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Bamboo Hideaway !! Walk to downtown bayfront in minutes

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Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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From this new 1 bedroom remodel you can walk into downtown . Close to the river

Bamboo Hideaway is truly a hidden gem.. It is located on a quiet, former Hawaiian Homestead acre next to the Wailuku River and its falls.

This rental has just been completely remodeled from top to bottom with all new appliances and high end fixtures. You will find all the basic amenities needed for

your stopover in Hilo town.

Free WiFi is available. There is a 42 inch flat screen with DirectTV hookup. Videos,

CDs and a Hawaiiana library is also on hand.

The bathroom boasts its showpiece Shower Panel with 6 massage jets for an

incredible shower massage!! Ah.h... The vessel sink sits atop a quartz countertop .

The quartz countertops are also found in the kitchen.

There is a wonderful new Caspar *TM queen bed with all cotton sheets .

In the same bedroom sits a queen size pull out sofa futon with coil spring core.

This rental does accommodate children over 10 years of age.

The kitchen supplies all new electric appliances that are necessary for the chef of the house.

Very few homes in Hilo have AC's since we have abundant tradewinds. We have

ceiling fans as well as many windows for cross ventilation and cooling.

The living room sofa folds out into a double hide a bed if needed.

Wander the premises and find fruit trees and plumerias with orchids blooming in them.

Talk story with your hosts Diane & Phil who live on the adjoining property and they can show you what fruit to pick and advise you on the local action. As well, they can

probably provide you with anything you might need if you don't see it at Bamboo Hideaway.

Its hard to believe you can be in this peaceful rural setting, yet in 5 minutes you can walk down into Hilo Bayfront stores and restaurants or the local Farmers Market.

A few minutes of a drive will take you to the new Imiloa Astronomy Center,

Univ. of Hilo, the Botanical Gardens and the zoo which is a botanical garden as well and numerous other attractions that need to go on your must see list.

Of course the main attraction is the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano which is always

fluctuating. An hour drive will put you into the entrance of Volcano Park to start

experiencing this phenomena.

Hilo town is small but it is packed with things to see and do too numerous to

begin to mention. We are the biggest island of the Hawaiian chain. The Big Island

is here for you to discover its Big Heart filled with Big Aloha !!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Diane Fournier
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Diane Fournier

I was born and raised a San Francisco girl but at the height of the 60's started traveling which led to a nomadic lifestyle for many years . In the 80's I went north and rooted in Alaska. There I met my future husband to be, Phil. Phil is from Indiana and taught in the alternative public school in Anchorage. I opened up a Holistic Health Center which catered to clients seeking alternative health care.

We lived there for 17 years before deciding we wanted to retire in warmth and fresh air. Hawaii was perfect for us because Hilo offered the pace and friendliness that Alaska had for us.

We 1st moved to Kehena Beach in lower Puna closer to the lava action. There we had a vacation rental for 15 years and found that we really liked interacting with the guests that came to visit. Many guests became friends and quite a few of them over the years moved to Hawaii themselves.

We recently moved in 2014 to Hilo into our home that was a vacation rental for 6 years. 2 years ago we acquired the neighboring land and duplexes which were all part of a large homestead. Instead of long term rentals we decided

Hilo could use some more short term vacation rentals.

We can start meeting our happy vacationers again.

Phil use to teach Hawaiian Studies courses and has written a book, "A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands", and would be happy to answer any questions about the islands history that you might have.

Diane Fournier purchased this house in 2013

Why Diane Fournier chose Hilo District

The first time we drove up Amauulu Rd. quite a few years ago , it was like we couldn't believe how country it felt yet we were near downtown.

A few years later, a realtor friend showed us a house on this street that she thought we would like even though we were only looking for land. Well, that did it. We fell in love with the area, the pastureland behind us and orchards across the street with the river 300 yards away. Sort of wild but in the city. The house itself was perfect so no need to build one and it was fairly new. We bought it the next day.

Then, 2 years ago, the neighboring piece of land along our driveway became available and it had 2 longtime duplexes on it. We acquired that to protect our assets.

These duplexes are perfect for the vacationing couple who want quiet beauty yet convenience to walking into town to dine at night if they desire. It doesn't get much better.

You also have the opportunity to pick fresh fruit from our many fruit trees on the 1+ acre lot. Depending on the time of year you can choose from Lychee, Mango, Orange, Tangerine, Longon, Avocado, Tangelo, Papaya, Yabotacaba, and Pineapple.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location is what made us move here in the first place and this rental is in a perfect area.


based on 31 traveler reviews

Bamboo Hideaway !! Walk to downtown bayfront in minutes
average rating of 4.903226 based on 31 reviews

Captured the island feel in very clean and comfortable accomodations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this place for 3 days and we are happy that we chose this place. The home was very clean. It seemed as if we were the first ones to use the stove. It is obvious that the owners care about how their property looks with high-end décor in the kitchen and bathroom. We particularly enjoyed the deluxe shower with all the "bells-and whistles".

There is no air conditioning, but we managed well with the fans and it cooled down a bit during the night. The louvered windows added charm and also allowed the gentle breeze to go through. (We stayed in Kona too and there we could not get by without an air conditioning.) You could hear the coquis in the evening but it only added to the charm. I understand that in some other areas on the island their sound can be much more intrusive. We had no problem sleeping. Btw you don't hear them at all duing the day.

Our only suggestions is to provide some additional lighting for the dinner table and the kitchen counter. We cooked there daily and since we did not get "home" until dark, it would have been nice to have had some better counter lighting and ligting over the dinner table.

The owner was generous in introducing us to some fruit trees on the property and letting us pick fruit for our enjoyment. We particularly enjoyed the biggest avocadoes we had ever seen.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and hope to return some day.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Pleasant stay

  • 5 of 5

Very nice duplex in quiet part of town . Well equipped kitchen with almost everything you need. Comfortable bed in large bedroom.Great shower in big bathroom-good towels. Owners live on property and very friendly and helpful. Diane showed us where to pick fruit so we could help ourselves.There is great book on history of Hawaii in room and you can get newer edition from him. Great reading on the Islands and would be great to read before arriving since many things became clearer after reading. After 4 nights on Ali'i in Kona the peace and quiet was great.Still close to downtown and water.Little tricky to get to because of oneway streets and streets that change names but with good map or app pretty easy. Would definitely come back here. So much to see in area.Volcano Park 40 minutes away, Akaka Falls nearby. Lavaboat tours are great if lava flowing into ocean especially if they are doing after dark trip. Careful if you are susceptible to seasickness or motion quesiness. You get within yards of the lava going into ocean. Had great meals at Reuben's (Mexican) and Pond's. We are already planning on staying here on next visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

👍🌴we loved the bambo hideaway , very clean and had everything we needed ! Close to town too. The owners are wonderful and there property is like a beautiful park ! We do plan to come back 🌺🌺thank-you Dianne and Phil

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nice place

  • 4 of 5

The property is very nice and we'll kept. We were there in August and it was very hot with little air flow. An air conditioning unit at least in the bedroom would have went a long way to make the stay more comfortable. The owners were very nice and overall we had a good experience.


  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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I recommend!

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stay. It was such a beautiful place, close to downtown Hilo (we would walk downtown in the evenings for drinks or a bite). Mrs. Fournier was so delightful! She would bring us fresh produce and leave it by the door. If we had any questions, they were answered promptly.

There were fans throughout the place so we kept cool. Occasionally we would watch some TV at night and it was convenient to watch Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/ect. The couch wasn't very comfortable, but we weren't potatoes during our vacation. Working around the kitchen was very easy since everything needed was available (pots/pans/utensils/coffee maker/ect). The bathroom shower was incredible! Fanciest shower I've been in, but if you like your showers super hot your timing is very limited as it starts cooling down quickly. The bed was comfortable and we slept well with the fans running. Pillows were comfortable going to sleep, but when we woke up our necks were a little sore (the pillows are very soft and we are used to more support/memory foam).

Overall, it was a great experience though! I definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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feel relax like my home

  • 5 of 5

i had visited the bamboo house for 4 days.

Diane and Phil were kind and made our family feel comfortable.

The house is very close to the down town but it was calm and peace. i like this house.

it was also clean and no bugs in the house(most important thing to me), enough utilities, especially the bathroom was great.

my husband like to shower in that bathroom.

bedding was also clean and good.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Naniloa Hotel
Nearest Motorway
300 Metres
Belt Highway
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Cafe Pesto
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Hilo Bayfront
Car: not necessary

Bamboo Hideaway is within walking distance of downtown Hilo. Just cross the small Wailuku River bridge and within minutes you will be strolling past bay front shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Also close at hand is the public library, Lyman Museum, Tsunami museum, and the Imiloa Astronomy Center . The University of Hawaii at Hilo has student based activities as well. The ever popular Hilo Farmers Market is in full swing on on Wednesday and Saturday with some vendors being present daily. The artsy restored Palace Theater is a movie house with many concerts and cultural events as well as international art films. Sidewalk cafes give you the opportunity to sample many of the world famous Big Island coffees.

Hilo town is one of those small quirky yet friendly towns where you can just stroll around and get caught up in the strong feeling of Aloha. Folks are friendly and enjoy taking the time to talk story.


Rates & Availability

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer/Winter rate
Jul 1 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Holiday pricing
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Merrie Monarch
Apr 19 2017 - Apr 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
summer winter
Apr 24 2017 - Dec 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Please ask about holiday and Merrie Monarch rates. Cancellation policy - full refund of deposit if owners are notified within 60 days of reservation time
Ask owner by email about discounts
Refundable security deposit of $200-$300 due by cash or check on arrival or authorized against MC or Visa card
Extra charge for guest over double occupancy
Children 10 and over
Check in after 3 pm
Check out 11 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Vessel sink , linen closet
  • Tiled shower with massage jets on shower panel as well as rain tree shower head. Vessel sink on Quartz countertop with high end fixtures.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
  • We have added a new Caspar queen mattress this year which is an incredibly comfortable cooling memory foam/ gel mattress. We use all cotton sheets as well. There are 3 windows for cross ventilation and a ceiling fan as well as a tower fan.Large closet, dresser, and a comfortable queen futon sofa..
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Most people are surprised to learn that Hilo is the second largest city in the state as it has the feel of a small town. It was developed as the center of the island's former sugar cane industry and has the feel of the early days of the 20th century when it expanded rapidly.

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