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The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home

Hilo, HI, USA
  • House6000 sqft
  • Bedrooms7
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms6
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Grand Victorian Historic Property, 7 Bedrooms/6 1/2 Baths

This grand Victorian is located on prestigious Reeds Island -- a hidden jewel of Hawaii's Big Island! Situated on the Wailuku River, Reed's Island was once home to royal Hawaiian families and is only minutes from Hilo's historic downtown.

Built in 1916 by the British banker Thomas Guard, the property is grand and elegant, and on the National Registry for Historic Places. The gracious living room has large sliding picture windows framing the magnificent canopy of nature across the river. A spacious dining room and family room are perfect for family gatherings. The enclosed veranda has large French windows and doors with a desk area and dining table, perfect for creative work and relaxing. The house has 7 spacious bedrooms and an open balcony on the second floor which faces the waterfalls and downtown Hilo Bay. The kitchen is large and updated as well as the washer and dryer in the roomy basement level.

The refined landscape garden ground has been meticulously cared for by our gardeners. Every direction offers lush green and tropical colors.

With the Wailuku River flowing in the backyard and the tropical rain forest setting covering the grounds, the Hilo House is a beautiful place for relaxation and tranquility!

3 minutes to historic downtown with authentic fine dining and famous Hilo Farmers’ Market; 8 minutes to the Coconut Island and Japanese Garden; 15 minutes to Hilo Airport; 15 minutes to the Akaka Falls; 4 minutes to the Rainbow Falls; 45 minutes to National Volcano Park; walking distance to Waianuenue Avenue where local museums, churches, shops and a library.

For additional guests over 2 people there is a $30. fee per person per night. The cleaning fee is $375.

Property Manager

Charlotte Dewar

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Charlotte Dewar

I was born and raised in Beijing, China. Graduated from Peking University in 1983 with a degree in English Literature. Upon graduation I became an English teacher at university. I met my American husband on campus. We have been living in US for 29 years. This exquisite property surrounded by natural wonders is our sanctuary. Tranquility, beauty and pure air calm the body and mind and uplift the soul...

Charlotte Dewar purchased this House in 2006

Why Charlotte Dewar chose Hilo

This is one of the most beautiful homes in Hilo. If you love beauty, elegance and tranquility, this is the place! Pls note we do refund 40% of the deposit if you have to cancel the booking 60 prior to arrival.

What makes this House unique

Reeds Island where the house locates is an exclusive community between two volcano rivers. Beautiful homes and fine neighbors are embracing and loving. Tropical rain forests and wildlife lie in every direction. A walk on the island is a step into natural beauty. It's ten minutes walk to historic Hilo downtown where boutique shops, galleries, restaurants and Farmers Market line the streets. Beeches, parks and Japanese garden are minutes away.


    • Internet
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
      • Room 1
        Deluxe Palm Room: 1 queen
      • Room 2
        River Suite: 1 king
      • Room 3
        Deluxe Orchid Room: 1 queen
      • Room 4
        Gorgeous Suite: 1 queen, Suite next to river
      • Room 5
        Deluxe Ocean Room: 1 queen
      • Room 6
        Aloha Room 1: 1 queen, Garden-level
      • Room 7
        Aloha Room 2: 2 double, Garden-level
      • ~ Four spacious room on the top level - two suites and two deluxe rooms, all ensuite ~One studio room on main level, ensuite ~Two basement/garden level rooms, shared bathroom


      • 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Room 1
        River Suite: toilet, tub, shower
      • Room 2
        Gorgeous Suite: toilet, tub, shower
      • Room 3
        Deluxe Orchid Room: toilet, tub, shower
      • Room 4
        Deluxe Ocean Room: toilet, tub, shower
      • Room 5
        Deluxe Palm Room: toilet, shower
      • Rooms 6 & 7
        Aloha Room 1 & 2: toilet, shower, Ohana Room in basment
      • Half Bath -- Main Level
      • All 5 bedrooms have sizable full bath with tub, shower, toilet, sink, marble floors. The two Aloha Rooms has a shared shower and a separate bathroom in between.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          tropical rain forest is behind the house along the Wailuku River
        • Ocean View
          upstair porch has Hilo Bay view
        • Water View
          overlooking Hilo Bay. Wailuku River runs behind the house with waterfalls


            • Adventure
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Two new dryers are provided next to the washing machine
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Fireplace
                      fireplace is not functional
                    • Living Room
                      Spacious living room with fine furniture has a large picture window facing tropical forest by the River--a stunner when you first enter the house! Additional living/family room is in basement unit.
                    • Parking
                      parking at carport or on the paved driveway up 5 cars
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      One new Washing Machine in the basement


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          dishes and basic utensils are provided
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          full kitchen with a walking in pantry and lots of cabinets. Fruit juicer, rice cooker, soy milk maker are provided
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          modern oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          new refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          modern stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Large victorian style dining room with an ellegent dining table and 10 matching chairs. There are additional two sets of breakfast tables with chairs in the enclosed & open lanai's.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books
                                  Art and nature books are in the living room
                                • DVD Player
                                  in the basement living room unit
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  cable tv available
                                • Stereo
                                  CD player
                                • Television
                                  In the basement living room


                                    • Balcony
                                      a balcony on the top floors in between the bedrooms has a distant ocean and bay view, a perfect spot for the evening cocktail.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Enclosed with French doors and windows next to the living room
                                    • Lawn / Garden


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Staff


                                                • library
                                                • arboretum
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • duty free shops
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • live theater
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              51 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              This house is magical!

                                                              Alexandra F.

                                                              I lead creative writing retreats and I've rented this house several times. My clients always LOVE this house. So many blogs, books, and other projects have been born here. This house has amazing "mana" (energy, power) that leaves everyone feeling so calm and happy. It's a very special place... and I've already booked it for my next two retreats!


                                                              Andy M.

                                                              This was an amazing home for our family as we traveled to Hawaii from all over the USA to support one of our group running a marathon in all 50 states (saving Hawaii for last to have this gathering). There were eight of us and being able to spread out and have privacy but at the same time be able to all be together without feeling like we were walking on top of each other was perfect. The House was everything and more for a comfortable stay and the local atmosphere enhanced our experience.

                                                              Charlotte, thank you so much for opening up your wonderful home and sharing the beauty of Hilo. It was a special week.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              You made me very happy that you appreciated my beautiful mansion and the gardens! The place is magical and Hilo is the sweetest place with the kindest people and lots of Aloha/love

                                                              Thank you Andy for being so kind!


                                                              Perfect for Our Group!

                                                              bruce r.

                                                              We were very excited to find a property that she'd so perfect for our group. We had 5 couples and 3 single guys on our trip. The house was perfect for our needs! It's over 100 years old but Charlotte has done an amazing job in taking care of this beautiful property. Our guys kept saying "this place is perfect" or "I can't believe how amazing this is".

                                                              Charlotte also came by to make sure we had what we needed. She is a very kind and gracious host.

                                                              I highly recommend staying here on your next trip to the Big Island!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Aloha Bruce, It was lovely meeting you and your energetic group! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to have you back in the near future.


                                                              Beautiful vacation!

                                                              Zela (Zee) C.Berkeley CA

                                                              As we prepare to depart in the morning, I am sending our heartfelt thanks for a relaxing stay in your beautiful house. Our whole family fell in love with the surroundings. In fact, our 7 year old grandson called it “the mansion,” and said it was the best part of his vacation! It is a truly calming and nurturing property. Many thanks, Zee Claiborne

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Aloha Zela,

                                                              What a pleasure to have you at our grand historic mansion! It's an honor to host families like you who truly appreciate beauty and elegance, the essence of this 102 years old mansion.

                                                              Thank you so much and we hope to have the joy to host you again in the future! You are the perfect guests!



                                                              Great Home

                                                              Tony D.Makakilo, Hawaii

                                                              We loved this historic house above the river. So much character and so much space. A wonderful getaway!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for appreciating this beautiful jewel that continues nourishing our heart and body.

                                                              Come back soon!



                                                              We had a wonderful visit in this beautiful historic home!

                                                              Patrizia F.Calgary, Alberta Canada

                                                              This was the perfect location for our family of 8 to spend Christmas! Beautiful home in a beautiful setting. We really enjoyed our stay!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Pat to spend your family holiday at our beautiful home. I am so pleased you had a wonderful time. You are also a gracious guest!

                                                              Have a happy and healthy new year!



                                                              Hilo, HI, USA

                                                              This grand Victorian house is located by the historic Hilo downtown on the Reeds Island, a hidden jewel of Hawaii Big Island. In the old time, royal families occupied the prestigious island with Wailuku River running at the back yard and tropical rain forest covering the grounds. Surrounded by the natural beauty and wild lives, this beautiful house is placed on the National Registry for Historic Places. Built by the British banker Thomas Guard in 1916, the property is all grandeur, elegance, and tranquility. The gracious living room has large sliding picture window framing the magnificent canopy of nature across the River. Spacious dining room and family/TV room are always inviting. The enclosed Lanai has large French windows and door, ideal for office and creative work. Four spacious bedrooms and open balcony on the second floor face the waterfalls and downtown Hilo Bay. Kitchen is updated as well as the washer and dryer in the roomy basement. Enjoy your breakfast and lunch out on the front lanai is a treat!--a precious time watching native birds and tropical plants. The refined landscape garden ground has been meticulously cared for by our gardeners. Every direction offers lush green and tropical colors. If you are seeking for beauty, relaxation and tranquility, this is the right place! 3 minutes to historic downtown with authentic fine dining and famous Hilo Farmers’ Market; 8 minutes to the Coconut Island and Japanese Garden; 15 minutes to Hilo Airport; 15 minutes to the Akaka Falls; 4 minutes to the Rainbow Falls; 30 minutes to National Volcano Park; walking distance to Waianuenue Avenue where local schools, churches, shops and library reside…

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              Damage Deposit
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              The rates quoted are for 1-2 guests. For 3 or more guests, an additional $30 is charged per person per night. Total tax of 13.416% includes GET of 4.166% & TAT of 9.25% Cleaning fee is $375.00 State Tax ID W43717092-01

                                                              51 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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