|Minimum Stay||5 - 14 nights|
Welcome to the world of John Walker. A Scotsman who made his way to Hawaii as a young man in the 1870's to become a contractor of choice to Queen Liliuokalani, and erect such notable buildings as the Bishop Museum and Honolulu Hale (City Hall).
Mr. Walker's inviting presence is felt in the structure of this, his favorite hideaway on Lanikai Beach. Built in 1934, this enchanting environment transports you back to an era of graceful living, where the worries of the world are lost in the luxury of sea, sand and restful surroundings. Following recent renovations, the house contains just the right combination of added comforts in its updated kitchen, guest quarters and “boat house”, with elements of charm carefully preserved from a richly felt past.
One of the first homes to take advantage of Lanikai’s heavenly reef-protected waters and natural stretch of white sand beach, John Walker’s Beach House set the standard by which the surrounding community grew…a standard which has been nurtured by his family through the years for you to enjoy. Although only with us in spirit, John Walker’s love of Lanikai is preserved by one of his most revered places in the world.
The main house features 3 bedrooms, kitchen and large "great room" with spacious accommodations for large gatherings. Steps away is the white soft sands of Lanikai Beach with access to the water provided from the front lawn. With a separate entry, the 'guest cottage' located off the entry courtyard features a queen-bedded room and a small parlor with kitchenette (sleeps up to 4). Another private entry "boathouse" sits above the garage - complete with its own living room, kitchen, bathroom and lanai (sleeps 2-4). This is the classic Lanikai Beach House - for those looking for a casual, relaxing getaway on the shores of one of the worlds' best beaches!
Note: from January 22 - Feb 28, 2015, the "boathouse" will be occupied and unavailable to rental guests (separate unit).
This property is a professionally-managed, licensed short-term vacation rental, Non-Conforming Use Permit Number 90/TVU-0042 and is compliant with Hawaii State Legislation (HB2078) for vacation rental accommodations, Lic#W-87402697-01.
Good morning Rick:
we had a great time at the Walker house. It was everything you said it would be and more.
The weather was beautiful and we were in the water every day almost all day.
We are looking forward to our next visit.
My Sister's family and My parents were cumming out to visit the islands with my wife and kids. Th Johny Walker house provided the perfect location to relax, enjoy and create lasting memories. The 10 of use enjoyed waking up to the sunrise over Lanikai Beach. The house had everything that was needed: well stocked kitchen and a nice selection of beach essentials (boards chairs and small coolers). The location is perfect for enjoying the island lifestyle. The ability to sit and watch the kids play at the beach and in the ocean is perfect. Would stay again in a heartbeat!
A group of four gathered at this home in paradise and had a completely wonderful vacation. It is all as is described online... you just can't smell the air or feel the breeze until you visit. It is a beautiful old home filled with every convenience. Mahalo... we all hoe to return!
My family and I just returned from a perfect week in Hawaii, spent primarily on the Windward side of Oahu on Lanikai Beach. The John Walker house was absolutely the right choice for our stay. It needs to be said that my husband and I had lived in nearby Kailua and that our family had visited Hawaii and "done" the traditional tourist sites on other visits. All we really wanted was the chance to enjoy what is truly one of the prettiest areas on the island. The house exudes old-Hawaiian charm and sits near the end of Lanikai, so there was plenty of privacy in what is becoming a more crowded area. Property manager Rick and his wife were very welcoming (we loved the fruit and Kona coffee that greeted us!), and the house had every personal touch you could imagine - kitchen and bath supplies, games, books, nearby restaurant menus, etc. We were thrilled that it was even more than advertised.
Lanikai is a neighborhood in Kailua, but the area is very walkable. That said, to see any other areas of Oahu you really would need to hop in the car, but all of Ohau's big attractions (Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Waikiki) are doable. And then you get to come back to the panoramic views of the Mokalua Islands from your living room and the sound of the waves washing up on the beach. We even had a sea turtle colony constantly entertaining us with their appearances.
Lanikai Beach has very gentle waves and is a good fit for young children. Kailua Beach is just around the corner and attracts kayakers and surfers. Outrigger canoes and snorkling are popular as well. Kailua town has a number of great little stores and restaurants, so there are choices for every age group. We imagined that the Walker House would be perfect for a potential family reunion in the future.
The only concern I would have in recommending this house is that it is scheduled for remodeling this fall. We loved the old-Hawaiian vibe of the place and would want to make sure that it has been maintained before we ventured there again. Otherwise, this trip will remain one of our family's happiest memories and the John Walker house a major part of it.
We were a family of three adult couples, two teenagers and a child, ranging in age from 9 to 77. In the big main room there was plenty of space for group activities and quiet reading or web-surfing all at the same time. It's well stocked with games, books and CDs of Hawaiian music. Plenty of plates, cups, glassware, placemats and cloth napkins, kitchen pots and utensils, etc. Rick, the property manager, told us that the kitchen, which already has modern appliances, will be completely updated soon. Quaintly old-fashioned and rather charming, it was awkward for more than two people to work in at once. There was an ample supply of bath towels, beach towels and beach mats. Air conditioners were to be installed in the bedrooms just after we left. That will make it possible to close windows if the neighbors' air conditioner is too noisy. You can't beat the view! The newly turfed terrace on the ocean front was a wonderful place to stand and watch the ocean or sit and read. (There's about a 4-foot drop off -- small children should play elsewhere.) The narrow beach, reached by stone steps, broadens out almost immediately and is perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking right in front of the house. We saw turtles every day. For good boogie-boarding, drive five minutes to Kailua Beach or, a little farther up, Kalama Beach. Road access to and from Lanikai beach properties is one long loop that can get congested; this house is near the beginning of the loop, so it's relatively easy to drive to other parts of the island from here.
No part of this house is handicapped-accessible, but it was perfect for our family. We'd love to return sometime.
As a former 'Island Girl', I wanted to take my husband "home" for this momentous occasion! On our arrival we found 'The John Walker House' had exactly the lovely old Hawaiian feeling of "Aloha" that I yearned for, and this gracious and welcoming historic home made our week absolutely happy & perfect! Our first sight of the expansive water front view from the comfy yet spacious living room, nearly took my breath away ... reminding me of my childhood days playing 'smack dab' on this same glorious turquoise blue Lanikai Beach ... With the Mokulua Islands off shore ... And with the nostalgic Hawaiiana feeling sweeping over me!
The friendly manager Rick and his wife Nini could not have been nicer or more helpful - from the moment they met us, showed us around the charming main house (decorated with fresh orchid plants and gorgeous Hawaiian paintings by a renowned Lanikai artist, whose name I recognized from the recent past!) and presented us with baskets of Hawaiian fruit & lots of local goodies ... we knew we never wanted to leave this spot of 'Heaven on Earth' !! Long time friends from my High School and Pan Am days dropped in to bring lei and warm wishes all week!
When time came to leave, Rick and Mimi bade us "Aloha Oe ... Until we meet again"...
Wistfully we were wishing all of our family of twelve had been with us (knowing the 'expanded house' surely would have perfectly, absolutely, comfortably and privately suited us all!) So how about allowing all of us to return for my 'eightieth! fairly soon!!
Now we say to 'The John Walker House' .... "Mahalo Nui Loa - Thankyou so much, A Hui Hou - Until we arrive again!"
Incredible property - from the living room window you almost feel like you are on the water! Generously appointed with everything we needed and more. Kitchen fully equipped, including pantry staples like oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, tea, etc. The kitchen and dining space easily accommodated our large crowd (my husband, myself and four kids aged 5-12; my brother, sister-in-law and 1-yr-old nephew; plus my mom), and even when friends visited we never felt crowded. The guest cottage was great too - a room for my mom plus a kitchenette, sitting area and small room with a bunk bed that two of my kids slept in. Plenty of clean towels, several boogie boards, sand toys, even detergent for dishwasher and washing machine! Everything clean and very thoughtfully considered. Rick takes amazing care of this house, communication is excellent and he is very helpful.
Lanikai beach is a special place - beautiful and safe for kids, and so nice to be at a quiet end of the beach. We swam right next to sea turtles! Lanikai is more crowded than it used to be - "discovered" since Obama vacations in Kailua - but since there's no parking lot in Lanikai, there's a limit to the number of visitors that can squeeze into the very limited street parking. Which makes it the perfect place to rent a house right on the beach, with a driveway that will easily fit 2-3 cars!
I love Kailua town - a real town with real people, unlike the touristy areas of Hawaii. Lots of food options, a great farmers market on Thursday nights, and Kailua beach is another fantastic, family-friendly beach option. And Honolulu is just a short drive over the pali.
We would love to return to John Walker's beach house. Already missing the sound of the water - such a wonderful way to go to sleep. And to wake up each morning and watch the sunrise out the wall of windows in the living room - truly incredible! It was a week we will always remember and cherish.
Thanks Rick, for making sure our stay was perfect in every way. We will definitely recommend this outstanding house to friends and family.
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