About this listing
This property is on Hawaii Island, also known as The Big Island - the largest and most volcanic of the Hawaiian archipelago. Located in the rural district of Puna, on the southeastern side of Hawaii Island, the Kapoho Cottage is less than a 5 minute walk to the famed Wai 'Opae Marine Sanctuary. This is the most snorkeling spot on this side of the island, where acres of deep tide pools contain a multitude of jewel colored tropical fish and corals.The cottage itself, on Kapoho Kai Road, is a small romantic bungalow surrounded by a natural volcanically warmed tidal pond. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful set off from the incredibly scenic byway that has been called the Red Road, but officially is highway 137. Almost all of Hawaii's papaya is grown in this area. Along this coastal highway, you will find the large volcanically warmed swimming pond at Ahalanui County Park, and some of the best surfing areas surrounding Issac Hale Park - also known as Poho'iki. The drive meanders through the amazing light filtering tree tunnels made from roadside hala, coconut, and monkey pod trees, and passes the black sand beach of Kehena, and ends at the lava flow that engulfed the village of Kalapana in the 1980's.
Located in a quiet Kapoho neighborhood, this sweet little island-style home is two blocks from the Kapoho Tide Pools, famed for excellent snorkeling in acres of deep connected pools. The house is a one bedroom with a queen bed. There is a futon in the living room that will sleep two. The kitchen is fully equipped, and there is a washer and dryer.The bathroom has a shower and an outside entrance so that you can shower after swimming in the tidal pond that surrounds the house, There is a heated outdoor shower for after swimming (no soap or shampoo please because of the pond fish) There is a barbecue, and picnic table for eating on the wrap-around deck.
Internet is provided, and a landline phone - no cable, but there is a 15 inch tv with a Netflix account for streaming movies.
Nearby is the Ahalanui Warm Ponds Park, less than a mile down highway 137. Pahoa Town is 15 minutes away, with grocery stores, a big Longs Drug store, and several good restaurants. My favorite is Kaleo's - great food and atmosphere. Hilo is half an hour away. The Volcanos National Park is an hour and a half away.
Interaction with Guests
We would love you to contact us when you get to the island. We are available to help with more direction, if needed. I know that most people are here to have a quiet getaway, but let us know if you want company. :-)
On this island, you really need a car to get around, because public transport is not frequent or convenient.
Other Things to Note
Several people who stay here comment on the little colorful geckos in and around the house. Geckos are a good thing, as they are a natural pest control, plus they have a sweet nature. Here is a link I found with more information : http://darkerview.com/darkview/index.php?/archives/610-House-Geckos.html
Park in the driveway, and not on the road. Shoes off inside. Lock up when not home. No soap or shampoo in the outdoor shower to keep the pond healthy. It's a quiet neighborhood, so please be a respectful neighbor. Thanks!
About the Host, Bryn
I am a retired schoolteacher living in Hawaii with my husband, Danny. I enjoy photography, painting, and gardening. I enjoy growing some of my own food, like papaya, coconut, pineapple and vegetables. A few years ago I traveled to Italy for a month, and stayed at an Airbnb apartment in Siena. The experience made me realize that, I too, need to be hosting on Airbnb! I've been hosting since 2013, and what a wonderful experience it is. Two years ago Danny and I traveled to New Zealand, Tasmania, and Victoria Australia - enjoying stays at Airbnb's along the way! Last year we did the same in Peru and Ecuador.
My motto is to love what you do, and give back what you can.