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Shipman House Bed & Breakfast Inn

131 Ka`iulani Street , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)
176 Reviews
$219 - $249
per night

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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
  • Services4.8
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.8

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176 Reviews

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Lovely House, Great Breakfasts

4.6 on April 04, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at this B&B. The house was built in 1899 and is a beautiful old Victorian. The room was comfortable and quite large. The hosts were very knowledgeable and friendly. The breakfasts were a treat and included many healthy options, including fruit grown on the property. We highly recommend this place.


5 on April 02, 2014

I visited there with my wife, daughter and son in law for the first time. A warm hospitality and the beautiful house made our stay most pleasant and unforgettable. The breakfast with a variety of fruits was beyond expression. A lot of Japanese magazines reported of this house, but it is necessary for a guest to speak English. I would like to stay there again. Ryoichi, Tokyo, Japan

Outstanding choice

4.6 on March 30, 2014

Best ever breakfast, hospitality and beauty! Will gladly recommend Shipmans to others. Very helpful hosts that provided history and guides to activities.


5 on March 25, 2014

The most amazing place on the big island! If we ever go back to Hawaii we will absolutely stay here again! The owners, Barbara and Gary were so friendly and amazing! Felt like we were with family!

Shipman B&B stay March 2014

5 on March 24, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed this beautiful home and the company and care of it's hosts so very much. A truly spectacular B&B. The detail to furnishings, provisions of comfort, the wonderful breakfasts and the kindnesses shown will always be a treasured memory. Thank you so very much for everything. If we should get the opportunity we will be back again on your doorstep! Jola and Steve

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town, Tropical


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

Directions to property:

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.

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, 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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

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

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, Whale Watching, Picnicking, Birding, Hula Lessons, 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
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum unless a single night is available between other bookings.
  • 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

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

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