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Oceanfront Hawaiian-Style Cottage :: With Optional Guest Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6; 8 with optional detached Moonrise Guest House

Just steps from the water, Aloha Cottages are the quintessential oceanfront accommodations - comfy furniture, wide plank wood floors, warm salt air breezes, and ocean views to soothe the soul. The front porch of Sunrise Cottage is a favorite spot for watching the ocean's changing moods (and whales during winter months). A blend of east coast Cape Cod and Hawaiian plantation styles, our vintage cottages are spacious and light with simple furnishings - everything you will need for a relaxing, rejuvenating Kauai get-away.

THE INTERIOR: French doors and large picture windows in the living/dining room of the main house afford panoramic ocean views. Two of the three bedrooms have queen-size beds and the same unforgettable ocean view. The third bedroom, furnished with two twin beds (optional King upon request), is a quiet retreat. Sunrise Cottage comfortably accommodates up to six people.

NEED MORE ROOM?? Add Moonrise Guest Cottage for another bedroom and bath to accommodate up to 2 more people, a total of up to 8 in both cottages (4 bedrooms/3 baths). Please contact me if you would like to include the guest cottage in your reservation and I will send you a second payment request to cover the rental fees ($1050 per week), taxes and cleaning ($125). You will NOT be charged the VRBO reservation fee for the guest cottage. Use both cottages together for a group of 7-8 friends or a multi-generational family gathering.

Recently remodeled Moonrise Guest Cottage has the charm of a bamboo canopy bed and peek-a-boo ocean view. The open, white interior is accented with soothing ocean blues for a fun, tropical ambience. A spacious food prep area (with refrigerator/freezer, coffeemaker, toaster, blender, microwave) is perfect for simple meals, along with the large outdoor stainless steel grill with propane side burner.

The beautifully remodeled kitchen of the main house offers gourmet cooks as well as microwavers a spectacular oceanview. The stainless steel countertop, checkerboard floor, and glassfront cabinets are reminiscent of vintage cottage decor. The upgraded appliances and granite-topped peninsula make it a cook's dream.

Both cottages are equipped with WiFi, flat-screen TV and DVD player, all linens including beach towels, ceiling fans, down and faux-down bed pillows.

THE PATH: An exciting NEW feature is the Seaside Walking and Biking Path that runs along the ocean, right past the property. Visitors enjoy the Path for exploring the coastline, past Kapaa Town, beaches and amazing ocean vistas. Kapaa has been voted one of America's 15 Prettiest Small Cities (Aug 2013) by Forbes Magazine, come and see why.

THE BEACH: Just in front of the cottage, less than 30 steps across the front lawn, is the soft sand and warm waters of 'Baby Beach,' one of the safest swimming beaches on the island for small children. Here you can enjoy kayaking (you'll find a double kayak at the cottage), snorkeling, or even SCUBA for lobster in season. The quiet waterfront vintage neighborhood is just a short stroll from Kapaa Town, with charming shops and restaurants.

TVNC #1310

Local 24/7 Contact (not for reservations):

Dawn Gates, 808.639.4640

Keywords: Cottage, house, oceanfront, beach, 6 people, 8 people, walking/biking path, nearby beaches, shops and restaurants, whale-watching

More Details

Susan Hoerner
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Susan Hoerner

Charlie and I have been married for 48 years and have two grown daughters. We divide our time between our cottages on Kauai and Portland, Oregon. Charlie has retired from the high tech world where he was a consultant and trainer. I am a retired graphic designer. Now we like to hike and bike, read and travel.

Susan Hoerner purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Susan Hoerner chose Kapaa

We visited Kauai for the first time in 1996, absolutely loved it, and upon leaving fantasized about living here, if just for a short time. But unlike so many fantasies, this one came true. We rented Sunrise Cottage for 18 months and ultimately purchased the property, soon adding Moonrise Cottage as a second rental. The experience of being right on the ocean is like no other, we love watching the weather cross the sky, the colors and moods of the ocean change. The property is within easy walking distance of Kapaa Town, recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America's prettiest small towns (Aug '13), and central to all the many wonderful things to do and see on the island. We love to recommend our favorite places to shop and eat, locally.

What makes this cottage unique

The front lawn of Sunrise Cottage is situated to enjoy the unforgettable sun and moon rises over the ocean, which we celebrate regularly. We use the new seaside walking/biking path almost every day to walk or bike into town, to Kealia Beach or just for some exercise. The short three mile drive to Sleeping Giant Mountain hiking trail is one of our regular expeditions, giving great cardio and amazing views of the entire eastern shoreline of the island. Our sweet little neighborhood is quiet and tucked away yet convenient for shopping, services and for getting around the island.


Kapaa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Please observe quiet hours 10:00pm and 7:00am.
  • Parking in designated parking areas only, do not park on street.
  • Please take part in the time-honored Hawaiian tradition of removing your shoes when entering the cottage.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks; separate tub/shower & toilet room
    Additional bathroom in Moonrise Cottage - toilet , shower
  • Tiled vanities and tub surrounds, screened windows for fresh air and natural light.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen , Ocean view, ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet
    Guest Room #I - 1 queen , Ocean View
    Guest Room #2 - 2 twin/ single , Optional King bed configuation upon request
    Moonrise Guest Cottage - 1 queen , Optional studio with en-suite full bath, accommodates 2
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2). Additional queen bed and bath available in optional adjacent Guest House, Moonrise Cottage; accommodations for a total of 8 guests.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
• Hot and cold outdoor shower to rinse off salt and sand • Ceiling fans in every room • Spacious closets and storage • Whale-watching from front porch in winter months • Paved walking/biking path for exploring shoreline vistas


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(20 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Be sure to rent bikes

  • 5 of 5

Yep its a good as everyone says. We have never used both cottages, but I will tell you that it if someone is using the sunset cottage, they in no way lessen your enjoyment of the sunrise cottage. No need saying more, as the rest of the reviews will let you know its an absolute treasure. As the cottage is located along the bike trail, you get to some occasional people watching. The bike trail takes you along the ocean, past two beach parks, and down town Kapaa. Will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Sheri, and thank you for your glowing review! The cottages are, indeed, a treasure, beloved by so many of our visitors who return year after year. That, to us, is the highest form of praise. I want to clarify your review... I think you meant to say, "...if someone is using the Moonrise Cottage, they in no way lessen your enjoyment of the Sunrise Cottage." In 18 years all of our visitors have found that to be true.
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We found the perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

Charged with finding's a beach house in Kauai for four couples approaching 70 years old was not easy, but I found the perfect place. Everyone was super happy with the Aloha Cottages - accommodations, location, everything! As a vacation rental owner in SoCal I was especially impressed with the coziness, and attention to detail, the owners accomplished. We all felt like we were staying in someone's home! I know that the idea behind VRBO but not everyone pulls it off like the owner's of this property did. I felt like this had been someones family home for generations, definitely not your typical beach vacation rental. Each and every couple told me they would love to do this again.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location for exploring the island

  • 5 of 5

I stayed one week in the Moonrise Cottage as my home base for exploring Kauai. The cottage is just the right size for one or two people. As it is located behind the Sunrise Cottage, there is plenty of privacy and little noise (other than the roosters!) I slept extremely well (mattress is perfectly comfortable) and found the whole experience restful and rejuvenating. The location of the Cottage on the east side, in a quiet residential neighborhood, works well, because it is not a long drive to either the north side or the south side. There are also plenty of places to eat in Kapaa, and you can take long walks on the path right in front of the cottages. I enjoyed waking up early and sitting on the wall next to the ocean as my start to the day. I would most definitely stay here again and would highly recommend Moonrise for anyone travelling to Kauai.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review, Beth, mahalo! We are so happy that you so thoroughly enjoyed Moonrise Cottage and our quiet but convenient location. The East Side Coastal Path is one of our favorite things, we use it almost every day to walk along the ocean, stroll into town or to the market. I agree with you, what better way to start the day than relaxing with a cup of coffee, watching the ocean reflect the colors of dawn!
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Des Moines, IA

Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

We rented both Sunrise and Moonrise cottages to celebrate a special birthday with children and grandchildren. We were so pleased that we were able to stay here. It is a spot where people passing by stop to take photos and comment on the beauty of it. We agree. Everything is the highest quality, artistically decorated and completely clean. Susan was a great communicator and made it all easy for us. Thank you. We will always remember our wonderful week.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Mary, This kind of review makes us SO happy! It means that you have completely enjoyed yourselves and that you love the cottages as much as we do! We are thrilled that you chose Kauai and Aloha Cottages for your Big birthday celebration, bringing the whole family! Thank you! Susan
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Perfect 40th Anniversary Celebration

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and our duel retirement with a month long trip to Hawaii and Japan. We spent our last travel week in Sunrise Cottage; it was an experience I had been dreaming of since we began the planning of this trip. This home is gorgeous and sits at the edge of the ocean, with only a neighborhood street between the lawn and the water. There is no beach in front of the home, but that is not important. The sunrise and the moonrise are in full view from the veranda. It is just stunning. The kitchen has every gadget anyone might need for cooking. There is a wonderful laundry space with new Samsung washer and dryer. The home is immaculate! In the back, there is a grill (we did not cook) and a lovely private deck. The home is surrounded by palms so privacy is no concern, though the house is located in a neighborhood. Location is perfect for anything you might want to do. There are stores and restaurants within walking distance of the home. We loved the miles long pedestrian walk which began along the water's edge. We could not have been happier. Thank you, Susan, for the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful home in Kauai!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review... we know how valuable it can be to potential visitors to know about others' experience. It is an honor to be part of your 40th anniversary celebration, it sounds like quite a trip! We hope you'll choose to return soon.
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San Francisco Bay Area

Truly Perfect

  • 5 of 5

I rented both Sunrise and Moonrise cottages last year for a very special vacation with my two grown children and their spouses, and one grandchild. We loved everything about our trip--the location was perfect for exploring the island, the town of Kapaa was charming, the walking/bike path winds right along the beautiful coastline, and being right on the ocean gave us easy access to Baby Beach and the continual peace of the waves and breezes. Everything we could have possibly wanted for cooking was right at hand, including a great barbecue. I returned this summer for a week "solo"--and loved my time at Sunrise just as much. I spent hours on the porch reading novels and watching the ocean, peaceful evenings being soothed by the sound of the waves, and a few side trips to Poipu and Hanalei. I came home refreshed and looking forward to my next visit to this beautiful home away from home. Truly a slice of paradise!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're the best, Susan, thank you for such a glowing review! We are thrilled that you find our cottages so appealing and we look forward to welcoming you back for another solo visit next summer. Aloha nui loa!
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Nana's snack shack
JO2 Restaurant
Hawaiian Restaurant
Tiki Tacos
Taco Restaurant
OurPlace Kauai
Vegan Restaurant
Verde Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Coconut's Fish Cafe
Seafood Restaurant
Pho Kapaa
Vietnamese Restaurant
Shivalik Indian Cuisine
Indian Restaurant
Waipouli Deli & Restaurant
Hawaiian Restaurant
Kenji Burger
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Ono Family Restaurant
Family Restaurant
Wailua Shave Ice
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Scorpacciata Neapolitan Pizza
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Sukhothai Café
Thai Restaurant
House of Noodles
Noodle Shop
Paniolo Santa Maria Style BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant
Olympic Cafe
Bar & Grill
Java Kai
Coffee Roasters
Rainbow Living Foods
Mermaids Cafe
Hawaiian Restaurant
Sushi Bushido
Sushi Restaurant
Mariachi's Restaurant - Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Kapa'a
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Paco's Tacos Kapaa
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Bubba Burgers
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Kountry Kitchen
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Art Cafe Hemingway
The Coconut Cup Juice Bar & Cafe
Juice Shop
Small Town Coffee Company
Coffee Shop
Number 1 BBQ & Chinese Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Chicken in A Barrel BBQ
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Nom Kauai
Hamburger Restaurant
Happy Snacks
Thai Restaurant
Al Pastor Tacos
Taco Restaurant
Chef George Of Da Jungle
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Gopal's Creperie
Vegetarian Restaurant
Pita's Kaua'i
Mediterranean Restaurant
Hukilau Lanai
Hawaiian Restaurant
El Rey Del Mar
Mexican Restaurant
Bobby V's Italian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Trees Lounge
Sleeping Giant Grill
Imua Coffee Roasters
Lava Lava Beach Club - Kauai
Hawaiian Restaurant
Lae Nani Beach
Eat Healthy Cafe
EatHealthy Cafe
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Kuhio Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Oasis, Tiki Taco, Olympic Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Fuji Beach (Baby Beach)
Car: recommended

At cottage or within walking: SCUBA Diving, Kitesurfing, Boogie Boarding, Whale-watching (in winter months), kayaking (tandem kayak provided); wonderful new Eastside Walking/Biking Path




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee: Sunrise $350
Refundable damage deposit $600
Tax Rate 13.8%

Please contact me if you would like to include Moonrise Guest Cottage in your reservation and I will send you a second payment request to cover the rental fees ($1050 per week), taxes and cleaning ($125) of the additional cottage. You will NOT be charged the VRBO reservation fee for the guest cottage. Use both cottages together for a group of 7-8 friends or a multi-generational family gathering with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths.

Complementary interim cleaning is offered for stays of 2 or more weeks in either cottage.
The deposit is in addition to the rental fees and is returned after your visit, minus the outcleaning fee.

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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