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Ocean Front Studio - PostCard Hawaiian setting

Bedrooms Studio
Property type house


About the property

Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

stunning ocean front and view of the koolau mountain range and chinaman's hat cross the pacific ocean

sit on your own covered patio and enjoy the paradise that hawaii truly is

take your evening or anytime stroll in the knee-high ocean for miles or

launch kayak right from the backyard and the famous sand-bar is just 25minutes away

walk to the edge of the coral reef and snorkel to your heart's content or catch your own dinner

one of the end units on first floor with private entry

there's queen size bed and a full size futon bed

sleeps 2 adult individuals or 1 couple, and 3 okay

fully furnished with kitchenette

full bath with a shower

your own patio

shared BBQ grill

Shared Kayak and snorkel gears

Shared laundry room

family reunion? - want to be together but apart? - combine our other units and you have an ideal get together place

check out our other listings (vrbo 323056, 481044, 447747) for more details about our property

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, mandarin
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 26, 2017

About yao

hawaii state registration id #w00657836-01

What makes this house unique

launch your kayak straight from the backyard

walk in knee high ocean to reef edge and snorkel

your own pacific ocean right off your backyard


Kahalu u House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Studio - 1 queen
  • american standard queen bed full size futon bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
combine this studio with our other units - perfect for a family reunion together apart


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

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Ocean Front Studio - PostCard Hawaiian setting
average rating of 4.880597 based on 67 reviews

Peaceful and playful...

  • 5 of 5

It was a scenic place to relax, but to also have direct access to the shoreline! The kayak and snorkeling equipment were there for us to use. We actually saw sea turtles on the coral reef! I hope to come back someday!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My kind of home/paradise

  • 5 of 5

Believe it or not, the property is exactly as pictured - in fact, pictures probably don't do this place justice. I cannot say enough about Yao & Paul. They are the loveliest hosts and did everything they could to make my and & grandma's stay special. If I'm lucky, I'll be able to continue to come back to this property for years to come. It is a truly special place.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cute, private, clean studio

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in one of Yao's studios for 3 days and 2 nights. The studio was exactly like the pictures on her site. Very clean. Yao was very nice and helpful. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because, though they were available, we were not able to take advantage of the water "toys". The water was not as shown in the pictures. There was a current at all times and the water was a bit "murky". You had to walk out a few hundred feet to get to the reef where the snorkeling was supposed to be better. It was King Tide (not sure if that is the correct way to say it) so that may have been part of the "problem". All that being said, this was a very quiet, relaxing place. (Quiet time starts at 9:00 so if you are noisy night owls, be aware that you are in close range of your neighbors.) It is a bit removed from the hubbub of tourists, which was welcome. The drive there was beautiful as was the view from our backyard. We met a few local fishermen/women that were fishing from the shore and had a lot of fun learning about island fishing. The full-sized fridge allowed us to bring plenty of food for meals and we took advantage of the BBQ for grilling. Lots of things to see nearby. I recommend breakfast at the pier. It was really good! I would certainly return. That backyard with the lawn chairs and hammock was wonderful. Thanks Yao.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

Yao's studio is perfect for a stay on Oahu! The studio is clean and comfortable even if it's a little small for any more than two. We are a family of three so our daughter (11) slept on the couch, which didn't leave much room for anything else, but it was never an issue. The place is right on the bay with everything to keep you busy for a week. There is great snorkeling and fishing right out the door. The sandbar is a quick paddle away. We hiked, saw waterfalls, swam to the China mans hat all within a quick drive. It's how the island should be experienced. If you're looking for a hotel experience, this isn't it. If you're looking for a more traditional Hawaiian experience in maybe the best spot on the island, this is it!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Special in every way

  • 5 of 5

The VRBO ad does not do justice to this property.

First of all, it is on the water. And that is different than "crossing a road to get to the water" like most other properties offer. This means that you can roll off your bed right into the sea. Also, driving around Oahu will show you that it is slightly crowded, and there will be no road near a beach you will be able to cross without considerable traffic.

Second, the units are incredibly well designed and furnished. In each studio, there is a fully equipped kitchen (up to the spices, coffee, tea and condiments and rice steamers to electric stoves), a bathroom with everything you can think of - shampoo, conditioner, soap, even a laundry basket (washer, dryer and soap available on property), and a non-cluttered, comfortable living area. Beach towels, masks, fins, snorkels, kayaks, life jackets, sea shoes, fishing gear are all provided should you want to use any of it.

Third, there is a bustling coral reef a short swim away from the property. I was surprised to see the ad say "the best beach is 2 miles away". Yes, for those who want a sandy beach; sorry; there is no sandy beach at the foot of the property; it is volcanic rock as many other places in Hawaii (remember if you want, the owners have sea shoes you can use, though I didn't use any). Yet within steps it changes into sand, and after an easy 5 minute swim (or, walk on sand because it is shallow), you reach the coral reef. In this time when corals all around the world (including Hawaii) are dying, what could be more valuable than being within swimming distance to a coral reef to observe this magical ecosystem? If you are not a swimmer, you can still enjoy the hammock, or the beach chairs on the lawn right next to the water.

Fourth, the landlady Yao is on top of her game. This why actually why I chose this place. It was unclear from photos whether this was the best property or other ones "across the road from a beach" were in a better setting, but reading the reviews signaled to me that the landlady took her job very seriously. Indeed, this was the case. Yao is very professional, has thought of everything to make your stay be like "what she would like if she was traveling", and is always available to help.

Overall, this place is a gem.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful scenery great hospitality

  • 4 of 5

They made it feel like we were at home.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

just far enough to feel the old hawaii and yet only minutes to malls and restaurants


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

cancellation policy on damage/security deposit:
100% 6weeks prior to arrival
70% thereafter

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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