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A Secluded Retreat Steps from Beach

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Last updated: 12/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Kaaawa house description

The Windward Retreat Center is a place to gather and seek insights, experiences, and renewal. It is sponsored and operated by an independent religious and educational non-profit. We welcome all who share Friends’ values of peace, equality, and social justice.

We are a self-service retreat center located on four acres of tropical rainforest near the small beach village of Kaaawa, which in turn is surrounded by 10,000 acres of mountains and valleys along the windward (north-east) coast of the island of Oahu. It is an area of amazing sunrises and beaches, breathtaking beauty, and surroundings conducive to reflection and renewal.

As part of our mission we share our facility with Friends' and families looking to hold family retreats, forums, workshops, meetings, celebrations, small conferences, or a place to reflect and renew. We have welcomed non-profits, social service, educational, faith-based, and family and personal retreats. We've hosted everything from three-hour meditation sessions, to one-day workshops, to week-long family retreats, to 28-day yoga retreats. The grounds provide a contemplative environment for groups or individuals. We can host overnight groups up to ten and workshops up to forty. Each group has exclusive use of the center and it’s grounds for their stay.

Our center is newly built with wood floors, high ceilings, and tropical touches. The central meeting room has a 13-foot-high wall of glass with sliding doors that open to the lush jungle, bird songs, and the rhythm of the near-by ocean. Art on the walls includes contributions from artists that have stayed at the center. The large deck is where folks seem to gather in the evenings.

The retreat center is smoke-free. It is also wheelchair friendly with a ramp, large accessible doorways, hallways, and restrooms. Photos and reviews from our guests tell our story best.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Massage
          • Private Chef


          • Events Allowed
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            we have a wheelchair friendly ramp, large accessible doorways, hallways, and restrooms. ...moreless

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Ekahi

            Has lanai that overlooks the lawn and the mountains...moreless

          • Elua: 2 twin/ single


          • Ekolu: 1 queen

            Has private lanai and ramp for wheelchair access...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 5: 2 sleep sofa /futon

            Two sleeper sofas for extra capacity...moreless

          • All rooms can be set up for overnight stays with new hotel pillow-topped beds that are luxuriously triple sheeted to assure your sleep is just as relaxing as your time at the beach, or rooms can be setup for meetings or break-out rooms. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            Large and wheelchair friendly...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            Large and wheelchair friendly...moreless

          • Fluffy spa towels, tropical scented soaps and shampoos are provided.

          Other Amenities

              • Kualoa Ranch is just a 5 -minute ride. The ranch has horseback riding, ATV tours, mountain biking, Jeep tours, movie tours (several movies & TV shows have used Kaaawa as their backdrop), boat rides, hula and Hawaiian cultural activities. Ranch raised beef is served in their restaurant. ...moreless


              • Books:

                We have a large selection of books...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Toys:

                We have beach toys for kids of all ages!...moreless


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family


              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Massage Therapist

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Luaus
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beach View:

                Amazing views of the mountains and ocean from the property...moreless

              • Ocean View:

                Amazing views of the mountains and ocean from the property...moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fly Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Paragliding
              • Parasailing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining:

                healthy and fresh Island meals available through Gourmet Day Catering...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 10 people


              • Clothes Dryer
              • Hair Dryer
              • Internet
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Parking:

                Parking for up to 12 cars ...moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine


              • Coffee Maker
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Balcony:

                Some of our rooms have lanais...moreless

              • Boat:

                We have a sailboat and love to take folks sailing....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Large deck with seating...moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                Cabana for outdoor gatherings and small meetings...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill:

                Cleaning fee if not cleaned after use...moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                Beach chairs and boogie boards....moreless



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              from 9 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              My Standard Rate
              5 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Cleaning Fee $175
              • Taxes Included


              Half the total amount is due within one week of contract sent. Total balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Credit card number held for damage deposit.

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              Last updated: 12/16/2014
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              22 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
              115 Metres
              Nearest Beach
              Beautiful Swanzy Beach Park is just 350 feet away

              Car: Recommended

              Ocean activities in and around Kaaawa are boundless. The ocean can be everything from a playground for water sports to magical spot of healing and rejuvenation

              Just a two-minute walk from the house gets you to Swanzy Beach Park. Swanzy is a beach park with a white sand beach and a large grass area for picnics. It also has restroom facilities and a basketball/volleyball court.

              A short stroll down the road gets you to Kaaawa Beach Park. It is a ribbon of white sand that is perfect for sunrise walks, as it runs for about a mile. All of the beaches in Kaaawa have turquoise waters and palm trees.

              If you want to take four-minute car ride you can go to Kahana State park. Kahana is an eight square mile park that ranges from sea level up to mountains over 2,500 feet high. The wide crescent shaped beach, ringed by Ironwood trees that provide lots of shade, is a perfect beach to spend the day. Kahana is also a cultural park with pleasant hiking trails and an ancient Hawaiian fishpond along the ocean. Hawaiian legends speak of Kahana to the immediate north of the retreat center, and the Kualoa area to the south, as having rich histories and being associated with the gods.

              The Koolau Mountains, which run for over 30 miles along the coast of this part of the island of O'ahu, are the remains of a dormant volcano that collapsed and slid into the ocean hundreds of thousands of years ago. Waterfalls, rain, and wind have formed the deep crevasses in the slopes and cliffs. Today the mountains provide outdoor enthusiasts an amazing environment for hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV (all terrain vehicle) and Jeep rides along with endless exploring of nature’s beauty. The Koolau Mountains are also a native forest bird habitat. Recently, large portions of the southern and central Koolau Mountains were established as a critical habitat for the endangered Oahu Elepaio (Chasiempis ibidis) Flycatcher.


              Manager info

              About: HI, I'm Brett, the on-site manager of the Windward Retreat. Thirty years ago, I moved to Hawaii, from Chicago, with my amazing wife Stacy and have never looked back. We love it here in the islands, outside of the obvious natural beauty, it is the warmth of the people that makes Hawaii so special. I work at the retreat as a volunteer, a job I love. When I'm not cutting, trimming, and hammering, my day-job is a magazine publisher. My passions are spending time with Stacy, sailing on Kaneohe bay, and restoring old British sports cars.

              Why Kaaawa:
              Our retreat center is a valuable resource for spiritual enrichment and psychological insight through our own programs and through providing retreat facilities for religious groups, educators, community groups, families, and individuals who come to refresh and recharge. The Center is sponsored and operated by an independent religious and educational non-profit in a manner consistent with the traditions, testimonies, faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers).Our dream was to create a place of retreat and learning for our members, their families, and friends from around the world. When the center is not booked with our events, we open it up to friends looking for a peaceful stay in our unique spot of paradise. To learn more about WRC please visit our website.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              We are here for you! Although you may see very little of me (Brett) after check-in, I will be there for you in case you need anything or for some local advice on the best places to visit.

              Contact us

              Speaks: english

              Links to more information:



              • Windward Retreat Center

                Windward Retreat Center

              • Swanzy beach

                Swanzy beach

              • Swanzy beach

                Swanzy beach

              • At top of cliffs above center

                At top of cliffs above center

              • yoga class

                yoga class

              • have a massage in the cabana

                have a massage in the cabana

              • retreat gronds

                retreat gronds

              • Kaaawa beach

                Kaaawa beach

              • looking from retreat property

                looking from retreat property

              • Kaaawa beach

                Kaaawa beach

              • Bliss


              • above retreat center

                above retreat center

              • Windward Retreat Center

                Windward Retreat Center

              • workshops


              • Our new cabana

                Our new cabana

              • Kahana Bay

                Kahana Bay

              • our driveway

                our driveway

              • Our boat, lets sail!

                Our boat, lets sail!

              • Kaaawa coastline

                Kaaawa coastline

              VRBO #501001

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              This listing was first published here in 2013.

              Date last modified - Saturday, December 20, 2014

              $375 per night (USD)

              4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 10

              View calendar: Updated 12/16/14
              Minimum stay: 5 nights
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              Member since: 2013
              Speaks: english
              • Response time: Within 2 days
              • Response rate: 100%
              • Calendar last updated: 12/16/2014
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