|Space||1,700 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Simply put, this property sits on one of the most gorgeous ocean-front locations in East Hawaii. Unlike other ocean-front homes, you will not need to walk to the end of a yard to appreciate the Pacific waves. Here, you will feel as if you are on a ship. Simply step out onto the deck, look down and there is the Pacific ocean lapping at the shoreline below you. We have actually fished off the deck. We believe the quality of this view and proximity to dramatic breaking waves are unique among vacation rentals in East Hawaii. This is particularly so considering it is only a couple of short miles from quaint Hilo town, the seat of Hawaii County. During the whale season, humpbacks will breech and frolic so close to the house that, on occasion, it will seem as if they are putting on a show just for you. Sometimes the cove below is visited by schools of spinner dolphins, which number in the hundreds. At almost anytime, you can look out from the windows or deck and see surfers sliding down the face of silver waves at nearby Honoli'i beach. On most days, a giant cruise ship will sail out of the dawn and past the house in the morning and then past the house again at night, as it leaves Hilo Bay, festooned with a thousand glittering lights.
The house is a 40 minute drive from Volcanoes National Park and a brief three minute drive from Hilo. It is perfectly located for exploring East Hawaii and a spectacular hour and a half drive from the beaches and town of Kona.
Aside from the spectacular view, one of the benefits of staying next to the ocean is the lack of pesky mosquitoes. The ocean breeze, which will keep you cool, also serves to drive them away. Unfortunately, the Big Island has been invaded by coqui frogs in recent years, which make a loud chirping noise in the evening. Many B&Bs and vacation properties here actually supply their guests with earplugs. Luckily, the ocean breeze also keeps coquis at bay. You will hear some chirping but it is extremely unlikely that you will find the noise intrusive.
The house has a large kitchen and living room with picture windows overlooking the ocean and across the bay to Hilo Town. There is a master bedroom with a king-sized bed and french doors leading onto the deck and an outdoor shower. The second bedroom has both a full and a twin bed. Each of the upstairs bedrooms has a large TV, DVR, full cable and premium channels. Downstairs from the deck is another bedroom/study with a futon, A/C and a TV with extended cable. This bedroom is separate from the house and is perfect for children or those seeking more privacy.
The living room features leather furniture and a gas fireplace, which serves to create ambiance rather than heat as the temperature in Hilo rarely drops below 70 degrees. We have deliberately not put a TV in the living area as we hope that you will enjoy the spectacular view, uninterrupted by flickering images and perhaps read, chat or partake in some of the family games we have left for you. However, there is double-speed wireless internet connection throughout the house should you need it for your own devices. You will find a pair of binoculars for observing the whales, surfers, dolphins, cruise ships, sailboats and Hawaiian outrigger paddlers.
The deck features a large, expandable teak dining table with chairs. It is doubtful that you will want to eat indoors once you have experienced the pleasure of ocean-front dining, although there is an additional dining table in the living room, should you choose to. On the new deck extension there is a smaller table with chairs for a more intimate setting. There is an additional table with all-weather chairs and if you need it, a folding table. Should you wish to entertain, there is ample seating for your guests. You will find a grill for preparing some of Hawaii's delicious fish or perhaps some of the Big Island's world-famous angus steak. For relaxation, there are teak deck-chairs and a comfortable, quilted double hammock in which to swing to the sound of breaking waves. Should you wish, grab a pillow with a blanket and let the hammock rock you to a wonderful night's sleep under the stars.
The large kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need for comfort and convenience: extensive granite counter-tops, a double-door stainless steel fridge with water and ice maker, a dishwasher, garbage disposer, a deluxe Keurig coffee maker with a complimentary selection of coffees, large microwave, blender, rice-cooker, slow-cooker, toaster and range. There is ample china and silverware for all your dining needs. Should you need it, you will find two coolers for taking on your island adventures.
Outside, you will find a kayak, life-vests, boogie boards and snorkeling equipment. Please feel free to use them to enjoy the magnificent Pacific ocean, which undoubtedly will provide you with many happy memories during your stay in Hawaii. You will also find tennis rackets and balls as well as some other beach games to enjoy.
I have noticed that some vacation rental owners claim that their properties are much shorter driving distances to Hilo than is possible. Please bear in mind that any oceanfront property in lower Puna, claiming to be within the Hilo district, is at least a 50 minute drive from town, sometimes more.
This home is special. It is with reluctance that we are having to leave it to live on Oahu. That said, it is nice to offset some of that reluctance against the knowledge that our home will be bringing pleasure into other people's lives. If our home brings you even a fraction of the joy it has afforded my wife and me, you will be blessed with wonderful memories from your stay.
Margaret and Saul have lived on the Big Island for a combined total of 36 years. She is a physician, specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics, while he has retired from small business ownership and is working towards his MA in history, after which he plans to teach at the local college. In order to pursue their professional endeavors, they are leaving their beautiful home and moving to Oahu. While they are sad to be saying goodbye to this home, which has brought them so much happiness, they are pleased that others will now have the opportunity to enjoy it as well.
Our Hawaii State Tax Number is: 00782520-01
Saul Rollason purchased this house in 2011
We couldn't resist this property. As a columnist for the local newspaper, I visited the house in 2004 and, like everyone else who came here, was stunned by the spectacular views. The house came onto the market in 2011 and we snapped it up. Three months later, after extensive remodeling, we moved in. The house is nearly 60 years old and despite a few minor quirky characteristics, has stood the test of time well. We plan to move back in a few years. This house and community are very dear to our hearts.
This house is all about the view. The construction itself is typically Hawaiian, being built of Pacific redwood in the single wall construction style. To be sure, if this home were a modern house, there would be a few more polished details and the upkeep would be easier, but we love it the way it is. Being located on a quiet cul-de-sac has meant that our home is part of a community within a community. Our neighbors are kind, friendly and full of the island 'aloha' which comes to all who live here.
With this house, it is all about the expansive lanai, much larger than you might expect. The oceanfront views can not be beat. Owners have been very thoughtful in what they have provided for your use, so it is very easy to feel at home quickly. Nice, quiet, residential community. Only downside, they do they have the Coqui frogs at night, that could be troublesome to anyone needing quiet. We were ok with it, and frankly, the home is so special that the frogs ,to us, was a minor issue.We booked this house for 10 days and it was a wonderful experience.
This is our third year to stay at Saul's Hilo House. We love the location and the views from the expansive lanai. The yard has beautiful blooming plants and visiting birds. Sunrises and night time views of the Hilo lights are lovely and relaxing. The outdoor shower is the best! The house has everything we need for cooking, whale watching, streaming the internet or enjoying a good book.
We have found so many great hikes, activities, and restaurants in and around Hilo that our time always seems to go too fast. Saul, the owner, and Melanie, the on site manager, are helpful and pleasant to deal with. We are already looking forward to our visit next year. This is a great place!
Felt like home as soon as we arrived. Owners provided amenities, information, and a friendly welcoming.
We loved our stay here and would definitely come back. The sunrise every morning out over the bay was epic. We saw a handful of whales every day from the lanai. The neighborhood is quiet, safe, and full of friendly people and dogs. The house is super clean and well kept. Could use a tiny bit of updating, but no complaints. Outside shower on lanai is amazing. Overall, well worth the money.
We enjoyed a peaceful week listening to waves practically at our feet and watching whales frolicking not far off shore. The day we left we were treated to a final display...a baby whale tail slapping and breaching. Even without whales, there are passing ships and sailboats, nearby surfers and birds to watch. Saul's home is clean, well appointed with everything one would need to relax, prepare dinners, and experience the beauty of Hawaii, including a hammock on the lanai. One can't get much closer to the ocean (without getting in it) than Saul's lanai. The home is on a quiet street and close to Hilo for trying out dinners at one of Hilo's many restaurants. Very difficult to leave. I know we will be back.
Wonderful inviting home with a relaxed "cottage" feel. Very clean with everything in working order with wonderful beds, lovely bedding and fluffy white towels. Although we, two couples, were there during the rainy season we kept dry with the covered veranda, carport and covered walkway to the door. Living on the edge of a cliff provided wonderful ocean views and with the Big Island having 10 climate zones we were able to google other cities, get in our rental car (recommend) and drive to sunshine. The owners have prepared a book with instructions on the operation of TV's etc. as well as places to visit and restaurant recommendations which was very helpful. Also, unlike some other rentals, staples such as spices, baggies etc. are left in the cupboards which is very convenient. We used some items but also left items for the next renter.
We would certainly recommend this property to anyone without children.
Our house is located a mere three minutes drive from downtown Hilo; a town which has all the amenities you would expect from one with a population of 40,000. The house sits on an ocean-front cliff on a quiet cul-de-sac in a very safe neighborhood.
East Hawaii offers visitors a far more honest and intimate look at Polynesian island life and culture than other, more tourist-oriented parts of Hawaii. Although cruise ships do come into Hilo bay on an almost daily basis (and sail right past the house) the town itself does not rely on tourist dollars to survive. This is a real Hawaiian town, where people live, work and play without ever feeling a need to cater to tourists with the brash, artificial imagery and entertainment found elsewhere in the state. That is not to say that people here are unfriendly to tourists, far from it in fact. People here are kind and welcoming to everyone. Simply put, here you will not be bombarded with opportunities to spend money at every turn.
I have lived in Hilo for most of the past 25 years. I enjoy Kayaking around Moku Ola (Coconut Island), which I can see from my deck. I enjoy the striking and always unexpected displays at the various Botanical Gardens and markets, around Hilo. I love taking visitors out to Akaka Falls (a 422 foot drop of remarkable beauty), which is just 5 miles away and of course up to Volcanoes National Park, which is a mere 35 minute drive from the house to see the steaming molten rocks. Sometimes my wife and I go down to Waipio Valley, one of the most spectacular and spiritually redolent places in the world. Sometimes we go up Mauna Kea to look at the telescopes as they come to life at dusk amid a frosty moonscape of craters. Sometimes we stay closer to home and walk down to Honolii beach to watch the surfers slip down the faces of glistening waves.
At night there is often a performance in town or out at the University theater. Several times a year we are blessed with a visit from world class musicians and dancers, who have packed one of the large theaters in Honolulu and come down to the Big Island as a side trip. Sometimes we'll go out to see local talent on display. If you take the time to discover it, you will find that there is more extraordinary performing talent in Hilo than in towns many times its size. The Big Island is home to a creative community which is astounding in its scope and variety.
What we don't have here is much glitz and glamor (although that said, a recent production of La Cage aux Folles at the beautiful downtown Palace Theater took everybody's breath away) What we have instead is painstaking artistry blended among the deep roots of Hawaiian culture and tradition. You won't find glittering shops and swank hotels but you will find a musician on a beach or a painter on a hill or a weaver in a hidden corner who will remind you of the depths of human feeling.
The Big Island is more than twice the size of all the other Hawaiian islands put together. Whatever you seek from your Hawaiian experience, you will find here. From the winter snow-capped peak of Mauna Kea, to the white-sand delight of tropical beaches; from the lushness of tropical forests, to the striking moonscapes of volcanic lava fields; from the charm of old plantation towns to sumptuous modern resorts, it is all here on our island home. We hope that our clifftop slice of paradise will be the perfect base from which to explore the extraordinary sights, sounds and romance of Hawaii's Big Island. Come with dreams and expectations, leave with aloha and sweet memories of adventures enjoyed in the fabulous heart of the Pacific.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Cleaning Fee||£124.65 + Tax|
|Property Damage Ins.||£27.27 + Tax|
There is a $135.00 cleaning fee, chargeable on all bookings. Taxes will be charged at the standard HI rate of 13.41%