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


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.

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.

Lovely Historic Home

5 on April 28, 2015

I love original historic homes. This place made our trip, curved glass windows with counter weights, high ceilings, unique window/doors leading to the expansive porch. All in a lovely neighborhood walking distance to downtown Hilo! Doesn't get much better! Coffee was ready early with newspapers to read until breakfast is served all with an awesome view!

Great Stay In Hilo

5 on April 07, 2015

Wonderful property, owners friendly and a piece of Hawaiian history in the perfect setting.

A Short Stay in Paradise

5 on April 07, 2015

We have stayed at many Bed and Breakfast establishments in the Central Coast area of California and the Shipman House experience beats any we've ever seen. Barbara and Gary Andersen (the hosts) have done an outstanding job of renovating the historic house and have recreated a bit of a magical experience for their guests. I was in "hog heaven" as a former history teacher! We stayed in the guest house the first night since all the rooms in the main house were reserved. The room was quite comfortable and had an attached bathroom. The next two nights we stayed in Auntie Clara's Shell Room in the main house. The "shell room" had a private bath across the hall so a privacy robe was provided for each guest. The house is located a short distance from downtown Hilo and is situated on Reed's Island, between two rivers. Check out the the pictures in the Bed and Photo Album of the house, the furnishings and the incredible continental breakfast. Most of the fruit is grown on the property and we must have tried 8-10 fruits that we've never experienced before. Toast and breads, fresh home made muffins, hot cereal and a great Macadamia Nut Granola were included along with cups of the most outstanding coffee we've ever had. We toured the house with the help of a self guided notebook and really sensed the history of the rooms. How many times does one experience sitting down at a grand piano that the Queen of Hawaii played? The list of notable visitors from former years goes on and on. Jack London, Amelia Earhart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., Cecil B. deMille, Lauritz Melchior, cole Poprter, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Newman, Janet Gaynor along with many others. The Andersons give us excellent advice and recommendations for dining and touring the Hilo area, including the amazing volcano experiences. We couldn't have been happier with all aspects of our stay..

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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