4 bed, 3.5 bath, 4,666 sqft villa: 2 queen bedrooms. 2 king masters. Sleeps 1-10
- english, spanish
About Robert Tag
I've worked in the hospitality industry for years on the marketing side and worked shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest general managers and operations professionals in the world. I've had the honor of serving The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. and their 250+ amazing independent properties. I have also worked with Four Seasons, Fairmont, Mandarin and Intercontinental, as well as some fine cruise lines, sailing vacations and global destinations. It has been a thrill learning from operational geniuses. While I don't pretend to be in that same league, I have always wanted to find a property that defines the best of the area, history and culture that surrounds it and share it with fellow travelers who have the same passion for experiencing a genuine "sense of place." I have found "it" in on the windward side of Hawaii, on the Hamakua Coast just 7 miles north of Hilo. And I would love to share this piece of paradise with people who appreciate authentic experiences.
Robert Tag purchased this Villa in 2018
Why Robert Tag chose Pepeekeo
Kapehu Falls is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. (And I've been to some pretty amazing places.) It incorporates the natural beauty of the land, its history as a portion of the old Metcalf Sugar Cane Plantation – and its even earlier history as forest land – and combines it with the stunning design of the fanciful Plantation-era architecture of the late 1800s into a modern-day Hawaiian paradise. The 20+ acre estate has breathtaking ocean views, 15 acres of replanted forest, nearly a mile of private roads, waterfalls, streams, gardens, an orchard, huge main house, storybook creekside cottage and a natural pool beneath the falls. Kinda amazing. This magical place was created by visionary designer Ronald Hubbard who honored the land, streams and history of the property. And the area. The 2 gorgeous buildings compliment nature's bounty and recall a bygone era. It is like a more sophisticated Hawaiian version of Disney's "Mainstreet USA." And it is all surrounded by famous waterfalls, botanical gardens and other nature-focused attractions scenic byways and trails. Previous owners and remarkable stewards,Tom and Marcy, spent the better part of a decade transforming this idyllic paradise into a comfortable, reliable vacation rental with plenty of 5-star reviews. They took me under their wing and showed me all the special details that make this such a remarkable vacation retreat. This combination of cultural enthusiasts, and operational and design visionaries made this spectacular property worth sharing. In the end I asked myself, "Is this place worth flying 20 hours in a middle seat for?" So I tried it. With good company and paradise at the end of the journey, the hours fly by. This place is completely worth your hard-earned vacation time. You can leave the pressures of the real world at the front gate and enjoy life.
What makes this Villa unique
The majesty of this place is greater than the sum of its parts, and yet the parts are pretty remarkable all by themselves. As fellow travelers and I can attest, there are times when this place is so beautiful that you can just sit on the lanai and watch the ocean and the sky change colors while the birds and butterflies stop by. The choir of songbirds harmonizes with the sounds of the streams and waterfalls to provide a soothing soundtrack to the scenic wonderland. You will forget to get up to explore. But when you do, here's what awaits: The house itself was built by a very talented designer who understood the history of the land and the magic of indoor-outdoor living. - There are over 20 acres of pristine, gated paradise. - 15 acres of private eucalyptus forest with private roads. - Uninterrupted views of the ocean framed by the forest and streams. - 2 gorgeous streams and waterfalls. - A picnic shelter past the grove filled with fresh fruit and avocados. - The larger waterfall has created its own natural pool or swimming hole that looks like it was built for a movie set. - You feel far from everything, yet you are surrounded by attractions, natural beauty and the conveniences of the Islands largest city. It feels impossible. And yet here is this perfect balance. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a base for family and friends to explore the Island. I hope you'll love it as much as we do! Aloha!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The pictures don’t do this property justice. The grounds were gorgeous and the home was much more spacious than what the pictures show. We loved our time at this property!
We’ll be back every year!
It was the best vacation house we stayed. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous house with us, Robert!
We ‘be been renting houses through VRBO almost 10 years and all of us fell in love this property. Although our plan for the next vacation was to Cancun, please allow us to come back here.
A PIECE OF PARADISE
We loved our stay and would highly recommend a visit. Our week stay included adventures the hiking Volcanos National Park, surfing at Honoli'l Beach Park, visiting Hakalau Beach Park (home of a former sugar mill taken out by the tsunami, going to the Hilo farmers market, walking about the historic downtown area, Akaka & Rainbow Falls, ziplining, ice cream at Low Store, smoothies & snacks at What's Shakin', Mr. Ed's bakery and more. We recommend going to Suisan Fish Market for fresh fish to grill and poke. Papa' a Palaoa Bakery has our favorite baked goods as well as lilikoi & keylime pie. Still need to come back to take in more of what Hilo has to offer. There is so much to do on this side of the island and we are so happy we came here to stay. It was central to all the places we wanted to go. Also, the property is absolutely beautiful. We swam in the swimming hole several times as we enjoyed the waterfall on the premises. The wildlife here is abundant: birds, sounds of the Coqui frogs at night, sounds of the wild pigs, mongooses, geckos too. The people here have such aloha spirit. We met really nice locals. Thank you to Jack for checking us in so late (1:45 am) due to our flight delay. It was so thoughtful of him to grab a few things from the grocery store so we would have something to eat in the morning. We appreciate all of Robert's detailed communications about his home and directions for arrival. It all went very smoothly. We plan on returning in the near future. Thank you for for sharing your piece of paradise with us.
You saw, experienced, tried and tasted so many of our favorites! Even Honoli‘i surf beach! Thanks for bringing so much joy with you after a that crazy flight delay...and leaving a little happiness behind for all of us!
Jack and the team go out of their way in so many ways it it hard to keep track. Noticing makes our day. Please hurry back! With gratitude and aloha!
Peace and Tranquility
We loved our stay at Kapehu Falls. The house is gorgeous and well appointed. The owner and manager were responsive and really worked to make our stay the best ever. The property is amazing. BUT, the best part of our stay was the location! The peace and tranquility of the location is unsurpassed. Having breakfast on the lanai while watching the sun rise every morning was beautiful. The property is close enough to all the sights on the wet side of the island, but far enough away from the hustle/bustle to provide a perfect vacation setting.
Thank you – (**blush**) – for recognizing our work – and for the perfect encapsulation of the essence of the experience. 15-20 minutes from Hilo's commerce and culture is an authentic Hawaiian paradise.
The architect-designer who created the 20-acre estate is a brilliant visionary who incorporated the surrounding culture and natural beauty – specifically for guests from around the world to enjoy.
Words cannot describe the beauty and peacefulness here.
Hands down the single most amazing place I have ever rented. The house and grounds are stunning. Very comfortable and easy. The sunrises are what dreams are made of. Far enough out of Hilo to make you feel remote, but close enough to town that trips to the Safeway are easy and quick. Small convenience store is a mile away and Mr. Ed’s near Akaka Falls is a must see for the best pastries on the island. Security fenced with two gates (1 electric and 1 manual) makes you feel safe and secure. The house is very well decorated and the kitchen has everything you need to cook three meals a day. The 2nd master suite is perfect for anyone in your group that needs some extra privacy. The waterfall and swimming hole is like your own private paradise. No tourists or distractions, just you, the crystal clear water and the soothing sound of the falls. Both the Owner and the Property Manager were friendly, courteous, responsive and communicated very well through the booking and stay. I can honestly say... the pictures do not do this place justice. It will exceed your expectations in every single way.
This home suited us perfectly.
A beautiful home set in seclusion, but only twenty minutes from the centre of Hilo. Every possible convenience and sufficient room for three seperate related families to have their own space.
Perfect location: There are hundreds of beautiful waterfalls on the Big Island, and all of them are located near the Kapehu Retreat House -- there are no waterfalls or scenic river valleys anywhere else except the NE district. 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 9 miles or 20 minutes from Hilo, a short drive to Volcanoes National Park (currently closed, but it will re-open as soon as it's safe). A few minutes away are several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing, several gorgeous botanical gardens, and 2 zip lines. 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 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.