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Where We Begin
Hale Kepani, meaning Japanese House in Hawaiian, is our spacious 3000 square feet custom home situated on a cul-de-sac in a peaceful residential area. It is within comfortable walking distance of downtown shops, theater and restaurants, and is also very close to the astronomy centers, hospital, and university.
Built in 1962 of redwood walls and mahogany floor, this well-appointed house, much ahead of its time, was designed with wheelchair access in mind and features no steps. A concrete ramp allows access to the garden. Most doorways have extra-wide bypass doors. It also incorporates many japanese elements such as staggered shelves and pocket shoji doors. The elegant entry leads to a sand garden, overlooked by the formal dining area, and the living room, which is also our library.
While we have no airconditioning, the house is kept at a comfortable temperature by ceiling and floor fans, ceiling insulation, four-foot eaves, and many wall openings that provide excellent cross-ventilation. Hawaii's weather encourages outdoor living and Hale Kepani's three lanais make it possible. You will find yourself dining often on the large lanai outside the modern, sizable kitchen, which is completely furnished. A pass-through window facilitates the meal service. The commodious laundry, with washer, dryer and sink, in the adjoining room has a built-in ironing station.
The spacious master bedroom has its own tiled bathroom, a wheelchair-friendly shower with handrails and a bench seat. The vanity has an open area below the sink for easier wheelchair access. The large front bedroom has a queen bed as well as a twin that converts to a sofa. The smaller, middle bedroom has a trundle bed that accommodates two people but the lower bed can be elevated to create a wider bed. All closets are cedar-lined. A large hall bathroom with tiled shower (also with a bench seat) and separate tub serves these two bedrooms. A private space within this bathroom harbors the toilet and bidet. Each bedroom has an lanai and there is one half-bathroom accesible when outstide playing or sunning in our fully enclosed backyard garden.
A den well-equipped for entertainment rounds up the inventory of rooms.
Consider this your home away from home because it is used as a residence by us, so just about anything you would have at home is available for you to use, not just the minimum essentials. The craftsmanship of this house and attention to detail are something you are not likely to find easily. We have added antiques and updated items in the way of furniture, rugs, and light fixtures in an attempt to preserve the quality and ambiance of our Hale Kepani.
Get To Know Us
We bought this home for my mother, who we knew would eventually need a wheelchair. In her last years, she did and all our lives were made much easier because of this house. My husband, now retired, grew up across the street.
Our desire is to share our Hale Kepani with guests who will appreciate and care for it as their own. This frees us to spend more time overseeing our farm north of Hilo. On your arrival, we give you a welcome basket of wine, local treats, tropical fruits and eggs from our pasture-raised hens.
Over the years, we have acommodated vacationers as well as professionals on temporary assignment. Our guests have stayed for a few days, a few weeks and some for months. A number of have returned year after year and become our wonderful friends. We hope you will become such friends, too.
Julie Ann Wilson, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Services and Charges
We offer Time-Warner cable tv which includes phone lines for free domestic and international calls to many countries plus high-speed wireless internet. We also make available a fax-copier printer, and two ocean kayaks. A large reading library provides a wide variety of books, fiction and non-fiction, for all ages. A home theater with a wide screen tv connected to Apple TV allows you to use your iTunes, Netflix or Hulu accounts. A large DVD collection complements the entertainment system.
You have one covered parking space and three off-street. Included are all utilities, yard maintenance, and rubbish removal.
Our base rate starts at $199 double occupancy. Discounted terms for longer stays. All rates are subject to local taxes, cleaning fee, refundable security deposit and will vary according to season, number of occupants and your length of stay.
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