My husband, 25-yr old daughter and I stayed for 5 days and loved it there. I just re-read the description of the cottage and it is completely accurate. Everything I was going to say is already there. So colorful, comfortable, carefully maintained! Every little detail from the lovely (old?) photos of hula dancers in the bedroom to the interesting turquoise pottery dishes and glassware in the kitchen feels chosen with care. I feared it might be funky and was both relieved and delighted to find it spotless and lovely. As for Waimanalu itself: again, great description: "Old Hawaii". Rural, small and a community of permanent residents -- not just tourists. The beach is your tropical fantasy PLUS really safe and easy. We are water wimps and felt at ease there. We ate well at Sweet Home, Hawaii Time Cafe, Sergs and Keneke's. I can't imagine staying anywhere else on Oahu!