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Ann McMahon

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

Oceanfront Loft Apartment on Oahu's Famous North Shore

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Kahuku Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

State of Hawaii Transit Accommodation Registration: W00122118-01.

Recommended by and listed in Lonely Planet Guides: Hawaii - 6th edition, April, 2003

Oahu - 1st edition, March 2000

Our house is located on the north shore of Oahu, less than two miles west of Sunset Beach, the world famous surfing beach, and about one and a half miles west of Backyards (Velzyland), which is an equally well-known windsurfing site. A lesser known and uncrowded surfing area is offshore from our property. We are directly on the ocean, with year-round sunsets, and whales passing by during the winter months. The house sits on a flat, rocky reef, with sandy beaches a very short walking distance to the left and to the right. An offshore reef protects us from the pounding waves, and provides safe swimming and snorkeling. Honolulu is a one-hour drive away, but we are also directly on the bus line.

The vacation unit is in a separate wing of the main house and has its own private entrance. It shares a large deck and a large patio, both overlooking the water, with tables, lounge chairs, and a small charcoal barbecue. It is an upstairs-downstairs arrangement, with a large, airy bedroom upstairs, and a small sitting room and bath (combined tub and shower) below. Both rooms have ocean views.

An inclined ladder-staircase leads to the bedroom (please see photo), which contains a king-size bed, a chest of drawers, and hang-up space.

The downstairs sitting room contains a couch and a TV (cable/44 channels). There is NO KITCHEN OR STOVE, but the downstairs room has a small refrigerator, a microwave, single burner hot plate, coffee maker, toaster, and small, fold-away TV tables. There are also dishes and utensils, adequate for light cooking, using the bathroom sink for cleanup. We also have a washing machine and dryer available for guest use. As with many other ocean front homes on the North Shore, we are located on the around-island highway, so there is some vehicle noise in the bedroom at certain times. It is not heard in the sitting room or on the deck. Because of the possible hazard with the inclined staircase and the steep deck stairs (see photos), we cannot accept small children.

We require a five night minimum stay.

Please send deposits to the following, which is the property address:

Ann McMahon

57-531 Kamehameha Hwy

Kahuku, HI 96731

Keywords: Separate Entrance Unit

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ann McMahon (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for being such wonderful hosts. We especially appreciated the use of your guide book, which we would have been lost without. We had such a wonderful time! We will definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a place to stay on Oahu.
Oct 2013
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based on 16 traveler reviews

Oceanfront Loft Apartment on Oahu's Famous North Shore
average rating of 4.6875 based on 20 reviews

Wonderful Beach Front Loft

  • 5 of 5

To say this was a, “pleasant place to stay” would be a total injustice to the owner’s and the property. We had an incredible vacation, in part, due to this charming little Loft that sat right on the beach front, where we enjoyed beautiful sunsets every night. It is one of two rental’s that are attached to the owners own house…which is not a concern, because they are an awesome couple. The Loft, where we stayed…is in the middle, between the house and the little one room apartment rental. I had really big reservations at first about the ladder when we initially rented it, but once we got settled in and I had cleared the ladder a couple of times, they were not a problem. It is a quaint little Loft…small downstairs, large upstairs bedroom, just right for two! The kings size bed was actually two twin beds, pulled together to make one. However, the little connector in the middle works great and it was just like sleeping on a comfortable king size bed. After a couple of nights, the “traffic noise” that is mentioned in other reviews, was not a problem for my husband; I used earplugs and you do get used to it after a couple of nights. The place was clean, with a little fridge, hotplate, toaster, microwave, as well as, a hair dryer and iron. The bathroom was not large, but two can manage fine, if you can maneuver around the door. The living area has a futon and a little TV, right as you step inside the room, from outside. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!! The couple that owns this little place are WONDERFUL!! They were so very helpful anytime me, or my husband, needed anything. They were ALWAYS very accommodating. I can’t say enough good things about Ann and Richard. If you happen to read this, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for EVERYTHING!!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable accommodation with a great view just meters from the sea.

Bedroom spacious though would be tricky/dangerous to access for older people or young kids (steep ladder to loft).

Living area a bit tight but amenities and also has sofa bed.

No washing or drying facilities, would have been useful.

Bedroom is rather close to main road and you hear a lot of traffic. Curtains or blinds would be useful.

Hosts very nice and helpful.

Definitely would recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As posted on the VRBO website and shown in our information booklet in the apartment, our guests have 24-hour access to a washing machine and a dryer at no charge. We also normally mention this to our guests upon check-in.
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Quiet and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

This place is exactly what my husband and I were looking for! The property owner Ann was there to greet us when we first arrived. Very nice lady. She made us feel right at home. The appartment had a beautiful view right on the ocean. We sat out on the lawn chairs every morning while drinking our coffee and every evening while eating dinner. I definitely recommend this place for a couple looking to escape from the every day life. 😊

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nothing less of amazing :)

  • 5 of 5

My experience at the McMahon apartment was absolutely amazing, far better than a 5-star hotel stay. Reading previous reviews from past visitors was what sold it for me. The apartment was much more than I expected. Despite having no full kitchen facility (as I was aware) Ann and Richard made sure the essentials were accessible; microwave, small fridge, hot plate, toaster, jug, eating utensils, BBQ, etc. This was all I needed for my short stay and having BBQ dinners on the warm Hawaiian nights with the sound of the shore right in front of me was exactly what I needed. If you're a light sleeper, being next to the highway and hearing the crashing waves all night may be a bit much for you but if you don't mind wearing ear plugs this is not a problem. Also, the ladder to the above bedroom can be a bit tricky if you are elderly or you suffer injury, just a caution. Otherwise, if you are fit and keen for a relaxing, comfortable, low maintanance, home-type stay, this is perfect! I will definitely be recommending these apartments to my family and friends if we look at returning together (highly likely). Thank you so much for your hospitality and warm aloha Ann and Richard, nga mihi aroha (warm regards) and see you again soon. Waimirirangi Koopu-Stone, New Zealand.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Wonderful location, is as described.

  • 5 of 5

My partner and i stayed for 5 days. Richard and Ann made us feel welcome and let us know they were available if we needed anything. There was no one staying in the other apartment when we were there so we could use that car space which was great, otherwise parking is on side of the road. Whilst you don't need a car to stay here - we saw plenty of people using buses - we enjoyed the convenience of having a car.

if you enjoy fishing there are great fishing beaches on the door step and very close walking distance. We saw plenty of people fishing. little further there is a bay to swim at and sunset beach.

Yes there is noise from the main rd. You will see though that just about everywhere directly on the water on the whole north shore is on the main rd, so i did not take any stars away for this.

This apartment was very relaxed and great for the price point. We loved being so close to famous beaches and snorkelling destinations. The Shark cove snorkeling i found much more enjoyable than Hanauma Bay. We saw turtles too.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If I did anything right on planning this Vacation to Oahu it was picking the McMahon Property to stay at and we will do so again if ever the chance arise again to go to Hawaii! Richard and Ann were the most gracious Hosts to meet. They would ask what we did or had we seen this and gave us insiders information of life on the island. Yes it was mentioned that the Highway noise could be heard but when we were there the waves were louder than the highway noise and were very comforting and relaxing. And sitting up in bed every morning and the first thing to see is the Palm trees and the rolling of the waves can't be beat!! We Highly recommend that you stay here and play here at Kahuna Bay. Your close to all the best beaches, Shrimp Trucks, Market places, Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie Temple, Zipline, Where they made Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park, windtalkers just to name a few!!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Honolulu International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Kawela Bay
Car: recommended

We are less than 2 miles from world-famous Sunset Beach, and from the Turtle Bay Resort's fine beaches and two golf courses. A new 1,100 acre state park provides many miles of forested trails for hikers and mountain bikers, less than 4 miles away. The nearby Polynesian Cultural Center and Waimea Valley Cultural Park are first class tourist attractions.


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5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.75%

State of Hawaii taxes of 13.75% are added to rental charge.

Cleaning fee: $50

Deposit of $100 is due at time of booking. Remaining balance is due 30 days prior to check in.

Reservations are not confirmed until deposit is received.

If reservation is cancelled with less than 30 days notice, we will try to re-book the nights involved, but if unable to do so, no refund can be made.

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Kahuku Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower, sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • One king size bed, chest of drawers, end table, hang-up space.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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