Hale Aikane, Home for Friends - A newly-remodeled and updated tropical space takes advantage of the ground floor of our home with a private entry and fenced in yard in peaceful Wai'anae. This is definitely NOT in the city - quiet (only regular neighborhood noises like kids and dogs) and enough outdoor space for a family. When you take off your rubbah slippaz (flip-flops) upon entering, you'll enjoy an open plan room featuring many large windows, a full kitchen and family room followed by two bedrooms and a spacious bathroom all just 3/4 mile from the Poka'i Bay beach park.
Your kitchen is well equipped with a full size oven/stove, microwave, side-by-side fridge/freezer with ice-maker and cold water dispenser, and cupboards stocked with glasses and dishes and cutlery, cook and bake ware, kitchen tools from simple knives to a mandolin, bar utensils, storage pieces, coffee maker, toaster, picnic supplies, and a few staples. The beach towels are waiting for you along side your coolers, beach bags, boogie boards, and such that are available to borrow. Just ask us if you can't find what you need and we'll find a solution.
If you need a rest from seeing this beautiful island, the family room provides a large flat-screen TV with HD cable, DVD player, surround-sound, and wii with balance board (bring your own games). You'll have wireless internet if you'd like to stay plugged-in.
Ready to unplug? Borrowed a book from your shelf and relax on your lanai under the table shade or feel the warmth of the sun in your well maintained yard - your choice. You can use your grill for dinner and make s'mores at your fire pit as well. Maybe star-gazing is your thing - perfect place without light pollution.
On the more practical side, your bathroom has a clean shower/tub, sink, and plenty of places to hang wet swimwear, toiletry bags, and towels. We've supplied you with towels and a hair-dryer. The ironing board is found in a bedroom closet.
There is no A/C, but our Wai'anae Valley wind is usually enough to keep you cool. You'll have ceiling fans and other fans if needed.
One bedroom has two twins or pushed together to be a king bed. Please let us know your preference so we have it ready to meet your needs. You'll also have plenty of storage in the custom closet.
The other bedroom has a queen Sleep Number bed featuring separate controls for each side of the bed in one remote. You'll have another custom closet and your own smaller, wall mounted flat screen with cable.
You'll find three shelving units in the apartment for storing your groceries, souvenirs, gifts, and such. You can live out of your suitcase or unpack and be at home. We have an HE front loading wash machine just around the side of the house from your door and we use solar to dry (clothes lines - faster than a dryer).
Hungry? Wai'anae has two grocery stores, a drug store open 24 hours, chain fast-food places, and many family owned restaurants featuring menus of Hawaiian, Korean, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Italian, or mainland American foods. Ko 'Olina, just 11 miles away, provides the nearest fine dining with reservations highly recommended. Dining in Honolulu is feasible with a 45 minute drive.
Speaking of driving... Hale Aikane is 36 miles from Honolulu. In rush times (6-8:30am; 3:30-6pm), that means between one and a half and two hours driving each way. During the rest of the day you'll take only - 45 to 60 minutes. We're 45 minutes from the airport. Kapolei (O'ahu's second city) is 20 minutes away and has Target, WalMart, Costco (cheapest for groceries), nicer dining, a cinema, and more of a mainland feel. If golf is your thing, Makaha Golf course is 10 minutes drive from here and other courses can be found within a 30 minute drive. No car? From your apartment, it's a 10 minute walk to the Wai'anae bus terminal for express buses into Honolulu. The local bus line picks up at the end of our road. It's nice to drive to the beach so you can take more stuff, but the walk is short as well.
We have local knowledge of places to hike, fish, snorkel, SCUBA, or see local history. Your apartment has many guidebooks.
We love living in paradise and enjoy sharing that blessing. We're available to help you in the evening and even during the day as we homeschool so we're home more than most... or you'll find us at the bay.
Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. If you would like an early check-in or late check-out, please request it at time of booking and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Your neighborhood, while you stay, is typical Hawaiian style. Mostly, it's quiet without air traffic - just the rustling of the trade winds through the trees. Occasionally, you'll hear kids, dogs, and even a rooster. You'll be within walking distance of the beach, but driving is easier and you can take more toys - which you may borrow from us. Just ask! There are over ten named beaches within a ten minute drive north or south of your home away from home. And just about any place has water access if you prefer no company. Here is home to mostly locals and a few blessed mainlanders who found their piece of paradise.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Honolulu International Airport, 28 miles Car is recommended
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