Description of the Hilo vacation home rental
Decorated island style with rattan furnishings and overhead ceiling fans in all the rooms, the home stays very comfortable all year! Sometimes you might even need a sweatshirt in the winter months! This home is centrally located and it is just a short drive to Volcano National Park, the Kapoho tide pools, and Hilo International Airport. The location is superb for the traveler wanting to set up base for the ultimate Big Island adventure. The oceanfront lanai is the place you will probably want to hang out after your day trips!
The kitchen is fully equipped with all your dining needs, all linens are provided, along with soap, and laundry detergent (you won't have time for that though!) There is also an outdoor shower to rinse off after surfing, swimming, snorkeling, or hiking the volcano. We provide a cooler for your day outings too!
The one bedroom Sunrise Cottage also located on the Alohahouse property can be rented along with the Alohahouse if it is available. This cottage can sleep a maximum of 3 guests in one double bed and one twin bed. It is currently long term rented, so only the oceanfront 'Dolphin Bay' home is available which can sleep a maximum of 6 guests.
The Alohahouse is located in a quiet, coastal community, Hawaiian Paradise Park, on one of the loveliest bays in East Hawaii where you can walk for miles and see nothing but pristine coastline and lush forests. Here you will experience breathtaking sunrises, cascading rainbows, beautiful lava formations, dolphin and whale watching, all from the comfort of your Alohahouse. The closest towns are Keaau and Pahoa for groceries, gas, and restaurants. The Alohahouse will become your island home away from home for your Big Island traveling experience because there is nothing better than coming back to your oceanfront home after spending a day of exploring - whether it be hiking Volcano National Park, snorkeling at the Kapoho tide pools, surfing at Pohoiki, soaking at the Ahalanui Hot Pond, or visiting wonderful Hilo town! And don't forget the fabulous farmers markets at Makuu on Sunday, and in Hilo on Wednesday and Saturday.
I have many repeat guests - they come back mostly because they say they have looked around and there is nowhere else they would rather be. According to my guests, the home is comfortable and a great value for oceanfront Hawaii. The price is hard to beat for what you get!! It is a place for relaxation and rejuvenation! This is the Hawaii of old where you will not find tourist resorts, high rises, commercialism, or noise. Just the sounds of nature, the waves, the whales (in season), the birds, and the cooling trade winds whispering through the coconut palms and ironwood trees. Experience oceanfront Hawaii - you will be glad you did!
Kehena Beach '' At this dramatic, clothing optional, black sand beach you won ''t see any Japanese tour buses, but you may see explicit body parts. If you ''re cool with that, then it ''s worth the trip. It ''s right off 137 just before the Kulani Honua Resort, you will see a small parking area on the ocean side of the road and a few cars. There is no sign marking the path down the bluff and no stairs, but it ''s not a difficult walk down. Be aware the surf can be deceptively rough and waves crashing on the shore can be dangerous. Just be cautious and watch the other swimmers. Dolphins are frequently spotted playing in the beautiful blue water and the coconut palms and tropical setting is quite lovely. Recommended for the adventurous.
Pualaa (also called Ahalanui) Warm Pools Beach Park '' This county park is the best natural swimming spot in the area. This very large pool is situated right next to the ocean where the salt water gushes in at one end and the warm mineral waters at the other end. It ''s a big warm pond on the ocean! The natural setting is gorgeous with coconut palms, picnic tables, showers and porta-toilets. Again this is on 137 and is well marked. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Pohoiki Surf Break '' Considered by many to be the best surf spot in lower Puna! Not really any sandy beach but it ''s an easy entry into the water and ''Bowls '' is an incredible tube ride. Just up from Pualaa Warm Pools Beach Park. Stay on red road (137) and you can ''t miss it. There is also a boat launch and an amazing bay which has great waves too.
Kapoho Tide Pools & Champagne Pond - Heading south on 137 leads past Kapoho-Kai Road. This road goes to one of the most unusual locations on the Big Island. Dozens and dozens of spring-fed, brackish pools and tide-pools, some volcanically heated, are strewn thoughout the area known as Kapoho Tidepools. Champagne Pond is located in the gated community of Kapoho Beach lots, but you can park and walk inside.
You will find a calm, protected ocean inlet filled with crystal clear water. A scattering of fish and many sea turtles (I have seen 9 at one time) await. The ocean water is also geothermally heated (about 90 degrees on top) and changes with the tide.
Volcano Area '' Volcano National Park '' This is a must and has something for everyone. The Thurston Lava Tube is a big cave created by the lava flow. The caldera and rim of the volcano is spectacular. Drive down chain of craters road to the end and hike to the lava flow. Be sure to take good walking shoes, water, and if you go at night a flashlight.
Kileaua Caverns Tour '' tours of caves made from lava flows! Amazing!
Hilo Area - Richardson ''s State Beach Park '' A nicely protected black sand beach that ''s good for swimming and snorkeling. Lovely setting with large trees, ponds, picnic tables and showers. Safe for children. Located on the south end of Hilo Bay.
Akaka Falls '' A stunning botanical garden with one of the largest waterfalls on the island. Take a picnic and spend some time nature watching. About 15 minutes north of Hilo on the main highway.
Rainbow Falls '' Just minutes above Hilo '' an awesome double waterfall
Helicopter tours from Hilo airport '' great experience especially on a clear day!
West side of the island
Hapuna Beach '' voted the best white sand beach on the Big Island. Good swimming, boogie boarding, and body surfing, as well as snorkeling.
Captain Cook ''s Bay & Monument '' in south Kona in Kealakakua in one of the most scenic bays you will ever see. A small black sand beach, but the water is like an aquarium with many varieties of tropical fish.
Waipio Valley '' on the Hamakua Coast this valley has a staggering look out that will make you a believer. This was the site of the last battle of King Kamahamaha ''s unification of the island. Legend has it that sometimes the spirits of dead warriors appear on the valley wall. Horseback riding tours are available!
Waimea '' charming town on the North Coast that reminds one of the Pacific Northwest. The Hawaiian cowboys, the paniolos, who inhabit the area have horse shoes and rodeos. The Parker Ranch, the largest in the USA, takes up much of the surrounding area.
Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Some things that I enjoy that are free:
1) Hike along the oceanfront bluff (you can go either direction for quite a long ways)
2) Drive to Kapoho to the Wai'Opae Marine Sanctuary for some great snorkeling
3) Visit Hilo on Wed or Sat mornings to go to the farmer's market. It is wonderful!
4) Visit the Makuu Farmer's Market on Sundays - local food, music, crafts, etc.
5) Swim in the Pahoa Olympic Size Pool - open daily from 8:30-5 and weekends 9-4 and it's free!!
6) Visit the Pana'Ewa Rain Forest Zoo just south of Hilo.
7) Go for a swim/soak at the Ahalanui Hot Pondon the Red Road
8) Hike to the new black sand beach in Kalapana where the road ends (and have an ice cream)
Some things that I enjoy that are not free
1) Go to Volcano National Park
2) Visit the Botanical Gardens north of Hilo
3) Have lunch or dinner at Cafe Pesto
4) My very favorite restaurant is Kaleo's in Pahoa. "Ono" food, and live entertainment on Thursdays and Sunday evenings. Best to make reservations. A little pricey.
5) Stop for take out fish & chips at the fish market in Pahoa at the Malama Market Shopping Center and bring it back to the house to eat and watch the ocean.
6) I love Lemongrass in Keaau for a plate lunch to take back to the house too!
7) The Thai food restaurants in Pahoa are very good if you like Thai
8) Luquin's for Mexican food and a margarita (Pahoa)
9) Paolo's is excellent Italian food (Pahoa)
10) The Hilo Bay Cafe in the Walmart Shopping Center is very good and healthy
11) Fairly new restaurant in Hilo called "the Ponds" I have heard is good. My son ate there and liked the fish & chips and the nice views.
|Aug 07 2011||Dec 31 2013||$150||$150||$995||$3,400||3 Nights|
|Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 13.42%|
|Tax I.D.: W51759221-01|
|Deposits: We require 50% of the total at the time of the reservation and the balance is due 4 weeks prior to arrival. We require a $300 refundable security deposit for the house and $200 refundable security deposit for the cottage.|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check|
|Other Fees: $150/night is the rate for 1-2 guests,add $15/night each extra guest, maximum 7 guests in Dolphin Bay Home. 7 person maximum in the Dolphin Bay Home, $100- $130 cleaning fee dependent on number of guests, refundable $300 security deposit|
- 1 King Bed
- 1 Queen Bed
- 1 Double Bed
- 1 Twin Bed
- Beach Chairs
- Outdoor Shower
- View (Ocean)
- Beach Towels
- Linens Provided
- Parking Included
- Full Kitchen
- Alarm Clock
- Coffee Maker
- TV (Cable/Satellite)
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Hair Dryer
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Ceiling Fan
- Charcoal Grill
- Scuba Diving
- Shopping Area
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Whale Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Grocery Store
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Golf, Tennis, Zoo/Wildlife Park, Shopping, Sightseeing, Restaurants, Rafting, Kayaking, Sailing, Boating, Waterskiing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Surfing, Windsurfing, Biking, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Fishing, Rock Climbing, Spelunking, Basketball Court, Cinemas/Movie Theaters, Live Theatre, Museums, Horseback Riding.
whale watching, star-gazing.
Owner Supplied Testimonials
06/07/07 Positive We loved this property! The ocean waves lulled up to sleep each evening and we awoke to a spectacular sunrise each morning. The place has a secluded, quiet feeling.
Jonathan and Mary DuBose
05/01/07 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
I can't tell you how much we enjoyed your wonderful house...it was so hard to leave and explore the island...I have to say that where ever we looked we didn't find a house we would rather be at! I want to thank you for talking me into the house instead of the cottage...which was so cute too...but the house fitted our needs so well. I thought of that often during the week..it would have been torture to NOT be in the house..I would come back in a minute!!! And I will highly recommend it to everyone I know!!
Thank you again ,Susanne
Conway, New Hampshire
03/17/07 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Thank you Pat!
We loved our stay and the houses. Saw whales most days from the porch, Just a great time. Thanks again!
01/21/07 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at "Dolphin Bay Home and Sunrise Cottage." Beautiful sunrises with rainbows just like the picture on the website! A fantastic setting -- couldn't have been (safely) any closer to the water; we did get the treat of seeing whales breaching out in the bay! It was also wonderful to explore the Puna area -- a part of the island we hadn't seen before -- yet also not be far from Volcano's Park or Hilo. We hope to be back! Sincerely, Ginny Pitts
01/09/07 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Thank you for allowing us the use of your home. We had a wonderful time. I have never experienced a sensation like hearing and seeing the Ocean crash on the cliffs. I have pictures I will send to you and that we will share with friends who plan on visiting the Big Island.
12/28/06 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
We had an amazing stay on the island. Thanks so much! The house is great! Take care. Happy New Year!
09/16/06 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Thank you for being so prompt in mailing the $90
security deposit to my NY address. And and a big
Mahalo for renting the dolphin house to us!! We
enjoyed our stay there immensely. The entire house
was so spacious and fit 4 adults very comfortably. We
absolutely loved the view from the house and just
loved being at the ocean's edge! We even caught a
beautiful sunrise one day. Thank you again for
sharing your lovely property with us!
08/21/06 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
We had a wonderful stay in your home, and thank you
very much! The view was beautiful, the geckos were
very cute, and I got particularly excited over a
little pineapple that is growing in your front lawn.
We were very happy to have "found" this little gem
online and that everything worked out the way it
08/09/06 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
I had a great time. Maholo. I meet some wonderful people from New Mexico down the shore line on one of my morning strolls. The Big Island was a location we were looking at to buy a home on in the near future. So the trip was just perfect to explore. The volcano is a very long hike, we needed two attempts to reach the end of the of the rope (WOW!!). I thank you very much and will not hesitate to recommend you in the future.
02/26/06 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Yes, we had a wonderful time again, very relaxing. The house was great. We love the views. Judy will be inquiring about next year when we figure it out. . We'll will be talking to you soon.
01/27/06 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
What a spectacular setting! We had a wonderful time and spent hours watching the waves pounding the rocks. There was a true monsoon rain one day and two fairly dry days, each wonderful in its own way. My favorite memory: eating heavenly 4/$1 papayas while sitting on lava rock cliffs and being sprayed by the waves.
By the way, we own vacation properties in the Borrego Springs and in Taos/Angel Fire, NM, in case you have a hankering for the desert.
Mahalo. We had a wonderful time.