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Private Home Steps from Poipu & Shipwreck Beaches - New: A/C as of Nov '17 !

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spacious 3 BR, 2 BA home with A/C in Poipu Kai Resort, a few steps from beaches

This private single-level home provides the Aloha spirit in the beautiful and flourishing tropical landscape within the Lanai Villas section of Poipu Kai Resort. The moment that you enter our home you know this spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath Kauai vacation home is designed for Hawaiian living at its best.

Mele Hale (Home of Song) is beautifully and uniquely decorated with style, comfort and relaxation in mind. It is spacious enough to enjoy a gathering of friends and family (up to 7 people), yet cozy and private enough for a couple who are looking for a luxurious and quiet vacation retreat. Enjoy the tropical breeze flowing throughout the house. Vaulted ceilings and numerous windows, create a fresh, airy vacation residence that invites indoor-outdoor living. For those warmer days, our home has guest controlled air conditioning in all bedrooms as well as the living, dining, and kitchen areas (starting in November 2017).

After exploring the many Kauai farmer’s markets, enjoy cooking for your loved ones in the fully equipped and well stocked kitchen. Or take it outdoors and cook in your own private, tropical backyard; equipped with a large gas grill and outdoor seating for 8. The backyard is truly an oasis. Kick back in the chaise lounge chairs at night, and thanks to the near absence of city lights, marvel at the glorious, Hawaiian night skies.

What really makes this home special is stepping out of your backyard and having access to the Poipu Kai green belt.

- You can stroll east to the Grand Hyatt, Anara Spa, Shipwreck Beach and the Maha'ulepa Heratige Trail. A perfect area to stroll and hike. It also offers world class surfing.

- Walking west brings you to the Poipu Kai resort pool, hot tub, and tennis courts (tennis courts available for a nominal fee).

- Brennecke’s Beach, and Poipu Beach Park, are another 5 minute walk past the pool. (If you don’t feel like walking, load up the car with all of our beach toys, chairs and towels; there is ample free parking next to these beaches). Poipu Beach Park offers some of the safest swimming in Hawaii with a life guard on duty seven days a week. Brenneke’s Beach is known for it’s easy to catch body boarding and body surfing waves. It is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. There is a protected area for swimmers and snorkeling with surf breaks off shore for the experienced surfer.

Our home is in an unbeatable location suited for exploring all that the sunny south shore has to offer! We hope that you enjoy your vacation on the Garden Isle!

For your convenience and security, we accept credit card payments through VRBO's HomeAway payment system.

Chris and Janelle Owens (owners since 2014)

More Details

Property Manager
Janelle Owens
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Janelle Owens

The home is owned by husband and wife, Chris and Janelle, who live primarily in the State of Washington. We have visited Hawaii many times with our kids and relatives and decided in 2014 to also become part-time residents (and maybe full-time someday). We are very active and outdoors oriented, and have had many adventures in Kauai and the other islands with our kids. We are very tuned in to how to be active and get the most out of Kauai, but also how to find the personal and meditative side of Kauai. Our goal is for all of our guests to create lifelong memories during their stay at our home, and have a very smooth and problem-free stay.

Janelle Owens purchased this house in 2014

Why Janelle Owens chose Poipu

Our very first visit to Hawaii was to Kauai and the Poipu Kai area back in 1992. We walked our 1-year old son in his stroller along the Poipu Kai public walkway to go back and forth to the beach, and fell in love with Kauai on that trip. Now that the kids grown up, we couldn't help but return to our Kauai beginnings and acquire our home, which we had strolled past countless times during the our prior visits.

What makes this house unique

The quiet and seclusion of a private home in a single family neighborhood, but with the amenities of the Poipu Kai Resort (pools, tennis), and just a few steps from two beautiful beaches. Oh, and of course, we should mention that Poipu is sunny and dry, so it's the place to go for a weather bulletproof vacation year-round.


Poipu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renters must sign online Rental Agreement, see provided copy. Our property manager will send an email with online signature links once you have booked
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master suite attached to master bedroom.
  • Both bathrooms equipped with hair dryers and lighted makeup mirrors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Temper-pedic memory foam pillows. Quiet Mitsubishi A/C unit.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Temper-pedic memory foam pillows. Quiet Mitsubishi A/C unit.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Temper-pedic memory foam pillows. Quiet Mitsubishi A/C unit.
  • Master Bedroom with California king bed, separate master bath suite. Bedroom has quiet Mitsubishi spit system air conditioner with remote control.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • 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
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We aim to meet the needs of families with children and reduce what you need to lug to the airport. For babies/toddlers, we provide a high chair, stroller, car seat, port-a-crib, baby pool, sippy cups, baby utensils and bowls. The home is only one level and the grass backyard is fully enclosed. For kids, we provide sand toys and boogie boards and plenty of geckoes around the yard. And we've got a surf board for the teenagers or young at heart adults.


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Private Home Steps from Poipu & Shipwreck Beaches - New: A/C as of Nov '17 !
average rating of 4.580645 based on 31 reviews
Kirkland, WA

Wonderful Mele Hale

  • 5 of 5

Stayed Dec 14-23 (nowhere near long enough) with three couples. We have been longtime visitors to Poipu area, always staying previously at the Kiahuna Plantation nearby. With three adult couples, three units at Kiahuna was expensive, so I started looking for options. Came across Mele Hale on VBRO, and am very happy with the entire experience. Everything about the location, home and property was as advertised. The home had everything that vacationers could want, from a fully equipped kitchen, beach towels and equipment, games, books, you name it. Brenekes and Poipu beaches were very walkable, though we occasionally drove take the beach chairs (also supplied by the house) with us. Kalipaki Joe's Sports Bar was a short walk away to watch the Seahawks on TV with other fans.

Because of this home and layout, we were able to enjoy a family style dinner prepared by my current and future sons in law, and enjoy each other's company in the comfort of the beautiful great room. With the bedroom wing separated from the living wing, it was easy for couples with different sleep schedules to coexist without disturbing each other. Perfect.

I could tell the home was well-cared for by the neatness of the maintenance shelves in the garage. The grounds were immaculate, as was the entire neighborhood of homes in the Poipu Kai Development. The only two minor things I would mention to management/maintenance was one of the portable fans in the bedroom was inoperable, and the front door needed to be rehung or adjusted, as it was difficult to close... minor little things in the big scheme of things. I am sure they will be taken care of in due course.

We look forward to our next visit to Kauai, and Mele Hale.

In short, we have found a new favorite location when we are traveling with at least one other couple. While we still love the closeness of the beach and grounds at Kiahuna, it is hard to beat Mele Hale for the combination of price, location, and accomodations.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very thorough and supportive review, Kurt. We are thrilled that you had a great Kauai vacation and our home was part of that experience. We'll have our property manager replace the fan and take a look at adjusting the front door. We appreciate the heads-up on those items. We look forward to hosting you again in the future! Best regards, Chris and Janelle
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Bethany Beach, DE

We spent 3 1/2 weeks at this property and really enjoyed it.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable; well appointed, particularly with beach equipment and toys; very well located in Poipu; located on the greenway in Poipu Kai with easy access to Poipu beach park ( great snorkeling).

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Jacques, for your review and positive comments. And thank you for choosing our home for your stay on Kauai. We're thrilled that you had a good time staying at our home and look forward to hosting you again in the future! -Chris and Janelle
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Wonderful house with everything that you need

  • 5 of 5

My family (me, my husband, my parents, and my 2 daughters ages 1 and 3) stayed here for a week in September. The layout of the house was perfect for us, especially with the open kitchen/living area and the backyard. The house had everything that we needed -- sand toys, a portable crib, high chair, beach floaties, etc. We loved having the kiddie pool in the backyard for the girls to splash around in. The BBQ in the yard was really nice to have too. The location is great, with plenty of stores and restaurants a short drive away.

A few things that I wish I knew before hand: the pool and beach are walking distance if you don't have young kids. For us, it was just a little too far to walk with the kids and all the gear that we needed. But it was so easy to drive to the beach that it wasn't a big deal. Also, we were really HOT the whole week. There is a wonderful refreshing breeze in the backyard (and even better if you step outside the gate to the greenbelt!) but it doesn't seem to flow through the house that well, even though we had all the windows open and the fans going. We ended up spending a lot of time in the yard and on the greenbelt because it was so nice with the breeze.

Overall, we had a really enjoyable stay and would come back (especially if the house ever gets air conditioning installed!!). We celebrated my daughter's first birthday here so we have some really special memories of the house and the backyard!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui for the nice review, Stephanie. We're thrilled that you had a memorable visit to Kauai and that our home was part of your successful stay. We do want our home to be a comfortable venue for families with children, and so we try to stock all the extras that will help with kids fun and comfort. In regards to the heat, we have heard feedback from you and others on that topic. In response, we have invested in air conditioning throughout our entire home. That installation took place in late October. We do hope we have the opportunity to host you and your family again in the future, and you'll be able to enjoy the A/C when you return. -Chris and Janelle
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Great house, highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from Mele Hale this week. 4 adults, 2 kids in our group. We had a wonderful time, the house has a nice layout, super, super clean, and has everything you need. The property management is really prompt and brought us a couple things we needed right away. Yes, it gets warm, but we had extra fans to cool us. Hung out on the lanai every night as the backyard is beautiful. Didn't notice the neighbors at night. The neighborhood is gorgeous. Would come back in a minute!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review, Kari! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at our home. We love watching the stars in the evening from the lanai - they are amazing on most nights. We hope your vacation was memorable and that we can host you again in the future! -Janelle and Chris Update: Based on renter feedback, we've decided to invest in air conditioning for our home. It will be installed by November 1, 2017. It generally won't be needed from October through April, but will help with comfort on those hotter late spring and summer days.
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Woodbury, MN

Great vacation rental.

  • 5 of 5

This home was the perfect rental for our family. Spacious and inviting. Everything you need for the beach was easily located in the garage. The home provided all things required for a visiting toddler. They even had a baby pool. We enjoyed the convenient location and hiked the Greenbelt path daily to either Poi pu or Shipwreck Beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review! We take pride in equipping out house to be family and child friendly. We know guests have much better things to do than lug kiddie gear on airplanes or shop for it while on vacation. We hope to have the honor of hosting you again on a future vacation. -Janelle and Chris
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Nicely decorated. No privacy. Too hot!!! Needs air conditioning!

  • 1 of 5

Beautifully decorated condo, convenient to Poipu area, but a long walk to the pool and beaches. We stayed in the summer and the trade winds do not cool this place down! It was very uncomfortable to cook or shower. It was like an oven the entire trip even in the rainy days! There was no privacy in any of the bedrooms or bathrooms. I could hear everything the neighbors said and I'm sure they could hear everything too. Especially in the bathrooms! The vertical blinds were broken and made it hard to change without being seen from everywhere in the house or patio area. Otherwise we enjoyed our family and our time on Kauai but I highly recommend making some changes for the price.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: UPDATE: Based on renter feedback, we've decided to invest in air conditioning for our home. It will be installed by November 1, 2017. It generally won't be needed from October through April, but will help with comfort on those hotter late spring and summer days................................................................................. Aloha Marie Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. We take any review that is less than 5 stars very seriously; and we always address any issues and concerns that our valued guest might have had while staying in our home. Heat: Usually our guest find the summer temperature comfortable given the trade winds combined with our celling/floor fans. On Kauai, the average temperature for July is 84 degrees. This past July the average temperature was 86 degrees with one day reaching a maximum of 89. It was warmer than usual this summer and we understand that this affected your stay. We bought our house three years ago and it did not come with air conditioning, which is very common for most homes in the area. However, we are always striving to make improvements so that our guest have the most optimal experience, and we are exploring options on how we can provide a more comfortable and cool experience for our guest during the warmer months. Noise: Our home is in a residential neighborhood and many of the homes around us are rentals. It’s a family oriented neighborhood, so if there is sound from neighbors it’s typically low key conversations or children playing. It is noise that you would hear at any hotel or rental home in the area. Privacy: Our home is laid out so that each bedroom is very private; Additionally, the bedrooms are on a separate wing than the living area in the house. The landscaping around our home provides the home with an additional buffer and added privacy. I am so sorry that one of the vertical blinds was malfunctioning. We have a property manager on the island and they are available 24/7 to help with issues such as that. Distance to the beach: It is a ten-minute walk two of the loveliest beaches on Kauai. It might be a few minutes longer with younger children. It is also a very short drive to either of these beaches with ample public parking at Poipu State beach. We truly do apologizes that it was not a 5 star stay for you and your family, but we hope that you still had an enjoyable vacation. Mahalo, Janelle and Chris
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Lihue Airport
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Brennecke Broiler
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Kiahuna Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
State Highway 50
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Kalapaki Joe's
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Shipwreck Beach
Car: recommended

Our home is located within the Poipu Kai Resort area. We are in a single family home neighborhood, with the property abutting the convenient Poipu Kai public walkway which connect Poipu Beach and Shipwreck Beaches. It takes 7-10 minutes to walk to either of these beaches, with Shipwreck Beach adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Outcleaning Cost $300
Refundable damage deposit $500
Damage Protection Waiver $35
Tax Rate 14.42%

OUTCLEANING CHARGES: We charge $300 to cover the costs of cleaning the home after guest departure and cover provision to guests of household consumables, such as dishwashing/dishwasher detergent, toilet paper, paper towels. When guests depart, a professional cleaning service comes to wash the balance of linens and towels and prepare for the next visitors. We expect the rental unit to be left in a “neat” condition.

CANCELLATIONS: Notification of cancellation must be received at least 90 days prior to your planned arrival. A cancellation notification of less then 90 days results in forfeiture of full rent, unless we are able to rebook with another guest. Guests are responsible for the entire time booked. No rentals refunds are given for early departure or late cancellation. We highly recommend you purchase trip insurance. Over the past several years, we have seen several occasions where guests had uncontrollable events in their lives (or family's lives) which forced them to cancel a vacation beyond the cancellation deadline. In the event of a hurricane, we will refund guests fees if there is a required evacuation of Poipu Kai residences.

OCCUPANCY: Occupancy is limited to a maximum of 7 guests, unless expressly approved by the owners. Receptions, luau’s, and parties of any kind are strictly prohibited.

PAYMENT: All properties will require full payment 90-days prior to arrival. Payment to be made by credit card only, using HomeAway (VRBO) payment processing system. By using credit card payments solely, guests are offered improved security for their expenses and a well defined conflict resolution process. It also allows immediate confirmation of bookings, which provides guests with assurance that their desired rental dates are secured. Credit card fees are paid by the owner. VRBO/HomeAway does collect a service fee from guests as part of the booking process. Guests will see that cost in the detailed quote that is provided prior to booking with credit card payment.

Manager'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.