About This Listing
The 'IKENA ROOM is a fully furnished large South West Corner Room with a KING size bed. Includes (optional) second bed for child. Other amenities include kitchen, washer/dryer, vacation supplies and more. All utilities are included.
'IKENA room: If you want to WIFI, NETFLIX a movie, or just write your postcards home, you're covered. :)
The name of our home, 'Ohana Nui, means Big Family, which is what we aspire to be to our guests. This is not a party house by any means, just a nice place to come home to, relax, and make new friends. Our home is smoke-free and drug-free, and is kept clean and tidy. The house does have STAIRS and a rather steep driveway, so please be comfortable walking up and down them.
THE 'IKENA ROOM:
- Large Private Room, California King Bed
(w/ optional extra Twin Bed, or Cot Style Bed, or Pack-N-Play for child)
- WIFI, Washer/Dryer, Full Kitchen, Utilities included
The 'Ikena room is an over-sized South West Corner Room. It is comfortably located on the second floor and is furnished with a California King size bed, large closet, dresser, desk/chair, mini-fridge, WIFI, Big Screen Cable TV, DVD, Blu-Ray, & Netflix.
Shower, beach, hand and body towels are also included for each guests use.
We have a number of options for a second bed in the room (however it does leave thing rather tight).
Note: We have a full size loving dog named Tofu that lives with us in our home. You must be okay with being Tofu's friend while in the common/shared areas of our home, as he will surely want to be your friend.
Guest rooms share 1.5 bathrooms. Our guests are welcome to share and enjoy all common areas including kitchen, dining room, spacious living room, home theater, and a beautiful lanai and deck.
Also Free to use is a great HE washer/dryer (no quarters needed and detergent is included).
If you plan on doing some home cooking, our kitchen is free to us as well, well supplied, and has updated HE appliances including a dishwasher.
FREE VACATION SUPPLIES:
Shared access and free-to-use: Books, Maps, Snorkel Gear, Learner Surfboard, Boogie Boards, Sand/Beach Mats, Folding Chairs, Garmin GPS, Sunscreen, After-Sun Cream and more.
EVEN MORE FREE STUFF:
Shared access and free-to-use:
WIFI Netbook Computer and printer, DVD and Blue-Ray Collection, Iron and Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, First Aid Kit and more.
Interaction with Guests
Someone is typically always home. Our guests vary, but most are business travelers, transplants, and vacationers. Many are repeat guests, and are respectful, responsible, and friendly. We also have two very well-behaved kids living here, so please be kid-friendly.
Our house is located in a residential neighborhood of Honolulu (Palolo Valley). We are just outside the craziness of Waikiki but it's a hop, skip and jump away if you want to go there. We are conveniently located about a mile away from the H1 on-ramps and off-ramps. Our street crosses Waialae Avenue, which is home to many great eateries to satisfy any palate-- Town Restaurant, Big City Diner, Zippy's, Aloha Crepes, Azteca. Follow Waialae Ave. east for a few minutes and you'll be at Kahala Mall-- more eateries: The Counter, CPK, Chili's, Whole Foods, Starbucks/Jamba, etc. 3 supermarkets are also close.
Renting a car or moped while here is highly recommended, as the house is tucked away in the back of a valley. If you have a moped/motorcycle/bicycle, there is safe and private off-street parking. If you have a car, there's street parking. (You'll need to walk up a steep driveway to the house, so be comfortable with doing that.) However if you do plan on using the bus as your main mode of transportation, there is a covered bus stop for "TheBus #9S" right across the street from the house.
Note: If you plan on staying longer than 30 days and would like affordable vehicle options, just ask.
Other Things to Note
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT
1 Please let us know your approximate arrival time in advance so we can make sure we are around to let you in. Please text, email or phone us to let us know.
2 Our check out time is 11AM, however, if there is no other guests coming in that day, late check out is possible. Please contact us a day or two prior to departure to find out.
THIS IS A NON-SMOKING HOUSE:
Smoking and/or smelling like Smoke are strictly prohibited by anybody in your party while at 'Ohana Nui.
SAFETY IS # 1.
All guests staying at any of our locations are required to provide Current Valid Photo Identification (ID) at check in (the one you used to board the Airplane that brought you to our wonderful island). Your ID will be photocopied and we (Ohana Nui) will retain that photocopy, indefinitely, for our records. Failure to comply will result in denied access to the property, and, at our discretion the reservation may be denied and/or terminated by us (Ohana Nui) without refund.
2) This house is Non-smoking.
Smoking and/or smelling like Smoke are strictly prohibited by anybody in your party while at our house. We have a zero tolerance policy. Failure to comply will result in denied access to the property, and, at our discretion the reservation may be denied and/or terminated by us (Ohana Nui) without refund. You will also be charged an additional $500 for cigarette smell/repair/removal.
3) Please be gentle.
Any damage or loss to furniture, appliances, linens, accessories etc. by your or your guests during your stay will be your financial responsibility. And please do not use the bath towels when going to the beach. We will lend you towels specifically for beach use.
4) Pets, drugs, candles, incense and visitors are prohibited.
5) During your stay, we are not responsible for illness, injury, theft or accident.
6) There is no daily housekeeping, so please pick up after yourself.
7) Please always exhibit common sense and common courtesy.
'IKENA room: Beautiful Palolo Valley view from your room! In real life, this view is panoramic... :o)
Brendan and Christina are the 2 best hosts anyone could ask for. Their space is very well kept and they make you feel like you’re a part of the family from the moment you stepped in. The atmosphere was very open and friendly and they were always up to answer any questions we had (and we had many!). I would most definitely recommend their space to anyone travelling to Hawaii. Staying there was one of the many highlights of my trip and I know where I’m staying the next time I head back there!
From the moment we stepped into the house to the moment we left back to the airport, Brendan and his family helped to make this one of the best trips my fiancé (newly engaged!) and I have ever had.
They were very accommodating with all their amenities and provided us with great information about what the island has to offer. They even told us all the awesome go to spots that were off the beaten trail.
The family themselves are very loving and accepting of new guest. We truly felt like family in their home. Whether it's shopping for 1000 count bed sheets at Ross with Brendan and Christina, or playing card games with Sal and Gabriela there was never a dull moment. Also, can't forget how well behaved Tofu the dog was!!
With that said, we did have a lot of privacy when we needed.
Our stay here was definitely a home away from home. We wish their family the best and hope to get a chance to stay with them when we return. :)
I love airbnb and have used it for years now. This might be one of my most favorite trips ever. Brendan has this house designed and running so well. He, Christina, the kids and every other guest made me feel at home and just like 'ohana (family).
The location is great and I was able to get everyone on island I needed to. I was here on island for 5 weeks and didn't want to leave. It really is like home.
The other guests are not only great roommates but they are built-in friends and I really enjoyed being around people more (I work from home by myself otherwise). We often went for hikes and adventures together.
You can find my photos from the five weeks on-island at instagram. My username is my name (without the space) andy stenz.
I loved this room but all of them looked nice. This one currently doesn't have a private entrance but that was fine. I loved coming home and seeing everyone and never felt like I was a burden (I thought I would wake people up, etc - nope - the house is huge!)
I saved money by eating in most of the time there and I loved everything about the kitchen and pantry areas. I didn't have any unmet wants there.
I can't wait to visit again!
Amazing experience! I can't believe I ever felt apprehensive about staying at an Airbnb for a month. It already feels like I left my home and my family at 'Ohana Nui. I moved to Hawaii with my girlfriend and we had no idea what we were doing. We stayed with Brendan and his family, and they immediately put our worries at ease and helped us harness our laid-back, island mentality. Brendan provided us an incredible amount of amenities. Forgot your snorkel gear? He's got you covered. Forgot your shampoo and conditioner? He's got you covered. Ever wanted to try ghost pepper sauce? He's got you covered. Ever wanted to pilot a helicopter? He's got you covered. There's so many things I can say about Brendan but I think the most important thing for Lindsey and me is, without Brendan and Ohana Nui, I don't think I would have been able to survive that first month and make Hawaii my new home. My highlights were: coffee and pog juice on the lanai every morning (with the incredible view of Palolo Valley), dinner with the family, movie nights, meeting all the awesome guests that Brendan approves for the other rooms (we actually found our new roommate from 'Ohana Nui!), and the bus stop that is right across the street from the house. Whether you are coming here for vacation or you're looking to make Hawaii your new home, 'Ohana Nui is the best place to be.
We stayed with my 13-year-old son a bit under a month between Aug-Sept. The place and features were just as described as far as the listing goes. The room was spacious, with view to the valley mountains in the front side of the house, the bed was big, and the fans are really enough to combat the heat. The bus is across the street, plenty of street parking if you decide to rent a car, movies, games and beach equipment (really handy).
What was not described in the listing is how this family is a true Ohana. We were more than welcome and had a few amenities that were really needed but not expected. That really helps when you're hungry and thirsty with a 12 hour jet lag! Brendan, Stephanie and their kids are open and friendly. Most everyone that passed thru the house was great, we made many friends (Rebecca, Jaren, Lidiya) exchanging info and stories and dinners while there!
and...we got a few presents as a parting gift! a Really nice touch, thank you guys!
I stayed Ohana Nui for one week. Stephanie and Brendan was really nice host. The house was very comfortable, clean and nice. My room was big enough and the bed was very cozy. There were everything that I needed and Brendan was really helpful. Their kids were also very kind and my daughter had very good time with them. It was wonderful stay and I definitely want to go back again. Thanks for everything.
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About the Host, Brendan
150+ great reviews and Airbnb SUPER HOSTS!! Wow. 'Ohana Nui owes it all to great guests with a fun fresh and positive outlook on their travel and vacation. Thank you everyone for making 'Ohana Nui what it is.
Aloha! We are Brendan and family, and we enjoy sharing our beautiful three story home, 'Ohana Nui, with respectful travelers from around the world. Brendan works in construction and loves to "talk story" and Stand Up Paddle Surf. Christina is a busy Real Estate Agent who knows all the local hot spots and eateries. The kids, though not here all the time, are two well-behaved, respectful children (ages 7 and 9) who love meeting all the "uncles and aunties" in the house. And Tofu is our 5 year old dog that loves eating and napping.
We keep our home smoke-free, drug-free. We also keep everything clean and tidy. We do not have a party house by any means, just a nice place to relax and make new friends.
The name of our home, 'Ohana Nui, means Big Family, which is what we aspire to be to our guests. We strive to provide all the comforts of home with quality and affordability and to provide a great experience with a local feel, just outside of Waikiki.
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