Everything we wanted and more!
Let me start by saying that this property exceeded my expectations in every way. The home is located approximately 30 minutes from the airport and is extremely easy to find. The location was great, with easy access to any spot on the island. We took several trips to the North Shore and Honolulu and did not feel that the time spent driving was excessive. I would highly recommend that you rent a car. The closest grocery store is about ten minutes away in Laie. This was not a problem as we would swing by a store while we were on our way back from wherever we had been that day. The beach was great for walking on in the mornings, with nice soft sand for your feet. The ocean was clear and warm. While not to the level of Sharks Cove or Hanuama Bay, the snorkeling directly in front of the house was great. Our nine year old, who is not a strong smimmer, was able to snorkel right in front of the house with no problems. There is a reef 100-200 yards offshore which keeps the waves down and makes for easy swimming. The home was clean and comfortable. Grilling while standing feet from the ocean was unforgettable. While the actual beach is public, there are not a lot of people who walk in front of the house, making it feel almost private. The off-street parking was a plus, but watch out, you could drive straight into the ocean if you aren't careful! The two bathrooms were nice, one has a shower and the other has a tub/shower. Having a washer and dryer on site was a big bonus, espcially since we did not bring much luggage with us. The owner was great to communicate with and resolved a problem we had with one of the doors extrememly quickly and with no disruption to us. The only item that I would point out to people is the road noise. The home is located directly adjacent to the main road around the island. It is what it is and I would not discourage anyone from this home because of it, but you should be aware. It did not bother us at all, the ocean tended to distract us from it!
Recommended Activities: Sharks Cove, Hanauma Bay, Polynesian Cultural Center, Hukilau Cafe, Papa Ole's, USS Arizona, Swap Meet, Waimea Falls, Farmers Market, the Punchbowl, Annie's Sweetbread, Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie from Teds Bakery, the shrimp truck at Ching's Market, Aoki's Shave Ice on the North Shore.
I would highly recommend this property. The pictures are accurate, the owner is great, the location is unbeatable. My only regret is that we could not stay longer!
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Helpful votes: 4/4
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