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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

Description

Kapoho House Rental Photos and Description

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 for us this 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 2nd bedroom and on to the master bedroom and loft. 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 guest 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 office loft above the master bedroom to make the home comfortable for 6 people.

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, ti ki bar 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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Katherine Sullivan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2016
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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 Puna District

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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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Views of Wai Opae Tide Pools from every room - 40' to amazing snorkeling
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 28 reviews
5

Can't do better

  • 5 of 5

This is THE place for opulent accommodations and spectacular location. Prior to arriving at this terrific spot you will want to load up with groceries and such and then just stay put and enjoy enjoy enjoy. You will have everything and more to keep everyone occupied although I bet most of the time you will be just watching the amazing view when not swimming, snorkelling and just laying out on the warm lava rocks. We had the best time and can't wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great home and spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing. The view was great and the tide pools we unbelievable. The house was phenomenal, well maintained, clean and welcoming. We'd stay again if back in the area. Local eateries were good as well!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you liked our house. A lot of blood, sweat, tears and laughter went in to building the house. I hope that you can make it back to the paradise side of the big island.
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5

Absolutely Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We spent our honeymoon here and every bit of it was perfect. The home was comfortable and the location incredible. Waking up to the sunrise and the view started each day with joy. The hot tub on the lanai, the outdoor shower, the endless spans of views from every room - we will forever remember our wonderful trip and can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A juicy slice of the Big Island!

  • 5 of 5

We had such an outstanding time at the house. We can highly recommend a stay here for anyone with a spirit for adventure and fun. The home is just beautiful and the location can't be beat. There is no way we could reproduce this experience in a hotel. A couple things to know, because the house is in a fairly exotic location, and this is just to be realistic, in case this is an issue for you.. the high tide does bring up the water level to the road outside. As mentioned in the description, it can seem the house is surrounded by water at high time. We found this charming!! This is good to know if you are on the bubble as to whether to get an SUV.. sometimes the water does get up, as is mentioned. Personally we loved this about the house and street. Really fun. One note about snorkelling.. We spent a lot of time in Wai Opae snorkelling and it was so good. But tide awareness is so important, best time to go is as the tide is waxing/getting higher. Maybe from 45 minutes before the high to the high. If you are strong swimmer less of an issue but with kids it is better to be out of the water or closer to shore as the tide goes out. We did the long drive out on the volcanic fields to Champagne Ponds, yes it was very warm which was lovely, but the visibility was poor compared to Wai Opae. Maybe it will be different for you. I felt we had much better snorkeling right outside our doorstep! Driving the Red Road and Walking or slowly driving rustic WaWa Road is such a treat. I hope you get to experience this magical home at Wai Opae! we hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting homes for the past 15 years. Nothing compares to the experience we had here. The home is a feast for the eyes at every turn and perfectly comfortable in every way. We met some friends we hadn't seen in a long time and felt we had sufficient privacy and room to spread out.

The tide pools were far more diverse than I thought they might be; I saw things I never dreamed I would see and hadn't in 40 years of diving and snorkeling. It was exciting to witness co hunting between a Moray and Peacock Grouper. I spent 20 minutes watching an octopus change colors and hunt. I kept my distance, he knew I was there and could have moved on at anytime. I love turtles and usually get my fix on Maui, but no need, there were turtles hanging out in the Coral Gardens!!!!!!

When I dream, I will dream of returning to this house. When I go to heaven, I hope it is here.

We were also surprised by how well the kitchen was stocked. I brought spices, but wouldn't have needed to. We were able to leave quite a few things behind for the next visitors. I did quite a bit of cooking and loved spending time in the kitchen.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting homes for the past 15 years. Nothing compares to the experience we had here. The home is a feast for the eyes at every turn and perfectly comfortable in every way. We met some friends we hadn't seen in a long time and felt we had sufficient privacy and room to spread out.

The tide pools were far more diverse than I thought they might be; I saw things I never dreamed I would see and hadn't in 40 years of diving and snorkeling. It was exciting to witness co hunting between a Moray and Peacock Grouper. I spent 20 minutes watching an octopus change colors and hunt. I kept my distance, he knew I was there and could have moved on at anytime. I love turtles and usually get my fix on Maui, but no need, there were turtles hanging out in the Coral Gardens!!!!!!

When I dream, I will dream of returning to this house. When I go to heaven, I hope it is here.

We were also surprised by how well the kitchen was stocked. I brought spices, but wouldn't have needed to. We were able to leave quite a few things behind for the next visitors. I did quite a bit of cooking and loved spending time in the kitchen.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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Rates & Availability

Kapoho House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall 2016
Aug 29 2016 - Dec 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
$240
$1,600
$5,590
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 21 2016 - Dec 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,450
 
 
New Years
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,450
 
 
Winter 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$275
$1,825
$6,900
 
 
Spring 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 10 2017
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,700
$6,500
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 11 2017 - Aug 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
$275
$1,825
$6,900
 
 
Fall 2017
Aug 27 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$240
$1,600
$5,590
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,200
 
 
December 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$240
$1,600
$5,590
 
 
Christmas 2017
Dec 20 2017 - Dec 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,550
 
 
New Years 2017/2018
Dec 28 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
$2,550
 

Additional information about rental rates

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

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.
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Amenities

Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
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:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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