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Ko olau Country Gardens: 2 Acres with Views, Relaxing Family Reunions, 5 Bdrms +

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type guest house


About the property

Two Hales in Lg Home, Ocean Views, Near the Beach, A/C Accommodates 12 Guests

SPECTACULAR TWO ACRE PROPERTY - Ko olau Country Gardens is a magical hillside property, perfect for Family Reunions.. Accommodates 12 Guests. A quick walk to pristine, quiet, sandy beaches for swimming, snorkeling and surfing on the famous North Shore of Oahu.

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ACCOMODATIONS: Perfect for family reunions. Five Bedrms and two bathrooms plus private outdoor shower w/hot and cold water!. The Ocean Lanai on the Estate's main lawn is perfect spot for family gatherings.


Located in Hauula, Hawaii, a small, ancient, fishing and taro-growing village on Oahu's North Shore. Hauula has: grocery stores, post office, Restaurants and CVS Drug store (Longs Drugs). Hauula is also blessed with beautiful, sandy beaches, and no crowds!! Great family spot with protected pool for young children.

NORTH SHORE LOCATION - Hauula is on the North Shore of Oahu, where magical, evergreen, Ko olau Mountains reach up to the clouds and flow down into the sparkling, blue Pacific. The small, remote Hauula community (4,000 people) of single family homes, small shops (Chings Store- gift store is a great local treasure!), and local-style restaurants (Papa Ole's, Korean BBQ, North Shore Taco's), is very different from the high rise, busy retail tourism center of Waikiki. Hauula truly offers a glimpse of old Hawaii, slower paced , peaceful, with friendly people... with one of the largest Hawaiian/Polynesian communities on the island.

HAWAIIAN-STYLE GUEST HOUSE & GARDENS - We are confident that you will enjoy our Hawaiian-style Guest House, gardens, koi pond and remote, peaceful, country location.

Ko olau Country Gardens has all the amenities at no extra cost, including spectacular ocean and mountain views, spacious private lanais with out-door dining areas, gas barbeque grills.

OFF STREET PARKING RESERVED - Reserved parking for 2 cars per unit (no charge)

HOME GROWN FRUIT - Tropical fruit trees such as papaya, mango, star fruit, and many more are grown on the property. You may want to enjoy the ripe fruit when in season, just ask!

BEACH STUFF - We also provide beach towels, beach seats, sand toys and some snorkeling gear (snorkel gear is available upon request)!

FAMILY FRIENDLY - We provide a high chair, pack n play and small swing set.

MAKAI LANAI - We created a new gathering area we call the "Makai (Ocean) Lanai" on the lower lawn. It's a lovely spot for family gatherings. The Makai Lanai is furnished with table and chairs under a large gazebo. Please let us know if you want to reserve the Makai Lanai for your private gathering. There is no extra charge. The Makai Lanai is restricted for registered guests only.

PEACEFUL GETAWAY - The private, peaceful location of our Ko'olau Country Garden guest house offers a sanctuary, hidden away from other homes and traffic noises. At Ko'olau Country Gardens you can experience the ocean breezes and hear the whisper of the waves coaxing you to relax and enjoy the magic of this unique, tropical paradise we call Hawaii.

OWNERS LIVE ONSITE - At Ko'olau Country Gardens the owners live onsite. We are family-friendly and love sharing our knowledge of plants, our gardens, local sites and attractions.

OUR GOAL - Our primary goal is to ensure that your visit to our home and gardens is filled with Aloha...the real magic of Hawaii.

We believe your stay at Ko'olau Country Gardens will be an unforgettable experience because of the beauty, peace and closeness to nature...a truly unique Hawaiian experience.


HAUULA LOOP TRAIL - great hiking trail, 2 hour hike, medium rating for difficulty. Takes you from the town to the tree tops along the mountain ridges. Best trail ever!

KOKOLOLIA BEACH PARK (sunning and snorkeling) and "Alligator Pond"(protected swimming pond for young children/keiki on south end of the park).

KAHANA VALLEY (state park, hiking trails) and many other wonderful North Shore attractions!

TURTLE BAY RESORT - Sunsets at the Point Bar, public beach, surfing, snorkeling and restaurants, golf courses, Surfer Bar with evening entertainment nightly.

LEILEI'S BAR AND GRILL (great seafood) at the golf course is our favorite spot! Always great food!

ROY'S BEACH HOUSE Restaurant ( 5 stars) is now open on the beach at Turtle Bay. It's elegant but casual style is unsurpassed and the food is amazing!

WAIMEA VALLEY (botanical gardens, waterfalls with swimming!, gift shop, snackbar. Don't miss the special tours providing authentic Hawaiian Hales and many other treasures of flora and fauna you can view firsthand...Waimea Valley is truly a Hawaiian treasure!

MACADAMIA NUT OUTLET at Kualoa Farms: gift shops, cultural shows, ancient fishpond and fruit tree/garden tours...learn about all the local foods and even get a taste of some in season.

SUNSET BEACH (big wave surfing) and Pipeline...are always hosting competitions in the winter months...stop and watch the best surfers in the world!

HALEIWA TOWN (shopping and dining): A fun 'old town" atmosphere that was recently improved for safety and variety of shops and location on the island for finding some very special keepsakes of your trip to Hawaii.

KUALOA RANCH (horseback riding and movie tours, gift shop, restaurant)...this is a special property with so much history, in ancient times and more recent. A real working farm, with with history and movie sets for at least 50 famous films...don't miss the Ranch!

HONOLULU AIRPORT 45 MINUTES - We are located approximately 45 minutes from Honolulu International Airport and Pearl Harbor and 60 minutes from Waikiki

KEY WORDS: Ocean Views, Mountain Views, Private, Romantic, Family-Friendly, Country, Tropical Fruits, Gardens, Quiet, Magnificent Beaches in view, Snorkeling and Hiking Trails!

State Tax ID: TA-016-779-0592-01 (Required by State law to be displayed on all advertisements.)

More Details

Dotty Kelly
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Dotty Kelly

We are retired and have lived in Hauula 25 years. We purchased this unique and beautiful property with two homes and slowly made repairs and improvements to the homes and the property. In fact, this renovation process never seems to end! We live in one home full-time and rent the Ko'olau Guest House. The guest house is a Hawaiian, local style home that we have made improvements to provide privacy and lush tropical gardens that surround each hale. Our goal is to provide hales that are quiet and peaceful havens that fulfill the promise of beauty and aloha of Hawaii for our guests to enjoy. We love greeting our guests and making sure they are happy and comfortable during their stay. We try to offer our knowledge of our place that makes your visit here a wonderful, magical experience. We make a lot of new friends along the way and host people from all over the world.

Dotty Kelly purchased this guest house in 1993

Why Dotty Kelly chose Hauula

Hau'ula is a village with 'real people' ... a truly authentic Hawaiian place, on the ocean, with the most beautiful, peaceful beaches in Hawaii. Hau'ula is home to many Native Hawaiians and other Polynesians. Ko'olau Country Gardens Guest House is located high on the hillside of the Ko'olau Mountains overlooking the small town of Hau'ula with spectacular views of the Pacific. There's not a better location on earth...we love it! We chose to live in Hau'ula because of it's people, weather, natural beauty and location...far away from the crowds of Waikiki and Honolulu. The pace is slower, life is more informal and people are good friends and neighbors.

What makes this guest house unique

The property is agricultural with many tropical fruit trees on rockwall terraces. We have papaya, apple banana, breadfruit, coconut, star fruit, grapefruit, fig, logan, lichee, mango, orange, lemon, lime, chico, avocado and mountain apple. This is a great place to learn about tropical agriculture and plants.


Hauula Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Hibiscus Hale - Bathroom - toilet , shower
    KOI POND Hale Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , There are 2 showers- 1 inside and one outside
  • 1. The Hibiscus Hale has 1 bathroom with shower. 2. The Koi Pond Hale has 1 bathroom with shower plus a private outdoor shower.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • KOI POND Hale-bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    KOI POND Hale Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    KOI POND Hale Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bedroom 3 overlooks the Koi Pond
    Hibiscus Hale bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Hibiscus Hale - bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • Ko olau Guest House includes two living units/hales: 1. Koi Pond Hale with 3 bedrooms ( two bedrooms with queen beds. 2. Hibiscus Hale with 2 bedrooms with queen beds. Also available are highchair and packn play for young children
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Koolau Country Gardens is a two acre property with two homes. The owner resides in one home and the other home provides short and long term rental units.


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Ko olau Country Gardens: 2 Acres with Views, Relaxing Family Reunions, 5 Bdrms +
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews
kailua kona, HI

Hawaiian style living

  • 5 of 5

Hibiscus Hale was a welcoming retreat that made you feel right at home. Beds were comfortable, with lots of pillows. Home was stocked with everything that we needed. Dotty was personable and very sweet.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a small wedding Party

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue and I'm sorry for that! We rented both the top and bottom units. We had planned a small wedding with family and friends and needed a place to stay as well as a place for a small reception after the beach wedding. Dotty was so incredibly helpful with all of the planning. She had plenty of suggestions based on what was available at the location, what we could do with chairs, etc. She and her husband were very accommodating! When we got there, her husband asked what he could do to help, what our plan was, etc. We walked him through it and he said we would need a tent (which we hadn't rented because they were so expensive) and he asked our plans for decor, which we were planning to buy some local flowers for the tables. He was able to provide us with a couple tents from the community center I think, flowers and other foliage from the property to decorate with, and additional lighting! He was incredible! He was out there cleaning up the yard, mowing and everything to clean it up for the wedding! He helped set up the decorations! Dotty and her husband went way above and beyond what we ever expected and saved our day! (AND it totally rained, but we had the tents!) Everything that fell through worked out because of them, which was a lifesaver for a stressed out Bride!

In addition to everything they did, the housing was perfect. We loved the outdoor shower, the pond, the gorgeous view from the lower unit. The location was perfect and secluded and you feel like you are in the jungle, but close to the beach that you could walk down and dip your toes in or watch the sunrise. We fell in LOVE with this place. We've used VRBO for Hawaii several times and all throughout our honeymoon after, but this was our favorite place! Thank you so much for everything! You saved the day and made our most memorable day even more memorable with your kindness. I wish I could post pictures to show how well everything turned out!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dawson, MN

Privacy & with Quiet Time

  • 5 of 5

The Hibiscus Hale was exactly what we needed after a week of the bustle in Waikiki. Quiet and secluded, we found this fit our needs perfectly and Dottie was an excellent hostess.

We spent much of our time exploring the North Shore as this was my husband's first trip and my 11th trip to Oahu. The waves were astounding as they reached 40'-50' and made for great photo ops. We visited all the sites along the way including Waimea Bay and the falls, the Dole Pineapple Plantation, Haleiwa and Sunset Beach.

There is a nearby grocery store with local foods and other staples where we bought our groceries and the kitchen was well stocked so we had no problem with cooking.

When we return to Hawaii in the next year or two we will check on availability for this hale first.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anaheim, CA


  • 5 of 5

Dottie was very helpful. Before finding Dottie's home, I was dealing with another homeowner closer to the town area but he was not very inviting and to me it just seemed like he needed people to occupy his home. Dottie was the total opposite from that. From the beginning she was so nice and friendly. She would explain the whole rental agreement process and payments. She did send me a list of places around the area to eat, shop, swim, etc. We stayed at the Koi Hale. Perfect size for our party of 5 adults, 2 kids and 2 toddlers. If we had any questions, she was only a phone call away. She lives on the property so it was easy for her to help us if we needed it. The only problem we had was finding the home. It is off the beaten path but Dottie was able to guide us as we were on the phone with her. It is about 5-10 mins away from Polynesian Culture Center, so if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the perfect getaway. It's a good 50 mins to 1 hour from town. Thank you, Dottie for your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Akron, OH

Relaxing, Off the Beaten Path Charmer

  • 5 of 5

We rented both houses for a group of 9. We put all the Millennials in one house and the Baby Boomers in the other. We were there for a family wedding, but stayed for 10 days. The wedding was so beautiful at the Kualoa Ranch nearby, which would be fun to visit more. There was so much to do and we loved coming home to our quiet, relaxing place with a beautiful view of the ocean.

Dottie was wonderful, lending us snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, advice, and whatever else we needed. They brought us tools and helped us fix a broken suitcase. She even brought us fruit that was in season from our property, papayas, mangoes, bananas and limes! We tried out several beaches, but our favorite was the one closest to our place. I loved the town of Hau'ula; we had a small grocery store nearby, and the little shops were fun.

I would love to come back and stay there again!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Last month we visited Oahu with a group of 11. We were there to celebrate our one year anniversary as well as visit a friend who lives on the North Shore. The beginning of our trip was a bit rocky as we missed our flight and missed a day, but Dotty was helpful through all of it. We stayed in both rentals and Dotty made sure that our groceries were all put away before we arrived, and everything was set for us to just relax when we got there. The property is off the beaten path a bit so you are out of the hustle and bustle of the city but a short to minute walk to the beach. Located in a small town and everyone seems very friendly. When you tell the locals where you have chose to stay every one of them told us what a great selection that was and you cant find a better place than Hauula. My husband and i had a bad renting experience on our honeymoon so I was a bit hesitant at first to rent another house but so happy that I did.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waikiki Grass Shack Bistro
Sandwich Shop
Eggs 'n Things Waikiki Beach Eggspress
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Hamburger Restaurant
Seoul Jung
Korean Restaurant
American Restaurant
Furusato Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Kuhio Beach Park
La Cucaracha Mexican Bar & Grill
Mexican Restaurant
Breakfast Restaurant
Kai Coffee Hawaii
Coffee Shop
Jinroku Pacific
Teppanyaki Restaurant
Blue Ocean Seafood & Steak
Seafood Restaurant
Me Bar-B-Que
Barbecue Restaurant
d.k Steak House
Steak House
Le jardin
Waikiki Beachside Bistro
Ruffage Natural Foods
Health Food Restaurant
Coconut Cafe
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Japanese Restaurant
Musubi Cafe IYASUME
Japanese Restaurant
hana no sato 花の里
Down Home Cooking Restaurant
SWIM Poolside Dining in Waikiki
Bar & Grill
Volcano Shakes & Sandwiches
Ice Cream Shop
Hula Dog Waikiki
Hot Dog Restaurant
M.A.C. 24/7 Restaurant and Bar
New American Restaurant
The Lovin' Oven Vegan/Non Vegan Pizza
Italian Restaurant
Dim Sum Restaurant
Rock Island Cafe
Hy's Steak House
Steak House
Superheat Chili New York Hawaii
Gyoza No Ohsho
Japanese Restaurant
Wolfgang Puck Express
Banyan Breeze
Coffee Shop
Hawaiian Crown Plantation
Jamba Juice Aston Waikiki Beach
Juice Shop
Waikiki Beachside Kitchen
Brunch Restaurant
Dominos Pizza Waikiki (Inside Hyatt Place)
Pizza Restaurant
The Veranda
Seafood Restaurant
Beach Club
Aloha Coffee
Japanese Restaurant
Waik?k? Beach
Chuck's Cellar
Steak House
Honolulu Coffee
Coffee Shop
Tucker & Bevvy Breakfast
Fast Food Restaurant
Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Food
Tanaka of Tokyo East
Japanese Steakhouse
Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar
Ice Cream Shop
Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Honolulu International
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort- Surfer the Bar
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Kamehameha HWY.
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hauula - Papa Ole's, No. Shore Tacos, Korean BB,
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Hauula Beach Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Hau'ula Loop Trail
Car: recommended

Fruit trees.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Damage Deposit $500

Koolau Country Gardens: House Rules
1. Guest check-in is from 4 PM-6 PM * and check out no later than 10:30 AM
2. The unit you rent should be in the same condition upon departure as at check-in.
3. Footwear (outdoor footwear) is not permitted in the house.
4. Quiet hours are from 9:00 PM to 8:00 AM.
5. Owners or their agents may enter the property at reasonable times to make repairs or other such services.
6. Guests may cook only in areas specifically designated for cooking activities.
7. Guests must immediately notify owner of any fire or any other damage to the property.
8. Guests shall not have any additional persons on the property without owner's permission.
9. Guests may not have large gatherings or parties of any kind on the property, unless prior arrangements were
approved by the property owner.
10. Guests may not assign or sublet this property/unit.
11. Guests shall not smoke inside the house.
12. Guests also understand that there are certain inherent factors to the tropical environment of Hawaii that are unique,
including tropical pests, humidity, and related factors.
13.Guests are not allowed to move furniture in the unit or take furnishings out of the unit.
14. All cars must park in designated areas. No more than 2 cars per unit.
15.BEACH SAND: Please hose/shower off outside your unit when you return from the beach. This helps to keep sand
outside. There is an exterior hose or shower outside of both units. There will be extra cleaning charge for sand inside
the unit.
16.Please shake sand out well and hang beach towels outside.
17.Clean lint out of dryer after every use. Hibiscus lint trap is on back wall of dryer.
18.Energy & Water: Please help keep energy and water costs down. Do not leave
fans, A/C or lights on when you are away for the day.


Hawaii Tax ID # W00602628-01 (Info listed as required by Hawaii

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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