Treehouse #1 (Walk to Beach) Kauai

House - Private room · Kuhio Highway, Anahola, HI, United States
Your host, Sean
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The Space

Treehouse #1 is a spacious bedroom + 2 private enclosed sundecks + 1 private bathroom all to yourself on the top 3rd floor of authentic Hawaiian home surrounded by trees near the beach. The gentle sound of waves can be heard in the distance at the local beach down the river. Walk to the local secluded beach where you can swim, snorkel, boogie board, surf, bask in the sun or take a long walk on the beach. The Anahola beach is a 3 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the Treehouse. Also walking distance is the local farmer's market every weekend, a convenience store for basic groceries, a Hawaiian shave ice stand and Kauai's best charbroiled hamburgers on the island.

Treehouse #1 is tucked away in a quiet local Hawaiian town for those who want to get away from it all, especially the tourism, and feel like you're in old Hawaii yet perfectly located to see everything on the island. We are halfway between the wetter and more lush north shore (Hanalei Bay and the world-famous Napali Coast) and the dryer south shore which is hotter and sunnier, but more touristy. Here in Anahola, the weather is absolutely perfect – sunny and warm virtually every day with occasional 3-5 minute refreshing tropical rain showers to bring everything to life. You can have the best of both worlds staying here and see ALL of Kauai from one place using our home as your home base and choose which way to go depending on the weather and your interests.

Treehouse #1 features a private top 3rd floor upstairs all to yourself with 1 queen bed (with memory foam mattress!), 1 double futon couch that opens into a 2nd bed, 1 private bathroom with bath tub, 1 outdoor shower (with hot water), 2 private screened-in sundecks for your exclusive use, full access and use of the shared kitchen and dining room downstairs and the outdoor deck for enjoying meals outdoors with the birds among the trees. Coffee and food are not provided; however, there's room in the pantry and refrigerator for your food - you get your own shelf!

Treehouse #1 is spacious enough for up to 4 guests or cozy enough for just a couple. While staying at the Treehouse, we are close enough to the beach that you can hear the gentle sound of waves in the background at night. Smell the fragrance of Plumerias (a favorite in leis), night blooming jasmines and gardenias that fill the air. Listen to the birds sing and coo all day long. Chickens with their baby chicks and scuttle through the yard looking for worms. Palm fronds and banana leaves flutter in the tropical breeze and dance in the rain. Banana trees burst with inflorescence producing an abundance of bananas. Coconuts drop daily so watch your head – if you’ve never had fresh coconut water, you’re in for a treat. Exotic birds of paradise mingle with the Papayas. My playful cats will entertain you and make you laugh. They are bursting with joy living in paradise and can’t help but show it. I feel the same way! I am fortunate to have found Airbnb to let other cool people know about my place with whom I can share a slice of paradise with. In every case without exception, everyone has one or more of the following experiences here: fun-filled, joyful, restful, peaceful, magical, memorable, spiritual, uplifting, life-inspiring and sometimes all of the above (especially if you sign up for one of our Epic Excursions (described in greater detail below) and offered exclusively to our guests.

If you want to experience the most magical and beautiful parts of Kauai not open to the public or found in any guidebooks, please let me know. While living on Kauai and spending quality time with local Hawaiians, I have been shown the most pristine and beautiful parts of Kauai, places most residents living on Kauai still haven't seen. I can arrange for you to be guided to the most surreal places with by far the best scenic views of the island (Top of the World), or experience the magnificent power of the largest waterfall on Kauai by literally being taken inside and behind the waterfall (Waterfall Immersion) or a day exploring Secret Caves and Coves frequented by turtles and dolphins, or rock hop up a river and hike through a green lush valley to the base of another stunning waterfall (Makaleha). These excursions vary in price and are not offered by anyone else. These are our discoveries and are only offered exclusively to our guests. Prices range between $75 - $125 per adventure for each person. It’s important to let me know if you want to take one of our epic adventures when booking so I can plan it during your stay on Kauai around the weather and our schedules. For this reason I advise all visitors NOT to book any activities or adventures prior to your arrival on Kauai. Virtually nothing books up full (even though they will try to tell you otherwise). It's best to wait and book boat tours, plane rides, hikes, etc after you get here around the highly unpredictable weather and ocean conditions so your plans don't get cancelled. I will also give you plenty of custom tailored free advice on what you can do on your own and how to make the most of your vacation on Kauai. Bring a list of what you want to do but plan your calendar around the weather and how you feel when you get here.

Treehouse #1 includes private parking, free high speed Internet, full kitchen, boogie boards, snorkel gear (masks, fins, snorkels), beach mats and umbrellas, beach towels, beach chairs and coolers ALL included at no additional charge so you don’t have to rent, buy or pack these items for your trip. The washer & dryer available on the premises at $5 each per load (due to the very high cost of electricity in Hawaii).

Also included is a very cool hostess and in-house guide. According to my former guests, I'm an excellent hostess. I know the island well, so I'm an excellent resource for choosing what's best to do on your island vacation, including where the best hikes are located, best snorkeling spots, where the dolphins and turtles swim (including their caves), and where are the best secluded beaches, etc. I even loan you a copy of the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook during your stay so you can find your way to the best sights.

The main criteria I care about more than anything else in sharing my space with guests is "quietness." If you think you are "loud by nature" or want to play music or watch a movie without headsets, or make cell phone calls on speakerphone, this would not be a good fit for either of us. Instead, please choose one of the 2 private units offered under my listings.

Staying with me on your vacation can be either a secluded one where you keep to yourselves and have the upstairs all to yourselves or we can hang out together downstairs for a few meals and talk story. It's up to you. I meet very interesting people visiting Kauai this way. Sometimes it's their honeymoon as in the case of Nick and Amy from Vancouver Island, Canada. Other times it's life-changing as in the case of Claudia and Monika from Germany. No matter what, I assure you that staying with me on Kauai will be a most memorable vacation for you and your loved one or guests.

My partner is Swiss so we can assist you in three languages: English, German or French.

The best description of me and place are those written by former guests in my reviews. Be sure to read what they have to say. If you resonate with what they have say, then you'll know you came to the right place and will feel at home in a matter of minutes upon your arrival. This might also explain why my place books up full all year around. For this reason, the best way to help me choose a great fit for both of us is to read the house rules before inquiring to be sure the details fit your expectations AND tell me a little bit about yourselves, e.g. what drew you to my place, how long you'll be on Kauai, any special needs, etc.

The only way Airbnb lets you inquire and write to me is to first find available dates in my calendar first (even if you have to make them up). I highly recommend that you check for yourself by clicking on the "Calendar" Tab above the photos. This will substantially increase your chances of me accepting your reservation. If I'm already booked for your dates, please check the calendars on my other listings which are adjacent to each other on the same property (copy and paste the links below).

Treehouse #2:
Treehouse #3:
River House:
Charming Cottage:


FACTOID: Did you know that when the Dalai Lama of Tibet came to the Hawaiian Islands in 1994, he asked to see only two places. Both requests were on Kauai and surprisingly he did not even ask to see the world-famous Napali Coast on Kauai. Instead, he asked to see Anahola and Polihale. When his surprised hosts asked why, he said "We [the spiritual leaders of Tibet] know Anahola is a portal where the souls or spirits enter this world and Polihale is where the souls or spirits exit this world." So there you have it, Anahola recommended by none other than the Dalai Lama himself. This is more than just a legend. There is a sacred pyramid shaped mountain peak in the backdrop of our home. In recent times this pyramid was filmed in the movie King Kong, but it's importance to Hawaiian history and culture is of much greater importance. There is a sacred birthing temple thousands of years old at the base of that mountain which is still guarded today by a living Kuhuna (Hawaiian priest of royal decent). Anahola is one of the most protected places on Kauai by the Hawaiians hence why there is very little tourism here and its the only town on this side of the island where portions are reserved exclusively for Hawaiians. Our home is one of the few in this Hawaiian village that is allowed to be owned and occupied by non-Hawaiians. We hope that you enjoy this unique opportunity to stay in a Hawaiian village far away from tourism yet conveniently located to see everything on the island from our home-base.


#1) I often get asked why am I being quoted a daily rate that is higher than the listing price? Our rates vary monthly and sometimes weekly based on demand and availability. The listing price is the usually the lowest available rate for the room. Your actual nightly rate can be seen on the calendar for your nights of interest. In addition, each listing is for a single person. There is an additional price of $25/night for each additional guest. A cleaning fee is also added plus an Airbnb booking fee. These get added up and divided across the total number of days in your inquiry to give you an "average daily" rate.

#2) Why can't you stay longer? We book up full all year around and we like to keep it fresh and give as many people as possible a chance to stay here, so we have a 1 week maximum on the shared Treehouse(s) and a 2 week maximum stay on the private units.

#3) Why can't I stay just 1 or 2 nights? I have a 3 night minimum on all my units so I can balance my days spent cleaning with days off enjoying life. This makes me a happier healthier host. I will consider making an exception if there is only 1 or 2 nights open between bookings on my calendar.

#4) I'm not able to book a reservation with any of your listings, may I still join you for one of your epic adventures? We want to offer the very best service and give the greatest attention to guests staying with us without getting stretched too thin or distracted from our core business of being excellent hosts for those staying with us on Kauai. For this reason, we only take our guests on these epic adventures.

#5) Do I need a rental car while visiting Kauai? Unequivocally, the answer is YES, unless you don't mind missing out on 80% of the best sights on the island. All the sights worth seeing are spread out across the island and the local bus and hitch-hiking cannot get you to most of these sights. Remember, Kauai is a remote tropical island with low population, not a major city with tourist buses. That's why you're coming here right?

#6) Can I save money and rent from one of the discount car rental places? Without exaggerating 70% of discount car rentals are unreliable and have problems so you are likely to play car rally for your first few days and that's assuming they have another 'running' car to offer you. The best car rental choices are the national brands, e.g. Enterprise, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, etc. Most of you will NOT need an SUV or 4WD vehicle unless this is part of the thrill you are seeking. Our roads are paved.

#7) What the best way for me to be a great guest? Print out and bring the directions sent to you with your reservation confirmation and then text me when you have your rental car and you are on your way here. The rest is easy. Just be considerate of others, especially with respect to the quiet peaceful harmony on the property.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $95
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Loved the location and being off the beaten track. Great outdoor shower and awesome selection of beach gear. Large kitchen for preparing meals. Sean was very helpful with suggestions and stayed out of your way unless you needed anything. The other guests were pleasant and the flow of the house works well even though you're sharing with others. The only drawback for us was the extreme heat in the third floor attic bedroom, but it's that time of year on the island, so you have to expect that. Thanks Sean! Allison & Jonah

    July 2014
  • I stayed at the Treehouse with my sister and we loved it there! The setting is beautiful, and the attention to detail in the house is great.The house is also really well-situated to explore the island. Sean is also nice enough to let you borrow anything you might need for the beach for free (towels, snorkel gear, boogie boards, etc). I think the nicest part of the experience is that you feel like you get so much insider knowledge about the island. We took Sean and Alexandra's recommendations for hikes, restaurants, and a boat excursion and loved everything we did. If you are able, I would highly recommend the Top of the World hike! Stunning views and the highlight of the trip. Sean even gave us a surf lesson, something I'd been wanting to try for a long time. So fun! These ladies are great! Go stay at the won't be disappointed!

    June 2014
  • Even when I met Sean only for a short time, I can recommend her place. She was so generous to let me stay in her house even when she was out of town. But she daily texted me to ask if I would need anything. The house was very clean and since I was the only one in there I had the kitchen all by myself. And Sean provided everything to go to the beach. You could it just pickup from under the porch. But the best thing was, even when I couldn't stay at her house anymore, but was still on the island, I could go with them to the top of the world hike. The view was just breathtaking. Thanks for this opportunity.

    June 2014
  • Treehouse #1 was a bit more rustic than what we expected. However, baring that, it was a very nice place to stay. Sean was very accommodating, allowing us to stay a bit longer than the normal checkout time, since there was no one coming in the day we left or the day after. Actually, we had the entire house to ourselves the last 2 days.

    June 2014
  • This place was so cool-- totally lived up to my expectations! The place was super nice, clean, and had nice little touches like separate colorful fruit bowls for each "treehouse"/ unit to put their fruit in (as well as cupboard and fridge space), TONS of beach gear to borrow, etc. Sean also greeted us right away, sat us down, and listed off a ton of activity and restaurant recs in a very friendly, non-pressuring way (and we didn't end up going on any of her trips). Except for the fact that we were at the top of the house, so it got a bit hot (since this place is on the wetter, more humid side of the island, too) during the day, it was great and I'd highly recommend this place.

    June 2014
  • Couldn't have asked for nicer hosts. In addition to giving wonderful tips about the island, and providing exceptional hospitality, most importantly Sean and her partner treated me like a friend. Having not traveled that much on my own, I am very grateful to have stayed in a house in which I felt so secure.

    June 2014
  • The host, Sean, was very accommodating when we saw her at check in. Was in contact with her by text after that. The third floor has the most privacy and was just what we were looking for. Bathroom on the tight side, more than (website hidden) provided 'Kauai Revealed' guidebook for each room was a bonus. Availability of washer/dryer and beach equipment was also nice. Quiet setting.

    May 2014
  • Our stay at Sean's was truly amazing. I've been the the islands numerous times and this was by far my favourite trip because of the treehouse. I loved the hammock, the atmosphere, and the well equipped kitchen. If you want to truly see the island then Sean is the person to talk to. A great central location that's comfortable, affordable, and beautiful. Thanks Sean!

    May 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Wonderful to hear that you've been to Kauai many times before but my place was your favorite. Excellent review and recommendation coming from an experienced Kauai visitor. Thank you.

    May 2014
  • We spent 4 nights in Sean place and everything was perfect. We got a very warm welcome togerher with a nice introduction about Kauai. We got the chance to do 2 epic excursions in 5 days. Secret caves and coves the first day was ideal for an introduction and this little adventure was wonderful cause we saw turtles in the cave and we were then alone in long white sand beach. You really feel like in paradise there. Do not miss this one if you have the opportunity to make it. Thanks Alexandra for being (email hidden) (aloha from switzerland ;)) the second one we did was the famous Top of the World which was our conclusion. We went straight to the airport after this hike ;) but I have to admit we were very impressed. The view of the valley is unbelievable and again you have a particular feeling that you will remember all your life. We really enjoy our time in Treehouse and Sean is a really nice host, easy to contact and great guide on top of the world. We want to come back to Kauai and we will come back again in Treehouse.

    May 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thank you for the excellent and informative review Cedric so others can appreciate Secret Caves and Coves or Top of the World for their exclusive vacation experience with us. We look forward to your return to take you on a private journey inside the biggest waterfall on Kauai! The most thrilling experience you can imagine... refreshing too.

    May 2014
  • We had an amazing time at Sean's place in the Treehouse! We stayed upstairs, the comfortable Treehouse #1. The bedroom is very spacious, the bathroom just cute and the two sundecks making it to a paradise home! Actually we felt like being home......
    We shared the kitchen with other lovely guests from the two bedrooms downstairs. The atmosphere was very harmonious and sometimes we cooked and ate all together. A big family:) Sean and Alex are just great hosts!!! Very warm, calm and helpful.

    Something very special are the guided tours, which they offer. We were so lucky to join two tours. I got the Waterfall Tour as a present from my best friend at home:) The feeling to stand behind a huge waterfall is so powerful!! Both, Sean and Alex guided the tour, with their good energy, love to nature and great knowledge of environment, Hawaiian history & tradition. We didn't only discover the waterfall, we also visited other impressive sights of Kauai during this tour. Wailua Valley, a Hindu temple, Rainbow Eucalyptus trees,.... just awesome!
    The second tour is named "Top of the World" or as Alex and Sean often call it "The oh my God tour":)) Hmm ya, and about this hike on the top of the Kalalau Valley we are still speechless and remains unforgettable. You have to experience it yourself!!:)

    We already miss Sean and Alex and this peaceful place and hope to return soon....... 100% recommendation!!!

    April 2014
    Response from Sean:

    What a magnificent review! Thank you Maria. It was an honor to share the inner secrets and deep beauty and power of Kauai with you and your mom. Thank you for your description for other guests to consider and your appreciation. We felt you both as family too. Your mom is an amazing chef and so are you. We will never forget the meals.

    April 2014
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Here's a bit about me since we'll be sharing space if you stay with me and I want to be sure we're a good fit even if just temporarily sharing living space or staying next door in one of our private suites. I'm a vibrant, happy, healthy, and youthful feeling 49 year old woman who loves to surf, kayak, paddle board, run, dance and ski. OK, well no skiing here on Kauai but willing to give up that passion for warm tropical paradise. I surf or paddle board regularly at nearby beaches pretty much all year around. I regularly explore new beaches and new places to hike and have discovered some extraordinary places you can spend a day by yourself in paradise. Happy to send you in the right direction if interested in any of the above. I am also married to the love of my life who I met while staying here as an Airbnb guest! My partner is Swiss so we can communicate with you in German and French as well, a real benefit if you sign up for one of our Epic Excursions and prefer one of these languages over English. As for your vacation tips, since that's why you're REALLY reading this, I'm an excellent resource for choosing what's best to do on the island whether it's where to swim with the dolphins or turtles, where the most exclusive beaches are located, where are the best uncrowded hikes, and so much more. If you do Kauai on your own without local advice, you're sure to miss the real gems. If we really get along, I'll take you to some local happenings that tourists never get to hear about or find on their own. Are you intrigued yet? My lifestyle is a very healthy one, both nutritiously and physically. I go to the farmer's market every week for locally grown fruits and vegetables cut fresh that morning and shop at the local health food stores. I spend most of my "free" time either outside enjoying nature being physical in the water OR inside the kitchen where I enjoy being a nutritional alchemist coming up with tasty elixirs of life :) Hmmm, what does that mean? I enjoy creating life-inspiring healthy foods and treats that naturally make you feel happy and your body fit (which is without exaggerating 80% diet and 20% exercise). I have developed some gluten-free, sugar-free, butter-free chocolate chip cookies that my friends call "Sean's Fantasy" cookies. In general I have a very conscious lifestyle that's highly connected to nature and the spirit of things. So, I'm totally into nutrition having discovered natural fountains of youth in longevity herbs and superfoods, e.g. noni, fo-ti root, shilajit, mangosteen, blue-green algae, and my specialty RAW CACAO that naturally releases endorphins and serotonin that make you feel happy for no particular reason :) Want my recipe? Happy to share it with you. Now, having said all that, I'm NOT vegan or even vegetarian (they have great fresh fish and grass fed beef here on Kauai) so don't worry about cooking whatever suits your fancy. I don't provide breakfast or any meals, so you're on your own, but there's room in my refrigerator for your groceries and you're welcome to prepare your meals at home. Whatever food gets left behind, I donate to the local youth hostel down the road so no food gets wasted here. I'm a retired electrical engineer and computer scientist from Berkeley and Silicon Valley so I invent things, but I promise I'm not a geek. I'm very open and sociable, but surprisingly quiet too. I'm really laid back and crave the quiet, peaceful, harmonious energy in my home. Happy to share this with you if this is what you're looking for. My place isn't fancy and neither am I. Visualize and feel the energy of an old Hawaiian cabin and that's what you can expect here. If you're even wondering if I have A/C, you may want to reconsider a hotel instead. NO homes on Kauai will run A/C. The Hawaiian Islands ship in over a billion dollars in diesel fuel annually to run our electricity and so you can only find A/C in hotel (website hidden) happily rely on old fashioned tropical breezes to cool off. I'm clean and tidy and did I mention quiet? I prefer the same with visiting guests. I read a lot and listen to music with headphones and play with my cats when I'm not creating food/drink concoctions in the kitchen or playing in the garden, but most of the time I'm out exploring heaven on earth. Come stay with me and I'll share a slice of heaven with you.
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