About This Listing
The Lanai has a double bed with a great view of Diamond Head and the ocean. An eating area for two and a work area makes this space quite functional! It's also within walking distance to shops and restaurants, theater, shopping mall (Kahala Mall).
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 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 two long-term tenants. Lanai 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.
The lanai is a unique, large space that has a expansive view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, the ocean, and the nearby neighborhoods of Kahala and Kaimuki. You'll feel like you have your own apartment.
Don't hesitate to ask questions. We are eager to tell you more about the house, about Hawaii and about Waikiki.
At the house, guests have access to a shared full bathroom, as well as a shared kitchen. Parking is available on- and off-street and is shared with the long-term tenants.
Interaction with Guests
We don't live on the property, but we are not far away. We will greet guests, and occasionally help out with an airport pick-up.
Kaimuki has great restaurants. I highly recommend Yelp as a search application if you've got a laptop or smartphone with you. Reviews are generally quite reliable and specials and discounts appear instantly from the app.
Major bus lines are a five minute jaunt down the hill.
Other Things to Note
Take advantage of Waikiki and the South Shore. There are so many great beaches! It's not necessary to battle the crowds on the north shore and deal with the drive. Park at the Zoo for $1 hour and walk to the gentle breaks of Waikiki, take in a movie at the IMAX or shop and eat to your hearts content along Kalakaua Blvd.
Absolutely no smoking, illegal drugs or firearms of any type. No pets. Bathroom, laundry and kitchen are shared, so be sure to clean immediately after use and be respectful of others. Quiet hours from 10pm-7am.
Looking into the Lanai though the sliding doors. Privacy curtains and blinds can be drawn or left open to receive the trade wind breezes
Excellent hosting! The hosts are both intellectuals and the house is in a perfect shape, we loved the cleaning and all the little details that make the live happier. There are 3 other room mates, but we've barely met them in 10 days. We've got all the support we needed included a ride the airport which has been highly appreciated.
Thank you Jim and Kai!
We didn't get to meet Kai, but the place was very comfortable to stay. We had enjoyed staying there. Thank you!!
Place was as described, great view and very roomy, with a nice desk area. Location was good, close enough by car from places while being in a quiet residential street with lots of free street parking.
Only downside might be that the bathroom is on the other side of the living room and has to be shared with 3 other housemates (bathroom basic, decent cleanliness), which can mean a bit of contention if you are in a hurry in the morning.
Hosts were very nice, responsive and accommodating, didn't meet them, checked in and out via a lockbox.
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We didn't actually meet Kai but our stay went smoothly and he was easy to contact. The room was large and the books were interesting. We stayed at the end of September and the airflow through the room was adequate, so we didn't have any trouble sleeping.
There are some really good non-touristy restaurants in the neighbourhood.
The room might not suit security conscious guests, as the room can't be locked and it was a bit vague who else was staying at the house and whether anyone was home most of the time. However, we were travelling internationally with a lot of stuff so a lot more paranoid than average.
Great peaceful place with wonderful view and cool breeze.
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About the Host, Kai
Aloha! I am a fun loving, outdoorsy mother of one amazing girl! I love Hawaii, but hope airbnb will allow me to travel to the American continent to visit those places and people that I love there. . . I am a freelance Historian, who consults in the field of Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management. I also review books for Foreward Magazine and have taught English Composition at the Hawaii Community College and online for Chaminade University.
My husband, Jim, is an English professor at Chaminade University; he handles most of the arrangements for the listings on Oahu. Jim is a poet and nature writer whose scholarly articles have centered on Gary Snyder, W.S. Merwyn and Ezra Pound among others. We also hope to get to northern California more often in the coming years, as Jim's older daughter, Carolyn is in medical school there and plans to marry and raise her family there.
Jim and I also co-authored a photographic history of Waikiki, the world famous crescent shaped white sand beach on Oahu's leeward coast. We usually leave a copy for purchase on the desk in the Lanai.
Every summer, my family and I participate in the rough water, open ocean swim races here in Hawaii. We also surf, hike, bike, walk and do yoga. We love to cook and frequent the farmer's markets where bountiful fresh produce, local fruits and prepared foods can be found. There is a farmer's market happening almost every day in Hawaii. They are well worth going off the beaten path for and all of the prepared food served is by licensed vendors who must use a certified kitchen.
We hope you enjoy your stay in our space and don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns. We are just a text away.
Walk to Coffee Talk in the morning and enjoy fresh baked goods, local coffees, specialty coffees and teas, or their house breakfast bagel sandwich or oatmeal bowl. The owners are long time locals!
The movie museum is a wonderful venue that shows movies most nights of the week. Call ahead to see what their showing tonight. It's sure to be avant-garde, unique and possibly life changing.
Craft Beers on Tap and Tapas-style gastro-pub fare to fulfill any appetite. Come early as they don't take reservations and wait list is 45min to an hour after the sun goes down.
There's a Farmer's Market here on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Check the local newspaper for times. Highlights include local ice cream and local grass fed hamburgers.