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.
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.
I do expect to be notified if more than one person will be staying overnight. There is an extra charge of $5 each for more than 2 people. I also have two comfortable twin-size airbeds.
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.
Great place to stay on the Big Island. Really enjoyed the studio. Very clean and organized. Good, convenient location for exploring the island. Quiet neighborhood. Easy access. Very private. Thanks so much, Joy! We appreciate the basket of fruits!
We stayed four nights in Joy's studio and enjoyed our stay. Flexible check-in times were very handy and Joy has a FAQ lists that helps you find your way around. The place is a good starting point to explore the surrounding areas, like Waipio Valley, Akaka Falls or Hilo. It has almost everything needed for self-sufficient holidaying. We cooked a lot and prepared our lunches for the day, so the cooler box and storage boxes came in very handy. However, we found the two heating panels too weak for proper cooking and had to compromise a couple of times and should have rather used the small oven, which is brilliant. We liked the big patio in front of the main house more than the outdoor sitting area and preferred to have our breakfasts there with a great view and colorful geckos wandering by. Moreover, you should be aware that it is not the quietest place to sleep. There are a few ever barking dogs in the neighborhood which mostly keep quiet at night but wake you up early and can get annoying during the day. The fridge, which is opposite the bed, was also rather noisy so from the second night on we had to unplug it over night but it kept well cool till the morning.
Patrick, that's a great solution for when the fridge goes into its cleaning cycle. I'll look into the two hot plates - no one has ever complained about that before. Perhaps they need to be replaced. The wild boar have been coming down from the hills lately and the dogs go nuts when that happens. That's why I leave the earplugs and the white noise machine in the room. Sorry you had a hard time.
I had a great experience staying at Joy's studio. It was clean and had all the amenities necessary to be self sufficient (microwave, wifi, tv, coffee maker, hot plate). Bed was very comfortable as well. The teas and fruit provided was a nice touch.
I would not hesitate to stay again for future visits.
This was our second visit with Joy. We stayed for one week last year and two weeks this year As always, she is an excellent hostess and very attentive to her guests.
The place is very nice because surrounding the coast. The studio was perfect and well equiped. Thanks you !
Joy's studio was the perfect base camp for my solo three day stay on the big island. The studio was well appointed and comfortable.
We had no difficulty finding the place due to accurate description and simple layout of the village. Joy has left us a large basket of delicious fruit from her garden; that made us feel really welcome. The house is sufficiently away from the highway so that there is no road noise whatsoever. The place is neat. Well-organized kitchen allows cooking. The location allows easy drives to all major attractions of the Hamakua Coast, from Hilo to Waipio Valley. We especially enjoyed hiking to rarely-visited Nanue waterfall.
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.