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Ocean View Pualani Tropical Beach House-Bikes, Hot Tub, Wifi, Snorkel, FUN!

Pat Starkie

Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Pat Starkie

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Speaks: english
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Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2015
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Ocean View Pualani Tropical Beach House-Bikes, Hot Tub, Wifi, Snorkel, FUN!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Kapoho House Rental Photos and Description

2BR/2BA Ocean View Home sleeps 4, Close to snorkeling, Hot Tub, 4 bicycles.wifi

The Pualani Tropical Kapoho Beach home features open-beamed ceilings and panoramic tropical and ocean views. You can see the passing lights of cruise ships at night from the lanai. Come enjoy the solar energy home and the BRAND NEW HOT TUB (April 2014).There's a full kitchen, generous living and dining area opening onto the lanai, a queen-bed bedroom and bath. For extra guests, the second bedroom downstairs has two double beds. And for your evenings, there's a Satellite flat screenTV/DVD, an assortment of videos and CDs, and for those who would rather curl up with a book, there are lots to choose from. Outside in a gazebo near the house is a full-featured spa for your relaxation and enjoyment! The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, blender, coffee maker, range, fridge and all cooking and dining needs. This home is thoughtfully and tastefully appointed to make it feel like your very own home-in-Paradise. Ride bicycles (no extra fees for bikes like some rentals) to the nearby tidepools and lagoons for wonderful snorkeling and swimming. Hot tub, outdoor shower, and hi-speed internet!

Location: Located in a quiet, oceanfront, gated community with easy accessibility to Kapoho Bay and the ocean itself, there are several calm lagoons for swimming and snorkeling. Some of the lagoons are even heated by geothermal fresh-water springs! A guide map at the house will direct you to all the best spots. Champagne Pond is a 10-15 minute walk from the home or 5 minutes by bicycle, and this home is perfectly located to walk to the Wai'opae Marine Sanctuary for even more swimming and snorkeling experiences. Volcano National Park is about a 45 minute drive. The newly forming black sand beach in Kalapana is about a 20 minute drive down the 'Red Road,' Hiway 137. Lava has recently been flowing into the ocean here and you can hike to see it. 'Uncle Robert's' farmer's market is a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday evening. With wonderful Hawaiian musicians, local food vendors, arts & crafts, this event is better than a Luau. Put this on your 'to do' list!

This tropical hideaway is a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of other tourist locations. The trade winds keep the home comfortable year round, and the sound of the ocean across the street with the waves rolling across the reef is very pleasing to the senses! You feel like you are in your own tropical tree house with panoramic ocean and tropical views. I have many happy guests, and some who love to return year after year!

Amenities:: Champagne pond is 10-15 minute walk, full feature Spa in gazebo in yard, Satellite Flat screen TV, completely furnished for your comfort! The Wai'opae Marine Sanctuary is about 5-10 minutes south of the property by foot or bicycle. Just 40 minutes to Volcano National Park, and 1/2 hour to view the volcano flow (Kalapana) in to the ocean! Be sure to check out the Makuu Farmer's Market on Sundays, and Hilo Farmer's Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Lava viewing boat tours, helicopter tours at Hilo airport, botanical gardens, zoo, great little restaurants in Pahoa - Ning's Thai Food, Kaleos, Luquin's Mexican Food, Boogie Woogie Pizza, Paoulo's Italian food, Pele's Kitchen, and more! We love 'The Ponds' in Hilo too!

Activities:: Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, bike riding, volcano site-seeing, Olympic size swimming pool in Pahoa, several fine restaurants in Pahoa (8 mi.), hot ponds, lava viewing tours from Pohoiki, helicopter tours from Hilo airport, farmers markets in Makuu & Hilo, botanical gardens & more!

Area: Kapoho is a beautiful, peaceful and quiet place that is perfect for those who want no part of 'tourist Hawaii.' It is a small, friendly community that's also the sunniest spot on the Windward side of the Big Island. The nights bring a little rain, and the days are generally sunny and bright.

If you have already experienced 'tourist Hawaii' and are ready for something different, you will appreciate this. If you would like a taste of what it would be like to live among the folks who spend their lives here, work here, play here and raise their families here, you might find this interesting. If you're into hiking, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, exploring, or just being, you'll love it.

If this home is not available for your dates, please check out my other vacation rental on this website, listing number 301938, the oceanfront Alohahouse! If you would rather be really close to the ocean, but don't care about swimming in it, you will find this place amazing...living on the edge of the Pacific Ocean!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pat Starkie (Owner)
Member since: 1999
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2015

About Pat Starkie

We live in California, but love Hawaii! We have been visiting the Big Island since 1976. We loved Harry K. Brown Beach Park in Kalapana before the lava flow took the beach away and formed new land. Kapoho, on the eastern tip, of the island is our favorite spot because we love to swim and snorkel in the warm lagoons and tidepools. This is heaven on earth to us.

Pat Starkie purchased this house in 2004

Why Pat Starkie chose Kapoho

We fell in love with this home because of its open air feeling, high ceilings with LOTS of windows, the lush environment, sounds of the ocean waves breaking across the Kapoho reef, and its great location. It is in the gated community with access to Champagne Pond and the other fabulous spots in the area, but also just a short walk or bike ride to the Wai'Opae Marine Sanctuary. We found the best of both worlds!

What makes this house unique

This home is a real tropical retreat away from the tourist crowds. We can really relax here and love swimming and snorkeling the the warm tidepools. We love riding our bicycles to the Wai'Opae Marine Sanctuary and Champagne Pond. A morning dip is always fun and then we come back to our tropical tree house for coffee and breakfast.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved our stay in the Pualani House. This is our first time to Hawaii and the Pualani House gave us a perfect base from which to discover the East side of the island. Our only regret is we were so busy snorkeling, hiking past the 'End of the Road' and across a volcanic crater and, in addition, enjoying two farmer's markets in Pahoa, that we didn't have time to relax and enjoy the ambiance of the Pualani House. We loved the interior warmth created by all of the woodwork. We only hope we will be able to find a similar home to purchase as we search through the islands.



We both agree that Pualani was a lucky find for us. We have been in Hilo the last several days. Tomorrow we hope to go to the top of Mauna Kea as we travel to our new home base in Kona.



Mahalo and Happy Holidays,
Dec 2013
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4.9
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Ocean View Pualani Tropical Beach House-Bikes, Hot Tub, Wifi, Snorkel, FUN!
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 77 reviews
Grand Haven, MI, USA
5

Wonderful house close to world class snorkeling

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Pualani Home in February. The handsome house was perfect with all the ammenities, and very clean. The owner was great with all our questions, and replied immediately. The snorkeling nearby in the Kapoho Tide Pools was possibly our very favorite snorkeling spot ever! Swimming through thermally heated tide pools now out-ranks the Cayman Islands for us. The location was good for excursions to the volcano and Hilo too. We highly recommend the Pualani Home.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so happy when guests enjoy our home and the Kapoho area as much as we do! We hope you can come back sometime! We always offer discounts for repeat guests. We also think that the snorkeling is absolutely fabulous there.
Albuquerque, NM
5

Big beach home, good vibe

  • 5 of 5

This is bottom line a very solid deal. The place has a good vibe (I grew in SoCal in 1970s and this place is exactly how I'd furnish my own place, vintage cool). The house is well furnished and equipped and hearing the frogs and waves at night, with all the windows open, is really what we were after. We had a 6 and 4 your old and they were beside themselves with the wonder of the various plants and trees and geckos and being surrounded all that Hawaii offers.

Shopping is a bit of drive away, but the owners give you a great info pack on where to grocery shop on the way in and such. I would be sure to arrive during the day ,we had no problem finding it but I could see it might be trickier at night.

Finally, we had to do a short bike or drive to the beach, the 10 minute walk figure is accurate but not for a 4 year old. Secret: a neighbor aloha'd us and just let use her strip of coastline to explore the tidepools, our kids reveled in the fish and turtles right there.

Volcanoes, Hilo and waterfalls, all that really accessible from here.

This side of Hawaii has its own feel. If that is a fit for you, like it was for us, then this house is a great place to be.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love to hear from guests who were more than happy with their accommodations and feel like they got a good deal!! This is a wonderful place to stay if you want to be away from tourist crowds but close to fabulous swimming and snorkeling. The Pualani Home has a very "open air" feel, yet it has all the comforts of your own home. If you like sleeping to the sounds of the waves rolling across the reef, the sweet sounds of frogs at night, and waking up to doves cooing, this is the place! We offer guests bicycles, a hot tub, some snorkeling gear, beach towels, etc.....all for less than the cost of most hotel rooms! Pualani definitely has a good vibe!!
5

Cozy stay at Pualani house

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the Pualani house and were blown away! We loved the neighborhood and the nearby town of Pahoa. Mornings were spent snorkeling in numerous spots that were a short walk or bike ride from the house, and after many adventures all over the island, we loved heading home and jumping in the hot tub to unwind! The house was well-stocked with everything we needed - we were excited to find a blender and coffee maker in the kitchen, lots of beach towels and snorkeling gear, bikes to borrow, a washer and dryer... It really felt like our own home away from home! And we got a real kick out of the house geckos, Greta and Gomer, who popped up near the ceiling every once in a while to say hello! By our 3rd night we were already talking about trying to figure out the next time we could stay at the Pualani house, and how much fun it would be to spend a week there with another couple of friends or family. We haven't figured out our dates yet, but we look forward to returning to Pat & Andy's paradise in the future!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to share our special home with others who are looking for a laid back vacation away from the tourist crowds and close to the best snorkeling on the island! It really doesn't get much better than this!
4

Lovely neighborhood in a tropical setting

  • 4 of 5

This property and the area were a wonderful surprise. We have visited all 4 major Hawaiian islands many times and were reluctant to spend time on the "rainy" volcano side of the big island. But we discovered that Kapoho is sunny and gorgeous, the air is clean and the swimming and snorkeling are outrageously fabulous. We loved Champagne pond, the Kapoho tidepools and the wonderfully warm Ahalanui lava pool. The owners answered texts promptly and were always available when we had questions. There was one issue with the washing machine that was taken care of immediately. The bikes were fun, though could use some tuning.The only reason for the 4 star review is that the property is a bit dated and needs some work, though everything worked. We would definitely recommend this house as a relaxing vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: People are often surprised at how incredibly beautiful this spot on the Big Island is - they call it sunny Kapoho because it is!! It can be raining everywhere else on the island, and be sunny here. The bikes are Wal-Mart bicycles (nothing fancy), but they easily get you to all the great ocean access spots. Everything rusts in Hawaii, so you will notice that they are a bit rusty, but we maintain them so they are easily ridable around the neighborhood, and we upgrade them as necessary. We are on island now and just made sure that our fleet of bicycles all are good to go!! I am not sure why the property is dated....yes built in 1985 a well-built all cedar home and all the furniture is bamboo, The home has the feel of being in a tree house with floor to window ceilings. All linens are kept up and upgraded regularly. The home has also recently been painted and there is a brand new spa. One guest said it was like upscale camping because the ventilation is superb in the house with nature all around. Listening to the waves roll over the reef at night and waking to the soothing sounds of doves and birds in the morning. Paradise.
5

Open air snorkeler's retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The Pualani home is perfect for the laid back traveler. If you love snorkeling, listening to the birds, waves, wind, and tropical sounds, relaxing in a hot tub, riding bikes leisurely to ocean access points, then this place is for you! We've stayed here many times and will surely return! Owners are very friendly, helpful, and the house is great.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This repeat traveler sums it up perfectly!! Love my repeat guests. Mahalo!
5

another great stay at Pualani

  • 5 of 5

Second time at Pualani and it was even better then the first. Swam everyday, road bikes and enjoyed this beautiful place. Cant wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Swimming in the geothermally heated tide pools is always the highlight for us when we are there. There are many different ocean access spots in the Kapoho Beach Lots and just south in Vacationland - all easy to access with our bicycles. We send maps to travelers so they can easily find them! Please come back - always discounts for repeat guests!! Mahalo!

Map

The Black Sand Beach
South Point
Hilo Farmers Market
Kaleo's Bar & Grill
Pahoa Fresh Fish
Ken's House of Pancakes
Volcano Winery
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory
Kapoho Tide Pools
Chain of Craters Road
Leleiwi Beach Park and Richardson Ocean Center
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
Kalapana Village Cafe'
Palace Theater
Island Naturals Market & Deli
Lava Ocean Adventures
Lava Tree State Monument
Kehena Beach
Ahalanui Hot Pond
Ning's Thai Cuisine
Luquin's Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Pahoa
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Volcano or Hilo
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Pahoa - Kaleos, Luquin's, Thai Food, Pizza
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Kapoho
Car: necessary

The Pualani Tropical Dream House is located in Kapoho Beach Lots on the Southeastern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is 40 minutes south of the Hilo airport. Kapoho is a beautiful place—a peaceful and quiet place that’s perfect for those who want no part of “tourist Hawaii.” We try our best to make it very clear that there are few tourist accommodations near here. We have many beautiful swimming spots on or near the ocean, a couple of sandy beaches near Hilo and a beautiful scenic drive to the other side of the island will let you discover even more of the lovely beaches on our island. We chose Pualani in Kapoho as our vacation home for the very reason that there is very little tourist traffic here and that this is one of the last places on the islands that is still considered “real Hawaii.” If you have already experienced “tourist Hawaii” and are ready for something different, you might like this. A short drive to Pohoiki surf spot, Ahalanui Hot Pond, Champagne Pond & Volcano!

Other Activities: Swim with the turtles in geothermally heated lagoons and snorkel in the Kapoho tide pools!

Golf: Golf course in Hilo and Volcano!

Some things that I enjoy that are free:

1) Ride my bike to the ocean access spots and go snorkeling. My favorite spot is the southernmost cove at Vacationland.

2) Go for a soak and swim in the rain at Champagne Pond.

3) Visit Hilo on Wed or Sat mornings to go to the farmer's market. It is wonderful!

4) Visit the Makuu Farmer's Market on Sundays - local food, music, crafts, etc.

5) Swim in the Pahoa Olympic Size Pool - open daily from 8:30-5 and weekends 9-4 and it's free!!

6) Visit the Pana'Ewa Rain Forest Zoo just south of Hilo.

7) Go for a swim/soak at the Ahalanui Hot Pond

8) Hike to the new black sand beach in Kalapana where the road ends (and have an ice cream - lunch at the restaurant here is very good too!!)

9) Hike to Green Lake (lots of places to hike on the island!)

Some things that I enjoy that are not free

1) Go to Volcano National Park

2) Visit the Botanical Gardens north of Hilo

3) Have lunch or dinner at Cafe Pesto

4) My very favorite restaurant is Kaleo's in Pahoa. 'Ono' food, and live entertainment on Thursdays and Sunday evenings. Best to make reservations. A little pricey.

5) Stop for take out fish & chips at the fish market in Pahoa at the Malama Market Shopping Center and bring it back to the house to eat and watch the ocean.

6) I love Lemongrass in Keaau for a plate lunch to take back to the house too!

7) The Thai food restaurants in Pahoa are very good if you like Thai

8) Luquin's for Mexican food and a margarita (Pahoa)

9) Paolo's is excellent Italian food (Pahoa)

10) The Hilo Bay Cafe in the Walmart Shopping Center is very good and healthy

11) The Ponds restaurant in Hilo

12) Ken's Pancackes Hilo

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Rates & Availability

From $129 Per night

Kapoho House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring/Summer 2015
Apr 13 2015 - Sep 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
$139
$950
$3,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall 2015
Sep 2 2015 - Dec 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
$129
$895
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
$155
$1,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2016
Jan 11 2016 - Mar 21 2016
2 night minimum stay
$139
$950
$3,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring/summer 2016
Mar 22 2016 - Sep 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
$139
$950
$3,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$139
$950
$3,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $110 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes No extra persons fee!! This is brand new!!! What a deal!! Hawaii Tax ID #W51759221-01 Discounts for last minute reservations and long-term! Please contact owner about other vacation units - 301938.

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Amenities

Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Upstairs bedroom has queen bed with floor to ceiling windows for fabulous ventilation and wonderful views! It also has a full size bathroom. Downstairs bedroom has two double beds and a full bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Some things that I enjoy that are free:1) Ride my bike to the ocean access spots and go snorkeling. My favorite spot is the southernmost cove at Vacationland. 2) Go for a soak and swim in the rain at Champagne Pond. 3) Visit Hilo on Wed or Sat mornings to go to the farmer's market. It is wonderful! 4) Visit the Makuu Farmer's Market on Sundays - local food, music, crafts, etc.5) Swim in the Pahoa Olympic Size Pool - open daily from 9-5 and weekends 9-4 and it's free!! 6) Visit the Pana'Ewa Rain Forest Zoo just south of Hilo. 7) Go for a swim/soak at the Ahalanui Hot Pond 8) Hike to the new black sand beach in Kalapana where the road ends (and have an ice cream - lunch at the restaurant here is very good too!!) 9) Hike to Green Lake (lots of places to hike on the island!) 10) Go to Kalapana end of the road to Uncle Robert's Awa Bar for local food and entertainment every Wednesday evening!

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