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Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Our beach estate is located on over an acre of land, just steps to the best white sand beach in Hawaii, constantly rated as one of the top 10 beaches on earth. This is the only beach in Hawaii to consistently show up on all top ten beaches in the world lists. Unlike most beaches in Hawaii our beach is mostly free of tourists so you can actually have space and relax. On weekdays you will virtually have the entire beach to yourself!

Our 2200 sq foot home neighbors all the finest properties on Oahu, just doors down from where the Obama family, Stephen Curry and Jay Z and Beyonce stay when they come to Hawaii. One of the very few properties that is actually a LEGAL vacation rental and has been since the 1990's, so you can be assured that your rental will be available when you arrive!

Be a part of Hawaii's history by staying at this registered historic landmark.

Pilipu Place offers the utmost relaxation and tranquility. Feel the white sand between your toes, bask in the warm Hawaiian sun, dive into the crystal clear aqua waters, and be glad you've made the best choice, Pilipu Place! Located steps from Kailua Beach, the best Beach in Hawaii! Our two story house offers Ocean and Mountain Views and the most luxury accommodations for the price! Escape to Kailua, a small beach town located just 20 minutes from Honolulu and Waikiki, truly away from it all!

Our home underwent a remodel inside and out in 2013. It features all new furniture and bedding, high speed wireless internet, two flat screen tvs, fine furnishings, Hawaiian koa wood cabinets, marble, and crown molding. There is now an A/C unit in the master bedroom and screens on all bedroom windows.

There are two large lanais one upstairs (with ocean and mountain views) and one downstairs. The house is situated on an acre of land, allowing ample room to lay out in the Hawaiian sun or let the kids play. The yard has beautiful plumeria trees, red hibiscus bushes, orchids, and of course, a coconut grove. Nothing is split or shared in any way. You have the house to yourself. We do not rent or live in any part of the house as some owners do.

The house has one King bed, two queen beds, two twin beds and a pull out couch. It can comfortably sleep 10 total, 8 in beds and two on the queen pullout couch. It also has two full bathrooms. The master bedroom (king bed and a twin) and one full bathroom are located upstairs where the kitchen, dining room and living room are. The other two bedrooms and second bathroom are located on the first floor. The second bedroom has a queen bed and the third bedroom has a queen and a twin. There is also a queen sized pullout couch in the living room.

The kitchen is stocked with everything you need to cook. It has a full sized oven, four burner cooktop, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, toaster and coffee maker. The kitchen has four barstools, perfect for hanging out while meals are prepared or for casual breakfasts. The dining room table seats six and there is also an outdoor patio set complete with tables and chairs with an ocean view. A full sized washer and dryer are located inside the house as well.

You must see our VIRTUAL TOUR (, click Virtual Tour, and click the 'Cottage Living Room' and 'Cottage Balcony' buttons. You may also view the yard and beach on this tour. Keep in mind, however, the house has undergone a complete renovation and has new furnishings since the pictures in the virtual tour were taken.


Keywords: House, Kailua, Lanikai, Beach, Watersports, View, Private, Ocean, Hawaii, Relax, Mountain, legal, sand, vacation

More Details

Crystal Knysh
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Crystal Knysh

My parents own our lovely Kailua beach house. They purchased the property in approximately 1989 and my dad actually built the vacation rental beach house in 1991. We referred to our vacation home as the guest house when I was growing up and living in the main house next door. I manage the property for my parents and am lucky enough to visit yearly now that I live in Arizona with my husband and two children.

Crystal Knysh purchased this estate in 1989

What makes this estate unique

The main house next door is a registered Historic Residence, built in 1928. It originally was the Mark A. Robinson family beach house, the family who has owned the island of Ni'ihau since 1864. When my dad built the guest house he mirrored the architecture and design of the main house. Staying on this property is truly enjoying a piece of history.


Kalama Tract Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No parties or gatherings allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full bathrooms. One has a bathtub/shower combo and the second bathroom has a large walk-in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper sofa in living room
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), pull out couch in living room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor hot and cold shower that comes out of a lava rock wall to rinse off at after a day at the beach!


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average rating of 4.4054055 based on 37 reviews
San Diego

What a wonderful stay we had!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was amazing! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historic Kailua Beach Property

  • 4 of 5

Loved the proximity to the beach. House/grounds are lovely. Especially enjoyed the outside shower. Bathroom towels are threadbare and need to be replaced. Also, upstairs toilet is broken--toilet innards need to be replaced, and a piece of the door frame in upstairs bedroom is hanging by a thread--easy fix with a hammer and nails. Upstairs standing fan seemed to be broken?

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great stay at this Amazing historic Kailua estate. This property is breathtaking, steps to the beach, extremely private on huge property (even has a long private driveway, the pictures hardly do this estate justice). In our experience this house offered a lot of value for the price, this house is basically beach front on over an acre. We never saw anyone in the main house (the property manager had told us its empty 99% of the time). Essentially when you rent this home you have free reign of huge yard. I would consider this house beach front even though there is one small house in front, this home sits above it and you don't really notice your not the first home on beach. Its a 10 second walk to the most beautiful beach you've ever seen. So calm and not many people, during weekdays its nearly a private beach which is unheard of in Hawaii, especially on a beach this beautiful. House itself it well stocked, provided ample space for 7 and was extremely clean and well kept. Its highly unlikely there are many other rentals in this price range, that have this location and sitting on a lot this large, while still having immediate access to such a beautiful beach. We've been traveling to Hawaii for 30 years and have never been so impressed. We will be back to this property 100% and highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house on Kailua Beach

  • 3 of 5

Our family (4 adults and 3 young adults) spent 4 nights at this heritage home. We enjoyed it and thoroughly enjoyed the verandah where we had breakfast and which allowed us to watch the moon each night. Kailua Beach is beautiful and we loved watching the sun rise each morning. Maybe, because it is a heritage home, it needs some work and updating. We all loved the house but were initially anxious because of all the rules. After a day we were comfortable. Our highlight was being on the beach on New Year’s Eve along with lots of other people at midnight and watching the fireworks.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cleburne, TX

Great location!

  • 4 of 5

Love the location, the house is nice but needs few updates. One would be shower head in upstairs bathroom. But overall had a great time and the house was steps away from the beach. Perfect to see the sun rise from the beach.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach access and location is the only reason to give this house 2 stars.

  • 2 of 5

No A.C. this week was a problem as it was hot and humid. No screens on the Windows brought in all sorts of bugs. Coffee machine broken, no water pressure, very rarely hot water for showers. This house needs a lot of work and I don't recommend it for families.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very sorry you did not enjoy your stay. Most every guest we've had over 20 years has loved this home, hence the majority of 5 star reviews and repeat customers. (Update the master does have a AC unit that can cool the majority of the top floor). Most homes in Hawaii especially on the beach do not have AC systems (it rarely ever gets above 85 and we are on the water and get trade winds), at nights high 60s/low 70s is normal, like us most guests find these temperatures very pleasant and prefer the ocean air to breathing in AC air all day. We do spray monthly for bugs and it is rare to see more than one or two in the house, this is just a fact of life in the jungle by the ocean. You also failed to mention I had my cleaning person drive an hour to bring you a coffee maker your first day there. As too the water pressure is seems plenty hard, the water will also come on very hot if you turn hot all the way on. I try to keep my hot water tank not too hot so kiddos (or people) who are not familiar with the home do not burn themselves by accident. We will try to do better as we always do, we hope you will return someday.
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Nearest Beach
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350
Additional Guest Fee $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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