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Warm Springs Guest House at Wai' Opae Marine Sanctuary.

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Last updated: 11/05/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Kapoho house description

The guest house is located in a small, seaside community not far from the Cape Kumakahi lighthouse, at the easternmost point of the Big Island. This is a rural area with beautiful vegetation where a few wild chickens roost in some of the trees. The house is a very comfortable, totally private, 2-story 1500 sq. ft. home with large lanais adjoining both the kitchen and the master bedroom on the 2nd floor. This is a park-like setting with 2 tidal ponds, many palm trees and tropical plantings. There is a large tidal-controlled thermal swimming and fish pond (usually about 88 degrees Fahrenheit) with colorful reef fish in front of the house and a dock for relaxing and sunbathing.

It's a four minute walk down the street to the ocean to the best swimming entry into the world famous Wai’ Opae fish preserve tidal ponds (about ½ mile long and several hundred feet wide) which offer the safest swimming and unrivaled scenic snorkeling in east Hawaii. The large interconnected ponds are separated from the open ocean by a reef and are always calm even when the sea beyond the reef is wild.

Accommodations: Warm Springs Guest House has a King sized bed in the master bedroom on the 2nd floor, 2 singles in one downstairs bedroom, and a single in the other downstairs bedroom. There are 2 full baths: 1 on the first floor and another adjoining the master bedroom on the 2nd floor.

Amenities: There is a table with folding umbrella on the dock and a picnic table on the kitchen lanai. The kitchen is fully equipped including, granite counter tops, refrigerator-freezer, microwave oven, Jenn-Air radiant electric cooktop, coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, a wide assortment of pots and pans, and an outdoor charcoal barbecue. There is a Wifi computer connection (see amenities) phone, satellite TV, DVD-CD player, and an AM-FM radio.

Linens including beach towels, all household supplies. A washer and dryer are also provided.
Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, skin diving, surfing, and a large public hot pond are all available nearby. Walking and bicycling around Kapoho are safe and pleasant. There are farmer's markets in Pahoa, on the road to Hilo, and in Hilo Town. Lava viewing is often possible from Kalapana (about 10 mi. from Kapoho) or in the National Park (depending on where the lava flows happen to be located at the time) and Volcanoes National Park has many hiking trails in both rain forest and desert environments. Sightseeing possibilities are nearly unlimited.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome:

            children must be supervised as there are 2 tidal ponds on the property...moreless

          • Limited Accessibility:

            1st floor with 3 singe beds and a bathroom are handicapped accessible...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 1: 1 king


          • Master bedroom with King bed on 2nd floor, large 1st floor bedroom with 2 twin beds and small 1st floor bedroom with 1 twin bed....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


          • Master bedroom has it's own bathroom. The second bathroom is on the first floor....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • WiFi (Wireless Internet): For limited use of emails, searches, etc., but not for videos or gaming. Password given on request at check in....moreless


              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Television


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Bay/Sound
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Nude Beach
              • Playground
              • Pond
              • Rain Forests
              • Reefs
              • Restaurants
              • Volcano
              • Waterfalls
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Paddle Boating
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching

              Location Type

              • Mountain View
              • Near The Ocean:

                Approximately 1/2 block to ocean and tide pools entry for swimming....moreless

              • Oceanfront:

                300 ft to Wai' Opae tide pools and ocean entry...moreless

              • Rural
              • Village:

                Vacationland is a small ocean front village....moreless

              • Water View
              • Waterfront:

                The waterfront is 1/2 block away from the house....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Pier Fishing
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining:

                most guests use the dining area on the lanai overlooking a tidal pond...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 5 people


              • Activities Guide
              • Alarm Clock
              • Basic Soaps
              • Broadband Access
              • Ceiling Fans
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Filtered Water
              • Internet
              • Laundry Soap
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street
              • Sofa Bed
              • Telephone
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                Password given on request at checkin....moreless


              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Blender
              • Coffee Grinder
              • Coffee Maker:

                burr grinder for whole bean coffee...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Freezer
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                no oven but a large microwave and charcoal barbecue outside...moreless

              • Microwave:

                large over the counter microwave oven ...moreless


              • Balcony
              • Barbecue
              • Beach Towels
              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                2 lanais. One outside of the master bedroom and another outside of the kitchen....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                2 tidal ponds. One for swimming (with koi and reef fish) and another called the garden pond....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Porch / Veranda
              • Small Cooler
              • Terrace
              • Walkway To Water
              • Wood Deck

              Pool / Spa

              • Outdoor Pool


              Write a review 4.7
              from 30 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              5 quests
              Jan 1 - Dec 30
              4 night min stay
              My Standard Rate
              4 night min stay
              $840 $3,240
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Cleaning fee $80 + tax
              • Tax Rate 13.25%


              Payments (except the security deposit via PayPal) must be made by check, bank or post office draft, or cash.

              Rates are based on double occupancy. Extra guests are $10 each/night

              A $250 returnable security and damage deposite via PayPal is required to secure a reservation.

              The first rental payment (1/2 of total rent) due within 10 days after we receive the security deposit and the final payment due 30 days prior to arrival.

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              Last updated: 11/05/2014
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              27 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              9 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              9 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant

              Car: Necessary

              East Hawaii has numerous scenic features less than an hours drive from Kapoho. These include swimming in thermal ponds, snorkeling in the Wai' Opae protected fish reserve, walking to an area of active lava flows from Kilauea volcano, visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a world class botanical garden, ocean front parks and beaches, scenic drives, a tsunami museum, Imiloa astronomy center, boat tours lava flows of lava flows entering ocean, hiking, etc.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2000

              About the owner: We have lived in on the Big Island for more than 45 years. I'm (Dallas) a retired geophysical volcanologist and for many years was on the staff of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Beverly is a botanical artist specializing in endemic Hawaiian plants and also does tropical themed stained glass commissions.

              Why the Owner Chose Kapoho:
              We purchased this property for a family weekend retreat because it had the ambience one would expect from a home in the tropics on the coast ... not coldly functional but truly warm, inviting, and comfortable with wonderful ponds in a park-like environment.

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              Speaks: english

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              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • Catching Minnows

                Catching Minnows

              • Warm Springs entrance

                Warm Springs entrance

              • Master Bedroom Lanai

                Master Bedroom Lanai

              • 1st floor bedroom

                1st floor bedroom

              • 1st floor Bedroom

                1st floor Bedroom

              • House Pond

                House Pond

              • Stairs to Master Bedroom

                Stairs to Master Bedroom

              • Kitchen


              • Cheers


              • Garden Pond

                Garden Pond

              • Master Bedroom

                Master Bedroom

              • Garden Pond (pond 2)

                Garden Pond (pond 2)

              • 1st floor bedroom (2 twin beds)

                1st floor bedroom (2 twin beds)

              • Wai' Opae Tide Ponds

                Wai' Opae Tide Ponds

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              This listing was first published here in 2002.

              Date last modified - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

              $135 - $165 per night (USD)

              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 5

              View calendar: Updated 11/05/14
              Minimum stay: 4 nights
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              Member since: 2002
              Speaks: english
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              • Calendar last updated: 11/05/2014
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