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NOW & ZEN !! Downtown Hilo Next to Reeds Island !

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom , 1 Bath Newly Remodeled From Top To Bottom

Convenience! New! Affordable ! Now and Zen provides all this and much more!

This 1960's Hawaiiana duplex has had a recent complete remodel from top to bottom in the fall of 2015. There is an Asian theme to the decor throughout this rental.

The kitchen in Now and Zen boasts all new stainless steel appliances along with Quartz countertop. Everything is there you might need for meal preparation is there and if not , ask the owners and they might supply it.

Luxury linens are in the bath and for the beds. The master bedroom has a deluxe foam gel mattress with all cotton sheets. The 2nd bedroom has a firm foam mattress with an extra memory foam topper. There are 2 kimono

"Happy Coats" hanging in the closet to lounge in.

The large bathroom has a dual sink vanity and a glass enclosed tiled shower.

Relax in the Great Room watching from Direct TV channels on the 42 inch flat screen. Free Wi Fi is available as well.

Ceiling fans are in the rooms and extra floor fans if needed are available for when the trade winds slow down. Our goal is to keep our guests happy and comfortable. We enjoy supplying knowledge about the area. Phil has left a copy of his book on Hawaiian history on the table for you to look at. A signed copy could also be purchased from him if you desire.

There are no stairs at all in our rentals and we have refitted in the remodel to accommodate standard size wheelchairs.

In the open ended carport there is a picnic table for outdoor dining options. This looks out on the fruit orchard.

When the clouds part there are also dramatic views of Mauna Kea.

Recently a gas BBQ has been added. It is in a covered area in the back of the lot beneath the avocado tree.

This 1 acre property has many established fruit trees from oranges,

avocados, mangosteens, bananas, lilikoi, just to name a few.

You are free to pick what is in season. Just ask the owner which is ready.

There is so much to do and see in Hilo and nearby areas that a few days can only make a small dent in it.

Enjoy walking to many Hilo attractions including art galleries, numerous restaurants and taverns, and Hilo's famous Farmers Market within 1/2 a mile. The Lyman Museum, Tsunami Museum and Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawaii Hilo campus are all within 2 miles. A stroll along Kamehameha Avenue on Hilo's Bayfront will give you a real feel for the Hawaii of old with a relaxed pace and a feeling of Aloha that will want you to schedule another trip to Hilo.

You won't be disappointed in Hilo or Now and Zen. There are big hearts in the friendly folks here with LOTS of Aloha.

More Details


Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 10
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • 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
  • One full bath with custom tile shower and a two sink vanity.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • There are two bedrooms. Each contains a queen bed and closet with storage shelves. Each have ceiling and floor fans as well.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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NOW & ZEN !! Downtown Hilo Next to Reeds Island !
average rating of 4.681818 based on 22 reviews
Vancouver, WA

A hidden gem, only a 10-15 walk to downtown and the farmers market and restruants.

  • 5 of 5

We had the 1/1 and plenty big enough for us, peaceful setting with a little traffic in a.m., but OK for the rest of the day.

Diane was great to deal with and stayed in contact when needed.

If we came back to this side of the island we would stay there again

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfekt home for Hilo area

  • 4 of 5

The unit is great and we definitely loved it. The road is next to the bedrooms and it could be noisy in the mornings. The owners are very nice and helpful. Thank you Diane.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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beautiful and comfy

  • 5 of 5

Can't ask for better. Wish we stayed longer. Would return anytime !

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect VRBO

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful duplex. The unit was clean, beautifully decorated and had all the amenities we needed plus more! The grounds and yard were lovely and I enjoyed walking around in the early mornings even in the rain. We miss the sound of the coqui frogs lulling us to sleep. Although we were there during a very warm time, we were able to be comfortable by opening all the windows at night then closing the curtains during the day while we were out and keeping all the ceiling fans on. Another rotating fan would be nice. We will definitely like to stay here again the next time we are in Hilo.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Convenient and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Ww spent a week in Hilo and enjoyed the property very much. Now and Zen suited us perfectly with well equipped kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms and a very nice bathroom. The unit was attractively decorated. The location was very good for walking into downtown Hilo in just a few minutes or getting out on the highway to head for Volcano National Park, out to Pahoa or up the coast. The hosts were helpful and relaxed. By the way, thanks so much for the apple bananas from your garden--one of our favourite Hawaiian treats. Thanks for a great stay in a town with an old Hawaii feel we really enjoyed. We hope to come back

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Hilo home base

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Now and Zen and would recommend it to our friends.

Pros: Clean, modern, well supplied kitchen, comfy beds, double bathroom sinks, ample space, beach chairs, carport for easy/dry unloading, warm host

Cons: Cost was a little over our original budget, shower stall a bit small.

Frogs are vocal yet charming. I closed the windows and was fine with just a fan. If sensitive, bring earplugs.

Thank you for your hospitality and for being supportive but not intrusive. We especially loved the huge avocados upon arrival. Yum!

We loved Hilo and wished we had planned a few more days in this quaint area.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Diane Fournier
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 10, 2018

About Diane Fournier

My husband Phil and are are active travelers and have spent extensive time on all continents other than Antarctica. We tend to take trips of at least one month so that we can settle in to the area that we are visiting. We often stay in vacation rentals which has given us a special appreciation for this business model. We live on an adjoining lot so will be able to help you with any of your needs.

Diane Fournier purchased this house in 2011

Why Diane Fournier chose Hilo

This property became availablle next door to our home a few years ago s o it was a natural fit.This rental built in 1960 still has some of the plantation style charm but now updated for

more comfort and modern ammenies

What makes this house unique

Location! Location! Quiet and peaceful. Seems like you are in the country but you are actually in downtown Hilo with an acre of property . Fruit tress are accessible to picking when in season.


Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hilo Town Tavern
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Hilo Municipal
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Blains Drivein
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Hilo Bayfront

Now and Zen is located near the Wailuku River next to Reed's Island, in 5 minutes of walking you can be in downtown bay front.

The next door unit is the newly remodeled sister unit Bamboo Hideaway.. On two sides of the property is agricultural land. Quiet and peaceful.

Easy walking distance to the Farmers Market and downtown shops and eateries


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $80
Tax Rate 14.42%

A credit card can be used against the damage deposit after arrival
Full refund with 60 days or more advance notice of reservation time
If cancellation is less than 60 days there is a full refund of each day that is rebooked by another party.
Children 10 and over
Extra charge per guest over double occupancy
Ask about discount with email to owner
Ask about Merrie Monarch rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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