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Unbeatable Ocean View on Makaha Beach for 2

Bedrooms Studio
Space 323 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

Studio with unobstructed ocean view from 2nd floor

Tastefully appointed studio to make your stay comfortable in one of the few remaining areas of 'country aloha' on Oahu. Full sized bed, full kitchen and bath, large lanai, tv and fast internet with comfortable Pier 1 furniture. Pool, coin operated laundry, and own parking stall available with key to gate access to Makaha beach. Blender, microwave, shave ice maker, Tupperware rice cooker/steamer, coffee machine provided to help make mai tais and pupus to enjoy on the lanai.

Dawn Yoshimura
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, swedish, limited japanese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Dawn Yoshimura

I'm an artist living on O'ahu, where I was born and raised. I left at 17 to study art on a scholarship in San Francisco, eventually getting my BFA from California College of Art. I've always drawn and painted and am very curious about how things work, so I also have a BS degree in IT and an MBA, having worked in systems design, technical and strategic corporate communications, most recently promoting lean philosophy and principles in sustainable business strategy in Sweden for the past 13 years. Now that I'm back, I enjoy painting, hiking, paddling, golfing, sailing and other outdoor activities. I also enjoy the variety in Hawai'i with its local foodie scene for all budget levels.

Dawn Yoshimura purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Dawn Yoshimura chose Mākaha

As someone raised on the Windward side of O'ahu, I like to say that it is the 'best' side of the island to live on and the most beautiful. But the reality is that each part has its unique, unbeatable charm. Makaha, and the West side, for me has the most beautiful deep blue of ocean and sunsets--something not possible to see in Kane'ohe. We fell in love with Makaha because we could relax in a place that reminded me of my childhood before development that has made Kane'ohe one of the largest towns on the island and it is almost always sunny and 'beach' weather, without flying to one of the Neighbor islands, yet, you can always get into your car and drive into Honolulu and experience the pulse of an international city. I find myself sitting in the apartment or on the lanai most of the day--the view, sound and smell of the ocean fills the room and is very relaxing, so for me a 'day trip' can be walking downstairs and going to the pool or walking on Makaha beach just outside the door. This is where you can catch up on all the reading you meant to during the rest of the year or write one yourself.

What makes this apartment unique

This apartment building is as close to the beach you can get, compared with anything else in Makaha. My apartment, however, is on the end, facing the ocean, so you feel like you are the only one at this site. The end units look straight out onto the ocean with the reef just below in front, so it is protected from the big surf.

There is a city Bus stop outside the apartment building, if you really don't want to use a car and shops in Waianae that sell and rent bikes for getting around between the Waianae and Makaha or to the other beaches. A super-sized boogie board is rented on the beach, it looks like fun for a group or family to try.

Country living but only 20 min by car to the town of Kapolei and world class resorts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here from 11-25 February to come to my son's wedding. It was our first time to Hawai'i and a dream many Swedes have of someday going to Hawaii. We loved the view and when it got too hot on the lanai, we could take a swim and cool off in the pool on the inner courtyard side of the apartment. Being right on the famous Makaha Beach, we got to watch the 40th anniversary Buffalo Surfing Contest. It was perfect for the two of us.
Feb 2016
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Mākaha Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 323 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • full sized bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Unbeatable Ocean View on Makaha Beach for 2
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 5 reviews
Fort McMurray, Alberta

Forget ocean view, this ocean front studio is priceless!!

  • 5 of 5

PRICELESS ocean front unit, competitively priced and perfect for 2 people. We stayed last 2 weeks of October, weather was perfect. Building is quiet, clean and has laundry, pool, free parking and 1 min walk to beach from the unit. Studio is as show in photos, cozy, clean and fully stocked with all the appliances and even some beach supplies. Amenities are about 5-10mins drive away (groceries, Starbucks, KFC, McDonalds, Gas station, etc). The area is very safe and are made up of mostly local Hawaiians. The only down side, which I did not expect, was the amount of traffic and traffic jams. But just give yourself extra 30mins (more if driving to or through Honolulu during weekday rush hours) and just enjoy the view of the ocean. Property owner/manager is very accommodating, replies quickly, and took us on some hikes and tours, very knowledgeable. Overall an excellent place for extended (2 weeks +) stays, HIGHLY recommend staying here. This was our very first vacation home rental, and we were delighted! THANK YOU DAWN!! :)

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo! You were such a pleasant couple and I enjoyed spending time with you, you are welcome back anytime! I am glad you got to see and do so much during your stay! I think you had absolutely the right attitude while on vacation--take your time, avoid driving in rush hour traffic and relax!
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Clean, comfortable, crazy view

  • 4 of 5

Dawn's place was very clean, comfortable with an amazing view and perfectly located for those quiet nights, strolls along the beach or treking through bush. She has a few supplies stocked for use and replacement before you head to the shops - a nice walk or short bus-ride away. I just loved being in Hawaii and away from the bussle of the busy city yet close enough in Makaha for great shopping in Kapolei or those wonderful island days basking in the sun and surf. Fabulous internet so got lots of work done as well. Worth a visit for sure and a repeat trip is on the bucket list again!! Thanks Dawn - this is a definite recommendation!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Dawn's place. She is a great host, and she was there for us whatever we needed. We had a feeling like we known each other for years. Apartment is beautiful, clean and cozy, perfect for a couple. Is equipped with everything you may need for a short or a longer vacation. The best thing is the view!!!! In the morning you can watch whales splashing their tails and in the evening the incredible sunsets! Makaha beach is a great sandy beach, mostly with waves and its perfect for surfing. Overall we are thrilled and we had amazing vacation. Thank you Dawn!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Maja! So glad you enjoyed my studio and discovering the beauty of O'ahu! You are most welcome again! A hui hou! Dawn
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Makaha Beach Park
Spinners Cafe
Breakfast Restaurant
Coquito's Latin Cuisine Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
Faith's Place
Hamburger Restaurant
Golden House Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant
Fast Food Restaurant
Pokai Bay Beach Park
Ma Luna's Restaurant
L & L Drive-Inn
Hawaiian Restaurant
Barbecue Kai Inc
Barbecue Restaurant
Sun Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Aloha Poke
Hawaiian Restaurant
Aloha Poke
Hawaiian Restaurant
Tacos & More
Mexican Restaurant
No. 1 Chinese & BBQ Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Hannara Restaurant
A & G Steaks & Things
Steak House
Hui On Fast Foods
Fast Food Restaurant
Saito & Pho II
Vietnamese Restaurant
Jamba Juice Waianae Mall
Juice Shop
Ka'aha'aina Cafe
Countryside Cafe
Breakfast Restaurant
Maili Internet Cafe
Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe
Alejandro's Mexican Food
Mexican Restaurant
Spicy House
Thai Restaurant
Laker Bar And Grill
Bar & Grill
Mokuleia Beach Park
Sushi & Kalbi Mart
A & G Bar And Grill
Bar & Grill
Mayjah Grinds
Hawaiian Restaurant
Masons Ono Lunch And Dinner Wagon
Hamburger Restaurant
Island X Hawaii
Coffee Shop
La Cosecha Hawaii
Mexican Restaurant
Old Sugar Mill Brand Waialua Coffee
Coffee Shop
Jerry's Pizza Mill
Pizza Restaurant
Nui's Thai Food
Thai Restaurant
Paradise Fresh Food
Killer Tacos Inc
Mexican Restaurant
Malai Thai
Thai Restaurant
Laura's korean BBQ
Korean Restaurant
Korean Restaurant
Surf N Salsa
Mexican Restaurant
Barbecue Restaurant
Big Wave Shrimp
Hawaiian Restaurant
Sprout Sandwich Shop
Sandwich Shop
Dat Cajun Guy
Lunch Restaurant
VJ's North Shore Dogs & Burgers
Hamburger Restaurant
Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Honolulu International
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Makaha Valley Country Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended

This is a perfect vacation retreat for those who want to enjoy Hawaiian beaches and a laid back tempo. For those who want some adventure and variety, day trips in a car to the North Shore, Waikele Outlet Shopping Malls and Honolulu reward your return to peaceful Makaha. Anyone staying out here should visit Kaena Point at least once to experience how Hawai'i must have looked like to the first Hawaiians arriving to the islands. All sorts of water activities can be done, from the beach, or the nearby harbor--fishing, snorkeling, diving, surfing, stand-up paddling, etc. Regarding dining, a trip to the Kaumana Farms with organic and vegan choices in a beautiful setting is a nice break from home cooking. There are all the usual fast foods, including a Starbucks in nearby Waianae, including a very tasty Chinese restaurant next to the 24 hour Longs Drugs store. You can also buy reasonable fresh lei from Longs.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning $100

Rates are subject to change until reservation deposit has been paid and booking is confirmed. The homeowners bylaws allow for only one guest per month, thus I require a minimum stay of 14 days per month.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.