"We're frequent visitors to Kauai and the Big Island, always looking for homes that are located just off the beaten path, that embody Hawaiian traditions, and that are comfortable and cared for. Mark's property is all of this, and more. The location simply couldn't be better -- far enough from Hanalei and Princeville so that you feel that you are not part of the tourist mania, but not so far that stores, restaurants, and perfect beaches are not within an easy trip. The river location is secluded, lush, and immediately makes you feel like you are in the kind of paradise that has become almost extinct in Hawaii. And the houses and entire property are so well thought out that you are immediately comfortable, and know that you essentially need nothing except your own aloha. We're a family of 4, with two kids ages 12 and 14. Everybody felt welcome -- grown-ups and kids. We stayed in the Guest House. It had a lovely porch/lanai, a great TV and music system, reliable and fast wi-fi, new appliances and laundry, plus a very well-equipped kitchen. The place was spotless, and the owner was graciously and instantly responsive to any questions and requests, without being the slightest bit intrusive. It's a 5 minute drive to the end of the road and one of the most challenging and thrilling hikes in the world along the Na Pali coast. It's a 2-minute walk to the end of the driveway, and the walk-up window of the quite amazing Sushi Girl poke and sushi stand (http://www.sushigirlkauai.fish/). And, it's 5 minutes to Hanalei, 12 to Princeville, and 15 minutes to the remarkable swimming and snorkeling at the Queen's Bath and Anini Beach. The entire experience -- location, accommodations, and owner -- defines both hospitality and "aloha.""
Guest: Rick G.
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 23, 2015