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Best Vacation Value in Paradise - Steps from Beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,170 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Hale Alealea Beach House, TVNC #1006, is one house back from Kepuhi Beach. Our house is situated on a large private street-to-street lot in Haena's prime neighborhood made up of unique, well manicured beach front/adjacent homes. Our 15,000 sq' yard is fully fenced, and mature plumeria trees grace the entrance to the house. The professionally landscaped garden is full of flowering tropical plants, swaying coconut palms and banana trees. The beach is easily accessed by several walking easements, just a moments' stroll from the house along our gravel lane. Tunnels beach is only a 15 minute walk away. Fully renovated in 2014.

This bright and airy house offers two queen bedroom suites, plus two additional bedrooms with two twin beds each, making it a great house for one or two families or a vacation shared by friends. The main level of the house house is upstairs and enjoys leafy framed views of the ocean and the trade breezes. The kitchen is modern and fully appointed. The spacious wrap-around lanai features a gas grill and provides plenty of additional dining and lounging space. The Shama Thrush and geckos serenade every evening.

At Kepuhi beach, look to the left to see the kite boarders setting up at the point. You will love watching their colorful kites and daring acrobatics in the surf. To the right, find a calm lagoon with spectacular snorkeling and shelling. Continue your stroll to find the nearby Hanalei Colony Resort for morning coffee, or the terrific Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant for a sunset cocktail or a beachside massage at the Hanalei Day Spa. A short 2 mile drive or bike ride will take you past Tunnels Beach to Ke'e Beach, and the famous Na Pali Coastline trailhead. This Haena beach home is the perfect place for your family & friends to create lasting island life memories.

Features of Hale Alealea: Four Bedrooms, two with queen size beds, and two with two twin beds each. Wireless high speed internet access. Spacious indoor and outdoor living areas for relaxing and entertaining. Expansive lanai with gas grill for seamless indoor-outdoor dining and lounging.

Haena is one of Kauai's true tropical treasures. Down the beach is Tunnels where the reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish and green sea turtles. There is seasonal whale watching from shore and great surfing. At Hale Alealea you are a short distance from prime snorkeling at Ke'e beach and the epic Napali Coast.

You are a scenic 10-minute drive from historic Hanalei Village where you will find a wide variety of terrific restaurants and unique boutiques for shopping. You can make plans for any Kauai adventure in Hanalei. A 15-minute drive will have you in Princeville with its world-class golf courses, 5-star spa, horseback riding, zip-line tours and so much more.


Keywords: house Haena beach affordable luxury North Shore

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Joanna Gardner
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Joanna Gardner

We are a family of four and live in Southern California. While we enjoy the benefits of the city we enjoy getting away from it all when we go on vacation. We have been enjoying the splendors of the North Shore for over a decade. We joke that we bought our house in Kauai as an insurance policy so our kids will always want to vacation with us -- even when they are teenagers! They love being so close to the beach and go there every day when we're on island. We love snorkeling, boogie boarding, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, hiking and running. The kids also love to play in the large private yard. And we all love having plenty of room to invite our friends and family to come share our corner of paradise. It's great to have so much space to BBQ or venture out to one of the terrific local restaurants or best of all, a beach picnic at sunset!

Joanna Gardner purchased this house in 2014

Why Joanna Gardner chose North Shore

We fell in love with Hale Alealea the moment we saw it and hope you will too. The location across from the beach offers peak-a-boo ocean views, tranquil breezes and the peaceful sounds of crashing waves. Hale Alealea combines this with the privacy of sitting one property away from the beachfront. The 15,000 sq' street-to-street lush private lot gives us beautiful tropical grounds to enjoy from so many covered and uncovered lanais, balconies & patios. The comfortable, spacious house is the perfect size for family and friends. From the comfort of indoors we can enjoy the views from many large windows, skylights and sliding glass doors. We also love relaxing on the covered lanai, watching the waves through the swaying coconut palms, listening to the sounds of the trade winds, soothing waves or cooling sun showers.

What makes this house unique

It's hard to leave this tropical oasis yet it is so close to the best snorkeling, surfing and hiking on the island. Checking the surf each morning with a cup of coffee in hand, followed by a walk around the gardens is a great start to a day. The house is so calm and private - yet you feel the rest of island calling with its adventures, whenever you are ready to explore. When you return, a soothing outdoor shower awaits. Watching the sunset, while grilling a fabulous dinner - a perfect day in paradise!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We love everything about this house, this neighborhood, this island.

From the beaches to the trails, from the gardens to the mountains, this truly is paradise. Thank you for allowing us to stay at Hale Alealea while we enjoyed it all."

(from guest book)
Apr 2015
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Haena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2170 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
    Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Extra large stone walk in shower. Double sink vanity. WC.
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Newly renovated in 2014
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom Suite - 1 queen
    2nd Bedroom Suite - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Best Vacation Value in Paradise - Steps from Beach
average rating of 4.5882354 based on 27 reviews

Beautiful home in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

My family and parents stayed in this beautiful home at the end of April. The home was clean and spacious. It had everything that we needed while staying (beach towels, chairs, sand toys for the kids, snorkel gear.) The lanai was amazing. We loved sitting out there in the mornings and evenings and listening to the waves crash. My kids loved the outdoor shower and it was nice to have somewhere to rinse our feet after coming in from the beach. The kitchen was well stocked and had everything we needed to cook a few meals.

It is located on a nice quiet road so I felt comfortable letting my kids play out in the yard by themselves. Beach access was very close. We loved the beach! The water was calm and the beach wasn't crowded. We ventured to tunnels beach one day. It is a short drive or if you can't find parking a 10-15 minute walk.

I loved running the Kuhio highway in the mornings down to the Napali Coast Trailhead. I feel like this location was perfect. It is quite a drive if you want to go to Poipu or Waimea Canyon! But, we loved being close to the Napali Coast and tucked in a quiet neighborhood. There is a small grocery store in Hanalei or a very expensive grocery store in Princeville. I would recommend getting groceries on your way in, in Kapaa.

When we walked in to the house the first night it was extremely hot. I was super worried that it would be miserable. But, once we got the fans going (one provided for each room) and opened the windows it was very pleasant at night.

I would recommend this property to anyone and we will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Kauai!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Monica, CA

Perfect Beach House in an Idyllic Beach Neighborhood on the North Shore

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent 2 relaxing weeks at Hale Alealea in Ha'ena. Four adults and two children (ages 10 and 12). Upon arrival we found the house VERY clean and ready for our stay (this was our 4th family trip to Kauai and our first away from Princeville). It was a pleasure to be in such a quiet and lush beach town. We needed to contact the management agency a couple of times for minor items and they were quick to respond and even came by once to assist with a small issue.

Location - Hale Alealea is in a quiet (except for the local roosters) beach neighborhood. The dirt road leading to the house has very little traffic except for those staying in homes on the road. We were comfortable allowing our children to roam around the neighborhood and beach with out us. There were heavy rains before and during our stay and the road was full of fairly deep pot holes (literally, every inch of the dirt road). It made for a very slow and bumpy trip to and from Kuhio Hwy. We would have considered an SUV if we knew about the road before our arrival . Evan the property manger commented after visiting us one day that she needed to rest in the driveway after the trip on the dirt road to the house. Fortunately, about one week into the trip, the county came with machinery to grade the road. After two days of grading the road was smooth as pavement. This was not a major issue for us but should be considered if traveling with elderly or those that get motion sick easily. We considered it part of our experience being in an authentic beach town on the north shore.

There are two beach easements on either end of the road that leads to Kepuhi beach. Some swimming areas at both ends when the seas are calm.

Hale Alealea - The house has four comfortable bedrooms and three bathrooms. Our children loved the outdoor shower after a day at the beach. We spent many evenings on the very large lanai off the kitchen. We used the BBQ on the lanai many times for dinner. The big kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to prepare meals (which we did every day). The property grounds are full of manicured mature plants. The home also had a full washing machine and dryer on the ground floor just off the driveway. A great convenience.

The owners of this property take great care in maintaining this home. The description of the home is 100% accurate. We would stay in Hale Alealea again!

Maholo Hale Alealea owners for sharing your Hale Ohana.


  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dave and family for taking the time to write such a nice and detailed review. We are delighted you had a wonderful stay at Hale Alealea. We work hard to constantly improve our property and we are so happy you enjoyed! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Mahalo Dave! -- Joanna
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Private get away for Rest and Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This home is clean and comfortable. It is surrounded by a beautiful private garden with a view of the ocean from the large lanai. We left the louvered windows opened through out the house which allowed us to feel the wonderful tropical ocean breeze that makes Hawaii so special. The house is on a peaceful country road. Short walk to the sandy beach and cafe for coffee. My favorite near by restaurant was The Bistro. This house is a great get a away. Glad we discovered it. Highly recommend. Would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pasadena, CA

Fantastic Haena getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying at Hale Alealea earlier this month for a girls getaway, and it was fantastic! The house was spacious, light and airy, and it seemed always the perfect temperature. The kitchen was great. We brewed fresh coffee every morning and laid out an array of fresh tropical fruit for ourselves. Make sure you visit the nearby Waipa Farmers Market on Tuesdays. The fruit selection was incredible!

The lanai was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the front garden view and the "peekaboo" ocean view, and there is ample room. From there, we could gauge how calm the water was. There is very easy access to stroll along the sand as well as to venture out snorkeling. All we had to do was walk straight out the front yard and under the stilts of the property in front, and we were on the beach and ready to go.

There is a restaurant and an art gallery/cafe in walking distance, but we were drawn to nearby Sushigirl for the poke bowls and sushi rolls. So fresh and just a short drive away. And, there are plenty of other dining options and markets also just a short drive away.

All in all, it was a luxurious getaway. Very relaxing, spacious, and beautiful. It was my first time to Kauai, and I look forward to returning. I highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Confirmation and a Caveat

  • 3 of 5

My family of seven recently spent 10 days at this house. It is, as others have said, extremely well located (we love Ha'ena) and beautifully appointed. Truly a lovely home. I would just give a heads up that the main floor living area gets extremely warm during the day when outside temperatures are in the upper 80s or higher, as they were when we were there. Fortunately, the owners are now working on this but you might want to check. If the property management company says you can have a portable air conditioner, do not believe them. They promised this for months and then, three days before our arrival, said they didn't know what we were talking about - despite many confirmations and the knowledge that we were bringing an elderly person with breathing problems. No rent reduction was offered for their failure.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m very sorry you experienced an historically hot stretch of time in Kauai. We were there the day before you arrived and while it was unseasonably warm it was certainly not unbearable for our family and our guests. It was cool on the ground floor and comfortable upstairs with ceiling fans and out on the spacious, breezy lanai. When we spoke at length in advance of your visit I suggested you might prefer to stay in a hotel since only 5% of the houses on Kauai have A/C and you were planning to bring an elderly relative. I didn’t realize you were bringing a 91 year old gentleman with an oxygen tank and a cane. It’s unfortunate that Instead of spending time on the lanai, or one of the cool patios or downstairs bedrooms you chose to keep him upstairs in a small part of the house which was hotter than the rest because of his lack of mobility. Our management company is the premier company on the island and has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the finest in the country. I was told they offered to install a temporary A/C unit for the elderly gentleman’s room. Since you were unwilling to pay the $2-300 installation and removal fee for the device, the management company sent up 3 standing fans at a cost to us of $100. (Incidentally when the fans arrived days before your visit we didn’t use them because we didn’t feel any need.) We do have ceiling fans in every room and we were comfortable. We have nevertheless decided to cover a skylight from one area upstairs so the comfortable temperatures will be constant throughout the house. We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading this house to make it a comfortable vacation destination for our guests. No previous renter has ever complained about the heat during the past 11 years Hale Alealea has been a rental property. The rural north shore is probably not the right place for a 91 year man with an oxygen tank and a cane. No doubt, he would’ve been better accomodated at a full-service hotel though I recognize that would’ve been much more expensive for your party.
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San Francisco California

Best vacation house EVER!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and another couple have been vacationing on Kaua'i together since 2003. We love Haena because of its neighborhood feel and because of its proximity to Tunnels and Kepuhi beach. The place we used to stay became too expensive and a friend recommended Hale Alealea. When we arrived we were immediately enchanted by the large common area, open kitchen, and two large en suite bedrooms. The lanai faces the ocean and is delightfully breezy and comfortable. We enjoy watching the sunrise and sunset, and we met and became friendly with the people who own the house across the street. They allowed us to cross their property so we could walk directly to the beach morning and evening, and invited us for pupus towards the end of our stay. It's great to be able to walk to Tunnels, but Kepuhi is our favorite beach because the coral is still very much alive and there's plenty of sea life to see. The house is very comfortable and so relaxing--we found it very easy to spend a lot of time there. We hope to return very soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Carol - Thank you for your kind words about Hale Alealea. We are delighted you had such an enjoyable stay! We recently renovated the property and are so happy you were able to fully enjoy the house! We agree with you about the great location -- it seems you were able to take full advantage of the lovely neighborhood and fabulous nearby beaches. Kepuhi is our favorite as well! Mahalo for the great review. I hope you will be able to return to Hale Alealea soon! Aloha - Joanna
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Lihue Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant
Nearest Golf
8.5 Miles
Princeville Resort & Golf
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Kepuhi Beach
Car: recommended

Nearby beaches include Haena Cove, Kephuhi Point, Tunnels, Ke'e, Haena State Beach and Hanalei Bay as well as Limahuli Gardens and Kilalau Trailhead. Shopping, restaurants, local weekly Farmer's Markets and Craft Fairs in nearby Hanalei.


Rates & Availability

Haena House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Peak
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas Holiday
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
1 time outcleaning fee $425
Tax Rate 13.42%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.