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Hale Moana : Boutique Retreat : Short Stroll to Kailua Beach

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Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Spacious Studio, 1 bath, Sleeps 2. Close to beach.

Hale Moana is a Non-Smoking studio nestled beneath two lovely shade trees with a 'treehouse' view. Our studio is cooled by refreshing island tradewinds and by the shade from our Monkeypod and Tamarind Trees.

Hale Moana has interior teak and bamboo furnishings which rest on a cool, quartzite slate tile floor. Private parking & entry to a 750+ square foot studio and lanai. The interior also has a vaulted ceiling with skylights and plenty of light throughout. Gas two-burner cooking inside and a gas BBQ grill outside. 39' TV. Wifi - password provided.

Once settled in at Hale Moana, you will be a few delightfully sandy paces to beautiful Kailua Bay and Kalama Beach with views of Flat island, the Mokulua islands (Moku Nui and Moku Iki), outer islands (sometimes Molokai and Maui are visible in the distance) and wonderful sunrises too on our East facing, windward side of the island. Listen to the birds, ocean and breezes...

Many happy visits and repeats. Aloha for now!

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Feb. 2016: A new law is in effect as of January 2016 which gives the city more manpower to stop vacation rentals operating without permits. There have been no permits issued since 1989. I am the owner/operator of a short and long term rental (mostly short term) - of an attached unit - at my home. I have run this small business for about 13 years with a desire that the city open up the permitting process to me and those like me. This new law is a serious push to shut down vacation rentals on Oahu; it remains to be seen how things shake out over the coming months with the City's enforcement, property visits, cease and desist letters and groups and individuals reporting to the City on rentals.

Update, late March 2016: Those opposed to the actions of the C&C of Honolulu regarding short term rentals have hired a law firm which is requesting the C&C stop their aggressive actions against short term rentals on Oahu.

Hawaii Vacation Rentals and B & B's... what's YOUR take? :


*****************************************Guest comments: 'We had a wonderful time here! Thanks for all the extras, especially the boogie boards! It was so nice to have the kitchenette so we could eat in. The (welcome) binder was very informative. Thank you for everything!' B&E

Guest comment: 'This vacation was paradise, not at least because of this great place to stay! Though Germany is far, far away - we would love to come back and we will. Mahalo for everything (we will miss all the flowers!) N&T

Guest comment: 'We absolutely loved our stay here! Your place is so cute and we loved all the art and Hawaiian touches. Thank you for your hospitality & for the rose petals & lei - a very sweet touch. Our wedding was absolutely wonderful as well. We will certainly return & recommend your place to our friends. T&K

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Aloha and mahalo for your inquiry/booking!
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 28, 2016

Why Aloha and mahalo for your inquiry/booking! chose Kailua

This home was built for our tutu, Moana, in 1939-40; it was one of the first houses in the neighborhood, when the streets were paved with crushed coral. Moana married and moved to Kailua, from Waikiki, to raise a family of three. The older generation remained in Waikiki, in the family home there, until the mid '50's. We built onto the main house in 2003 to create what is now our studio, Hale Moana. We hope you enjoy the space we've created as much as our guests, friends and family members do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Mahalo nui. We loved EVERY MINUTE of our stay in your guest studio. May Kailua remain free of hotel chains and resorts! People here are so friendly, treat us like old friends. We must come back again someday! Aloha."
Mar 2010
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based on 48 traveler reviews

Hale Moana : Boutique Retreat : Short Stroll to Kailua Beach
average rating of 4.9791665 based on 54 reviews

Another "Five Star" stay at Hale Moana

  • 5 of 5

This was our third excellent stay at Hale Moana. We have family on Oahu so are on the windward side a couple times a year. Our itinerary always includes local family, some R&R and beach time, and staying connected to our offices. Hale Moana has always been perfect for supporting those three things.

If we had our choice, this would be our private oasis for every visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha M.P.! Thanks again for another repeat visit. So glad the end of your stay didn't have too much "funny kine stuffs" (I want to hear all the details...)going on and we were able to coordinate with the Maxeys. Have a great winter season. Best, Jen.
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Our home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay here in the last 6 years and we will be back again. This studio has everything you need for a relaxed, stress free stay close to the beach. Jennifer is a fantastic host and the studio is so clean and welcoming after a long flight. The sounds of the geckos and wind in the beautiful trees at night add to the charm.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yay! Your review finally got posted! Thank you for returning again to my humble abode and helping inspire me to keep my studio as fresh for all of my return visitors as it was on their first visit. It's a win/win/win for me, first timers and returnees! P.S. there's no peanut butter better than Pic's! Aloha...
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Home Away From Home!

  • 5 of 5

ALOHA! Just returned from OAHU, much more intriguing than we thought it would be! Most of the island is so sparsely populated and yours for enjoying!

Hale Moana studio is a hidden gem! Jennifer has created a stunning artist's retreat, a sleek architectural beauty! A perfect blend of contemporary and and authentic Hawaii. Art and beauty at every turn. In a lovely residential neighborhood and a block from the beach, we slept with the hum of crashing waves and ocean breeze, and the chirps and crows of friendly hens and roosters! Private lanai allowed us to shower with window and doors open! No A/C but the fans kept my husband and I very comfortable in August! Slept well in the comfy king-size bed.

Kailua is absolutely our new favorite beach town, a lovely down- to- earth community with a great combo of fun shops, but also Whole Foods and Target (a quick trip to Costco on our way from the airport!). Adorable and fearless 3 year olds surfing at the Annual kids surfing competition on our beach a block away, inspired us to practice our boogie boarding (2 boards, 2 snorkel gear, chairs, umbrella, beach bag, washer, dryer and more all supplied)

We were not that interested in hanging out in Honolulu or Waikiki, though we did drive through on our expeditions, less than a half hour away... Some interesting things to do free nearby ... just get the road and stop wherever!, hike Lanikai Pillboxes, hike Makapu’u Tidepools, hike Manoa Falls Trail, (bug spray), snorkel Hanauma Bay (gotta get there very early to get parking!), Lanai Lookout ( hop the wall and venture), so much more! Rent a kayak at Kailua Beach Adventures, very reasonable price for a fun time... We were only there a week... another few days would have allowed us to explore more of the north and west shores...all gorgeous and awe inspiring!

Feeling blessed to have chosen Hale Moana... Thank you, Jennifer, for letting us share your home, and hoping we can return!! Kisses to 'Sweetie Pie' xoxoxo

From our hearts, Mahalo!!!! Larry and Suzy from Los Angeles

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal for couple

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this property as a 6-day extension of a family vacation in a large house near-by (with pool and air conditioning). We were very pleased with it. It is an easy walk to the beach (which we loved) and we could hear the waves and feel the breeze constantly - we didn't miss the AC at all. Comfortable bed, great shower and tasteful decor. Also very private.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My stay at the Hale Moana was outstanding. Jennifer is the consummate host being professional, flexible, and very personable. No detail was left out to make the visit a wonderful experience. The property was impeccably kept and furnished, yet warm and inviting. I highly recommend staying at the Hale Moana and frankly would not consider any other location if I have the opportunity to return to Oahu.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha J-M & S! Mahalo nui for making time to write your comments on a stay with me in my studio. So very appreciated, especially in light of the shifting climate for short term rentals in Kailua and on Oahu. The growing presence of rental advertising platforms such as Airbnb, the world-wide reach of HomeAway advertising and anti-vacation rental groups has made this an interesting time to be participating in this endeavor. Have a great summer and all my best... J. Kailua Town and Kailua Beaches continue to be desirable visitor destinations with great shopping, activities, restaurants, visitors, residents and of course our excellent Oahu ocean, beaches and weather! The traffic is a little bit of an issue sometimes 'cause everyone just wants to be here, and we are building a rail system, too! But get to Kailua and Hale Moana and just make yourself at home between Kailua Town, my studio Hale Moana, and the beach. My best guess is that you will LOVE your stay. Aloha, Jennifer
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Wonderful repeat stay at Hale Moana

  • 5 of 5

It was so great to return to Hale Moana for a few days while visiting family on Oahu. So many touches welcomed us back, like the fresh flowers, immaculate surroundings, and a personal note from our host. We got to experience different things about the studio this time. It was unexpectedly cold the first few days so we discovered that the quality windows not only let in cool breezes, but when closed, they keep them out. The extra blanket also came in handy. We watched SuperBowl 50 in HiDef--not something you can always find in a vacation rental. We did a lot more cooking this time, using the grill for fish and vegetables as well as the two-burner hotplate to make rice, soups, and pasta. There were plenty of pans and utensils for all our meals. After leaving Hale Moana (other guests coming in) we stayed in another ohana nearby, and that's when we realized how quiet the studio is in comparison to other rentals. You will always hear the sounds of nature, the birds in the Tamarind and Monkeypod trees over the studio, the nocturnal geckos. You may hear the neighbors celebrating a birthday, or even a little Super Bowl fun, but otherwise the neighborhood is peaceful. When the windows are open you can always hear the surf just a short walk away.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha M & T and thank you very much for your kind comments regarding your stay (#2) at my Kailua studio. I am very glad you had another good visit here, in Kailua and with family. I hope to have you stay again in the future. A new law is in effect as of January 2016 which gives the city more manpower to stop vacation rentals operating without permits. There have been no permits issued since 1989. I am the owner/operator of a short and long term rental (mostly short term) - of an attached unit - at my home. I have run this small business for about 13 years with a desire that the city open up the permitting process to me and those like me. This new law is the most serious push to shut down vacation rentals since I have been participating in this kind of rental endeavor; it remains to be seen how things shake out over the coming months.
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Car: recommended

Kailua - windward side of Oahu. Nicely situated, beautiful town and ocean. Between Waimanalo and Kaneohe. Main roads in and out are Kamehameha Highway ('circle island' route, 'beach road'), Pali Highway (Kailua to Honolulu/Waikiki) and H3 Highway (Kailua to Pearl Harbor).

My Hale Moana is just up from the Kalama Beach Club and Kalama Beach Park, cross the "beach road", walk the sandy access path and you are at the center of Kailua Bay; a three mile stretch of one of the "best beaches in the U.S.".

Other Activities: boating, basketball court, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, spa, miniature golf


Rates & Availability

Kalama Tract Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aloha Season Minimum
Mar 29 2016 - Mar 29 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $95
Tax Rate 17.0%

$150.00 USD per night + state tax (14%) + one time cleaning fee ($95.)
Credit card fee - VacationRentPayment. Service Fee - HomeAway/VRBO.
Cal King bed. 2 person maximum.
TAX ID# W40820356-01

As of January 2016 the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Planning and Permitting is moving to shut down short term rentals operating without permits on Oahu. A majority of short term rentals on Oahu, especially Kailua, operate without a permit as there have been none issued since 1989. Legal action against the C & C is expected.

Flexible stay. Multiple payment options. Please read our reviews to get a feel for our space from past guests.

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Here's to a great stay; thank you in advance for your inquiry! Aloha!

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Kalama Tract Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is a favorite! Open shower, room enough for two. Come in from the beach and hose off on the lanai or come right into the shower room for a warm water rinse.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Comfortable Cal King bed on a Balinese Teak and split bamboo frame. Watch 39' TV in bed - matching Teak TV cabinet opposite the foot of the bed. Or 'laze' around in bed enjoying the vaulted ceiling and sounds from the ocean or the birds in our Monkeypod and Tamarind trees. Radio with CD/iPod/iFone player for your enjoyment as well.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Kailua Community Center pool nearby. Private washer and dryer on studio lanai.

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