|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Experience the beauty: Expansive views of the beautiful Hamakua coast and the ocean from the spacious veranda.
Experience elegance: Grand, architect-designed home, with marble and hardwood floors, wainscoting and fine details.
Experience nature: 2 streams and a private waterfall, fruit trees, 20 lush landscaped acres.
Experience serenity: No city lights or noise - only the gentle music of the flowing waters and the gentle trade winds in the palms.
Experience unparalleled privacy: no neighbors in sight.
Experience relaxation: soak in the hot tub: bathing suits option with no one around to see you. Or our property manager can schedule you with a visiting massage therapist for a nominal fee.
Breathe the fresh air: Vog is very rare in this particular spot in East Hawaii, because the volcano is south-west of Kapehu, and the wind usually blows in off the ocean from the north-east. (Vog is the volcanic smoke and sulfuric acid fumes that plague the Kona side of Hawaii.)
Ideal location: 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 10 miles from downtown Hilo and 20 minutes from the Hilo airport.
All the stunning waterfalls and scenic canyons that the Big Island is famous for are a short drive to the north (for example, Akaka Falls is just 5 miles away). A short drive to the south brings you to the Volcanoes National Park, with the live volcano, lava tubes, petroglyphs, and many miles of wilderness hiking trails. Just a few minutes away are several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing, and the most pristine snorkeling reefs on the island. Also within a few minutes are several gorgeous botanical gardens and zip lines.
The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect. Situated at 900 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo town: upper 70's F to low 80's during the day, and upper 60's F at nigh most of the year. In the winter it can get down to 60 at night with a daytime high in the low 70's.
Despite being on the rainy side of the island, mosquitoes are rare at Kapehu Retreat House, because the eucalyptus groves on either side of the property emit a fragrance that is a natural mosquito repellent.
Amenities provided: The spacious home is beautifully furnished. The fully equipped kitchen has ocean views, granite counters, gas range, large refrigerator with ice maker and cold water, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker - everything you need to cook your gourmet meals. The indoor dining room has a beautiful mango wood table and 8 mango wood chairs, and the large outdoor dining table on the roomy lanai has 8 chairs. The living room has a fireplace for those rare chilly evenings. The marble-floored laundry room is equipped with a front-loading washer and dryer. You can park two cars on the carport to keep out of the sun and rain.
The large house has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms and a half-bath, plus an outdoor shower, and sleeps up to 10 maximum.
NO EVENTS: Because of zoning restrictions (the house is located on a 1-lane farm road), the owners are not allowed to authorize any events, receptions, commercial activities, or large gatherings on the property. Maximum number of people using the house: 10. Maximum number of vehicles at the house: 3.
Most of the time we live in New Mexico at 7,000 feet in the mountains, though we spend as much time in Hawaii as possible. Our wonderful local Hawaiian caretaker, Kealani, will be the one to greet you and see that you have everything you need to feel at home when staying in our house.
Our plan is to retire to the Big Island, and we purchased the Kapehu Retreat to be our retirement home. But even though we're 66 and 70, we can't afford to retire yet. Nor can we afford to keep both the Kapehu home AND our New Mexico home and pay 2 mortgages. So we're renting out the Kapehu home to help us afford to keep it. The expenses are far higher than we imagined, and the rental income does not cover them. But it does help keep us out of foreclosure until we reach our retirement goal. So, thank you! May you be blessed by your visit to our slice of paradise.
Marcy Matasick purchased this estate in 2011
We chose to purchase property in this area is because the Hamakua Coast area is as beautiful as Hawaii gets, and this particular location is ideal for it's close proximity to the volcano, the snorkeling tide pools, the spectacular waterfalls and canyons, and all the other things we love to do and see. We also greatly prefer the authentically Hawaiian Hilo side over the touristy Kona side. We've been vacationing in Hawaii for decades, and when we saw this estate we fell head over heals for it:
We love the flowing waters.
We love the lush beauty of nature all around.
We love the privacy. (No need for curtains on the windows!)
We love the quiet (we dislike traffic noise).
We love the enormous sweeping views from every room in the house.
We love being able to grow papayas, pineapples, lilikoi, bananas, citrus trees, etc.
We love the moisture (being from the desert of New Mexico).
We love being so close to our favorite snorkel reefs and hiking trails.
We love everything Hawaiian.
What is so unique about this place is that it's only 15 minutes from downtown Hilo and all the shops and restaurants museums, etc., yet it's so quiet and rural you feel like you're far out in the boondocks.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:
This place is like Heaven on earth. The grounds and home are spectacular. Felt very fortunate to stay here and would return in a heartbeat. We rent in Hawaii yearly and this is the biggest and least expensive place we have rented thus far. Can't go wrong with this one!
House and property were amazing. The property is so green and peaceful. We fell in love with the area and already making plans for another trip. The house was super clean and comfortable for our family of six. The kids loved the hot tub, and everyone had their own space. So beautiful!!!
What a special place! We felt truly honored to be in such a gracious beautiful environment. Whoever designed the Kapehu house was an artist. The space is so welcoming, and every room has gorgeous views in every direction. This was our 4th trip to Hawaii, and though we stayed in lovely rentals every time, we never before felt so blessed by our lodging. In fact, calling the kapehu house “lodging” seems bizarre, because it didn’t feel like lodging, it felt like home (yet vastly more beautiful). I miss Kapehu already. The location is great, too – it's like you’re alone in a tropical wilderness valley, but you're just 20 minutes to everything in Hilo, and not far from all the beaches, waterfalls, botanical gardens, volcano, etc. We highly recommend it if you're going to the Big Island.
The owner made the booking process easy, answered all our many questions and offered good suggestions of sights to see, where to shop, etc. The caretaker Kealani, who welcomed us on our arrival, is a dear warm-hearted lady. She has grandchildren about the same age as our kids and she knows what children enjoy in Hawaii. She was also johnny-on-the-spot helpful when we needed her: one evening the stove wouldn’t light, so we called Kealani and she came right over, found the propane tank was empty, switched the valve from the empty tank to the full one, and we had dinner cooking in no time.
The highlight of our trip was the volcano, especially for our kids. The lava in the crater was higher than we’d seen it on previous trips – a once-in-lifetime spectacle of boiling fire, especially stunning at night. We had an awesome day at the zip line in Honomu, a couple miles north of the kapehu house. Another day we took a boat tour from Hilo to see the scenery along the beautiful Hamakua Coast. The snorkeling was great at the tide pools on the east point of the island – lots of colorful fish, yet no dangerous tide. Though grocery store prices in Hawaii are high, you can eat very well without spending a fortune because you can get fresh produce daily at the Hilo farmers market inexpensively, and fresh-caught fish daily at Suisan fish market.
The pictures do the place justice. It is beautiful and well thought out. Kealani did a great job making us feel welcome. The fresh fruit bowl waiting on the table and the fresh flowers on the counter were wonderful additions.
There were 2 very minor things. First - the master shower hot water is very hot and the temperature of the water faded up and down significantly between cold and scalding during a typical shower. This can be addressed easily and I'm sure it will be. It was the holidays so we didn't report it to Kealani and just dealt with it.
We were quite sad to watch the progress of the wild pigs through the property during our stay. They were devastating the lawns and much of the landscaping. Certainly no reflection on the owners or Kealani and we wish them luck figuring out how to deal with this problem. Amazing how destructive those wild pigs are!
We would return in a heartbeat!
The people were wonderful and very helpful. The house was in excellent condition and so beautiful. The views from the porch were breathtaking!!!
This place is exceptional. The pictures don't do it justice. In fact, we suggested to the owner that they hire a professional photographer to show off how gorgeous the property really is.
The home is spacious, grand, and meticulously cared for. The grounds are spacious, grand, and meticulously cared for. We visit Hawaii often and we've stayed at a lot of vacation rentals, but even the ones that cost twice as much aren't as beautifully designed and elegant as the Kapehu Retreat House. Wish we could live there - we hated having to leave. In fact, we were thinking of buying a home in Hawaii, but after staying at Kapehu we've decided were going to build a home instead, and model it after the Kapehu house. Hope we can track down their architect.
The location is great - close to beaches, zip lines, botanical gardens, the volcano, everything. We spent a great day at the zip line below Akaka Falls, just a few minutes away. The botanical garden at nearby Onomea was so beautiful we went back to see it a second time. We spent 3 days exploring the volcanoes national park south of Hilo, then a day up north horseback riding in the spectacular Waipio valley in Honokaa, and topped off that day at a Hawaiian music concert in Honokaa Peoples Theater. One day we went up on the mountain to see the telescopes, and we stumbled upon a native Hawaiian ceremony going on up there, colorful sarongs and haunting singing. We packed a lot of activities into our 7 days, and it was sweet to be able to come "home" to such a gracious and welcoming place every evening. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
The cleaning fee varies widely because we have various sizes of groups for various lengths of stay. The average cleaning fee is $105, and it can vary from $70 to $200. If you leave the house immaculate and the cleaning fee is $70, the balance of your $120 cleaning fee will be refunded along with your security deposit. If yours is a large group and the cleaning fee is, say $150, the balance above the security deposit will be deducted from your damage deposit.
The setting is utterly private. (In fact, in our hot tub, bathing suits are optional because no one is around to see you.) No city noises, just the sound of flowing waters, breezes through the trees, and bird songs. No roads or city lights are visible from the house, and the house is not visible from the roads, because there is a eucalyptus forest between the house and the nearest road. The scenery is gorgeous in all directions, especially the lush green valley sloping down to the ocean. It's located on the beautiful Hamakua Coast, which is filled with canyons, waterfalls, rivers, beaches, and botanical gardens. There are 2 thrilling zip line tours within a few minutes drive.
Hilo town is only 15 minutes away. There are several beautiful clear-blue swimming beaches right near downtown Hilo: Keaukaha Beach Park, Kealoha Beach Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Lehia Beach Park - to name a few. Huge (people-sized) friendly sea turtles will swim with you at these beaches.
Other Activities: Volcano viewing, adventure sightseeing, Zip lining, diving, snorkeling, surfing, swimming, hiking, backpacking - everything you can ask for in a tropical vacation, plus a live volcano, is close by. In fact, the Kapehu Retreat House is located in the absolute most convenient spot on the island for accessing all the sights.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, of course, is a must-see. It's a good reason to stay on the east or Hilo side: the volcano and all the amazing sights in the National Park are much easier to get to from the Hilo side. (From the Kona side it's more than two hours to the volcano). In addition to spending several days sightseeing within the National Park, you'll definitely want to visit the Park at night to see the Hale MauMau crater glowing!
If you are an outdoor adventurer, the National Park is filled with wonderful hikes: short hikes, day-hikes, and overnight trips. One of our favorite hikes is a 3-day/2-night wilderness backpack trip to Halape Beach (with ruins and totems from an old Hawaiian fishing village, snorkel reefs and pristine sandy beaches) for the 1st night, and Keauhou Point for the second night, for pristine snorkeling pools and beaches. You'll need a permit from the Park Service, and they will provide directions and maps.