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

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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 (you do need to watch the tide chart which we have on a calendar in the house but the road in front of the house will be repaired in March 2017 and we'll have no worries after it). 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.

More Details

Susanna Billings
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, Chinese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

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 Puna District

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.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • 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 Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(71 traveler reviews)

Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!
average rating of 4.746479 based on 94 reviews
San Francisco, CA USA

Best view EVER!

  • 5 of 5

Cosy, comfortable, clean, tastefully decorated, everything you could need and more. We did run out of propane for the grill, sure we could've gotten more if we'd asked, but we'd just finished grilling. View is glorious, right at the best snorkeling EVER. Couldn't be happier with our stay here!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Fabulous location on amazing reef

  • 5 of 5

This charming vacation home is comfortable and clean , with everything you could need for cooking and relaxing. But the best thing is the wonderful lanai overlooking the sea . The reef is one of the best in the world and is right below ..amazing fish and warm water. A vacation to dream about for many months!!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved this location and house! We got up every morning for the sunrise, enjoyed coffee on the deck and loved the tide pools and snorkeling. Yoga on the deck, listening to the pipers and feeling the ocean breeze was a highlight for me. We wish we had more time! We recommend going to the black sand beach, the hot pool and volcano national park. Enjoy your time, however you want to spend it; this house is perfect for whatever your vacation plans may be.

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Banff, Alberta, Canada

Beautiful views

  • 4 of 5

Great place on the ocean. Tide pool on your doorstep. The rental has all you need for a fantastic stay.

Only downfall was the tides were high and we weren't warned not to use the car pad. We had a very stressful night with high tides and waves crashing into the car. It survived and we have a good story :)

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location, breathtaking view, incredible snorkeling!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Kapoho Makai was amazing! From the Hawaiian decor, to the view from inside and on the lanai, the house was exactly what we were hoping for! How can you beat waking up to the ocean lapping right outside your bedroom window. We had never snorkeled before and we had a fantastic time in the pools directly in front of the house. Twice we had the pleasure of observing honu. One swam by within a foot of us!! We also greatly enjoyed the surrounding Puna district and Pahoa! We wouldn't hesitate to stay at Kapoho Makai again.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, quaint place - but man, whatta location

  • 4 of 5

The location in the tidal pools is amazing. We watched the moon rise over a black sea at night, and snorkled to our heart-content. Lots of fish in the pools closer to shore, lots of coral as you go out, really easy to snorkle in for beginners (just be sure to wear tough-soled water shoes for the rocks).

Read the other reviews about the tides and time your arrival and departure (if you can!). We had to make multiple trips in our wading/hiking sandals w/our luggage on our heads. We didn't mind - it was worth the experience.

The house itself is very Hawaiian cute, a little funky layout - but it had everything we needed in the kitchen and bath. It's not perfect - we were just one couple, so we got to choose the bedroom away from the septic smell. The manager/owner also need to update the batteries in the fans and an umbrella on the deck would be great, but again, all fine considering the amazing location and experience you can have living on the edge of the world for a few days.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Kapoho House Rental Rates

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Peak Season
Dec 13 2016 - Apr 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Regular Season
Apr 22 2017 - Dec 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season
Dec 13 2017 - Apr 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Regular Season
Apr 7 2018 - Dec 12 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

one time cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
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.

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