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Award winning - private home***Walk to Poipu Beach.

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Featured in Fine Home Building's, Great Houses of 20 small homes selected in the US to be in the book, a unique one of a kind beautiful very private home, walk to Poipu Beach.... Swim at Poipu Beach, considered one of the best beaches in the world. Pristine crystal clear water with outstanding snorkeling. A beautiful home, Pua Hale is an enchanting Japanese style one bedroom Poipu Beach vacation home close to Poipu resort areas, The Sheraton Kauai, Waiohai Marriot and The Hyatt Regency. It is located on a quiet residential dead-end street about 2 1/2 blocks from Poipu Beach. There are no crowded condominiums and hotels near Pua Hale. It is your own private house near all the resort areas but is surrounded by a high wall and fence on a quiet dead end residential street. Wonderful swimming is a 5 minute walk away at the Waiohai side of Poipu Beach. Pua Hale is beautifully decorated with antique Japanese furniture, comfortable nicely upholstered furniture and beautiful sliding shoji screens. A deep soaking tub for two, which was featured in Fine Homebuilding, enhances this wonderful home. It is not furnished with the usual Hawaiian condo type furniture but instead with beautifully coordinated furniture and art. It has its own walled tropical garden with a Japanese style bamboo waterfall. TVNC# 4209, Tat # W02611614-0

a recent guest said"We stayed at Pua Hale in April, and it was wonderful in every way. The home is just as described and shown in the photos – it has such a peaceful ambiance. We loved the Japanese style and accents. Carol Ann has supplied everything you need for the beach, and that was great. The house is in a quiet, residential area and is close to shopping, many good restaurants (including those at the nearby resorts), and Poipu Beach is just minutes away. The house has complete privacy with beautiful gardens surrounding it. It was nice too knowing there was someone nearby in the event of an emergency. A great find for us – I highly recommend Pua Hale!!"

On a sunny Poipu morning, you will wake up to the sound of a small Japanese waterfall in your completely enclosed, walled garden filled with tropical flowers (Anthurium, heleconia. spathphyllum and others).

Your bedroom has sliding shoji doors and a very comfortable, queen bed. It opens into a large living room with queen sized sofa bed, and a dining area. You can see the lovely walled garden from the bedroom and hear the soft waterfall sound (you may turn it off if you do not like the sound of falling water) You will enjoy the large sunken Japanese style bathtub/shower, big enough for two. The kitchen is completely equipped right down to the finest garlic press and food processor. There is a cable TV, free WIFI VCR, DVD, stereo with tape & CD player, and numerous books on Hawaiiana and Kauai.

The white interior walls, white tiled floors and counter tops along with insulated double ceilings keep Pua Hale cool all year round. Beach chairs, boogie boards, coolers and both a gas and charcole barbecue are available for your use. Pua Hale is on a half acre property. The owners live in the back of the property and their home is not visible once you are in Pua Hale's walled garden or house.

The owner, Carol Ann has lived at Poipu Beach for over 53 years. Carol Ann was born in Hawaii (her family came in the 1800s).. She has traveled extensively all over the world. She has three grown children and 10 grandchildren, 3 dogs and 2 cats who live in the house on the back of the property and can not be seen or heard from Pua Hale..

Carol Ann is a painter and photographer and retired from her photography company called PORTRAITS OF HAWAII. She has won many local & national awards for her photography and painting and has been published in several books.

Keywords: Deluxe Vacation House, Japanese Style home, beach home, deluxe custom furnished interior, private, walled garden with bamboo waterfall ,,total privacy fenced on large 1/2 acre property, beach equipment including boogie boards and beach chairs, lovely Japanese garden, fully furnished down to the best kitchen equipment on a quiet dead end street.

Another guest just commented:

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Pua Hale. It is a little hidden jem in Poipu. The small house is surrounded by a wooden fence, lush greens, and has a lovely fountain in the private garden. It really makes you feel like you are in your own little paradise. The shower was also great - it has this open design that makes you feel like you are showering outdoors. So freeing! The house was clean and had everything we needed. It's close to the beach and some great restaurants and other resorts where you can go grab a nice cocktail. I stay in vacation rentals all the time and would highly recommend this!

Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway "

More Details

Carol Ann Davis
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, some Hawaiian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Carol Ann Davis

I am a painter and professional photographer and have won awards in many shows. My work is in many private collections as well as the State of Hawaii I have been active in Hawaii's arts community since 1964. I have a degree in graphic design andI also have a bachelors and masters degree in social (emphasis on political) communication. Our family has been here since the 1870s. I have three grown children & 10 grandchildren. Three dogs and two cats share my home but can not be seen or heard from Pua Hale.. I am an avid animal lover and volunteer with the local humane society as often as I can. You can arrange to take out a dog on a field trip at our local Humane Society if you need a" pet fix".

Carol Ann Davis purchased this house in 1989

Why Carol Ann Davis chose Poipu

My husband, Walter Briant,(who passed away 8 years ago) and I built this home as a very special vacation rental at Poipu Beach. It was built in a Japanese style and is furnished with japanese antique tansus. We built it on our 1/2 acre property at the Poipu Beach resort area but it is on a dead end street so is quiet though very near to all resort amenities.

What makes this house unique

Pua Hale is a unique one of a kind vacation rental in Poipu. the house itself is beautifully designed and It is uniquly furnished with Japanese antique furniture and garden sculpture as well as modern comfortable furniture. Though near the resort area, it is on a very quiet dead end street and surrounded by a high wall and is totally private. It is a short 5 minute walk (if you walk slowly) from Poipu Beach park itself where people enjoy swimming at Poipu Beach, rated as one of the best beaches in the world. The kitchen is totally outfitted with anything you will need to cook a gourmet meal and there is a complete laundry room attached to the back of Pua Hale.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We truly enjoyed our stay @ Pua Hale our new found hideaway. Thank you t my cousin for her recommendations. The Japanese waterfall is soothing and calming. We a both looking forward to retirement so we can spend more time @ Pua Hale. This makes it hard to leave. The geckos "Homer and Misty" are very friendly. Homer especially loves to pose for the camera. We felt just like little kids, we were just fascinated. Thank you also for supplying us papayas from your garden. They were sweet.

Carol Ann, we thank you for creating Pua Hale. Best of luck to you.
May 2009
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Poipu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • there is a wonderful deep Japanese style (furo) soaking tub in Pua is big enough for two and the water comes up to your chin. There is also a shower if you prefer. Pua Hale also has a shower in the garden if you want to rinse off after a trip to the beach
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed is very comfortable...dense foam matress covered with memory foam...sofa bed in living room is also queen sized and futon is double bed size, Double Beds (1) folding futon double bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A queen sized sofa bed in the living area...we also have a folding double futon
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private Hot Tub/bath (Japanese furo), very private space...can not see the outside world from Pua Hale or the walled garden.


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Award winning - private home***Walk to Poipu Beach.
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 49 reviews

Pua Hale is a MUST for your stay in Kauai

  • 5 of 5

Pua Hale is THE perfect island getaway! It's a two minute drive to Poipu Beach, one of the island's safest swimming and snorkeling beaches. Staffed with lifeguards, it's suitable for all swimming skill levels.

The house: You'll experience all the comforts of a private home in a tropical paradise; your own private driveway under a fragrant Plumeria tree, laundry room, full kitchen with all the necessities (including a fridge stocked with local fruits and coffee by your hostess). The living room has a cozy couch in front of a flat screen TV with cable and of course, NetFlix and the other standard streaming apps. The bedroom is a cozy nook away from the living area (with sliding doors for privacy) and the bathroom was my favorite; whether you enjoy tub baths (like me) or strictly showers, the sunken tub with shower is a true delight! In the morning you'll waken to tropical birds chirping (and roosters crowing) and fall asleep at night to the chirps of tiny geckos. No resort crowds, noisy condos, parking lots or waiting for elevators and tipping valet's, when you stay at Pua Hale, it's YOUR paradise! Aloha!!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having Brian and Lydia stay...they were perfect guests and really enjoyed our beautiful Kauai when they were here.
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West St Paul

Superior design, artistic Hawaiian-Asian home

  • 5 of 5

Clean and functional design is beautifully maintained. Charming comfort is accented by total privacy of house and garden, with calming fountain. Good price, great value.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful, quiet location

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home. It was beautiful, quiet, private, and located in a nice local neighborhood away from tourists. We traveled to Hawaii to attend our family reunion on Oahu. Following the reunion we wanted a nice quiet place on Kauai to relax and enjoy the rest of our vacation. The home is enclosed by a tall fence which leaves the impression of being very secluded and private. There is a wonderful water fountain on the patio, which blocks out any traffic or outside noise. Carol Ann, the owner, is a wonderful, hospitable person. She made us feel very welcome and helped us with any questions or directions. This home is within walking distance to Poipu Beach, a lovely beach. It is also near several restaurants, bars, and shopping.

We would absolutely stay in this home again when we travel back to the island. As our family reunions are every 2 years we will be back there soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having Cindee and Scott stay with us at Pua Hale. They were perfect guests and I loved talking to them. Cindee's mom is from an old established Kauai family and loved getting to know her. I would love to have them back at Pua Hale for another visit.
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Pua Hale was a stylish, surprisingly quiet and secluded home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Hand crafted home meticulously assembled and, while not new, tastefully decorated, well appointed, and clean. The owner lives on site and she was easily available but not intrusive. Her artistic flair makes the home an enjoyable original. It is spacious, and the Japanese bath is so sensible and soothing. The private patio and fountain made it hard to believe we were a one minute drive to Poipu beach. We will be back asap.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved having John and Lani as guests at Pua Hale. I would happily welcome them back any time. I am glad they appreciated the custom furnishings in Pua Hale. The Japanese Tansu are antiques as are the Japanese brass cranes and ceramic frogs in the garden. Pua Hale is very different from the modern bamboo furnished pseudo Hawaiian units(mostly from Thailand) The original Koloa Mill large photos featured in Pua Hale were taken when Koloa's mill was still operating and are historic. The only other copies are at Grove Farm and the Hawaii State Art Museum.
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North olmsted, Ohio

Quiet, private, serene, relaxing, spacious one bedroom vacation house with wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Privacy wall around property fronted by a tropical garden is a wonderful asset. The kitchen is fullly equipped, the bathroom has a cool, sunken Japanese soaking tub. CarolAnn is attentive, helpful and generous. Poipu Beach is a four minute walk away. This place has everything I personally look for in a vacation rental. My husband and I have been here three times over the years and always enjoy ourselves.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having Laura and Tom stay at Pua Hale. They were great guests and really took advantage of the wonderful things that there are to do on the island. They hiked everywhere, swam and went scuba diving. I look forward to having them back.
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Close to Poipu Beach but mice/roaches made it not a pleasant stay at Pua Hale

  • 2 of 5

Carol Ann - the owner - was very hospitable and friendly but the condition of this rental was not satisfactory to us. We saw several mice and cockroaches during our 4 day stay. We'd planned to cook our meals at the property but after seeing this, using the provided cookware, dishes and utensils was unappetizing at best. We were sitting on the couch trying to watch the NBA Finals and literally saw a mouse run across the kitchen counter, jump down on the floor and disappear into the bedroom area. Within minutes, we found numerous articles of clothing (that had been laying on our suitcases airing out) soiled with mouse feces and urine. There were mouse droppings on the bed linens, in kitchen cabinets, under furniture, and along the corners of the main room. Part of one backpack pocket was chewed and shredded. Roaches -- not unusual for a humid/hot environment but not okay either -- were seen in the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. The house is well-sized for two adults but we would definitely recommend arranging in-advance to use the A/C (which we didn't realize we needed to) not necessarily because of the heat but because of the noise from the surrounding neighborhood, especially all the roosters (which we routinely woke up to at 3am...definitely a taste of the real Kauai!). The walled-in lanai had lovely plantings and a handy outdoor shower (one of our favorite features) but the "fountain" (bamboo pipe squirting water onto rocks) was just loud enough to drown out only the TV but not any of the roosters, yelling neighbors, cars, etc. The WiFi worked fine as did the cable although via an unsecured passcode. On the positive side, Poipu Beach was a quick 5min run/drive or 10-15 min walk away and numerous shops/restaurants were also very accessible. In retrospective, our four days on Kauai could have been more enjoyable if we'd changed to a different location. However, we'd already paid in full, in advance and the thought of double-paying for another room was too much for a short stay. Two stars for working WiFi & cable, proximity to Poipu Beach, and the outdoor shower. We passed these comments onto the owner directly after our stay as we were unwilling to have any additional disruption to our Kauai trip than we'd already experienced. Pua Hale might be great for some travelers but it was not satisfactory for us.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am surprised that these visitors did not talk to me while they were here about their problems. I went up and welcomed them and talked to them again before they left and no mention was made of any problems. I just found this review on VRBO and am really startled. I have never had a review like this in the 22 years I have been renting Pua Hale. This guest sent me a letter after she left which I responded to explaining that the situation was taken care of. I talked to her partner who said there were no problems as far as he knew. We found a tiny baby mouse which we managed to catch (humane trap and release) which had gotten in to the house somehow even through the whole property is surrounded with rodent control stations. There is no way that a tiny baby mouse could do the damage that the guest suggested it did. A few tiny German roaches were found for the first time ever in Pua Hale since I have a monthly pest control service. My pest control people came the next day and eliminated them, I was told by the pest control people that these roaches do not live outside but come in in grocery bags, suitcases and rental cars which are not regularly treated like Pua Hale is.. Pua Hale is in good condition and painted and maintained regularly. My cleaning people worked at the Sheraton for years so are very experienced. I built Pua Hale about 22 years ago as a vacation rental. I furnished it with antique Japanese furniture, tatami mat, shoji doors, a wonderful traditional Japanese bamboo water feature (which has an off switch if people do not like the sound), a Japanese furo soaking tub and a number of other features. It is on a dead end street at Poipu Beach on a half-acre lot and is separated from neighbors and my home by a tall wall and a fence. I have been renting it to visitors from all over the world for 22 years. We do have wild chickens which are all over Kauai. My neighbors are quiet as far as I know. I have had great reviews except for one by a couple who did not like geckos which are in all buildings in Hawaii and most people find charming.
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Jack Harter Helicopters
Kauai Museum
Kauai's Hindu Monastery - Saiva Siddhanta Church Headquarters
Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Kalapaki Joes - 1 block
Nearest Golf
Poipu Bay and Kianna 3 blocks
Nearest Restaurant
Kalapaki Joes - 1 block
Nearest Beach
Poipu, Brenneckes and Waiohai 5 minor less walk
Nearest Point of Interest
Pua Hale at Poipu
Car: recommended

-world famous botanical garden, National Tropical Botanical Garden, nearby, great surfing two blocks away at Poipu Beach /Waiohai & Brennickes Beach, wonderful sandy swimming beach two blocks away at Waiohai, windsurfing at Mahaulepu, wonderful hiking along the Mahaulepu coastline, many good restaurants nearby, horseback riding at CMJ stables along the Mahaulepu coastline.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $95 + Tax
Pet Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

down payment to hold reservation is 30%...the form does not allow me to put that in
I charge $12 per person per night for any over 2

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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