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Historic Cottage on Champagne Pond. Swim with the Sea Turtles!

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath beach cottage, sleeps 4 guests. Full kitchen, Wifi, all the essentials.

Champagne Pond is a large, geothermally heated lagoon that averages about 90 degrees and is a favorite hangout of colorful reef fish and green sea turtles. Champagne Pond Cottage is a Hawaiian beach cottage that is one of only 6 homes that front Champagne Pond. Walk out to the lanai, climb the ladder into the crystal-clear cove front of the cottage, and swim with the turtles into the large body of Champagne Pond and Kapoho Bay just beyond.

When you're not enjoying the warm, relaxing waters you'll love basking in the sun on your own private mini-white sand beach! The property owners have constructed an elevated, sandy area that overlooks the water. It's the only one of its kind in Kapoho!

Champagne Pond Cottage has a lot of history. This charming two-bedroom cottage was built in 1957 by James and Mildred Kuwana. It survived the 1960 lava flow that covered Kapoho. Mr. Kuwana and another long-time resident had the lava flow dredged to create what is known today as Champagne Pond. The home was refurbished in 1994 and just recently upgraded with a new kitchen and bath, complete with granite counter tops and beautiful windows.

The roomy kitchen is well equipped with refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, blender, rice cooker, pots and pans, cutlery, and dishes. The kitchen has no conventional oven but you won't miss one, especially with a charcoal BBQ on the lanai. Windows surround the kitchen on three sides to bring in the view.

Ohia wood floors grace the living area, which has comfortable seating, a flat-screen satellite TV with a many channels including CD-quality commercial-free music stations, and a DVD player. There's a picnic table on the shady lanai, and a small dining table just off the kitchen, so you can eat in or out.

The master bedroom has a queen bed and the second bedroom has bunk beds. The bedrooms are small but work well for a family. The cottage has a strict maximum of 4 people on the property at any time due to the small septic system.

Champagne Pond Cottage offers a glimpse into an old Hawaii home, with upgraded features and a location you will never forget!

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More Details

Property Manager
Aloha Coast Realty, LLC/Hawaii Holiday Vac. Rentals
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, spanish
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018


Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed
  • Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Historic Cottage on Champagne Pond. Swim with the Sea Turtles!
average rating of 4.6862745 based on 102 reviews

Great spot!

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful views. Great to be on the ocean. The humidity takes a bit to get used to, a dehumidifer or AC would help. Found 4 large cockroaches inside- a bit freaky. Small mouse we had to block up his hole. All in all nice visit for our family.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jeff, Mahalo nui for your review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay. While we do have all of our vacation rentals professionally treated for pests on a regular basis, it's a never-ending battle here in the tropics!! We do our very best to keep them outside where they belong ;-) Take care, and please keep us in mind for future visits. Warmest Aloha The Team at Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals
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Cute house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing weekend at Champagne Cottage. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was an amazing house in an equally amazing location.

  • 5 of 5

Right next to the Champagne Ponds, lovely water, very warm and really close / swimmable location to the open ocean if that is what you want! Enough said, I highly recommend this place and look forward to staying again sometime!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bay Area CA

So relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 3 and this cottage was the perfect amount of space for us. It was so much fun to swim in the beautiful ocean outside your back door. The geothermal "pools" are just spectacular! Bring your own snorkel gear. We were in the water everyday checking out all the beautiful fish. Many people pay good money to get a snorkeling trip like the one in your own backyard. We saw tons of beautiful fish everyday and even swam beside 2 Sea Turtles! It was truly spectacular! House was well stocked with towels and everything that was needed. The master bedroom is very small and the bed not too comfy. But the second room of 2 bunks (4 beds) was great. If you are a family of 4 or 5 this is still plenty of space. It's a cute funky beach cottage and we LOVED every second. If you are not big on lizards and geckos you may be a little squeamish! However, we LOVED seeing all the geckos outside and in the house. There was one in particular that must live behind the cupboards in the kitchen. Numerous times we gently removed it from the house and every time it wound up back inside. My 7 year old daughter just adored catching and releasing geckos. It was hours of entertainment. Lots of crabs down in the "pool" too. She loved seeing them and we did catch one baby one while there to check out and release. The crabs are really quick. They don't like humans and move out of sight when you get near. So again nothing to worry about if your not a big animal lover like we are.

The only negative was that along side of this property is the public access route. So there is a constant stream of people walking alongside your property to access the pools as well. We stayed Monday through Thursday which I'd consider the slow part of the week and there was still a steady flow of people each day. So it wasn't really as private as I would've liked but guess that's the price you pay to be somewhere as gorgeous as this. Others want to see it too :) We'll be back! Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay in Champagne cottage

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

I was very happy with the location.

The vacation rental was spotless.

The property manager was very helpful.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

We are a family of 4 and we had a wonderful 3 days in Champagne cottage . The location is amazing and the natural ponds are great fun . Kitchen is excellent and decor throughout is more than adequate . The only downside is the size of the main bedroom and the bed being rather small ( i have a pregnant wife so it meant me sleeping in the living room . Kids were happy on the large bunkbeds . Outside area is great and the 1st day we were snorkeling a large turtle came and joined us !! highlight of the trip ! ..Not sure the man made beach is useful but a few times we opened the door and went through the black sand beach which was great . All in all a great stay and i would happily come back and visit again .

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals
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Kurtistown, HI

Amazing retreat

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

I was very happy with the location.

The vacation rental was spotless.

The property manager was very helpful.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

I live here on the Big Island and I always wanted to rent a vacation home at my favorite place, Champagne Ponds. At first I was unsure if I wanted to spend a little extra just to be on the water, and when the ad said cottage I was even more leery. I decided to give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised with everything. I had an amazing weekend surrounded my Hawaii's finest. The "cottage was well stocked and clean, the warmth of this home made relaxing so easy. If you ever decide that you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of every day life, this is by far the best place to go, and one of the most amazing vacation rentals on this island!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo Airport (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Several in Pahoa Village
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 137 / Red Road
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Many in Pahoa Village
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Champagne Pond, Kapoho Bay
Car: necessary

Kapoho is a quiet community on the eastern tip of the island. It’s often referred to as “Sunny Kapoho” as it sees only about a third of the rain that falls in Hilo. This neighborhood offers easy access to the water and some of the best snorkeling in the state. The gated Kapoho Beach Lots community features access to Champagne Pond - a large lagoon that is geothermally heated to a luxurious 90+ degrees. Just to the south, Kapoho Vacationland is home to the Wai Opae Tidepools, a protected marine sanctuary filled with tropical fish, coral gardens, and all manner of spectacular sea life.

You’ll have a blast exploring along the Red Road – one of the most beautiful drives you’ll ever take. Heading south from Kapoho you’ll find Ahalanui Park, aka Millionaires Pond, a park with a lagoon at the ocean’s edge that is almost Jacuzzi temperature. 5 minutes past there is Isaac Hale Park at Pohoiki Bay the local hot spot for surfing and boogie boarding, and is home to the boat ramp that the lava viewing boats use. Kehena Black Sand Beach is a 15 minute drive. The Kalapana lava viewing area (Pele willing) is 25 minutes away at the end of the Red Road.

Eclectic Pahoa Town is 9 miles from Kapoho, with yummy restaurants, fun shopping , and necessities like convenience and grocery stores, banks, gas, etc. Historic Hilo is 45 minutes from Kapoho, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is about an hour.






    Rates are based on a party of 2; additional guests are are $10 each per night plus tax.
    There is a cleaning fee of $110.
    All reservations require a refundable $250 security deposit and Hawaii taxes of 14.416%

    We accept major credit cards for payment.
    We require a 25% deposit to confirm, with the balance due 90 days before arrival.
    Reservations arriving within 90 days are due in full at the time of booking.

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