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The drive over from Honolulu area is not bad. It is about 45 minutes but some of the views are unbelievable. You pass at least 10-15 beach spots that you could stop and hang out. We stopped for some groceries prior to arriving and bought other things that we didn't need (coffee filters, laundry detergent, etc.). It has everything that you will need while you are here. If you forget something, there is a small store about 150 yards south of the condo that has most of the essentials. Even has some excellent Mochi (you will see when you get here).
When I first pulled up to this set of condominiums, I was slightly concerned based off outer appearance (I have had bad experiences in the past). But Chris and Al (Owners) met us in the parking lot and actually helped us to our condo, to include carrying luggage. That was an excellent personal touch. As I made my way to my condo, I noticed again that the exterior needed some up keep (mostly paint and a little elbow grease). I notice the slight smell from the septic being pumped earlier but it quickly faded. I did see that on the 2nd day some guys were actually outside painting, thus trying to make the outside better. Once I stepped into the condo however, all my concerns were gone.
They did a good job of renovating the unit. The furniture is comfortable and clean. The beds are both fantastic to sleep in. There is plenty of cooking utensils, a microwave, and a coffee pot. There 2 TV's that both have the full line-up of cable (but we didn't come to Hawaii to watch TV). There is NO A/C in this unit, BUT you will not need it. The fans and leaving the louver windows open kept the unit plenty cool. We slept on the hide-a-bed in the living room with the slide glass door open and were very cool at night. The lania is comfortable and could easily sit 4-5 adults with out tripping over each other.
The views that you see in the pictures is truly to what you will see. The back of the condo is about 50 yards from the water. We went to the beach one day and were the only ones on the beach. I was shocked. Sunrises are amazing! Never got in the pool but it looks inviting.
Overall, this place is exactly what you are being offered on VRBO. We actually preferred being on this side of the island (there is a distinct difference). This truly allowed for my wife and I to relax without the hustle and bustle. Chris and Al were excellent host and we could not thank you enough.
Jason and Liz