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Tropical Pole House W/ Beautiful Mountain Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

We welcome you to stay in our Hawaiian pole house apartment located on the slopes of Punch Bowl Crater. The lush property is bordered by tropical palms and has beautiful mountain views of Pacific Heights and Pauoa Valley neighborhoods. Escape Waikiki and see the Island from this centrally located position. Located within minutes from downtown Honolulu, and 20-minutes driving distance from many world famous Oahu beaches (Kailua, Lanikai, Diamond Head, and yes Waikiki). The North Shore of Oahu with it's historic towns, country shops and stores, and infamous big waves is an easy 45-minute drive. Stop at Dole Pineapple Plantation and see the largest living maze on the way.

This apartment is perfectly suited for the active couple and/or small family that wants to have a home base to explore the island. The apartment has it's own secure entrance and street parking and is fully equipped with brand new amenities that will make you feel right at home. We'll make your stay on Oahu a most memorable one!

Keywords: home away from home, beautiful tropical setting central Island location, great home-base to start daily excursions. Designed for couples or small family

More Details

Karl Bromwell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Karl Bromwell

I have been in Hawaii for over 25 years now and work at an Environmental Consulting firm as a Sr. Scientist/Water Resource Specialist. My wife, who has been in Hawaii almost as long as I, is a Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. We try and take advantage of the pristine ocean swimming, surfing, hiking and biking spots that are offered here on Oahu.

Karl Bromwell purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Karl Bromwell chose Makiki - Lower Punchbowl - Tantalus

I came to Hawaii in 1986 on a surf excursion from NC after college and fell in love with the islands. I've lived all over the island, but ended up purchasing property in 2002 with my wife on Punch Bowl Crater. We started construction in 2004 and moved into our Hawaiian Pole House on the slopes of Punch Bowl Crater by February 2005. We've just recently completed the vacation rental in the space below the main structure.

What makes this apartment unique

This tropical property offers beautiful views, island-style living, while centrally located providing easy access for day trip excursions!


Makiki - Lower Punchbowl - Tantalus Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Includes stack W/D
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Both these options would be for ideally for kids
  • Queen size Bed (1) Brand new Simmons Mattress, Sleep Sofa or inflatable Futons (1) fold out couch - temporary sleeping arrangement only
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Beautiful Valley View from Brand New 30-ft High Pole House Apartment, Hawaiiana Decor, Bamboo Wood Flooring and Blinds, Lg. Plasma TV w/ BluRay DVD, 3 in 1 Oven (microwave/convection oven), Apartment Shaded and Cool w/ Ceiling Fans in every room, Brand New Appliances including Lg. Stack W/D and Refrigerator, Ocean Equipment (body boards, snorkel gear, towels, chairs, etc).


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Tropical Pole House W/ Beautiful Mountain Views
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 13 reviews

Convenient location

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed being away from Waikiki and having a cozy place outfitted with kitchen and washer/dryer in a quiet neighborhood. Location is very convenient to accessing freeway and getting around Honolulu. Karl, the host, is very welcoming and responsive to requests.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Easy to get to from the airport which was helpful when arriving late at night. Close to many attractions. Clean. Karl is very responsive when we texted. Keep the Windows closed at night as there's quite a bit of noise through the night. Small futon in living area was very uncomfortable but the kids managed. Bedroom was comfortable. Thanks for a pleasant stay Karl!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable place with great location

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a comfortable place that's close to downtown and has easy access to freeways to get anywhere on Oahu, this is a great choice. Clothes washer and dryer in the unit came in handy too.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic location, super-clean unit

  • 4 of 5

I accompanied a friend who was doing research at the Bishop Museum and UHManoa, as well as traveling downtown Honolulu frequently, and the location was perfect for us -- easy to get everywhere on the island but away from the bustle of downtown. We never had trouble finding parking on the street. The unit was spotless -- my compliments to the cleaning crew. It is about 20 steps up to the unit, and also know that the cemetery down the hill is full of chickens, and one night (out of a 2 week stay) the roosters decided to start crowing at 3:30 am. (As I live in a semi-rural area, I am somewhat used to it and was more amused than annoyed, but if you're not, just be aware (Chickens are everywhere in Hawaii!) . Still, I personally prefer chickens to cars/traffic downtown!) There is no AC so you will have the windows open (to the sounds of chickens, occasionally), but only the very first night was a little too warm -- otherwise we were completely comfortable with the ceiling fans. I had to work remotely and the wi-fi was excellent. The couch, as others have mentioned, is a bit bumpy if you sleep longways (it's one of those threefold fold outs) but once I decided to sleep "landscape" rather than "portrait" I was very comfy -- maybe not an option if you're really tall (I'm 5'5). The rental is in a residential area and there's not much within actual walking distance but pretty much everything you need is a 5 min drive away, and the unit contains a full-size fridge and washer/dryer which were very handy. Karl was very responsive to all our questions. I personally think it might be a bit cramped for more than 2 people, but for us it was perfect and we'd happily stay there again. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Honolulu Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here with our 2 teenaged kids. Access to so many parts of the island without the crowds of Waikiki!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sarah, I'm so glad we could help make your Hawaiian get-away special! We are always so glad to get reviews like this...any recommendations are also welcome, as we continue to try and improve the home-away-from-home experience while traveling. Aloha, Karl & Kristen
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Very nice

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our time, it was everything that we needed for our stay on the Island. The owners were very responsive whenever we had any questions. Would rent from them again.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Honolulu International (HNL)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Ala Moana or Kailua
Car: not necessary

Unique Cultual Activites Nearby: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Bishop Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Iolani Palace (only U.S. Palace), Japanese and Chinese Cultural Centers, China Town, Queen Ema Summer Palace, Hawaii Childrens Discovery Center, Property is Centrally Located Out of Town Traffic making it easy to get to all sides of the island!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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