We would definitely stay here again
We LOVED staying here! It was a perfect "home base" for our week-long visit to Oahu. Hukilau Beach is just up the road (you can walk there in about five minutes, but there are no sidewalks as it is a highway - although a small one - so you just need to be aware of traffic). The beach was never crowded; in fact, it often felt like our own private beach. The sand is soft and the water is warm, and if you sit still long enough, little ghost crabs will pop out of the sand and watch you. Our hosts were helpful and friendly, and quick to respond whenever we needed anything. The unit is well-stocked with everything we needed (spices, oil, a few other things in the kitchen, and plenty of shampoo, sunscreen, lotion in the bathroom). It was clean and comfortable, with more than enough room for the three of us (all adults). There is actually enough room to sleep six, plus a fold-up cot that could be pulled out of one of the closets. Earplugs are also provided, in case you don't fancy being woken up before dawn by the roosters. The fans in each room kept us cool enough, plus in the rooms with two windows, there was often a good cross-breeze. We appreciated the access to laundry facilities attached to the unit (located in the back entry), and made good use of the boogie boards and the coolers available for our use. We also appreciated the comprehensive information binder, which told not only about the unit itself, but also about surrounding attractions and restaurants. The LDS Temple Visitor's Centre was a beautiful place to visit, and sometimes has presentations and events open to the public (we caught the last five minutes of a Christmas concert by chance one evening). The only thing that would have made this unit better, in our opinion, is maybe a footstool or a coffee table in the living room. You will want to rent a vehicle if you stay here. There is off-street parking, and there are so many things to see and do within no more than an hour's drive. The North Shore is not far up the road, and has beautiful beaches (Waimea is a great place to picnic or sunbathe; the waves were too large in December to swim safely, but there is a lifeguard on duty) and good touristy shopping. Try some shave ice with ice cream from Matsumoto's. Yum! Not too far south of Laie, the Valley of the Temples is a really neat place to visit as well. Also, if you need a good way to spend a rainy evening, try the local movie theatre. Two screens, great snacks, friendly people.
Namahana Estates At Lanihuli