Country living in the high country above Papaikou (7 miles north of Hilo) this pair of connected suites is incredibly spacious and peaceful. You will enjoy your own separate wing of our house (approximately 1000 sq feet of a 4000 sq foot home). Your unit overlooks Hilo town with an ocean view as wide as you can spread your arms! We are 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 the first suite with kitchen, turn left to find an enormous bathroom and then an additional separate bedroom suite! The entire unit features two queen beds, a double futon couch, and another couch with a long firm flat surface that can be used as a bed. Even though the entire space is pretty large, it feels pretty homey. The kitchen in the studio suite has a gas range of 4 burners and an oven. A 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 and there is one more small round antique mahogany table in the large bedroom suite. In addition, we offer a Barbecue outside with a swinging bench seat and a small table and chairs under the lanai.
We have a TV with Satellite 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 anything in the way. (In total, this unit has 3 vanity sinks, 1 kitchen sink, 2 toilets, a shower with two shower heads, 3 dining tables and 2 walk-in closets!) It is perfect for a big family or small group.
The entire unit features cathedral cedar and redwood ceilings and an ocean view to die for. The airflow is good and 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 waking 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. 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 quiet Honda generator. We generally turn the power off around 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 9:30pm; if it is preferred.
(*Note, do not contact us to request long term stays. We are only interested in taking bookings with a maximum stay of ten nights for travelers with travel documents.)
Our room rates are based upon double or single occupancy. Additional guests are charged at $15 per person, per night. We do not have children rates. * If you have friends that you want to stay with you overnight for part of your stay, please let us know in advance, if possible, so we can make the payment arrangements for that in advance.
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!