Imagine a Hawaiian place that still looks like Hawaii did in 1960, where the breezes cross the wide Pacific and come ashore clean, and the soothing sound of the nearby waves create a gentle refrain. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath with sleeping den is fully updated and newly remodeled. The house is 1,120 square feet, with two outside areas of 300 square feet and 200 square feet where you feel surrounded by nature. The perimeter fence and lattice creates a great sense of privacy while allowing wonderful views of lush plantings.
The gated community of Kapoho is a cluster of about 250 homes around a crescent bay, one of the few good swimming areas in Puna District. The community is known to kama'aina (local folks) as a quiet refuge from town.
Hawksbill House is 200 steps from a calm ocean area where geothermally heated fresh water issues from the edges of the natural swimming pond. After the Kapoho Lava Flow of 1960, the springs became warm (in the 80-plus degree range). The heated groundwater seeps from shoreline crevasses to float upon the seawater. This water is the closest thing to heaven on earth that I know! I would be happy to share my aloha for this water and this place, and help you make your own memories here.
A percentage of my profits will be donated to the
HPA/NOAA SEA TURTLE RESEARCH PROGRAM which helps Big Isle turtle populations.
When I was 10 my parents bought a home on the water at Kapoho (a few doors away from Hawksbill House). The water, not the land, became my new home. I became bonded with the pond nearest my home, and it will always be a place of aloha for me.
Patty Lei Belcher purchased this house in 2000
In my work as at Bishop Museum Library on Oahu, I was able to discover some facts about the Kapoho area, and its significance to ancient Hawaiians. The most important wahi pana (celebrated site) in this region is Kumukahi (literally, 'first beginning'), where the energy of the sun first touches the Hawaiian Islands. The significance of this location was understood by Hawaiians, who would bring their sick to be healed here. There are unique cultural sites within a two mile radius of Hawksbill House. The still popular saying, 'From the rising of the sun at Kumukahi,' refers to this area. My house has been named for Waiaka'ea Bay which was just a half mile north of Kapoho Bay and is now covered by a lava flow. The 'wahi pana' or celebrated place Waiaka'ea Bay, 'Water used by the Hawksbill Turtle' Bay, has been used to create an 'inoa ho'omana'o' or commemorative name, Hawksbill House. Kapoho is one of the places the Fire Goddess Pele traveled in her search for a home. Pele came to Kapoho and dug some of our swimming holes, but she decided not to stay and moved instead to Kilauea Crater where she still resides.
We did V.N.P. (Volcanoes National Park) and other attractions on the Hilo side. But most of all, we relaxed. Your home and the environment of the complex was truly outstanding! The pond was incredible - very relaxing! Your condo was fully stocked, which made it easy for us to sit back and relax. Mahalo, Mahalo!
This home neighborhood and ease of getting may places, was great. Plenty of room. Nice appointed and well kept. Loved our walks in the neighborhood and snorkeling in the spring fed ponds. Walked out to see the sunrise. It was like the log was there just for us to sit on. The outdoor shower was wonderful! We would leave the door open and it felt like we were showering in the rain forest. The ice chest was great as we like to pack food incase we want to eat and are not close to restaurants. Patty was a great host and give us lots of helpful information.
We stayed here in Feb for about five days. Its not a touristy area, a real local spot. For our family of five, it was super convenient for:
-Volcano pond swimming.
-Touring nearby tide pools.
-Going to Volcanoes National Park (about a 45 min drive).
Key things to do while you're here:
-Uncle Robert's night market on Wednesdays. Very cool.
-The various heated ponds that are nearby, many walking distance, including Champagne pond, Ahalanui.
-Seeing Hilo (esp Ocean Sushi).
-The outdoor shower is rockin. I don't know why we loved it, but we did.
Some things to consider:
-Groceries are about 8 miles away, you do need to plan ahead.
-Certain tourist destinations do require some driving. But it is the Big Island which is, well, big. We visited Naalehu, about 2 hours away (to see friends) and went to the black sand beach there. Highly recommended. But you can stay to destinations that are less than an hour away and still have a good time.
-GPS is super helpful, esp at night when you can't see much (no street lights).
Overall, the house just "works." No issues, no surprises. Its not pretentious, just convenient. And that's what we wanted on a vacation.
Lastly, the owner (Patrice) is super responsive and friendly. She asked if we needed certain items before we even thought of it.
Hawksbill House is a comfortable, well appointed home filled with warmth and the spirit of Aloha! Patty is a wonderful hostess, from a spotless clean home to many extras provided, including snorkel gear, a boogie board and sunscree for daytime fun, board games and tv for our evenings and a nicely stocked kitchen with basic spices and coffee. A delightful gift of home-grown honey really added an extra special welcome! The swimming and snorkeling is delightful....delightfully warm water, and we were lucky to meet a huge friendly turtle that swam near us for several minutes. Mahalo, Patty, for a very memorable few days and your warm Aloha!
We stayed at Hawksbill House for two weeks. We loved the fact that it was away from the heavy tourist traffic on the west side of the island. There are great tide pools for snorkeling nearby, especially for beginners, and within a short driving distance you have access to Punaluu Black Sand beach, Isaac Hale Beach Park (with a naturally formed rock hot tub), the Maku'u Market (Sundays), Uncle Robert's night market in Kalapana (Wed night), the town of Hilo for groceries, the town of Pahoa (check out dinner at Kaleo's), etc etc. The airport at Hilo offers helicopter tours of the volcanoes (we used Blue Hawaiian), the Volcanoes National Park is close by, as well as a ton of other parks. We also drove to the West side for a couple of days. Patty was a huge help with information, and provides a binder with invaluable info enclosed for all kinds of things to do, and important info with maps etc. I emailed her many times with questions, and she was always happy to help. The house is very clean and fully equipped. We used the washer and dryer many times, and liked being able to cook for ourselves. The deck is a great place to sit and have coffee in the morning. Patty thinks of every little detail, such as fish identification books, snorkel equip, a cooler (used this many times for picnic lunches), outdoor bathroom with lots of towels etc, sunscreen, after sun lotion, Hawaiian honey and jam, coffee and other condiments. Very nice, we definitely recommend this house.
After traveling around the Big Island and staying 2 nights in 7 different places, the accommodations at Hawksbill House were by far the best in every way. The owner Patty is so welcoming and really knows how to make a delightful environment for her guests. The kitchen was extremely clean and fully equipped, we enjoyed cooking here. We also used the outdoor BBQ on the covered patio area. We primarily ate on the back deck which is quite private and peaceful. In addition to a full indoor bathroom, there is a full outdoor shower/bathroom which was a big hit with my family. The neighborhood was so comfortable to walk around in and their are many trails leading to the ocean, lava beds, and Champagne Pond. Swimming in Champagne Pond is quite a treat, you can swim back and forth between warm and cool water. My favorite experience was being able to not only see an abundance of Monarch Butterflies, but also to see their chrysalis. Of course, we also visited the nearby active lava flows as well. Patty has a real rental gem here, a must visit for everyone. Thank you for sharing it with us Patty, Bobbie
Hawksbill is a lovely house and Patty, the owner, is lovely too. The house is furnished and set up beautifully reflecting Patty's thoughtfulness and artistic flair. Everything you need is there, the kitchen and laundry are well-equipped and everything is very clean.
Kapoho is secluded and quiet but convenient for visits to the volcano park and to Hilo. Loved the ocean pool just across the road where I swam with a turtle!
Patty is a mine of information, always helpful when we needed her but never intrusive.
The premiere attraction on the Big Island of Hawai'i is the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP). The actual volcano, Halema'uma'u, is 40 miles and about an hour drive away. I would suggest the Visitor Center, Thurston Lava Tube, and the delightful 1 mile walk called Bird Park or Kipuka Puaulu. At dusk, be sure to check out Halema'umau, home of the fire goddess Madame Pele, to see if she is glowing tonight!
Another stellar attraction is the Mauna Kea Visitor Center evening stargazing, which is held from 6 pm to 10 pm, weather permitting, every night of the year. Astronomy on Mauna Kea is making discoveries such as
'Goldilocks planets,' not too hot and not too cold, and other cutting edge discoveries. There are only a couple of sites on the planet with air clean enough for this kind of work. The visitor center is at 9,300 foot elevation on the mountain, access is up the Saddle Road from Hilo or South Kohala.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|CLEANING FEE||$120 + Tax|
|Notes||ADDITIONAL PEOPLE (MORE THAN TWO) $15 PER NIGHT PER PERSON|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.