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

A lovely stay at a tranquil gem

4.8 on January 16, 2017

This is a beautifully-restored historic property, tucked away in a quiet and tranquil spot away from the road. The grounds are lovely, and at night the only noise is the gentle chirping of small frogs. Our hosts joined us in the AM for a delicious breakfast, featuring great fruits from their own property, and yummy baked goods. They provided excellent advice about activities, places to dine, etc. We had a wonderful time.

Wonderful Place to Stay!

5 on December 18, 2016

Where do I begin! We had such a wonderful time at the Shipman House. We loved Hilo and enjoyed every moment of our stay.- there was so much to do and see! Gary made us feel welcome from the minute we arrived, and we loved chatting with both he and Barbara every morning. Their passion for the island is infectious, and they were so eager to share their knowledge, advice, and stories about the island with us. We miss the sounds of the coqui frogs every night and the amazing breakfast every morning. The delicious fresh fruit and baked goodies every day were such a treat! Thank you Gary and Barbara, we hope to be back some day! Mahalo, Rebecca and John (11/15-11/20)

Unique B&B Location and Hosts

4.4 on December 15, 2016

My familly had a great time. Our hosts where very nice and helpful. Best breakfast ever!

Charming Historical B&B

3.6 on December 12, 2016

Delightful stay. Barbara and Gary are wonderful hosts.

Lovely and restful time at Shipman- a stay to remember

4.6 on December 03, 2016

Spent 3 nights at Shipman and was welcomed each morning with a taste of Hawaii food and hospitality. I felt very welcomed and cared for by the owners. I appreciate the history of their beautiful home. I would recommended and go back if I visit Hilo again.

Lovely and historic

4.8 on November 21, 2016

We loved the Shipman House. It is simply beautiful, a restored piece of Hawaii history. The hosts are delightful and informative. Breakfast is memorable -- fresh fruits grown on the property, amazing pastries, delicious Kona coffee. We are particularly fond of the quiet Hilo side of Hawaii and this will be one of our favorite stops.

Honeymoon at Shipman House

4.6 on November 06, 2016

Barbara and Gary are excellent hosts. The room and bed were very comfortable and tranquil. Getting up each morning for breakfast on the porch was a joy. Would love to return here!

Wonderful hosts. Delicious breakfast, a Hawaiian special!

4.4 on October 20, 2016

Shipman House was a good landing for sure. Perfect for first time visitors to the Big Island. Hosts guided us gently into Hilo and beyond. Wow.

Outstanding service

5 on October 12, 2016

We celebrated our mom's 80th birthday at Shipman House. The property was beautiful, the staff friendly and Barb and Gary went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful. I was very special and my mom couldn't have been happier. Thanks to everyone at Shipman House.

Ein Zuhause weit weg von zu Hause

4.6 on September 17, 2016

Wunderschönes B&B mit herzlichen Gastgebern, die sich liebevoll um Ihre Gäste kümmern und mit allem von Informationen zu Ausflügen, Kühltaschen für den Proviant bis zu Taschenlampen bei nächtlichen Spaziergängen versorgen.

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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

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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.
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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

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