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Place as described and even though pics are from 2012, place is just as nice as illustrated on site. It was a nice stay. Very very close to the beach. We loved the AC! The bathroom was nicely updated. Quiet despite the place is located on busy road. We could've used more than one bath towel a person though. Other than that, everything was great.
Where do I begin with Garcia Ohana? I almost don't want to write this review for fear it will become so popular I may not have the chance to stay here again!
Kanoelani was here to welcome us on our arrival. She's so sweet and made us feel right at home. The apartment is up a different staircase from the main house, so we didn't feel like we were disturbing anyone's daily routine - and were able to come and go as we pleased.
The room is very stylish, and comfortable. The foam top mattress is a pleasant touch. I especially loved coming home from the beach to shower with stones underfoot. ☺️ There is a lot of attention to detail in this space, and by far the best little apartment I've stayed in to date.
I actually loved it here so much I decided to rent for an extra two days after my husband went home, and hope that next year we can be a guest of the Garcias again.
Thanks for your hospitality
Amazing stay at Garcia Ohana!
The place was beautiful and in a great location, easy walk to town for meals and shopping, etc. Would definitely recommend bringing a rental car as the North Shore is much easier with that type of transportation.
Everything was so clean and beautifully decorated. Even had snorkel sets to borrow and also beach towels, boogie/body boards, umbrella... if we needed them.
The family left bananas out for us to grab for a snack and we enjoyed the cute little bright green geckos on the gate outside.
Tropical oasis to the max!
So in love with the bathroom :P Stunning shower and floors.
Lots of privacy here too. Only saw Kai and the kids twice and when we did they were very friendly.
There isn't access to any laundry machines on site so keep that in mind.
As for the area:
Highly recommend snorkeling with the sea turtles at Laniakea Beach before sunset! Go down to the actual sandy beach not the rocky area.
Waimea Bay is awesome. Went and jumped off the rocks and left a bit sore but it was worth it for the experience. Also enjoyed the 1 km walk through the botanical gardens across the street from the bay.
Haleiwa Joes near the harbor offers a great special occasion dinner, we had a fantastic anniversary meal here.
Town had lots of cute shops to wander through.
We had an amazing time staying at the Garcia Ohana house (it took me an embarrassing amount of time to realize "ohana" means "family", and that Garcia Ohana is not the name of a person...). The owners work off the island during the week, so we didn't interact with the family much. We did run into the wife and daughter once, and they were very very nice and welcoming.
The unit we stayed in was very private, clean, and comfy. In terms of important amenities, there is A/C for when you get hot, a nice bathroom, and a great balcony overlooking the backyard/garden. There's also wifi and a TV, but you really won't use either much b/c you'll want to go exploring!
The neighborhood is very quiet/peaceful, and the house is ideally located. It's right across the street from a beach park, and a short walk from several restaurants/food trucks. The local downtown area with shops, etc. is also walking distance away (maybe 10 minutes). There, you can find lots of cute stores, surf/kayak rental shops, a fabulous coffee shop, a couple grocery markets, and the best shave ice in Haleiwa (Matsumoto's). Also, a shrimp truck that's been featured on the Travel Channel (Giovanni's...I think).
If you have a car, you can drive a few miles away to other beaches. My husband and I did that almost every morning, and we were pretty much the only people on "our" beach every time. Compared to the packed, touristy resort beaches of Waikiki (which we went to later in the week), these quiet, isolated spots were heaven!
Bottom line: had an amazing time here, wish we could have stayed at the Garcia Ohana house for longer, and will definitely be back some day!
Very comfortable and quiet setting, friendly family and nice neighbourhood, good walking distance to the main road
Nous avons passé une nuit dans la maison des Garcia lors de notre voyage de noces à Hawaii. La maison est située juste en face de Ali'i Beach Park et dispose de tout ce qu'il faut pour un bon séjour. La ville de Haleiwa est vraiment un bon endroit où vous arrêter pendant votre séjour sur Oahu.
Dommage que nous ne soyons pas restés un peu plus longtemps à Haleiwa !
I met the hosts on the first day in the common area under the main house and were welcoming and friendly. We exchanged mutual greetings and had small talk about where we were from and how long they were living at this residence. Kanoelani and Kai felt like family, as if i was talking to a cousin or something. They constantly reminded me if i needed anything to not hesitate to ask. Their Guest house was well taken care of and felt clean. The sheets and furniture had no dust and odors. There were also clean towels, utensils for cooking and dish ware. One small thing was that there were a fair amount of termite residue in the shelfs, but it wasnt a big deal. Overall my companion and I were very satisfied with our stay at the Garcia's Hale and would definitely return if we stay in Haleiwa again.
We had a great stay at the north store. The studio and the location were perfect for us. It would be awesome to come back again in the future because we were absolutly happy with our decision to stay at Hale Kaupe II. If you are looking for a great studio and nice hosts then stop searching and get in contact with Garcia Ohana...you will not regret it.
First time trying airbnb, our host was very friendly and they had everything setup and ready for us. It was an awesome experience and would definitely recommend this place to anyone.
Thanks to the Great location & the wonderful appartment, we had a more than pleasant stay on the North Shore. We shortly met the Garcias, very friendly & calm environment. Every time again. Mahalo!