Sunny, Breezy Hamakua Coast Studio
- Family/child friendly
- Parking available
Papa’aloa is a sleepy little town along the beautiful Hamakua Coast, just 24 miles north of Hilo. We have a perfectly sunny climate with refreshing trade winds and just enough rain; usually between 68-78 degrees. You will be surrounded by a tropical garden on a quarter acre of land rich in banana trees, mangos, lychee, oranges and lemons. You can wander around the yard, lounge under the majestic lychee tree, enjoy the tropical fruit trees, the aroma of orange blossoms, and the orchestra of birds.
Your Studio is a separate building in front of the main house, 10 x 20’ with a fully equipped kitchenette, a queen-size bed, a small private bathroom and your own outdoor sitting area. Since it's a long (20') narrow (10') space, just pulling the curtain at the center gives you the option of having two separate rooms. Also you will have access to the main lanai with a grand sweeping view of the ocean . This space is ideal for one or two people.
There is WiFi as well as a TV with basic cable and a DVD/CD player and a collection of DVDs. There is a landline with free phone calls to Canada and the US. There is decent cell phone coverage if you have AT&T, but other cell phones tend to have intermittent reception. You will have access to the washing machine, dryer and clothesline.
You can start your mornings with free fruit such as papayas or mangos and bananas—as well as Kona coffee and tea (black and herbal). Personally, I like to cut a papaya in half, remove the seeds, slice in a banana and squeeze some lemon juice on top. Yum!
I will respect your privacy while offering warm hospitality. There's no need to interact unless we all want to. I'm usually available when guests have questions or concerns or want to talk story. I've lived on the island for 17 years and I know my way around.
I am about 10 miles from KoleKole Beach State Park, Akaka Falls and the world famous Arboretum. The house is in a friendly Filipino neighborhood, high on the hill above the ocean. This is an excellent central location, just 15 minutes from dramatic Laupahoehoe Point where you can watch the ocean waves crashing against the rocks. It’s a half hour drive south to Hilo along the coast, past the lush valleys and waterfalls. There are lots of fun restaurants and places to shop in Hilo, with much less vog (smog from the volcano) than in Kona. Past Hilo you can swim at Richardson Beach, among the lava rocks. Or you can drive north a half hour to historic Honokaa with its restored old-fashioned movie theatre, and a little further North to the lush Waipeo Valley. Or turn west from Honokaa and another half hour will take you to the town of Waimea with a brewery and more restaurants and galleries. Or go up Saddle Road to the world class observatory on Mauna Kea (bring a set of warm clothes for that trip!).
It’s usually quiet and peaceful here, with plenty of local color with the occasional roosters and sheep and coqui frogs. In the late afternoons, the children enjoy playing in the street. On occasion, the neighbors’ hunting dogs get excited, especially when the wild boar wander down from the hills. I provide earplugs and a white noise machine.
House rulesThis is a smoke-free zone. (If you must smoke, please take a walk away from the house.)
In nearby Laupahoehoe is an Olympic-size free swimming pool, tennis courts, library, gas station, post office and convenience store. The Papaaloa Country Store is just 3 blocks away (at the bottom of Papaaloa Ave), and they also have a restaurant. Hours are 6-6, M-Sa. Other shopping can be done in Hilo or Honokaa, both of which are 1/2 hour from here.
If you are traveling with others, there is also a guest room with a Queen bed inside the main house. It has a view of the ocean and I rent it out occasionally, for the same price. Inquire about availability.
By the way, I am a Vibrational Healer and the author of 16 books on holistic healing. You can find me, Joy Gardner, on the Web if you want to learn more about the other healing services that I offer.
|Weekly rate for up to 2 guests||$ 284 US|
|Monthly rate for up to 2 guests||$ 1263 US|
|Price for > 2 guests||$ 5 US per guest/night extra|
|Check-in after||2 PM|
|Check-in before||On arrangement|
|Check-out before||11 AM|
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