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1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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Canuckgre...
Victoria, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Second Visit. Excellent.”
Reviewed November 30, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We’re just back from our second visit to Hale Kawehi in Hilo. Obviously we wouldn’t have booked it again unless we really liked it, and we were not disappointed. As we said in our previous review: ‘This was a wonderful base for exploring the Hilo area. The house is spacious and very well-equipped. It is very well set up for spending lots of time on the spacious and private lanai, which is just outside the kitchen doors and surrounded by Kawehi’s lovely garden. (There’s also a lovely verendah around the side of the house, with lots of comfie chairs.)We like good places to read at night, and there were several here, including a marvellous chair built for two. It has the feel of what it is, a family home that is full of many interesting historical objects. But as others have noted, the best thing about this rental is Kawehi herself. She is warm, engaging, and very generous.’ Thanks so much, Kawehi; we hope to be back for visit number 3 before too long.

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Liked best: The owner
Liked least: A bit too much stuff in the house.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great stay”
Reviewed November 7, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We spent 4 nights and feeled at home.
Had a wonderful diner with Kawehi with whom we shared a coq-au-vin.
Kawehi is very kind and she gave us a lot of useful information about Big Island.
Nice place to stay and to rest.
Stéphane and Marc

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Liked best: The kindness of Kawehi.
Liked least: I missed a tv channel in French but we had a great choice of programs on the 2 tv sets.
Traveling group: Friends
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“Hale Kawehi is like a home away from home.”
Reviewed September 29, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We chose Hale Kawehi because of its location and I used to live in the neighborhood when I lived in Hawaii. The location is excellent--close to restaurants, shopping, airport, etc. Kawehi is an excellent hostess with warm Hawaiian hospitality. The house is comfortable and well furnished with a Hawaiian atmosphere.

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Liked best: location
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Oct 3, 2014
Aloha Mildred. It was a pleasure hosting you. You and Diane were wonderful guests. Hopefully, you will return to Hilo again. Keep healthy and a hui hou!!!
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suzieandj...
Corvallis, Montana
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect home away from home!”
Reviewed September 1, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We were thrilled with our stay at Kawehi's home! First off, we were scheduled to arrive in Hilo the week after the hurricane. Kawehi kept us totally informed as to what was happening throughout the storm. Forturnately, she and her family were safe, and we were able to stay at her home. Everything you could ask for was furnished in her home. It is a lovely, quaint, and very spacious home, and we were extremely comfortable. It was nice to be able to come home after a day of exploring the island, and be so happy to relax. Kawehi is so very free hearted, kind and gracious. Homemade sweet rolls and juice greeted us when we arrived, and we were treated to a delicious surprise brownie treat during the week. These are things that one does not have to do, but certainly touched our hearts that she did. We would stay there again in a heartbeat, and hope we have the opportunity to do so. Thank you so much Kawehi. Until we meet again!!!!!!!!

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Management Response
Sep 6, 2014
Mahalo Nui Loa. It was such a pleasure hosting you and I am delighted, Suzie, that you enjoyed Hale Kawehi. It is always gratifying to know my guests are comfortable here. I hope to see you again and, yes, a hui hou....until we meet again.
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Samia H
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful, Hawaiian home”
Reviewed August 21, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Kawehi's Hale is an experience not to be missed. The location makes walking into town an option and on/off to the main roadway driving is also easy. The house has 2 lanai's, a well supplied kitchen, very nice full bathroom and comfortable bedroom. The whole place was very clean with had great air flow. Kawehi greeted us upon our arrival and got us acclimated to where things were, how to secure the place and was a terrific source of information. We had a super time staying at Hale Kawehi and would highly recommend staying there.

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Liked best: Kitchen and lanai
Liked least: Didn't have a least
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Sep 6, 2014
Mahalo Nui Loa for your visit. You came as a stranger.....and now we are friends. How wonderful is thata. I hope we cross paths again and sip those blue hawaii and maitai cocktails that we are known for. Take care and a hui hou.
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Mollie O
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
“Charming, eclectic taste of old Hawaiian hospitality”
Reviewed August 11, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We were overwhelmingly surprised by the charm of both the house and our host, Kawehi. The home has 2 wonderful lanai's (which were great for morning and evening) with rich and wonderful gardens to enjoy. The location was perfect, walking distance to downtown Hilo, and easy access by car to main roads and airport.plenty of plush towels and comfy beds. Laundry service by Kawehi was a definite plus. One day during our visit was my birthday and after dinner we returned home to find a delicate torte platter containing 2 brownies, what a nice surprise! Hale Kawehi provided lovely ambiance as well as a kitchen with everything you might need to prepare any meal. Her recommendations on groceries, eating out and activities were spot on. Kawehi and her home would actually be a big reason for us to return to the Big Island for a visit.

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Liked best: Indoor/outdoor living spaces
Liked least: Didn't have a least
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Aug 21, 2014
Aloha Mollie. It was a wonderful having you as a guest. I have made a new friend, indeed. I am delighted you enjoyed your visit here and hope you come again. I would love to see you again. Mahalo, and a hui hou.
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354BMtn
Estes Park, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Old Hawaiian Charm & Easy to Relax”
Reviewed August 2, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

My traveling friend and I enjoyed this charming guest house. It was easy to sit out on Lanai and read a good book with surrounding sounds of water fall and smells of ginger flowers in the air. We adventured out daily to various destinations and looked forward to returning 'home' at Hale Kawehi. The hostess, Kawehi, was attentive to any requests and offered recommendations for visiting the Hilo area. One morning we were out on a run to Rainfall Falls and met Kawehi on the road walking. It was fun to see her and check in about each others day! Hilo is a beautiful town with lots of history and a little bit of fun funk.

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Liked best: The historical charm
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Aug 21, 2014
Thank you for staying at Hale Kawehi. You were a delightful guest, full of enery and friendly. It was a pleasuree hosting you and look forward to seeing you again. Mahalo and a hui hou.
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