The Kapehu Retreat House is named after the Kapehu Stream that flows next to 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, so 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 less than 2 hours away, and the drive is lovely.
Actually, though, the Kapehu Retreat House itself is such a beautiful place to kick back and relax, some of our visitors tell us that once they arrived they decided to skip the sight-seeing and stay "home."
You can re-connect with Mother Nature in this lush garden setting. Meditate beside our private waterfall. Enjoy the beauty of the puas (flowers). Wade in the creek. Pet our friendly little pet goats.
This exotic sanctuary is easy to get to: 15 minutes from downtown Hilo, 20 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, grapefruit, oranges, rambutan, avocados, pineapples . . .
From our driveway you can see 13,796-ft Mauna Kea topped by snow and telescopes.
To see the interior of the home, click on this picture of the front door, or click on the "rooms" tab at the top of this page.