Malia's Birdsong B and B in Hilo

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Ainaola Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, United States

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If you're looking for a beautiful, airy, country spot, only a 15 minutes from downtown Hilo, Malia's Birdsong B & B could be your perfect fit!

Why Malia's Birdson B & B? The morning is filled with the music of the Chinese thrush as they trade complex and varied songs, which they are able to repeat perfectly. 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 at night. Maynah's chatter quiets at sunset as their families quiet for sleep. Bright cardinals and several types of 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.

Our house is set due East on our lot, and the sunrises are gorgeous from the lawn chairs in the morning.Your rental rooms are tucked under the palms, but we encourage you to use lawn chairs on the hillside day or evening. Walking on the road above our home provides a panoramic 180' view of the pastures, forests and ocean, from Hilo Bay to Kapoho.
The road from our home up the hill provides a great walk.

Our B & B consists of two 12' x 12' rooms and a complete bath on a private hallway of our home with your own private entrance, to allow for independence for both owners and renters.

As you drive up to Malia's Birdsong B & B you begin to relax in the gorgeous country atmosphere, among small ranches and fresh air. We are at a cool 1200 ft, providing warm days and cool nights under a velvet blanket night and milky way thick with stars, providing spectacular night viewing on our grassy lawn.

There are also lovely daylight walks under giant eucalyptus, and beautiful views across pastures to the wide ocean below. These tall trees are havens for hawks in the day & owls at night.

Entering our 3 acres, you are quickly surrounded in towering hardwoods and rare palm varieties lining the driveway. Our low pasture is home for our llama and small Nigerian goats, who will run down to greet you, undoubtedly hoping for a banana handout!

Parking in your space near your rooms, you will walk down a short paved garden path to your private lanai. Teak table and chairs await your breakfast and tropical plantings create a cozy private area. From here you can access at your leisure, over an acre of plantings with rare palms, tropical flowers such as vireya, anthuriums and brugmansia. We enjoy sitting on the large lawn below the house by one of the water lily ponds just enjoying the late afternoon. Summer brings stately lotus that are rare and beautiful.

In and around your rooms and lanai, lovely potted orchids bring the tropics into your space.

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 could spell trouble for some of our visitors.)

You enter by your private outside entrance, into your sunny 'sitting room'. You have 2 plush comfortable chairs, small breakfast table and shelves of books and magazines. This room has 2 large views to the lanai and the adjacent tropical jungle of flowers and tree ferns outside your apartment. Your lanai table looks out on a protected bird feeder to attract birds for your viewing. All of these attributes encourage restful hours of reading or quiet music (wireless internet access is available.)

To help you appreciate the amazing range & variety of birds that visit or make the Hawaiian Island their home, identified color guides of local birds (flowers and trees too) are on hand, as well as professional orinthology birdsong CDs.

Your open access snack bar provides convenient access to Kona coffee, tea & fresh rain water. Breakfast is available anytime you are: fresh papaya & banana, yogurt, or cereal or granola, bagel & cream cheese, or hard boiled fresh eggs from our chickens & thin sliced honey ham if you prefer. There is also a small refrigerator/freezer for your convenience to keep your purchased drinks and snacks cold.

If you practice yoga or meditation, the sitting room chairs are easily moved back to provide a generous space with a quiet green view: mat is provided!

Your bedroom 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. It is created to induce sleep with restful tropical colors and decor, and encourage hours of lolling in bed if you desire.

We provide lots of information about Hawaii and the Big Island, as well as suggestions for great places to eat and play. A great big topographical map helps our visitors put it all together! Hilo has great food, music, and the Victorian charm of a small seaport in the Pacific. Absolutely no place like it. All kinds of sports and 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.

Even though you may spend much of your day away from Malia's Birdsong B & B you'll come home to peace and comfort to allow your to rest up for your next day's adventures!

Mainly, Nora and David want to make you stay memorable and as unique as our setting is: peaceful in the midst of the wonder of nature, and renewing to your spirit.

JUST TO CLARIFY: We promote a low key rural vacation lifestyle for adults. We do NOT have a gym, pool, TV, air conditioning.We DO have ceiling fans in each room.Our apologies but our space is NOT wheelchair accessible. We are NOT able to provide access to our kitchen. (Some readers have misinterpreted the "amenities" section on this site so we want to dispel any misinterpretations.)

We also have run our vacation rental cottage on our property called "Noe's Nest in Hilo" for the past 6 years. You can go to "(website hidden)" to see how our visitors like our property and how we rate as innkeepers!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • 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.

    August 2013
    Response from Nora:

    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.

    December 2012
    Response from Nora:

    Thank you for you for your review.

  • 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!

    April 2012
  • 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.

    March 2012
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Hello fellow travelers! Traveling the world outside my birthplace, Washington DC started at 17 as an AFS student to Germany, and later to living in South America, Hawaii, Alaska, and now Hawaii again for the last 15 years. I've also been fortunate to return to Europe to visit friends and family with my daughters since living in Hilo, and treasure the friendships travel has brought me. Happy to meet more travelers and hear their stories! My husband Dave, originally from Ohio, is a wood turner, carpenter and amateur horticulturalist who built our entire home and property. Now he spend his days turning wood bowls on his lathe, and keeping our plants from engulfing us! We have 2 daughters, 21 (yoga teacher and college student) & 26 (engineering student) & a son 32 ( heavy equipment operator). We created this B & B when our girls moved out, and after the success of our cottage rental Noe's Nest. (Check out our link: vacation rental by (website hidden) I am a CNS psychiatric nurse and love reading, the ocean, flowers, animals, music, dance, art and welcoming guests to our bit of paradise! In my travels I've stayed at many B & Bs and used these experiences to make a place I would love to stay in! Dave is home at the lathe most of the time, and both of us are available by phone. Things I can't live without? My peace and quiet, the glory and miracles of nature, good food and fun, contact with my family, my ocean community, and the hope of traveling again soon. We treasure our quiet lifestyle on the hillside in this most incredible setting, and if you are also so inclined we hope to share it with you! Aloha, Nora & David
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