Experience the beauty: Expansive views of the beautiful Hamakua coast and the ocean from the spacious veranda.
Experience elegance: Grand, architect-designed home, with marble and hardwood floors, wainscoting and fine details.
Experience nature: 2 streams and a private waterfall, fruit trees, 20 lush landscaped acres.
Experience serenity: No city lights or noise - only the gentle music of the flowing waters.
Experience unparalleled privacy: no neighbors in sight.
Experience relaxation: soak in the hot tub; sign up for visiting massage therapist for a nominal fee.
Breathe the fresh air: Vog is very rare in this particular spot in East Hawaii. (Vog is the volcanic smoke and sulfuric acid fumes that plague the Kona side of Hawaii.)
Convenient location: 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 10 miles from downtown Hilo and 20 minutes from the Hilo airport.
Near swimming/surfing beaches, National Parks, volcano watching, snorkeling reefs, botanical gardens, mountains, hiking - everything wonderful about the Big Island.
The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect. Situated at 800 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo town: upper 70's during the day and upper 60's at night, all times of the year.
Despite being on the rainy side of the island, mosquitos are rare at Kapehu Retreat House, because the eucalyptus groves on either side of the property emit a fragrance that is a natural mosquito repellant.
Amenities provided: The spacious home is fully furnished. The fully equipped kitchen has ocean views, granite counters, gas range, large refrigerator with ice maker and cold water, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker - everything you need to cook your gourmet meals. The indoor dining room has a beautiful mango wood table and 8 mango wood chairs, and on the grand lanai the large outdoor dining table has 8 chairs. The living room has a fireplace for those rare chilly evenings. The marble-floored laundry room is equipped with a front-loading washer and dryer. You can park two cars on the carport to keep out of the sun and rain.
The large house has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms and a half-bath - plus an outdoor shower - and sleeps up to 10 maximum.
If your group is larger than 10, you may also rent our separate Creekside Cottage, depending on availability. The Creekside Cottage is a beautiful 1-bedroom house on the same 20 acre estate, on the other side of a creek and ravine. See VRBO #470257, or see our website www.kapehu.com for details.
WARNING! There are fraudsters who pose as owners of vacation rentals, who find ways to intercept email inquiries on sites such as HomeAway. They typically ask you to wire transfer money to their bank. For this reason, we do not accept bank wire transfers. Thus, if anyone asks you to wire transfer money to them as a deposit on the Kapehu Retreat House, don't trust them -- report them to the police. Be suspicious of anyone who asks for 100% of the rental payment at the time you reserve the rental. That is not the common practice for vacation rentals. Scammers, however, will rush you and will offer incentives to get you to pay the entire rental amount in advance. Never send credit card information via email. Only give your credit card information over the phone to the actual owner, or enter the information into a guaranteed secure site. (The owners of the Kapehu Retreat House don't at this time have a secure site for credit card payments, so the only way to make a deposit or rental payment by credit card is over the phone to the owner.) Finally, never give a payment to someone who refuses to tell you the tax ID# of their rental business. Our Hawaii tax ID# is W48882576-01.
Most of the time we live in New Mexico at 7,000 feet in the mountains.
Our plan is to retire to the Big Island, and we purchased the Kapehu Retreat to be our retirement home. But even though we're in our 60's we can't afford to retire yet. Nor can we afford to keep both the Kapehu home AND our New Mexico home and pay 2 mortgages. So we're renting out the Kapehu home to help us afford to keep it. The expenses are much higher than we imagined, and the rental income does not come close to paying the expenses (so in essence we are subsidizing your stay). But the rental income we do receive helps keep us out of foreclosure until we reach our retirement goal. So, thank you! May you be blessed by your visit to Kapehu.
We've been vacationing in Hawaii for decades, and when we saw this estate we fell head over heals for it:
We love the flowing waters.
We love the lush beauty of nature all around.
We love the privacy. (No need for curtains on the windows!)
We love the quiet (we dislike traffic noise).
We love the enormous sweeping views from every room in the house.
We love being able to grow papayas, pineapples, lilikoi, bananas, citrus trees, etc.
We love the moisture (being from the desert!)
We love being so close to our favorite snorkel reefs and hiking trails.
We love everything Hawaiian.