Hale Kawehi in quaint Hilo

484 Kukuau St. , Hilo, 96720 USA (Show map)


Located in quaint Hilo, this is a vintage cottage vacation rental build in 1935. It is very private ,well-appointed, with a very open, airy Polynesian-setting with lots of Hawaiian artifacts and charm. There is stained glass throughout the house and koa furniture and cabinets. Host was raised on this property. Completely private living area with private entrance, beautiful tropical yard. Turn key, full amenities, one bedroom with twin beds. Private deck areas. Walking distance to town with lots of restaurants, shops and farmer's market. A special oasis in downtown Hilo. this is a family estate and host lives in separate, private cottage with separate, private entrance so there is no sharing of spaces and complete privacy for guests.. Free covered parking, free wifi, no cleaning fees, no security deposit required, cable tv in den and bedroom, daily housekeeping, 2,000 sq ft of living area. 29 miles from active volcano and National Park. 3 miles from Hilo Municipal Golf Course. Hawaii Tax I.D. W04912050-01


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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Could Not Have Asked for More!!!

5 on March 30, 2015

We recently completed a 2 week vacation in Hawaii. As we had decided to island hop, we were looking for something a different from our Waikiki high-rise or Maui Beach Resort for our 3 night visit to the Big Island. We had opted to stay in Hilo to get a better taste of the quieter, more traditional Hawaii. As a result, my search ended us up booked at Hale Kawehi. It ended up being one of the true highlights of our vacation.This is a unique property that offers guests a chance to stay in a classic old Hawaiian house. As the owner/hostess has separate living quarters behind the house, your home includes a bedroom with two comfortable twin beds, a full bath, a half bath, a full kitchen, two living rooms, a bar area, a TV area, and finally two glorious outside sitting areas for you to enjoy, and for smokers, a place to light up. Covered parking is also included for any rental. In true Hawaiian tradition, the windows are not glass but are all screened making the outdoors a huge part of the atmosphere in the house. It is a comfortable and unique experience. All amenities are there for cooking your own food. We had the chance to meet Kawehi when we checked in and she was a lovely lady who made us feel very welcome in what can be a different experience for a lot of people. A life long Hawaiian, she is versed on her immediate surroundings in Hilo, as well as with all the Big Island has to offer and beyond. A world traveler, you get the sense right away that she appreciates why you are there, and will do what she can to make your visit special. We had the opportunity to meet up with her at different times during our visit, and we left feeling like we had made a new friend. In conclusion, if you are looking for a unique and comfortable place to stay that offers a convenient location to visit Hilo or as a jumping off place for the Big Island, you will not do better than Hale Kawehi. I would not hesitate for a moment to make this our home again during any return visit to Hawaii

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Rooms & Rates

The Kauhane Room

Twin bed accommodation with full bath and a half bath. Full kitchen with all amenities. Wine bar. Free wi fi. Hd tv, balconies, decks, water features. High quality linens and beddigs. Antiques, stained glass throughout the cottage. Wheel char accessible. Housekeeping included. Free parking. Close to everything. Walking distance to downtown area.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

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Location Type

Airport, Downtown, Island, Mountains, Oceanfront, Vista oceano, Small town, Tropical


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 3 miles

Directions to property:

The address is 484 Kukuau Street. Look for green fence fronting house. Turn in and park on right side of driveway behind Ford Brown Truck. For further instructions, contact host at 808-345-8084.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Winery, Zoo

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On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, Kitchenette, Library, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Free wi fi., full kitchen, bath amenities. Free parking., Linen, towels. Rental is fully loaded/turn key.

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching

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Kawehi Cochran

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About the innkeepers

I enjoy hosting. I love traveling, cooking, entertaining, golfing, canoe paddling, hula and gardening.

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this is a vacation rental. no meals served

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