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Oceanfront Plantation Cottage - Amazing Views, Perfect Poipu Location!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bdrm, 2 bath fabulous ocean view and sound of crashing waves

Hale Nani Kai, 'House of the Beautiful Sea', is one of the last original 'sugar shacks' left on the south shore of Kauai. Hale Nani Kai takes you back to the days of a simpler Kauai... vast ocean views, the sound of waves crashing on the lava shore, and the simplicity of island life 50 years ago.

Hale Nani Kai is a true beach house. Let the sounds of the waves lull you into an afternoon nap, enjoy lazy days on the magnificent lanai in the shade with a good book or just gaze out on the gorgeous South Shore view of Brenneke's and Poipu Beaches. Be entertained in whale season with your front row seats for whales and their calves and the year round turtles that frequent the shore.

Hale Nani Kai has two bedrooms, each with a comfortable king bed and bathroom en suite. The living room has a full sized sleeper sofa. The decor is beach house casual, boasting both indoor and outdoor dining areas for 6. The kitchen is well stocked for meals in, and a gas BBQ for the grillers in your family waits on the lanai. There are laundry facilities on the premises and beach chairs, towels, umbrellas to take on your short walk to the beach or to enjoy Hale Nani Kai’s private lawn. The sunset views of Hale Nani Kai are breathtaking, and a wonderful treat to return to at the end of the day from wherever your adventures have taken you. The VRBO calendar is always up to date so if it says it is available, it is!

More Details

Property Manager
Shari Pilaria
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017

About Shari Pilaria

We first moved to the Islands in 1988 and lived in Oahu. One trip to Kauai and we were HOOKED! We bought property in Poipu in 1996 and keep coming back! We live in Texas full time and love to share the blessing of this home while we are away.

Shari Pilaria purchased this house in 2004

Why Shari Pilaria chose Poipu

We had owned a condo previously and wanted to have a little more privacy and space. We found this jewel in the middle of Poipu and have loved it ever since! The location is perfect for walking to either Poipu Beach Park or the Hyatt, Shipwreck Beach. The vast open view from the lanai was the selling point for us as well as the uniqueness of this old house! We have updated it, but tried to maintain the old, cottage style living it was intended for when it was built in 1962. It has withstood hurricanes and storms, hosted many families and friends, been the spot for various Hawaiian musical concerts and countless delicious meals served and enjoyed over the years. It's the real Kauai. So many incredible memories for us and no doubt many more to come!

What makes this house unique

Huge covered lanai, spectacular ocean view, privacy, location, sounds of waves crashing all day and night, whale watching, grassy lawn

Guestbook comments from the manager

and this by far was the best place we've stayed. The house is beautiful and well equiped and very comfortable!!!

The view from the lanai is awesome and rainbows and sunsets glorrous! We hope to come back and stay again here now that we've experienced it.

We enjoyed Brennekes Beahc Broiler, Roys and the Beach House for meals out and cooked in for many meals.

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home - hate to leave but we have pictures - and will come back.

Feb 2013
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Poipu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size bed with new, top quality mattresses in each bedroom. One queen size sleep sofa in den. One blow up mattress (aero bed)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The VRBO calendar is always up to date so if it says it is available, it is!


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Oceanfront Plantation Cottage - Amazing Views, Perfect Poipu Location!
average rating of 4.714286 based on 58 reviews

Great Location! Amazing Views! Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at Hale Nani Kai. Our expectations are always exceeded with this property, it's views, rental manager and owner. The property is within walking distance to Poipu beach, Brennecke's beach and restaurant. This home is very nice, quiet, clean and the views from the lanai must be seen. It's a great location to stay while on Kauai! Would highly recommend. Will book again!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sooooo glad yall went again to our home in the islands to relax & recreate! I can just picture you feeling right at home there! Truly, that view of the ocean is just unbelievable! You do have to see it to believe it!!! We never get tired of it & can appreciate the peacefulness you experienced while there. Everyone should have this opportunity to take in God's beautiful creation & savor that special time. Thanks for leaving the review for us & we are thrilled to know that you'll be back! Aloha!!!!
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Lovely older cottage with stunning view

  • 4 of 5

we enjoyed the lanai at just about any time of the day, from morning coffee to after sunset wine. The views of the ocean are incredible! As stated, the property is older, but the view and lanai cannot be equaled. Well equipped with beach gear. Very walkable and safe.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to enjoy our home away from home on the island of Kauai! Yes, we love it that the cottage is one of the few on the south shore that is still in it's original state. We have updated the floors and painted and replaced lots of fixtures and appliances, but the house itself is the original! Part of the enjoyment of this place for us is that it is the way life was on Kauai back in the day! We love imagining how the old Hawaiians might have recreated, cooked, played and "talked story" on that huge open lanai overlooking the vast ocean! The garden down below the house, no doubt, was a playground for families to enjoy each other and God's beautiful creation. We do hope that you will come again and send your friends too! Aloha nui loa!
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Just as described.

  • 4 of 5

We visited for 8 days the end of Oct. to the beginning of November 2017. The house was lovely. Very well supplied with everything you need from cooking to beach going. Extremely well stocked kitchen. Great beach towels, tatami mats, boogie boards, sun screen, bug spray. The best county beach in Poipu is a short walk away. And a gorgeous secluded beach is nearby if you want to drive down some rutted dirt roads. Just check out the well stocked books about Kauai on the shelves. The view is sensational. The lanai is spacious and a great place for dining, drinks and hanging out. Although it is surrounded by condos and a house next door the place felt very private. We had a couple of issues the day we arrived. We contacted Shari and she was there within the hour tending to our needs. Couldn't have been happier. Comfy beds, ceiling and floor fans. Plush bathroom towels. A perfect house for a perfect vacation.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved our home in the islands!! We're happy you came yo Kauai & experienced lots of beauty & aloha! Yes, the privacy feeling is amazing considering the close neighbors. That wide view of the Pacific Ocean takes your breath away! It's hypnotizing, isn't it?!?! We try to make your stay at Nani Kai easy & comfortable! We're thankful you utilized all of our supplies & equipment! Please come back again to make more memories & feel free to share this with your friends too!! Aloha!!
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There are some red flags but liked the home overall because of views and location. Huge lanai!

  • 3 of 5

Some concerns with the condition of the house: The outdoor grill was dirty and had some previously cooked food on it (we threw it out but didn't use the grill), coffee maker not cleaned and the grounds in the filter were moldy, fire extinguisher in the kitchen doesn't have a charge and would not work in an emergency. The dishes were not very clean and the toilet seat in the larger bathroom is very loose. Not sure what options you have regarding the cleaning crew but they're letting you down.... Sincerely, Lloyd Ernst

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An amazing view and a perfect family base for exploring Kauai

  • 5 of 5

We loved Hale Nani Kai. It was the perfect base for our family holiday in Kauai. The view from the deck was spectacular and a highlight from the stay. The kids loved playing in the beautiful garden. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh!!! So glad to know that your family utilized the house and the yard like it was your own home! Yes, after a fun & busy day exploring and sightseeing, that covered, breezy lanai with the incredible view is always nice to come home to! We find that almost all of our meals eaten at home are on the lanai. Not sure we've even used the dining table except to write letters or play games at night. :) I believe that the garden you speak of, down on the lower level of the property, was originally an ocean front arboretum. The birds love it there and we are thankful to have beautiful mango, Milo, octopus, Hou, and Acacia trees there. Can't you just imagine in the early days of the enjoyment of this property, that families BBQ'd there and watched the waves crash on the lava rock wall in front? The lava rock paths create a nice journey through the garden. If we lived there full time I could really get lots of things growing there! :) It provides a nice shade as well as a nice barrier between us and the condos next door. It keeps us feeling very isolated yet we are very convenient to walk or drive in either direction for fun, food and recreation nearby! Please come back and stay with us again whenever your time allows. Until then, enjoy this new school year and season with your family. May the memories of Kauai and Hale Nani Kai bring you peace and joy.
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So comfortable you feel like you're at home!

  • 5 of 5

This home has it all. The kitchen is well stocked, the beds are comfortable, it stays cool with the windows and sliders, the view is wonderful, and the beach is an easy walk away. We enjoyed the availability of binoculars, coolers, and beach equipment. The setting is in a quiet neighborhood and the grounds are well maintained. The best feature of all is the very large, wrap around, and covered lanai. What a wonderful place to be any time of the day. Even during the monsoon rains we had for several days - this was the place we hung out. Great for families or two couples.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, this is exactly what we owners love to hear! "Feels like home"! So thankful that you all had a great time at Hale Nani Kai. It truly is a gem and such a unique property! We also just live on the lanai rain or shine! It's like having a huge extra living room! WE have been known to nap out there too in the lounge chairs listening to the ocean waves crashing below and birds singing all around. Since you mentioned the binoculars, I suppose you were able to see whales and dolphins and perhaps sea turtles too! I like to watch the paddlers on the kayaks or paddle boards too! They are definitely in great physical shape to brave the ocean swells! There is just nothing like Kauai and we hope that you will come back to stay with us again and also, send your friends our way! Aloha nui loa!
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Car: recommended

In the heart of Poipu Beach Hale Nani Kai overlooks the beautiful rocky shores down to the beaches of Poipu. An excellent location for snorkeling and beach activities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning $225
Tax Rate 13.41%

There is no smoking allowed on the premises. Arrival instructions will be emailed 1-2 weeks prior to arrival.Check in is at 3pm and checkout is at 10am unless other arrangments have been agreed to. The vrbo calendar is always up to date so if it says it is available, it is!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.