About this listing
Quiet upscale neighborhood on the Windward side of Oahu. 3 miles to Lanikai & Kailua beaches. Plenty of shopping and restaurants in downtown Kailua, small shopping center near house. Beautiful expansive mountain view, large pool, hottub, Lanai w BBQ
Breathtaking mountain view in upscale quiet neighborhood on the Windward side of O'ahu island. Avoid the night-long noise of bustling Waikiki and expensive parking for some rest in between daytime adventures in our contemporary style home. Less than 3 miles to beautiful Kailua beach and Lanikai beach, one of the top 10 in the world. Kayaks, surfboards and other water-sport rentals by Kailua beach. 30 - 40 min drive to Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay, or upscale and outlet malls. 2 miles to charming downtown Kailua Town with plenty of local shops and local restaurants. (Also a new Target store.) Close to many hiking trails. Includes parking. City buses go everywhere on the island and there are stops at either end of our street. But, we are at the top of a hill, so you might prefer renting a car at the airport or in Kailua. We also have a nice $6 movie theater (4-screens) and a little shopping center 1/2 mile from the house. Also convenient for a beautiful coastal drive up to the famous North Shore.
Your end of the upstairs hallway has the Private room and your private bath with tub & shower. The room has a QUEEN size platform bed and full closet. An adjacent room with an inflatable queen size mattress is available for additional $50 / night. Your host’s master bedroom suite is at the other end of the hall, separated by a storage room for extra privacy. Backyard has a large pool and oversize spa on the lanai and an enclosed outdoor shower on the side yard. BBQ and / or eat outside (island style) at the table and chairs on the lanai. Wireless internet works throughout the property.
Common areas included are family room with 42" TV with cable, Wii, either Netflix, large living room (small TV) and formal teak dining room with cathedral ceiling, a breakfast room with a view of the mountains, a lanai, 1/2 bath downstairs, and a full kitchen including dishwasher, oven, microwave, toaster oven, large refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker. New washer/dryer in the garage. Completely fenced yard for privacy includes an outdoor clothesline. All rooms have ceiling fans and extra fans are available. There is AC, but hardly ever needed. Your host is a busy professional with 3 friendly indoor cats. Tradewind breezes keep plenty of fresh air flowing in and cat dander out. We are very accommodating.
I will be happy to give you pointers and info to help you enjoy your stay. I can also teach you how to pronounce Hawaiian street names and a few words you'll be hearing to get you by. My goal is for you to have a wonderful vacation.
Please book at least a few days in advance of your arrival due to delays in communicating across time zones - 6 hours earlier here than Eastern Standard time, 10 hours earlier than Greenwich, England , and ½ a day to much of the rest of the world. Please read my reviews.
You'll have a key to the house. We'll share the common areas. I occasionally have weekend BBQ / Game Nights, at which you are welcome.
Interaction with Guests
This is your vacation, so up to you whether you want minimal interaction or regular chats to help plan your activities. I sometimes leave early for work and often come home late, but you'll always have my cell phone number.
This is an upscale neighborhood, with well maintained properties. Not your typical Oahu neighborhood. Mainlanders feel very comfortable staying here. Very nice, friendly neighbors.
There's good bus service on the island. But, my house is at the top of a hill and the bus stops are at either end. So car is easier. The good news is we're safe from tsunamis up here on the hill. ;^)
Other Things to Note
The house is not childproof, so no infants or toddlers. A second bedroom is available for an additional $50 per night. If you want this, let me know and I will reply with a special offer - it is not rented separately.
no glass near the pool - we do have nice plastic goblets and glasses.
We keep screen doors closed to keep our cats indoors.
We try to leave the beach outside - we have an enclosed outdoor shower.
Must clean up after yourselves in the kitchen - dishes into dishwasher, and hand-wash pots and wooden utensils.
No indoor smoking and no heavy smokers, please.
Mistreatment of our pets will not be tolerated.
Mark made us feel welcome by sending us instructions and directions via email a few days before we arrived. He also had a welcome note in a frame waiting for us so we could see it as soon as we entered the house. Lastly, he invited us to help ourselves to food and drink in the fridge.
Mark was a great host - lots of useful guidebooks and maps, plus a wealth of local knowledge. The house is huge and very comfortable. Would definitely recommend a stay in Kailua over Waikiki which is overcrowded and touristy. The room and bathroom is clean and well maintained. Also unlimited towels, beach gear and backpacks if required! Would definitely stay here again - would recommend a car pretty strongly as well -- is much easier to get around and the rates are very reasonable.
Highly recommend Mark's place. Lovely location, convenient to everything in Kailua. Listing is accurate, as are the reviews. Mark really is good natured, positive, helpful, easy going. Everything was well organized; the house, the arrangements. Thanks for the relaxing stay, Mark!
We enjoyed our stay at Mark's house. The room was as described. The backyard had a lovely view. Mark is a great host--very friendly amd welcoming. His cats are wonderful. We would stay with him again.
Mr. Mark is a very hospitable host prepared an elaborate greeting card with guest room label on the door and printed house guidance pamphlet on the bed. All warm and sweet details gave us as the first time strange guests much comfortable and hospitalbe.
House is so big especally for ordinary chinese civilians,and in that block,there are few houses equipped with well-maintained pool and spa. Inside the house, every thing is clean and neat,well-equipped kitchen room and living room. Mark explained how to use those utilities and facilities in kitchen,pool,yard, machines etc with patience. Mark also prepared plenty of guide books how to play and have a fun in Oahu island and Kailua (website hidden) the wardrobe of guest room, host provides many folded articles like beach parasol,snorkel mask,beach chairs,ice pack etc. In the guest private lavetory,many considerate small wash kit and cosmetics beauty kit provided by host.
Because we are a couple spending our honey moon in Hawaii,Mr.Mark specially purchased a nice champagne for us. We enjoyed that sweety champagn besides pool under the full moon, so sweety! One of reasons we choose the house, is the parking guest car is so convienient and just around the house door. After travling in Waikiki beach and Kailua town, I and my wife both agree that Kailua town is much better and more fun than Waikiki.
Mark was awesome and so was his house! First of all, it is in a great location with a ton of grocery stores and things to do around. He was so hospitable and gave us free reign of his entire house. It was exactly what I was expecting by reading his description on Air BnB and I couldn't have been any happier with this choice. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to stay somewhere out of town and for a quite and cool place to relax.
Marks place is great and he's a great host. He has a big hospitality and he is quick to respond. If you are looking for a place to relax, this is the place to stay at. Nice house, great views and not to far from Kailua beach if you have a car.
About the Host, Mark
Professional from O'ahu, Hawai'i, working in IT as a Project Manager. I'm originally from Boston and Providence, and have been lucky to have lived in Hawaii for the past 9 years. I love animals, movies, good food, travel, good conversation, and meeting people from around the world.
My goal is for you to enjoy the vacation the way YOU want to. Some guests like a lot of interaction and some prefer minimal contact during their stay. This is all up to YOU.