About this listing
Enjoy a private slice of Paradise in a cozy, clean studio with warm hospitality, fully-equipped kitchen, free papayas, bananas, refreshing trade winds, comfy Queen bed, free parking, your own phone, Cable TV, Wi-Fi and your own bathroom.
Papa’aloa is a sleepy little town along the beautiful Hamakua Coast, just 24 miles north of Hilo. We have a perfectly sunny climate with refreshing trade winds and just enough rain; usually between 68-78 degrees. You will be surrounded by a tropical garden on a quarter acre of land rich in banana trees, mangos, lychee, oranges and lemons. You can wander around the yard, lounge under the majestic lychee tree, enjoy the tropical fruit trees, the aroma of orange blossoms, and the orchestra of birds.
Your Studio is a separate building in front of the main house, 10 x 20’ with a fully equipped kitchenette, a queen-size bed, a small private bathroom and your own outdoor sitting area. Since it's a long (20') narrow (10') space, just pulling the curtain at the center gives you the option of having two separate rooms. Also you will have access to the main lanai with a gorgeous view of the ocean and coconut palms. This space is ideal for one or two people.
You can start your mornings with free papayas and bananas—and mangos when in season—as well as Kona coffee and tea (black and herbal). Personally, I like to cut a papaya in half, remove the seeds, slice in a banana and squeeze some lemon juice on top. Yum!
This is a smoke-free zone. (If you must smoke, please take a walk away from the house.)
In nearby Laupahoehoe is an Olympic-size free swimming pool, tennis courts, library, gas station, post office and convenience store. The Papaaloa Country Store is just 3 blocks away (at the bottom of Papaaloa Ave), and they also have a restaurant. Hours are 6-6. Other shopping can be done in Hilo or Honokaa, both of which are 1/2 hour from here.
Interaction with Guests
I will respect your privacy while offering warm hospitality. There's no need to interact unless we all want to. I'm usually available when guests have questions or concerns or want to talk story. I've lived on the island for 16 years and I know my way around.
I am about 10 miles from KoleKole Beach State Park, Akaka Falls and the world famous Arboretum. The house is in a friendly Filipino neighborhood, high on the hill above the ocean. This is an excellent central location, just 15 minutes from dramatic Laupahoehoe Point where you can watch the ocean waves crashing against the rocks. It’s a half hour drive south to Hilo along the coast, past the lush valleys and waterfalls. There are lots of fun restaurants and places to shop in Hilo, with much less vog (smog from the volcano) than in Kona. Past Hilo you can swim at Richardson Beach, among the lava rocks. Or you can drive north a half hour to historic Honokaa with its restored old-fashioned movie theatre, and a little further North to the lush Waipeo Valley. Or turn west from Honokaa and another half hour will take you to the town of Waimea with a brewery and more restaurants and galleries. Or go up Saddle Road to the world class observatory on Mauna Kea (bring a set of warm clothes for that trip!).
You will want to have a car, though there is access to a $1 bus if you don’t mind the steep 2-block walk up the hill from Highway 19.
Other Things to Note
There is WiFi as well as a TV with basic cable and a DVD/CD player and a collection of DVDs. There is a landline with free phone calls to Canada and the US. There is decent cell phone coverage if you have AT&T, but other cell phones tend to have intermittent reception. You will have access to the washing machine and clothesline.
It’s usually quiet and peaceful here, with plenty of local color with the occasional roosters and sheep and coqui frogs. In the late afternoons, the children enjoy playing in the street. On occasion, the neighbors’ hunting dogs get excited, especially when the wild boar wander down from the hills. I provide earplugs and a white noise machine.
If you are traveling with others, there is also a guest room with a Queen bed inside the main house. It has a view of the ocean and I rent it out occasionally. Inquire about availability.
Though I prefer to rent for a minimum of two nights, I might consider just one night if you are willing to pay an extra $20 and if you make a special effort to leave the place the way you found it.
By the way, I am a Vibrational Healer and the author of 16 books on holistic healing. You can find me, Joy Gardner, on the Web if you want to learn more about the Healing Vacations that I offer.
There are also good masseurs in the area, including LomiLomi Hawaiian massage, for $60 hr. If you wish, I can refer you to a masseur who would come to the Studio, for no extra charge.
This is a "green" facility. All cleaning products are nontoxic. The linen is 100% cotton. The garden is organic.
The nightly rate includes the 4% GET (General Excise Tax) and the 9.25% TAT (Transient Accommodations Tax) that we have to pay.
Please notify me if you want to bring a third person, even if it is an infant. There is an additional charge of $10 per day. I can provide an airbed, but you would have to set it up and then dismantle it.
Please refrain from smoking, excessive drinking, drugs, loud noises and strong-smelling perfumes during your stay in this peaceful, meditative setting. No parties or loud noises, especially after 9 pm. No pets, please.
When you leave, I'd appreciate if you would leave the Studio more-or-less the way you found it— please wash your dishes and take all your food.
I loved this place. It was very clean and had good vibes. Joy was also a gracious host who took the time to chat with me on her lanai while taking in the gorgeous view. She even brought me some medicine when I wasn't feeling well. The location was also terrific. It was easy to find and had a great view. The fresh fruit was a wonderful treat. I would definitely recommend this little gem.
I relax to stay two days in Joy's studio. Nearby are the ranch, there was a great view. It was convenient because it can be cooking in the kitchen. I certainly also want to stay.
We stayed one week in Joy's Studio. The location was for us in a good position to can visit all the Island: 50 minutes from Kilauea, one hour from the Kohala Coast ( with the best beaches), maybe a little to much far away from Kona Cost (about 2 hours). The Studio is exactly how described and we found everything we need ( fruits, coffee, ...). We had no so much time to talk with Joy but when we met her, she was always very helpful and she gave us important informations. We slept well...sweetly lulled by the melody of frogs!!!
Great area, close to Akaka Falls and Hilo. Close to Waipio Valley. Not too far from Volcano. Location is way better than Kona.
Joy was a great host. Super nice and welcoming. Very accomodating. Room was great and perfect for 2. Bed was super comfy!
Stay couldn't have been better.
Joy was very Nice, the appartment was as described. We had a great stay at this place. The door is a bit tricky though.
We had a great experience from our visit. There was everything we needed in the studio. We liked the fruits and the view of the ocean. We haven't heard any dogs barking or any noise of the fridge. Maybe we were too tired)) But we heard frog's singing. It didn't bother us once we felt asleep.
Joy's studio was a wonderful place to stay. I was there for five nights. The studio has most of the necessary amenities and is reasonably priced. It was perfect for my solo trip to the Big Island. Joy was a gracious and responsive host.
The only gripe that I had (this is completely out of Joy's control) was that the owners of the house right across from the studio had a rooster that began crowing precisely at 5 AM every morning.
About the Host, Joy
Hi - I enjoy sharing my space and getting to know new people. I just bought this house in May of 2013 and I had so much fun remodeling it and making it beautiful and inviting. I've written 16 books on self-healing (with Random House and Bantam) and I work occasionally as a counselor at a high-end rehab center. I love gardening, especially growing my own herbs and veggies. I love nature. This house is so great because you can see the sunrise from the lanai. I've traveled all over the US, and into Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Bali, Israel, France, Switzerland, England, and this is still one of my favorite places in the whole world. I know what it's like to be a traveler, and it's always so much nicer to stay in someone's home instead of an impersonal hotel, and to be exposed to more of the local color—which we have plenty of in our little neighborhood.