The location is fabulous. Next to great dinner choices and a beautiful walk or quick drive to the beach. The kitchen is a kitchenette, there is no stove or oven and we like to have that when we stay. The cottage was very clean, and the bed cozy. The best thing about it is the location!!!
This property was actually our "second choice" after the first property we booked was inaccessible due to spring flooding on the north shore - it actually turned out to be a serendipitous blessing because we just loved the town of Kapaa, the central location for exploring the island and Tom & Linda's lovely home. They truly thought of everything to make our stay comfortable - from everything you needed for the beach to a well-equipped kitchen for meals to high-speed WiFi for all of our devices (three teenagers... need I say more?). The home is located just a few steps away from a beachfront walking/biking path in the rear and lots of shopping/food options in Kapaa just steps away from the front door (check out Wailua shaved ice!). We felt absolutely safe letting our kids explore the area by themselves and found everyone we met to be friendly.
The island of Kauai was our favorite and we explored as much as we could - this home was centrally located near the one main road on the island so you could be to just about anywhere in an hour or so. Waimea Canyon is a must see (drive to the very end of the road for the best views!) - if you can go by boat or helicopter, it is pricey but so worth it! We chose NaPali Experience (boat tour of Napali coastline) and Island Helicopters and couldn't choose a favorite experience of the two - both were awesome! Hiking is free and our favorite trails were Sleeping Giant (Nounou East), the Pools of Mokolea and Makaleha Falls (this one is hard but really fun). Be prepared for lots of mud when you hike in Kauai and good footwear is a must.
Not sure when we might make it back to Kauai but, when the day comes, Tom & Linda's property will now certainly be our first choice!