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Suzanne Kobayashi

Member since: 1999
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Aunty Lydia's Ohana, a 3 bedroom home 6 houses from the center of Hanalei Bay

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Hanalei House Rental Photos and Description

Beach Vacation Home in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

If you want a taste of old Hanalei when days were slower and a good catch fishing and the best vegetables were the talk of the town, this home will fill the order. This property has been lovingly maintained since it was built. It is our family's privilege to share Aunty Lydia's homestead with folks from around the world. The front house, Aunty Lydia's Ohana is a 3 bedroom 1 bath with carport, most frequently used an a lanai. Inside you will find photos of the Hanalei family over the years. This home is only 6 houses from the beach (a very short stroll) and well located to reach all the North Shore's best beaches easily. This house is right off Kuhio Highway so you can see the surfers and North Shore life coming and going. It is about 5 blocks into 'downtown' Hanalei. There is a great carport for BBQ , eating al fresco & enjoying the mountains and waterfalls. Aunty Lydia's Ohana is a relaxed Hawaiian style home a minute's walk from the center of Hanalei Bay & is probably one of the best values in Hanalei Beach Houses. Surrounded by tropical plants, a grassy yard surrounds the house on 3 sides. There is a very functional kitchen enhanced with lovingly stenciled foliage for preparing some of our farmer's market produce and fresh fish from the sea. The wash house with a washer & dryer is just outside. There is a king bed in the largest bedroom at the back of the house. Hanalei is famous for its ever changing mountains; some times veiled in thin mist, sometimes obscured in thick clouds, sometimes full of water falls, sometimes so sun drenched so that every detail stands out. Aunty Lydia's is a great place to enjoy the mountains both from the living room windows and from the carport/lanai. Since there is plenty of room to park in front of the house in the yard, many chose this area as the eating & hang out spot. Not long after our family set this house up as a vacation rental, some of Aunty Lydia's family from the mainland came to Hanalei & were tickled to be able to stay in their Aunty Lydia's house. Here they are enjoying the carport for BBQing & beach reconnoitring. While being on Kuhio Highway, (highway in Hanalei meaning 1 lane in each direction with a 25 mile speed limit) the home has a beautiful hedge of tropical foliage separating you from the road. A parking area & the beginning of the yard are in front of the house. Wai'oli Beach park is a thin strip of park which is located between the bay front homes and the sand. There are BBQs, tables, shade trees, a bathroom and usually volley ball. This is where you encounter the bay, a minute or so from Aunty Lydia's.

(Kauai County TVNC 1197)

(When you email us please be aware: we will never ask you to wire money out of the country or give you a discount for early payment. If this happens to you, call me, Suzanne, at 808 828-1918. We have you book directly on our beachkauai web site. Mahalo & happy travels!)

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Suzanne Kobayashi (Property Manager)
Member since: 1999
Call Manager
Speaks: english


based on 18 traveler reviews

Aunty Lydia's Ohana, a 3 bedroom home 6 houses from the center of Hanalei Bay
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
Bronx NY

A sweet slice of mid-century Hawaii in Hanalei

  • 5 of 5

After searching online for an affordable rental in Hanalei, I was delighted when I found Aunty Lydia's. It's not upscale or posh, but it is a spotless, homey, roomy, and well-equipped place for a terrific stay in a convenient location. As someone who vacationed with my family in modest beach cottages on Cape Cod as a kid, the paneled walls and 50s-era ambiance evoked nostalgia. Who cares if some of the fixtures are a tiny bit worn in this misty, green, lush tropical paradise? My husband and I slept well in the back bedroom in the comfy king-size bed and didn't bother with A/C, and since we travel with a white-noise app for the iPad, road noise/rooster serenade didn’t trouble us. (Note: LOTS of plugs to charge devices.) I loved lounging in the cute bamboo-and-palm-themed living room and gazing out the double windows at the lavish vegetation and amazing mountain views (we saw two waterfalls!). An easy stroll to the beach and just a bit further to town on Weke Road (or Kuhio Hway if you don't mind no sidewalk). Our excursions included Limahuli Garden, Ke'e Beach, Mediterranean Gourmet, and Anini Beach. Just a relaxing and easy-going stay, with great service from the friendly and trusting management company. Would definitely re-book this welcoming family home if we ever return to Hanalei.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hanalei spring break visit

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Kauai several times, but had never stayed on the North shore. I found this very well priced home, read the past reviews and booked it for the first few days of our spring break. Aunty Lydia's was the perfect place to stay! The location is within a few minutes walk to a beautiful beach on Hanalei Bay. Beach chairs, boogie boards, cooler, beach mats were all provided. The house is well within walking distance to the town, but since it is located right off of Kuhio Highway, there are not any sidewalks and walking at night can be tricky. The house is one block off of Weke Road, the other main road through the area, so that is an option. The north beaches, which end at Ke'e Beach and the Kapalau Trail are within a 10 minute drive. Views from the yard are spectacular! We were not bothered at all by road noise. There was an unusual weather pattern coming through during our stay, and we had heavy rain, thunder and lightning, which caused the road into/out of Hanalei to flood and close. If it does happen, there are people who cannot get into town and therefore, some businesses may not keep regular hours because staff cannot get to work. This is something to be aware of in case you will be visiting other parts of Kauai during a trip, but it did not cause us any problems. Roosters, chickens, chicks and other wildlife, lizards, etc. are abundant all over the island, not just here. So if you are not wanting to be bothered by the crowing at all times of the day or sometimes night, or the tropical animals, Kauai may not be for you. We loved the house - funky and fully equipped, with the exception of a dishwasher or A/C, which we were aware of. Plenty of fans provided to keep things breezy. The outdoor shower with the mountain views was something we all loved and it was convenient to have for after the beach and to use to keep the inside bathroom from getting too muggy. We are already trying to plan for a return trip and will definitely stay at Aunty Lydia's again!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! It is so fun to read different guest's perspectives. There was a heck of thunder and lightning storm while these folks were here. We don't have them often, but when we do, they are spectacular. We are so glad these guests enjoyed the outside shower - something I love at my own house. I don't have the water fall views of Hanalei but I still enjoy the stars at night and the palms during the day. I think Aunty Lydia's is the best deal in Hanalei for location and price. Not fancy but clean, neat & down home Kauai. We really appreciate our guests taking the time to write the reviews. Mahalo!
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Midvale, Utah, USA

Road noise but good deal for the price.

  • 3 of 5

My daughters had trouble sleeping in due to the rooster alarms, but a very nice place for the price. The mountain view is spectacular and this is the perfect place to just chill for a while. Well located except for being right on the main road. Not fancy but good family hang out. Could use a new supply of sheets and towels.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have new sheets and towels since this guest comment. We did not replace the chickens though!
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San Diego, CA USA

Comfortable and Close

  • 5 of 5

This house was clean, private, and surprisingly quiet since it's near the main road. I knew it was an older house, but we were all pleasantly surprised with the size and location. The beds were comfortable and this is important to me. The location is within walking distance to the beach and town. I would definitely recommend the place for groups and families. The owners were helpful with their suggestions(we thought the hurricane might come) and easy to communicate with.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coronado, CA

Mo real Hawaii life!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Aunty Lydia’s! They put the fun in funky! Real Hawaii with a cooler, chairs, boogie boards and a kitchen filled with spices and other goodies. This is no sterile hotel or condo. The outdoor shower with view of the mountains and waterfalls was heavenly! Nice neighbors, loud roosters, 3 minute walk to the beach, 10 minutes to town. Used the carport as our dining and relaxation room. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about Aunty Lydia's. The location is unbelievably close to the beach-also walking distance to town and market on Saturdays. The front yard has awesome view of waterfalls-- we saw 6 one day! We were a bit surprised that the neighbors share a lot but they were sooo nice and unobtrusive. All the beach stuff you need! Loved having the chairs. We love cooking, so if you do too, bring any spices and what not bc there was only S & P there. I will definitely stay again. And again! Feels like home the minute you walk through the door.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Zip lining, helicopter touring


Rates & Availability

Hanalei House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Booking $35
Tax Rate 13.41%

Extra guests beyond 6 are $15/night plus tax
$45 Rental damage protection policy available or a $300 security deposit, your choice.
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Cleaning Fee

Half due at booking, balance due 90 before arrival. You can book and pay on line on our family's website, or call Suzanne to do it for you, 808 828-1918. Complete refund policy is found on

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Hanalei House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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