Recent Oahu property reviews
"We (30-something couple) found this place when booking a last-minute weekend on Oahu and couldn't have been happier. It's a simple, well-maintained second-floor studio ON the ocean. We spent most of our days exploring the island, but spent evenings on the large, breezy balcony, slept every night to the sound of crashing waves and woke up with the sunrise. Romantic little spot but easy to drive everywhere else on the island. Not ideal for anyone who wants to be in the thick of a social scene / doesn't have a car -- it's remote and we had to drive everywhere, but that's what we loved about it."Guest: Jordan B. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 2014View listing
"We've stayed on the North Shore several times because we enjoy the quiet surfing town vibe vs. the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Haleiwa is our favorite place to shop and dine so being just a short drive away was great. The Hibiscus House is located in one of the most beautiful stretches of beachfront on the whole island. Being there in early May, we enjoyed a variance between an unbelievably giant surf where we had a front row seat for some amazing local talent on the waves, and later in the week smaller waves gentle enough for our 8-year old to boogie board. The house itself was very clean and stayed cool without air conditioning the entire 9 days (thanks to the ceiling fans). The beds are really comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked. Our favorite part was the lanai and the incredible views right off of the back yard. The gates keep the property very secure and with the limited public beach access we never had to deal with crowds, even on the weekends. The rocky terrain off to the left of the house was great for exploring tide pools and our kids had a ball hopping around them all week. The grassy area was also perfect for our kids to romp and play in when they got tired of being sandy. One of the greatest things about this rental is ALL the equipment they provide. We really enjoyed the comfortable beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkel equipment, boogie boards, sand toys, kiddie pool, etc. We also used the bikes a few times and took advantage of the wonderful path up the shoreline to visit the famous Ted’s Bakery – best coconut cake ever! Things we wished we had were… *More comfortable furniture – the dining room chairs are almost unbearable to sit in. *A coffee bean grinder. *A bigger cooler for extra drinks. *More beach towels – there are 6 so we just did laundry each night. **More days to stay at this house!! Overall, the Hibiscus House provides you with a nice, clean place to stay with gorgeous sunset views, private beach access, biking & walking paths along the amazing coastline, a grocery store across the street for all your needs, rock climbing & exploring, and is 5 minutes away from the most wonderful town on earth for great shopping & dining. The booking process was easy and pleasant - we would stay here again in a heartbeat and highly recommend it."Guest: I<3Hawaii Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 14, 2014View listing
"We are currently half way through our two week stay at this property. We found it to be all that was promised. If you are looking for 5 star Hyatt accommodations this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a laid back neighborhood, great beach access to a uncrowded section of sunset beach, quite trade winds cooling you down at night, as well as a place away from all of the high rise complexes, this place is for you. The property has been well kept including new Pella Windows and sliders. The beds are comfortable and the house is well equipped. We appreciated the outdoor shower, beach toys and mats and plenty of beach towels. The grocery store is close and Ted's Bakery was almost across the street, which was actually bad for our waistline. Everyone talks about the pie but the Malisadas in the morning were the thing that my children looked forward to. We needed a few extra bikes and they were delivered to us upon recommendation of the property management company. The walk to the beach was just a few minutes and the access appeared only known to locals. We loved the outdoor shower and it is perfect when trying to clean off from the beach. Sharks cove, Turtle bay, the fruit stands, shrimp trucks are all within minutes by car. The other thing worth noting is that it is listed as 1.5 baths but there is really only one bathroom with a shower and toilet and one outdoor shower. Also, there is not A/C or dishwasher. Not a big deal for us but someone reading this might want that clarified. The property management company was top notch. We had to call when we first arrived for more spoons as there were only four spoons in the kitchen. They were there that day with plastic spoons until they could get us the real spoons purchased and delivered. Also, the bike lock was missing and they delivered us a new one with the spoons. We would definitely rent this house again and found it a perfect quite, clean and well maintained unit. I should also add that the back yard is wonderful and we ate all of our meals on the back patio. True outdoor living! Thanks for sharing your home."Guest: Frasier Family Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 9, 2014View listing
"My husband and I got this unit for our recent dive trip to Oahu. It was the perfect unit. The 27th floor lanai catches lovely breezes and the views to both ocean and over the golf course were awesome. We only ran the A/C at night. There is a grocery store right across the street so we were able to sit and eat breakfast and watch the kayaks and outrigger canoes on the canal in the mornings. This unit has wifi and parking which were two big pluses. The unit is very convenient to central Waikiki and is just a 5 minute walk from the sand and even less to the International Market around the corner (you can sneak in the back side off Kuhio). The unit is also just a short drive to Leonard's Bakery and we took malassadas to our dive crew. There is also easy access to H1 and the rest of the island - we dove out of Kewalo Basin, Waianae, and the North Shore as well as visiting family and golfing on the east side. Rita is very responsive by email and gives very clear directions to access the unit and to check out. Just a few things to be mindful about: the bed is *very* soft. It wasnt uncomfortable - just a surprise. But the pillows are limp. I stacked up 3 of them. Also, the parking garage is more conducive to compact cars. We had a little Fiat 500 which made navigating the turns up the the 6th floor parking level much easier. I would want to try and navigate a big SUV through the parking garage. So not really bad things - just things to be mindful of. Overall, we would totally stay here again on a return trip."Guest: thevalkyry Date of Stay: July 2013 Review Submitted: August 2, 2013View listing
Oahu Travel Tips
Oahu is known in Hawaiian as “the gathering place” for a reason. It’s the most developed of the isles and full of excitement, people to meet and experiences to be had.
In Oahu there’s as much to enjoy outdoors as there is indoors, so no matter the weather, you’re sure to have an amazing time. Days can be filled swimming in the sun-warmed waters offnear any number of beaches, trekking through a forest path to take in views of the mountains or trying the different flavors of the local eateries.
Oahu boasts bustling city life as well as laid-back rural living, so whether you’re looking for a piece of the action or hoping to slow down for a little while, Oahu delivers. In any case, you're sure to feel like you’re spending time in paradise with the amazing tropical climate and shimmering blue water as far as the eye can see.
Things to Do in Oahu
- Makapuu Point Light: If you’re fascinated by lighthouses, check out Makapuu Point Light, which has the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States. In 1977, it was listed in the National Register is Historic Places. You can also trek along the Makapuu Point trail where you’ll see breathtaking views of Oahu’s southeastern shoreline. The lighthouse itself creates a picturesque scene with its red roof against the blue sea.
- Pearl Harbor: To witness the location of the infamous attack during World War II, visit Pearl Harbor. It’s a lagoon harbor off the coast of the island and the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet. In remembrance of December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri battleships have been memorialized. Climb aboard to experience what it was like on a ship during the second world war. There’s also a museum providing history and details about Pearl Harbor.
- Polynesian Cultural Center: Experience life like a local at the Polynesian Cultural Center, a living museum in Laie on the northern shore of Oahu. The center is spread over 42 acres where you can see a real luau and thrill over the annual World Fire Knife Dance competition, in which contestants show off their skills with blazing swords. You can also take a canoe ride, see a show and learn about different villages' cultures.
- Pali Lookout: Take the 5-mile drive northeast of downtown Honolulu to Pali Lookout where panoramic views of the Koolau cliffs and Windward coast greet you. The city slowly disappears and nature takes it place, transporting you to a tranquil and serene setting. Gaze around and enjoy the natural sights as stress slowly melts away with each breath of fresh air you take.
- Lanikai Beach: A trip to Oahu certainly means spending time on the beach, and Lanikai Beach is a perfect option. The half-mile shore is considered one of the best beaches in the world. During the weekdays the sand is relatively empty, so there will be plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the water views and warm sand.
- Honolulu Botanical Gardens: Enjoy more of Oahu’s natural beauty at the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, which is open all year long except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Stroll through the different settings and appreciate native flowers and plants at the various green spaces: Foster Botanical Garden, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Koko Crater Botanical Garden, Lili’uokalani Botanical Garden and Wahiawa Botanical Garden.
Shopping and Dining on Oahu
- Alan Wong’s Restaurant: Enjoy a true taste of traditional Hawaiian cuisine at Alan Wong’s. The ethnic roots of Hawaii inspire his dishes that feature native flavors and locally grown produce and ingredients. From the meal options to the service and everything in between, you’ll experience life like a local.
- Waikiki Beach Walk: The Waikiki Beach Walk is the largest development in the area to date and has grown into a gathering place for both natives and visitors alike. Here you can experience a multitude of shops, restaurants and on more than 8 acres. There are more than 40 retailers in the open-air, two-level center as well as a variety of tasty eateries where you can refuel and enjoy a meal.
- Royal Hawaiian Center: The Royal Hawaiian Center provides you with 310,000 square feet of space to indulge in a little (or a lot!) of retail therapy. The center boasts more than 110 shops and restaurants in three four-tiered buildings. You’ll find everything from designer labels to adorable souvenirs to help you remember your trip forever. Other shops include craft, jewelry and surf shops.