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Susanna Billings

Member since: 2006
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Speaks English, Chinese

Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Puna District - Kapoho Makai in the Tide Pools

2 Bedrooms, 2 queens, 1 & 1/2 baths, ocean view throughout and very comfortable

Our house has the pristine natural views like no other rentals with over one mile of tidepool views on three sides, and from the dining room, living room and 1 of the bedrooms. A very private location with no neighbors and no lights in the view when in the house and on the Lanai (there's 1 neighbor but we never saw them more than once in a year)! Experience water on four sides when tides are 3.0 and above. Enjoy sun and moon rises and the refreshing ocean breeze with little or no flying pests. You can leave doors and windows open (with screens closed of course) and not need to turn the ceiling fans on. This is the freshest air in the world and a most pleasant location to enjoy the sea and tide pools. In Dec 2014 we did hurricane repair and remodeling of the house, now it has brand new kitchen cabinets, enlarged living room, and new sliding glass doors with 180 degree ocean view.

You can literally snorkel from the house in the famous Kapoho tidepools that are at your door step. We are located on the edge of the Tidepool Preserve so fishing is allowed to the north and daily locals fish with nets and spears. From our cottage and south, is the Wai O Pae Tide Pool Preserve. offers entertaining vistas both below and above the water.

Location Information: A five minute drive will take you to Ahalnui Beach Park with its amazing 90+ degree geothermally-heated tide-pool. This is a gorgeous place for the whole family. You are only 15 minutes to unique Pahoa town, which is a step back in time. You will find many very good restaurants to choose from and a ''Real Hawaiian'' atmosphere! You will love this place. We will provide a 'Welcome Letter' once you book so you could have very detailed info of the area as of what to do to have the most fun.

Additional Details for the Rental: Lanai: great for dining, cocktail and wine happy hours, reading, or just hanging out there to enjoy the Pacific ocean view, sea breeze, watch your kids playing in the shallow pools downstairs, or maybe whale watching if you are lucky. Broadband Internet: You may either go wireless, or using the cable modem. Remember to bring your own lap top if you have to work some during your stay; otherwise a smart phone is perfect since most major cellular carriers have connections there. Kid Friendly: The tide pools downstairs are kids' snorkeling paradise! they are not just for 'big kids'! One of the best snorkeling areas among all the Hawaiian islands since it's been the marine conservation area since 1960s.

The Unique Benefits at this House: The Pacific Ocean is right in front of the house, between you and the Pacific, there're the tide pools where you and your children can swim and snorkel in your backyard any time during the day, talk with the fish, swim with the turtle, it's heaven. We found this area is the best of Hawaii, unlike most everywhere else with sandy beach and resort one after another, this is the real and original Hawaii.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Susanna Billings (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks English, Chinese

About Susanna Billings

Since 1984, we've traveled to Hawaii and the Big Island's Puna district since 1988. While we love our home base in California's Central Coast, we both are most comfortable in Hawaii. Susanna was born in China and has traveled the world for work and play. Her passion is food and wine and her kitchens reflect her tastes. John began his business in San Luis Obispo in 1973 and still shops the world for home furnishings for indoors and out. That business, Daylight Home Lighting & Patio, is widely known for quality and selection second to none. John has designed 3 homes and all reflect function and comfort with a classic sense of style.

Susanna is the manager and booking contact for Kapoho Makai. She is always connected and responds to questions, concerns and issues no matter what time zone or continent she is in. We love travel, love meeting people, entertaining friends, Hawaii the Big Island is one of our favorite destinations in the world. We love rural Hawaii, that's why we purchased our home here and turned it into a wonderful vacation rental, so more people could enjoy the nice and unique setting of the house. Having vacation here is a total adventurous experience, away from the the white sandy beach resorts.

Susanna Billings purchased this house in 2005

Why Susanna Billings chose Puna District

We found this area is the best of the original Hawaii, where you don't see the traffic, tourists crowds etc, where you could have your own privacy and peace.

What makes this house unique

The Pacific ocean is right in front of the house, between you and the Pacific, it's the tide pools where you and your children can swim and snorkel any time during the day, talk with the fish, swim with the turtle, it's heaven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

stay here at the big island and all I can say is mahalo!

We enjoyed swimming in the tide pools, gazing at the starts and reading and watching the ocean.

It felt like our own private island.

Thank you for sharing your home with us, we will never forget this place.

Jul 2012
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based on 57 holidaymaker reviews

Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!
average rating of 4.736842 based on 79 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Stayed here from 19-22 May and it was incredible. It was amazing to walk outside and go right into the water and see the coral reefs. We saw many bright and colorful fish, moray eels, and even a sea turtle. At night we ventured out during low tide and explored the tidal pools with the flashlights that were provided. The house was fully stocked and everything was nice and clean. The beds and all the furniture were clean and very comfortable. The owner provided several sets of diving masks and snorkels. (Bring your own if you have a larger head. My mask rested on the bridge of my nose and hurt the next day)

For those concerned about having to drive through water to get to the place during high tide, I would recommend renting an SUV or Jeep. The house is on a road that loops around and during high tide the last 100 yards coming up to house from either direction can be covered with water. If you come in one side the road is really rough but shallower and if you come in the other way we drove thru water that was probably around a foot deep. When we stayed, high tide was in the mid afternoon so it always seemed like we had to drive through it right around high tide.

From the house the nearest grocery store is 15mins away; Hilo was about 45 mins; the Volcano national park was an hour; and South Point was about 2 1/2 hours away.

If we take another vacation to Hawaii, we would absolutely stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming home right on the Tidepools!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Kapoho Makai vacation rental. Besides being absolutely clean and charming, the house was well-equipped with everythng anyone could need. The sunrises were gorgeous! Be sure to get up in time to enjoy them. What a view, can't beat it.

The decor was fun and had that real Hawaiian feel to it. We enjoyed the many informative books, etc. on the area, tropical fish etc. but didn't have much time to read all that we would have liked to. We were too busy snorkeling everyday!

The snorkeling was fabulous. I felt very comfortable in the tidepools and I 'm not a strong swimmer. We enjoyed how the current carried us from pool to pool when the tide wasn't real low. We saw many beautiful corals, fish and sea creatures (the sea cucumber was not my favorite! reminded me of a giant slug) Were hoping for turtles but didn't encounter any this time.

We have been to the Wai Opae several times in the past but stayed in the Hula Cove area. This area in front of the house was much better with brightly colored corals and many deep pools to explore. We were usually the only ones in that area which was nice too.

As far as the road situation, we did have one evening we had to park outside the property and wade through water in the street but it wasn't a big deal.

It was only a little past our ankles. It would be nice not to have to deal with that issue but it won't keep us from returning to enjoy this rental again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another amazing stay.

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd or 4th stay at this wonderful house. It rains alot, but because the house sits right on the tide pools it is easy to snorkel between showers.

There are so many pools to snorkel in and on the last day I swam with green turtles. Each time we find another fish we haven't seen before. We think it is the best place to snorkel in Hawaii.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time weve stayed here and loved both times. You can't beat the location being right on the Tide pools. Walk out the door and steps away your ready to snorkel. Took hundreds of underwater pics of all the beautiful fish, morey eels and a sea turtle. We love the quaintness of the house and found it to be laid back Hawaii living at its best. We spent most of our time on the lanai relaxing on the extremely comfortable chairs. The house was clean and the kitchen well stocked if you want to cook.

The road in frint of the house is still a bit rough so 4 wheel is recommeded especially at high tide since water does breach the road. We rented a jeep so no issues for us!

The town of Pahoa is a step back to the 60's and we loved it. Kaleo's has the best food! There are plenty of choices for eating in town or head up to Hilo to many more.

I would recommend this rental for anyone who wants to get away from the stress of everyday living and just relax and chill...

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hard to leave!

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough about this cottage. Well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, and the location...oh my. Snorkel heaven! Thank you for sharing your lovely home!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Best Stay EVER!

  • 5 of 5

The weather wasn't perfect, but our experience was. The house is so much fun and has everything you might need. There is extra snorkel gear, water shoes even a noodle. The kitchen has all the dishes and appliance you might want. I even found the perfect little bowl for my chocolate covered macadamia nuts. I have to admit I didn't realize there was a half bath and was so surprised to open the closet door and find a pot sitting in there. I was thinking what an odd place to store a pot. Then I looked closer and found the sink and towels. Wow! I must gush about the tide pools. I read that they are terrific, but no they are better than that. We swam for hours, so many different kinds of fish and the coral is beautiful. This place is quiet and out of the way. Truly a great get away!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices for this holiday house in Kapoho, Puna District

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Slow Season
2 Apr 2016 - 12 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season
13 Dec 2016 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Slow Season
22 Apr 2017 - 12 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

one time cleaning fee £85 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £683
Tax Rate 13.42%

Last minute booking special: 10% off if booked within 30 days of your arrival date and 3 days minimum.
CANCELLATION POLICY: No refund on deposit, and no refund on total rental payment within 60 days before arrival unless it can be re-rented with less 25% fee.
CHECK IN time: after 4:00 P. M. on the arrival date CHECK OUT time: before 11:00 A. M. on the departure date.
Credit cards are accepted through direct "book it" on Homeaway and VRBO; to book directly with us and the payment is check only, and $400 damage/security deposit is held by a credit card without charging, and there's no booking fee.
Rate is quoted based on 2 people; $15 a night for 1 more person; maximum occupancy is 4 people
Cleaning fee is $125 plus tax, one time cleaning per stay; Hi state tax is 13.416%. $1000 damage deposit is charged and held by homeaway, and will be fully refunded to your same credit card or checking account you paid with within 7 days if not damage is reported.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Puna District in the Big Island Hawaii

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 890 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Half 1 - Toilet
    Full 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , window opens to tide pool and coastal view
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • 2nd Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 5' wide window at foot of bed with full tide pool view
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , large bedroom with windows on 2 sides and 1/2 bath
  • Queen Bed: 1 queen bed for each bedroom with comfortable pillow top mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • Fax
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Many Amenities... DSL Broadband, bring your laptop, TV with DVD players, Dish TV, Hawaiian CDs and books, cards and games, binoculars, great drinking water, dishwasher, microwave, coffee grinder and maker, blender, toaster, electric stove, range hood, designer dinnerware, drink ware, BBQ grill, quality lanai chairs, and some snorkel gear. Sway in the breeze on the hammock on the lanai and soak up the tidepool lifestyle.

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