About This Listing
Your accommodation is the entire second story of our home - bedroom, bath, kitchenette, living room, and porch. You have a private entrance and your own off-street parking space. The bedroom has a double bed and cable TV and shoji doors for privacy. The sofa in the living room can actually convert to a queen size bed (not a pull-out). The bathroom has a large tile shower (along with the usual other fixtures.) Kitchenette is furnished with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, blender, rice cooker, utensils, and dinnerware. There is a friendly tuxedo cat that may come and visit if you like, but does not have to be let inside. This may help if you are missing your pets at home. We also have three sweet dogs, but they live downstairs with us and have no access to your area. They may bark occasionally, but are not obsessive at all.
We live in the Hawaiian style. We do not have air conditioning or heating, but rather leave the screened windows and doors open to the trade winds. The temperature is comfortable up here in the valley. We are very laid back and are happy to afford you as much privacy as you like or alternately be available for advice and assistance.
We are looking for short-term guests who are either visiting the University of Hawaii or vacationing and would like a quieter more authentic experience than offered at the hotels.
Of course there is no smoking on the premises.
The entire upstairs apartment is your home in paradise. There is a flight of stone stairs to your private entrance, so be prepared for a bit of exercise. (We will help with your luggage)!
Interaction with Guests
One of us is usually home or at least available by phone if you should need anything.
We felt very welcome. Kathleen sent an email the day before we arrived telling us Chuck would be there all day to greet us. He carried our luggage up to our lovely rooms.
kathleen and Chuck's place is in the most beautiful part of Oahu, the Manoa valley. it was exactly as pictured and so much more. not only a wonderful bed, shower, kitchen stocked with coffee, juice, muffins, jam and more. it was above and beyond what I expected. also it is not only a private room but included a beautiful living room and porch to enjoy all with my own private entrance. I arrived on a late flight and they met me and carried my luggage up the few easy stairs. it is an architectural beauty with a beautiful Asian influence...just gorgeous. I hope to stay again. thank you from the bottom of my heart Kathleen and Chuck!
My husband and I stayed at the Manoa Valley home for three nights and it was perfect, exactly as advertised. The hosts were able to accommodate our early check in and Chuck met us when we arrived after an easy trip from the Honolulu airport.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the home is spacious, private and wonderfully light and airy. We weren't planning on doing any major cooking and the kitchenette was equipped with everything we needed (coffee maker, refrigerator, snacks). It is an easy 15 minute drive into downtown Honolulu from the house, but it felt so wonderfully removed from the tourist hoards of Waikiki Beach. I would definitely recommend renting a car, as it enables you to explore the beautiful Manoa Valley and other parts of Oahu.
What puts this stay above and beyond are all the lovely touches Chuck and Kathleen provided: Japanese-influenced decor, plenty of history and guide books to peruse, beach towels and snorkeling equipment if needed, complimentary fruit and snacks (loved the macadamia nut cookies!), etc. We felt very safe and very welcome.
I loved staying at Historic home Manoa Valley. It felt like a home away from home. Kathleen and Chuck are wonderful hosts - they are there if you need to ask questions about anything but also respectful of your privacy. The home is very peaceful and away from the hustle and bustle of being located right in Honolulu. There is a shopping centre about 10-15 minutes away (by walking), which has restaurants and cafes and some of the best yoga classes around! It is also close to the University where I had business to attend to.
This historic home in Manoa is wonderfully comfortable and functional, and Kathleen and Chuck are very friendly, warm, and considerate hosts. We especially enjoyed having coffee and breakfast on the east-facing lanai, with the morning sun pouring in and the cool Manoa breezes blowing through the room. The bedroom is on the western side of the house, and stays cools throughout the day, since the house is shaded on its western side by a steep hill and large full-growth trees. Chuck kindly helped us carry our suitcases and bags from the carport up the stone staircase to the entrance to the upper level where guests stay. Kathleen generously supplied us with taro muffins, coffee and tea, juice, milk, and other light snacks, and she even washed and folded our clothes for us. There is an electric hotplate in the kitchenette beside the bedroom, along with a small refrigerator, electric water pot, and coffee maker. There were ample amenities for the bathroom, as well as a good selection of books about Manoa history and Hawaiian culture in the living room. The wi-fi connection was fast and reliable. The large, high-ceiling living room has comfortable armchairs and couches for lounging around, and a table that is quite adequate for writing or working on a laptop. The neighborhood is very quiet, and it was pleasant to wake up to the sound of birds singing outside the bedroom window, and the wind rustling through the trees.
Staying is such a beautiful, serene location made our short stay in Manoa memorable and quite relaxing. Would definitely recommend.
Kathleen and Chuck are awesome hosts. They were very accommodating of our schedule when we were running late to check-in, and check-out was flexible as well. Chuck greeted us upon arrival and helped us bring our things up - their Airbnb has a gorgeous view of Manoa Valley. They left us some breakfast items and some Hawaiian cookies, which was super nice.
The Airbnb itself is as described - well-kept and tidy with a fairly plush carpet. Like most Hawaiian homes, there is no a/c, but it's no problem as the balcony is shaded by trees and the weather in Manoa Valley is usually cool. The windows on all sides have screens to keep out bugs, so keeping them open let's a nice breeze through.
A great place to stay while in Honolulu, especially if you want to spend nights/mornings in a more peaceful place than Waikiki. Also, it looks far on the map, but if you have a car, nothing is too far away in Honolulu, especially if you're used to distances on the mainland.
About the Host, Kathleen
I am a Registered Veterinary Technician, originally from Atlanta, GA. I now live in Hawaii, which is great because I love to hike and swim and just generally be outdoors. I have two grown daughters, three dogs, and a cat. My partner, Chuck, is a musician and has lived here off and on since the 1970's.