The view of Diamond Head and ocean is breathtaking. The home sits at about 500 feet elevation and usually enjoys continuous trade winds, keeping it naturally air-conditioned. This is the sunny side of O'ahu, so bring your beach gear, flip-flops and love of warm weather.
This Lanai is large, and might be more aptly described as a studio. The space has been modified from the photo and now has a full size (double) bed. The lanai includes a table and chairs as well as a desk. Two sides of the room have sliding glass windows and vertical blinds. It is adjacent to the living room, separated by a sliding glass door and curtains.
Lanai guests share a bathroom with three long-term tenants. Guests also have use of the fully-equipped kitchen.
The Wilhelmina Rise neighborhood is safe, quiet, on the bus line, walking distance to Kaimuki business district, which has a wide variety of restaurants and shops. It also has a unique film venue called The Movie Museum. Times Supermarket and Kahala Mall are nearby. Kahala Mall also has a movie complex.
The rental is handled by Jim, an English professor at Chaminade University. Long-term house tenants conduct a quiet, studious lifestyle with mutual respect for one another. High speed internet, a shared laundry room and ample off-street parking are available.
Regarding airport pickup and dropoff, we are gererally eager to pick up and drop off guests if we are free, so please be sure to ask.
Otherwise, if you are not renting a car, you may want to use the "SpeediShuttle." The cost is about $36. Contact us for more information.
Regarding public transportation, there is a bus stop for the Route 14, bus within a few minutes walk. This bus runs hourly during the day and goes around Diamond Head to Waikiki beaches. Stops for Routes 1, 3 and 9 are about a 10-minute walk. Again, contact us for more information.
What's uniique about staying on the lanai is that it is large and has a expansive view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, the ocean, and the nearby neighborhoods of Kahala and Kaimuki.
Don't hesitate to ask questions. We are eager to tell you more about the house, about Hawaii and about Waikiki.
I had a very enjoyable stay at the lanai. It was clean and spacious. I woke up to breathtaking views of Diamond Head and the water. The other tenants were friendly and it was great to get to hang out with them. This neighborhood is one of the most beautiful ones on this island. I highly recommend this place!
Awesome location, comfortable spot, clean, safe, convenient. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars was the crazy dog that barked for like 2 hours every night between 12-4am. (Which is totally not their fault, but still, pretty brutal!) Anyway, I would definitely stay here again. The walk to Waikiki was easy and pleasant. There is a grocery store, coffee shot- everything you would need right down the street. The view from the bedroom is also insane- it just looks right out over Diamond Head. The roommates were cool- one undergrad couple were a bit loud, but they've moved out by now, I assume. All in all, great experience. Thanks !
This lanai is one-of-a-kind in the best way. As mentioned in other reviews, the view of Diamond Head is truly awe-inspiring. The surrounding open windows & "lived in" feel with shelves of mostly old Hawaiian books really gave one the sense of being part of the island instead of simply just a visitor. The breeze in the evening is cool & refreshing ... some of the best sleeps I have had in awhile, even with the occasional barking dogs.
I got around using public transport from the main road down the hill & it is easy enough to get to most tourist attractions. Even easier if one is driving. The short but steep walk up the hill to the home from the main road can be a tad strenuous, but it's not a big deal. Good exercise.
The housemates are absolutely wonderful. Friendly & interesting, I enjoyed spending time connecting with them. Although I didn't get the chance to meet Kai & Jim personally, they were pleasant to deal with & made sure everything I might need during my stay are provided for. In short, staying at the lanai is a great experience & I highly recommend it to those who wants to get a feel of what it might be like to simply live on the island.
Staying at the lanai was a truly magnificent experience from beginning to end. The view was breathtaking. The lanai offers a gentle breeze at night that keeps you cool, and in the morning you get to look forward to waking up to that sunrise. The location afforded privacy and safety, and is very close to the main highway. Renting the vehicle from them was also a godsend. The housemates were some of the best people ever, and went out of their way to make sure I was well taken-care of.
Jim and Kai were awesome to work with. I can't possibly recommend Kai enough. What a great trip!!
Great stop for a week on Oahu. Beautiful views of Diamond Head right out the window. Great location, easy access to Waikiki/downtown Honolulu, but also just far enough out that you can avoid most of the city traffic and drive around the island if you choose.
In a few words - this apartment is MAGNIFICENT. The view over Diamond Head is breathtaking. The location is very reasonable, you can get anywhere in just a few minutes. Jim (Kai's husband) is extremely friendly and helpful and the residents were all very nice and accommodating. Bottom line - I wholeheartedly recommend this place, especially if you like to wake up every morning to a view that literally takes your breath away. Me and my fiancé spent a good 10 minutes just looking out the window in silence. I wish I could write my whole PhD thesis there, I bet I'd write a really good one if I could... :-)
Room is beautiful and check-in process is very easy. Bookshelves have lots of interesting Hawaii-history-related books, kitchen satisfied an oatmeal craving, the neighborhood is really nice and has some great breakfast, cafe, and toy shops! I had a wonderful time~
Kai is a wonderful down to earth host. I was greeted warmly and suprised at the view out of my large room. I saw the back of Diamond Head and the Ocean on either side. It is a large room with a double bed, an eating table with two chairs and a large desk with plenty of room to complete your work. The other tenants in the home are PhD students or new grads. It is a great quiet place for an academic like me who was looking for a place to get my piles of paperwork and writing completed. I ended up being able to reach an agreement to use their car at one third what the car rental at the airport was charging. The host and hostess told me about the surrounding area and tips of where to go ie the great Goodwill shop at the end of the street and the location of the nearest post office. Kai even showed my a place where they kept quarters for parking and said, "Do not get a ticket and use these as you need" Of course I replaced what I took when I left. If you are an academic looking for a quiet spot to write or relax with shops within walking distance this is the place for you. It is close enough to Waikiki and downtown Honolulu that you can be there in 10 minutes but far enough away that you do not have to deal with crowds of tourists. I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Thanks Kai and Jim.
Terrific location,great views, away from the gloss and glitz of Honolulu, but close enough if that's what you want. My room was the spacious lanai, and I had more space than I had anticipated---liked especially that I had a large desk and yet another table to work and eat around--free wifi was a plus: This was a half work/half vacation time for me....Two college professors own the house, don't live there, and rent out rooms to grad students at the University of Hawaii---all interesting folk, a plus. The house is atop a somewhat steep hill (thus the great views) but unless you are a fit walker or have a car, getting about might be something to consider---but public transportation is good and very manageable if fit (I'm 67). I had a car which the hosts rented to me for my eight days there---very thoughtful of them, and just one example of their thoughtfulness. I am a very seasoned traveller and have stayed in recent years at everything from a bare-bones hostel to 5-star in San Francisco. Mostly, I just want a good bed (theirs was good) and don't fret about much else. The house is not some pristine hotel; it shows its "academic" owners lifestyles. Lots of books in the lanai, disheveled stuff here and there, reminded me of my grad school days, both the books and, you know, how grad students live. Great for me, yet don't expect an over-tidy Yorkshire BnB but do expect, if you are easy about junky stuff, a relaxing refuge to return to after a day at the beach, and there are many world-class beaches within easy driving distance. An aside: I didn't spend more than an hour on Waikiki's world-famous beaches; found others so much more to my liking, and as it turned out the President and his family were vacationing, at the same time, on one of my favorities... The hosts were prompt in responding to my questions/needs, all went smoothly/happily, and I am thinking to return this June---maybe that's recommendation enough.
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