Kapoho Tiki Cottage

House - Entire home/apt · Kapoho Kai Drive, Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States
Your host, Bryn
14 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

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. :-)

Getting around

On this island, you really need a car to get around, because public transport is not frequent or convenient.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $900 /week
Cleaning Fee: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My husband and I traveled with another couple to stay the weekend at the cottage and it was better then we could imagine ! The pictures don't do the place justice. All the artsy homey touches really made us feel so welcome and comfortable. It had everything you would need down to margarita glasses and a coffee pot! The tidal pool was warm and very cool to swim and relax in before our adventures for the day began. We felt we needed to stay an extra day just fully enjoy the property! Thank you so much and we will surely return:)

    June 2014
  • We really enjoyed staying here for our week on Hawaii Island. Yes, its the rainy side of the island, but the setting was great and who can beat a short walk to the ocean with great snorkeling? We made full use of the kitchen and loved just listening to the birds in the morning.

    June 2014
  • This small cottage provides a good laid-back escape on the southeast shore of the Big Island. Nearby Pāhoa has grocery, drug store, and restaurants servicing the local area along the highway. A parking spot is provided on gravel behind the property gate.

    May 2014
  • What an amazing place, like paradise! :-) Bryn and Danny were great hosts - it was so nice meeting them. The house has everything you need - nice kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities, comfy bedroom and livingroom, parking - and awesome ponds right next to the balcony. We would love to stay there again! Hope to see you again, take care and thank you for having us. Bianca and Fabio

    May 2014
  • This place was just pure paradise. Words or pictures cannot portray the beauty of this property. The house is beautifully decorated, private and you are left with a feeling of total relaxation. Bryn is a lovely person full of helpful insight on where to eat and places to visit. I highly recommend this place to anyone visiting these parts of Hawaii or better still I would go out of my way to stay here.

    May 2014
  • Great place to stay. Bryn was easy to communicate with. The pond is really nice with fish and crabs. The fish will nibble on your feet if you stay still and it really tickles.

    Would definitely stay there again

    May 2014
  • It was an excellent decision to stay here. We absolutely loved the location and the house was perfect. The amenities were more than satisfactory and it felt like our own piece of paradise. We swam every day in the clear water on the property and really enjoyed the friendly fish. The house is a 5 minute walk to world class snorkeling in the tidepools. The Puna area is a lush and balanced climate with lots of sunshine and cool breezes. The house really makes you feel like you are in a special and unique place on earth.

    April 2014
  • This place in an absolute dream. We really loved watching the fish in the personal tide pool at the cottage. Bryn pays attention to personal detail with the beautiful fresh flowers and treats she left for us to find upon our arrival. It was great having access to a full kitchen, laundry, plenty of towels, and even snorkelling gear! It felt so nice to come "home" to this cottage after our many adventures on the island. If you're looking for a not-so-tourist stay of Hawaii this (email hidden) to stay (which was exactly what we wanted). Bryn even has a binder with tons of things you can do, eat and explore! My partner and I had a wonderful time here and I can't imagine spending my 30th at a more magical place. Thanks for everything, Bryn!

    March 2014
  • This is a magic little place! It's in a lovely, off-the-beaten-track part of the Big Island. We had a wonderful stay. The house is beautifully finished, and while small, is light and airy and had everything needed for a comfortable stay. We spent 10 days here and could easily have stayed longer. Little touches like fresh flowers on arrival really made us feel welcome. Swimming in the warm tidal pool was a bizarre and lovey experience, as long as you don't mind being nibbled occasionally by the fish that abound in there.

    March 2014
  • The tiki cottage was simply amazing! I wish I could have stayed forever. I felt we like had our own private paradise. Swimming with the fish was by far the highlight of my whole trip. The kitchen has everything you need and the house is totally private even though it's in the middle of a neighborhood. The only tip I would leave for other travelers is to make sure to bring good water shoes for when you go explore the tide pools.

    My partner and I are already planning on when we can come back again!

    March 2014
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Roseburg High School, University of California, Santa Cruz
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. Two 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 late November, and what a wonderful experience it is. Last year Danny and I traveled to New Zealand, Tasmania, and Victoria Australia - enjoying stays at Airbnb's along the way! My motto is to love what you do, and give back what you can.
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