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Elegant 1937 Home Steps Away from Black Sand Beaches

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Hale Keaukaha is a majestic and elegant 1937 home perfectly situated across from Hilo’s Richardson’s Beach Park, a wonderful small black sand beach ideal for snorkeling, surfing, swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Minutes from downtown Hilo, and the airport, the location is convenient and picturesque. Your stay at Hale Keaukaha will be an authentic and luxurious Hawaiian experience.

Perfect for couples - ask if REDUCED RATE for two people is available during spring and fall seasons.

About Hale Keaukaha

A one-of-a-kind kamaaina home in Hilo. Styled for Hawaii, with a roof design of Hawaiian architecture called a Dickey roof that has a Polynesian style inspired by Kamehameha V's beach house in Waikiki. The floors in the main house are ohia wood, unique to Hawaii.

In the neighborhood called Keaukaha, about which songs are written and hula performed. The coastline is a string of beach parks, some with black sand and many with water access. This is a local playground. The water near the shore is clear with excellent snorkeling. Sea turtles come in to rest on the rocks across the street from the house.

The front bedroom looks down the driveway at the ocean, as does the shower in the attached bath. The luxurious queen bedroom is spacious with fine linens, robes and a ceiling fan.

The master bedroom is quite large. In the back of the house looking at the lava rock seating in the back yard. The elegant king bed has fine linens and the room has a ceiling fan and walk in closet. The attached bath has been kept in the charming 1930's style with updated fixtures and amenities.

The bedroom linens are often organic, or Italian poplin sheets.

The kitchen is fully stocked with espresso/coffee maker, rice cooker, microwave, toaster oven, waffle maker, blender, good knives, wine glasses, and all kitchen utensils.

The house water is all filtered, with the kitchen having an additional filter.

Weber bbq grill is outside the kitchen.

The house has a separate ohana (attached loft apartment) complete with a bedroom, half-kitchen, walk in shower and bathroom, living and dining area with the loft bedroom. (Note that this is not suitable for children.) The kitchen cabinets are koa wood, a prized Hawaii wood. The loft bedroom is paneled in lauhala, a local weave from the hala tree. The ohana has a kitchen with good espresso maker, microwave, toaster oven, blender. The ohana living room faces the green back yard and tree ferns and has a private entrance.The comfortable queen bed is in the spacious loft with skylight.

Both the ohana and the main house have 50" smart televisions, DVD players, wireless internet access. The main house has a telephone with free mainland calling.

The home features local art from Avi Kiriaty, Peggy Hopper, Roger Whitlock, Jack Lord, and other local artists.

20' ceiling in main room. Dining table, comfortable seating in living room to relax or to look out at the water; second lounging area in family room with tv, breakfast table.

Cleaning supplies are, wherever possible, organic, green, and scent free.

Hilo does have coqui frogs that chirp in the evening and an occasional rooster. We provide ear plugs for light sleepers.

House Rules

Hale Keaukaha is situated along a residential street with neighbors. We appreciate your cooperation to keep noise to a respectful level.

No smoking on property.

No parties at all, including dinner parties or off-property guests for bbqs or other casual get-togethers, or any guests not listed on the rental agreement without the prior consent of the property owners and manager.

No pets allowed.

Please let us know right away if anything gets damaged or needs fixing.

The home is appointed with books, decor and amenities to use during your stay. Please do not remove anything from the home and care for the things as your own.

Cancellations within two weeks of making the reservation that are more than 30 days before the arrival date will be charged 10%. Cancellations made more than two weeks after the booking that are more than 30 days before the arrival date will be charged 20%. Cancellations within 30 days of the arrival date will be charged 50%, and cancellations between 1 - 7 days before the arrival date will be charged 60%.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we truly hope you enjoy your stay.

Hawaii Tax ID No. W01445814-01

More Details

Property Manager
Maiva Blaisdell
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you, mahalo nui loa, for sharing your hale with us. The location, its peacefulness, the thoughtfulness of the design of the house is unparalleled. Thank you for your thoughtful gift. I hope we are able to come back soon.

PS- Pineapples is amazing! Thank you for the recommendation. Also...Ken's Pancake House. A

Aloha & Mahalo!
Jan 2017
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Hilo, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest bathroom - toilet , shower
    Ohana bahtroom - toilet , shower
  • The master bathroom has two entry doors, one from the hallway and one from the bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen
    Ohana room - 1 queen , Loft bedroom in ohana accessed by stairway
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Perfect for couples also. Outdoor table and lounge chairs can be brought out to front lawn.


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Elegant 1937 Home Steps Away from Black Sand Beaches
average rating of 4.84375 based on 41 reviews
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Fantastic plantation home

  • 4 of 5

This secluded neat home is nestled in a tropical forest right across the road from the beach which is visible from the front of the home. Their are two living spaces with exceptional kitchens which worked great for our family of five. We saw sea turtles every day about 10 steps from the driveway; Richardson park is a locals swimming hole which was fun to witness. As with most homes in the area, there is no air conditioning which was a change from our usual 70 degree sleeping pattern but there are plenty of fans in this well stocked bungalow. We took a helicopter ride from the airport which is just minutes away flying over an erupting Kilauea; a top ten experience for our family!

  • Submitted: 9-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful historic Hawaiian home

  • 5 of 5

We simply loved our stay here. The house is beautiful and comfortable. Walk across the street to beach and lagoons. Beautiful backyard and porch to enjoy the tropical landscape in the back of the house. Clean and spacious.

When we arrived, the house was warm, but after opening it up and letting the trade winds do their thing, we were never hot or uncomfortable at any time.

Very short drive to Hilo for anything we needed. Saw whales in Hilo bay, green turtle at lagoon across the street, 45 min drive to Volcanos National Park.

Finally, we just loved the sound of the frogs in the evening. Nature at its best.

We would rent again easily.

  • Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place, wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

I am a fan of old houses and this is a beautiful one. It is also nicely appointed. The area seems to be unique to Hawaii in that while you are swimming in alternating cold and warm ocean water with turtles and tropical fish, you are viewing the snow covered mountain and the wild coastline. Hilo itself also is unique and if you like a slow pace and a real old time feel, you will like Hilo. Highly recommend Hilo and this house.

  • Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful property near beach with turtles

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful 1930's home, updated with modern amenities. The Park across the beach was spectacular, with a short scramble to ocean fed pools where sea turtles hang out.

  • Submitted: 9-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This House and Location couldn't be more Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This home was absolutely beautiful, the decor was elegant and upscale, the kitchen was equipped with everything you could possibly need and the bedrooms were very cozy, with a beautifully landscaped large front yard and back yard it was perfect for BBQing or enjoying your morning coffee outside. The location was perfect, close to the airport, Hilo Farmer's Market, great restaurants, Hilo Town, etc, but you still felt like you were in the country. The Beach across the street is to die for, with crystal clear water for snorkeling and viewing the sea turtles sunning on the lava, you can't beat it. I highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely older home that exudes the flavor of old Hawaii. While completely modernized, the location, view, and neighborhood is simply wonderful. We would love to spend more days here. We will rent again the next time we are in Hilo. Great for families. The home has whatever you could possibly need. Simply charming!

  • Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Naniloa Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Seaside Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Richardson's Beach Park
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Hilo, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Jul 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
July - August 2018
Jul 11 2018 - Aug 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
Sep 4 2018 - Nov 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2018
Dec 1 2018 - Jan 31 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$297.09 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$660.2

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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