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"THE ARECAS" a great place in a great Hilo location!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Located in a beautiful, well cared for, old Hilo neighborhood.

Relax and enjoy our charming home away from home with private entrance and off-street parking. 1100 sq. ft. apartment includes 2 spacious bedrooms, 1 with king bed and 1 with queen bed. Bright airy living room, well equipped kitchen, bathroom with tub/shower, and a screened in lanai overlooking tropical lava rock gardens. Our rental accommodates children 10 yrs. and over.

Located in a beautiful Hilo neighborhood between Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots. Six miles from the airport. Three miles from downtown.

Convenient for exploration of Downtown, the Farmer's Market, Imiloa Astronomy Center,

Lyman Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Liliuokalani Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Akaka Falls, local beaches and much more. Approx. 45 minutes to Volcano National Park.

More Details

Paula Holbrook
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Paula Holbrook

My husband and I met on the Big Island; married and moved into our Hilo home. After many years and several renovations we enjoy sharing our home with family, friends, and travelers from all over the world.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(61 traveller reviews)

"THE ARECAS" a great place in a great Hilo location!
average rating of 4.885246 based on 61 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Very private, few minutes away from ocean, very clean and confortable. Large apartment and well equiped kitchen. Thanks Paula!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Feels like home!

  • 5 of 5
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This was our second visit to the Arecas and it felt like coming home. We can't say enough about the wonderful hospitality Paula showed us. Everything worked perfectly, with lots of storage, plenty of hot water, comfy beds, and a beautiful setting. We love it and will certainly be back.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean & Tidy, well appointed, great Location!

  • 5 of 5
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The Arecas was spacious, tidy, and well appointed. Paula greeted us when we got there and everything was in tip top condition! This was a convenient location for us, and it had all the comforts of home. The garden view from the screened porch was lovely, and we could hear the waterfalls when the coqui weren't singing! (Which we loved by the way).

We appreciated that there were ample plates, glasses, etc and the linen supply was sufficient. From The Arecas, the Boiling Pots are a short walk away, the rainbow falls is less than 3 minutes away by car. Downtown is 5 minutes away, and Paul did a great job of giving information about local dining and sights.

I only wish we had more time to spend in Hilo, and we would definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, quiet, beautiful welcoming home base.

  • 5 of 5

From early correspondence in arranging our rental, to late evening warm welcome from Paula, to the clean, convenient (Hilo farmers market, volcanoes national park, waterfalls, nearby hikes) and beautiful backyard view our "home away from home" our stay at The Arecas not have been better . Coffee and fresh fruit for that first morning, loan of umbrellas and cooler as well as coffee table binder of local information were especially appreciated. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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THE ARECAS is hidden jewel!

  • 5 of 5
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We are three senior women who spent two nights at the Arecas in January 2017. Paula greeted us warmly on our arrival and walked us into our new "home". We were all so pleased that we could barely speak. It is clean and bright and warm and welcoming and comfy all at the same time. We loved the original artwork, the well stocked kitchen, the screened in porch, the amazing morning light on the gardens, the spacious bedrooms and comfortable beds (one king, one queen) and lots of storage. We enjoyed the coqui symphony in the evening until we shut the double paned sliding glass door for a quiet and restful sleep. We will surely return to THE ARECAS again and again. In fact, we are going back next week!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Guest House

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed a three day stay at Paula and Jeremy's guest house. We loved the location. It is about 3 miles from the Hilo Bay so you are close to things, but are out of the noise of the downtown area. The house is charming, very clean, nicely decorated, and has the all supplies you would need on a vacation or cooking an elaborate dinner. We like to picnic and spend time seating on the beach, and they were happy to supply us with a couple of chairs and an ice cooler. We would definitely recommend this guest house and would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
4.7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Downtown - 3 miles

University of Hawaii at Hilo - 4 miles

Banyan golf course - 4.7 miles

Hilo Municipal golf course - 6.5 miles

Volcano golf & country club - 34 miles

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - 32 miles


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hilo, Hilo District

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £40 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

A "service fee" is charged by VRBO/HomeAway at time of payment.

The standard rate is $95. per night for up to four guests included in reservation. No extra overnight guests.

Quiet Hours are 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Hairdryer, Shampoo, Soap, Toilet paper, Towels
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Spacious bedrooms Ceiling fans
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling Fans throughout. Beach towels.

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