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Oceanfront Plantation Cottage - Amazing Views, Perfect Poipu Location!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

2 bdrm, 2 bath fabulous ocean view and sound of crashing waves

Hale Nani Kai, 'House of the Beautiful Sea', is one of the last original 'sugar shacks' left on the south shore of Kauai. Hale Nani Kai takes you back to the days of a simpler Kauai... vast ocean views, the sound of waves crashing on the lava shore, and the simplicity of island life 50 years ago.

Hale Nani Kai is a true beach house. Let the sounds of the waves lull you into an afternoon nap, enjoy lazy days on the magnificent lanai in the shade with a good book or just gaze out on the gorgeous South Shore view of Brenneke's and Poipu Beaches. Be entertained in whale season with your front row seats for whales and their calves and the year round turtles that frequent the shore.

Hale Nani Kai has two bedrooms, each with a comfortable king bed and bathroom en suite. The living room has a full sized sleeper sofa. The decor is beach house casual, boasting both indoor and outdoor dining areas for 6. The kitchen is well stocked for meals in, and a gas BBQ for the grillers in your family waits on the lanai. There are laundry facilities on the premises and beach chairs, towels, umbrellas to take on your short walk to the beach or to enjoy Hale Nani Kai’s private lawn. The sunset views of Hale Nani Kai are breathtaking, and a wonderful treat to return to at the end of the day from wherever your adventures have taken you. The VRBO calendar is always up to date so if it says it is available, it is!

More Details

Property Manager
Shari Pilaria
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2017

About Shari Pilaria

We first moved to the Islands in 1988 and lived in Oahu. One trip to Kauai and we were HOOKED! We bought property in Poipu in 1996 and keep coming back! We live in Texas full time and love to share the blessing of this home while we are away.

Shari Pilaria purchased this house in 2004

Why Shari Pilaria chose Kauai

We had owned a condo previously and wanted to have a little more privacy and space. We found this jewel in the middle of Poipu and have loved it ever since! The location is perfect for walking to either Poipu Beach Park or the Hyatt, Shipwreck Beach. The vast open view from the lanai was the selling point for us as well as the uniqueness of this old house! We have updated it, but tried to maintain the old, cottage style living it was intended for when it was built in 1962. It has withstood hurricanes and storms, hosted many families and friends, been the spot for various Hawaiian musical concerts and countless delicious meals served and enjoyed over the years. It's the real Kauai. So many incredible memories for us and no doubt many more to come!

What makes this house unique

Huge covered lanai, spectacular ocean view, privacy, location, sounds of waves crashing all day and night, whale watching, grassy lawn

Guestbook comments from the manager

and this by far was the best place we've stayed. The house is beautiful and well equiped and very comfortable!!!

The view from the lanai is awesome and rainbows and sunsets glorrous! We hope to come back and stay again here now that we've experienced it.

We enjoyed Brennekes Beahc Broiler, Roys and the Beach House for meals out and cooked in for many meals.

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home - hate to leave but we have pictures - and will come back.

Feb 2013
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Poipu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size bed with new, top quality mattresses in each bedroom. One queen size sleep sofa in den. One blow up mattress (aero bed)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The VRBO calendar is always up to date so if it says it is available, it is!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(48 traveler reviews)

Oceanfront Plantation Cottage - Amazing Views, Perfect Poipu Location!
average rating of 4.7708335 based on 50 reviews

Spacious lanai with ocean and sunset views. Short walk to beach

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days here with family and it was just perfect. There is plenty of room to spread out. All the basics are supplied, including beach toys and kitchen supplies. Convenient to shopping. A wonderful breeze kept the whole house comfortable, well ventilated in all rooms.

We would definitely stay here on future vacations without a second thought. Shari was very gracious in welcoming us to the house and there to help in case of need. But all was fine and we did not need to call. Mahalo

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that your family got to spend the Christmas holiday week at Hale Nani Kai. We were there a couple of weeks before you arrived and had thought how nice it would be to spend Christmas here with our family too. Perhaps, one day we can do that too! We are very glad that you found everything you needed to make your stay comfortable and complete. Shari is a wonderful manager and we are thankful to have her there locally representing us. Please come back and stay with us again on your next trip to Kauai. Aloha & Happy New Year 2017!!!
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Really nice fit

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time here and the hosts were very accommodating. Impressed with how stocked the house was!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed Hale Nani Kia. And, what a great place to spend Thanksgiving! We are glad you found everything you needed for your stay. We try very hard to supply the house with all you would need for a great Kauai vacation. Please come back! Aloha and mahalo!
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Awesome secluded home, great location!

  • 5 of 5

This was such a great place!! Fantastic place for 2 couples or large family. Super close to the popular Poipu beaches, restaurants, and attractions like the botanical gardens and spouting horn. The best dive operators are in Port Allen, only 25mins away!

This is a fantastic place, with a well stocked kitchen. The lanai is HUGE and the sunsets from the lanai simply can't be beat! This was our third trip to Kauai and was absolutely the best!! Huge living area, lots of seating and places to chill out, but this is Kauai and you're not necessarily going to be in the house too much!!

Anyway, this is a great place, I wouldn't hesitate to book it again for out next trip!! Shari is a great property manager and super responsive - thanks again for all your help!!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming island comfort

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our visit here! Last time we visited the islands, we stayed at a fancy condo place. While it was nice, this time we wanted a different, non-corporate-feeling experience. This house is delightful! Instead of air conditioning, we enjoyed the constant Hawaiian breezes. Hey, this is how people lived here forever! Even in August, It just wasn't too bad because the house is designed and positioned with island winds in mind. The house is so nice we'd come back for an August visit again - in the cooler months it would be a slam dunk!

We had neighbors; we could sometimes hear them ( car doors closing and such), but we rarely saw them. This is exceptional because this house has the big lanai and so much glass bringing the glorious outdoors in. Plus, the landscaping does an excellent job of screening the surrounding structures.

We had a small plumbing issue, but Shari jumped right in and got a plumber there to address the issue to our satisfaction.

Several folks mentioned the comfortable beds and it's true. My wife never sleeps well the first night on travel, but on this bed she did. It also did a good job of not waking up one partner when the other one moved around. Our only nit was that there was a plastic lined mattress cover protecting the mattress and my wife sometimes woke up feeling muggy because of it.

Like so many said before, the views, features and comfort are outstanding. You want this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing with us about your time at Hale Nani Kai! We absolutely love how you felt so at home and appreciated the Hawaiian lifestyle. Our hope is that you will be comfortable and have everything you need while enjoying the beauty of this amazing island. I love it that you feel so isolated but yet, are in a very desirable and populated area. It's really the both of best worlds to have things near by to enjoy but also, feel like it might be like the old times on Kauai with just a few neighbors. We have found that our neighbors in the condos are very respectful for the most part of our closeness. Please do come back and stay with us another time. It can be your home in the islands too! :) Aloha.
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  • 5 of 5

Our family was able to stay at this BEAUTIFUL home last month and it was an absolute DREAM! The perfect location, the most incredible view, plenty of room for our family of 6 (17 yr old, 15 yr old, 9 yr old & 8 yr old), comfy beds, well appointed kitchen with everything you need, and did I mention the view??? The lanai is absolute perfection!!! Close enough to walk to the beach, stores & restaurants...far enough away from any noise or crowds. Shari was wonderful to work with and quick to answer and help with our needs. We will most definitely be coming back someday...a DREAM!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! You all must have loved all being able to enjoy life on the island together. How fun for your family! Memories like this are not soon forgotten even by the younger ones! So glad you all had fun and found the house and property what you expected. We are thrilled to have people like you enjoying our home and hope that you will come again and tell your friends about us too! There is never a bad time to come to Kauai! Aloha!
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Great View, Great Location, Fun Times

  • 5 of 5

The house is on a large lot with a big grass area in front and a huge L-shaped deck with views of the ocean.

We had our 18 month old with us and one the bedrooms was able to be made very dark with the blinds closed so it was perfect for the little one. The master bed was comfy and with the breeze coming through all the vents, the house was always comfortable for sleeping.

The kitchen was stocked with basics including spices and soy sauce and vinegar (we left olive oil for the next guests), so we ended up cooking multiple nights, using the outdoor grill, too.

There are lots of books on Hawaii and Kauai on the bookshelf, a TV with cable and wifi.

The beach was 5-10 minutes away on foot, an easy walk.

The bathrooms only have small showers, no bathtubs, but even with our little one, it wasn't a big deal.

We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend the home and would come back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks for writing a review for us! You described it PERFECTLY and we can tell that you certainly appreciated our home in the islands like we do! Thanks for leaving a few groceries that can be passed on to the next guests too! Yes, the huge open lot is a real plus for any property on Kauai and it adds to the enjoyment and the privacy we believe. We like to put our chairs out in the yard and watch the sunset from that perspective. Every angle of that ocean view it wonderful, isn't it?!?!? It never gets old that is for sure! We are so glad to hear that you would return and we look forward to having you back and also would love it if you told your travelling friends about our place. It's truly a gem and we love to share it! With lots of memories there, I find myself going there in my mind when life gets hectic here or I just need a brain break! The peacefulness along with the spirit of aloha can be addicting! Aloha!
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Car: recommended

In the heart of Poipu Beach Hale Nani Kai overlooks the beautiful rocky shores down to the beaches of Poipu. An excellent location for snorkeling and beach activities.


Rates & Availability

Poipu House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
whale watching 2017
Jan 17 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
holiday 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $175
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.41%

There is no smoking allowed on the premises. Check in is at 3pm and checkout is at 10am unless other arrangments have been agreed to. The vrbo calendar is always up to date so if it says it is available, it is!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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