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

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

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Half Baths
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.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Jack Stevenson
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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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
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One of a kind place

  • 5 of 5

Private jungle home with waterfall and no lights of the surrounding civilization at night.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Gorgeous waterfall paradise

  • 5 of 5

We chose the property to have our destination wedding at. We loved how private and beautiful the location is. Our wedding guests couldn't believe how amazing the location was. Jack, the owner, has everything you could ever need on hand and is very helpful. We would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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This is a slice of Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Our hearts ached from the beauty of this place. Every angle from every room is a stunning view. We planned on doing a lot of activities on the island but really didn't want to leave the house. We ended up just spending our vacation in our own private paradise.

Our hosts Jack and Jane were so kind and helpful. The house is like a designer log cabin amidst a very exclusive and personal tropical heaven. I highly recommend this rental for serious R&R. I will rent again.

It's better than the pictures!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Beyond our expectations

  • 5 of 5

This is by far the most spectacular place we have ever stayed. Every view from every window is picture perfect. The property is like a private botanical garden. Even though it's in the middle of Hilo, once we entered the property gate it was easy to believe that we were miles from civilization. We enjoyed complete privacy, since the house is not visible from the road.

We are looking forward to a return visit, and hope to make it an annual tradition.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Falls at reed's village

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we stayed here and it didn't disappoint. We have stayed in beautiful settings all over the world and for us, this is by far the best.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Rearranged my vacation to stay at this home and it was worth it! If we come back to the big island & I hope we will, we will stay here again. The property is so beautiful & private. Feels like you have gotten away from it all but drive less than 10 minutes & you are back to all the conveniences of civilization. The pics & description are very accurate. Amazing!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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.


Rates & Availability

Hilo House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016-17 (2 nt, 3 nt when open)
Sep 28 2016 - Sep 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
Standard pricing
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). If child is 2 years or younger at time of visit do not list in the guest count just indicate in your email, affects Homeaway's service fee.

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 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 ...
  • fax
  • 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
  • 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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