Historic family 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 town, volcanoes, snorkeling, waterfalls. Learn a hula; explore our five lush tropical acres.
5 on February 24, 2014
Our family of three (two adults, one teen) stayed in the Makai Room, one half of a detached cottage behind the main house. It was a perfect island retreat, reminding me of my childhood summers with family on Oahu. No phone, no tv, no A/C, just the trades and a quietly whirring ceiling fan. (The free wi-fi works great though, if you need it.) The bed was very comfortable, and the cottage immaculate. A large tub/shower had plenty of hot water and good pressure. There is a small refrigerator in the room and a shared microwave on the back porch, helpful for leftovers. A couple of nights we ate our meals on the screened porch of the cottage, serenaded by the Coqui frogs and bathed by the fragrant night breezes. The breakfast was ample and varied. Make sure to try the homemade granola and also the lillikoi butter. I am craving the macadamia nut coffee cake right now. We liked the guided tour of the immense platter of tropical fruits, and enjoyed discovering some new flavors. Barbara made sure to inquire about allergies or special needs, which we don't have, but some may. Barbara and Gary are knowledgeable and helpful guides to all the island attractions. Yes, they have some house rules, but that is what keeps Shipman House the treasure it is. We appreciated the historical connection to Jack London, who stayed there with his wife in 1907 while their boat The Snark was being repaired (you can read about it in his book The Cruise of the Snark). The house really is a museum, and it was fascinating to read the detailed notebook describing the history of the items. This is the place for you if you want to slow down to island time and experience a taste of old Hawaii. Thank you, Barbara and Gary, for welcoming us into your wonderful home. We look forward to returning to Shipman House.
4.0 on February 19, 2014
Lovely house, fantastic tips of what to do and friendly atmosphere created by the owners. And of course the famous breakfast, delicious!
4.8 on February 18, 2014
We had a great stay at Shipman House. It was wonderful to see this historical home which has been lovingly restored. Our hosts were full of good recommendations for restaurants and places to visit. The breakfast was delicious. We were there in the winter and our room was comfortable to sleep in without any AC but it was warm and humid during the afternoon when we returned home from our activities.
4.2 on February 06, 2014
I, and three friends had a lovely time staying at the Shipman House for three nights. The atmosphere of an older Hawaii is carefully maintained while providing all the comforts of a good B&B. The Hosts go out of their way to visit at breakfast, sharing tales of old and contemporary Hilo. The breakfast was a beautiful array of tropic fruits, cereals, and home baked breads. The house itself is the real reason to visit, an outstanding example of the best of Hawaiian Victorian.
5 on February 03, 2014
Our time at Shipman House was a wonderful, memorable five days. We stayed in the Makai room in the guest house: it was perfect! Breakfasts on the lanai were all that was promised, with the delicious fresh fruits, spectacular baked goods, and Kona coffee. Barbara and Gary were most gracious hosts. A highlight of the visit was singing and playing Queen Lili¿'¿uokalani¿'¿s songs on ¿the¿ piano in the parlor. We eagerly look forward to a return visit!
Countryside, Small town, Tropical
Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 4 miles
From Hilo International: Turn right at light onto Hwy. 11, then left at next light onto Hwy. 19. Going north, turn left at 3rd light onto Waianuenue Ave. Go to 3rd light, turn right onto Kaiulani St. Cross wood bridge--we are first house on left.
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, Surf Beach, Botanical Gardens, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Winery, Zoo, Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Picnicking, Birding, Hula Lessons, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool, Tennis courts
Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast
Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Telephone
Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi
Free Internet Wireless, Fresh Flowers, Hula Lesson
Gary and Barbara Andersen
A Shipman great-granddaughter, born in Hilo, Barbara experiments with local foods and flavors, and paints in her spare time. Gary, from the San Francisco Bay Area, plays soccer, and would like to hunt and fish more.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten-free