Guest cottageLanai with pool view
Guest Cottage with Swimming Pool

Entire home/apt

4 guests

2 bedrooms

2 beds
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Beautiful Ohana with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate

Enter the magnificent Royal Palm lined drive and experience Big Island history. Enjoy the unique ambiance of this one of a kind grounds of the former Ola’a Sugar Plantation residence and its directors cottage, now the guest house.
It has been completely and tastefully restored. The floors and walls are still preserved in the original 120-year-old redwood and it has been refurbished with new tropical island and teak furnishing. It features two twin master bedrooms, both with queen-sized beds, with wood and marble bathrooms. It also includes a fully equipped kitchen with all appliances.
From the verandah you enjoy the expanse of a large front lawn with the swimming pool and a view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

The property is not well suited for toddlers and small children. The nearness of the pool and the old brick walkway to the cottage which is uneven and slippery when wet, are of danger.
It is also not ideal for people who are sensitive to the night noises (tree frogs, roosters, screeching owls etc). Since it sits in the middle of a rainforest with no fencing around, wildlife is roaming it freely.

Centrally located on the east side of the Big Island, you will be convenient to Hilo, Kilauea Volcano National Park, the snowy summit of the Mauna Kea observatories, Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, black sand beaches, tropical gardens, waterfalls, warm water ponds, hiking, the historical villages of Kea'au, Pahoa and Kapoho area with it's wonderful snorkeling spots.
Just a 1 mile distance covers all your shopping needs at the Keaau shopping center and the daily Keaau farmers market. It is also not far to downtown Hilo, its shops and shopping centers and the famous Hilo farmers market (10 to 20 minutes).
To Hilo beaches it is 10 to 15 minutes, as well as to rainbow falls.
The distance to the historical village of Pahoa and Kapoho area with it's black sand beaches, warm water ponds, hiking and excursions to the lava flows, is 30 to 40 minutes.
To Hawaii Volcanoes National Park the ride is 30 minutes, to the snowy summits of Mauna Kea and its observatories about one hour.

The guest house is also ideal for those who just need peace and quiet and want to enjoy absolute privacy and just take walks through the beautiful 9.5 acres of lush tropical grounds with flowers (orchids, ginger blossoms, magnolias, plumerias etc.), fruit trees, rare plants and trees. The town's largest Banyan tree and Elephant Ear trees are dwarfing the house and lawn.
The mango forest hides the remains of an ancient heiau.

The residence was built by and for the first manager of Ola’a Sugar, Mr. F.B. McStocker. He planted the large Banyan tree in 1902.
He had a horse drawn lawn mower. He built a wine cellar in the basement which is still in existence.

The Main House, nineteenth century Queen Anne architecture, has been used in many photography sessions for movies, recordings, magazines, books and commercials.
A 1950’s photo is shown in the book “The Hawaiians”.
At times it was also the home of Herbert Shipman, who was known to have saved the nene bird from extinction (Hawaii's State bird). He also played an important role in bringing the orchid Industry to Hawaii. His passion for exotic plants is still noticeable to the present day, as there are shrubs and trees and grasses on the property, not seen anywhere else.
Herbert also used to hold parties for all the prominent people of his time, who came visit the Island. The Roosevelt's, Rockefeller, movie stars, and the legendary Amelia Earhart are known to have graced the residence with their presence.
(Ref. Emmett Cahill 'The Shipmans of East Hawaii')
After the plantation closed and sold the residence in the early 1980’s, it fell in disrepair until the present owners acquired it and worked for several years to restore it to its original beauty.

There is also a rich spiritual history dating back to ancient Hawaiian legends and fairytales. The most known is of the Hawaiian Princess La'ieikawaii, hiding in the place known as Paliuli.

The Hawaiian movie Choreographer Henry Pa, recounts in an interview: "When I was involved in the movie, "Bird of Paradise," my grandmother Grace Kealiiaua Pa told me to go to the island of Hawaiʻi, to Olaʻa, at Keʻeau. I was to sit beneath a certain tree, which was the birthplace of my grandfather and his former home. There I was to gaze out at the water and look for two stones, one of which was Hiʻiaka-ika-poli-o-Pele, and the other was Lohiau. I was to meditate on the task before me. By doing this, I would receive the strength and inspiration that I needed to choreograph the dance scene for this movie."

Guest access

Guests have exclusive use of the swimming pool (salt water) and free access to the whole 9,5 acres grounds, which are safe to explore and to walk on.
Nothing is off limits.

Interaction with guests

Interaction is up to the guests. Some like to keep to themselves and their privacy is respected. If they are in need of advise and suggestions, I am glad to provide it.

Other things to note

Just 5 miles from downtown Hilo.

Just around the corner at 1 mile distance is the Keaau shopping center
and daily farmers market.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

Extra people $38 CAD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $127 CAD
Security Deposit $381 CAD
Weekly Discount: 7%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is flexible

We do allow smoking on the lanai.

We do not have specific house rules, but ask for consideration of the humid tropical climate and its challenges. We are going to great lengths to keep this old house mildew and bug free for our guests.
So please :
Do not keep the doors open more than necessary.
Do not keep the lights on all night, as they attract insects and noisy coqui frogs. We have provided for night lights in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Do not drop wet towels in the hampster or keep wet garments in the shower.
Do not color your hair in the shower or operate other chemicals to stain the marble and grout.
Do not lay on the pillows with wet hair. (Use a dry towel in between)

In the kitchen do not keep opened food, sugar, flowers ecc. on the counter but put them in the fridge.
Keep the oven clean from splatter by covering your baking with an aluminum foil.
Do not put wet dishes back into the cabinets.

Do not drag and bang heavy luggage over the wooden access steps.

We thank you on behalf of the guests to come after you.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - 7 flights wooden entry stairs
Potential for noise - At night the sounds of nature can be very loud (tree frogs, roosters, owls).
Pet(s) live on property - We have cats and wildlife roaming the property, which is not fenced in.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

4 nights minimum stay

48 Reviews

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Kenda User Profile
September 2017
Everything about our stay was lovely, from the fresh flowers in the cottage to the immaculate pool and gardens. The perfect place to get away from it all and unwind!

Matt And Drew User ProfileMatt And Drew is a superhost.
September 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the carriage house, and Gisella was a fantastic hostess. Definitely felt like an authentic island experience, as the beautiful rustic accommodations are situated at the edge of a rain forest jungle. Having the pool to ourselves was a bonus. We would definitely stay here again!

Tracy User Profile
June 2017
Beautiful cottage just outside of Hilo in Keauu. The grounds are beautiful and it's a treat to have a private pool. The cottage is in the rain forest area so there is a lot of wildlife surrounding the property. There is no a/c but the evenings are quite cool and with the screened windows, the place feels very close to nature. Gisella was a lovely hostess-placing fresh flowers in the cottage and bringing avocados and fresh eggs to us from the property. Great home base for exploring the big island. Mahalo!

Boris User Profile
June 2017
Had a great time at Gisella's place. A vast, beautiful property with a lush variety of local plants and vegetation (and cats and roosters!) — the guest house where we stayed is spacious, nicely decorated, clean and has everything needed to really relax - the property, while close to town, feels completely secluded. The pool is very clean and on a hot Hawaii day, nothing better than to take a dip. This place is only about 10 minutes out of downtown Hilo, and also close for exploring the volcano park and other beaches on the eastern side. It provides great privacy for a romantic getaway. Or if you like to socialize, Gisella is a fantastic host, very welcoming, and has great stories to share — we enjoying talking with her and would stay here again if staying in Hilo. Thanks Gisella!

Diane User Profile
May 2017
Pretty and quaint guest cottage with a wonderful pool that had the perfect temperature and very clean. Gisella was a wonderful host and available to us throughout our stay. She greeted us with fresh eggs from her chickens when we got there. The bedrooms are large and we each had our own bathroom. There were also snorkeling gear and beach mats available along with coolers for fun days out. Plenty of travel books for the area. Returning at night, though was a little hazardous getting to the cottage from our parking in the driveway. There are no lights out back and numerous frogs on an uneven path to the guest house. Also, this is a home with chickens, pigs, cats who wander the property especially in the morning. We found it entertaining. Also the home does not have A/C which in the spring we didn't mind, however, sleeping with the windows open mean listening to the frogs croak at night and the roosters crow in the morning. So be aware. The location was close to the Volcano National Park but far enough away that we were in lush tropical gardens and not lava fields. We also had an ocean view. Gisella was a wonderful host and I would recommend her home for anyone staying on the Hilo side of the island.

Tom User Profile
April 2017
This was such a wonderful place to stay for wife and two teenage sons. It was perfectly located to explore the areas around Hilo and the Volcanoes National Park. We were there for a week and many mornings it was hard to get motivated to leave the guest house—it was so peaceful sitting on the porch, drinking coffee, and watching the rain and the chickens. The nights were a bit loud with chirping bugs, frogs and whatnot so if that will bother you, you should bring earplugs. But it didn't bother us and I actually got the best sleep I've had in literally years there. Gisella was wonderful—bringing us fresh eggs and leaving fresh cut flowers for us. I'm sad I'm not there right now.

Gina User Profile
March 2017
We were so incredibly happy with our stay, and with Gisella's hospitality. From arrival to departure, she was nothing but hospitable and kind, offering local tips for our stay, and even bringing us eggs from her chickens. The guest house itself was comfortable and welcoming. Taking our morning coffee or evening wine on the veranda was perfect. Our evening swims after a day of hiking were just the way to end the day. The grounds are peaceful and serene (aside from the coqui frogs and clucking chickens, of course!). This was an ideal place to stay for much needed R&R, close to Hilo and Volcanoes National Park, and feeling like we had our own secret getaway. Should our travels bring us back to Hawaii and Hilo, we hope to be able to stay here again.

Keaau, Hawaii, United StatesJoined in July 2013
Gisella User ProfileGisella is a superhost.

I am from Milano, Italy, and live in Keaau, Hawaii since 25 years.
Keeping Opaliuli beautiful is a 24/7 job and there is no time for anything else.
It is rewarding when my guests are satisfied and enjoying their vacation.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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