"Jared was very quick to respond to our initial email, took my call shortly after and then responded promptly to the couple emails I sent over the next couple months after booking. They sent directions and a list of things to do.
We were scheduled to arrive at the cottage around 6pm, but because of airplane issues, we did not arrive until after 11pm. Jared and Minerva still happily greeted us upon our arrival. The cottage was just like the pictures and had everything we would need over the next week.
The view from the bedroom was AMAZING. It was wonderful waking before the sun and watching the sky fill with light over the ocean.
The beach was almost completely ours most days. Sometimes, there were a couple families farther down the beach, or a few people walking early in the morning but there were never more than 10 or so people around. I was stung by a jellyfish the first few seconds of the first day. Minerva helped calm my weary nerves after I sent her a picture of the jellyfish that had stung me. I never had problems with anymore jellyfish after that encounter. There were some kite surfers and surfers that were fun to watch.
We had fun trying out the boogie boards and snorkeling in the reef that was just two houses away, but, someone at that house, though we didnt see who and werent about to trespass on the property to find out, threw kukui nuts at us from behind their shrubs, enough to make us go back to the beach in front of the cottage. A while later, I went back to the reef and there were fish everywhere, even a huge puffer fish, and fortunately, no more kukui nuts. We watched the turtle in the surf in front of our house one day, too.
We had breakfast at Hukilau Cafe, it was simple and delicious. And dinner at Seven Brothers, the burgers are huge! And super tasty with friendly staff. La'ie is a dry town, so if you want alcohol, go north to the Superette in Kahuku or south to Longs.
We ate at Romy's (twice) and Fumi's Garlic Shimp trucks. We liked Romy's better because their garlic was toasted and not just sauteed.
For a short walk with a big reward, park at the farmers market on the left, just passed Turtle Bay, then cross the street and check out the gorgeous Banyan Tree and Kawela Bay. We saw a couple mongoose there. Also, check out Goat Island but stick to the right when wading out b/c there's less coral.
Jared and Minerva was very nice and accommodating. The cottage was perfect. And we would definitely stay here again. :-)"
Guest: Leah I.
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: June 12, 2015