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131 Kaiulani St, Hilo, HI 96720-2529, USA    
(800) 627-8447, (808) 934-8002


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Barbara Andersen, Gary Andersen

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Circa 1899. Locals know Shipman House as "The Castle," no doubt because of both its size and grandeur. The manor, a mix of Italianate and Queen Anne styles, is listed on both the state and national historic registers. The home's former mistress, Mary Shipman, not only was the granddaughter of a Hawaiian chief, but a friend of Queen Lili'uokalani. Jack London and his wife once stayed here for a month as guests of the Shipmans. The grounds still feature many of the plants, palms and flowers nurtured by the Shipmans. Inside, the innkeeper has decorated the home with a mix of antiques and traditional furnishings; many pieces are original to the house. There is a cottage available as well, secluded by trees and foliage. A lavish, continental-plus breakfast buffet is served on the home's lanai, offering such items as homemade granola, local fruit (there are 20 different varieties of fruit trees on the property), freshly baked breads, homemade passionfruit butter. Special diets accommodated with advance notice.

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$219 to $249

Off Season: $219 to $249

Payment Types Accepted Include American Express, Master Card, Travelers Checks, Visa, Cash and JCB.

    • Snacks/Refreshments
    • Breakfast
    • Special Diets Accommodated With Notice


This property has 5 total guest accommodations with private bath, 1 cottage and 1 guest house.

  • Bath Amenities
  • Bathrobes
  • Copy Machine
  • Fax
  • Gift Shop
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Wireless Internet Access

Business Traveler Amenities

Early breakfast and early check in allowed.
  • Desk
  • Off-site Dry Cleaning Services
  • Hair Dryer
  • Modem Connection
  • Gym Nearby
  • Flexible Cancellation
  • Daily Newspapers
  • FAX On-site
  • Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Flexible Check in/out Times
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Early Breakfast
  • Early Check In Allowed

Events Hosted

    • Honeymoons
    • Family Reunions
    • Romantic Getaways

Inns Of Interest

    • Gardens
    • Literary Figures Asscociated With Inns
    • Movie Locations
    • National Historic Register
    • Still in the Family
    • Unusual Architecture
    • Waterfalls
    • Who Slept/Visited Here

Pet Restrictions

  • Innkeepers pets on premises

Romantic Interest

Sweeping lawns and a view of Hilo Bay. Large, very private airy rooms with balmy breezes, wraparound verandah with rocking chairs; beautiful antiques and fine art in an open, relaxing atmosphere.

Innkeepers Association Memberships


Describe Garden and Grounds

5.5 acres, half is rainforest and the remainder consists of lawns and gardens, plus fruit orchards that produce for our breakfast buffet.

Reservation/Cancellation Policies:

Minimum Stay Requirements

$35 surcharge for single night stay.

Children Restrictions

In certain rooms; must be accompanied by parent at all times. Prefer over 10 years old.


Two weeks prior, less 5%


Smoke Free Property.

Other Activities

    • Wineries
    • Water Sports
    • Tennis
    • Skiing Downhill
    • Shopping (Local Crafts)
    • Parks
    • Museums
    • Live Theater
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hiking
    • Golf
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Bicycling
    • Beaches
    • Art Galleries
    • Antiquing
    • Waterfalls
    • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    • Maunakea
    • Yoga
    • Gym
    • Rainforest Zoo
    • Macadamia Orchard
    • Candy Factory
    • Orchid Growers
    • Farmer's Market

Historic Interest

Built in 1899, it reflects a lifestyle and architecture that no longer exists, complete with original furnishings and plantings.

Historic Awards:

  • National Register (Granted)
  • Local Register (Granted)
  • State Historical Site (Granted)
  • State Register (Granted)

Historic Memberships:

  • National Trust

Historic sites nearby:

Historic Hilo (2 blocks), Thomas Guard House (1 block), Lyman House (3 blocks), Naha Stone (2 blocks), Pacific Tsunami Museum (1/2 mile), Laupahoehoe Point (30 miles), King Kamehameha statue (1.5 miles), Volcano House (30 miles)

Recommended Restaurant(s)

Hilo Bay Cafe, Seaside , Sombat's, Cafe Pesto.

Nearby College/University

University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii Community College

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Wonderful stay

We chose the Shipman House because it was close to a relative we were visiting in Hilo. However, we quickly came to appreciate the charm of the Shipman House and its friendly proprietors, Barbara and Gary Andersen. Our room was clean and we felt as if we were truly on vacation. The setting felt like another world. Barbara and Gary took the time to talk to us and share their trove of knowledge about life in Hilo. The breakfasts were outstanding--we enjoyed the array of fresh fruit (guava smoothies!), mac nut granola, and scrumptious muffins. The Andersens prove first-rate service, and our experience here was inn-spirational, inn-vigorating, and inn-credible!
Jim Johnson
Palm Desert, CA

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BOTTOM LINE: I would stay here again.
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