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Elegant Convenience, spacious layout for families & couples with enlosed garden

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Japanese design, 3000sf wheelchair accessible , 3 bd, 2.5 ba, large rooms

Hale Kepani is an easy stroll via Haili Street, past Lyman House museum to historic downtown. Enjoy a beautiful view of Hilo Bay as you meander along. Catch glimpses of Mauna Kea on cloudless mornings on your return. Come to cooler Hilo, escape the vog of Kailua-Kona, the jungle heat and commute to Puna. Custom home with generous flowing floorplan, sits across 2 lots in this quaint older residential area above town. Spacious layout with livable lanais and enclosed garden for all to enjoy. Comfortable for families, safe for children and quiet for seniors. Easy painless commute to university, beach parks and greater Hilo area.

More Details

Julie Ann Wilson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Julie Ann Wilson

Returned to live in Hilo in 1984 after mainland educations to raise our three children. This was the best of small town living: walking to school and all afternoon sports and activities.

Julie Ann Wilson purchased this house in 1992

Why Julie Ann Wilson chose Hilo District

This custom home built in1962, was purchased for extended ohana (family), a stone's throw from original family home, we enjoyed grandparents nearby and space for visiting friends and family. The location of our homes enabled us to enjoy small town living with everything conveniently available to us. Minimal driving allows us to save on time and gasoline.

What makes this house unique

This home is a custom design with no steps throughout, spacious rooms and fully equipped for a comfortable vacation. Convenient location is minutes away from all the services, shops, museums and activities in Hilo. BIG ISLAND easily accessible: hike a live volcano, enjoy an ocean snorkel and wander through a rainforest in a single day. Zip across Saddle Road to West side to shop and explore and be home for dinner.


Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Cleanliness mandatory/5 to 7 day linen change, 2hr min Cleaning every 10 day on longer terms. No exceptions. Guests not to launder heavy items.
  • Guests agree to review, accept home and sign off on House Rules within 24 hours of arrival or risk cancellation. No exceptions. No refunds.
  • Special agreements/ and/or promises by guests to be in writing, and honored.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    HALL Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    garden side toilet 3 - toilet , small corner sink, convenient when lounging in yard
  • Master bath has a large walk in shower, wide enough for wheelchair, and a built in shower seat. Hall bath has a separate bath tub and walk in shower with built in seat.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Front bedroom #3 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    MASTER Bedroom #1 - 1 queen
    middle Bedroom #2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size bed in master bedroom. Double Bed (1) in front bedroom and a twin futon sofa , 2 twin/daybed/trundle (convertible to double)in middle bedroom, floor futons,(double & single) for children and additional guests.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • 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
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Home cleaning weekly will be required on extended stays and billed to guest. Personal laundry not included. Wheelchair accessibility throughout home with wider halls and doorways, showers are large with built in benches and adjacent street corners have been ADA modified for easy access to downtown areas.


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Elegant Convenience, spacious layout for families & couples with enlosed garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Don't miss this hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful convenient location, lovely spacious home and friendly accommodating hosts.

Your home away from home. Especially perfect for older adults who prefer stairless, easy access. Great for families, with a spacious yard and easy quick stroll downtown. This is one of the first VRBO vacation homes in Hilo, operating since 2001, with quality accommodation at reasonable cost.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Friendly Home

  • 5 of 5

I spent one full month in Halekepani House and I enjoyed it immensely. It is vast and comfortable, designed by people who wanted to live in it. You can tell from many details.

Bedrooms have their own patio, with the biggest one suitable for outdoor dining and accessible also from the kitchen. The garden goes all around the property. The furniture meets so well with the spirit of the house, which then hosts all the tools, books, ornaments as collected in a lifetime, so you feel you are living in some close friend's house who is temporarily abroad. And very friendly are indeed the owners, Julie and Samuel, who live in another house just across the street. The street and the whole area is very peaceful, no through traffic, no disturbing noise, just bird calls … I wish I could return anytime soon in Halekepani.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: MAHALO for you generous and prompt comments. Hope to see you soon again in Hilo town! Best Regards!
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Beautifully laid out house

  • 5 of 5

We were spoiled with this was lovely and accommodated our needs perfectly. We were a family of 6 traveling with ages 9-90. We all found the house easy to live in and gorgeous and even better than that were the owners! They attended to our every need and we felt like we were staying in a home, which it is. Hilo is very attractive and easy to get around from this location. We could even see the fireworks in the bay from a couple of blocks away. If you are looking to be in a homey, well appointed atmosphere with wonderful owners, within easy walking distance to downtown Hilo, I would choose this house first!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please accept my delayed THANKs and MAHALO for your lovely comments! Summers are booked usually for University groups, but no one signed up for summer 2016 yet. Aren't you due for a visit? Hope to see you folks again soon. Best Regards, Julie Wilson
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Jefferson, Maine

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home for an extended period during the winter 2013-14. Hale Kepani is a turn key home with complete facilities for comfortable living - well appointed dining room for entertaining, home entertainment system, an extensive private library containing a room full of contemporary fiction and nonfiction, not a "swap shelf". In addition to books, there is an extensive collection of DVDs, music, and games for children of all ages. And with all this, best time is spent on the lanais with breezes. One is an honored guest in someone's home.

Ala Muku street is a short way up the hill from downtown. The area is older residential with easy access to town. Hilo is a small city ( about 50,000) and easy to get around. The street is a dead end so traffic is a minimum and located near a veterans memorial cemetery. Now and then, one hears honor guards and taps mid morning. A number of schools dot the vicinity so the afternoon sounds of children are heard. On the other hand, the airport and most of the "big box" traffic are on the other side of the city a couple miles away; there when needed, out of site and sound otherwise. Ideal from our perspective.

The owners live across the street with very busy lives of their own -- farming, professions and family interests which take them away much of the time, yet one or another was always available when needed.

For those in need of the big west side Hawaii beaches, honky-tonk tourist stuff, and high end restaurants, Kona, Waimea, South Point, the rain forest, and Volcano are wonderful day trips thanks to an excellent road system including a new, high speed saddle road connecting the island's east and west coasts. Kona International Airport, now an hour and 15 minutes away is a viable alternative to Hilo International.

We are sure we will be returning to Hale Kepani.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huntsville, TX

Two months of comfort and convenience

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to call this a rental property.... it was my comfortable home for two months. All amenities that would be expected when staying at a close relative's home were waiting for me when I arrived: coffee, wine, snacks, a semi-stocked refrigerator. Even farm-fresh eggs!

Some details for perspective: I stayed here for 9 weeks while working at the university (less than 10 minutes away on bike). I was alone about half of the time, with my wife and two daughters (12- and 1-year old) here for 4 weeks in the middle of my stay. For 10 of the days that my wife was here, my parents also stayed in the house. So anywhere from 1 to 6 slept in the house, and we were never uncomfortable. There were very few complaints from any of my picky family (see below).

Knowing the owners live nearby at first made me worried about a possible lack of privacy. But we were not only left alone to ourselves the entire trip, it was very convenient having them nearby. The propane tank on the grill ran out one evening while cooking, and it was promptly replaced. The beautiful yard was maintained regularly. The more I type, the more I realize how well we were taken care of....

Speaking of the yard: three giant blooming plumeria trees with (wild?) orchids growing in the branches. One has a lilikoi vine growing in it, with passion fruit flowers blooming constantly. There is a lanai on what seems like every side of the house, so shade/sun is available at any time of day.

Downtown Hilo is a 5-minute walk away. Two movie theaters, several restaurants & bars, some churches if you're into that sort of thing, two grocery stores, the Hilo farmers' market.... all within 10 minutes' walk. It really couldn't be more convenient.

A few tiny complaints from my family, just to show that this is an honest review. The mattresses weren't the most comfortable we've slept on. If we were here for a week, this wouldn't have been a problem. But 9 weeks on them, and my back was starting to hurt again. The house is shaped in a "u-shape", with a lanai in the center. Of course there is no air-conditioning, so in the evenings after a hot summer day, the doors and windows were left open. So sitting in the living room or standing in kitchen means a direct look across the lanai into the master bedroom. I didn't care about this, but my wife felt as if she had no privacy when her in-laws were there. That's really the only non-perfect thing about this place.

I really can't wait to return....

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We have rented this home ...

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this home for extended periods (3-4 months) for 5 consecutive winters. Needless to say we have been extremely happy here. The home is very comfortable with all the conveniences. Although it is totally handicapped accessible, it is also ideal for those of us who love to walk. It is within easy walking distance to downtown which provides many fine restaurants, theatres and a terrific farmers market, yet it is located on a quiet dead end single family residential area. The home is very spacious, with large bright rooms with direct access to lanais. The kitchen and laundry room are large and well equiped. The yard is large and well landscaped with tangerines in season. The owners, who live accross the street, are friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This lovely couple have continued to be our guests up to this past May and we are expecting them once again through April of 2012. This will be eleven seasons together and with hopefully many more. We look forward to meeting others that will appreciate the convenience of a short stroll down the hill into historic Old Towne Hilo. Although, we are not located in the rainforest, and do not have a spa or pool, our home and neighborhood is on peaceful cul de sac as mentioned. We are spared an over abundance of noisy cogui frogs that inhabit the outer regions of the island. Our YWCA has a salt water pool for laps aa well as playtime with the children. They also provide a smaller pool for Physical Therapy purposes. The home is ideal for both retirees and families.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Hilo International
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Short stroll downtown
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Downtown on the way to Coconut Island
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mauna Kea
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: not necessary

Quaint Hilo downtown will delight visitors with many choices: museums, art studios, restaurants, bookstores and a variety of shops. Elks Club with dancing events, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club. There are custom craft shops, HILO Farmers' market, organic and natural groceries, fast food and informal dining. Extensive historic library, banks, massage/ chiropractic/tradional medical and homeopathic clinics, health food store, grocery and drug store, antique shops and many other specialty food and craft shops. For more information visit the Hawaii Visitors Bureau


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Insurance $79

Please call for special discounted rates applicable for residents, seniors and military.

(November 15th-April 30th) Holidays & special events (MERRI MONARCH) additional $15.00 per night fees on specific day(s): THANKSGIVING week (Wed- Sun), CHRISTMAS week through NEW YEARS and during Easter/Merri Monarch Festival.

Longer terms preferred, hotel tax of 9.25% not required on stays exceeding 180 days. summer/fall May-Oct: 30 days @$100 nightly<30 to 75 days@$95, <75 to 90 days@ $90).

Re: Children
No charge for children under 10. Young adults, +10 to 17: $25 nightly.

Re: Security Deposit:
Will be refunded after cleaning. Only If necessary, deposit may be used in the event of cancellation, additional cleaning or damages, if any.

Re: Group Rates:
Additional guests 4+ people, please add $50per person nightly.

Re: Cancellation:
Terms reserved during HIGH SEASON are not guaranteed and will be subject to CANCELLATION unless PAID IN FULL 90 days in Advance. Advanced deposits lock in rates and dates.

HOMEAWAY (aka VRBO, Vacation Rentals), Expedia, Flip Key/Trip Advisor, AirBnB and other sites where this property is listed, (with or without our permission) - add mandatory unrefundable fees when they book your reservation. They claim they these charges are necessary to protect their users against fraud. Fraud occurs because these agencies do not screen or vet listing property owners adequately.

We book directly and ALL our bookings are GUARANTEED. Should any problem arise with availability arise or if a cancellation is necessary by the owner for personal reasons, all payments will be refunded. We will provide references upon request. WE are licensed to manage poperty with HAWAII state do not double book our property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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