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Vintage Oceanfront Cottage : Recommended by Fodors 4 Years in a Row

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6), Sleeps 8 with optional detached Guest House

Just steps from the water, Sunrise Cottage is the quintessential oceanfront beach cottage - comfy furniture, wide plank wood floors, warm salt air breezes, and ocean views to soothe the soul. The front porch 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 cottage is 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 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. The house comfortably accommodates up to six people.

NEED MORE ROOM? The optional adjacent Moonrise Guest Cottage offers another bedroom and bath for up to 2 more people, a total of 8 in both cottages (4 bedrooms/3 baths). Moonrise Guest Cottage is available for just $950 a week.

The recently remodeled kitchen 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 TVs, DVD player, iPod or iPhone docking station with speakers, 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 Top 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 from the front porch, 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.

TVRNC #1310

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

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Susan (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

About Susan

Charlie and I have been married for 46 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 a dedicated hiker and exercise fanatic.

Susan purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Susan chose Kauai

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 (#53371) 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 walking distance of vintage 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.

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 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.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Vintage Oceanfront Cottage : Recommended by Fodors 4 Years in a Row
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Our group rented both Cottages for 8 days in February, into early March. The cottages are perfectly located, with a short walk/bike ride to everything in Kapa'a. We loved the walk/bike path in front of the cottages which extends along the shore for several miles. The cottages are both SO well equipped; everything we could possibly need for a large group. The monk seals frequented Baby Beach (a short walk on the path) and kept us captivated! We hope to return. next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kitty, for letting us know what you loved about your stay at Aloha Cottages, isn't it a fun location?! We also love that you appreciate how well-furnished the cottages are... we really think about how to make our guests happy and comfortable, even in the smallest ways. Best of all, we are thrilled that you'll be returning in 2017... the very best compliment!
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Pacific Northwest

stellar vacation

  • 5 of 5

Moonrise Cottage was a perfect little "love nest," just the right-size for the two of us! We appreciated the central location that allowed us to access all the different parts of the island, as well as the proximity to a great walking path hugging miles of beachfront. We even had our own private monk seal who was taking a rest on the sand just a short distance from our front door! The cool tropical decor also made us feel like we landed someplace different. We can certainly understand why you fell in love with Kauai and we hope to be able to come back in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Rhonda and Rudy, for this great review, we really appreciate you taking the time to do this and we know our potential visitors will, too. Our cottages are just the best and it's fun when our guests agree!
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Fantastic Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Aloha Cottages is a wonderful spot for a family vacation. Both cottages are clean with comfortable beds and plenty of hot water. We that's me, my sister from the UK; my son and daughter in law from Las Vegas; and my daughter, son in law and 2 grandchildren, aged 8 and 12 from Toronto visited for a week in August and had a great time. Close to Baby Beach and the small town of Kapaa, the location of the cottages is superb. Great to stroll along the bike path to Kapaa for coffee or a smoothie. While Waimea Canyon and other tourist must sees are easily reached by car. The ever-changing view of the Pacific from the porch was amazing and one of my favourite memories is of relaxing on the porch with a book and a glass of wine, watching as two yachts skim across the water.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo, Ruth, for your glowing review of Aloha Cottages, you echo so many of the things we love about the cottages: sitting on the front porch, with the ocean so close, is one of my favorite things. Good in the evening with wine and good in the morning with coffee or tea. After a strenuous hike up Sleeping Giant Mountain this morning we strolled over to the beach and took what I call my "saltwater bath"... quietly lounging in the warm, shallow water, watching the clouds roll by. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you'll return soon. Susan
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Out of this world

  • 5 of 5

Dear Charlie and Susan,

We stayied at your beautiful cottage in March of this year. It is hard to put into words how fantastic it was. The overall feeling of staying here can best be described as ALOHA and OHANA.....Love and family. We came with our three 20 something children. Many of our best memories involve your property. Enjoying the ocean view, watching whales breach out front, welcoming the sunrise each morning, playing frisbee and Bocci Ball in the front yard, people watching on the bike path and looking for "treasures" out front at low tide.

Your house was well appointed with everything we needed. The beds were comfortable, furnishings warm and homey. We especially enjoyed spending time with Charlie as he was staying at Moonrise Cottage during our first few days. We will NEVER forget our spectacular Kauai Vacation. Your home exceeded our expectations and I have to say I wish I could give it six stars!! Five just doesn't seem enough.

Many thanks.

Randy, Molly, Chris, Alex and Emily.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A big MAHALO to Molly and everyone for taking the time to write such a glowing, heartfelt review. Your comments about your visit to Sunrise Cottage make my heart sing! Our goal is to provide a calm and beautiful setting so that our visitors can have the best possible experience at Aloha Cottages; we must be hitting the mark! We hope you'll plan to return soon. Aloha, Susan
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Staunton Virginia

Heaven at Sunrise!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect cottage for two couples! We each had our own master area and could go to sleep every evening to the sound of the ocean and the feel of the tradewinds blowing across the room! The location was the most convenient on the island as well. Easy drives to the west and north shores and Safeway was about two blocks away. The kitchen was super stocked. All of our meals were prepared on that fantastic Wolfe stove or the large grill outside and always eaten on the front porch with a great ocean view! We had a couple of questions and Dawn was very helpful and quick to respond! The wifi was super fast so if you had to download your pictures of the day it took only a few minutes. Sunrise provided ample fluffy towels, boogie boards, beach chairs, kayaks, and coolers. We did not see any bugs inside and the cottage was extremely clean. There are ceiling fans in every room except the bathrooms- they can get a little heated but not uncomfortable. There is a nice selection of informational books on Kauai as well as movies, although we never had the TV on the entire time....who would want to watch TV in Kauai???? The mattresses were extremely comfortable but a warning, the roosters start crowing and the Zebra Doves start cooing at 5:30 a.m. We didn't mind because watching the sunrises every morning was pure luxury!

The moon was full while we were there so sitting outside on the red lawn chairs made for a perfect, relaxing evening! The front porch is the perfect place for chilling and people watching as they walk and bike down the bicycle path.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A big MAHALO, Tanya, for your beautiful review. It is so helpful to our future guests to read about what is in store for them. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the cottage so much and hope you'll return soon! Susan
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a piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

From the moment my family and I drove up to this house, we were in paradise. This house was more amazing then we imagined. The house is beautiful, clean , and well stocked. We cooked most nights here, including bbq and everything worked beautifully. Every morning i sat in one of those lovely chairs and watched the sunrise, it was so peaceful and such a great view. it is a great family house. And the owners and Dawn were very helpful and knowledgeable. You will not go wrong with renting this place ( you will love it ), just don't rent it when i want to :)

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Nalani, and mahalo for such a glowing review. We are constantly improving, upgrading and polishing the property to make it the very best experience for our guests. It is when we receive reviews like yours that we know we've hit the mark. We hope you do, indeed, return soon! P.S. Everyone loves those red chairs in the front yard, they are a landmark in the neighborhood. Warm regards, Susan
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Kuhio Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Oasis, Tiki Taco, Olympic Cafe
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


Rates & Availability

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Moonrise Cottage / week $950 + Tax
Sunrise cleaning fee $250
Moonrise cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 13.42%

Complementary interim cleaning offered for stays of 2 or more weeks.
Add Moonrise Guest Cottage to accommodate up to 2 more people (8 total) for just $950 a week.

A deposit of $500 a week is paid at the time of booking and returned within 30 days of the visit minus the out cleaning fee. A deposit of $300 is required for Moonrise Guest Cottage. The full rental fee is due 90 days prior to arrival. Personal check preferred. Paypal accepted with 2.9% fee added. International bank transfers OK, too.

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Kauai Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
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.
  • 4 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 , Separate studio with ensuite full bath, accommodates 2
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2). Additional queen bed and bath available in optional separate 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
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • water skiing
  • 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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