Beautiful Ohana with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate
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 materials 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 and ocean views. 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 view of the Pacific 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 the home 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 residence 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.
Guests have exclusive use of the swimming pool (salt water) and free access to the whole 9,5 acres grounds, which are safe to explore and to walk on.
Nothing is off limits.
Interaction with Guests
Interaction is up to the guests. Some like to keep to themselves and their privacy is respected. If they are in need of advise and suggestions, I am glad to provide it.
I am nearby and available.
The positive aspect about my neighborhood is that we are very central to everything, yet very private, an oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of modern day conveniences.
No, we do not have convenient public transport.
Guests need to rent a car. Parking under the car port is included.
Other Things to Note
Just 5 miles from downtown Hilo.
We do not have specific house rules, but ask our guests not to move the fridge and not to sleep on the pillows with wet hair.
We don't mind smoking on the lanai.
We also ask to switch off the lights at night, as they attract the noisy tree frogs and bugs.
Beautiful and peaceful place to stay. Loved the jungle sounds. Easy access to volcano national park. Giselle was very helpful. Would stay here again.
Such a lovely place!! We will return for sure. Gisella is a gracious host. The cottage is wonderful - simple but very tasteful and comfortable. The grounds are magnificent. We spent most of putting on the veranda and in the pool. Well-equipped kitchen and great dining room. It's rather magical!
We had such an amazing stay at Gisella's guest house. My daughter and I stayed there for 4 days as we toured the UH Hilo campus, and explored the island. The location was perfect! And as beautiful as the pictures are, they do not do justice to the property. The house was clean, decorated beautifully, fresh flowers from the property adorned the rooms- everything we could possibly need down to sunscreen and snorkeling gear. The chickens and roosters were enjoyable as well as the sound of the cocqui frogs. Our only regret is we didn't have time to explore the wonderful rainforest in the backyard. She has trails all through her 10 acres of forest. Next time, because there WILL be a next time. Giselle was so helpful and a joy to get to know.
Gisella was very welcoming and attentive. Her property is beautiful and appeared just as it had been posted on the listing. We really enjoyed our stay there, and highly recommend the cottage. It is close to shopping and restaurants but because the cottage is set back away from the road it is very quiet. We enjoyed watching the colorful chickens on the property. We had everything we needed and Gisella was willing to help in any way she could to make our stay perfect.
We had a fabulous time with gisella. She was the perfect host and the place was perfect. The house smelled of freshly cut flowers and the grounds were beautiful.
We enjoyed our stay in the guest cottage very much indeed. The estate is simply gorgeous, and we were fascinated to learn about its connections to Hawaiian history. The house was well-equipped, spotlessly clean, nicely furnished and very comfortable. We noted that some people didn't like the sounds of the roosters and the tree frogs, but we enjoyed all of the wildlife in evidence, as well as the cats (especially Lilly) and the geckoes. Gisella was very helpful, and she made sure we had everything we needed. The pool was lovely, and very clean, and the salt water was great. We were able to swim every day. We were glad that insect repellant and sunscreen were provided, as the mosquitoes could be fierce, especially later in the day.
To sum up, we would recommend the cottage for everyone except small children, and we hope we'll be able to visit there again.
Dear Marg, thank you for pointing out, what you were missing. I will buy all of it. I checked on the frying pans and you are right. I wish you had told me then, I would have provided.
Now I go checking on the directions. Thanks for letting me know.
My best wishes for the New Year, and that it is not too cold up there.
We had a wonderful visit to the Big Island on our quest to visit all 59 National Parks - (website hidden). I was glad to have found Gisella's unique, spacious and well appointed cottage, complete with a lovely porch and swimming pool, for our nights on the Hilo side. She made us feel welcome from reservation to check out time. The cottage is in a great location for access to the Park and to Hilo. The grounds are quite special (lush and tropical) too... although, a little loud at night due to the wildlife which just added to the charm.
I am from Milano, Italy, and live in Keaau, Hawaii since 25 years.
Keeping Opaliuli beautiful is a 24/7 job and there is no time for anything else.
It is rewarding when my guests are satisfied and enjoying their vacation.