|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Our home is on 13 acres; convenient to a lot of Hamakua Coast and Hilo Area attractions. Volcano National Park is only a 40 minute drive away. We overlook cow pastures and forests; with the prime spot for viewing the sunrise over the ocean, rainbows, pastel sunsets, Hilo town, the full moon, and the night stars.
Enter french doors to this large suite. Your Big Ocean View Suite features a full kitchen with a gas range of 4 burners and an oven. A new medium/small size refrigerator (with 10 cubic feet) and freezer, cabinets well stocked with pots and pans, dishes, utensils, tea pot, coffee pot, toaster, and basic condiments. We have filtered catchment water for cooking and bottled water for drinking. There is a round rosewood dining table and chairs to seat four comfortably. In addition, we offer a Barbecue outside with a small table and chairs outside, under the lanai.
We have a TV with Sattelite reception with a wide variety of channels to choose from including: HBO, ESPN, NFL, Sundance, MSNBC, CNN, Bravo, OWN, FOX and the broadcast channels. Our Satellite Internet connection is pretty fast for normal communications. (Not movie or TV downloads, film production and certain high speed professional applications.) Our cell phone reception is pretty awesome, because we don't have any thing in the way.
The queen bed looks upon the awesome view and artwork by acclaimed local artists, Suzy Papanikolas and Leslie Sears. (We're happy to arrange local art studio and farm tours for you if you wish--FYI.)
The sitting area has a satellite TV, two wicker chairs and a double size futon bed that poses as a couch during the day. The space features cathedral cedar and redwood ceilings and an ocean view to die for. The airflow on this corner unit at 1300 feet elevation is good. Additionally, we have a ceiling fan in the main living room, dining and bedroom area. One of the best things about our place, in my opinion, are the near perfect temperatures--seldom hot, never sticky, and rarely too cold--even December thru February. When we have a lot of rain--the bulk of it falls at night.
Weather: A typical day at our place (and generally in the Hilo/Hamakua area) Is wake up to a brilliant sunny morning and an awesome sunrise. I would say it is often a 65% chance you will have sun all day long; but even when not--a shower often comes in around 10 or 11am, sun back in early afternoon, another late afternoon shower, a pastel sunset on puffy clouds with lots of clear sky; and then it rains at night. Often, it rains hard at night. From April through November, you are more likely to encounter a lot of sun during the day here. December thru February expect it to be more 50/50 sunny and rainy during the day. March is more nice; than not. (Hilo's bad reputation for rain is more in relation to Kona--which gets nary a drop of rain near the coast and can be maddeningly dull for those of us that don't really like sun and clear skies 99% of the time. The other factor is global warming. I know for a fact, we are getting a lot more sun now, than when John and I moved here twelve years ago.) We have lived all around the world, and this is most comfortable weather that we have ever lived in year round.
We are off-grid and power the house with a new super quiet, state-of-the-art Honda generator. Currently, we generally turn the power off at 10:30pm and on again at 6:00am. We can usually accommodate guests to leave the generator on until 11pm or off as early as 10pm; if it is preferred. Solar upgrades are likely to be in place by autumn of 2014 allowing electricity 24/7.
To add a little sense of privacy between the two sleeping areas in this studio space; we can add a bamboo room divider, if you wish. We also have a large walk-in French closet with a small dresser, shelves and a full length mirror.
Your huge private bathroom features a double shower, double sinks, and separate toilet room. We stock the room with bath towels, beach towels, a hair dryer, shampoos, soap, and a stand alone drying rack for wet bathing suits and such.
We're within a one hour drive to great snorkeling in lower Puna District and hiking in Waipio Valley to the north. This is a great, peaceful base to use for exploring some of the sweetest spots on the Big Island of Hawaii. Your hosts, John and Christine, are international travelers and are on hand for travel advice and talk-story; in the main part of the attached house, if you wish.
We hope you choose us for your awesome rest and recreation on the Big Island of Hawaii!
John and Christine purchased this property after searching the globe together for sixteen years, including living abroad in Papua New Guinea for four years. Initially, we avoided Hawaii because we worried that it was over developed for our tastes. Then we found beautiful Hilo and the Hamakua Coast and thought it has just the right balance of old and new; adventure and sophistication. Green, lush tropical rain forests, breaking surf with wonderful snorkeling nearby, snow covered Mauna Kea, and more cultural festivals and fun art events than we ever could have imagined. We raised our daughter here and she in turn raised two baby goats. We have a licensed plumbing contracting business from our home and you can see more of what we're about on Emery Plumbing website. We have an art gallery on this property and we love to host big events. *Let us know if you wish us to host a special event for you...
*One note: If you experience any difficulty booking online or simply prefer not to book online--please don't hesitate to call us now at 808 960-8826 Hawaii-time 6am to 9pm. Mahalo.
Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo purchased this studio in 2002
You drive up the road wondering where in the world you are, park, get out of your car, and turn around to see one of the most stunning views on the Big Island. Not sure how it is that we've been so blessed. We can see from the Kapoho Lighthouse to Pepeekeo Point. On rare occasions we can see the hot orange lava flows coming from far distant Kilauea. But mostly it's all about the sky here. Gorgeous sunrises, peaceful pastel sunsets, and a night sky that will knock your socks off.
If you like taking walks in the country or maybe reading, writing or painting while you are on vacation, this could be a perfect spot. If you like speaking with hosts for ideas on adventuring around the Big Island we'd be happy to let you in on a few secrets here--including what's hot in Hilo during your stay.
Also, we are getting our place ready to host large events--if you would like to reserve both suites and talk to about holding a reunion, a small wedding, a yoga retreat, or even a candidates forum--we might be able to entertain something like that. Let us know what your ideas are.
We enjoyed our visit so much. We could have done with a little less rain but that is what keeps everything so green and beautiful. If you want to unwind this is the place to do it. You have a beautiful view of the ocean with Hilo off to your right. The accommodations are good and everyone is so friendly and helpful for suggestions of where to go and what to do.
Gracious hosts and all the conveniences for our short stay. Just 15 minutes from Hilo, but felt like a world away. Nice and cool up on the hillside with an awesome view. We will definately return!
Very beautiful quiet place. Perfect for relaxing away from the busy city but not to far away to get to restaurants and shopping. Love it.
We throughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely, welcoming location. Our accommodations were spacious, clean, and bright We so enjoyed being able to have a full kitchen to cook when we desired to. This location is close to downtown Hilo, Rainbow Falls, Horticultural Gardens, Volcano Park, and much more.
It is also only a two hour drive, at most ,to the desert part of the island. Our hosts were very helpful, but not intrusive, making us feel that this first floor suite with private entrance was our welcome retreat.
The suite boasts an over sized bathroom with duel shower heads, his and her sinks and separate toilet also.
The town of Hilo has an eclectic array of restaurants. We enjoyed hearing the music at the Hilo town pub where typical pub food is served, as well as the more upscale restaurant on the water front. Every Saturday there is a great Farmer's market in downtown Hilo also.
We really enjoyed our 5 day stay. The studio was roomy & very comfortable. Giant-size bathroom. Very clean and almost new. The owners were very helpful. Electric power is from a Honda generator. We could select when to turn it on in the morning and off at bedtime. The road from the Belt Hwy is a bit winding & narrow but the cars we met were very courteous. The 180-degree panoramic view from 1,300 feet above sea level is splendid.
We had such a lovely time staying with Christine and John at this beautiful hilltop retreat. The apartment formed the front part of their house but was self-contained and felt completely private. It was perfectly fitted out for what we needed - a lovely outdoor space to have long, lazy mornings and a cosy but very spacious inside to come back to at the end of a day's exploring. The location was ideal - just ten minutes to shops, petrol and breakfast in Hilo, and everything else was a comfortable drive - Volcano, stargazing on Mauna Kea, tide pools at Kapoho Bay. Although it's obviously a much longer drive, we still felt we were well positioned for a couple of day-trips to the Kona Coast and South Point and Waimea, Hawi and Waipio Valley. Just a few minutes away was a scenic drive, which was perfect for morning jogs, and a little trail down to the sea and some waterfalls, which was a lovely secluded spot for yoga, reading a book and even a bit of whale watching. Our hosts could not have been more friendly and welcoming, and we enjoyed hiking across their land to their beautiful river and lava tube, as well as watching the feeding of their newborn lambs and enjoying delicious fresh guava - they even lent us snorkelling gear for the tide pools, which was such a friendly gesture as we'd never have been able to take any purchases like that home with us. All in all, this was the perfect place for our first trip to Hawaii and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing break within easy reach of many of the island's attractions. Thank again, Christine and John, and best wishes from Germany!
Awesome and simple all at once. Overlook pastures and a view of the ocean as wide as you can hold arms. Our Hilo / Hamakua Coast is authentic Hawaii known for tropical gardens, waterfalls, and stunning views of the deep blue ocean. You can even spot whales breeching between January and March. Rainbows show up often. We are only a 12 - 14 minute drive from Hilo with all it's restaurants, shops, and university.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning Fee||$50 + Tax|
We require a $100 deposit by direct deposit online, check, or calling in a Mastercard, VISA or Discover Card to make a reservation. The full balance is due to be received 14 days prior to arrival. All payments non-refundable. Please let us know if you are celebrating something or have any special requests--we like to be helpful where we can. Thanks for choosing Hamakua HiloHilo Guesthouse, on 13 acres, in Papaikou--just 10.5 miles north of Hilo. We look forward to meet you!
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.