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"Nicest home iI've ever seen". You MUST see our Award Winning video!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 5,822 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights


About the property

Best Weather & Location on Oahu. Casual Elegance in the Ultimate Hawaiian Home

QUIET & OCEANFRONT Retreat. 'It's like a private Mini-Resort' , so many visitors to the home say it's their favorite home design and location in Hawaii. Local Movie/TV Show Location Scouts call our home 'their favorite home' too. They always call for location availability because they love to be at our home during commercial, TV show, music video productions.

Now for the first time our private home will be offered to Travelers from around the world. This is undisputed island living at it's finest and as local owners love to share the experience in hopes of changing your lifestyle. This is the Ultimate Hawaiian Vacation Home, oceanfront, perched 65 feet above sea level, facing the sunsets behind Diamond Head. The elevation gives you the best perspective of the ocean. The location is the best weather on the island due to it's breezy and sunny locale. For those seeking a quiet, private and serene area, look no further.

Convenient to beaches & stores yet as far out into the ocean as possible and simply a stunning place to be vacationing. Along one side of the property is a large private tropical jungle ravine with banana, coconut, papaya trees with a country-like feel. Access to ocean is down a private meandering grass path to where there is a rarely visited cove with olivine sand next to it. Absorb the incredible views of mountains, deep blue and crystal clear ocean, sunsets behind Diamond Head, whales and dolphins frolicking with the rhythm of the ocean (in season).

This home also directly fronts a very rare blow hole (not THE well known Spitting Cave). On the ocean side of the home is a infinity swimming pool/spa with deep-ocean blue tile surrounded by cut lava stone pool deck. Next to it and elevated is a large BBQ lanai for outdoor entertaining. From there you can see the lawn, pool, mountains and ocean. You have ocean views from 3 dining areas; the outdoor BBQ lanai, dining area and the living room.

The Master Suite, private lanai and bath are direct ocean frontage. Every one of the 4 bedrooms has its own private bath. The large office is located next to the powder room.

Sleeps 8 in rooms. Nap, read or just soak in the sounds of waves, wind and birds on the oceanfront lanai on a Queen size Hawaiian daybed known as a pune'e. There is also a daybed in the office to relax and keep your loved ones company while they do their work.

Ocean activity opportunities abound such as scuba diving, boat rides, swimming and surfing. Golf, hiking, tennis, hiking and great walking around the neighborhood.

This property has been used in numerous TV shows, movies, national and international advertising. Obviously a special slice of paradise to be chosen & enjoyed.

WARNING: There are many fraudulent hackers who frequently get information from legitimate vacation rental and have Travelers send money to somewhere other than the owners. The Travelers lose their money and have nowhere to stay upon arrival. Take the time to make sure the property owner and you are in communication and you feel secure that the money you transfer is NOT going to a hacker.

More Details

Rob Burns
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 9, 2017

About Rob Burns

The owners of this beautiful home were both raised in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. Rob is a native Hawaiian, and 6th generation descendant of Englishman Robert Holt, who sailed to Hawaii in 1820. At a young age, Rob was a surfboard shaper at Lightning Bolt shaping for legendary Pipeline Master, Gerry Lopez and eventually founded the popular surf company, Local Motion. Rob currently is a top producing realtor at East Oahu Realty. His wife Annie was born in Bermuda, but moved to Hawaii as a very young child. She is an interior decorator, and prides herself in mixing Hawaiian-style in with various other compositions to create an eclectic island blend. She may not have been born in Hawaii, but it is truly part of her being. Annie also partners with Rob in his real estate designs and ventures. After raising their children, Rob and Annie decided to share their home with people from around the world so that others could experience a truly one of a kind island way of living. Rob and his beautiful wife, Annie, have been together for 45 years, and married for 35 years and counting.

Rob Burns purchased this house in 2003

Why Rob Burns chose Hawaii Kai

We chose this property and built this particular style home on the last 'never built on' lot in the Koko Kai area of Portlock because we love the area. We have lived in the area for years before purchasing it and waited for the perfect place to build our 'dream home'. The nuances of the area and lot location are key to the living conditions and home we desired. In Hawaii, there are many micro-climates in each area. To build the open-air Hawaiian style house we wanted, we HAD to build in this area because it is not too wet which creates additional spin-off problems with insects. Although both Rob and his wife were both raised in Kailua, they prefer the weather conditions on the leeward side of Koko Kai/Portlock. This property has favorable offshore winds that enhance an open air style of living, keeping it cool, dry and mildew free. 'It's very sunny here yet cooled by the trade-wind breezes'. The weather conditions can't be changed and structures can be altered to enhance the living experience. Also key to his wife wish is #1 'it has to be quiet' and that it is. The leeward side of the island has many advantages; we enjoy predominantly offshore trade-winds, incomparable sunsets, and is consistently sunnier than the windward or mountain areas of any island. Koko Kai/Portlock projects outward into the deep blue sea giving it additional climatic benefits like being away from the often cloudy Ko'olau mountains & traffic noise. We call our home 'Blue Hawaii Kai' because it is a part of the community of Hawaii Kai but is out in the deep blue sea in the prestigious area of Koko Kai.

The Hawaii Kai area has every amenity one would need, including all kinds of shopping (including Costco), medical services a mile away, restaurants (the original Roy's restaurant started here in Hawaii Kai), golf course, surfing and ocean activities. In fact, one could even stay here in Hawaii Kai and never go out to 'Honolulu' if they wanted to.

What makes this house unique

The home has unique design benefits that enhance the living weather than most locale. The design provides a seamless transition from outside to inside and vice versa. For this style of living a drier weather is preferable. Letting the trade-winds in and out is key to air flow. The breeze needs to be dry so the home was designed to allow the predominantly E/NE trade winds to blow gently through the entire home, thus needing no air conditioning. The weather is the best on the island, cool and dry in the shade and sunnier than most areas every day because it's located out into the deep blue sea and away from the major mountain chain. The interior courtyard is open to nature and this is totally unique by allowing balmy winds to flow throughout the entire home. The same winds directly permeate and cool the living area, kitchen, office and dining area. It's fascinating to see the rain falling right inside your house in the courtyard and no one gets wet! The open air courtyard has a zen-like fountain, sliding glass walls into the living room, leaving our home the most unique truly Hawaiian experience you will ever have.


Hawaii Kai House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5822 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Guest suite has a large toilet seat for the large or elderly
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Bathroom 3 & 4 are identical in size & are private.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Bathroom 4 & 3 are identical in size & are private.
    Powder room - toilet , Powder room is right next to the office.
    Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Master Bath Features: Lanai, bidet, bath tub , shower.
  • Large Master bathroom with jacuzzi tub, enclosed toilet and bidet. Ocean view so you can watch the ocean while brushing your teeth or combing your hair. Each room has own bath and shower, guest suite has tub/shower combination and special toilet seat for elderly or heavier people.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Oceanfront master bedroom has lanai & bathroom on the ocean
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Guest suite with private garden setting, separate & wet bar.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Facing the wind, cool, quiet & has it's own bathroom.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Cool tradewinds, quiet & has it's own private bathroom.
  • 4 large bedrooms, includes 480sf Master bedroom and a Guest Suite with separate entrance. Master bedroom & bath have ocean & garden ravine views. The 2 other bedrooms have garden/ravine views. The Guest Suite has an outdoor private seating area with garden setting and its own kitchenette. Add'l 4 beds not in rooms; Queen size day-bed (pune'e) can be used for sleeping, reading or resting on. Our office has a day bed of 2-single beds and is next to a powder room with sink and toilet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Terrific location, view and comfort

  • 5 of 5

We never experienced anything like this. The pictures give you a sense for the beauty of the property. It is perfect. What is not apparent is that you are basically experiencing the outdoors while living in luxury. Completely open, indoor-outdoor living concept. The pool and hot tub are perfect. Can't wait to return. Owners are very nice people and extremely helpful preparing for our trip. I strongly recommend you try Blue Hawaii Kai.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Craig Mahalo for the wonderful review, we really appreciate it. It's wonderful to know that people enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks also for taking the time to write it and we're both bummmed that we didn't have time to get to know you better. Rob and Annie
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Dream Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I can't put in to words how amazing this vacation was. Most of the time the pictures you see online are better than the reality, not this place-it was AMAZING!!! 8 of us stayed here and we never wanted to leave. It was more than enough room for all of us and we cancelled so many outside plans because we just didn't want to leave. My husband and I had our vows renewed at the house and it was the dream wedding I've always wanted. I don't think we can stay anywhere else now. We even had a small get together with friends and hired an amazing Hawaiian band (complete with a Hula dancer) to come play at the house (ask Rob the amazing host for details). It was a trip of a life time that we'll be talking about for years to come. So glad we stayed here. Worth every penny!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and mahalo Stephanie- The feeling is mutual, you guys were so much fun. Seeing the enjoyment in your eyes was heartwarming and what why we so much enjoy sharing our home and lives. Mahalo for the great review, Rob and Annie
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  • 5 of 5

This property has it all. It is a beautiful home with beautiful views. The best part of this home is the owner. I have never had the privilege of meeting an owner like Rob. He is the most helpful and accommodating owner I have ever dealt with. He has become a friend. I don't think you can find a better place to stay on Oahu.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous experience

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing. Want to relax? Such a variety of places inside and outside the house to do so! Want to throw a party? It's perfect for entertaining! The owner was super proactive and attentive and went above and beyond to give us the wonderful Hawaiian experience we were hoping for and it did not disappoint! We did so many fun things during our trip and yet the house was my favorite part! We cooked. We barbequed. If we bought food, we ordered take out because the ambiance of the house was better than any restaurant!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family arrived March 25th and when we walked in the house and it took our breath away. The view and the house was just beautiful. It was far above our expectations. It was much nicer then the video and the video is beautiful. Rob and Annie are great hosts. They were able to give us great advise on what ever we needed. Could not be a better host. Our first morning from the patio we saw whales and dolphins in the morning while eating breakfast. Later that day down below the house along the cliffs we saws turtles. We jump off the cliff and watched locals jump off also. The cliffs down below are not crowded and easy to walk to in about three minutes. It is simply beautiful. Beaches are within a very short drive. Everything you would want or need to get can be reach in about 10 minutes. It has a quite location in a beautiful neighborhood with access to the whole island. If you want a vacation to remember this house will defiantly be a highlight of the vacation. We had no problem relaxing at the house and swimming in the pool and soaking in the hot tub. My 8 yr old granddaughter had a blast. There was seven of us and we had all the room we needed to just escape and relax in the house. The rooms are all beautiful and have a bathroom in each. We made trips throughout the island and looked forward to getting back to the house. We had a great barbecue down on the lower patio one night. Beautiful sunsets every night are seen. I cannot say enough about the house. It was one of the best decision made on the vacation that will be remembered.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family group consisted of 10 of us including grandparents, adult kids and spouses, and grandkids, two of whom were just over a year old.

While we had taken family vacations to Hawaii before, as well as to Mexico and Europe, our experience at Blue Hawaii Kai tops the list easily.

The house is not only an architectural classic but the layout could not be better for a large family. The house design takes advantage of the natural slope of the ravine running down to the ocean so that views of the bay and Diamond Head across the bay are available at each of the four very slightly descending levels of the house from the living room level to the pool/hot tub/sun patio area.

The kitchen is large and has all sorts of equipment. The master bedroom is huge with its own lanai and great view of the ocean. The three other bedrooms are also very nice. The office worked fine for us as a 5th bedroom.

The pool and deck area were wonderful. Imagine floating in the pool or sitting in the hot tub looking out across the bay as the sun disappears behind Diamond Head, or watching the para-sailors gliding above the bay. By the way, because we had some young kids we were relieved to have the sturdy gated fence installed to separate the pool area from the rest of the house.

Having a rental car is a necessity. Shopping is a 10-minute drive away. Beaches of various kinds are also within a 10-20 minute drive. Waikiki with all of its tourist attractions is about 25 minutes away. (If you go there expect heavy congestion.)

But the major attraction is the fantastic house with its perfect layout for a family group, its location out on a tip of the island and, of course, its amazing view.

Rob, the owner, is a great guy and as helpful as he can be. He arranged for three friends, Poki'i, Leonard and Caroline, to come to the house one evening and entertain us all with Hawaiian music and song. Caroline provided a spontaneous hula lesson, which turned out to be fun for everyone, and an especially big hit with our two 1-year old grandkids.

Thanks Rob for letting us share your home. My family agree it was the best vacation ever.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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China Walls surf area
Spitting Cave of Portlock
"Spitting Cave is a cave which blows tremendous amounts of spray when the waves are compresse..."
Spitting Cave
East Oahu Realty, Inc.
Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Honolulu International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Kona Brewery Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Hawaii Kai Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Kalanianaole Hwy (main Hwy to Portlock)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Kona Brewery/Assagios/Moena Cafe/Maile's Thai
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Portlock ~ Hanauma Bay

We have the local knowledge of the islands and would love to share it with you. There is hiking, surfing, golfing, tennis, snorkeling, fishing, rifle range, kite flying, whale watching (in season), beach strolls, body surfing, swimming, SUPing, dolphin & 'Spitting Cave' & 'China Walls' watching are activities available in our area. We will also provide you with optional things to do beyond the immediate area & service providers for your decision of whom to use in other areas as well.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning $785
Refundable damage deposit $3,000
Tax Rate 13.95%

“The rental agreement must obligate the homeowner to provide the property to the tenant for 30 days or more and the tenant must have the right to use the property for 30 days or more. If you have a rental agreement for a property that is for 30 days or more as is set forth above, and if during the occupancy the tenant decided to terminate the contract and vacate the property before the end of the 30 day period, there is no violation provided that the property is left vacant for the balance of the 30 days.” No other parties shall occupy the property other than those on the lease and the Primary lease holder shall be held responsible for the terms of the lease.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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