Great for a family reunion! 2 separate houses, right on the beach
About Us We have been married for 52 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 so beautiful and quite private. 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. It is very special and that is why our guests return year after year.
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
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
An gem on Kawela Bay
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.
Best Family Christmas Ever! Amazing property!
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!
Possibly the best (and most unique) place to stay on the North Shore
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.
Dreams Came True
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.
The Piper's and Nelson's
Awesome Home!!! Loved every minute. Can't beat the location, view and accommodations. Highly recommend this beautiful family home.
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.
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)