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Oceanview,pingpong,bikes,bbq. Deck overlooks private pond.Wai O'pae is 5min walk

Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

2 Bedrooms, pull-out bed in greatroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

Aloha! Ascend the 7 stairs at Mama J's Pond House.You may be tempted to walk to the end of the 300sq ft deck & check out the large private pond before entering this lovely Hawaiian style home. The greatroom is spacious w/ vaulted ceilings. Open some windows so you can hear the ocean. Get settled into 1 of the 2bdrms thru the archway on your left. There is a lightswitch on rt side of Arch Room to illuminate the pond whilst you unpack if you've arrived at night.

Each of the 2 bdrms has a king bed w/ new 100% cotton sheets & 4 pillows ea. 2 extra pillows,quilts & afghans on closet shelf in Arch Room.

Altho' ea bdrm is basically the same in size w/ nightstand, alarm clock, bedside lamp, Hawaiiana artwork, ceiling fan & a luggage rack, they ea have their own unique features.

Deckside bdrm toward front of house has screened sliding glass door opening onto the deck. It has a small closet for things you may need to hang up. The bed in here is actually a California king, 4" longer than a regular king.

Seaside bdrm toward back of house is a bit breezier w/ extra window affording peek-a-boo view of Wai Opae Marine Sanctuary. This is the side the sun comes up on but curtains are dark so you can sleep. It has its' own small balcony w/ 2 chairs & a table. Perfect for watching the sun come up on the ocean or having a bit of outdoor privacy if you are traveling w/ others. Altho' there is no closet in this rm, there are hooks on the back of the bdrm door and a small closet in Arch Room to hang your things.

You may smoke on deck or seaside bedroom's lanai using provided ashtrays. PLEASE shut the windows &/or door closeby to keep inside of our home smokefree. Mahalo (Thank You) for respecting our home concerning this rule.

The Arch Room is large and adds to the spacious feel of our home. There is a beautiful teak writing desk in there. Also a landline for Big Island outgoing calls. Use your calling card for long distance. As you will find w/ most places in Puna District, cell phone reception is spotty. AT&T seems to work best. This landline has been provided for your safety & convenience.

There is a regulation size ping-pong table in this room. Electronic plastic-tip dart board game at end of hall. See rules for some dart games in top drawer of desk.

Bathrm is big by Hawaii standards. There are 3 tiled stairs (please watch your step!) leading to a beautiful sunken shower stall. The shower has good water pressure. There are 2 small frosted windows in bathrm that may be left open for that peek-a-boo view of the ocean as you walk in. They are up high enough and no neighbor back there, you will still have your privacy.

There is a w/d in a corner of the bathrm. Bath towels are provided as are beach towels. Please take only beach towels (colorful ones on bottom shelf) outside of house. There is a laundry hamper behind bathrm door.

There is also an outdoor shower (coldwater only) to rt of front door stairs for rinsing off after the 5min walk to the tidepools. Hang your suits & towels on the clothesline at top of stairs so that they're ready to go again!

In the bathrm we have provided shampoo, bodywash and air freshener. They are all products w/ scent so you may wish to bring your own.

Kitchen has a 4 burner gas stove w/ oven. Service for 8. Ice-maker in freezer of the full size fridge. There is a toaster, 12 cup coffee machine, bean grinder, blender, microwave & pots n' pans. Think you will find everthing you need but may wish to inquire further if you are used to cooking gourmet meals. Salt, pepper, some basic seasonings, cooking oil and soy sauce provided. 1 roll papertowels, coffee filters, dishsoap & sponge provided. No auto dishwasher but there is a pretty peek-a-boo of the ocean out the kitchen window to make washing dishes less of a chore. Our water supply is from the city so it is safe to drink.

Weber grill on site, byo charcoal. Please no grilling on the deck but there is a lovely outdoor space close to the deck. Bbq tools provided.

There are four bicycles for making the 15min cruise to The Champagne Ponds. If you like more of a challenge, Ahalanui (also known as Millionaire's Pond) is slightly uphill but just a few miles away. Please always use the provided lock when away from the bikes. Tirepatch kit and airpump are in Archroom.

The greatroom (living rm/ kitchen) has 2 ceiling fans and lots of screened windows. Cool and breezy. Tho' it is wonderful to sleep w/ all the windows open and wake up to the sound of ocean, you may experience salty stickiness on the new laminate wood flooring throughout house in the morning. E komo mai (Welcome) to beach livin'! We have provided a dust mop and suggest wearing house slippers or socks as remedy to open air= sticky floor mornings. Or, shut windows before you retire & rely on the ceiling fans, extra plug-in pole fan & a Vornado air circulator provided.

Living part of room has comfy loveseat, reclining chair & 2 wide seat wooden arm chairs. The loveseat pulls out to bed for some more lounging room. Linens and extra pillows in Arch rm closet.

32inch hi-def TV w/ Blue-ray DVD player. You will receive code to access wifi upon arrival.

About 30 DVDs on our bookshelf. Many books pertaining to Hawaii, especially Big Island. There are also a few board games & playing cards in the drawer.

Beautiful hand-hewn kitchen table made in Indonesia from retired fishing boats seats 4. We have 2 padded folding chairs & 4 personal size folding tables to add to living rm furniture area for tv side dining. A table on the deck seats 6.

Now let's get to the real reason you are considering Mama J's Pond House as your base for all the Big Island has to offer...relaxing outdoors at your fairly secluded home away from home. We are located at the end of a cul-de-sac, seldom will you see a neighbor. The large front deck has lots of seating (see pictures) and overlooks your own private pond teeming with fish.

The hammock for one sets up easily & holds up to 300lbs. The light comfortable parachute material hammock is stitched in a way that you can pull it up over yourself for a nap. The sounds of the nearby ocean will lull you to sleep.

The large private pond is amazing. You may find yourself lost in meditation as you gaze at the fish. Watch the tide in the pond rise & fall. Many types of birds flit around the surrounding trees.You may even espy a mongoose. Water is clear unless it has rained hard the day before. Usually is clear again on next day.

For your safety, we do not allow swimming in our pond. It is a tranquil gazing pond. The water is clear and you may view the fish & bottom which is 7ft deep in some parts during high tide.

The pond's fish are self sustaining meaning that they survive on the many types of small crustaceans in this natural pond.

Wai Opae Marine Sanctuary as peekabooed from many of our windows and a 5 min walk away has the best snorkeling on all of the Big Island. We have 4 snorkels for your use kept on a shelf in Arch room. We have outdoor shower to rt of our front stairs for rinsing off. There is no shower at Wai 'Opae.

Surf, swim, fishing areas close by. Hotponds including Ahalanui 10 min drive & Champagne Pond 5min drive. Volcano National Park is 40miles away.

Altho' our home has a king & a Cal-king bed plus a pull-out sofa in living room, We think you will be most comfortable w/ 4ppl max. 5 ppl staying is our limit. Please respect, be honest when booking reservation ab amt of ppl that will be staying. We do charge a nominal amt for more than 2 ppl.

If there is a problem w/ anything during your stay or things not as expected upon arrival, please call Stan. We will find a way to make things right. Our nearby housekeeper/maintenance team will show up at YOUR convenience should the unlikely event that they are needed arise.

We take pride in our vacation home and would like to share our home with you. Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank You very much) for considering your stay at our little piece of paradise. Aloha! Jahnys and Stan

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Jahnys & Stan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Jahnys & Stan

Born & raised in Whittier, Calif, I moved to Oahu in 1981. My longtime partner Stan was born & raised here on Oahu. Owning our piece of Paradise in Kapoho is possible because of my Mom. We named the house in her honor, Mama J (Joyce)'s Pond House.

Our Hawaiian style home was blt in 1974 and remodeled in 2005. Many old school architectural features remain such as vaulted ceilings, blt-in cubbies & the Arch Room. The flooring & paint are new as is all of the furniture and most appliances. We have much pride in this house, it is for family & friends to get together on special occasions. We are constantly working on improvements...utmost is safety, cleanliness & comfort. We are proud to share our home for your getaway and have you find it up to our standards.

We want YOU to be as happy as we are when we stay here. We will be just a phone call away to answer questions and do what we can to make your stay more comfortable. In the unlikely event that something was overlooked during cleaning, please call upon arrival & we will make it right via our nearby housekeeper.


Jahnys and Stan

Jahnys & Stan purchased this house in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mar 2-18, 2014

We enjoyed our time at Mama J's Pond House. It is spacious, comfortable and convenient to places of interest. Our friends who live in the area accompanied us to the Volcanoes National Park, The Tropical Botanical Gardens and walks on the lava fields.

The large deck overlooking the fish in the pond is a great way to relax on a warm day.
Mar 2014
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Oceanview,pingpong,bikes,bbq. Deck overlooks private pond.Wai O'pae is 5min walk
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 19 reviews

Great spot for a family vacation!

  • 4 of 5

We loved that we could walk to the tide pools - the tide pools were incredible and great for beginner snorkelers. Jahnys answered all of our questions before our arrival and gave us lots of tips on where to shop and eat. The location was a great home base to explore the Puna region. Thanks Jahnys and Stan for sharing the lovely Mama J's pondhouse with us:)

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Holiday Stay

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean and the property lovely with the fish pond and trees.

It was quiet location, we enjoyed spending hours down at the ponds. It's my

most favorite place on the Island!

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience...... Mahalo.....

  • 5 of 5

Loved the Ponds..... Beautiful set-up.....

Did a little maintenance changing burnt out light bulbs in the ceiling fans.....!!!

From a fellow musician, enjoyed your CD...

I could appreciate the Harmonies...!!!

Thanks for a memorable Thanksgiving for our family in Hawaii......

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for changing lightbulbs! Prior guests did not mention so must have just happened. We leave spares in the pantry but future guests can always call us to send our team over at one's convenience since ceilings are high. Glad you liked Stan's CD! More can be heard on YouTube under Honolulu Lounge Lizards.Hope you will return to Mama J's Pond House and bring us a sample of your music. Aloha! Jahnys n' Stan
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Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

From the first inquiry about Mama J property, the owners were great to deal with and so helpful with suggestions about places to visit, restaurants and shopping. The house has everything you could ask for, the bikes were so handy to head over to champagne pond for the morning of snorkling, then back to Mama J for lunch and some great coffee and then off to Tide pools for more fun and then a night filled with marathon Ping Pong games! It was the perfect setting and we will for sure come back.

Thanks Again for making our first trip to Hawaii so special,

Sandra, Raymond Justin and Jenna

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise! Better than I could have imagined; childhood dream come true. Adventure of a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

We wrote a lengthy review in the guestbook at Mama J's Pond House which provides more details about our activities (3pages!). I would recommend renting this beautiful vacation home for so many reasons. The location is perfect. We were in the water snorkeling every morning as pools are very short walk away. The trees, flowers, and birds along the walk are fragrant and magnificent! Snorkel and masks and plush beach towels all provided. This home had everything we needed, and more, to ensure a safe, comfortable, warm, exciting, relaxing, and educational 5 days. Bookshelf with local history, including flora and fauna, as well as numerous volcano ( and other) dvds really supplemented our experience here as we were able to sit around in the evening, listening to cocqui and Hawaiian music streaming via the tv, and talk about our day, our adventures, and fill-in our understanding and information gaps via these resources. Unexpected and unplanned (that we would sit and read in the evening) but so rewarding and satisfying! Very comfortable furnishing in the living room and throughout, and clean; very nice for lounging and hanging out after our active and adventurous days. Able to prepare fresh and healthy meals and snacks due to well-equipped kitchen. We put the blender (smoothies) and coffee pot (kona beans!!) to good and frequent use! Local farmers markets and fruit stands a'plenty kept food affordable. Grass-fed beef available for good price at grocer. Welcomed upon arrival to home by Hawaiian music playing, which we left on the entire time we were in residence. This home allowed us to immerse ourselves in the Big Island experience; invited, beackoned, encouraged, and supported us in our 5 days of life at Mama J's. Jahnys and Stan are so kind, helpful, and responsive as we prepared for our visit and throughout. Genuinely nice people. Am so grateful they choose to share their home. They are true gems, as is their home. This trip changed my life in all positive ways and I am a better person because of coming here. My 8 year old and I played lots of ping pong and chess, too, and rode the bikes. Very special 'amenities'! We did slip on the volcano rock in the tidepools at the ocean (volcano rock shows no mercy), but Mama J's had bandaids! Handmade notebook with all kinds of super-relevant information was incredibly useful and helpful. Thank you for that! I could go on and on...just go there!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! Great stay with all supplies and just like home. Loved the Ducts!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!

Great stay with all supplies and just like home. Loved the Ducts!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laughing. Pretty sure that last line is supposed to say, "Loved the ducKs." Pair of neighborhood muscovies hang out near our pond. Male is called Waddles & the female, Puddles, will fly onto deck daily during your visit if she finds that you're going to feed her. She will eat from hand & sometimes coos over a stroke on her back. If you allow her to stay, you may get a "poop deck" & there is hose next to the outdoor shower for rinsing away. If you don't like Puddles up on deck, there is a soft broom out there to give her gentle nudge.
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Hilo Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Kapoho House Rental Rates

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Winter 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Mar 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

one time cleaning fee $115
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.41%

Nightly rent + tax are based on 1-2 person occupancy. $10+ tax for each additional ppl up to 5 max. We have a 2 week maximum stay so as to keep our home in tip top shape. Exceptions may apply for return guests. Please call Stan @808-291-6493 HIST between 8am & 8pm or email if you have any questions.
Your dates will be blocked after payment and signage of rental contract are received. Our cancellation policy may be viewed by request. $200 deposit less any damages will be returned asap, usually within 3 days of check-out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1312 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 4 stairs lead to shower stall w/ good water pressure. w/d
    Outdoor shower - Cold water located next to front stairs. Rinse off afterswim
  • Altho' there is just one bathrm it is rather big by Hawaii standards. 4 tiled stairs to access shower stall behind a tiled wall.Please watch your step. Good water pressure. As always, test the temperature as water in there is capable of getting VERY hot. 2 terry bathrobes for your use. 2 rolls of T.P. to start you out provided. Bodywash and shampoo provided. These are scented products so you may prefer your own. Washer/dryer off to side of entryway.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bed 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full sleep sofa. Comfortable but is located in living rm
    Deckside Bedroom - 1 king , Cal-king bed. Pond view. Sliding door to deck.Ceiling fan
    Seaside Bedroom - 1 king , Ocean & pond views. Small private lanai Ceiling fan.
  • The bdrms are of ab the same size. Both have king beds w/ 100% cotton linens & 4 pillows ea. Both have bedside tables w/ a drawer, reading lamp and alarm clock. Both have luggage rack,ceiling fan & Hawaiiana art. Deckside bdrm has small closet. Seaside bedrm is the side the sun comes up on but curtains are dark. Fairly shaded on that side so shouldn't be too bad if you like to sleep in. It has a private entry and small lanai w/ seating for two. This rm is a bit breezier than the other and can hear the ocean. It does not have a closet but there are several hooks on the back of the door and a small closet in nearby Arch Room. Fold-out sofa bed is full size and new. 2 extra pillows & flat sheets located in Arch Room closet. This extra bed is located in the greatroom (living rm/kitchen) close to front door. A couple of the many windows in this large room are not curtained but they are high up enough to afford privacy.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
In the Arch Room is a shelf where you will find a lantern in case of a power outage or to create some more light at end of deck. We purposefully left end of deck dark so that you could create your own atmosphere. There is a ltswitch for deck rt inside front door. A light to illuminate the pond on far wall, rt side of Arch Rm. There are 2 masks w/ snorkel on this shelving. Also where you will find the hammock in the r/y/g color parachute material bag. Hooks to hang it up are the big eyebolt next to white closet on deck & kitty-corner post across. There are two 28qt/41 can coolers. We have found these practical to take on our shopping trips to Hilo (the food prices are more reasonable). There are 2 terry cloth bath robes for your use hanging on back of bathrm door. Nothing fancy but they are clean in case you need to save rm in your suitcase.

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