Kapoho Tropical Retreat-Feel like you are in a tree house with panoramic ocean and tropical views from the wrap around the house lanai! From the home, you can bicycle (or walk)to all the fabulous snorkeling spots. Then come back and relax in the spa!
The Pualani Tropical Beach House offers the best of Kapoho - you are in the gated community so you have access to Champagne Pond and the security of a gated community, AND you are a 5-10 minute walk or bike ride to the Wai'Opae Marine Sanctuary! Come visit Kapoho on the Eastern tip of the Big Island where you can swim and snorkel with giant sea turtles and enjoy tropical trade winds and some of the newest land on earth! This tropical home features open-beamed ceilings and panoramic tropical and ocean views. You can watch the lights from passing cruise ships at night from the lanai. You can take a short 15 minute walk to Champagne Pond or ride our bicycles to Champagne Pond or other ocean access areas to snorkel and swim with honu. Outside in a gazebo near the house is a full-featured spa for your relaxation and enjoyment. You can barbecue in the chargcoal grill and eat outside by the spa or dine upstairs and have an ocean view.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, blender, coffee maker, range, refrigerator, and all cooking and dining needs. There is a generous living and dining area opening onto the lanai, a queen-size bed bedroom and bath. For extra guests, the second bedroom, downstairs, has two double-size beds and another full bath. And for your evenings, there is a satellite TV/VCR, a nice stereo with CD player, and an assortment of videos and CDs; and for those who would rather curl up with a book, there are lots to choose from.
Located in a quiet, oceanfront, gated community with easy accessibility to Kapoho Bay and the ocean itself, there are several calm lagoons for swimming and snorkeling. Some of the lagoons are even heated by geothermal fresh-water springs! A guide map at the house will direct you to all the best spots. Champagne Pond is a 10-15 minute walk from the home or 5 minutes by bicycle, and this home is perfectly located to walk to the Wai'opae Marine Sanctuary for even more swimming and snorkeling experiences. Volcano National Park is about a 45 minute drive.
Please note that Pualani is NOT a two-unit rental! You rent the entire home whether there are two guests or four guests!!! The second bedroom and bath are in the downstairs portion of the home. There is also a "rec" room next to the bedroom with a sofa, chairs, dining table, and sliding glass doors to the outside and the hot tub. The bicycles are stored in this room for easy access. The main floor is upstairs to make possible the super ocean view and to better catch the tradewind breezes. This home has a very private, secluded and tropical feel to it and is located on a quiet street.
Come enjoy the Hawaii of old at this private tropical getaway!
Guests can enjoy their own private hot tub located in a gazebo in the yard (brand new April 2014), 4 bicycles guests can ride to all of the ocean accesses. Maps in the home and also mailed to guests.
Interaction with Guests
I do not interact with the guests in Hawaii as I live in California. I have on-island managers who clean and maintain the home.
Tropical paradise, doves, birds, fish, turtles, dolphins, ocean, ocean, ocean, trade winds, snorkeling....quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of other tourist resorts.
A car is recommended and can easily be rented at the Hilo airport or Kona airport.
Other Things to Note
Some things that I enjoy that are free:
1) Ride my bike to the ocean access spots and go snorkeling. My favorite spot is the southernmost cove at Vacationland.
2) Go for a soak and swim in the rain at Champagne Pond.
3) Visit Hilo on Wed or Sat mornings to go to the farmer's market. It is wonderful!
4) Visit the Makuu Farmer's Market on Sundays - local food, music, crafts, etc.
5) Swim in the Pahoa Olympic Size Pool - open daily from 8:30-5 and weekends 9-4 and it's free!!
6) Visit the Pana'Ewa Rain Forest Zoo just south of Hilo.
7) Go for a swim/soak at the Ahalanui Hot Pond
8) Hike to the new black sand beach in Kalapana where the road ends (and have an ice cream - lunch at the restaurant here is very good too!!)
9) Hike to Green Lake (lots of places to hike on the island!)
10) Hike to where the lava is flowing in to the ocean (it is right now on 5/5/13)
Some things that I enjoy that are not free
1) Go to Volcano National Park
2) Visit the Botanical Gardens north of Hilo
3) Have lunch or dinner at Cafe Pesto
4) My very favorite restaurant is Kaleo's in Pahoa. "Ono" food, and live entertainment on Thursdays and Sunday evenings. Best to make reservations. A little pricey.
5) Stop for take out fish & chips at the fish market in Pahoa at the Malama Market Shopping Center and bring it back to the house to eat and watch the ocean.
6) I love Lemongrass in Keaau for a plate lunch to take back to the house too!
7) The Thai food restaurants in Pahoa are very good if you like Thai
8) Luquin's for Mexican food and a margarita (Pahoa)
9) Paolo's is excellent Italian food (Pahoa)
10) The Hilo Bay Cafe right on Hilo Bay
11) The Ponds restaurant in Hilo (really good!
12) Ken's Pancackes Hilo
13)Take a helicopter ride over the island
14) Book a boat trip ((website hidden)) to see the lava flowing in to the ocean.
15) New Restaurant in Pahoa called "Pele's Kitchen" - very yummy!
16) Pineapple Restaurant in Hilo (yummy!)
17) Every Wednesday eveing, at the end of Hiway 130 in Kalapana, the Uncle Robert's Awa Bar has what I call a "locals luau." There are food vendors with all kinds of yummy food, beverages to purchase (both alcohol & non-alcohol), crafts made by local people, and the best part is the Hawaiian music and hula! Try to make this on a Wednesday night!!
House rules are spelled out in the rental agreement.
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This LOVELY house in Pahoa is awesome. It is almost like you are staying in a tree house. We loved hearing the waves and frogs every night. The house is a little older but super clean, cute, and easy to get to. Pat was one of the best communicaters ypu could ever ask for. Whenever I had a question he would answer asap. He was very accommodating and helpful. If you are looking for a great house to stay in Pahoa then this is it. Oh and the decor of the house is super cute with ocean and turtles. We loved it so much!!!!! Thank you.
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I love the Big Island of Hawaii, love to swim and snorkel, and love to share this part of the world with others. There are so many things to do and see - botanical gardens, Volcano National Park, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, farmer's markets.