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Little House in the Country - Rural Hawaii on the North Side of the Big Island

Bedrooms 1
Space 540 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom/1 Bath House In Rural Hamakua

This little house is small and simple with ceramic tile floors and open beamed ceilings. It's clean, bright and private. One bedroom with a queen bed, a full bath, complete kitchen and living room area provide a comfortable home away from home. There is also a laundry room with full sized washer & dryer. This house is perfect for a couple or a couple with a young child. Wake to the sounds of birds chattering & have your morning coffee outside watching the chickens & wild turkeys. WiFi, outdoor grill, beach chairs, coolers & some snorkel equipment are provided. Paauilo is still truly out of the busy city areas and offers a taste of old Hawaii.

We are at about the 2000' level on the slope of Mauna Kea. This is an area of small farms & country roads. You can walk for miles on these back roads. Our daytime temps are generally between 75 & 85 degrees. Though these past couple of years we have begun to experience some days in the 90's. Nighttime temps tend to be in the 60's with some summer nights perhaps edging towards 70. The cooler evenings definitely lend themselves to good sleeping temperatures. (Which we always enjoy after a long day in the sunshine at the beach.) We can get rain but can't really predict when that might be. That's not a problem for us as we like to have things growing around us, but do want you to know it can happen!

Paauilo is a great location to stay if you want to explore the Hamakua coast and anywhere on the northern side of the island. Honokaa and Waipio Valley are very close by. A scenic drive on Hwy 19 will take you to Hilo to the east, or Kamuela, Hawi and a choice of beautiful beaches to the west.

10-15 minutes away is the historic town of Honokaa, with restaurants, shopping, a small grocery store and a beautifully renovated movie theater that offers first run movies and live events. Honokaa has also recently started having a monthly 'First Friday'. The first Friday of every month the stores stay open late & there is live music, lots of great food and various other entertainment. It's a fun, local event that's definitely worth checking out if you're here on a First Friday night.

We also are lucky enough to have on site professional massages available in the cabin - unwind even more after a long day at the beach. This is a cozy house, a wonderful place to welcome you home after a day at the beach or sightseeing. It's a great place to tuck away and simply enjoy the beauty of rural Hawaii.

More Details

Diane Higham
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

Why Diane Higham chose Paauilo

We have lived on this property for almost 30 years. That is so hard to believe! It is true that time flies when you're having fun. We actually fell into this place kind of by accident, not knowing anything about the island when we moved here. Lucky us as we love living in Paauilo and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We've raised our children here and about 10 years ago built the cabin. We have been renting it but it has been open for a few months while we had different friends come and stay. We found that it made us so happy to have visitors enjoying Paauilo too that we decided to offer it as a vacation rental. We live on the 3 acres adjacent to the cabin property. Both places have their own private space as we built the cabin on the other side of a small macadamia nut orchard. This orchard needs a lot of work from us as it's aging and growing over, but in the meantime it provides lovely privacy.

What makes this house unique

We love Paauilo for many reasons. We love that when it's incredibly hot in the summer in Kona we can go home to some cooler air in the evening; that we can spend a morning or an afternoon at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and that nearby Honokaa provides movies and restaurants when we don't want to cook. We love the outdoor beauty, the sunshine through the trees, the slowness of a walk on a country road - and the commute to work is only 15 minutes and without a single stoplight! Visiting friends tell us they really enjoy that we're between Kona and Hilo so they can go touring in either direction. I think that's a good point. This really is a big island and less driving is always good! People who have stayed in the cabin also tell us that it feels like a retreat from their regular life - quiet and peaceful. It helped them relax. That's how we feel about it too. A great place to come home to. It makes us really happy to have visitors in our cabin enjoying their own getaway in Hawaii.

As for the house, we really hope you'll like it. We keep it very clean and well maintained. With a full kitchen, bath, bedroom and laundry it's a pretty cozy cabin.


Paauilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 540 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom has 1 queen size bed. We also have a twin size double height air bed that we can add to the bedroom if 2 people are traveling together but don't want to share a bed. This bed is also available for a child.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Little House in the Country - Rural Hawaii on the North Side of the Big Island
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

my long overdue honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

the best ever!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, little piece of heaven in Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

Great little house for one person or a couple, Diane and Lynn are wonderful people! The house had everything we needed to be comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked with all of the necessities to cook a meal. It is a great place in the up country of Hawaii. Come stay and see for yourself!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Great little cottage on north shore of the Big Island

  • 5 of 5

The "Little House" is a well equipped cottage in a quiet, secluded spot in the hills above Paau'ilo. Comfy bed, well equipped kitchen, and nice living area. Diane, our very thoughtful host, brought us some fresh eggs from her hens and pointed us to some fresh fruit that we could harvest from trees on the property. Highly recommended if you are looking to explore the north shore of the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant country cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a nice stay at this compact country cottage, set in attractive woodland on the hillside. It's comfortable and well-equipped. Diane was very helpful with local information. Internet worked well but the TV was rather small for watching the provided movies and Netflix. Recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very well appointed cabin in private setting

  • 5 of 5

The cabin had everything we could have hoped for. Guide books? Yes (we didn't bring one). Snorkeling equipment? Yes. Beach towels and chairs? Yes. Sunblock, insect repellant, spare sweaters, umbrella, fresh eggs in fridge when we arrived? Yup.

The kitchen was small, but had everything we needed so we cooked breakfast every morning and sat on the front patio with our coffee watching the wild turkeys, pheasants and chickens. We did hear a wild boar in the woods, but didn't follow that up because .... well, wild boar.

If you are looking to head to Hawaii and sit on the beach, this is not be the location for you. It is 40 minutes out of Hilo on the wet side of the island. We loved it, but we covered 60% of the island in our travels and always looked forward to heading back to the quiet cabin in the lush woods.

The only downside is there is a single small heater in the cabin, so if it gets chilly, you'd better like snuggling.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very well-kept, neat and clean.

  • 4 of 5

A very private, quiet, enjoyable retreat. Lots of things to do if you like hiking and nature.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Hapuna Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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