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Private, Romantic Cottage On An Estate Property In The Hamakua District

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

One bedroom, one bath, galley kitchen, sleeps 4

Rejoice in Nature, relax your mind and rejuvenate your soul at this secluded private cottage on a park-like estate at the 2400 foot level of Mauna Kea in Hamakua. Thoughtful and artistic decoration add to the pastoral feel of this solar powered two story dwelling with carport and covered lanai. A galley kitchen with cook top and refrigeration will allow on site meal preparation. The wood burning stove provides warmth on cool evenings and the queen bed upstairs and foldout full size futon sofa downstairs encourage peaceful rest. Wireless high speed internet access allows you to connect with your mobile devices to entertainment and communication options. The Hamakua district offers easy access to the beaches of the Kohala coast, a glimpse into plantation era life in Honoka'a town and Laupahoehoe, hiking and exploration in Waipio valley, shopping and cinema in Hilo and enjoyment of the open vistas not available to many in the Hawaiian islands.

We, as your hosts, are willing to share our knowledge of photo-voltaic power (all structures on the property are off-grid) and provide you with tours of our working art studio (raku ceramics and jewelry are produced here and marketed in several galleries in the state) gardens and monumental lily pond. As decades-long residents of the Big Island, we are happy to share our love of this land and its people and provide guidance for touring.

More Details

Randal Sutton
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

About Randal Sutton

We hail from the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, have called Hawaii home for 34 years and chose this area of the Big Island for its peaceful natural beauty. Residing on the same property, but out of sight of the vacation cottage allows us to provide privacy yet permits immediate response to any questions or problems that may arise from visitors. Having a long experience with hosting friends and family prompted us to offer our home to those who desire a more personal look at life in Hawaii than a hotel could provide.

Randal Sutton purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Randal Sutton chose Paauilo

Paauilo mauka drew our interest and ignited our passion for its cool upcountry climate, vistas of Mauna Kea and rolling pastureland. A 'green' mentality and sensitivity to Nature is fostered by this off-the-grid area.

What makes this cottage unique

Since we are working artists and avid gardeners, we enjoy sharing our knowledge of the land and our enthusiasm for raku-fired ceramics. The art studio which is housed in a former horse barn on the property is a space to which we welcome visitors.


Paauilo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • terrycloth robes and slippers provided
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    living area - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Luxurious queen bed upstairs, full futon sofa in living area
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
At the cottage, you will find beach chairs, beach towels, snorkel gear, boogie boards and sunscreen for excursions to the beach. For exploration of the neighborhood and beyond, we provide two bikes . A current guidebook to the Big Island will detail the varied attractions available during your stay. Since we believe some luxuries are a necessity, L'Occitane soap and shampoo is provided in the bath. We have established high speed wireless internet connection which allows use of your laptop, iPad, smart phone, etc. Please inquire for the password to gain access once you arrive. Your cellular connection will depend upon your wireless provider. AT&T seems to have consistently reliable service at the property.


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Private, Romantic Cottage On An Estate Property In The Hamakua District
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Dog friendly cozy cottage has everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Randal's cottage was perfect for a couple. It's well appointed and has a lot of nice touches like a wood burning stove (which we used every night), a nice private garden, and comfy bed. We were welcomed with fresh flowers throughout, a bottle of wine, and he also provides good coffee, a grinder and French press. There's bikes to use, books and games. No TV is a bonus! Highly recommend! Mahalo from Oahu locals!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed meeting you and am pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for appreciating what we have created and for being such low impact guests. I look forward to seeing you again!
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Wentachee WA

Peaceful cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Randy and Zeke for a quick restful get away!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, private and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay in the Mele Manu cottage. It was a great home base for our daily activities in the Honokaa area - cool and refreshing at the end of the day. The grounds are beautiful and our gracious host also invited us for a look at the pottery studio on the property.

It's off-the-grid, which was a new experience for us but we adjusted easily. Very comfortably and tastefully furnished, the fresh-cut flowers add a lovely touch.

There is a lot to do in the area; we liked that it is not a very 'touristy' atmosphere. Our host and the locals are very helpful and gave us great recommendations for restaurants and activities. We can highly recommend this property for a relaxing, private retreat.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cambridge, MA

Fantastic cottage and vacation experience

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved this cottage. It was a cozy retreat in an idyllic, peaceful setting where we enjoyed the lanai during the day and the wood-burning stove at night. The interior was spacious, skillfully decorated and furnished, and had everything we needed for our stay. When we went out exploring, the location provided easy access to groovy Hilo, historic Waimea, beautiful Waipio Valley, and Mauna Kea. Randal and Zeke have clearly put a lot of effort into making this vacation home comfortable and inviting with artistic décor and all the amenities of home. They were top shelf hosts intently interested in creating an outstanding vacation experience for their guests. I would highly recommend this getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Off-Grid Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I had the absolute pleasure of staying at Randal and Zeke's cottage. As hosts they were incredibly welcoming and also very informative about the ins and outs of the cottage and off grid homes in general. The property is a beautifully and thoughtfully landscaped. Although the cottage is a short distance from the main house, there was no lack of privacy. The interior of the cottage had all the amenities that you would expect, and others that we hadn't thought of. The wood stove was very simple to get going and made for really cozy evenings! The surrounding area has tons to explore. We chose this rental hoping that it would make a good home base to explore the North-East, and North-West sides of the Big Island. It was a GREAT home base!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful relaxing vacation cottage

  • 5 of 5

It's really beautiful and artistic cottage tucked away in a hill and yet close to some amazing views of the Big Island on Hamakua coast. Would definitely recommend it for anyone looking a fun relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Hwy. 19
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Car: necessary

The Hamakua district is an historically agricultural and ranching area with plantation era towns, Buddhist temples, gift shops, cinema and vistas of the Pacific ocean and Mauna Kea, topped with observatories. Waipio Valley, with its spectacular overlook, black sand beach and taro ponds is a 13 mile drive away. Access to the valley is either on foot or via 4 WD vehicle (tour vans are available). Hiking beyond the valley along the coastline is challenging but visually rewarding. The Hawaiian Vanilla Company is 1 mile hike or drive away, can provide ecotours and has a gift shop. Waimea (Kamuela) is 20 miles away, nestled against the Kohala mountains and is the headquarters of Parker Ranch. The beaches of Kohala (Spencer beach, Hapuna beach and the resorts of Mauna Kea and Hapuna) are 32 miles by car. Laupahoehoe point, 20 miles by car, is a spectacular setting for a picnic at sea level and the former site of Laupahoehoe school where many lives were lost in the tsunami of 1946.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $90 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.25%

A one time 90.00 cleaning fee will be added per stay.
Nightly rate is for double occupancy. Additional occupants incur an
additional fee of 60.00 per night per additional occupant.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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