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Snorkeling, Sun, and Rejuvenation - Kapoho Kaiyo Ocean Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Aloha! Come to Kapoho Bay, a snorkeler’s delight, where the sun shines and the trade winds blow, located in the SE corner of the Big Island, a short 35-minute drive from the Hilo airport. #Kapoho #pahoa

Slip into Island Time as lush tropical colors, walls of windows, and Asian-inspired decor surround you with a sense of serenity. The sounds of the ocean can be heard throughout. Your home away from home sleeps up to 8 people; there are two private bedrooms, one located on each of two levels; the rec room has a futon couches which convert into two additional beds; plus a Pack’n’Play for the keiki (little ones). Each floor has a bathroom. This is an ideal set-up for 2-3 couples, a family with children, or just a romantic get-away for the two of you. There is a full-size living room with satellite TV, a dining room, and a spacious chef’s kitchen, with its adjoining screened in dining deck. There is also an office area. The lower level is wheelchair-friendly with wider doors, large roll-in shower, grab bars, etc. Enjoy your privacy on the large back lanai, overlooking lush tropical vegetation, while you soak in the sun or barbeque. If you want to relax in the shade, choose the lower covered lanai that opens onto the backyard. Trade winds waft through the house keeping it cool. Ceiling fans add additional breeze when needed. Whether you are indoors or out, relax, stretch out, listen to the waves, and enjoy the garden vegetation and mountain views.

You can have absolute privacy during your stay. However, if you have a need or desire, the local contact person is nearby, ready to attend to any needs you may have. Also, if you would like any additional services, she can arrange these for you. These other amenities might include a massage therapist, a chef, tour guide, housekeeping and laundry services (the latter especially nice for longer stays). Self-serve on-site laundry available also for an additional fee. A guide book of suggested local activities and events, with maps, is at the house. There is also a copy of an island guide book available for your use during your stay.

One of the best snorkeling sites on the island is Wai ‘Opae Tidepools Marine Conservation Area, a 2-block walk away. In protected waters, you can swim and snorkel amongst coral and a myriad of colorful ocean creatures, including sea turtles. If you are not into swimming, at low tide, you can walk the rims of the pools and look down into the colorful sea fans and schools of fish. The area is wonderful for walking along the roads or the lava ocean front. Various adult sized snorkel gear, float noodles, and beach towels are provided for use.

Five minutes down the road is Ahalanui Warm Springs Park, where volcanically heated water mixes with seawater to provide a natural hot pond for swimming and soaking. Five more minutes brings you to Pohoiki Point for surfing and boogie boarding and another warm pond. Fifteen minutes from the house is Kehena Black Sand Beach.

LIVE LAVA VIEWING - Pele wanders as she likes, her trail of molten lava creating new land. If the lava flow is near the east end, it is only about a 15-20 minute drive to go see lava as it pours glowing red into the sea, sending plumes of steam skyward while creating earth's newest land. Halema’uma’u Crater has been active for several years and can be viewed from within Volcanoes National Park, which is forty-five minutes from the house.

Pahoa Town is 10 minutes away with quaint shops and delicious dining. Local outdoor markets near Pahoa and in Hilo are wonderful & interesting experiences: pick up garden-fresh groceries and local art, or just soak in the colorful scene. Hilo is a short drive north with shopping, theaters, waterfalls, botanical gardens, outdoor markets, zoo, cinemas, museums, and more. Kona is 2 hours away.

The home is fully furnished with linens and kitchen needs. WiFi Broadband Internet is awaiting your laptop if you want to stay 'connected'. There is a Sat TV- Bring your iPod/iPad/MP3 to hook into the iHome system. There is an outdoor barbecue. Also provide on site are: Beach towels & mats; Boogie boards, and snorkel gear. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a few comfy clothes, and get ready to relax and enjoy.

Monthly, several month rental?: contact manager for details. Kama'aina?: contact the manager for specials.

We look forward to welcoming you to our home soon. E KOMO MAI! NOU KA HALE! (Welcome! Come on in, the house is yours!)

Keywords: House, ocean, tidepools, Kapoho, snorkeling, handicap friendly, Big Island, Waiopae, Wai’Opae, Kapoho Kaiyo Ocean Retreat

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Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About Deb

I've always been a mountain girl and spend a lot of time hiking around my home in Alaska. However, I also love the tropics and the ocean, and I am very fascinated by Pele and her volcanic activity. My second home in Hawaii provides a great (warm!) retreat to relax at and from which to explore this incredible island.

Deb purchased this house in 2007

Why Deb chose Puna District

I bought land here after a visit to a friend, though I had not come looking for property. The area has such a wonderful feel: relaxed, warm, friendly, peaceful, wonderful tropical vegetation, close to the fantastic ocean tidepools, and great fresh food markets. I designed the house to capture the trade winds, to withstand the elements, and to provide a wonderful transition from the indoors to outdoors. Once the house was finished in 2007, I chose to share it with others as a vacation rental.

What makes this house unique

When I spend time at my property, I gather fresh food at the local market, and then settle in to just relax at house, listening to the ocean. Of course, there is usually work for me to do, but I also go out the front door and walk the coast, go snorkeling, and soak in the nearby warm pond. I head off to explore the lava areas - nearby, Volcanoes Nat'l Park, and up Mauna Kea - I visit botanical gardens, hike and do photography. It's a wonderful base for going off on challenging explorations, or just hanging near home and relaxing. If I don't want to eat on my own deck, I partake of the local food at the markets and in the quaint retaurants in Pahoa (10 min away). This is peaceful 'Old' Hawaii - not the place for those who want shopping and night life - it IS the place for rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration. It's a great place whether one is solo, wanting time with a special someone, or bringing the whole family - or extended family - to enjoy time together in wonderful Hawaii. Come visit. You just might fall in love with the area also!

Guestbook comments from the manager

thank you, really enjoyed our stay. it was wonderful, relaxing and such a beautiful house. will recommend this place to my family and friends. Malama Pono and Malama Aina Mahalo!
Mar 2012
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Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2026 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower is large 3'x5' accessible with grab bars
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon in rec room doubles as a bed. Pack'n'Play available.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Snorkeling equipment (various adult sizes - WS to MXL), beach towels, and other beach toys available at home; screened dining deck; sounds of ocean--2 block walk to wonderful tidepools; first floor is ADA-friendly, large doors, roll-in shower, grab bars; hair dryers, iron and board, bedside alarm clocks, Guest Guidebook with activity suggestions and maps. Housekeeping and laundry service available upon request (additional fee). Massage Therapist, chef and tour guide also available upon request (additional fee). Property manager lives nearby and is readily available for any need or desire you may have; however, she respects your privacy and will remain 'unseen' unless you have a request.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(70 traveler reviews)

Snorkeling, Sun, and Rejuvenation - Kapoho Kaiyo Ocean Retreat
average rating of 4.9 based on 71 reviews

Great house, close to tide pools

  • 5 of 5

Nice, big house. Right by the tide pools, and close to Pahoa. We enjoyed the colours of the walls, and the fresh flowers.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Nice property

  • 4 of 5

Mars was wonderful and we had a great stay! Plenty of room for our family of 5.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kapoho Kaiyo stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay! Great house and we plan on going there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Asian haven

  • 5 of 5

Upon driving up & seeing the welcoming hibiscus flowers placed on outside and inside, then walking into the home welcomed by the Hawaiian music and cute tokonoma area for taking off shoes, we felt the aloha.

Comparing this place to other homes we've stayed in, well we have to say... no comparison! We felt SO comfortable & saw not one creepy crawlie inside, the Windows & screened patio built just right to let the trade winds flow through, matching utensils/plate ware, everything was tastefully done.

Location: perfect! we didn't even know there were other ways to get to the tidepools but the pocket laminated maps were a great touch.

only negative which can't be helped was the one neighbor, they like to wake up at 5am and the woman uses outside voice lol. otherwise evenings were very quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing, Clean, Quiet

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Kapoho Kaiyo while our place was being treated for termites on the other side of the island. It exceeded our expectations. First, it was immaculate! Hawaii, especially the east side can be moist and buggy at times. The house was virtually bug free except for a few critters that are to be expected in the tropics and those were only on the ceiling at night. I have seen more bugs on the mainland. It was bright and cheerful and furnished with taste. The kitchen was well stocked and we had everything we needed.

It is a short drive into Pahoa where there are several good restaurants. Don't miss Kaleo's restaurant there. We were within a nice drive of the National Park and got to see the volcano glow right at dusk. Take the time to drive Chain of Crater's Road. It is spectacular even in the rain. Uncle Robert's in Kalapana was a fun adventure on Wednesday night. The warm pond was a 5 minute drive and well worth the experience. Floating there is like no other place. The frogs at night were not a problem for us as we like their voices.

The owner was very easy to work with and promptly refunded our deposit. Mars, the local contact, was so helpful and friendly but not at all intrusive.

We loved the airiness and open feeling of the house and there is plenty of room. We are looking forward to coming back and staying there. It is such a stark contrast with its lushness and greenery to the also beautiful, west side of the island with its open space and lava fields. You won't go wrong staying here!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My friend, her four-year-old and I stayed here for three days. It was perfect. The kitchen was stocked with everything that we needed, the beds were comfortable, it was super clean, and it felt like home. Between the trade winds and house fans, the house was always at a nice temperature. The neighborhood felt super safe and all the neighbors waved as we walked past. It was a short walk and four-year-old friendly walk to the tide pools and the Champagne pond. The closet full of boogie boards, noodle and water shoes was awesome! Book the house, you will love it.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course - 18 holes/par 71
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Kapoho-Pohoiki Road Hywy 137
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Pahoa - several yummy ethnic on boardwalk in town
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Wai'Opae Tidepools
Nearest Point of Interest
Waiopai Marine Conservation Area Tidepools
Nearest Point of Interest
Ahalanui Warm Springs Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Champange Pond
Nearest Point of Interest
Cape Kumukahi
Nearest Point of Interest
Road to Pohoiki
Nearest Point of Interest
Road to Pahoa
Car: necessary

Volcanic heated salt water pond for swimming/soaking nearby, volcanic heated steam caves nearby, 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park--currently 20 minutes to nearby lava flow viewing, tropical botanical gardens. #HVNP


Rates & Availability

Kapoho House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter High
Dec 10 2016 - Mar 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Spring Low
Mar 17 2017 - Jun 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fall Low
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 10 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 13.41%

Children: all persons over the age of 2 are charged the add'l person rate. When using the "Book It" system, enter all individuals (over the age of 2) as "adults".
Kama'aina? contact manager for specials.
[Hawaii Tax ID # TA-146-656-6656-01}
Cancellation 100% refund - $75 booking fee if cancelled at least 60 days ahead of time

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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