Treehouse #2 (Walk To Beach) Kauai

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

Treehouse #2 is a cozy bedroom on the 2nd floor in an authentic Hawaiian home surrounded by trees on the Anahola River. 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 #2 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 #2 features a private room with 1 queen bed (with memory foam mattress topper!), 1 shared outdoor sundeck, 1 shared bathroom with shower, 1 outdoor shower (with hot water) and full access and use of the shared kitchen and dining room 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 #2 is spacious enough for a couple or cozy for a single. 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 #2 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 #1:
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: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • I was happy with the tree house and Sean as a host. It was exactly as she describes and I was very comfortable staying there. We had as much privacy as we wanted, and also enjoyed meeting several interesting people in the common areas. We would definitely go back again

    July 2014
  • Thank you for making arrangements for us to stay with you.

    June 2014
  • This was a pleasant place to stay and we enjoyed our fellow Treehouse guests. Our room was comfortable, the kitchen was well-equipped, the deck with umbrella table was a fun place to eat and the grounds were as advertised. Sean (who does not live in this packed house, but merely manages it) was a very helpful hostess with good feedback about what to do and see on Kauai and helped me shake ripe papayas from a tree out back. The big disappointment was the advertised "walk to the beach along a riverbank" that had cinched our choice to stay here. When we arrived our first afternoon and asked directions to walk to the beach, we were sent back out the very long driveway to walk along the narrow shoulder of a curving section of the busy two-lane highway (where we watched cars repeatedly wander over the white fogline toward us as they took the curve too fast) and then connect to the beach along the next road that turned off. As we walked along that road, a speeding big-tire pickup came within inches of knocking us into a ditch. The story was that the riverbank had become too overgrown to walk along. If so, the lodging description needs to be changed, and nobody should be promoting this as a walk to the beach unless they include the warning that you're risking your life by doing so. We weren't the only guests to be disappointed about the beach access.

    June 2014
  • I really cannot say enough good things about staying at the Treehouse!! It was in a great location that made getting to the North Shore, Kapa'a, and Lihue very convenient. I was traveling alone so staying in a house where I could meet other travelers was a great opportunity to make some new friends. Sean and Alex were wonderful hosts. I highly recommend going on a hike with them!! Alex took me on an incredible hike, one that I will never forget. Overall, it was an amazing stay and I will most definitely be back!!

    May 2014
  • Wanted to be in a nice and quiet area on the island and this is the absolutely perfect place. Hidden and surrounded by trees this is an absolutely amazing place to stay on the east side of Kauai. Sean & Alexandra take so much care for this "bijou" and you can relax and enjoy the nature of Kauai. Close to everything on the North and East Shore but also just a 1.5hrs drive to Waimea Canyon. If you're up to some hiking they know places and can recommend you a lot to do, you just have to get there and enjoy it.

    May 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thank you Pascal for your appreciation of our home and excellent description of benefits of our location.

    May 2014
  • Sean is a great soul...and will take you visit the island to place really not crowded by tourists, she will give you tips on visits and take the time to meet with you and see how she can help you achieve your goal.
    she is very organized from the start it felt really easy to understand how everything worked, there is snorkeling and many beach gears,even shoes for hiking.
    she has more than one listing so make sure to pick her single apartment if you want some privacy!!!
    I recommend you stay in tree house 2 and 3 if you travel alone or with a friend and want to meet other travelers, easy to do around the kitchen...
    there is everything you need to cook in there.
    finally the place is old and not super clean... like a tree house

    May 2014
    Response from Sean:

    For those reading this review, the Treehouse is a rustic Hawaiian home in the trees surrounded by screened in windows with lots of life, breeze, and outdoor feeling. If instead you're more comfortable in a new polished condo feeling, I do not recommend my place.

    If privacy is a priority, we have 2 private listings:

    May 2014
  • Very nice place to stay. Clean, comfortable , quiet and a good location if you want to get away from the city. Sean is very informative and a good host.

    May 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thanks Bob for your appreciation.

    May 2014
  • My boyfriend and I had an awesome time with Sean! She is a fantastic host, and is very knowledgable about the island. Highest recommendations, would definitely stay with her again!

    April 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thank you Liz for your appreciation and high recommendation. We look forward to your return.

    April 2014
  • We had a very nice stay at Sean's Treehouse. It was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. Definitely to recommend.

    April 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thank you Annika for your appreciation and recommendation.

    April 2014
  • We had a wonderful time staying in Tree house #2!! Waking up each morning to the sound of roosters in our own little leafy paradise was an amazing and unique experience. Sean was a very warm and welcoming host who went out of her way to help us feel comfortable and provide inside information about the island. The top of the world hike was one of the most incredible experiences either of us can recall from hiking or travelling. It was very useful to be able to borrow beach gear and Sean and Alex even lent us a tarp to camp with after we left. They are not just lovely hosts but genuinely lovely and welcoming people. We fell in love with Kauai and will definitely stay at the Tree House when we return!

    April 2014
    Response from Sean:

    I love how you described our place as your "own leafy paradise"... wonderful description! Glad we blew your mind with Top of the World hike. We have more epic adventures to show you next time! So please come back again.

    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 rooms. Homes 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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