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, M-Sa. 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, dryer 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, for the same price. 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.
There's a fully-equipped kitchen and a full-size refrigerator. Pots and pans are non-aluminum. There's also a blender and a juicer. There are leftover containers and a cooler and ice packets. There are a couple of beach chairs and extra beach towels. Extra pillows and linen and towels are available as needed. You'll have your own outdoor table with an umbrella. You're welcome to pick your own fruit when the trees are producing: bananas, papayas, mangos, lychee, lemons, oranges, tangerines. I'm on 1/4 acre of land; please feel free to wander around and enjoy it.
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.