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Cedar House at Wai'Opae Tide Pools - Stunning

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, full kitchen & laundry facilities, surrounding lanai

Spacious rooms with many windows and huge surrounding lanai create an open, refreshing atmosphere in this lovely retreat known locally as 'Cedar House.' The building was designed with two completely separate apartments, one on each floor. If you require more space than our 3-bedroom Garden Apartment (#215220) provides, you can reserve the entire house. (Check details for the upper-level Cedar Balcony at VRBO #1020900.)

The garden apartment on ground floor offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen, and immediate access to a yard full of flowering plumeria, bougainvillea, hibiscus, banana, mango and assorted other tropical foliage -- all sheltered by coconut palms. Inside, you'll find DVD/CD players, reliable high-speed internet, and satellite TV. There's off-street parking for your car.

A five-minute stroll takes you from your Cedar House lanai to the friendly waters of Wai'Opae Marine Conservation District, where snorkelers swim in coral gardens with curious turtles and tropical fish. Explore the quiet roads of Vacationland (that's really its name) and neighboring orchid farms. Or wander down Red Road to soak in the geo-thermally heated, spring-fed oceanside pool at Ahalanui Park about a mile away.

Follow Red Road (Hwy 37) farther south along Hawaii's newest gorgeous coastline, and there's a chance you might see red-hot lava flowing into the sea. Stop along the way to walk among the ironwood trees on spectacular bluffs above the breaking waves at MacKenzie Park. Or sun-bathe with the locals in the cozy atmosphere of Kehena's clothing-optional black sand beach.

Then check out the shops and fine restaurants (Thai, French, Italian, among others) in Pahoa town, eight miles inland from Cedar House and on the other side of Lava Tree State Park. If it's Sunday, you might want to see what's happening at Maku'u Farmers' Market nearby. You'll find fresh vegetables, fruit and music with lots of local color there.

Within easy driving distance, remember the historic old town of Hilo with its antique stores, restaurants, university lecture series, concerts, state-of-the-art planetarium, and quite a bit more. At the planetarium you can learn how ancient Polynesians used their knowledge of the heavens to navigate uncharted Pacific waters, sailing to and from Tahiti for centuries before European ships arrived. Displays of on-going volcanic activity show how these islands were formed in the first place. Check out the farmers' market and picnic in the peaceful parks near Hilo's harbor, where downtown streets were inundated once by tidal waves memorialized now in the Pacific Tsunami Museum.

An hour's drive south from Hilo takes you to the most active volcano on earth, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Volcano Caldera, Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, or hike intriguing trails through rain-forest wilderness. In another direction, you might find yourself looking at the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea rising 14,000 feet above sea level (elevations comparable to the Colorado rockies) and more than 30,000 feet above the ocean floor. From there it's an easy drive back to your Vacationland retreat.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 13, 2017


Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath accessible directly from master bedroom
    Second Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Another full bath (accessible to all, with entry in hallway)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • (1) Master Bedroom - 1 king , Full bath accessible from bedroom (one of 2 full bathrooms)
    (2) Second Bedroom - 1 queen
    (3) Third Bedroom - 1 queen
  • King-size bed (1) Queen-size beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • festivals
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Cedar House at Wai'Opae Tide Pools - Stunning
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful! Photos are accurate

  • 5 of 5

Carol (property mgr) very gracious

Bill (owner) called to make sure all is as it should be. Peaceful neighborhood. Just a great pkace to stay & would definitely consider booking again!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

The location was good, the house was very comfortable. Aside from some minor cleaning issues I was pleasantly surprised. I would consider staying there again

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Regrettably, we were unable to provide bar soap for the guest at her request. The soap provided by Cedar House is in liquid dispensers.
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back again for more Aloha and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Cedar House 5 years ago to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and it was a no-brainer where we wanted to return for our 30th. The house was the perfect blend of relaxation and "things to do". We walked twice daily around the neighborhood and often down to the lagoon or tide pools. Close enough to Pahoa to get Pahoa Fresh Fish for lunch, a little further to Volcano National Park and the sweet little town of Hilo and beyond. The beginning of July meant the yard's mangos were ripe and falling daily, and since no one else was picking them up, nor the passion fruit down the street, we had lots of smoothie additions. Every chair, hammock, sofa and porch chair was super comfortable, the master-room bed was perfect (not too hard, not too soft!), and the large walk-in shower was very nice. We appreciated the pool noodles and snorkel equipment for borrowing. Thank you so much for all the nice touches....again!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WONDERFUL Property!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented both the upstairs and downstairs units for our 2 months on the Big Island. It was absolutely paradise! The owner assured everything was in order from day one of our stay. We will most definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Wonderful Kapoho Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a 1 week stay in the upstairs portion of Cedar House in Kapoho at Wai Opae tide pools. Loved, loved the house which is just a close walk to snorkel in the tide pools with clean, warm water. We chose the upper level because we thought the trade winds would keep the house cooler and each afternoon we enjoyed having the windows open with the breeze flowing. It is located in a very quiet, safe neighborhood. I cannot say enough about the house and all the amenities. The house was immaculate with very comfortable furnishings, but most of our time was spent on the lanai. Loved watching the geckos as they shimmied up the railings. It really is a beautiful setting! The kitchen is very well-stocked and in fact, one evening we made a full lasagne dinner for our family. Everything we needed was there! We did a lot of exploring and this was the perfect base to start from. We visited Pohiki Beach (turn left at the entrance to the track); the hot ponds; the Farmer's Market in Keaau on Sunday morning (they have a wonderful selection of fresh fruits, gourmet sandwiches, lilikoi joice, jewelry, and clothing); Kilauea volcano; walked through huge lava tubes; visited a beach in Kona for the day; Waimea; and the night market in Kalapana. Loved eating at the local restaurants (our favs were Pahoa Fish, deep fried catch of the day, and Pineapple's in downtown Hilo, great food, reasonably priced). The weather was perfect, raining sometimes at night and sunny days, 80 degrees.

May I also compliment, Carol, who is the property manager. She was so helpful, answered all of our questions, and, provided excellent directions to the house. It gets quite dark at night and finding where to turn our first night was hard, however, Carol's directions were perfect! Just drive slowly and follow the directions precisely. We arrived late that night but were able to find the house with only one turn-around! Try to stop for some groceries after you leave the airport. There is a Safeway market on the left side of the street, behind Walmart. We actually preferred Malama market in Pahoa for the remainder of our groceries, more of a Hawaiian feel!

We loved every minute and will certainly be returning to Cedar House again! My son and his wife and new baby live on the island so we will at least try to come twice a year. Thank you for sharing your lovely house! Until next time. :) Lana

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sequim, WA, USA

just wow

  • 5 of 5

Mon, Mar 2, just returned from 2 wk. stay upstairs in Cedar House at Wai'Opae tide pools. Fantastic variety of fish, great numbers present. Best snorkeling with previous experience over 60 years in south FL from Biscayne to Dry Tortugas, Baja, Costa Rica, Eleuthera, -- just wow. Only Galapagos was better in variety & #s, but we covered a lot more territory there. Wear shoes to get in off the rocks, then put on your short fins. So many places to explore. Quarters are really nice, good layout, 2 bed/2 bath with room for extras if needed. Kitchen is really workable. All appliances work (some VRBOs have problems). Wonderful lanai all around upper floor, quiet n'borhood. Very safe. Convenient to Hawaii Volcanoes NP, Pahoa, Hilo. No AC, but with several sliders (which we left open to locked screens at night) and fans it is comfortable. Winds at beginning of our stay knocked out a lot of power lines. We put everything in the freezer for 36 hours; had no losses. Housekeeper checked on us. Cell service in house spotty, but WIFI is good. A supply of shoes and snorkel gear has been left by prior visitors. Great reference guides as well. We liked sharing the house with geckos. Four adults visited in February 2015. Two of us will return as soon as we can.

Hope this helps. Sue

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Pahoa Town
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Pahoa Town
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Kapoho House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 15 2017 - Nov 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
High season
Dec 10 2017 - Mar 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.4%

Hawaii state taxes consist of 4.15% excise tax plus 9.25% transient accommodations tax; i.e. total tax = 13.4%

Separate refundable security/damage deposit = $150

Contact manager for up-to-date, personalized information about cancellation policy, security deposit, payment options, rental of the entire house (5 bedrooms, 4 baths) including both VRBO #215220 and VRBO #1020900

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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