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Marcel Hernandez

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese

Serene, Restored Plantation House with Sweeping Ocean Views

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Hamakua Coast House Rental Photos and Description

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
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marcel Hernandez (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese

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 Hamakua Coast

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.


based on 39 traveler reviews

Serene, Restored Plantation House with Sweeping Ocean Views
average rating of 4.6410255 based on 39 reviews

This place was simply amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay here. Everything was perfect - from the note left welcoming us to the house, grounds, view, sauna, hot tub, location, and on and on. We definitely would recommend this to others and would stay here again if we ever get the chance to return! Thank you for the perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Place To Finish Our Trip

  • 5 of 5

After spending 12 days on the Kona side of the island with family and friends celebrating our 25th anniversary, it was nice to spend our last 3 nights on the island in this beautiful quiet home. I don't know where to begin. As soon as you walk in the door and see through the living area out the back doors you instantly relax. The house is very well stocked with everything you would need. The natural soap in the shower was great. Wish I could have bought some. Not sure what it would be like if it was really hot but the breeze we had each day was nice.

If I didn't add this to the review my wife would be upset. Having use of the hot tub each evening was awesome. We have never seen so many stars. It was incredible.

Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property; beautiful grounds.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely clean property with all the amenities. Would definitely stay here again if we return to the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful getaway for a couple or a family

  • 5 of 5

Our two weeks in the house were a peaceful getaway from the resorts on the dry side. It was a few minutes from the lovely town of Honokaa, 20 minutes from Waimea for shopping and restaurants and 40 minutes from our favorite beach Hapuna. The house was very clean and well furnished. We took advantage of the hot tub and ate most meals on the deck which had a spectacular view of the ocean. Our daughter and her husband and two children spent three nights with us. There were plenty of sleeping accommodations, towels and dishes. The extra bathroom and shower downstairs came in handy when there were six of us. It was comforting to have the caretakers on the property to help with all of our questions and concerns. Being on the wet side of the Island, we were amazed that there were no bugs and yet being a wholistic center no chemical pesticides were used. We would recommend this rental to our friends and family and anyone who wants to escape the Island resort environment.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene home was not serene for us

  • 1 of 5

When we first entered, the we knew why it was described as serene. The entrance introduced a peaceful area, we were welcomed wit h a personal note and as soon as we opened the front door, we were taken aback by the lovely panoramic ocean view. Breathtaking! The care takers on the property were wonderfully friendly and responded quickly to inquiries and concerns. As the days went by, one of our friends started getting headaches and the other friend started having a hard time breathing. We informed the care takers we think it might be mold and they sprayed anti-mold spray and we were told it might be the vog. A day later, the conditions of the one with asthma worsened. On the second to the last day, we were determined to find out where the mold smell was coming from. We found thick layer black looking mold above the bed in room #1, black mold on the pillows that we were sleeping on, above the cabinets in the kitchen we found thick layer of cockroach and gecko droppings and dead roaches, a small egg or white bug underneath the mattress that looked like it was going to hatch, and much more. We took pictures, but we don't seem to have an option to upload the pictures on this review site. We immediately emailed and called the owner. The owner said in 15 or so years, they have never heard such reviews and they take care of the property. So, we took the initiative and took pictures in every room, every pillow, under the mattresses and wall panels where the thick layer of mold looking dirt/mold was. Unexpectedly, we were reimbursed a full refund. One of our friends was sick, unfortunately with asthma after that trip. We left as soon as we uncovered all the mold and dirt. The owner said they would ensure a mold inspection and clean up and we are not sure if it happened but we just want to inform the public so that you too will not get sick.

Again, the care takers and owners were polite and were understanding. We only want to make sure all guests are protected.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To put things in perspective.... we have had dozens of reviews in the past 15 or so years of operating our vacation rental and never have we had one like this... all previous reviews commented on the serenity and cleanliness. How can there be such a disparity in peoples' experience? To further put things in perspective, these guests rarely left the house and they spent days just looking for imperfections. They climbed on top of counters to check the tops of kitchen cabinets, moved furniture looking for dust, crawled into the back of closets to look for debris that might have escaped the cleaners, pulled covers off couch pillows and spent much of their time trying to find things to carp about. Overtime they found something, they would send me a complaining email. In all fairness, there was one spot of mold on a hidden surface behind the bed that is not checked regularly by the maintenance folks. This was quickly cleaned up with a non-toxic anti-fungal and is now checked regularly in between guests.. Also, geckos are a part of life in the tropics. The only places that don't have geckos are the hotels that spray toxic chemical everywhere. After receiving several complaining emails from the guests every single day during their stay, we just decided to return their full rate, bless them, and send them on their way. After they left, we went through the house with a fine tooth comb, making sure that there were no other areas that needed attention. As you read these reviews, please notice that dozens of other folks had wonderful things to say about their stays with us and one guest in the last 15 years had a different experience. We have never had guests whose sole experience with us was so negative and complaining. It is very true that you create your own reality.
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Peaceful and clean

  • 4 of 5

Our family of four, including two young children had a wonderful time at this clean and tranquil home. Everything was as advertised, and we enjoyed walks with the kids through the orchards and yard, and eating fruit right off the trees. I am writing this in thanks to the wonderful caretakers that went above and beyond to stay obscure while we were in the home, but keep the property clean and well maintained. Marcus and Shigeko were wonderful with my daughter when we forgot her favorite bunny. It was very apparent that they take pride in being kind people and my daughter had peace of mind that the bunny would be there when we got home, and it was. Again, thanks so much to these wonderful people.

Other than the tricky button on the hot tub, it was a perfect place to relax.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • 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

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

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.

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Hamakua Coast House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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