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Steps From the Sand Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach

Mākaha, HI, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Cottage, Studio + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The front yard is steps away from one of the world’s most beautiful sandy beaches. There is great snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding right in front of the cottage, depending on the swell, of coarse. Surfers can paddle out to the break from the front yard. This is also a perfect place to relax and just enjoy the ocean views. Besides other great views there are SPECTACULAR sunsets just about every evening. There are also early morning “full moon sets”, and occasional rainbows out over the ocean. (Makaha is on the dry side of the island). Watch dolphins, sea turtles and spouting whales from the front yard. This is truly a gorgeous one-of-a kind place!

The cottage is clean with off white tile throughout. There are two queen beds; one in the main studio and another in a screened porch sitting/sleeping room. Visitors can hear the ocean lapping on the sand from both rooms. A bathroom with a shower/bath tub connects the rooms from a patio. The street-side patio is very private and screened in. There are tables and chairs on both patios as well as in the main studio. There is also a gas barbeque on the ocean side patio. Both patios are covered.

The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes and pans. There is a large refrigerator with an ice maker, a two burner gas stove, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, coffee grinder and maker.

Located one hours drive from Honolulu/Waikiki/North Shore, Makaha is close enough for day trips, but far enough away to enjoy a more natural, peaceful and casual Hawaii far away from the typical tourist hustle and bustle.

Makaha is known as the jewel of the Leeward Coast. A visitor can enjoy an authentic island style vacation

away from the crowds and hub bub of Waikiki. Makaha is famous for it’s winter surfing and was home to one of the early big wave surfing contests; the Makaha International Surfing Contest that was started the early 50s. Because of the 'winter' north swell the beach sand shifts dramatically from one end of the beach to the other. During the months of September/October to May /June (this varies depending on the direction of the swell) there is a large sand beach in front of the house. During the summer months visitors have to walk down toward the point several lots for the sand beach.

There are also diving caves, turtles, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets. There is a golf course minutes away as well as the harbor where a visitor can take dolphin and whale watch excursions, and deep sea fishing charters are also available. Centuries ago Makaha Valley was home to a group of Hawaiians (and their ancestors the menehune) who lived solely from farming and fishing. There is a ceremonial lava rock structure (He'iau) that has been restored by the Bishop Museum and is interesting to visit. Other amenities are the majestic Wai'anae Mountains

It is an uncrowded area and usually always has a lovely breeze coming down the valley.

Most of the proceeds from this rental go to take care of my cat sanctuary located in Honolulu where I live

Keywords: Located on one of the world's most beautiful beaches (Makaha Beach), a visitor is able to relax and enjoy ocean sounds, waves and great ocean views. There are amazing sunsets that can be seen from the front patio and lawn as they are steps away from the pristine sandy beach and clear blue ocean. One of the best buys in Hawaii for ocean front stays



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About Vicky

I am a retired high school teacher and textile artist (Hawaiian Wearable Art). My youth was spent surfing at Makaha in the mid-50s. I lived in the cottage for many years and taught at the local high school (Wai'anae). After retiring I dyed and printed silk and had a small workshop and boutique where I made and sold my clothing, sarongs, hats, and other creations. I have since moved to Honolulu where I live and have a rescue station and home for homeless cats. In case you are allergic to cats/dogs there are no animals in the cottage. A major part of the money I receive for cottage rentals goes to feeding, neutering, vet bills, caring for and daily feeding of 50 cats and dogs in need of food and shelter. In addition to the cats I take care of here I also daily feed four stations of feral cats and one station for two dogs. I still visit Makaha occasionally to swim and garden. The cottage is adjacent/attached to our family home where my sister Gloria lives and is the site manager. She is a quiet solitary person and lives on the opposite side of the cottage. She will help out in an emergency, but not to bother or invade anyone's privacy.

Vicky purchased this Cottage in 1957

Why Vicky chose Mākaha

My mother bought this property in 1956. After surfing for a few years in Waikiki she went out to Makaha to surf and visit a friend Jimmy Wong who she met surfing at Waikiki. There was a for sale sign on the property nexr door. She took one look at the ocean and another look at the valley and said, 'this has to be mine.' She lived a wonderful long life there until her 99th year. She was an amazing athlete, artist and mother. She spent the last part of her life writing Haiku Poetry. She can be seen on UTube-Betty Winstedt. There is currently a book in progress about her life.

What makes this Cottage unique

Staying on this property epitomizes a Hawaiian vacation that experiences natural beauty at it's finest: the ocean, surf, mountains, palm trees, and clear clean balmy air. The summer does heat up as it is the dry part of the island. Not a fancy place, but very comfortable.


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Queen size Beds (1)


        • 1 Bathroom

            Location Type

              • Beach View
              • Beachfront
                the beach is steps away from the front lawn area
              • Ocean View
              • Oceanfront
              • Water View
              • Waterfront


                  • Covered Parking
                  • Garage
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Wireless Internet


                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Ice Maker
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator


                          • CD Player
                          • Satellite / Cable
                          • VCR


                              • Deck / Patio
                              • Lanai / Gazebo
                              • Outdoor Grill


                                  • not suitable for children


                                      • cinemas
                                      • health/beauty spa
                                      • theme parks

                                        Leisure Activities

                                          • boating
                                          • shelling
                                          • shopping
                                          • sight seeing
                                          • whale watching
                                          • wildlife viewing

                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                              • ATM/bank
                                              • groceries
                                              • medical services

                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                  • sailing
                                                  • fishing
                                                  • hiking
                                                  • jet skiing
                                                  • kayaking
                                                  • golf
                                                  • ski lift privileges
                                                  • snorkeling/diving
                                                  • surfing
                                                  • swimming
                                                  • tennis


                                                      • Surfing, Swimming, boogie boarding, snorkling, tide pools, kayaking, beach walking, shelling, hiking, wild life viewing (sea turtles, dolphins, season whale watching), hiking, 5 minutes from golf, deep sea fishing, shoreline fishing, 20 minutes from a water theme park, resort, theater, fine and casual dinning. Beautiful Waianae Mountin and Makaha Valley views.

                                                        53 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Beachfront gem

                                                        Andreas T.

                                                        We deeply enjoyed our stay and loved everything about Vicky's home: the direct access access to Makaha Beach, the "vintage Hawaii" style of the house with many personal touches (which made this feel more like a family stay,) plus the non-touristy, local vibe of Makaha.

                                                        In addition, the house was spacious, clean and very well equipped with everything needed for a pleasant stay. In contrast to many other rentals, the kitchen is fully functionable with details such as a stovetop, a huge fridge, sharp knives and all kitchen tools in place.

                                                        Highly recommendable to those who can appreciate that this is a vintage home with a family history in one of the lesser visited parts of Oahu.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Thank you and I am glad you had such a great vacation.The cottage and beach are a Hawaiian gem.

                                                        A true beach holiday

                                                        Vicki M.Bribie island

                                                        From the moment we arrived we felt relaxed and chilled. The cottage has everything needed. The beach (just a few steps from the back door) is beautiful. An unbelievable sunset. My husband was spoiled with the surf break just a short walk down the beach. Easy to stock up on food and drinks after a visit to Tamura Super Market , a 10min drive away. I would recommend having a car if you would like to see the other parts of this beautiful Island.

                                                        Surf Surf Surf

                                                        Helen D.

                                                        Wonderful eclectic property right on the soft, golden sand beach. Great rapport with the owner.

                                                        Location was fabulous!

                                                        Julie W.

                                                        Comfortable with great bed!

                                                        Simple house with everything needed right above beach.

                                                        Beautiful breathtaking view. Oahu has the best beaches!

                                                        I hope to return soon.


                                                        Anita G.

                                                        Rustic cottage and beautiful ocean view from the edge of the yard.

                                                        Relaxing and quiet! We loved it!

                                                        Very cute place in a beautiful location.

                                                        Connie L.Mount Joy, PA, USA

                                                        Makaha cottage is fairly clean, cute,

                                                        and private. Accurately advertised. Vicky, the owner is helpful and easy to talk to. Lovely location.

                                                        Owner's Response:


                                                        I want the cottage to be VERY clean not fairly clean.

                                                        I spoke with Connie, the guest, and asked for feedback and she said everything was perfect.

                                                        I will call her find out more details.



                                                        Mākaha, HI, USA

                                                        Surfing, swimming, boogie boarding, stand up paddling, kayaking, shelling, beach walking, tide pool and natural rock pool at opposite end of beach, close by weekly Saturday morning farmers market in Waianae. Visit restored ancient Hawaiian he'iau (ceremonial monument)

                                                        Rates & Availability

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                                                        Additional Guest Fee
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                                                        The rate is $145. for one or two guests per night. Additional guests and/or children please contract owner for rate

                                                        53 Reviews
                                                        Wonderful 4.8/5
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