Close your eyes and imagine a visit to the glorious Big Island of Hawaii in all its splendor: ocean, mountains, waterfalls, beaches, and endless activities. Now, dream of having your own home in paradise waiting for you and your family, and it’s so spacious that you can enjoy it with friends and your extended family. Open your eyes. Your dreams are now reality as the The Grand Melemele Home is ready and waiting for you! The Grand Melemele Home is more than a “vacation rental” it is “Your Destination”! Closest to the tiny village of Hakalau, it is located near the quaint town of Hilo, but far from “The Real World”. As you approach, prepare to have your breath taken and for the shock of disbelief that you are truly arriving at your own piece of paradise. It’s true, the majestic 3300 sq. ft. golden (melemele) plantation-style home is yours - ready to supply some serious relaxation, fun, and enjoyment! Immediately, you’ll realize that there’s plenty of free parking space in the front, but later you’ll find that there’s even a separate fully-enclosed 730 sq. ft. two-car garage in the back which is connected to the home by a covered walkway, just like those at the fancy resorts. Forget the luggage for now and just explore this new oasis you’ve discovered. At the front, pass under the white arbor, up the sidewalk, and up the stairs to the magnificent covered wraparound lanai (porch). If you can, curb your excitement and take a moment to catch your breath in the comfy chairs on your left. Start to look around and notice a sampling of what is to come: fine furnishings (especially the koa wood table), the warm tradewinds, the fresh air - full of tropical scents, the lush vegetation… Did you see the size of the ferns along the walkway? Okay, now it’s officially “Your Vacation”! It’s your decision: Relax and enjoy, continue the journey, or not decide - that’s alright. In fact, you’ve just been touched by the aloha spirit and “kealoha” or “the love”. Whether you are visiting for the first time or you’re native born, you’ll appreciate this special feeling when you share special moments with loved ones in Hawaii. So, it’s time to move on. You can’t wait any longer! It’s time to experience what The Grand Melemele Home has to offer. As you enter, you’ll realize the palatial size of this luxurious home. To your left, the great room will draw you in. First, there’s the sitting area complete with it’s own fireplace which will be waiting for you when you’re ready to jump into your travel guide or just lose yourself in your favorite novel. Look ahead and see the expansive combination of your living room, dining room, and kitchen. Quickly, you’ll notice that there’s lots of room and everyone will be able to enjoy times together and have plenty of room to have their own space. At the end of the day, the soft couch and padded chairs will pamper you as you lounge around the large screen television which is amply supplied with cable service and a dvd player. If you should decide that you need to connect with the real world (to brag about your wonderful place on the Big Island), there’s WIFI service throughout the home. Landline telephones are provided for local calls, too. If you can, resist the urge to step out on the back covered lanai and toward the pool. You’ll be there soon, and besides, shouldn’t you change into your swimsuit first? By this point, you’re beginning to expect to be amazed, and the dining area and kitchen will not disappoint! The dining set will certainly serve as your base from which to investigate all things Hawaiian in the culinary universe: from fresh-caught fish, to locally grown exotic fruits and vegetables, to Big Island raised beef, to local favorites like lau lau, loco moco, sushi, or saimin. Whether you cook it yourself or get take-out, you’ll soon find out that everything tastes better on the Big Island! It doesn’t matter if you’re a “Top Chef” or just the king of mac ‘n cheese, the fabulous kitchen may become your own indoor getaway. It’s hard to miss the exquisite vented Viking range and oven and all of the space to use it. There’s even your own private big island ready for preparing, mixing, and enjoying, complete with views of the dining and living areas. So, you can follow your cooking show or the big game as you sip your famous Hawaiian coffee. Continuing through the lower level, you’ll find the complete laundry room with a washer and dryer and the classy restroom with a shower. Forgot your toothbrush? No worries. Toiletries, towels, etc. are provided. Finally, you’ll arrive at the downstairs’ bedroom where you’ll find a comfortable queen-sized bed, complemented by closet space and more fine furniture. As you proceed, you’ll now appreciate a few things that you may have missed as you entered: the grand entryway and staircase are now inviting you to ascend to the upper level. As you reach the top, you’ll soon notice the unique library and its views of the sparkling blue ocean. Beyond, you’ll find two more large bedrooms with queen-sized beds and more wonderful furniture. About now, you’ll think, “I’m in beautiful warm Hawaii, with cooling ocean breezes, and wait, there’s air conditioning available throughout the home if I need it. What more can I hope for?” Again, you’ll find a well-designed restroom with a tub and a shower. Now you’re thinking, “These rooms are really large!” But wait, there’s more… You step into the next room, and you begin to wonder, “What is this, another living room?” But then it hits you, “This is the master bedroom!” The king-sized bed almost looks small in this enormous room, which has its own sitting area and a walk-in closet big enough to hang months’ worth of outfits. Finally, what goes better with a breathtaking master bedroom than an elegant master bathroom? This bathroom is an architectural experience all its own. Outfitted with a clawfoot roll top bathtub, it’s a restroom built for two: dual sinks and adjustable dual shower heads in a gigantic tile and glass-block shower. Now it’s time to grab your luggage, pick your bedrooms, and change into your swimsuits, because it’s time to test the pool! Follow the covered walkway, step into the lavish round swimming pool/therapeutic mineral bath combo that will melt your stress and re-energize your spirit! Swimming in a mineral pool is like a beauty treatment for your skin, hair, and body. Rinse off under the convenient poolside shower, relax at the patio set on the covered back lanai, and fire up the grill for dinner. Find your favorite spot. Sit down and try to take it all in. You’re really here: in Hawaii, in paradise, and at your own personal mansion! When you’re ready, head out and experience our fascinating Big Island. The famous Akaka, Rainbow and Umauma Falls are only minutes away. Honoli’i, a top surfing spot is just down the road. Galleries, shops, and museums abound in Honomu and Hilo. Don’t forget to watch for whales and dolphins. Explore the areas several beaches ready for you to do anything or nothing at all! The possibilities are endless. So, how will you ever leave? Don’t worry. The Grand Melemele Home will be ready and waiting for your return. We hope that it will become your Hawaiian getaway for generations to come!