A Delicious Time
My grown daughter and I spent a full week here and the cottage and the hospitality exceeded our expectations in every way. We arrived after a very long day of travel due to airport delays, woozy and exhausted, and Tom was there to welcome us and checked in with us a number of times through the day. Walking into his garden to the cottage exemplified why Hawaii is so often called Paradise. His plantings are lush and beautiful and punctuated creatively with water gardens and statuary. Within the cottage he shares an exceptional collection of Balinese art and personal woodwork. This was the most comfortable of the three places we stayed in our three week visit to the Islands. I got the bed, my daughter claimed the sofa, and we both thought we were the luckiest. The kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed cooking most of our meals there. It was the greatest place to just relax and enjoy the sound of the surf and bird calls, and although we had a lot of things we wanted to do, as I formerly lived on the North Shore, we agreed we'd have been satisfied just to stay there and grow roots. We saw whales and turtles, right on the beach, and at Ka'ena point nearby. Tom shared fish with us, and sat and talked when we invited him in, but never intruded. He has a wealth of life experience to share. We were impressed with the sense of privacy created by the plantings in spite of neighbors on both sides, and were barely aware of them. The beach has a lot of coral and this impedes free swimming, but snorkeling was excellent, and the equipment provided was in good shape.
This spot is a great location for visiting old town Haleiwa a mile or two away, and my old North Shore haunts, including Waimea Bay and Waimea Falls, and the entire North Shore - although weekend traffic around Sunset Beach is very heavy and slow - but also has easy highway access to Honolulu and all of its attractions. I would recommend this spot to anyone who wants a serene and comfortable spot, spectacular cottage and yard, and who doesn't mind driving to Town to visit the attractions there.
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