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Creekside cottage: peace, privacy, ocean view

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

Sweet 1-bedroom cottage immersed in nature and beauty on 20 acres w/ ocean views

Perched above a spring-fed babbling brook on 20 private landscaped acres, the Creekside Cottage offers the peace, serenity, privacy and nature that will melt away your stress. Ten miles (15-20 minutes) from downtown Hilo, on the lush and scenic Hamakua Coast with ocean views.

Perfect for a couple seeking a romantic getaway. Escape from the tourist traps and the hustle-bustle of city life, and relax in the vibrant natural environment of authentic Hawaii.

No city lights to dim the night sky: great star-gazing!

Utter peace and quiet - no traffic noise, no city sounds, no nearby neighbors.

Utter privacy: between you and the nearest road is a eucalyptus forest.

In addition to the loft bedroom with queen sized bed, there's a sofa bed in the living room that will sleep an additional person or two - up to 4 guests total.

1 full bathroom plus 1 half-bath.

Fully equipped kitchen.

Screened-in lanai.

East Hawaii, the Hilo side, is the lush beautiful side of the Big Island. And the Creekside Cottage is perfectly located for the most convenient access to all the spectacular sights and adventures Hawaii is famous for. (The west or Kona side is barren desert, and a 2+ hour drive to any of the natural wonders.) All the waterfalls and river canyons the Big Island has to offer, are located along the Hamakua Coast, and the Creekside Cottage is in the midst of them - nestled in a beautiful river valley in the Hamakua Coast district. Stunning 400-ft Akaka Falls is located in the next river valley up the coast, 5 miles away. World-famous Waipio Falls, with a double 1,000-ft waterfall, is a little farther up the coast to the north. The most pristine snorkeling reefs and tide pools in the Pacific ocean are close by, on the easternmost point of the island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - with the active volcano, fascinating lava tubes, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails - is less than an hour to the south. (If you were to stay on the other side of the island, in touristy Kona, you'd have to drive more than 2 hours to get to the Volcanoes Nat'l Park.)

Within 15 minutes of the Creekside Cottage are 3 beautiful botanical gardens and 2 thrilling zip lines. The owners have zip-lined in numerous parts of the world, including in Costa Rica where zip-lining was first invented, and we can testify that the zip line at Akaka Falls is one of the most thrilling in the world.

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Tom and Marcy
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

About Tom and Marcy

We are 67 and 71, and this is intended to be our retirement home. Until then we're making it available for others to enjoy. Most of the time we live in the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, and we spend as much time as possible in Hawaii. Our wonderful Hawaiian property manager Kealani lives near the Cottage - she will be the one to greet you when you arrive and make sure you have everything you need to feel at home during your stay.

Tom is a lawyer and law professor specializing in the needs of Native Americans and indigenous peoples. Marcy is a retired psychotherapist and a musician/songwriter and church music director. We're active outdoor adventurers and love wilderness backpacking.

Though the rental income on the Hawaii property doesn't cover all the expenses on it, it helps a lot - so we thank you for renting it and helping us make our retirement dream come true!

Tom and Marcy purchased this house in 2011

Why Tom and Marcy chose Hilo District

We've been visiting Hawaii 2 or 3 times a year for many years. We love all the islands, but the Big Island is our favorite because it provides so much variety - from high mountain tops to snorkel reefs, to wilderness hikes, to the active volcano. On every vacation, we always spent a couple of days looking at real estate, until our broker was like family. When we first saw this property in Dec 2010, we were riveted by its beauty. When we stood gazing at the lush green valley and sparkling ocean, we both knew this was the place we'd been searching for.

What makes this house unique

Having spent most of our lives in the southwestern desert, to have two streams and our own private waterfall is nothing short of heaven. And where else can we pick our own oranges, papayas, bananas, pineapples avocados to complement every meal? The serenity and peace, the openness of the landscape, the out-in-the-country feeling, are soothing to the heart and soul.

What's really unique about this property is it's ideal location. Even though it's only 15 or 20 minutes from downtown Hilo with all all the shops and restaurants and medical facilities, when you're at the Creekside Cottage you feel completely immersed in nature and beauty. And even though it's secluded, there's a wonderful spacious feeling to the wide open green valley.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Creekside cottage: peace, privacy, ocean view
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Amazing Time Excellent Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I enjoyed ourselves so much on this property. A very nice, clean,comfortable property in the country. Close to many attractions. We had 1 week at the cottage and the second at a resort in Kona. We hated to leave this peaceful paradise. Highly recommended if you are seeking an adventure that includes beauty, fun, serenity, romance and very helpful owners and property manager!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor, CA

Beautiful cottage in the rainforest

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were in Hawaii for the 10 days. Half the time we spent on Hilo side staying in this wonderful cottage. I can't say enough good things about it! So beautiful and spacious. Kealani was so nice and helpful and welcoming. We are hoping to come back to the great spot next year :)

  • Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for capturing the essence of the place! I do hope you'll return. Next year, though, our property manager Kealani will be living in the cottage; it won't be available to rent. Since you love the area as we do, you might consider staying in our big luxury home across the creek, the Kapehu Retreat House (also on VRBO), and since it's more expensive you could come with another couple and split the cost. Mahalo. Marcy
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restful and gracious

  • 5 of 5

Traveled with my son to adventure on the Big Island. The place is beautiful, restful, and well maintained. Having a kitchen is great and the sleeping is comfortable. The location is convenient for many sights and activities. Kealani is gracious and helpful, as were Tom and Marcy. The couple of rainy March mornings were just a great excuse to slow down, drink coffee on the porch, and enjoy the quiet view. Be aware that this is in the country, and the country at night is not silent ;) On the other hand my son commented that he thought it soothing sound and he slept well. I heartily recommend this place to others planning a visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sweet house, magical setting, lovingly cared for

  • 5 of 5

We lucked out finding this gracious, lovely home. Very roomy, equipped with every comfort, we were quite surprised to find it provided so much, at such a low rate.

During this same vacation we spent a few nights in Volcano town in a tiny room with only a bed and a bathroom, no kitchen, no view, no laundry facilities, not even a chair, yet the rate was $20 higher than the Creekside Cottage. On previous vacations, we spent $300/night for rentals barely half as nice as the Creekside Cottage. Truly.

It has everything you could desire to feel at home. Lovely furnishings, thoughtfully decorated, attractive dishes and kitchenware (even a blender & a citrus juicer), CD player & Hawaiian CD's, very comfortable bed, lots of extra towels & blankets. The internet was fast, though we hardly used it. There was no cable TV service, just a monitor and DVD’s - but who goes to paradise to watch TV? No A/C either, but not needed with those pleasant breezes. On Hawaii you won’t find A/C in homes anyway, only in hotels.

We felt touched by the thoughtful way it had been prepared for our stay - many little details, like a bouquet of flowers gathered from the property, and fresh picked fruit, also from the property.

The cottage is cradled in the peaceful and profoundly beautiful Kapehu valley that flows in undulating waves of lush green pastures down to the silver sea. Captivating. When we first arrived and saw this valley, I instantly felt at home, though it was more beautiful than any home I ever lived in. I wanted nothing more than to forget my agendas, inhale the pure air, and slip into present time in this magical setting.

The caretaker extraordinaire, Kealani, who greeted us when we arrived, is a warm, big-hearted native Hawaiian lady. It’s obvious she deeply loves this property and puts her whole heart and soul into maintaining its beauty. We learned a great deal from her, because she took the time to answer all our questions, not just about the best places to snorkel, etc., but also about Hawaiian language, culture, history. Her full name contains the words Mai Kahiki, which means “from Tahiti” which is where her ancestors originated. Actually, we could have enjoyed spending our whole vacation hanging out with Kealani and talking story. She’s the embodiment of aloha. If we had stayed in a resort, we’d have missed all that - we’d have just been tourists. But at the Creekside Cottage, we experienced the true aloha spirit of Hawaii. We will certainly return.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midwest USA

Excellent Place

  • 5 of 5

About 10 miles North of Hilo, this place is located in a wonderful natural environment. There is a waterfall on the property, fruit trees. and an ocean view. It's utterly peaceful, and conveniently located for all East Island sites, including Volcanoes Park.

The kitchen is complete, and includes such extras as microwave and blender. If you want, you can stay in the cottage as a getaway, without touring the sights. Either way, you won't be disappointed by this bargain rental.

The owners are generally not available in person, although they are accessible by phone. They were exceptionally generous in not charging us for some damage that we inadvertently did.

The manager of the property is a woman named Kealani. She is completely attentive to one's needs (she quickly supplied us with a needed radio-alarm), as well as fully informative regarding sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Additionally, she is a source of information regarding Hawaiian history, and a fascinating person with whom to converse.

Since the information supplied on this website regarding this property is completely accurate, I only want to add that this place is the bargain rental it appears to be.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best ever

  • 5 of 5

We had 9 days, so we first spent 4 nights on the Kona side, then 5 nights on the Hilo side at the Creekside Cottage. If we ever return to Big Island, we'll stay on the Hilo side for the whole trip, and hopefully at the Creekside for the whole time, too.

[Kona is overrated and overpriced, and a very long way from the volcano, waterfalls and other sights. Plus, due to the prevailing winds, Kona was socked in with vog when we were there, and we both had serious allergy reactions.]

So we were relieved to get to the Creekside Cottage with the fresh air and natural beauty all around. The cottage turned out to be far nicer than we expected, and nicer anything we'd seen on the island so far. The grounds are unusually beautiful - very large, open, and beautifully landscaped open area to roam, with a path down to a waterfall. We picked lillikoi fruits on the property (tip: sprinkle a little lilikoi juice on your ice cream for a taste sensation) and papayas and a pineapple, and the caretaker cut some bananas for us. The eucalyptus forest along one side of the cottage provided a dense privacy screen from any roads or headlights, and it smelled good, too. We even got to see some native Hawaiian birds in those trees. We recommend bringing binoculars.

The cottage itself is beautiful. Stone tile floors (marble tiles in the downstairs bathroom), granite counters, elegant pillars and trim, lots of windows with great views, screened-in lanai. The second bathroom just off the bedroom upstairs was an extra convenience for someone who tends to get up often in the night. The cottage is very spacious, bigger than the 2 of us really needed. It's beautifully furnished, and well supplied with cookware and dishes, microwave, gas range, toaster, coffeemaker, even a blender. And it was squeky clean and well-maintained.

The owner Marcy was just great in supplying us with information about sights to see (and the Creekside is centrally located for all the sights on the island). The caretaker, Kealani, met us at the property when we arrived. She's a for-real Hawaiian local, very warm and gracious, as well as knowledgeable about the island.

We can't think of anything that could be improved on, actually. We highly, highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
in Hilo
Nearest Motorway
1.7 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy/ HI 19
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
in Hilo
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Kolekole Beach Park. (7 more beaches within 12 mi)
Car: necessary

steaming, glowing live volcano!

ziplines 4 miles away


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $40
Refundable damage deposit $60
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rate, 1-2 guests: $115/night
3 guests: $130/night
4 guests: $145/night
3-night minimum stay is waived if the calendar is so full that only 2 consecutive nights availability remain.
The cleaning fee is variable and based on the time it takes the cleaning crew. Most of the time when it's just 2 people using one bed, it's $40, but if the cleaning takes them longer (eg., with additional linens adn towels to launder) the remainder of the cleaning fee will be deducted from the security deposit before the deposit is refunded.
You can book directly with the owner and avoid the booking fees charged by these vacation rental websites. Contact the owner for details.

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.
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Pepeekeo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • 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 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main bathroom is on landing between 1st and 2nd floors.
    Bathroom 2 - Half-bath with sink and toilet, adjoining the bedroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • loft bedroom has an adjoining half bath
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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