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Peacock House On Kaneohe Bay Private Waterfront

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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'!

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Kathleen McGovern-Hopkins
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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January 19, 2017

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 East Oahu

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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Peacock House On Kaneohe Bay Private Waterfront
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 13 reviews

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: Nov 2016
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The Real Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

This is an unbelievable property managed by a wonderful couple. Of the many, many times my wife and I have been to the islands of Hawaii, this was our best trip. Imagine a true native experience combined with Four Seasons quality. Kathy and Steve's strip of land is like being on the island before it was settled (you have to see it to believe it, and the other reviews describe it). That, combined with the delightful touches of the house, the outdoor shower, the gazebo and the nearby beach, make this property a must on anyone's bucket list. We have traveled a great deal and are difficult to please, but we could not have been happier with the beauty of the location and the refinement of all the personal touches these wonderful people put into the experience. If you think this review hyperbole, I dare you to see it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. A deep bow to Kathy and Steve for sharing this wonderful property.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous location!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a lovely week at Peacock House. Kathy & Steve are lovely hosts: very pleasant (without being the slightest bit intrusive) and flexible with checkout time. We enjoyed the grounds, the birds (including Bill the peacock), the flowers, the fish farm tour, and the camp-like cabin. The big blue tub is great for after-beach soaks once you've showered off the sand and washed the salt water out of your hair in the outdoor shower. You'll feel pampered wit the lovely bath products provided.

As other reviewers have noted, the location is spectacular. We liked eating breakfast by the shore in the well-stocked gazebo (table/chairs/ottomans, refrigerator, dinnerware, a bar-type sink with running water), and we used the canoe to paddle to the white sand beaches on three different days. We also enjoyed canoeing along the coast of Kaneohe Bay. The house is wonderfully stocked with upscale pots & pans and dishes, plenty of towels (including beach towels), sunscreen, and insect repellent. The welcoming touches were fabulous: Kona coffee, to-die-for chocolate truffles, freshly laid eggs, fresh local fruit, and an absolutely eye-popping Hawaiian flower arrangement.

Note: be sure to take warm layers for the deliciously cool evenings, as the cabin is not heated and a couple windows have only screens. We loved the fresh air, so no complaints about it, but you'll want a jacket or fleece.

The only "fly in the ointment" were the mosquitoes that got in the cabin. Not all the screens fit tightly enough to keep them out. We were expecting them outside, of course, but not inside. It's hard to keep the little buggers out in a jungle environment, so I suggest equipping the beds with mosquito netting as an inexpensive solution. I put mosquito repellent on at night, but its potency wore off during the hours of sleep, and I'd wake up with bites on my face, arms, and neck.

This is a great location from which to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, which we highly recommend, the North Shore beaches with their enormous waves, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head. Just be aware that the cabin itself, while very clean and wonderfully equipped, is a little bit rustic. With this in mind, we definitely recommend Peacock House and would visit again!!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Great Barrington, MA USA

Peacock House Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from one of the most wonderful vacations ever. We were fortunate to stay at the Peacock House for 6 nights and what a treat! The house is beautiful. So many windows, fantastic kitchen and outdoor shower with hot water! The path to the private beach is something to behold. There are peacocks, chickens, ducks and exotic plants and flowers. Once you reach the beach you won't believe the view. Simply stunning. There's a flat-bottom canoe that we used almost every day to explore the bay and the white sand beach just a paddle away. The nearby town Kaneohe has everything that you will ever need. The north shore is a short drive and the beautiful Kauilua beach. We loved every minute and hope to return!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Incredible hospitality, unforgetable stay

  • 5 of 5

My new fiancé and myself spent 3 nights at this incredible house. My only regret is that we didn't book it for longer. As we were driving down the road the first day, we kept saying, "there is no way this is all real." The house and property are just incredible. You definitely feel like you have your own little piece of paradise. The house is perfect for a couple wanting to get away from it all for a little bit. Kathy and Steve have hospitality down to an art form...they provide you with everything you might need to not only get you through your stay, but make it one you will never forget. I can guarantee that we will visiting the Peacock House again, and for longer than 3 days next time! Thank you to Kathy and Steve! I highly recommend this property to couples that want a romantic or peaceful getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Wonderful, private Oahu setting

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this jungle paradise. The house was perfect for two, we cooked breakfast and dinner every day, making the price very reasonable. We spent days exploring Oahu, with a day at Pearl Harbor, and walks in Waimea Valley, Makapuu Lighthouse, and Diamond Head. We ate great garlic shrimp and numerous pieces of pie from Ted's Bakery. Mornings my husband surfed the small waves at a beach five minutes from the house.

This place is blissful. The path to the placid bay is lined with trees and tropical flowers and you can sit and stare at the water forever. Kathy and Steve are great hosts -- they provide what you need and respect your privacy. One warning, it's jungle-like and there are mosquitos, so wear protection.

The week we spent at Peacock House is one of the best vacations we've ever had. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 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

Kaneohe House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

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.

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100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Kaneohe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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