VOLCANO UPDATE: We are perfectly safe at Kapehu, located 60-70 miles away from the volcanic eruptions, with a high mountain ridge between it and us: the lava would have to flow uphill and climb over a mountain to get near us. But it's moving in the opposite direction, and very slowly. Kilauea volcano is on the southernmost part of the island and the recent breakouts are on the southeast rift of Kilauea. We are located on the northeast shoulder of Mauna Kea, which hasn't been active in over 6,000 years. Not only will you be very safe at Kapehu, you will be very fortunate if you can come over during this time of heightened volcanic activity. Kilauea has been actively erupting continuously since 1983. It's the most continuously active volcano in the world, and it is the main attraction that draws people to this island. The only reason it's on the national news recently is because the most recent breakouts have been occurring in the middle of a populated subdivision.
The owners visited Big Island regularly for over 20 years years before purchasing the Kapehu Retreat House, and chose this particular spot to purchase property because it's the safest from all the potential disasters on Hawaii: (1) Safe distance from volcanic activity, (2) elevation of 900 feet and therefore untouched by tsunamis, (3) about as safe as you can get from hurricanes on Big Island -- a couple of miles inland and between two mountain ridges which protect from hurricane winds.. Finally, being on the northeast part of the island in the Hamakua Coast district, with the trade winds regularly blowing in from the northeast, the noxious volcanic fumes get blown away from Kapehu and toward the SW part of the island, so no worries if you have asthma. This is a great time to come on over and:
Experience the beauty: Expansive views of the ocean and the lush Hamakua coast from the spacious veranda.
Experience the elegance: Grand, architect-designed home, with marble and hardwood floors, wainscoting and fine details.
Experience nature: 2 streams, a private waterfall with a private natural pool below it that you can swim in, fruit trees you can pick, 20 private landscaped acres.
Experience serenity: No city lights or noise - only the gentle music of the flowing waters and the gentle trade winds in the palms.
Experience unparalleled privacy: no neighbors in sight.
Experience relaxation: soak in the hot tub -- bathing suits optional with no one around to see you.
Experience healing fresh air, filled with the oxygen produced by all the intense greenery and vog is very rare in this particular spot.
Experience the best location: 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 9 miles or 20 minutes from Hilo, a short drive to Volcanoes National Park, and surrounded by all the Island's stunning waterfalls and scenic canyons (waterfalls are found only on the Hamakua Coast). A few minutes away are several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing, several gorgeous botanical gardens, and 2 zip lines. within an hour are the most pristine snorkeling reefs on the island.
The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect. Situated at 900 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo: upper 70's F to low 80's during the day, and upper 60's F at night most of the year. In the winter it can get down to the low 60's at night with a daytime high in the low to mid-70's.
Despite being on the rainy side of the island, mosquitoes are rare at Kapehu Retreat House, because the eucalyptus groves on either side of the property emit a fragrance that is a natural mosquito repellent.
Amenities provided: The spacious home is beautifully furnished. The fully equipped kitchen has ocean views, granite counters, gas range, large refrigerator with ice maker, oven, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker, rice cooker -- everything you need to cook your gourmet meals. The indoor dining room has a beautiful mango wood table and 8 mango wood chairs, and the large outdoor dining table on the grand lanai has 8 chairs. The living room has a fireplace for those rare chilly evenings. The marble-floored laundry room is equipped with washer and dryer. You can park two cars on the carport to keep out of the sun and rain.
It's a large house with 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms and a half-bath, plus an outdoor shower, and sleeps up to 10 maximum.
NO EVENTS ALLOWED: Because of zoning restrictions and the 1-lane farm road it's located on, the owners cannot allow any events, receptions, commercial activities, or large gatherings on the property. Maximum number of people using the house: 10. Maximum number of vehicles at the house: 3.
NOTE: The property is very rural, despite being only 9 miles from downtown Hilo. This means no city lights or city noise, only the starry sky and the sounds of nature. But it also means no city water, gas, cable or telephone landline. The water system is 10,000 gallons of rainwater purified by filtration and UV light (perfectly safe to drink - the owners have been drinking it for 7 1/2 years). The gas for the stove and dryer are supplied by propane tanks, so if you discover the stove won't light, it means the propane tank is empty, and you'll call the caretaker and he'll switch from the empty to the full one. There are no cable companies in the area, so we have satellite internet for the WiFi, which tends to cut out during storms, as well as satellite TV. Bring your cell phones since there is no land line.