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The Best (and Cheapest!) Ocean Front Lanikai Beach House: Honu Hale Lanikai

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

Ocean Front House, 2 Bdrm/2 Bath + Ohana Room, Sleeps 4-6. Great outdoor spaces.

Honu Hale Lanikai (Honu means turtle, Hale means house) is a simple and comfortable two bedroom oceanfront vacation home in beautiful Lanikai on the island of Oahu. Great for families. Honu Hale Lanikai has one of the very best locations in Lanikai, as it sits directly in front of the twin Mokulua Islands.

Honu Hale Lanikai has one bedroom/one bath in the main house and a large private bedroom and bath upstairs, which we call the Dolphin Suite. It can accommodate up to 6 people--2 each in the bedrooms and 2 on the queen futon bed in the living room.

See our YouTube video by clicking on the Video tab near the top of this page.

Honu Hale Lanikai location exactly in front of the Mokulua Islands provides endless hours of outstanding views from both bedrooms as well as the living room, dining room, backyard, side deck and even the upstairs bathroom. Easy access (a short stairway down to the ocean) means you can swim, snorkel, kayak, fish, etc. right from your yard. Your days are filled with the sounds of waves, trade winds blowing through the coconut trees and picturesque sailboats, kayakers and outrigger canoes going by. Lanikai provides a fun and healthy lifestyle in a friendly beach community. It's perfect for families as well as couples wanting a relaxed Hawaiian style home environment away from the busy and crowded resort areas.

Our TAT ID Number is W20035064-01.

Mahalo, Mahalo, Mahalo!

We came to this place for the wedding of our daughter, sister, and friend. It was perfect that we were all able to stay together in this beautiful house on the water. This excellent setting with the view of the 2 little islands, with the outriggers, kayakers, boaters and swimmers brought back the memories of the beautiful place that brought us all together, Palau, and that made us all family. ... We so enjoyed our early morning swims with the gorgeous sunrises. The colors from the sunsets were amazing. The stargazing incredible. All the neighbors were so kind and friendly. Most of all we enjoyed our daughter's, sisters's and friend's wedding that was a dream come true for us all. We made so may more beautiful memories here to share with one another and friends when we meet again.

Barbara & Chuck H. & Friends

Thank you so very much for the wonderful stay in your beautiful home. We had such a relaxing vacation here. The view is incredible and we loved the privacy! Our kids will never forget this experience, nor will we! Everything was just perfect--couldn't ask for a more accommodating home away from home.

Mahalo -- Nipp, Tracie, Perry, & Chloe, Peachtree City, GA

Each day a coconut floats in from 'unknown' islands. Watching crabs (from a safe spot) walk along. Watching many bird or geckos, that's what I did.

Kevin Ross, age 10

Thanks for hosting our vacation! We loved the sunrises, Air Chair (we bought one for back home), hammock and the Internet for researching Luau times, etc. We really liked the upstairs. We loved taking pictures of the 2 islands and playing soccer in the backyard with a beach ball. The geckos were great and swaying palm trees were perfect in our pictures.

We hope to come back soon! The Ross/Wingavaer families

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our Guest Book:

This was our second time to visit the Honu Hale Lanikai. The vacations here continue to be enjoyable and peaceful. The sunrises, the sunsets, the sound of the sea and especially the sea breeze fresh air. All wonderful! Thanks!
Aug 2010
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Lanikai House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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The Best (and Cheapest!) Ocean Front Lanikai Beach House: Honu Hale Lanikai
average rating of 4.714286 based on 24 reviews

Best View of Paradise

  • 4 of 5

Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. It's a nice location with the best view. For sandy beach we walked about four beach accesses down, not a big deal. We launched our kayak from one beach access down and put the paddleboard out right off the back yard stairs. The driveway was spacious and secure. The covered patio was a plus, as well as the perfect back yard. Loved the ocean breeze here on the windward side.

Mahalo John for being very easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It has its Pros and Cons

  • 2 of 5

This is a review for those who care about the details and like to know the truth about where they stay, so here goes:

Positives about the property:

- Amazing views, outstanding location, reasonably private

- BBQ is excellent, Washing and Drying machines are excellent

- Wireless Internet speed was great

- Landline phones for upstairs/downstairs intercom worked well

Negatives about the property:

- Hot water levels poor, water pressure poor

- Stairs outside a little rickety, not suitable for those with mobility issues

- Security is non existent almost, you can get into the property both upstairs and downstairs with ease if you really want to, most windows are rotted where they should seal/lock

- There are no smoke alarms, not sure if this is legal or not, but its dangerous

- Vegetable peelers are blunt, buy your own

- Bed linen is polyester, you'll get hot, even with just a sheet (remember there is no air/con, and the ocean breeze takes 3-5 days to acclimatize to. We purchased our own cotton sheets at our expense

- There is no working light above the kitchen table where you eat

- Lamps across building are tricky to turn on and off, hard to explain

- One blind upstairs is broken

- The oven, well lets just say you should avoid using the oven

- The toaster cannot fit a slice of bread in it, expect to trim the bread to make it usable

- Fridge is rusted,lights in kitchen are rusted

- Don't dry clothes on outside chairs, we got some rust on our clothes as a result

- Access to the water down the stairs will be tricky if anyone has mobility issues (we had no issues)

- No-where to hang wet towels and clothes, needs a simple hanging line

- There is no mobile reception when in the house (we tried t-Mobile and AT)

Summary: Very tired looking house, needs some tender loving care, but amazing location.


  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Great Cottage in a Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our entire week+ at Honu Hale -- the house was spacious, clean, comfortable, and just earthy enough to feel like home. Although we never met, John was totally responsive and attentive, fixing a minor plumbing issue on a weekend, and making sure everything was right for us -- which it was. We are already planning our next trip to Lanikai, and this is our first choice for accommodations.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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6 relaxing days with kids

  • 4 of 5

The house is well equipped with guide books, towels, barbecue and nice table protected from wind for outside dining. The hammock and swing chair were often occupied and enjoyed.

Enjoyed having a washer and dryer. There were tables and chairs everywhere. The bed and bath accessed by outside stairs worked out well for us as it is a very large room that easily accommodated 2 children sleeping on the floor. View is lovely. There was never any sandy beach in front of the house as some photos showed but a nice beach was ~1/2 mile walk away. We did see a turtle by the sea ladder once. Kitchen does not have dishwasher. Oven is odd, old and unlike any I've ever seen before and we ruined 2 pizzas learning how it worked.

It was very windy the whole time we were there and water is not very clear so snorkeling from Lanikai was not good when we were there (late Feb). Main house could not be secured as window ledges are rotting away, screens are on outside of window and sliders could not be secured. Best to lock valuables in upstairs bedroom.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Special place!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Love this place,very homey and comfortable,many different little hangout areas.

I love that it is kept as a casual beach house, but has all the comforts.

Especially enjoyed the open air family room for dinners.

In the morning the little deck off the kitchen is great for sunrise coffee for the early birds .will love to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat of islands & turquoise ocean!

  • 5 of 5

Aloha, If you have read all the blogs on this property then you know its a good

choice, if you want beautiful outdoor areas to enjoy like lazing in a hammock under a coconut tree with the ocean a few feet away, or if you like swinging in a air chair thats hanging from a seagrape tree listening to the waves, if you like the smell of salty air and cool breezes, if you enjoy the amenities of your own home, if you would like to

lounge on beach chairs at night to seek the stars, watch the sunrise, moonrise or just

enjoy a quiet evening with a glass of wine, if you prefer security and privacy and quiet,

if you like the convenience of nearby restaurants, farmers market, CVS and Target stores, if you want sports equipment rentals closeby, hiking trails, water sports,

if you would like to try Obamas shaved ice, whatever you have read on any of these blogs is what you will get and more! The owner is so easy to do business with, he made it so simple and welcoming, if you have never rented a vacation beach house in hawaii, this is the one to rent. We were 5 adults and two toddlers, we all were very

comfortable and wanted for nothing, we daily enjoyed that view of the Mokulua islands and the always changing turquoise waters of lanikai bay 24 hrs a day, the children loved the beach, turtles, crabs, geckos, baby coconuts, beach toys that were available and the huge grassy backyard. We also loved the fact that we were able to enjoy a quiet dinner and evening with family, with enough outdoor space and amenities to host 13 people and several cars. If this is not a description of a peaceful retreat of quiet and turquoise waters then I dont know where else you are gonna find it.

Sincerely, returning local islanders.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300

Cheapest ocean front rate in Lanikai!
Due to local laws we can accommodate only one rental per 30 day period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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