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Great Family Beachfront on Bay-Unplug and Connect @Hanalei

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Hanalei House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)


It’s never too late to start a tradition whether it be with family, friends or both. Take a week out of your routine and check into Nani Nani Hale, be surrounded by God's awesome beauty and creation and your loved ones. This property sits on over 1/3 acre on Hanalei Bay's famous Pine Trees Park which is a surfer's favorite in the winter, and it is a calm bay for swimming and snorkeling in the summer.

The single-level 3 bedroom main house is family friendly w/1 king, 1 queen and 2 twin beds. The cottage w/a king-size bed is perfect for the couple/guest who needs extra privacy. It too is light and airy, but the covered lanai is where you'll be sipping your morning coffee, reading a book on the punai bed, or laughing w/friends over the day's excursions while gazing @ beautiful Hanalei Bay to the north and the extraordinary mountains to the south.

Our family has made Nani Nani Hale a tradition for over 20 years, the experience is full of treasured memories from checking out Waioli Stream every morning, jumping off the pier, rainbows, shaved ice, boarding the summer swells, womping @ Secret, snorkeling Kee and Tunnels, Monopoly/card game tournaments, birthday celebrations, preparing excellent ahi dinners, picking star fruit, evening beach fires and s'mores, watching the dolphins, and always walking and swimming the Bay.

The peace and tranquility here is restoring and rejuvenating. We welcome you to our happy home, you will find it comfortable and well-equipped for your next reunion/celebration. Now is the time to make the memories, connect with your family and friends, visit Nani Nani Hale.

Keywords: beach house with separate cottage, oceanfront, vacation home, shopping, dining, Kauai, North Shore, vacation rental, waterfront, Hawaiian plantation home, Hanalei Bay, holiday house, private home, large yard, Hawaii vacation home

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Linda Rutgard
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Linda Rutgard

My husband and i discovered Hanalei Bay on a 3 day visit in 1984, we walked from the newly opened Princeville Hotel, crossed Hanalei River, then walked and swam our way across the Bay. We were captivated by the staggering beauty and simplicity of the Bay and Hanalei town. When we returned to the hotel, John Ferry was talking real-estate w/other guests by the pool. My brilliant husband politely made John's acquaintance. We put an offer on the property and about 9 months later received a call from John telling us we were the owners of a home in Hanalei! As a young couple, we camped Kalalau a couple of times, but it was as we had our children, that we really experienced the magic of Hanalei Bay, seeing all the wonders thru their eyes. Part of the serenity of Hanalei is the pace. If you are accustomed to living life in 4th or 5th gear, you will have to downshift to 1st or 2nd gear for Nani Nani Hale, enjoy the creativity and the drive.

Linda Rutgard purchased this house in 1986

Why Linda Rutgard chose Kauai

I would say that we did not choose Hanalei, Hanalei chose us. It is such a gift and privilege to experience Hanalei Bay

What makes this house unique

This August, i looked out and saw what looked to be a line of swimmers, on closer glance, it was a pod of Spinner Dolphins. Three of us paddled out on long boards and cherished the site of spinners and their many babies playing in the bay. The best is being on the beach, walking out and checking the waves whenever you want. When you see the clouds form over the mountains, you know, you just have a quick walk to the lanai for shelter from the showers, and you can return to the beach once the clouds pass. The yard is beautiful and private, lots of frolicking, handstands, and tumbling. Every summer we do the first leg of the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapai Beach. This year was the driest and the trail has been very nicely groomed. We love to sit in the river and cool off before hiking back out.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Linda and Jeff

A Huge thank-you to you both for letting us share in the charm and comfort of your delightful beach house. We viewed Hawaii from a new perspective and came home with new and unique memories. Our entire family loved being there. Again, thank you.

Michael & Rachel &Family
Sep 2016
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based on 8 traveler reviews

Great Family Beachfront on Bay-Unplug and Connect @Hanalei
average rating of 4.875 based on 11 reviews
Indianapolis, Indiana

Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Our group consisted of myself and wife, son (14), daughter (11), and mother (80). Unless you plan on travelling to the South or West side of Kauai, the location can't be beat. The beach is less than a 100 steps from the lanai through the yard and "park". You are right next to 2 beach volleyball courts (never any wait to use them), the lifeguard station, and shower and bathrooms (although you won't need them with the house so close). The beds were very comfortable. Plenty of table space (2 in the house and 1 on the lanai). The couch and chairs in the TV area could be more comfortable, but okay. The kitchen is pretty sufficient (enough placeware for a huge party if so inclined!). The bathrooms are good-sized and the water pressure is great. The showers are tight, even for thin people. The landscaping in the yard is beautiful. There are plenty of linens (beach and bath towels), games, books, etc. Also have several surfboards, volleyballs, footballs, beach pails for little kids, great beach chairs. Had 5 boogie boards, but 3 didn't have lanyards (and one of them was broken). Of the 2 with lanyards, 1 was pretty beat-up. Nice having the washer and dryer. About a ten minute walk to Ching Young Village or ten minute drive to Princeville Shopping Center.

Minor Suggestions: Need a new wine bottle opener (the one there doesn't work), newer/useable boogie boards, sugar (plenty of other spices, salt, etc., but no sugar), a photo album of plants/trees in the yard with their names, a guest book for writing in and leaving suggestions (this is the first house we've rented that didn't have one).

If you're a light sleeper (or even if you aren't) you may want to bring some ear plugs as the house comes with a resident rooster in the yard (they're actually everywhere on Kauai) that likes to crow with the other neighborhood roosters starting around 5 in the morning; sometimes at 1 in the morning! Also with the house next to a lane leading to a small beach parking area, cars coming in very early in the morning (5 or 6am) to surf may wake you up as the windows are open (no A/C in the house, but plenty of fans, so you don't really need it).

Overall, we would definitely stay here again as the location and beauty of the house, beach, bay, town, people can't be beat!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nash Family, i really appreciate your thorough review. i'm glad Nani Nani Hale worked well for your family, and i'm requesting a new cork screw and boogie boards. Blessings, Linda
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Kansas City, MO U.S.A.

Heavenly Haven on the Bay!!

  • 5 of 5

I have been to Kauai 10x in the past 15 years. We have stayed in homes from Poipu to Kapaa all the way to Haena on Tunnels, For sure we have our favorites-----some of which have tripled or quadrupled in rent. Nani Nani is hands down, no contest, OUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!

If you have been to Kauai but never stayed ON Hanalei Bay-----in my opinion you are missing out on THE BEST LOCALE in ALL the ISLANDS. There are other houses for rent on the Bay------but you will most often pay MORE for a less desirable home----we were just there, and we always scout it out for future trips, as well as scouring the internet.

Every review you read is true and more.....there are no regrets when you book Nani Nani Hale-----just peace of mind and sheer bliss. The only reason I wrote this review is because I now consider the owner Linda and her family dear the secret is out there!! I just need to remember to book a year in advance!!

Mahalo once again!

your honored, blessed Guests-- Brett, Shellie & Jacki

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui loa.
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Alberta, Canada

Family Beachfront House

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 adults easily fit into this house with room to spare. Most of the 'downtime' was spent playing cards on the covered linai. Being right on the beach was excellent for all beach activities. The grill uses briquettes, which took some getting used to, we thought a propane or gas grill would be nice. The outdoor shower off the master bedroom was amazing. The pictures and description are accurate, house was clean. Location is generally pretty quiet considering it is next to a parking lot for the beach. We liked being close to the market and had a great breakfast at "'Eggberts". There are three bikes there but only one was in riding condition. Would definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and i'm glad you enjoyed cards on the lanai, which is one of our family's favorites too. The bicycles were a new addition this year, our family loves to walk and cycle in Hanalei, there is something freeing about not being in a car. We hoped each guest would leave the bikes in working order, instructions were left to use Hanalei Bike Doctor. i guess the experiment didn't work.
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Nani Nani Hale: Heaven on Hanalei Bay

  • 5 of 5

The Ohana gathered from Colorado, Oregon, Montana, and BC to celebrate 45th and 75th birthdays and 4th and 50th wedding anniversaries. The setting was gorgeous, the weather cooperated (unlike our disastrous condo stay during the first week of March this year), and it was a week of celebration and delight for all. Everyone has emailed me to say that the house and cottage were perfect for our group of seven adults and Katie, the 15-month-old baby, and I am sure it would be equally so for any group of similar numbers.

The listing was accurate, but the site actually provided more than the listing indicated. It was like being in one's own home, as there were family and group pictures on display, and lots of toys and water equipment that we hadn't expected to find in a rental property. It was squeaky clean, and all the personnel we dealt with were friendly and helpful.

The biggest plus was a feeling of living in a local home, with the beautiful view of the park and the ocean from the spacious covered lanai, where we did all our gathering and eating. The one time that I took Katie's highchair inside to feed her while I straightened up the kitchen, she made her "all done" gesture, got down, and immediately starting pushing the highchair back out to the lanai, where she obviously felt it belonged. However, the interior was spacious had we needed it, with homey touches such as the native-design quilts on the beds and lots of helpful guidebooks.

Having the separate cottage was wonderful. We had originally assumed that the baby and her parents would be there, but ultimately it was assigned to us as senior citizens, so provided a bit of a retreat for naps. It was also a magic cottage for Katie to come visit (her face registered total astonishment the first time she and her dad came calling and she found grandma and grandpa in residence).

We discovered one particularly useful aspect which even the owners may not know about: the "invisible fence". We'd worried about Katie running to the beach (though somewhat reassured by the lifeguard station midway between the house and the water). She tried it only once -- barefoot, in the first 20 minutes at the house. She got as far as the park, then stepped on the sharp little cones from the ironwood trees, and ran straight back to the house, complaining loudly. For the rest of the week no worries, as Katie would not approach park or beach on foot, even with shoes on.

Mahalo nui loa! We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Joyce, i'm so glad Nani Nani Hale worked well for your special reunion. The little ones are the only thing that can outshine the beauty of Hanalei, and they do! Blessings, Linda
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Bay Area, CA

Wonderful Family Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Another family and ours have made Kauai an annual vacation destination and decided to try staying in Hanalei this time (we usually stay at Anini). Nani Nani Hale was great and lived up to our expectations. It was far enough away from the downtown area to feel quiet and secluded yet close enough to walk into town (10 min casual stroll) for our favorite coffee (Hanalei Coffee is great for coconut biscotti, coffee and smoothies), food, and shopping. The beachfront location is great....though we have young toddlers (3 years old) and the surf directly in front of house is very rough, it was great surfing for the adults and a short walk to the right and left brought calmer waters for the kid. The "river" just down the beach for tadpole hunting was a great hit during the rougher high tides...we just wish we had tried it earlier.

The house had great amenities -- including a full stock of sand toys, boogie boards and surf boards -- and there was more than enough space for 4 adults and two kids. (And we didn't even use the guest cottage.)

The only negative was that the parking lot for the beach can get noisy, especially with the open air concept of the house. But people respect the property boundaries consistently.

We would strongly recommend staying at Nani Nani Hale as it offers the best of seclusion and easy access not only to Hanalei but other destinations like Anini, Tunnels and Ke'e.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Pam, Now you know the secret of staying in Hanalei, it is so convenient with everything from the grocery store, to restaurants, to relaxing beaches. Thank you for staying at Nani Nani Hale. Mahalo nui loa, Linda
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Seattle, WA/ USA

Nani Nani Hale

  • 5 of 5

This was an excellent place to stay, roomy and comfortable. Very close to the beach and views of the ocean from the house and cottage. Close enough to town to be able to walk for getting a meal, shopping, or going to the open market. The boogie boards and beach chairs were very handy. We played frisbee and volleyball on the sand courts at the park. The outside deck is very comfortable. We did make use of the wireless internet. The kitchen is well equipped.

The cottage is very nice for privacy with a seating area and quaint bathroom. Small sink but nice big shower. Very light and breezes are available. Clothes line in the back.

This is a home in a nice neighborhood next to a park. We visited Princeville St. Regis Resort for a sunset drink; this is a luxurious resort.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Bar Acuda, & we love Tahiti Nui's for local music
Nearest Motorway
0.33 Miles
Highway 560- 2 lane highway that goes thru Hanalei
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Ching Young and the Wilcox Center
Car: necessary

This is our family vacation spot, our first stop is Costco to stock up on our favorites, then the hour drive to Hanalei. Once here, we have our routines, morning beach walk, surf if there is a swell, explore the river, Lumahai, Tunnels& Kee for snorkeling, Hanakapai hike, and whomping @ Secret Beach for starters. If the rain comes we play monopoly or cards.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas Holiday
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $500
refundable security depo $500
reservation fee $35
Tax Rate 13.42%

*RETURNING GUESTS- Taxes have gone up 270% since 2011!
Thank you to all of you who have stayed and loved Nani Nani Hale. I appreciate your return visits, and i will continue to honor the 2013 price of $4800 a week for at least another year. God willing, prices will come down in Hanalei Bay and property owners will get a reprieve from these extremely high property taxes. My apologies to new guests for having to pass along the cost of doing business..

The cost for "7 nights" =$6,819.22*

Rent $5100/week
Tax 684.22 (13.416%)
Reservation fee 35.00
Security deposit 500.00 (refundable)
Outcleaning 500.00

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Hanalei House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , This bath also has 2 sinks & kohler soaking tub w/sep shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Cottage has world's smallest BR, shower/Kohler soaking tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Bath ajoins master, w/access to covered outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , shares a full bath w/tub and separate shower w/BR 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Separate Cottage - 1 king , Private cottage, small bath with shower over tub
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Half bath connected to covered outdoor shower
  • King size beds (2) King Bed in Cottage, Queen size Beds (1) In main house, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 twins in one bedroom main house
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Beach Toys, Foam Boards and Chairs, 2 Outdoor Showers, Star Fruit, Banana, Mandarine Orange, and Plumeria Trees Are Prolific, Separate Cottage Great for Those Who Need Extra Privacy-Couples W/New Babies, Both the Main House and Cottage Are Single Level Structures. The yard is very large, so lots of room for play.

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