Affordable Romantic Treehouse

Treehouse - Entire home/apt · Upena Street Upena Street, Waianae, HI 96792, United States

The Space

We call it the Treehouse, but its actually a second floor studio apt over our carport, with views of gardens and the tops of tropical palms. You can walk to a hidden local beach only 2 houses away, where Hawaiian green sea turtles rest on the sand. Save money by cooking your own meals instead of going out every night!

This "Ohana" apt (a unit attached to someone's private home, and does not contain a full kitchen, meant for temporary family guests) is located in West Oahu, in Makaha, close to Makaha surfing beach, Makaha Golf Resort, and 15 minutes away frm the Disney and KoOlina Resorts. It is one hour away from Honolulu and Waikiki and the hustle and bustle of the city, whle still only 20 minutes drive to shopping in Kapolei. There is a quaint oceanfront restaurant with entertainment on the weekends just 5 minutes down the road, and our side of the island is known for less crowded beaches, teeming with ocean life, and some cool rural hiking trails.

Our Treehouse is a large studio room (over 400 square ft ) with an outdoor lanai, romantic pillowtop Cal King bed, kitchenette with all amenities except oven (there is a convection microwave and a double burner hotplate). WI-FI, off street parking, separate entrance, full tile bath, basic cable, DVD/VCR (some DVDs/ VCR tapes are provided, as well as some novels to read on the beach), A/C, coin op laundry on premises, close to larger surfing beaches. Bus stop close by but a car is recommended.

We provide beach towels, snorkel equipment, boogieboards, coolers, beach umbrella, use of our BBQ, single and double person kayaks w/ temporary foam roof rack to put on your rental car, 2 bicycles, tour books and maps ... what more can you ask for at this price?

Explore Oahu the more affordable way, or just hide out here for a romantic retreat!

Guest Access

Guests have access to all the beach items including kayak, bikes, snorkel equipment, coolers, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. Also access to coin -op washer and dryer, charcoal grill, and 1 covered parking space. Extra storage room is available if they need to store something large or have excessive baggage. They also have their own private access door to their unit, but it does share an outdoor back stairway with my door ( I try not to use the back stairway when guests are present so they feel more private).

Interaction with Guests

I try to give the guests complete privacy and only come up to visit their space if they text or call me with a problem. I will be there to greet the guests and show them around, and if I cannot be there on arrival I will come up and greet them later. If it rains, guests have to take the chair cushions in off the lanai and sweep water off after the rain. I don't want them to feel uncomfortable thinking I might come up there and peek in their windows! If there is a special event going on in the area, I will stop up and invite them or at least make them aware of it.

The Neighborhood

I like that you can walk to the beach, that my street is a circle so its pleasant to ride bikes on, and there are many colorful characters in my neighborhood and many pets. I also like that it is far from commercial activity.

Getting around

There is a bus stop just a few hundreds yards away, but the bus does take a long time to get places. It is not too far for grocery shopping, but it takes about 1 1/2 hours to get to the main city , and if you want to take the bus to and from the airport, it requires an exchange to get onto another bus, and they only allow one small bag per person.

Other Things to Note

Oahu ordinances do not allow meals to be served to guests, and do not allow a full kitchen for ohana units. There is a full kitchenette for you to cook your own meals but not a full stove/oven (double burner hot plate instead of a stove top). Long term tenants (over 1 month) are expected to purchase their own toilet paper and incidentals beyond the arrival courtesy stocking. Coin-Op laundry in carport, requires 1.00 in quarters to wash or dry( the laundry detergent items are free for use) . No daily maid service.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $500 /week
Monthly Price: $1600 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We just spent 8 wonderful days enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds Hope's comfortable home just steps away from a secluded sandy cove. After a few minutes by bicycle travel through a quiet neighbourhood you will soon reach the much larger Makaha Beach with huge breakers and world class surfing at one end plus other more tranquil entry points for boogie boards and swimming. The room itself has windows on all four sides so we kept cool at night just with the cross breezes and a bedside fan. We were present for several majestic sunsets - the spectacular views along the trail out to Kaena Point are unforgettable. Hope was a most gracious host and a good source for info on local points of interest such as the Kahumana organic farm and restaurant (excellent food). And yes, there is Sam the friendly dog who rests quietly outside on your private second-storey deck. Highly recommended. Thanks again, Hope.

    March 2014
  • Room was great! The beach nearby with turtles was also a nice bonus. Recommendation for dinner from host was fabulous. Great value, and gracious host.

    March 2014
  • Perfect and authentic place for an O´ahu Trip beside Waikiki and all the other touristic-spots. Nice and very clean appartment only 100 feet from a cute little turtle bay. Hope is an perfect host, thanks again.

    February 2014
  • away from the hussle in downtown, uptown honolulu and waikiki in a local neigherhood
    the typical american neigberhood with the first shopping mall at +/- 12 miles
    only local restaurants nearby
    clean and neat with private parking spot
    small sandy beach behind the house with multiple turtles in the sea: fantastic experience !!!
    Hope is very helpfull and has a great dog Sam.

    February 2014
  • Hope was great, The Treehouse was amazing. It was very romantic yet not overly. And all the beach amenities were wonderful. The beach itself was great and the Turtles were even more fantastic. I would definitely recommend staying here, and Sam the dog and the cat were sweethearts and not at all intrusive.

    February 2014
  • The treehouse was a great place for our trip. Like the other reviews state Hope was wonderful and the place has all the amenities.

    We saw turtles on the local beach, had access to all the beach gear, and Sam the dog is amazingly friendly. Thanks so much!

    February 2014
  • If you want beautiful beaches quiet local style lad back vacation, then this is the place.

    February 2014
  • The room is beautifully decorated and is a wonderful space to be in. Hope was very helpful and friendly and gave us many tips and pointers on things to do in the area.

    We love staying there even though the calls of the early rising birds and roosters can steal you some sleep if not accustomed - but that's what you get in a tree house, isn't? ;-)

    January 2014
    Response from H.:

    Marcel, thank you for bringing the sticky items to my attention! I try to notice every detail but sometimes I do miss things.
    Also people often change the settings on the remote when they are using for Netflix or DVD....I can help reset it when people tell me. I wish people would set it back when they change it but they don't always :( ...
    For the birds we do have earplugs in the tray next to the bed, but also closing the windows and turning on the fan or A/C to make ambient noise works well. I cannot control some mornings nature is quiet, others not so much. For example, right now the wind and waves are making much crashing noise! Yikes, scary!!

  • Excellent spot and generous host

    December 2013
  • This apartment is comfortable and quiet with all the needed amenities. Nothing fancy but a good base from which to explore Oahu as long as ou have a car. the little beach two doors down is a gem with turtles swimming in e bay during the day and coming on the beach at night. The only complaint I would have is that the deck is not ery inviting to hang out in.

    December 2013
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Born in the New York, USA area, I have lived on Oahu almost 20 years, 7 of them in the Makaha area. I love the water and hiking and will be able to help you find secret beaches, hiking trails, and the coolest snorkeling spots.
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