The Perfect Oahu Getaway!
Submitted: May 9, 2013
Stayed: November 2012
When my husband and I were planning out trip to Oahu, we knew we wanted to spend most of our vacation away from the Honolulu/Waikiki area to experience more of the ‘real’ Hawaii for our first visit. After spending hours researching locations on VRBO we decided on Hale Ola Ohana in Waimanalo. Once we arrived there we realized that we had found the perfect place to stay for relaxing and getting to know ‘real’ Hawaii. Rick and Tamy were the perfect hosts. We pulled into their gated home and were welcomed warmly by their dogs, Koa and George. Our room (Pineapple) was fantastic! It had everything we needed – king bed, hair dryer, refrigerator, dishes, coffee pot, washing machine/dryer, and TV if you so desire. There was also a patio table on your own porch were you can enjoy the sunrise while overlooking the beautiful grounds of their home.
They have an amazing array of beach amenities: beach towels, beach lounging gear, and nearly any non-motorized water sport supplies needed (snorkeling, boogie boarding, paddle-boarding, kayaking, and surfing). These are super-easy to use when "your beach" is less than a block away from your private lanai! When we went in November, it was a little rough for snorkeling as expected for winter, but the boogie boarding was awesome! There were never more than 10-20 people within eyesight, more often than not completely private! We also took advantage of spending time on their catamaran, which was followed by a beach cook-out. We actually felt like friends rather than guests, and it really added that “something special” to our trip. Rick and Tamy are happy to accommodate you in any way – whether that means respecting your privacy or sharing their little bit of aloha with you.
Apart from the amazing beach, don’t forget to check out our favorite eateries. Sweet Home Waimanalo is absolutely amazing, and we were upset that we waited until our last meal there to try it. It is easily within walking distance of the house (3-4 blocks). They have local artists’ work on display and for sale, but the food is the reason to go. Also try Keneke’s for the perfect local plate lunch.
Hale Ola Ohana is away from the hustle-bustle of Waikiki/Honolulu, but still has easy access to the whole island. We spent some time in Waikiki at the end of our trip, and the hotel/beach there had nothing on Hale Ola Ohana! We are already trying to figure out when we can go back, and definitely know where we will be staying - and will be bringing our new kiddo!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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