"I needed to find suitable housing for my family of 7 (two parents, four adult children + one son-in-law), who were all flying over for a combined vacation and a family reunion (my mom lives in Kaneohe). After doing a lot of research into various options and locations, I selected "Hillside Haven," and I am glad that I did! The house itself was only 5 minutes away from my mom's house, but it is also served as a convenient hub to travel to all of the other tourist/sight-seeing activities that we selected to do (ie, Hanauma Bay, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach, Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, etc). Although there were a total of 7 in the house, there was enough room where we could all spread out and still have our privacy if we wanted it. Our favorite places to congregate were the front deck, the living room and the dining room.
From the beginning, communication with the owners (Bill and Joyce) was excellent, and they proved to be very helpful and trustworthy. Everything described about the house is accurate, and has almost all of the comforts of home (with the exception of a dishwasher & A/C). To save $ on food/having to eat out, we stopped by Costco on the way over from the airport and stocked up on basic staples such as bottled water, coffee, bread, milk, eggs and frozen stuff. The Safeway store located less than 5 minutes away also proved to be very convenient. The kitchen is well-stocked with appliances, utensils and condiments, and we were able to make good use of both the kitchen and gas BBQ to cook most of our meals. And because we knew beforehand that we would have access to a washer & dryer, we did not have to pack as many clothes. We also made good use of the beach gear that is supplied with the house (umbrella, chairs, towels and snorkeling gear).
The view from the front porch is spectacular, and was our favorite place to congregate in the morning to start the day and eat breakfast. We were entertained by the geckos/chameleons that visited us every morning.
If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful place to hang out and spend some quality time together, this is the place for you! The house is located at the very top of a hill at the end of a street that contains some very nice homes. There is very little human-generated noise - the most noise we heard was generated by the birds in the morning (LOL!).
I would highly recommend this property, and would not hesitate to rent it again should we travel to Oahu in the future."
Guest: Gordon C
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: July 5, 2015