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Oceanfront Hawaiian-Style Cottage :: With Optional Guest Cottage

Kapaa, HI, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6; 8 with optional detached Moonrise Guest House

Just steps from the water, Aloha Cottages are the quintessential oceanfront accommodations - comfy furniture, wide plank wood floors, warm salt air breezes, and ocean views to soothe the soul. The front porch of Sunrise Cottage is a favorite spot for watching the ocean's changing moods (and whales during winter months). A blend of east coast Cape Cod and Hawaiian plantation styles, our vintage cottages are spacious and light with simple furnishings - everything you will need for a relaxing, rejuvenating Kauai get-away.

THE INTERIOR: French doors and large picture windows in the living/dining room of the main house afford panoramic ocean views. Two of the three bedrooms have queen-size beds and the same unforgettable ocean view. The third bedroom, furnished with two twin beds (optional King upon request), is a quiet retreat. Sunrise Cottage comfortably accommodates up to six people.

NEED MORE ROOM?? Add Moonrise Guest Cottage for another bedroom and bath to accommodate up to 2 more people, a total of up to 8 in both cottages (4 bedrooms/3 baths). Please contact me if you would like to include the guest cottage in your reservation and I will send you a second payment request to cover the rental fees ($1050 per week), taxes and cleaning ($125). You will NOT be charged the VRBO reservation fee for the guest cottage. Use both cottages together for a group of 7-8 friends or a multi-generational family gathering.

Recently remodeled Moonrise Guest Cottage has the charm of a bamboo canopy bed and peek-a-boo ocean view. The open, white interior is accented with soothing ocean blues for a fun, tropical ambience. A spacious food prep area (with refrigerator/freezer, coffeemaker, toaster, blender, microwave) is perfect for simple meals, along with the large outdoor stainless steel grill with propane side burner.

The beautifully remodeled kitchen of the main house offers gourmet cooks as well as microwavers a spectacular oceanview. The stainless steel countertop, checkerboard floor, and glassfront cabinets are reminiscent of vintage cottage decor. The upgraded appliances and granite-topped peninsula make it a cook's dream.

Both cottages are equipped with WiFi, flat-screen TV and DVD player, all linens including beach towels, ceiling fans, down and faux-down bed pillows.

THE PATH: An exciting NEW feature is the Seaside Walking and Biking Path that runs along the ocean, right past the property. Visitors enjoy the Path for exploring the coastline, past Kapaa Town, beaches and amazing ocean vistas. Kapaa has been voted one of America's 15 Prettiest Small Cities (Aug 2013) by Forbes Magazine, come and see why.

THE BEACH: Just in front of the cottage, less than 30 steps across the front lawn, is the soft sand and warm waters of 'Baby Beach,' one of the safest swimming beaches on the island for small children. Here you can enjoy kayaking (you'll find a double kayak at the cottage), snorkeling, or even SCUBA for lobster in season. The quiet waterfront vintage neighborhood is just a short stroll from Kapaa Town, with charming shops and restaurants.

TVNC #1310

Local 24/7 Contact (not for reservations):

Dawn Gates, 808.639.4640

Keywords: Cottage, house, oceanfront, beach, 6 people, 8 people, walking/biking path, nearby beaches, shops and restaurants, whale-watching


Susan Hoerner

Member Since 2004
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Response time:
within two days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About Susan Hoerner

Charlie and I have been married for 48 years and have two grown daughters. We divide our time between our cottages on Kauai and Portland, Oregon. Charlie has retired from the high tech world where he was a consultant and trainer. I am a retired graphic designer. Now we like to hike and bike, read and travel.

Susan Hoerner purchased this Cottage in 1998

Why Susan Hoerner chose Kapaa

We visited Kauai for the first time in 1996, absolutely loved it, and upon leaving fantasized about living here, if just for a short time. But unlike so many fantasies, this one came true. We rented Sunrise Cottage for 18 months and ultimately purchased the property, soon adding Moonrise Cottage as a second rental. The experience of being right on the ocean is like no other, we love watching the weather cross the sky, the colors and moods of the ocean change. The property is within easy walking distance of Kapaa Town, recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America's prettiest small towns (Aug '13), and central to all the many wonderful things to do and see on the island. We love to recommend our favorite places to shop and eat, locally.

What makes this Cottage unique

The front lawn of Sunrise Cottage is situated to enjoy the unforgettable sun and moon rises over the ocean, which we celebrate regularly. We use the new seaside walking/biking path almost every day to walk or bike into town, to Kealia Beach or just for some exercise. The short three mile drive to Sleeping Giant Mountain hiking trail is one of our regular expeditions, giving great cardio and amazing views of the entire eastern shoreline of the island. Our sweet little neighborhood is quiet and tucked away yet convenient for shopping, services and for getting around the island.


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Master
        1 queen, Ocean view, ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet
      • Guest Room #I
        1 queen, Ocean View
      • Guest Room #2
        2 twin/ single, Optional King bed configuation upon request
      • Moonrise Guest Cottage
        1 queen, Optional studio with en-suite full bath, accommodates 2
      • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2). Additional queen bed and bath available in optional adjacent Guest House, Moonrise Cottage; accommodations for a total of 8 guests.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, outdoor shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Double sinks; separate tub/shower & toilet room
      • Additional bathroom in Moonrise Cottage
        toilet, shower
      • Tiled vanities and tub surrounds, screened windows for fresh air and natural light.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
          You can have your toes in the water by walking about 50 yards.
        • Oceanfront
          Spectacular ocean views from living, dining and kitchen... and 2 queen bedrooms.
        • Town
          Historic Kapaa Town, with a wonderful assortment of shops and restaurants, is less than 1/2 mile. Although you can drive there the very best way to get there is on the Seaside Walking/Biking Path.


            • Adventure
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking
                      Shaded, for three cars. One car in gravel area to north of cottage, second car just behind, 3rd on south side of lawn, beneath shade tree.
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Including beach towels
                    • Living Room
                      Amazing ocean view
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Energy-saving LG and outdoor clotheslines
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Up to three vehicles, with shade
                    • Safe
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Energy-saving HE LG
                    • Water Cooler
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Very strong, fast and reliable.


                        • Ice Maker
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          You'll find everything for cooking, baking, serving and enjoying meals inside or on the front porch.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Bosch, very, very quiet
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Kitchen
                          Custom stainless steel countertops, granite peninsula, Wolfe range, ocean view
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                          also blender, coffeemaker, toaster
                        • Oven
                          convection oven option
                        • Refrigerator
                          Filtered chilled water dispenser
                        • Stove
                          Wolfe range
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Seats 6-8, open to living room and ocean view
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  A small library of books on local history, floral, fauna, etc.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  Blu-Ray Player
                                • Music Library
                                  Available on cable
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Digital cable/DVR featuring premium digital movie channels and music.
                                • Stereo
                                  Use the music library on cable TV #800 to choose your favorite type of music
                                • Television
                                  39" LCD-HD smart TV
                                • Video Library
                                  Select movies and music CDs


                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Because of high-maintenance issues we do not provide bikes but highly recommend any of several rental places in Kapaa. Riding along the coastal pathway, enjoying the ocean views is a highlight.
                                    • Boat with Paddles
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      A 2-person kayak for use by guests
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The front lawn, with sunny and shady areas, overlooks passersby on the walking/biking path and ocean life.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Large, stainless steel with side burner
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      The front porch is a favorite gathering place, for eating, reading or watching the ocean. You will be greeted by the inspiring sunrise and, in winter, might be lucky enough to spot spouting whales.
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Boogie Boards, beach umbrellas, coolers, beach chairs, sand toys can be found in the "toy" shed in the backyard. Please rinse off sand and salt when you return from the beach to prolong the life.
                                    • Wood Deck

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Communal Pool
                                          A lovely community pool is located less than a mile away, open hours available daily.


                                            • churches
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • reefs
                                            • restaurants
                                            • waterfalls

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • luaus
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • photography
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • shelling
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • • Hot and cold outdoor shower to rinse off salt and sand • Ceiling fans in every room • Spacious closets and storage • Whale-watching from front porch in winter months • Paved walking/biking path for exploring shoreline vistas

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              20 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              We found the perfect place!

                                                              John B.-

                                                              Charged with finding's a beach house in Kauai for four couples approaching 70 years old was not easy, but I found the perfect place. Everyone was super happy with the Aloha Cottages - accommodations, location, everything! As a vacation rental owner in SoCal I was especially impressed with the coziness, and attention to detail, the owners accomplished. We all felt like we were staying in someone's home! I know that the idea behind VRBO but not everyone pulls it off like the owner's of this property did. I felt like this had been someones family home for generations, definitely not your typical beach vacation rental. Each and every couple told me they would love to do this again.

                                                              Perfect location for exploring the island

                                                              Beth S.

                                                              I stayed one week in the Moonrise Cottage as my home base for exploring Kauai. The cottage is just the right size for one or two people. As it is located behind the Sunrise Cottage, there is plenty of privacy and little noise (other than the roosters!) I slept extremely well (mattress is perfectly comfortable) and found the whole experience restful and rejuvenating. The location of the Cottage on the east side, in a quiet residential neighborhood, works well, because it is not a long drive to either the north side or the south side. There are also plenty of places to eat in Kapaa, and you can take long walks on the path right in front of the cottages. I enjoyed waking up early and sitting on the wall next to the ocean as my start to the day. I would most definitely stay here again and would highly recommend Moonrise for anyone travelling to Kauai.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              What a lovely review, Beth, mahalo! We are so happy that you so thoroughly enjoyed Moonrise Cottage and our quiet but convenient location. The East Side Coastal Path is one of our favorite things, we use it almost every day to walk along the ocean, stroll into town or to the market. I agree with you, what better way to start the day than relaxing with a cup of coffee, watching the ocean reflect the colors of dawn!

                                                              Perfect Place

                                                              mary f.Des Moines, IA

                                                              We rented both Sunrise and Moonrise cottages to celebrate a special birthday with children and grandchildren. We were so pleased that we were able to stay here. It is a spot where people passing by stop to take photos and comment on the beauty of it. We agree. Everything is the highest quality, artistically decorated and completely clean. Susan was a great communicator and made it all easy for us. Thank you. We will always remember our wonderful week.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Aloha Mary,

                                                              This kind of review makes us SO happy! It means that you have completely enjoyed yourselves and that you love the cottages as much as we do! We are thrilled that you chose Kauai and Aloha Cottages for your Big birthday celebration, bringing the whole family! Thank you!


                                                              Be sure to rent bikes

                                                              Sheri d.

                                                              Yep its a good as everyone says. We have never used both cottages, but I will tell you that it if someone is using the sunset cottage, they in no way lessen your enjoyment of the sunrise cottage. No need saying more, as the rest of the reviews will let you know its an absolute treasure. As the cottage is located along the bike trail, you get to some occasional people watching. The bike trail takes you along the ocean, past two beach parks, and down town Kapaa. Will be back next year!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Aloha Sheri, and thank you for your glowing review! The cottages are, indeed, a treasure, beloved by so many of our visitors who return year after year. That, to us, is the highest form of praise.

                                                              I want to clarify your review... I think you meant to say, "...if someone is using the Moonrise Cottage, they in no way lessen your enjoyment of the Sunrise Cottage." In 18 years all of our visitors have found that to be true.

                                                              Truly Perfect

                                                              Susan P.San Francisco Bay Area

                                                              I rented both Sunrise and Moonrise cottages last year for a very special vacation with my two grown children and their spouses, and one grandchild. We loved everything about our trip--the location was perfect for exploring the island, the town of Kapaa was charming, the walking/bike path winds right along the beautiful coastline, and being right on the ocean gave us easy access to Baby Beach and the continual peace of the waves and breezes. Everything we could have possibly wanted for cooking was right at hand, including a great barbecue. I returned this summer for a week "solo"--and loved my time at Sunrise just as much. I spent hours on the porch reading novels and watching the ocean, peaceful evenings being soothed by the sound of the waves, and a few side trips to Poipu and Hanalei. I came home refreshed and looking forward to my next visit to this beautiful home away from home. Truly a slice of paradise!!!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              You're the best, Susan, thank you for such a glowing review! We are thrilled that you find our cottages so appealing and we look forward to welcoming you back for another solo visit next summer. Aloha nui loa!

                                                              Perfect 40th Anniversary Celebration

                                                              Randa M.

                                                              My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and our duel retirement with a month long trip to Hawaii and Japan. We spent our last travel week in Sunrise Cottage; it was an experience I had been dreaming of since we began the planning of this trip. This home is gorgeous and sits at the edge of the ocean, with only a neighborhood street between the lawn and the water. There is no beach in front of the home, but that is not important. The sunrise and the moonrise are in full view from the veranda. It is just stunning. The kitchen has every gadget anyone might need for cooking. There is a wonderful laundry space with new Samsung washer and dryer. The home is immaculate! In the back, there is a grill (we did not cook) and a lovely private deck. The home is surrounded by palms so privacy is no concern, though the house is located in a neighborhood. Location is perfect for anything you might want to do. There are stores and restaurants within walking distance of the home. We loved the miles long pedestrian walk which began along the water's edge. We could not have been happier. Thank you, Susan, for the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful home in Kauai!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review... we know how valuable it can be to potential visitors to know about others' experience. It is an honor to be part of your 40th anniversary celebration, it sounds like quite a trip! We hope you'll choose to return soon.


                                                              Kapaa, HI, USA

                                                              At cottage or within walking: SCUBA Diving, Kitesurfing, Boogie Boarding, Whale-watching (in winter months), kayaking (tandem kayak provided); wonderful new Eastside Walking/Biking Path

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Damage Deposit
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Please contact me if you would like to include Moonrise Guest Cottage in your reservation and I will send you a second payment request to cover the rental fees ($1050 per week), taxes and cleaning ($125) of the additional cottage. You will NOT be charged the VRBO reservation fee for the guest cottage. Use both cottages together for a group of 7-8 friends or a multi-generational family gathering with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Complementary interim cleaning is offered for stays of 2 or more weeks in either cottage. The deposit is in addition to the rental fees and is returned after your visit, minus the outcleaning fee.

                                                              20 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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