About the Property
The Falls at Reed's Island located in Hilo's upscale enclave, Reed's Island, a mile from downtown Hilo. Perched at eye level to one of Hawaii's most beautiful waterfalls, and is flanked by the Wailuku River and rain forest. The Falls at Reed's Island features private bathrooms, hot-and-cold soaking tubs and views from every window.
Selected by Frommer’s as one of the 15 top picks, on the planet - properties with a view. Homeaway's top 10 romantic properties in the world, Concierge magazine Editors Pick. The Falls at Reed's Island, was also one of four properties featured in The New York Times - 'Secluded Retreats on the Big Island' and was featured on the TV special - 'Around the World in 80 Homes' produced by the Fine Living Channel.
Historically home for the Hawaiians was not on the beach, they lived in the valleys where the weather was appealing, inspirational, serene. Legend has it that Reed’s Island, (original name “Koloiki”) was the play ground of the Alii. You will be staying in what seems to be deep in a rain forest, but just a mile up river of Hilo Bay, where a Hawaiian King spent his time.
Guest comments from Honolulu - “Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have loved the experience of this magical place. The soothing cascades of the waterfalls, the falling rain, the calls of birds, the black rocks and so many colors of green just overload the senses and provide an unimagined tranquility. Steve told us of this paradise - but even he could not prepare us for this setting. From dawn to dark we have been captive and can only speak in low voices as if not to break the spell. Thank you for sharing this all with us. We leave with memories and feelings that will last forever. Much aloha”
Reed's Island is a Hilo neighborhood where the wealthy built their homes in a bygone era, and it still holds that reputation today. You will enjoy a two and a quarter acre estate located at the very end of the island's only road, giving it the most prestigious and secluded setting on the island - “You will feel like being on a private island”.
The Falls at Reed's Island is about 1 mile from old historic Hilo town and Hilo Bay “The Beautiful Bayside City”. The land is more vertical than horizontal, a sliver with about 700' of frontage on the Wailuku River, the largest river in the State. It is protected by a fragment of State land on its side away from the river, and the land across the river is protected by a conservation easement. You will feel like you are deep in the rain forest, although just outside of downtown Hilo.
Amenities: Phone, wifi, cable TV, DVD, VCR, CD player, hot and cold soaking tubs, full kitchen, sub zero refrigerator, ice maker, kitchen aid range, dishwasher, two sinks, cooking utensils, all linens including beach towels, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, washer and dryer, Weber Gas BBQ.
Activities: Volcanoes National Park, hiking, biking, golfing, fitness center, horseshoes, fishing, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants, cinemas, museums, sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling & diving, boating, surfing.
Area: Located 10 min from the Hilo International Airport and 30 min from Volcanoes National Park.
CANCELLATIONS/REDUCTION OF NIGHTS/CHANGE OF DATES
If the cancellation is due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and you are not able to make the trip all payment will be refunded or, at your option, transferred to new booking dates.
Cancellations with written notice of 91 or more days prior to your check in date will result in a refund of monies paid, minus a $200 cancellation fee. With written notice of less than 91 days, refunds will be based on the ability to re rent the reserved dates, subject to the following; (i) If you have paid the final payment for your stay, we will refund all payments, limited by the amount collected from the new tenant(s), less the $200 cancellation fee, (ii) if you have not paid the balance for your stay and the 90 days prior to check in date has passed, any refund shall be at Owners sole discretion.
Cancellation Policy for stays of eight or more nights and for Event bookings is different please request.
A reduction of the number of nights, or a change of dates, for your booking, is considered a cancellation and a re-booking and as such the cancellation policy shall apply. If you have a change of dates a new reservation deposit is required. It is strongly recommended guests review the purchase of trip cancellation insurance
County of Hawaii STVR- NUC-19-939
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Phone (free, direct dial, mainland & inter-island calls) and Fax
cable internet with WiFi
Cable TV, DVD, VCR
Hot and Cold Soaking Tubs
Sub Zero Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Kitchen Aid Range,
Dishwasher, Two Sinks, Cooking Utensils
All Linens including Beach Towels
Iron and Ironing Board
Washer and Dryer
Weber Gas BBQ
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Aug 14 2020 - Aug 13 2021
Cleaning Fee: $310
Additional Guest Fee: $49
Tax Rate: 14.962%
Check in after: 3:30 PM
Check out before: 10:30 AM
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Owners are Jack and Jane Stevenson. Jack is a fourth generation Hawaii resident. His great grandparents came from Germany in 1882, straight to Kauai. Jane has lived in Hawaii over 50 years. They grew up on Oahu and spent 14 years on Kauai before moving to the Big Island when they purchased the property and created “The Falls at Reed's Island”. They fell in love with Hilo immediately. Hilo feels like Honolulu did in the fifties. They love the verdant green side of the Island and all the beautiful rivers and streams. They live in an historic house just five minutes from The Falls. Jack is very active in the Rotary Club of South Hilo. Jane spends time on historic preservation. Jack is an avid scuba diver, who only recently sold his dive boat.
Why this property? The property was a private vacation home designed and built by two Architects, from San Francisco. Upon the death of one the property was put on the market. We purchased the property because of its simplistic beauty, and by the way it has a 25' waterfall right in the yard. Jane and I converted it to a vacation rental.
Guestbook comments from the owner:
Perfect staycation for our little group. Amazing location! So beautiful!
Thank you Jack! Amazing House on an amazing property with the most stunning views. This is the quintessential Hawaii retreat.
VIRTUALLY dealing with Jack has been a pleasure. Look forward to our stay next year!!!
Our family of 5: with kids ages 17,15, and 11 LOVED this place. We have stayed in many vacation rentals but this one was over the top. We actually picked the Big Island specifically for this place and it did not disappoint. The massive private waterfall was so much better than imagined. This open air home with three tropical themed open air bedrooms was surrounded by a private jungle. Here there is no evidence of any neighbors. The kitchen and dining room were our gathering place, with wonderful waterfall views. The private lanai with a hot and cold soaking tub was a family fun oasis. Check in and check out was intentionally simple. These hosts know how to induce and ensure lasting relaxation. Hilo is a stone’s throw with awesome grocery and restaurant access. We ordered out and ate together in the dining room with our own private view. While great for a family, given the seclusion and amenities, this would be a wonderful place for honeymooners and anniversaries. We will BE BACK! Perhaps many times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you swim in the river ?
The best swimming is in the Ocean, but if you do swim in the river the deep pool along the property is best. A few yards beyond the foot of the steps, there is a place to lower yourself in and to get out fairly easily. There are not many places to get out easily so do not venture far if you are not a strong swimmer. DO NOT swim if the current is flowing visibly past the house. The river can become a raging torrent very quickly after heavy rains upstream. Best not to swim if the sky upstream is dark with rain clouds.
There are supposedly microbes which cause leptospirosis in all fresh water streams and rivers in Hawaii. We do not know of any problems with the Wailuku river, possibly due to the huge volume of water, but you should follow the Health Department guidelines: do not drink the water, keep eyes closed under water, do not swim with an open cut. An infection is dealt with by using antibiotics. The symptoms are flu-like, occurring a few days to weeks after infection. If infection is suspected, your doctor should be informed that you were swimming in the river in Hawaii. Awareness is probably the best defense.
The rocks along the riverbank are very slippery, especially when wet after a rain. If you wear rubber soled shoes, which can be strapped to your feet, it is possible to explore quite far by climbing and swimming.