Big Island Bed and Breakfast North of Hilo and Botanical Gardens

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

honomu big island

This is the view from my balcony. I told my husband I could stare at this view for the rest of my life, and he looked at me like I was nuts. What can I say? He is just not an island guy. Although, he did mention that there is a reporter job position open at a small paper on Kauai that probably pays all of $28,000 a year, so there is still hope.

farmers market hilo

No city anywhere in the world is compete without being home to a farmer's market. This is the farmer's market in Hilo. Good thing there are tents everywhere because this is the wet side of the Big Island, and it definitely rains a lot. My neighbors behind my home in Land Park in Sacramento grow those red thingies.

botanical gardens hilo

We took off down this tiny, curvy road that used to be the main highway. It's hardly big enough for two cows to pass each other. A few miles in is where you will find the Botanical Gardens in Hilo. It was built by this guy from San Francisco who spent 8 years clearing up the rotting debris to bring into life such a joyful creation. Where have you ever seen like a flower like this fragile white dancer above?

orange bird flower big island

This is very similar to the California Bird of Paradise, but it's not. It's like an orchestra. The percussion section. We arrived at the Botanical Gardens about 45 minutes before closing. My husband almost didn't buy a ticket because it takes at least 90 minutes or so to view the entire grounds. I felt I could get enough enjoyment from 45 minutes, especially since the possibility exists that because there is so much to do in the Hilo area of the Big Island, we might not come back. And I didn't want to take the chance that we would never see this garden.

purple orchid

The Hyatt hotel has me on record with my profile showing that orchids are my favorite flower. They are very Georgia O'Keefe, if a painter can ever be used as a metaphor for a flower and not the other way around. Orchids are the most beautiful flower in the world. Aloha.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Tricia Pearson
Tricia Pearson - Pearson Real Estate - Texas Hill Country - Boerne, TX
Real Estate Broker, San Antonio/Hill Country Homes for Sale

Looks like you are having a wonderful time, after the rocky start.  The pictures are gorgeous.

Dec 23, 2010 06:29 AM #1
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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What a beauty of a view!!

What are those red thingies used for?

Thank goodness you took the 45 minutes and shared these magnificent natural creations with us.   Nature makes the most wonderful artist and creates masterpieces like this orchid, that you captured with you lens!


Dec 23, 2010 06:37 AM #2
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Hi Elizabeth,

Orchids are Karen's favorite flower too. We love Hawaii this time of the year for whale watching ~

Dec 23, 2010 06:39 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That is a gorgeous view, but forever is a long time.  I fear I'm not an island person myself.  This I have in common with your other half. 

Dec 23, 2010 07:54 AM #4
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Elizabeth, the views are gorgeous and the photos are great!  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful vacation.

Dec 23, 2010 12:06 PM #5
Cece Blase
Paragon Real Estate Group - San Francisco, CA

Wow-- you got a pic of a sunny day in Hilo. Some good friends of our hope to retire there some day. The make it sound like a very funky, cool little corner of the world. I biked through it some fifteen years ago on a bicycle trip around the island. It was lovely-- and wet!

Dec 23, 2010 03:28 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Wonderful pictures of some of my favorite places on the Big Island, Elizabeth!  The fish market at Hilo is also an amazing place.  At least it was in past years.  Everything is so lush and green on the east side of that island!  I hope you are enjoying the holidays!

Dec 23, 2010 09:12 PM #7
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Aloha Elizabeth,  your photos are very beautiful, how can you not want to stay and look at that view everyday!  Just stopped by to wish you a wonderful Holiday weekend ~ it looks like you will have one! :-)

Dec 24, 2010 02:43 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience and the photographs. Happy Holidays!

 Holiday greetings from your friend in Maryland.

Dec 24, 2010 07:16 AM #9
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Fabulous photos Elizabeth and a delightful sharing of your vacation. Here is wishing you and all those you love, a beautiful Hawaiian Christmas. Aloha. Merry Christmas

Dec 24, 2010 08:05 AM #10
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

What are those spiky red fruits on the upper shelf at the farmer's market? Is that something we can get here in California?

Dec 24, 2010 08:43 AM #11
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

I can look out tonight from my balcony overlooking the Oregon Coast and nearly see you there on the windward side of the Big Island.

Maybe I'll run for President.

Dec 25, 2010 06:27 PM #12
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