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Peaceful and Private Garden Cottage on a lovely country estate.

Sleeps3
Bedrooms Studio
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Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Property
studio
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
Studio
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

About the property

Large Studio; private bath & kitchenette, w/ covered lanai.

Aloha!

Our country estate is in Onomea, 6 miles north of Hilo, on 5 tropical acres with garden and ocean views. Onomea Guest Suite is a private cottage with garden views of flowering royal Poinciana trees, sweeping monkey pod trees, mango, lychee, mountain apple and coconut trees, and many other varieties of palms. The most repeated description by our guests is 'peaceful'. The suite has a studio layout... bedroom, living room and kitchenette all in one ample main space, and a lovely stone-tiled bath with high ceilings and gorgeous light. Guests love the shower which feels like its outdoors. The covered lanai is enjoyable rain or shine for dining or relaxing. Our royal palm-lined road is one of the loveliest in all of Hawaii. Artists frequently come to paint it! Within walking distance is the old donkey trail to Onomea Bay, a breathtaking bay along the old Scenic Highway. You can also walk to the Hawaii Botanic Gardens and What's Shakin' Smoothie Stand (fresh fruit smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, coffee, tea.....)and by car, we are equi-distant to Volcano National Park, Waipio Valley and Mauna Kea Visitors Center, just of many other attractions in the area. (see more below at 'Things to Do'.

A queen bed, plus a twin bed provides a comfortable accommodation for up to three. The kitchenette has enough cooking appliances that you won't miss the stovetop or oven. You'll find the barbecue on your lanai and many kitchen appliances on the countertop or in the cabinets.

A few notes about our guest suite....and us!

(Don't forget to READ OUR REVIEWS!!)

Our guest space was completed in March 2011, a project lovingly created over two years.

The bathroom and shower are wheelchair accessible and there are no steps between parking and entry to suite.

There are three separate buildings on the property (the main house and two cottages) all adjoined by covered breezeways. My wife and I occupy our own private cottage. We are usually available to help you with directions, dining suggestions or simply to come up with extra pillows!

The suite is the smaller of two guest accommodations on the property. If you need space for a larger group, the main house (HomeAway # 974771) sleeps 4.

By car, within 10 minutes, are the magnificent 419 foot high Akaka Falls, the charming village of Honomu; and the nearby city of Hilo, center of commerce on the east slope of Mauna Kea and home to the renowned Hilo Farmers Market.

Some other activities we recommend you think about during your stay, here on the east side of the Island of Hawaii......

Horseback riding in Kohala or Waipio Valley; a zipline adventure; several nearby beach parks, snorkeling, Champaign Ponds, photography, hiking; bird watching; a visit to the 13,980 foot summit of Mauna Kea where 7 international telescopes are redefining our understanding of the heavens (a visitor center is open daily at the 9,000 foot level); Alahanui Park - Hot Spring Pond; the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, the Hilo zoo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut farm and factory; and.... Volcano National Park. There is a clickable calendar at this site. Please check the calendar for availability and contact us about any questions. FOR INITIAL INQUIRIES, EMAIL IS GREATLY PREFERRED OVER TELEPHONE. Mahalo!

GE Tax Number: W00358152-01

More Details

Property Manager
Randall Duryea - Reservations Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017

About Randall Duryea - Reservations Manager

Together we have many stories to tell... about location scouting for film and Tv, performing in Tv and theater, photo assignments, llama farming, life in New York City, LA, Montana, growing up in the territory of Hawaii, the band, our kids. If you come and see us and care to share some stories....as we say in Hawaii... we can Talk Story together.

Randall Duryea - Reservations Manager purchased this studio in 2003

Why Randall Duryea - Reservations Manager chose Hilo District

This is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of Hawaii. It is gorgeous here, and we'd love to share it with you!

Our place is peaceful... We are on the green and lush side of the island. It's never hot here, never cold, though it might get chilly enough to grab a cotton sweater or flannel shirt early in the morning. The air is soft and full of the smell of flowers. The rivers and waterfalls speak to the rain, the rain responds and the birds and crickets and tree frogs provide the chorus of life all around.

What makes this studio unique

THINGS TO DO!

LOTS of things to do! Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and the GORGEOUS Scenic Hwy is walkable from our place along with some eating stops, What's Shakin' and the the 100 year old Low Store. About 10 miles away is the 400+ foot high Akaka Falls and several zipline venues. Hilo itself with its old downtown district is 6 miles to the south. The Hilo Farmers Market is open every day. Rainbow Falls is just outside of downtown. Honolii Beach Park is just this side of Hilo and there are many more coastal swim parks to the far side of Hilo. You can swim with big sea turtles at several of them. Volcano National Park is to the south of Hilo, about 40 miles. There's currently a live lava flow to the ocean with a viewing site about 4 miles from the end of Highway 130. Near by to that there's the Waiopae Tide Pools and the warm ponds at Ahalanui Park. To the north about 40 miles is the remote Waipio Valley, inhabited for a thousand years and best toured on horseback with fantastic local guides. Mauna Kea Visitors Center on the mountain at 9000 feet is still 5000 feet short of the top of the mountain. The Vistors Center is an intro to the astronomy taking place from the 13 international telescopes that are the the top (If you have 4x4 you can tour the Keck Observatory at the top). Powerful optical telescopes are provided for public viewing by knowledgeable docents 365 days a year. If Saturn is above the horizon, it's particularly stunning to see it through one of them. Then... there's the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, Imiloa planetarium/museum, MokMokupapapa (museum of the other thousand atolls that make up the rest of the Hawaiian archipelgo, the Plantation Museum, the Hamakua Rail museum..... I could go on.....!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

Peaceful and Private Garden Cottage on a lovely country estate.
average rating of 4.8474574 based on 59 reviews
5

Peaceful getaway with top notch hospitality

  • 5 of 5

Without exaggeration, this is an awesome place to stay! If you are looking for a peaceful, laid back environment that has all the comforts of home for a more than reasonable price, your search should stop right here.

Randall and Donna are exactly what you want in a property owner/manager. They are there when you need them with a vast knowledge of Island info, yet they are incredibly respectful of your privacy. Donna gave us a bunch of Apple Bananas that were just to die for and Randall was very patient in answering all of our questions and understanding our constant mispronounced Hawaiian names.

The suite was clean, sleek, homey and well stocked with everything we needed for our stay. The grounds are beautiful and very well manicured. My only regret is that I wish that I would've brought a frisbee!

We would not hesitate to come back and stay with Randall and Donna! Diane and I feel as though we made new friends while here! You will too!

Kevin and Diane

Springfield, MO

  • Submitted: May 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Will Book Again!

  • 5 of 5

This place is perfect for a quick island getaway! We've been to quite a few "HomeAways" but this one is by far the best easily! It is very inviting, clean, and laid back. It was a pleasure having Randall as our very welcoming host! We plan to return!

Mahalo,

Nathan & Lauren

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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5

Well maintained, relaxed, layed back atmosphere. Friendly host

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late and Randall was there to greet us and to help us find the place in the dark. The cottage was clean and cute :) We loved some of the ideas he used for the cottage. Love the big sliders with screens facing the yard. Enjoyed all of it. Thank you Randall for being so helpful when we needed anything and for helping us with directions and things to do. We had a very relaxed time at your place and wish we could have stayed longer. GOD bless you and your family. The Bruce's

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are not big resort people. Rather, we enjoy the quiet, peaceful environment we found here. Frogs croaking in the early evening in a beautiful area-it just doesn't get any better than that.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful property with lush foliage

  • 5 of 5

Randall and Donna are fantastic hosts. The studio is very comfortable and the surroundings are breathtaking with lush tropical plants. I have stayed here several times and highly recommend this rental!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Benicia, CA
5

Lush beauty and serenity

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is hands down, the most beautiful place we've ever stayed on the island...or anywhere else for that matter. It is perfectly located right outside of Hilo in one of the best areas...Pepeekeo. We were so thrilled as we drove down the driveway into a lush, tropical, garden setting on a large estate. It was beyond anything we imagined and the pictures don't do it justice. There are three structures on the property...the main house, a smaller house and carriage house/garage that was converted into a beautiful cottage. We stayed in the cottage which was completely renovated, very private and just lovely. The large, open, room with kitchen and bath has wonderful high ceilings and renovated with top quality materials which create an elegant yet functional living area. In addition, the decor is exquisite which makes one feel they are living in luxury. The french doors open to the large, botanical garden-like estate grounds, which provide a gorgeous and peaceful view. The cottage has all of the amenities one would need for a truly pleasant stay. They also provide snorkel gear if you feel so inclined to venture out to some of the wonderful snorkeling sights in the area like Richardson's Beach where we swam with sea turtles. Hilo also has some good restaurants right in the downtown area but our favorite for excellent, local food is the Hawaiian Style Cafe. We always go there a few times when we stay in Hilo. A really fun event that we always wanted to try out and finally did on this trip, is the Wednesday evening market with live music in Kalapana.

The music, food, wonderful vendors and people will provide you with a quintessential Hawaii/Big Island experience you will never forget! Also, in that area right now, is the lava flow viewing. We missed that one but if you visit soon enough, you may still catch a glimpse of Mother Nature and Pele "doing their thing." The owners, Randall and Donna were so nice to chat with and made us feel totally comfortable. They were charming and also down-to-earth. We highly recommend this accommodation and can't imagine ever staying anywhere else when we return to Hilo. You will not be disappointed and the value for what you get is just unbelievable!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Map

Akaka Falls State Park
"Akaka Falls is a 440 foot high waterfall and a 'must see' when you are on the east side of H..."
Rainbow Falls
"Close to Hilo town.... Its always beautiful, but after heavy rains it's especially impressive."
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
"A 'must visit' when you are on the Big Island, the park is enormous. Hike all day, have din..."
Waipio Valley
"Inhabited for many centuries, Waipio Valley is a very special hidden valley. Lush and tropi..."
Wai'opae Marine Sanctuary
"Wonderful for snorkeling; protected reef area with tide pools, coral reefs and fish. Now rec..."
Hilo Coffee Mill
"Good Coffee; interesting tours. On your way from Hilo to or from Volcanoes National Park."
What's Shakin'
"What's Shakin Smoothie stand; (with a limited but great lunch menu!) On the beautiful Scen..."
Honoli'i Beach Park
"Best surf spot in Hilo!"
At Richardson's Beach Park - Best Location for Swimming and Snorkeling in Hilo.
"A family park with fresh water lagoons leading to the ocean, a small beach with lifeguard, G..."
Lava Tube Cave
Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Cronies
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Naniloa Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy and Old Onomea Road
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Pesto's
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Top of Mauna Kea Mountain in winter. No lifts!
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Honolii Beach Park
Car: necessary

In all of Hawaii, there is no place quite like Onomea. Along the famed Hamakua coast, Old Onomea Road and the Old Mamalahoa Highway winding past Onomea Bay, are quiet treasures worth savoring. Take a walk down our little country lane. Too narrow for cars to pass, we stop and visit instead! When our home was part of a larger estate, it was planted with royal palms that now tower alongside the road nearly all the way to the ocean. Nearby, the old donkey trail leads downhill to Onomea Bay where a little river enters the sea. You can imagine the ships of old, anchored in the bay, receiving bales of cane sugar hoisted aloft on zip lines tethered ashore. Nearby, too, is the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a charming smoothie stand and the 100 year old Low's Store; nearby by car.... the 442 foot high Akaka Falls, the little village of Honomu, many beach parks and Hilo's renowned farmers market; We are about equi-distant from Volcano Park to the south and Waipio Valley to the north... two stops you won't want to miss!

! Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and the GORGEOUS Scenic Hwy is walkable from our place along with some eating stops, What's Shakin' and the the 100 year old Low Store. About 10 miles away is the 400+ foot high Akaka Falls and several zipline venues. Hilo itself with its old downtown district is 6 miles to the south. The Hilo Farmers Market is open every day. Rainbow Falls is just outside of downtown. Honolii Beach Park is just this side of Hilo and there are many more coastal swim parks to the far side of Hilo. You can swim with big sea turtles at several of them. Volcano National Park is to the south of Hilo, about 40 miles. There's currently a live lava flow to the ocean with a viewing site about 4 miles from the end of Highway 130. Near by to that there's the Waiopae Tide Pools and the warm ponds at Ahalanui Park. To the north about 40 miles is the remote Waipio Valley, inhabited for a thousand years and best toured on horseback with fantastic local guides. Mauna Kea Visitors Center on the mountain at 9000 feet is still 5000 feet short of the top of the mountain. The Vistors Center is an intro to the astronomy taking place from the 13 international telescopes that are the the top (If you have 4x4 you can tour the Keck Observatory at the top). Powerful optical telescopes are provided for public viewing by very knowledgeable docents 365 days a year. If Saturn is above the horizon, it's partiularly stunning to see it through one of them. Then... there's the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, Imiloa planetarium/museum, Mokupapapa (museum of the other thousand atolls that make up the rest of the Hawaiian archipelgo, the Plantation Museum, the Hamakua Rail museum..... I could go on.....!

And yes..... We do laundry for you. Our laundry is in our private quarters, so it's not self service but we are happy to do a quick load for you and deliver back for you to fold. :-)

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Rates & Availability

Hilo Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
January - the best month!
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
$105
$700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
February
Feb 5 2017 - Apr 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$105
$693
 
 
Merrie Monarch 2017
Apr 19 2017 - Apr 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas-New Years
Dec 24 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
$135
$850
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$99
$670
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Two night stays are sometimes possible. Inquire for rate and availability.
Quoted Rates are for double occupancy. Third guest is additional $15/night. Cancellation Policy is for full refund if cancelled by 10 weeks prior to arrival date.

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Amenities

Hilo Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 570 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Stone-Tiled Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Large bathroom with walk-in shower. Wheelchair accessible. Everyone comments how much they love the bathroom!
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Onomea Suite - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Primary bed is a queen size bed with a plush top. People describe it as very comfortable. The punee sleeps a third adult or a child.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Air conditioning is not needed on this, the windward side of the island. Not one of our many guests has suggested that air conditioning is needed. Temperatures vary year round from about 72 to 84 degrees. The kitchen has no oven or range top. There is, however, a hot plate, a microwave, barbecue, electric pan, crock pot and coffee maker. There is no broadcast or cable service available. We have many DVD's to play on Tv. And... we have broadband internet freely available.

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