Come on up and relax: Malia's clean, comfortable, charming private apartment for ONE person in tropical upcountry Hilo! Enjoy the beauty and peace of our rural upcountry Hilo lifestyle. (Please note: This rental is for 30 day minimum rental only.)
YOUR STAY AT MALIA’S: As you make the 15 minute drive up to Malia's Hilo Hillside Apartment you begin to relax in the wide open country atmosphere, among small ranches and fresh air. We are at a perfect 1200 feet elevation, providing warm days and cool nights under dark skies and a Milky Way thick with stars.
Your apartment IN A PRIVATE WING OF OUR HOME consists of TWO 12' x 12' rooms and a complete bath with tub. One room is your SITTING ROOM & KITCHENETTE with 2 comfortable chairs that look out on your own tropical garden.The second room is your BEDROOM, which is a quiet space with convenient large closet, spacious 6 drawer set, and a new pillow top QUEEN bed with 400 count sheets, lush comforters and indirect lighting to encourage restful nights. Both of your rooms have adjustable ceiling fans.
A locked door on the end of your hallway separates your rental from our portion of the house to ensure your privacy.
Parking in your space near your rooms, you will walk down a short paved garden path to your own lanai. Teak table and chairs and tropical plantings create a cozy private sitting area. From here you can visit over an acre of plantings of rare palms and tropical flowers such as vireya, anthuriums and brugmansia. We have 2 lily ponds with koi, tilapia and catfish. The ‘White Knight’ lily is a stunning year round night bloomer! Summer brings stately lotus flowers that are rare and beautiful.
Your rental apartment is tucked under the palms, but we encourage you to enjoy our lawn chairs on the hillside day or evening. A short walk on the road above our home provides a panoramic 180' view of the pastures, forests and ocean, from Hilo Bay to Kapoho.
WILDLIFE AT MALIA'S: Our 3 acres provides shelter for the many and varied wild birds which make these lovely upcountry slopes their home.
Morning is filled with the music of the Chinese thrush as they trade complex and varied songs.We have several pairs of the indigenous I'o, the Hawaiian Hawk which hunts by day across the pastures below, sometimes landing in our tall trees. Indigenous Pueo, the Hawaiian owl hunt across the pastures at night. Mynah’s chatter quiets at sunset as their families quiet for sleep. Bright cardinals and various finches and thrushes come to the feeder near your lanai table. At night the soft call of the frogs and toads in our ponds lull us to sleep. To help you appreciate the amazing range & variety of birds that visit or make Hawaii Island their home, we provide identified color guides of local birds (flowers and trees too), as well as ornithology birdsong CDs.
Entering our property, you are quickly surrounded in towering hardwoods and rare palm varieties lining the driveway. Our low pasture is home for our dwarf Nigerian goats.We are animals lovers and have a pair of friendly dogs who wander during the day and offer love to our visitors. Several personable pussycats create are ready to sit on a lap if invited on the lanai. (Our animals are banned from the house to keep it clean and free of allergens that could “bug” our guests.)
We do beekeeping here and collect honey called ‘MAUKA BEES HONEY’ which is available for purchase.
David is a palm expert can take you on a short walk and introduce you to the different plants we propagate here, or show you some of his handmade lathe-turned wood bowls he produces from trees we grow here.
The rental has a complete kitchenette with 2 burner stovetop, microwave and toaster-oven, small refrigerator and freezer, drip coffee maker and coffee grinder and coffee press. We find our guests like to try out the great food in Hilo restaurants, or bring a plate lunch or other take-out back to the rental to eat on the lanai.
We have lots of info about Hawaii and the Big Island, as well as our favorite suggestions for great places to eat and play. There is a library in your rental, and a radio and CD player, and 32 " flat screen TV. Our wireless internet is available continuously if you bring your Smart phone, tablet or laptop. Our cell phones work fine here. A large topographical wall map of the Big Island helps our visitors put it the locations of everything you want to see together!
Hilo has great food, music, and the Victorian charm of a small seaport in the Pacific. There is absolutely no place like Hilo! Our visitors can enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports PLUS the unique opportunity to catch the sunrise on Mauna Kea at 14,000 ft, then skin dive at Kapoho on the coast on the same day!
JUST TO CLARIFY:
We promote a low key rural vacation lifestyle for nature loving adults. We do not have a gym, pool, TV, or air conditioning, but we don't think you'll miss them! Our apologies but our space is not wheelchair accessible and unfortunately is not set up to accommodate children, or more than 2 guests total.
However we also operate a SEPARATE vacation rental house on our property called "Noe's Nest" which accommodates up to 6 visitors.You can visit 'Noe's Nest' online to see how our visitors like our property and how we rate as innkeepers!
Aloha, and we hope to meet you soon at Malia's Hilo Hillside Rental.
Guests may access their private apartment and their lanai sitting area, and are welcome to walk throughout our property to enjoy plants, animals and the great views. You have your own parking area a few steps from your apartment.
Interaction with Guests
Hosts Nora and David: We personally welcome our guests and provide written information about Hilo activities and enjoy sharing with our guests the special features of the life we live here in upcountry Hilo! Our want our guests to enjoy their quiet and privacy , as we enjoy ours, but we are available whenever they need us by phone 7am-10pm.
Waiakea Uka is our neighborhood...an older upcountry residential area on the slopes of Mauna Kea, with many small ranches and lots between 1-20 acres or more, with beautiful wide views of the ocean and Hilo Bay and beyond.
Hilo and the Big Island has ONLY BASIC bus service going around the island. Distances are too far (and too expensive) to use taxis. If you are coming to the Big Island and want to explore our island, realistically, you will need to rent a car. Kona to Hilo is 90 miles; distance around the Big Island is 180 miles. You have a car rental space here for your use.
Other Things to Note
PLEASE NOTE: *** Malia's Hilo Hillside Apartment is a perfect spot for ONE person while working in Hilo for a month or more. An occasional guest is fine if you notify us, but no extended visits please (longer than 1 week.)
Our House Rules are simply the basics of respect, courtesy and consideration for all.
Quiet hours are 9pm-7am. Low-moderate levels of noise/music in the daytime hours. When coming home late, please enter quietly. The rental space is for 1 person, with occasional guest access if you give us notice. We appreciate your conservation of water and energy. We do have recycling containers inside and outside for your use.
Absolutely no illegal drugs or weapons may be brought to our property.
Nora was accommodating with my medical dietary needs--even though she didn't have to be. That was kind. The bed was comfortable. The coqui frogs made for a real tropical feel. Didn't see any birds at the property, however, other than some chickens. Also, be aware that there will be mosquitoes because of the cool ponds on property and because it is in the middle of a rain forest. We did not get bitten inside, however. Honey is available for purchase which is cool--didn't get a chance to buy some. ALSO really nice was that they let us check out later due to not having guests the following day which made us feel better about not having to keep our belongings in our rental car for an excursion in the morning. The pets are very nice and friendly--and do stay outside. I am allergic to cats and dogs and had no problems whatsoever.
Ein nettes kleines B&B, das von Nora und David geführt wird. Man hat sehr viel Platz und ist mitten im Grünen. Auch wenn es auf den ersten Blick abgelegen wirkt, ist es dennoch nur 20 min von Hilo downtown entfernt. Perfekt also, wenn man etwas Ruhe will und dennoch nah am Geschehen sein will. Nora und David sind sehr gastfreundlich und weltoffen.
A nice little BB, which is run by Nora and David. It has a lot of space and is in the middle of the country. Even if it is secluded at the first glance, it is nevertheless located just 20 minutes from downtown Hilo. Perfect, so if you want some rest and wants to be still close to the action. Nora and David are very hospitable and cosmopolitan. (translated)
Thank you for coming to visit us.
Nora and her husband were very kind, helpful, and accommodating, and my husband and I had a nice stay at their home. It felt more like staying in a wing of someone's home than it did a B&B. It was separated from the house by a locked door, but it still felt like somewhat close quarters. The home is also a little far from town (we found ourselves driving about 20 minutes each way to go out for dinner). Breakfast was basic - Nora left fruit, bagels, cream cheese, etc outside of our door and we could make coffee/tea in the room. Overall it was a good base of operations for exploring the Hilo region, and it was a good price.
what a wonderful experience. Nora and Dave's place is one of those secret little hideaways, the gem that you have been looking for and dreaming of. quiet, intimate, artistically (email hidden)d set amid colorful foliage of many types. All this for her modest price...PLUS a wonderful breakfast each morning. Nora has the magic touch...see for yourself!
Malia's was as advertised, with a rooster crowing as well as bird song and lots of friendly animals. The rooms were really comfortable, with both a bedroom and a sitting room, all tastefully decorated. Comfortable chairs and a great mattress, something not always present in a B&B. The Waters are very pleasant folks and did their best to make our stay comfortable. We would return.
Hello fellow travelers!
Traveling the world outside my birthplace, Washington DC started as an AFS student to Germany, and soon led me to live in South America, Hawaii, Europe, and Alaska for 18 years. I have been living in Hilo with my family for the last 18 years, working in Nursing at Hilo Medical Center.I love meeting other travelers and hearing their stories! A love of nature, animals, art, music, friends, food and family guides my free time activities.
My husband Dave, originally from Ohio, is a wood turner, carpenter and amateur horticulturalist who built our entire home and property. He spend his days turning wood bowls on his lathe, and working our mini farm: bees, plants, goats and chickens.
We treasure our quiet lifestyle on the hillside in this most incredible Big Island setting, and we hope to share it with you!
Aloha, Nora & David