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Beautiful Ohana with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 nights


Keaau House Rental Photos and Description

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

Enter the magnificent Royal Palm lined drive and experience Big Island history. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of a one of a kind guest-house located in this Historic Plantation Estate.

The history dates back centuries to the legend of the Hawaiian Princess La'ieikawaii hiding in the place known as Paliuli. Later King Lunalilo, the most liberal king in Hawaiian history, became the owner of the grounds. In 1898, the local sugar plantation owners build this beautiful residence and its guest house (ohana).

This guest-house has been completely and tastefully restored. The floors and walls are still preserved in the original 100-year-old red wood 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 new appliances. The living room is equipped with Cable TV and Wireless High Speed Internet.

From the verandah you enjoy the expanse of a large front lawn with the swimming pool and a slice of the ocean in the distance.

The guest house sleeps four adults and it is not well suited for young children. Situated on what were originally landscaped as botanical gardens, the guest-house is surrounded by 9.25 acres of lush tropical grounds with flowers (orchids, ginger blossoms, magnolias, plumerias etc.), fruit trees, rare plants and trees. Hawaii’s largest Banyan tree and Elephant Ear trees are dwarfing the house and lawn.

Centrally located on the east side of the Big Island, the Historic Plantation Estate is 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.

The Main House, nineteenth century Queen Anne architecture, dates back to 1898 and has been used in many photography sessions for movies, recordings, magazines, books and commercials.

Back in the plantation days it used to be one of the homes of Herbert Shipman, who was known to have saved from extinction the nene bird (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 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 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 sold the property in the early 1980ies, it fell in disrepair until the present owners acquired it and worked for several years to restore it to its original beauty.

The Estate is centrally located, right behind Keaau Shopping Center and the Keaau farmers market. It is very convenient to Hilo shopping centers, downtown shops and the Hilo farmers market.

It is not far from Hilo downtown (7 minutes), Rainbow falls(10 minutes), Hilo beaches (10 minutes);

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

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

It is also ideal for those who just need peace and quiet and want to enjoy absolute privacy and just take walks through the beautiful landscaped and jungle areas of this 9,5 acre property like in the mango forest with the remains of its ancient heiau or under the huge Banyan tree.

For those who love hiking, visit one of the nearby gems of Puna, Ha’ena Beach, with its beautiful soft white and black sand, its turtles and watch the humpback whales from January to March.

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Gisella Coleman
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 26, 2016
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Why Gisella Coleman chose Puna District

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.


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(18 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Ohana with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful Ohana

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying here our first trip to Hawaii. Having a pool to ourselves was really wonderful.

Plenty of privacy, and close to shopping and Hilo.

The most relaxing part of our trip. THANK YOU GISELLA.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Marvelous Spot

  • 5 of 5

We visited Opaliuli Estate for almost a week with another couple in early February 2015. We couldn't have had a better time. The cottage was a perfect size -- two good sized en suite bedrooms with a comfortable common room and a perfectly adequate galley kitchen in between. The cottage was spotless and in excellent condition. The lanai ran the length of the front of the cottage and overlooked the spacious and quiet grounds of the estate. The private swimming pool a few steps away was a welcome addition. We were very convenient to Hilo, Volcanoes NP, and Puna; there also was a small shopping center less than a mile away for any housekeeping or food need which we had. Gisella was a charming hostess. All in all, our stay could not have been more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas, USA

Unique, Clean, Comfortable & Affordable - Outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

I can only echo the superlatives mentioned by others. We two retired couples enjoyed a week's stay in Jan. '15 immensely. This property is the best value on the Big Island. Lots of space, inside and out. Very conveniently located for exploring Volcanoes NP, Puna, Hilo, Mauna Kea, and the Hamakua Coast. It's also great if you just want to lounge on the large lanai, swim in your private swimming pool, or roam the extensive tropical grounds.

The cottage consists of two large private master bedroom suites separated by a living/dining/kitchen area. Each suite has a spacious bedroom connected to a separate roomy bathroom. Each bedroom also has its own outside entrance as well as connecting to the living area. The baths have showers but no tubs.

Practical Matters: The cottage is about 100 yards from the parking area at the end of a brick walk. If you plan on arriving after dark or returning at night, be sure you have flashlights. There is very little lighting along the walk. Large windows let plenty of daylight into the cottage, but the small curtains leave you feeling a little exposed at night (there are no other buildings close by and foliage does provide some screening). Laundry facilities are not located in the cottage itself. They are about 80 yards away down the brick walk in a latticework room under the main house. There is a very modern front loading washing machine, a large modern dryer and a older top loading washer. Only one roll of toilet paper was provided in each bathroom and no soap for the shower, so don't be "caught short". All plumbing worked well. Our party enjoyed being serenaded to sleep by Coque frogs and awakened in the morning by roosters. Some may not.

There is a pharmacy, supermarket, gas station, farmers market, hardware store, Thai restaurant, and McDonald's about a mile away in Kea'au. A large Hilo shopping area is about 8 miles away. The Kea'au supermarket is Foodland. Foodlands are found throughout Hawai'i. If you plan to do any grocery shopping, I highly recommend that you get the Foodland shopper's card during your first visit. It offers significant saving on many items (Hawai'i prices are high!). Getting the card is no hassle and is issued on-the-spot at the checkout register.

Finally, your hostess, Gisella, is welcoming, accommodating, and helpful. She provided fresh flowers for the dining table and advice about our sightseeing. This place is a gem!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stanwood, WA

Perfect Honeymoon getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

There's no way to put into words how wonderful our stay was. The Home was absolutely breathtaking. Very clean comfortable beds, every necessity that you could possibly need in a home away from home. Grocery store and fresh open market just minutes away. We enjoyed the pool and acres of private land to walk about. The stars are amazing at night. We'll never stay anywhere else! Already making plans for an extended stay. The owner is so friendly and helpful. We can't wait to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Labor of Love

  • 5 of 5

Our trip was amazing and the property exceeded our expectations! The owner greeted us with beautiful flowers and a true kindness. We thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous and fastidiously clean house, grounds and pool! The geckos greeted us as we ate papaya on the deck. The frogs were a beautiful lullaby to put us to sleep on this manicured historical site. A true labor of love by the owners! Mahalo for the extraordinary memory!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would return in a heart beat!

  • 5 of 5

This is not just an address this is HOME.

The owners spent 15 years restoring what would have been lost and in its present state this plantation Estate is probably more beautiful than it was even in its history.

The basics are all entirely there…comfort, utility, fully stocked & very clean.

What needs mentioning is taste, very thoughtful restoration, a peace and a welcome that is just as good as it ever ever gets, These are lovely people we won't forget.

By living in the cottage you can daydream about an imagined past. The high vaulted ceilings & expansive windows bring the outside in & you are surrounded by the lush tropical gardens & spacious estate. Swimming in the unique pool its like you've found your grannies “infinity” rain barrel back…. if she ever had one.

The chickens who are so beautiful, that you can only call them designer chickens, run happily to get your veggie peelings. Gisella brought us fresh eggs among other treats.

You are within a short driving distance of the many treasures of the Puna district where you can still find the old Hawaii.

Go here in a wink and we’ve shared the address with all our friends as something magic. Book way ahead!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Hilo Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
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.


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Keaau House Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

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Keaau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • 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
  • 1 bicycles
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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