Garden Suite at Onomea

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Old Onomea Rd, Pepeekeo, HI 96783, United States
Your host, Randall
18 Reviews
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The Space

Our country estate is in Onomea, 6 miles north of Hilo, on 5 tropical acres with garden and ocean views. The Garden Suite at Onomea is a private cottage with views of flowering royal Poinciana trees, mango, lychee, mountain apple trees, monkeypod trees, and coconut palms. The most repeated description by our guests is 'peaceful'. The suite has a studio layout... bedroom, living room and kitchenette all in one very ample space, and a lovely stone-tiled bath with very high ceilings and gorgeous light. The kitchenette is equipped with an array of cooking appliances for simple cooking needs, and a full sized refrigerator. In lieu of a stove there is a gas barbecue on the covered lanai. The queen bed sleeps two and there is a twin bed that sleeps one additional. Our road is one of the loveliest in all of Hawaii. Artists frequently come to paint it! Within walking distance is the Hawaii Tropical Botanic Gardens. A short hike from the Botanic Garden down the old donkey trail is Onomea Bay. Fed by a mountain stream, this is a truly beautiful coastal spot with a serene majesty. By car, we are less than 8 miles to the 400+ foot Akaka Falls State Park and equi-distant from Volcano National Park to the south and Waipio Valley to the north.... Just two of many other attractions in the area.

Sleeps two in queen bed and 1 additional in a twin bed. Private entry in a stand alone building. (cottage suite)
Last minute bookings (under three weeks) MAY be discounted.
At our discretion, 2 day or even 1 day stays are sometimes possible if our calendar permits. Rates are not uniform for short term stays. Please request a quote.

Touring and adventure suggestions in our area:
By car, within 15 minutes, are the magnificent 419 foot high Akaka Falls, the charming village of Honomu; and the nearby city of Hilo, center of commerce on the east slope of Mauna Kea and home to a renowned Hilo Farmers Market open daily.
Some other places/activities we recommend you think about during your stay, here on the east side of the Island of Hawaii......
Volcano National Park, Waipaio Tide Pools, Mauna Kea Astronomy visitors center, Imiloa Museum in Hilo; three zipline adventures are nearby; several nearby beach parks... snorkeling, swimmng, surfing and boogie boarding;
horseback riding is available literally across the street from us as well as up in Kohala and Waipio Valley; The 13,980 foot summit of Mauna Kea is home to 13 international telescopes. The work done with these telescopes are redefining our understanding of of the universe (a visitor center is open daily at the 9,000 foot level); Alahanui Park - Hot Spring Pond; the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, the Hilo zoo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut farm and factory; and.... Volcano National Park!

Permit Number: W00358152-01

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $750 /week
Monthly Price: $3000 /month
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The Garden Suite is as lovely as the photos show. Very comfortable and peaceful. Perfect for exploring Hilo and the East side of the big Island. Randall very thoughtfully prepared a helpful list of things to do in Los Angeles on the next leg of our trip.

    June 2014
  • What a paradise to stay at! Such a peaceful and quiet place in the midst of a beautiful tropical garden. The whole guest suite is very comfortable and the bathroom is a dream. Donna and Randall were great hosts providing us with everything we could wish for including advices for places to visist. We very much enjoyed this green side of the island and would love to come back one time.

    September 2013
  • Randall gave my best. In a very large room, I was able to spend relaxing. I was able to talk with the Ipad even if you do not speak much English. Thank you very much. Mahalo

    March 2013
  • We were in a bit of a bind and were fortunate enough to find Randall's Cottage at the last minute... and we are so glad that we did, what an AWESOME and beautiful place!

    The cottage is it's own private house on the property, super clean, high quality decoration and comfort with a tv and a plethora of dvd's to choose from, functional kitchenette and the most kick ass bathroom ever!!! It was a dream to land our last night in Hawaii with Randall, we really needed some quiet downtime and we were able to find that here.

    Make sure you take a walk around the neighborhood, it's beautiful.

    March 2013
  • Randall was a very nice and pleasant host - we really enjoyed our stay. He was available for our questions anytime but also let us some privacy.
    The suite is small (but still bigger than an average hotel room) and fully equipped with everything you'll need for a nice stay and some cooking. The lanai and the garden are very nice too (email hidden) to sit (if you have insect repellent). The highlight is the unique bathroom which gives you the feeling of showering outside - really nice. Randall has two lovely dogs who share the garden, that wasn't a problem for us at all, they only barked occasionally. The suite even had a third bed for our daughter to sleep in.
    We really can recommend the suite as a base for exploring the Hilo side of Big Island, which is also really nice. E.g. the National Botanical Garden can be reached on foot ...

    March 2013
  • I don't have the words to express how perfect our stay at Randall's and Donna's place has been. Randall gave us the nicest welcome ever experienced on any of our hawaii trips (3 so far) and (email hidden) for our entire stay.

    The studio also surpassed our expectations - which were already quite high due to the nice pictures on the website.
    The room is huge, beautifully decorated, the view from the lanai/terrace is just awesome.

    Randall, Donna and the daily visit of the dogs on the lanai made our stay to be one of the best on the islands at all - we will come back for sure!!!

    March 2013
  • Randall and Donna were wonderful hosts and guest suite was great! Perefect location to main sites in Hilo, clean and comforting place, spectacular views, all we can imagine we have found there. Thank you!

    January 2013
  • The setting is lovely, along with the outlook and the rooms where I stayed. The private suite is spacious and well appointed. Randall (email hidden), generous with local knowledge. You can wander the gardens and there's a gushing stream just down the street. A place worth considering.

    November 2012
  • The ameneries were astounding. Very luxurious indeed. Randall was very kind and took time to let us know of keynplaces to visit.
    We will go back if we are ever back in Hawaii.

    September 2012
  • The Onomea Guest Suite surpassed our expectations, turning out to be a wonderful experience! The suite was spotlessly clean and super comfortable. The grounds were very well maintained and we enjoyed the immensely peaceful surroundings. Randall was an excellent host, and it was a pleasure to get acquainted with him.

    May 2012
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