About this listing
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo that you will be sharing with a 34 yr old professional and a 2 year non-professional cat. The apartment is the neighborhood Kakaako in the heart of Honolulu, just minutes from Waikiki, Ala Moana, Chinatown and the beach!
Apartment located in the heart of Honolulu that includes a private room, bath. The building also includes a salt water pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, and BBQ deck. Minutes from the beach, Waikiki, Chinatown and other popular destinations.
This is a two bedroom apartment that you will be sharing with a 34 year old male professional and a small cat. The apartment is approximately 850 sq ft with a 400 sq ft lanai (patio). You have a private room and bathroom with direct access to the lanai. The apartment includes digital cable and wi-fi internet with a 30 second walk to the pool, sauna, and gym! The building is quiet with 24 hour security.
You will be sharing the apartment with Matt, originally from Pennsylvania. I moved to Hawaii about 8 years ago. I operate a small business called Oahu Fresh ((website hidden)) where we deliver local produce to homes and offices so expect to be bombarded with local fruits and vegetables at all times!
The neighborhood, Kakaako, is located between Downtown and Waikiki. It is walking distance to the beach (Ala Moana Beach Park), Ala Moana Mall, restaurants, Chinatown and world class waves for (website hidden)
The bus system in Honolulu is one of the best in the country. There are multiple bus stops around the apartment that will take you where ever you want to go around the island.
Most people who visit Honolulu stay in Waikiki. Staying in Kakaako is an alternative way to live in Honolulu where you can experience a more local atmosphere and still have easy access to the rest of the city.
I look forward to meeting you!
To access the building there is a call box on the right side entrance of the building. Scroll down until you find 608 and press "Dial". I will then be able to buzz you into the building. To your left are the elevators, head up to the 6th floor. Make a left and you will find apartment #608 on your right.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy interacting with guests however I tend to not be home very often, sometimes I may not be at the apartment but rather traveling myself. Sometimes I have friends who stay in my room who will be able to help out if you need anything.
The neighborhood, Kakaako, is located between Downtown and Waikiki. It is walking distance to the beach (Ala Moana Beach Park), Ala Moana Mall, restaurants, Chinatown and world class waves for (website hidden). Most people who visit Honolulu stay in Waikiki. Staying in Kakaako is an alternative way to live in Honolulu where you can experience a more local atmosphere and still have easy access to the rest of the city. FYI, there is construction currently happening in the area and can be noisy during the day, however it is absolutely silent at night!
Make sure you check out the Guidebook, it shows lots of great places to visit and eat!
The bus system in Honolulu (website hidden) is one of the best in the country. There are multiple bus stops around the apartment that will take you where ever you want to go around the island.
Other Things to Note
There is construction going on right now in the neighborhood so it can be noisy during the daytime.
There is a grocery delivery service that I recommend, called Go Ramble, that caters to you, the visitor. It is quick and very easy to use. You just go onto their website, and choose from either pre-packaged options or send them your customized list with anything you may want! You then arrive to the condo with your order already stocked and waiting for you.
If you are interested, please visit Go Ramble and they will take care of you and assist you with any questions.
No smoking, no drugs, no eating all my food, no drinking all my alcohol, no punching holes in the wall, no screaming really loud. Please don't leave items in the room or fridge after you leave. Hawaiian style, shoes come off when you enter the apartment.
Matt (and Storm the cat) were awesome hosts, Matt was super friendly and chilled out, and very helpful with info and local knowledge, and Storm provided some entertainment. Both gave us our personal space but were happy to chat anytime (not so much Storm). The room was spacious and comfortable and as described. Pool, hot tub and sauna also on the same level. The location is great if you don't want to be amongst all the tourists - the building is a bit further out from Waikiki and the beach (about 10min drive) so definitely requires use of the bus / rental car / cab if you wish to get around the island (parking spot was also available in the building). There are a few cafes within short walking distance. Overall a great experience and definitely recommended :)
My stay at Matt’s place got off to a bad start when I arrived as scheduled at 4 am and rang the buzzer for entrance into Matt’s condo building but there was no answer. I rang and rang and rang for about half an hour. Still no answer. I tried contacting AirBnB but they also weren’t responding. So I gave up, called a taxi, and went to the nearest big hotel, the Ala Moana. When I arrived, the night clerk said the hotel was completely full. I managed to talk my way in since I happened to know that one of my colleagues who had a reservation there had missed his flight to Honolulu and delayed his arrival by a day. But I had to pay for two nights, since I was checking in at 5 am, and that cost over $450. Matt wasn’t answering his phone when I called later and his voice mail was full (he was out of town), and it took a day or so to finally get to talk to him. I was eventually able to get into Matt’s place late the next day. After that things went fairly smoothly. Matt was apologetic and he and I got along fine. AirBnB refunded me the two nights I missed at Matt’s place, but that was less than half of what the Ala Moana Hotel cost me for the 36 hours I spent there. Matt’s place is comfortable, and I appreciated the available parking space in his condo garage, the fast wi-fi, and the proximity of his condo to a few good vegan, Korean, and Japanese restaurants. Matt’s guest bedroom is roomy, with plenty of closet space and dresser-drawer space. It was a particularly hot week in August so the air-conditioner in the bedroom was a plus, although it sits right next to the bed and it makes the usual a/c noises. If you’re a light sleeper, that might be a problem. Otherwise, the room is quiet at night. There’s a lot of construction projects in the neighborhood, with more high-rise condos going up nearby, and the construction noises during the day would make day-sleeping a bit iffy.
Matt was accomodating in letting us leave our bags when we arrived early and gave us pointers on where to go. Wonderful information and advice in the bedroom and the swimming pool of the complex is great.
The room is spacious with flat screen TV and Netflix and the door opens to a private courtyard, bus is just up the road to Waikiki.
The area eating is limited, especially as restaurants close very early (9pm on Friday nights), but there is a fantastic Chinese in Ward street that has home made noodles and a good Japanese supermarket also a 5 minute walk away.
We were there in a hot spell and the wall airconditioner struggled to cool the room, so Matt gave us a large fan from the lounge room that helped.
We stayed with Matt for four days while at a conference at the convention center. The apartment is great and the location ideal to move by bus. Matt was not around much and extremely nice when we got to talk to him. Comfy bed, nice bathroom, balcony...all good.
As my first Airbnb experience the moment I checked in, Matt made it feel as though I had been his roommate for years. Absolutely awesome guy and amazing host, felt like I left a friend more than anything.
The place it's self is clean and the bed is comfortable. Very conveniently situated and within walking distance to some great amenities.
All in, this was an amazing first experience and has set a great example of what Airbnb is about.
Thanks for everything Matt.
We stayed at seven Airbnb locations on this trip and Matt is the first one we ever had that provided a notebook with local resources for his guests. He was helpful settling us in and easily provided answers for all of our questions. His location is close to a lot of fun things to do, it just took us a while to realize it. Nice patio to relax and soak it in. Centralized to a lot of things to do: Pearl Harbor museums, KoKo Head, Diamond Head, Palace, and Bishop Museums are mostly less that 30 minute drive. Private bath and room. His cat is the most vocal one we have ever met!
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