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Experience the Hawaii of Yesterday: Auntie's Cottage and Auntie's Ocean View Apt

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About the property

Auntie's Cottage and Auntie's Ocean View, each 1 bedroom (queen) & 1 Bath

The 1-bedroom Ocean View Apt. has 3 big picture windows facing the across-the-street beach with uninterrupted ocean views; the 1-bedroom Cottage sits behind it next to a blooming mountain jungle. Auntie began accepting guests in 1983 and now welcomes second generation honeymooners from her first brides and grooms and grandchildren!

North Shore Kauai is for romance, music, healing, relaxation, peace of mind and outdoor experiences. Auntie's is 'home-away-from-home' to writers, musicians, honeymooners, anniversary celebrants, photographers, surfers, marathoners, Trans Pac sailors, travelholics, and those in need of quietude and privacy. The Aloha Spirit is a way of life and not a slogan at Auntie's.

For independent travelers not requiring on-site resort and hotel amenities. Auntie's Holiday Rentals are light, airy, and simply furnished with island furniture and original, vintage Hawaiian art, representing a bygone lifestyle. If you can forego a big-screen TV and game machines, adapt to the occasional rooster and accept the efforts to keep ahead of minor repairs in this lush, salty climate, you will find your haven here.

Effective 1/1/15, the nightly rate is $140 plus 2 taxes. There is also a $130.14 outclean fee each stay. No security fee is charged. Ohana Nights are 7 free nights (plus outclean) for every 21 paid nights. We enjoy repeat guests, their referrals and new wanderers. Effective 8/1/17, the nightly rate for bookings becomes $155/night + 2 taxes and the outclean fee is $146.60 for each stay.

For cat lovers, Coco, the resident mouser and bird friend, is respectful and will usually keep her distance; however, if you are a cat lover, she'll enjoy your attention; but, Coco is NOT allowed in the rentals. Some guests are sensitive to cat hair and we all need to honor their situation.

Tobacco smoking is NOT permitted on the property.

Auntie's Holiday Rentals are permitted Kauai Transient Vacation Rentals (Permit Nos. 1367 & 1369). Auntie Sunny can be reached at 808-826-5566 for questions and recommendations.

NOTE: Auntie's Cottage and Auntie's Ocean View Apt. are separate 1-bedroom rentals for 1-2 guests. A 3d guest may request an island-style futon for $6.50/night including taxes.

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Hanalei Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Auntie's is at the beginning of the North Shore's Longest Beach, from your front door you can walk 50 paces to the sand for Sunrises and Sunsets and gather the famous Kauai Sunrise Shells and petite Ni'ihau Lei Shells, Nearby are Tunnels for Snorkeling, the County Beach Park and its lunch wagon, and the deservedly world-recognized Na Pali Trail, This is the lush part of Kauai, laid-back and welcoming, yet close to Hanalei's Music and Shopping


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Experience the Hawaii of Yesterday: Auntie's Cottage and Auntie's Ocean View Apt
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews
Baltimore, MD

Perfectly Kauai

  • 5 of 5

I almost hesitate to write this review because we hope to have the ocean view cottage available for our return in July! But, for anyone looking for a real Kauai experience, look no further. The location is perfect, the cottage is comfortable and the view can't be beat. Haena is heaven on earth and staying in Auntie's cottage made our experience even more memorable. Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Diamond Bar, Ca

Our Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I absolutely loved Auntie's Cottage, we felt it was perfect for the second leg of our honeymoon! It is in the rain forest in Kauai - and it is lush and beautiful. As you travel to find the cottage through a small town with it's charm and crossing multiple one lane bridges being courteous to drivers on the other side, you'll find that once you're there, everything melts away. It is close to Hanalei Colony Resort (which cost 3x as much per night), so stay at Auntie's! You get the same ocean, same sand, same view!!! It's also close to Ke'e Beach (swimming, lounging, snorkeling), Tunnels beach, Limahuli Garden and Preserve, Na Pali Coast, and if your a hiker, the trail starts at Ke'e Beach, it is a must do I understand, not all of it a day trip. We were not hiking this trip! Note that parking is not very good at these beach locations so go early! The cottage is just a short drive to the village (back across the bridges) where you'll find everything you need. We needed a lounge that showed College football and the NFL! Yes, I like my football too! We found one we liked a lot in town. There were more to choose from~ They even have a Natural Market for those like myself who have eating restrictions. I was very happy to find this market! This was our first time to Kauai, and not knowing what to expect, we were very happy that we chose Auntie's Cottage. It was nice to be able to cook meals if desired, especially my morning coffee. It was exactly what it promised. It's private, the ocean is literally across the street from the cottage. The bay windows offer an extreme view of the ocean and all the wave activity. I got some great sunrise pictures, it was a stormy day which made for great dramatic color contrast. We loved it and we will try and come back for our anniversaries. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

From Los Angeles

  • 5 of 5

Auntie's Cottage was absolutely perfect!!! We couldn't have picked a better place to stay in Kauai - it's incredible.

It's charming and close to all the greatest spots. The cottage is not far from Tunnels beach, and just a short drive to the village where you'll find everything you need (shopping, restaurants and markets).

Having this been our first time to Kauai, and not knowing what to expect, we were so happy that we chose Auntie's Cottage. It was exactly what it promised. It's private, (literally) across from the beach and cozy.

We can't wait to come back and visit!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lewistown, Montana

Quiet, quaint Hawaiian getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent 8 days at Auntie's Cottage and couldn't have asked for anything better. The cottage was comfortable and clean and provided us all we needed as a place to relax on our vacation. We enjoyed the jungle setting each morning as we had coffee on the lanai. A 30 second walk had us sitting on the beach watching the ocean, the surf crashing against the rocks, and our own private blowhole. The north shore of Kauai is far from the action but close to great beaches and the spectacular Na Pali Coast.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Lovely Authentic North Shore Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place to stay on the North Shore! My husband and I wanted a low-key place to stay on the North Shore - we found our spot! As frequent visitors to this part of the island, we were familiar with the location and knew what we wanted.

Loved the big kitchen and full size fridge and gas stove. New washer and dryer were awesome. We exercise and practiced martial arts daily so it was great to be able to wash our gear. Loved the fact that the cottage was set back from the road, really had a sense of privacy.

Landscaping was lovely.

The cottage was casual, authentic and private. Loved being able to walk along the ocean right across the street.

Auntie was friendly and helpful before, during and after our travel. Have already recommended this place to several friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Old School Charm

  • 4 of 5

Three words come to mind: old school charm. We were greeted by a beautiful flower arrangement and welcome note from Aunty, a sweet woman who has owned and managed the property for more than 30 years. The cottage had ample space for a couple and felt very private, surrounded by a lush hillside on one side and vegetation and trees on the other, separating the property from its neighbors, a rental property next door. The cottage decorated with classic Hawaiian furniture and art and is equipped with standard fare for a vacation rental: beach towels, a cooler, a library of "vacation" fiction, local maps and basic kitchen equipment. The cottage is located within walking distance of one restaurant, one coffee shop, and Wainiha Beach, which is great for walking on, but rough surf prevents serious swimming or snorkeling - it is best to drive either to Tunnels Beach or Hanalei Bay. With no major restaurants, shopping or beaches nearby, you will have to drive to get anywhere. Overall, we were very happy with Aunty's cottage - the price, privacy and charm made for a great vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Auntie Sunny
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2010

About Auntie Sunny

Now a senior citizen, I (Auntie) came to Kauai in 1976 as a barely seasoned professional, fell hook, line and sinker for Kauai and rearranged our life to be here. With no jobs on this then-agricultural island, my family bought on Kauai's Far North Shore (the foundation of Auntie's Holiday Rentals), rented it out and simultaneously moved from the San Francisco area (Marin County) to Alaska 'for the money', working in Juneau, Anchorage and Nome for 5 years. Mesmerized by Alaska's beauty and challenges, I ended up homesteading in the 'banana belt' (on an island 45 minutes by skiff from Petersburg). After NAFTA, when Kauai's highly-acclaimed cane production was destroyed, Kauai morphed from a multi-plantation island to a tourist destination. I permanently left behind being a law professor, lawyer and merchant mariner and focused on Auntie's Holiday Rentals, pro bono mediation and arbitration and developing a real estate practice. My Realtor (A) license# 57881 hangs with Na Pali Properties Inc in Hanalei Town, a boutique, highly service-oriented real estate sales and property management firm.

Auntie Sunny purchased this cottage in 1977

Why Auntie Sunny chose Hanalei

Kauai chose me my first day here. Staying at Hanalei Colony Resort (almost road's end) in a client's newly-purchased condo, that 1st night I realized Paradise had 'for sale' signs. Life was immediately changed so as to be here ASAP. Within 2 years we had purchased this historic Kauai duplex and rented it out. Then, it was off to Alaska for better paying jobs. (Auntie was paid 2/3d the salary of men law professors; Alaska paid women and men the same salaries for the same positions). By 1983 we were here full time and never looked back.

What makes this cottage unique

Auntie's Holiday Rentals is quiet, casual and private. Guests come here to unwind, heal, honeymoon and enjoy the gorgrous North Shore, the oldest part of the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. Many relate to Kauai on a spiritual level. Outdoor activities, on land and sea, are abundant.


Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
5 min. beach walk to Opakapaka Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Princevelle's Makai and Prince courses
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
5 min. walk beach walk to Opakapaka bar & Grill
Car: necessary

Hanalei has many activities for those not wanting to stray too far from Auntie's: Tahiti Nui's Luau, Live Music at The Nui, Hanalei Gourmet and Bucherons. Farmers Markets for Fresh Island Fish and Produce on Tues. 2pm at Waipa and Sat. 9:30am at Hanalei Neighborhood Center. Hawaiian Outrigger Paddling, Kite-surfing, stand-up paddling in the Hanalei River and surfing in Hanalei Bay. Yoga, Massage and Spa treatments a short walk down the beach. Kauai has many Churches, Hongwanji & a Hindu Temple. Rice Mill in Hanalei and Poi making at Waipa. Limahuli in Haena is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden charter. AUNTIE SUNNY WELCOMES ROTARIANS to the Thursday luncheon meetings (noon-1pm) at the St. Regis Hotel. You can be a hermit, a gad-about, a back-to-the- earth volunteer [Limahuli, Kilauea Agriculture Center (for a box of free veggies), day-tripping with a Humane Society kitty craving attention and/or a dog eligible for adoption] or a photographer/hiker/explore of Kauai's nooks and crannies.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Outclean $140 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.42%

The public bus turns around in Hanalei and does not go as far as Auntie's thus Auntie urges guests to have a rental car if they want to explore the island. Taxis are very expensive.

For bookings at least 45 days before arrival, a 50% deposit within 5 days of booking confirms the booking; 50% balance is due 30 days before arrival. Checks & Money Orders. Bookings made less than 30 days before arrival require Postal Money Orders or Wired funds. NO CREDIT CARDS.
Cancellations: payments are refunded in full if a cancellation is made at least 90 days before scheduled arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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