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Hawaii Vacation With All The Comforts Of Home

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 - Bedroom Cottage Minutes From The Big Island's Best Beaches

A fully self-contained guest house on the owner's property, Downtime Abbey is Fort Awesome's one-bedroom cottage (plus queen-size fold-out couch in the living room) with all the conveniences of home. Spend your days exploring North Hawaii's stunning views and engaging activities; return to your temporary retreat to grill fresh local foods; read a book or make friends with the Jackson chameleons in your private yard; watch satellite TV (or streaming services via our Apple TV); get in the hammock and gaze at the stars.

NOTE: the staircase depicted goes to an unfinished attic; all the living spaces are at ground level.

More Details

David T. Cole
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2017

About David T. Cole

We are David T. Cole and Tara Ariano. Since meeting in St. Catharines, Ontario, twenty years ago and marrying in 1997, we've lived in Toronto, Ontario; New York, NY; and Los Angeles, CA.

We bought this property in 2014, and we both live and work here in the main house. We are web entrepreneurs and two of the co-founders of the website Television Without Pity; since selling it, we've gone on to co-found the website Previously.TV and co-create its several related podcasts, all of which we produce right here at home, ably assisted by Gordon Lightfoot, our Great Dane/Pointer mix; and by Anne Murray, our Catahoula Leopard mix.

David T. Cole purchased this guest house in 2014

Why David T. Cole chose Hawaii

After having visited the Big Island half a dozen times on vacation, we bought this property -- dubbed Fort Awesome after an episode of "NewsRadio," one of our favorite TV shows -- in late 2014. We chose Waimea for its conveniences, its proximity to our favorite beaches, and its quiet. Our neighborhood immediately struck us as homey and friendly, and the kind of place that could be both a comfortable refuge and a serene setting to encourage our creativity.

What makes this guest house unique

We were charmed by the layout of the front yard: setting the houses far back along the edges of the property line makes for a luxurious front lawn, and provides views from both the main and the guest house of the tree swings and mature sheltering trees. We also liked the idea of buying a home with a separate guest house not just so we could host our own far-flung relatives, but also new visitors to the area: since we always loved our visits, we're thrilled at the prospect of helping others discover their favorite activities, meals, and experiences on the Big Island.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house on Kamuela on Hawaii County

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Three-piece bathroom (large stand-up shower); shelving; blow dryer; assorted toiletries available.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 2 closets (one with washer and dryer); dresser; built-in shelving; sliding doors open to private yard.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Hawaii Vacation With All The Comforts Of Home
average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews
Bucks County, PA/USA

"Fort Awesome" - the name says it all

  • 5 of 5

This property and its hosts provide everything needed to enjoy the parts of the Big Island that one does not have access to when staying in the tourist-only zones on the coasts.

The accommodations are roomy, neat, well-provisioned and furnished in an amusing and eclectic fashion. Everything is neatly labelled - no fumbling around for the correct light switch or poking around for extra towels. And the queen-sized bed was comfortable (the most important criteria for me during an activity-packed vacation). The hosts are friendly and helpful, and their canine companions are welcoming and adorable.

This property is convenient to the Mauna Kea summit and the WM Keck Observatory Headquarters, and the Imiloa Planetarium is a magnificent 75-minute drive along the northeastern coast, for those who are interested in astronomy. Fort Awesome/Downtime Abbey is also within a 5-10 minute drive of three great restaurants - the Hawaiian Style Cafe (for massive portions of diner-style breakfast food), the Big Island Brewhaus (for burgers, beer and other casual dining options), and the Red Water Cafe (for sushi and fine dining).

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Natick, MA

Great location and good living space

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Fort Awesome and loved the accessibility to the town of Waimea for restaurants, market, etc, and even better to do exploring. The Hamakua coast is a must see from the Hilo airport to Honoka'a where there's a small, but excellent Sunday farmers' market. On other days we drove up to Hawi as well as the Kohala Coast. The gorgeous Hapuna Beach was just barely a half hour's drive in the very early a.m. and the beach was empty! David and Tara provided the basics for cooking (olive oil, seasonings, etc.) as well as a coffee maker and all the large appliances. The washing machine and dryer in a large bedroom closet was very practical and convenient. Our last day, we spent some time talking with David since he and my husband have photocopy in common. The queen sized bed was quite comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great accomodation in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great appartment, with all the facilities you could want from a guest house. And in a great location for exploring the north end of the island.

The hosts were very friendly and welcoming.

The only minor downside was that it wasn't walking distance from downtown Waimea, but that wasn't a big drama.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Fort Awesome! Cozy, well equipped and friendly hosts, made this place a perfect pick. Located in Waimea, BTig Island, it's a great location to get to Waipo Valley (suggest Waipo Valley 4-Wheel Van Shuttle Tour) and convenient to get to Maui Lani Sea Adventure for a great snorkel tour. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, lovely place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Downtime Abbey was every bit as comfortable as advertised. The guest house is pretty and easy to settle into, with all the amenities you need for a good home base on vacation. The hosts have provided for everything, including recreation toys for enjoying the beaches like boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, beach chairs and more. The town of Waimea is a great central location for exploring the whole island as well as a neat place to stay on its own, with tons of restaurants, interesting shops and great scenery. Dave and Tara were friendly and welcoming, giving great suggestions on places to visit and answering all requests promptly. I would recommend this accommodation to anyone and hope to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly located, simple, quiet and comfortable tropical nest.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 29 nights at Ft. Awesome in May-June 2017. Never once did we need something that was not on hand. We were amazed that anyone could be that complete in considering what short term stay folks might need. We had plenty of space, peace, quiet and privacy. The pictures do not do justice in showing this simply decorated, comfy, home we experienced. We felt safe being inside the enclosed yard with an electronic gate. It was nice to be able to park near our front door, also. It was a perfect place for us. Being centrally located, we could drive almost anywhere on the island within an hour. The ocean and beaches and multiple fun sites are within 20 minutes. The town of Wiamea itself has many beautiful or unique sites to see and many restaurants, from McDonalds to those that serve seafood fresh from the ocean that morning. We also enjoyed the frequent farmers markets in Wiamea and nearby areas. Each community on the big island has its own ethic flavor and historical sites. We loved everywhere we went and were greatly blessed to come home each night to Ft. Awesome. If simple and comfortable are among your criteria for housing, you will be happy at Ft. Awesome, too.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hawaiian Style Cafe
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Waimea and its surrounding area features world-class beaches, horseback riding, fine dining, farmer's markets, and and so much more.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday guest house on Kamuela, USA

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £151.64
Cleaning Fee £75.82 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

CANCELLATION POLICY: If your reservation is cancelled prior to 90 days of your scheduled arrival, all monies will be re- turned less a $75.00 administrative fee. If your reservation is cancelled less than 90 days prior to arrival, and we are able to rebook any of your days we will credit you for the days booked less a $75.00 administrative fee. Cleaning and damage deposit will be returned in full.

OCCUPANCY AND HOUSE RULES: Please see occupancy agreement for full limitations and house rules.

Hawaii Tax ID Number: W24960769-01

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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