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The Crown Jewel of Kawela Bay! Experience the Real Hawaii! 30 day rentals

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths2
Space 3,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Great for a family reunion! 2 separate houses, right on the beach

Our home , Hale Keo Keo was built in 1910, and is the oldest home on the famous North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Our property with two separate homes, sits right on the beach, on private and beautiful Kawela Bay, 1 mile from the Turtle Bay Resort.

Tax ID# W0548 1389-01

This darling home, built over 100 years ago, is the Crown Jewel of Kawela Bay, as it sits right in the middle of the beautiful crescent beach,.

Kawela Bay is calm, even in the winter months, as there is a protective reef at the entrance to the bay. We also have a nice surf break outside the bay that is perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. However, the bay itself, is wonderfully calm and safe for children.

The property consists of two homes, and a separate studio space, for your use. It is perfect for family reunions, as it will sleep many people.Cozy and cute, you will feel at home in paradise. And once through the gates of this private community, you will leave the world behind and feel immersed in the colors of the turquoise water and baby blue skies. The large sea turtles come onto the sand every nite, to sleep right in front of the house. Yes, it's paradise!

The original cottage is quaint and charming. This home is the kind of home that is a treasure, and we feel blessed each morning when we watch the sun rise from our bedroom windows, and when we walk out on the front deck to greet the day.

The main cottage has a master bedroom with a King size bed, another bedroom with two twin beds.

About 30 feet from the original house is another cottage. This was built for our children and grandchildren, for when they come to visit. This cottage has 5 bedrooms, 3 baths. The upper floor of the cottage is where my art studio is located, and includes my large art table, perfect to sit around to play games. This living space is furnished with a sofa, chairs, a tv and a small refrigerator and microwave. There isn't a full stove or oven. This cottage is a great place for people to sleep, and for children to play. When our extended family visits, we always have our meals together in the main house.

Below the main house is a studio living space that we call the "Surfer's Unit". It has a queen bed, living room area, kitchen, toilet, day bed and an outdoor hot & cold shower.

Kawela Bay is a private gated community. The North Shore is considered 'country' and on your drive to our home, you will pass black and white cows and sheep. When you enter the gate at Kawela Bay, you will turn down a country road and you will begin to feel like you have stepped back in time. Like you are coming home.

Kawela Bay is as perfect a bay as you would ever wish for! It is 1/2 a mile long, in a beautiful crescent shape. The bay is safe for swimming, year around ( even during the large surf in the winter time ) as it is protected by a reef. You can float on rafts and commune with the sea turtles that call our bay their home.

This bay is a perfect place to paddle board. We have two kayaks for your use, and plenty of beach chairs and towels. Just head down the steps and you're on the sand!

There is a fabulous forest of banyan trees just down the beach from the house that offers a beautiful walk to the Turtle Bay Resort, should you wish to have breakfast, lunch or dinner there, and watch the sunset while surfers ride the waves...or play golf on their famous golf course. Many movies are filmed here. The latest being The Hunger Games.

It is not necessary to ever leave Kawela Bay, and you will find that the outside world just disappears when you are here, and only beauty and harmony exist.

Kawela Bay is located on the laid back north shore of Oahu, between famouns Sunset Beach and the Turtle Bay Resort. Kawela Bay offers calm turquoise waters, perfect for snorkeling and diving, and the only white sand beach on the North Shore open year round for swimming and sunbathing. Many consider it the North Shore's best beach, and it was used for the movie "The Hunger Games" and the 'Magnum P.I.' television series. Kawela Bay is also home to many giant sea turtles. You can walk the beach all the way to Turtle Bay, or drive to Sunset Beach to watch the surfers. The whole north shore provides lots of 'old Hawaii' flavor, yet also offers shopping and fine dining. Other recreational activities in the area include golf, hiking, biking, horseback riding, windsurfing and sailing. Haleiwa Town is just a 20 minute drive from Kawela, and Honolulu is approximately 48 miles away.

If you have any questions, please send me an email, and we would be happy to send you more photos.

Irma Jimenez is our on island manager and will be there to greet you upon your arrival.

Until then, we send you sweet aloha breezes.



Hawaii Tax ID# W0548 1389-01

Keywords: beach front, ocean front,family reunion,charming, 2 houses on property

sleeps 16-19

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Marilyn

About Us

We have been married for 50 years.

Marilyn is an artist and Gary is a consultant for green building.

We have 3 grown daughters and 7 beautiful granddaughters.

Two of our 3 grown daughters are Waldorf teachers and all of our 7 granddaughters attend the Waldorf schools.

Marilyn purchased this house in 1997

Why Marilyn chose Kahuku

We have traveled the world and can honestly say that Kawela Bay is rare and magical! Once inside the gates, you feel held in the arms of heaven. The bay is beautiful and still, there are few people here, although for entertainment, the Turtle Bay Resort is only a mile away and a lovely walk through the ancient banyan forest. We love the quaint and authentic charm of this home. It is colorful and fun and speaks of the history of Hawaii.

What makes this house unique

We have a on island manager of our house to assist you in answering your questions and greeting you upon your arrival.

Hawaii Tax ID# W0548 1389-01


Kahuku House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Our home is in a private gated community and we require that you respect our neighbors and neighborhood and do not have loud parties.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 child bed , 2 bunk bed
  • 1 King size bed, 4 Queen size Beds , 2 sets of Bunk Beds, two sets of twin beds, one youth bed and one day bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Private Gated Commuity, Cooking Utensils, Gas Grille (BBQ) Linens Provided, Semi-Private & Safe Beach, Excellent for Children & Adults, Clean White Sand, Excellent Surf & Whale Watching from the Deck or Front Yard, Extremely Private & Very Special, Plenty of off-street parking, HOUSE IS BROAD BAND 'WIRELESS' FOR THOSE OF YOU TRAVELING WITH LAPTOPS, PETS NOT ALLOWED & NO SMOKING


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The Crown Jewel of Kawela Bay! Experience the Real Hawaii! 30 day rentals
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

An gem on Kawela Bay

  • 5 of 5

This was a vacation to celebrate my significant birthday year with our 3 married children their spouses and our 5 grandchildren. The 2 houses were perfect for 13 people. The location could not have been better...right on the ocean that provided swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking. Our families had the opportunity to further bond with each other creating memories that will last a lifetime. Kawela Bay ,a private protected location on the north shore was close to world surfing competitions and the wooded walk to the Turtle Bay resort and the historic banyan tree. We were also fortunate to witness the filming of the television series Hawaii -Five - O.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Family Christmas Ever! Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

Our family flew in from all across Canada to spend a truly unforgettable Christmas here in 2014. We have stayed in many lovely VRBO's all over the world and this has to have been one of the best!


- Right on the beach

- Old Hawaiian charm mixed with Marilyn (the owner's) personal art and antiques

- Modern kitchen

- Lots of water toys to use

- Very private and safe (in gated area)

-Marilyn and her housekeeper Irma were amazing to deal with.

- Close to Turtle Bay resort for restaurants etc.

- Morning jogs east to the resort along their paths and the beach - amazing!

Don't wait to book this gem, we can't wait to go back one day!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, BC

Possibly the best (and most unique) place to stay on the North Shore

  • 5 of 5

After a lot of searching for a vacation place, we stumbled across the Crown Jewel of Kawela Bay. It seemed almost too good to be true -- a big home on a private bay, decked out with everything we needed to have fun. So much so, in fact, that a few in our party breathed a sigh of relief when we showed up and it was real... and even better than we imagined.

The house is beautiful and easily slept 11 adults + 3 children at our peak occupancy. Although the house itself is old and has lots of characters, its fitted with modern appliances and comforts that make it almost too easy to stay there. A far stretch from the camping we used to do!

But the best part of this place is truly the location. Kawela Bay is very unique on the North Shore. While most beaches are getting pounded by waves during peak seasons, the beaches of Kawela Bay remain calm enough for snorkeling, standup paddle boarding, and kayaking. It's so calm that every morning you'll see some folks from Turtle Bay coming over to Kawela Bay, because their own bay is too rough for beginners.

When want to leave the gentle waves of the beach and surf, though, you just paddle to the back left (or right, if you prefer) of the bay and can catch some very consistent, non-intimidating waves for beginners to sharpen their skills and intermediates to have some fun. Want something bigger? Just paddle out a bit more and you'll catch some great waves breaking on days with a bigger swell.

I could go on for a long time about what we liked, but I'm going to stop. Instead, to provide some balance, I'll offer a few criticisms: (1) I had to do some work on my computer when I first got their, but it was hard to do because the view from inside the dining room is too distracting, (2) Sometimes a big wave would wake me up in the master bedroom, and (3) I ate too much because I love BBQ food and the BBQ was awesome.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brentwood, Ca. U.S.A

Dreams Came True

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted our family of 15, which includes 7 grandchildren ranging from 5 to 15 years old, to participate in a family trip that all would create great memories for the rest of their lives. Let me tell you, our plan was a great success! This beautiful home was amazing and it supplied us with everything we could ever need. There was more than enough space for all of us and we were all able to make it our home for the 9 days we spent there. Just as the other reviewers have mentioned, the home and grounds are absolutely beautiful! We mostly enjoyed how convenient and fun it was to be just a few steps from the bay. The bay is a perfect place for the kids to enjoy just about any water sport they wanted to participate in. It was a comfort to all the adults to be able to watch the kids from the beach or balcony. The kids were always in the water until dark.

Irma is absolutely one of the nicest and most patient persons we have ever met. We have a special needs 5 year old grandson who can eat only certain foods and needed to get access to the refrigerator before the house was ready for us. She went out of the way to greet us early in the day as they were cleaning and allowed us to supply the refrigerator and spend time at the beach while they finished in the home. Near the end of our vacation our 12 year old granddaughter had to have her appendix taken out. She spent the last 3 days on the couch watching t.v.. Irma came over and greeted her with a card and gift. Boy, did that make her day! Thank you for everything Irma.

Marilyn, the owner is absolutely correct when she says, "Kawela Bay is magical". She goes out of her way to keep you informed of the many things to experience in the area. As she mentioned, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a must see and all of us enjoyed it immensely. Kawela Bay truly is "magical" because my wife and I saw the "magic" in our families eyes the entire stay. Everyone was to the point of tears for the soul reason of having to end our wonderful vacation at such a beautiful property. We could not have asked for anything more to make our trip a dream come true.

A very special mahalo from all of us to Marilyn and Irma.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Parker, CO


  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the pleasure of staying in Kawela Bay for 10 amazing nights in June. We have been to Oahu many times, my husband and I were actually married there. That said, this was by far our favorite vacation! After a long, delayed flight from Denver, we were greeted at the home by Irma and her friendly dog Duke. Irma was so welcoming, we instantly felt like we had known her for years. The home is so beautiful. The pictures do not do it justice. It has a shabby-chic, very homey feel, highlighted with Marilyn's gorgeous artwork. It is equipped with ABSOLUTELY everything you would possibly need. The garden and yard surrounding the home are beautiful as well. While lounging in the chairs or hammock in the grass, you feel so peacefully secluded, surrounded by trees and flowers and taking in the gorgeous turquoise water. We even enjoyed fresh mangoes from the tree out front.

On our first morning, we were up before the sun. It was dark when we arrived to the home the night before, so we were anxious to see the bay. We were greeted at sunrise by a giant sea turtle, right in front of the home. This turned out to be a daily occurrence. The turtles rest on the beach daily, and we always spotted them swimming in the bay. This was such a special experience for all of us, but especially my 3 young daughters.

There are endless activities to do at the house. We swam, snorkeled, paddle-boarded, kayaked, and fished everyday directly in front of the home. My little girls and I collected sea glass and shells every morning. We walked/hiked through the forest a few times, to the WWII pillbox and almost to Turtle Bay Resort. We even stumbled across a major movie being filmed in the forest one day. Kinda neat!

We did venture away from Kawela Bay a few times to explore the island, however, we quickly discovered how good we had it at the bay, and most days, never left. (Unless it was to go to Giovanni's Shrimp Truck of coarse) :)

Marilyn was a pleasure working with through the entire process. It was nice knowing Irma was just a call away if we needed anything. It was very difficult to leave. We will, no doubt, return to Kawela Bay soon. I can probably go on forever about the amazing time we had while staying at this home, but I'm not sure I want too many people to visit. ;) A big mahalo to Marilyn for giving us the opportunity to experience Kawela Bay.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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placerville, CA

The Piper's and Nelson's

  • 5 of 5

Awesome Home!!! Loved every minute. Can't beat the location, view and accommodations. Highly recommend this beautiful family home.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort
Car: recommended

1 Mile from World Famous Turtle Bay Golf and Tennis resort, Water Aerobics, yoga classes at the Turtle Bay (Full Spa and Gym), Polynesian Cultural Center less than 5 miles, World Famous Surfing Beaches, Sunset, Waimea Bay, Pipeline all within 5 minutes, Jet Ski Rentals Windsurfing, Fishing Boat Rentals, Whale Watching, Biking and Bike Trails, Beach Combing and 'sea glass' collecting, Shopping and Restaurants in famous Haleiwa Town (just like the 60's surf movies)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 14.75%

14.75% is added for tax fees charged by the state and city.
Our on-island manager, Irma Jimenez, will meet you when you arrive, show you around and answer any questions.
We are in a gated, private community and respect for our neighbors is a high priority.
This is a No Loud Party House. We are in a private gated community. No Smoking. Out of state travelers only. No unauthorized large groups.
Non-refundable deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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