Hale Kahoa Annex

Rates: $240 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Bed types: KQ (sleeps 4)
Reviews: 5.00 (from 67 reviews)
The spacious unit is an oceanfront one-bedroom flat facing Hilo Bay. Over 900 sq.ft, it's a vacation home at which one can sit and watch the sky change colors from sunrise to dusk. Waves crash all day; coqui frogs sing every night.

A 3-minute walk takes you to watch surfers at Honoli'i Beach or to jump in the adjoining river for a refreshing swim. Explore the Big Island from the convenience of Hilo, or treat your stay like a resort vacation with the swimming pool just steps from your door.

With a private entrance and no shared walls, the flat is self-contained with an open concept floor plan of a kitchen, ample dining area and living room. The bedroom is roomy, and the bathroom is recently remodeled.

Bedroom: king-sized bed, blackout curtains, desk, full closet and remote controlled-fan/ceiling light.

Kitchen: Full-sized appliances, microwave and toaster oven, garbage disposal. Amenities and supplies cover basic needs, and we can also help with special requests if you can give us advance notice.

Living room: Palliser queen-sized mattress sofabed (very comfortable) that sleeps two, 55-inch TV with digital channels (Spectrum) and internet connection to let you sign-in to your streaming services.

Dining area: Comfortably seats 4, as well as a breakfast counter in kitchen, and remote-controlled fan/light.

Lanai (porch): seats that look to the pool or ocean.

Pool: remodeled in October 2021, has a bahama (seating in shallow water) area and plenty of poolside lounging areas. Guests are given priority and exclusive use of pool (not shared while guests present).

Yard: very expansive grassy yard with unblocked ocean views. Guests are given priority and exclusive use of pool (not shared while guests present).

The upstairs of the building is owner-occupied. You might hear footsteps above during the day, but the layout of the upstairs and downstairs separates sleeping areas to opposite ends of the building and will ensure quiet sleep. Our property is large enough so we may not even meet; but we are readily available for any needs and warmly invite any conversations about our island or anything else you might want to know.

We provide linen (including beach towels), basic bathroom amenities, and can provide a pack-n-play, high chair or bbq grill upon request. Parking is available in our gated driveway that we share with our guests. We do recommend a local car rental company if you plan to explore the Big Island (they aren't kidding when they say big).

We encourage guests to research and expect that we live on the ocean in a tropical climate--Hilo is the more humid side of Big Island, which we love for the soft air, but can mean more rainfall. Birds, geckos and insects are common and will occasionally sneak close to the house. Though they are harmless, we take great pains to keep our house pest-free and pride ourselves on keeping a clean home. Coqui frogs are now a characteristic of HIlo, they are never seen but gently sing every night for a few hours starting at dusk. Expect to fall asleep to the sound of waves every night... and every day is a chance to watch the sun start a new day if you want to wake up that early! Registration Number: GE-071-399-2704-01, 260250040000, TA-071-399-2704-01

Hale Kahoa Annex Reviews

David S.
December 2023
Wonderful hosts! Beautiful sunrises! Restful sleep to the symphony of the frogs! Just what we were looking for!

Elaine C.
November 2023
Overall the stay was excellent - the view was beautiful, the owner provided essentials for kitchen, some snacks and equipment for the beach. All a nice touch. The furniture was was in good condition and comfortable. Though I did inform the owner about some lights that were burned out and outlets not working. I would also suggest the plants on the right side of car parking spot and hedges leading down to the condo be trimmed back to allow easier access

David T.
October 2023
We were very pleased and happy with this wonderful house. The view was fantastic and the house was very spacious, bright and cheerful. It was also very, very clean. It was so nice to have breakfast every morning while watching the sun rise from the dining area. The pool was also a nice treat to have, very private and clean. One night we took a swim and the sky was so clear we could see the Milky Way! We would definitely stay here again.

Jack G.
October 2023
We started our visit to the Big Island with 3 nights at Hale Kahoa Annex. It was clean and comfortable. The swimming pool is not well suited to lap swimming or water aerobics, but we made do. The large shallow section (3 feet deep) has an abrupt transition to the deep end (at least 6 feet deep). We never had in person contact with the host but everything went fine. The weather was dry during our stay so we had no issues with the steep walkway to the lower unit. It would be nice if a railing was installed to increase confidence when wet.

Joey B.
September 2023
What an absolutely beautiful spot. Ocean views are expansive, pool is lovely, property is beautiful. When we pulled up, my daughter hadn't seen pictures and said "ooh, this house is gorgeous"... Hadn't heard her say gorgeous before this. Beach is walkable and all the amenities you need are in the house. Very thoughtful hosts. We stayed on the couch bed and my daughter slept in the room... so we could hear the waves crashing and wake up to the ocean. Great spot, will stay here again if we get the chance.

Pamela H.
August 2023
This property is VERY large and comfortable. Pictures on listing are accurate. I was worried about not having AC as we stayed in August. It wasn't an issue. The frogs are loud. I used ear plugs the first night but got used to the little froggies quickly. The private pool was great. I figured the pool would be too cold to swim in as it rains most nights, but it was quite comfortable. I would guess the pool water was around 85F. There is a small black sand beach right down the street with lots of surfers. Take some water shoes as the black sand is not soft. The property is very close to Hilo and about 45 minutes to Volcano National Park. We didn't speak to the owners, just waived to them as we walked by their windows. We did hear them walking around some during the day, but no noise at night. The walkway down to the unit is very steep. This would not be appropriate for anyone with even slight mobility issues. Overall, we had a great stay and would definitely recommend this unit.

August 2023
Beautiful spot right on the water, very close to town. Awesome property and kind hostess.

Aleicia M.
July 2023
Everything was perfect. We had everything we needed and more! We loved the Hilo side of town.

Rae N.
July 2023
This was the perfect spot in Hilo for myself and two daughters (age 10 and age 13) to stay while exploring the more "local" side of the island. I loved the view and ocean sounds, the kids loved the pool. The singing frogs at night do take some getting used to (for city dwellers!) but add to the charm. This is a very special and secluded-feeling retreat, but close to all the great things Hilo has to offer! Ken's Pancakes and Cafe Pesto were favorite eats, and we enjoyed an adventure in Kaumana Caves too.

Kenny B.
June 2023
This place is fantastic and totally exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much!

Michele B.
May 2023
Perfect in every way! Beautiful view with black sand beach just a short walk away. House has everything necessary with extra special details to make your stay more comfortable. Central location in Hilo is convenient when exploring various sites on east side such as beaches, waterfalls and volcanoes. We would definitely stay at this home again.

Sarah M.
April 2023
Superb apartment with very cool vibe stunning cliff top sunrise views and swimming pool. Every detail so nicely done. Very easy to find and so close to town. Will definitely return for longer next time.

Sarah S.
April 2023
This is a lovely spot if you want a part of nature and a very short drive to Hilo or other locations on the east side of Big Island. Hostess outfitted the one bedroom studio generously - snacks, coffee, tea, towels, cooler, anything you need! The binder of information is super nice to know where to eat, beach and visit. Some notes about access and utilities - the place is not air conditioned so plan to use the fans to cool down the unit. If you have accessibility issues, there is a very steep narrow pathway from the driveway to the entry on the bottom floor. I'm not sure my mom could make it up and down the entrance everyday.

Melí H.
April 2023
Mahalo for everything Mari! We are so grateful that you opened your home to us. We absolutely loved it! It was such a wonderful stay! Ocean waves, rain, birdsong, coqui…. Loved the sounds of aloha. We hope to visit again! Attending Merry Monarch was a privilege and experience that my husband and I will never forget! So happy to have had this Seaside Wonderland as our hale while we visited Hilo! Much Aloha, Melí

Melí H.
April 2023
Mahalo for everything Mari! We are so grateful that you opened your home to us. We absolutely loved it! It was such a wonderful stay! Ocean waves, rain, birdsong, coqui…. Loved the sounds of aloha. We hope to visit again! Attending Merry Monarch was a privilege and experience that my husband and I will never forget! So happy to have had this Seaside Wonderland as our hale while we visited Hilo! Much Aloha, Melí

Sarah G.
April 2023
We loved staying at Mari's property. The place looks just like the photos. Our kids loved the pool and that they provided some games and toys. The adults appreciated the comprehensive binder. No need to ask questions, everything was addressed. The suggestions for activities were great too. Thanks, Mari!

Stephen K.
March 2023
Property over looks the Hilo bay from the West side. Beautiful views, great afternoon breezes and you get to see whales at times. Had a great 3 day stay and swims in the pool.

Alicia C.
February 2023
This unit was completely wonderful. I could sit on the lounge chairs, watching the exhale of the humpbacks all day. Mari was very responsive and place was very clean. Just keep in mind you can lightly hear the footsteps, muffled conversations, etc of the owners above. The crashing waves mostly drowned out the normal “above your head “ noises. I would absolutely, highly recommend this paradise like place.

Jack B.
January 2023
nice location

Suzanne F.
December 2022
When I was looking for a place to stay near Hilo, I noticed this rental was all five stars; I completely agree. The home is very nice and beautiful view of the ocean. The owner is very helpful and available any time. Great location, easily accessible to a lot. Plenty of room. I didn’t get to take advantage of the pool; more so because of my schedule and the weather. Out of all the VRBOs I have rented, this is by far one of the nicest. The owner provides a lot of extras that some don’t. I know my husband and I will come back here within the next year. I highly recommend it.

Len o.
November 2022
The property is right on the coast with a spectacular view. The apartment has a large spacious living space and kitchen. It was stocked with everything needed. It is conveniently located minutes from downtown Hilo. The owners were available if needed.

November 2022
It was everything it said it would be.

Lene H.
October 2022
We enjoyed our short trip to Hilo. The volcano NP was great, waterfall nice and botanical garden our favorite local attraction. Beautiful view and lots of room for two people at the place.

Tammy W.
October 2022
First time using an air b &b and it was a great experience! Everything was just as described the house was lovely the view was spectacular What a way to wake up every morning to see the beautiful skyline ! Great location to explore the island and see everything. Mari responded very quickly and overall experience was amazing

Gen M.
October 2022
The views were amazing. Mari and her husband were so accommodating. The place was nice and clean. Would definitely recommend the place!

christine s.
October 2022
Loved staying at this location! It was so nice waking up to the beautiful sunrises and falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean. There were lots of stars out! This was also a great location to lots of scenic areas/hikes and Volano National Park. The welcome message with snacks was a nice touch, and the book with things to do was helpful! Would definitely stay here again.

Jeff G.
September 2022
We came for just a short visit to Hilo and had a great stay. The location is right on the ocean, and the home felt perfectly "Hawaiin". Just a short drive to downtown Hilo. Well stocked with everything needed. Mari was very accommodating with all of your requests...Thank you Mari! I would definitely recommend.

Evette A.
August 2022
The pictures do not sum up the beauty of the location, the cleanliness of the home, the privacy, the tranquility. It was beautiful beyond words!! My biggest regret is not booking the place for more nights! Wonderful slow pace area great food close by, super cute little town. The host was great! Super friendly. We will come back again!

Genevieve C.
August 2022
Spacious and clean, close to everything. Sunrise is amazing. We enjoyed the pool and the surfing beach just down the street. It is the perfect spot to explore Hilo.

Mark A.
July 2022
This place was just lovely. Right on the ocean, you slept to the sounds of the waves. Very nice pool. Mari was responsive and easy to deal with. Great stay, looking forward to being back!

Sean P.
July 2022
Beautiful property, great home base and super location. Mari was so easy to work with. The view alone and pool in the backyard are worth it.

Logan P.
July 2022
Easy check-in, nice parking spot, even better location- spend your morning slipping coffee by the pool watching the locals surf. Location is unmatched. Clean, tidy, large living space and bathroom. The host even let us know about local events we could check out. Highly recommend. :)

troy p.
June 2022
This property is a slice of heaven. Between the waves, frogs and that rain we had each morning I don’t think we’ve been so relaxed in years. Our only complaint is that we couldn’t spend more time here! We drove over to volcano national park one day, went to Carlsmith beach another day, and saw a local lava tube and some waterfalls on our way out. We ate ramen and gyoza at Tetsumen for dinner two nights! Stopped by Hawaiian style cafe Hilo for breakfast and Ken’s House of Pancakes and oh my gosh so good. But giant portions! Thanks for a lovely stay we will forever remember this relaxing property! Thank you!

Daniel M.
May 2022
We stayed for 3 nights to get a quick taste of the island. The house, yard, pool, view were all very nice. I was nervous about staying in a home occupied by the owner (I don't believe we have done that, other than at a typical B&B), but it was wonderful. We came and went as we pleased, which for us was early in the morning and late at night. We were sure to be quiet and likewise we never heard the owners, it was a very pleasant stay.

Paul G.
May 2022
Beautiful serene location with wonderful hosts. I highly recommend staying here.

Sue W.
May 2022
It is perfect spot to watch sunrise. Owner provided bug spray. It was very helpful. It was very thoughtful of the owner to provide first aid kit.

bryn M.
March 2022
If you are going to Hilo (and you should) you have to stay here. Located just five mins. North of Hilo this place is awsome, nice., and very private suite with your own pool, gorgeous view of the ocean to watch sunrise, whales, surfers or just relax - you can walk to Honolii beach, drive to Volcanoes park, tour the Hamakua coast - this stop was a fantastic part of your trip.

Jim C.
March 2022
This was our first visit to Hilo. We stayed five nights and this was a great place to land. Hard to beat the sunrise in the morning.

March 2022
This is an amazing property! The owners were so accommodating and pleasant. They were available if needed and even though they live on property it felt very private. The accommodations were clean and had everything we needed. Sleeping on comfortable king bed and sofa bed to the sounds of nature with the frogs, waves crashing on the shore and rain at times was incredible. The kids loved the pool and games. It was hard to leave and we will definitely book again when we come to the big island. Thanks again!

Danny L.
March 2022
Mari, Owner of the Property greeted us upon arrival. She was such a pleasant and accommodating person.. The Property was as close to Heaven that I can imagine. The view of the Ocean and Night Sky from the pool lounge chairs are Fantastic! The 24 hour sound of the Ocean waves hitting the shoreline below the cliff was so relaxing. The View of the Ocean from inside the rental is unobstructed and picture perfect. The property is minutes away from town by car. The unit was extremely clean and well equipped. If ever you wanted to know what it feels like to live in a Tropical Paradise high on a cliff overlooking the ocean you have to rent this property. I will definitely arrange my next trip to Hilo around the vacancy of this rental. Thank You Mari for sharing your Fantastic Home. Well Done! Danny Lamonte Las Vegas Nevada

Julie H.
March 2022
Choosing this VRBO for two of my daughters, myself and my husband was the best choice we could have made! The place is exactly as described and the pictures are accurate. I have a terminal illness and one of my daughters had a life altering surgery recently and we wanted a comfortable place with a view, a pool and short walk to the beach where we could just relax... Mari's place more than delivered! My husband and I chose the sofa bed... it was comfortable enough and the reward of the beautiful sunrise from the wall of windows was icing on the cake. We saw so many whales from the yard! We barely saw or heard the homeowners and had the pool to ourselves. I loved the Hilo side of the island... so lush and laid back... not a tourist trap at all. I'd love to come back to this perfect little getaway!

Brian B.
January 2022
Mari’s house was a ten and exactly what we were looking for. We loved walking with the neighbors to the beach, and the close proximity to everything in Hilo was awesome. I can’t tell you in words how much we loved the views! We saw whales and dolphins everyday from looking out on the ocean from Mari’s place! Her home was very comfortable for the two of us, and her kitchen was better organized and better stocked than any other VRBO we have previously stayed at. We highly recommend this jewel of Hilo!

steve t.
January 2022
We had a fantastic stay in Hilo! The ground floor studio apartment was a perfect place for exploring that side of the island, including the Volcano National Park and the tropical area north of Hilo. We also very much enjoyed some relaxing downtime on the beautiful terrace and garden, with spectacular views and a refreshing pool. A surf beach is right down the street but the house itself is on a very quiet neighborhood cul-de-sac. The apartment is very spacious with lots of light, and equipped with everything needed, as well as spotless clean! With only the owners staying on this property and no other renters, it is very private and we felt like we had the place to ourselves. We saw whales out on the water numerous times, which was a special treat! This place was perfect for our family, truly a little piece of paradise.

Nina P.
January 2022
This home had a great location and an amazing view. The unit was spacious and comfortable. The host was very communicative and friendly.

Kristin L.
December 2021
We stayed in this property for the 2nd half of our first trip to the island and couldn't have selected a better place!!! From our first contact through our goodbye Mari and Christian were prompt, professional and very, very thoughtful throughout our stay. They anticipated every need and have furnished and appointed this property exceptionally well. We hope to find it available for our future trips to this wonderful island!! Mahalo to them both!

Cliff D.
November 2021
We wanted a couple days in Hilo to explore the volcano, and this was a magic spot. It had everything we needed, plenty of space, beautiful yard and pool, and close to town and restaurants. Owners we’re great to deal with, very much appreciated! Absolutely will be back.

John L.
September 2021
Overall, the property is very nice. The location is outstanding with awesome sunrise viewing and nice shady afternoon areas to lounge. At night, there were many sounds from frogs which Mari mentions in the property description. Some might find it a bit loud but we thought it made the location even feel a bit more removed from the town which was nice. Since the owners are upstairs, we could hear footsteps but it was not an issue at all. Wheelchair access might be an issue since the path leading to the lower level is narrow with a pretty good grade. All in all - would definitely stay there again!

Shannon K.
September 2021
Great location, quiet, beautiful sunrise. House has everything needed. Mari very responsive and accommodating. Will definitely come back for another visit.

Shay A.
September 2021
This apartment is outstanding. Mari was extremely responsive and the apartment was fully stocked and even had a nice welcome basket. The location is incredible- right on the ocean and just down the street from a beach where there are always people surfing and swimming. You can walk there with your beach bag for the day, or stay at the property and enjoy the pool. Hilo was just a short drive away. The sofa bed was actually comfortable! We will be back to stay when we return to Hilo!

Laurel S.
August 2021
Our family enjoyed staying here. Mari and Christian were wonderful hosts and provided us with everything we needed for a comfortable stay with our teen girls. We had plenty of space for the 4 of us and a fully stocked kitchen with everything we needed to make meals from home. The location is great with a nice ocean breeze and you are just 10 minutes from Hilo. The neighborhood feels very safe and we felt comfortable and at home there.

July 2021
This was a great place to stay with everything we needed and everything in the kitchen marked so that we knew where everything was. Bed was comfortable and the bathroom was wonderful. The location was great to be able to see the beach from a lot of the large windows. Amazing hosts with wonderful communication! Can't wait to return for another visit!

Mike W.
July 2021
The location was excellent and overall the property was very good. Ideal for a couple but can accommodate 4. Maybe not the best access for handicap, but otherwise a nice unit. Spacious with great views and a pool.. We would stay there again!

Anne H.
July 2021
I highly recommend the apt in Hilo. It was very comfortable for 4 of us. You can’t beat the location, neighborhood and view! The nice surf beach is right beside it too. Communication was easy as well.

Amanda S.
July 2021
We loved this house and can’t wait to return. Perfect location for easy access into Hilo town or anything along the Hamakua Coast. We were here for 4th of July and the owner was so sweet so send fireworks information for our daughter! We only had two nights in Hilo and that was not enough if you like to explore waterfalls, botanical gardens, beautiful coastline, and the east side beach parks. We had wonderful sunny weather!

Note: Vacancy calendar is approximate. Visit the owner/manager's reservation site to verify your dates.

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