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Kapehu Falls. Stunning 20-acre ocean view estate

SuperhostHilo, Hawaii, United States
Entire villa hosted by Robert
10 guests4 bedrooms6 beds3.5 baths
Entire home
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The Kapehu Falls Retreat House:
Grand, spacious, and elegant.
Exceptional privacy: no neighbors in sight.
Sweeping ocean views
Architect-designed home with exquisite details.
Surround yourself in nature and tropical beauty in all directions.
Two streams.
Private waterfall with a natural swimming pool beneath it.
An entire orchard of fruit trees you can pick.
Hot tub.
Ten miles/15-20 minutes from Hilo, on the lush and scenic Hamakua Coast with ocean views, This is a storybook vacation paradise!

The space
Our property offers the peace, serenity, privacy and nature that will melt away your stress. We are located 10 miles (15-20 minutes) from downtown Hilo, on the lush and scenic Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, with stunning ocean views. Perfect for couples, families or groups looking to escape tourist traps and the hustle-bustle of city life and relax in the vibrant natural environment of authentic Hawaii. Enjoy the property’s private waterfall and swimming hole below it. No city lights to dim the night sky: great star-gazing! Utter peace and quiet - no traffic noise, no city sounds, no nearby neighbors. Absolute privacy: between you and the nearest road is a eucalyptus forest.

ESTATE & GROUNDS
- Experience exceptional privacy
- Sweeping ocean views and the most amazing lanai from which to enjoy it.
- Surround yourself in nature and tropical beauty in all directions.
- Rolling gardens, including an orchard of fruit trees, banana groves, lilikoi (passion fruit) and pineapples.
- 15 acres of replanted forest land.
- Two streams.
- Private waterfall with a natural swimming pool beneath it.
- Nearly a mile of private road behind the gate for running or walking.

HOME & AMENITIES:
- Large house with 4 bedrooms, sleeps up to 10 maximum.
- 3 full marble bathrooms and a half-bath, plus an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a hike or a trip to the beach.
- Beautiful furnishings throughout the spacious home.
- Fully equipped kitchen with ocean views, granite counters, gas range, large refrigerator with ice maker, oven, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker, rice cooker -- everything you need to prepare your gourmet meals.
- Indoor dining room has a beautiful mango wood table and eight matching chairs.
- Wraparound lanai has an outdoor dining table for eight, chaise lounges and a hot tub
- Living room has a fireplace for those rare chilly evenings.
- Marble-floored laundry room is equipped with washer and dryer.
- Carport with space for two vehicles to keep out of the sun and rain.

LOCATION:
Ten miles (15-20 minutes from downtown Hilo) on the lush and scenic Hamakua Coast with ocean views, this is a storybook vacation paradise! Perfect location near beautiful waterfalls and river valleys. The Kapehu Retreat House offers the 'out in the country' feeling, yet you’re only a short drive from retail, restaurants and attractions

Nearby:
- Several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing
- Several gorgeous botanical gardens
- 2 zip line parks
- Famous waterfalls
- Sugar Mill and Train museums
- Scenic Pepeekeo drive and trails through Onomea area
- Akaka Falls State Park
- Hamakua Coast
- Honomu Village
- Onomea Tea Company tour
- One hour drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- One hour drive to Waipio Valley
- All the conveniences of Hilo with access to many conveniences you’ll find on the mainland (movie theatre, shopping center, grocery stores, Starbucks, etc.)

CLIMATE:
The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect year round. 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 to low 70’s 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.

Guest access
When you rent the Kapehu Retreat House you don't share it with anyone. You get the whole house, all 4 bedrooms, the washer/dryer, carport, hot tub, everything - all to yourselves. You'll share the 20 acres with the guests of our Creekside Cottage vacation rental, but it's unlikely you'll see or hear them: the 1-bedroom cottage is across a creek and 2/10ths of a mile away.
You're welcome to pick the various fruit growing on the property (pineapples, papayas, figs, lilikoi, 3 varieties of bananas, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, tangerines).
We leave our own snorkel gear in the house: you can borrow ours if it fits you, but please take good care of it - be sure to thoroughly rinse all the salt water out of it with fresh water after you use it, so it won't get damaged by mold. Or you can pick up your own snorkel gear very inexpensively in Hilo at the dive shops or Target.

Other things to note
OFF-THE-GRID LIVING & LUXURIES:
The property is very rural which means you can use this time to truly unplug, but we do have options available should you choose to stay connected. We do not have a landline phone, but most cell phone carriers work pretty well in the area. The property is very rural which means you can use this time to truly unplug, but we do have options available should you choose to stay connected. We do not have a landline phone, but most cell phone carriers work pretty well in the area. We offer DIRECTV and satellite Internet. While the WiFi generally works well, it can be slow or cut out completely, especially during bad weather or peak evening periods.

Water is provided from Hawaiian rainwater purified by filtration and UV light. Propane tanks supply the gas for the stove, hot water heater and dryer. Like most homes in Hawaii, there is no air conditioning or heat on the property, but the home’s temperature can be regulated through the many windows which catch the cool ocean breezes. It rarely gets hot at this elevation, and the nights always cool down to 70 or below. If heat and humidity are a problem for you or your guests, you may wish to rent an air-conditioned hotel room.

Licence number
TA-177-007-1040-01
The Kapehu Falls Retreat House:
Grand, spacious, and elegant.
Exceptional privacy: no neighbors in sight.
Sweeping ocean views
Architect-designed home with exquisite details.
Surround yourself in nature and tropical beauty in all directions.
Two streams.
Private waterfall with a natural swimming pool beneath it.
An entire orchard of fruit trees you can pick.
Hot tub.
Ten miles/15-20 minutes from Hilo, on the lush and scenic Hamakua Coast with ocean views, This is a storybook vacation paradise!

The space
Our property offers the peace, serenity, privac…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 king bed, 1 single bed, 1 sofa bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Indoor fireplace
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Hot tub
Iron
Laptop-friendly workspace
Hair dryer
Dryer
TV

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Hilo, Hawaii, United States

Awesome serenity to soothe your soul. No roads in sight, no traffic sounds, no city lights. No nearby neighbors. There is a cottage on the same 20 acre estate, which is also a vacation rental, called the Kapehu Falls Creekside Cottage. Both houses have complete privacy, being separated by 1/4 mile distance and a creek and ravine.

The Cottage is just 10 miles from Hilo, Starbucks and all kinds of civilization if you want it. In the more immediate area are the Botanical Gardens, Scenic Drive, and Akaka Falls.
Awesome serenity to soothe your soul. No roads in sight, no traffic sounds, no city lights. No nearby neighbors. There is a cottage on the same 20 acre estate, which is also a vacation rental, called the Kapehu…

Hosted by Robert

Joined in September 2018
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Robert or "Tag" as is known to friends has been working in hospitality marketing for 3 decades. For my 6th birthday I got a Hawaiian shirt and a trip over my hometown in a little single engine airplane. That's when I got bitten by the travel bug. Since then I've had the incredible honor of representing The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. and several of their iconic, independent properties. I have also worked with Mandarin, Fairmont, Intercontinental as well as some exceptional cruise lines and major travel destinations. It is a thrill to connect passionate travelers with authentic experiences that celebrate a "sense of place." This is a term I learned from the very best hoteliers in the world, each of whom has successfully delivered his or her own expression of what this means. To share that feeling with people who delight in authentic experiences that embrace the land, history and local culture is nothing short of magic. There is no property I have ever seen that celebrates a sense of place better than Kapehu Falls. This grand estate still recalls its time as a sugar cane plantation. Part of the old Sugar Cane Road is still evident and the purplish-silver cane flowers still grow wild in the brush by the pasture. The barn and main house are exquisite modern adaptations of a plantation manager's homestead – complete with high ceilings and ornate flourishes from a by-gone era. Over 15 acres is a mature, replanted forest, surrounded by winding streams, waterfalls and natural formations that honor all that came before us. It is a luxurious preserve that shares its story with all who care to listen and experience this magical enclave. Former Kapehu owner and operational genius, Marcy, is a new friend, advisor and a new customer. For Marcy and all the passionate travelers who deeply appreciate the spirit, history and natural beauty of the destinations they visit, my team and I are committed to making your stay special. I've earned dozens of awards from the hospitality experts at HSMAI, but no award or accolade means as much to me as your experience at Kapehu Falls.
Robert or "Tag" as is known to friends has been working in hospitality marketing for 3 decades. For my 6th birthday I got a Hawaiian shirt and a trip over my hometown in a little s…
During your stay
Our property manager will greet you on your arrival, and will be available by phone or text if you need anything during your stay. Usually he is within 20 or 30 minutes of the property.
Robert is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Policy number: TA-177-007-1040-01
  • Languages: English, Français, Español
  • Response rate: 100%
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House rules
Check-in: 5:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $329