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Views of Wai Opae Tide Pools from every room - 40' to amazing snorkeling

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

New 2 bdrm plus loft, 2 Ba Home With Views Over The Kapoho Tide Pools.


Our son is a Los Angeles Architect and he designed this beautiful oceanfront retirement home that looks like it is off the pages of Architectural Digest. The whole house has massive windows to take advantage of the 180 degree view of the Wai Opae Tide Pools. The house has bamboo, 23' vaulted, hand rubbed beam ceilings with floating globe pendants. There is a curved staircase with Mango steps that leads from the living room to the 2nd bedroom and on to the master bedroom and loft. One of the most spectacular things about this house is that it faces east and every morning the sun rises with awe inspiring colors while tinting the tide pools all shades of gold, orange and pink.

Our home has 2 bedrooms and a loft, 2 baths and sleeps 6. The Master bedroom is on the 2nd floor and is a loft room allowing the view of the ocean from the queen size bed. Whether it is a fast storm, a brilliant sunrise or the changing colors of the tide pools the view never gets old. There isn't a better place to sit back with a good book then up on the Master Bedroom lanai (deck) with comfortable chairs and endless ocean views. The master bathroom is very unique in that it has a lanai with an indoor/outdoor shower and a free standing deep soaking tub. The cabinets are made from Mango wood and the counter top is flamed black granite.

The guest bedroom also with a queen size bed and was designed so that it is five feet higher than the living room. The front wall is movable which lets the ocean view be the centerpiece of this room. There are floor to ceiling jalousie windows framing the bed and looking down on the back yard tide ponds For additional guests there are two single futons in an office loft above the master bedroom to make the home comfortable for 6 people.

The main bathroom has a tiled tub and shower combination with large windows. The resin sink has inlayed real sea shells and coral. There is a laundry area with full sized front loading washer and dryer and storage area behind bi-fold doors.

The kitchen is modern and has top of the line African Ribbon Mahogany cabinets with flamed and leathered granite counters. The appliances are new and include a side by side refrigerator with an ice maker that holds 10 lbs of ice. It also has a dishwasher and microwave oven and a large island with a gas stove and oven. The island looks out to the living room and the large lanai so the cook is never separated from the group. There is enough space in the Kitchen so that 4 people can work comfortably. The kitchen has a 'breakfast' Lanai with table and chairs - The perfect spot to have that morning cup of coffee while watching the sunrise. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything except your fresh food to prepare gourmet meals.

There are two sets of bi-fold doors in the living room; one faces the ocean and makes the ocean become a living wall of the house and the other doors open up on to the lanai providing a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. After a busy day of snorkeling and sightseeing there are comfortable chairs and a place to put the feet up and relax while watching a 42' flat screen tv with roku and wireless internet.

Out the living room bi-fold doors opens to the lanai with a wood deck, outdoor couch, love seat and chair, bbq, ti ki bar and jacuzzi. The 600 sq ft lanai not only looks over the ocean it also overlooks the backyard which has a large pond that rises and falls with the ocean tide. The ponds are brackish (which means that they are a combination of fresh and salt water) and are home to a large school of Tilapia fish which love to be fed.

There are stranded bamboo hardwood floors throughout the house, mango custom cabinetry, unique floor plan and awe inspiring views which make this a perfect vacation home for anyone that wants to hear the waves, watch the whale’s jump, have world class snorkeling 40 ft from the front door and experience the most glorious sunrises imaginable.

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Katherine Sullivan
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Katherine Sullivan

We purchased the lot in Kapoho in 2003 and after 10 years of struggle the house was finally finished in 2013. John and I were vendors and we traveled all over the United States selling Native American Jewelry at Indian Pow Wows and motorcycle rallies. Every time we traveled to Hawaii to do a show we would spend a week in Kapoho. When we drove down the palm lined entrance to Kapoho Vacationland it felt like we were coming home. In 2003 we drove by the front of the tide pools and a realtor was pounding a for sale sign on this lot and we put it in escrow that day. It then took us 8 years before we could start building our dream house.

Katherine Sullivan purchased this house in 2013

Why Katherine Sullivan chose Kapoho

It is hard to imagine a place more beautiful and peaceful then this area.

What makes this house unique

Sunrises and sunrises and sunrises and snorkeling and snorkeling and snorkeling and clean soft air, trade winds, moonrise, and a close knit community. Can it get any better than this?

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow What Can we say -- Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Everything was Great. We hope to be back next year. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
Dec 2013
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Lava Tube Cave
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
The Red Road (Hwy 137)
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Mauna Kea
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Wai Opae Tide Pools
Car: necessary

Kapoho Sunrise House overlooks the Wai Opae Marine Conservation District. The tide pools are a safe nursery for young fish. The snorkeling is world class with thousands of fish and over 20 types of coral. Our vacation house is located a mile off of the Red Road or Hwy 137 arguably one of the most beautiful drives in Hawaii. Just a mile south on the red road is the hot pond knows as the Millionaire's pond. Just imagine floating in a large rock walled pool in 90 degree water with palm trees overhead and the ocean waves crashing just on the other side of the break water! Down the road another mile is Issac Hale State Park. This is one of the only beaches on the East side of the Big Island that has surfing and boogie boarding. It also has a boat dock and if you are lucky enough to catch one of the local fishermen coming ashore from a fishing trip you might be able to buy fresh Hawaiian fish direct from them. Further south on the Red road is MacKinzey State Park. From the rock ledges watch the waves crash into the lava walls and send spray 20 to 80 feet in to the air. During high surf it is necessary to be careful not to get drenched. Again heading south there are beautiful turnouts just to watch the waves and become mesmerized by the color of the water. Look for cars parked along the road and a a small path down to the black sand beach. This is Kehena beach which is a bathing suit optional beach. End of the road is Kalapana where the relentless lava covered most of the village in 1990's. The new black sand beaches of Kalapana can be seen after a short walk starting at the cul de sak at the end of the road. Wednesday night is a 'not to be missed' farmers market with an open bar, island music and international and local food. The band plays all type of music and it is not uncommon for local Hawaiians to stand up and do the hula when a loved Hawaiian song is played.

From our Vacation Rental turn right - north - on to the Red Road from Kapoho Kai road and go to where the pavement ends and a dirt road begins you will enter a primeval Rain forest. This forest is so pristine that it is easy to believe that you have entered a time capsule and have traveled back in time to the age of Dinosaurs.

With in close proximity to our vacation home and not to be missed is Lava Tree state park 5 miles, Volcano National Park, with the new Halemaumau crater, 40 miles, 4 mile scenic drive north of Hilo 40 miles, Akaka Falls 45 miles, Waiapio Valley 70 miles and the top of Mauna Kea mountain with its observatories and vast views 70 miles.


Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Includes full size washer and dryer
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , outdoor shower , With an open air shower and deep free standing tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , This is a loft which is over the living rm and master bdrm
  • The master bedroom is a loft that looks out over the wide expanse of the Wai Opae Tide Pools. We decided not to wall out our view by closing in the bedroom. There is a 10' sliding door that opens up on to a third floor lanai. The second bedroom was designed a half a floor above the living room so if desired the sleepers can have a view of the ocean. The queen sized bed is set between floor to ceiling jalousie windows that look out on the tide ponds in the back yard. There is a loft office that has 2 single futons. The loft is the highest part of the house and looks down on the living room and master bedroom. We also have thick sleeping pads stored in the loft that could be moved anywhere in the house if the people in the Master bedroom would be more comfortable not having people looking down on their room. The loft was designed as an office but our grand kids loved sleeping up there so we added the futons for additional sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Views of Wai Opae Tide Pools from every room - 40' to amazing snorkeling
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 46 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place might be the nicest house anywhere near the Tidepools! We arrived not just during high tide but during the King Tides in late July, right after 'Hurricane' Fernanda had passed by the islands, so some of the roads in the neighborhood leading up to the home were a bit flooded. I will admit I was a little freaked out by that at first (even though I was fully warned, it can be a bit disconcerting when you arrive right at high tide with a car full of suitcases and groceries, but of course my kids thought it was awesome!) However, we all quickly realized that it was still easy for us to get our SUV through to the house, (which was not flooded at all) and of course, once we saw the house, we knew it was worth it to be right on the water! We enjoyed the home for a week and it was clear the homeowners did a wonderful job building such a lovely home. It is truly gorgeous! My kids loved the lanai, the hot tub (which we used a lot!) and looking out over the tidepools. We all definitely enjoyed the stargazing at night and got some of the most amazing pictures. It was a wonderful getaway. Many thanks to the Sullivans!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Angela, I am so glad that you make it through to our house ok. I also love sitting on the lanai in the hot tub and warming up after snorkeling. I hope that you will be able to visit again.
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Truly phenomenal rental property, we loved loved loved it, and wow, the marine life!

  • 5 of 5

On this vacation, we wanted to snorkel. Earlier in my career, I worked on Finding Nemo for four years, and having been a certified diver for over 20 years, I've spent more than my fair share of time under the water checking out cool fish. The snorkeling immediately in front of this house is some of the, if not the, best preserved coral reef ecosystem I've seen in the entire Hawaiian islands. And walking from a 1.5 hour at-dawn snorkel to the hottub on the deck in less than 50 steps is a luxury I have never experienced. Then watching the sun rise over the Kapoho Tidepools from the hottub while enjoying a fresh breakfast with my kids, all on the superb outdoor 2nd story deck, was just.. well.. I think this might qualify as the single best vacation rental home we have ever had the pleasure of renting on a vacation in my family's life. We snorkeled at dawn, midday, and at dusk. At high tide, medium tide, and low tide. And every trip out was just flat out great.

The house itself was a joy. Very cool, efficient, vertical design with wide wide wide open windows which completely fold back and allow as much fresh air in as you like. Quality kitchen all around. Beds were very comfortable. Oh, and the 2nd story, perfectly concealed outdoor shower was a revelation off of the 2nd story bathroom. So cool!

I also want to mention, for you road bicyclists out there, the road biking from this house is world class. The "Red Road" route leaves from this house, heads along the coast to Kalapana, then climbs back to Pahoa, and drops back to the house. Spectacular 30 mile loop. And the Red Road / coastal section is, somehow, absolutely perfect, delicious, smooth asphalt through a vigorous rainforest for 15 miles of windy jungle road with waves crashing on your left. Unbelievably great.

Local food/restaurants in Pahoa were all enjoyable.

The Wednesday night all-village craft-fair food-extraveganza hula-performance event in Kalapana is not to be missed - fantastic event for all ages, our kids loved it.

And if you're looking for a sandy beach, you can drive to one close by.

So, for snorkelers, marine/sealife enthusiasts, road cyclists, and folks who want to be on the ocean in a spectacular house, watching the sunrise from your outdoor deck hottub, 6 out of 5 stars.

If you need to have a sandy beach immediately outside your rental, book some other place and leave this one available so we can book it again! :-)

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best home in the area

  • 5 of 5

The Sullivan's place is right on the water. The road has been repaired and is now accessible to all vehicles. The home was clean, well appointed, and very comfortable. The quality of materials used in construction is excellent, and you feel as if you are in a 5 star hotel. Instructions were appropriate with a complete book at the home. I have been in other places that have label tape on everything. Be aware that it is warmer on the beach than other areas due to the trade winds, but the windows and door walls can be fully opened to allow the breeze to flow through. I would highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Week in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

If you’re looking for a somewhat remote destination to relax and enjoy the tide pools and ocean views... this is your place!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A must visit for anyone who loves the Big Island!

  • 5 of 5

After visiting and living on the Big Island for over 40 years, I decided to take the family somewhere new this time. As soon as I saw the photos on HomeAway, I knew this was the spot I wanted to visit. While the pictures on the site are nice, I don't think they do justice to the house and surrounding area. We immediately fell in the love with house the minute we arrived.

If you're an avid snorkler, this house can't be beat. You're literally steps away from some of the finest snorkeling in the islands. It's great for beginners and experts.

The house surpassed all of our expectations. We particularily loved sitting on the lanai at the end of the day and looking at the ocean while enjoying a nice tropical breeze.

Our only regret after staying here, is that we only booked it for four nights! We didn't want to leave and will definitely be back, albeit for a longer stay. Thanks again for sharing your house with us and allowing us to fall in love with this lovely part of the Big Island.

Spencer, Cindy, Shane, and Riley

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a beautiful review, Thank you and I am so glad that your time in our home was a great experience. I am going to have to take new photos! Unfortunately, to make them really wonderful I need to wash all those jalousies! Love the jalousies but hate the almost immediate salt scum that clouds the view.
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Relaxing beauty!

  • 5 of 5

So much family fun exploring area and enjoying fab house!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sheri you were fun to work with and I hope you and your family will be able to visit us again. Kathy
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 14.42%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.