Hale Kawehi in quaint Hilo

484 Kukuau St. , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)
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Located in quaint Hilo, this is a vintage guest house 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,air conditioned bedroom with deluxe queen bed. 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 Welcome to a very unique vintage Hawaiian home located in downtown Hilo. Decorated with many Hawaiian collectible antiques and other art objects. Large living, open air area and wrap around decks. Stained glass throughout the house. Free covered parking and free wifi. Described by many guests as an oasis right in town.



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  • Onsite Dining5

A Holiday Home...

5 on March 03, 2016

What a treat to enjoy the luxury of space during your holidays. Gardens, reading books, full kitchen and bar area makes it possible to feel like you are living in Hawaii. My dream was realized! Thank you, Kawahi

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure hosting you. A hui hou

- Hale Kawehi (innkeeper)

Fabulous Hilo Home

5 on August 31, 2015

This home was more than exceptional. The host anticipated all our needs and wants. The house was uniquely old Hawaiian. We woke to the sounds of the water fixtures on the lanai's (yes multiple lanai's), fresh pastry and coffee provide by the host. Kewehi. The gardens were lovely. - The stocked wine was perfect for the evening after a long day of touring. Kewehi also provided lots of literature and books so we found some places to visit that were off the beaten path. We could not have asked for a better experience. We are recommending this house to everyone we know who plan a trip to Hilo Marian & Ian; August 2015

Innkeeper Response
Mahalo Nui loa

- Hale Kawehi (innkeeper)

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

Deluxe, air conditioned bedroom with platform queen bed, accommodation with full bath and a half bath. Full kitchen with all amenities. Wine bar. Free wifi. Hd tv, balconies, decks, water features. High quality linens and bedding. Antiques, stained glass throughout the cottage. Housekeeping included. Free parking. Close to everything. Walking distance to downtown area.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $150

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Location Type

Airport, Downtown, Island, Mountains, Oceanfront, Oceanview, 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.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, Night life, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Tours, University, Winery, Zoo

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Establishment type


On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, Fridge, Kitchenette, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Radio, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Free wi fi., full kitchen, AC in bedroom, bath amenities. Free parking., Linen, towels. Rental is fully loaded/turn key.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Beach chairs, snorkels, fins, etc,

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  • Check In:: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Because of many antiques, it is not suitable for children.
  • Childcare Provided: No Rental is not suitable for children
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Pets not allowed because other guests may have allergies.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Payment in full required when booking,
  • Cancellations: 30 day cancellation policy for full refund.



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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Continental breakfast is offered to guests

  • Time Served: self service
  • Serving Location: Self service