This artsy jungle retreat is a unique escape from the city without the burden of being too far off the beaten path. Just two miles into the valley from town, hear the birds chirp while the banana trees rustle in the breeze!
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE A RESERVATION REQUEST WITHOUT MESSAGING ME FIRST TO DISCUSS!
Country setting 15 minutes by car from Waikiki, downtown, and beach. River runs along edge of property and has backyard access to Waiomao stream trail leading up to a gorgeous waterfall and Kaau crater. The surroundings are tropical and woodsy. We have banana, avocado, guava, coffee trees and a booming lilikoi vine. Expect a bit of wildlife: pigs, chickens, and yes-mosquitoes, spiders, mice and a potential roach. This is Hawaii. You can't find camping on Hawaii that has this kind of backdrop. We can hardly see our neighbors through the trees and you have a roof over your head where you can hear a stream of water, not cars. You must love the outdoors to stay here happily and appreciate everything that comes with the setting.
I dont recommend staying here if you are allergic to dogs or do not plan on renting a car. SORRY THIS PLACE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
10- 15 minutes drive from Waikiki, downtown, KCC, UH Manoa. 1 hr to north shore (at 5pm its 2 hrs), 30-45 min to Kailua. 15-20 to airport. during rush hour plan on doubling airport time just for sanity. Most of the driving time considers Hawaii's terrible traffic.
If you would like to book, please inquire first before putting in a reservation request. I have an unpredictable work schedule and give priority to guests who are flexible with check in times. I cannot always guarantee when I will be home from work to let you in on your first day here. I often ask guests to message me when they land so we can find a mutually convenient check in time.
This is shared space in a rustic two family unit. We are the downstairs unit. Our portion of the house is as such:
Two bedrooms with an extra futon in living room. Your room is private with a comfy queen size bed, closet and drawer space. Additional futon is available in living room for an extra person, but it is not private. There is an additional charge to use the futon and I will have to make you a special offer in order to book the futon.
We share a full kitchen, wireless internet, and there is no tv. There is one bathroom and the only shower is an OUTDOOR SHOWER overlooking a majestic bamboo grove. It is private and awesome (and heated). Street parking. Closest bus stop is at least 1 mile away. Biking is uphill to get here. CAR IS REQUIRED!
I provide some coffee, tea and sweeteners and the kitchen is for you to use. Help yourself to oils, butter and seasonings and provide your own groceries. Let me know if you want to collaborate on meals. I have a blender, food processor, bread maker, toaster oven, mortar and pestles, french press, stove top espresso percolators, and lots of cast iron pans and plenty of stainless steel pots. There is an outdoor propane grill. There are great restaurants just 2 miles down the road: Thai, local craft fare, Vietnamese & Pho, Chinese & DIm Sum, French, Italian, BBQ, Greek, Cuban, Jamaican and more. and of course sushi, pizza, & fats food like mc donalds.
I do everything I can to make sure guests have all the tools they need to have a good trip. I set you up with guide books, and make suggestions of itineraries if that helps. At times my work schedule is chaotic, and I am not around at all. Other times I have weeks of no work and am home a lot. When I am here I am happy to share coffee and beer with guests and go out with them if that is desired. I am also completely comfortable with those that just want to be on their own, explore, and retreat to their room with minimal interaction. I totally get that!
Palolo valley is where the locals live! It is nestled in the mountains behind Waikiki and just up the valley behind a thriving small town called Kaimuki. Kaimuki has lots of small shops and tons of restaurants. Here in Palolo Valley you get the peace and coolness of the jungle while having access to a local small town vibe and are just 15 minutes from Waikiki when you want to go party!
I often dont let guests stay here without a car. The bus shuts down after 10 pm and it is a 2 mile walk to the closest bus station. There are taxis, but they cost so much, you may as well get a car.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$8 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$400 /week|
The house is in a nice location, especially if you want to be away, but not too far, from the tourist traps in Waikiki. The listing is very accurate; the house is clean, comfortable and unique with lots of personality; and the jungle experience is awesome. Vanessa and Jon are very good hosts. We loved the dog, too! We recommend staying there.
Vanesa was out of town at the time of my arrival but her boyfriend, Jon, was there to accommodate me. Very cool atmosphere, great hiking nearby, and very quiet. Jon is a great guy, we shared a few beers and he gave me lots of good advice on some hiking trails that I should go on while I was visiting.
This is not your typical tourist spot. There will be bugs and you will get mosquito bites. But, its freaking awesome.
Amazing place to stay, away from the town center and close to the jungle! The outdoor shower was a great experience!!
Very cozy and secluded place. A great way to be in Honolulu but in the quiet of the hills. Very nice hosts, made me feel very welcome.
This was a lovely place to stay, away from the city, but easy to get around (with a car). Vanesa was very helpful with tips on seeing the Island and lent us books and other bits and pieces that helped make our trip that little bit easier and nicer.
The place is as described.... I had a week of work in Honolulu, and I very much enjoyed having a real house to go home to. Vanessa made me very welcome and invited me to make myself at home. It was great to have a kitchen to make my own breakfast every day. Palolo is a cool place to be for a visitor as it is far from the tourist traps... Vanessa's place in the jungle is a quiet retreat in a jungle setting. The room was good and Vanessa let me borrow a lamp so that I could do a little reading before falling to sleep... and I slept great there.... but the best part of the whole thing is the outdoor shower surrounded by jungle vegetation... I really will miss that shower.
Vanesa was a great host, very welcoming and her home was wonderful. It was great to get out of Honolulu and into the jungle.
As other reviews state, this place is up in the rainforest-y area up above Honolulu and is an amazing vacation. I chose it on that basis and didn't read Vanessa's bio - but now that I have read it, it explains why her place is THE most aesthetically pleasing, creatively decorated guest house / rental I have ever stayed in. Maybe that's common for Airbnb, because people are living in the places they're renting out (often.) But the combination of the lovely setting, and the lovely interior of her place - not overdone, not garish, not "expensive-looking" - just creative and pleasing - made this a unique and great place to stay in Honolulu, especially when the alternative is Waikiki hotels or very pricey rentals.
Amazing house close to Waikiki and completely in the forest !
Vanesa's home is exactly as pictured! It's charming and it shows that she puts lots of thought to make it comfortable and creative! The outdoor shower is quirky and fun. You may even shower in the rain. She was a great resource for the local scene and made our stay in town even more memorable!