We thoroughly enjoyed our week long stay at Pohaku Mo’o and were happy to escape the urban setting of Honolulu. I encourage anyone visiting Oahu to take a trip back in time to the ‘real’ Hawaii on the north shore – parking beside a two lane highway to get to a hidden beach, giant sea turtles galore (200 lbs!), huge breaking surf…we spent many hours just watching the local talent riding waves that no human should ride – very entertaining. Great food from local vendors – shrimp, coconuts, banana cream pie – not a chain or franchise to be seen. It does get busy on the weekends and when the surf is good, but that just adds to the fun.
As for Fe and Rob’s place, it was perfect and added to the authentic experience. We stayed with my family of four, my parents and my sister – 7 in total. The set up was excellent – two buildings meant the kids could sleep late while the adults could enjoy the sunrise on the lanai watching surfers. The main house was plenty big for family meals and socializing, while the kids had the option to disappear when they needed to. They enjoyed the high speed internet, of course. The main room has a full glass wall which offers a fantastic view of the surf – we had to pull ourselves away each day to leave the property to see the rest of the island. The kitchen was well stocked with all the bells and whistles we needed to prepare meals. We had everything we needed – towels, beach chairs – it was a turnkey vacation. This was a great jumping off point for trips to the various beaches and other attractions like the Polynesian Cultural Centre – there’s plenty to do on the north shore if you know where to look. We learned to surf and snorkeled in Haleiwa. We really wish we had more time – to do more things, and to do less things – just sit around and soak it all in. Watching the sun set from the hot tub was great, too.