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Rare Snorkeling Experience in Sparkling Pools & Hot Lava Adventures

Kapoho, Puna District, HI, USA
  • House1400 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

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!


Donna LaHue

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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!


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
          Steps from the Wai Opae marine preserve. The best Snorkeling on the island.
        • Rural
          Situated along the Puna coast in the small community of Wai Opae our home offers rural privacy in a relaxed, friendly neighborhood at the edge of the Wai Oape tidal pools.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Covered Parking
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Local Maps
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Mobile Phone
                      AT&T and Verizon signal
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Kitchen
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      Two courses in Hilo, 3rd in Volcano.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Limited snorkeling gear, booggie boards and "noodles".
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage


                                                • nude beach
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • forests
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • museums
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • 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.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  47 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Dream vacation on the tropical side of Big Island

                                                                  Alka W.

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you. So glad you enjoyed the house and experienced all the best of Puna!

                                                                  Perfect location and accomodations!

                                                                  Jon N.

                                                                  A perfect location on the relaxing east side of the Big Island! The house provides a great base for exploring the area and provides all the comforts of home one could want. The living area on the second floor catches the cooler trade winds in what can be a rather warm and humid location in the evenings. And yes, the bin in the covered parking area has a varied collection of beach gear if you forgot anything. It is next to the Wai O’pae tide pools, a magnet for both experienced snorkelers and those sampling these magic waters for the first time. For a most unusual swim, visit the nearby large Ahalanni geothermal pool. Lots to see and enjoy on the narrow scenic 'Red Road' along the coast. Make sure to stop at the MacKenzie State Recreation area to walk along the lava cliffs at the edge of the Ironwood grove. Easy access to both sides of the current lava flows-- informal explorations on the east side of the flows or the varied experiences in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. In the Pahoa shopping center, Pahoa Fresh Fish has the best truly fresh fish and chips you will find among all the Hawaiian islands! If you are in Hilo at meal time, be sure to stop by Ken's House of Pancakes and enjoy along with the locals great service from a varied menu.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your great review! You covered everything! We're delighted that you got out to see and do all that East Hawaii has to offer....And still relaxed and snorkeled and ate at Ken's like a local. We hope you will return. Donna and Jack

                                                                  Great access to snorkeling!

                                                                  Nan (Nancy) L.Oregon

                                                                  We loved staying so close to Wai O’pae tide pools. The house met all our expectations.


                                                                  Cynthia O.Condon, OR

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Lovely and relaxing

                                                                  Mary Sue B.Bay Area, California

                                                                  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.

                                                                  great location and house

                                                                  Alex T.

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


                                                                  Kapoho, Puna District, HI, USA

                                                                  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, SNORKELING!! Golf: Four courses within an hour of Wai Opae.

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