Ocean view from Pualani
Ocean view from PualaniExterior of home with lush tropical sourroundingsSunrise from PualaniPualani downstairs bedroomLiving roomMaster BedroomNearby Public Hot PondHot tub in gazebo in yardSwim with sea turtles!Another exterior of the home and the tropical yardAnother view of Pualani HomeKapoho BayDownstairs extra room for hanging outBicycles for guests!Ocean & tropical view from upstairs lanaiBamboo furniture in the living roomDownstairs bedroom with two double bedsUpstairs bedroom with queen bamboo bedOutdoor shower, hot tub in gazeboSwimming in Champagne PondSwim with giant sea turtlesChampagne PondChampagne PondLiving roomOlympic size swimming pool in nearby Pahoa, HawaiiView from upstairs lanaiHonu!Partial kitchen viewAerial view of Kapoho BayRiding bike in Kapoho!living roomAnother beautiful tropical view from PualaniAnother view of Kapoho BayUpstairs bedPartial kitchen viewView of coast 5 minutes from the houseLiving room with great tropical viewsBonus "rec" roomMaster bedroomLiving roomTropical themed bathroomWai'Opae Marine Sanctuary in Nearby VacationlandAerial view of Kapoho BayVolcano flowing in to ocean April 2009Partial kitchen viewNearby Kapoho cove
1 Review

From $107 / night

14-5134 Alapai Point Rd, Kapoho, HI 96778
2 bedrooms
4 guests
3 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
Type: Home
Per night: $140
Per week: $895
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the Kapoho vacation home rental
This tropical home features open-beamed ceilings and panoramic tropical and ocean views. You can see the lights from a passing cruise ship at night from the lanai! There's a full kitchen, generous living and dining area opening onto the lanai, a queen-bed bedroom and bath. For extra guests, the second bedroom has two double beds. And for your evenings, there's a Satellite TV/VCR, a nice stereo with CD and tape players, an assortment of video and audio tapes and CD's, and for those who would rather curl up with a book, there are lots to choose from. We also offer free wi-fi - so bring your laptop!

Outside in a gazebo near the house is a full-featured spa for your relaxation and enjoyment!

The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, blender, coffee maker, range, fridge and all cooking and dining needs. This home is thoughtfully and tastefully appointed to make it feel like your very own home-in-Paradise.

Located in a quiet, ocean-front, 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 about a 15 minute walk from the property.

Pat Starkie

Area Information
Kapoho is a beautiful place, a peaceful and quiet place that is perfect for those who want no part of tourist hawaii. We try our best to make it very clear that there are few tourist accommodations near here. We have many beautiful swimming spots on or near the ocean, a couple of sandy beaches near Hilo and a beautiful scenic drive to the other side of the island will let you discover even more of the lovely beaches on our island.

We chose Pualani in Kapoho as our vacation home for the very reason that there is very little tourist traffic here and that this is one of the last places on the islands that is still considered ??real Hawaii. ??

If you have already experienced ??tourist Hawaii ?? and are ready for something different, you might like this. If you would like to feel what it would be like to be here among the folks who live here, work here, play here and raise their families here, you will find this area a true adventure. If you like hiking, snorkeling, exploring, and are looking for a real tropical get-a-way, you ??ll love it.

This is rustic, rural Hawaii at its best. You can experience the most beautiful, unspoiled tropical surroundings imaginable. Languish in the naturally heated warm pond five minutes away, snorkel in our crystal clear tide pools or take a breathtaking ride down the Rd Road to beautiful Kehena Beach (clothing optional) 20 minutes away. No matter what your choices are, you will be richly rewarded with taste after taste of our roads less traveled.

Pahoa, our nearest town about 8 miles away, is a funky little village of colorful people doing their thing. There are fun little shops to visit and we have some of the best offerings of restaurants on this side of the island. You will find superbly prepared Thai, Italian Tuscany style, Bueno Mexican food to name a few with funky décor, casual ambiance and a delightful surprise of wonderful cuisine. The new Malama Market at the north end of town in the new shopping center has everything you might need! The Pahoa Olympic size swimming pool is free to the public!

There is a Sunday Pahoa Farmers Market where you can find just about every kind of local veggie and fruit, and many prepared offerings and if you are in the mood, indulge in an open air massage. Every Saturday and Sunday, just north of Pahoa you will find the Makuu Farmers Market which is bigger than the Pahoa Market where you will find arts, crafts, jewelry, plants, surfboards, locally hand-made items, and of course lots of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and food and drink prepared right there for you!

If you would like to venture out and explore even more of the Big Island, indulge in some trips to Volcanoes National Park, Lava Tree State Park, Waipio Valley, Hilo Town, or even a beautiful 2 �' hour drive to Kona on the other side of the island.

About the owner

Owner Profile



Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2012 Dec 31 2017 $140 $140 $895 $3,200 3 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 13.42%
Tax I.D.: W51759221-01
Deposits: We require 50% of the total at the time of the reservation and the balance is due 4 weeks prior to arrival date.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: There is a non-refundable $100-120 cleaning fee and a refundable $300.00 security deposit, which will be returned to the guest in its entirety 30 days after departure if the house is left undamaged. Above rates are for 2 guests, $15/night each additional guest with a maximum of 4 guests, Christmas season slightly higher rates will apply.

Reviews (1)

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Kapoho, Big Island, Hawaii

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Barbara Hogel


Barbara Hogel

Burlington, Vermont USA


April 28, 2011

The home was beautiful: loved the mahogany floors, bamboo furniture, kitchen layout, views of the ocean from 3 sides, sounds of the ocean and peepers at night and doves in the morning. Temperature is always 78. At first I was concerned about 130" of rain a year, but it always rains at night and burns off at daybreak. There is a hot-tub, towels, dishes, sheets, kitchen equipment, extra blankets, basically everything you need. The house is so big; we didn't even use the bottom floor. Also, there were 4 bikes available to use. The homeowners are wonderful people. We had a question about how to operate the hot-tub and they answered us right away. The nearby kapoho pools are geothermically heated and we swam with giant sea turtles and beautiful tropical fish. The whole island is a dream. My husbands arthritis didn't bother him at all in Hawaii. I didn't want to leave. I want to retire to the big island. Thanks so much, Barb

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Hi Pat:

Thank you for a wonderful stay on the Big Island. We had a great time. Your home was the perfect location for our stay although we were on the go most of the time. Thanks for sending our refund so promptly.

It has been a pleasure coordinating our stay with you. You can be sure if we travel to the Big Island again, or know of anyone planning on visiting, we will recommend your home.


Sharon Dimura
Albany, New York


Thank you so much! We thoroughly enjoyed your home & that part of the island, wish we'd stayed there longer! Felt more like invited guests than renters with the bikes & that lovely quiet neighborhood. Not as happy in Capt Cooke, partly with the rental & partly with so much driving to do almost anything! Wish we'd rented from you again on this side! Thanks again for your great communication & generosity, it's greatly appreciated!

Kathryn Hill
Soquel, CA

Pualani is a wonderful get away from the cold of Pennsylvania. Loved the view of the ocean. Weather was delightful. Convenient location to snorkeling. Bikes were fun. We had great weather. Enjoyed Pahoa & Hilo. Thai food & good pizza in Pahoa tops. Pescatore in Hilo top-rate Italian food - recommend highly. Take a night trip to view lava - amazing.

Mahalo & Aloha!
Loretta Supplee
Loretta Supplee

Thanks for sharing Pualani with us Pat & Andy. We had a great experience! I'd always dreamed of this kind of place where the breeze blew right off the ocean and into the house. And the location is ideal for touring this part of the island. The lava flow was awesome, Champage Pond a magical experience and Hilo a delight. Ning's Thai is one of the best I've ever been to (and that's a lot). We counted 5 geckos and loved their company. and the rain on the roof made sleeping peaceful. We hope to return soon!

Greg & Jeri Sowell
Greg & Jeri Sowell
San Francisco, CA

Hi Pat & Andy,

Thank you for letting us use your wonderful house! The kids loved collecting fallen coconuts in the garden, and the spa was great to get warm after a long hike on the volcano in the sometimes heavy rain. The short distance to the recent lava flow at Kalapana allowed us to there twice -- both at day time and time time - Marvelous! We hope to get back here some day! Loved the geckos!

Sincerely, Lotte, Peter, Margreth, Dante, Tobias
Lotte & Peter Andersen

08/14/08 N/A
Thank you Pat.

I can't explain how much we enjoyed ourselves and your home. The people there are wonderful, it was so nice to see real Hawaii. We had such a good time my sons want to go back next year. Guess I'll have to start saving.

Thanks again,


Pualani was a perfect home base for our adventures with sea turtles, volcanoes, bromeliads and so much more. Champagne Pond was also a great treat. Thank you for sharing your home with us and I'm sure our vacation will be remembered for a long time to come. Mahalo from the Paulot family!
Fabien Paulot
Pasadena, CA

Thanks Pat, we did enjoy our stay!! In fact, we loved it! Kona side was fun for the start but then we were glad to escape the vog. We zoomed all around on your bikes, loved Champagne Pond as our last evening stop each night, and really loved a couple of spots north of Hilo (one where there's the rope swing into the river and another where we boogie boarded all day). We got lucky with the weather I guess, never had rain once! We feel like we did it all and had a great place to come "home" to at night. My husband wishes we could have some geckos in our house too! Thanks again so much, it was a great vacation!


Valerie Foster
Louisville, CO

Aloha, Pat! How are you? I've just got back from Hawaii last night.It was great to stay in Pualani! Thank you so much for sharing! We enjoy it very much!! Our stay was just great! I love the Big Island! I'd love to visit
again and stay in Pualani again too! I'll recommend my friends to stay in Pualani if they want to go to the
Big Island! Mahalo! and take care.

Natsuki Hayashi

Natsuki Hayashi
Tokyo, Japan

Hi Pat -
We just got back this evening from the Big Island. I just wanted to thank you again for accommodating us in such short notice. Your Pualani Home was so wonderful. . .it was the real "Hawaii". I love the open wood beam ceiling and the veranda that surrounds the upper floor is a great feature. The view, the sound of the ocean, and all the comforts of home helped make our stay so pleasant. Your home is so perfectly situtated. . .Champagne Pond, Kapoho Tide Pools, surf spots like Isaac Hale and Pohoiki. . .I can go on and on. I just wish we had discovered Pualani sooner. . .I would've love to stay there the entire 11 days! You are lucky to have such a great find! I will be sure to pass on a good word to all our friends. We hope to return soon.

Alice Jeffreys
Chula Vista, CA

Hello, Pat

We just returned Sunday, after our stay at Pualani house, and then almost 2 weeks on Maui. We had a great time everywhere, and after staying in Kehei, REALLY appreciated the peace an quiet of your area of the Big Island. We wish we had decided to stay a bit longer there, but next time ................

Anyway, I got our vacation mail today, and opened the refund check. Mahalo, for everything !!!!

Ed Murphy

Ed Murphy
Eugene, OR

Hi Pat
Thanks. I received the refund a few days ago.
I absolutely loved your place in Kapoho. It was definitely the hilight of the trip for me.
It was extremely humid (sometimes we could see our footprints on the floor). I had never experienced anything like that before. I loved it. The days were sultry in a lovely way. I even enjoyed the crazyness of the coqui frogs at night. (though I think they might drive a person mad eventually...but probably in a good way)
My favorite part of the day was waking up to the wrap around window view of the palm trees and the ocean and watching the light change.
We also discovered snorkeling there! How amazing and easy. During the rest of our trip we snorkeled at several other places but we both preferred the tide pools. (they are even better than Captain Cook)
We walked there everyday...it was a lovely walk (we didn't use the bikes at all as it turned out)
And of course the market north of Pahoa was amazing! an abundance of inexpensive tropical flowers and fruit and clothing etc.
Sadly our stay was too short. We didn't even have time to use the hot tub.
Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous home with us.
Donna and Stan
ps I have attached a photo of our tropical bouquet on your deck.

Donna Blair
Victoria, BC, Canada

09/23/05 Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Aloha Pat!

Unfortunately we are home! We had the time of our lives!! Words can't express how beautiful Kapoho (and the whole island really) was. We seriously did not want to leave. If we didn't have 3 dogs and 3 cats at home waiting for us - we might have actually stayed. We went to the Kona area after we left your wonderful home...it was nice but we definitely prefer the Hilo side of the island. We brought several real estate publications home with us and are brimming with ideas of how exactly we can change our lives and move there. I bet that happens a lot. We definitely hope to be able to go back and stay at Pualani again!! And also would recommend it to anyone who asked. We will put a glowing "review" on one or more of our websites.


01/25/06 Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Hi, Pat - I received the refund on our security deposit in the cute fish motif stationary. Mahalo. I have been meaning to email you to tell you we really enjoyed the place, just everything about it was super. We snorkeled in the pools and saw lots of turtles, which was so great. What a unique and cool area of the island. We also loved Pahoa and had a GREAT Thai meal in the funky restaurant furthest east of the two. We would recommend your place to anyone. It was nicely decorated and well equipped, too.

Thanks for all!!!


07/23/06 Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Aloha Pat and Andy - Thank you for returning the $100.00 deposit. We really enjoyed your lovely dream house and surrounding area. Our time in Kapoho was a very special part of trip to the islands. We might return some time without the kids. If we do we will certainly get in touch. You really do have a beautiful home in Kapoho and we will share pictures with friends who might be looking for a nice out of the way place in paradise.

Mahalo, Tom and Lucy Wells

08/17/06 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Hi Pat,

We had a great time at the Pualani Home. Thank you for having us,


11/07/06 Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Aloha Pat,
We really enjoyed our stay at Pualani. It was cozy and comfortable. All the gadgets and facilities were in good condition and the ocean view was excellent. We explored the entire east coast of the island. Especially liked the hot pool on 137, black beach with hike down the lava rocks, the tropical vegetation, tidal pools and swimming area near the house, etc. We saw lot of colored fish and other marine life. We also enjoyed cooking with the unusual tropical vegetables (have heard of frsh drum sticks for soup?) with spices. The pine apples, papaya and the small banana were also fantastic. I read two of your books, in addition to the books we brought with us.

I also want to thank you for letting us hang at your Aloha house on Sunday. Diane really liked the 180 deg ocean view and the fantastic breeze outside. We saw sea turtles from the lava rock backyard.

Thank you for sending us the deposit back.

We were expecting a lot of rain to dampen our vacation. We were pleasantly surprised to see that it rained at night and occasional down pours during the day lasting only for short periods.

It was a long trip back to Boston, but this vacation was worth all the travel.

We hope to come back to Hawaii soon.


Murthy and Diane

Murthy and Diane
Boston, MA

11/29/06 N/A Guest Comment Entered By Homeowner:
Hi Pat,
Thank you very much for letting us stay at your beautiful home in Kapoho. We enjoyed our stay very much and had lots of fun at the hot springs and the steam caves. It was so convenient to the things we wanted to see yet lots of privacy and away from the hustle and bustle of Hilo. I received the deposit refund yesterday. Thanks again for everything.
Paul and Yasuyo Ledford

Paul & Yasuyo Leford

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