Located in the hills behind Hilo, we enjoy a garden environment that features koi ponds with the sounds of flowing water, exotic birds and pets, plus our love for the arts. Our home is decorated in an eclectic manner, furnished with antiques, collectible items and curiosities.
Our Garden Room features a queen size bed with a detached bathroom for guest use only, just a few steps down the hall. A personal sized refrigerator is a part of the room furnishings for convenient access to your drinks and snacks. (Food is allowed in the rooms.) More than ample linens are included plus thirsty terry cloth bath robes. Also, towels for the beach can be provided, WIFI available via a private guest connection capable of streaming.
Our continental breakfast is served between 7 and 10.and may be enjoyed either indoors or out, at your leisure.
While ours is a very safe neighborhood, your room is equipped with an exterior-type keyed lock that you are encouraged to utilize for your added piece of mind.
Our home is very private as our objective is to create a little piece of paradise within the confines of the city, close to all of the conveniences, yet a place where one can relax, enjoy the solitude and smell the flowers. The interior decor is a rather eclectic mix that reflects both our passion for things of old, the arts and our love of nature.
This is also the "home" of Mandarin Books HAWAII, an online antiquarian entity that deals in rare books exclusively about the Pacific Rim/Oceania and the arts and antiques that relate to it's people.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our ohana. Should you have any questions or concerns along the way, don't hesitate to send us an email.
Located approximately 4 miles from the Hilo International Airport, 2 1/2 miles from the University of Hawaii, 3 miles from Prince Kuhio Mall, 4 miles from Bayfront (old downtown Hilo,) we are in a quiet neighborhood but for the chirping of the coqui frogs in the evening, off the "main drag" and we are on the side of the island that rarely gets heavy vog. Distance to Volcano National Park is 30 miles and up to the top of Mauna Kea approximately 40 miles.
We have an element of privacy and connection with nature that most urban residences can not lay claim to yet we are a stones throw from the University of Hawaii and Hilo Community College, the downtown Bayfront area, (the Wednesday and Saturday Markets are a tradition since the latter 1800s), the Imiloa Astronomy Center, Prince Kuhio Mall, the Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens, Coconut Island, the Pana'ewa Rainforest and Zoo that is Free and of course within close proximity of Hilo's famous Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, Honoli'i Beach Park and Akaka Falls. Lapahoehoe, the settlemenT wiped out by the 1946 Tsunami is located up the coast. Although the lower portion of the village was never rebuilt, the area is now a memorial park open to the public.
Hawaii Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Island Archipeligo and remains a vast expanse of lava land but for the few settled areas and similar to most small towns and rural area, does not have convenient public transportation to residential areas. Thus we strongly recommend that our guests rent a car as we are not within comfortable walking distance of public transportation or conveniences and encourage them to make an advanced reservation to insure availability upon their arrival.
Each room features a 24" cable TV, the WIFI is very fast and cell phone signal excellent. International guests are welcome to use our House Phone for local calls if their own phone plans do not offer free Hawaii calls.
And of course you are welcome to enjoy our garden that features two koi ponds and varieties of exotic birds plus many wild visitors for our morning and evening feedings; Java Sparrows, Saffron Finchs, Cardinals, Rice Finches along with numerous Doves. It is extensively landscaped with blooming tropical flora plus ferns, palms and many Anthuriums.
Interaction with guests
You will be a guest in our home occupying your own private room with hallway bathroom available exclusively for guest usage. Certainly we do not wish to intrude on your solitude, however, we will assist you as we are able.
Other things to note
The mandatory HAWAII State GE and VISITOR TAXES of .1325 are due and payable upon arrival. Lic.: W01300536-01. These taxes are not included in the BNB price.
Parking is in the driveway, off street. Please review our detailed directions and don't hesitate to contact us via telephone should you have difficulty locating the house. (Please refrain from bothering the neighbors.)
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Courtesy and consideration are always paramount. As is a tradition in Hawaii, we do not wear shoes in the house. Smoking, outdoors only please. Alcohol in moderation of course, but please let us know if you need wine glasses or ice.
Parking is in the driveway, off the street. Please review our detailed directions and don't hesitate to contact us via telephone should you have difficulty locating the house. (Please refrain from bothering the neighbors.)
We are a pet household with three small friendly dogs on the premise, two fish ponds and exotic birds in the garden.
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Hawaii became my home in the 1960s and I have lived in on the Big Island since 2000. Hilo is home to the MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL, a huge international Hula competition that is held every April.
In my early years I frequently crewed on a charter fishing boat out of Kewalo Basin on Oahu which gave me the opportunity to travel by sea throughout the islands. I have visited them all, with the exception of Kahoolawe and Molokini and have crossed the channels more times than I can count.
I have two children, growth and on their own. I am the owner and operator of the online antiquarian entity, MANDARIN BOOKS HAWAII that deals exclusively in rare and vintage Pacific Isle books and art. ( This interest, fueled by a bit of passion for the sea has further culminated in my "sailing" on a cruise ship from the mainland to Hawaii and just recently, from Hawaii to French Polynesia on a 38 foot sailboat. I also spent last fall sailing in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand and earlier this year crewed from NZ to American Samoa on a 43 foot s/v. I have also had the privilege of traveling on the mainland and visited Italy for several weeks a few years ago.
My travels have allowed me to experience the joy of adventuring to new places, of meeting people from various parts of the world and the comforts that are so relished when one is off and away. Of course, there's no place like home and I think Hawaii is the most wonderful place on earth, but I do look forward to more travels in the future, perhaps Mexico, the Galapogos, the Mediterranean area once again. So allow me to share my home with you, As they say in Hawaii, let's get together and "talk story."