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Dunbar Beachfront Cottages - Pu'unana-Kainalu, Molokai

Bedrooms 2
Space 720 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Your own secluded beach awaits on the lush East end of Moloka'i.

Here, on the most Hawaiian island, the stress and worries of the modern world seem to wash away with each new tide. Here is Hawai'i as it once was. Peaceful, relaxed and beautiful. The Hawai'i of 50 years ago.

Come! Let the magic of the warm Pacific and this wonderful island soothe your soul.

Come! Enjoy the serenity of Kainalu.

Our vacation home is situated right at the water's edge and has its own secluded beach. The 2 bedroom, one bath design provide panoramic vistas of the islands of Maui, Lana'i and Kaho'olawe. Perfect vantage points for whale watching from December through April.

Pu'unana house sits on a low bluff and beach access is provided by a single flight of steps. Sleeps four comfortably with king bed in the master bedroom and 2 twin beds in the second bedroom.

Safe swimming and snorkeling can be enjoyed year-round here or at other locations within a mile of the cottages.

Please visit our website at molokai-beachfront-cottages for more information.

Keywords: beach house, cottage, bungalow, vacation rental

More Details

Leslie Dunbar
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Kip and Leslie,

Julie and I just wanted to tell both of you how wonderful our stay at the cottage was and how much we enjoyed Molokai. It is a true hidden gem of Hawaii, and one that we can't wait to return to visit and stay again with you at the cottages. The cottage was everything we had hoped for and actually we found it to be better than we expected. Your housekeeper did a great job of preparing it for us, the cottage tastefully furnished and wonderfully equipped for a live-in visit. We really respected the efforts you have made to make it as comfortable and enjoyable a stay that it was. We are serious about coming back this next December. So again, thanks very much for a wonderful stay on Molokai, we are already looking forward to returning as your guests.

Dallas and Julie
Dec 2011
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Kaunakakai Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • There is a $50 cancellation fee for all cancellations
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower/Tub Combo
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Port a crib available upon request
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Your Own Secluded Beach.


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Dunbar Beachfront Cottages - Pu'unana-Kainalu, Molokai
average rating of 4.888889 based on 10 reviews

All the amenities you need on the edge of the world!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a wonderful homebase for exploring Molokai at your own pace. It's well-kept, amazingly located, and extremely quiet. Folks who come to Molokai already understand that it's an ideal place to be at peace and commune with the land and the sea, and this cottage's setting is the perfect for just that!

We were greated with the sound of the ocean and departed under a double rainbow — in between we lounged on the beach; cooked fresh meals in the kitchen; and slept soundly to the lapping surf outside the window.

Can't wait until we can come back! Thanks so much Leslie!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your honeymoon! Thanks for writing. Aloha, Leslie
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35 Year Wait

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated 35 years of her putting up with me with a trip to Hawaii. We researched destinations and found Molokai and the Dunbar Cottages. We made a great choice.

The people of Molokai made us feel welcome, but they don't cater to tourists. They cater to guests... as long as you act like one.

There are no beach shows. If there's a luau, it means a neighbor is cooking a pig. If there is a hula dance it's a group of students of history carrying on the old ways.

There are incredible sites that you can drive or hike to, but instead of a staged attraction you find families camping and tailgating.

This is there home, which they gladly share.

If you need entertainment go elsewhere. If you want to see Hawaii we recommend Molokai.

If you need a crowd go to Maui. We could see the lights and traffic from Dunbar. In fact we saw more cars looking at Maui through the binoculars than we saw all week from our cottage.

The lanai - porch - was perfect for mornings and evenings. Under the lanai was a comfortable 70 degrees during the heat of the day and we moved in and out of the sun as we desired.

And the beach at the cottage is private. Your closest neighbor is just under a half mile away.

If you have more questions please ask Leslie for our contact info.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palm Springs, California USA

Our visit to Molokai

  • 4 of 5

My family recently took a week off work and visited the island of Molokai. We rented two homes through Leslie Dunbar. Each had a lovely waterfront setting and two bedrooms. They were both well furnished with everything necessary for a lovely stay. Our group included two grandparents (us), and our daughter and her husband with their two small children. We rented a car so we could explore the island and must say that a car is a must. We booked a whale watching tour which was spectacular (we could also see the whales from the deck of each home) and toured the island. It was a lovely vacation but there are caveats. Molokai is not Maui or Honolulu. You will find more of the original Hawaii here. The scenery is beautiful but the amenities are not for the pampered. Have a sense of adventure and go see the whales!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kekaha, HI

Couldn't Possibly Be Nicer!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Pu'unana over Thanksgiving weekend. What a beautifully ideal spot. Our host communicated by email and was wonderfully friendly and helpful. The cottage was clean and the kitchen had everything we needed. We slept great in comfortable beds with the sound of the surf and wind at night. The little lawn with a picnic table and coconut palm was idyllic. I went out snorkeling in front of the cottage, where there seemed to be the remains of an ancient Hawaiian fish pond. Saw some interesting creatures, including a young barracuda and a moray eel. Molokai is a special place, and the Dunbar beach cottages are a true treasure.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moab, UT

It should have been a longer stay.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second island, (we were on Maui for a week), and now think we should have done Molokai for 12 days. This cottage on the edge of the ocean was fantastic!

It is 18 miles from town, speed limit on the highway is about 30mph so don't think you can breeze into town in 15 minutes. The slower pace on the entire island makes Molokai what it is, you can slow down and enjoy yourself. Take time to look at the wild life; we saw mongoose, axis deer, turkeys, pheasants and northern cardinals on our drives.

The cottage is beautiful; hardwood floors, a great kitchen with rice cooker, salad spinner, pots, garlic press, salad bowls and baking dishes, The barbeque grill is charcoal you can pick that up in town. I usually bring a small assortment of spices with me and would reccommend this as only salt and pepper are on hand.

The queen bed in the master bedroom is comfortable looks out at the ocean and at night the stars twinkle through the window, Our average temps for this end of January stay was about 77 with lows at night about 65. We definately didn't need the ceiling fans to keep us cool.

There were plenty of towels; including some beach towels in the bathroom closet and a hairdryer if you need it. We used the washer and dryer once; bring a couple of those new laundry soap tablets; (Tide and Purex make them) seal them in a ziplock when packing.

Wireless internet was easy to connect to; satellite tv is available, we didn't watch it; and there is also a portable radio/cd player. A good collection of books and lots of books on Molokai as well as the other islands were very helpful.

If you are staying during whale season bring binoculars. We watched a whale pound the water over 15 times with it's tail and saw severals whales breach during our stay. An amazing experience for us desert rats, from Moab, Utah. The water out front is shallow and reef protected; we saw local fisherman at the outer edge of the reef catching fish.

The island itself is very quiet; music at the Paddlers Inn a few nights a week. Don't miss Saturday morning farmers/crafts market in town. Stop at the visitors center;for the local paper. Fruit stands and Kumu organic farm had fresh produce.

I had thought about staying on the west end but am so glad we rented this cottage. It was the ideal location, sparkling clean, and very spacious. For us to spend two full days not budging from our cottage attests to just how wonderfully special this was.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2013
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maui, Hawaii

Long Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely charming little bungalow in the most perfect setting imaginable. Well-appointed beachfront bungalow, with a full kitchen that has everything you need to cook up meals. Bar-BQ grill, beach towels, beach chairs, DVD player, flat screen TV--like a home away from home for us. Loved the private beach with no neighbors in sight, truly one of the best vacation experiences we've ever had, and we usually stay at 4 & 5 star hotels. We have decided to stay at the Dunbar cottages annually from now on.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Car: necessary

The Dunbar Beachfront Cottages are located in Kainalu, Molokai on the east end of the island. They are about 18 miles and a half hour's drive east of the main town of Kaunakakai. The cottages are a quarter of a mile apart with nothing between them but ocean and shoreline.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85

Permit# CP 2000/0013
Hawaii State Tax ID# W20450468-01

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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