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Trisha Hansen and Sterling Dorje

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english

Lagoon Shangrila Private Home w/ Lava Pond & Hot Tub

53 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Kapoho House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8 (3 Q + 2 Twin Beds)

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Located in a Marine Conservation District, the sunny micro climate bathes Lagoon Shangrila in watercolors of a tropical paradise complete with vibrant colored fish and magnificent coral formations. Here you can harvest your own coconuts, swim in your own private warm swimming pond heated by the volcano, stroll the black or green sand beach, take a steam bath in a volcano vent, hike in the tall majestic rain forest, swim with schools of tropical fish, relax in the private Hot Tub under the stars, pick passion fruit and wild flowers on your morning walk.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Trisha Hansen and Sterling Dorje (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Excerpt from Guest Book:



"Dear Sterling & Trisha,



Our family had a glorious vacation and it started when we arrived at your home. Staying for two weeks gave us the opportunity to really settle in and enjoy your home and this side of the Big Island.



We balanced quality relaxation time with sightseeing. We have travelled all over the world and this is the first time we actually rented a home and "what a home!"



Two quotes sums up our experience. My mother-in-law: "I was just ecstatic and taken aback with my room and time here." Our eight year son, who has been to Disneyland, San Diego, Hawaii on two previous visits, Florida, Jamaica and many other places: "This is the best vacation ever!"



Mahalo.
Jul 2008
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Lagoon Shangrila Private Home w/ Lava Pond & Hot Tub
average rating of 4.962264 based on 81 reviews
5

Charming Rainforest Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This house is a great find in a great location! The house itself is beautiful, clean, nicely decorated and landscaped. The pictures are accurate (it even looked a little larger in person), and the layout is convenient. The owners, Trisha and Sterling, have thought of every detail - spices in the kitchen, towels, beach/snorkel gear, even drying racks for wet clothing, a nice treat basket - plus they were very responsive to the few questions we had, and sent us helpful info in planning activities. The house had plenty of space for the 5 of us (parents and kids ages 7, 10 and 12) - we could have easily fit a couple more. The pond in the yard was great - we swam and snorkeled in it every day - the blue and gray fish didn't seem to mind, though the big white and orange ones hid on the side and watched us. The hot tub was nice as well. The yard is filled with geckos, frogs that chirp at night, and other creatures that my kids loved to find. Very pleasant spot to cook out.

The tidepools are just down the road - great snorkeling in general, and especially for kids or those new to snorkeling. These pools made by lava make the water calm and relatively shallow (just wear water shoes to walk over rocks). There are many types of colorful fish, coral, sea urchins, eels, etc. (Later on our trip we did a snorkel cruise to the "best" spot on the Kona side, and we didn't see anything more than at the tidepools). Best to visit in the morning before it gets crowded, and/or around high tide when new fish have come in. We did a sunrise snorkel most of the mornings we stayed here.

This is a great spot to get to Volcano national park, about an hour away. The Kilauea Iki trail is a good option with young kids (3 miles, half across old crater), plus there are many longer hiking options, some out to current lava flows. Hilo is about an hour away, surrounded by lots of great waterfalls. I highly recommend the Umauma Experience ziplines (about 20 minutes north of Hilo). Restaurants we liked were Hilo Bay Cafe (good food, great location on Hilo Bay) and the pizza place in Pahoa - Boogie Woogie or something like that, we ordered to go.

If we return to the Big Island we would gladly stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Exceptional Home in Puna district

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 6 nights in this home and loved every minute. The location just up the street from the Kapoho Tidal pools is reason enough to stay here, but the house itself is just fantastic. It has a wonderful feel to it that is peaceful and tranquil. The pond provided hours of fun for our family. In fact, it was hard to get the kids to leave so we could snorkel in the Kapaho pools. The house is very comfortable, has all the supplies that a traveller would want, including fins, water shoes, noodles, boogie boards, etc. We cooked many meals in the kitchen and felt that nothing was missing. There are laundry facilities as well. Beds were comfortable, the decor is lovely, and the outdoor dining area was really nice to have. The owners are incredibly responsive, and accomodating. I can't say enough about how much we loved being here. We all felt sad about leaving and hope to be able to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Lisa, We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Special Ambience of Lagoon Shangrila. Kids just love the on site Lava Pond. Hope to welcome you back soon.
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5

Lagoon Shangrila, a very relaxing, great house.

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay in a VRBO and it has sold me on using them in the future, whenever possible. We stayed here for 10 days in July. Lagoon Shangrila was exactly as pictured. The private tidepool/pond was actually larger than it seemed in the picture. We had fun just cooling off in it. All 3 bedrooms were great, although the shower heads in all three bathrooms need some work or cleaning (water sprayed in multiple directions). It was great having the outdoor shower to rinse off after snorkeling. It was nice having the kitchen supplies available (spices, condiments) so we didn't have to buy everything. The BBQ was an added benefit. The neighborhood was peaceful and tranquil. Easy walk to the beautiful tidepools (bring water shoes for walking on the lava rocks). This property was very well maintained, overall.

The owner was very responsive to our only problem. Our son locked himself out of his room (his was the only room with a keypad lock). We contacted the maintenance guy who contacted the owner who called us within 5 minutes to give us the code.

This is the place if you want to get away from it all. You have to drive 15 minutes (in beautiful countryside) to get to the Pahoa grocery store or restaurants.

We recommend Kaleo's Restaurant in Pahoa. We also recommend the Maku'u Farmer's Market on 130. It's open on Sundays and you can get a wonderful variety of fruit (try the white pineapple) as well as jewelry and clothing or gift items. Just watching for the wildlife is a fun activity, as well. We had mulitple visits from a mongoose. Lots of geckos to watch, and we even saw a wild boar walking across the street one evening!

I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family, and wouldn't hesitate to return again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jon, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are thrilled that you had an enjoyable stay at Lagoon Shangrila and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Sorry about the 3rd bedroom door. Hope it wasn't too much of an inconvenience. Will make sure the shower heads are tightened and cleaned of any calcification that may affect the water flow. Mahalo Plenty, Sterling & Trisha
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5

Beautiful! You Won't Be Disappointed!

  • 5 of 5

You Won't Be Disappointed

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We had such a wonderful time at this home I don't even know where to start so bear with me:

-Beautiful, clean home, well decorated with a tropical feel to it. What you see in the pictures is what you get when you arrive. There was even a gift basket waiting for us when we arrived!

-The home comes stocked with virtually everything but your food. Dishes, utensils, coffee makers, pots, pans, BBQ tools, laundry supplies, towels. It was like being at home and was a very convenient and really nice touch.

- The PRIVATE SWIMMING LAGOON. Perfect temperature for swimming day or night. Watching the fish swim around you is so beautiful. Also a hot tub.

- The outer fencing around the property (with locking gate) gives you a great sense or privacy and security. We felt comfortable leaving our teenage daughter hanging out in the lagoon area while we went on evening walks.

- Excellent location- off the beaten path in a beautiful, quiet resort community (but with a small town with grocery/gas and a couple of restaurants 15 minutes or so away). Also the Kapoho Tidepools are literally a few minutes walk away. We had a great time snorkeling in them.

-Everything is labeled in the house, along with a good guidebook, and it made finding and sing everything in the home very easy.

-Outdoor shower and hose for washing off beach wear, snorkel gear, etc was a great touch and made things easy.

-The outdoor dining area was just as pictured and was a delight to eat in (especially with the tiki torches going).

-Wifi/Satellite TV is provided and worked great. We have Verizon and noticed we had good cell service (including 4G)

- We didn't use the BBQ or the chairs in the sun lounging area but that was a nice touch.

We don't have any complaints. We had high expectations from the pictures and they were fully fulfilled when we arrived. If we decide to stay in that area of Hawaii again we'll definitely consider staying here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Beautiful Property

  • 4 of 5

I would like to preface this review with the fact that I have been coming to HI for 20 years and have stayed at many places besides my place in Kona. I love to come and stay on this side of the island for a few days every year. As they say location, location. I love the location of this property to the tide pools, as they are amazing! And, it's at a decent distance to the volcano, winery, Hilo, etc. You are welcomed with a beautiful gift basket in the entry, with some local treats....a very nice bonus!!

The property is beautiful! I would say it is one of the best within this neighborhood. This would be exactly what I would purchase if buying a home. Beautiful manicured grounds, a lava pond to float, and a nice sized home. It truly is paradise.

I am not too picky of a person and I have stayed at some crazy places in my lifetime. the only thing I am particular about is cleanliness. Some things didn't bother me that might irritate some people....the freezer took 2 days to freeze a couple of bottles of water, it had an ice maker that didn't make ice, almost all tiki torches were out of oil, and some of the outdoor furniture seating was unusable as the fabric seats were ripping out. What bothered me was I realized when I was showering that there was alot of black curly hair on the wall. About that same moment I saw that, I stepped on something, and it was someone's used razor. The shower stalls are beautiful stone color so it blended in and I didn't see it originally entering the shower. I told my husband,when I got out, about all the crazy hair and razor...he kind of laughed at me until he went to throw some water in the freezer and there was more black curly hair....blech...I felt everything else in the place was very clean including the linens. (Ps to the person after us...I left that shaver in there so if you find it too..........)

Again, a beautiful place....and thank you for sharing it!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! Epic getaway home for a couple or an entire family!!!

  • 5 of 5

I only booked this place for mom and I, and we were truly blown away! It's a nice sized house, remodeled, clean, well decorated and appointed, plenty of fans and lighting, the list goes on. You'll love the gazebo with barbecue area, the lounge chairs for catching some sun, the hot tub for that relaxing soak, and the very cool private fish pond where you can take a nice dip. The fish even came up to say hi and nibbled on our toes. You'll want to light the tiki torches at night and even open up the huge sliding glass doors to let in that cool ocean breeze.

The neighborhood is nice. Pretty far from Hilo, but that's what we wanted. The tide pools are the coolest things since sliced bread. We felt like we were in our very own tropical aquariums! Tons of colorful vibrant coral, fish, and we eve saw a striped eel!!! Very cool experience indeed.

This is a great location for visiting the Puna side of the island, for checking out the lava from the ocean side where it ran over towns and roads, and for just getting away. Your cell phone will have little to no bars most of the time out on this side of the island. That's what we call vacation. And don't forget to check out Uncle Robert's Awa bar on Wednesday nights for a local style party atmosphere and live Hawaiian music. Too cool to miss.

This house delivers more than you would expect. Book it, you won't be disappointed!!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Explore Natures' fish tank.. warm volcanic springs mix with ocean water to create this unique haven full of tropical fish.

(Photo). You will stay in a luxury home surrounded by one of these natural tide pools .that dot the coastline. Just 5 ft. from the living room you can enter the pond and swim with fish in warm ocean water (85 degrees) in your very private natural reserve. Relax, breathe in, and feel the soothing warm water envelop your body.. you will be cleansed in body and soul. This is a getaway like you have always wanted. We have two massage therapist (one female and one male) ready to eliminate your stress and bring you to a place of well being. Call Mitzi or

Maxwell. Enjoy Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, .

Other Activities: Hot Ponds, Volcanic Tide Pools, Nature Walks, Steam Vents, Farmer's Market

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Rates & Availability

Kapoho House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2016 Summer
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2016 Fall
Sep 5 2016 - Nov 18 2016
5 night minimum stay
$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2016 Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2016 Late Fall
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 20 2016
5 night minimum stay
$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2016 Christmas & New Year
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Winter
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Spring
Apr 16 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Fall
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Winter
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Christmas
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

*** CAUTION! WE NEVER REQUEST PAYMENT BY WIRE TRANSFER.

Rates are for 2 Person Occupancy.

Each additional guest over 2 people: $25 per person per night up to 8 guests.

Plus one time Departure Cleaning Fee, $50 Damage Waiver Insurance Premium & 13.416% Hawaii State Tax.

Full Payment due 90 days before arrival

Major Holidays and Merrie Monarch Week have higher rates.

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Amenities

Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming

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