|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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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.
We travel a lot, and we always rent vacation rental homes. Never hotels if we can avoid them. We’ve rented many homes around the world, some very beautiful, but Kapehu is the loveliest we’ve ever seen. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Fortunately we arrived during daylight, and we gasped when we saw the place. The grounds are lush and gorgeous and neatly groomed, with acres to roam. Our kids had a blast in the swimming hole below the waterfall on the property, while their grandma relaxed in the hammock. One thing the listing doesn’t mention is their adorable pet goats. They prance around in delight when you approach their pen, and they beg to be petted. The Kapehu house itself is so elegant, yet warm and homey, my mother called it “understated grandeur.” Clearly, the architect who designed the home sited it to take full advantage of the fabulous views, connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces in a perfect flow. There were 7 of us, and there was more than enough room in the house for all of us to spread out comfortably. The caretaker is a gracious Hawaiian gal who greeted us warmly when we arrived, and was available to answer our questions. She had picked some fruit on the property, which she’d arranged in a bowl on the kitchen counter for us. The owner, too, was quite helpful before our trip when we were planning it. We recommend snorkeling in the tide pools on the eastern point of the island - no waves, no currents pulling you out to sea, and plenty of spectacular fish and corals. We recommend the zip line in Honomu, about 3 miles north of the Kapehu Retreat, for a heart-stopping thrill. We’ve been hooked on zip lines since we took a canopy tour in Costa Rica (where zip lines were invented), and we think the one at Honomu may be one of the world’s best, zipping across a 400-foot waterfall, OMG. We recommend shopping for produce and international foods at the Hilo farmers market, especially on Saturdays when it expands into an arts & crafts fair. And if you visit the Imiloa astronomy center at UH Hilo, be sure to have lunch in their wonderful café. This was the trip of a lifetime, in large part because Kapehu is such a special place. Our youngest cried when we drove away from the property, and I had to hide my tears as well. We will certainly return.
Wow, what an amazing property. The property is just as described and shown in the photos. I called the owner a couple of times and she was very helpful and professional. Property was spotless clean when we arrived.
Kapehu Retreat was fantastic -- isolated and private, but just a 20-minute drive to Hilo -- and within 10 minutes from both Akaka Falls and Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens, both of which are must-see sights on the Big Island. My 10-year-old twins, 70-something mother-in-law and my wife and I all loved the place. Beautiful views, well-appointed house -- even a private waterfall. I'm a travel writer and photographer, and don't normally comment on social media sites, but Kapehu was so extraordinary that I thought I'd make an exception.
If we ever built our own getaway or retirement place on the Big Island (our dream), I'd use Kapehu Retreat as a model.
We are now totally sold on vacation rental homes, we will forever avoid hotels and resorts. (We visited Big Island a few years ago and had a nice trip, except that we spent too much $$ on a mere room in a basic beach-side inn.) Now we know we can have a far better vacation for less money in a vacation rental. And Kapehu Retreat House is way beyond your usual vac rental - so classy & elegant & tasteful & gracious & comfy & homey.
There were 6 of us: my husband, myself, my parents, and our 2 teenage sons. We could really spread out in the spacious home and each of the boys had his own room. We let my parents have the master suite, which has no blinds, because they don’t mind waking with the sun. Mom said she felt pampered, “cradled” by the pillow-top king mattress. My husband and I took the wailele bedroom above the stream, and loved listening to the rainforest sounds at night - gurgling water, crickets, coqui frogs. I slept so well. The wailele room’s mattress is not pillow-top but firm support which I need for my back, yet with a cushy layer of memory foam on top, one of the best beds I ever slept on.
The extraordinarily beautiful home surrounded by huge sweeping views made us feel like lords of a royal manor. The location is great: everything we wanted to do was nearby. Of course the boys had to go to BOTH of the nearby zip line tours. We joined them for the one that zips across 400-ft Akaka Falls: thrilling, gorgeous, terrifying, wonderful. We swam at a black sand beach with giant turtles. Snorkeled at Kapoho Tide Pools among spectacular reef fishes. Hired a bird guide to show us incredible native birds in the nearby Hakalau Forest Reserve. Rode horseback through Waipio Canyon beside twin 1,000-ft waterfalls. Spent a couple of days (not enough) exploring Volcanoes National Park and its hiking trails, craters, steaming vents, lava tubes, etc. Most evenings we got “home” early enough to cook dinner in the beautiful well-outfitted kitchen & ate our meals on the lanai overlooking expanses of green valley and sparkling ocean. Talk about paradise!
You'll adore the caretaker Kealani, a “kanaka maoli” (real Hawaiian native) - we sure enjoyed “talking story” with her. And before your trip, look at the list of sights to see on the Kapehu website.
Me and my family (7 people from 70+ year old parents to 6 and 8 year old kids) loved the place. They all raved about it the whole time. There were a few minor issues which I discussed with the owner, but nothing that ruined the stay. Having such a huge living room and kitchen were very convenient for our family. My mom (who doesn't walk very well) didn't have any problem with this property which was great.
I had a few conversations with Marcy and she was great to work with. You can tell she really cares about the place and wants you to have a nice stay. We have stayed at a few places, but she had the most interest by far in our stay.
We had a great time. It was a beautiful house in a great location. Highly recommended.
Our jaws did drop upon arrival! The pictures are right on; this is such an exquisite home, with the grounds being beauty and balm. Having breakfast or dinner on the lanai looking over beautifully manicured acres at the ocean view--couldn't be better. We loved the sound of the stream and having the darling little waterfall to visit. Be sure and check out the owner's website complete with even more beautiful pictures and interesting information. We really do recommend the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden which is right nearby, and the beautiful parks on the ocean as you drive north, particularly the park with the monument to tsunami victims. As a bonus, the owner and her lovely manager who welcome you with such an aloha spirit make the experience even better. One warning: you may really be wanting to remodel after your visit! Mahalo for a lovely stay.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Fall couples' discount
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
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.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website: