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

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

TA 170-499-0720-01

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

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Susan Hoerner
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Susan Hoerner

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 Hoerner purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Susan Hoerner 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.


Kapaa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
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
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Vintage Oceanfront Cottage : Recommended by Fodors 4 Years in a Row
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 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: Jan 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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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: Mar 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: Jan 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: Apr 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: Jul 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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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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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

Kapaa Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Moonrise Cottage / week $1,050 + Tax
Moonrise cleaning fee $125
Sunrise cleaning fee $250
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.

Owner'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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