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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Cristin Kennedy
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 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 Kaimuki

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.

Amenities

Kaimuki House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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. Heated outdoor shower next to laundry room to wash off sand.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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Magnificent views, spacious and breezy, affordable 3-bedroom home in Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Winnipeg, MB CANADA
5

It was all so great!

  • 5 of 5

Great house with amazing views! Super spacious and so breezy. Everything was very organized and readily available. We loved the kitchen! We did some cooking so having the best kitchen was a bonus. Location was good; it was nice to be away from the busy downtown buzz. Cristin is an awesome host! She is very responsive and helpful with everything. Check in / out was super smooth. It was our family's first time in Hawaii and staying here made our visit a memorable one for sure. Highly recommend and would stay here again. Thanks again, Cristin!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best VRBO Home we have stayed at

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at a handful of VRBO properties over the years and this is by far the best one. For us, the location was perfect in that it lies far above the maddening crowd of Honolulu, and a short driving distance (make no mistake, you will need a car if you stay here) to local shopping and dining. The house was immaculate and you immediately notice the attention to detail, the cupboards and drawers in the kitchen are fully stocked, every shelf and cupboard is labeled and everything works and is in great condition. This is definitely a home, and not a barebones equipped rental. The view is spectacular both day and night, with a large deck for entertaining or just relaxing with a good book. The only downside is that if you have more than one car, parking can be a challenge as street parking is virtually impossible to find after 5 PM if there is no space on the driveway.

I lived on Oahu for 13 years departing in 2008 and it is rapidly changing with new residential developments and skyscraper being constructed, roads swelling with traffic and increasing numbers of numbers of tourists so this little peaceful oasis of Hawaiiana was a blessing to find.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Centrally located.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our rental. House has amazing views. There are a lot of restaurants, shops, grocery stores within 5 min of house. House is just a 10 min drive to the beach, waikiki, and really close to highways to explore the whole island. House has a breeze at all times, we barely used AC. There are fans in all rooms. You will not need anything, kitchen is fully equipped with anything you need, same with bathrooms, towels shampooh etc. Various fruit trees, which my kids were crazy for. Just a great place to stay. We will definitely go back for sure. And I should add that Cristin, house manager/owner, was just great. Always available, flexible and helpful. Just great.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Find !

  • 5 of 5

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 !! 🌴?🌈?😎?👍?

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wish I could live here...

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous home and views

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
10.8 Miles
Honolulu International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.9 Miles
H1
Nearest Beach
2.6 Miles
Kahala Beach
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Available
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $265

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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