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Stunning, majestic, oceanfront location, with an unmatched view. Hilo 2 miles.

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
People
7
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

Three bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath plus outdoor shower. Whale + ocean watchers paradise

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.

More Details

Owner
Saul Rollason
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2017

About Saul Rollason

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

Why Saul Rollason chose Hilo District

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for welcoming us to your home. We are blessed with happy memories
Feb 2015
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(59 traveller reviews)

Stunning, majestic, oceanfront location, with an unmatched view. Hilo 2 miles.
average rating of 4.898305 based on 63 reviews
5

Amazing place!! Stunning views, extremely clean, well kept house. Awesome little quiet neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Wonderful Home by the Sea

  • 5 of 5
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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.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Milton, Canada
5

Wonderful stay even in the rain!

  • 5 of 5
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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.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage
5

Can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5
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I stayed here 4 nights with a friend and our respective young adult boys. When i walked in for the first time and looked around, I was asked if everything was okay. I think I was in shock taking it all in. The house is older but it had a comfortableness to it that was like coming home. And the view was incredible. It was the perfect start to our vacation.

The beds were very comfortable and there was an inflatable bed available that we used. There were plenty of extra linens. The kitchen pans and utensils were in excellent condition. I feel It is always a bonus to have decent cookware. There were also plenty of towels and beach towels.

The porch outside was where we spent a lot of our time. The new hammock was set up and even though I didn't get a chance to use it, as it was commandeered by the boys, it looked like the place to be!

The lounge chairs were great, and the table off to the side near the cliff was a perfect place to have our morning coffee as well as a place to unwind in the evenings.

I woke up every morning early to watch the beautiful sunrise. We were very fortunate to have 4 days of wonderful weather. But even if it was raining the porch was designed so you could be outside. We walked twice to the nearby Honoli'i beach park. And I collected quite a bit of beach glass/pottery shards. We also talked with some of the locals who were out surfing. Everyone was nice and full of aloha. We walked the back way, under the bridge, to return to the house and it went by two waterfalls. It was a lovely walk full of greenery.

While staying in Hilo we also went to the Volcano National Park and hiked the 4 mile Kilauea Iki Trail. The boys did the Umauma zipline, we snorkeled Wai'opae Tidepools near Kapoho, and even took a sunrise boat trip to see the lava.

Even with all that activity we still had plenty of down time to enjoy the house. There were coqui frogs serenading us at night, and they weren't too loud due to the noise of the ocean. Either way they didn't bother us and i found them oddly relaxing. They didn't croak all night either. I would wake in the middle of the night to quiet. The location was peaceful with friendly neighbors waving as we walked or drove by. The pictures on vrbo are very representative of the house though I personally thought it was better than the pictures. When we left here to move to the Kohala coast I wished I was staying longer.

I would stay here again in minute and hope to return next year. .

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, Ca.
5

Perfect location and view.

  • 5 of 5
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The property was cozy, clean, convenient to Hilo and the Hamakua coast, and had gorgeous views!.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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El Dorado Hills, CA
4

Beautiful views and accommodations were very nice

  • 4 of 5
Verified Stay

Wonderful spectacular views. Accommodations work very nice. Great location to the falls and Hilo and good food.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Lava Tube Cave
"Wonderful experience but it can be a little tough on the back"
Akaka Falls State Park
"Gorgeous 400 Ft falls in a lush tropical setting. Very easy to walk to although there are a ..."
Rainbow Falls
"Lovely waterfall close to Hilo"
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Cronies
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Banyan Drive
Nearest Motorway
400 Metres
Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Le Magic Pan
Nearest Beach
1000 Metres
Honolii
Car: recommended

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hilo, Hilo District

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Whale Watching Season
1 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£955
for 3 nights
From
£259
£1,815
 
 
Merry Monarch
15 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,269
for 4 nights
From
£273
 
 
Xmas
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£996
for 3 nights
From
£273
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£887
for 3 nights
From
£237
£1,770
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £128 + Tax
Property Damage Ins. £28 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

There is a $135.00 cleaning fee, chargeable on all bookings. Taxes will be charged at the standard HI rate of 13.41%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Hilo in the Big Island Hawaii

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , French doors open up onto deck with outdoor shower.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , This room was an office and will sleep one adult comfortably
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , This bedroom will sleep 3.
  • Master: King size bed. Ample closet space. French doors leading onto deck and outdoor shower. Duvet. Night stands with lamps. Tall Dresser. 42' Flat screen TV with full cable, DVR and HBO, SHOWTIME, On Demand TV. Extra pillows and blankets. Second: One Full size bed. One Twin size bed. Ample Closet space. 46' Flat screen TV with full cable, DVR and HBO, SHOWTIME, EPIX + On Demand TV. Extra pillows and blankets. Third: One double futon + foam topper. Built in desk. 40' TV with cable. Arm chair. A/C.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We can arrange in-stay housekeeping and massage if required. The owner lives on Oahu but will always take calls and emails to help with any requests guests may have.

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