Our cozy and comfortable one bedroom is in a large home, about 4 miles from Waikiki. Kaimuki is an older, quaint neighborhood that has become a higly sought after place to live on Oahu with great restaurants and lots of boutiques. Kahala Mall is also in walking distance, which has a Whole Foods (*_*)
Times Super Market is nearby too, and Zippys and Napoleon bakery.
There are lots of nearby beaches and hikes to choose from!
The bedroom shown is 1 of 3 being rented, and the bathroom is a shared bathroom with the other two guests. There has been no issues sharing the bathroom.
It has a brand new twin size bed with comfy pillows, change of sheets, mattress protector, and towels. There is an antique boudoir to hang your clothes, and drawers . There is wireless network. It is a very small room good for a single traveler. There is a fan (no ac), and there is an outdoor area for lounging that has cool breezes. The summer months can be quite warm, especially August and September.
Accès des voyageurs
Living room with a large screen for watching Netflix or DVDs, covered outdoor lanai, and fully equipped kitchen: guest refrigerator with freezer, 6 burner gas stove, microwave, toaster, tea and coffee, cooking oil and salt/pepper, and an outside barbecue grill.
Bikes available to rent. Free body boards to use, and mask/snorkel. Beach bag and beach towels provided too. We have a washer for dirty laundery, but please pick up a small box of detergent from Times Super Market on the way to our house.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We work from home, so we are available for as much interaction as you desire, we will respect your time and privacy.
:>) Trade winds and open windows is the "central air" we use...there is no AC. During the summer months (June, July, August) it can be more humid than usual, especially August, so if you prefer AC our rooms are not for you. Since we have open windows to keep the rooms cool as possible, I cannot guarantee that you won't hear the neighbors getting up around 7:00am to start their day, since they also have open windows. And sometimes the mother can be quite loud yelling at the kids :0) not a huge problem, but it has happened on occasion. Also, we are a tropical climate so sometimes large cock roaches may be seen, not a huge problem but on occasion you may meet one ;0)
:>) My husband Vance is an avid surfer, so if you want to surf he can tell you all about the different spots and how to get there. Or you may want to hire him to give you a surf lesson. We also have boards you may rent, but if you break it there will be a cost to replace it.
Since Vance is from Hawaii you may want to hire him to give you a customized tour.
Transportation from and to the airport if you are not going to be renting a car:
Reliable Shuttle: (URL HIDDEN) charges about 18.00.
If we are available to pick you up from the airport we will, but there is a charge of $40.00 for this service; we can also take you back to the airport if we are available.
Should we not be available you can arrange pickup via Charley's Taxi cost is about $50.00 + gratuity.
The Bus is another option, cost $5.00 (need to have correct change), make sure to ask for a transfer. It picks up and drops off on the second level of airport where curbside ticketing is. Following is a link to the two buses you will need to use to get to our home in Kaimuki: #19 and #1 Kahala, (URL HIDDEN)
You want to make sure you transfer to the correct #1, you need to go east and so you want to make sure it says #1 Kahala. get off at the 16th Ave. bus stop, then cross the street and walk to 17th Avenue.
Please note: if you plan to take the bus they do enforce a size limit on luggage allowed on the bus, which is the same as an airline carry on bag. They sometimes make exceptions, so up to you if you want to chance it with a larger suitcase.
Uber or Lyft is another option, although they CANNOT pickup from airport, they can only make drop offs. It is a good idea to download the Uber or Lyft app before coming to Hawaii, just in case you need to have transportation, it is quite a bit cheaper than using a taxi.
SMOKING: No smoking in house. May smoke cigarettes outside in the covered patio area. We would appreciate you dumping your ashes in the trash can, so that we don't have to do it. If others are using the patio, who don't smoke, please walk out to the driveway to smoke, we have a table and bench you may use.
CHECK-IN: flexible, but if you come before 3:00 pm you may need to wait in the living room if a guest is leaving the same day, so that we can finish cleaning the room.
CHECK-OUT: Flexible, unless we have a guest arriving same day as your checkout then you will need to leave the room by 11:00AM
NOISE: Be very quiet when coming and going from the house and while in the driveway. Most houses in this neighborhood do not have central air, including ours, so it is important to be quiet and keep noise to a minimum between 10PM and 8AM.
PARKING: yes, in our driveway if guest spot is available, otherwise there is more than enough free street parking. We have an additional space that we do not allow for guest parking, please kokua and abide by this rule, we keep it open for our clients to use or our children, and for Vance to easily drive out when he uses his scooter.
HOUSEKEEPING: There is no daily housekeeping service. So please clean up after your self when using the kitchen and bathroom, (leave it as you found it, like drying your dishes and putting them away and keeping the bathroom counter clear, we want the bathroom counter clear of your stuff, because we work from home and sometimes we may have a client that will use the guest bathroom). After taking a shower please make sure you wipe up any water on the floor, so that next guest doesn't step on a wet floor.
It is very important to not leave crumbs on counter tops or eat in bedrooms where crumbs might fall on the floor...Hawaii is a tropical environment where cockroaches can be a huge problem, so it is very important not to "leave" food for them to find. I will clean the bathroom once a week. And if you would like, I can sweep and dust your bedroom if you are staying longer than a week...just let me know that you want me to do it.
BATHROOM: Please do not use too much toilet paper at one time, otherwise you may stop up the toilet, do not flush anything else besides toilet paper.
Brush your hair before taking a shower so as to limit how much loose hair goes down the drain.
Dry the floor after your shower if it gets wet.
LINENS & LAUNDRY: We provide linens and towels. There is a laundry room with washer should you want to wash your sheets and towels or any clothing during your stay, but please provide your own clothes detergent. We will wash your sheets and towels after you leave. We have a dryer for rainy days, but prefer you to hang dry on the line behind our house if weather permits. If you require additional linens or toilet paper, thank you for letting us know and we will happily accommodate your needs. However, if you happen to develop a cold while here please buy your own box of Kleenex (tissue).
STAYS that are a MONTH or LONGER: PLEASE provide your own shampoo/body wash, clothes detergent. We will provide toilet paper.
FUNCTIONS: Parties and Functions are strictly prohibited. The price charged is for domestic use only. No outside guests are welcome inside, should you meet someone while staying at our Airbnb :)
PETS: No pets allowed in or on the property.
We have 2 cats, that we keep mostly in our bedroom, but if you are allergic to cats our home may not be right for you.
LOST KEY: Please leave all keys in our mail box before driving away, $30 will be deducted from your security deposit for each lost key.
DEPOSIT: The room should be left in a similar state to its condition on arrival, except we will clean it. Deposit is fully refundable, however it may be deducted for excessive mess or repair/replacement for damages to the home or its contents. Or if you borrow our beach stuff and don't return it, or if you break it.
Sand is part of our environment and no surface, nook or cranny is spared in Hawai'i. Although we love it at the beach, it is very damaging to plumbing and large appliances which all are costly to repair, hence our request that you please rinse off thoroughly before entering the home. Shake out towels filled with sand at the beach or out in the driveway. A garden hose and spray is available for rinsing off in the driveway if there were no showers at the beach, and we will happily extend more towels to you to dry off as well if needed.
All beach toys borrowed must be rinsed off before returning them.
RESPONSIBILITY DISCLAIMER: Property owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The guest is responsible for safe-keeping of personal belongings or valuables. Damage, breakages, theft and loss are the tenants responsibility during their stay. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises.
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I'm originally from Dallas, Texas. I moved to Hawaii in 1980 because I was tired of the extreme hot summers and icy winters of Texas, and I was curious what it would be like to live on an island, so I bought a one way ticket to Hawaii and have been here ever since.
My husband Vance, a local Korean boy, who I met about 6 months after I moved to Hawaii, has lived here all his life. He says it was a good thing I came to Hawaii because he had no intention of ever moving to Texas (it's all about the surf). (*_*)
We got married in 1982 and have 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren, and still counting :0)
We both love spending time at the beach; he loves to surf and I love to read, so while he enjoys the waves I enjoy the sun and a good book or a long walk on the beach. We live in Kaimuki, an older neighborhood that will never be too old. My husband refers to our home as his "town beach house", because it is so close to a variety of beaches, but also near Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, and it is very casual and laid back, just like us :0)
We thoroughly enjoy sharing our home with travelers, and giving tips and suggestions on places to visit, and foods to try. We also enjoy hearing about their time in Hawaii, and seeing their faces light up as they share their experiences and their favorite things.
Our home is perfect for travelers who desire to experience living with locals.
We've had the privilege of hosting guests who not only come as a tourist, but some have come as traveling nurse, others have stayed with us while doing an internship, some for business, some for school, or a convention, others stayed with us while transitioning here for a job, or it may be that you just want to practice your English speaking skills. Whatever reason you are coming to Hawaii you can be sure our home will be a clean, safe and affordable place to call home. We will hanai you while in Hawaii. Hanai is a Hawaiian term meaning to informally adopt a person. We hope to make you feel like a part of our family, part of our ohana, although we will respect your space and privacy too.
We appreciate travelers who are responsible, considerate adults, not given to loud conversation, nor loud laughing, especially after 10:00PM and before 8:00AM. We live in an older, quiet neighborhood where most homes do not have central air, so it is very important to respect the neighbors by being quiet.
If you are this kind of traveler we hope you choose our Airbnb! We look forward to welcoming you to our hale, your home away from home...your new old neighborhood, Kaimuki.
Please make sure to read our room descriptions and other notes on the room before making a reservation. I want you to have an awesome time in Hawaii without any surprises.
Mahalo for your consideration!