About this listing
We have a private apartment on our property, with it's own private entrance, parking, Washer/Drier, mountain bikes, sunning area & shared hot tub. Our home is on the backside of Diamond Head on a small hillside overlooking the ocean and coastline.
This cozy studio is fully equipped with its own washer/drier, refrigerator, bath, two burner stove, queen bed, dining table, private entrance, wi/fi, clock radio, flat screen tv, parking stall, pair of mountain bikes and back sunning area with shared hot tub. We welcome 1-2 people and offer a nice relaxing shaded backyard area to relax and enjoy the cool trade wind breezes, while sipping on an evening glass of wine or cocktail. Or a cool quiet time in the room with the a/c. The apartment is separated from the main house, by a door and a lower family room. Two mountain bikes are readily available for your use to ride around the area, or cruise into Waikiki. The owners, Terri and Don live in the upper part of the house and love to meet new guests.
We are Conveniently located behind Diamond Head, just 5 minutes drive to Waikiki, 4 blocks to freeway, 3 blocks to supermarket, 5 blocks to Kahala Mall, 1 mile to the beach and 20 minutes to the airport (by auto). We are a short 5 minute walk to Kapiolani Community College, and 10 minutes to the entrance of Diamond Head Crater.
Interaction with Guests
Being born and raised in the island, Don is a wealth of knowledge of it's history and places to see. Terri is a physical fitness instructor, with 19 years of international competition in the field of aerobic gymnastics. They have two Golden Retriever dogs, which mostly stay in the upper part of the property, but occasionally will wander down to say 'hi'. Don and Terri love to take a hike 1-2 times a week and do some form of exercise everyday. They have extensive traveling experiences and are always looking forward to making new friends from different parts of the world. The apartment will be equipped with some breakfast items, as well as other treats. Don & Terri look forward to greeting you upon your arrival.
This is a quiet, safe residential neighborhood, with close proximity to Waikiki, Diamond Head, Kahala Mall, Supermarket, freeway access and beaches. Walk, ride bikes or rent a car, you will be able to access all of these places within a matter of minutes.
We have a couple of bikes that we allow our guests to use to get around. Public Transportation is one block away in 3 different directions. The Bus system is $2.50/per ride. Private parking is also available for your rent-a-car, right in front of the unit.
Other Things to Note
We have 2 medium size dogs (Golden Retrievers) that are very friendly. The property is fully fenced in and we like to keep it that way, so they don't get out. Please keep the gate closed when coming and going.
Please remove shoes before entering the house (It's a local tradition).
*We are a very healthy household that likes to exercise and go for hikes. While we enjoy good social drinking, No smoking, or drugs allowed.
*Hot Tub hours end at 10 pm (11pm on weekends) out of courtesy to our neighbors.
*We ask that no open flame candles be used. We will provide the types of candles used (enclosed in a canister)
*We love to keep everything in working order. Please inform us right away of anything broken, or not working right.
Prior to using the mountain bikes, you must agree to sign a waiver of Liability form.
I had an amazing time at the island of Oahu, despite of hurricane Kilo passing by. The studio was great, exactly as pictured and more than I needed. It's located close to Waikiki and if you don't mind walking there is free parking available in Waikiki as well. If I ever come back I will definately try to stay here again.
When we walked in we were happy to see gifts including a box of chocolates (my favorite), a calendar, some Hawaiian coffee and a welcome card. The room was super clean and comfy. The home was very close to Waikiki and walking distance to public transport of you needed it. It was a quite neighborhood and even though there was construction going on we did not notice because we were gone exploring the island most of the day. Terri and Don were super helpful having directions to some popular sights on a table for us as well as some good ideas for restaurants in the area. It was a plus to have a small kitchen and washer and dryer in the same area. I would definitely recommend their home and stay there again if we ever get to tour Oahu again.
Appartement sympa, avec tout ce qu'il faut (même un jacuzzi dans le jardin). Pensez a la voiture car un peu eloigné du centre (mais donc plus calme)
Terri nous a gentiellement accueillis avec des petites attentions...
Terri and Don made us feel very welcome with a nice little welcome package. Place was as described, with a handy kitchen and mini laundry. Location was a short bike ride (although had some issues with these) to Waikiki beach, and included was some very handy tips about local places to eat and things to see.
Having a car is basically a must as buses are infrequent and take ages.
Would recommend as an alternative to escape hectic Waikiki at a good price, while still being close enough to many of the islands attractions.
Terri and Don were great hosts. I am very glad that they accepted me as it was my first airbnb reservation. When I arrived, I met Don right away since he was upstairs at the balcony and said hi. Their instructions were very clear on what the outside of the place looks like so I did not get lost and there was a parking space for my rental car. When I walked in the apartment, the place was exactly like the listing with amazing Hawaiian treats such as coffee and chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Noms! The apartment is very spacious, fully furnished, equipped with kitchen items, and the utilities were working. My friend and I were able to sleep comfortably as the neighbourhood is pretty quiet at night. Even in the afternoon, I was able to nap undisturbed during one day of my stay. My friend and I weren’t able to use the hot tub because of our busy schedule to go around the island.
Their place isn't hard to find since it's right off the highway and it's close to many sites such as the DIamond Head, the Saturday morning flea market at the near community college (local gem!), and eats like Koko Head Cafe, Koa Pancakes, and Ono's Hawaiian. I definitely enjoyed my stay at this apartment and will definitely recommend this place to people I know who plans to travel to Oahu.
This place is great!! Awesome location. Quiet. Really comfortable bed. Parking space. What more could you ask for. The hosts are very
Friendly. Very positive experience!!
Terri & Don's place was amazing. Great location to Hawaii's amenities. We saw Terri once during our stay and she was polite, helpful, and made us feel extremely welcomed. We would recommend Terri and Don's place to anyone wanting to enjoy Hawaii and have a welcoming, efficient, and spacious place to stay. When we arrived we found a lovely welcome card, chocolates, and a gorgeous calendar of Hawaii to start the trip out right! Also, they provided a list of favorite restaurants and venues to explore. Five star hosts!
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About the Host, Terri & Don
Terri and Don are a very active couple in their 40's. Terri competed for 19 years on the International circuit, of aerobic gymnastics, attaining Silver Medals for 2 years at the World Championships. She retired in 2012 and has since been a physical fitness trainer, Master Instructor, as well as an Active Isolated Stretching practitioner. Don was born and raised in the islands has been an active Licensed Realtor in the area for 22 years. While both work out multiple times a week, Terri teaches 8-10 classes a week, which Don often attends, they also love to go on weekly hikes and take their dogs on long walks around the neighborhood toward Waikiki.
When we travel, we like to stay in affordable, yet comfortable places, opting to spend more money on our outdoor experiences, rather than a posh hotel room. We love to get out and see what the destinations have to offer and prefer to experience the local culture, rather than stay in touristy areas and shopping malls, shopping with the locals and eating in their dining establishments and making new friends.
Travel is a very important part of our lives and we believe in treating guests, the same way we would like to be treated, when we come to visit them, with the 'Aloha Spirit'. E' Komo Mai - Our house is yours.