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Peacock House at Hakipuu

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


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath House + Outdoor Shower On 2 Acre Farm With Beach Access

The guesthouse is located on our family property, in the small special area known as Hakipu’u. We live in another home on the property, which includes our 2 acre flower and goldfish farm, RainGarden Ornamentals.

Walk down the lush garden path to look out at Chinaman’s Hat and Kaneohe Bay from our private beachfront. From the house you look out through trees and tropical landscape. The property is a bird lovers dream; we have two peacocks (pikake), guinea hens, ducks and other assorted feathered friends that roam the farm . Songbirds call, especially in the morning from nearby Monkeypod trees and a few jungle fowl roosters will most likely crow too. My favorite song is that of the shama trush, they will often perch nearby as if they are curious about you.

Our beachfront is not the best swimming beach but you can paddle out 5 minutes to a lovely sandy beach that provides a nice walk past “Secret Island” to Kualoa Beach Park. There is a flat bottom canoe at our beach for your use as well as two stand-up boards. The main reef is approximately 1 mile out providing a very large safe area for exploring. You can even paddle out to Chinaman’s Hat and hike to the top of the Island or enjoy snorkeling at patches of coral reef inside the Bay.

The single-family plantation home was built in the 1940's-my husband and I have enjoyed restoring and updating the house. The bedroom has a king size bed and large folding chair/chaise. In the side room, there is a large twin daybed (this can be used as a guest bed), dining table and large screen TV. The kitchen is open into the living room area which has lovely views of the garden. All the furniture was chosen with style as well as RELAXATION in mind. The kitchen is well equipped, but if you don't feel like cooking there are a few restaurants and lunch wagons nearby. Just down the road is 'Waikane Store' with homemade local snacks and a few basic groceries, 'Waiahole Poi Factory' serves Hawaiian Plate Lunch, or at Kahaulu’u is 'Mike’s' HuliHuli chicken - you can even purchase as 'take-out' a whole chicken or other main courses for your dinner, or there is a food van selling Thai food too; Uncle Bobo's is a very casual restaurant just north in Ka'a'awa with very good food. The house has one bathroom with an antique cast iron tub. There is an outdoor hot water shower, next to the house, which is perfect for when you come up from the beach and even gazing up at the stars at night. The backyard is lush with various gardens, flower production areas and goldfish ponds. We will be happy to give you a tour of our production areas during your visit. It is the tropics, so we can have mosquitos (repellant provided) and you might see a few geckos (considered good luck by most)...if these things make you shutter, probably not the best location for you. Down at the beachfront is a covered structure with porch furniture, sink and gas grill…a great spot to enjoy the views, unwind and enjoy a cold drink or meal.

Upon arrival you will find an arrangement of fresh tropical flowers from our farm. Also wanting to 'show off' some other Hawaiian grown products; you will find an array of locally grown fruits, coffee, sugar and even North Shore grown chocolate to greet you.

We look forward to welcoming you to our guesthouse, 'E komo mai'!

More Details

Kathleen McGovern-Hopkins
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Kathleen McGovern-Hopkins

This is a view of Hakipu'u from a ridge on Kualoa Ranch. Our property in in the center, on the water.

Kathleen McGovern-Hopkins purchased this house in 1978

Why Kathleen McGovern-Hopkins chose Waikane

Hakipu'u is an amazing beautiful section of place I have found on earth!!

What makes this house unique

This is true Hawaii. Walk down to our beach and you will understand.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our ten day stay at Peacock House was idyllic. The Balinese type interior was just right for us and our four year old twins. Stylishly furnished with beautiful flower arrangements, toiletries and Hawaiian goodies gave it a very personal touch. All mod cons, including a large TV and internet access, a well stocked kitchen and lots of towels added to the comfort. The ceiling fans did an excellent job of keeping the place cool inside and a unique outside shower under the stars is a must!

Set in large, lush tropical gardens with beautiful exotic flowers, the twins loved the different wildlife as they walked down to the beach frontage, with sheltered dining area, overlooking 'Chinaman's Hat'. Use of the owner's canoe, paddle boards, surf boards, cool box and picnic basket were used to take the short trip over to the near deserted sandy coves.

The gracious owners made us so welcome, but never intruded. The location is ideally placed to see all the attractions. It is the perfect place to see the real Hawaii and we hope to revisit this little piece of paradise.
Sep 2013
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Waikane House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
  • Vintage cast iron bathtub In addition there is a large outdoor shower with its own water heater and changing area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , large twin-size daybed in side room for additional guest
  • king size platform bed with pillow-top mattress (in addition, side room has twin-size daybed, for 3rd guest)
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Hawaii is the tropics, so you may encounter an occasional gecko (considered good luck by many) or insects. Our property is in a very lush area of the Island, so we do sometimes have mosquitoes (repellent and outdoor candles provided). The house is screened, but you do need to keep the screen doors closed. We want to make your stay perfect and we want to be sure you are prepared for a true Hawaiian stay!


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Peacock House at Hakipuu
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 18 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved everything our stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Great place, great location, great everything!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful stay in Kathy and Steve's Peacock House. It was our first time on Oahu - if you like Kauai you will love this part of the island; from this side you see the mountain range and have easy access to awesome trails. House was clean and well furnished; had everything we needed. No AC, but the breeze is lovely so really didn't need it. We loved the outdoor shower. Chickens, Roosters and Peacocks on the property were lovely. We took the two person kayak out on the bay and had a wonderful time. We loved our bit of jungle for the couple of days we were there and would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Peacock House is a true gem of the island of Oahu. Our stay was a very magical and memorable vacation!

My boyfriend Kim and I were on our first vacation together and seeking a very special getaway. The Peacock House provided that and much more. We loved the jungle-like environment from the fresh fruit to the soothing sounds of the rain. It truly created a very unique and relaxing time.

We hosted a lovely barbecue with family members by the water one evening and it turned out to be one of the best nights of the trip. We were thankful for how the house was equipped with the essentials for hosting. Along with the perfect table setting at the end of the trail complete with tiki torches, a hammock, and a view of the water made it extra special.

Kathy and Steve were easy going and accessible for communication with any questions we had. They were very accommodating in helping us enjoy our stay.

We plan to return here again on our next visit to Oahu and we would highly recommend renting this special spot to anyone looking for an authentic adventure of Hawaii.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous property!!!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Tropical Forest Escape

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I went here on our honeymoon and we had the best time! We were looking for something low key, yet beautiful, and that is exactly what we got! The house was so unique with beautiful and eclectic touches. We are an adventurous couple and we loved taking the paddle boards out to paddle out to Chinaman's Hat and hike to the top which is not as intense as it looks. If I can do it anyone can! The view from this island is incredible. Also the private beach is a very short paddle across the bay and it is pretty much secluded. We loved going over there to layout on the beach and watch all the cute little crabs come out of their crab wholes. Also as you paddle across the bay, there are beautiful sea turtles swimming around. We got to see quite a few and it was exquisite. If you are looking for a tropical getaway to take in the beautiful surroundings hawaii offers, look no further! Kathy and steve are great as well as their two peacocks, chickens and rosters. BEST HONEYMOON! We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classic Hawaiian Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a bit of old Hawaii alongside Kaneohe Bay, good for a two-person getaway. The old cottage is well supplied with kitchen items, towels, snorkeling gear, canoe and paddle boards., and Kathy and Steve are accommodating hosts. The property is lush with wildlife and plants. The beach isn't swimmable, but a short canoe ride takes you to a private beach. Good location for heading up to the north shore. One caveat: there can be a bit of road noise from the highway.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
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Waiahole Poi Factory
Mike's Kiawe Broiled Huli Huli Chicken
Fast Food Restaurant
Holo Holo Stop
Fast Food Restaurant
Thai Food Express
Thai Restaurant
Uncle Bobo's
Barbecue Restaurant
Koolau Snack Shop
Snack Bar
Temple Valley's Chinese
Chinese Restaurant
Ninja Sushi Koolau
Times Coffee Shop
Breakfast Restaurant
Koolau Drive Inn
Barbecue Restaurant
Valley of the Temples
Keneke's Grill at Punaluu
American Restaurant
Shrimp Shack
Seafood Restaurant
Vientiane Pho & Sandwiches
Vietnamese Restaurant
Pho Vientiane
Vietnamese Restaurant
Sumo Ramen
Japanese Restaurant
Kenko Ya
Japanese Restaurant
L & L Hawaiian
Barbecue Restaurant
Aloha Shrimp
Hot Dog on a Stick
Hot Dog Restaurant
Bull Kogi Korean Fusion Restaurant
Korean Restaurant
China Town
Maruki Tei
Japanese Restaurant
Big City Diner
Ramen Man - Ichi
Ramen Restaurant
I Love Country Cafe
Pho Factory
Vietnamese Restaurant
Brick Oven Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Pho My VI
Vietnamese Restaurant
Ninja Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Tasty Korean BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant
Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant
Hot Pot Restaurant
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Asian Restaurant
H & T Burgers
Hamburger Restaurant
MJ Cafe
Haleiwa Joe's
Seafood Restaurant
Zippy’s Kaneohe
American Restaurant
Jamba Juice Kaneohe
Juice Shop
Restaurant Domo
Japanese Restaurant
Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Hamburger Restaurant
Kaneohe Best Shrimp & BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant
Local Boy Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Pah Ke's Chinese Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Chun's Bar-B-Q House
Barbecue Restaurant
Mel Rose Place
Kim Chee Restaurant
Korean Restaurant
Kamaleis Kitchen
Kogi Aina
Hot Pot Restaurant
El Mariachi
Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Turtle Bay Resort
Nearest Motorway
Kamehameha Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Uncle Bobo's
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Kualoa Beach Park
Car: recommended

The house is on the windward side of Oahu so you look up at the Koolau Mountains from the yard and the views from the Bay are spectacular!! You will recognize some of the scenery from movies filmed nearby. Kualoa Ranch is 5 minutes away offering a variety of fun activities and Polynesian Cultural Center is 20 minutes further north.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 4.71%

Tax #: W00624120-01
As long as the house is left in good order and only requires normal cleaning, the deposit will be returned in-full.
A guaranteed early check-in or late check-out may be purchased for an additional $100, if available.
Our policy for cancellation is listed in our "House Rules". If we are able to re-book your dates, a full refund will be given.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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