The Grand Suite at Onomea

House - Entire home/apt · Old Onomea Rd, Papaikou, HI 96781, United States

The Grand Suite at Onomea is the main residence on five beautifully landscaped acres with ocean views. Though it sleeps up to six, it is most comfortable for up to four adults. We welcome families up to six who have younger children.

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The Grand Suite at Onomea is the main residence on five beautifully landscaped acres with ocean views. Though it sleeps up to six, it is most comfortable for up to four adults. We welcome families up to six who have younger children.

The Space

The Grand Suite at Onomea is the main residence on five beautifully landscaped acres with ocean views. Our property is rural enough to enjoy country privacy, but just 6 miles from Hilo. There are two bedrooms, side by side, on second floor. Each have a doorway to the lanai with lovely views of the ocean, about 3/4 mile away. There is one full bath next to the bedrooms and a half bath on the ground floor. There is also a sink and vanity in one of the two bedrooms. Each bedroom can sleep up to three but for your comfort, the house is best suited for up to 4 adults, or for families up to 6 with younger children. The full kitchen is an architectural gem, with bright light all day and a breakfast nook. It is fully equipped for any chef! There is separate dining room with a large antique dining table. You can also dine at the big outdoor patio table just off the living room. The living room has a 20 foot ceilings, a wall of windows and garden and ocean views. Even on a day of tropical showers this is a bright and spacious place to curl up and read one of the many books in our library, watch a movie, or play a family board game together until the sun comes out again. The walk down our road is one of the lovliest in all of Hawaii. We are walking distance to Hawaii Botanical Garden, and Onomea Bay, a majestic little forested enclave where a mountain stream meets the ocean.

Our estate property is comprised of the main house (the Grand Suite) plus two separate cottages. Each is private unto itself, and are all adjoined by covered walkways. The Grand Suite is the 2200 sf main house. It is best suited for friends up to 4, or families up to 6 with children with young children. I have posted several photos of each of the bedrooms showing the rooms from different angles, and the antique beds. However, please note, though there are many photos of the bedrooms, there are only two bedrooms. There is one full bath upstairs and a half bath downstairs.
Adjoined by a covered breezeway is another guest rental: the Garden Suite at Onomea. This is a studio-sized guest cottage (570 sf + lanai). Should you need accommodations for 6 to 7 adults, the suite (sleeps up to 3) can be rented along with the main house. (See the Garden Suite at Onomea on AirBnB) The third cottage is our own little home so we are nearby to help you with directions, touring or dining suggestions or just to come up with extra pillows! Come stay and enjoy the island of Hawaii!

About the area....
Our road is one of the loveliest in all of Hawaii. Artists frequently come to paint it! Within walking distance is the old donkey trail to Onomea Bay, a breathtaking bay along the old Scenic Highway. You can also walk to the Hawaii Botanic Gardens. By car we are equi-distant from Volcano National Park to the south and Waipio Valley to the north. The Big Island is a treasure. From the lovely upland forests filled with native birdlife, to the ancient fish ponds of Kapoho, there is a wealth here, both natural and cultural. But then.... that is just the beginning, and it is all within easy reach from our little pocket of earthly paradise here in Onomea!

Guest Access

The main house is all yours, along with outdoor patio off the living room.

Interaction with Guests

We usually greet guests when you arrive, make sure you are comfortable and will likely bring you fresh eggs at some point during your stay. We have three laying hens who free range around the property (but no roosters!) I enjoy helping guests with touring info and restaurants suggestions. We will otherwise be pretty invisible. Donna, a realtor, usually works at her office in town and I am either out on a photo assignment or working on photos at my desk. Many guests come and go without seeing much of us unless they need or want to.

The Neighborhood

We live on one of the loveliest roads in all of the Big Island, lined with royal palm trees down its length to the Scenic Highway. Close enough for a morning walk are the acclaimed Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, What's Shakin Smoothie stand and the 100 year old Low Store.

Getting around

Once you are booked I will send you a list of weblinks, including some local car rental companies that are not major brands. If you want to visit the very top of Mauna Kea....well above the visitors center.... you will need 4x4 at least for that one trip. Also to go down into Waipio Valley. Otherwise, a normal sedan is adequate for seeing everything else.

Other Things to Note

There is a 'smart' TV in the living room. We do not receive broadcast TV or Cable TV. We DO have internet TV, including Netflix, which has an enormous selection of streamable programming.
We also have a DVD player and a library of over 100 movies.
We keep our 2 dogs and 2 cats close by us but the dogs will sometimes visit guests and they often end up with the fondest reviews of all.
Notes: No cable Tv but we do have internet Tv (streaming) and many videos. Our laundry is not available to use. However we are willing to do a quick load for you if you can simply give us your laundry. We can return it the next day or sometimes sooner.
ALSO ON THE PROPERTY is a one-bedroom studio style guest suite (the Garden Suite) which is private and distinctly separate from the Grand Suite. The Garden Suite is often rented concurrently when the Grand Suite is rented. My wife and I occupy our own private cottage on property. All three living quarters are in separate buildings and each have complete privacy from one another, each with their own private views.

Permit Number: W00358152-01

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 6
Extra people: $15 / night after 3 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1225 /week
Monthly Price: $4970 /month
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $85
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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  • The Grand Suite at Onomea and surround property and neighborhood were absolutely phenomenal! The house was immaculate and designed and decorated beautifully with antiques, beautiful books and art. Our host, Randall, was very helpful to recommend some local 'off the beaten' path areas to visit. The kitchen was accommodated with everything you might need for cooking too.

    Mostly, we wanted to just hang around the house all day and relax in its beauty, but we did make the time to visit Volcano National Park and other beautiful things in this area of the island.

    We would definitely recommend staying here while visiting this part of the The Big Island. You could not find a better place on this side that is very convenient to anything you might want to do during your vacation (including not doing anything but relaxing)!

    Linda and Mark

    April 2014
  • This is the home you wish you had in Hawaii. One side of the house is a bank of windows with views of property and the forest, making you feel like you are in the forest while being indoors.

    It is easy to feel at home here. The house is spacious, comfortable, clean, and well provisioned. The grounds are beautiful and private.

    The property is 10 minutes drive to Hilo, where you can provision up or visit one of the many great three-table husband/wife restaurants that dot the town. There are supermarket, a health food store, and a daily farmers market. The spectacular botanic gardens are a 10 minute stroll from the house, and don't forget to grab a smoothies from What's Shakin on your way home.

    We had a four year old, and she found plenty to do. Following the chickens around, feeding the fish, and playing with the dogs in the garden. I felt comfortable letting her roam the property with minimal supervision.

    Randall was a great host, making us feel welcome and sharing places like the Uncle Robert Wednesday Night that we would never find on our own.

    This is a great base camp for discovering the charming east side of the Big Island. We spent five days, but you could easily spend a month here going native.

    April 2014
  • The negatives: no cable television; no fans, which would have been helpful when it was very warm; not enough storage space to let you empty multiple suitcases

    The positives: everything else. This is a home, not a house. It is beautifully furnished, down to the art work and books. The kitchen has high quality silverware, pots, etc. There are a number of herbs, as well as salt and pepper to get you started on your cooking adventures. Randall was a gracious host. Their dogs were a welcome addition to our family. The grounds are lovely. There are only two bedrooms, each with a full and a twin bed. They are comfortable but be mindful of the sleeping arrangements if you are not a close knit family. The bathrooms are beautiful. I would lease this house again in a heartbeat and cannot recommend it highly enough. It was truly home away from home.

    January 2014
  • We had a lovely time at Randall's home! It was so nice to have a house to come back to each night with beautiful views and a great atmosphere! Thank you Randall for helping to make our vacation fabulous!

    November 2013
  • We had the best stay at Randall and Donna's beautiful house -- a slice of heaven!! I have been to Oahu and Maui a few times, and was looking for something different this time. I am an interior stylist so I am quite particular when choosing a place to stay wherever I travel. This house achieved a perfect balance between elegant and comfort. A well stock kitchen makes preparing home cook meals easy. Randall and Donna were the perfect hosts. They check on us a couple of times during our stay to make sure our needs were made, as well as making recommendations for local interests. We enjoyed the lushness of the Hilo side of the island; there was nothing quite like falling asleep by the sound of a tropical rain and song birds, after a day on the beach and in the turquoise water.

    August 2013
  • We are happy that we met Randall and Donna and had a chance to stay in their gorgeous house. Full of everything you may ever need (and much more) this beautiful house made our vacation unforgettable. Hundreds of beautiful books, games to play with children, kitchen full of amenities with a view to tropical paradise, gorgeous beds, ocean view from bedrooms, a fish pond...what can we say? we wish to come back...Randall and Donna were our best hosts ever!

    July 2013
  • You cannot go wrong with this beautiful and welcoming home away from home. The location is perfect. Waking up next to the Botanical gardens felt like you are in a tropical paradise. Randall and Donna are amazing hosts who made our stay truly memorable. They were extremely gracious and accommodating. If you are going to the Big Island I can't think of a better place to stay!

    June 2013
  • We stayed here for 7 nights in 8 people. Except me they are from Japan for watching Merrie Monarch festival. The owner emphasized me it has 9 people capacity, but I thought 6 or 7 people enough. Because normal adults don't like share a bed with others, especially men. And a single doesn't stay in same room with couples.
    Yes, it was a beautiful place. The first day's night after grocery shopping we had a big difficulty to find "Old Onomea St" from rout 19. It's hard to see after sunset. I asked help to Randall and he waited us on the corner. Thanks a lot!
    We had 2 kids, 13 and 10 years old. They loved the house and every night they danced hula in the living room. 'This my Hawaii home." they said.
    While we were staying, Hilo district was recording cold weather. So night time it was hard to soak in the bath tab, since the hot water was not plentiful.
    No laundry machine, no TV and a weak Internet wave. But we enjoyed staying in the main house and the detached cottage.
    Beautiful atmosphere and spacial rooms made us feel so good.
    Mahalo, nui loa !!!

    April 2013
    Response from Randall:

    We always appreciate feedback... Thank you! The water temperature is easily raised as we did last week. Should any future guest require even hotter water, we can easily oblige. We have had a few people wishing there was a laundry that they could use themselves. Over the next several months we will be altering a portion of the carport to accommodate a laundry. Meantime, we continue to offer to do a bit of light laundry for guests in our own cottage. Though we don't have cable or broadcast Tv, the Roku internet Tv works very well. We use it all the time for the many Tv shows that are available. Unfortunately, live programming is only just becoming available via the internet and universal viewing of all shows is not yet possible. All of our amenities, including bedding, Tv reception and laundry arrangements and are clearly outlined in the property description.

    April 2013
  • Our stay in this gorgeous house was a highlight of our trip to Hawaii. Our first day there we didn't want to leave and just spent all day hanging out and enjoying the great energy and views. Randall was such a cool host.....we had fun catching up with him and he made us feel so relaxed and welcome. This place is an absolute gem and the decor style just reminded us of home.

    February 2013
    Response from Randall:

    Thanks for your review! We are so pleased when guests hang around, relax and just enjoy the house. A Hui Hou!

    February 2013
  • Randall was a great host; the house is exactly as the photos depict it, and the location is superb -- close to Hilo, and truly a tropical paradise. I can recommend without hesitation.

    January 2013
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