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1 / 21 Kapehu Retreat House from private access road

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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 4 / Bathrooms 4 / Sleeps 10 / House
Bedrooms: 4  Bathrooms: 4  Sleeps: 10  Type: House
Elegant luxury home, 20 ac, ocean view
TripAdvisor property ID 2291967

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Book this 4 bedroom house in Hilo today! A total of 10 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a pool, deck, and parking space among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 15 reviews.

The owner responds to 90% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Aug 18, 2017.

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About the owner

About the owner

Marcy M.

Tourist License: W48882576-01

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Calendar last updated:
18 Aug 2017
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Languages spoken: English



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Hilo Attractions




  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Wireless Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi or hot tub

Property Features

  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Sea view
  • Secure parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV
  • Video player


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (15)

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“The moast amazings grounds you will ever stay at!”

Reviewed 25 Oct 2013

I just got home from my stay at this wonderful vacation home. Let me just say the grounds are amazing. This may have been the greenest place I have ever been. There are various fruit trees, with fruit available for consumption all over the property. Pineapple, guava, avocado, banana etc. The house is very spacious and clean, with a great views from almost every room. Very private, but close to a lot of the attractions on the Hilo side. I highly recommend this place if you are staying on this side of the island. The house is only 11 miles form downtown Hilo, close to the waterfalls, and about 45 min from Volcanoes National Park. If you're looking for a quiet getaway close to adventurous things to do, this is the place.

Response from the owner Mahalo nui loa - I think you've captured the essence. I hope you'll return. Marcy

“The ultimate getaway”

Reviewed 30 Apr 2013

After visiting 2 islands and doing touristy type things we were looking for a quiet get away. No upstairs neighbors nor next room neighbors. When we arrived in Hilo our goal was relaxation yet get familiar with the history of hi. Just a few miles from Hilo we found this cottage. More of a luxurious cottage, and not what they call the big house. We had a dwelling all to ourselves yet had we wanted to bring friends or family members there was plenty of room. The tree lined driveway was filled with birds singing and tree frogs chirping. The ceilings on the first floor were 8 ft. tall and also upstairs in the bedroom. We couldn't believe our good fortune. We had need for nothing, not even saran wrap or aluminum foil. This truly was our home away from home. We had fresh limeade or lemonade from the trees on the property every day. Even though there's a much bigger house on the property, there never was a time that you heard your neighbors. If you're looking for the perfect getaway contact Marcy and Tom you will not be disappointed! And you'll even come home with money left :)

“Far more than a vacation rental”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2013

We absolutely loved this magical place. It's far more beautiful than the pictures portray - with a sense of grace and quiet understated luxury that made us feel nurtured. We've stayed in other vacation rentals in Hawaii and around the world, and we've come to expect certain things of a vacation rental - to be very clean, well-maintained, well-supplied with necessities, and conveniently located. But now after visiting Kapehu, our expectations are higher: we now want an extraordinarily beautiful and special experience, too. I'm sure it will be hard to find anything that measures up to Kapehu. We loved sleeping with all the windows open when it rained at night - it was like sleeping under a waterfall! And when it didn't rain we listened to the stream outside the window and the symphony of frogs and crickets. The weather was cool, but we didn't use the fireplace, we just piled on the extra blankets. Remember to pack sweaters and socks and rain jackets. I know this place can accommodate at least 8 or 10, but if you can rent it for just 2 or 4, you'll have a better chance of immersing yourself in nature and experiencing the peaceful serenity of it. The location was perfect, because we spent several days exploring the volcano national park, and several days visiting spectacular waterfalls - all of which are on the Hilo side. We went snorkeling one day at beautiful reefs on the easterm point of the island, and we took a sail boat tour to see whales with a guy named Captian Dan. We spent one day checking out the Kona side of the island, but it was crowded and touristy and felt dsconnected from nature, and couldn't wait to get back to Kapehu and the East side. The only drawback was that our trip was too short - we had only 8 days. I could stay at Kapehu forever. We will definitely return.

“Luxury on the Big Island”

Reviewed 30 Dec 2012

Our 10 day stay was pure heaven. The large terrace with gorgeous views is delightful. The house is open, airy and more lovely than the photos show. It is well equipped and offers every comfort and convenience. The surroundings are lush and rural. Yet, Hilo is a short trip away. Fantastic!

“Above our expectations - lush paradise”

Reviewed 19 Aug 2012

This home looks great in pictures, but you wonder, I've had hits and I've had misses. This is most definitely a hit. It's spacious, it a great layout, lots of space for everyone to spend time together in the living room chatting or by the fireplace. There is an Hdtv though with the view available from every large window from the kitchen, living room stretching to the master bedroom, it's hard to see you would use it. My wife and daughter along with another family stayed here in early august '12. We are all looking forward to returning. Some of our favorite things were: 1) Walking the property and picking fruit. We're city people so this was the first time picking any fruit and we got to pick papaya, avocado, guava, lemons all in one trip. (all on property) 2) Breakfast on the lenai. It's at least 15 minutes from the home to Hilo so it incented us to have breakfast at home. Big big ++ everyone's favorite part was sitting by the outside table (which can easily accommodate 8) and enjoying Hawaii fresh eggs. 3) Mornings waking up in the Master. The sun shines right in, your private sunrise everyday. If you get disturbed by light, take a back bedroom, if you don't you'll be in paradise each morning. This home is pretty close to perfect In our opinion, but to set traveler expectations I would mention that Hilo is the rainy side of the big island so be prepared for some rainy days during your vacation (it is a very pleasant rain but none the less... that's why the place is so lush.) Also the internet access at the home is slow to the point of being unusable, the good news is you are a little higher and inland and our cell data connections were fast (att and Verizon) so it wasn't an issue. We have to slip in a mention for Tina's Thai kitchen in Hilo, wow, best chicken green curry (thai hot) I've had outside Thailand. Their other dishes we order were excellent too. Thank You Marcy for letting us rent your magnificent home.

“So much beauty!”

Reviewed 24 Feb 2012

We visited from Japan, my father and mother, my husband baby and I. We all have beautiful memories at Kapehu Retreat House. My father and mother said it was like a dream, so much beauty and luxury, so big. And for me, I could spend amazing days with the sound of winds in trees, streams, and the beautiful nature scenery! The property manager were very kind very sweet. My baby was sick with fever, so we stayed at the house and not see many sights. We picked fruit and sit in the spa tub, and I cooked meals for my family in the big kitchen. We were very happy we stayed at such a beautiful place. I hope I will come back again this house.

“Comfort and all the amenities”

Reviewed 17 Feb 2012

We were so surprised to see that this home is larger and more beautiful than we expected. We own an orchard on the Big Island and visit less often than we like. Kapehu House was a great find. All the luxury appointments and conveniences are there. The furnishings are beautiful and the kitchen well stocked with everything a gourmet cook needs to whip up a meal. We relaxed in the hot tub every evening after a day in the orchard, looking out over beautiful landscaping and ocean. We built a fire in the fireplace one chilly evening. The master bedroom has a beautiful view over the veranda to the ocean and the sunken tub and shower made us feel pampered. Such a peaceful secluded luxury retreat! In the mornings we brought our breakfast onto the huge veranda and watched the sun rise in the sky. The four of us were easily accommodated in the main house, we didn't use the third bedroom or the attached studio which sleeps four!

“More beautiful than we even expected”

Reviewed 9 Sep 2011

We had a wonderful time. The propery is beautiful and very well maintained - even nicer than the pictures, even better than we expected. The house is very homey, relaxing and private, decor is contemporary and very comfortable. We both just loved it, and feel a bit jealous - wish we could live in such a lovely place. We actually didn't spend a ton of time in the house, as we used it as a jumping off point for area activities, but next time we'll come back and spend some time just sitting on that lovely deck enjoying the views.

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