About this listing
This is a quaint, simple local style home. Please read entire listing before selecting. If you are looking for the best deal on Kauai with the most central location, look no further. But this home does not come with 'bells and whistles'!
This quaint room is designed more for the single traveler or two folks that don't necessarily need to sleep in the same bed. There are two twin beds in this room in and L shape and a built in desk and chair. The room has ample closet space at one end and at the other end is a screened window with glass louvers. Outside this window you will hear the tranquil sound of flowing water in the koi pond 24/7 and the aquaponics system in the backyard. Many folks love this feature but occasionally some don't. You might want to bring ear plugs if the soothing trickle is a concern. Of course you have full access to the large, well stocked kitchen (you provide the food) and a large comfortable living room. We have a large screen TV to view DVDs. (no cable)
This home is quite the 'self-serve' type. Please relax and make yourselves at home. We allow your privacy and appreciate ours. There is a chance that you might not see us. We all lead very busy lives, but you can always text us if you need something.
There will be a hand drawn map of the neighborhood on the information table in the kitchen.
Many stores do not provide bags for your purchases. Or they will sell you them. But we encourage you to take your own. There are many bags to use in the kitchen. Look around; there are some inside the closet behind the back door.
NOTE; It is possible to list a weekend rate or a holiday rate on AirBnB, but not single night rate. The single night rate for this room is $64 a night.
If you would like to leave items in our home while hiking, this is doable. There is a $5. a day charge. Just let us know and we will store in a secured area.
The guests will have access to a large kitchen that is well-equiped. There are plenty of salad dressings,and other condiments in the refrigerator for your use and lots of spices above the stove, but you provide your own food. The living room that is equipped with a DVD and VHS player and many DVDs (but not regular TV). The bathroom is shared. Outside the backdoor are bicycles, boogie boards, surfboards, etc. You are welcome to use these but please text me if you do so I can give you the combination for the lock, etc. (But please do not use the back door to enter and exit the home, just to get equipment). Speak up if you need anything.
Interaction with Guests
I do not interact with the guest a lot. I like to respect their privacy. Plus I work a lot. As you probably know, I am a taxi driver and I give tours. But I'm always accessible via text.
This neighborhood was established in the 50s and is an old Japanese neighborhood of course many of the original residents have passed away. But this is a peaceful neighborhood. It is also extremely convenient. You'll find many restaurants in the neighborhood plus access to the bus and the laundromat, the hospital, health food store, fish market, the movie theater and the mall, etc. etc.
There are a few ways to get to our home from the airport. The easiest is a taxi. To catch a cab, go outside the baggage claim and pick up the taxi phone located on the information booth. The dispatcher will ask you your name, how many people and destination. You can just tell them, "Lihue". The taxi will be there in less than three minutes in the taxi pick up area; which is designated by a sign. When you get in the taxi, give the driver my address and tell them, "It's the first street behind AT&T". Many know who I am so tell them, "Carrie's house". The fare will be about $10. Please remember to tip then. Almost all services in America rely on tips.
The public bus is also an option, but can not be used if you have large luggage. You can get off at Walmart or the next stop, Wilcox Hospital which is even closer to our street. The bus costs $2.50. You will then have to walk 2 or 3 blocks to our house.
If you are renting a car just use your GPS and you will be at our house in a jiffy.
(Just a side note, if you are renting a car, please be mindful of my neighbors. If turning a car around in a driveway in the dark, please remember to turn your headlights off because many headlights have been known to shine into my neighbors bedrooms. Of course turn them back on after back on the street. Also when locking a car (which probably is not even necessary), please lock it from the inside switch so the horn does not honk. If you lock it with the key mechanism, the horn honks. Local style is not honking. Mahalo).
Other Things to Note
Check-in after 3pm and check-out is at 11am.
I'd like to remind you that this home is very old. Some things just don't shine out the way they used to. You will not find a better listing at such a good price. I sincerely hope you have come to enjoy Hawaii.
No smoking on property.
Park your car horizontally on the grass and make sure you allow room for others. The car should face south or you could receive a ticket. Don't block the mailbox unless its after 4pm (and you are leaving before 10am) or if it is Sunday. If there is a third car, please park in front of 3304 Elima St. This is the house on the other side of the street with a disc in the front yard. Again, make sure the tires are horizontal and off the pavement. DO NOT park directly across from our house, as the neighbors have not given permission to do so. NEVER park in the driveway.
Please turn off electricity when not in use.
Please leave the bathroom door open after use.
Please remove footwear before entering house.
Do not roll luggage through house.
No open food containers in bedrooms and cover food in the refrigerator.
Carry was very kind with us. We liked staying at her place. The full kitchen was also very pleasant.
Carrie hat uns sehr herzlich empfangen, dass Zimmer war genau wie in der Beschreibung. Carrie konnte uns bei vielen Fragen sehr gut weiterhelfen und ihr selbst gezüchtetes Obst und Gemüse war einfach super lecker.Die Nachbarschaft war sehr schön und ruhig. Man hat sich immer sicher gefühlt. Wir haben uns rundum wohl gefühlt.
Carrie has given us a very warm welcome , the room was exactly as advertised . Carrie could help us very well with many questions and her own bred fruits and vegetables was simply super lecker.Die neighborhood was very nice and quiet . Man has always felt safe . We have felt ourselves very well .
Leave Audience Response
What Gabriel loved about your listing :
The family feeling and the beautiful neighborhood and the well-equipped kitchen and the fresh fruit and vegetables .
What Gabriel thought You Could Improve about the experience :
Carrie's place is just lovely. After you step inside the house, you immediately feel welcomed. The beds are super-comfortable and we got the best sleep in a long time. As a bonus, there are ponds outside, which will help you fall asleep. You also get strong wi-fi so you can stay in touch with the world and send some photos to your folks back home. Besides the place itself, Carrie is really kind and amazing host. You can just tell that she really cares about her guests. Thank you for hosting us, Carrie!
We only stayed with Carrie for one night but she was very nice and eager to show us around her self sustained garden!
The stay was amazing!
The apartment is clean and so wonderful! The backyard is great as well.
Carrie really make us feel at home and we really enjoyed our stay there.
We can really recommand this place! If I go to Kauai again I will stay at Carrie's!!!
Carrie was the best Airbnb host we have had. She was kind, generous and very honest. Her place is very clean and cozy, and exactly what we needed after our long trek on the Kalalau trail. If we ever go back to Kauai, we will definitely stay with her again. Ask if you can try her lychee—it's delish!!!!
Carrie is a wonderful host. Her house is very comfortable with all the necessary amenities and then some. Beds and linens were clean, rooms, bathroom, and living area are nice and tidy. The house is located in a pretty central area of Lihue, close to a lot of amenities and many beaches and hikes. The description of the posting was spot on and we knew exactly what we were walking into. Carrie communicated with us a few days before our arrival, so we knew everything was ready for our stay. She was a great person to talk to and get to know with a lot of knowledge of the island and the locals. She leads a very busy life, but we got to know her and chat about her garden and the island life. Carrie was very personable and obviously cared about our comfort and wellbeing. She was easily reachable via txt messages even after our stay, when we were in a pinch to find a number for a cab. Staying with Carrie was a great first Airbnb experience!
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About the Host, Carrie
I've been on Kauai since 1986 and can't imagine living anywhere else. I was born in Vermont and have lived many other places, but Kauai is definitely home. Everyday I feel grateful that God allows me to live on this incredible island.
One of my many interests is aquaponic gardening, which I do here on my property. I have a unit that consists of two 4' x 16' grow beds and four three hundred gallon fish tanks. Come and see!
I lead a very busy life and wear many hats.
Driving a taxi and giving private island tours is one of my hats.