Front bedroom, closest to the living room.
Cute, comfortable and affordable!

Entire home/apt

6 guests

3 bedrooms

3 beds
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Budget accommodation in a cute, older 3 bedroom house just outside of Hilo. This is a great accommodation for a family or group of friends who are travelling on a budget. I use the basement for storage and very rare overnight stays.

The space

Budget accommodation in a cute, older 3 bedroom house just outside of Hilo. This listing used to be for just one room, but looking back but that model did not work well because I could not offer the value that my other listings do, it is now re-vamped (as of September 2015). The house does show its age a bit, so we priced it between a Hostel and a regular Hotel.

What you get now is a full house instead of just a room. I did this because it allows us to come and clean the whole place in between stays. While this little old lady of a house will always show its age, we now have more time to give her wrinkles a good scrub after someone leaves. I am gradually renovating it to get rid of the bits and pieces that look worn. She will shine one day, but right now she is just a nice little granny who is welcoming and frugal.

This is a great accommodation for a family or group of friends who are travelling on a budget and do not want to stay in a hostel or pay hotel prices to have private rooms. It is not luxurious, but has all the basics and we are working constantly to make it better. It is ideally located for people visiting the Hamakua Coast (Akaka Falls, the Botanical Garden and even Waipio Valley further afield. The house is also very close to Hilo (7 miles- just 4 miles to edge of downtown) and very easy to find on the main road. It is a nice, comfortable and simple setting for those who want to visit the island, have an easy jump off point to all it has to offer, but do not want to spend a lot of money with lodging and don't need luxury.

Rooms are complete with queen bed, dresser and closet.

Guest access

Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with towels, laundry room and all other facilities in the house.

We have reliable wi-fi and movies on demand on the TV (though most people are too much into enjoying the island to want to watch TV). We do not have cable (on purpose).

Interaction with guests

There is a lockbox for check in, and Brandy, manager and caretaker extraordinaire is only a phone call away. I (Alex) sometimes access or stay in the basement overnight (I am making it into a little apartment for myself), but I stay out of the way unless people want to have a chat (or a beer).

Other things to note

The house is very conveniently located on the Hawaii Belt Highway. It makes getting places very easy but the convenience does come with the added noise of traffic (cars going by, not car horns) and it can be heard in the bedrooms. With that being said, you can also hear the stream flowing below the window, the wind rustling through the banana trees, the neighbor's goats frolicking in their expansive yard to the south of us and yes, the coqui frogs singing their symphony every evening. Green geckos hang around and eat mosquitoes, so we have an understanding that they can stay as long as they keep up with that job.

Questions? Just ask.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $40
Security Deposit $250
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Smoking is not allowed inside and, in order to allow everyone to rest for their adventures, we ask that noise be kept to a minimum between 10 PM and 8 AM. No parties, please.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs
Potential for noise - The house is by the highway. Sporadic traffic noise bothers some guests.


2 nights minimum stay

74 Reviews

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Anita User Profile
September 2017
Big rooms, great location, comfortable house.

Martijn User Profile
August 2017
The place is exactly as described as confirmed in many other reviews. It's conveniently close to Hilo and a good starting point to go to the volcano park and waterfalls in the neighbourhood. The home is spacious, has a nice vibe and good beds.

Kari User Profile
August 2017
House was large. It was nice for family to spread out. Great location for seeing Hilo and other nearby sites.

Russ User Profile
July 2017
This little cutey is as advertised. LOTS of room without many extras. The wifi was fast and great, but the washer/dryer were tough to get working! We could really stretch out and can see he is working on modernizing a lot of this house. We found it a great value and located well!!

Aleksandr User Profile
July 2017
House old, and if you comfortable to deal with bugs and odor then choosing this home it's own dilemma.
Alex User Profile
Response from Alex:
The house is old, as described in the listing. It is priced accordingly (cheaper than a hostel on a per-room basis). There are screens in all windows and doors to keep bugs out, but it is located in a rural area and Hawaii has a tropical climate. We have the space professionally exterminated regularly.
July 2017

Kanani User Profile
June 2017
Big spacious beautiful affordable house to stay in.

Samantha User Profile
June 2017
The house is just as it's pictured, lovely and spacious for a family of 6. It has some of those old house charms like creaky floors (which I love) with all the necessities for life. The location gets a great breeze which cools things down nicely. The animal sounds outside at night make it feel like you're in the middle of the amazon. Getting serenaded by an orchestra of crickets, geckos, and birds lulled me to sleep each night. The house is about a 10 minute drive to Hilo which made for an convenient trip yet kept the immediate area more rural. Our next trip back to the big island I will definitely search for this house again! It's a great gem of a find at an affordable price which makes it wonderful for large families traveling on a budget. Thank you again Alex! Amazing house and Brandy was wonderful with her tips of where to go and answering any questions we had.

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New Territories, Hong KongJoined in November 2011
Alex User Profile

I am Brazilian, originally from Recife, and have lived all over the world in the past few years. I used to live in Atlanta, then London, Rio and now in Hong Kong and Hawaii. I am an AirBnB host in Hawaii, where my houses are managed by my good friend Melissa, the hospitality queen. I have stayed in several AirBnB listings in my trips around the world, and traditional hotels are virtually dead for me.



Languages: English, Español, Português
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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