About this listing
The Grand Suite at Onomea is the main residence on five beautifully landscaped acres with ocean views. We are well located to visit all the attractions in the area or stay at 'home' and enjoy quiet time. We welcome families or groups up to 4.
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!
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.
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.
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. W(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
NO SMOKING INSIDE HOUSE; SMOKING PERMITTED ON OUTDOOR COVERED PATIO, WITH DOORS TO HOUSE CLOSED. The Grand Suite at Onomea is best suited for families up to 4 or for up to two couples. We have many fine antiques. We expect guests to take reasonable care of the house, furnishings, appliances and, especially, all antique furniture. Beverage coasters and table trivets are amply supplied to protect furniture. No food or drink in the upstairs... this both to protect furniture and to avoid attracting insects to the upstairs. We are in the tropics! Cleaning up daily and containing food waste is important to avoid attracting insects.
We request that, if you use the gas barbecue, you leave it presentable for the next guest by using wire brush provided to clean the grill; that you wash all your dishes and leave the house generally tidy upon departure. We will do all other cleaning. The general rule is ... treat it as if it were a friends place! Aloha!
Randall: Coffee with half and half the moment I get up. Zazen. Re-watch a Coen brothers or Fellini movie once every so often. A bit of photography.
Donna: Tea the moment she gets up! The most wonderful wife you could ever imagine! Thai food. Boogie boarding. Theater!! Did I mention tea?