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Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!

Bedrooms 2
Space 890 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 queens, 2 baths, ocean view throughout and very comfortable

Our house has the pristine natural views like no other rentals with over one mile of tidepool views on three sides, and from the dining room, living room and 1 of the bedrooms. A very private location with no neighbors and no lights in the view when in the house and on the Lanai (the next door house is behind ours so people don't see each other when on the lanai). Experience water on four sides when tides are 3.0 and above. Enjoy sun and moon rises and the refreshing ocean breeze with little or no flying pests. You can leave doors and windows open (with screens closed of course) and not need to turn the ceiling fans on. This is the freshest air in the world and a most pleasant location to enjoy the sea and tide pools. In Dec 2014 we did hurricane repair and remodeling of the house, now it has brand new kitchen cabinets, enlarged living room, and new sliding glass doors with 180 degree ocean view.

You can literally snorkel from the house in the famous Kapoho tidepools that are at your door step. We are located on the edge of the Tidepool Preserve so fishing is allowed to the north and daily locals fish with nets and spears. From our cottage and south, is the Wai O Pae Tide Pool Preserve. offers entertaining vistas both below and above the water.

Location Information: A five minute drive will take you to Ahalnui Beach Park with its amazing 90+ degree geothermally-heated tide-pool. This is a gorgeous place for the whole family. You are only 15 minutes to unique Pahoa town, which is a step back in time. You will find many very good restaurants to choose from and a ''Real Hawaiian'' atmosphere! You will love this place. We will provide a 'Welcome Letter' once you book so you could have very detailed info of the area as of what to do to have the most fun.

Additional Details for the Rental: Lanai: great for dining, cocktail and wine happy hours, reading, or just hanging out there to enjoy the Pacific ocean view, sea breeze, watch your kids playing in the shallow pools downstairs, or maybe whale watching if you are lucky. Broadband Internet: You may either go wireless, or using the cable modem. Remember to bring your own lap top if you have to work some during your stay; otherwise a smart phone is perfect since most major cellular carriers have connections there. Kid Friendly: The tide pools downstairs are kids' snorkeling paradise! they are not just for 'big kids'! One of the best snorkeling areas among all the Hawaiian islands since it's been the marine conservation area since 1960s.

The Unique Benefits at this House: The Pacific Ocean is right in front of the house, between you and the Pacific, there're the tide pools where you and your children can swim and snorkel in your backyard any time during the day, talk with the fish, swim with the turtle, it's heaven. We found this area is the best of Hawaii, unlike most everywhere else with sandy beach and resort one after another, this is the real and original Hawaii. As of March 2017 the road in front of our house is repaired and there're no worries to drive directly to the house to park downstairs of the house.

More Details

Susanna Billings
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, Chinese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Susanna Billings

Since 1984, we've traveled to Hawaii and the Big Island's Puna district since 1988. While we love our home base in California's Central Coast, we both are most comfortable in Hawaii. Susanna was born in China and has traveled the world for work and play. Her passion is food and wine and her kitchens reflect her tastes. John began his business in San Luis Obispo in 1973 and still shops the world for home furnishings for indoors and out. That business, Daylight Home Lighting & Patio, is widely known for quality and selection second to none. John has designed 3 homes and all reflect function and comfort with a classic sense of style.

Susanna is the manager and booking contact for Kapoho Makai. She is always connected and responds to questions, concerns and issues no matter what time zone or continent she is in. We love travel, love meeting people, entertaining friends, Hawaii the Big Island is one of our favorite destinations in the world. We love rural Hawaii, that's why we purchased our home here and turned it into a wonderful vacation rental, so more people could enjoy the nice and unique setting of the house. Having vacation here is a total adventurous experience, away from the the white sandy beach resorts.

Susanna Billings purchased this house in 2005

Why Susanna Billings chose Kapoho

We found this area is the best of the original Hawaii, where you don't see the traffic, tourists crowds etc, where you could have your own privacy and peace.

What makes this house unique

The Pacific ocean is right in front of the house, between you and the Pacific, it's the tide pools where you and your children can swim and snorkel any time during the day, talk with the fish, swim with the turtle, it's heaven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for sharing this wonder house with us, we have nothing but just great things to say. We woke every morning for the sunrise and listened to the Pacific golden plovers great and a bathe to the start the day. We had a lot of rain but it didn't stop us or take away from the beauty of this place or the island. The Black Sand Beach which is a few minute walk from the house was awesome, it was very busy on Sunday with a drum circle, we went again on a Tuesday morning and it was much more quiet and peaceful. We went to the Volcano National Park , what an amazing experience! We were lucky to see active lava flow (Mahalo Pele!). I would recommend the Kilauea Iki Trail Hike (4 miles round trip), it was other world. I would also recommend driving to the end of chain of craters road to the coast (where we were also able to see lava entering the ocean - where the steam is from). All the food recommendations from Susanna and John were wonderful. We also appreciate the kitchen supplies and cooking our own food. Of course spent as much time in the tide pools downstairs as you can!

I wish we could stay longer and I hope we can come back.

Thank you so much!

Robin and Jogan R.

Rochester, NY

Dec 10 to 14, 2016
Dec 2016
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Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 890 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
  • No refund on deposit, the rest will be refunded with 25% fee if the house is resented. Rental agreement is accepted when clicking to book the house
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • fullroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , window opens to tide pool and coastal view
    Full bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , newly added full bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , large bedroom with windows on 2 sides and a full bathroom
    2nd Bedroom - 1 queen , 5' wide window at foot of bed with a full bathroom
  • Queen Bed: 1 queen bed for each bedroom with comfortable pillow top mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Many Amenities... DSL Broadband, bring your laptop, TV with DVD players, Dish TV, Hawaiian CDs and books, cards and games, binoculars, great drinking water, dishwasher, microwave, coffee grinder and maker, blender, toaster, electric stove, range hood, designer dinnerware, drink ware, BBQ grill, quality lanai chairs, and some snorkel gear. Sway in the breeze on the hammock on the lanai and soak up the tidepool lifestyle.


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Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!
average rating of 4.7582417 based on 114 reviews
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Location, location

  • 5 of 5

Being at the Tidepools - practically in the tidepools - was amazing. The snorkeling in the tide pools was first rate, especially at higher tides. We loved the trade winds while sitting on the porch. The house was comfortable and had everything we needed, it is exactly as pictured. It would be perfect for a couple, a family with 1- 2 children - a little tight for two couples but doable. The town of Pahoa, nearby, has nice restaurants and a friendly vibe. Don’t miss a drive down the Red Road (137)

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful to stay in this somewhat rustic, charming place right on the Kapolo tidal pools. Stunning view. Rooms small, but not nearly as important as the beauty of watching the sun rise from the ocean, and the tidal pools racing in and out, with snorkeling available right from the house. We loved our stay there. Very special place, will always be remembered.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

This house cannot be beat! The views and the access to the tide pools was outstanding. The house had everything we needed. It was clean and comfortable. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely lovely beach house! Fantastic views and would come again. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

Awesome location right over the tidal pools where you can literally spend days walking and snorkeling without getting bored! The house has everything you need and is very charming. It is a little run down and could use new beds, but overall an excellent choice and we would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sunrise everyday and the best snorkeling in Hawaii right outside

  • 5 of 5

Location, location, location. The house comes as advertised: right on the tidepools. Watch the sunrise everyday from the front porch. Snorkel at least twice a day steps from your house. The house is a little rustic, but has everything you need to prepare meals to enjoy on the deck overlooking the tidepools. The owner provides everything you need - from soaps and shampoos, to coffee and cooking oil, etc. (plus mask, fins, etc.) I prefer the Hilo side of the Big Island - closer to the volcanoes, black sand beach, Uncle Robert's (on Wednesday night), and more lush greenery. This trip we did not eat out at any of the Pahoa restaurants, but shopped at both the natural market and the regular grocery store. Both are conveniently located. I would definitely stay again and recommend it to others. It was just me and my wife, so we had plenty of room to spread out. It can accommodate four (2 small bedrooms and 2 baths) - particularly since you will spend most of your time outdoors. Don't forget to pull your car up under the house - we were there for a full moon high tide and the ocean flowed under the house at high tide.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
ITO Hilo International Airport
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
one time cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Options on Damage Protection is either you purchase a $59 plan for a $1500 coverage on our property, or $1000 refundable deposit which will be held and refunded by Homeaway within 7 days after your stay to your same credit card or checking account you paid with if no damage reported by manager. By clicking "book it" you accept our terms and conditions as stated in the "rental agreement" attached; and our CANCELLATIONS/TRANSFERS policy: must be in writing. No refund on deposit, and no refund on total rental payment within 60 days before arrival unless it can be rented with less 25% fee.
CHECK IN time: after 4:00 P. M. on the arrival date CHECK OUT time: before 11:00 A. M. on the departure date.
To book directly with us: with a check payment, and $1000 damage/security deposit is held onto a credit card without charging, and there's no booking fee. Rate is quoted based on 2 people; maximum occupancy is 4 people; $15 a night for the 3rd person
Cleaning fee is $125 plus tax, one time cleaning per stay; Hi state tax is 13.416%. $1000 damage deposit is charged and held by vrbo/homeaway, and will be refunded by vrbo/homeaway to your same credit card or checking account you paid with within 7 days after your stay. No smoking, no pets please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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