About this listing
Aloha and welcome to Hale Honomu!
We are located amidst several beach parks on the pristine Hamakua Coast in the picturesque town of Honomu, home to the famous Akaka Falls waterfall. Just 15 minutes from downtown Hilo, an hour and a half from Kona side beaches and resorts, and 45 minutes from Waimea, Volcano, and the Mauna Kea Visitor Station, our Hale is the perfect springboard for all of your Big Island adventures!
Our plantation style second floor apartment is newly renovated with a brand new Beautyrest pillow top mattress and stunning views of Mauna Kea. It also includes a full kitchen, full bath, pull-out futon, WiFi and cable television. Just next door you can find fresh, local 100% Hawaiian coffee, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch sandwiches in our coffee shop, Hilo Shark's Coffee. Mr. Ed's bakery, Skyline Eco Adventures Zip Line, and several small gift shops are also just a short walk from Hale Honomu.
We'd love to have you as our next guest here at the Hale Honomu. We look forward to meeting you!
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask :)
Please take your shoes off at the bottom of the stairs! Thanks so much!
The apartment is well located and quite functional and very cute. It is large and well furnished. A very pleasant stay, except maybe for the lack of AC which made the apartment relatively hot at night.
What a great place! Perfect location and amenities for winding down our Hawaii vacation. We stayed for two nights; enjoyed the shops and food.
Kim was a great host while we stayed in Hilo area and responded very fast to any questions I had via Air BnB. The apartment was clean and spacious as described in a quiet neighborhood above the coffee shop, just 20 min from downtown Hilo. The apartment has plenty of ceiling fans and an extra floor fan in the bedroom, along with the cool weather outside makes it a pleasant stay without needing air conditioning.
Hale Honomu was the perfect location to start our Hawaii trip and to explore the wonderful Hamakua Coast. It's a comfortable place with everything you need. And we can recommend the Iced Green Tea Latte in Hilo Sharks Coffee downstairs.
Ms. Chiodo's space is an exceptional value at $109 per night. It is immaculately clean, spacious, and newly renovated. It is located about 12 miles from downtown Hilo, which does not pose a problem as the island is small, and you need a rental car to get around anyway. The space is much better than just about any hotel room for a fraction of the cost. I have stayed in some really crappy hotels on the Banyan Tree Lane before, and they cost a lot more than what Ms. Chiodo is charging. The only negative I can report is that the place should be retrofitted with light-blocking shades in order to make it darker at night.
When I do an airbnb transaction, I prefer to meet and interact with the host. I gathered that Ms. Chiodo was way too busy to make herself available. The entire transaction and stay was completed without ever once meeting her. If you prefer to interact with the host (as I do), then this could be seen as a negative. If you prefer to never see the host (and don't want the host to bother you), then Ms. Chiodo is the perfect host for you.
The apartment was located in a small town near the Akaka Falls. It was nice and clean. We did not meet Kim during our stay but she gave us helpful information via text messages. Her staff at the coffee shop was very helpful and friendly. The coffee shop is right below the apartment and a nice place to have breakfast. We would definitely choose it again.
The listing description was accurate. Kim was not available during my stay. However, she owns Hilo Sharks Coffee below the apt, and invited me to ask the baristas for assistance if I needed it. They were very helpful, friendly people! Kim gave me one free breakfast in the coffee shop, too.
About the Host, Kim
I found the Big Island five years ago while traveling and decided then and there to make it my home! I love living in Hawaii and enjoying island life. When I'm not working in our adjoining coffee shop, I love dancing, spending time at the beach, hiking, and camping.