|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Spacious rooms with many windows and huge surrounding lanai create a relaxed and refreshing atmosphere in this lovely retreat known locally as 'Cedar House.' The house was designed with two completely separate apartments, one on each floor. You can reserve the entire house with 5 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, 4 baths; or reserve just one apartment, i.e. the entirety of one floor.
The garden apartment on ground floor offers three bedrooms, private surrounding lanai, and immediate access to the carefully tended yard. The balcony apartment on second floor offers two bedrooms brushed by gentle tradewinds and colorful views of plumeria, bougainvillea, hibiscus and coconut palms. Each apartment has two bathrooms (both tub and shower), a fully equipped kitchen, private laundry facilities, DVD and wide-screen satellite TV, reliable high-speed internet, king-size bed, and additional bedroom(s) with queen-size bed(s). There's off-street parking for your car.
A five-minute stroll takes you from your Cedar House lanai to the friendly tidepools of Wai'Opae Marine Conservation District, where you can snorkel 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. Continue south from there along Hawaii's newest gorgeous coastline, and there's a chance (Hawaiian goddess Pele permitting) you'll see red-hot lava flowing into the sea near Kalapana. Stop along the way to walk among the ironwood trees on spectacular bluffs above wild 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 and fruit with lots of local color there.
Within easy driving distance (30 miles north) remember the historic old town of Hilo with its antique stores, restaurants, university lecture series, concerts, state-of-the-art planetarium, and more. At the planetarium you can see how ancient Polynesians used their knowledge of the heavens to navigate the uncharted Pacific (travelling to and from Tahiti for centuries before European sailing ships arrived). Associated displays of on-going volcanic activity show how these islands were formed in the first place. Relax or picnic in the peaceful parks near Hilo's harbor, where downtown streets were inundated a generation ago by tidal waves memorialized now in the Pacific Tsunami Museum.
An hour's drive south along Hawaii Belt Route 11 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 the many trails through protected wilderness. In another direction, you might find yourself looking at the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea rising nearly 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.
We stayed at the Cedar House 5 years ago to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and it was a no-brainer where we wanted to return for our 30th. The house was the perfect blend of relaxation and "things to do". We walked twice daily around the neighborhood and often down to the lagoon or tide pools. Close enough to Pahoa to get Pahoa Fresh Fish for lunch, a little further to Volcano National Park and the sweet little town of Hilo and beyond. The beginning of July meant the yard's mangos were ripe and falling daily, and since no one else was picking them up, nor the passion fruit down the street, we had lots of smoothie additions. Every chair, hammock, sofa and porch chair was super comfortable, the master-room bed was perfect (not too hard, not too soft!), and the large walk-in shower was very nice. We appreciated the pool noodles and snorkel equipment for borrowing. Thank you so much for all the nice touches....again!
We rented both the upstairs and downstairs units for our 2 months on the Big Island. It was absolutely paradise! The owner assured everything was in order from day one of our stay. We will most definitely be back!!!
Just returned from a 1 week stay in the upstairs portion of Cedar House in Kapoho at Wai Opae tide pools. Loved, loved the house which is just a close walk to snorkel in the tide pools with clean, warm water. We chose the upper level because we thought the trade winds would keep the house cooler and each afternoon we enjoyed having the windows open with the breeze flowing. It is located in a very quiet, safe neighborhood. I cannot say enough about the house and all the amenities. The house was immaculate with very comfortable furnishings, but most of our time was spent on the lanai. Loved watching the geckos as they shimmied up the railings. It really is a beautiful setting! The kitchen is very well-stocked and in fact, one evening we made a full lasagne dinner for our family. Everything we needed was there! We did a lot of exploring and this was the perfect base to start from. We visited Pohiki Beach (turn left at the entrance to the track); the hot ponds; the Farmer's Market in Keaau on Sunday morning (they have a wonderful selection of fresh fruits, gourmet sandwiches, lilikoi joice, jewelry, and clothing); Kilauea volcano; walked through huge lava tubes; visited a beach in Kona for the day; Waimea; and the night market in Kalapana. Loved eating at the local restaurants (our favs were Pahoa Fish, deep fried catch of the day, and Pineapple's in downtown Hilo, great food, reasonably priced). The weather was perfect, raining sometimes at night and sunny days, 80 degrees.
May I also compliment, Carol, who is the property manager. She was so helpful, answered all of our questions, and, provided excellent directions to the house. It gets quite dark at night and finding where to turn our first night was hard, however, Carol's directions were perfect! Just drive slowly and follow the directions precisely. We arrived late that night but were able to find the house with only one turn-around! Try to stop for some groceries after you leave the airport. There is a Safeway market on the left side of the street, behind Walmart. We actually preferred Malama market in Pahoa for the remainder of our groceries, more of a Hawaiian feel!
We loved every minute and will certainly be returning to Cedar House again! My son and his wife and new baby live on the island so we will at least try to come twice a year. Thank you for sharing your lovely house! Until next time. :) Lana
Mon, Mar 2, just returned from 2 wk. stay upstairs in Cedar House at Wai'Opae tide pools. Fantastic variety of fish, great numbers present. Best snorkeling with previous experience over 60 years in south FL from Biscayne to Dry Tortugas, Baja, Costa Rica, Eleuthera, -- just wow. Only Galapagos was better in variety & #s, but we covered a lot more territory there. Wear shoes to get in off the rocks, then put on your short fins. So many places to explore. Quarters are really nice, good layout, 2 bed/2 bath with room for extras if needed. Kitchen is really workable. All appliances work (some VRBOs have problems). Wonderful lanai all around upper floor, quiet n'borhood. Very safe. Convenient to Hawaii Volcanoes NP, Pahoa, Hilo. No AC, but with several sliders (which we left open to locked screens at night) and fans it is comfortable. Winds at beginning of our stay knocked out a lot of power lines. We put everything in the freezer for 36 hours; had no losses. Housekeeper checked on us. Cell service in house spotty, but WIFI is good. A supply of shoes and snorkel gear has been left by prior visitors. Great reference guides as well. We liked sharing the house with geckos. Four adults visited in February 2015. Two of us will return as soon as we can.
Hope this helps. Sue
My husband and were getting married, and while we live here on the Big Island we needed enough space for all the family and friends coming from the mainland. We rented both levels and it was wonderful. My husband was dying to sleep in the hammock and had to fight my oldest son who slept there every night for one afternoon. Mom has disabilities so the downstairs was perfect for her. We have always loved the tide-pools and having them there to share with my family was wonderful. We were able to host a family get together there with plenty of room on the lanai. In fact, the lanai was where we spent most of our time. I am currently making my husband build me one of our own. My family also loved the Warm Ponds right down the road and my mother was able to get in the water. The house was lovely, clean, well stocked with everything that we could possibly need. The little front yard gave the kids a nice place to play. The house is located close to some of favorite spots as locals. The owners and manager were helpful and polite. It was a true blessing and great time for all of us. I was so saddened to have to leave Cedar House. It is like a large lovely cabin in the tropics. Because of the space and amenities, we wanted for nothing the whole week (except to stay longer). We will definitely stay there again even though we are only 11 miles away. This is the perfect place for the perfect getaway of any kind. Thanks to the owners and managers for providing such a lovely place to stay. Mahalo
The house was great, and everything was better than the description. The property was very clean, well maintained and I thought it was much better than any motel. The tide pools were absolutely wonderful, although next time I will were something other than flip flops. We will be returning again.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$100 + Tax|
Rent the entire house (5 bedrooms, 4 baths) for $200/night plus $200 cleaning fee, plus Hawaii state taxes.
State taxes consist of 4.15% state excise tax plus 9.25% transient accommodations tax; i.e. total tax = 13.4%
VRBO button for "Instant Quote" does not include a refundable security deposit ($150 for each apartment). Assuming no damages, this deposit is returned within 10 days of checkout.
The refundable security deposit ($150) is due at the time you make a reservation. All remaining charges (rent, cleaning fee, Hawaii state taxes, i.e. the total calculated for VRBO's "Instant Quote") become due six weeks prior to scheduled arrival. If reservations are made within 6 weeks of arrival date, all charges (rent, cleaning fee and taxes in addition to deposit) must be paid within 3 days.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.