This was our second time back to Hale Moana Mele, and I can assure you, this place just gets better each time.
It’s hard to put into words how stunningly beautiful the surrounding areas are. The glistening clear water outside your doorstep meeting the emerald landscape of the mountains of the Hau’ula Loop Trail in the background is an awe-inspiring view. This place has an ethereal quality that is hard to define, but unforgettable.
The house itself is wonderful. Our family of 5 had more than enough space to spread out and feel at home. It’s hard not to love the home, as the views are incredible from practically every room. To look out of your bedroom window and see endless ocean is an unbelievable sight. The kitchen is well stocked with pans, dishes, knives, etc. Our “foodie” family had no problem making any meal that popped up in our heads with the supplies provided in the kitchen. We often drove down the street to some of the nearby fruit stands and bought some of the juiciest golden pineapple I have ever tried. With all the beautiful local produce so easily accessible, it’s hard not to be inspired by these ingredients to make a wonderful meal. (However, there were times that we wanted to go out and grab some local dishes…Papa Ole’s was great. Order the Kalbi Ribs). We ate nearly every meal outside under the patio and we enjoyed every minute of it.
The backyard is a perfect family setting. The lawn is perfect for laying out or for a quick soccer or volleyball game. But the crown jewel of the backyard is obviously the beach. This beach is idyllic. You practically have the entire thing to yourself. The water was always warm, always clear, and always welcoming. The gentle waves were perfect for swimming, floating around in our bright pink inflatable donuts, or even kayaking (we rented kayaks from nearby store). Needless to say, we spent most of our time in the water. We even saw some sea turtles while floating around! Also, if you take a three minute walk down the beach, there is a little cove that is perfect for snorkeling. We saw brightly colored fish, coral and beautiful shells. There was really no need to leave the house.
Overall, there’s nothing I could really say that would explain the unbelievable beauty that surrounds the home. The stunningly green mountains and brilliantly blue ocean of various hues comprise an idyllic wonderland perfect for a tropical family getaway. We're already planning our third trip.