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Stunningly Beautiful Luxury Home, 20 Private Acres, Ocean Views, Waterfall

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Last updated: 10/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Hilo estate description

Experience the beauty: Expansive views of the beautiful Hamakua coast and the ocean from the spacious veranda.
Experience elegance: Grand, architect-designed home, with marble and hardwood floors, wainscoting and fine details.
Experience nature: 2 streams and a private waterfall, fruit trees, 20 lush landscaped acres.
Experience serenity: No city lights or noise - only the gentle music of the flowing waters.
Experience unparalleled privacy: no neighbors in sight.
Experience relaxation: soak in the hot tub; sign up for visiting massage therapist for a nominal fee.
Breathe the fresh air: Vog is very rare in this particular spot in East Hawaii. (Vog is the volcanic smoke and sulfuric acid fumes that plague the Kona side of Hawaii.)

Convenient location: 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 10 miles from downtown Hilo and 20 minutes from the Hilo airport.
Near swimming/surfing beaches, National Parks, volcano watching, snorkeling reefs, botanical gardens, mountains, hiking - everything wonderful about the Big Island.
The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect. Situated at 800 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo town: upper 70's to low 80's during the day, and upper 60's at night, nearly all times of the year. In the winter it can get down to the low 60's at night and may not get above 75 during the day.
Despite being on the rainy side of the island, mosquitoes are rare at Kapehu Retreat House, because the eucalyptus groves on either side of the property emit a fragrance that is a natural mosquito repellent.

Amenities provided: The spacious home is fully furnished. The fully equipped kitchen has ocean views, granite counters, gas range, large refrigerator with ice maker and cold water, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker - everything you need to cook your gourmet meals. The indoor dining room has a beautiful mango wood table and 8 mango wood chairs, and on the grand lanai the large outdoor dining table has 8 chairs. The living room has a fireplace for those rare chilly evenings. The marble-floored laundry room is equipped with a front-loading washer and dryer. You can park two cars on the carport to keep out of the sun and rain.

The large house has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms and a half-bath, plus an outdoor shower, and sleeps up to 10 maximum.

If your group is larger than 10, you may also rent our separate Creekside Cottage, depending on availability. The Creekside Cottage is a beautiful 1-bedroom house on the same 20 acre estate, on the other side of a creek and ravine. See VRBO #470257, or see our website for details.

WARNING! There are fraudsters who pose as owners of vacation rentals, who find ways to intercept email inquiries on sites such as HomeAway. They typically ask you to wire transfer money to their bank. For this reason, we do not accept bank wire transfers. Thus, if anyone asks you to wire transfer money to them as a deposit on the Kapehu Retreat House, don't trust them; report them to the police. Never send credit card information via email. Only give your credit card information over the phone to the actual owner, or you can book it online through VRBO and enter the information into the VRBO guaranteed secure site. Finally, never give a payment to someone who refuses to tell you the tax ID# of their rental business. Our Hawaii tax ID# is W48882576-01.

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Massage


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Children Welcome:

            Caution if you're traveling with small children: There is no gate at the top of the steep lanai stairs. There is a playpen but no crib. No plastic children's dishes....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Master: 1 king


          • Pua (flower): 1 queen


          • Studio: 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            1 twin bed, 1 full bed, and 1 full size futon bed...moreless

          • Wailele (waterfall): 1 double


          • The soothing sounds of the Kapehu Stream and its waterfalls can be heard from every bedroom window in the large house - the 'Wailele' bedroom is closest. There is a beautiful marble bathroom between the Wailele bedroom and the Pua bedroom. The Master bedroom has an adjoining marble bathroom with marble sunken shower, sunken tub and 2 sinks. Just outside the sliding glass door of the master bedroom is the hot tub. The 'studio' bedroom is separated from the rest of the house by the carport and has its own separate entrance, though it's under the same roof as the rest of the house. We call it the studio bedroom because it's as big as a studio apartment. It contains a bunk bed that has a twin on top and full on the bottom, as well as a full-size futon bed, and an adjoining full bathroom....moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


          • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


          • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower


          • All the bathrooms are beautiful and luxurious, with marble tiles and elegant fixtures. There is an additional outdoor shower - a real treat on a hot afternoon....moreless


          • Books
          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Music Library:

            Dozens of Hawaiian music CD's, and speakers both indoors and on the lanai...moreless

          • Radio
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Stereo
          • Television
          • Video Library


          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Tourist Attractions


          • Bay/Sound
          • Botanical Garden
          • Forests
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Pond
          • Rain Forests
          • Reefs
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Volcano
          • Water Parks
          • Waterfalls
          • Zoo

          Local Services & Businesses

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

          Leisure Activities

          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Boating
          • Eco Tourism
          • Horseback Riding
          • Luaus
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Shelling
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Whale Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View:

            Beautiful sweeping views of the lush green Kapehu Valley and the sparkling ocean below....moreless

          • River:

            2 streams run across the property...moreless

          • Rural
          • Water View

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Fishing
          • Hiking
          • Jet Skiing
          • Kayaking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Paragliding
          • Parasailing
          • Sailing
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Snorkeling
          • Snorkeling/Diving
          • Sound/Bay Fishing
          • Surf Fishing
          • Surfing
          • Swimming
          • Water Skiing
          • Wind-Surfing


          • Dining:

            In addition to the dining room seating 8, there is also seating for 8 at the large table in the lanai....moreless

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Basic Soaps
          • Broadband Access:

            satellite internet and WiFi....moreless

          • Carport
          • Ceiling Fans
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Covered Parking:


          • Filtered Water
          • Fireplace
          • Firewood
          • Hair Dryer
          • Internet:

            High speed internet in each room of the house...moreless

          • Iron & Board
          • Laundry Soap
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Area
          • Living Room
          • Local Maps
          • Mobile Phone
          • Paper Towels
          • Parking
          • Parking Off Street
          • Shampoo
          • Solar Hot Water
          • Toilet Paper
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Water Cooler
          • Wireless Internet
          • Wood Fireplace


          • 4 Ring Stove
          • Blender
          • Catering Available:

            Contact owner regarding Kehau La'a Hawaiian catering service....moreless

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

            Everything you need to prepare and serve your gourmet home-cooked meals....moreless

          • Microwave
          • Oven


          • Balcony
          • Beach Towels
          • Deck / Patio
          • Gated Community
          • Lanai / Gazebo
          • Lawn / Garden
          • Outdoor Grill
          • Porch / Veranda
          • Screen Porch / Veranda
          • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

          Payment Type

          • Discover
          • Eurocard
          • Mastercard
          • Visa

          Pool / Spa

          • Hot Tub
          • Jacuzzi
          • Outdoor Hot Tub

          Forms Of Payment

              • Accept Credit Card

              House Cleaning

                  • Housekeeper Optional


                  Write a review 4.9
                  from 18 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  My Standard Rate
                  4 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • cleaning fee average $120
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
                  • Tax Rate 13.417%


                  The 4-night minimum is waived when the calendar is full & only shorter periods of availability remain.

                  $285/night for up to 4 guests.

                  Each additional guest, add $35/night:

                  5 guests $320, 6: $355, 7: $390, 8: $425, 9: $460, 10: $495

                  If you book directly with the owner, we require a 20% deposit. The balance is due 2 days before check-in. See our policies for details:

                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 10/22/2014
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                  13 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Hilo International Airport
                  1.5 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Mamalahoa Hwy
                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  in Hilo town
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  7 beautiful beaches within 12 mi.

                  Car: Necessary

                  The setting is utterly private. (In fact, in our hot tub, bathing suits are optional because no one is around to see you.) No city noises, just the sound of flowing waters, breezes through the trees, and bird songs. No roads or city lights are visible from the house, and the house is not visible from the roads, because there is a eucalyptus forest between the house and the nearest road. The scenery is gorgeous in all directions, especially the lush green valley sloping down to the ocean. It's located on the beautiful Hamakua Coast, which is filled with canyons, waterfalls, rivers, beaches, and botanical gardens.

                  Hilo town is only 15 minutes away. There are several beautiful clear-blue swimming beaches right near downtown Hilo: Keaukaha Beach Park, Kealoha Beach Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Lehia Beach Park - to name a few. Huge (people-sized) and friendly sea turtles will swim with you at these beaches.

                  Other Activities: Volcano watching, adventure sightseeing, snorkeling, surfing, swimming, hiking, backpacking - everything you can ask for from a tropical vacation is close by. In fact, the Kapehu Retreat House is located in the absolute most convenient spot on the island for accessing all the beautiful sights.

                  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, of course, is a must-see. It's good reason to stay on the east or Hilo side: the volcano and all the amazing sights in the National Park are much easier to get to from the Hilo side (from the Kona side it's more than twice as far to the volcano). In addition to spending several days sightseeing within the National Park, you'll definitely want to visit the Park at night to see the Hale MauMau crater glowing!

                  If you are an outdoor adventurer, the National Park is filled with wonderful hikes: short hikes, day-hikes, and overnight trips. One of our favorite hikes is a 3-day/2-night wilderness backpack trip to Halape Beach (with ruins and totems from an old Hawaiian fishing village, and pristine sandy beaches) for the 1st night, and Keauhou Point for the second night, for pristine snorkeling pools. You'll need a permit from the Park Service, and they will provide directions and maps.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2011

                  About the owner: Most of the time we live in New Mexico at 7,000 feet in the mountains, though we spend as much time in Hawaii as possible. Our wonderful local Hawaiian caretaker, Kealani, will be the one to greet you and see that you have everything you need to feel at home when renting our house. Our plan is to retire to the Big Island, and we purchased the Kapehu Retreat to be our retirement home. But even though we're in our 60's we can't afford to retire yet. Nor can we afford to keep both the Kapehu home AND our New Mexico home and pay 2 mortgages. So we're renting out the Kapehu home to help us afford to keep it. The expenses are much higher than we imagined, and the rental income does not come close to paying the expenses (so in essence we are subsidizing your stay). But the rental income we do receive helps keep us out of foreclosure until we reach our retirement goal. So, thank you! May you be blessed by your visit to our slice of paradise.

                  Why the Owner Chose Hilo:
                  We chose to purchase property in this area is because the Hamakua Coast is as beautiful as Hawaii gets, and this particular location is ideal for it's close proximity to the volcano, the snorkeling tide pools, the spectacular waterfalls and canyons, and all the things we love to do and see. We also greatly prefer the Hilo side of Hawaii over the touristy Kona side, which is a barren desert swarming with traffic and overpriced tourist traps. We've been vacationing in Hawaii for decades, and when we saw this estate we fell head over heals for it: We love the flowing waters. We love the lush beauty of nature all around. We love the privacy. (No need for curtains on the windows!) We love the quiet (we dislike traffic noise). We love the enormous sweeping views from every room in the house. We love being able to grow papayas, pineapples, lilikoi, bananas, citrus trees, etc. We love the moisture (being from the desert of New Mexico). We love being so close to our favorite snorkel reefs and hiking trails. We love everything Hawaiian.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
                  What is so unique about this place is that it's only 15 minutes from downtown Hilo and all the shops and restaurants and medical facilities and museums, etc., yet it's so quiet and rural you feel like you're far out in the boondocks.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

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                  • Kapehu Retreat House

                    Kapehu Retreat House

                  • Kapehu Retreat House, north view

                    Kapehu Retreat House, north view

                  • Grand living room with 180-degree views, bringing the outdoors in.

                    Grand living room with 180-degree views, bringing the outdoors in.

                  • kitchen in the morning sun

                    kitchen in the morning sun

                  • king bed in master bedroom

                    king bed in master bedroom

                  • Pua bedroom

                    Pua bedroom

                  • Have a soak. Bathing suits optional - there's no one around to see you!

                    Have a soak. Bathing suits optional - there's no one around to see you!

                  • view to the east from the lanai

                    view to the east from the lanai

                  • Please pick the oranges, lemons, avocados, lychee, bananas, pineapples, etc...

                    Please pick the oranges, lemons, avocados, lychee, bananas, pineapples, etc...

                  • lower waterfall

                    lower waterfall

                  • flame ginger - one of the many flowers that grace the Kapehu estate

                    flame ginger - one of the many flowers that grace the Kapehu estate

                  • Kapehu Retreat House, west view

                    Kapehu Retreat House, west view

                  • Welcome home!

                    Welcome home!

                  • spacious kitchen has wrap-around views, including ocean view to the east

                    spacious kitchen has wrap-around views, including ocean view to the east

                  • dining room: elegant mango-wood dining table seats 8

                    dining room: elegant mango-wood dining table seats 8

                  • Wailele bedroom

                    Wailele bedroom

                  • desk and chair in Pua bedroom

                    desk and chair in Pua bedroom

                  • enormous wrap-around lanai with beautiful views in all directions

                    enormous wrap-around lanai with beautiful views in all directions

                  • sunken marble shower and sunken over-size bathtub in master bathroom

                    sunken marble shower and sunken over-size bathtub in master bathroom

                  • Kapehu Retreat House, east view

                    Kapehu Retreat House, east view

                  • Come on in and make yourself at home.

                    Come on in and make yourself at home.

                  VRBO #376818

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                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

                  $285 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 10

                  View calendar: Updated 10/22/14
                  Minimum stay: 4 nights
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                  Member since: 2011
                  Speaks: english
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