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Swim with the turtles, watch the whales. RELAX.

SuperhostHilo, Hawaii, United States
Entire condominium hosted by Kathleen
4 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
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Are you looking for relaxed, s-l-o-w vacation in old Hawaii?

Directly overlooking the ocean, a newly remodelled, bright condo in a heritage building, set amidst lush green foliage. Enjoy the large lanai with panoramic views. Safe swimming all year round, your choice of nearby beaches, close to everything that you'll need in Hilo. Lounge, relax, swim with the turtles, visit the outdoor market, cook, listen to the waves at night. Repeat. The perfect, stress-free vacation.

The space
NOTE: More photos coming; just finishing the last touches of the renovation!!

We vacationed in Hawaii for many years, usually with kids, usually renting off the beaten path, avoiding most of the commercial tourist trade. (Think Lilo ‘n Stich not luxury resort!) We never thought we would buy a condo—until we saw this one in spring 2019. It has everything we love about Hawaii—wonderful sun, fantastic oceanfront, on a quiet road dotted with beach parks, just 4 km from the centre of Hilo. And unlike most places on the Big Island, we enjoy safe swimming all year in sheltered bay, shielded by a lava ridge. Our kind of place but also close to outdoor markets for fruit & veggies, fish stores, restaurants, medical services, etc.. For us, the perfect stress-free, slow vacation.

Our home is a newly renovated, one-bedroom (700 ft) condo in a small, friendly, 70’s building with a retro vibe. It has been entirely remodelled, from the floor up, into an open plan space, with the bedroom separated from the living area by a sliding (solid wood) door for privacy. The main area consists of the kitchen (in which one can actually cook!), dining area (table for 6) and a living area. When the door to the bedroom is open, the living area gains another expansive ocean view. The décor suits the architecture. It has custom, light woodwork throughout, Scandinavian/MCM furniture and lots of art on the walls. This gives the apartment a light, uncluttered feel that still welcomes bare feet. Plus, the building as a whole, including the grounds and pool are very well-kept because most of the owners are Hilo residents. (You will be amazed how many people say hello!)

Some features of the apartment:

A lanai runs across the full length of the apartment, large enough for a dining table for 4, two loungers for morning coffee or evening sun-downers, plus a good quality Weber grill for that fresh fish from the dock!

The kitchen is designed for real cooking in a compact space. It is separated from the dining area by a large island, which holds the small appliances (toaster, excellent blender with food processor attachment, coffee maker and coffee grinder), top quality aluminum pots and pans, baking trays, cutting boards, a variety of (sharp) knives and other cooking utensils. It has a gas stove, over-stove microwave, family-sized refrigerator with ice-maker (YES!) and a dishwasher—everything you need for a nice dinner at home. There are dishes for 8 people, plenty of drinking glasses, wine glasses, etc.

The dining area consists of a teak table and six Emeco aluminum chairs. These look a bit odd but they are very comfortable, cool in a warm climate, and light to pick up and move around for extra seating elsewhere.

The living room floor-to-ceiling windows (with screens) for a beautiful ocean view. The couch is a modern 'smart' design which can be opened (the back flips up) into a double, x-long bed, great for one adult or two children (or maybe two thin adults who really like each other). I myself love this sofa for sleeping; the mattress is firm and bed feels as solid and stable as a ‘normal’ bed. There is also a flat-screen television with a good package of channels.

The bathroom is accessed via the bedroom (something to think about if you are planning a trip with more than 2 people). It has two areas. There is an outer area with sink, multiple cupboards, plus a full-sized washer and dryer. The inner room, through a sliding door, has a toilet and walk-in shower (no tub). The arrangement means you can still brush your teeth or shift the laundry into the dryer while some else is taking a shower.

Finally, the bedroom is a good size, easily fitting a queen bed, bed-side tables and lamps and an area of floor large enough for yoga or exercise. The bed linens are made of natural fibres (cotton and/or linen) and the pillows/duvets are hypo-allergenic. The mattress/frame are brand-new. There is wall of built-in cupboards for clothes and anything else you’ve brought along (you'll find two sets of snorkel gear on the bottom shelf). This room also has an 8 foot wide window (at waist height), for beautiful breezes all day.

Most days, the temperature is 75 degrees F or warmer; at night the temperature dips to about 70 degrees. Add 2 ceiling fans, plus the sea breeze and the apartment doesn't need either heating or air conditioning. (The apartment faces north.)

Guest access
All areas of the condo can be used by guests. There are some upper level cupboards (at the 7 ft mark, in the bedroom and bathroom) that we use for leaving some of our own clothes, appliances etc. We have not locked those cupboards but the goods in them are not be to be used by guests.

Other things to note
There is a 10 pm quiet curfew on the building; also no construction on Sundays for all of you handy folks (!).
Are you looking for relaxed, s-l-o-w vacation in old Hawaii?

Directly overlooking the ocean, a newly remodelled, bright condo in a heritage building, set amidst lush green foliage. Enjoy the large lanai with panoramic views. Safe swimming all year round, your choice of nearby beaches, close to everything that you'll need in Hilo. Lounge, relax, swim with the turtles, visit the outdoor market, cook,…
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1 queen bed

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Dedicated workspace
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Hilo, Hawaii, United States

Hilo is a laid back, funky historical town with a slow pace. It is the real Hawaii where the Hawaiian culture and language are once again thriving. Tourists arrive by cruise ship, walk the main street and shop, and leave a few hours later. The rest of the time, family picnics are the main form of entertainment, along with local music, hula (catch Merry Monarch Festival in April), ocean canoeing and serving up traditional foods (48 kinds of poke at the KTA supermarket but go before they run out at 5:00 pm!. This is the tropical side of the island, the green side, and well, "green means rain". But don't worry. On the average day this means waking up to sun, clouds and a downpour in the afternoon, then back to sun again. You've just got to wait a bit for the sun to come around—or if you are craving sun and sand, drive over Saddle Road to the north beaches.

We are situated on the western edge of town, on the beach road that connects 4 or 5 marine parks. You can swim directly in front of the apartment (with the turtles) or walk down the road to Carlsmith Beach (4 mile park) (with different turtles), a great picnic place. If you have small children, there is a special sheltered ocean pool for keiki at Onekahakaha Park, about a mile away—although you'll see children of every age and their parents playing in the reef pond in front of the apartment.

It is 4 miles to the centre of Hilo and the open air market but closer to the airport and the large supermarkets/Target/ Walmart/Home Depot etc. There is an urgent care centre about 5-7 minutes away (should you have sick child) . Nothing in Hilo is more than 15 minutes away, so everything is right there.
Hilo is a laid back, funky historical town with a slow pace. It is the real Hawaii where the Hawaiian culture and language are once again thriving. Tourists arrive by cruise ship, walk the main street and sh…

Hosted by Kathleen

Joined in May 2013
  • 21 Reviews
  • Superhost
I am from West Vancouver, B.C. I work at Simon Fraser University as a professor of philosophy and neuroscience but despite that, I am actually quite a nice person. I live with my husband and 2 more or less adult children and we all enjoy living on the west coast, with all it has to offer.
I am from West Vancouver, B.C. I work at Simon Fraser University as a professor of philosophy and neuroscience but despite that, I am actually quite a nice person. I live with my h…
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  • Abigail
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We will not be in Hawaii during your stay BUT we have a manager, Abigail, who will prepare the condo for your arrival and help you should any problems arise (she will have your phone number and you will have hers). She is just minutes away from the condo. Access is by digital lock.
We will not be in Hawaii during your stay BUT we have a manager, Abigail, who will prepare the condo for your arrival and help you should any problems arise (she will have your pho…
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