Serenity lives here.
If you want to stay in a beautifully maintained home on Sunset Beach, stay here. The house has a full veranda, high ceilings, an abundance of natural light, space to comfortably fit seven adults - maybe eight - and two babies, and is near to some great beaches and other amenities. I traveled with my husband, mom, and 13 month old. We met my sister and her family in Hawaii. We had a full house, but never felt crowded. The house comes with some great books (O'ahu Revealed is a must read before coming to the islands, but if you don't have it, it's at the house) to help you plan your stay. Read the full house list for the tons of perks. But for us, the kitchen was so nice. It was fully functional with decent cookware(triply), bowls (s/s and a ceramic set by Crate and Barrel), and knives (Chicago Cutlery that need to be honed - I don't think they've been sharpened for a while) that make cooking a meal possible - this is not what I can say for the another house we rented before staying here.
While the North Shore is known for its waves, watch the tide calendar to help find when the beaches here will be best for little ones. We snorkeled at Kaena Beach and Sharks Cove during low tide, boogie boarded in between tides, and watched the surfers at high tide. My son loved playing in the sand and chasing the waves at Sunset Beach. The house is actually located near an access that is between the big surf areas of this reknown beach. This little area has a small protected cove that is swimable during low tide (and barring any storms). My son also loved floating in the water at Sharks Cove, playing in the sand and getting in the water at Kaena Beach, and playing in the sand and near the river inlet at Waimea Bay.
In terms of amenities nearby, Haleiwa Town is a definite must-see. If you've never been, shave ice and a stop at the local art galleries is a must. But for us, what made this location very convenient was the Foodland on Kam Highway. We are trying to feed my son an organic diet. We had actually stopped by Whole Foods in Honolulu before heading up to the house. But the Foodland just five minutes down the road (across from Sharks Cove) is nicely stocked with organic milk, organic eggs, and organic baby yogurt! The cold food counter was also nicely stocked with sandwiches featuring BoarsHead meats. Ted's Bakery was also fantastic. I'm a big fan of dobash cake, and their's was very memorable.
This is a FANTASTIC house! We loved it!
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