E komo mai (welcome!) to this traditional 1940s Hawaiian home in Hilo, the cultural center of the island of Hawai’i. Here, your family or group can hang loose and absorb the spirit of aloha (the joyful sharing of life) while you explore the tropical side of our island, including the Hamakua Coast and Volcano National Park. The house is located just minutes from famous sites, including Rainbow Falls, Pe'epe'e Falls, the Boiling Pots rapids, and Kaumana Cave (an extinct lava tube).
Outside, the expansive lanai is a vacation unto itself with views of Hilo to the east and Mauna Kea peeking above the jungle treetops to the west. The house rests on a lovely palm-fringed half acre, populated by geckos, mongooses, mynah birds and others. Let the song of tree frogs send you to sleep, and roosters rouse you for another exciting day. Enjoy preparing Hawaiian foods from Hilo's famous outdoor market in the spacious kitchen, while your keiki (children) play on the lanai, ping-pong downstairs, or explore the jungly yard.
Inside, the main living space is on the second floor, inviting gentle trade winds to flow throughout. Four bedrooms and two full baths, eat-in kitchen, and spacious living room provide accommodations for up to 10 people. The house is stocked with linens, and beach towels, as well as games, and books about Hawaiian topics (including travel, children’s books, novels, and local cookbooks) for your enjoyment. Downstairs is an enormous rumpus room with ping pong table and a Hawaiian motif stone mosaic floor that is original to the house. Also downstairs is an additional half bath, laundry facilities, and an outdoor shower for rinsing after the beach. In Hawaii, please expect visits from the ubiquitous friendly green geckos.
This property is conveniently located just 3 miles from downtown Hilo’s museums and restaurants and 4-5 miles from Hilo’s airport and best snorkeling, at Richardson’s Beach. Not to be missed is a trip to Mauna Kea’s Visitor Center for night stargazing (free, open until 10pm nightly), just 30 miles away. It is also an easy 25-mile drive for a convenient day trip to Volcano National Park. On another day, take a leisurely drive north on the Hamakua Coast to visit the amazing Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (9 miles), or the historic sugar industry towns of Honomu (13 miles) and Honoka’a (43 miles). Take the Saddle Road across the island’s center 75 miles to reach Kona’s airport and beaches beyond.