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Magnificent views, spacious and breezy, affordable 3-bedroom home in Paradise

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Classy home with panoramic Diamond Head, Ocean, Downtown and Palolo Valley views

Enjoy magnificent unobstructed views of the ocean, Diamondhead and Waikiki from this historic vacation home while living in a spacious, updated house with loads of amenities. Plan your day, drinking a mellow cup of Kona coffee on the lanai, deciding whether to go to Hanauma Bay, the North Shore, Pearl Harbor or a beach on the Windward Side of the island. Drive 5 minutes to the expressway and be anywhere on the island in short order. The trip from the airport is 20 minutes. Come back home and relax while discussing the day’s adventures before heading for dinner in one of the restaurants in Kaimuki - 5 minutes away - or Waikiki – 2.5 miles away. Or prepare dinner in the large, well-appointed kitchen and dine on the expansive lanai while appreciating a gorgeous sunset. Before retiring, spread out in the roomy living room, watch the wide screen TV in the den, or play board games around the dining room table. There are two bedrooms – one with a king bed and one with a queen bed. The couch in the den also converts to a queen bed. There’s an easy parking spot plus plenty of off-street parking and free WiFi. A washer and dryer with detergent are available on the first floor, as well as an outside shower to wash off the beach sand. The house has lovely large side and back yards with mango, lychee and citrus trees and numerous flowering tropical plants. It’s situated on a steep street (hence the great views) and in a neighborhood where local residents go to work in the morning and come home in the evening – so there is street noise at those times. The rental unit is the entire second floor (22 steps up from the parking area) of a 2-story vintage Hawaiian home. There is a long term tenant on the ground floor who has a completely separate entrance. The manager lives right across the street and has received rave reviews for her advice and attention to tenants needs.

Reserve your tickets, pack your bags and vacation in Paradise with all the comforts of home.

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Property Manager
Cristin Kennedy
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Cristin Kennedy

Many years ago my husband and I vacationed in Hawaii and had the crazy idea that we'd love to live here. Kids, jobs and family commitments made that crazy idea impossible at the time. However, quite a number of years later our grown daughter came up with the same idea and acted on it. She moved to Oahu and after a few years bought a home. Initially we were satisfied being occasional visitors until the first grandchild arrived. Serendipitously, within a few months her neighbor across the street informed her he was retiring and putting his place up for sale. We were able to acquire that home and enjoy it 4- 5 months a year. We hope that during the other months our guests will enjoy it as much as we do.

Cristin Kennedy purchased this house in 2014

Why Cristin Kennedy chose South Oahu

The first time we drove the uphill switchback street to our daughter's prospective home, we were intrigued. When we saw the incredible view from the lanai it was love at first site. Now, being able to live in a well maintained vintage home with that same amazing view is a joy. My husband and I always loved to travel and were able to do it with the kids economically (even before VRBO) by staying in B&B's. We also stayed in enough cramped hotel rooms to know which we enjoyed more. Using those travel experiences I've tried to make a pleasant home for our guests as well as for ourselves. I hope the folks that pick our home will know that they are coming to a real Honolulu neighborhood. And just like home, folks get up and go to work early in the morning so there is some street noise during "rush" hour. I hope they understand that the view entails 25 steps up from the parking area. For me, having room for my family to spread out and a yard where (in season) I can pick limes, mangos, tangerines or lychees from the trees is a good trade off. I love sitting with the family on the lanai and watching the incredible sunsets. And on Fridays evenings it's always a treat to feel that we have the best seats on the island for the Waikiki fireworks. I like being close to Kaimuki where there are a dozen reasonably priced restaurants to choose from as well as a large grocery store. We appreciate that good beaches are just 15 minutes by away by car and that some good exercise entails either an uphill or downhill walk from our front door-beautiful vistas included. Every time we come to Oahu we find a new place we haven't yet explored.

We are extremely fortunate that our daughter Cristin who lives just across the street with her husband and two sons manages the property. They're the ohana (family) that has made one crazy idea possible.


Kaimuki House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bidet
  • One large full bathroom with bath, one half bath with toilet and sink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This room does not have a closet.
  • Two bedrooms, one with a king size bed, one with a queen size bed. TV room has a pull out couch. Pack-and-play available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Magnificent views, spacious and breezy, affordable 3-bedroom home in Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Boston, MA

A Gem of a House

  • 5 of 5

What first strikes you when you arrive at this sparkling house on a hillside are the gorgeous views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. The house is spacious, airy, and filled with light. The comfortable and stylish living room has plenty of seating, the fully equipped kitchen has everything a cook could possibly need from pots and pans to dishtowels and serving pieces, and the long wooden dining table easily seats six. The large front deck has lots of seating, and a good size grill for barbecuing. Everything is spotless! The bedrooms are spacious and comfy, there are plenty of towels, including beach towels. The washer and dryer mean that you can pack lightly.

With easy access to the highway we were able to visit Pearl Harbor, the North Shore, the Honolulu Art Museum, Shangri-la, and too many state parks and beaches to name! Waikiki and Diamond Head and Ala Moana are minutes away.

Everything about our stay was perfect. Five stars!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magnificent home, excellent views, great ownership

  • 5 of 5

Our family just finished a one week stay at this beautiful home, and it was a fantastic experience. The home is immaculate, newly renovated with modern amenities and fixtures. The views from the deck encompassed Diamond Head, Waikiki and then down towards Ewa. The deck can easily host 8 persons. There were six in our party and the home was very comfortable and we did not feel cramped and the home has a bright, airy feel. Unlike other rentals, the home was fully equipped in both the kitchen and living areas. There is a laundry facility in the basement. Location-wise, the home is 10 minutes from Waikiki, Diamond Head and Kahala, and perhaps 15 minutes to Ala Moana. Cristin, the owner/manager, was great, very helpful and responsive.

All in all, this was a great time, and we will stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Views and Perfect Accomodations for a family!

  • 5 of 5

My family (four of us) rented this gorgeous home and didn't want to leave! We are still raving about this house to friends and family! The views are spectacular and we found ourselves rushing home in the evening to enjoy the sunsets. You can enjoy the amazing sunsets from the spacious balcony, the living room, the kitchen or the dining room. We could not get enough of the views. Aside from the sunsets, we were in awe of the multiple rainbows and double rainbows that appeared almost daily. The house was so comfortable and gorgeous. I enjoyed reading or relaxing on the expansive balcony or in the quiet living room. The bedrooms have plenty of space to hang your clothes or put them in drawers. We loved the kitchen and found everything that we needed in the drawers and cabinets. It was by far the most well appointed house that we have ever rented. We loved the location. It is close enough to do a daily run to Leonard's for malasadas and is close to everything that we needed. Cristin was very responsive. We really appreciated that she was so close and could pop over to assist within minutes of our call. We cannot wait to return to this house!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I had the most amazing and relaxing vacation in oahu at this home! We loved all the space to spread out, comfortable beds and that we each had our own bedrooms. The gourmet kitchen had everything I needed to cook our breakfasts, including spices and baking dishes. If you forget your sunscreen or shampoo youll find extra from previous guests. You really feel like you are a guest of this beautiful home. It was fun to feel like a part of the locals. The neighborhood was so quiet, and views each day of the sunrise and sunsets were amazing. Cristin was available for any question I had as well. The location was very central to everything we wanted to do, whether going to the northshore, Pearl Harbor, Kailua or hanuama bay. I would highly recommend staying here over some skyscraper room in the concrete jungle of waikiki.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! Amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

My family of four stayed here for a week. We didn't want to be in Waikiki and so decided to stay in a different neighborhood. This neighborhood was awesome. We didn't even have time to explore all the restaurants we wanted to try. All within 5 mins of the house. My brother was getting married so we had to go to Waikiki often for dinner and other gatherings. It was a zip to get there.

The house was amazing. I can't even explain how incredible the view was. The landscaping was luscious giving it a real Hawaii feel. Everything the house is very modern and smartly designed. It was so comfortable to be there. The kitchen is equipped with anything you might need. It worked out great having younger children (6 and 8). They have nice outdoor space and a TV den. I would absolutely recommend this house to anyone visiting Oahu!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Home!

  • 5 of 5

This home was the 2nd home we stayed in in Hawaii and we were so glad we found it. We had an amazing time with my family (6 of us) and we all fit comfortably. The couches in front room with the incredible view and outside lanai was spectacular. The owners/manager Cristin was so accommodating, which made our trip even better. Although we've lived in Hawaii for many years prior to this visit, it was a great homecoming staying at this home. We will be renting it again next year. By the way, the home has everything you will ever need and more! Thanks for everything Cristin.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10.8 Miles
Honolulu International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.9 Miles
Nearest Beach
2.6 Miles
Kahala Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Kaimuki House Rental Rates

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5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $265
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.75%

Payment by check, Pay Pal, or credit card. Payment due 45 days before check-in

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