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About Marcy Matasick
Most of the time we live in New Mexico at 7,000 feet in the mountains, though we spend as much time in Hawaii as possible. Our wonderful caretaker, Jack, will be the one to greet you and see that you have everything you need to feel at home when staying in our house.
Marcy Matasick purchased this Estate in 2011
Why Marcy Matasick chose Pepeekeo
We chose to purchase property in this area is because the Hamakua Coast area is as beautiful as Hawaii gets, and this particular location is ideal for it's close proximity to the volcano, the snorkeling tide pools, the spectacular waterfalls and canyons, and all the other things we love to do and see. We also greatly prefer the authentically Hawaiian Hilo side over the touristy Kona side. We've been vacationing in Hawaii for decades, and when we saw this estate we fell head over heals for it: We love the flowing waters. We love the lush beauty of nature all around. We love the privacy. (No need for curtains on the windows!) We love the quiet (we dislike traffic noise). We love the enormous sweeping views from every room in the house. We love being able to grow papayas, pineapples, lilikoi, bananas, citrus trees, etc. We love the moisture (being from the desert of New Mexico). We love being so close to our favorite snorkel reefs and hiking trails. We love everything Hawaiian.
What makes this Estate unique
What is so unique about this place is that it's only 15-20 minutes from downtown Hilo and all the shops and restaurants museums, etc., yet it's so peaceful and pastoral you feel like you're far out in the boondocks. The skies are so clear, and free from city light pollution, that the stars at night are magnificent.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Excellent family holiday.
Everything you could wish for included in this secluded home. Twenty minute drive to downtown Hilo with waterfalls and beautiful Botanic Gardens nearby.
Amazing property and grounds
First of all I want to start by giving a big mahola to Marcy, Robert and Jack. Jack is the best property manager we ever met. I mentioned we’ll miss some of the game because of the flight and he said no worries he’ll record it and it’ll be waiting for us.When we met Jack he took the time to explained everything about the property and the surrounding areas when he was done we felt like locals .We did the Hawaiian cruise the first week, but we should have skipped that and spent both weeks here.The property is phenomenal and embodies what the Hawaiian experience should be without the commercialism. The temperature averaged 80-85 but the house was always cool and we only used the fans once. The pictures did not do the house justice every room has a beautiful view.Everyone we met made us feel like family.This was the best vacation we ever had and will definitely go back.
Beautiful property, but get trip insurance just in case
Beautiful property, but get trip insurance just in case
Very lovely home with beautiful views in the perfect location
This was the perfect place for our extended family to stay for our dream vacation in Hawaii, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a very beautiful home, well-maintained, on a large, open, gorgeous piece of property. The kids had a ball swimming in the natural pool at the waterfall on the property. The two sets of grandparents were happy to sit on the lanai enjoying the breezes and looking at the beautiful ocean views. All of us enjoyed the hot tub. We felt so at home there, we were wishing we could live there, and we really felt sad when it was time to leave (our youngest even cried as we were driving away). Truly a rare and precious gem.
The volcano was actively erupting during our stay, and we got to see it flowing into the ocean from a tourist boat – unearthly. But the noxious volcanic fumes were heavy on parts of the island, and that restricted our activities somewhat. At Kapehu the air was heavenly, though, because the breezes always blow in from the north and east, while the volcano is to the south, so the fumes get sent farther away. So we mostly stuck to activities on the northeast part of the island near Kapehu, where the air was good: the amazing botanical gardens, the magnificent waterfalls, some black sand beaches, a zip line, the charming and quaint little towns of Honomu, Laupahoehoe, Honokaa, and Havi. We heard that the eruption stopped right after we got back home. So we’ll have to return to the Big Island and see the rest of it. And we’ll stay at Kapehu again for sure.
The owner was quick to respond to all our questions and had some good advice about sights to see. The caretaker, Jack, is an all-around great guy.
Funny, on our return flight home we met some Canadians who were also returning from a trip to Hawaii. They had purchased a package deal that included flights and hotel, and as we shared our stories we felt sorry for them – why would anyone ever stay in a hotel when it’s possible to rent a beautiful private home in a quiet natural setting?! And they were envious when we told them about the place we stayed at, and how inexpensive it was.
Can’t recommend this place highly enough!
All we can say is "Oh, wow!"
Saying "what a beautiful place!" isn't adequate. Gorgeous home! We had a fabulous time. Took full advantage of the hot tub, swam in the natural pool beneath the waterfall, gazed at the amazing starry sky. Got to fly over the eruption in a helicopter -- awesome! The nearby botanical garden is other-worldly in its beauty. Only problem was our trip was way too short. We'll be back!
Impeccably maintained home on large property near main big island attractions.
We really enjoyed Kapehu Retreat. What a roomy, lovely home in an exquisite setting! Jack was very welcoming and helpful (came right away to repair leaky washer hose)...owner is lucky to have him to keep an eye on things. Kitchen was very well outfitted, and everything about the house was top shelf. Extraordinary setting.
Volcano park was closed, but we toured by helicopter (even saw lava fissure from distance). Visited observatories at Mauna Kea, Waipio Valley, Mauna Kea resort, Merriman’s and beautiful botanical gardens. This place was a great location for hitting it all!
The setting is utterly private. (In fact, in our hot tub, bathing suits are optional because no one is around to see you.) No city noises, just the sound of flowing waters, breezes through the trees, and bird songs. No roads or city lights are visible from the house, and the house is not visible from the roads, because there is a eucalyptus forest between the house and the nearest road. The scenery is gorgeous in all directions, especially the lush green valley sloping down to the ocean. It's located on the beautiful Hamakua Coast, which is filled with canyons, waterfalls, rivers, beaches, and botanical gardens. There are 2 thrilling zip line tours within a few minutes drive.
Hilo town is only 15 minutes away. There are several beautiful clear-blue swimming beaches right near downtown Hilo: Keaukaha Beach Park, Kealoha Beach Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Lehia Beach Park - to name a few. Huge (people-sized) friendly sea turtles will swim with you at these beaches.
Other Activities: Volcano viewing, adventure sightseeing, Zip lining, diving, snorkeling, surfing, swimming, hiking, backpacking - everything you can ask for in a tropical vacation, plus a live volcano, is close by. In fact, the Kapehu Retreat House is located in the absolute most convenient spot on the island for accessing all the sights.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, of course, is a must-see. It's a good reason to stay on the east or Hilo side: the volcano and all the amazing sights in the National Park are much easier to get to from the Hilo side. (From the Kona side it's more than two hours to the volcano). In addition to spending several days sightseeing within the National Park, you'll definitely want to visit the Park at night to see the Hale MauMau crater glowing!
If you are an outdoor adventurer, the National Park is filled with wonderful hikes: short hikes, day-hikes, and overnight trips. One of our favorite hikes is a 3-day/2-night wilderness backpack trip to Halape Beach (with ruins and totems from an old Hawaiian fishing village, snorkel reefs and pristine sandy beaches) for the 1st night, and Keauhou Point for the second night, for pristine snorkeling pools and beaches. You'll need a permit from the Park Service, and they will provide directions and maps.