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Imagine a Hawaiian place that still looks like Hawaii did in 1960, where the breezes cross the wide Pacific and come ashore clean, and the soothing sound of the nearby waves create a gentle refrain. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath with sleeping den is fully updated and newly remodeled. The house is 1,120 square feet, with two outside areas of 300 square feet and 200 square feet where you feel surrounded by nature. The perimeter fence and lattice creates a great sense of privacy while allowing wonderful views of lush plantings.
The gated community of Kapoho is a cluster of about 250 homes around a crescent bay, one of the few good swimming areas in Puna District. The community is known to kama'aina (local folks) as a quiet refuge from town.
Hawksbill House is 200 steps from a calm ocean area where geothermally heated fresh water issues from the edges of the natural swimming pond. After the Kapoho Lava Flow of 1960, the springs became warm (in the 80-plus degree range). The heated groundwater seeps from shoreline crevasses to float upon the seawater. This water is the closest thing to heaven on earth that I know! I would be happy to share my aloha for this water and this place, and help you make your own memories here.
A percentage of my profits will be donated to the HPA/NOAA SEA TURTLE RESEARCH PROGRAM which helps Big Isle turtle populations.
Special wall was built with ship's wheel, and other fun features for kids. This wall is called the KEIKI WALL (Keiki means child in Hawaiian). There is a port hole, a steering wheel, and many other fun things to 'fiddle with.'...moreless
Twin beds set up for lounging or single sleepers...moreless
Double Beds (1) Each bedroom features a FULL BED (double bed)., Twin Beds (2) Twin-sized coil beds are available for your sleeping comfort in the den. Crib (1) DaVinci mini-crib is available....moreless
Bathroom outside the front door after swimming!...moreless
Ceiling fans (5), attic fan, partial oak wood floor, new carpet, large patio, smaller (200 sf) lanai, fruit trees, privacy fence, near ocean (1 minute walk), sea breezes, wave sounds, old Hawaii feel in a gated community, cultural and historical tour information...moreless
Some Hawaii books and some paperback best seller novels....moreless
House has a land line but no answering machine. The land line is used to allow your guests to enter the gated community. Long distance toll calls on this line must be made with a calling card....moreless
Washer lacks a delicate cycle. Clothes lines are in patio....moreless
The home is set up for wireless broadband internet using the phone lines (DSL)....moreless
Dishes & Utensils
Complete with coffeemaker, coffee grinder, blender, toaster, mixer, microwave (no disposal or dishwasher). Many spices, condiments, and hot beverages (coffee!) are stocked in the kitchen....moreless
ADDITIONAL PEOPLE (MORE THAN TWO) $15 PER NIGHT PER PERSON
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The premiere attraction on the Big Island of Hawai'i is the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP). The actual volcano, Halema'uma'u, is 40 miles and about an hour drive away. I would suggest the Visitor Center, Thurston Lava Tube, and the delightful 1 mile walk called Bird Park or Kipuka Puaulu. At dusk, be sure to check out Halema'umau, home of the fire goddess Madame Pele, to see if she is glowing tonight!
Another stellar attraction is the Mauna Kea Visitor Center evening stargazing, which is held from 6 pm to 10 pm, weather permitting, every night of the year. Astronomy on Mauna Kea is making discoveries such as
'Goldilocks planets,' not too hot and not too cold, and other cutting edge discoveries. There are only a couple of sites on the planet with air clean enough for this kind of work. The visitor center is at 9,300 foot elevation on the mountain, access is up the Saddle Road from Hilo or South Kohala.
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: When I was 10 my parents bought a home on the water at Kapoho (a few doors away from Hawksbill House). The water, not the land, became my new home. I became bonded with the pond nearest my home, and it will always be a place of aloha for me.
Why the Owner Chose Kapoho: In my work as at Bishop Museum Library on Oahu, I was able to discover some facts about the Kapoho area, and its significance to ancient Hawaiians. The most important wahi pana (celebrated site) in this region is Kumukahi (literally, 'first beginning'), where the energy of the sun first touches the Hawaiian Islands. The significance of this location was understood by Hawaiians, who would bring their sick to be healed here. There are unique cultural sites within a two mile radius of Hawksbill House. The still popular saying, 'From the rising of the sun at Kumukahi,' refers to this area. My house has been named for Waiaka'ea Bay which was just a half mile north of Kapoho Bay and is now covered by a lava flow. The 'wahi pana' or celebrated place Waiaka'ea Bay, 'Water used by the Hawksbill Turtle' Bay, has been used to create an 'inoa ho'omana'o' or commemorative name, Hawksbill House. Kapoho is one of the places the Fire Goddess Pele traveled in her search for a home. Pele came to Kapoho and dug some of our swimming holes, but she decided not to stay and moved instead to Kilauea Crater where she still resides.