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Add-on Suite to Big Ocean View Suite for Reunions

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom,1 Bathroom,Sleeps 3

This suite has modern amenities, such as satellite TV and internet; yet is decorated in a style reminiscent of the late 1800's in King Kalakaua's Hawaii. A room fit for this King--were he still alive today. Yet, one of the beauty's of this Suite, is that it is also simple and uncluttered. Romantic for two people; or simple and quiet if you want to write a book or do a painting, without much disturbance.

Enter your Kalakaua Suite through our central foyer downstairs. Owners, John and Christine live upstairs--so you feel autonomous, yet have us easily available if you need us.

This Suite features a miniture kitchenette, discreetly tucked into the expansive closet along one side of your bedroom. The kitchen has: a small refrigerator, a microwave, a hotplate, a toaster oven, a regular toaster, an electric teapot, a coffee maker, cutting board, dishes, utensils, cups, glasses, and some basic condiments and supplies. A 'summer kitchen' is being developed on the outside entrance to your suite, under an expansive awning.

Perhaps one of the most stunning features is the large bathroom with two pedestal sinks, a shower, and a separate toilet room. The large round Kohler jet tub in that room--is for looks only, right now... never the less; it looks stunning in this large bathroom.

Our 'simple living' in this off-grid location includes a catchment waters system with water caught on the roof, stored and filtered for cooking, bathing, and brushing teeth; as well as bottled water that we supply for drinking. We turn the power off in the middle of the night, at a coordinated time to suit your schedule. (Typically, 10:30pm to 6am the next morning.) We are powered by a quiet state-of-the-art Honda generator with an inverter. You cannot hear the generator from the King Kalakaua Suite.

We wash your dishes daily! Just leave them on the coffee table in the morning and voila they are available all cleaned up for you by late afternoon!

John and I are happy to give you tips for how to enjoy our island or connect you to good people if you are planning to move here.

Our published rate is based on double occupancy, but we can accommodate a third person for an additional $15 USD per night with advance notice.

Mahalo in advance for helping us make the Kalakaua Suite a truelly unique and charming place to stay.

More Details

Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2017

About Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo

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

Why Owner/Property Manager: Christine Mingo chose Papaikou

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.

What makes this studio unique

This King Kalakaua Suite offers exposure to a bit of history from King Kalakaua's era in the 1800's. King David Kalakaua was the first monarch to travel around the world. In addition he returned hula traditions back to a place of honor in the Hawaiian Islands, had the Iolani Palace built and outfitted with electricity and a telephone--ahead of many cities on the U.S. mainland. A true renaissance man. This suite will invite you to relive that exciting chapter in Hawaii. In addition, we are at the top end of a beautiful country road which is great for taking walks. The peace and quiet beckons romantics, writers and artists; whilst adding satellite connectivity with both internet and TV. Plus, this is our most private suite and it still enjoys a big ocean view, looking north east towards the Hamakua Coast. Come see.


Papaikou Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The attached private bathroom to your King Kalakaua is big and impressive, with two pedestal sinks, a shower, and separate toilet room. There is even a huge, circular tub--which currently is for looks only; but it's gorgeous with tile and redwood framing.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • The bedroom has is like an enormous Bay Window with three large picture windows facing northeast--overlooking the Pacific Ocean, wilderness and the village of Pepeekeo. This bedroom features a very comfortable Queen Bed with an Empire Style mahogany headboard, small Chippendale style dining table, and rattan loveseat. We move in a single bed when we have a third person staying in the room (replacing the loveseat with the single bed).
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Let us know if you would like us to arrange a farm tour for you!


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Add-on Suite to Big Ocean View Suite for Reunions
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Had a very nice time!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great studio room for a single or couple. I had a very enjoyable stay and Christine was very sweet and made me feel very welcome. The dogs and cat were also very friendly! You also get a nice ocean overview from the generous number of windows.

You are only a few minutes from downtown Hilo and the Botanical gardens are pretty much right on the other side of the highway. Akaka falls is not far away either.

This room is in a portion of the main house, and it was nice and quiet, 3 miles off the highway up at the end of a drive. I got the impression that the room is a labor of love in progress...there are some incomplete portions (like the concrete floor, which I assume will get finished soon), but most of the work is finished nicely. You can currently do a little cooking in the room if you want, however the planned outdoor kitchen should be very nice when it is finished. (I felt right at home anyway--I've got projects going on at home too!) I hope to visit again once the work is complete!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Homey and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

The tastefully decorated suite is in the lower floor of a lovely home at the end of a rural road north of Hilo. We found it convenient for exploring the nearby Botanical Gardens (there are two), waterfalls, and the town of Hilo. The owners are gracious hosts and provided everything we needed for a nice stay. If you like Bed & Breakfast stays, this is a perfect place (but you are responsible for preparing your own food). The suite includes a mini-refrigerator, cooking utensils, a microwave, coffee maker, tea pot and electric skillet. We easily prepared our breakfasts, made sack lunches and light suppers.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! We loved having you.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Hilo Banyon Drive Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Highway 19 - The Belt Highway
Nearest Restaurant
11.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: necessary

We are approximately a 45 minute drive to Volcano National Park. We are near Akaka Falls, Onomea Scenic Drive, Botanical Gardens, Farm Tours and Zipline Adventures. Waipio Valley is a wonderous adventure for hikers about an hour north. And downtown Hilo is getting great cafes, restaurants and art galleries. First Friday nights in downtown Hilo should not be missed! Also check out Merrie Monarch activities around Easter and Black and White Night on the First Friday of November!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

Note, this property is off-grid, on a quiet, state of the art generator. Power is turned off between 10:30pm and 6am. When power is turned off our internet and our TV service is not available. We supply our guest with lanterns and with bottled water for drinking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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