Spacious, Well-appointed, Best Location
My family stayed at 'Alani House in Hilo for 5 nights over the school holidays at the end of 2014. What a fantastic find! First, the owners/managers have their act together. We've used VRBO regularly for 10 years, and sometimes have spotty response from owners, leading to a bit of trepidation about whether the keys will be there, the house in working order, someone available to help if necessary, etc. Not in the case of 'Alani. Rory emailed us a couple weeks before our arrival to remind us and insure that everything was a go. He stayed in touch via text up until our arrival, even providing some suggestions of sites to see on the drive over from Kona. Illegal rentals are a big issue in Hawaii right now, and we've all read the stories of vacationers showing up to a house that doesn't exist; we appreciated that Rory & Wren have their permits conspicuously posted in the kitchen and that they abide their local taxation and short-term rental rules. Second, the house itself is awesome! The pictures don't fully convey its level of high quality. The living room is spacious, with beautiful wood flooring and high ceilings. The 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms were like new and tastefully appointed. Towels and bedding provided. We cook family meals -- it's THE major bonding activity when we vacation -- and the 'Alani kitchen was perfect. Clean as can be, high quality appliances, fully-stocked pots/pans/tools. A bar connects visually to the adjoining eating area where our kids played cards while we cooked. We used the downstairs laundry room several times during our visit. Both machines seemed brand new and of highest quality. Detergent provided. The location is unbeatable, and we ended up hanging out nearby for that very reason. It was such a pleasure to be able to leave the car in the covered carpark and simply walk 2 blocks along the ocean view street to Honoli'i Beach Park. Our pre-teens used Rory's boogie board and we availed ourselves of other beach gear the house has on hand. It's a postcard-beautiful location that had us on "rejuvenation mode" all week. Back at the house we would spend each morning and evening on the two lanai-style covered outdoor areas, commanding a view of sunrise and cruise ship crossings. It's clear that Rory and Wren are active owners, making the regular investments necessary to assure their house meets and exceeds expectations. My family will be back to Hilo and the 'Alani House.

January 2015
Beach, Surf, Whales, Waterfalls, Cruise Ships, 2 Miles to Downtown Hilo
Beach, Surf, Whales, Waterfalls, Cruise Ships, 2 Miles to Downtown Hilo
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