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Private, Romantic Cottage On An Estate Property In The Hamakua District

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

One bedroom, one bath, galley kitchen, sleeps 2

Rejoice in Nature, relax your mind and rejuvenate your soul at this secluded private cottage on a park-like estate at the 2400 foot level of Mauna Kea in Hamakua. Thoughtful and artistic decoration add to the pastoral feel of this solar powered two story dwelling with carport and covered lanai. A galley kitchen with cook top and refrigeration will allow on site meal preparation. The wood burning stove provides warmth on cool evenings and the queen bed upstairs and foldout full size futon sofa downstairs encourage peaceful rest. Wireless high speed internet access allows you to connect with your mobile devices to entertainment and communication options. The Hamakua district offers easy access to the beaches of the Kohala coast, a glimpse into plantation era life in Honoka'a town and Laupahoehoe, hiking and exploration in Waipio valley, shopping and cinema in Hilo and enjoyment of the open vistas not available to many in the Hawaiian islands.

We, as your hosts, are willing to share our knowledge of photo-voltaic power (all structures on the property are off-grid) and provide you with tours of our working art studio (raku ceramics and jewelry are produced here and marketed in several galleries in the state) gardens and monumental lily pond. As decades-long residents of the Big Island, we are happy to share our love of this land and its people and provide guidance for touring.

More Details

Randal Sutton
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 July, 2018

About Randal Sutton

We hail from the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, have called Hawaii home for 34 years and chose this area of the Big Island for its peaceful natural beauty. Residing on the same property, but out of sight of the vacation cottage allows us to provide privacy yet permits immediate response to any questions or problems that may arise from visitors. Having a long experience with hosting friends and family prompted us to offer our home to those who desire a more personal look at life in Hawaii than a hotel could provide.

Randal Sutton purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Randal Sutton chose Paauilo

Paauilo mauka drew our interest and ignited our passion for its cool upcountry climate, vistas of Mauna Kea and rolling pastureland. A 'green' mentality and sensitivity to Nature is fostered by this off-the-grid area.

What makes this cottage unique

Since we are working artists and avid gardeners, we enjoy sharing our knowledge of the land and our enthusiasm for raku-fired ceramics. The art studio which is housed in a former horse barn on the property is a space to which we welcome visitors.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on the Paauilo on the Hamakua

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • terrycloth robes and slippers provided
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    living area - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Luxurious queen bed upstairs, full futon sofa in living area
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
At the cottage, you will find beach chairs, beach towels, snorkel gear, boogie boards and sunscreen for excursions to the beach. For exploration of the neighborhood and beyond, we provide two bikes . A current guidebook to the Big Island will detail the varied attractions available during your stay. Since we believe some luxuries are a necessity, L'Occitane soap and shampoo is provided in the bath. We have established high speed wireless internet connection which allows use of your laptop, iPad, smart phone, etc. Please inquire for the password to gain access once you arrive. Your cellular connection will depend upon your wireless provider. AT&T seems to have consistently reliable service at the property.


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Private, Romantic Cottage On An Estate Property In The Hamakua District
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Dog friendly cozy cottage has everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Randal's cottage was perfect for a couple. It's well appointed and has a lot of nice touches like a wood burning stove (which we used every night), a nice private garden, and comfy bed. We were welcomed with fresh flowers throughout, a bottle of wine, and he also provides good coffee, a grinder and French press. There's bikes to use, books and games. No TV is a bonus! Highly recommend! Mahalo from Oahu locals!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed meeting you and am pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for appreciating what we have created and for being such low impact guests. I look forward to seeing you again!
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Excellent cottage

  • 5 of 5

Pictures do not do it justice! Comfortable, quiet. Very thoughtful owners who filled lovely vases with fresh flowers, coffee press for morning coffees, calphalon cookwares, l'occitane shampoo and soap and a refrigerator and cupboard filled with necessaries such as ketchup, salt and pepper, butters, etc. Lovely, relaxing peaceful. Will definitely repeat when we return to the Big Island. Mahalo nui, ahui hou.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil spa-like atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful peaceful stay here. Randal was a great host.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cottage, nicely appointed

  • 3 of 5

Starting with the positives, the cottage was nicely appointed and very clean. The bed was very comfortable and we slept very well there. The host provided coffee which was quite good and the cooking facilities were more than adequate. The property was also very pretty although we really didn't get a chance to enjoy it much as the weather was poor. On the negative side, the place was very difficult to find at night. When we arrived, it was after dark and raining and we had difficulty finding it in those conditions as there were no lights. Further, as we got no cell phone reception there, we had to drive back to the main highway to call the owner to ensure we were in the right place. Also, due to previous storms, there was no internet service in the cottage. The owner offered to have us use the internet connection at the main house but this was not very convenient for us. We didn't really expect to be quite so "off the grid". Still, this was a very pleasant little cottage and an ideal spot for someone looking to really get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, the issues raised were indeed valid and correctly reported. I can understand that being off the grid is new to many but hope guests are aware of this in the property description. Detailed directions to the property are provided in advance and if aware of guests' arrival time, I will encourage a pre-twilight arrival for checkin. Lights in the cottage are illuminated for arrivals after dark, but dependence on emailed directions (rather than GPS) should allow a smooth arrival. Mother Nature at this time of year (our normal rainy season) is always a wild card and recent electrical storms were evidence of this. Even being off the grid isn't an assurance of self-sufficiency since our landline/ DSL service is in the hands of an often-overwhelmed Hawaiian Telcom. As much as we bemoan an occasional interruption of our water and telephone/ internet service, we are appreciative of the beautiful, quiet neighborhood in which we reside and hope visitors will be, as well.
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The perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our experience of staying in Randall’s artistic and secluded cottage - it was just what we were looking for. The attention to every small detail was amazing — from the kindling and wood ready for a fire, to the comfortable bed, to the wonderful shampoos, to the fragrant cut flowers in vases. The quiet country/jungle setting is so beautiful, and Randy showed us great hospitality. The whole experience was a highlight of our Big Island trip, and we look forward to a longer stay next time!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A garden paradise!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect spot to center our exploration of the island. It is perfect to have breakfast at home, prepare a lunch for the day, and even fix a dinner. The birds, the geckos, and the coqui frogs add to the beauty. Randy and Zeke are the perfect hosts and make sure that every need is met.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Hwy. 19
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Car: necessary

The Hamakua district is an historically agricultural and ranching area with plantation era towns, Buddhist temples, gift shops, cinema and vistas of the Pacific ocean and Mauna Kea, topped with observatories. Waipio Valley, with its spectacular overlook, black sand beach and taro ponds is a 13 mile drive away. Access to the valley is either on foot or via 4 WD vehicle (tour vans are available). Hiking beyond the valley along the coastline is challenging but visually rewarding. The Hawaiian Vanilla Company is 1 mile hike or drive away, can provide ecotours and has a gift shop. Waimea (Kamuela) is 20 miles away, nestled against the Kohala mountains and is the headquarters of Parker Ranch. The beaches of Kohala (Spencer beach, Hapuna beach and the resorts of Mauna Kea and Hapuna) are 32 miles by car. Laupahoehoe point, 20 miles by car, is a spectacular setting for a picnic at sea level and the former site of Laupahoehoe school where many lives were lost in the tsunami of 1946.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage on the Paauilo, Big Island Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £51 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning £68.02 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £226.74

A one time 90.00 cleaning fee will be added per stay.
Nightly rate is for double occupancy. Additional occupants incur an
additional fee of 60.00 per night per additional occupant.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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