About this listing
Located in the hills behind downtown Hilo, we enjoy a tropical garden environment that features two koi ponds plus a love for the arts. Our home is decorated in an eclectic manner, furnished with antiques. Hi Hotel Tax already included.
We have two guest rooms that share a hallway bathroom (tub/shower). 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. WIFI is available... only a password away of course (for assured privacy.)
A 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 when you go out 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 and encourage them to make an advanced reservation to insure availability upon their arrival.
Cable TV in the living room. International guests are welcome to use our House Phone for local calls since their own phone plans may be a bit spendy for Hawaii calls.
And of course you are welcom to enjoy our garden that features two koi ponds and several 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, sharing a hallway restroom. Certainly we do not wish to intrude on your solitude, however, are available to assist you as we are able.
Motor transportation, likely a rental car of essential as Hawaii Island public transportation is very limited.
Other Things to Note
The manditory Hawaii State Visitor Tax is a part of your AirBNB price. You will not be asked for additional payments any kind during your stay.
Courtesy and consideration are always paramount. 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.
We are a pet household with two small friendly dogs on the premise, two fish ponds and exotic birds in the garden. We might very well consider a guest traveling with a smaller sized pet also.
The Garden Room features a Queen Sized Bed, ceiling fan and personal sized refrigerator for your snacks.