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Open Palms Plantation -- ~A~ Slice of Heaven in Paradise

89 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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5 - 7 nights


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House, 2 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

'A slice of Heaven in Paradise' is what you'll find at Open Palms Plantation. Relax and enjoy the peace and serene island lifestyle. A beautiful retreat nestled in Oahu's horse country on a 2 1/5 acre plantation setting located at the base of the spectacular Koolau mountain range. We are just 3 minutes away from the 5 mile long pristine white sandy beach and turquoise water of Bellows and Waimanalo Beach, which was rated the #1 beach in the U.S. for 2015. A couple of the other top rated beaches, Lanikai and Kailua, are just 10 minutes away, and the infamous North Shore is 45 minutes away on a beautiful coastal highway.

Each unit has it's own private entrace, outdoor dining and barbequing area. Please visit our webpage for full information on everything we have to offer.

We are only 25 minutes from the Airport and 30 minutes from Honolulu and Waikiki. Easy access to all of Oahu's sights and adventures without the hustle and bustle of a tourist area. Restaurants,shops and cinemas are just 5 minutes away in Kailua Town.

Keywords: House, Estate, plantation, studio, spacious, private, serene, peaceful, relaxing, comfortable, amazing views, gorgeous gardens, fine furnishings.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Kitty Nichols
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
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October 22, 2016
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About Kitty Nichols

Aloha and welcome to Open Palms Plantation!

In Hawaii, our greeting to friends is, "Aloha! E komo mai"; "Hello! Come in!" So, to all who want to know the natural, quiet beauty of Hawaii, I say: "Welcome! Come in, relax, and enjoy my little gem in paradise”.

My kids have grown up and moved on into the world allowing me to open my home to those who are seeking a more pristine part in Hawaii. The same dedication and love of the land that drove me to build Open Palms is still with me, and when you visit, you’ll see me on my mower, or in the flower gardens with my weeder, or trimming the lush foliage that borders our property. There are horses in our paddock that kids can pet and feed and barbeque grills stand ready for your outdoor parties.

Situated in the foothills of the Koolau Mountain range – the only mountain range of its kind in all of Hawaii – we are afforded a spectacular view of the sheer, corrugated gorges that accentuate the range. You can’t believe how inspiring it is, following a rain, to see these gorges serving as conduits for magnificent waterfalls. A flock of white doves live in the trees on the property and are tame enough to hand feed, something the kids just love. We also have a gorgeous peacock in the neighborhood who has made it his practice to come visiting every afternoon for his supper.

My determination is to continue sharing this beauty with people from around the globe who will feel the same appreciation of Open Palms that I have. I am humbled that so many guests have taken the time to send me cards and letters – even photos of their families – with expressions of gratitude and appreciation. Also, many return year after year, and have sent their friends and family to share in the same happiness. It is my hope that we meet, and through that meeting we also become true friends.

So… Aloha, welcome, come in, and relax. A place where you can have no worries, you’re at Open Palms Plantation.



Kitty Nichols purchased this house in 1985

Why Kitty Nichols chose Oahu

Like any polished jewel, Open Palms Plantation began as a raw, rugged part of nature, overgrown yes, but in a spectacular setting. There was beauty hidden in that wilderness and I was determined to create what I envisioned as a lovely home in harmony with its surroundings. Achieving a vision that had me spellbound didn’t come easy, taking years of hard work that I and my family actually performed with our own hands...and aching backs. And the result is a breathtaking two and a half acres of unpretentious, stunning contentment!

What makes this house unique

Bonfires at twilight emphasize the romanticism that is Hawaii, giving us pause, to reflect on how fortunate we are. Open Palms Plantation is unique in that we are insulated from the noise and commotion of towns. There is a serenity and calmness enveloping us and yet we’re only minutes from Kailua with it’s shopping malls, restaurants and food courts, and entertainment venues. And the beaches from Kailua to Lanikai to Waimanalo are among the finest-rated beaches in the world! Sail, surf, snorkel, or simply stretch out on the white sands and stop the world for awhile (don’t forget the sunscreen). Because there are so many things to see and enjoy, I provide each guest with maps and lists of places of interest, making it easier for planning their days’ outings. When they return I love hearing the joy and amazement in their voices as they tell me of their adventures.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent long,guiet moments of joy, bliss, and eternal union on this, our honeymoon. And although we ran amuck, as tourist do, the most wonderful moments were those of quiet closeness, face to face in conversation and knowing each others heart. This place allowed those quiet moments and was the place of occurance of our greatest oneness.

And in this the greatest blessing and accomplishment for our union and our honeymoon. In this, our honeymoon,has come to fruition and found it's greatest possible success. And in this we find supreme gratitude.
Mar 2009
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Open Palms Plantation -- ~A~ Slice of Heaven in Paradise
average rating of 4.955056 based on 99 reviews

A calm and relaxing place in paradise

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing wrong to say with this place. We had a great time, the host was very friendly with us. The place is beautiful, secluded and safe. If you plan on renting a car and getting away from touristy Waikiki, this is the place to stay at.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Scotts Valley, CA

Indeed a slice a heaven

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful stay at Open Palms Plantation. Our host Kitty was very welcoming and made sure our stay was amazing. House is comfortable and equipped with everything you might need. The entire property has been beautifully maintained and offers a nice retreat for people that want to escape hustle and bustle of Honolulu and staying at any hotel. I don't think we'd ever want to stay at another property at Oahu. We'll be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a Slice of Heaven...

  • 5 of 5

Kitty and Hunter (Golden Retriever) were simply the best amazing hosts. This place is truly amazing. The plantation house itself and the surrounding landscape are quite unique. Kitty really made our trip to Hawaii something very special. She was always available and resourceful to help us navigate and discover the island...pretty much she knows everything. It is quite evident that she puts all of her energy and love in making this place very special. Location is great as it provides you with more of an inland type of experience, more immersed in the mountain landscape as opposed to the most expected beach type of experience. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our week in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We could not have ask for a better choice of where to stay. We did our running around during the day especially with our son getting married. I loved having my morning coffee and my evening nightcap , and anytime in between, just looking at the mountain or that beautiful tree overlooking the pastures. It was so peaceful. Kitty was just great. I think of her often and envy what she has made of her slice of paradise.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, Indiana

Absolutely WONDERFUL place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely LOVED staying here. The apartment was beautiful as was the well maintained grounds. I had so much fun learning about the various "critters" that live outside. I also love flowers and take pictures of them when I'm on vacation and there were so many right on the property. I loved looking at the photo book in the room that showed how the property and house looked when it was bought and you can see all the work that Kitty has put into this place and that she loves her home. I also enjoyed reading what others thought of her place in the guest book in the room. I loved having beach stuff supplied so we didn't have to buy or rent anything. She has thought of everything....even the Skin so Soft to spray on yourself to keep bugs away when you are outside. My husband is a "Mountain" person and I am a "Beach" person so this really met both of our wants. We will definitely stay there again but for longer the next time. Thanks Kitty!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Paradise in Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

Folks, if you want a place to stay that is near a fantastic beach, away from hustle of Wiakiki, and one of the nicest settings on Oahu, this place is it!! Do not waster your time looking anywhere else. Fantastic Host, Beautiful and comfortable suite, that has the feel of Home! If I have to go back, and I hope I do soon, I will book this place again. Bar-b-Que's under the patio canopy with this scenery, Awesome and relaxing.

The Kennedys

March 2016

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
HNL Honolulu International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Waimanalo Town
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Olamana Golf course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 72
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Waimanalo Town
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bellows/Waimanalo Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Open Palms Plantation
Car: necessary

Tucked away at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains, you are located in one of the most pristine and peaceful environments on the island, and yet, only a two minute drive to Waimanalo Beach, the #1 rated beach in the US for 2015. Downtown area and Waikiki are located just 25 minute drive away if you feel the desire to have a night out on the town. Additionally, you can spend a day on the historic North Shore watching the surf and enjoy the stunning 45 minute coastal drive around the island.


Rates & Availability

Waimanalo House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas Holiday
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.96%

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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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Waimanalo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , A seperate bedroom is off the main unit.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , The main unit has a california king size bed in it.
  • There is a California King sized bed in the main unit, it's a 4' longer than a regular king bed. It is like a suite... living area and bed in the same large space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Air Conditioning plus Ceiling Fans, Cable TV and DVD, Full size Refrigerator, Fully equipped Kitchen, Double burner Cooktop, Washer and Dryer, Linens, Beach chairs,umbrellas, towels, and mats, Boogie boards,Bikes, Gas B.B.Q. Grill, Large Patio area, Private secure parking, California King size bed, twin bed, futon provided if needed, Privacy, lots of privacy.

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