About the property
- Cottage1200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
A Comfortable 3 bedroom, 1 bath in Hilo. Hawaiian Owned & Operated.
Thanks to the feedback of our guests, we installed new carpeting and flooring throughout the house.
*1 bath with seperate vanity area
*1400 sq ft
*2 Queens and 1 Full bed
*Large livingroom, kitchen and sun room
*TV's, AC's, ceiling and standing fans in rooms
* WIFI and local cable tv stations
*Beach towel, cooler, chairs, snorkels
*Infant playpen/crib available
*Parking for 1-2 cars
*Check in 3pm/out 11am (early & late arrangements possible)
*Close to downtown, farmers market, Honolii beach, restaurants and shopping
*Minimal coqui noise
*50% deposit holds dates with remainder due 30 days from arrival
*30 day cancellation notice for full refund of deposit
*Taxes included in nightly
Enjoy Hawai'i, live local, stay close to downtown Hilo. The property is 6 miles from the airport, up mauka (the mountain) in a little plantation village. Our affordable nightly rates include all taxes and a minimal cleaning fee that permit guest to spend their resources on experiences and making memories. Within 10 minutes of the cottage, our guest can visit beautiful beaches, majestic waterfalls, scenic Hamakua drive and an array of restaurants, farmers markets and local delicatessens.
The three bedroom-one bath cottage is perfect for families, couples and friends. The home features a spacious living room to gather in and plan out your day or to reminisce over your adventures in the evenings. The kitchen is stocked with all you need to whip up a quick meal or prepare an enticing meal using fresh produce form the Hilo market. A vanity area separate from the bathroom allows for maximum accessibility and features a tub to get the kids cleaned up. Each bedroom has an A/C unit, ceiling fan and LCD TV for a little down time and entertainment at the end of the day.
The house is situated in a rural residential neighborhood with access to county water that is clean and drinkable (no catchment systems). Parking is located at the front of the house on the gravel. This is our home, not a party house. Please no smoking, pets or loud noise.
Attractions and distance from the Kaiwiki Cottage:
Swimming beaches/Ponds 3-6 miles
Downtown Hilo, Lyman Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo Farmers Market 2.5 miles
King Kamehameha Statue/Wailoa River State Park 3.5
Liliuokalani Gardens 4 miles
Imiloa Astronomy Center 5 miles
Hilo Civic Center/Edith Kanakaole Stadium 4 miles
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo 9 miles
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory 11.5 miles
Makuu Market 20 miles
Pahoa Town 22 miles
Kalapana 32 miles
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 32 miles
Mauna Kea 44 miles
Honoka'a/Waipio 44 miles
Waimea 54 miles
Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) 75 miles
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Val F
.My husband and I travel frequently between Hilo and Oahu. I manage a community center in the town I grew up in and my husband manages the publication department for the local newspaper. We enjoy bodysurfing, ziplining, picnic bbqs, hanging out with our dogs and trying new foods. We're friendly and easy to get along with so please don't hesitate to ask questions if you want recommendations or if there's something that we can address during your stay. We're grateful for the opportunity to host you during your Hawaii island vacation.
Val F purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Val F chose Wainaku
The Kaiwiki house is very special to us. We were the first family on the street to rebuild and renovate, now our neighbors have followed suit. It's our Hilo diamond in the rough.
What makes this Cottage unique
There is wide, open park with avacado, ginger, strawberry guava that is perfect for a morning walk and ideal for the kids to play ball, run around, or fly a kite. Just beyond the park is a short path to a swimming hole and waterfall.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Close to town car needed
Clean, spacious, and newly remodeled. Nice place. Tucked in a local neighborhood. Gives you a sense of genuine Island life. Roosters in the neighborhood so AC in the bedrooms was greatly appreciated. We slept well. Owner is great to work with.
Okay for the price
My family stayed here for 4 nights while visiting the Island of Hawaii. The house is spacious with three bedrooms each with large closets and the a/c units in each of them was a must of our family! The split bathroom with the double sinks made it easier for the five us of to get ready in the mornings. The neighbors do have a *ton* of roosters in their backyard that crow NON-stop and it was loud! After a couple of days you almost get use to it, but we were gone most days and I just wore earplugs at night.
The fridge had mold all around the seal and even some inside and the sponge used the wash the dishes smelled, so we opted to purchase our own which wasn't a biggie because they are like $1.
The biggest obstacle for us was that the entire back of the house obviously reeked of mold due to some larger unknown cause (in the basement we presumed...we didn't go down there to even do laundry because of how bad the mold smell was). This might not be a problem for everyone, but I issues with migraines and my mother has asthma.
Overall, we wouldn't stay here should we visit the Big Island again.
This place was perfect for our family. Very clean and pretty big!
I was a little nervous driving into the neighborhood, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this home truly is a diamond in the rough. Our host was so kind and the sheets and towels were so soft and smelled so good. Everything was in order and it was a great place to stay. The roosters and coqui are a bit noisy so they may bother you or they may lull you to sleep and help you wake up in the morning, depending on your perspective. Thank you again Val.
Not There Yet
The odor struck me as I walked into the larger than normal home. It wan't there when I left, but the strong smell seemed to have a hint of sweet smelling fragrance so I tried to dismiss it. But the odor lingered. I turned off the fan in the bedroom, evidence someone entered prior to my arrival which likely was the owner who asked to enter the home the day before.
Then I wondered about the association of why the fan was on and the fairly pungent odor. Later it clicked in my mind the smell reminded me of residual insect / bug / pest spray or "smoke bombs". Not a healthy environment especially for babies or others with compromised health.
I'd rate that worse than the apparent rodents running across the ceiling at night and clawing / scratching within the interior walls of the kitchen. I didn't actually see vermin in the home.
I'd rate that worse than the "chirping" coqui frogs throughout the lush vegetation around the home. Their chirping at night seemed nearly deafening, cute at first, but eerie as the night wore on.
The home sits in an older somewhat dilapidated neighborhood and wasn't appealing to me.
I liked the spaciousness of the home but wondered why the living room furniture wood frame "penetrated" through the fabric when I sat on it; why the kitchen appliances worked but looked worn out; why the back room walls were left with the paint roller markings as if the paint ran out; why...
I think you get the picture.
I credit the owner's politeness and readiness to assist, but I rate this experience a 1 especially because of the very bad odor in the home, evidence of an attempt to mask an infestation problem putting my health at risk.
We are sorry that the house disappointed you. We truly want every guest to enjoy their time on Hawaii Island and feel at home and comfortable during their stay. I remember texting with you about the fire alarm chirp that isn't mentioned. My husband came to the house to address it. You were very kind and could have shared any concerns with us in person or by text. Especially if you felt there were conditions detrimental to your health. I assure you we would have made every effort to investigate, explain, remedy situations or find a solution ASAP. The texts you sent the next day and upon your departure also made no mention of the conditions documented in this review. We are very sorry about your experience and ask that future guest communicate their issues concerns so we can address them.
We have had many happy guests stay and come back through the years to stay again at our vacation rental. True our plantation neighborhood and home are humble, but we do our best to maintain the integrity of our house and listing. We are honest about what the rental has to offer and try to remedy things within our purview in a timely manner. At the same time, we both work full time on separate islands to support our family.
While our house may not be the right fit for every guest, we are grateful for the opportunity to share it with visitors from around the world. And we thank you for taking the time to share with us your perceptions about the house.
Enjoyed our stay and great set up for a family stay.
We want to say mahalo for allowing us to stay at your vacation rental. We enjoyed our stay and it accomadated our Ohana for a visit to Hilo for the holidays. We would gladly book another reservation when visiting Hilo because we had so much fun!!!
Mahalo Janie Quinn of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.