About This Listing
Enjoy your own King Kalakaua Suite overlooking our wild thirteen acres of Hawaiian native plants and guava orchard and a big view of the ocean. We've furnished this suite to replicate several items of King Kalakaua's reign--bringing in convenient amenities and connection to the world.
One of the best things about our place is that we are at 1,300 foot elevation--temperate--rarely ever hot or cold. This Kalakaua Suite is a tribute to King Kalakaua--the first monarch to travel around the world, noted for returning hula to Hawaii, bringing a variety of immigrants to Hawaii and being on the cutting edge of modern innovations. If you would like to have antiques, Hawaiian history, and a room with a great ocean view--this is your place.
This suite is very spacious with approximately 480 square feet including a big bathroom with shower separate toilet room and double pedestal sinks. The bedroom features a comfortable sitting area, an antique secretary desk a Chippendale-like small dining table, and a mini-bar with wine glasses, table settings, and wine available (for an additional fee).
We have a mini-kitchen area in the large closet which includes a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, hot plate, electric kettle and coffee maker. This little kitchen is stocked with basic spices, condiments, and cookware.
This particular room can accommodate a maximum of two people only in one mahagony Empire-style Queen Bed. (If you need accommodation for additional guests in your party--we have another suite that you may want to consider. It can accommodate up to four people. Call Christine directly for more information.)
We are off grid with a very quiet, state-of-the-art generator. Soon we will be acquiring deep cell batteries and solar panels, as well. We mostly keep the power off from around 11pm to 6am. Adjustments to that schedule can be made on request. We have filtered catchment water for cooking and bathing and we supply bottled water for drinking. You'll feel really back to nature here on our vast, untamed 13 acres. Our closest neighbor is half a mile away and it can be very quiet here with a spectacular night sky showing off the Milky Way.
Yet we are on paved road with an easy twelve to fifteen minute drive into downtown Hilo.
Your Kalakaua Suite has it's own entrance on the backside of this big house and it feels very private.
Your Kalakaua Suite has both satellite internet and satellite Dish TV with many channels to select from.
Please note, on arrival we are required to collect Hawaii Hotel and GE Tax for an addtional charge at the rate of .1341--on top of the total charge for your stay with the $50 USD cleaning fee. Upon confirmation, we will send you directions to our place, with this tax calculation--so that you may come prepared to have it in hand when you arrive. Mahalo, in advance, for understanding.
We have one cat and two very friendly medium size shepherd/lab dogs. All of our pets stay outside and love to see new people here, just as much as we do!
You'll have this large suite to yourself. The main house and the laundry is not available; however you will have drying racks for wet clothes. Satellite internet and cable TV come with the unit.
Interaction with Guests
This Kalakaua Suite enjoys it's own private entrance, so you can be pretty independent and private--as you like. But we live onsite (mostly upstairs) and we are easily accessible if you need something or you just want to chat. John and I have travelled all over the world. We own a plumbing business and this vacation rental business "Hamakua HiloHilo Guesthouse." We love to chat with our guests and give adventure and restaurant advice. We live onsite, upstairs--so we are available 24/7 as desired.
We are the last house on a long country road, 2 1/2 miles above the highway. On this road live struggling Hawaiians, millionaires from the mainland, elderly Japanese couples who grew up working the cane fields here, cows, horses, chickens, goats, vast rolling vistas and a twisty gulch. We are blessed with one of the best views on the island, overlooking farmland, the ocean and Hilo town.
You really need a car to stay at our place. But the public bus is just $2 that goes on the Belt Highway all around the island!
Other Things to Note
**Don't worry about additional taxes --when you stay with us. We cover them in your room rate! If you have a rental car, we think you will find that we are one of the best deals in East Hawaii!
If you are inviting a couple guests to visit you here during the day--that can be okay, but please let us know in advance. No smoking, illegal drugs, or pets are allowed on our property.
The indoor kitchenette is discreetly tucked into the enormous closet, with small refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, hot plate, toaster, electric tea kettle and coffee maker.
We stayed for New Years and had a fabulous time. We had everything we needed, which for us was a fridge and table to eat on, along with clean accommodations. We spent most of our time out exploring the island. Christine made us feel very welcome and enjoyed hearing about our daily expeditions and provided some great local insight and made some wonderful sight-seeing suggestions based on our likes. It was the first time we ever stayed off the grid which I was unsure about, but the power was on at six am and it didn't inconvenience us at all. I would highly recommend staying here!
Christina was a lovely host and very helpful. She was available when needed but considerate of privacy. She is knowledgeable about Hawaiian history, local culture, and can provide recommendations and directions to local hikes, beaches, stores and restaurants. The suite was pleasant and comfortable with beautiful views of the ocean. The drive up to their house is 2.5 miles but an interesting rural neighborhood and their hilltop destination is quiet and dark. The frogs and breeze at night are lovely.
Christine was very kind and helpful during our stay. The room was quiet nice and this place will only get better as they complete construction of the lanai and private parking area. This is a perfect place for early risers and people that like to go to bed early, Christine worked with our late schedule though and we appreciated it.
The location is beautiful and 15 minutes out of Hilo. A big friendly cat was also one of our favorite parts about this place.
Some things I would have liked to know before booking/staying:
- lights went off by 11pm, which is described - but I didn't think that through and realize it also included wifi and water
- we were woken (by noise upstairs) daily at 6am when their day starts
- there’s satellite reception with lots of channels but a tiny little tv
- the dogs barked continually when Christine was out, the coqui frogs sang all night (which was mostly enjoyable but definitely loud) and the loud water pump came on with each turn of a tap.
- cooking facilities are currently (Feb 2014) an electric griddle and a toaster oven. We showed up ingredients for our dinner and found we couldn't cook it (Christine did allow us to cook upstairs but only that evening). We had hoped to prepare all our own meals but couldn’t.
- the floor is concrete and it’s stained, dirty, greasy and unpainted. There’s a few throw rugs but plan to wear shoes the whole time.
- the bed wasn’t very comfortable.
Christine was pleasant and gave us activity suggestions, and has plans for better cooking facilities. I'm sure it will be more liveable once finished.
I have to say I am very sad to read this review. I tried to prepare folks in our write up that this is 'soft opening' meaning that we are not sophisticated yet and we have a higher standard as a goal. That said, the criticisms serve as a guide on what we need to improve. So thank you. The floor will be having the full acid clean and paint treatment by early May, I believe. The floor currently feels perfectly fine to my feet right now. Maybe I'm just insensative--will make sure to have our new housekeeper do regular good cleanings. We find the relatively hard mattress super comfortable; but I realize that we may be in the minority. We will be attending to this immediately to add a more cushy top pad or find a softer mattress. We want our guests to sleep deep.
Can't do anything about the coqui frogs. If you are a light sleeper--East Hawaii may not be your best choice. Our coqui's are not as loud as many places at lower elevations. But they do exist; with a noise level somewhat similar to crickets, in my opinion. We have recently been putting the dogs inside at night and that keeps them quiet. They are quiet mostly during the day--except when the cows come really close to the fence or a jogger comes up the road. Then, they will bark. If we are home we bring them in at those times during the day.
But... if you are planning to stay in during the day here a lot--this may not be your best choice. I cannot promise the dogs will always be quiet during the day.
Anywhoo... we're improving all the time. I believe you will find this with subsequent guest comments. Hope so.
About the Host, Christine
I'm a seasoned traveler, an manager for our family plumbing company--Emery Plumbing, and recently I've become very involved in the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association. Old fashioned Hilo is going through a little renaissance and I'm thrilled to a part of it, on the Board of DIA and Chairperson of the Planning and Govt. Affairs Committee there. Check out our First Friday ArtWalks and all then new little cafes and art galleries popping up and you'll see what I'm talking about. I love supporting local artists in our home gallery and creating events--sometimes with Senators and Mayors. We even held a town hall at our home a couple times also.
I really like to meet people, figure out what they need and try and deliver it--which is why I'm really jazzed about these two vacation rental units we are developing. I'm also a sucker for history and story-telling; so tell me some. We lived 4 years in Papua New Guinea, we've raised a daughter in Hawaii, built our dream house and moved a company here--so we have a few stories also. We look forward to meeting you and helping to make your stay something special.