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At Richardson's Beach Park - Best Location for Swimming and Snorkeling in Hilo.

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Hilo House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Looking for a Relaxing and Fun getaway? Enjoy Richardson Ocean Park located just a few minutes walk from this Hawaiian retreat. Located on the sunny end of Hilo and the most popular recreational shoreline on the east side of The Big Island, you will find this recently remodeled home has privacy along with all the comforts and emenities for a relaxing comfortable vacation. Many vacation rentals are ocean front with views but few have such great accessability to the ocean with sandy beaches. The location of this home offers so much more than just private luxury. This is the only rental in the neighborhood off the sometimes noisy beach frontal road. Although only a have block off the main street and the ocean still very visible you will be close to but not amidst the weekend crowd and traffic. Wander down the park and you will find yourself engulfed in the local Hawaiian culture. Even from the porch you will hear the children playing and smell the BBQs of family gatherings although early mornings and late afternoons you can find yourself the only one arround. Richardson's Ocean Park is very popular for those with children due to easy access and sheltered lagoons and lifeguards on duty It was donated by the Richardson Family for the purpose of marine life preservation. All pictures were taken within two blocks of this home. Get the feel of old Hawaii wandering the paths around ancient fish ponds, tidepools, discovering treasures along the shore and meeting the local people. Watch surfers, net fisherman, or swim with the hundreds of varieties of tropical fish and search for turtles. Whales come yearly in the winter months, and can't be missed spouting and breaching just off shore. This 3 bedroom home is surrounded by a small tropical garden and even has a lava tube (cave) with a small fish pond. The home's large master bedroom also has a single bed for possibly that child needing to be close to Mom and Dad. There is a small desk, looking out to the ocean, Wi-Fi and printer. The kitchen is modern, fully equipped with most the gadgets a gourmet chief might need. Many hours can be spent enjoying the sights and sounds from the porch, enjoying the hammock, or just watching the geckos. However; the most redeeming feature of this home is the location. This is not Waikiki and you will not find any luxury resorts. This is a very lush tropical area and here you will share the jungle with not only geckos and birds, but also mongoose, wild chickens and coqui frogs feral cats, dragon flies and occasionally a pig. Hilo is unique in Hawaii. You will experience the 'real' Hawaii here. Hilo has the largest percent of Native Hawaiian population anywhere in the state and people here are happy and in their pidgin dialect always willing to 'talk story' of their lives and culture for those that are curious. Old Town Hilo with it's famous farmers market still retains the feeling of the sugar cane empire with it's turn of the century architecture. Take the scenic drive up the Hamakua Coast to Waipio Valley. Don't forget your swim suit when driving down along the Red Road Coastline. You won't want to miss a stop to soak in the warm pond. Along with a trip to Hawaii Volcano National Park and up to the summit of Mauna Kea (13,796 ft.) for sunset and you will leave Hilo with memories and experiences you will only find on the windward side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Check the location of your prospective vacation rental. This is a big island and many rentals can be very isolated. This home is close to the airport, and all shops and attractions of Hilo Town.

I do not have an empire of vacation rentals. I am not a Landlord Mogul, Real Estate Agent or Property Manager. This is the only home I own and is my personal residents part of the year. Just need to rent this home so I can pay the bills and also enjoy staying here as much as possible.

**** PS *** YOU CAN SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, in most cases, by asking me to bill you through PayPal and I will be personally taking your reservation, (avoiding VRBO fees) and making sure you are comfortable with all that you need. There is currently an uproar by owners and renters and a plethera of class action law suits against VRBO in regards to this out radgeous new service fee that you see in the instant quote and is PAID BY YOU. I can save you this service fee and the $59 for damage policy by billing through PayPal. Just email me including your personal email address within the email text or call me with your request to be billed through PayPal and I will send you a personal quote and information on billing.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Steve Walsh (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2016
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About Steve Walsh (Owner)

After years of vacationing to Hawaii, camping around all the islands, I came to Hilo. I found a place rich in music and arts. The people are happy, kind, open minded thinking. And the climate is perfect !!!

This side of the Big Island is a lot like the culture and green environment I was used to in my rural Northern California home. I just felt like I fit in here better than anywhere else in Hawaii and so when the chance came, I moved. Scary as it was moving alone to a strange land with nothing but two suit cases, I have no regrets.

Steve Walsh (Owner) purchased this house in 2011

Why Steve Walsh (Owner) chose Hilo District

Richardson's Beach Park offers more recreation than anywhere else in Hilo. This house is also my personal place to relax.

What makes this house unique

Ocean View just off the main road by half a block, has the sound of nature and not traffic. Just a short walk to all shoreline activities with crystal clear water to cool off in. Lots of activities available.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Way too many comments to post. All positive.

I prefer to let guests post their own reviews if they wish

and don't feel the need to further pump up the attributes of this home with owner entered comments. Steve Walsh (Owner)
Dec 2013
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At Richardson's Beach Park - Best Location for Swimming and Snorkeling in Hilo.
average rating of 4.96 based on 31 reviews

Great place to relax and enjoy the beach!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, infant, and extended family and I stayed at Steve's house for 4 nights recently. This was a great house!

Prior to arrival, Steve was very communicative, a fast responder, and incredibly helpful. Everything was as described when we arrived, and from there we enjoyed thoroughly the beach across the street (and got to see some green sea turtles!), the beach gear Steve leaves at the house for his guests, the great space in Steve's house (large kitchen, large living room, great patio space, fun yard to explore, nice bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.), and the great location and proximity to Hilo downtown and Volcano National Park.

We had a BLAST in Hawaii, and a huge thanks to Steve!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect relaxing retreat. Location is perfect, a short walk to Richardson Beach Park which is the best beach around (go behind the park building to the right for a great black sand beach and swimming/snorkeling spot). Although there are many other beach parks nearby worth checking out. The house is in the jungle just off of the busy main road, making it very peaceful but still with ocean views and sounds. The Lanai was perfect with the views and sounds, and was where we spent most of the time. We had toddlers, but the lanai was completely fenced in, so we could let them run around the lanai while they searched for geckos! We had been to Hilo before, but keep in mind that this is not a touristy resort area. Very local old time Hawaii feel, which is how we like it! But it is still close to the volcano, waterfalls, hiking, beaches, snorkeling, and great food a short drive away in downtown Hilo. Perfect relaxing location!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great spot in Hilo

  • 5 of 5

We started in Kona and did 2 days in Hilo to experience the greener lush side of the big island. We had a lot of warm rain during our stay, making us grateful for the front loading washer and dryer. The black sand beach by Steve's is a cool, unique spot and definitely walkable - you'll just cross a main road about a block away. 4 adults stayed here for two nights with 3 kids under 7 and the space worked great. The master has a nice private bath (shower only) plus a twin bed for 1 small child. The two guest rooms on the other side of the house share a full bath. The house has some nice updates in it as far as appliances, master bath, etc... There are fans in every room of the house. The kitchen has what you need to cook full meals. I could see where the box AC unit in the main area of the house would come in handy, it can get pretty muggy here. The nice thing is you are literally surrounded with windows and two large sliding glass doors so if you open the house up and use the fans it gets a great tree house feel at night with all the night noise. Bring your bug spray to sit outside. His music collection had some great local, Hawaiian musicians. We didn't use the hot tub but on a cooler night it would be nice to have. When in Hilo: we did the scenic drive, saw Akaka Falls State Park and visited Volcano National Park. One couple ate at the Seaside Restaurant for their anniversary and loved it. Once the staff knew the occasion they received 2 glasses of champange and dessert on the house. We also tried Big Island Pizza and Brain Freeze Shave Ice and both were amazing after a long day of hiking the park. Hilo is a sleepy little town and less touristy than Kona but very welcoming and we're glad we went. My only advice to the owner would be to update the pictures on VRBO as they don't really do the place justice.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Great home. Very comfortable and clean! Home owner is very considerate. We left our Kindle under one of the beds. He shipped it back to us. I highly recommend a stay here!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Hawaii stay near Hilo

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the beach house for 5 days the end of Aug 2014. This was our favorite part of our stay in Hawaii. The area was lush and tropical, and everything I envisioned when arriving on Hawaii (it was our 1st visit). We could see and hear the ocean a block away and feel the cool ocean breezes. The house was in a small subdivision of homes, but we felt like we were secluded. There were tall tropical trees surrounding the house for privacy. The wrap around porch was refreshingly cool in the evening with a grill, 2 tables and chairs and a hammock. The rental is even bigger in person than the pictures show. The kitchen, living room, and dining area were all open air. It felt like you were outside with the windows on all 3 walls. There was a small single air conditioner unit in the dining/living room area that we didn't even have to use. All of the three sided windows in the living room area could be left open even when raining, because of the generous lanai overhang. There were large floor fans that we moved into the bedrooms at night for an extra breeze. There were plenty of board games, books for entertainment and bikes in the lower garage area. One afternoon, we just chilled at the house watching local Hawaii news on the cable tv. If we wanted to cool off, the ocean was just a block away. The house was equipped with everything you could possibly need for home cooked meals. We had ice from the ice maker, there was a dishwasher, all kinds of pots, pans, dishware, etc. In fact, one night we cooked steaks on the grill, and ate outside on the porch. I felt like royalty. The master bedroom was spacious with its own private 2 sink vanity. It was on one side of the house and the other 2 bedrooms on the other side with their own shared bath. The other bedrooms were a bit smaller but still plenty roomy. There was plenty of storage for luggage and clothes. I liked the general location of the rental because it was far enough away from town to feel "away from it all" but close enough to be convenient to get groceries, shop or do tourist events (like ziplinine, helicopter rides, farmers market). The landlord was very helpful with tidbits about local attractions and upcoming events. He told us about local swimming spots like Okanakaha Beach Park (just past the ice cream shop on the right) going towards Hilo. The ponds were shallower and warmer (good for the non-swimmers in our group). I would highly recommend this rental to future vacationers.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful view and wonderful, comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

Mahalo! We enjoyed staying in your lovely home in July and wish we could have stayed longer. We really appreciate all that the owner did to make our first trip to Hawaii a positive one. Steve was extremely helpful and answered all communication immediately. Our deposit was refunded before we even made it home. This home was very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed watching the sunrise each morning while having our morning coffee on the deck. It was perfect for our two families and was conveniently located to Richardson Beach, the waterfalls, Volcanoes National Park and Hilo airport. The Big Island has so much to see, and we will never forget our adventures here.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Hilo International (ITO)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Richardson's Park
Car: recommended

This home is just across from Hilo's most popular Ocean Park and recreational area. Watch the waves roll in from the porch and relax to the sound of the ocean. Swimming, picnicking, laying on the small beachs, watching whales, it is all just a short walk away. Richardson's Beach Park is an education site donated by the Richardson family for the study of marine life. It is a safe park used by many families with young children. The beach is safe for supervised children and there are life guards on duty. Enjoy picnic tables, benches and BBQs for your convenience along with the easy access for swimming and some of the best snorkeling in all Hawaii. Turtles are frequently seen and you can watch whales when they come to give birth in the winter to spring months. Even do some Boogie Boarding or Surfing if you dare at the break just outside the park. When you're ready for a great Seafood dinner, visit the Hilo Seaside Resturant just down the street. Hilo town center is just a quick 5 miles.


Rates & Availability

Hilo House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Merry Monarch
Apr 17 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.4%

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Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , His and Hers Sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , View of Shoreline, Furnished in Bamboo, Serta-Nobel Mattress
    Master / With Bathroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , View of Garden, Tempur-Pedic Mattress (Queen)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , View to Jungle - Small Bedroom
  • There is also, a living room couch suitable for sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Beach Chairs and Coolers, Hammock, Massage Chair, Exercise Bicycle, Guitar and Drum

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