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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!

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Kapoho - 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.

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Suitability:
  • 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.

Aloha.
Jul 2012
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Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(63 traveller reviews)
Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!
average rating of 4.7460318 based on 85 reviews
Dayton, Ohio
5

Perfect Location for "Old Hawaii"

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in July 2016. The location is simply perfect! The sound of the ocean, the tide pools, the sunrises, and the near constant breeze made for ideal conditions. The recommendations for eating in Pahoa and surrounding areas were accurate - outstanding food where the locals dine! From here, we saw most of the Big Island - beautiful and scenic drives to South Point, Kalapana, Hilo, Volcano Nat'l Park, and others.

Accommodations were excellent with plenty of room for 2, but can comfortably sleep 4. The views were amazing and the tide pools offered a glimpse into another world. Everything was as described and everything we needed was there, ready to go. We highly recommend this home and location for your next stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Breathtaking Oasis

  • 5 of 5

This particular property in Kapoho makai is just spectacularly situated to take advantage of all the surrounding beauty. The sunrise is spectacular right in front of the house overlooking tide pools and ocean, with a panoramic view that will surely mesmerize. The immediate proximity of the tide pools, and the safe picturesque snorkeling within was a highlight to our stay. Our children could literally venture out and explore at any time of the day or night, experiencing the abundant marine life and habitat whether high or low tide. The house is a small yet quaint beach cottage that was a perfect fit for our desire for a low keyed no constraint family vacation. The Billingʻs and their caretaker were extremely helpful and informative, especially in the face of Tropical Storm Darby threatening the coastline. The accommodations arenʻt the fanciest, but everything that you need to enjoy the paradise of the Waiʻopae tide pools is here. If youʻre looking for a hotel like stay, go to Kona. If youʻre looking for a place to take in the beauty of the eastern shoreline of Hawaiʻi island and forget about time and worries, thereʻs no better place than here. Our family is already looking forward to returning to this treasure literally on the edge of paradise.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect family experience

  • 5 of 5

Cozy and quaint with unmatched views. Perfect vacation home for our family of four. With the tidal pools right downstairs, kids were always occupied with snorkeling or chasing crabs. Strongly recommend at least an SUV and time your activities with the tides. Not close to anything, but that is a plus. Fully equipped kitchen and the washer/dryer saved the day multiple times. Give the kids the front room because they can sleep on anything. Get up early for unobstructed sunrises. Can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Gorgeous with the best snorkeling!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed it all! Will mail your pass for the cars to you as got stuck in Kona and realized we'd picked up all your copies with other papers. There WAS a huge cock roach behind the fridge that came out at night. Some of the white paint needed touch up from others staying there. the water on the road during high tide was a little daunting but never slowed us down. You thought of everything! Loved the views from the lanai. Wouldn't mind if there were some way to create some privacy while on the lanai from the neighbors right next door. We were amazed at everything you had made available there. Felt like home. The breezes were delightful, the snorkeling supreme (and we've snorkeled in Mex, Jamaica, St Lucia, etc). Beautiful fish and variety of them and the coral. WOW!! We don't know how it could be much better. Will have to give that a lot of thought. :-) Really enjoyed all the books on fish, HI, places to see and go, etc. Just didn't want to leave. Hopefully we can come back as our son lives over in Keeau. Thanks for everything!!!! Best stay we've had ever in Hawaii!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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4

Tide Pool Immersion

  • 4 of 5

My sister and I rented the house for a belated birthday vacation for the two of us. We had a great time, and I would rent the house again. My main concern, before arriving, was that I would find it too hot and humid without air conditioning (I'm a wimp about heat). But the sea breezes and bedroom ceiling fans kept the house cool and fresh throughout our stay, even through a few heavy downpours! We never even turned on the ceiling fans in the living area.

As a visitor renting a nearby house said to me, the best snorkeling in the tide pools is directly offshore from this house. The "blue hole" just slightly north and inside the breakers is where all the fish congregate at low tide, when they have to leave the smaller pools before they drain. This concentrates the fish for excellent viewing in shallow waters with corals - no swim fins needed at all! The aforementioned neighbor saw a sea turtle in that spot on two separate occasions. Unfortunately, we didn't catch sight of any sea turtles in the tide pools ourselves.

Useful to know: the house has a quirky layout, with a converted closet for the master bedroom powder room, and the main bathroom is only accessible through the second bedroom. The entire deck and all the deck furniture gets wet when it rains. The roads in the neighborhood are very good, except for about 80 yards around this house and it's neighbors. Do follow the owner's directions and come to the house from the north end of the street, and NOT via the south end of the street as Google Maps will direct you! During our 8 days stay, I believe that I was the only person who drove that section of road, and I only did it once! At higher tides, you definitely want an SUV or at least a "tall" car (that Mini shown in the photo library is unlikely to make it as the road conditions are now!) For the highest tide that we experienced (full moon +2.8 ft tide), the water was 10.5" deep on the street just before the house where I stood to measure it, and would have been over the bottom edge of the car exhaust pipe. We were aware of the tides (I printed out the tide tables before we arrived), and arranged on the two highest tide days to avoid coming or going within 2 hours of the high point. On all the other days, we didn't worry about the water on the road, because it wasn't that deep (2 ft or lower high tide levels).

It is a drive to go anywhere from this house, with the closest Pahoa restaurants and markets 10-11 miles away.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Kelowna, BC
5

Peace and Adventure

  • 5 of 5

This home was so welcoming! The view does not get any better. We loved snorkelling in the tide pools, the nearby town of Pahoa was really cool, and it made a picturesque home base for our adventures to Mauna Kea and the Volcano National Park. We had an incredible time and the hosts went above and beyond. I hope to be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Hawaii vacation rental homes

Big Island vacation rental houses

Kapoho Vacationland

Wai'opae tide pools

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Prices & Availability

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
£570
for 3 nights
From
£154
£1,140
£4,239
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season
13 Dec 2016 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£622
for 3 nights
From
£171
£1,278
£4,790
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Slow Season
22 Apr 2017 - 12 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£570
for 3 nights
From
£154
£1,140
£4,239
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£570
for 3 nights
From
£154
£1,140
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £759
one time cleaning fee £95 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Last minute booking special: 10% off if booked within 30 days of your arrival date and 3 days minimum, not including weekly/monthly specials. By clicking "book it" you accept our following terms and conditions:
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.
To book directly with us check payment is preferred, 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; maximum occupancy is 4 people; $15 a night for the 3rd person
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 vrbo/homeaway, and will be refunded by vrbo/homeaway to your same credit card or checking account you paid with within 7 days after your stay.
No smoking no pets.

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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 890 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
  • Fax
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Half 1 - Toilet
    Full 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , window opens to tide pool and coastal view
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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