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

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2 to 4 guest with georgous mountain view and minutes away from beach.

'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 2.5 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.

The unit has it's own private entrance outdoor dining and barbecuing area. Please visit our webpage at 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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Kitty Nichols
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

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 Waimanalo

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 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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Waimanalo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • 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
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • 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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Open Palms Plantation -- "A Slice of Heaven in Paradise"
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 104 reviews

Exceeded all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

I am not the type of person that submits reviews… but given the fact that the amazing reviews on this property were why we picked Open Palms, I decided I should do so in this case. When looking for somewhere to stay in Oahu, the following features were important to us (myself, my husband and my 10 year of son) and Kitty’s Open Palms Plantation exceeded our expectations:

- Location – We picked up a rental car at the airport and it was an easy drive to Open Palms. It was also an easy drive to all locations on the island… great starting point for all of our day trips

- Spacious accommodations with comfortable beds– the very comfortable king size bed and separate room for my son was a big bonus

- Clean – this is a deal breaker for me and it was great to find such well-kept and well maintained accommodations

- Parking - so many places in Oahu seemed to have tiny, limited or no parking, Open Palms has plenty of space

- View – the property was beautiful

- Privacy – we had our own section of the property including a great outdoor space to enjoy the view

- Kitchen – we ate out occasionally but mainly took advantage of the facilities to eat in and make some great meals

- Beach – beautiful beach was just minutes away by car. And a short drive to Hanauma Bay State Park, the most amazing snorkeling area I have ever been to. Kitty had beach chairs and other beach essentials for us to use.

- Internet – it was nice to have high speed internet for my son to use after all our day trips

- Laundry – nice washer and dryer

- Air conditioner – was not really required as there were so many windows and a great breeze, but we did use it a few times

On top of all the great features of Open Palms, Kitty herself makes everything even more appealing. Though we had all the privacy we required, it was nice seeing her on the property. Her cheerful and helpful manner was an unexpected bonus. Thanks Kitty!! Lynda

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lynda, Thank you for the wonderful review! I am also one to not take the time to write reviews because I’m not much of a computer gal, so I really appreciate you taking the time to write one. I’m glad your family enjoyed your stay at Open Palms Plantation. It’s nice to be able to meet families like yours from all of the world. Hopefully our paths will cross again someday until then Take Care and God Bless you all.
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Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days at Open Palms Plantation, but I wish we could extend the holiday and stay there longer. What an amazing property, so quiet and secluded. Kitty is a wonderful host, she provided information and tips about the area and was easy to get ahold of when we had more questions. The house is beautiful and very well maintained. Location is wonderful, my family including a toddler, made daily trips to Lanikai and Kailua beaches which are only a 15 minute drive away, to the Whole foods market (10 min drive), Hanauma Bay is 25 mins away . Hope to be back to Open Palms Plantation next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING !!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

When I first started looking for somewhere to stay on Oahu renting a house never crossed my mind and then I saw the profile picture for Open Palms and knew I had to stay there. Reading all of the amazing reviews though did leave me a little skeptical, nowhere could really be that perfect surely ? I made a point of contacting several of the people who had left such glowing reviews located throughout the world and each one confirmed that the review was genuine. From then on nowhere else was even considered. I contacted Kitty 18 months before we were due to visit, the flights hadn't even been booked, yet she was more than happy to reserve our stay. Through regular communication I kept her updated, paid a deposit and discussed the details regarding arrival time etc. On every occasion Kitty was more than accommodating and when the time finally came for us to stay she was just as accommodating and lovely as I had imagined. Kitty is just as wonderful as her property, nothing was too much trouble. The house and it's location are beyond stunning. The kitchen very well equipped, the beds comfortable and the carpet plush. There are boards and other beach accessories that she provides if required too. The horses are friendly and Hunter is a delight, I enjoyed playing with him on the lawn. You will not regret a stay at Open Palms Plantation it truly is beautiful. I would return in a heartbeat !!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Don't Leave Home Without It

  • 5 of 5

This is the place to stay while vacationing on Oahu, don't leave home without a reservation at Open Palms! Comfortable, warm, beautiful and secluded. Everything you might need while you are here is provided and if something is missing, Kitty will make sure you are taken care of. Everything is as advertised and our next visit will be booked here. Beyond expectations!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, secluded, peaceful paradise! Kitty was the perfect host, very gracious and accommodating.

  • 5 of 5

Open Palms Plantation was the peaceful paradise of a stay that we needed. Kitty was wonderful, the property immaculate and tidy. The location, a few minutes from several fantastic beaches is away from the tourist grind of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, providing what I thought was a much more authentic island experience. My first ten days on the island were spent at the luxury resort of Ko Olina, where I was booked through my company, while there on business. Moving over to Open Palms Plantation to spend a week with my wife who flew out for the last week was a far more rewarding experience in every way! Ko Olina was nice, to be sure, but at Open Palms, we felt much more at home and comfortable than at the large resort.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.96%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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