About this listing
Please read the description very carefully and understand what I am offering. Although you do have the bedroom to yourself, it is not private room. The bathroom is shared and I have a screen set up across the bedroom door.
Welcome to Waikiki. I am offering the bedroom to any guest looking for a short vacation stay or lay over to a connecting flight. This is NOT a private bedroom because we need to pass through the bedroom to use the shared bathroom. My son and I live in the penthouse but we don't sleep in the bedroom (we sleep Japanese style in the living room). This penthouse is more than 40-floors above Honolulu, with a wide 180-degree view that overlooks the ocean and every structure within an eighth-mile. It offers an an especially wide ocean view from Waikiki Beach to Diamond Head.
The bedroom has:
Two full-size beds,
One nightstand w/lamp.
One nightstand w/hp printer
A closet with hangers, iron and ironing board.
50 inch HDTV and Blue-Ray player.
The bathroom has:
Two sinks w/mirror.
The microfiber couch is positioned in the path of the afternoon sun. The living room has a AC. All the windows in the unit open, so you can take in the cool Hawaiian breeze that easily flows through a corner condo.
The kitchen is designed so you can sit and watch the ocean view from morning to sunset, and Oahu Ko'olau mountain range. There is a fire works show every Friday night at 7:45pm that you can view from the penthouse. The living room is comfortable with a microfiber couch, TV, Blu-ray player, with an assortment of the latest movies. There is a small bar for mixing drinks in the living room. The washer and dryer are just outside your front door and are shared with one neighbor.
A large recreation deck with a BBQ grill and picnic tables. The building has a pool and a Jacuzzi for resident and guest use.
The building is also a hotel, so telling any taxi driver or shuttle driver the hotel name will always have them knowing where to go.
Walking time to nearby attractions:
0 minutes / In the lobby: breakfast restaurant, pizza pub ($1 drafts between 5pm and 6pm), sushi restaurant, convenience store, car rentals, arcade, asian message, 24-hour vending machines.
1 Minute: ABC (convenience) store, pharmacy, café, Ala Wai canal
3 Minutes: Another ABC store, café, lots of restaurants, bars, and lounges, Fort Derussy Park.
5 Minutes: Free street parking, grocery store, Starbucks, fashionable clothing stores
10 minutes: Convention Center, Waikiki nightlife,
15 Minutes: Ala Moana Center, Hilton and Sheraton beachfront, Ala Moana Beach Park, bigger grocery store
Public Transit Options:
The bus stop on the same block has buses that go west, all the way to the airport terminal, as well as east toward Hanauma Bay.
Car rental agencies are on the ground floor.
In-building parking is $25 (cash only) per 24 hours or $4 per hour.
Street parking is metered $4 per hour (free after 5:30pm and on weekends).
Very limited, but free and unmetered, street parking is within a 5 minute walk.
Once you arrive at the lobby you can use the pay phone to call me. I will come down to the main lobby and take you up to the penthouse. I will give you the key and any information you may need to know.
You can use your card key to access the Pool and Jacuzzi and BBQ Grill area on the 5th floor.
The Wi - Fi: network: Home password:120186yy
Interaction with Guests
(1) My son goes to school at Hickam Air Force Base, if you would like to see and visit the U S Military Air Force Base if can be arranged.
(2) Sometimes I invite friends over for a social party for guest to meet, so far this has worked out very nicely.
(3) I am very active with my son, so BBQ's at the beach, and any special event happening in Waikiki, guest are welcome to join us.
(4) On special nights when the sky is clear and the Moon is full, my son has a big telescope where you can view it.
(5) On weekends I take my son on nature walks along the beach to collect items to look at under his Microscope, if you are interested.
The building has the Honolulu Police positioned down stairs as a staging area for shift relief, and for any problems that may occur inside Waikiki Beach.
Other Things to Note
(1) The shower in the bathroom spikes from Hot to Cold, so please be careful and take a few more minutes to adjust to a comfortable temperature.
(2) The Parking in the building is $25 (cash only) per 24 hours. I do not have any management control over the Parking, the Parking is a privately owned company.
(1) Please keep your room clean (no open food left out ,or empty soda or beer cans).
(2) If you are only one guest please refrain from using both beds in the room.
(3) There will be no drunken wild parties in the penthouse, or drunkenness in your room.
(4) Extra guest hanging out all day and over night guest is not allowed.
(5) Please refrain from using the washer and dryer after 9:30pm.
(6) The hot tub (Jacuzzi) is just a large tub to sit and soak (Japanese Onsen).
(7) There is no playing loud music as these sounds are easily heard in the next neighboring unit.
(8) This penthouse is a private resident with a full kitchen. Please respect my property and do not treat my place as if you are in a Hotel.
(9) Please clean up after yourself and don't leave your dirty dishes and pots and pans from last night dinner still on the stove or table when you check out.
(10) Card Keys: This is a private resident, do not leave card keys at the front desk when checking out. Also these are not disposable card keys so please DO NOT THROW AWAY. Each card key cost me $20 to replace, so upon check out just leave them inside the room on the table.
(11) Do not rearrange the furniture.
Thomas is special. We stayed just 2 nights but he welcomed with a big smile and he's always been kind and helpful. The apartment is amazing with a great view to the city and it's very confortable. Thomas left us the key and he let us free as it was our home. Super recommended!
My experience with Thomas was great!! He was kind enough to accommodate me and allowed me to check in 2 hours early after I had a miscommunication with a different AirBnB host. He's a warm and welcoming host, and gave me some suggestions on where to explore (I was alone in my trip). He introduced me to his son Kenneth who's a pretty good kid. I was there for 3 days and although I wasn't in the house that much, it's a beautiful view and he's a wonderful host. If I come back, I'm staying here again!
Thomas made us feel very welcomed. His penthouse apartment is very nice, with fabulous views. It's very convenient to the touristy areas of Waikiki which is within a few minutes walk.
Thomas' place lived up to every picture, description and expectation of his highrise penthouse listing, and a bit more. Thomas himself is a very interesting, nice and friendly guy. He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable as he's been in Hononlulu for MANY years, first coming there because of a military assignment. He was kind and flexible in letting me stop by early, the day of my stay, to drop my bags before I headed off on a trip to the North and Eastern Shores.
Let me say I'd fallen into a nice routine on Oahu that at the end of each day, I would make it down to the beach in Waikiki for a sunset swim, return to my host's place, shower, change and head out for the evening. This didn't exactly happen at Thomas' -- we started talking before I was to get in the shower and later, after many hours of talking, I ended up just showering and going bed. Needless to say, we had a lot of excellent conversations on so many topics ranging from his military experience, nightlife and the social scene in Honolulu, rents and living in Honolulu, US geo-politics in world affairs and many more.
Thomas and his son slept in the living room, while I slept in one of very comfortable beds in the semi-private bedroom (because of the walk-through to the shared bath). The place was neat and clean and I felt right at home. It's conveniently located in the west end of Waikiki, 6-7 minutes from the beach and the same or a little more to Ala Moana Center.
The views were very nice at night but spectacular in the morning, being that you are on the 43rd floor! Thomas' place may be a little higher than some spots, or at the same level for others in the Waikiki or Ala Moana areas, but its value, vis a vis the views and comfort, make it second to none. If you have to rearrange your schedule, as I did, to get even one night there, DO IT! Thomas AND his place make this stay very worthwhile and there's no doubt I would stay again.
Thomas was great at having everything ready for me when I arrived. He is a clean organized man. The place itself is just as the pictures show. Gorgeous views and great location. My only concern was that because the bathroom in the bedroom is shared, the bedroom door has to be left open. It was hard to sleep a few times because of the TV noise in the living room. But I'm also a light sleeper. Also more interaction with Thomas would have been nicer. Either way, price is great for the place, service and location. Recommended.
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About the Host, Thomas
I first joined the U S Coast Guard in 1975 and after 20 years of search & rescue, and maritime law enforcement on the high seas, I retired in 1995. Following my retirement I attended Hawaii Pacific University for 3 years majoring in the field of Marine Biology. I then moved to Japan in 1999 and started teaching English for a private Japanese company. During my stay in Japan I got married to a Japanese lady and had a son (Kenneth). I applied for a position to work as a child care provider at Yokota U. S. Air Force Base in Japan, which I enjoyed very much for 4 years. As strangely as it sounds I was only married for 18 months and then divorce, I became a single parent living in Japan taking care of my 10 month old son. Not having any contact with my ex-wife, when my son turned 3 years old we moved to Hawaii in 2006. Now at the age of 60, I am a male single parent with a 11 year old son, enjoying every moment with him. Kenneth and I enjoy living in Waikiki and going to the beach, weekend BBQ's, and doing other fun activities.