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.
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.
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.