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Coastal Hawaii Cottage on a Tropical Tidal Pond

Kapoho, Puna District, HI, USA
  • Cottage1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms main house + 1 bedroom in Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

The 'Pond House' is a spacious 1000 square foot. cottage with a full front screened lanai. The tropical landscaping center piece is a tide pond. Light and airy are the full kitchen and living room.

In the main house,there are two tropical ceramic tile bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed, the other with two singles that can be converted to a king. Both bedrooms open to an outside lanai for sunbathing or star gazing. Additionally a 200 square foot separate guest room (a third bedroom), with outdoor bath house, is available to accommodate a larger group.

We have a private parking area for two cars, more cars than that can park at the entrance to the house lots. Keywords: Cottage


Jan Anderson

Member Since 2005
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Jan Anderson

I have lived in Kapoho for 35 years, own a landscape and orchid farm, raised a family here and feel grateful to share the beauty of this areas, in a more natural and peaceful atmosphere of simple living.

Jan Anderson purchased this Cottage in 2000

Why Jan Anderson chose Kapoho

I watched the 'Pond House' being built in the 80's because I lived across the street. I always liked it because it had a large tidal pond in the front yard and a 300 acre undisturbed property behind it. The house itself was built in a way to have light and air and the beauty of nature be part of every room in the house. I have enjoyed furnishing and decorating the 'Pond House' so it feels like an intimate, easy going, get away.

What makes this Cottage unique

My cottage has the feeling of 'old Hawai`i. Sitting or laying down in the screened lanai, you are surrounded by nature, looking out onto a tidal pond, hearing the open ocean waves and watching palm trees catching the wind....very peaceful. Plus, it is very easy to go from the house, down a trail to the open ocean tidepool area, for snorkeling, catching a sunrise or just exploring!


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Detached Unit
        1 king, king can change to two singles
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, 1 baby crib, king can change to 2 singles
      • King size beds can change to singles Punee on the lanai. Single day bed in the living room.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Water View
            There is an ocean tide pool in the front yard, and can see the main ocean from the yard (200feet away) , through the tree lined walkway to the open ocean tide pools.


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Clothes Dryer
                    Included with the unit for private use.
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Internet
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                    Included with the unit for private use.


                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Kitchen
                        Full kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                        16 cu ft
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                            Dining is on the lanai, seating for 4 (can add seating) or at the kitchen island on stools.
                          • Dining Area


                              • Books
                              • CD Player
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                              • Music Library
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Stereo
                              • Television


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    the back of the house has a large open air deck
                                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    screened lanai for enjoyable outdoor hanging out
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                    beautful landscaped yard with palms and orchids and native plants
                                  • Outdoor Grill


                                      • churches
                                      • festivals
                                      • library
                                      • recreation center
                                      • restaurants

                                        Leisure Activities

                                          • photography
                                          • scenic drives
                                          • shopping
                                          • sight seeing
                                          • walking
                                          • whale watching
                                          • wildlife viewing

                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                              • ATM/bank
                                              • groceries
                                              • medical services

                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                  • cycling
                                                  • fishing
                                                  • hiking
                                                  • snorkeling/diving
                                                  • surfing
                                                  • swimming


                                                      • Books on Hawaii, Paperback books, Electric stove, Toaster oven, Blender, Ceiling fans, Lawn Chairs, baby playpen

                                                        40 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Perfect Location - Great Host

                                                        Paul G.Canada

                                                        50 feet from the tide pools which were the best snorkeling we had on the island by far (including the captain cook snorkeling tour). The house was way more room than we needed for three and could easily host 6 which would have been fun. Our host Jan was great and a long time resident. she shared a little of the history of the house and the area which we liked. We only stayed 2 nights, but would have been a great place to chill for a couple more. Loved sitting on the porch after a snorkel with a beer. Watching the gekos. Hilo and the Kalapana Lava hike were not that far and could be driven easily. Thanks!

                                                        Loved it

                                                        Theresa L.

                                                        Although the weather didn’t cooperate for getting into the tide pools, we didn’t mind. We walked around. We should have stayed longer! Nice location, pretty private. The bed wasn’t too comfortable but the rest of the cottage was geeat

                                                        Perfect spot for a family


                                                        This was a perfect spot for our family. The tide pools were just about 100 ft from the house with easy access. The kitchen was stocked with all the dishes, pots and pans for us to make great meals. There was a washer, dryer and clothesline- a must with a toddler! The porch was a favorite gathering spot. It was a perfect place for a family, because it was easy to go to the tide pools for even a small amount of time- and others could stay back. Took about an hr to get to the caldura at Volcanoes. Nice back yard for BBQ and relaxing. We loved our visit and would stay again.

                                                        Clean and comfortable, perfect location right by the tidepools. The kitchen was well equipped.

                                                        Niki T.

                                                        We had a lovely time exploring the area (it didn’t hurt that the weather cooperated).

                                                        Great location

                                                        Shannon H.

                                                        Jan was very helpful prior to our trip and during our stay. She was available for any questions we had. Great location. Beds were comfortable. We didn't have problems with anything. There are geckos, as you see everywhere on the island, but they don't bother you. I definitely recommend you use bug spray with deet when you are outside. The attached cottage is more "rugged" than the house but is a great value so you cannot complain. We spent most of our time on the lanai.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Hey...mahalo for coming to stay at my Pond House and lovin' nature. Those gechos can be so entertaining. The tropics are all about living with nature...but I know sometimes, for some people the 'mossies' can be pesty .Getting into the ocean tidepools, a couple hundred feet away, is a reason to be there...its all good...aloha

                                                        Quiet and secluded

                                                        Eileen Momi N.

                                                        I treated my teenage grandchildren to a stay at the house. We had a great time and they had a blast snorkeling. Jan was very accommodating and friendly. mahalo!


                                                        Kapoho, Puna District, HI, USA

                                                        Owner's Orchid and Palm Nurseries tours. This whole lower Puna area is abundant with nature at it's finest. It is rural and therefore not crowded, so you can enjoy peaceful, ocean, tropical experiences. Watching the sunrise over the ocean tide pools is a favorite as well as relaxing in the immense naturally heated geothermal hot pond down the road. The old highway from Kapoho to Kalapana is one of the last old roads that lead you through tunnels of tropical trees and foliage while you drive along the coastline of beautiful ocean waves.......truly memorable.

                                                        Rates & Availability

                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                        Cleaning Fee
                                                        Additional Guest Fee
                                                        Tax Rate

                                                        Rates: Minimum stay -2 nights Main house: - Daily $125.00/Weekly $750.00 - single/double occupancy Adjacent 3rd bedroom-Daily $20.00 / Weekly $125.00- single/double occupancy Additional adults @$10.00 per night per person (children 12 and younger stay free) *** When looking for a quote, only count #of adults and the children 13 years and older...do not include the# of children 12 and under...you can tell me in your comments if there are children 12 years and under Cleaning fee - $80.00 – $100.00 depending on # of guests and length of stay All rates plus state GE & TAT tax 13.25% The Pond House is a smoke free and pet free environment There is a two car parking limit in the private driveway * Wai'opae Tidepools is a Marine Life Conservation District is a ' no fishing zone' * Cancellation Policy: In the event of you canceling, there will be a $50.00 fee payable. Cancellation prior to your arrival date will allow for a refund (less the cancellation fee) for the canceled dates that are re-booked by other guests.

                                                        40 Reviews
                                                        Excellent 4.6/5
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