The Kapehu Retreat House is named after the Kapehu Stream that flows beside the house. [By the way, Kapehu is pronounced "kah PEHhoo."]
You can hear the flowing waters from each bedroom, where the gentle sounds will sing you to sleep.
In fact, every spot on the property is immersed in soothing sounds of flowing waters, breezes through the trees, and tropical birds.
The Kapehu Retreat House is a serene and soothing setting for personal spiritual journeys and small group spiritual retreats. From the moment you arrive, you can feel the mana (see "mana" on the Hawaiian words page).
For your family vacations, the location is a perfect base from which to explore the entire island. All the spectacular waterfalls and scenic canyons of the Big Island are along the Hamakua Coast, the area where the Kapehu house is located, and there are numerous waterfalls right nearby. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a short drive to the south. Within 15 minutes of the Kapehu property you'll find 2 zip line tours, 3 botanical gardens and 8 swimming beaches, one of which is popular among surfers. (See "area attractions.") Even Kona on the opposite side of the island is only 2 scenic hours away.
The Kapehu Retreat House itself is such a beautiful place to spend time, some of our visitors have told us that once they arrived they decided to skip the sight-seeing and stay "home" exploring our property, swimming in the natural pool below our private waterfall, soaking in the hot tub, picking fruit, watching the clouds over the ocean, and star-gazing at night.
You can re-connect with Mother Nature in this lush garden setting. Enjoy the beauty of the puas (flowers). This exotic sanctuary is easy to get to: 15 minutes from the bayfront shops of downtown Hilo, 25 minutes from the airport.
Leave the city behind with each breath of pure sweet air (freer from vog than anywhere else on the island). Let yourself be soothed by those "gentle trade winds" that lyricists have sung about for centuries.
north side of house
Can you see all the stars in the sky where you live? If not, you will be amazed at what you can see in the night sky at Kapehu, where there are no city lights to interfere.
Help yourself to fresh fruit growing on the property: papayas, bananas, lilikoi, lemons, limes, starfruit, oranges, sapote, avocados, pineapples . . .
From our access road you can see 13,796-ft Mauna Kea topped by snow and telescopes.
******************************************************************** KILAUEA ERUPTION and AIR QUALITY: The Kapehu Retreat House is in a perfectly safe location on the northeast coast of the island, considerably north of the active Kilauea volcano which is in the southern part of the island. Though the dramatic eruption that began May 3rd has come to a stop as of August 9th, Kilauea is always emitting fumes. With the trade winds continuously blowing fresh ocean air in from the northeast, the Kapehu Retreat House is bathed in pure air, and the vog is blown farther away to the southwest. The air on the northeast coast of Hawaii may be the purest, freshest air in the world. For daily vog updates, see the vog map published by UH: http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/hysplit/.