About this listing
Beautiful apartment with screened lanai, 2 blocks to the beach & the oceanside walk/bike path. Right in town but a world away! A Hawaiian experience with custom design features. Many restaurants, stores and banks within easy walking distance.
Whether you are visiting Kauai for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months, this charming apartment surrounded by tropical vegetation and whimsical statues and art objects will quickly make you feel settled and “at home’. It’s part of a small and friendly residential community full of Aloha spirit. You can arrive, move in, unpack and unwind -- or head straight to the beach.
The price includes Hawaii State's so-called transient accommodation tax of 13.4% -- most hotels and condos charge that on top of the quoted rate. And there are no "extras" you have to pay -- no “amenity fees,” no resort fees, no fees for the wi-fi (it's free), no “energy” fees, no parking fees – no kidding.
The apartment is ideal for two people. It’s compact but cute and comfortable - fully furnished and equipped, and artistically decorated with granite counter top, etched glass mirrors, indirect lighting, and marble floor inserts that will remind you of Italy.
The kitchen, living room/dining area are open-plan with plantation shutters on the windows, a ceiling fan and (if you need it) an air conditioner. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, full-size refrigerator, blender, coffee-maker, toaster, and cooking equipment.
The bedroom has a queen-size bed, a ceiling fan, large dresser and closet with hangers. Off the bedroom is a private screened-in lanai (porch) with a rocking chair and a filtered view of Nonou (Sleeping Giant) Mountain. The en suite bathroom has a stall shower and art tiles on the floor.
The Immediate Neighborhood:
The apartment community has a unique ambiance. There’s an outdoor table and stone seats near the entrance among the trees where you can relax, drink coffee, or sit and chat with other residents. There’s a gazebo, barbecue facility, and open space in the field adjacent to the property.
Several washers and dryers are on site. Off-street parking is available for your use.
As you may know, the entire island of Kauai has an abundance of roosters and chickens, and they love hanging around near the property. (The chickens and roosters tend to crow at odd hours during the night. Some people sleep right through it, others say they get used to it after 1-2 nights. We can't do anything about the roosters' body clocks, but we do provide our guests with hermetically sealed packages of earplugs for sleeping!) Some find the chickens and roosters charming; others find them annoying; but they are a fact of life in Kauai.
It’s the largest city on the island, although it is a “village” compared with any major mainland city. Kapa’a is centrally located, friendly and picturesque - as noted by recent articles in the Garden Island newspaper, Forbes magazine and the Huffington Post). At a pinch, you could get around without a car – walking, biking, or using the local bus service - but a car is important for real exploration at your own pace.
You can walk to many stores, the Kapa’a post office, banks, pharmacies, Big Save supermarket, Cost U Less (a Pacific Rim mini-warehouse store), the beach, and restaurants. Kapa’a has numerous specialty and ethnic restaurants & cafes in all directions -- including seafood, burger places, coffee houses, food carts, Thai, Mexican, Czech and Indian restaurants - as well as local Hawaiian cuisine.
The Island of Kauai:
There is no shortage of guidebooks and good Internet resources describing this piece of Paradise – but you are invited to relax and discover Kauai at your own pace: “Slow down – this ain’t the mainland”. After you book, we provide you with local recommendations of neighborhood places to eat and shop and activities on Kauai's eastside.
Our delightful and energetic manager Milan is assisted by Ida who lives on-site. Both are originally from Slovakia – so if you want to practice your East European language skills, here is your opportunity. With Milan’s and Ida’s help we have managed this apartment for many years. One of them will greet you when you arrive and show you the apartment, the laundry facilities, the gazebo/barbecue, and the bicycles available for your use on the oceanside bike path. They will be available during your stay by phone or e-mail to answer any questions. Otherwise you will have the place entirely to yourself. We don’t disturb you (unless you have a problem), and we don’t put a chocolate on your pillow.
Kapa’a is about 8 miles north of Lihu’e airport. After you have made your reservation, we will give you specific directions for finding this apartment since it’s well hidden.
For days when you want to sightsee, you can drive easily to the north and south shores of Kauai. When you just want to relax, swim, or body-surf, you can walk to the closest beach (Kapa’a Beach Park) which is a beautiful crescent-shaped stretch of sand and good for swimming since it's protected by an offshore reef. Fuji Beach - also known as "Baby Beach" has shallow calm water and tidepools - great for young children to splash in. Or you can drive a short distance to Lydgate Park or Kealia Beach. Those are good nearby eastside beaches. But be careful -- Kauai is not the languid Caribbean - there are strong waves and potential rip tides at some beaches.
Don’t miss the Kapa’a walk/bike path – Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the “The Path that Goes by the Coast” – there is a great 5-minute video on the web (hint: search Vimeo….). We have a selection of bikes available (see photo) that you can borrow and ride - at your own risk - for the entire 8-mile round trip to the far end of the paved path and back.
We can even arrange to rent you a kayak at a nominal cost for a paddle trip up the Wailua River.
Enjoy the experience of staying in Kapa’a, close to everything - but away from it all!
The fine print:
• Check-in after 3:00 pm, check-out by 11:00 am. Depending on your flight schedule, we can usually arrange earlier check-in (11:00 am) and/or late checkout (7:00 pm) for a small fee.
•No smoking anywhere in the apartment or within 20 feet of it.
• And Please:
- Remove your shoes when inside the apartment. Otherwise Kauai's red dirt will follow you in!
- No parties or loud noise -- except near the gazebo at the far end of the grounds.
- Don't feed or encourage the wild chickens or feral cats!
The fine print:
• Check-in after 3:00 pm, check-out by 11:00 am. Depending on your flight schedule, we may be able to arrange earlier check-in (11:00 am) and/or late checkout (7:00 pm) for a small fee.
• No smoking anywhere in the apartment or within 20 feet of it!
• Remove your shoes as you enter the apartment. Otherwise, Kauai's famous red dirt will follow you in!
• This is a residential community, and we want to keep it as quiet as feasible for the enjoyment of all guests and residents. So please, no parties or noise -- except near the gazebo at the far end of the grounds.
• Don't leave your door open for long - mosquitoes could find their way in if you do.
• Don't feed or encourage the wild chickens or the feral cats!
• Don't let any of the cats inside the apartment (they have a habit of slipping in the door if you're not looking).
There is no place on earth quite like Kauai for natural beauty, outdoor activities, and the relaxed tropical island way of life (the Aloha spirit). My husband Jack and I enjoy the eastside bike path where you can cycle, walk, or jog traffic-free for 4+ miles (8 miles round-trip), and taking the dog for a walk by the ocean. We love travel, but we love staying home too. Since Airbnb came into existence, it’s possible to do both at the same time. We offer you a fully furnished tropical Hawaiian-style apartment as your “home from home” during your vacation, in a friendly community – right in town yet away from it all – close to beaches and attractions but with local ambiance.