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Natural Lava Heated Pool - Steps to best snorkeling in Hawaii

Bedrooms 2
Space 96 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Punana Kiowai Hawaiian Cottage, 2 Bedrooms -1 bath + outdoor shower, Sleeps 4-6

Punana Kiowai - House of Comfort by the Pond is located in Sunny Kapoho. This beautiful Hawaiian home is sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation in tropical Hawaii. Begin your vacation by swimming in your own private natural lava pool. Heated by the warm lava rock and cooled by the ocean water, this pool will soothe and help you relax any day or night. Only a few steps from snorkeling in the marine conservation tidepools, this Hawaiian home will delight you in ways you never expected.

The home features two bedrooms with queen-size beds; a sofa-bed in the living room; a full bathroom with tub/shower, plus an outdoor shower; eat in kitchen and bar area with dishwasher; wrap-around porch with outside dining and comfortable seating; screened in lanai with Hawaiian chaise lounges and comfortable chairs, dining and beverage refrigerator in lanai; BBQ and more outdoor dining by lava pond; Flatscreen TV/DVD player; WiFI; computer/printer; wireless and wired speakers; ceiling fans in every room with windows that open to enjoy the ocean breeze. This house is perfect for two couples or a small family.

Newly refurbished, tile floors , dishwasher, kitchen lighting, new ceiling fans, flatscreen TV with satellite dish network... you will love the Punana Kiowai!

Sunny Kapoho is a 40 minute drive south of Hilo, near Pahoa at the southeastern tip of the Big Island. This area is lush with wild orchids and tropical vegetation that overflows with natural beauty and authentic Hawaiian charm. Nearby activities include Ahalanui Park, a geothermally heated pool surrounded by palms. A mixture of ocean and spring water that averages 90 degrees makes for a soothing and restoring swim in a therapeutic pool. Just a short walk to beautiful Kapoho Bay, Champagne Ponds and the Ocean offer great snorkeling, and viewing of whales, sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful coral.

Swimming floats, noodles, beach chairs and towels, sand umbrella, hammock, bicycles and a basketball hoop on the back patio. Laundry room has washer/dryer and solar dryer (clothesline).

The kitchen is fully stocked with spices, utensils, ceramic and melamine dishes, wine & champagne glasses, coffee mugs plus all the appliances: toaster; microwave; coffee maker and espresso machine; blender; rice cooker; electric griddle and skillet/stew pot.

Four choices for dining: Lanai; Wrap-around porch; Pool-side or In-kitchen bar.

Farmer's market is open daily in Hilo and famous Makuu market in Pahoa on Sundays. You will love all the fresh produce, flowers and local arts and crafts and food options.

Come enjoy your next vacation at Punana Kiowai!

More Details

Peg McAllister
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About Peg McAllister

We purchased this beautifully located cottage in 2005, near the Wai O'pae Tidepools. We love the serenity, the endless options of things to do, the sound of the ocean, the tropical fragrant flowers, coconuts, papaya and aloe growing on the property. Each day brings a beautiful sunrise over the tidepools, snorkeling among colorful fish and coral, a place to relax and to enjoy family and friends.

Peg McAllister purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Peg McAllister chose Puna District

Our Hawaiian cottage features a unique natural lava heated swimming pool, tropical plants, palms, even a Black crowned Heron comes to fish on occasion. An outdoor lava BBQ, wrap around porch and fully screened in lanai. Privacy on all sides of this property, offering lush vegetation and ocean sounds.

What makes this cottage unique

The view from the wrap around porch offers changing views of the natural lava heated pool as the tide changes twice each day. I fell in love with the property because of the pool, I jumped in during my first visit with the realtor! I was sold that this is where I want to spend my vacations. Many of our guests come back year after year, too!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the opportunit to enjoy your home. We have had a great time while we were here. Thank you, too, for all the helpful information and pleasant welcome. We pray God's richest blessing on you and your family.
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Kapoho, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 96 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Features enclosed outdoor shower with hot & cold water
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Overlooking pool and garden
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Overlooking wraparound porch and lush vegetation
    Living Room Sofabed - 1 sofa bed/futon
    Lanai - 1 double bed , If guests prefer, the auto/elec blow up bed fits in lanai
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Punana Kiowai offers a great location at the eastern most tip of the Big Island. Located on its own tidal pool and 100 yards from the famous Wai 'Opae tidepools. Nearby Ahalanai Hot pond and Isaac Hale boat launch (Pohiki). Near historic town of Pahoa, Kalapana, great for trips to see lava flow and visit Volcano National Park. A day trip to Kona side of Big Island, this is the best location for outdoor enthusiasts and overall site seeing.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(45 traveller reviews)

Natural Lava Heated Pool - Steps to best snorkeling in Hawaii
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 66 reviews
Lovell, ME

The Best!!

  • 5 of 5

First visit to Hawaii and we were so fortunate to land here! The house is so comfortable and the garden/pond area will make you never want to leave. But you must visit the Volcanoes National Park and snorkel some of the area - just be extremely careful walking on ah-ah lava rocks.I have the wounds to prove the wisdom of that advice.

The house is very well organized and has very comfortable beds. There are ceiling fans in all rooms and we needed them. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a grill. There is also a neat outdoor fireplace, lounge chairs and is quite private. But the treasure is the pond! A little tricky for an "older woman" with rotten knees to get in and out. But it can be done. Do it!!

The owner has provided many guide books and recommendations for enjoying the area, bikes to travel to Champagne Pool and a screened lanai that we never used. We loved the porch too much! Watching the gold dusted geckos was entertaining!

I highly recommend you stay at this great home!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful & tranquil🌴🌊🌺💦

  • 5 of 5


This has to be one of the Big islands best little secrets. We came here for some family downtime & relaxing. I would have never expected all of the unique unexpected pleasures this beautiful lil house has to offer. The tide pool in the backyard is so relaxing along with the sounds of the frogs at night they lull you to sleep. This house is surrounded by a location of tide pools in the area and ocean where you can see all of the oceans beautiful tropical fish. I feel so fortunate to have found this lil peace of heaven and the owner checks in to see if there's anything you need. Thank you for sharing your beautiful place with my family. We hope to return very soon.

Mahalo Tammy Smets

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walnut Creek, CA

Great property and neighborhood, access to Wai 'Opae Tidepools

  • 5 of 5

We had a great visit and enjoyed the fresh air and local scents of the Kapoho Vacationland flora. The locals are so friendly and helpful. Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous warm swiming pond

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing and wonderful stay. Comfortable beds and sweet little home.

Most of the homes in this great area are older, like this one but this one had no mold, which was a very pleasent surprise. If you are looking for brand new and can't put up with an older kitchen, this may not be the place for you.

However be sure to bring ear plugs or a white noice program on your phone because the Coqui frogs start their 90 decibie cherps at night and make sleeping a challenge for some.

The home is very well equiped but shop before you come because the nearest store or restaurant is 9 miles away in Pahoa. Over all we loved it and will return.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted that you had a great time at our Hawaiian cottage and natural lava pool. Our location is at the renowned Wai Opae Tidepools, about 10 miles from Pahoa, our closest town. It is a fun place to poke around and several good restaurants, too. I love sleeping to the sound of the coqui frogs, it's like night music to my ears. For those light sleepers, we are adding ear plugs in each nightstand.
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Pleasant time but loud at night

  • 3 of 5

My wife and. I had a pleasant week at the Pond House. It was well appointed with appliances and lounging seating and had a nice feel to the house. Access to the tide pools was great as well as lava viewing boat excursions from Isaac Hale Park just a few miles down the road. The house and kapoho area was a bit isolated from Pahoa about 9 miles away but it was easy to head into town for dinner and breakfast. One unavoidable issue is the loud coqui frogs. If you're a good problem. If not, get good earplugs. It would really help if the screened openings in each bedroom could be closed at night. We spent a full week at the Pond House but 3-4 nights would have been sufficient to soak up the feel of the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The nighttime sounds of the coqui frogs and the warm breezes in the palm trees is soothing music to most of our guests. We are adding earplugs to each nightstand, for light sleepers. We purposefully created the high in the wall screened vents to allow those breezes to cool the house along with the ceiling fans in every room. Our Hawaiian cottage in Kapoho Vacationland is away from the hustle and bustle of resorts and towns. Pahoa, our closest town, is 10 minutes away and Hilo is 40 minutes. Most of our guests book for 3-4 nights and then write in the guest book they wished they stayed longer. The access to your own private lava heated tidepool and the Wai O'Pae tidepools are the main attractions. In addition, explore Champagne ponds in Beach Lots, the Ahalanui Park, Pohiki, Kalapana, lava flows into the ocean, Uncle Robert's on Wednesday nights, Makua market on Sundays, Volcano National Park, Hilo and Akaka Falls...provide much to do. Or just relaxing/reading in our screened-in lanai on a traditional Hawaiian chaise lounge or an adirondack chair on the wrap around porch provide peace and rest to those seeking a vacation of repose, rest and time with nature and appreciation for God's creation.
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A Nice Area But House Needs Work

  • 3 of 5

We booked a 10 day stay during the winter, which is a rainy season in the Pahoa tide pool area, but sunny late mornings and afternoons prevailed making the stay very nice. This house is in a great location with lots of amenities, private tide pool, and great local restaurants. It was nice to land in Hilo and get accustomed to jet lag in your own private tide pool. The house, however, is on the older side with windows that don't close if blowing rain is an issue. A fully stocked kitchen was good but some older items should be replaced. Bedrooms were very well ventilated with excellent airflow. Bedroom lampshades were in need of a deep cleaning as well as headboards. The couch was extremely uncomfortable and moldy pillows need to be replaced. Since the area receives several hundred inches of rainfall a year, mold is an issue in older beach homes and although recently painted, mold does reform and needs daily care. The Pahoa town has some really good restaurants and Cajun Paradise was a pleasant fresh produce and sandwich spot close to the tide pool area. Owner did provide local help if needed, but it is what it is. I would not recommend this property to family or friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your observations. I have asked our housekeeper to clean the headboards and lampshades, remove the pillows, (the sofa is new). As you can imagine in a tropical climate, we work constantly to keep everything fresh for our guests. Often guests leave foodstuffs/spices for other guests. Since your review is so much lower than other guests, if you feel a credit is in order, please contact me directly. I want all of our guests to have a 5 Star experience with our traditional Hawaiian cottage and tidal pond. Mahalo, Peg
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Hilo, Hawaii
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Ferry
17 Miles
Not a Ferry - Black Sand Beach - Kalapana
Nearest Golf
26 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Highway 137
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Waiopae Tidepools
Car: necessary

Kapoho Vacationland offers families and friends the best snorkeling in the Hawaiian Islands in the Kapoho Wai 'Opae Tidepools, less than 100 yards from our front door. Our vacation cottage offers a natural lava heated swimming pool on the property. Children and adults love swimming in your own pool, flood lights for evening swimming!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in the Kapoho, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring III
24 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
1 Sep 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
18 Nov 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Waiver Insurance A$78.93
Cleaning fee A$173.91
Tax Rate 13.42%

Prices quoted are for up to 4 guests, each addit'l guest, $25 per person/night.
75% of fee is due at time of booking, 25% due 90 days prior. If you are paying with Non-US Credit card, international credit card fees will be charged back.
1. If you cancel prior to 90 days of your arrival, there is an administrative cancellation fee of $125.
2. If you cancel within 40 to 90 days of your reservation date, you forfeit your entire deposit. However, if we are able to rent your reserved dates for an equal or greater amount, we will refund you the balance of your deposit after deducting the $125 administrative cancellation fee.
3. If you cancel within 40 days of your arrival, after your rental fees have been paid, we will charge you according to the following:
a. If we are able to rent your dates to another guest for an equal or greater amount, we will refund your rental fees, cleaning fees, and deposit minus the $125 administrative cancellation fee.
b. If we are able to rent only a portion of your rental dates, we will charge you the difference in rental value and refund you the balance plus your cleaning fee, and your deposit minus the $125 administrative cancellation fee.
c. If we are unable to rent your dates, you will forfeit your lodging fees. In this case, we will refund to you your prepaid cleaning fee and taxes. You will still be charged the $125 administrative cancellation fee.
Note: No refunds will be issued for late arrivals or early departures.
It is not our intention to charge you for dates not rented; however, please understand that once you confirm your dates, we reject all other inquiries for those dates. It becomes increasingly difficult to rent the closer we get to arrival dates.
It is highly recommended that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance, since vacation rental reservations are typically made far in advance. (Various policies viewable at

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