal privacy and undisturbed rest when needed! This is our most unique and most valued feature!

This is an exclusive-use rental - meaning we rent to ONLY one group at a time (this is not a 'BnB' or Hostel). We take reservations for groups from only 1 to up to 10 – 12.

The private-entry bedrooms comfortably sleep up to 8 in regular beds in 4 regular bedrooms, up to 10 with use of full futon in the 5th private room. Groups of up to 12 are made possible with use of living room sleeper sofa and/or 2 twin air mattresses that can be placed in either the Na Lei Room or The Aloha Shirt Room (sitting chairs are moved into open closets to fit air mattresses).

4 night minimum for groups of 1 to 4,

3 night minimum for groups of 5-12 persons.

ALL rates, including rent, cleaning and security deposit are based on the number of renters:

Rent begins at $70 per night for one person, exclusive use. $15 per night per additional person (see list below). No charge for a child under age 1 (Pack n Play crib for use on site).

Cleaning fees are:

$75 for groups of 1 to 4,

$125 for groups of 5-6,

$150 for 7-8,

$175 for 9-10

and $200 for 11-12.

NOTE: Instant Quote option will not reflect cleaning fees accurately for groups over 4.

Hawaii taxes are:

13.42 % (13.41667) on rent

and 4.17% (4.1667) on cleaning fee.

Security deposit of $150 for first week or portion of for groups of 1-8, $200 for groups of 9-12, plus $50 add'l for each add'l week or portion of. Refunded within 48 hours of check-out, as long as nothing is missing, broken, stained beyond repair, or in need of special cleaning; partial refund can also happen. Normally we give a full refund!

A $250 first payment reserves your dates on our calendar. The remaining amount due is payable within one week of check-in.


$70 per night for 1 person

$85 per night for 2 people*

$100 per night for 3 people*

$115 per night for 4 people*

$130 per night for 5 people*

$145 per night for 6 people*

$160 per night for 7 people*

$175 per night for 8 people*

$190 per night for 9 people

$205 per night for 10 people


Up to two more guests can be accommodated, with use of sleeper sofa or twin air mattresses:

$220 per night for 11 people

$235 per night for 12 people

*Number of bedrooms 'opened' for groups of 2-8 depends on your group's needs. for example, if a group of 5 includes 2 couples, and one additional person, 3 bedrooms would be opened. If only one couple is renting, one bedroom would be open (keys given). No matter the size of your group, the rental is for exclusive use - meaning there would not be other renters and all living areas and laundry are for your use only. (We live in our own small home on the other side of the property and have our own laundry facility).


Special details about “The Naupaka Guest House” ~

The cottage-complex was originally built as a hostel, and so all bedrooms were built to be separate from the living areas, with their own separate entrances and keys. Although it is no longer run as a hostel, instead being rented out to only one group at a time, having all of the bedrooms in cottages separate from the living area cottage allows those who want to socialize (in the living/dining/kitchen areas and/or on the screened lanai) to be able to, while also allowing those who want to sleep, to sleep away from the living areas without being disturbed~

Groups truly appreciate that individual sleep schedules/needs can be met well under these circumstances! It is our most unique feature, and highly valued by guests...along with the much beloved full-body massage chair in the living room!

The four cottages house: a living room with attached screened lanai, a kitchen and dining room, two bathrooms, a laundry room, and 5 Hawaiian-themed bedrooms which sleep 10 (8 in regular beds and 2 on full-size futon). For larger groups, there is also a Queen-sleeper sofa in the living room. We also have 2 twin air mattresses that can be used in some bedrooms if preferred over using the sleeper sofa in the living room, or in addition to, depending on your group's needs.

During its conversion into a vacation rental in 2011, along with Hawaiian décor touches, renovations made by us include: new flooring, new stove/oven/frig, new ceiling fans throughout, plus upgraded plumbing & electrical (all are to building code and permitted), plus the addition of child safety lattice, and an on-demand hot water system (hot water never runs out!).

Additionally, our water filtration system is commercial grade with UV – meaning safe to drink and wash in, and also meaning no need for you to buy bottled water!

The four cottages are all connected by decking & railings, forming a small courtyard in the center that serves as a lovely meditation garden and peaceful sight when you exit your room each morning before gathering for breakfast! The outside of the cottages are flanked by lush tropical landscaping ~ including a few fruit trees, yours for the picking when in season (oranges, limes, grapefruit, avocados and breadfruit).

Another feature guests particularly enjoy: the property attracts many birds, which you will hear singing throughout the daytime; and hosts a night-time coqui-frog chorus to lull you to sleep! Coquis are very small nocturnal frogs that live in surrounding foliage, and are found throughout the Big Island. You may never see one (except via flashlight), but they have a very sweet mating call at night~

Here is how the bedrooms/cottages are arranged (see photos):

Two bedrooms, with private entrances off the courtyard and uniquely-keyed doors are located in their own cottage, along with one of the bathrooms. These rooms share an inside connecting door, which can be left locked or unlocked. These are Da Slippahs Room, the largest bedroom, and the smallest bedroom (The Hula Room). Unlocking the connecting inside door converts these two rooms and bathroom into a lovely petite suite for a couple with young children~

The remaining 3 bedrooms are located across the little courtyard in their own cottage, again all with private and uniquely-keyed entrances. They include: The Aloha Shirt Room, The Na Lei Room and The Flowers Room. None of these rooms connect to any other rooms.

There is a full shower-bathroom combo in a third adjoining building. That second bathroom is only steps away from the 3 bedroom cottage, along decking illuminated safely with calm nighttime lighting and in a locale private enough to not wake others! The cottages' private laundry room is in the same building with the second bathroom, and features brand new state-of-the art machines (as of July, 2013).

Each of the bedrooms include a reading lamp, sitting area, radio and power surge protection outlet strip, to power up all your important personal electronics!

All guestroom key-rings include a key to the gate and one for the fourth attached building, which houses the kitchen, dining and relaxation areas ~ including a comfy family room, with its loveseat and queen-sized sleeper sofa plus a VERY popular full-body programmable massage chair, all right next to the adjoining screened lanai with wicker loveseat/coffee table and large patio table.

There are 2 eating areas; a dining room that seats 6, plus the very nearby screened lanai with its amply-sized patio table, providing additional seating for 4. The living room and lanai coffee tables can easily accommodate two more for groups of 11-12 that may want to eat all at the same time. Additionally, for out-door food prep; there is a table in the nearby covered shed that can be pulled out for you for use next to the kettle BBQ!

For Web users: Wi-Fi is free and accessible throughout the property ~ no password required.

First aid kit, bug spray and flashlights, plus fire extinguisher are located in the kitchen. This is a SMOKE-FREE home. Smoking is only permitted if 20+ feet from buildings. NO exceptions...smoking nearby the buildings will result in loss of security deposit.

The EMS system in our area is via 9-1-1, with the closest EMS providers being only about 4 miles away. There is also an urgent care facility within 15 minutes, in the town of Keaau.

We live nearby in a small home, very privately located (not visible to renters) & one or the other or both of us remain available via land-line or cell phone for any type of help if need arises. We also have many friends in the subdivision. We have even had neighbors’ families stay with us~

After check-in, you’ll probably only see us when one of us walks along the drive to get the morning paper. We always encourage our renters to call us, though, for any reason!

Check out - 11AM; or by prior arrangement.

Check in - 3PM; or by prior arrangement.

Cancellation policy: 100% refund with 30-day advance notice.

If you've any additional info you'd like us to provide, please call or email us!

Aloha~! Michael & Gina

Keywords: The Naupaka Guest House is situated next to the Maku'u Forest Reserve, on a small foliage farm, with coconut, orange, lime and other fruit trees. Great location close to many popular activities in East Hawaii. Great for Family Reunions, Wedding Parties, Group traveling, or even for locals from other side of the big island!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael and Gina Miller (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 12, 2015

About Michael and Gina Miller

Michael has lived in the Hilo area since 1998. He grew up in the Santa Monica area of Los Angeles and attended Cal State SLO, where he received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and worked in high tech sales before making his move to island. He retrained into real estate sales and very much enjoys his current career as a Realtor, being very-well suited to the profession. He also owns a popular music store in Hilo (CDs, LPs, home and car audio), and plays guitar with his many musician friends in his spare time.

Gina began life in the Philadelphia area before moving with her family to the Los Angeles area at age 15. She attended UCLA for her undergrad degree and went to The University of Memphis for post-grad studies. She has previously worked as an elementary school teacher and assistant to developmentally disabled adults. After Tennessee, her life brought her to Oklahoma, Texas, Northern California, and finally Hawaii. She now works as primary manager of the guest house and takes care of our home and our two indoor kitty cats. In her spare time, she particularly enjoys swimming and reading.

Michael and Gina Miller purchased this house in 2010

Why Michael and Gina Miller chose Keaau

Location~! Naupaka Guest House abuts the Maku'u Forest Reserve, making for a quiet, private locale. It is still close enough to Hilo to not be 'out in the boonies,' and makes a nice home base for those who want to stay in one spot while making day trips on island~

What makes this house unique

This property's most unique feature is that it has all bedrooms in cottages separate from the cottage with the living areas which allows for maximum flexibility in sleep/socializing schedules for larger groups/families. It has also allowed us to keep our rates low for our smaller groups, as we open only those bedrooms needed~

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Unique, private, quiet locale! Rates for 1 to 12~ Exclusive use!
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews
Kihei, Maui

Comfort in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

The Naupaka Guest House was perfect for our group of 9 women. Michael met us the first day and gave us a tour of the property. So many amenities! We had everything we needed and felt very safe and comfortable. Plenty of private space for quiet times and a roomy kitchen/dining/living area for us all to eat and visit. The Naupaka House fit our needs for our Merrie Monarch visit and we hope to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Maui Jan! We are so glad that The Naupaka Guest House met the needs of your lovely hula group! We enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again in the future! Mahalo for your review! Smiles and aloha, Gina (& Michael)

Awesome Experience

  • 5 of 5

The guest house was perfect for our family vacation! Room to get all of us together and enough space to spread out. Beautiful and quiet property. The geckos and lizards were fun to watch and the courtyard was great for reading or just relaxing. Gina was great showing us all of the amenities of the house and even returned my phone to Iowa when it was left in the rush to the airport. This truly was the trip of a lifetime for our family!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Erika! We are so glad that the guest house helped make your special family vacation a memorable one~ it was a delight to meet you and your family! Happy Anniversary, again! Smiles and aloha from The Big Island, Michael and Gina

Awesome Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great! It was nice to be together as a family but enough space to spread out also. The geckos and lizards were fun to watch and the courtyard was a great space to read or just relax. Gina was great introducing us to all the property had to offer and even sent my phone back to Iowa when I left it in the rush to get to the airport. Our trip was truly once in a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Naupaka Guest House

  • 5 of 5

We were pleasantly surprised by the comfort that Naupaka Guest House provided us. We were traveling with 5 adults and 3 children and an additional adult came for three nights. It was comfortable and very relaxing. Our hosts were most accommodating and we send our thanks. We would certainly stay there again if the opportunity presented itself.

BF Lodi CA

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Babara~ Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad our guest house provided a comfortable home for all during your week's stay~ We would very much enjoy seeing you again down the road. Wishing you all much aloha~ Sincerely, Michael and Gina

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Aloha! I want to thank our hosts of the Naupaka Guest House for the wonderful accommodations that are offered as part of my stay. Each room was charming and cozy, making my experience very intimate and inviting. I truly appreciated the small details from travel containers for food to extra shampoo and conditioner (came in very handy, thank you!!). The property is pristine and beautifully kept, which only makes your guests want to help keep it that way. And it goes without saying that the hospitality provided is absolutely stellar, with your generous availability and accessibility. I am recommending you to anyone and everyone that is interested in heading out that way. Oh....and I will be back :D Thank you for helping make my visit to Hawai'i that more special. Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Sandra! Mahalo for taking the time to review us and the property. We are so glad that your stay was enjoyable, and that you found the guest house to be a place you want to recommend and return to! We would love to host you and your friends and/or family again! Oh, and Happy Birthday, again! Sending our aloha to you and yours, Gina and Michael

Naupaka Guest House

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful. The owners lived next door and brought us avocados and lemons from their trees. The area was very quiet. If you are looking for a quiet peaceful getaway go here! Every thing was clean and lush. I would recommend for any team activity in Hilo or Keaau.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Dex~ We are glad that you and the rest of the water polo team found our guest house to be just right! It was nice to meet you and the girls! Hope to see you again down the road~ Aloha from The Big Island, Michael and Gina


Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Pahoa Town
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 130
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Keaau and Pahoa towns
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Richardson's Beach Park
Car: necessary

Sweet East Hawai'i locale! ~The ocean is only 5 mins drive away with beautiful vistas for peaceful walks and also tide-pools to swim in for the more adventurous; gorgeous public Beach Parks with snorkeling and turtles (and lifeguards) are just outside Hilo! (About 25 mins drive, with snorkel rentals available in Hilo); Volcanoes National Park 40 minutes drive; Food Markets and restaurants 10 minutes; Large 'Maku'u Farmers' Market' on Sundays with live entertainment and great food (eat there under canopies or take to go) is only 5 minutes away~


Rates & Availability

From $70 Per night

Keaau House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Hoildays
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 3 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee & 4.17% tax $78.13
Refundable damage deposit $150.00
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes We rent to one group at a time. This is NOT a shared rental.
We accept 'groups' from as few as 1 person to as many as 12~
Rates begin @ $70 per night (pre taxes) for 1 person, $15 per night per additional person, max of 12.
No charge for a baby.
Security deposit & cleaning based on # of renters (see listing or send inquiry); also security deposit increases by $50 per week or portion of after first week.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Keaau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Walk-in/sit-in shower.
  • 2 total.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Na Lei Room - 2 twin/ single
    Aloha Shirt Room - Full-sized bed
    Flowers Room - Full-sized bed
    Da Slippahs Room - Queen-sized bed
    Small 5th room - 'Hula Room' off Slippahs Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full futon, no closet, adjoins Slippahs Room, private key
  • Queen-sized sleeper sofa in living room. Other options for sleeping arrangements have included renters choosing to either use one of the two twin air mattresses on the lanai or to have us prep one in the Aloha Shirt Room and/or in the Na Lei Room (sitting chairs are then moved into the 'open closets' to provide floor space for the mattresses.) All mattresses include mattress pads. For families with a baby or very small children, Da Slippahs Room can accommodate the Pack n Play type crib or one of our twin air mattresses. Additionally, Da Slippah's Room has a connecting door to the Hula Room, which can be unlocked, to sleep 1 to 2 more on its full-sized futon! Together, these two rooms make a nice 'suite' for a small family ~ ~~~~~~~ FOR BABIES: 'Pack and play' type crib with baby blanket, adjustable high-chair and baby bath tub.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling fans throughout. AC Unit in small bedroom off Da Slippahs Room. On-demand hot water for bathrooms/kitchen/laundry (never runs out!) Reading lamps in all bedrooms, plus in living area. Ottomans in Da Slippahs, Aloha Shirt and Hula rooms. Smoke detectors throughout. Fire extinguisher in kitchen/ first aid kit also. The fully-equipped laundry room has an iron & board & spray starch and distilled water; plus soap/stain remover/dryer sheets. All rooms have portable hamper. Each room is stocked with 2 or more beach towels, tissues, plus paper and pen. Ear plugs (for lighter sleepers) are to be found in living room~ Available for free use: boogie boards, beach chairs, coolers, binoculars.

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