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Kapoho, Puna District, HI, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

" Lani mai Honua Hale" translates to Heaven on Earth. That is what we hope you will find when you unlock the front door of our beautiful "old Hawaiian" home and walk in. This is a good time to take a few seconds and stop, set your bags down, take a deep breath and let your soul catch up a little. Think of this as more than just a vacation.....

This house was originally built in the early seventies at a time when neighbors were few and far between in this part of the island. We purchased it in 2014 after it had sat vacant for many years. For the next three years we completely renovated it from top to bottom updating every surface while honoring its original Hogan style design. Along the way we salvaged and repurposed everything we could and incorporated those things into its current incarnation.

Everything is designed to make your time here as comfortable as possible. We have gone out of our way to provide all the simple comforts to make your stay as easy and relaxing as it can be. When you get here, take off your shoes, grab an ice cold drink from the fridge and walk out to the Lanai. The tidal pond from the picture is right there. Go down and sit on the steps and put your feet in the water. Your vacation just started. Enjoy!


Bill & Linda

Property Manager

Property Manager

Member Since 2017
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Guest Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Bunkbed room
        1 bunk bed


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Master Bath
          toilet, shower, Double sink
        • Main Bath
          toilet, shower, Double sink
        • Outdoor Shower
          outdoor shower, Two shower heads and a big changing area


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Fireplace
                      The fireplace is purely decremental and is not wood burning. The candle holders in it are battery powered and remote controlled. They cast a beautiful light on the living room at night.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                      There are extra pillows, sheets and blankets in each room.
                    • Living Room
                      The room is light and airy with many comfortable places to sit.
                    • Parking
                      The driveway can accommodate 2 cars easily.
                    • Towels Provided
                      You will find plenty of bath towels in both bathrooms. We also have a good stash of beach towels available stored in the laundry area.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Stacked washer and dryer in a large laundry closet on the Lanai. There is also a a clothes line available the whole length of the back Lanai.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          There is also a bean grinder available and a good supply of coffee filters.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          This is a cooks kitchen. Everything is easily accessible with plenty of counter space for prep.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Many cooking staples are available for your use.
                        • Refrigerator
                          A rotating supply of fresh sauces, marinades and dressings can be found in the fridge. Feel free to use anything you find there.
                        • Stove
                          Glass top electric.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              There is both indoor and outdoor dining areas. The inside table can seat 4 to 6 people. The table on the Lanai can easily seat 4 with plenty of other seating areas as well.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  We have a few books available including many detailing the local area and its history.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Also great for playing CDs on
                                • Music Library
                                • Stereo
                                  There is a drawer of CDs in the entertainment cabinet. It also is a growing mix of all different types of music. They can by played through the surround sound system of the TV.
                                • Television
                                  42" Smart TV with sound bar.
                                • Video Library
                                  The selection of DVDs is eclectic, fun and is growing. There are always vendors at the farmers markets selling used DVDs and new additions are always welcome,


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The front patio wraps around two sides of the house. It has a privacy fence and built in seating that is underlit at night. There is also an additional patio in back off the Lanai, next to the pond.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      The Lanai faces towards the pond in the back. There is a wet bar and lots of comfortable seating.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The grounds are all newly landscaped and beautiful. The back yard around the tidal pond is fenced to keep the wild pigs out.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      We have many sets of snorkel gear for all ages. There are also boogie boards and floaties available.

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Private Pool
                                          The tidal pond in the back yard is geothermally heated and stays right. around 85 degrees. The water is brackish and the depth moves with the tides.


                                            • botanical garden
                                            • festivals

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • massage therapist

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • swimming


                                                            • There is NO air conditioning in our home as is the case for the vast majority of homes on the moist east side of the island. The houses on this side have to "breath" so we have installed solar powered vent fans in the attic space and ceiling fans in every room to move the air. We also keep all the louvered windows open at all times to allow the cool trade winds to blow through. There are 3 ceiling fans in the Lanai as well for the warm afternoons. This combinations keeps the house comfortable. In the winter months you might even need to pull up the blankets at night.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              23 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Amazing house at an amazing location

                                                              Chris T.

                                                              This is a great property in an amazing location. You can tell a lot of care went into renovating this house. The outdoor space was amazing. Whether in the morning or the evening it was wonderful to sit out on the lanai or just walk around the yard. We enjoyed the tide pools and found the morning was the best time when the tide was lower. Thanks for sharing this property!

                                                              A wonderful place!

                                                              Tonja C.

                                                              We thoroughly enjoyed all of the amenities of this awesome house. Absolutely nothing was lacking. By far, the best VRBO experience we have had. I loved learning about the history of the house in the articles and photos at the property.

                                                              My 8-year-old daughter learned how to snorkel in the pool in front of the house and then we went on to be dazzled by the larger tide pools a short walk away. It was the best snorkeling complete with an amazing diversity of fish and a sea turtle! The weird sound of the toads at night was spectacular. Overall, an incredible experience and this is where we will stay when we return.


                                                              Kirsten O.Seattle, WA

                                                              If we could rate this home more than 5 stars we would! The location is wonderful: just a few houses away from fantastic snorkeling at the Kapoho tide pools, and also centrally located to explore the east side of the Big Island (it is about an hour to both Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo). The house is newly renovated and beautifully decorated, and equipped with everything we needed. An amazing bonus was the warm natural pool in the back yard! Although it does rain more on this side of the island, it didn't rain all the time, and the weather certainly didn't stop us from doing and seeing everything we wanted to. We really enjoyed the lush jungle environment, and the laid-back and low-key atmosphere of the Puna district.

                                                              Tide Pool Treasure

                                                              Ann C.Oregon

                                                              We really enjoyed this home and are very appreciative of the imaginative vision, hard labor and comfortable furnishings the owners put into making it such a special place! Arriving at night, we were especially thankful to find everything as promised and ready for us. After sleeping well (on a firm mattress) we then delighted in awakening to the sounds of tropical birds right outside our window, through which the first rays of light began to reveal how charming the property really is! The house inside and out is comfortably and generously furnished, lacking for nothing and pleasing to the eye. We loved the connection with natural rhythms provided by having our own tide pool and proximity to a nature reserve. Despite wanting to spend most of our time in this oasis, we also enjoyed a few field trips, including snorkeling in the nearby tide pools; a day hiking in the Volcano Park; checking out the beach parks south of this property. We also liked dining at both Kaleo's Bar and Grill and Ning's Thai cuisine in Pahoa, as well as shopping at Island Naturals Pahoa Market and Deli and the used book store on the main street. Life is good here!!!

                                                              Truly Heaven on Earth

                                                              Christina D.

                                                              We absolutely loved our stay in Kapoho at this amazing home. The location could not be better....steps to the tide pools while being surrounded by a lush private yard and your own private geothermal pool that is the best swimming pool. The amount of outdoor living space made for lovely breakfasts listening to the birds and watching the butterflies and lazy relaxing evenings listening to the frogs. The house itself was gorgeous and so comfortable.

                                                              Beautiful home and location. Absolutely the best vacation I’ve had in years. Highly recommended

                                                              Scott H.

                                                              Excellent home, location, and amenities. Very relaxing setup. Proximity to the snorkeling at Kapoho was amazing. Rent this home and you will be very happy. The backyard pool was very relaxing and unique. The house was stocked with everything you need for a great time. The owners have thought of it all.


                                                              Kapoho, Puna District, HI, USA

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Our standard rate is based on 2 guests. Add $20 per night for each additional guest with a maximum of 6 guests.

                                                              23 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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