|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 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.
We truly enjoyed our stay at your cliff top home. We loved the hammock and outdoor shower. We spent a good deal
of time dining al fresco on the lanai, listening to the surf, and looking for whales. Melanie was the best and her daughters are adorable. Mahalo!!
My family of four adults and myself spent 15 days at this lovely house during this past holiday season. We found the house to be just as it was described except for the view that the location provided. The view far exceeded our expectations. Simply breathtaking!
The house itself was clean well maintained and really made us feel at home. Even with 5 adults the house never seemed crowded. The owner was available, very responsive, and gracious. Even went out of his way to pick bananas for us from the front yard tree before we arrived.
The house is close (within 5 minutes) to many good restaurants in downtown Hilo and also close to numerous snorkeling locations. Can't say a negative thing about the entire stay. Would highly recommend this property to anyone.
This house is beautifully decorated, clean and spacious with a very large lanai, which is partially covered if you want to be out of the sun or for when it rains. The ocean view is spectacular – the city lights across the bay at night; cruise and cargo ships entering and leaving Hilo Bay. Saul’s specific driving directions allowed us to easily locate the property upon our arrival after dark. Due to a storm the previous day we had trouble connecting to the internet, but Saul quickly called in response to my text message and was easily resolved. We had the privilege of meeting the property manager, Melanie, who is extremely nice. A short drive into Hilo takes you to many amazing restaurants – Café Pesto, Le Magic Pan, Hilo Bay Café. Be sure to visit the Hilo farmer’s market any day of the week. We didn’t spend much time at the house, but it was a great place to unwind, recharge and plan the next day’s outing – Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls, Liliuokalani Gardens and Park, Kilauea Volcano summit and the lava flow into the ocean (be sure to stop at the Visitor Center and speak with the park rangers for the best advice to view the lava flow into the ocean.) We didn’t make it up Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea – but next time. A great place to stay! Mahalo, Saul.
Our stay in Hilo was wonderful. Be ready for the sounds of waves crashing, coqui frogs and the smell of pure fresh ocean air! It was a delight for the senses, from the fresh fruit ripening in the front yard (yummy limes!) to the farmers markets downtown. I loved every moment in Hilo and staying at the Rollason's house was a big part of it! Location was prime, in between the city and the waterfalls, and an hour from the Volcanoes. House was amazingly stocked, the manager, Melanie, and her adorable children were easy to contact and responsive to any additional requests. Like one of the earlier reviews mentioned, the room on the ground floor (that might serve as a good getaway for older children) is unusable for younger children to stay alone in since it has a separate entrance outside, but there was a high quality air mattress that fit in the master just fine, so our family of 6 were comfortable throughout our stay. Beds were comfy, outside shower amazing for constellation viewing, and The view of the ocean waves coming in while I prepared meals in the kitchen was hypnotic and relaxing. Many hours of Clue, card games and hammock swinging went into this vacation and I felt the week go by quickly!
The only drawback to our experience was an ant invasion when we accidentally left some snacks out on the counters. We learned quickly to put edibles into the cupboards and fridge and the ants were gone like magic the next day. Also, it rains...a lot! But there was always breaks in the downpour so one only need to plan accordingly and bring rainjackets.
A big Thank you!! to the Rollason family for sharing their bungalow with us. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back!
My 22 year old son and I stayed here for three days in August. I highly recommend this property based on our experience there. The location is terrific in terms of proximity to Hilo and ease of getting around the East side of the island, also in terms of the small and tranquil neighborhood where the house is located, and of course due to the fact that it is ocean-front. The house is very comfortable and easy to live in; the beds are excellent; the kitchen is well-equipped; the views from every room are gorgeous; the owners are super-accessible and helpful; the house was impeccably clean; there are ample towels and lots of beach stuff. The one thing that was not clear to me from the description is with regards to the downstairs bedroom. The VRBO description is accurate but didn't convey to me that this is a one story house that is on a slope, so under the house there is an addition of one room that used to be an office and is now an additional bedroom. To get there one goes down the outside stairs from the deck. There is no bathroom down there, so anyone needing a bathroom at night would have to be able to come up the outer stairs at night and into the house. There is no lower floor to the house, just this one room on its own. Once we realized this, it didn't matter, because there were just two of us, and we stayed in the house, and it was perfect. I would definitely stay here again and I doubt you can find another place as wonderful.
Saul was a great host communicating often and leaving a bottle of champagne in the fridge for us to enjoy!
The house was a great base for our 4 days in Hilo, especially since it rained even more than usual! Wonderful to come home and sit out on the covered lanai and look out in the water. Beds were comfy, kitchen well equipped, location close to lots of attractions and to grocery stores. Lots of great information printed out for us upon our arrival! Carport was handy to unload under during the rain. We really enjoyed watching the surfers in the Bay from our lanai, awesome even in the rain! The outdoor shower was amazing, used it each day! Loved that. Only suggestion would be that the hammock is getting older and musty smelling, needs an update.
I would highly recommend this home and will inquire if we are stay in Hilo again! Thanks Saul!
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.
|Cleaning Fee||£133 + Tax|
|Property Damage Ins.||£29 + Tax|
There is a $135.00 cleaning fee, chargeable on all bookings. Taxes will be charged at the standard HI rate of 13.41%