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Views of Wai Opae Tide Pools from every room - 40' to amazing snorkeling

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

New 2 bdrm plus loft, 2 Ba Home With Views Over The Kapoho Tide Pools.

Our son is a Los Angeles Architect and he designed our beautiful oceanfront retirement home that looks like it is off the pages of Architectural Digest. The whole house has massive windows to take advantage of the 180 degree view of the Wai Opae Tide Pools. The house has bamboo, 23' vaulted, hand rubbed beam ceilings with floating globe pendants. There is a curved staircase with Mango steps that leads from the living room to the Pond room and on to the Master bedroom and Loft room. One of the most spectacular things about this house is that it faces east and every morning the sun rises with awe inspiring colors while tinting the tide pools all shades of gold, orange and pink.

Our home has 2 bedrooms and a loft, 2 baths and sleeps 6. The Master bedroom is on the 2nd floor and is a loft room allowing the view of the ocean from the queen size bed. Whether it is a fast storm, a brilliant sunrise or the changing colors of the tide pools the view never gets old. There isn't a better place to sit back with a good book then up on the Master Bedroom lanai (deck) with comfortable chairs and endless ocean views. The master bathroom is very unique in that it has a lanai with an indoor/outdoor shower and a free standing deep soaking tub. The cabinets are made from Mango wood and the counter top is flamed black granite.

The pond bedroom also with a queen size bed and was designed so that it is five feet higher than the living room. The front wall is movable which lets the ocean view be the centerpiece of this room. There are floor to ceiling jalousie windows framing the bed and looking down on the back yard tide ponds For additional guests there are two single futons in an loft bedroom above the master bedroom to make the home comfortable for 6 people. UPDATE: The front curtains in the Pond Room

have been replaced with a beautiful Mango and Chocolate Albesa wood wall with barn doors. The barn doors open wide enough that from the bed there is a view of the ocean.

The main bathroom has a tiled tub and shower combination with large windows. The resin sink has inlayed real sea shells and coral. There is a laundry area with full sized front loading washer and dryer and storage area behind bi-fold doors.

The kitchen is modern and has top of the line African Ribbon Mahogany cabinets with flamed and leathered granite counters. The appliances are new and include a side by side refrigerator with an ice maker that holds 10 lbs of ice. It also has a dishwasher and microwave oven and a large island with a gas stove and oven. The island looks out to the living room and the large lanai so the cook is never separated from the group. There is enough space in the Kitchen so that 4 people can work comfortably. The kitchen has a 'breakfast' Lanai with table and chairs - The perfect spot to have that morning cup of coffee while watching the sunrise. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything except your fresh food to prepare gourmet meals.

There are two sets of bi-fold doors in the living room; one faces the ocean and makes the ocean become a living wall of the house and the other doors open up on to the lanai providing a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. After a busy day of snorkeling and sightseeing there are comfortable chairs and a place to put the feet up and relax while watching a 42' flat screen tv with roku and wireless internet.

Out the living room bi-fold doors opens to the lanai with a wood deck, outdoor couch, love seat and chair, bbq, and jacuzzi. The 600 sq ft lanai not only looks over the ocean it also overlooks the backyard which has a large pond that rises and falls with the ocean tide. The ponds are brackish (which means that they are a combination of fresh and salt water) and are home to a large school of Tilapia fish which love to be fed.

There are stranded bamboo hardwood floors throughout the house, mango custom cabinetry, unique floor plan and awe inspiring views which make this a perfect vacation home for anyone that wants to hear the waves, watch the whale’s jump, have world class snorkeling 40 ft from the front door and experience the most glorious sunrises imaginable.

More Details

Owner
Katherine Sullivan
Member since: 2013
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 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018

About Katherine Sullivan

We purchased the lot in Kapoho in 2003 and after 10 years of struggle the house was finally finished in 2013. John and I were vendors and we traveled all over the United States selling Native American Jewelry at Indian Pow Wows and motorcycle rallies. Every time we traveled to Hawaii to do a show we would spend a week in Kapoho. When we drove down the palm lined entrance to Kapoho Vacationland it felt like we were coming home. In 2003 we drove by the front of the tide pools and a realtor was pounding a for sale sign on this lot and we put it in escrow that day. It then took us 8 years before we could start building our dream house.

Katherine Sullivan purchased this house in 2013

Why Katherine Sullivan chose Kapoho

It is hard to imagine a place more beautiful and peaceful then this area.

What makes this house unique

Sunrises and sunrises and sunrises and snorkeling and snorkeling and snorkeling and clean soft air, trade winds, moonrise, and a close knit community. Can it get any better than this?

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow What Can we say -- Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Everything was Great. We hope to be back next year. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
Dec 2013
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Amenities

Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Includes full size washer and dryer
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , outdoor shower , With an open air shower and deep free standing tub
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , This is a loft which is over the living rm and master bdrm
  • The master bedroom is a loft that looks out over the wide expanse of the Wai Opae Tide Pools. We decided not to wall out our view by closing in the bedroom. There is a 10' sliding door that opens up on to a third floor lanai. The second bedroom was designed a half a floor above the living room so if desired the sleepers can have a view of the ocean. The queen sized bed is set between floor to ceiling jalousie windows that look out on the tide ponds in the back yard. There is a loft office that has 2 single futons. The loft is the highest part of the house and looks down on the living room and master bedroom. We also have thick sleeping pads stored in the loft that could be moved anywhere in the house if the people in the Master bedroom would be more comfortable not having people looking down on their room. The loft was designed as an office but our grand kids loved sleeping up there so we added the futons for additional sleeping.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

Reviews

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Views of Wai Opae Tide Pools from every room - 40' to amazing snorkeling
average rating of 4.910714 based on 57 reviews
Dallas
5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

This place might be the nicest house anywhere near the Tidepools! We arrived not just during high tide but during the King Tides in late July, right after 'Hurricane' Fernanda had passed by the islands, so some of the roads in the neighborhood leading up to the home were a bit flooded. I will admit I was a little freaked out by that at first (even though I was fully warned, it can be a bit disconcerting when you arrive right at high tide with a car full of suitcases and groceries, but of course my kids thought it was awesome!) However, we all quickly realized that it was still easy for us to get our SUV through to the house, (which was not flooded at all) and of course, once we saw the house, we knew it was worth it to be right on the water! We enjoyed the home for a week and it was clear the homeowners did a wonderful job building such a lovely home. It is truly gorgeous! My kids loved the lanai, the hot tub (which we used a lot!) and looking out over the tidepools. We all definitely enjoyed the stargazing at night and got some of the most amazing pictures. It was a wonderful getaway. Many thanks to the Sullivans!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Angela, I am so glad that you make it through to our house ok. I also love sitting on the lanai in the hot tub and warming up after snorkeling. I hope that you will be able to visit again.
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Ivins, Utah
5

Love, love, love!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place! Love the house, the view and the area. Would definitely stay again

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous !!!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice , snorkeling great, very comfortable furniture. Only back thing but no biggy. Had a bad approach to parking area under the house, everybody had to get out of the car so it would not bottom out . In general WONDERFUL place!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco
5

An incredible place in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We love Kapoho; and, renting this house was a great decision. It's spacious so we could spread out. The window/doors open up for daytime trade winds. It's covered lanai and hot tub made for incredibly relaxing times. I love the location because you're not far from things to do along the coast like Kalapana and Champagne pool - and yet, you're 30 minutes from Hilo. I could go on about how much I loved the design of the house, but the pictures and owner's description are spot on. And, the best aspect is that it's right across from some of the best snorkeling on Hawai'i Island. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA
5

This house is amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time at this house. It was rainy while we were there, but who cares when you can literally walk out your door and snorkel! The house has just about anything you might need. The road to the house that used to be gravel is now paved. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

This place was a wonderful place to stay and we loved the open floor plan. It fit our family of six just fine. Two kids were up in the loft and my mother in law shared the guest bed with her sister. This place was closer to the water than what I thought it was. Literally RIGHT across a small street. So close that when there was a really high tide, the waves were flowing over the street. The house had everything we needed for our vacation. Beach towels, cookware, coolers, etc. My family all brought their own snorkel gear, except myself and I was able to find a great set in the bin with all of the water gear.

The snorkeling is absolutely amazing. The location is perfect for exploring Hilo and the Volcano. We ended up not going out sightseeing as much as we originally planned since we fell in love with the snorkeling and hanging out on the lanai and ended up spending more days doing that.

Absolutely no complaints and we would definitely stay here again if we had the opportunity!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Map

Lava Tube Cave
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Pahoa
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
The Red Road (Hwy 137)
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Pahoa
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Mauna Kea
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Wai Opae Tide Pools
Car: necessary

Kapoho Sunrise House overlooks the Wai Opae Marine Conservation District. The tide pools are a safe nursery for young fish. The snorkeling is world class with thousands of fish and over 20 types of coral. Our vacation house is located a mile off of the Red Road or Hwy 137 arguably one of the most beautiful drives in Hawaii. Just a mile south on the red road is the hot pond knows as the Millionaire's pond. Just imagine floating in a large rock walled pool in 90 degree water with palm trees overhead and the ocean waves crashing just on the other side of the break water! Down the road another mile is Issac Hale State Park. This is one of the only beaches on the East side of the Big Island that has surfing and boogie boarding. It also has a boat dock and if you are lucky enough to catch one of the local fishermen coming ashore from a fishing trip you might be able to buy fresh Hawaiian fish direct from them. Further south on the Red road is MacKinzey State Park. From the rock ledges watch the waves crash into the lava walls and send spray 20 to 80 feet in to the air. During high surf it is necessary to be careful not to get drenched. Again heading south there are beautiful turnouts just to watch the waves and become mesmerized by the color of the water. Look for cars parked along the road and a a small path down to the black sand beach. This is Kehena beach which is a bathing suit optional beach. End of the road is Kalapana where the relentless lava covered most of the village in 1990's. The new black sand beaches of Kalapana can be seen after a short walk starting at the cul de sak at the end of the road. Wednesday night is a 'not to be missed' farmers market with an open bar, island music and international and local food. The band plays all type of music and it is not uncommon for local Hawaiians to stand up and do the hula when a loved Hawaiian song is played.

From our Vacation Rental turn right - north - on to the Red Road from Kapoho Kai road and go to where the pavement ends and a dirt road begins you will enter a primeval Rain forest. This forest is so pristine that it is easy to believe that you have entered a time capsule and have traveled back in time to the age of Dinosaurs.

With in close proximity to our vacation home and not to be missed is Lava Tree state park 5 miles, Volcano National Park, with the new Halemaumau crater, 40 miles, 4 mile scenic drive north of Hilo 40 miles, Akaka Falls 45 miles, Waiapio Valley 70 miles and the top of Mauna Kea mountain with its observatories and vast views 70 miles.

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 14.42%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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