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Jack Stevenson

Member since: 2000
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Speaks: english

Homeaway's Top 10 Romantic Properties In The World - The Falls at Reed's Island

46 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, sleeps 6

The Falls at Reed's Island located in Hilo's upscale enclave, Reed's Island, a mile from downtown Hilo. Perched at eye level to one of Hawaii's most beautiful waterfalls, and is flanked by the Wailuku River and rain forest. The Falls at Reed's Island features private bathrooms, hot-and-cold soaking tubs and views from every window.

Selected by Frommer’s as one of the 15 top picks, on the planet - properties with a view. Homeaway's top 10 romantic properties in the world, Concierge magazine Editors Pick. The Falls at Reed's Island, was also one of four properties featured in The New York Times - 'Secluded Retreats on the Big Island' and was featured on the TV special - 'Around the World in 80 Homes' produced by the Fine Living Channel.

Historically home for the Hawaiians was not on the beach, they lived in the valleys where the weather was appealing, inspirational, serene. Legend has it that Reed’s Island, (original name “Koloiki”) was the play ground of the Alii. Imagine staying in what seems to be deep in a rain forest, but just a mile up river of Hilo Bay, where a Hawaiian King spent his time.

Guest comments from Honolulu - “Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have loved the experience of this magical place. The soothing cascades of the waterfalls, the falling rain, the calls of birds, the black rocks and so many colors of green just overload the senses and provide an unimagined tranquility. Steve told us of this paradise - but even he could not prepare us for this setting. From dawn to dark we have been captive and can only speak in low voices as if not to break the spell. Thank you for sharing this all with us. We leave with memories and feelings that will last forever. Much aloha”

Reed's Island is a Hilo neighborhood where the wealthy built their homes in a bygone era, and it still holds that reputation today. The two and a quarter acre estate is located at the very end of the island's only road, giving it the most prestigious and secluded setting on the island - “feels like being on a private island”.

The Falls at Reed's Island is about 1 mile from old historic Hilo town and Hilo Bay “The Beautiful Bayside City”. The land is more vertical than horizontal, a sliver with about 700' of frontage on the Wailuku River, the largest river in the State. It is protected by a fragment of State land on its side away from the river, and the land across the river is protected by a conservation easement. When on the property, it seems deep in the rain forest, although it is really in downtown Hilo.

Amenities: Phone, wifi, cable TV, DVD, VCR, CD player, hot and cold soaking tubs, full kitchen, sub zero refrigerator, ice maker, kitchen aid range, dishwasher, two sinks, cooking utensils, all linens including beach towels, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, washer and dryer, Weber Gas BBQ.

Activities: Active volcano, hiking, biking, golfing, fitness center, horseshoes, fishing, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants, cinemas, museums, sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling & diving, boating, surfing.

Area: Located 10 min from the Hilo International Airport and 30 min from Volcanoes National Park.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Jack Stevenson (Owner)
Member since: 2000
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Speaks: english

About Jack Stevenson

Owners are Jack and Jane Stevenson. Jack is a fourth generation Hawaii resident. His great grandparents came from Germany in 1882, straight to Kauai. Jane has lived in Hawaii 56 years. They grew up on Oahu and spent 14 years on Kauai before moving to the Big Island when they purchased the property and created “The Falls at Reed's Island”. They have fallen in love with Hilo in the last ten years. Think that Hilo feels like Honolulu did in the fifties. They love the verdant green side of the Island and all the beautiful rivers and streams. They live in an historic house just five minutes from The Falls. Jack is very active in the Rotary Club of South Hilo. Jane spends time on historic preservation. Jack is an avid scuba diver, who only recently sold his dive boat.

Jack Stevenson purchased this house in 2000

Why Jack Stevenson chose Hilo District

The property was a private vacation home designed and built by two Architects, from San Francisco. Upon the death of one the property was put on the market. We purchased the property because of its simplistic beauty, and by the way it has a 25' waterfall right in the yard. Jane and I converted it to a vacation rental.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had the most wonderful stay at this very special place. We are grateful to both of you for keeping the integrity of the house as Tom and David made it. It has been a poignant visit, thinking of our friends as they envisioned this place and the enormous amount of work it took to create this vision.

We did go out and about to Volcano which is truly amazing, the botanical garden and other explorations but what I really wanted to do was stay here and soak up this place. My husband was writing a good portion of this stay and the house and the outdoors provided a calming and perfect refuge. We’ve taken advantage of trying out many different places to eat while we visited this side of the Island: Miyo’s (great home style Japanese cooking), Sombat’s Thai, Kaleo’s Bar & Grill – Yum, Pahoa, Café Ono-Volcano, Naung Mai Thai Kitchen , Hilo – All of these places served really good food. Make sure to visit the Farmer’s Market in Hilo – we were able to buy white pineapples and other wonderful tropical fruits. Thank you so much.
Apr 2013
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Homeaway's Top 10 Romantic Properties In The World - The Falls at Reed's Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 76 reviews
North Vancouver BC Canada

A Truly Amazing Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 3 couples spent a week at The Falls at Reed's Island. This beautiful, well maintained home is set on a piece of property that defies all of one's senses. The landscaping is gorgeous with waterfalls that can be viewed from the kitchen. The home is perfectly set up to give everyone their privacy and lots of space to enjoy as a group. We started each morning and ended each day in the huge kitchen pavilion. We prepared meals in the well-equipped kitchen daily, putting the BBQ through its paces on many occasions. The screened lanais were perfect spots to sit quietly or gather for a game of cards. We loved the open feel to the rooms and their views. The scents from the garden were lovely and as night fell the symphony started; the frogs and other rain forest inhabitants serenaded us with their song. The seclusion of the property allowed us to sleep with the screens uncovered letting the morning sunlight filter through the forest trees, waking us to a canvas of rain forest greenery.

The owners are great to deal with; they answered all of our questions quickly. We were greeted with some, "Taste of Hawaii," gifts and lovely flower arrangements, which were really appreciated. The bathrooms were perfect, with lots of hot water, towels and toiletries provided. We loved the library of travel books for Hawaii, and the games that were available. The Internet kept us connected. The dip pools were a unique feature that we enjoyed. The garden building had a good supply of beach toys, snorkeling gear and chairs.

We used the travel books and maps to see the island. We enjoyed local beaches, hiked through Volcanoes National Park, visited Black Sand Beach, saw Sea Turtles and many tropical birds, visited Waimea and Honoka'a. We had good lunches at Pineapples and Le Magic Pan in Hilo, at Papa'aloa Country Store and Cafe at the end of the scenic drive up the east coast and at the Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano Village.

We had a magnificent vacation experience at this property and would highly recommend The Falls at Reed’s Island.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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An oasis of beauty in the city

  • 5 of 5

I'm not sure there is much more to add to all the other superlative reviews here. This house is beautiful, thoughtfully designed to ensure privacy and peaceful enjoyment of the lush rainforest garden and waterfall. It was perfect for our family of six as a base to explore Hilo and the surrounding area, giving us a beautiful and relaxing place to come home to every day. Having a hot tub while listening to the sound of the frogs in the trees was a pretty unique Hawaii experience! Mahalo to Jack and Jane, who were very responsive and thoughtful hosts - from the gift of coffee and cookies on arrival, to the alerts they provided of local road closures. Stay here if you possibly can!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Amazing visit.

  • 5 of 5

thank you Jack for sharing your amazing home with my family! We had the trip of a lifetime! words and pictures cannot accurately describe how beautiful your home is. Thanks again for your gracious hospitality

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Beautiful property!!

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely beautiful place. Peaceful! The waterfall and river are amazing. It is as advertised. I must warn you that you will not want to leave so get your sightseeing in first.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Your Private Piece Of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

My wife, and I just finished our visit to the spectacular estate , The Falls at Reeds Island.

As we first saw the home, it looked as if it was set perfectly on the lot as almost to hide itself into the landscape. We entered the front door and were drawn down the hallway through a screened hallway into a nice family dining area and then into a room that had massive windows that framed what we had come for, the view of the Falls at Reeds Island. This is a piece of paradise. The waterfall empties into a river that rages below. The river winds itself through the property below along its shores of perfectly manicured foliage. This is not like any property I have ever seen. As you looked out in all directions, you could not see any other sign of life outside of this property. The dense landscape totally isolates you from everywhere and everyone else. You feel totally alone, in complete privacy.

The architecture of the home is unique and totally functional. Not a thing out of place, perfection in its simplicity. The kitchen is the soul of the home. It was large, open, and housed all of the elements of a state of the art gourmet kitchen. We spent most of our time in the kitchen reading and looking out at the falls.

The rest of the home is as equally well equipped. Everything was spotless and you just felt comfortable everywhere you went in the home. This would be a great location to host a large family get away, or simply a quiet place to read a few books and be surrounded in peace. At night, we were happy to hear the heavy rain on the roof and the serenade of the resident Coqui frogs. The sound was a relaxing reminder that you were in a special place. We cannot wait for another opportunity to revisit this piece of heaven.



  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Heaven's Heaven

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked The Falls at Reed's Island almost a year prior to our stay, which would be an extended-family excursion celebrating my brother's 40th birthday. In the months before our trip, I would go on line every few weeks and look at the beautiful photos, imagining our family all together there. I hoped the home would be at least half as lovely as the pictures. When the moment finally arrived, and all five of us were walking through the front door together, it was something I'll never forget. Let me tell you this: the pictures can't hold a candle to the magnificence of this place. Upon entering the lanai, we were nearly speechless. The stunning rain forest all around us, the beautiful river flowing past, the dramatic view of the falls from the main living space, the sounds of the water and wildlife, plus the cleanest air you've ever breathed - not to mention the graceful, simple elegance of the home, and all of it so very private! It is unlike anything we have ever experienced. Much time was spent just sitting in silence - all five of us staring out at the scenery. It felt like another world, and we have grand memories to last a lifetime. We are sincerely grateful to Jack and Jane for so generously sharing this most precious piece of the world.

--Ann & Tim

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cafe Pesto
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Coconut Island
Car: recommended

East side of the Big Island, Hawaii. Great location for visits to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 (2 nt, 3 nt when open)
Apr 13 2016 - Dec 19 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Happy to book 2 or 3 nights if they are open between two other bookings. Does not include any open periods 4 nights or more.
* Plus $41 for each additional occupant (older than 2 years old on check in) per night. (Undeclared additional guest $60/nt)

Cleaning fee $225
Taxes totaling 13.416%: [GET of 4.166 & TAT 9.25]
$1,000 refundable security deposit
State Tax ID W02658930-01

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Hilo District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Private bathroom in each bedroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , or two twins
  • Each bedroom has private bathroom. Great views from all bedrooms. Bedroom 3 (set as king or two twins).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Hot and cold soaking tubs in screen area. Free, direct dial, US Mainland, Canada and inter-island calls. Security camera in public area.

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