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Snorkeling, Sun, and Rejuvenation - Kapoho Kaiyo Ocean Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,026 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Aloha! Come to Kapoho Bay, a snorkeler’s delight, where the sun shines and the trade winds blow, located in the SE corner of the Big Island, a short 35-minute drive from the Hilo airport. #Kapoho #pahoa

Slip into Island Time as lush tropical colors, walls of windows, and Asian-inspired decor surround you with a sense of serenity. The sounds of the ocean can be heard throughout. Your home away from home sleeps up to 8 people; there are two private bedrooms, one located on each of two levels; the rec room has futon couches which convert into two additional beds; plus a Pack’n’Play for the keiki (little ones). Each floor has a bathroom. This is an ideal set-up for 2-3 couples, a family with children, or just a romantic get-away for the two of you. There is a full-size living room with satellite TV, a dining room, and a spacious chef’s kitchen, with its adjoining screened in dining deck. There is also an office area. The lower level is wheelchair-friendly with wider doors, large roll-in shower, grab bars, etc. Enjoy your privacy on the large back lanai, overlooking lush tropical vegetation, while you soak in the sun or barbeque. If you want to relax in the shade, choose the lower covered lanai that opens onto the backyard. Trade winds waft through the house keeping it cool. Ceiling fans add additional breeze when needed. Whether you are indoors or out, relax, stretch out, listen to the waves, and enjoy the garden vegetation and mountain views.

You can have absolute privacy during your stay. However, if you have a need or desire, the local contact person is nearby, ready to attend to any needs you may have. Also, if you would like any additional services, she can arrange these for you. These other amenities might include a massage therapist, a chef, tour guide, housekeeping and laundry services (the latter especially nice for longer stays). Self-serve on-site laundry available also for an additional fee. A guide book of suggested local activities and events, with maps, is at the house. There is also a copy of an island guide book available for your use during your stay.

One of the best snorkeling sites on the island is Wai ‘Opae Tidepools Marine Conservation Area, a 2-block walk away. In protected waters, you can swim and snorkel amongst coral and a myriad of colorful ocean creatures, including sea turtles. If you are not into swimming, at low tide, you can walk the rims of the pools and look down into the colorful sea fans and schools of fish. The area is wonderful for walking along the roads or the lava ocean front. Various adult sized snorkel gear, float noodles, and beach towels are provided for use.

Five minutes down the road is Ahalanui Warm Springs Park, where volcanically heated water mixes with seawater to provide a natural hot pond for swimming and soaking. Five more minutes brings you to Pohoiki Point for surfing and boogie boarding and another warm pond. Fifteen minutes from the house is Kehena Black Sand Beach.

LIVE LAVA VIEWING - Pele wanders as she likes, her trail of molten lava creating new land. If the lava flow is near the east end, it is only about a 15-20 minute drive to go see lava as it pours glowing red into the sea, sending plumes of steam skyward while creating earth's newest land. Halema’uma’u Crater has been active for several years and can be viewed from within Volcanoes National Park, which is forty-five minutes from the house.

Pahoa Town is 10 minutes away with quaint shops and delicious dining. Local outdoor markets near Pahoa and in Hilo are wonderful & interesting experiences: pick up garden-fresh groceries and local art, or just soak in the colorful scene. Hilo is a short drive north with shopping, theaters, waterfalls, botanical gardens, outdoor markets, zoo, cinemas, museums, and more. Kona is 2 hours away.

The home is fully furnished with linens and kitchen needs. WiFi Broadband Internet is awaiting your laptop if you want to stay 'connected'. There is a Sat TV- Bring your iPod/iPad/MP3 to hook into the iHome system. There is an outdoor barbecue. Also provide on site are: Beach towels & mats; snorkel gear. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a few comfy clothes, and get ready to relax and enjoy.

Monthly, several month rental?: contact manager for details. Kama'aina?: contact the manager for specials.

We look forward to welcoming you to our home soon. E KOMO MAI! NOU KA HALE! (Welcome! Come on in, the house is yours!)

Keywords: House, ocean, tidepools, Kapoho, snorkeling, handicap friendly, Big Island, Waiopae, Wai’Opae, Kapoho Kaiyo Ocean Retreat

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Deb

I've always been a mountain girl and spend a lot of time hiking around my home in Alaska. However, I also love the tropics and the ocean, and I am very fascinated by Pele and her volcanic activity. My second home in Hawaii provides a great (warm!) retreat to relax at and from which to explore this incredible island.

Deb purchased this house in 2007

Why Deb chose Kapoho

I bought land here after a visit to a friend, though I had not come looking for property. The area has such a wonderful feel: relaxed, warm, friendly, peaceful, wonderful tropical vegetation, close to the fantastic ocean tidepools, and great fresh food markets. I designed the house to capture the trade winds, to withstand the elements, and to provide a wonderful transition from the indoors to outdoors. Once the house was finished in 2007, I chose to share it with others as a vacation rental.

What makes this house unique

When I spend time at my property, I gather fresh food at the local market, and then settle in to just relax at house, listening to the ocean. Of course, there is usually work for me to do, but I also go out the front door and walk the coast, go snorkeling, and soak in the nearby warm pond. I head off to explore the lava areas - nearby, Volcanoes Nat'l Park, and up Mauna Kea - I visit botanical gardens, hike and do photography. It's a wonderful base for going off on challenging explorations, or just hanging near home and relaxing. If I don't want to eat on my own deck, I partake of the local food at the markets and in the quaint retaurants in Pahoa (10 min away). This is peaceful 'Old' Hawaii - not the place for those who want shopping and night life - it IS the place for rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration. It's a great place whether one is solo, wanting time with a special someone, or bringing the whole family - or extended family - to enjoy time together in wonderful Hawaii. Come visit. You just might fall in love with the area also!

Guestbook comments from the manager

thank you, really enjoyed our stay. it was wonderful, relaxing and such a beautiful house. will recommend this place to my family and friends. Malama Pono and Malama Aina Mahalo!
Mar 2012
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Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2026 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower is large 3'x5' accessible with grab bars
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon in rec room doubles as a bed. Pack'n'Play available.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Snorkeling equipment (various adult sizes - WS to MXL), beach towels, and other beach toys available at home; screened dining deck; sounds of ocean--2 block walk to wonderful tidepools; first floor is ADA-friendly, large doors, roll-in shower, grab bars; hair dryers, iron and board, bedside alarm clocks, Guest Guidebook with activity suggestions and maps. Housekeeping and laundry service available upon request (additional fee). Massage Therapist, chef and tour guide also available upon request (additional fee). Property manager lives nearby and is readily available for any need or desire you may have; however, she respects your privacy and will remain 'unseen' unless you have a request.


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average rating of 4.8586955 based on 93 reviews
Albuquerque, NM

Tranquil and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home fully equipped in a lovely Hawaiian neighborhood. The manager was attentive to our needs. Would recommend this home to other travelers.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely lovely. Clean charming Hawaiin cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Beauriful spotless tropical home with flowers in every room. Fish filled volcanic tide pools just 3 blocks away. Bring good water shoes and a walking stick the lava is hard to conquer. But well worth the effort.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eugene, Oregon

Wonderful Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We, two adults, truly enjoyed Kapoho Kaiyo Ocean Retreat as our retreat place on the Big Island! We had plenty of space to do tai chi and yoga upstairs and downstairs. The kitchen was great to work in and had high quality dishware, utensils, pots and pans. The whole house is nicely decorated and beds comfy. Of course, the snorkeling was spectacular. Mars was available, helpful, and very attentive to our needs. We would love to return.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation rental & wonderful location

  • 4 of 5

This house is nicely situated near the Kapoho Tide Pools, which was our primary reason for staying in this area. My favorite location on the Big Island is the Ahulanui Hot Pond and this is close to that as well.

The house is absolutely lovely. I just love the Pahoa/Puna area!

The only reason the review gets four stars is because the neighbor was ill (??) and was very loud in the evenings, making it hard to sleep. We wish the neighbor well for a speedy recovery, but leaving the windows open at night was rough. Otherwise, this is a great place for a dream vacation. It was just the two of us, but could easily sleep a family of four or four adults and two kids.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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home base in Puna district

  • 5 of 5

From the lovely flower arrangements made just for us to enjoy, to the well-equipped kitchen, this place was perfect for us. We loved this part of Hawaii with the snorkeling in the tide pools, warm pools, and exploring the area. The house was great to relax in during a rainy spell, had plenty of beach towels and snorkel gear (though we had our own) a nice backyard with a big deck in back, and a screened-in room in the front. Would definitely go back again!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location of this place with snorkeling and the hot springs nearby. Even incoming ballistic missiles couldn't detract from our stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Waiopai Marine Conservation Area Tidepools
A myriad of wonderful tidepools in a sheltered area; colorful fish, sea turtles, corals, and...
Ahalanui Warm Springs Park
A gigantic 'hot' tub - fed by volcanically heated rainwater which mixes with saltwater - rig...
Cape Kumukahi
The cleanest air on earth! This point is where air has traveled the longest distance across...
Isaac Hale Park
10 min drive from the house to Pohoiki Point - surfing, boogie boarding, another warm pond. ...
Champange Pond
A short walk across open land brings one to the nearby Champange Pond - warm, bubbling, and ...
10 min to Pahoa Town - with its quaint boardwalk, yummy ethnic restaurants, boutiques, groce...
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course - 18 holes/par 71
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Kapoho-Pohoiki Road Hywy 137
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Pahoa - several yummy ethnic on boardwalk in town
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Wai'Opae Tidepools
Nearest Point of Interest
Waiopai Marine Conservation Area Tidepools
Nearest Point of Interest
Ahalanui Warm Springs Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Champange Pond
Nearest Point of Interest
Cape Kumukahi
Nearest Point of Interest
Road to Pohoiki
Nearest Point of Interest
Road to Pahoa
Car: necessary

Volcanic heated salt water pond for swimming/soaking nearby, volcanic heated steam caves nearby, 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park--currently 20 minutes to nearby lava flow viewing, tropical botanical gardens. #HVNP


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 14.41%

Children: all persons over the age of 2 are charged the add'l person rate. When using the "Book It" system, enter all individuals (over the age of 2) as "adults".
Kama'aina? contact manager for specials.
[Hawaii Tax ID # TA-146-656-6656-01}
Cancellation 100% refund - $75 booking fee if cancelled at least 60 days ahead of time

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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