Beautifully appointed and maintained, large 5,000 square foot elegant home in Oahu's most prestigious neighborhood. Open floor plan, beautiful Koa wood floors, large upstairs deck with oceanviews for sunbathing and entertaining. Private swimming pool and outdoor dining areas. This lovely home offers privacy with 3 floors of living space and 4 bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms. A short 1 block walk to the ocean (Cromwells beach) and about 1.5 miles to Waikiki Beach. Walk to Diamond Head Park, hike Diamond Head Mountain and walk to biweekly Farmers Markets with local vendors. Secluded swimming pool is adjacent to lovely outdoor dining and entertaining area with gas grill and outdoor kitchen. Bikes available for riding into Waikiki or to the Kahala Hotel, both less than 2 miles away. Villa features 2 entertaining decks, one off the Master bedroom with Ocean views and views of Diamond Head that is perfect for sunbathing or to watch the sunset, and the other off the main floor that is perfect for alfresco breakfast or for a comfortable reading area. Amenities include designer cotton robes in each bathroom, organic cotton linens, stocked kitchen for entertaining, beach chairs, boogie boards, beach umbrella, beach towels, 2 bicycles and a welcome basket of local fruit, gourmet foods and fresh tropical flowers. Upon arrival, our local house manager will meet you to welcome you. She is available throughout your stay for any questions or needs to ensure that you have a wonderful stay.
4 bedroom 4 1/2 bathroom with Ocean views and privacy. Walk to beach .
- Calendar last updated:
- Oct 25, 2018
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Old and rundown with much potential for improvement, photos don't show true condition
We (6 adults) stayed in this house for 2.5 weeks. We enjoyed the generous size of the house and sitting in the bright living and dining rooms, overlooking the trees. We liked the greenery and the view of the ocean. The bath towels were very new and there was a generous supply of bath toiletries and dishes. Otherwise, we had many problems with the furnishings/equipment. Except for the size, the house is by no means luxurious. The house is 30 years old and shows its age, especially in the kitchen and the baths, which were rundown and old, with paint peeling and pieces falling off. The faucets were full of limestone stains, there was mold in some of the baths and on the air conditioning vents, and the walls had stains. The cabinetry was often warped and many items did not function properly, including the garbage disposal, vacuum cleaner, mixer, rice cooker, and gas grill. We did not expect to need to use a broom and dustpan in such a house (we also had a mid-stay cleaning). The beach umbrella was missing a crucial piece and the rack to dry clothing could hardly stand. The air conditioning was inconsistent with some areas very cold and others too warm along with bathroom smells being transported to other rooms. Despite the max occupancy of 10, the hot water supply was not sufficient for 6 people showering in a short period of time. The pool was not cleaned regularly enough although we requested cleaning and multiple tiles were missing on its steps. The additional small pool was empty, which a rental agent explained as being due to it contaminating the larger pool. Many of the outside wooden jalousies were broken and noisy and the old windows were in part unmovable and allowed noise to be heard in the street-facing bedrooms at night. Rainwater leaked into the house next to clearly older water damage. We were also disappointed by the response of the rental company as class 5 Hurricane Lane was en-route. Only after many requests did the company agree to undertake any safety measures at all. The storm luckily never hit Oahu strongly, but their advice of heading to an emergency shelter came right after the governor stated only those in the flood zone should use the shelters—and this house is not in the zone. As this house has been on sale for the past years we can understand that the owners do not want to invest in any improvements. But then a more realistic and accurate description and a lower price would be appropriate. We would not stay here again.
Your experience was shockingly dissimilar to all of our other past guests. In fact, I have other properties listed on HomeAway and have never received anything except 5-star glowing reviews. I'd like to address your complaints: Our house is a quality home built by one of the most famous architects in Hawaii and we spare no expense to maintain it meticulously. There is NO peeling paint or mold anywhere on the premises. We have the most diligent property manager possible (please refer to other guests rave reviews about Eva) who would never overlook limestone stains, mold, or any of the other issues you claim exist. In fact, the air conditioning, hot water and pool are all serviced on a regular basis and all certified by the service providers as being fully operational to the highest standards. Our windows do not have jalousies, but instead have beautiful custom shutters that can be adjusted for sound and light. Unfortunately, a hurricane came through Hawaii during your stay, which must have caused you to stress, given the large number of calls you made to our property manager, however, before you even called, we had all of the outdoor furniture put away and all of the windows taped for your safety. As you mentioned, our house is not in the flood zone, so there was no need for further preparations. As for the garbage disposal, vacuum cleaner, mixer, rice cooker, gas grill and umbrella that you claim did not work properly, perhaps you were not familiar with how they work, since I arrived the day after your stay and found everything in excellent working order. Our property manager did everything possible to make your stay wonderful and I am sorry you didn't appreciate the property as all of our past guests have.
we have very nice time with this home
this is first time to rent these house through VRBO
and this trip is important for me because we are 10 ppl ( both parents and my family ) together from Japan . its not cheap for me this price is then I worry before I arrive here.
but once open a door then all my worries gone .
its so cool huge home and completely same as picture .
actually I felt actual home is much nicer than pics .
we go beach everyday . its very close to waikiki beach
only 10mins by car . also there is Kahala shopping mall 10min distance .
once back to home , there is large kitchen we can cook . During our cooking time Kids can swim again in a pool ( depth is 1.2m - 1.8m so its deep for little kids )
After kids sleep , then Me and wife and both parents go to roof balcony which is not shown on pic . and we have very relax time .
Totally this is very nice home to stay . I recommend it
Amazing property for a large family with perfect location close to many wonderful adventures
From start to finish we loved our time in Kahala. The home is so close to everything but in a quiet neighborhood where you can get away from the crowds. Perfect views from the main and top level and a great pool to cool off. We would highly recommend this home to anyone.
Amazing place for vacation!
Everything is perfect,not only comfortable, convince but also luxury.We had wonderful time here,thanks a lot!
Luxurious house near Waikiki
Our group of seven family members spent the month of December at Karen's Kahala mansion. We were all in awe of its grandness. The outlook from the living room was lush and green - you certainly knew you were in Hawaii! Each bedroom was connected to an elaborate bathroom, one even had an ocean view. The house came well equipped with every imaginable kitchen item as well as towels (including beach towels) and beach gear (boards, chairs, floats). We did not use the parking space allotted for guests in the garage, but chose to park on the street, where there was ample parking. The house is situated 5 minutes to Waikiki by car or a 40 minute walk along the Diamond Head road from which you can watch surfers at all times of the day. It was always nice to return to the residential neighbourhood of Kahala, where the house is located. We spent most of our time in the beautiful living room - dining area, which, unusually, did not have a TV. We spent a lot more time interacting with one another as a result. And for those who wanted to watch TV, there was one in the rec room on the bottom level. The onsite team of property managers weas exceptionally responsive to our needs.We should of asked how to turn off the AC altogether as it consumed a lot of electricity even though it was set in the 70s.Two things to note were that the kitchen doors were loud and could be heard throughout the house and that the pool, at that time of year, was mostly in the shade of the beautiful garden trees. Because the water was cold, and it was an unusually cold December, we did not use it. Living in this mansion though was without hesitation a five-star experience!
Spectacular Vacation Home to Celebrate a Lifetime of Love
As the younger sibling I was tasked with finding a home to celebrate my parents' once-in-a-lifetime Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary. The home would need to be spectacular but also very comfortable to accommodate two mid-70 year olds (my folks), my single sister and me, my husband and three children (ages 9-15). Well this property fit the bill and then some. I have never booked a home this way and was quite skeptical that the home and the process would not disappoint. There was no need to worry. Everything worked out beautifully and seamlessly. It is clear that an architect built this home as every detail is considered to maximize comfort, relaxation and serenity. The back views from the house are breathtaking. The various patios and decks allowed us to take many meals outside while the kids played in the pool. We greeted our parents with love songs played throughout the home using their in-home sound system. We road bikes, cooked family-style meals, played games and just really enjoyed each other's company. And when it was time to retire for the night, we could do so easily without disrupting the fun still going on in other parts of the house. Oh, and the property is so well located that we could get to Waikiki Beach in minutes as well as several museums, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and good shopping in no time. Kudos to Karen and her team for delivering a home beyond our expectations! We will always treasure the time spent with 3 generations celebrating a love that has stood the test of time. Mahalo!
Thank you so much! Thrilled to hear what an incredible trip you had and honored that you chose our house to celebrate your family! So happy you appreciated the beauty and serenity of our house and that you were able to enjoy all the wonderful things about Oahu!! Please come back again soon!!
Beautiful 2 mile walk to Waikiki beaches, shopping and restaurants.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
There will be an additional charge for Air Conditioning if the electric bill is over $500 USD that will be deducted from the security deposit. Renter will be responsible for paying the credit card fees charge for any bookings. No parties permitted without prior written consent of owner. No smoking. No pets. No overnight guests of renters without prior written permission of owner. No cancellations and no refunds. Tax (calculated against rent only): 14.962% for 2018. Property accepts only one booking per 30 day period. No sublets permitted under any circumstances.