Shipman House Bed & Breakfast Inn

131 Ka`iulani Street , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)


Historic Hawaiian Victorian estate with huge comfortable guestrooms, private modern baths. Free WiFi. Famous breakfast buffet with fresh tropical fruits. Hosts with extensive knowledge of the area are happy to help you plan the most for your visit. Near museums, volcanoes, snorkeling, waterfalls. Learn a hula; explore our five lush tropical acres.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8


4.8 on November 03, 2015

This is the ONLY place I would stay in the Hilo area. Seriously. Not because other options are lacking, but rather because Barbara & Gary have made Shipman House such a gracious and awe inspiring experience for the guests. If your travel takes you to the east side of the Big Island, you're making a mistake if you fail to book a room at Shipman House as your home base to see waterfalls, the volcano, museums, Merry Monarch...

Awesome stay at the Shipman House

5 on October 30, 2015

Ideal place for a "special get-away" with the one you love. Staff and owners of the property are very hospitable. Excellent accommodation, and delicious breakfasts in the morning. Very relaxing surrounding and very troplical. Much Aloha to the Shipman Ohana, Mahalo anui loa.- Larson, Major and Sakata.


5 on September 29, 2015

We love the Shipman House! This was our second visit and it was like returning to family. We recommend it to anyone wanting a first class B&B experience.

A wonderful change from the regular bed and breakfast

4.8 on September 28, 2015

The home was full of the islands history. It's old charm along with the attention and care from the owners made our stay peaceful and relaxing, The rooms were spotlessly clean and the sounds of the island wildlife at night were magical. The breakfast was fantastic¿¿

Wonderful place

5 on August 26, 2015

Beautiful house and nice rooms. Generous Buffet breakfast, we appreciate : the muffins, the lilikoi butter, the smoothie ... Anne et Christophe from France

You won't be disappointed.

5 on May 31, 2015

I'd love to find the correct expressions of gratitude to share with you how terrific Barb and Gary are along with their staff at the Shipman House. The grounds are fabulous, the home invites you in immediately and the greeting from Barb or Gary make you feel like you've truly arrived at a very special destination. The breakfast is a true delight as are the other guests you meet. You won't be disappointed. We've been going regularly for the last 11 years, always look forward to returning again. Kord and Jay

Great place to stay

5 on May 10, 2015

Lovely home. Wonderful hosts. Very knowledgeable about the area and extremely helpful. Great breakfast with a variety of local fruits and delicacies to sample. Highly recommend staying here.


4.4 on May 10, 2015

Barbara et Gary sont des passionnés de leurs îles et vous conseillerons merveilleusement sur quand et quoi faire pour vous faire partager des moments formidables sur Big Island. Le petit déjeuners est tout simplement divins et incroyablement originals ( fruits de leurs jardins, confiture, gâteaux maisons...) du jamais vu. Allez y les yeux fermes

Romantic Hawaii

4.8 on May 06, 2015

A classy address for visiting volcanos, observatories, and a lovely tropical coast. The rooms are pretty and clean.The owners are friendly and entertaining. Strolling to old Hilo to shop and eat at good restaurants is a treat.

Fantastic B&B

5 on May 03, 2015

The host were wonderful, wonderful breakfast with homemade bread and beautiful fruits. Very helpful with recommendations for dining and excursions.

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Location Type

Countryside, Rainforest, Rural, Small town, Tropical


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 4 miles

Directions to property:

From Hwy 19 in Hilo, turn up Waianuenue Ave. Turn right at 3rd light onto Kaiulani St. First house on left after wooden bridge.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Waterfalls, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Farmers' Market, Orchid Nurseries, Botanical Gardens, Surf Beach, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Telephone , Fresh Flowers, Hula Lesson, Free Internet Wireless

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Hula Lessons, Birding, Whale Watching, Picnicking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 10am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum unless a single night is available between other bookings.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit, 50% for longer stays, balance on arrival.
  • Cancellations: Refund less 5% for cancellation 2 weeks before reserved date. Within 2 weeks of reservation date, refund less 5% IF accommodation is rebooked.



Gary and Barbara Andersen

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7:45 - 9:00 A.M.
  • Serving Location: on the verandah

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten-free