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Hilo Bay Beauty.....Walking Distance to Downtown Hilo!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This Historic Old Hawaiian style home was built in 1890. It is situated on 1 acre of land directly overlooking Hilo Bay. A large covered Lanai allows you the prestige first class views of the morning sunrises, surfers, canoe paddlers and ocean loving individuals who frequent the ocean throughout the day.

Whales can be seen jumping starting as early as March.

Garden like setting offers an abundance of tropical foliage such as plumeria, ginger, Ti leaves, lime tree, orange trees and banana. Enjoy what the the Lanai has to offer with outside seating for lounging and afternoon tea, or a glass of red wine.

This home is a five minute walk to Historic downtown Hilo crossing the famous iron bridge locals call the ' singing bridge'.

Keywords: Expansive ocean front views, Garden like setting, Hilo

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About The Owner

Aloha! I am a local resident born and raised here in Hawai'i. I have happy dogs, several chickens, goats and horses. I still love to ride my horse, go the beach and simply be with my family. You can often find me working around my home and tending to our animals. I love to travel, and enjoy the simple things in life.

The Owner purchased this house in 1890

Why The Owner chose Hilo District

This was my grandfather's home which later became my mother's home of which I was raised in. It offers the splendor of the yester-years. My family has been in Hawai`i for over 6 generations. I am happy to share the Aloha of this beautiful home with others, the Hawaiian way.

What makes this house unique

Each room is unique with furnishings from the past such as a Koa 4 poster King size bed, and twin beds dated back as far as 1900's. High ceilings throughout the home. Hand painted floral designs on the walls in the living room, dinning room and family room. Koa panels surround the family room. Simple kitchen well equipped that leads to the laundry room, twin beds and back yard.


Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Walk in shower
    Bathroom 3 - combination tub/shower , Small square tub shower combo
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom with master bathroom, walk in shower, toilet and sink. Queen bedrooms with shared bathroom, walk in shower, toilet and sink.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Walking distance to renowned Hilo Farmers Market and Historic Downtown Hilo, shopping.


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Hilo Bay Beauty.....Walking Distance to Downtown Hilo!
average rating of 4.48 based on 25 reviews

Beautiful Hilo Bay

  • 4 of 5

This home is a large historic home with amazing views! Pudding, the owner, and her daughter, Keala, were absolutely great to work with in everything we needed. Close to old Hilo town (walking distance), amazing sunrises and sunsets. I will be back. Mahalo Nui Loan Pudding and Keala!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathi, was a pleasure to having you and your friends. You left everything in wonderful condition. Thank you so much. Looking forward to seeing you again. Aloha, Pudding
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Historic Hilo Home - beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Hilo and loved the house and the history Owner is lovely and very responsive and we had everything we needed. Because this is an historic house, do not expect all the modern conveniences such as a dishwasher. Who cares when the view and porch and paintings and sizes of the rooms are extraordinary. And yes walk to town and not on the highway but access at crosswalk and then up a little street to the street to town. About a 15 minute walk I highly recommend this house and seeing the water from every room and the porch was wonderful. Mahalo Keala

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

Old, charming house with great view over the bay from the living room and lanai. The owner could not have been nicer or more helpful. Perfect location to walk into Hilo day or night. I have recommended this property to friends. It is a great place to sit and watch the weather come in over the bay and to entertain family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Overlooking Hilo Bay

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week at Hale Alani and enjoyed every minute. The home is a large plantation style home on Hilo Bay. There is a large lani where we spent many hours taking in the view, talking and reading. Whether the sun shines or it rains (which it does in Hilo) sitting on the lani under cover taking in everything is a never to be forgotten experience. If you want to experience old time Hawaii with large rooms and high ceilings, you should stay here. The house is conveniently .located to downtown Hilo as well as a great staring point along the Hamuka'a coast. Three bedrooms easily accommodate six adults. It was a very comfortable stay. The only update I would recommend to Pudding would be to replace the microwave and to install a dishwasher in the kitchen to make it easier for large groups. Otherwise, our stay was almost perfect even though it rained almost every day.

Mark Himelstein

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property right on the water and a short walk away from downtown. Clean and comfortable. A great veranda and we loved eating from the fruit trees in the yard! As a note for families: there are plenty of breakable decor items in the house...we had our 2-year-old toddler along and so we moved the breakables out of the way while we stayed so he didn't do any damage.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historical, but not enjoyable

  • 2 of 5

If you are looking for a property close to town, with beautiful sunrises, views of the bay, incoming cruise ships, and a lush backyard with large patio then this is the perfect place. However, if you also require comfort and cleanliness then you may want to reconsider. The inside of the home is in great need of deep cleaning, de-cluttering, and repairs.

The kitchen refrigerator water filter was expired, there was mildew on the inside of the ice chute release flap, there was a spill in the bottom drawer, and there were old condiments in the door. Many of the dishes, glasses, and silverware were dirty; there is no dishwasher so you are at the mercy of the prior guest’s dishwashing procedures. The dish cleaning brush in the dish drain was old and had mildew on it. There were crumbs on the counters and the top of the stove. Even the trash can lid was dirty on the inside and out. There is no empty cabinet space to store your own groceries. The kitchen needs a deep cleaning, de-cluttering and removal of the many old and worn personal items of the owner.

Many of the furniture pieces are original and very beautiful; however, they should probably be in a museum and not in a vacation rental home. There is not an area within the home where a family of 6 or more can sit and relax together. The furniture is old and stiff and not welcoming to sit on for any period of time. The pillows on the couch are stained and need to be replaced. Several of the chairs are the same. The one small TV can only be seen from one angle by a couple of people and is limited to local channels. The front door lock was malfunctioning and we had to exit the property through the back door.

All of the showers are in need of deep cleaning of mildew in the grout lines. The toilets were not clean – brown and yellow stains were found under the toilet seats and in the bowl. The master bathroom toilet brush looked to be as old as the home. The bath towels need to be replaced as they are beginning to wear thin and are holding odors.

Since there is no air conditioning, we had to sleep with the bedroom windows open and then try to tune out the loud bullfrogs and street traffic. The ceiling fans helped to move the air, but the rooms still seemed stifling at times.

We have spent a great deal of time thinking through the writing of this review. The home is truly a historical gem, but it is needing some major TLC and updating to be a vacation rental property.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and Mahalo for your honest review. It is appreciated and we do take it to heart. "Old" historic furnishings are not for everyone. We grew up with it, and it is part of our Hawaiian Heritage. Air conditioning was never considered as the high 30 foot ceilings with fans helped circulate the air. The ocean breezes are very nice .The coqui frogs at night can be a bit noisy. Original sinks and toilets are in the bathrooms and date back to thee 40's. We most certainly will take on your suggestions as mentioned. Mahalo and with Aloha.
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Down town Hilo
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Down Town Hilo
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Hilo Bay Front
Car: recommended

Horseback riding is an offered feature while staying at Hale Alani. Inquire at time of booking


Rates & Availability

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 26 2017 - Jan 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Merry Monarch
Apr 29 2018 - May 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $200

Rental rates are $265 for up to 4 adults. Additional $25 extra per person per night.

Holiday rates: November 15, 2015 - January 9, 2016
$310 - $375 per night

Merrie Monarch: 2015/2016
$500 per night * sleeps up to 8 max

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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