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Beautiful Ohana with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Enter the magnificent Royal Palm lined drive and experience Big Island history. Enjoy the unique ambiance of this one of a kind grounds of the former Ola’a Sugar Plantation residence and its directors cottage, now the guest house.

It has been completely and tastefully restored. The floors and walls are still preserved in the original 120-year-old redwood and it has been refurbished with new tropical island and teak furnishing. It features two twin master bedrooms, both with queen-sized beds, with wood and marble bathrooms. It also includes a fully equipped kitchen with all appliances.

From the verandah you enjoy the expanse of a large front lawn with the swimming pool and a view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

The property is not well suited for toddlers and small children. The nearness of the pool and the old brick walkway to the cottage which is uneven and slippery when wet, are of danger.

It is also not ideal for people who are sensitive to the night noises (tree frogs, roosters, screeching owls etc). Since it sits in the middle of a rainforest with no fencing around, wildlife is roaming it freely.


Centrally located on the east side of the Big Island, you will be convenient to Hilo, Kilauea Volcano National Park, the snowy summit of the Mauna Kea observatories, Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, black sand beaches, tropical gardens, waterfalls, warm water ponds, hiking, the historical villages of Kea'au, Pahoa and Kapoho area with it's wonderful snorkeling spots.

Just a 1 mile distance covers all your shopping needs at the Keaau shopping center and the daily Keaau farmers market. It is also not far to downtown Hilo, its shops and shopping centers and the famous Hilo farmers market (10 to 20 minutes).

To Hilo beaches it is 10 to 15 minutes, as well as to rainbow falls.

The distance to the historical village of Pahoa and Kapoho area with it's black sand beaches, warm water ponds, hiking and excursions to the lava flows, is 30 to 40 minutes.

To Hawaii Volcanoes National Park the ride is 30 minutes, to the snowy summits of Mauna Kea and its observatories about one hour.

The guest house is also ideal for those who just need peace and quiet and want to enjoy absolute privacy and just take walks through the beautiful 9.5 acres of lush tropical grounds with flowers (orchids, ginger blossoms, magnolias, plumerias etc.), fruit trees, rare plants and trees. The town's largest Banyan tree and Elephant Ear trees are dwarfing the house and lawn.

The mango forest hides the remains of an ancient heiau.


The residence was built by and for the first manager of Ola’a Sugar, Mr. F.B. McStocker. He planted the large Banyan tree in 1902.

He had a horse drawn lawn mower. He built a wine cellar in the basement which is still in existence.

The Main House, nineteenth century Queen Anne architecture, has been used in many photography sessions for movies, recordings, magazines, books and commercials.

A 1950’s photo is shown in the book “The Hawaiians”.

At times it was also the home of Herbert Shipman, who was known to have saved the nene bird from extinction (Hawaii's State bird). He also played an important role in bringing the orchid Industry to Hawaii. His passion for exotic plants is still noticeable to the present day, as there are shrubs and trees and grasses on the property, not seen anywhere else.

Herbert also used to hold parties for all the prominent people of his time, who came visit the Island. The Roosevelt's, Rockefeller, movie stars, and the legendary Amelia Earhart are known to have graced the residence with their presence.

(Ref. Emmett Cahill 'The Shipmans of East Hawaii')

After the plantation closed and sold the residence in the early 1980’s, it fell in disrepair until the present owners acquired it and worked for several years to restore it to its original beauty.

There is also a rich spiritual history dating back to ancient Hawaiian legends and fairytales. The most known is of the Hawaiian Princess La'ieikawaii, finding refuge in a place called Paliuli.

The Hawaiian movie Choreographer Henry Pa, recounts in an interview: "When I was involved in the movie, "Bird of Paradise," my grandmother Grace Kealiiaua Pa told me to go to the island of Hawaiʻi, to Olaʻa, at Keʻeau. I was to sit beneath a certain tree, which was the birthplace of my grandfather and his former home. There I was to gaze out at the water and look for two stones, one of which was Hiʻiaka-ika-poli-o-Pele, and the other was Lohiau. I was to meditate on the task before me. By doing this, I would receive the strength and inspiration that I needed to choreograph the dance scene for this movie."

More Details

Property Manager
Gisella Coleman
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

Why Gisella Coleman chose Keaau

The unique and special aspect of our location is, that we are very central to everything, yet very private, an oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of modern day conveniences.


Keaau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Do not color your hair in the showers and do not use corrosive cleaners on the marble.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (in both)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Coolers, boogie boards, etc. available upon request.


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Beautiful Ohana with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

A little of old Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful host, the grounds were wonderful with room to walk around with chickens, other wildlife and birds, and fresh fruit picked off the tree. Easy access to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the southeast part of the island (Hilo to Naalehu).

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, USA

A unique place with a gracious host!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage in the jungle is truly unique and historic. If you love history, privacy and antiques this place will hold your interest! The cottage has been restored but almost everything is original still including the runny plate glass windows and French front porch doors. The property and main house are an amazing trip back in time. There are lots of beautiful chickens to watch grazing in the yard and fruit trees to pick fresh fruit from. The jungle is all around and yet the grocery store and many attractions are only minutes away. Truly unique! Thank you Gisella!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful Hawaiian experience

  • 4 of 5

This ohana is a unique property, located on the spacious grounds of an old Hawaiian estate. There are many positives, starting with the gracious owner who lives in the main house (and brought us a bowl of freshly collected eggs one evening.) There are two large bedrooms on either side of the ohana, each with a spacious bath with a walk-in closet. The kitchen is well-equipped, with an unusually extensive set of good quality pots and pans, many dishes and utensils, and even a cocktail shaker. The Wi-Fi was fast and reliable. The setting is incredibly private (you won't mind that the curtains don't fully cover the windows). There is absolutely no noise from the road or neighbors (although the coqui frogs make quite a racket in the evening--annoyingly, so do the roosters, starting at 3 AM). The location (6 miles south of downtown Hilo) is convenient, and there is a Foodland grocery nearby. The sparkling pool would be inviting in warmer weather. The front porch is a delightful place to spend quiet time with one of the many books or magazines provided by the owner.

Negatives are few. One of the beds squeaked loudly with any movement, and the water flow in one shower was insufficient. One window couldn't be closed, and others couldn't be latched. The living room comfortably seats only three. Oddly, although many esoteric supplies were provided, there were no tissues. Although several spices were on the counter and several sauces in the refrigerator, there was no salt, pepper, or cooking oil.

The biggest problem was dealing with VRBO, which inexplicably changed the dates and length of our reservation on the final bill (although the owner continued to expect us on the originally planned dates.) The owner was apparently unable or get this corrected. It took me 40 minutes on the phone, escalating the matter to a supervisor, to get the matter resolved.

This property offers a Hawaiian experience from another era. The arrangement with separated bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom, is ideal for two couples traveling together. If we were to return to Hilo, I'd clearly consider staying here again--although I'd certainly book it through a different agency instead of VRBO.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two teenage, and I stayed at Gisella's property for one week and we can't say enough good about it. We loved it so much. The cottage is lovely and had everything we needed. My girls enjoyed the pool. And, we all loved the grounds. It's beautiful and such a unique place to stay. We miss hearing the frogs and roosters and miss seeing the cats as we walked out for the day. We highly recommend. Gisella is a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eugene, OR

Best place to stay near Hilo

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful 2-bedroom cottage on larger grounds, plenty of distance from the main house to be private. Very clean, spacious, and well-equipped, including front porch running the length of the house. I stayed 5 nights in mid-November, and although no AC, the place was comfortable with ceiling fans and windows open during the day, and cooled off quickly once the sun went down. I drove by the hotel zone in Hilo where my travel agent recommended I stay, and boy was I glad I chose this cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Beach

Lovely Place

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Beautiful grounds, perfect 2 bedroom. Pool was great. Gisela is a wonderful host. We look forward to returning one day soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Hilo Airport
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Hilo beaches
Car: necessary

Whale-Watching (winter); Dolphins and Sea Turtles (year round), Water Falls; Lava Flows; Botanical gardens. Warm water ponds and tide pool snorkeling at Kapoho. Horse back Riding; star gazing; boat and helicopter tours.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.