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Shipman House Bed & Breakfast Inn

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

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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.



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

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Must-Stay in Hilo

4.6 on March 06, 2015

We stayed here for 2 nights on a recent trip to Hilo, and it was the best accommodation decision! Everything about this charming B&B, from location to the hosts to the views to the rooms and the house, was perfect. And their breakfast was absolutely amazing; this was our first stop in Hawaii, and we did not have a breakfast like this for the rest of our trip. We went during a slight drought, but even so, the local fruits and juices and everything else was incredible, so I can only imagine what it's like during a good harvest year for the property's own fruit trees. The hosts were also really great, their family tries to generally eat breakfast with their guests, and they're a fantastic source of information. The location is very central. All in all, there is absolutely no doubt that if you are visiting Hilo, this should be the only accommodation option! We will definitely be staying here again if we visit Hilo.

Lovely Hosts

4.2 on February 25, 2015

Extraordinary home, magnificent breakfasts and very helpful hosts.

Hawaiian spirit hosts

5 on February 23, 2015

Beautiful place with historic value on top Very nice hosts ( Gary and Barbara) who know their island well andmake you feel at home All dinner recommandations they gave us were excellent

Excellent B&B

5 on February 21, 2015

This Victorian B&B is magnificent! The rooms are furnished with period pieces, many original to the house. The surroundings are really beautiful, peaceful and quiet.) Innkeepers Barbara and Gary are terrific hosts. They’ll sit down with you at breakfast and fill you in on the history of the inn, on the history of Hilo, and will give you good ideas of what to do, where to go and sites to see. And speaking of breakfast, they’re great – especially Barbara’s muffins and corn bread. But the pièce de résistance is the help yourself platter full of tropical fruits that are not only delicious but beautiful to look at! It’s a work of art! Try them all!

Three Visits - Always Great

5 on February 14, 2015

This was our third visit to the Shipman House in Hilo, the first in 2001. The house itself is magnificent. Barbara and Gary are exceptional hosts. The breakfast is over the top. The suggestions for visiting in the area are spot on. We hope to have the opportunity to visit more in the future. Satisfied guests from Connecticut.

We came back!

5 on February 11, 2015

This year was our second January stay at Shipman House, and we will be back again next year. It is a place of calm, space, gracious hosts and fantastic breakfasts - plus a grand piano in the parlor that guests are invited to enjoy!

Wonderful stay at the Shipman House!

4.2 on February 03, 2015

We recently stayed 3 nights at the Shipman House and very much enjoyed the stay. It was a beautiful home with lots of history, clean, great location in Hilo and offered a fantastic breakfast! We stayed in the guest house which was quite and very private. I highly recommend this B&B.

Shipman House in Hilo is a Gem

4.8 on January 13, 2015

Beautiful historic home, wonderful hosts, and breakfast included an astonishing variety of tropical fruits from the property.

Wonderful Place and Hosts!!!

5 on December 20, 2014

What a wonderful place!! And the most gracious hosts!! We stayed in the guest cottage and felt like we were staying with relatives on a lush, tropical plantation. Every morning we would walk up to the main house, a beautiful Victorian mansion, and were not only treated to a wonderful breakfast consisting of a large array of freshly picked fruits (from trees on the property) and other yummy things but were joined by our host and hostess, Gary and Barbara, who ate and socialized with us and the other guests. Their home is gorgeous (we took a tour), the grounds are spectacular (as is the entire neighborhood), and as a special treat we were serenaded each night by the resident coqui frogs, which we fell in love with. We slept soooooo good! Can't wait to go back! Thank you, Barbara and Gary, for a wonderful experience. You two are the best!!! - P&S

Take Barara's Tips

4.6 on December 18, 2014

Enjoyed staying at Shippman house the hosts are knowledgeable about the area, especially with regard to dining options. Would have liked to stay longer, plan to return again with my husband.

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Location Type

Countryside, 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

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

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, Internet Service, 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, Swimming pool, 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 Other, 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

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

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.

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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


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

Property highlights

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