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Bamboo Hideaway !! Walk to downtown bayfront in minutes

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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 has two love seats and side tables. 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. Recently in early 2017 we added a nearby washer and dryer. This is free to use during the day on a limited basis. Please ask us about it if needed.

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, the 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. If it is flowing into the ocean out of Pu uoa vent, we highly recommend the lava boat tours out of Pohoiki for sunset and sunrise tours.

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

Diane Fournier
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

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.


Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 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
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Bamboo Hideaway !! Walk to downtown bayfront in minutes
average rating of 4.902439 based on 41 reviews

Clean, private, roomy & close in.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, conveniently located but still a private, modernized bungalow.

Loved the surroundings of flowers, grass & mangoes as well.

We will not hesitate to come back to this location in the future.

The hosts were warm & friendly.

We only wish we could have stayed longer & next time we certainly will.

Jon & Nancy Hanson

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First time Air BnB review

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted a laidback rental and not a hotel environment to see the lava firehose!. We were blessed that we found the bamboo hideaway. Diane welcomed us to the big one bedroom unit. So much better that a hotel.

Clean clean clean!

Just out of downtown Hilo up in the hills but close enough for a super quick drive to town for dinner.

Would I recommend? YES.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Quiet little hideaway in Hilo

  • 5 of 5

Overall, we had a great stay in Hilo! The property was as advertised and very clean! The owners were very responsive and lived in a house next door if we needed anything. The property was very quiet (except for the crickets!). We had everything we needed, pots/pans in the kitchen (no dishwasher, but not a big deal), an awesome TV and a few fans to keep cooler at night. Parking was great and the place was easy to find. We did end up walking to dinner once, but it was easier to drive (especially as it rains a fair amount in Hilo). We would love to stay again if we find ourselves back in Hilo!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Perfect spot - away but close to Hilo

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights at this spot - had every convenience including an amazing shower! Beautiful setting in what felt like an end-of-the-road rural setting but was also an easy walk to town. Beautiful property, helpful hosts - would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Lovely bungalow close to DT Hilo

  • 5 of 5

Back for our second year here we've found a great Hilo home within easy walking distance to all the DT Hilo places. A papaya tree right there offers fresh fruit to boot!! The unit is updated with a modern equipped kitchen and bathroom and is very comfortable.

Diane, the owner, is helpful with tips on local stuff and there for any assistance needed. We've found our Hilo place!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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San Francisco Bay Area

Outstanding Hilo vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Mid-January vacation. Eight nights at Bamboo Hideway. San Francisco Bay Area senior citizens who have visited the Big Island before (and Hawaii many times).

This one bedroom unit is very well appointed and maintained. Furnishings and decor have been selected to create a classical Hawaiian environment yet with all the modern conveniences. Fans in each room keep the temperature just right without the intrusiveness of air conditioning. A carport for each house is great in terms of keeping off both the heat of the sun and any rain.

Diane Fournier has made certain that each of her 4 units (the others have 2 bedrooms) is absolutely clean, open and airy. The bathroom and kitchen are very up-to-date and the bedroom is large and very comfortable. I don’t think you would find anything missing here. In addition Diane is personable and available for advice or help if needed.

We particularly appreciated the location with its rural feeling and large, beautifully maintained tropical garden area, yet within walking distance of downtown Hilo. We enjoyed this house enormously and would definitely return here. I would think it would be an outstanding choice for a shorter or a longer stay than our one week plus. Absolutely to be recommended. A real "find."

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
summer winter
Apr 24 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2017 Holiday rate
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2018 High season
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
spring summer and fall
Mar 2 2018 - Mar 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Merrie Monarch
Mar 28 2018 - Apr 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
summer fall
Apr 2 2018 - Dec 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
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
A credit card will secure your damage deposit after arrival.
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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