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Recent Hanalei reviews

  • Wonderful relaxing place!!

    "we had an amazing 7 nites in this Cottage ...it was our honeymoon...so short but so good....perfect location for us , walking distance to the surf/beach and the town ...the place had every thing we need it ...we got to surf in the morning and come home rest and then go hiking ...waking up the the sound of the rain or to the birds singing was amazing...the weather was so perfect we didnt use the fan much , i loved laying in the grass at nite and watching the stars , so quite was able to meditate every morning ...our trip was short and we cant wait to come back again !! AG"
    Guest: ary Date of Stay: April 2016 Review Submitted: April 17, 2016
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  • Heaven in Paradise

    "My family & I have know Hanalei well, and Ileina's Cottage suited us perfectly! We are still basking in the glow of our wonderful stay there, 2 weeks after we checked out. The location is ideal. A very short walk to the cafes, restaurants, shops and grocery stores in town, and a very short walk to the beach. I can't think of a better location within Hanalei, if you want to have the best of both worlds and be able to walk to town or the beach. The layout is generous and appealing, with lots of living space in the main room and on the wraparound porch. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, our kids loved playing in the side and back yards and hunting for geckos. We were thrilled to find a washer and dryer on the premises. There's an outdoor shower for you to wash away the sand and salt from the beach. The house comes very well equipped with all of the dishes and utensils and pots & pans you would ever need, a grill with bbq tools, charcoal and lighter fluid, a host of beach toys for the kids, even a couple of boogie boards and some miscellaneous snorkel gear. I'm sure that inventory of beach stuff comes and goes with each new guest to stay there, but the point is the place is very well stocked and ready for you. Both bedrooms are a nice size and the two bathrooms are both essentially en suite, although one of them opens up onto the the living room as well. I'd say the place is perfect for a couple with young kids who can share a bed, or 2 couples with no kids, or a few friends who don't mind sharing beds. The cottage is adjacent to the larger house property. We were lucky in that the Canadian family staying in the house for the first part of our stay was incredibly friendly, and our elder daughters became fast friends. But the cottage and the house are right next to each other, they share a driveway and yard. The people who moved in after the Canadians left were OK but were not very friendly, and it was slightly awkward to share the space with them and not get any smiles or waves back when they were coming and going. It was not a problem for us, it did not diminish our opinion of the cottage, but it's just good to know how close you will be to your neighbors I think. The ideal scenario would be to rent both the house and the cottage with a larger group, although renting just one or the other is great too. I would not hesitate to recommend Ileina's Cottage. We can't wait to go back!"
    Guest: Julian Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 14, 2016
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  • Fantastic vacation in Hanalei Bay

    "My husband and I stayed here for 10 days to get away from it all and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The house has 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, however we only used one (other than storing our luggage in the second bedroom). House was great, had everything we needed. The extra fans were helpful since we had a few unusually warm nights. I loved having my morning coffee on the deck and hearing the roosters waking up. Very peaceful. The house is on the main road, but is off to the side so I never felt visible sitting out there in pj's. The close neighbors are around to the back and side (not river facing) so we never saw any people unless we were in the kitchen, and even then it was rare. We ate most meals on the deck and having the outdoor grill was especially nice. Very close to walk to the beach and I loved the secluded beach! At 7 am I'd see maybe 2 or 3 other people on the entire beach as I ran to the pier and back. Even in the heat of the afternoon it was never crowded. The lack of riverfront access based on another review had me worried, as our goal was to paddleboard to the beach every day. However, it was a complete non-issue. Even if we had access, I doubt we would have gone to the trouble of renting SUP's, a car rack, and lugging them back and forth to this river. We rarely saw any kayaks/canoes/SUP's on this river...maybe a local person every now and then, and I'm guessing it's because the water is pretty rough where the river empties into the bay, and it looked like the river became quite narrow with a low bridge if you were to head up river. We were able to SUP every day of the vacation and it worked well to rent from Kayak Hanalei, which is right on the Hanalei River. They gave us a 7 day rental, where we paid for 5 days. Very convenient and we could come and go whenever. Up river was pretty but we preferred padding to the beach so I could beach myself using the board as a tanning bed while my husband could paddle around the bay. Overall a fantastic place to stay for our trip. All that being said, we did see a For Sale sign go up on the empty lot in front of the river while we were there so hopefully whoever buys it won't develop it."
    Guest: Kathy40 Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: August 30, 2016
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  • Perfect Vacation Home in Paradise

    "I can't express how much we enjoyed staying at Hale Aloha! Since the house was unavailable for the first two weeks in July, we rented a house in Hanalei. I've only stayed in Haena for the past 35 years so it was a good chance to see how we liked staying in Hanalei. The answer is, we didn't! It was crowded and very noisy with many of the surrounding houses doing construction of one kind or another. I'm not exaggerating when I say we shed all of our stress the moment we arrived in Haena and Hale Aloha. The adults rejuvenated and the kids thrived for the next two weeks in this beautiful home and idyllic setting. It was another magical stay for us!! We can't wait to return next year and stay for four weeks!"
    Guest: Sharon L. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 1, 2016
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