Here is your Kapoho destination. Beautiful home with its own unique pond. Totally awesome location for your trip. Located in Sunny Kapoho, this beautiful Hawaiian home is sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation in luxurious 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 pond will sooth 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 Adirondack chairs; lanai with chaise lounges, comfortable chairs, and dining; BBQ and outdoor dining by lava pond; Flatscreen TV/DVD player; 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.
Upgrades Made 11/17/13 , New dishwasher, new lighting in kitchen, new ceiling fans, flatscreen TV, lots of touch ups, you will love the Punana…
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 and the Ocean offer great snorkeling, and viewing of whales, sea turtles and tropical fish.
HI ID# W38455910-01
Keywords: House, snorkeling, swimming
Charming cottage with wrap-around porch. Swimming pond on site!
Private lava rock pond for swimming.
Over a week we made excellent use of the porch, the lanai and the BBQ - as well as the pond. Each day we ventured forth - Volcano National Park, Hilo, Mauna Kea and, of course (a little closer to home), the tidal pools.
Thanks to all who keep the Pond House a comfortable, enjoyable "home away from home."
My 8yr old and I loved staying at this beautiful home. Home was stocked with everything we needed to include noodles, beach towels, boogie boards and even snorkel gear, barbecue, and large screened in lanai. Having laundry on site was a huge plus with plenty of detergent and fabric softener. We absolutely loved the outdoor showing that had plenty of hot water, privacy, and even all the necessary toiletries within the outside shower! Inside there was ample supply of bath products for personal hygiene and paper products. The lava rock pool was incredibly warm (slippery to get in and out of so wear good water shoes there and at the tide pools). Adult swim shoes on property but none for kids. Very relaxing! My son especially enjoy being able to play games on the computer in the house that even had paper available to print. Terry was super easy to book thru and contact. Many books and local tour books available. Secluded and a bit of a drive from the main cities so flying into and out of Hilo is best and don't recommend doing any morning activities in Kona or Kohala just because of the drive time but afyernoon tours on Kona side would be okay. Bought earplugs for the frogs based on previous reviews but didn't need them at all as they were not that loud. Highlight for my son....me catching geckos around the property and even a baby gecko...so cute! Mahalo Terry for such a fantastic place!!!!
This was our 2nd stay at the Pond House and we will be back. We love everything about this place - the warm pool in the backyard, the outdoor shower, the comfy layout and furnishings, the covered lanai. It is a just a short walk to the Kapoho Tidepools. Loved the quiet, the sounds of birds, the privacy. The fans worked well, we were very comfortable. The water toys and beach shoes were great to have. Absolutely love this house!
What a great place, we will be returning. All the reviews are pretty accurate, here is my few additions.
The Maintenance Man was great. He got us some fresh coconuts from the trees and showed my little guy how to open them and eat them, really fun
We bought a boogie board with a window in it so our 3 year old could use it to snorkel, the pond made it really nice to practice before heading to the ocean. It's still there, so I hope it will be of use to another family with kids.
Lots of food there (condiments and other non-parishables) Recommend you check in to see what is in the fridge or cupboards before heading to the store. The grocery store is a pretty short drive in Pahoa, and has everything you will need
This is a great property for the right people, but it's very important to be sure that you are those people. If your ideal vacation home involves arctic air conditioning, plush carpets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and crown moldings in a fancy resort, this house is not for you. However, if you’re looking for a comfortable, unpretentious, plantation-style house that’s perfectly situated and equipped for the active enjoyment of this beautiful part of rural Hawaii, you’ll be happy.
The house fronts on a quiet lane, on a large lot bordered by an undeveloped lava pond on one side, and thick jungle on the other, ensuring privacy and a quiet night, aside from the frogs. Fortunately, their song is pleasantly birdlike, rather than a bullfrog mega-croak or harsh ribbit concerto.
The house is surrounded by a wrap-around covered lanai, furnished to provide comfortable, sheltered outdoor relaxing spaces. The separate screened lanai and the pondside lounging areas are also well-designed for sunning or relaxing. During our stay, we found that there were very few insects even in the unscreened areas, possibly due to the very active patrols of lively geckos.
The outdoor shower and faucet arrangement is very convenient for rinsing people and gear after a dip in the warm pond or a snorkel in the Tidepools. There are lots of towels and a wide variety of toys and gear to enhance your enjoyment of the pond and ocean, and bikes to allow you to pedal around the quiet lanes. The best entry into the Tidepools is only 150 yards away, and it’s a great area to learn to snorkel, or for the advanced snorkeler to enjoy the abundant fish and beautiful coral.
The house is fan-cooled, meaning that it can get warm in the early afternoon, but opening the many screened windows and turning up the fans keeps the heat manageable, and a swim or snorkel is always a cooling option. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are adequate, and the outdoor gas BBQ is very efficient. The washer and drier are a great convenience, as is the computer system and wifi. There’s a good selection of books and DVD’s, and multichannel cable TV.
Welcome upgrades to the property might include a larger flatscreen TV, and a swim ladder to allow less agile guests to more easily access the warm pond. But as it is, for two compatible couples or an active small family, this ideally-located property will help you enjoy the delights of Kapoho in a house that quickly makes you feel at home.
we stayed at the pond house for a week and I agree with the other reviews -- the location is beautiful and relaxing I so enjoyed all the different sounds as the late afternoon approached, We did have a couple of concerns -- the microwave could use replacing, the dishwasher needs repairing as when we were there it would not drain at all and the dryer should have a note letting others know that it doesn't turn off by itself in some cycles (ie towels) We loved the outdoor shower, as it was so nice to rinse the salt water off after swam. We really enjoyed the geckos and the ability to just kick back and relax. It was nice to have reference books there it made our daily adventuring so much more fun. I would definitely recommend the pond house as a great getaway for anyone. Aloha !!!
For the right guests, this house is perfect. It has 2 small plain bedrooms (each just large enough for a Queen bed) & 1 small bathroom. There is a good-sized kitchen, medium-size "living room", & a large & very nice screened in area with a large table, small refrigerator, some chaise lounges, & some comfortable chairs. This room overlooks the backyard pool where there are more chaise lounges.
We arrived at the house at night. There were lights on & Hawaiian music greeted us. We could hear the ocean as we parked our car & the coqui frogs were a pleasing sound to us.
This house has everything you could need -- washer, dryer, bikes, & even a computer and printer. The TV doesn't get many channels but there are lots of DVDs and CDs for guest use.
The place is clean & well maintained although the microwave could stand to be replaced & the knives need to be sharpened.
There is a very homey (not fancy) feeling to the place, maybe too homey for us. We opened the refrigerator to unload our cooler & discovered everything that had been left behind by previous guests. It was neatly placed and the refrigerator was clean but there were literally 15 bottles of salad dressing, two bottles of mustard, & scads of other sauces, mayonnaise, etc. We think it's nice when condiments are left for guests but this place went overboard.
The bathroom also had several full-size bottles of shampoos. But mainly we didn't like that the shower had one of those puffy things that people use to clean their bodies. Would you really want to use one that was used by a number of strangers before you? It made us feel almost as if we were intruding into the owner's home.
The other problem we had was that there was no way to cool the house. We own 2 vacation rentals in Kona where it generally is much warmer & we find that ceiling fans handle the heat just fine. This house had ceiling fans in every room but we're not convinced they were running in the right direction as they seemed to accomplish nothing. We spent most of our visit outside but it was uncomfortable sleeping. Towards the end of our stay, we learned that there was a floor fan available & that did help.
The other thing that we missed was that there was no information about the local area -- how to get to places that we knew were nearby, the owner's favorite places to eat or to swim or ??? There is a copy of BI Revealed but we ended up stopping at a store in Pahoa that provided free maps, just so we could get better oriented.