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Cedar House at Wai'Opae Tide Pools - Stunning

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, full kitchen & laundry facilities, surrounding lanai

Spacious rooms with many windows and huge surrounding lanai create an open, refreshing atmosphere in this lovely retreat known locally as 'Cedar House.' The building was designed with two completely separate apartments, a 2-bedroom apartment on the upper floor and a 3-bedroom apartment on ground floor. If you require more space than our 3-bedroom Garden Apartment (#215220) provides, you can reserve the entire house with a total of 5 bedrooms -- an ideal setup for family reunions or other times when you want to be close without living on top of each other. (Details provided on request.)

The garden apartment on ground floor offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen, and immediate access to a yard full of flowering plumeria, bougainvillea, hibiscus, banana, mango and assorted other tropical foliage -- all sheltered by coconut palms. Inside, you'll find high-speed internet and satellite TV. There's off-street parking for your car.

A five-minute stroll takes you from your Cedar House lanai to the friendly waters of Wai'Opae Marine Conservation District, where snorkelers swim in coral gardens with curious turtles and tropical fish. Explore the quiet roads of Vacationland (that's really its name) and neighboring orchid farms. Or wander down Red Road to soak in the geo-thermally heated, spring-fed oceanside pool at Ahalanui Park about a mile away.

Follow Red Road (Hwy 37) farther south along Hawaii's newest gorgeous coastline, and there's a chance you might see red-hot lava flowing into the sea. Stop along the way to walk among the ironwood trees on spectacular bluffs above the breaking waves at MacKenzie Park. Or sun-bathe with the locals in the cozy atmosphere of Kehena's clothing-optional black sand beach.

Then check out the shops and fine restaurants (Thai, French, Italian, among others) in Pahoa town, eight miles inland from Cedar House and on the other side of Lava Tree State Park. If it's Sunday, you might want to see what's happening at Maku'u Farmers' Market nearby. You'll find fresh vegetables, fruit and music with lots of local color there.

Within easy driving distance, remember the historic old town of Hilo with its antique stores, restaurants, university lecture series, concerts, state-of-the-art planetarium, and quite a bit more. At the planetarium you can learn how ancient Polynesians used their knowledge of the heavens to navigate uncharted Pacific waters, sailing to and from Tahiti for centuries before European ships arrived. Displays of on-going volcanic activity show how these islands were formed in the first place. Check out the farmers' market and picnic in the peaceful parks near Hilo's harbor, where downtown streets were inundated once by tidal waves memorialized now in the Pacific Tsunami Museum.

An hour's drive south from Hilo takes you to the most active volcano on earth, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Volcano Caldera, Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, or hike intriguing trails through rain-forest wilderness. In another direction, you might find yourself looking at the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea rising 14,000 feet above sea level (elevations comparable to the Colorado rockies) and more than 30,000 feet above the ocean floor. From there it's an easy drive back to your Vacationland retreat.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017


Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • With respect for starlit nights and neighbors who love them, please turn off exterior house lights before 10:00 pm
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath accessible directly from master bedroom
    Second Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Another full bath (accessible to all, with entry in hallway)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • (1) Master Bedroom - 1 king , Full bath accessible from bedroom (one of 2 full bathrooms)
    (2) Second Bedroom - 1 queen
    (3) Third Bedroom - 1 queen
  • King-size bed (1) Queen-size beds (2)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • festivals
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


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Cedar House at Wai'Opae Tide Pools - Stunning
average rating of 4.7419353 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful location, great price, but a bit run down.

  • 3 of 5

Gorgeous location on Kapoho tide pools. Incredibly reasonably priced to sleep 5 of us. Obviously lived by the owners, with great tips about where to swim and when. No AC- which is normal for area but made it very hot in the evenings- cooled off beautifully to sleep at night in the 2 bedrooms with ceiling fans. The 3rd bedroom has only a oscillating fan which didn't draw in air and was really hot. Run down, towels are threadbare and snorkel equipment is mostly broken. A value for the budget minded but with flaws. Well equipped kitchen with good sharp cooking knives. Coconuts abound.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Littleton, CO

A classic Kapoho rental. Affordable with great access to the tide pools. A little shabby though

  • 4 of 5

A great deal for the money. The owner, Bill, was very helpful. There was snorkel gear for our use in the unit. It's not fancy and does not have a/c so don't expect the Hilton, but given that we were quite satisfied. Best snorkeling on the east side of the island is steps from your door

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friendly, wonderful accommodations. Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

My grown children and I stayed at Cedar House for multiple days and each of us absolutely enjoyed our stay to no end! The home is well equipped from the kitchen to the comfortable beds, washer/dryer as needed, and within a very short walk to the amazing tidal pools. It is also a very short drive to the grocery, various entertainment venues and great dining. Hilo is just a hop away as well.

The owners happened to be in the other part of the home for a few days of our stay and are very gracious, non invasive at all, and FULL of information to our questions. They were very quick to respond to the (only) small issues we had such as a few burnt out light bulbs.

When we can go back, Cedar House will be the first home we will try to reserve again.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boise, ID

Great family vacation near Hilo

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, clean and wonderful location just a couple blocks from the tide pools for awesome snorkeling. The fans in the house were put to use daily but helped greatly to​ cool off the house. We had almost no rain during our stay, only at night, which was a welcome surprise. It takes a drive of about 30 minutes to get to town so be prepared to spend some time in the car, but this is worth the proximity to the tide pools for excellent snorkeling and no crowds.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cedar house was inviting and spacious. The Large covered wraparound deck caught the cool breeze

  • 5 of 5

The short loop walk to the tidepools was a great little exercise for my 88 year old mother with her walker. The neighborhood was quiet and freindly. There was adequate parking for several cars.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful! Photos are accurate

  • 5 of 5

Carol (property mgr) very gracious

Bill (owner) called to make sure all is as it should be. Peaceful neighborhood. Just a great pkace to stay & would definitely consider booking again!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Pahoa Town
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Pahoa Town
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 14.4%

Hawaii state taxes consist of 4.15% excise tax plus 9.25% transient accommodations tax; i.e. total tax = 13.4%

Refundable security/damage deposit = $150

Contact manager for up-to-date, personalized information about cancellation policy, security deposit, payment options, rental of the entire house (5 bedrooms, 4 baths) including both VRBO #215220 and VRBO #4711451ha

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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