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Ocean Frt.-Best Hilo Swim Lagoons, Turtles @ Richardsons Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 5 nights


Hilo House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 12


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Stay on the water close to Hilo without staying downtown. Stay in a well landscaped home that is maintained to avoid mosquitos. Enjoy almost an acre across the street from Richardson’s Beach Park. One of the 7 stops of the Hop-on Hop-off bus tours. Enjoy the best snorkeling of east Big Island at your doorstep. Take out the kayak and learn to stand up paddle board. Two kayaks, stand up paddle board, surf board, boogie boards, 3 bikes and snorkel equipment provided.

NEED MORE SPACE?: Call us and ask about the upscale 3br/2ba beachfront house next door ( We also have another 3br3ba oceanfront house 5 doors down the street ( Lastly, we have the newest house just 6 doors down the street ( Four bedroom, 3 baths that sleeps up to 15. I have 3 other homes just South of Hilo in Paradise Park that are on the water and very affordable. For current rates and availability on all our beachfront houses. PLEASE CALL US at 818 357-6889.

Vacation Rental Highlights:

• Large, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Sleeps 12

• 3.5 miles from Downtown Hilo, on south Hilo bay, 5 miles from Hilo Airport

• East Hawaii’s best snorkeling across the street at Richardson’s Beach Park.

• Free Kayak, paddle board, bikes, boogie boards, snorkel equipment, booties.

• Full ocean views, outside seating, fruit trees, parking.


• Why settle for a house away from the water? This house is right across the street from Richardson’s Beach Park. Home of the best snorkeling in East Big Island. One of the 7 stops of the Hop-on Hop-off tours. Hilo offers few places to enjoy the ocean. These special places are always beach parks.

• One of the nicest Hilo vacation rental homes in the area built to very high standards.

• House includes free use of Kayak, bikes, stand up paddle board, boogie boards, snorkel gear.

• House is completely stocked. Everything you need for cooking, plenty of towels, soap, shampoo, hair dryers. Ironing board/Iron, playpen, highchair and Cable Wifi.


• Living Room – Large couch and love seat with direct ocean views. Flat screen T.V. with Amazon Fire and Netflix for a huge selection of viewing options. Books and games for family fun. Cable Wifi.

• Kitchen – Everything you need. Coffee maker, blender, toaster, rice cooker, pots/pans. Lots of cooking tools. Large oven/range. View of Richardson’s Beach Park from kitchen window.

• Master Bedroom – Same level as main house with great ocean views. Private bathroom. Ceiling fan.

• Bedrooms #2: On the same level as master bedroom, living room and kitchen. Equiped with queen bed, night stand, ceiling fan, quality mattresses and linins. The bathroom is across the hall. All homes have play pens.

• Bedroom #3: The whole bottom level is bedroom 3 with its own bathroom. This room has a queen bed, two twin beds and a sofa sleeper. It has an additional couch. Access is from front of house. There is no internal staircase to upper floor, but steps to front door are right next to bedroom entrance.

• Master Bathroom: Dedicated to master bedroom. Large double headed shower with great garden views. Bright and modern. Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths, hair dryer, shampoo and soap provided.

• Main Bathroom: Large bathroom with bathtub/shower combination. Shampoo, soaps and paper goods, towels, hair dryer provided

• Lower Bathroom: For lower level bedroom #3. Shower with shampoo, soaps and paper goods, towels, hair dryer provided.


There is more to do in and around Hilo than any town on any of the Islands. It just isn’t well advertised because there aren’t resorts to promote the area. Please visit for the best organized site - showing activities by driving direction.

• Waterfalls - Boiling Pots, Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls, Waipi’o Valley

• Gardens – Hawaiian Botanical Gardens, Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens, Nani Mau Gardens, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.

• Museums – Lyman’s historical and geological museum and The Tsunami museum. Both in downtown Hilo.

• Beach Parks – Richardson’s Beach Park, Onekahakaha Beach Park (the calmest), Carlsmith Beach Park, Reed’s Bay, Lehia Park. Punalu’u Beach Park and Whittington Park.

• Volcanic sights: Volcano National Park, Thurston lava tube, Kaumana Caves State Park, Pahoa transfer station, Live lava bike/hike tours in Kalipana Viewing area.

• Markets and shops: Hilo Farmer’s Market, Maku’u Farmer’s Market, Hilo Coffee Mill, Ka’u Coffee Mill, Volcano Winery and Mehana Brewery, Hilo Candy Company, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut and Punalu’u Bake Shop

• Other – Hilo Zoo, Palace Theatre

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Richard Standke
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2016
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About Richard Standke

Why rent from me:

Owner of 4 homes directly across from Richardson's beach park and 3 ocean front homes in paradise park. I manage these homes personally with my cell number available to all guests. Payments are handled through the security of the Homeaway/VRBO site. Guests also receive information on restaurants, shopping and my favorite places to visit.

Richard Standke purchased this house in 2011

Why Richard Standke chose Hilo District

I stayed as a guest at this house in 2011 and it happened to be for sale. We loved the house and location. It was updated on almost an acre in Hilo's best location. We purchased it and that was the start of our rental business in Hilo. We later bought and rebuilt the house next door and two homes 6 doors up the street. We continued to improve this house, clearing out the jungle and planting fruit trees. We also added all the beach toys as this is still the house we stay at when we visit. We come about 4 times a year. Half the time is spent maintaining the homes, but we always do something new. We review all the places we go and include them in Activities on our website (

What makes this house unique

Unique benefits:

If you plan on staying more than a couple days, you will have to enjoy the location. If you love the water and especially snorkeling, you will not find a better location. The best snorkeling is in just a few feet of water right in front of the black sand beach. It is like swimming in a tropical fish store. Green sea turtles come to rest for the night in the evening at the rocks just beyond the black sand beach. The water is largely sheltered by the rocks creating a partial lagoon. Yet this house is just down the street from downtown Hilo. Great for quick trips out to eat, shopping and many tourist locations. Review the "location" tab for a list of over 20 great places to see.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Kids loved Leleiwi Beach in front of the house. We saw a turtle on our first day and the kids got to swim with several. This is a great house. Very comfortable and clean. We appreciated all the extras (snorkling stuff, beach towels, movies, games, etc.) The weather was perfect and access to both beaches was so nice. We can't wait to come back. Thank you again.
Oct 2009
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Ocean Frt.-Best Hilo Swim Lagoons, Turtles @ Richardsons Beach
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 29 reviews

It was a little less than expected

  • 3 of 5

We spent a week at the house with family, including 1 teen and 3 kids under 10yrs. The location was very enjoyable and especially allowed the kids to 'hit the beach' readily. However, be aware that 'the beach' is volcanic rock with pools and alcoves built for swimming and cooling off. No sand beach here. Swim shoes required. I assume they were built to allow relaxing because the waves are generally too much for kids or anything but expert and experienced swimmers.

Most disappointing was the bottom large bedroom. We put one of our parent couples and all of the kids there. It was musty and no ventilation from the ocean breezes that were generally present 'upstairs'. We had all fans going in that room to try to help. Realizing it is a tropical paradise with humidity and all, it still wasn't pleasant.

Also the presence of 'house protectors' in the form of geckos on the walls was not expected and a little disconcerting. The 'good luck' they are supposed to represent I imagine evolved because they are everywhere and can't be gotten rid of. Three in the bathroom at the same time didn't seem to bring me all that much good luck. As for keeping the house free from bugs, they needed a little bigger appetite.

The kitchen was nicely equipped, bathrooms ok, washer dryer good. The large dining/living room on the upstairs levels was great for evenings/mornings. The island was laid-back Hawaii and just what we expected. A great treat. The kids enjoyed picking some fruit from the trees in the yard. Overall, a good time was had by all but we were on the go for most of the days and early evenings.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry the house wasn't a 5 star stay for you. The bottom floor has lots of windows and a sliding glass door. You must have been unlucky to have hot weather and no breeze. This is the house I stay at when I visit and I see a gecko here and there. I have never seen three at once. Unless there is a storm the beach park is quite calm. Of course if you swim "out" toward the surf, you contend with waves (which is great to boogie board). Staying close to shore or to the area directly in front is always calm. You do need booties, which I provide. White sandy beaches are on the Kona side, this is the best beach park on the Hilo side.
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Fantastic fun...and frogs!!

  • 4 of 5

Incredible!! That tree in the front yard (probably infamous) was amazing as was the view from the large windows. We knew it was across the street from the ocean but that hidden little 'private' beach was awesome...and perfect for the baby and our elderly mother (path is uneven so she needed help) The house itself was large enough to accommodate the 11 of us(all female!) and the kitchen/bbq was perfect for cooking at 'home' with fresh produce and fish from the markets down the street. There were lots of towels & beach paraphernalia, beds were comfortable(pillows not so much) and the road up the back way for morning walks was a mini vacation in itself! Beautiful! We all enjoyed the spacious living area with the huge opened windows to let the breeze through in the day and the totally awesome sound of the ocean waves and frogs at night! Some of the quaint restaurants in the area were hidden gems! We enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of Hilo and yet it had the comforts of a city--Starbucks, Walmart--when we needed it. And even though we made a few day trips to enjoy the island, we loved just hanging around our own little neighbourhood!! The locals are great. Our trip and stay was a definite I'll-be-back kinda one. Have I said incredible yet??

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homer Glen, Illinois

Great Location and Beach Access

  • 5 of 5

Our time at this property was great! There's a beautiful view of the Waiuli Beach Park from the houses living room. We snorkled at the Richardon Beach where we saw turtles,reef fish,octopus and a local spear fishing for his dinner that night.

Home came stocked with ocean toys to use along with fins and masks.Upon arrival we were surprised to find a bouquet of fresh tropical flowers on the kitchen table.What a nice way to say welcome to Hilo.Nice touch!

The large Monkee Pod Tree in front of the house is beautiful as is the property itself.

Richard is responsive to any concerns, and even was able to forward my wife's kindle she left behind to our home in Illinois.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York

A great vacation spot for families

  • 5 of 5

I booked two of Richard's Hilo properties at short notice after another property I had booked to sleep 14 people (not one owned by Richard) double booked us.

The two properties I booked through Richard are next door to each other, which was a perfect solution for our two large families, and I couldn't have been happier with our stay.

We spent all meals together in the large kitchen and dining areas of the houses.

We enjoyed the beach directly across the road. The gardens are lush and beautiful. We felt safe and relaxed the whole stay. Both families commented how enjoyable the stay was.

Richard is an easy-going host, and very responsive via email.

Thank you Richard, you really came to the rescue - on the week of my wedding and all!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hilo House

  • 4 of 5

The ocean front view from this vacation rental was amazing! We enjoyed the black sand beach and swimming with turtles at the beach parks just across the street. The house comes with every beach accessory imaginable including kayak, paddle boards and even water shoes to make day trips to the beach easy and carefree. Cool ocean breezes keep the house comfortable day and night. The house sleeps 8 easily so next time we will take the whole family! I would recommend this house to anyone planning a big family gathering.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very favorable review. There doesn't seem to be anything I could improve. I look for every stay to be a 5 star stay. There was no reason given for "only" 4 stars.
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Fantastic stay at a great property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a family vacation with a wedding mixed in. Bride, groom, and parents stayed at the house. For most of us, this was our first visit to the Hawaiian Islands and everyone's first time on the Big Island.

We all had plenty of space in the house. The property is beautiful and so close to gorgeous beach parks. The monkey pod tree is incredible and provided a perfect spot for our small wedding ceremony.

Communication with Richard was easy and the instructions he provided for the house and surrounding area were very easy to understand and follow. The house and property actually turned out to be better than we anticipated even given the accuracy of the description.

Airport, stores, restaurants, and downtown Hilo were all close and simple to get to. We preferred to buy groceries and eat at the house where we found the kitchen well supplied with utensils and other small necessities. We fired up the charcoal grill for a couple of meals too.

The weather was interesting due to our stay being sandwiched in between two tropical storms. There was a good mixture of sun and overcast with some rain primarily at night. Due to the storms, we did have a day where the trade winds were essentially non-existent which resulted in the hottest day and night of our visit. The main effect of the storms was a larger surf which was quite fun to watch and hear.

The beach parks across the street were quite popular during the weekend. On the weekdays, we had lots of room to move about, swim, and snorkel with the turtles! We visited the parks every day sometimes multiple times a day.

Overall such a fantastic experience that we all hope to be able and rent the house again sometime in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Leleiwi Beach Park and Richardson Ocean Center
"The best snorkling on the Island. A hang out for Green Turtles. Cute black sand beach. Lago..."
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Only 45 minutes to Volcano National park.House is just 3.5 miles from Downtown Hilo on the South side of Hilo Bay. It is at the end of a small beach road across the street from Richardsons Beach Park, the best known beach park on this side of the Island. Not well known, Hilo has more tourist destinations than any Hawaiian destination. These include:

*Historic Downtown with shops and restaurants on the Bay.

* Waterfalls right in town. Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots.

* Akaka Falls just 25 minutes North of Hilo

* Volcano National Park, just 35 minutes above Hilo

* Hawaiian Botanical Gardens.One of the nicest gardens you will find.

* Hilo Farmers Market. Everyday but largest on Wednesday and Saturday.

* Liliuckalani Gardens at Hilo Bay including Coconut Island.

* Lyland museum for historic information and geologic rocks.

* Tsunami museum housed in a historic bank

* Wine tasting at the Volcano Winery

* Beer tasting right in town at Hawaii Nui Brewery

* Coffee tasting at Hilo Coffee Mill on your way to the Volcano

* Hilo Zoo. Free and very pretty.

* Mauna Loa Nut company self guided "look through window" tour and gift shop. Free and nice shop for lunch and ice cream.

* Historic Palace Theatre downtown. Check internet for show dates.

* Nearby to Pahoa town, near active lava flows.

Rates & Availability

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Holiday 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Winter 17
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Merrie Monarch 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Apr 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Tax Rate 13.4%

For up to 4 people, 2 to 6 days, $400/day.The weekly rate of $2,200 amounts to $315/day.
For 5/6 people the rate for 2 to 6 days is $450/day. A week is $2,600, which is $371/day.
For 7/8 people the rate for 2 to 6 days is $500/day. A week is $3,000, which is $429/day.
For 9/10 people the rate for 2 to 6 days is $550/day. A week is $3,400, which is $486/day.
For 11/12 - $600/day. Week is $3,800.

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Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible Bed - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Crib: Play pen and high chair in house.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Beachfront, Oceanfront. Gourmet Kitchen with gas range, stainless appliances, granite, full privacy on 1 full acre lot, Oceanfront at the Beach, High speed Cable Internet Access,XBox with some games, Movie Library, Swimming gear, Boogie boards, 2 adult bicycles, Highest quality Linens provided. At the beach with lifeguard., Volcanoes National Park (30 minute drive), Imiloa Astronoly Center, University of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours, Starbucks Coffee.

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