Kipuka Kipuka: your own Polynesian village

9 Bedrooms • 6 Bathrooms • Sleeps 12-24
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Located just ten minute's walk from the beautiful Champagne Ponds of Kapoho where you can swim in geo-heated tide pools with sea turtles and tropical fish, Kipuka is a private, tropical escape. In its off-grid, bamboo Polynesian guest houses, it can comfortably sleep 24 guests. Kipuka takes its electricity from the sun, water from the rain. But in it's use it feels little different than your own home in terms of convenience. Every room has a Stearns and Foster bed, loft rooms have dormer windows that capture the tradewinds. There is a communal, outdoor kitchen where you can cook in the soft, tropical breeze under a thatched roof. Luxurious bathrooms and beautifully matched furnishings abound. Covered lanais wraps embrace each guest house, and there are hammocks around every turn. There is no air conditioning but you wont miss it --  there are ample windows and large ceiling fans. The property is fenced and gated for your privacy. There is a beautiful, saline pool available for your use if you don't feel like visiting the nearby hot ponds. The property is located near the far eastern tip of the big island of Hawaii. It is quiet and rural out here and convenient for snorkeling, hiking, and visiting the volcano and lava flows.

Places like Kipuka don't just happen all by themselves. In this case, it took two obsessive people – Pauleen Sullivan, and Mark Frost. And though these two never met, in a sense they built Kipuka together. Pauleen Sullivan, or 'The Palm Queen' as she was known, bought the property in 1992 to build the palm garden of her dreams. She was famous for being able to propagate the most difficult palms. She had a vision to create a specimen garden dedicated to the palm. Over three years she had more than 2,000 truck loads of black volcanic cinder brought in. Her son Teri shaped the cinder into islands around the property, into which she planted the trees. Pauleen passed away in 2012. Fast forward to 2013 when the second obsessive arrived. Mark Frost and his wife Larissa had been living in the UK for nearly 20 years. But Larissa's mother had Alzheimers and wanted them to be closer and somehow Hawaii was selected. Their plan? To develop some sustainable hospitality on the property. Sadly, as is often the case, the best plans of mice and men, etc. In February of 2014 Larissa was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She died the following July. In the meantime, Elena's Alzheimers acceleratred its downward pace so Mark moved her to a care facility on Oahu. Luna passed away in 2015, leaving just Mark and Cosmo to see things through. Kipuka opened its doors to guests on Thanksgiving, 2015. Mark's efforts are split between looking after Cosmo, restoring the garden, and running the business. It was never meant to be a business/property managed by just one person, but that is how it turned out. Mark and Cosmo have hosted guests from all over the world. They have appeared in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronical, and a host of travel publications and blogs. While much of this story is sad, it was the desire to turn that sadness into something beautiful which has driven the development of Kipuka from the very start.

This rental includes all four guest houses as well as exclusive use of the entire property including our halau, or events building for special occassions.
Property Type Resort
Floor Area 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy 24
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
  • Water
  • Mountain
  • Forest
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Farm Holidays
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking Space
  • Living Room
  • Wifi
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
Bathrooms 6 Bathrooms
  • Master bath – Shower, Toilet
  • Master bath – Shower, Toilet
  • Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
  • Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
  • Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
  • Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
There are six bathrooms. Each has a walk-in shower, toilet, vase sink and vanity. All towels and toiletries including soaps, shampoo and conditioner are provided.
Bedrooms 9 Bedrooms, sleeps 12 - 24
  • Master – 1 King bed
  • Master – 1 King bed
  • Downstairs bedroom – 1 King bed
  • Downstairs bedroom – 1 King bed
  • Loft Bedroom – 1 King bed
  • Loft Bedroom – 1 King bed
  • Smaller loft bedroom – 1 Queen bed
  • Smaller loft bedroom – 1 Queen bed
  • Living room 1 – 1 Sleeper sofa/Futon
  • Living room 2 – 1 Sleeper sofa/Futon
  • Living room 3 – 1 Sleeper sofa/Futon
  • Living room 4 – 1 Sleeper sofa/Futon
Four king bedrooms, two king lofts, two queen lofts, and four full sized sofa beds.
  • Games
  • Books
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck/Patio (uncovered)
  • Lanai/Gazebo (covered)
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Communal Pool
Season Night Rate
4/1 - 6/1
6/2 - 9/10
9/11 - 11/19
11/20 - 3/31