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Cedar House at Wai'Opae Tide Pools - Stunning

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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, a 2-bedroom apartment on the upper floor and a 3-bedroom apartment on ground floor. If you require more space than our 3-bedroom Garden Apartment (#215220) provides, you can reserve the entire house with a total of 5 bedrooms -- an ideal setup for family reunions or other times when you want to be close without living on top of each other. (Details provided on request.)

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 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.

Keywords: House

More Details

Property Manager
Mary
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

Amenities

Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Respecting starlit nights and neighbors who love them, please turn off exterior house lights before 10:00 pm. Mahalo!
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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)
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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Cedar House at Wai'Opae Tide Pools - Stunning
average rating of 4.6969695 based on 33 reviews
3

The average is really three and a half stars. I regret it cannot be five.

  • 3 of 5

For five women the common spaces of the balcony unit and the five bedrooms worked well for our week together. Common space in lower unit unsatisfactory.

I would advise anyone considering renting to inquire whether the carpets have been replaced before you commit to renting.

The location is very good. The Tide Pools are fantastic.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Strange situation. Housekeeping received one single complaint about the lower unit -- from the woman who paid rent and occupied a different unit (now retired from VRBO listings). She arrived several days before friends were scheduled to check into the ground floor Garden Apartment (VRBO #215220). The latter flat was closed, locked and unoccupied. Within a few days, the writer of this review let herself into the Garden Apartment without permission and without informing staff. Their job is to protect the property and they were jolted by the trespass. But they tried to humor her. When informed that carpets should be replaced or steam-cleaned because incoming friends might otherwise cancel their reservation, housekeeping staff notified the owner (12 time zones away). He immediately emailed the rent-payer of record, a woman scheduled to occupy the apartment next day. Lacking first-hand knowledge of the situation, he informed her that carpets had recently been cleaned but nevertheless a full refund of all rental payments, taxes, fees, etc. would be provided (in addition to one free night’s use of the apartment) if she and friends agreed upon closer inspection that anything was unacceptable. Although staff is sensitive to the possibility that visitors might try to “comp” a reduction in rent by making loud complaints, the owner’s inclination is to facilitate departures in a case like this, regardless of the complaint's motivation. The recipient of the owner’s offer in this case, i.e. the woman who paid full rent and planned to occupy the premises beginning on her formal “check-in date,” thanked him by email for his update on the situation and for his offer. She assured him that the incoming group would “play it by ear and let you know how things are once we’re there.” The offer of free night’s rent plus refund was never pursued. No complaint was ever voiced by rent-paying occupants. Carpets were again inspected and steam-cleaned (Stanley Steemer invoice #232. Professional recommendation at time of cleaning: Carpeting is in good shape with no replacement necessary.)
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5

Awesome retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Minor "hiccups" upon arrival, but "Cruz" happily took care of everything! Even brought us fresh picked coconuts ready to enjoy. Rented both units - top unit more updated and "fancy" while bottom more "lived in" but loved the spaciousness nonetheless. We had 7 occupants, but could definitely have had two or three more on blow up mattresses - ask the owners next time! Both units amply supplied with cooking/dining utensils/supplies. No AC but lots of windows and screened entrances for fresh air. Would be nice to have ceiling fans in the living room and all bedrooms instead of floor/oscillating ones for garden unit. . Will definitely consider again for future, but really would love the garden unit to be furnished like the balcony one!! All our family get-togethers were downstairs. The hammock upstairs would have been perfect downstairs! Wrap-around lanais and balconies in both units provided lots of gathering and entertaining space. Tidepools just at the end of the street, but not ideal for those with mobility issues. Plenty of pools for kids if you follow the paved walk, the open lagoon for swimming is a short walk through a "jungle" at the end of the street. Warm pond is a short 2-mile drive, and just past that, Isaac Beach Park. Snorkeling gear provided, but some folding beach chairs would have been preferred to take to the beach. Don't forget to bring the "OFF" ! Our sincere mahalos to Bill and Mary for arranging this for us!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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3

Beautiful location, great price, but a bit run down.

  • 3 of 5

Gorgeous location on Kapoho tide pools. Incredibly reasonably priced to sleep 5 of us. Obviously lived by the owners, with great tips about where to swim and when. No AC- which is normal for area but made it very hot in the evenings- cooled off beautifully to sleep at night in the 2 bedrooms with ceiling fans. The 3rd bedroom has only a oscillating fan which didn't draw in air and was really hot. Run down, towels are threadbare and snorkel equipment is mostly broken. A value for the budget minded but with flaws. Well equipped kitchen with good sharp cooking knives. Coconuts abound.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Littleton, CO
4

A classic Kapoho rental. Affordable with great access to the tide pools. A little shabby though

  • 4 of 5

A great deal for the money. The owner, Bill, was very helpful. There was snorkel gear for our use in the unit. It's not fancy and does not have a/c so don't expect the Hilton, but given that we were quite satisfied. Best snorkeling on the east side of the island is steps from your door

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Friendly, wonderful accommodations. Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

My grown children and I stayed at Cedar House for multiple days and each of us absolutely enjoyed our stay to no end! The home is well equipped from the kitchen to the comfortable beds, washer/dryer as needed, and within a very short walk to the amazing tidal pools. It is also a very short drive to the grocery, various entertainment venues and great dining. Hilo is just a hop away as well.

The owners happened to be in the other part of the home for a few days of our stay and are very gracious, non invasive at all, and FULL of information to our questions. They were very quick to respond to the (only) small issues we had such as a few burnt out light bulbs.

When we can go back, Cedar House will be the first home we will try to reserve again.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boise, ID
5

Great family vacation near Hilo

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, clean and wonderful location just a couple blocks from the tide pools for awesome snorkeling. The fans in the house were put to use daily but helped greatly to​ cool off the house. We had almost no rain during our stay, only at night, which was a welcome surprise. It takes a drive of about 30 minutes to get to town so be prepared to spend some time in the car, but this is worth the proximity to the tide pools for excellent snorkeling and no crowds.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 14.4%

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

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 #4711451ha

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.