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Rare Snorkeling Experience in Sparkling Pools & Hot Lava Adventures

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 4

Enjoy the Tradewinds flowing through this Island Style house. Just a few steps from WaiOpae's famous snorkeling ponds, this home offers lovely furnishings and comfort in this unique coast-side setting.

The house is designed to accommodate couples or a small family with spacious lanais extending the living areas. The bedrooms include a comfortable king and queen beds plus a queen size 'pun-ea' (daybed) on the lanai for outdoor naps or sleeping. In addition to the 2 full baths there is a refreshing outdoor shower.

The kitchen is fully stocked for simple meals or elaborate gourmet dining. Also provided is satellite TV (with a selection of DVD movies) and wireless internet for your convenience.

This pristine setting on Hawaii's East side is close to Volcanoes Nationa Park, the quaint and historic towns of Hilo and Pahoa, the geothermal Ahalanui warm pond, as well as many colorful sites along the beautiful "Red Road". Located a few miles from Pahoa's restaurants and shops or another 1/2 hour to Hilo's bayfront parks, golf courses, museums and farmers market.

Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, endless walks or explore miles of coastline on foot, bicycle or car. Experience unspoiled Old Hawaii along the Red Road. Or visit nearby Volcano National Park and (if Pele shows off) see lava flowing into sea viewed by air (helicopter), land (hike in) or by lava boat. This is a 'Bucket List' experience!

More Details

Donna LaHue
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

About Donna LaHue

We are pleased to share our vacation home with visitors to WaiOpae. We make this our home for a few months each year to enjoy the unspoiled LAST BEST PLACE in Hawaii. Now retired we enjoy the contrast between our home near Big Sky, Montana and the lush, tropical setting of Wai Opae by the sea. Both homes allow us to live connected with the natural environment and play hard.

Donna LaHue purchased this house in 2010

Why Donna LaHue chose Kapoho

After many years visiting the Big Island we finally found just the right spot to build our island getaway. Wai Opae is a unique place; off the beaten path in a friendly community of year round residents and visitors. Situated on the edge of the beautiful marine preserve, we enjoy fabulous snorkeling every day!!

What makes this house unique

Wai Opae is all about restoring the spirit, body and soul. There is something about living (or vacationing) on the edge of this island, in the shadow of an active volcano, that keeps us in touch with Hawaii as the ancients knew and loved it. Located in rural Puna district Wai Opae is a great starting point for adventures around the island!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here is the review I wrote:

5 stars


A wonderful place to relax and reconnect with nature. The accommodation was in a great shape and clean.

Tide pools were 3 minutes, walking distance, from the house. They were filled with sea-life, always calm, and safe for swimming (during any weather). Green, lush, colorful rain forest.

The town (Pahoa) offers everything a traveler might needed (food, souvenirs, entertainment, gas, etc.)

ADVICE: Please don't leave anything valuable in your vehicle (rent car) while parking anywhere by road . Unfortunately, even paradise is occupied by individuals who will 'make living' by stealing. That's the world we live in.

Thank you Mitzi for a warm welcome, and thank you Donna for making this trip easy to book and find.

We have a ton of wonderful memories!!!

Jana & Matthew
Jan 2013
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Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • New fixtures and tile designed for style and comfort. Rinse off, cool off in the outdoor, garden shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Each room is beautifully furnished with overhead fans and spacious closets. In addition, many guests choose to sleep oudoors on the covered lanai enjoying the stars and sunrise. There is a comfortable queen size bed (panea) perfect for naps or sleeping.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
We provide some misc. snorkeling gear, aqua shoes, yoga mats, etc. You may want to bring or purchase your own.


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Rare Snorkeling Experience in Sparkling Pools & Hot Lava Adventures
average rating of 4.7555556 based on 46 reviews

Dream vacation on the tropical side of Big Island

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home- comfortable and tastefully decorated. Minutes from the tidepools where we, first time snorkelers, experienced the magic of the Hawaiian reef fish and coral.

The house has all amenities- well stocked kitchen, laundry, plenty of linen and towels and stuff for the beach.

We drove to the farmers market and Island stores and food trucks in Pahoa when needed but were glad to back " at home" in the lush green surroundings to spend lazy, relaxing days.

While in Kapoho, we took the lava boat tour( amazing experience ); visited the Volcanoes National Park and the Black sands beach and day trip to Hilo.

Wonderful vacation in a beautiful home.

Thanks again Donna!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. So glad you enjoyed the house and experienced all the best of Puna!
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Condon, OR


  • 5 of 5

So nice to be away from the crowds on the west side of the island! We swam in a huge volcano heated swimming pool (less than 5 min drive) every day. Some of us snorkeled every day (gorgeous fish in the tide pools a short walk away). The house worked perfectly for a couple with two grown daughters. The extra bedroom on a second lanai gave each girl her own space. The whole house was spacious, well appointed and very clean. A vacation rental that provides enough TP, shampoo, DW soap and laundry soap for the entire week deserves an A+ in my book! Loads of beach towels, swim shoes and snorkel equipment for the whole family. Ceiling fans in every room enable sleeping in the high humidity. We took day trips to the volcano, Lyman Museum and the exceptional Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bay Area, California

Lovely and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here! It is definitely off the beaten path and you'll need a car if you want to enjoy other activities on the island but the snorkeling was quite good in the tide pools (reef shoes are essential!). We would remove Isaac Hale and MacKenzie Park from your recommended list as we found these parks quite unfriendly and uncomfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location and house

  • 5 of 5

The tide pools are the best and the walk to them from this home is easy. Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Best vacation in Hawaii and best rental house in Hawaii !!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been happier with this wonderful house. The house is immaculate,

well cared for grounds, fully equipped with every amenity you can think of.

We were a group of two couples, it was spacious and conveniently private for both couples.

The design of the house was very unique and restful. We enjoyed the decks, with a front and a back deck.

The house is situated on a large lot with beautiful Hawaiian flowers and plants.

Dining outside on the front deck was amazing........lots of ocean breezes, very comfortable

and all of the furnishings and linens were very new and made with quality material.

Last but not least was the "artwork" throughout the house.......

The ocean access was about 200 feet from the house, the best snorkeling I have

ever done!!!

Thank you Donna for a fabulous time, and we will be back!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review! We're delighted that you enjoyed the house as much as we do. You mentioned everything that makes it our "happy place".
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The house is everything that it claimed to be! Lovely home just one block from great snorkeling.

  • 5 of 5

We came in March and the weather was perfect, around 70 at night and 80 during the day (and no mosquitos!). The owner was easy to reach and very accommodating. This is the quiet side of the Big Island. Do not expect nightlife, other than the wonderful sounds of the animals in the rain forest. It is very dark at night and the stars are spectacular. It is difficult to find this house at night, thank God for GPS. We made several day trips; waterfalls, rugged lava coastline, black sand beach (Punalu'u, two-hour drive but totally worth it), tropical botanical gardens and a helicopter ride over the volcano and flowing lava (Blue Hawaiian out of Hilo). Bring your snorkel gear because the tide pools are fantastic. Make sure you have a good pair of water shoes because getting out to the deeper pools requires a walk over incredibly rough lava rocks. We took folding chairs and spent several afternoons. Bring the sunscreen. Great place to get away, restore and recharge.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Hilo International
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
in Pahoa
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
in Hilo or Volcano
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 132/ 137
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
in Pahoa
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Sunny Kapoho is located along the coast, 8 miles east of the quaint town of Pahoa. This stylish new vacation home is steps away from the water at Wai Opae Marine Preserve offering visitors fabulous snorkeling. This is the perfect location to stage daytrips around East Hawaii including the Volcano Visitor and Art Center. Or explore ancient Hawaiian sites along the 'Red Road' south to Kalapana. On the way, relax at Ahalanui Park's warm pond, natural thermally heated pool overlooking the rugged coastline. Or stretch your body and mind at Kalani Honua Cultural Center and Retreat. Finally, a Must-Experience: the ongoing creation of our island; lava flowing into sea may be viewed by air, by land or by sea.

Other Activities: lava viewing, hiking or biking,


Golf: Four courses within an hour of Wai Opae.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.42%

Taxes, cleaning and damage fees are not included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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