"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference."

-Robert Frost

All vacation rentals featured in The Insider's Guide have been vetted for quality based on location, cleanliness, comfort, and management. Scroll down to see a list of available rentals. 


Most lodging in Kapoho is within its two small subdivisions, Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland.  There is a wide selection of vacation rentals, from ohanas (small units attached to a larger home) and modest homes, to elegant oceanfront homes with resort-like settings. The nearest hotels and condos are 29 miles distant in Hilo.



In Kapoho, oceanfront and modern comfortable accommodations can be hard to find from mid-December through March and in July, unless reserving well in advance. Accommodations are readily available from September through mid-November. However, the more popular oceanfront homes may require reservations well in advance throughout the year. The more flexible you are in your dates, the later you can reserve and find suitable lodging. If you want the perfect oceanfront setting and home, book early! Making early reservations also applies to extended stays (over one week) if you wish to stay in the same home throughout your visit.



Kapoho vacation homes are significantly more economical than in west Hawaii.  They largely range from $100 to $300 per night, plus cleaning fee and tax.  However, you can find small, simple and/or rustic accommodations for less, or pay up to $900 per night for private resort-like living.  The main factors affecting the cost of vacation rentals are the quality, amenities, size and, especially, the location of the home.  Modern oceanfront vacation homes are on the upper end of the price range, while small (especially ohanas) or modest homes back from the water are on the lower end.   


Most vacation homes have variable rates depending on length of stay and time of year.  Expect lower rates (per night) for stays of a week or more.  Rates are higher during North America's winter months (especially the holiday season) and lower in the Fall (Sep through mid-Nov). 



Some vacation homes are advertised as being in Kapoho, when they are not.  Kapoho is one of the few areas in East Hawaii that has easy and safe ocean access. Because of this, it is much favored by most vacationers.  Elsewhere, homes on or near the ocean can be many miles from safe ocean access.  If you find a vacation home (especially oceanfront) advertised as in Kapoho at a rate that is too good to be true, it probably is ...  In addition, a few homes in Kapoho advertised as oceanfront, are not. Most, but not all, oceanfront homes within the Kapoho Beach Lots or Vacationland subdivisions in Kapoho have safe water access from their yard. Be sure to ask about safe access to ocean waters for enjoying water activities .


CORAL POOL HOUSE, 'Kaheka Ko'a,' is a newer (2008) oceanfront home with snorkeling and swimming right in your backyard. It is directly on the shore of the Wai'opae State Marine Preserve (Kapoho Tide Pools) with fabulous snorkeling. The home has an stunning view of the 50-acre marine preserve and beyond.


The home is owned and operated by Jim (author of "Kapoho: Insiders Guide") and his wife Gail, with the invaluable assistance of Lloyd and Mindy who assure the home is prepared for your stay.


Accommodations: 2 Bedroom/2.5 Bathroom, sleeps 6

Book today! Or, call Jim at: 530.310.1544

KAPOHO LITE HOUSE is an elegant cottage with super comfortable, high end furnishings and appliances, in a private and quiet section of the gated community of Kapoho Beach Lots. It's less than a 4-minute walk to Champagne Pond, where you can snorkel with the turtles or just float around in the warm, calm water. 

Accommodations: 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, sleeps up to 4

Book today at: http://www.vrbo.com/414549  Or, call Diane and Richard  at: 530.533.9256

KAYAK COVE coming soon!  An oceanfront one bedroom, one bath ohana with a beautiful ocean view and snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking right from the yard.  Perfect for active couples.  Call 530-310-1544 for more information.

Comments: 1
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    twobeerstogo (Sunday, 26 January 2014 12:45)

    Yo Kimo, here I am visiting KapohoHawaii.com once again, just for the thrill of it! Showcasing the relatively modest Lite House with the Coral Pool House certainly boosts the status and prestige of the Lite House. Perhaps it works to the advantage of the Coral Pool House as well, demonstrating such a drastic distinction between budget accommodations and opulence. I'd think most people wanting to splurge would opt for the latter, if they could afford it.

    How is the bike rental business going? Aloha, --R

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