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Hale Kawehi Guesthouse In Quaint Downtown Hilo, Hawaii(No Cleaning Fee)

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

1 queen deluxe bedroom 1.5 bathrooms full kitchen, living, den, wet bar, wifi.

Aloha & Welcome to Hale Kawehi. We want to extend all of the warmth, charm and aloha that Hawaii has to offer by making your stay a memorable one. Located in the center of historic downtown Hilo, Hawaii, this is a well-appointed ,vintage, kama'aina guesthouse, very open, airy, Polynesian environment with many Hawaiian artifacts and other collectibles, whimsical decor. Koa furniture and cabinets and stained glass throughout the house 2,000, sq. ft., completely private with full amenities. This is a family estate; host lives on property in separate private cottage with separate private entrance. Free covered parking and free Wi Fi. Deluxe platform queen bed with air conditioning in bedroom.

Cable TV in den and bedroom, ice maker, designer kitchen, no cleaning fees, daily housecleaning, optional. How great is that!!!!!

Located l mile, walking distance to the old town featuring many restaurants, shops, bay front. A truly must stay oasis. 29 miles from active volcano and National Park. For golfers, the Hilo Municipal Golf course is just is 3 miles from rental. A perfect launch area for sightseeing . E Komo Mai...welcome. Hilo also coqui frogs. This is a house filled with many Hawaiian museum pieces which host wants to share. It is truly enchanting and a vintage Hawaiian residence.....check in is 3pm and check out is 11am. HAWAII TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATION TAX CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION NO. W04912050-01

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Kawehi Cochran
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Kawehi Cochran

Aloha. I am a kama'aina-indigenous Hawaiian, living in a tropical environment. My residence (hale) is ideally located in the heart of Hilo with lots of authentic Hawaiian artifacts and charm. My yard is lush with many tropicals, which I carefully planted. I was born and raised in Hilo, and this was my primary residence growing up so it is dear and special to me. I have lots of local knowledge and history of Hilo and its people. My grandfather was a senator and many of his senate bills that he introduced are still on the books today. I love traveling, hosting, cooking, entertaining, avid golfer, canoe paddler and hula. Hawaii has 12 months of outdoor weather. So come and enjoy my retreat. I believe staying here will be a very special experience reminiscent of old Hawaii. You will feel the mana....spiritual power.... E komo mai.....welcome.....

Kawehi Cochran purchased this guest house in 1938

Why Kawehi Cochran chose Hilo

Host was born and raised on this property. This is an authentic Hawaiian property and in a special setting. Every guest loves the experience and leaves with special memories of their visit to Hilo.

What makes this guest house unique

Guests will be surrounded by the Hawaiian culture. It is close to everything. The hale is equipped with everything a guest could possible want or ask for. Warmth, charm, lots of Aloha, FULL AMENITIES. Daily housekeeping in public areas and laundry service upon request. Located 29 miles to active volcano, and the National Park. Minutes away from Imiloa Center, University of Hawaii and walking distance to the downtown area.

Three miles from the Hilo Muncipal Golf Course. Whale watching in Hilo Bay. It is very peaceful and in a tropical lush setting.


Hilo Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
  • Smoking is not permitted in the main house. There is a designated area outside in gazebo area where guests may smoke.
  • The house has many art collectibles and a veranda. It is not a home for for children.
  • Turn off fans and AC when not using or leaving guesthouse. Fire and safety concerns. keep screen doors closed. We have coqui frogs and mosquitoes.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full bathroom has tub and shower. Half has toilet/basin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Very comfortable/deluxe queen bed, air conditioned bedroom for warm nights. also has ceiling and floor fan and large windows for fresh air.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A continental breakfast is included.


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Hale Kawehi Guesthouse In Quaint Downtown Hilo, Hawaii(No Cleaning Fee)
average rating of 4.857143 based on 56 reviews

Our Favorite Place to Stay in Hilo

  • 5 of 5

For us, Hale Kawehi is a taste of real Hawaii. The house is beautifully maintained and always clean. The owner of the property is the definition of the aloha spirit and how to live with joy and respect. We would recommend this property in a heartbeat. Mahalo Kawehi!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful hosting you. Happy New Year and hope to see you again.
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As advertised - authentic, comfortable and great location.

  • 5 of 5

Kawehi was one of the better VRBO hosts we have encountered, with daily fresh Papaya left in the frig, daily trash and towel service and welcoming information. Decorated creatively. Great lighting on timers indoor and out made us feel secure at night. Open air quarters made it Hawai’i authentic (versus a timeshare we stayed in the first week). Bird feeder attracted dozens of beautiful birds. Five different seating areas for lounging and eating was very creative. Well equipped kitchen. Books and maps and slippers and blankets for the cool evenings.... Easy to get south to Volcano, west to Mauna Kea and north to Waipio. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Nui Loa. i’m delighted you loved your visit with me. A pleasure hosting you.
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This is Hawaii.

  • 5 of 5

What a treat. This old Hawaiian home is packed with collections of everything from old wall clocks to straw hats. Also a nice porch overlooking a beautiful garden with fountain, lush vegetation, and entertaining birds. Been to Big Island many times,usually in a house on the lava cliffs or on tide pools at Kapoho. Will continue with the places on the water, but will now stay here for a day or two first. Mahalo Kawehi. And Hau’oli makahiki hou.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful hosting you and look forward to your next visit. A hui hou.
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Wonderful, clean, Hawaiian home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here for the beginning of our honeymoon trip! Very clean, cozy home. Owner goes out of her way to make you comfortable. We got in very late from our flight to Kona and drove to Hilo around 11pm but the house was so easy to find, well lit, with plenty of instructions. Would stay again!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin TX

Lovely home

  • 5 of 5

Just as it appears in the pictures. We stayed here two weeks; its the perfect base from which to explore the Big Island. Kitchen was great, lots of outdoor seating and the AC in the bedroom made for cool sleeping. FYI, the AC makes the frogs a non-issue if you are a lite sleeper like my spouse.

Kawehi, our host, is a treasure. We invited her to dinner one evening and she returned the favor by taking us out for a lovely breakfast. She is a native and can give you many tips on the island. The house also has guide books and maps.

We can't express how much we enjoyed staying at this hale (house) in Hilo.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Carlsbad, CA

Charming and very spacious guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

Our hostess Kawehi was very gracious. She introduced herself but otherwise respected our privacy. The guesthouse was set up exceedingly well, with very clear and helpful notecards. It was also charmingly decorated and incredibly spacious for two people. Everything was just flawlessly executed and we couldn't be more pleased. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your visit. It was a pleasure hosting you.
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Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls
Blue Hawaiian Helicopter
Hilo Farmers Market
Ken's House of Pancakes
The Black Sand Beach
"Hilo Bay"
Kapoho Tide Pools
"30 miles from property but a nice tourist spot."
Queen Lili'uokalani Gardens
Chain of Craters Road
"30 miles but a must see."
Banyan Drive
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Cafe Pesto
"Located in downtown area in Hilo."
Volcano Winery
"In volcano area but a nice tourist attraaaction"
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory
Island Naturals Market & Deli
Mauna Kea Summit Adventures
Adventure X Ocean Whale Watching Tours
Leleiwi Beach Park and Richardson Ocean Center
Coconut Island Park
Hilo Bay Cafe
4 Mile
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Isaac Hale Park
Lava Tube Cave
Cafe 100
Kaumana Caves Co Park
Crater Rim Trail
Aloha Kayak Company
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Mauna Loa Helicopters
Suisan Fish Market
Waipio Valley Lookout
Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Kilauea Volcano
Hiilawe Falls
"Rainbow Falls Imiloa Center Downtown Lyman Museum"
Nearest Airport
3.5 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several in downtown area
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several in downtown area
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Coconut Island .... Moku Ola
Car: recommended

Located in the downtown area, walking distance. Close to Rainbow Falls, Liliuokalani Park, Hilo Municipal Golf Course, Imiloa Astrology Center. A great launch to all tourist attractions. 30 miles to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hale Kawehi is a very special kama'aina, very open Polynesian guest house in downtown Hilo featuring many Hawaiian museum/artifacts displayed throughout the house...... there are beautiful stained glass windows and panels and Koa furniture and cabinets. The setting is very private and tropical...a very special oasis in the center of Hilo and you will be coming to a very nice and quiet neighborhood. This guest house is large, 2,000 sq.ft., on a family estate, and very private. Host lives in a separate cottage. It is walking distance to the downtown area with the bus terminal, farmer's market, restaurants and shops. The Volcano district, Akaka Falls, Botanical Gardens, Imiloa, Liliuokalani Gardens are must see places. If you want to golf, there are 3 golf courses in the area. Hilo is, indeed, the sightseeing side of the Island. So come, relax and enjoy the enchanting Hale Kawehi.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $100

State and hotel taxes not included of 13.41% are not included in rate. East Hawaii has coqui frogs. Check in is 3pm and check out is 11am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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