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Absolute Oceanfront, Absolute Luxury, Absolutely Amazing! Check out the Video!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps up to 5

The only way to stay closer to the ocean would to be in a boat. Sit back and watch the cruise ships slowly pass by knowing that the passengers aboard are truly envying your luxurious accommodations. This elegant and spacious home offers a nearly 180 degree of the mighty Pacific ocean where you can relax and watch whales as they suddenly breach the blue water, spinner dolphins playfully chase a passing fishing vessel and the rising sun at it welcomes you to an amazing array of morning colors.

Walk through the front door into a vaulted great room with expansive windows looking out to the ocean and all that it has to offer. Hardwood floors, granite kitchen counters, two separate bedroom/bath suites each with its own lanai from which to enjoy the sunrise, the starts and the cool breezes from the ocean. The spacious oceanfront lanai of the house also has an outdoor sink/bar for outdoor entertaining. The home is furnished with high quality furniture that has been handcrafted using several different types of Hawaiian hardwood, lots of beautiful artwork and comfortable furniture. The only thing you will hate about this house is leaving!

This spectacular home features two spacious bedrooms, the Hamakua and the Hilo, each boasting its own private bath. The bathroom of the Hamakua room features an extra large, luxurious Jacuzzi tub with full glass windows offering a wide open ocean view. In addition, a separate door off of the Hamakua bath leads you onto a nice wooden lanai and a fabulous, outdoor shower. This shower is covered by wood and vines on three sides yet open on the ocean side.

We hope that you have had the opportunity to view the great video of this property. Please note that the video depicts both the Pali Lani Seaside Lodge as well as the adjacent The Loft at Pali Lani Vacation Rental.

Need space for additional guests? On the same tropical, nearly 2 acre paradise we offer the quaint, second story, The Loft at Pali Lani vacation rental. This property can be viewed on VRBO listing number 640275 (vrbo #640275) and can also be seen on the video of this property. These two amazing properties can be reserved together at a discounted rate and will sleep a total of 10 guests together. To reserve both properties together, please add $100/nightly to the appropriate seasonal rate, which is for four guests. If you only need the main Pali Lani house but wish to have total privacy during your stay, you can block the rentals of the neighboring Loft for an additional $60/night. This will ensure you have the entire Pali Lani estate to yourself.

While both rentals are located on the same property, there is ample space between the two so that privacy is not an issue. The Loft at Pali Lani is a cozy, two bedroom, one bath structure featuring a fabulous upper deck and full kitchen as well. The two rentals share the same covered parking area but have separate entrances.

Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches and freshwater pools are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.

We are near Highway 19, only 15 minutes to the town of Hilo, 20 minutes to the Hilo Airport and an approximate 2 hour drive to Kona. This is a great central location to tour and see the incredible experiences the Island of Hawaii has to offer.

We also own another property, Old Sugar Mill Plantation, which is only 4 miles away. It is a great, ocean view home and can accommodate up to 16 persons. Click on 'See our other listings' on this website or you can cut and paste the below into your browser.

vrbo #509861

Mahalo nui loa!

More Details

Property Manager
Steve Cox
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

About Steve Cox

I am truly blessed to be not only a resident of the Big Island but to have the opportunity to manage such an incredible home for my dear friends. Helen and John, the owners, share my compassion in ensuring our guests feel the true spirit of Aloha while staying at The Loft at Pali Lani or the Pali Lani Seaside Lodge. So that our incoming guests know, in Hawai'i, we like to hug a lot! So if you reach out to shake a hand here, don't be surprised if they give you a hug in return. While you are here, you are family! It's the Hawaiian way of life.

Steve Cox purchased this house in 2013

Why Steve Cox chose Hilo District

We sat on the lanai, saw an amazing humpback whale explosively breach the blue water right before our eyes and we were hooked!

What makes this house unique

The home sits on the most beautiful and tranquil property you will find. As you approach the home, beautiful, wrought gates slowly open inviting you to your own tropical paradise. Surrounded by vacant land on all sides, you will hear nothing but the sound of the ocean. In season, maybe even a few whales singing to each other.

Guestbook comments from the manager

A recent post form our Guest Book.....My family & I greatly enjoyed our recent visit to Pali Lani, a truly unique and special oceanfront home with an awesome flower garden. The property featured beautifully crafted hardwood furniture pieces, with taste and attention to detail. Bamboo floors all over.. Great master and guest bedrooms with private lanais.. A Chef's kitchen with anything you could possibly need for your culinary creations. A master bathroom with double shower and jacuzzi tub featuring unobstructed view towards the ocean- very romantic. Ah, the sunsets, the breeze.. The stars! A short drive to Hilo, convenient location- beautiful and private. Would love to visit again in the near future! Special thanks to Steve for being such a great host- aloha & mahalo!
May 2014
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Hakalau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Hilo - toilet , tub , shower
    Hamakua - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
    Nature Shower-Hamakua Bath - outdoor shower , Off of the Hamakua bath is an amazing outdoor shower!
    Kitchen/Laundry bath - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Hilo bedroom - 1 queen , Also offers a private bath and lanai
    Hamakua Bedroom - 1 queen , Also features a fabulous outdoor, bamboo shower
  • Both bedrooms offer their own private baths and lanais. There is a comfortable futon in the living area that allows sleeping for a fifth person.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Absolute Oceanfront, Absolute Luxury, Absolutely Amazing! Check out the Video!
average rating of 4.695652 based on 28 reviews

beautiful, clean, view unsurpassed, hilo so close. we will return

  • 5 of 5

my family spent 4 days in this magnificent house. we are grateful for finding VRBO and this house. . 15 minutes to Hilo. stay of a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Caroline Springs, XX

Fantastic property and location. Can't even imagine a better view.

  • 5 of 5

Property was lovely. Everything you needed was at hand.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

A slice of private heaven!

  • 5 of 5

The house is large and comfortable & the grounds and view are absolutely STUNNING. We rented the main house and no one was in the cottage next door, which gave us total privacy while outside, etc. In hindsight we got lucky. If you are going and renting the main house I'd recommend also renting the cottage next door (they provide it at a discounted rate in such cases) even if you don't need it to ensure no one stays there, that way you can fully experience the entire property all to yourself. It's like you are in your own private tropical jungle heaven with ocean front views galore.

The 2 bedrooms had air conditioning in them which was awesome and life saver, and the open layout of the living room and kitchen in between the bedrooms is perfectly ideal. Yes the counters are taller than normal, but for our 3 1/2 year old we simply put a sturdy chair in front of her bathroom sink for the duration and she was able to get up and wash her hands no problem, easy solve. Our kid also loved the wildlife around the property, chasing around the lime green geckos that are omnipresent and explaining to her that we can't take them home as pets, much to her dismay. We even found a few frogs at the far end of the front yard during an evening exploration with flashlights which was cool.

The owners provided us with comprehensive and very easy to understand directions to the home as well as the general house rules + tips and suggestions for what to see and do in and around Hilo. There is a really cool 4 mile scenic driving route you can take just off the highway in between the house and Hilo - while traveling to and from the city i suggest taking it both directions at some point as it's pretty cool. And check out the big waterfall just down the street!

Overall an A+ location to stay at, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baton Rouge

Great Property / Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and couldn't have asked for a better property to begin our adventures of the Big Island. Steve met us at the house and gave us a tour of its features. The view of the ocean was spectacular and the grounds were like walking through a botanical garden. We liked the layout of the house with the two Master Bedroom suites at opposite ends. We had an issue with one of the bedroom's AC units, but Steve had a repairman come out and tend to it immediately. The location was a good starting point to explore Waipio Valley to the north, Hilo and the volcano to the south and all the sites in between. We would definitely recommend this property to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Augusta, GA

Quiet, secluded, great view

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 3 nights here and couldn't have been more pleased. The home and surrounding landscaping are beautiful. We encountered no problems during our stay. The owner, Steve, met us upon arrival and pointed out the few quirks: higher than normal counter tops, lack of AT&T cell coverage (our Verizon phones worked well), single TV in smaller bedroom. In our opinion, these were far outweighed by the spaciousness, the sense of privacy (the adjoining "loft" rental was unoccupied during our stay), and the stunning view. Because of the enormous windows, the main room can get a bit warm in the morning but opening a few doors and windows kept the place comfortable. Pull down window shades were present except on one of the main room windows. There are room AC units in each bedroom. We used the one in the master bedroom for about 5 minutes one evening to cool the room but otherwise the cross breeze was more than sufficient and we were very comfortable at night. The kitchen was adequately supplied. Wi-Fi worked well for us. This is a great location from which to explore this part of the island. Hilo is about 12 miles away and Volcanoes National Park is a 50-60 minute drive depending on traffic. There are no grocery stores in the immediate vicinity of the house but we had used Google maps to locate a grocery store in Hilo and stocked up on the way in. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location and setting can't be beat

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this property in late February. The location and setting is exactly as advertised. The large lawn provides an unobstructed view of the ocean. For us, the star attraction was the large garden -- your own private jungle, filled with colourful flowers and shrubs. We never tired of wandering through it. Five stars!

The house is large and well laid out, with the two bedrooms at opposite ends. There are plenty of windows to catch cross-breezes. The living room furniture is adequate.

There were some quirks that you should be aware of, though. The person who designed the house must have loved complex wiring schemes. Every room has twice as many wall switches as you might expect, and it was always a guessing game as to what switch controlled which light. There are several that seemed to control nothing, at least as far as we could figure.

The plates and utensils are somewhat random. We felt that the owner should do an inventory and add to what is there or start over again.

All the kitchen counters, and even all the bathroom counters, are at a non-standard height. If you are tall, as one recent reviewer was, you will appreciate it. Otherwise, cooking and even brushing your teeth will be a bit of a struggle!

Fabulous location, beautiful garden, large, well laid out house. This property has a lot going for it.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Hilo (ITO)
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Richardson Beach Park
Car: recommended

What a perfect location for a Hawaii vacation. The home is located in the quaint town of Hakalua; a short 15 minute drive north up the scenic highway from Hilo. This allows you to be close enough for the comforts of shopping and dining while providing incredible privacy and the true Hawaiian experience at the same time.

Fabulous short day trips make the location ideal for the traveler desiring to see everything the Big Island has to offer. Akaka Falls State Park is only a 10-minute drive from the home. The beauty of Nani Mau Gardens on the edge of Hilo is a short 20 minute drive. Picturesque Waipio Rim Valley is only a short 45 minute drive away up the scenic Hamakua Coast. Great hikes and sightseeing await you at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which is also approximately 45 minutes away.

The home is a short 20 minute drive from the Hilo airport and approximately 1 1/2 hours from the Kona airport.


Rates & Availability

Hakalau House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Merrie Monarch
Apr 17 2017 - Apr 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Season
Dec 9 2017 - Jan 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.43%

Please contact the Property Manager for information regarding discounted rates on the booking of both this property and the adjacent Seas the Day vacation rental.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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