About the property
- House2200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Newly Remodeled 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Waterfront Home With Pool On A Private Marina
Kuapa Villa is a quaint 2,000 square foot marina-front home with A/C in all bedrooms, Makapuu Blue Tile pool, large back deck, and amazing marina views. You will love the location of this home, as it is very close to tons of amazing sights, great shopping and restaurant options, and loads of other fun activities and attractions. It also offers direct access to the calm waters of the Hawai'i Kai Marina via its very own private dock and a pair of ocean kayaks for you to enjoy during your stay!
Located on a quiet residential peninsula, Kuapa Villa is perched right on the water in an area known by the ancient Hawaiians as Kuapa Pond. The area was once one of the largest fish ponds in the Hawaiian Islands but was dredged and filled in the 1960's and 70's to create the large private waterway now known as the Hawai'i Kai Marina. These marina-front homes have become some of the most sought after residential properties on the entire island, and for very good reason. Residents and visitors alike fall in love with the safe, quiet streets on land and the similarly safe, quiet waterways of this completely private marina. It's one of the only places in the entire state where you can take a boat or paddle a kayak to dine at one of the many nearby marina-front restaurants!
One of the best features of this neighborhood is its extremely proximity to a myriad of exciting - and useful - destinations. A quick 5-minute drive will bring you to most everything you will need to enjoy your vacation to the fullest....
For some serious underwater fun, you will find world famous Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve just over the hill, with its pristine white sand beach and some of the best snorkeling on the entire planet. You'll also find Maunalua Bay, one of the premiere water sports adventure locations in the entire state, with several different companies offering water sports galore, including jet skiing, parasailing, surfing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, wake boarding, and the exhilarating "Jetpack" thrill ride!
If land-based activity is more your thing, there are several great hikes close by, including the immensely popular Koko Crater Railway Trail which offers a great work-out on the ascent and rewards your efforts with spectacular ocean and mountain views from the summit. If you're lucky enough to have your stay coincide with a full moon, take this hike in the late afternoon and watch an unforgettable full moon rise over the Pacific!
If shopping is more your thing, you will delight to find 3 different shopping centers within 2 miles of the house! Choose from tons of great boutique shops and restaurants, as well as multiple grocery stores (including Costco!), drug stores/pharmacies, and even a multi-plex movie theatre.
Should you feel the urge to drive farther than 5 minutes, you will be thrilled to find out that you can get to most parts of the island in under 30 minutes, including Waikiki and Honolulu!
Take the scenic drive around the east side and within the first 10 minutes, you'll be soaking in the picturesque coastline views of Koko Head, Sandy Beach, and Makapu'u. Make a pit stop at the Halona Blow Hole to watch this natural water spout shoot ocean spray dozens of feet into the air. If you stop here during the winter months, the keen-eyed visitor will almost certainly be able to spot Humpback whales frolicking in the deep waters just offshore!
Around the corner and continue driving past the sprawling pristine white sands of Waimanalo Bay and you'll soon reach the world-famous beaches of Kailua and Lanikai. Just a short kayak paddle off shore of Lanikai Beach are the picturesque Mokulua Islands. With plenty of nearby kayak rentals to choose from, I highly recommend you spend a day to fully explore this iconic island treasure!
Head the other direction (west) and you'll soon find yourself in world famous Waikiki, with its myriad of shopping, restaurant, food, bar, and night club options, as well as ocean sports activities galore like surfing lessons, canoe surfing rides, submarine tours & catamaran cruises. Keep heading west and you'll soon find yourself at Ala Moana Center, the largest outdoor shopping center in the world, with more than 300 shops & restaurants.
Another 5-10 minutes will bring you to the historic sites of downtown Honolulu, including 'I'olani Palace (the only royal palace in the United States) & the historic Chinatown district. There's also Honolulu Harbor where you can dine and drink right on the waterfront, or board one of the many ships for a sunset dinner cruise or even a late night "booze cruise" for some real fun!
Venture a few miles farther west & you'll find yourself at historic Pearl Harbor where the U.S.S. Arizona still sits in the waters where it was sunk 75 years ago on December 7, 1941 which indeed turned out to be a "day that will live in infamy".
On days when you're not feeling quite as adventurous, just relax at home and take a dip in your own private backyard oasis instead. Kick back and soak up a few warm rays while you gaze at the stunning views of Koko Head across the marina. Soak in some warm rays on the back deck, then take a dip to cool down in your own backyard oasis.
Although the house is close to Waikiki and Honolulu, rest assured it is completely removed from the considerable urban sprawl of the big city, allowing you to relax in peace and quiet during the downtime of your vacation.
Out of respect for the serenity of this quiet residential neighborhood, events, parties, or loud music are not permitted.
A couple things worth noting.... This is a brand new rental property, which is why we have so few public reviews currently.
Come enjoy warm sunny days, cool nights, and a great time with family and friends at the Kuapa Villa!
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- Apr 22, 2018
We are an old Kama'aina family that has been living in Hawai'i since the late 1870's. This is our private Marina front house & we have decided to share our slice of paradise with our extended family around the world.
Laycie purchased this House in 2005
Why Laycie chose Hawaii Kai
Marina-front, residential neighborhood, ideal for families & business travelers.
What makes this House unique
RENOVATED IN MAY 2017 WITH ALL NEW NEW FURNISHINGS, FURNITURE, KITCHEN, LIVING ROOM, BATHROOMS & A/C IN ALL BEDROOMS! MARINA FRONT WITH FUN TOYS INCLUDING 1 PADDLE BOARD, 2 PERSON KAYAK , 2 CRUSIER BIKES AND POOL TOYS.
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Local Services & Businesses
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Felt like home
Nice and relaxing. Close to many things we wanted to do.
House was not ready for prime time
We have stayed at numerous vrbo homes in honolulu and elsewhere and have never written a bad review. We are a family of six with young children. Unfortunately, the home looked nice but had several problems - adding them up all together created a frusterating experience. Cute house, spacious, nicely furnished, pool, kayak, and gas bbq was a nice touch. Management was initially very responsive. Now for the not so good. We were greeted nightly upon arrival back to the house by large cockroaches skittering accross the floor (even found some in the pool) and on our last night we also found a centipede in the master bedroom. We have many family who live in the area and who do not have any trouble with coackroaches. The management mentioned that they spray every 6months - that is not often enough for routine maintenance. Other annoyances were: lights flickering in kitchen, dishwasher didn't work, drain in master bath was clogged leading to standing water, Coffee pot had been left with grounds still in it that were very moldy, screens falling off tracks super easily, no window dressings in the master bedroom, AC is only one small unit in the master bedroom only - no where else in house, no porch light etc. We checked out two days early because of the several issues and bug issues not controlled. The hotel was wonderful! This is the first vrbo we ever have left early due to inadequate accommodations. The management agreed to a one night only refund but then cancelled our whole reservation so that we could not write a review (at least that is how it appeared). In addition we were also charged a pet fee automatically though we don't even own a pet and had to ask more than once for that to be corrected. I hope they are able to spray more often and control the bug situation because the house and amenities were all good - just did not appear ready for prime time.
Although we are sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your stay, we feel your review is not accurate. We showed up on site more than once to manage & alleviate all of your expressed concerns as well as issue you a refund for the inconvenience.
As far as the pest control, we apologized to you that the Kona winds were bringing an unusual amount of bugs into the area & not just this home either: even one of our owners on the marina was dealing with the same issue during that time. That being said, we did additional pest control on site when you stayed as well as issued additional traps for your ease. Even the best homes here in Hawaii have centipedes or roaches, as we are in the tropics. And we spray quarterly, not bi-annually.
This is a newly renovated home, which was clearly expressed to you from the initial inquiry. Any property management issued should have been addressed during your stay, as we were very responsive via text & phone & eager to insure your stay was enjoyable.
As far as a cancellation to discourage a review; I find this to be a false accusation. We DID issue a refund & I personally apologized after you checked out. The cancellation was done to clear the calendar & for our records.
Again, we have an invested interest in ensuring the happiness & comfortability in all our homes & do our best to work with any issues that arise. Our primary goal is always the well-being of our guests.
Quiet, breezy and peaceful home
We had a wonderful experience. We were a big family, and the home was perfect. Typical of island homes, ceiling fans seem to keep the home cool, and waking up to peace and quiet with only the marina as our backyard was glorious. The added bonus of a pool kept us cool when it'd get hot and surrounding neighbors were friendly. Definitely a great choice!
Mahalo Stacey! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay :) Hope to see you again next time!
Private island Kayakers Dream
Very quiet and peaceful. We loved relaxing on the marina front pool and watching the boats go by. Really close to everything Oahu has to offer. Had fun going to Haunama Bay fish reserve about 5 minutes away for snorkeling. Went to Waikiki about 20 minutes away and had fun. Costco is about 5 minutes drive or about 10 minutes away by Kayak. Went to dinner in Marina by Kayak to Kona Brewing Company. Nest bar on the marina. Overall great time and great spot. Thank you to Lacey and Craig for making it a great vacation.
Mahalo Matt! We are sincerely happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay! Thanks for the review & we hope to see you next time :)
Close to everything you need to enjoy your vacation, including Costco less than 1 mile away!