Perfect for a quiet retreat style vacation, this rustic 2 bedroom, 1 bath house has character. The walls are hung with the artist/owner's work, and the house is furnished with favorite finds and family heirlooms - no rattan condo furniture here!
The master bedroom with plenty of space (and a few props) to practice yoga. A the second bedroom is in the artist's converted studio. It contains two single beds, a couch and office area. A third room - The Quiet Zone - is perfect for your vacation reading or checking email.
Enjoy a bath in the deep tub after your yoga practice or your trip to the beach, and sleep soundly in the king sized tempurpedic bed. There is a laundry room with washer and gas dryer adjacent to the bathroom. The kitchen is small but newly remodeled, with a bar and eating area on the lanai. You'll find an outdoor BBQ and picnic table.
Lawai is on the south side of Kauai, the valley is still very much old Hawaii, with pastures of cows and a windy one lane road. The house is situated on 6.5 acres of lush green. Walk five minutes to a waterfall and swimming hole! For you runners/walkers it is a beautiful run down to the end of the road. We are 8 miles inland from Poipu Beach, and 2.5 miles from the town of Kalaheo (home of Kalaheo Yoga, Brick Oven Pizza and Kalaheo Coffee).
A friendly, but very private on-site property manager is knowledgable about the island and things to do - if you ever want to leave the property! He will point out the various fruit trees on the land and cut you some fresh bananas when they are ripe.
Sit in silence and meditate on the sounds of nature. Or jump in your car and go exploring. A fifteen minute drive takes you to the beach, 20 minutes to the Lihue airport, 45 minutes to the remote west end of the island - Polihale.
This is a magical place.
Leave your shoes at the door.
Absolutely no smoking - though incense is ok.
Keep the doors closed or the mosquitos will get you!
Parking is on the left side of the fence, in front of the house.
Please respect the quiet nature of the space, as there are others nearby.
That means start any laundry after 8 am and finish last dryer load by 9 pm.
Please do not wash beach towels after every use – hang them up to dry instead. Hawaii has the highest utility bills in the nation. Being conservative with the dryer helps me keep my rates reasonable.
Check the kitchen stock before buying spices, condiments and food staples, as what you need may be there already.
Throw compostable foodstuffs out into the banana patch.
Trash night is Thursday. Please take the tan trashcan (near your parking spot) down to the end of the driveway that night, as the trash men come at dawn Friday morning! We are only allowed one trash can a week, so please be mindful of your consumption. There is no curbside recycling, but every town has a place to take cans/bottles, and paper/cardboard as well as #1 & 2 plastics only. Our closest recycle center is next to the Lawai Postoffice/general store.
Please enjoy the book & movies I have left, but leave them behind when you go.
The host was not there, but her extremely nice caretaker, Brian, was. The house is very well equipped and comfortable. The property and location are absolutely gorgeous. Lots of attractive art done by the owner and a huge collection of books on Yoga. This is a perfect place for a honeymoon or a yoga retreat or a VERY QUIET TIME.
I came for 33 days with my daughter for ten days and my son for a separate ten days. I had not seen my daughter for 5 months, and New Years Eve we were tired from traveling so were very quiet. New Years night we played music loudly and watched a silly movie until 11:30 laughing and having a great time. The next morning I got a phone call from the owner saying the caretaker had complained and our behavior was absolutely not acceptable! Hello, New Years Weekend! No Hukilaus allowed? A festive beach gathering known to local Hawaiians as a hukilau, and there is a traditional song and dance known as the hukilau. No inviting friends for a BBQ and music? And we are on 6.5 acres, 2 miles up a canyon.
The property description states the property is 6.5 acres and there is "A friendly, but very private on-site property manager..."
Herein lies the problem. The owner needs to be much more up front about where the property manager lives on the 6.5 acres, he is on the other side of 1.5" inch thick door at the end of the main hall and on the other side of a wall which is a common wall with the laundry room and bathroom. If he coughs, you hear it, if you cough, he hears it. Quiet conversation is easily audible. So any noise I made was very audible to him.
So for 30 of 33 days, we were hushed and quiet, for 3, not so quiet.
Once again, the place is lovely and perfect and 100 times nicer than any condominium.
So just don't make any noise after sunset or stay somewhere else if you feel so inclined.
Brian left a nice fresh fruit basket when we arrived, with everything in order. He also lent us a boogie board & float mattress for the beach! Huge yard & quiet location near the end of Kua Road. Great Hawaiian library in-house! We stayed during Christmas week & Melinda & Brian left a tree & ornaments for us to put up. Nice touch.
Perfect, perfect, perfect!
We had an amazing time in the Unique Artist's Home. The house is perfect located for trips to beautiful beaches in the south and nice towns e.g. Hanapepe. It has a great garden with fresh fruits - so we picked every day papaya for breakfast and tangerines for the beach. The house is light, clean and huge and is well equipped. Nothing is missing and we felt everytime really comfortable. And like home. We wished we could have stayed longer.
Thank you Melinda. Thank you also Brian for your help and support.
Communication with Melinda was easy and the directions were perfect. The house is just as lovely as it looks and the setting is wonderful - peaceful, private and quiet! The house is clean, the shower great, the bed is comfortable and the kitchen is easy to work in and well stocked with tools and implements. We enjoyed leisurely mornings and evenings just hanging out! We had a great stay of 14 days and can't imagine a better way to see the south shore area of Kauai. We ate fruit from the yard (bananas, papayas, limes, and grapefruit!) Brian, Melinda's man-on-site, was a joy. He quickly responded whenever we needed a question answered (seldom, and of the nature: "How do we know when the papayas are ripe?") and we never heard him or saw him when we didn't! We had a wonderful walk to the nearby waterfall and also met the nearby neighbor who is a terrific watercolor artist. After only a few minutes we felt like old friends! The beaches are only a few minutes drive and we didn't have to go far to a luau or to the airport for a fabulous helicopter tour. Don't miss the art walk on Friday nights in Hanapepe!
Melinda was great and always responded promptly. Her place was very clean and bright. I would recommend arriving in the daytime, as her place is on a country road without lights. We were greeted with a lovely bowl of fruit. Bring earplugs as the roosters are often confused as to what time of day it is. Also as there are no curtains bring a blindfold if you are sensitive to morning light. Otherwise, great country home away from the hustle and bustle.
Great stay at Melinda's. She made us feel confortable. It a big house with plenty of room and very quiet. Thank you!
Our time on Kauai was so relaxing thanks to Melinda's accommodations. The house is about a mile off the main road, set in a beautiful expanse of rolling green hills. The property manager lives next door -- he was so friendly and brought us fresh fruit from the trees on the property. It was absolutely worth the ten-minute drive from the beach, away from the touristy spots. I would not hesitate to recommend this home to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway :) Thanks, Melinda!!
I'm a visual artist, Iyengar Yoga instructor, and avid water woman. I was raised on this very property, and built the house in 1992. At the time it was a one room live/work space. Over the years it has grown into a real house with seperate rooms, but maintains a rustic simplicity. This is a very sacred place to me, the house as well as the land, so I hope to rent to people who will not only respect the house, but appreciate the quiet beauty (as well as use the art studio!) of the valley.
My son, nephew and I have relocated to Berkeley for the time being, though we are still feeling out how permanent the move is. Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy your time in our little sanctuary!