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Champagne pond, kayak, boogie boards, golf cart & more

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Comfortable and affordable 2 bedroom ground floor apartment.

Location: Kapoho, Champagne Ponds, Puna District, Big Island, Hawaii, USA (Gated Community With Warm Ocean Water Swimming!) View Map

Come on out and enjoy a relaxing time in Kapoho.

Our minimum stay is 3 nights, but if you see an opening for 1 or 2 nights in our calendar and are interested, please send us an inquiry.

Accommodations: This is an apartment on the ground floor, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath and an extra outdoor shower (Sleeps 6) and is a wonderful location for your vacation in our Kapoho Paradise.

From our well-appointed tropical apartment, you can head out for snorkeling, kayaking, surfing and swimming only a block away! This spacious and comfortable apartment has been built with quality materials, and is stocked with just about anything you would want. You'll love it.


*The lanai has a gas grill, comfortable wicker furniture, a Hot Tub and outdoor shower. There are plenty of ‘outdoor’ towels to use after your hot tub or shower, conveniently located next to the shower.

*The yard is HUGE, giving you plenty of room to spread out. Enjoy the beautiful gardens or set up some croquet or bocci. Enjoy the paradise.


*Living Area: The main entrance to the apartment is from the spacious lanai. In this area you can enjoy the television and or movies from our huge digital movie selection. There is an office area and plenty of kitchen space. The dining room table is in a nook off of the living room within view of our beautiful teak sculpture of dolphins. The comfortable tropical furniture makes this a great place to hang out to watch some movies. Did we say movies? We have over 700 movie titles to choose from, all housed in a separate Wi-Fi storage disk. Complete instructions are provided for the TV, movies and sound system.

*The ‘Orchid’ Bedroom: This bedroom boasts a beautiful view of our orchid wall. The Queen sized bed is very comfortable and the room has a dresser, nightstands, reading lamps, ceiling fan, a desk and comfortable chairs. Tropical gone comfortable.

*The ‘Honu’ Bedroom: Is comfortably furnished with a queen sized bed, antique furnishings, ceiling fan and plenty of room for your luggage.

*Bathroom: This bathroom is located directly across the hall from the Orchid Bedroom and has a Travertine surround Jacuzzi tub, shower and Travertine floors. Naturally, there are plenty of fresh fluffy towels, shampoo/conditioner, body soap and a hair dryer.

*The kitchen area has a full sized refrigerator, microwave/convection oven, 2 burner induction cook surface, toaster, juicer, blender and other appliances to make your stay comfortable.

* Office: The office is set up, if you really MUST work while you are on holiday, and has free Wi-Fi, and a built in desk. If you have to do work while you are visiting, this is an comfortable place to get the job done. There's also a door leading to the lower lanai, for an extra-spacious feeling.


* Garage: This is where all the toys (electric golf cart, 2 bicycles, 4 boogie boards, 1 two person kayak, and 1 surf board) live. There is plenty of snorkel gear, but we can't guarantee we'll have your size. You are welcome use electric cart to drive around the beautiful, peaceful neighborhood.

Other information about what we provide:

* Shampoo, Hair Conditioner, Hand/Body soap, Dish soap, Laundry soap, Toilet Paper (If this seems silly to mention, we agree. We stayed at a distant vacation rental where they gave us 'starter' toilet paper. It was a very short roll of TP. We don't want you to have to experience that.) Plenty of kitchen towels, sharp knives, dishware, glassware and silverware. Other items: paper plates, reusable fabric shopping bags (plastic grocery sacks are not available at stores), a cooler for excursions, and 'blue' ice in the freezer.

* Hair Dryer

* Umbrellas--just in case

More details about our home:

* The apartment was built with top-quality materials and meticulous attention to every detail. The lanai is beautiful slate. On the inside, the floors are tile with knotty pine trim everywhere. There is plenty of room to spread out.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Susan

Nosotros hablamos español un poco.

We are originally from the Seattle area and moved to Kapoho in 2008 because we fell in love with the area. We love to travel, but also love being at home in Kapoho. When we purchased our home, we knew it would need some modifications and have completely rebuilt it.

With the modifications complete, we feel our home and vacation rental apartment are among the most beautiful in Kapoho.

When we aren't in our paradise home, we are probably out traveling the world. In the summer of 2013 we drove our little camper van, Hale Iki (meaning little home) across the western US. Our 2014 travel included the Panama Canal, taking Hale Iki to Vancouver Island and walking in France and Spain on El Camino de Santiago Compostella (and we completed the 500 pilgrimage!). In 2015 our travel included Greece, Turkey, Oman, Jordan, Israel and the Suez Canal as well as a trip in our van up the Alaska Highway and into the Arctic Circle (yes, it's cold up there even in August). Bucket List Items:

Drive the Alaska Highway - CHECK.

Camp in the Arctic Circle - CHECK.

January 2016-Spanish Language class in Antigua Guatemela - CHECK. Eventually, we will be able to advertise...Habla Espaniol. But we need more school an MUCH more practice.

April 2016 we traveled to Portugal, Spain, Copenhagen, St Petersburg, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Belgium.

September 2016, we went back to Guatemala for some more Spanish immersion and then to Tijuana for a week of work with Esperanza International.

Just in case you ever want to find something to read to help you sleep at night, feel free to check out my 'on again/off again' blog.

Who knows what the next trip after this will be? We sure don't. Sometimes those last minute trips turn out to be the best!

Susan purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Susan chose Puna District

We moved, from the Seattle area, to Kapoho in 2008 because of the beauty and serenity. After years of working in 'Corporate America', we both decided that this is the best place to retire. We have a huge garden, love snorkeling at the Waiopea Tide Pools, and all of the other beautiful swimming locations in our area.

We are both active in the Kapoho and the greater Hilo area and love to participate in the wonderful offerings this side of the island offers.

What makes this apartment unique

Thermally heated tidal ponds are common in this area and some are warmer than others. This is the only area of Hawaii with these, so it is truly unique. The Marine Sanctuary is a 5 minute bike ride (or a 15 minute walk). Incredibly colored/shaped corals and small schools of good-sized fish. Big schools of smaller fish. We have traveled quite a bit, and this is a gem and is easily accessed--what a treat. Or you can bike up and down the coast, with minimal car interference, even though we don't have official bike lanes. Take a walk along the coast, towards Cape Kumukahi, the Eastern most point of the island, and the state.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)

Champagne pond, kayak, boogie boards, golf cart & more
average rating of 4.986842 based on 76 reviews

Very clean, large living space with all amenities and extras, better than pictures!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights. I, My wife and 3 kids. We were so impressed. Everything was in perfect working order, very clean, and pleasant neighborhood close to tide pools for great snorkeling and not very far from lava flow to ocean from kalapana side of flow (we drove about 15 minutes, parked and hiked in before sunrise). All kinds of amenities, gear and outdoor equipment are available. The warm springs that mix with ocean to create champagne pond was also interesting. Best vacation rental yet (we have stayed at several), and much better than hotel. We easily could have stayed weeks or months had time allowed as it had surprisingly large living space with lots of extras. Perfect location for snorkeling tide pools, and volcano sight seeing activities.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Best Vacation Rental EVER!!!

  • 5 of 5

Kapoho Beach is a slice of was the perfect place to spend our family vacation. Susan and John were the perfect hosts, welcoming our whole family into their lovely unit. They were always available to answer our adventure questions and recommend the best local hikes/beaches. The unit is very spacious, a lovely space to unwind after a long day. The hot tub is inviting and the perfect place to relax while watching the night stars. Susan and John have equipped their rental with everything you could possibly need to enjoy your time on the Island. They generously allow use of their kayak, boogie boards, snorkel equipment, fishing poles and golf cart to putter around their amazing neighborhood. We highly recommend early morning snorkeling at the Kapoho tide pools and an evening bike ride to watch the lava flowing at Kalapana. We loved the rainforest zoo Pana'ewa in Hilo and taking a hike to Shipman's Beach. We highly recommend Kapoho Beach for your next Big Island vacation, you won't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Missoula, MT

Closest thing to Paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at Kapoho Breeze. The apartment is just so perfect. It is outfitted with everything you could possibly need. A couple of bonuses for us were the Christmas tree and decorations, the outdoor shower that made cleaning gear so convenient and the hot tub after a slightly chilly snorkel. But, honestly, it was all perfect!!

Susan and John were great; providing the weather forecast just when they knew we would be thinking "will it ever quit raining" as well as tips on snorkeling spots, farmers markets, grocery stores, and restaurants.

The location of Kapoho Breeze could not have been more convenient. Champagne ponds within minutes and incredible tide pools within a ten minute golf cart ride. But, also very close and convenient to Hilo, Volcanoes NP, The Botanical Gardens, the Kanipali lava viewing, and Pahoa.

We would recommend Kapoho Breeze in a heart beat!!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Exceptional hosts and accommodations.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: From an email our guest sent to us: The peaceful paradise was the best part of our trip and we were absolutely comfortable in the apartment! When I think back, what I miss the most is listening to the gentle night sounds outside. I slept so peacefully there. We so enjoyed your hospitality and sharing Thanksgiving with you and your extended friends and family. We had a wonderful time! We especially enjoyed how wonderfully the space is laid out and how comfortable it is!
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Gex, France (near Geneva, Switzerland)

Great location very near shoreline, fantastic facilities, kind and discrete attention of Susan+John

  • 5 of 5

Kapoho Breeze is located in a private, secured and very quiet community along the ocean. Our kids could safely play in the garden and easily walk to the shoreline: a short 3 minutes walk to enjoy Champagne Pond, its naturally warm and slightly fizzy waters also appreciated by various fishes. Tide Pools is also easily accessible by feet although we preferred the fun of riding the electric golf cart constantly available for the guests: this spot is truly amazing for safe snorkelling; our 7 years old daughter loved swimming among the fantastic colorful coral reefs, a myriad of not less colorful fishes and some wild sea turtles - what a positive first experience with snorkelling.

Kapoho Breeze is also very well located for day trips to the other must do's of Big Island: the active Kilauea crater and the Volcanoes National Park, the lava flows falling into the ocean near Kalapana (plan this at sunset, it requires some walk or better ride rental bikes available at the end of the paved road in October 2016), Hilo historical downtown with its nice farmers market and museums, and some impressive waterfalls in the rainforest. On Wednesday evening, we enjoyed Kalapana's night market with live music and various food booths attracting much more local people than tourists.

Susan and John freely provide guests with snorkelling/swimming/hiking/playing equipment of almost all sizes. The golf cart and two bikes are in perfect conditions and very convenient.

When returning at Kapoho Breeze in the evenings, we relaxed in the outdoor jacuzzi tub, and enjoyed listening to the breeze and the nature.

The comfortable appartment features all what you could need, and even more - for instance, we preferred enjoying the site than watching the hundreds of available videos. Plenty of towels are provided for the bathroom, for the jacuzzi, for the beach, and for the kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped and also includes basic ingredients (that are unfortunately missing in so many other vacation rentals). Susan and John provide guests with a lot of nice advices. They constantly but discreltely pay a particular attention to so many details for the comfort of the guests.

In summary, a fantastic place ran by very kind and attention-full owners - highly recommended. We would definitely come back if we would not be living in Europe, so far away from this little paradise.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house in a unique and beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Susan and John's house. It was very comfortable and thoughtfully appointed with everything you could possibly need for a fun visit—tons of ocean gear and even a golf cart. We brought our 7-month-old baby and especially appreciated the Pack n Play and high chair Susan provided. Kapoho is a terrific location for exploring the warm ponds, snorkeling in the tide pools and checking out unique local attractions like Uncle Robert's night market and the incredible Kalapana lava flow happening right now. We rented bicycles and rode out at night to watch the red molten lava flow into the ocean. Probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for us! Thanks so much, Susan and John.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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South Point
"Don't forget - you will need a 4 wheel drive for this on. Or plan on a long hike."
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
"An absolutely MUST see."
Kapoho Tide Pools
"Check your tide tables. The best swimming is during higher tides."
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
"A great place for the kids. There are wonderful floral displays too.'s FREE."
Lava Tree State Monument
"A lovely walk through the lava trees. Since it's on the way to our house, you may as well s..."
Kalapana Village Cafe' -- CLOSED
"Be sure to check out Uncle Roberts on Wednesday, for true Hawaiian entertainment and a farme..."
Makuu Farmers Market
"Truly a one of a kind Farmers Market. Sundays only. "
Kehena Beach
"Don't forget - this beach is 'clothing optional'. Be prepared, or skip it. It's a lovely b..."
Ahalanui Hot Pond
"It's a hot tub...right next to the ocean. This little spot is only minutes away and offers ..."
Imiloa Astronomy Center
"This is an incredible place - plenty to keep the kids of ALL ages busy. Great for a rainy d..."
Ocean Sushi Deli
"Our favorite cheap sushi joint. No alcohol...just good Japanese fare. "
Pahoa Village Museum
Boogie Woogie Pizza
Pahoa Fresh Fish
"Yummy fish and chips..."
Palace Theater
"Historic Palace Theater offers a variety of entertainment, from movies to live stage product..."
"There is always something interesting going on here. Check out their website for current sh..."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo, Hawaii
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Plenty of Bars in Pahoa
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Closest Golf is in Hilo
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 137
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Lots of great restaurants in Pahoa
Nearest Beach
Right Up The Street!
Car: recommended

Don't forget - Hawaii Island has an active volcano. Drive about 20 miles, through the jungle on a coastal highway to view the lava entering the ocean. We're also just over an hour drive from Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, the historical Kilauea caldera and home of Pele, the fire goddess. You can check out Hot/Warm Ponds, Champagne Pond, and Wai O Pae Marine Sanctuary all within walking, or short biking distance. Because of all the warm springs in the area the ocean water is a little bit warmer here, around 5 degrees F -- not a lot, but for us every degree helps.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.43%

Minimum stay is 3 nights. Exceptions may be the owner. Rate is based on 4 people. For more than 4 guests, there is a $10 per guest for a 3 night stay. For stays from 4-10 days, the fee for extra guests is $15 per guest per stay.

If you wish to use the blow up beds, there is a $10 one time fee added. There is no additional fee for the toddler 'pak-n-play'. Notify owner if you are interested in more than 4 people and you will be provided with pertinent information.
We do not charge damage insurance in order to keep our guests Hawaii holiday a bit more reasonably priced. We require having credit card information submitted to us prior to your arrival. A package is emailed to you after the final payment is made (30 days before check-in) with a credit card form. All credit information is secured and is destroyed after check out and housekeeping.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Kapoho Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , Lovely Travertine bathroom with all of the amenities
    Outdoor Shower - shower , A great way to clean up after a swim
  • The bathroom comes with plenty of fluffy towels, a Jacuzzi tub/shower, plenty of lighting and all of the items to make you comfortable. We provide shampoo/conditioner/soap, plenty of toilet paper and lots of room to spread out. There is also an outdoor shower, on the lanai, for rinsing off after a swim and before using the hot tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , A comfortable queen sized bed, with 540 TC cotton sheets
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , A comfortable queen sized bed, with 540 TC cotton sheets
  • Both bedrooms are supplied with comfortable queen sized beds, luxurious 540 TC pima cotton sheets, ceiling fans and plenty of storage space for all of your gear. We can accommodate up to 6 guests. A comfortable plush queen size blow up mattress is available, as well as a twin mattress cot. IF you have a toddler, we also have a 'pak-n-play' that is fully outfitted with sheets for your youngster.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Don't forget - Hawaii Island has an active volcano. Drive about 20 miles, through the jungle on a coastal highway to view the lava flow that started in 1982, or drive up to Pahoa and see the most recent flow from 2015. We're also just over an hour drive from Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, the historical Kilauea caldera and home of Pele, the fire goddess. You can check out Champagne Pond, and Wai O Pae Marine Sanctuary all within walking, or short biking distance. We have a GoPro camera, along with compatible snorkel gear, available for you to rent, if you want to get some videos of the beautiful coral reefs and fish. Because of all the warm springs in the area the ocean water is a little bit warmer here, around 5 degrees F -- not a lot, but for us every degree helps. Ahalanui Beach Park boasts a delightful hot pond that is protected from the ocean is only a 5 minute drive (lifeguards are on duty).

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