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Tropical Pole House W/ Beautiful Mountain Views

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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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

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Karl Bromwell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

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 Honolulu

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!


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Tropical Pole House W/ Beautiful Mountain Views
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews
Laguna Niguel, CA

Overall good but could be better

  • 3 of 5

The neighborhood is good and removed from Waikiki and very close to punchbowl. Location is good. The unit is relatively new. Some issues however. If you are only using the one bedroom, it is fine. The roll away bed in the living room is really horrible for sleeping. I was able to get my hands on an inflatable bed for the remainder of my stay but this should be improved. The kitchen is lacking is the simple things if you cook. Many simple things missing and no rack to dry dishes. No dishwasher but that is OK. Garbage disposal did not work. I don't expect everything but I feel there were too many things missing. The owner is a nice guy and we used some of his boogie boards for the price some of these items should be provided.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and thank you very much for your input Tom. I will address certain issues immediately, as we want our guests to have a 5 star experience. I have gone through our kitchen checklist to make sure all necessary cooking utensils, etc. are present for our next renter. There was a wood dish rack next to the sink, so this must have been overlooked. As mentioned, the garbage disposal stopped working during the previous rental and the turn around was too quick to get a plumber in. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience on this. I'm glad you enjoyed the beach toys (i.e. mask snorkel and body boards provided), we have a lot of beach gear for adults and kids that is available for use. Some are stored in the Apt. closet, but to eliminate clutter other items are kept in our garage. I will try to better communicate the availability of these items in the future. With regards to sleep arrangements, I apologize for any inconvenience and misunderstanding, but the "sleep sofa" as described on the VRBO site (not a roll away bed) is "for temporary use". We have had adults and kids use this with no complaints, however they were not as large a man as yourself. For future rentals, if a one bedroom vs. two bedroom is desired, I will make sure to mention the questionable comfort of the pull-out couch. Sincerely, Karl
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Great suite in a quiet neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I very much enjoyed our 2 week stay here! The suite is quite spacious, very clean, with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, internet, no charge for parking, and an awesome view! Although the suite does not have air conditioning, the ceiling fans are sufficient. Beach mats and snorkel gear are provided as well as a travel cooler which was a life saver for packing our daily lunches! The owner is very accommodating, allowing a late check-in and ensuring we had everything we needed. The quiet neighborhood is central to the major highways, and only a short drive to Waikiki. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a "home away from home", and will certainly be staying again on our next trip to Hawaii!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Centrally located All-inclusive Home away

  • 4 of 5

Karl responded quickly to my emails, as my arrival was only days away by the time I discovered this gem online.

The apartment is simple and comfortable with a dining table, fold-out couch, tv/dvd, a kitchen and a washer/dryer. Plus a good sized bedroom and wifi.

We ate breakfast then packed our cooler (thanks, Karl) and headed to the beach (with towels and toys provided at the apartment). It took maybe 25 minutes to get to Kailua Beach where it was usually sunny.

We rented a car and it was easy to park on the street.

My only word of caution is to be prepared to walk up the ramp and steps, which I wouldn't even mention except I was carrying a 40 lb kiddo. So I got some good exercise nightly as I carried her up to bed after a long day out and about.

I would stay here again (which we are thinking about!) and I have passed it on to a couple of friends.

Mahalo (^_^)/

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rainbow valley escape

  • 5 of 5

We chose to be away from the tourist bustle and this did not disappoint. With a.m. and p.m. rainbow views toward the mountains on most days(winter), roosters crowing, dogs barking, and morning bird chorus, it's an escape from the city. Breezy, clean, and comfortably equipped. The owners are very helpful, friendly, and provide fast dependable wifi. The Bus stops hourly within yards of the driveway. It's a steep walk up to the rooms, but worth it. We were able to keep our bicycles in the street level garage. Roadside parking is adequate.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Scottsdale, AZ

Tammy- Arizona

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing little place. We had everything we needed and an awesome view. We slept like babies listening to the rain through the bedroom window. A quiet neighborhood and the proximity to the punchbowl made it easy for tourists to find (we followed the signs to the punchbowl). The house is pretty centrally located to everything. We felt very at home and throughly enjoyed our stay. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kaneohe, Hawaii

A pleasant stay, a good location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were pleased to have this opportunity to stay outside Waikiki, at a location with easy access to many routes around the island. The apartment was clean, well equipped and comfortable. There's a parking stall on premises, which is adequate for most visitors (we are local residents, and were even able to find parking for both our cars!). Recommend -- especially for a couple or small family with plans to get out and about.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Honolulu International (HNL)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
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!


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Nuuanu - Punchbowl Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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