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Serene, Restored Plantation House with Sweeping Ocean Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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
Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 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 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.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

Serene, Restored Plantation House with Sweeping Ocean Views
average rating of 4.6222224 based on 45 reviews

Comfort and seclusion close to Waipio Valley

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I just stayed 3 nights here after a week in Kailua-Kona, and the house and location were perfect for access to Waipio Valley, hiking, and all the waterfalls and botanical gardens of east coast between the house and Hilo. The views from the master bedroom were awesome to wake up to, and the privacy of this house was great. We loved using the hot tub under the full moon, and the overall privacy that was designed into the sauna/hot tub area was great - while highlighting the views over the orchard and the ocean. Kitchen was great for cooking all our meals; mattress & bedding were great; big bathroom was nice too - with plenty of towels. We didn't use the twin beds in the 2nd bedroom, but the looked great, and that closet had all kinds of beach toys inside. (My only complaint is out of the owner's control: one of the neighbor's across the street had two dogs that seemed to want to bark a lot the rainy afternoon we decided to stay at the house and read. They didn't make a sound at night, so I have to assume they were probably left at home alone. We mitigated this by closing the windows in the kitchen that were closest to the street.) I wish there would have been a BBQ on the deck - but the kitchen was large enough and had plenty of options to cook everything inside just fine. There was an extra bathroom, shower and laundry down in the breezeway by the hot tub that would be great to use if you were traveling with family. The owners provided a basket of fresh fruit upon our arrival, and there were two bouquet's of fresh flowers - which was also a treat! I'd highly recommend this house and location for anyone wanting to get away from tourists and relax, or to hike and explore the eastern coast of the Big Island. We'd love to visit again and spend a couple more nights, as I didn't have time to explore all the cute shops and galleries in the area!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene & relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The View House was exceptional! The closest town is about a 5 minute drive, and Waipio Valley is also about 5 minutes away (would definitely recommend visiting the valley). In Honokaa, there are a few places to eat including Il Mundo which we visited...they serve italian (pizza, pasta, calzones). It was nice. There's also grandma's diner (I believe it's called) which serves good breakfast, and a few other small cafes. We didn't visit the cafes since they didn't open until 8:30 or 9:00 am most days. Quite a few shops as well, and a small grocery store.

PLEASE do yourself a favor when you visit the View House - PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT and enjoy the goodness! It wasn't until the last full day we were there that we picked oranges (which we thought were large lemons) and squeezed our own orange juice! We have never tasted orange juice so fresh and delicious!!!! We were kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner! There's also avocados, lemons, limes, apples, starfruit, coffee beans, macadamia nuts and bananas. It was awesome to be able to walk out and pick our own fruit - probably the best and most unique feature of the home!

The only thing to note about this home is it is a bit of a drive from all of the main activities on the island, not including Waipio Valley. About an hour to Kona (almost 1.5 hr) and an hour to Hilo, and almost 2 hours to Volcano National Park. But, the drives are very scenic and the serenity you'll experience at the house make it worth it! The sounds at night (which I believe are the frogs) are so peaceful. We'd highly recommend this home and have talked about renting it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to Get Away

  • 4 of 5

We stayed four days in the View House and our goal was to get away from the pressure and stress for a few days. The location and house were exactly what we needed. The rental process was smooth and communication was fast and informative. It rained all the days we were there, but that did not stop us from seeing the local sites like the Waipio valley (Gorgeous) and eat at Gramma's and Ted's Drive-in (get the Masala) in Honokaa. We had some uninvited guests (Geckos) in the house but that didn't bother us (its Hawaii after all). The one thing we were confused by was the louver windows in an otherwise beautiful bathroom. The windows allowed a constant breeze to come through leaving the bathroom quite chilly to the point we decided not to use the oversized bathtub. I suspect the decision to use Louver windows was related to humidity, but during cooler nights it's a deterrent. Mahalo!!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View, CA

Third stay At The Hawaii Peace Garden Vacation House

  • 5 of 5

The vacation house is exactly what we seek...old, fully restored, clean, comfortable and far from the madding crowd. The views are wonderful and the home is bright and airy (when the windows are open!). The grounds are well kept with birds, peeper frogs and fresh fruit. Although rural, Honoka'a is only a 10 minute drive with the added bonus of Waipio Valley being 5 minutes in the opposite direction from town. The total effect is the perfect home away from home. We definitely plan to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Twickenham, UK

Tropical Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The View House was everything I dreamed of for our Hawaiian vacation. It's a beautiful house with big rooms - pretty and comfortable, with plenty of space for storage. We were a group of four - two couples - and we especially liked having access to a second shower downstairs next to the spa area. It was lovely to shower and see the ocean! The laundry facilities on site were another practical plus. But the best feature is the stunning location and view.

The view of the ocean from the master bedroom and house, including lanei, is amazing. The location also suited us, being close enough to access the North Kohala beaches and the bigger town of Waimea, without all the people at the Kona resorts. It was very convenient for the Waipio Valley Lookout and Honoka'a, but about an hour from either Kona or Hilo. We loved the quiet setting with access to the orchard: we picked some fruit and also heard and saw a fair amount of animals: cattles on a nearby property, feral pigs and the ubiquitous coqui frogs each night (which are all over the island - we didn't mind the noise and found it rather soothing).

It rained most nights and often during the day - usually only briefly. I guess that must be why this part of the Island is so lush. We quickly learned that the West side usually remained sunny, so this is no problem, just something to be aware of.

The owners, Marcel and Connie, were away during our stay but communicated well with us throughout our stay, even warning of an upcoming tropical storm. We were made to feel very welcome by them and by the caretakers, Marcus and Shigeko (speaking to them about said storm was very reassuring - in the end the storm weakened over the Island and mostly missed us).

The linen closet was well stocked with soft clean towels, including beach towels, and previous guests have left lots of useful beach gear: boogie boards, umbrella, etc. Our only frustration - and this is a very picky point - was that the drawers in both bedrooms tended to stick in the humidity. We had ants in the kitchen but that was not helped by our reluctance to do the dishes quickly. When we arrived the place was spotless and we felt instantly at home.

I already miss seeing the orchard, palm trees and deep blue of the Pacific every morning. Cannot recommend the property highly enough.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family loved it !

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for three nights but we could have stayed there 3 months. We have rented many houses over time and this one ranks well up there. Place was very quiet and the housekeeper was friendly but non-intrusive. Picked lots of fruits in the backyard, enjoyed the SPA and sauna. View is just great. Marcel was easy to deal with. Our three kids did not even ask for the internet. The village and Waipio cliff is just a short drive away. Very good location to explore the region. House was well stocked and clean. Only thing missing was the BBQ. Merci.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly do appreciate the heartfelt, real, positive responses we receive. We try hard to immediately correct any situations which make our guests feel uncomfortable. Our goal is to provide an experience where our guests can de-compress and feel transformed. Unfortunately, our insurance agent told us that we could not have a barbecue grill. Yes, some other vacation rentals have grills, but we have been advised that it creates a potentially dangerous situation. Oh well. Perhaps we need a different insurance agent.
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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.


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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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Honokaa 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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