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.
Teri & Don have a very cute residence for people to stay in. It was attached to their house but you have your own parking area and private entrance so it was essentially its own separate unit. It was nice staying outside of the touristy Waikiki area yet still only about a 10 min drive away, walking distance to Diamond Head, and 15 min away from Hanauma Bay and Koko Head.
We loved the gifts they left for us upon check-in and that just started a wonderful stay. This was the perfect amount of space for just 2 of us enjoying the island.
The kitchen has the basics and the closet with stuff to use proved helpful when going to the beach since we didn't want to sacrifice luggage space when traveling to the island.
I would highly recommend staying here if you want to experience more of local feel to your vacation instead of the crazy touristy areas of Hawaii.
We really enjoyed our 2 week stay at Don and Terri's place. Their house was very complete--soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, some food items, dishes, pots and pans, beach towels, suntan lotion, etc.--and accurately depicted in the pictures and description. The house was clean and the hosts were responsive to our needs. The hot tub was a real treat, especially on the nights there was a full moon. The location is perfect for Diamond Head and the farmer's market at KCC, and being outside but close by Waikiki. You can see the ocean when you walk out the front door. We were very pleased with our experience at Don and Terri's house and they were very considerate, wonderful hosts. Mahalo for everything!
The hosts were welcoming They left several gifts such as candy, a calendar, and coffee on the bed as welcoming gifts. The room was clean and as advertised and pictured. We were a little surprised to find the kitchen space was also the bathroom space, but we got used to it. Overall, it was a decent deal considering hotel prices in Honolulu.
Terri and Don were very thoughtful hosts leaving us a welcome note, chocolates and a beautiful hawaii calendar souvenir.They were also thoughtful enough to leave us a guidline of fun things to do,which landmarks to visit,list of places to eat and buy food.All this was very helpful it being our first trip to the hawaiin islands.The two bikes that were left for our use to get around on were just what the doctor ordered considering we did not have a car.The studio was clean,private and comfortable and the fact we were able to cook our own food cut down our eating (website hidden) was also stocked with foods we could use if necessary.Relatively close to both Diamond head and Waikiki beach.Perfect for what we needed in our way too short stay in ohau!Unfortunately We never met Terri and Don with our constant moving and shaking but it was nice to know they were a phone call away if we needed anything!We hope to one day return and definately stay there again!Mahalo Terri and Don!!:)
Very nice place. Was exactly as listed. Was able to cook some meals and do some laundry which is pretty much impossible at a hotel. Very close to Diamond Head. Make sure you go to Ono Hawaiian Foods. Terri and Don were great hosts and the security cameras made us feel more secure.
My husband and I spent 2 weeks at Terri and Don's studio. It was perfect for our needs. They were fantastic hosts, starting by going out of their way in advance to accommodate to my chemical sensitivities - going so far as to buy new sheets and towels. The place is exactly as pictured and described. It is a great location in a quiet neighbourhood, with easy access to everything, good food, good walks, beaches, shopping.
The place was fantastic. Exactly as described. The host provided all the essentials and cool gifts. Very thoughtful. Will use again next time we visit Oahu
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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.