Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Natural Lava Heated Pool - Steps to best snorkeling in Hawaii

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,040 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Punana Kiowai Hawaiian Cottage, 2 Bedrooms -1 bath + outdoor shower, Sleeps 4-6

Punana Kiowai - House of Comfort by the Pond is located in Sunny Kapoho. This beautiful Hawaiian home is sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation in tropical Hawaii. Begin your vacation by swimming in your own private natural lava pool. Heated by the warm lava rock and cooled by the ocean water, this pool will soothe and help you relax any day or night. Only a few steps from snorkeling in the marine conservation tidepools, this Hawaiian home will delight you in ways you never expected.

The home features two bedrooms with queen-size beds; a sofa-bed in the living room; a full bathroom with tub/shower, plus an outdoor shower; eat in kitchen and bar area with dishwasher; wrap-around porch with outside dining and comfortable seating; screened in lanai with Hawaiian chaise lounges and comfortable chairs, dining and beverage refrigerator in lanai; BBQ and more outdoor dining by lava pond; Flatscreen TV/DVD player; WiFI; computer/printer; wireless and wired speakers; ceiling fans in every room with windows that open to enjoy the ocean breeze. This house is perfect for two couples or a small family.

Newly refurbished, tile floors , dishwasher, kitchen lighting, new ceiling fans, flatscreen TV with satellite dish network... you will love the Punana Kiowai!

Sunny Kapoho is a 40 minute drive south of Hilo, near Pahoa at the southeastern tip of the Big Island. This area is lush with wild orchids and tropical vegetation that overflows with natural beauty and authentic Hawaiian charm. Nearby activities include Ahalanui Park, a geothermally heated pool surrounded by palms. A mixture of ocean and spring water that averages 90 degrees makes for a soothing and restoring swim in a therapeutic pool. Just a short walk to beautiful Kapoho Bay, Champagne Ponds and the Ocean offer great snorkeling, and viewing of whales, sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful coral.

Swimming floats, noodles, beach chairs and towels, sand umbrella, hammock, bicycles and a basketball hoop on the back patio. Laundry room has washer/dryer and solar dryer (clothesline).

The kitchen is fully stocked with spices, utensils, ceramic and melamine dishes, wine & champagne glasses, coffee mugs plus all the appliances: toaster; microwave; coffee maker and espresso machine; blender; rice cooker; electric griddle and skillet/stew pot.

Four choices for dining: Lanai; Wrap-around porch; Pool-side or In-kitchen bar.

Farmer's market is open daily in Hilo and famous Makuu market in Pahoa on Sundays. You will love all the fresh produce, flowers and local arts and crafts and food options.

Come enjoy your next vacation at Punana Kiowai!

More Details


Kapoho Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1040 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • See Rental Agreement for Owner's Stated Cancellation Policy.
  • Children must be supervised at all times- tide pools in the neighborhood and on property are open bodies of water. Swimmers and diligent parents.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Features enclosed outdoor shower with hot & cold water
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Overlooking pool and garden
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Overlooking wraparound porch and lush vegetation
    Lanai - 1 queen , If guests prefer,the airbed bed fits in lanai or living room
    Living Room Sofabed or Airbed - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Airbed also fits in living room and pack & play crib
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Punana Kiowai offers a great location at the eastern most tip of the Big Island. Located on its own tidal pool and 100 yards from the famous Wai 'Opae tidepools. Nearby Ahalanai Hot pond and Isaac Hale boat launch (Pohiki). Near historic town of Pahoa, Kalapana, great for trips to see lava flow and visit Volcano National Park. A day trip to Kona side of Big Island, this is the best location for outdoor enthusiasts and overall site seeing.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(69 traveler reviews)

84% Complete
10% Complete
4% Complete
1% Complete
0% Complete
Natural Lava Heated Pool - Steps to best snorkeling in Hawaii
average rating of 4.768116 based on 90 reviews

A real slice of Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a property away from the major cities but close to the ocean. This place was perfect. The property is walking minutes away from the ocean. The lava heated swimming pool is fantastic. We started every day in it. We enjoyed the property so much that we felt cheated out of the relaxing time we spent there when on the road visiting Volcano National Park and other day trips to see other sites on the Hilo side of the island. Peg has everything you need there. We enjoyed lounging around the pool. The hammock was used several day as well. Bicycles gave two in our party a chance to explore the area without a vehicle. The grill provided great meals, and the screened in porch in the back provided an outdoor living room that we used many nights for relaxation or family game time. The area is quiet, except for the frogs and birds, which we found enhanced our experience with the nature in the area. Peg has a great booklet that will assist you in enjoying the area to the fullest. If you enjoy snorkeling, as we did, this place is perfect. A five minute walk to a trail accessible through a private driveway leads to a series of deep pools protected from the main effects of the ocean waves closest to the shoreline. Proceed another five minutes from this area by following the road until you come to the tide pools. Here you walk out onto the lava until you find the area you would like to snorkel. You will have more current here when the tide is raising or lowering, but the water clarity in both spots no matter the wave or current condition is clear. There is no sand to stir up. The amount of people here is very few compared to other beach like snorkeling spots. The variety of ocean life seen here is amazing. Water shoes are must if you are snorkeling in this area, or even swimming in the pool because of the lava rock. We spent six nights here and wish it could have been much longer. If I ever return to the big island I would definitely want to stay here again. But I would want a longer stay, just so we could enjoy more time at Peg's

fantastic house in Kapoho. As a side note, Peg was very timely and professional in her communications both during and after the booking. And her property manager lives right across the street if you have any questions or concerns. Mahalo Peg for providing us the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for taking the time to write your review. I so appreciate the detail you have provided for future guests as we enjoy sharing this beautiful property with others and appreciate the care you take of our Hawaiian cottage at the Kapoho Tidepools.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Arlington, TX

Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This is such a cute home, and it is really close to the Kapoho Tide Pools. It is a very easy little walk, even with snorkel gear. Everything we could have wanted was at the house; at the end of the day, it was lovely to come back to our own tide pool in the backyard. It was warmer than the cool pools, and it was perfect for soaking. The house is centrally located; Pahoa had all the food we could ask for, and it's a short jaunt to Volcanoes National Park. We loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

LOVE this place!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to relax, connect with nature and each other. This property has a pond very comfortable for swimming and the tidepools with colorful fish just a few minutes walk away. Lots of snorkels, masks, and floaties to use. There is a large screened back patio but we spent most of our down time sitting on the deck chairs overlooking the pond. House has a full kitchen with everything needed to prepare and eat meals, full bathroom, and a large outdoor shower. I hope I get the opportunity to return and spend time in this place again.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your review. We are so glad you had a great stay and enjoyed all that Punana Kiowai has to offer! Merry Christmas!
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Lake Stevens, WA

This is the best Hawaiian vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We totally loved this vacation home. The house was very clean and had all the necessities, plus more. We enjoyed the screened lanai in the evenings, and the Kilauea heated pool is our kind of relaxation. We enjoyed watching the doves building a nest in the coconut palm tree near the pool. After 2 lovely weeks we were sad to leave, but we'd like to return. Soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Amazing Property!

  • 5 of 5

This home is truly awesome. We had three adults stay for 3 nights and we were more than comfortable, and able to entertain 3 more guests for dinner! The Geo-thermally heated pool in the backyard was the spotlight of this property, it was the perfect way to start each day. The neighborhood is quaint, quiet and very close to the beautiful tide pools! The house was so well stocked, we really didn't lack for anything (i.e. snorkels, towels, floaties, condiments, etc). Peg, you are a wonderful host! Future guests, be sure to do your grocery shopping prior to heading to the house, as grocery stores are a bit of a ways away. Having the washer and dryer helped us out a lot as well. We enjoyed the screened in patio as well as the backyard BBQ, worked great for our "family-style" meal. I have already recommended this house to a few of my friends, and I will most likely request to stay again at some point. Thank you for the amazing experience, Aloha!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your wonderful review, we are so glad you had a wonderful stay! We are so blessed to share this wonderful Hawaiian cottage. Peg
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Perfect getaway off the beaten path

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four with two kids (5 years and 10 months) stayed for 8 days at Peg's Punana Kiowai. Initially the humid heather and lack of AC was a bit much for some of us, but Peg does her best to provide ceiling fans throughout plus additional fans. We cooled off daily in the beautiful pool and very quickly acclimated to the weather. We have stayed in many VRBO rental properties over the years and hands down, Peg has done an OUTSTANDING job of stocking her home. The lanai was perfectly setup for relaxation and allowing my little people to spread out. To name of FEW of the personal touches: scented candles, bug spray, first aid kit, bins of snorkel gear and water shoes in a variety of sizes, movies, bikes, beach chairs, laundry soap, pool floaties, and a well stocked spice cabinet... plus so much more! We spent so much time connecting as a family indoors and outdoors--between BBQing, swimming, snorkeling in the tide pools just steps away, collecting coconuts and drinking fresh coconut milk, to falling asleep in the hammock looking at the stars. The home is wonderfully maintained and very clean. We have every intention of coming back in the future!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and Mahalo for your kind words and appreciation. I am so glad that you had a fantastic stay and thank you for sharing your comments with others. I will pass your gracious comments on to our staff that maintains Punana Kiowai. They are the ones that make a difference! Peg
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Peg McAllister
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Peg McAllister

We purchased this beautifully located cottage in 2005, near the Wai O'pae Tidepools. We love the serenity, the endless options of things to do, the sound of the ocean, the tropical fragrant flowers, coconuts, papaya and aloe growing on the property. Each day brings a beautiful sunrise over the tidepools, snorkeling among colorful fish and coral, a place to relax and to enjoy family and friends.

Peg McAllister purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Peg McAllister chose Kapoho

Our Hawaiian cottage features a unique natural lava heated swimming pool, tropical plants, palms, even a Black crowned Heron comes to fish on occasion. An outdoor lava BBQ, wrap around porch and fully screened in lanai. Privacy on all sides of this property, offering lush vegetation and ocean sounds.

What makes this cottage unique

The view from the wrap around porch offers changing views of the natural lava heated pool as the tide changes twice each day. I fell in love with the property because of the pool, I jumped in during my first visit with the realtor! I was sold that this is where I want to spend my vacations. Many of our guests come back year after year, too!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the opportunit to enjoy your home. We have had a great time while we were here. Thank you, too, for all the helpful information and pleasant welcome. We pray God's richest blessing on you and your family.
Apr 2016
  • 1 of 21


Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Hilo, Hawaii
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Ferry
17 Miles
Not a Ferry - Black Sand Beach - Kalapana
Nearest Golf
26 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Highway 137
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Waiopae Tidepools
Car: necessary

Kapoho Vacationland offers families and friends the best snorkeling in the Hawaiian Islands in the Kapoho Wai 'Opae Tidepools, less than 100 yards from our front door. Our vacation cottage offers a natural lava heated swimming pool on the property. Children and adults love swimming in your own pool, flood lights for evening swimming!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $160
Damage Waiver Insurance $59
Tax Rate 14.42%

Prices quoted are for up to 4 guests, each addit'l guest, $25 per person/night.
75% of fee is due at time of booking, 25% due 90 days prior. If you are paying with Non-US Credit card, international credit card fees will be charged back.
1. If you cancel prior to 90 days of your arrival, there is an administrative cancellation fee of $125.
2. If you cancel within 40 to 90 days of your reservation date, you forfeit your entire deposit. However, if we are able to rent your reserved dates for an equal or greater amount, we will refund you the balance of your deposit after deducting the $125 administrative cancellation fee.
3. If you cancel within 40 days of your arrival, after your rental fees have been paid, we will charge you according to the following:
a. If we are able to rent your dates to another guest for an equal or greater amount, we will refund your rental fees, cleaning fees, and deposit minus the $125 administrative cancellation fee.
b. If we are able to rent only a portion of your rental dates, we will charge you the difference in rental value and refund you the balance plus your cleaning fee, and your deposit minus the $125 administrative cancellation fee.
c. If we are unable to rent your dates, you will forfeit your lodging fees. In this case, we will refund to you your prepaid cleaning fee and taxes. You will still be charged the $125 administrative cancellation fee.
Note: No refunds will be issued for late arrivals or early departures.
It is not our intention to charge you for dates not rented; however, please understand that once you confirm your dates, we reject all other inquiries for those dates. It becomes increasingly difficult to rent the closer we get to arrival dates.
It is highly recommended that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance, since vacation rental reservations are typically made far in advance. (Various policies viewable at

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

You might like these similar properties