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

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Last updated: 05/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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 and the gentle trade winds in the palms.
Experience unparalleled privacy: no neighbors in sight.
Experience relaxation: soak in the hot tub: bathing suits option with no one around to see you. Or our property manager can schedule you with a visiting massage therapist for a nominal fee.
Breathe the fresh air: Vog is very rare in this particular spot in East Hawaii, because the volcano is south-west of Kapehu, and the wind usually blows in off the ocean from the north-east. (Vog is the volcanic smoke and sulfuric acid fumes that plague the Kona side of Hawaii.)

Ideal location: 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 10 miles from downtown Hilo and 20 minutes from the Hilo airport.
All the stunning waterfalls and scenic canyons that the Big Island is famous for are a short drive to the north (for example, Akaka Falls is just 5 miles away). A short drive to the south brings you to the Volcanoes National Park, with the live volcano, lava tubes, petroglyphs, and many miles of wilderness hiking trails. Just a few minutes away are several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing, and the most pristine snorkeling reefs on the island. Also within a few minutes are several gorgeous botanical gardens and zip lines.
The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect. Situated at 900 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo town: upper 70's F to low 80's during the day, and upper 60's F at nigh most of the year. In the winter it can get down to 60 at night with a daytime high in the low 70's.
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 beautifully 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 the large outdoor dining table on the roomy lanai 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.

NO EVENTS: Because of zoning restrictions (the house is located on a 1-lane farm road), the owners are not allowed to authorize any events, receptions, commercial activities, or large gatherings on the property. Maximum number of people using the house: 10. Maximum number of vehicles at the house: 3.

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Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • 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. There are no plastic children's dishes....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    For the sake of our guests with allergies, we avoid all kinds of allergens as much as possible, including cigarette smoke....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    For the sake of our guests with allergies, we do not allow any animals in the house....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Master: 1 king

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  • Pua (flower): 1 queen

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  • 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

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  • 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 to the stream. 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

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

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  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

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  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

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  • 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

Entertainment

  • 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

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • 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:

    Quiet banana-farming area...moreless

  • 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

  • Dining:

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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    carport...moreless

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

    High speed satellite internet WiFi throughout the house...moreless

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

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Contact owner regarding La'a Native Hawaiian Cuisine catering: You can arrange to have an extraordinary luau dinner catered for a very special occasion, for less than the cost of dining out....moreless

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

    Everything you need to prepare and serve your gourmet home-cooked meals, with ocean views from the kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    A few basics like cooking oil and spices are always on hand....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    4-slice toaster...moreless

Outside

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

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
 

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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$225

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • cleaning deposit $120
  • Tax Rate 13.417%

Notes:

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

Our rate used to be $295/night for up to 4 guests, plus $35/night each additional guest, to a maximum of 10 guests at $505/night. But since we no longer have our small vacation rental home (the little one-bedroom cottage), we wanted to make the Kapehu estate more affordable for a couple traveling without others to share expenses. So we are knocking $35 off per person to arrive at $225/night for 2 people.

Each additional guest, add $35/night.

Here are the rates now:

1 or 2 guests: $225/night

3 guests: $260/night

4 guests: $295/night

5 guests: $330/night

6 guests: $365/night

7 guests: $400/night

8 guests: $435/night

9 guests: $470/night

10 guests $505/night

No events or large gatherings allowed. No more than 10 people/4 vehicles on the property at any time.


Cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

13 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hilo International Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
in Hilo town
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Mamalahoa Hwy
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
in Hilo town
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
8 beautiful black sand 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. There are 2 thrilling zip line tours within a few minutes drive.

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) friendly sea turtles will swim with you at these beaches.

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

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, of course, is a must-see. It's a 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 two hours 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, snorkel reefs and pristine sandy beaches) for the 1st night, and Keauhou Point for the second night, for pristine snorkeling pools and beaches. 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 staying in 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 66 and 70, 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 far higher than we imagined, and the rental income does not cover them. But it does help 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 area 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 other things we love to do and see. We also greatly prefer the authentically Hawaiian Hilo side over the touristy Kona side. 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 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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Photos

  • 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.

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

    spacious kitchen has wrap-around views, including ocean view

  • master bedroom

    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

  • double sink, marble countertop

    double sink, marble countertop

  • Kapehu Retreat House, east view

    Kapehu Retreat House, east view

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

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

  • view of house from fruit trees - you can pick the fruit

    view of house from fruit trees - you can pick the fruit

  • Kapehu Retreat House, west view

    Kapehu Retreat House, west view

  • Welcome home!

    Welcome home!

  • kitchen in the morning sun

    kitchen in the morning sun

  • 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

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

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

  • Come on in and make yourself at home.

    Come on in and make yourself at home.

  • lower waterfall on the property

    lower waterfall on the property

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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