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Serene, Restored Plantation House with Sweeping Ocean Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

The View House is the epitome of graciousness, peace, quiet, and privacy. It is a tropical oasis on three acres of manicured grounds, fragrant flowers, and tropical fruit trees. The predominant colors are the crystal-clear blue sky, countless shades of tropical green foliage, and the deep blue-green ocean. The oxygen-rich air reaches the estate untainted over 2500 miles of the Pacific. The sunlight actually sparkles in the air at times. All these elements taken together create a Garden of Eden that you will never want to leave.

From the large, sweeping lanai (deck), Maui can be seen in the distance across the Pacific. The View House is a lovingly renovated and updated sugar plantation house, retaining the feel of a bygone era. Superbly crafted and furnished with tropical bamboo and teak furniture, it offers an elegant and light-filled space.

All water running into the house comes from deep Island aquifers and is double-filtered and pure. Floors are hardwood and tile. The house features a lovely bathroom with a soaking tub, a large, fully-equipped kitchen with Mexican counter tops, a master bedroom with a queen bed and ocean view, a small bedroom with twin beds and garden view, and a fold-out queen bed in the living room.

For even deeper relaxation, guests at the View House have exclusive use of our spa. Our infrared sauna, hot tub, and cold tub sit on totally private decks, surrounded by lime and moringa trees. Guests will find an additional shower room and water closet in the adjoining tiled breezeway.

The View House is our only rental. We are a small, private operation and offer a serene, safe, exceptionally clean environment in “old Hawaii,” off the beaten track. We are 4 miles from spectacular Waipio Valley and 4 miles from a historic small “sugar town” with all amenities. We are an hour from Kona and an hour from Hilo, making both sides of the Island accessible. The most common feedback we get is that the home and property are more beautiful than the photos.

If you are coming to the Big Island in search of beauty, peace, serenity, relaxation, and rejuvenation, you have found what you are looking for! Our part of the island still expresses traditional Hawaiian “Aloha,” and the View House is the culmination of your quest.

Keywords: House, Vacation Rental, Private, Spa, Hot Tub, Sauna, Hawaii, Big Island, naturopathic

More Details

Marcel Hernandez
Member since: 2003
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Marcel Hernandez

My wife, Connie, and I are both Naturopathic Physicians and maintain a small, part-time office on the property. We see patients and tend the organic orchards and gardens. Our dear friends, Marcus and Shigeko Bachino, work with us in providing unobtrusive support, when needed. It is a blessing to live in this special place and be so closely in touch with the land. We welcome all visitors with warm aloha and invite them to partake in the healing, restorative energies that are so tangible everywhere on the property.

Marcel Hernandez purchased this house in 1999

Why Marcel Hernandez chose Honokaa

We looked for land to purchase in Hawaii for more than 10 years before we found this little piece of paradise. When we bought it, it had two aging plantation houses in need of extreme TLC. Our close friends thought we were nuts. Many years later, even Hawaii-born visitors marvel at the beauty and magic that are so tangible everywhere on the property.

Special places with benches invite visitors to stop and breathe in the beauty. Fruit tree loaded with their bounty are perfect for grazing.

What makes this house unique

Imagine that you wake up in the morning to the songs of tropical birds. The sunrise is filtering through the palms, jacaranda and orchid trees, creating shadow patterns on the walls of your bedroom. The soft, gentle rain that fell through part of the night created a soothing cadence on the metal roof of your lovely quarters. You have slept well. Sliding open the large glass door, you step from your bedroom out onto the lanai, take a deep breath of pure ocean air, do a few stretches and gaze out over the deep blues of the Pacific Ocean. The trade winds are light. It is a sparkling clear day. Across the channel, Maui is shrouded in a slight mist. Donning a sarong, you walk down the lanai steps into the orchard to collect your fruit salad. A couple of ripe papayas, a passion fruit or two and a starfruit tumble into your harvest basket. A hand of tasty apple bananas awaits you on the kitchen counter. A huge, round butter avocado and a couple of Tahitian limes complete your breakfast. What to do after breakfast? Should you pack a picnic lunch and hike 40 minutes through the miles of preserve bordering the estate to the spectacular coastal views from the cliffs overlooking the ocean? Perhaps a beach trip to the legendary Waipio Valley, just four miles away? Or a 5-minute trip into town to browse the galleries and have a cup of tea? There are so many things to see and do on the island, like visiting the volcano, driving up to the Mauna Kea observatories, exploring the lush drive to Hilo. Maybe you'll just lie in the hammock for a while and think about it. Or lounge in the spa. After all, it is a gorgeous day, and you are here to relax and rejuvenate.


Honokaa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , garden view
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Serene, Restored Plantation House with Sweeping Ocean Views
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Amazing views and great house away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10-days with our two teenage kids who shared the 2nd bedroom. The house was perfect. We skipped the beach a few days just to enjoy the house a little more. Natural breezes keep the house cool. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare great meals so we weren't forced to eat out every meal. Having the spa and sauna gave it the total resort feel while being completely private. If you want to get away from everything, this is the place.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so appreciate that our guests have this kind of an experience. We are totally committed to setting the atmosphere and ambiance for a transformative experience. We rarely respond to reviews, but a couple of the words used in this review encapsulate what we hope everyone experiences: "perfect," "enjoy," "everything we needed" "resort feel," "private," and "get away from everything." We are grateful.
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Peaceful paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a lovely three weeks at the View House. Indeed, the view was the highlight! The cottage itself was fully equipped with linens, towels, beach chairs and umbrellas, and a very functional kitchen. We loved returning home in the late afternoons and enjoying the breezes and quiet.

Marcel was so good to work with, providing great info and communication. The caretakers, Marcus and Shigeko were fantastic--we had fresh fruit and flowers on arrival and throughout the stay. The location was just what we wanted--away from the craziness of Kona or Hilo. The village of Honoka'a was only five minutes away, and we could reach Kona or Hilo in about an hour. Waimea was only 20 minutes with great restaurants and shopping. The beaches were a bit far, but this gave us the chance to visit many different ones. The only negative was that the cottage was without air conditioning and it got a bit hot in the late afternoons, but it cooled down as soon as the sun set--sleeping was fabulous and the early mornings greeted us with the sounds of the orchard and animals. If you are looking for a peaceful holiday away from the tourist crush, this is a fantastic place.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, restful, unbelievable!

  • 5 of 5

I am so greatful to have found this little piece of heaven on earth. Waking every morning to a view of the sea. The sound of the birds at night and day is so amazing. The 1st night we were here, we looked up into the sky to see the stars. I'm 47 years old and I have never seen the stars like that! So many stars and the milky way, unbelievable! You can walk along the property and pick fruit or just kick back in the jacuzzi. It is amazing to me that people get to live like this. Such a beautiful place. The only thing you need is clothes, food and toiletries. Everything else is here. Very well maintained property! I don't want to leave☺

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and Restorative

  • 5 of 5

Excellent house, lovely gardens and stunning views, in a unique and rural location, away from the tourist areas. Enjoyed the house, grounds and nearby town of Honokaa, with its interesting history, friendly people and good restaurants and shops. Very close to beautiful Waipio Valley and eastern coast with good hiking. Hosts very friendly and informative. Had a great time and would visit again.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Peaceful

  • 4 of 5

The property was wonderful, very inviting. The house was clean and very well furnished. We really enjoyed our week and were happy that we chose it for our stay in Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, private, restful - and a great location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights in February and so glad we did. It's minutes to Waipio Valley, an easy drive to Hawi, Pololu Valley and kayaking north of Kona. The main living space is all one large room, extended by the porch, and so you always have this sweeping view of the orchards and then the ocean. (the main BR has that same view.)

Honokaa is minutes away if you want to eat out, but the multiple farmers markets provide more than enough easy dinner options, you may choose to stay at the house and enjoy the peace and serenity.

Access to the second bathroom is from the outside, but the steps are completely private, it's like going to one's lanai. (and that shower is terrific, with non-slip stones that massage your feet just a bit and a small garden right next to it.) The hot tub is an added bonus, seeing the stars from there is a treat.

The house is on the road that ends at Waipio Valley, but most of the traffic is daytime, when we were out hiking, and I didn't hear what little traffic there was from the porch or main bedroom at all. The whole place is just so peaceful and restorative.

The owner provided an incredible basket of fresh fruits and avocados, and cold drinks in the fridge: what a special and thoughtful treat. Communication and directions were perfect.

I had second thoughts when we first arrived, realizing we might be driving a bit more than we would have had we stayed in Kona. I am so happy we chose this place instead, we likely would not have gone to Polulu Valley and other places further northwest, and I was always so happy to come back to this peaceful gem at the end of daytime journeys.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Kona or Hilo, both an hour away
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Metres
Rte 240
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Waipio Valley Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary

The rental sits on top of a hill, overlooking pastoral views and the Pacific Ocean all the way to Maui. Pure, clean air comes right off the ocean. Very quiet and peaceful location.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $90
Tax Rate 13.5%

We prefer booking on-line through VRBO. However, we also accept credit cards and paypal. Credit cards: 50% due at booking; 50% automatically charged to card one week before arrival. Paypal: entire amount due at time of booking. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN RATES QUOTED ON-LINE, ADDITIONAL GUEST CHARGES MAY NOT BE INCLUDED.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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