Our Garden Room is furnished in Queen Anne antiques with some lovely treasures stowed here and there for a nostalgic feel. Enjoy!
In Hawaiian, "e komo mai" means "welcome, my house is yours."
We are located in Hilo behind Hilo town, on the island of Hawaii, commonly referred to as "the Big Island" and also known as the "the Volcano Isle" and "the Orchid Isle." Aside from being the 2nd largest city in Hawaii , Hilo is also on record as the rainiest city in the USA, with around 150 inches per year. However, in-between those tropical rain showers you will find lots of sunshine, flowers and island flora.
Hilo is the home of the MERRIE MONARCH FESTIIVAL an International Hula Competition honoring King David Kalākaua and the preservation of the cultural arts of Hawaii. 2015 will be the 52th year of the festival.
Ours is a well appointed home conveniently located in Waiakea Uka, in the hills of Hilo Town. The Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands but the population is somewhat sparse so a rental car is considered essential. We are 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.) It is 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 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. WIFI is available... only a password away of course (for assured privacy) and 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.
A extensive, elegant continental breakfast is served between 7 and 10.and may be enjoyed either indoors or outdoors, at your leisure. Included are daily menus featuring the artwork of Ted Mundorff and verse of Don Blanding. Each menu is different and dated to commemorate your visit.
Mango or Orange Juice
Hawaiian Apple Bananas
Pineapple or Tangerines
Croissants with Hawaiian Jams & Jellies
or Assorted Muffins
Hard Cooked Eggs
Choice of Varieties of Granola.
Macadamia Nuts, Dried Persimmons &
Candied Ginger Treats
(Do let us know if you have food allergies or dietary restrictions.)
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. Our yard 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.
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.
We invite all of our guest to enjoy our gardens, smell our flowers and snooze on our punee. Guest parking is provided on the paved driveway and motion lights provide a secure lighted entry after dark.
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.
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 settlemen 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.
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.
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.
I'm a bird lover so this was a great experience. The birds Jean has, plus the wild ones that come for her seed, is quite a show. She has a beautiful house in a quite neighborhood. The breakfast and table setting were unbelievable.
We spent 3 nights at Jeans place! she has a wonderful house. It was clean! she made such a lovely breakfast, gave us recommandations for things to do. We really enjoyed staying in Jeans house.
What a wonderful and magical experience staying at Jean's lovely place. Jean is a great host, will make you feel very special, and shows great care in making sure you are happy and delighted during your stay with her. When I showed my wife (who did not come with me during this trip) Jean's personally -created and very artistic copy of my breakfast menu printed every morning she said to herself she wants to stay at Jean's place someday. Need I say more... Mahalo , Jean.
We had a wonderful time! Jean is a great host; she is helpful but respects privacy. The home is beautiful- the backyard is a work of art, with ponds and greenery. The breakfast is done with such care and is so special, this is definitely a highlight. Highly recommended.
The home of Jean and Joe is absolutely wonderful and the garden with many colourful birds and fishes like in paradies. I felt very well during my stay of three nights and I am missing the delicious breakfast which I enjoyed every morning. Thank you Jean!
Jean has such a beautiful house, very close to Hilo downtown with lovely dogs and an amazing nature around. The breakfast was delicious.
She was so nice and let us so comfortable. The nature in Hilo is so fantastic, you feel part of it. The room is so cozy, perfect for a couple. We really loved being there. Mahalo Jean for everything.
Had to stay another week on The Big Island. Could have stayed at hotel but decided to stay at Jean's. Everything was excellent, as advertised.
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. ((website hidden)) 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."