Moonset Room @ The Good Karma House

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Ponahawai Street, Hilo, HI 96720, United States

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Your host, Joe
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The Space

Welcome to The Good Karma House, Hilo's best value in accommodation and location. We’re beyond happy to host you during your Big Island vacation.

(Note: We are under new management as of June 2014! ...and are expanding from 3 to 6 rooms while adding some guided tours! Growing and getting even better. There has been some note of mosquitoes here as of late. To address this very important concern, I have made it a point to fully inform all guests of the critical importance of keeping the sliding glass door closed and offer free natural deet-free repellent and citronella candles. Canopy nets are on order for all beds and will be arriving very soon from Europe. Thank you for the reviews that did mention this so I can address it with the highest priority level it deserves!)

The Good Karma House is comprised of a few vacation rental rooms surrounding 2 large common areas enjoyed by all, or quite often, just privately. As you can see from the pictures, the courtyard is ready for some screened in relaxation, and the kitchen is fully tiled with bamboo walls and ceilings, natural granite counter tops, a full sized fridge/freezer, propane stove top, and all the organic tea and coffee you can enjoy for breakfast, along with complimentary toasted bagels and muffins with cream cheese to start you on your day. Sometimes, we're even able to provide bananas grown organically right here on the property, and also offer a bagel or muffin to start your day off with. :).

The bathroom is fully tiled as well, and boasts an over sized shower to enjoy after a long day of Hawaiian adventures. Linens, fresh towels, and organic soaps are also provided for you. We use only organic soaps and green cleaners/laundry detergent on everything you touch.

There is also a futon sofa in the communal area for any third guest in your party, if needed. It will fit one adult or 2 children.

These facilities are communal, so please take a moment to clean up after yourself for the next use. :) We find this fosters an interactive and responsible environment where meeting other travelers from all over the world is not only easy, but enjoyable. Oh, and keep the sliding glass doors closed to help keep Mother Nature outside please. :) There are many screened windows throughout and breezy Hilo weather keeps us cool year round. There's no real need for heat or air conditioning in Hilo! It's 70 something degrees outside! :) (lower 20's Celsius)

The Moonrise Room is the twin of the Sunrise Room. They are both are intimately connected with the heavily wooded jungle/forest bordering the south side of the property. Coqui frogs (from Puerto Rico) and Gold Dust Day Geckos (from Madagascar) can be heard along with the symphony of crickets and other critters. The large screened windows offer an HD big screen live view of Mother Nature in full effect, complete with perfect privacy and peace. The kitchen and bathroom are only steps away, and the queen sized BeautyRest beds are sure to please. Our most popular accommodation is ready and waiting for you here at Good Karma House...

Guest Access

Free parking
Free unlimited high speed internet access
Communal areas 24/7

Interaction with Guests

Constantly because that's definitely one of the perks of the "job". :)

The Neighborhood

Its only 3/4ths of a mile from downtown, yet the closest residence is over 200 yards away.

Getting around

The main bus terminal in Hilo is just a 20 minute walk away.

Other Things to Note

We do adventure tours too! See bottom of "The
Space" section.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $339 /week
Monthly Price: $1199 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • A great place to stay in Hilo. Close to downtown, but you feel like you are in the country. Our room was clean and cozy with windows open to the jungle, we loved the tropical feel of the space. There is a well-equipted communal kitchen so we were very happy to be able to make meals with produce from the local farmers market. Joe was an excellent host.

    June 2014
    Response from Joe:

    You are too kind Ann-Marie. Based on the 100% A+ reviews you get from your own beautiful BnB, this means a LOT and Justin and I appreciate the time you took to fill out a review :) Mahalo and if I ever find myself in that corner of the world, I'll definitely look up your BnB. Sounds and looks amaaaaazing :)

    June 2014
  • Overall I would say the stay was worth the money spent! We were shown to a little cabin-type building behind the owner's house. It consisted of two rooms, a bathroom, and a small kitchen. The biggest problem would be bugs. It seemed like the doors were sealed well and the screen wall was intact so I'm not sure where the mosquitos were getting in. Also, this is basically in middle of the rainforest so bugs are everywhere on the Hilo side of the island! Joe was always available by either being around or could be contacted by phone. The kitchen doesn't have a ton, but pretty basic pans. The location is great, about a mile from downtown and the farmers market! Also just be aware breakfast is not offered. We met someone new almost everyday which was so awesome learning about what the Island has to offer!

    June 2014
  • Joe did his best to make us feel welcome and explained how it all worked there and what we could expect.

    May 2014
  • Location was excellent, close to downtown Hilo and the airport. Too many mosquitoes in the room, good thing we brought repellent. No windows at all, only nets acting as wall/window. Backyard rain forest was noisy but manageable. The Mauna Kea trip was great, we really enjoyed the ride and the stargazing.

    May 2014
  • Friendly greeting, beautiful property. The place was perfect for my one night layover in Hilo. Comfortable bed, big shower with towels provided. Fridge & kitchen available for use. Awesome experience. :)

    May 2014
  • I loved staying here! The rooms, kitchen, and bathroom are perfect for a Island vacation they were beautiful yet I still felt like I was getting a true Hawaiian experience. I wish we could have stayed longer. Joe was super helpful with getting us set up and offering any help or information we may have needed. We loved the dog wondering about, she was soooo sweet we didn't want to leave her. The only thing I was a bit bummed about was that the details say you receive breakfast as well as other reviews raving about a smoothie I was very much looking forward too and we received neither. Other then some bananas and coffee their wasn't breakfast nor even instructions for this tasty smoothie everyone else had enjoyed. I would still stay again though as it was very nice.

    May 2014
  • We had a wonderful time .Thanks a lot .Its very clean (email hidden)y one issue it is very quiet place .....

    May 2014
  • Host was easily available by phone and met us at the house to show us the room and shared facilities. It was easy to find the address. Bed was comfortable, Bath area is very nice. I enjoyed the screened sleeping room. Has a shared kitchen with coffee, place to cook and a refrigerator. Close to downtown but still has a forest feel.

    April 2014
  • We stayed two nights. The space is adequate, though not the cleanest or most comfortable airbnb place we have stayed. I think the price has been reduced since we booked, so it is a great deal for travellers on a budget. There was no breakfast available, but they did provide tea and coffee in the kitchen and 2 bananas, but something had taken some bites out of one, so we didn't eat it. The one we did eat was delicious! We brought our own groceries, so we made good use of the kitchen.

    After a cold night at Mauna Kea Observatory and a long, wet hike to the lava, we wished we had booked something a little more comfortable, but took advantage of the big hot shower. We were cold the first night and weren't able to find extra blankets, but retrieved our own sleeping bags from the car for the second night. There were some mosquitos, so we burned incense after I got a couple of bites and that seemed to work. Our bed mattress seemed old as we could feel its springs, but it didn't keep us from falling asleep. We were more worried about it raining during the night and getting our stuff wet through the mesh screens. There were a few showers, but nothing got wet.

    All in all, a fine place to stay, especially if you are travelling on a budget.

    April 2014
  • My husband and I stayed 2 nights at Justin's place. Note that you have a key only for the bedroom and everyone can come in the rest of the apartment (kitchen, bathroom...) We shared the apartment with an other couple and one morning, the guy saw someone coming out of the bathroom. Besides, there were bananas in the kitchen and during one of the night all the bananas have been stolen. So the place is a little weird. If you want a smoothie, don't hesitate to ask to your host... if there are still bananas after the night !!! The bed was very comfortable and the bedroom big enough to keep all your stuff inside.

    March 2014
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I used to manage the Aloha Guest House on the west side and came on board here in June 2014 to live in Hilo forever. I'm very busy making all kinds of improvements and expanding the number of rooms from 3 to 6 while adding guided private tours to the mix! Focused on maintaining the highest standards while playing as hard as we work to make your hard earned vacation the amazingly unforgettable experience you deserve. :) Personally, I'm a rabid fan of all things astrophysics, snorkeling, road biking, and basically treating every day as if it could be my last. I moved here 3 years ago to basically retire in simplicity and have never looked back. I love sharing Hawaii's effect on people and seeing light bulbs go off. :) I love sharing the best spots and especially low cost adventures to explore... So welcome to the Good Karma House, and it's really great to meet you and learn about your culture and corner of this crazy blue, and white, and green marble we're all spinnin on like a top in the middle of nowhere for this crazy adventure :)
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