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A Gracious Historic Hawaiian Home 10 Minutes from the BEST Beaches

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Waimea House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-14)

The Waimea Guest House is a unique and charming Historic Hawaiian style home which was originally built in the late 1800's. This home has been the heart of many extended family gatherings and reunions due to it's extensive and diverse layout. Located in the emerald green rolling hills of South Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii it is only 10 minutes drive to the most accessible beaches on the Big Island. Kamuela is centrally located between Hawi, Hilo and Kona which allows visitors a wide range of activities from relaxing on the beach, star gazing on the summit of Mauna Kea, snorkling and diving off the Kona coast, and horseback riding in the Kohala Mountains. close to beautiful Pololu and Waipio valleys with waterfalls, excellent restaurants, shopping and internationally acclaimed entertainment at Kahilu Theater only a few minutes away!

The entire house could potentially sleep up to 15 people with ease... or just one or two in our economical Lehua Suite (only $88/nt + cleaning + taxes). The Waimea Guest House is only a few minutes from the charming town of Waimea, also known as Kamuela. This property is surrounded by 100 year old Ylang Ylang, Kukui, Koaia, Silver Oak, and Rose Apple trees. It offers a truly magical and authentic experience of 'Old Hawaii' at it's very best! Waimea Guest House offers cooking options, dining and living space and various private bedrooms. Contact us to discuss your specific needs as you don't have to rent the entire home if you don't need to. We can accommodate just one traveler or up to 12 - 15 guests, depending upon your needs. This is a magic house with several independent suites which makes it a great place for family reunions or retreats where everyone has their own private space yet there is a large kitchen, dining and living room for group gatherings.

Keywords: House, vacation rental, workshops, retreats, family reunions, community events, apartment, individual suites

More Details
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2016
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About The Owner

Either Barrie Rose or Johanna Tilbury (Josie) might answer your call. Barrie and Josie are the 2 owners of this beautiful historic home called Waimea Guest House. These two women have lovingly restored this home and property over the years and it truly provides travelers a safe and comfortable haven in which to relax and enjoy Hawaii. Josie is a licensed contractor who is now building tiny homes on wheels! Ask her more about this when you meet her! Barrie Rose is a licensed realtor on the Big Island of Hawaii so she can answer your questions about property values. The two of them do custom designed tiny homes on wheels in their spare time. The Waimea Guest House also offers events such as house concerts, meditation, cooking classes, etc. so if you check the schedule you might be here when there is something special happening in the main portion of the house.

The Owner purchased this house in 2004

Why The Owner chose Kohala Coast

Waimea is a beautiful town with a wonderful community. It is very close to the best beaches on the island yet offers a cooler and refreshing climate to return to at the end of the day. Waimea is centrally located on the island so one has easy access to all that the Big Island has to offer. We chose this property because of it's excellent location and wonderful climate... Not too hot! it's just PERFECT!

What makes this house unique

You will enjoy an authentic experience of 'old Hawaii' at it's best. Waimea Guest House is spacious and is an ideal location for family reunions and celebrations as it has a large kitchen, dining, and living room where everyone can gather. Each family can enjoy their own individual suite for privacy. Come and enjoy the sound of the Waimea breeze rustling through the large trees surrounding this lovely property. We offer assorted beach equipment upon request.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Over the past five years I have enjoyed the people and surroundings of the wonderful healing environment at Waiaka Homestead. I have stayed there personally many a time. I have attended many community events and gatherings, and it is amazing how Waiaka is able to support all of these varied uses so beautifully. It flows from the aina and the place itself. But even more, it flows from the hearts and hands of Barrie and Johanna; two beautiful people, under their attentive care and stewardship.
Nov 2010
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A Gracious Historic Hawaiian Home 10 Minutes from the BEST Beaches
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 7 reviews
Cordova, Alaska

Wonderful, feel-good experience. Great charming house and uplifting hostess

  • 5 of 5

The house is a well-decorated, clean, and full of character. It had a good friendly feeling to it. The hostess is positive and helpful. There were fresh flowers indoors and a nicely landscaped yard to enjoy as well as lanais. I had a great time here and would recommend it to someone who enjoys getting to meet healthy, happy locals. The location is great...the dry side of relatively sophisticated Waimea and close to town( about 2 miles or so) and the best beaches on the island are only about 10 miles down the hill ( nearly guaranteed sun there).

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, AB

Disppointed with the Hassle

  • 2 of 5

This site has it's charm, and if you choose it I recommend staying in an upper suite such as the Hibiscus room; sunny and well-ventilated. My room (Lehua) was cold and a bit neglected (dusty). I think because both owners are working other jobs and try to do it all themselves, some details are missed and this site isn't the gem it could be. Location wise, it's great if you want to explore the Waipi'o Valley or the beaches on the Kohala side (see Puako for beaches and ask the locals). I really enjoy Waimea for it's great restaurants and cleanliness; great if you're a traveler who likes to meet the locals rather than doing touristy things.

The downside for me was the customer service at Waiaka, and for that reason I will not return to this Homestead. I travel often and all over the world, but this was one of the most frustrating. And when you're a solo traveler, which I often am, the kindness of the people you meet is a big part of the experience.

This event happened when I was vulnerable and really needing things to be running smoothly. I was there working as part of the Habitat for Humanity team. Solo, sick with a bad cold, flying in late at night, and needing the accommodations I had prearranged (and paid for!) in an area where accommodation options aren't that abundant... and Waiaka Homestead put someone else into the room I'd paid for. It added tremendous stress to my trip and I actually had to miss time working with the team because of the lack of organization and the time I spent trying to make things work (and she made it clear how much effort it took to sort out their mistake). So busy with work, I had to chase them down to pay for more days so I could work on the project. Then I had great difficulty in getting a receipt for my room, asking 3 consecutive days in emails I know were received. Finally, when checking out, I was asked to come back another day for it. Then the owner made me out to be hard-to-please because I insisted on a receipt before leaving. It should have been easy and supporting my charity work, but was a hassle - and a real disappointment because I was so charmed by the place and the owners when I first took my tour and prepaid.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monterey, CA


  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I rented two rooms this past March and had a wonderful time!!! We had my two young children with us and we couldn't have found a better place for them. They loved playing in the beautiful gardens and feeding the chickens. The renters had beach towels, and every thing we could need. We were very comfortable during our stay.

Waimea can get a little bit chilly, so make sure to pack one pair of warm clothes. This is especially important if you plan to go up to Mauna Kea, which shouldn't be missed!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy settin

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the Hibiscus suite which was perfect for 2 people (I think it would be cramped with more people). Beach chairs and towels were available and appreciated for short drive to Hapuna and other nearby beaches (easy drive away). Nicely landscaped grounds with friendly chickens and adorable dog. We did not see much of the owners when we were there, but they were very responsive and helpful when setting up the reservation. Wireless worked well, too. Downside - phone is shared with the whole house, so we relied heavily on our cell phone (reception was not a problem). Also, the suite smelled a little musty, but we eventually were able to air it out.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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vancouver, bc

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

The photos don't do this place justice; you feel like you are in a home with real history. The lanais are wonderful, offering choices to suit your desire for privacy and sunshine. The ability to rent 3 suites was very functional for our 11-person family reunion, allowing us ample room for gathering in the Ylang Ylang suite and privacy and storage in the bedrooms. The great feel of this house is only enhanced by the thoughtful care of it's owners Johanna and Barrie. When our daughter was ill, Barrie brought us her homemade medicinal sauerkraut which really helped. And the kids loved creating compost for the chickens. I would recommend this as a great place to experience the Waimea area, with very reasonable drives to great beaches, Waiipo valley, and observatories.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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capt. cook, hi

Fantastic, Charming, Enchanting, Heart Warming, What a great experience

  • 5 of 5

Jo and Barrie are fantastic hostess' making us feel so welcome. Barrie is so knowledgeable about everything to do and everyone to hook up with to make our stay even better. We stayed in the Hibiscus Suite which was so comfortable and elegant. It overlooks enchanted gardens where you can see the lush green hills in the distance. The whole home is an interior designer's dream with beautiful craftsmanship everywhere. So much attention to detail and so much love in the home and property. It was so much more than we could have imagined. Thank you so much. I recommend it at the highest.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Kona-Keahole Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Redwater Cafe
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Mauna Kea Resort
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Redwater Cafe & Merriman's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Mauna Kea Beach & Hapuna Beach
Car: necessary

Centrally located.... up country. BEST beaches on island! Live theater, Star Gazing on top of Mauna Kea, visit a live volcano, Waipio and Polololu Valley's, gorgeous beaches minutes away, horseback riding, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, all within a short distance. Quaint and quiet little town of Waimea is lovely and offers a number of good restaurants and shopping.


Rates & Availability

Waimea House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.4%

The multiple suites in the Waimea Guest House offer flexibility and accommodations for either one or up to 15 travelers. The Lehua Suite rents for $82/night with a queen bed and private bathroom and cooking facility. The Hibiscus Suite rents for $99-$115 / night with it's private bathroom and cooking facility. Hale Kukui is the main portion of the house and can accommodate up to 6 guests easily. If guests choose to rent the entire house for family reunions special pricing is available.

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Waimea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Queen size Beds (3) 4 queen beds throughout the house (Ylang Ylang has 2) (Lehua has 1) and, (Hibiscus has 1), Double Beds (1) Ohana has one full size bed and one queen bed in an extra large room. There is a privacy screen between the two for privacy, Twin or Single Beds (2) Ohia has 2 twin beds and can be opened up to Ylang Ylang to accommodate 8 guests ... or to Lehua to accommodate 4 guests., Child Beds (1) In Hibiscus Suite there are 2 child beds or punee's as they are also known as. This would allow for a family of 4 with 2 small children to be accommodated in this suite., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) xtra futons can be made available upon request., Murphy Beds (2) The queen beds in Lehua and the Library are both murphy beds with excellent mattresses so VERY comfortable!
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This beautifully appointed historic home is also ideal for private gatherings (35 person limit) The Ylang Ylang portion of this property is used regularly by community for educational purposes. Some of the activities you might like to participate in are farm to fork sustainable dinners, music, poetry, healthy cooking classes, meditation groups, etc.

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