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***Summer Availability*** Super private, very central-excellent reviews

Kapaa, HI, USA
  • Cottage500 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

1 Bedroom/1 Bath (Sleeps 2) Private Cottage

Li'i Lani, native Hawaiian for Little Heaven, is a beautiful 1 bedroom, full bath, full kitchen, cottage nestled in the middle of gorgeous Wailua Homesteads. Wake up to fantastic views of lushly green Kauai, and experience a one-of-a-kind opportunity to live as a local in this gorgeous cottage amongst mountains! Enjoy the convenience of being centrally located to all major activities and attractions, while staying off the beaten path in luxurious home-away-from-home comfort. Live in luxury while taking in the beauty of upcountry Kauai -- truly an Aloha experience!

1 bedroom, full bath, full kitchen, and living area, with laundry amenities (washer and dryer). Newly remodeled throughout, paint, carpeting, tile, and all brand new furnishings and appliances. This includes a Cal King iComfort bed, two flat screen TVs, Blu-Ray DVD player, Belgique pots and pans, fully stocked kitchen appliances, and gas stove and oven. Also, right outside your island cottage is an herb garden, which guests are welcomed to utilize, as well as a gas grill and outdoor seating area where you can enjoy BBQ lunch or dinner like the a Kama'aina (local).

First impressions are important, as are the tiny details. You can rest assured that Li'i Lani will always be exceptionally cleaned especially for your arrival. With this same idea in mind we want our guests to feel welcome and comfortable, as if they truly have a little home on the island, so we strive to provide any and all amenities one would utilize in everyday life. Upon your arrival each guest is greeted by a lovely welcome package with fresh flowers, island goodies, and a special homemade treat!

If you are dreaming of relaxing and adventuring in an island paradise, this is the place for you. There are countless activities on this beautiful Garden Island, and our centralized location gives you the prime opportunity to experience as many as possible without falling into the 'tourist trap.' Located near charming Kapa'a, explore the quaint town, grab some delicious food, or rent a bicycle to meander about the streets or the newly installed 9-mile bike/walking path along the Coconut Coast and see the sights -- including the legendary Coco Palms! Swim or learn to surf at Kalapaki Beach, a wonderful place with gentle surf and gorgeous views of Nawiliwili Harbor. Head north to see the beautiful Limahuli Gardens in Ha’ena, or to jump from the Hanalei Pier into beautiful Hanalei Bay, Hike Hanakapi’ai, visit the Kilauea Lighthouse and view many of our island birds, or shop at various little boutiques and stores offering a variety of souvenirs and island wear so you'll be able to take a bit of the island home with you. Go South to Po'ipu, otherwise known as The Hollywood by the Sea, where there is shopping in abundance and many choices for fine or local dinning experiences, and a calm and gentle beach perfect for swimming. There's also ample opportunity to snorkel and explore the island's beautiful and pristine waters on gorgeous beaches such as Tunnels Beach. Create memories to last a lifetime by swimming alongside beautiful tropical fish and legendary sea turtles! Explore the Na Pali Coast by boat (available for booking almost everywhere), or hike its challenging but worthwhile trails in order to see nature at its finest! Get a taste of traditional island culture with many locally produced luaus that offer both entertainment and local food!

We are located two minutes away from Nounou (Sleeping Giant) hiking trail, where you can enjoy an intermediate level hike across and/or up this legendary figure of our island home.

Discounts will be offered to guests for one-on-one surf lessons with Todd Higashi, owner of Surfing Kauai, with over 40 years of surfing experience.

Sink your toes into the sand or lace up your hiking boots knowing that there's a lovely little cottage waiting for you to come home to!


Deani Higashi

Member Since 2013
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About Deani Higashi

Deani and Todd Higashi have been residents of the Wailua Homesteads for nearly 30 years. Both locals of this gorgeous island, they have chosen to raise their five children and two grandchildren nestled amongst the lush greenery of Kauai. Todd, a longtime surfing instructor, spends his days teaching young and old alike to learn to surf the beautiful waters, and Deani works overlooking and maintaining gorgeous properties around the Garden Island. Both love spending time with their beautiful 'ohana!

Deani Higashi purchased this Cottage in 1988

Why Deani Higashi chose Wailua Homesteads

Upon seeing the Wailua Homesteads, Todd and Deani fell instantly in love and knew this was the place to raise their family together. Away from the hustle and bustle of Kapa'a and other nearby towns, this upcountry farmland estate provided a safe, quiet place for their multiple children and grandchildren to play safely and enjoy true island living. The seperate cottage was built in 1990 as a longterm rental on the edge of the property and remodeled just last year, and Deani and Todd decided to turn it into a vacation rental in order to provide more opportunity for others to experience beautiful Kauai!

What makes this Cottage unique

Quiet, clean, and off the beaten path, this cottage provides you with ample opportunity to disappear into local culture and get away from tourists! Listen to the lush sounds of local tropical birds and animals -- no traffic here! Enjoy true country living in the lap of luxury. Aloha and Mahalo!


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Cal King icomfort bed and flat screen tv


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower

          Location Type

            • Downtown
              Li'i Lani is just three short miles up the hill from Wailua and Kapaa town. Each offers a vast array of shopping and Restaurant choices. The two main grocery stores are located there.
            • Mountain View
              Li'i Lani has a gorgeous view of the Sleeping Giant. This mountain offers opportunity to hike and take in the spectacular view of the entire Coconut Coast. From Lihue to Anahola.
            • Resort
              If you should desire a day of 'pampering' we have several resorts that offer spa treatments.
            • Village
              Kaumakila Village is located on the Wailua River. It was where King Kaumualii assembled his war canoes. Cultural demonstrations available.


                • Away From It All
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Breakfast bar seats two and dining table seats two
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 2 people


                                    • Books
                                      Visitors' guide book and other novels
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                      ipod player
                                    • Television


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • churches
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • luaus
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • bird watching
                                                • shelling
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • wind-surfing

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          36 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          cozy, quiet, and clean

                                                          Bob D.Pleasanton, CA

                                                          The location was convenient for exploring the island. Owners were accommodating and quickly replaced a misplaced key.



                                                          The cottage was charming and had everything we possibly needed for a fabulous Hawaiian vacation!

                                                          Deani’s Cottage is the perfect home away from home.

                                                          Lizbeth F.

                                                          My granddaughter (19) and I had the time of our life in Kauai and staying at this cute little cottage was the icing on the cake. Deani thought of everything one might need in an pristine home. I can’t say enough about this little gem in the hills of Kapaa. We went all over the island to come home to a real Hawaiian residential neighborhood. We were in want of nothing and enjoying the beautiful sunrise over the hills every morning was such a plus. Quiet , romantic, safe. I can not recommend this place enough. Mahalo Deani. Hope to visit again. Lizbeth Farrell Stayed 2 weeks January 2018

                                                          Perfect place

                                                          Louis G.

                                                          Very quiet. Clean. All those smallest things make the difference ( snacks, cold water bottles, coffee filters, detergent for the washing machine etc. )

                                                          The dryer machine is a bit tricky but do not despair, it will start at some point ;)

                                                          The cottage had everything and more that u would need to vacation in Hawaii.

                                                          Kathy D.

                                                          My only 2 complaints were - no air conditioning. It cools off at night and breezes are usually good but of no fault of the owner, the trade winds did get cut off a few days and the cottage was an oven mid day. My other complaint was that the beautiful wrap around windows in the living room were missing curtains and had only sheers. This created a fish bowl effect. We were up early and the sun went down early. I could not walk out and get my cup of coffee in my night gown. We had to keep the bathroom and bedroom door closed. There was just no avoiding that there was no privacy. There is a 2 story house right in front of u so it was a problem every day. I still gave it 4 stars because I think it is a temporary thing. There are clearly curtains in the pictures and the rods are there. I am thinking they were removed to be cleaned and it only made my trip uncomfortable. Having to get dressed before u shower etc on vacation is a pain. But everything else was perfect. It had everything u could want and need. It was centrally located and the road up was very scenic.

                                                          Cute bungalow in a good location!

                                                          Patti K.

                                                          We loved staying here. It was the perfect spot for our travels to the north end of the island or the far west side and everywhere in between. The house had everything we needed including a washer and dryer and a super comfortable king sized bed. We did some simple meals and snacking here and even cooked dinner one night of our 8 night stay. I would definitely book this again the next time I come to Kauai


                                                          Kapaa, HI, USA

                                                          The greatest part about staying in the Wailua area is the central location. You can easily travel to the north or south or west side of the island. You may want to consider one of the fabulous Luas or ATV tours or a zip line adventure. If that seems a little too much then take a drive around the island and catch the view of waterfalls.


                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Tax Rate

                                                          Stay a week, and get one night for free!

                                                          36 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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