This beautiful Indonesian hardwood home was built with the tropics and local lifestyle in mind. With 3 bedrooms, an office and 3 bathrooms, this home has 2000 square feet of space for a wonderful experience. There is a big living room/lanai area that opens to the ocean and a rear balcony with views of the mountains. You will want to spend a lot of time there. (We loved our morning coffee watching the water.)
We furnished this house with 2 King beds and 2 Twin beds because we have found that when we go on vacations with other couples, we have a discussion as to who gets stuck in the small beds. Both adult couples will be equally comfortable and everyone will have their own bathrooms (including the kids.) Most rooms have breathtaking ocean or mountain views, and sleeping in the master bedroom you can wake up seeing the ocean. All bathrooms have extra-large showers, unique Asian mosaics and tropical features. The outdoor shower (with hot water!) is especially useful when coming back from the beach sandy feet and hair.
As this house is a true tropical structure with imported Bankirai wood from Asia, it provides plenty of character. The vibrant wood makes for an experience by itself. The woven bamboo ceilings are unique and the openness of the house provides a true indoor/outdoor tropical living experience. The house ventilation is air driven as the house is literally open in some weather protected parts and has solar fans in others.
This house is in a family oriented neighborhood, only a few steps from the water. Everything is nearby and in walking distance. We love the 5-minute walk to Pokai Bay for a quick dip in a calm water. On the other side of the bay is a perfect break for surfing. This is also a fabulous location to try stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. We always send out a scout to Pokai Bay at 7am in the morning to check to see if dolphins are in the bay. If they are there, everyone grabs goggles and swim out for a free dolphin encounter! These are the most beautiful and safe beaches for families. There is shopping, the bank, post office, a small local mall only a couple of blocks away. And yes, even Starbucks and Jamba Juice. From a practical point of view, this home is unbeatable.
Other amazing secrets in Waianae: There is a boat harbor where 2 companies run dolphin excursion tours. We live so close you will only need to get up 10 minutes before your meeting time. Only 2 miles away is a fabulous golf course in the mountains with incredible ocean views. It is never crowded and it is really fun to play. Our favorite hike is a coastal hike up to the farthest point of the west side, Keanu Point. You will see dolphins and seals, and unspoiled nature.
We also love our local restaurants. Hannara has a fried rice omelet and fresh banana mac nut pancakes. We walk there in the morning. Best views and amazing food can be found at Ka'Ha'aina Café at the health center. You need to go up there and eat in a pole house with views along the entire coast. There is a wonderful little nature walking tour as well.
When we play tourist, we head over to the Ko Olina where the Marriott and Disney resorts are only 15 minutes away. We love the Monkey Pod Restaurant, but there are over 20 restaurants to choose from among the 4 hotels. Also, if you want an AMAZING spa experience, the Aulani has the BEST spa I have ever seen with an outdoor area for relaxing that is second to none. My husband and I would hang out there all afternoon.
If you want a true local and tropical vacation, this house is the place to rent and enjoy for its qualities and uniqueness. We are excited to have you as our guest and look forward for you to share this amazing experience.
Driving Distances Around the Island:
- Airport 40 min
- North Shore 1 Hour
- Waikiki 1 Hour
- Kailua 1 Hour 15 min
- Pearl Harbor 30 minutes
- Ko Olina (Marriott and Disney Resorts) 15 min