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Kahalu'u Cottage - Brand New Home - Luxury on a Budget

Bedrooms Studio
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

700 Sq ft Studio with Private Ocean Access and Big Yard

Welcome to our new studio in Kahalu'u. This is brand new construction completed January of 2014 with many high-end finishes including: Full kitchen with granite countertops, ice-maker fridge, tall 9' ceilings, bullnose corners, beautiful mahogany trim, luxurious stained concrete floors, travertine tile bathroom with walk-in travertine and granite shower. This Studio has partial ocean views and access to the ocean for crabbing or kayaking and snorkeling in the bay. Up the road is better for hanging out on the beach. Another highlight of this Studio is the two big patio doors look out over a 50' by 100' lawn great for kids to play on.

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, korean
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Hillary

We are a young family doing our best to create a paradise here in Hawaii. I work for a local bank and my wife is a personal chef and a mom. We feel very lucky to live at this home in Kahalu'u in Hawaii.

Hillary purchased this studio in 2013

Why Hillary chose Waikāne

The tropical climate takes it's toll on homes in Hawaii. Even a home that is a few years old can appear much older here. This home is brand new and doesn't have any of the issues associated with older homes. This home also has the advantage of having a contemporary floor plan, recessed lighting, tall ceilings, and other modern home features.

What makes this studio unique

Proximity to the ocean, the north shore, Kailua, Kualoa Ranch, the Polynesian Cultural Center are all great benefits. The large yard and new construction with contemporary feel are also big benefits.


Nearest Airport
16.7 Miles
Honolulu Int. Airport
Nearest Golf
10.1 Miles
Honolulu Country Club - Nuuanu
Nearest Motorway
Kamehameha Hwy - right out the front door
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Waiahole Poi Factory
Nearest Beach
Kaneohe Bay - right out the back door
Car: not necessary

Kahalu'u is quiet, beautiful and convenient to Honolulu and the North Shore. It is especially close to: Chinaman's Hat (our favorite island to kayak to), Kualoa Ranch (very popular tourist attraction) and endless great beaches. Our favorite kid-friendly beach park is Kahana Bay. It is about eight miles away toward the North Shore. Our favorite bon fire area is in Ka'a'Awa about seven miles away. Ka'a'Awa is also a great area for snorkeling. Driving the other direction, SouthEast to Kaneohe and Kailua, will give you more options for restaurants. Hale'iwa Joe's in Kaneohe is our favorite restaurant. Driving past Kaneohe to Kailua you are rewarded with very beautiful, very popular beaches. Kailua is about 12 miles away.

The nearest grocery store is three miles away. Next to the grocery store are a few small restaurants and a large movie theater. Across the street is Valley of the Temples. Not only is it free, but it's one of the most beautiful places on Oahu. There is a very picturesque Buddhist Temple there with an impressive koi pond complete with small turtles and stunning black geese.


Waikāne Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , You'll love the shower head
  • Travertine and granite walk in shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • This is a studio - There are no separate bedrooms. It looks and feels much like a very large hotel room. There is a California King size bed, a Queen size bed, and a Queen size pull-out bed in the couch. All are very comfortable. A full size blow up mattress and a pack-n-play are available upon request.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
This vacation rental is special because you have access to a very popular chef, Chef Hill. Please ask to see a menu with dishes from Korea, Greece, Thailand, Italy, India and many other countries. You can even book a private sushi party! Please allow Chef Hill plenty of time to prepare by giving her at least five days notice for all orders. Feel free to request a menu to be emailed to you.


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(51 traveler reviews)

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Kahalu'u Cottage - Brand New Home - Luxury on a Budget
average rating of 4.6862745 based on 51 reviews

Nice room

  • 5 of 5

It was a beautiful and comfortable room.The host family was kind and polite.We played with kayaks and we were able to see some turtles luckily.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

Nice little place. Great location on the island. Kitchen was adequate for cooking breakfast and easy dinners. Wish there had been a dresser to unpack, had to live out of our suitcases all week. Kids enjoyed playing on back lawn. We were a family of 5, 3 teenage boys, I would not recommend it for larger groups. Would rent again.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this property. It was very clean, and nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. The beach access was beautiful, the owners friendly and extremely helpful and an all around beautiful property. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

The Kahalu'u Cottage was just as described in the overview! Perfect! The location was absolutely great to be able to see the whole island. It is just 30 minutes from Honolulu and Pearl Harbor and just 30 minutes from Laie, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the North Shore. Also, a must during your stay is the Leonard's Bakery Food Truck at the Windward Mall in Kaneohe! The Malasada's (Portuguese Donuts) are life changing! There are great beaches for snorkeling within minutes and all sorts of amazing hikes as well. The location on the East side is so much more relaxing than the craziness that is Waikiki. Hillary was Shad were great hosts and were very accommodating to all our needs and there kids are adorable. We loved our stay and would stay here again in a heartbeat on our next stop to Oahu! Hillary, if we see your brother here in Pocatello, we will say hi! Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for our little family of 6

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at three places during our 11 days in Hawaii and "The Little Cottage" was hands down our favorite. Great hosts, great amenities, clean studio, and good location. We'd definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Condo, Poor Experience.

  • 1 of 5


I had hoped and originally intended to leave a much more positive review. Booking this property was a great experience. Hillary was very attentive and flexible when I needed to change my dates (and revert back to the original dates). Upon arrival, Shad showed us around the property and when we departed, I let Hillary know we were leaving. Other than that, they kept to themselves. The condo is beautiful, well-kept and has a great location on the Windward coast. The kitchen was nicely stocked and the beds were very comfortable. As other reviews have said, foot traffic from their home upstairs is loud and occurs during late hours at times, but, Shad mentioned that we could let them know if they were too loud (I have children and understand those inconveniences). Also as mentioned, the rental charges a cleaning fee, but there were a list of chores to complete upon departure. This list included stripping and washing bed sheets & towels, sweeping, removing trash, washing dishes, etc. I always tidy up and take out trash when leaving a rental, but I felt it was inappropriate to request clean up and charge a fee. Overall, my stay was pleasant and I had even considered leasing the condo again for an upcoming work trip to nearby MCBH.

However, I waited 15 days to follow up on the return of my deposit. In that time I did not get any reports of damage, inquiries or refunds. When I asked about my deposit, Hillary informed me that my deposit would not be returned. She stated that a wall in the condo had several indentions after our departure. I am a very cautious traveler and a good steward of other people’s property. I took precautions to ensure that we did not damage anything in the condo. Luckily, I always take photos and videos of the properties I lease upon arrival and departure so that I am able to defend and escalate cases like this. Still, I am very disheartened by the experience I’ve had since returning home and closing out this trip. I would advise all potential renters to proceed with caution. The condo truly is lovely and the best rate on the Windward side of the Island! However, you must be okay with the foot noise and cleaning list. I further caution all renters to protect your investment by documenting pictures, researching reviews and postponing writing your own review until your experience is 100% complete. Once you submit your review on VRBO you cannot edit or resubmit them.

Thank you,


  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $89 + Tax
kayak & snorkel rental $0
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.97%

We charge an additional $15 per person per night for more than four guests. This charge is to absorb some of the additional cleaning & bedding expense. Children under the age of eight are free.

Because this is a brand new rental, we are offering rates well below the market for this beautiful studio. Our weekly rate is only ~$121 per night. Book now before rates increase!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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