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250 Steps to Paradise!

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 8 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

E komo mai to The Cottage at Hale Makai - our piece of island paradise in Kailua. Lying alongside a fabulous three-mile stretch of protected beach, Kailua is a small town on the windward side of Oahu. Kailua Beach is routinely voted one of the best beaches in the world and, with no hotels in town, only local residents and visitors who rent vacation homes get to enjoy our island lifestyle. You will love this kama'aina (local) way to enjoy Hawaii.

You couldn't ask for a more perfect location! Set up for couples or small families, our one-bedroom, one-bath detached cottage is just steps from Kailua Beach. Pick up your cappuccino at the Kalapawai Market every morning and your shave ice (snow cone) at Island Snow every afternoon. Your family will love this Kama'aina (local) way to enjoy Hawaii.

Kailua town, with its restaurants, shopping, and entertainment is a little more than 1/2 mile away. And, in just a short car ride, you can swim with the dolphins at Sea Life Park, snorkel in Hanauma Bay, hike the stunning Ko'olau mountains, swim/surf the North Shore, browse the 'Swap Meet' at the Aloha Stadium, sample Honolulu's nightlife, walk Waikiki Beach, or get to the airport.

Kick back. Our cottage has been furnished in island style to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. You will feel right at home while you barbecue dinner on the lanai, wander to and from the beach, watch movies or cable TV, or drift off to sleep in the comfortable bed. We also have wireless internet access so you can stay connected!

The detached one-bedroom, one-bath cottage has a queen-size bed in a separate bedroom and queen-size sofa bed in the living room (sleeps two adults plus small child comfortably), kitchen/eating area, and covered patio with a Weber gas grill and outdoor furniture. Includes access to all the beach toys - boogie boards, sand toys, beach chairs/mats/towels and cooler and an initial supply of paper and soap products.

Located on a large lot with a separate, three-bedroom, two-bath detached house (VRBO #55006), the cottage is available to rent separately or together with the house for larger groups.

Hawaii tax ID W68655496-01

Keywords: Cottage

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About The Owner

My husband and I have had this property for about 25 years. Since my husband's family had lived in Kailua for many years during their high school years and had many fond memories of the island, we wanted to be able to bring our own family back to Kailua and create our own family memories. About 8 years ago, we decided to open our home to other vacationing families who have been able to enjoy many happy days as a family here. We hope that you find our place as comfortable for your family as we do for ours!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1990

Why The Owner chose Kuulei Tract


What makes this cottage unique

Being located a short walk from Kailua Beach means that you can go back and forth to the beach all day without loading and unloading everything into and out of the car. I love being able to pick up my latte at the Kalapawai Market before my beach stroll, and we have a family ritual of shave ice every afternoon from Island Snow (President Obama's favorite before-dinner snack with his kids!)

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is 5 stars! We have stayed at the cottage for the past couple of years and have enjoyed our stay each time. It is very comfortable for a couple. We love the fact that it is so close to Kailua Beach, actually just around the corner. It is also walking distance to Kailua town and several shops and restaurants.

One of the things we like best is the full kitchen. We like being able to have a regular size refrigerator and stove.The separate bedroom is also a plus. There is a lovely lanai and yard. Even though we are behind the big house, we able feel like we are in our own private oasis.

Can't wait to stay there again.
Feb 2018
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Kuulei Tract Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large walk-in shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed in living room converts to queen (suitable only for small children
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Beach toys, including boogie boards, rolling cooler, beach chairs and sand toys. Also a warm outdoor shower for washing off beach sand. On-island property manager available to assist with any emergencies. Detailed Kailua manual that outlines the key features of the property and the surrounding neighborhood. Starter supplies of toilet, paper, dishwasher and laundry soaps, garbage bags and paper towels.


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250 Steps to Paradise!
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 48 reviews

Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage with all the comforts. Spent most of my time in the lanai.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, nice cottage

  • 4 of 5

This is a very nice small cottage (probably ~450 sq. ft.), located very near Kailua Beach Park. It is only one house from the small market there, and about 4-500 m from the beach.

The owners and property manager are quite vigilant and responsive to any issues.

The only caution I would give is that it is only about 10' from the main house and its patio and outdoor social area, and its patio/lanai. Anyone in either area, is basically part of your daily experience. They talk, you hear it; their TV, you hear it; they sneeze, you bless them. :-)

We were fortunate that the house was empty for most of the stay, so we had privacy and quiet.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location and Cottage Setup

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at the cottage. You can't beat the location relative to the beach and stores. Full kitchen used frequently for cooking meals. Quiet location. We'll visit again. Thank you Lisa!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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needs to be updated ,new couches

  • 3 of 5

close to the beach, store and town.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I sent an email to the guest to ask for specifics regarding her comment about "needs updating" but have heard no reply. We try to be VERY conscientious about providing a good guest experience and I routinely ask guests after their visit for their suggestions regarding improvements and repairs. When I asked the property manager as to whether she knew anything about the guest concerns, she said that there had been a leak under the kitchen sink (repaired the day after the guest reported the problem) and a leaky toilet (repaired immediately after the guest left per the guest's own request). Other than that, not sure what her comments might refer to. We take our guests' comments and reviews seriously, try to address concerns immediately and work hard to provide a quality vacation experience.
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Perfect 2 month home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage is cared for and has everything necessary for a comfortable, secure stay.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful visit

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has the perfect location! Its quiet, close to the beach and you can walk to Island Snow! It had everything we needed for our stay. Very comfortable - I would highly recommend. Lisa was a delight to work with and we will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalapawai Market
Bob's Pizzeria
Bob's Pizzeria
Pizza Restaurant
K and K Bar B-Que Inn
Barbecue Restaurant
Bowles Burritos
Mexican Restaurant
India Cafe Indian Restaurant & Catering
Indian Restaurant
Champa Thai of Kailua
Thai Restaurant
Grylt Kailua
Saeng's Thai Cuisine
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Morning Brew
Coffee Shop
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Anuenue Exquisite Tea
Jamba Juice Kailua Village Shops
Juice Shop
Maui Tacos
Mexican Restaurant
Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Hamburger Restaurant
Mexico Lindo
Mexican Restaurant
Brunch Restaurant
Manoa Chocolate Hawaii
Chocolate Shop
Hawaiian Restaurant
Aloha Salads
Salad Shop
California Pizza Kitchen at Kailua Town Center
Pizza Restaurant
Ninja Sushi
Baci Bistro
Italian Restaurant
Miyoshi Ramen
Chinese Restaurant
Pieology Pizzeria, Kailua
Pizza Restaurant
Boots & Kimo's
Hawaiian Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Uahi Island Grill
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Italian Restaurant
Mahaloha Burger
Hawaiian Restaurant
Hale Kealoha Restaurant
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A Cup of Tea
Tea House
Crepes No Ka 'Oi
The Curb Kailua
Coffee Shop
Over Easy
New American Restaurant
Noboru Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Bella Bistro
Nalu Health Bar & Cafe
Health Food Restaurant
Lanikai Beach
Bee & Tea
Ba-Le Sandwich Shop
Vietnamese Restaurant
Hawaiian Restaurant
Los Garcia's Authentic Mexican Food
Mexican Restaurant
Buona Sera
Italian Restaurant
Chinese Garden Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Zippy’s Kailua
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Times Coffee Shop
Coffee Shop
Beto's Taco Truck
L & L Hawaiian BBQ
Hawaiian Restaurant




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 14.96%

$250 security deposit at booking which is refundable if you cancel 60 days or more before your scheduled check-in (minus $100 cancellation fee) or is fully returnable at the end of the rental assuming no damage, long distance calls, etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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