...how wonderful this property is. We're not easily impressed. We've stayed at all the major Hawaii resorts - Four Seasons, Fairmont, Princeville, etc. We've traveled the world and enjoyed rental properties from Whistler to Tuscany. We've never had a vacation like this.
You can tell a lot about a property's owners by the arrival experience. After a 4 hour delay on an inbound aircraft, I'd figured Joe and Beth might not be around at the time we'd proposed. Upon arrival in LIH they'd sent the first text message to me and letting me know that they'd be waiting for us even though we were running late. Not only were they at the house when we arrived, Joe helped me bring in all the luggage (2 cars, 10 people) and Beth was showing my wife around the property - they stayed for almost an hour answering all our questions and making sure we were comfortable. They went out of their way to make sure our arrival was not only smooth, but 100% worry-free.
During the stay, Joe and Beth were never more than a text away, helping me figure out little details about the house, or recommending a local hike or lunch spot. We really didn't need much support, and frankly we didn't really end up leaving the house much. When you've got such a beautiful location with what's basically your own private beach and acres of resort-quality grounds, why leave? Sure, we did a few hikes, but we spent countless hours playing soccer in the huge manicured yard, or lounging in the hammock, or snorkeling in front of the house. Every night we enjoyed (yes, enjoyed!) cooking in the ridiculously nice kitchen or on the massive grill, while the kids chased each other and then we sat down for a 10-person dinner at the beautiful table. The house was perfect for kids (we had 5 of them ages 2-10) and i don't think I ever heard one say that they were bored. Probably the best testament of all - I'm not sure the TV was on for more than a few hours over the entire week - including the Super Bowl...
To close, it's been a month or two since our trip, and I still find myself thinking back to those days on the massive porch, enjoying the sunset, watching the kids enjoy the hot tub while I tend the grill, and I can honestly say with out a single doubt, this was the best vacation we've had in our entire lives. We'll be back for sure. You'd be hard pressed to find a better property in all the islands, and I challenge you not to have the time of your lives here. Thank you Joe & Beth!