"We had a super vacation in January 16-24, 2015 at this spacious North Shore house! 8 of us stayed in the house and 2 more in the Guest House located just across the lawn in the tropical backyard. The big kitchen is well equipped so we were able to make our own Happy Hours & complete, tasty meals. (We planned ahead, then shopped at Costco, Walmart, Safeway & Foodland when we landed. Nothing is far from anything else, and these stores are right along the way to the house)
The big gas BBQ allowed for easily & perfectly grilled local fish. The indoor and downstairs /outdoor tables are big enough for us all to sit down together. Cheers!
The bedrooms are fresh, airy and the beds very comfy. There are plenty of beach and bath towels. The Washer & dryer were handy for a mid-week wash.
WiFi, TV and cellphones all work just fine, even though the location is (delightfully) off the beaten track.
The beach across from the house is a 1 minute stroll through a bamboo 'tunnel' and is gorgeous and peaceful. It features the same view as our Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard!! Swim with the locals, read, sun bathe, snorkel, have a campfire, play in the sand, watch world-class kite surfers and/or whales(in season!), enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets, take long strolls down to Tunnels Beach and beyond.
The famous Kalalau Trail starts just 2 miles down the very pleasant neighborhood 'highway'. We recommend the 8 mile (total) jungle hike to Hanakapiai Falls! We felt very comfortable doing our 4 mile roundtrip exercise jogs along the 'highway', too!
Hanalei's shops, grocery store, cafes, churches, surf lessons, big beach, swimming, history, Saturday Farmers Market are a very pretty 10 minute drive away. Princeville's just a few minutes further, if golfing is on your agenda.
We got reasonable airfares on Hawaiian Airlines out of Oakland, CA. Alaska Air has good prices, too, from Oakland and San Jose.
Check out DiscountHawaiicarrentals.com for some of the best pricing. Extra drivers cost $10 daily in Hawaii (free of charge in Calif. for example) but this rental site can arrange for up to 2 extras without a fee, if you reserve early."
Date of Stay: January 2015
Review Submitted: January 30, 2015