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The 'Stables At Hakalau' Is A Unique Hawaiian Country Vacation Experience

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

At 1000-foot elevation, the 'Stables at Hakalau', has a breathtaking, expansive, and unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. Located 15 miles North of Hilo on Hwy 19 along the majestic Hamakua Coast, the 'Stables at Hakalau' is in the middle of the historic sugar plantation country. The 20-acre property boast a mild year round climate, with 80 degree days and temperatures in the mid 60's at night. Come experience a unique Hawaiian country-style vacation; quiet location, spectacular sun and moon rises on a working horse training facility with quarter horses, cattle, sheep, curious cats and friendly dogs. Relax on the lanai as you watch an occasional cruise ships go by.

John & Karen FitzGerald
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About John & Karen FitzGerald

John & Karen FitzGerald have lived in Hawaii since 1969, spending time happily residing on each major Hawaiian Island. John worked in management for the Hawaii Sugar Industry and is the Great-Great Grandson of New England Missionaries who came to Hawaii in 1828. Both John and Karen are knowledgeable about Hawaii history, places to visit on all the Islands, and interesting places to see as well as experience. Karen knows her Hawaiian plants and loves to garden. Both John and Karen train, ride, and drive their quarter horses. They purchased their 20-acre property when they retired in 2004.

John & Karen FitzGerald purchased this apartment in 2004

Why John & Karen FitzGerald chose Hakalau

The 'Stables at Hakalau' is a unique Hawaiian Country living experience. Situated on 20 acres in a country community of active farms, breath-taking views, beautiful Hawaiian scenery, and a farm stay experience to boot.

What makes this apartment unique

The 'Stables at Hakalau' is located on the tropical side of Hawaii Island surrounded by waterfalls, streams, and wild flowers. The property offers a unique opportunity to experience the Hawaii countryside, expansive ocean views, and breath taking sunrises in a quite setting. Here is a chance to get involved in the daily activities of a working Hawaiian horse training facility that also raises grass fed beef cattle and hair sheep. This farm stay experience offers animals that need attending to on a daily basis and our quest are welcome to help. The 'Stables at Hakalau' is centrally located in East Hawaii, close to Hilo Town with all it's attractions, the UHH Astronomy Center, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, many historic sugar plantation towns, two wonderful botanical gardens, zip line adventures, great sight seeing & exploring, with beautiful white sand beaches just a short hours drive up the scenic Hamakua Coast & through the beautiful Waimea Paniolo country.


Hakalau Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Full Bath with walk in tiled 'Rain' shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Pillow top mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , A Queen Sofa Sleeper is in the living room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The 'Stables at Hakalau' is an 'Off Grid' facility. This is your opportunity to experience living totally 'Off Grid'. The judicial use of electricity and water is recommended. There are no electric lines, water lines, phone or cable lines to the property; however, you will never know you are 'Off Grid', as the 'Stables at Hakalau' has all the modern conveniences to help make you stay a very unique and enjoyable one.


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The 'Stables At Hakalau' Is A Unique Hawaiian Country Vacation Experience
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Port Orchard, WA

Peaceful Place

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The view was wonderful, the surroundings peaceful and quiet, and the hosts very friendly. We enjoyed learning about the horses and visiting with the dogs and cat. The apartment was well stocked and we did not even notice being off the grid.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pepeekeo, HI

Awesome!!!!!! Wonderful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

My stay at the "Stables" was just what I needed to revisit the thrill of a simple. relaxing ,stress free existence. The Ohana house was clean, well equipped and very comfortable. As I enjoyed the lanai ,over looking the ocean, I was in the company of two friendly dogs , a couple of cats and a calming over view of cattle and sheep grazing in nearby pastures. Rounding out this wonderful experience, were a few gentle horses for me to fuss over.

I recommend this Home Away From Home property to anyone looking for the good life!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Paul, MN

Rest and relaxation at the Stables at Hakalau

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in John and Karen's lovely apartment for three nights and enjoyed every minute. They are gracious and welcoming hosts, knowledgable about the area, its history, and the islands and happy to talk story with visitors. The views over the fields to the ocean are spectacular and Hilo is just a short drive away--although it's good to have groceries on hand for when you're too busy relaxing to drive into town! Having their friendly dogs, cats, and horses around for company was an added bonus. We hope very much to visit John and Karen and the Stables at Hakalau again.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Akaka Falls vacation Rental 3806458 ha

  • 5 of 5

The stables at Hakalau’

Our stay here was one of the best in our travels over the years ever .John & Karen are the best host ,there knowledge of the Islands and the history of the sugar Plantation is amazing ,as both had live at different Islands from very young age.We have enjoy ourselfs to no end .The horses and there dogs are very well behave and friendly it show how well they are care for .This place was build with love ,care and comfort in mind to see the beautiful Pacific ocean in front of you all the time is fantastic ,magical ,the sundown and sunset and all the fruit trees around this place were place just at the right pad ,the pond ,the rainbows ,everything here is matting with the most careful loving hand of two people that know how to plant for contort for everyone that there live off the grid ,we did and was the best ideal .John and Karen are well travel people and knowledgeable of what there guest need and want and provide every possible request with in reason.they recommended so many places to visit .We came for two weeks and e stay one month and will come again and recommend friends and family for sure is a five stars place all around.Thank you John and Karen for you wonderful hospitality. Juanita and Barbara Thompson , Pennsylvania

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Juanita, Thank you for the wonderful, heartfelt review. Karen & I really appreciate it, as you two were great guest and are now our Hilo friends. Aloha, John Fitz
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Awesome Hawaiian Family Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed at the Stables for 3 nights and could have stayed longer. The Hosts, Karen and John were very accommodating and a wealth of local knowledge. Please visit to see a more in depth review with photos.

Thank you John and Karen, from our whole family. We loved it. 'Another day in paradise'

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Numerous Locations in Hilo Town
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
State Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Numerous Locations in Hilo Town
Nearest Ski
54 Miles
Mauna Kea when there is snow
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Hakalau Bay Park
Car: necessary

Hakalau Bay with the remains of the Hakalau Sugar Plantation Mill; picnic tables and swimming available. World Botanical Gardens with their waterfalls and zipline activity. Honomu Town, on the way to Akaka Falls State Park, with its shopping, coffee shops, and zipline activity. The Sugar Plantation Museum in Papaiko Town. The Train Museum in Laupahoehoe Town and the Landing Restaurant with it's family style meals. The Country Store at Papaaloa with it's great pizza, sandwiches, and local foods.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.7%

The "Stables at Hakalau" is a 20 acre horse training facility. We raise grass fed beef cattle and sheep for market lambs. The drive to the property through lush forest and small farms of 10 to 40 acres is enlightening. Flowers, hearts of palm, coffee, coco plants, bananas, hot peppers, and cloves are some of the products grown. Goats are raised and milked, with cheese as the final product.

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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