About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay5 nights
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.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one day
- english, Japanese
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 21, 2018
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 Maunalani Heights
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.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Fantastic Find !
Excellent House made extra special by the owner Cristin and her family.
Clean well appointed exceptional views and everything you need for fine vaca...some street noise but overall a quiet neighborhood...I’ve already booked my return so don’t even think about trying
to take my future dates !! 🌴�🌈�😎�👍�
Gorgeous home and views
When we stayed at 1610 Mikahala Way we were astounded by its spectacular views. From the front lanai the impressive sight of Diamond Head greeted us. The dining room also had its own veranda facing the ocean. The huge front patio had a grill as well as tables and chairs to comfortably eat outside. We watched the sun gradually sink into the Pacific Ocean every evening while sipping glasses of wine. Afterwards we were greeted by the twinkling lights of Waikiki. With Hawaii’s winter temperature hovering around 80 degrees it was wonderful to spend as much time as possible out on the lanai.
Every room was light-filled and airy. Dozens of different fruit and flowering trees and plants filled the gardens.
The spacious contemporary kitchen was truly a delight. It was fully equipped with dishes, pots and pans and stainless steel appliances. It was heavenly to wake up in the morning to a cup of Kona coffee. We sampled the local cuisine of the many nearby restaurants. For breakfast Koko Head was our favorite. We went to Tamura’s to buy wine for our sunset drink and to sample the native dish poke. Walking along the Waikiki beach brought to life all the movie and TV shots that we’d seen. There were wonderful mai tais garnished with a gorgeous orchid and fresh pineapple to imbibe in the cocktail lounges by the ocean.
We definitely would like to go back and spend more time there.
Wish I could live here...
I stayed at the Mikahala house for a little family reunion trip with my husband, parents and brother this winter. The house was really wonderful. It is spacious, sunny and well designed to benefit from the breeziness of it's hillside location. The location is a little removed from the beach scene, but really only a 10 minute drive, and the spectacular views are worth the trip up the hill (especially the sunset!). I thought it would just be a good location as a launch-point for day trips (which it is, not far from the highway), but the location was even better than I expected, letting us access both nature and the city with ease.
It's a pretty and quiet residential neighborhood, but the garden around the house gives you the feel of being on a tropical island. And just a 5 minute drive to the top of the hill, we were able to start hiking along a ridge trail that feels like it's taking you into the remote interior of the island. I think you can make a full day hike out of it, but we were less ambitious and turned around after an hour, which was enough to enjoy great views, and the peace and quiet of the landscape. At the bottom of the hill are nice restaurants, cafes, a bakery and little shops where you don't have to feel like a tourist. It's a walkable distance, and the walk back up the hill is great if you want a workout after pastries from Pipeline Bakeshop.
We enjoyed a couple of the local restaurants, but since we like to cook as a family, we mostly enjoyed using the well-equipped kitchen and grill, and dining on the balcony overlooking the twinkly night-lights of the city, and the dark ocean beyond.
The house was very clean, tastefully furnished and seemed well cared for. It felt comfortably homey and it was easy to pretend like we lived there. The photos are accurate, if not an understatement. I would definitely recommend this to friends. The layout allowed our family enough privacy. The TV is in the 3rd bedroom, which is a convertible den/bedroom. We're not big TV-watchers (especially when there's Hawaii to explore!), so it didn't matter to us, but for a different group of adults, that might be a little inconvenient. We preferred watching ocean and rainbows.
Cristin was a kind host- she lives across the street and was available and generous with information. Writing this review has been on my to-do list for a while. I wish I could be writing it from the balcony of the Mikahala house! Hope to be back soon!
I would highly recommend this house! The views were gorgeous, house was clean and well kept with tasteful Hawaiian decor. We BBQ'd and ate outside on the balcony every night. Kristen was very available and prompt with responses.
Home Away From Home
This May, my family of six had the great pleasure of staying at this vacation rental for two glorious weeks. Although the drive up the mountain can be a little hair-raising at first and the steps to the front door a little tiring when carrying heavy bags, those small inconveniences were well worth the awe-inspiring views from this home - Diamond Head, downtown Honolulu, Palolo valley and beyond to the sparkling blue sea and even the mountains overlooking Pearl Harbor way in the distance on clear days.
There’s actually a beautiful view of some kind from almost every room. It’s incredible! And don’t let me forget the many, many rainbows we saw from our home on almost a daily basis. For residents, Hawaii’s frequent rainbows are commonplace, but for us they were cause for great excitement and copious picture-taking. Another favorite view of ours was the tropical garden just outside the 3rd bedroom. It’s so beautiful and picturesque that almost as soon as I awoke every morning, I would pull up the shades and open the doors so I could enjoy the view and breeze. On the two Friday nights we were there, our family and a couple of friends enjoyed dinner on the expansive lanai while watching the weekly Waikiki fireworks display from our private perch. And every night we were treated to the spectacular view of the city lights and starry skies.
If you’re looking for a spacious, beautifully updated home away from home that is stocked with just about every convenience you could wish for, this is the place for you. This lovely home is in a residential neighborhood far from the maddening crowds and unpleasant congestion of Waikiki. It is perfectly located for exploring all parts of the island whether you’re interested in beaches, history, culture, shopping, dining, etc.
Cristin is a very accommodating and responsive hostess who you can completely trust to handle your payment not made through the VRBO site. We are very thankful to have found this gem and look forward to our next visit.
A Gem of a House
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!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Payment by check, Pay Pal, or credit card. Payment due 45 days before check-in