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Aloha and Welcome to my Diamond Banyan vacation suite in the popular Waikiki Banyan condominium hotel, just one block from beautiful Waikiki Beach.
My Diamond Banyan is a 600 sq. ft. corner apartment with exceptional views from all rooms and the lanai of dramatic Diamond Head and of the interior mountains and valleys, with their ever-changing cloud formations and frequent rainbows.
I, Michael Sisk, the owner, am a full-time resident of Hawaii for 25 years, residing on the Big Island. I personally manage my apartment in order to ensure that guests who stay will find it to be a 'perfect match' for their wants and needs. To do this I prefer whenever possible to speak by phone with potential guests so that we can become better acquainted and all questions can be answered to our mutual satisfaction. The success of this personalized approach is reflected by the unanimously positive reviews left by past guests on this VRBO listing; and also by the many guests who return to stay year after year.
Since its purchase in 2007 I have been upgrading and refurnishing the apartment to meet my own high standards: for my own frequent use when I need an urban respite from my very rural life on the Big Island; and with its future use as my retirement residence in mind. Rest assured that no expense has been spared in the meticulous and luxurious upgrades, including high-end designer leather furniture, original artwork throughout, and an overall eye for detail that reflects my lifelong interest in color and interior design.
The result is an exceptionally beautiful, comfortable and tranquil place to call 'home' during your vacation in Waikiki.
My suite is also more spacious than most at the Waikiki Banyan, for it is 1 of only 2 of the 14 units per floor with the additional sq. footage allowing for both a full kitchen that is totally out-of-view of the rest of the apartment; and a dedicated dining area with table and seating for four.
The kitchen was completely remodeled in 2013 and features all new stainless steel appliances; wood cabinetry with plentiful storage and pantry space; superior dish-, glass- and cookware; granite countertops and back splashes; and a functional and esthetic design that allows for the stove to be adjacent to the kitchen window: so you may enjoy the stunning view of Diamond Head while preparing meals.
New stainless steel appliances include a French door refrigerator with bottom freezer and automatic ice maker; a stove with convection oven and flat top with 4 burners; and a microwave above the stove with 4-speed venting. Smaller appliances include a coffee maker and grinder, blender, toaster and toaster oven.
My attention to efficient design in order to maximize utility and storage space in the kitchen makes my apartment especially attractive and appealing to guests interested in extended stays, many who prefer frequently cooking and 'dining in.' Frequent guest stays are for 3-7 weeks, with many of these guests returning year after year.
Comfortable furniture in the living room includes a 6-foot Italian leather sofa and a reclining leather lounge chair. The entertainment center provides wide screen High Definition TV; a DVD player and Roku Player for accessing free Netflix and other cable channels; and a small stereo with CD and iPod hookup.
There is both free high speed wifi and free long distance calling to all islands, all mainland states, Canada and all US Territories.
The entire north-facing side of the living room is floor-to-ceiling glass framing gorgeous views of the interior mountains and Manoa and Pololu Valleys. Custom draperies provide privacy and shade when desired including room darkening shades in the bedroom.
The sliding door opens to the lanai outfitted with a table and chairs for enjoying drinks and light dining, reading a book, or just relaxing and taking in the gorgeous views that include frequent rainbows.
A quiet and efficient window AC unit makes air-conditioning an option. However the cross ventilation resulting from the apartment's corner location and the enhanced air circulation provided by the recently installed ceiling fans in both the living room and bedroom ( not found in most units at the Banyan) ensure your comfort year-round, even without air conditioning most days.
The bedroom adjacent to the living room may be separated from it for privacy by sliding doors. it is tastefully outfitted with custom window shades and room-darkening draperies, ample lighting and hardwood maple furniture.
The comfortable queen bed hinges at the headboard for convenient storage beneath for all your luggage and anything else you would like out-of-the way.
The bedroom also has a large 6-drawer dresser and nightstands and both wall and ceiling mounted fans.
The bedroom opens to a large, well-lit vanity area that was remodeled with all new maple cabinetry, a granite counter top and designer lighting. A tall maple cabinet is well-stocked with high-end linens, thick bath, hand and beach towels, blankets, extra pillows, and complimentary laundry supplies.
This vanity is separated from the toilet and tub/shower by a privacy pocket door. Also recently upgraded, the shower has a safety bar on both the wall and tub, and the toilet features a bidet/washlet seat for added comfort and hygiene.
A coin operated laundry room is just steps away, diagonally across the hall from the front door.
An enclosed stairwell is on the other side of this corner suite, so there is no condo to either side of mine. This results in an exceptionally quiet suite with a quiet and very private lanai.
The recreation deck on the 6th floor provides a large heated swimming pool, sauna, hot tubs, barbeques with adjacent tables for dining, a putting green, tennis court and snack bar. There is also a convenience store and an internet cafe on the lobby level.
Beautiful Kuhio Beach (the east end of Waikiki Beach) is just one block away. This beach provides easy entry into the water and features a long surf-break wall that creates a protected swimming area of calm water--perfect for lap swimming and for those less familiar with the water.
The beach is an excellent place to watch surfers ride the waves, for long sunset walks, and, some weekend nights, for Movies on the Beach.
My luxurious apartment at the Waikiki Banyan is an easy stroll to all Waikiki attractions including beautiful Kapiolani Park,the Honolulu Zoo and Aquarium, the International Marketplace and the resorts and attractions along famous Kalakaua Avenue--the 'Rodeo Drive' of Honolulu. Churches, a supermarket, and shops and restaurants from budget to high-end are all nearby and easily reached on foot or by trolley or bus.
Waikiki offers endless activities for all interests and walks of life, including beachcombing, water sports, golfing, shopping and exceptional fine dining.
So come pamper yourselves with a luxurious stay in my Diamond Banyan apartment in Waikiki-- where it is summertime all year long!
Hawaii Tax ID Number: W00370524-01
Spacious dining area lateral to the galley kitchen with table and chairs for 4. My condo and the one across the hall are the only 2 of 14/floor with the add. sq. ft. that allows for such a space....moreless
New & quiet window unit that cools & dehumidifies the apartment. As a corner unit there is excellent cross-ventilation; air circulation is also enhanced by ceiling fans in the living room and bedroom...moreless
Kitchen remodeled 2013 with new SS appliances.My condo is 1 of only 2/floor with add. sq ftge permitting a kitchen out-of-view of the rest of the condo with a window: mine with view of Diamond Head ...moreless
New SS stove with flat cooktop and 4 electric burners. After 2013 remodel the stove is now adjacent to the kitchen window-- so you can now enjoy the beautiful view of Diamond Head while cooking!...moreless
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Jun 21 - Sep 20, 2015
7 night min stay
Sep 21 - Dec 15, 2015
7 night min stay
Dec 16 - Jan 3, 2016
10 night min stay
Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2016
7 night min stay
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My Diamond Banyan apartment at the Waikiki Banyan condo hotel is an easy stroll to all Waikiki attractions: 1-2 blocks from Prince Kuhio Beach and Queen's Beach (the 2 most easterly of the beaches that make up 'Waikiki Beach'); 3 blocks from the Honolulu Zoo and the entrance to beautiful Kapiolani Park; and one block to famous Kalakaua Avenue, the 'Rodeo Drive' of Honolulu.
A stroll west along Kalakaua Ave. will take you past the two most famous and historic of all Waikiki resort hotels: the Moana Hotel, the 'First Lady of Waikiki' that opened its doors to the public in 1901; and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the 'Pink Palace of the Pacific' that opened its doors in 1927. Enjoy the shops and restaurants at these two flagship resorts, and then continue your stroll west past the multitude of designer shops and fine restaurants for which Kalakaua Ave. is so well known.
You will also pass the entrance to the famous International Marketplace--just 5 blocks from my Diamond Banyan apartment and popular as the most affordable place to shop and bargain for almost anything you can imagine.The maze of shops and stalls in the Marketplace are fun places to shop for gifts for yourself and to take home for family and friends.
Churches, supermarkets, and budget to moderately priced shops and restaurants may be found along both Prince Kuhio Ave.-- one block parallel to Kalakaua Ave. and a cross street of the Waikiki Banyan; and Kapahulu Ave. 3 blocks to the east of the Banyan. Both areas may easily be reached on foot or by trolley or bus if you prefer.
Trolley and bus stops are within one block of my apartment and provide frequent and affordable transportation to other, more distant island attractions: the Ala Moana Shopping Center, Ward Center and Movie Complex, the Academy of Fine Arts, the excellent Bishop Museum, beautiful Iolani Palace, Chinatown, Pearl Harbor---just to name a few!
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Aloha! My name is Michael and I live most of the time on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, where I have a Kona coffee and white pineapple farm. Also on this property is my Tara Cottage, another superb vacation destination (VRBO #37172). I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, moving to California following college. I lived and worked for many years in San Francisco as an audiologist before moving to the island of Kauai in 1991. There I hosted a B&B for 3 years, moving to the Big Island in 1994. I then hosted another B&B at beautiful Kealakekua Bay in South Kona for another 3 years while developing my coffee farm upslope at the 1000 ft elevation-- where I live today.
Why the Owner Chose Waikiki Banyan:
I love my rural live on the Big Island! However after more than 15 years living in Hawaii, I found it becoming both too time consuming and too expensive to continue my 2-3 visits per year to mainland cities for my necessary 'urban fixes.' Yes, 'island fever' is a realty for most of us transplants from the mainland! So I decided to focus on Honolulu as my urban escape, and this led to the purchase of my apartment at the Waikiki Banyan condo hotel in June of 2007. Though occasional trips to the mainland are still necessary and enjoyable, I can now frequently visit Honolulu and enjoy my apartment and its superb location-- whenever it is not serving as a beautiful vacation destination for my guests, that is! As an avid swimmer I love my apartment's proximity to the beach--just two blocks away. And for long and beautiful walks, nearby Kapiolani Park is another bonus. Also given my dependence on an automobile on the Big island, my ability to get around in Honolulu completely by foot or bus is a refreshing and increasingly economical change of pace!
The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
I am a die-hard movie buff. And following so many years enjoying the cinematic benefits of first Washington, D.C. and then San Francisco, I found the lack of cinema on both Kauai and the Big Island to be quite the disappointment-- to say the least (thank God for Netflix)! In Honolulu I never miss the Hawaii International Film Festival in October and their Spring Festival in April. And I also travel to Maui each summer for the Maui Film Festival--with their wonderful open-air Celestial Cinemas! When festivals are not around I still have opportunities to see independent and foreign film(my favorites) in the movie houses in Honolulu. And let's not forget Movies on the Beach during many weekends in Waikiki. And did I mention that I am an avid swimmer and also appreciate live theater and musical events? Honolulu excels in these areas as well.
Livng Rm with fine leather furniture, original art, Bdrm left, Kitchen rear left
You enter to your first view of the Elegant furnishings and decor
Bedrm with maple furniture and custom room-darkening draperies with sheer panels
Another unobstructed view of famous Diamond Head from this bedroom window
Maple vanity with granite counter;pocket door opens to tub/shower & toilet/bidet
Kitchen remodeled 6/13: new SS app.,wood cabinets,ice maker, granite countertops
With stove adjacent to kitchen window,enjoy this Diamond Head view while cooking
This is your view while relaxing and dining on the lanai--breathtaking!
Gorgeous Rainbows Over Pololu Valley are a Frequent Occurrence
Huge Rec Deck:pool, hottub,tennis court & grill area. Beach just one block away!
Kuhio Beach view east to Diamond Head: all of this beauty just one block away!
Kuhio Beach view west to the famous 'Pink Lady'--the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Livng Rm sofa faces lanai+ views, Media Cntr-HD TV +DVD/Roku; Dining area behind
Dedicated Dining Area with seating for 4 adorned by Tongan Tapa Art on the Wall
Enjoy this beautiful view of Diamond Head from this window above the bed
Just imagine awakening to this stunning view!
View from bedroom to vanity and living room. Note the banked pocket doors.
Kitchen well-supplied for longer stays. Cabinet for add. storage & counter space
Lanai with table & chairs; cabinet for storing beach chairs, mats and unbrellas
Another Beautiful Lanai View of Pololu Valley
Enjoy this dramatic view of Waikiki/ Honolulu city lights at dusk from the lanai
Expansive Kuhio Beach is one block from the Banyan and close to Kapiolani Park
Kuhio Beach view of the Waikiki Banyan's 2 perpendicular towers, center left
Kuhio Beach's surf break wall assures calm, gentle water, perfect for swimming
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