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Experience the beauty: Expansive views of the ocean and the lush Hamakua coast from the spacious veranda.
Experience the elegance: Grand, architect-designed home, with marble and hardwood floors, wainscoting and fine details.
Experience nature: 2 streams, a private waterfall with a private natural pool below it that you can swim in, fruit trees you can pick, 20 private 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 optional with no one around to see you.
Experience healing fresh air, filled with the oxygen produced by all the intense greenery and the pure air from the ocean.
VOLCANO UPDATE: You will be perfectly safe at Kapehu -- far from the eruption, and with the purest air on the island (possibly the purest air on the planet). The trade winds blow gentle ocean breezes continuously from the NE, and we are on the NE coast, while Kilauea volcano is in the southern part of the island -- so the trade winds blow all the fumes farther away. Occasionally the trades slow down or stop briefly, causing the vog to drift up the west coast of the island, inundating Kona, but rarely does any trace of vog reach the NE coast. Actually, you will be very fortunate if you can come over during this time of heightened volcanic activity. You can rent a tour boat or a helicopter tour to take you to see the spectacular eruption!
Perfect location: There are hundreds of beautiful waterfalls on the Big Island, and all of them are located near the Kapehu Retreat House -- there are no waterfalls or scenic river valleys anywhere else except the NE district. 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 9 miles or 20 minutes from Hilo, a short drive to Volcanoes National Park (currently closed, but it will re-open as soon as it's safe). A few minutes away are several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing, several gorgeous botanical gardens, and 2 zip lines.
The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect year round. Situated at 900 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo: upper 70's F to low 80's during the day, and upper 60's F at night most of the year. In the winter it can get down to the low 60's at night with a daytime high in the low to mid-70's.
Despite being on the rainy side of the island, mosquitoes are rare at Kapehu Retreat House, because the breezes constantly whisk them away, and also 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, oven, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker, rice cooker -- everything you need to prepare 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 grand lanai has 8 chairs. The living room has a fireplace for those rare chilly evenings. The marble-floored laundry room is equipped with washer and dryer. You can park two cars on the carport to keep out of the sun and rain.
It's a large house with 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms and a half-bath, plus an outdoor shower, and sleeps up to 10 maximum.
NO EVENTS ALLOWED: Because of zoning restrictions and the 1-lane farm road it's located on, the owners cannot allow 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.
NOTE: The property is very rural, despite being only 9 miles from downtown Hilo. This means no city lights or city noise, only the starry sky and the sounds of nature. But it also means no city water, gas, cable or telephone landline. The water system is 10,000 gallons of rainwater purified by filtration and UV light (perfectly safe to drink - the owners have been drinking it for 7 1/2 years). The gas for the stove and dryer are supplied by propane tanks, so if you discover the stove won't light, it means the propane tank is empty, and you'll call the caretaker and he'll switch from the empty to the full one. There are no cable companies in the area, so we have satellite internet for the WiFi, which tends to cut out during storms, as well as satellite TV. Bring your cell phones since there is no land line.
The owners visited Big Island regularly for over 20 years years before purchasing the Kapehu Retreat House, and chose this location to purchase property because it's the safest from all the potential disasters on Hawaii: (1) Safe distance from volcanic activity, (2) elevation of 900 feet and therefore untouched by tsunamis, (3) about as protected from hurricanes as any spot on Big Island -- a couple of miles inland and between two high mountain ridges.