We had an awesome stay in your home earlier this winter! Sitting on the lanai every morning at sunrise drinking tea was a beautiful and serene way to begin each day. The ocean view allowed us to see the Mokes. The property itself was very clean, well-maintained and comfortable.
The recently re-modeled kitchen was well-stocked with every implement needed to prepare a gourmet meal. We could easily walk to a nearby supermarket so we could prepare our own tasty and delicious meals at home. There were, however, many good restaurants in Kailua and in nearby Kaneohe for anyone who likes to dine out while away from home. This was our fifth visit to Kailua so we have discovered many of these on previous visits.
Forget the high-rise hotels and crowded beaches in Waikiki. Kailua, a mere 20 minute ride from the airport in Honolulu, offers gorgeous white sand beaches that stretch for miles, which are relatively uncrowded. We also found great beaches at Lanikai and Waimanalo just minutes away. Because Kailua has been "discovered" with the Obama family vacationing here for the past several years, it's probably best to hit the beaches during the week, rather than weekends. But this discovery has also added many new shops and boutiques to the downtown area, which we also enjoyed.
Though we loved our time on the beach, we also loved a pool workout in the front yard most days. It was especially nice since we didn't smell like stinky chlorine afterwards. Another way we spent our time was hiking in the nearby rain forests, which Dean and Jaynine will gladly tell you all about.
A visit to Oahu would not be meaningful without visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
It was an easy drive from Kailua to this national memorial and I guarantee you will be moved. We also loved the Bishop Museum in Honolulu for providing an insight into Hawaiian culture and history.
This home has a distinct "island" feel and will make you feel like you have truly had a vacation in paradise! I definitely plan to return to this property and highly recommend it.