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Hawaii Condo on the Beach, a wonderful location on the windward side of Oahu; the sunrise each morning was spectacular and as a bonus treat we saw the USS Carl Vincent heading to Pearl Harbor after a 9-month tour to the Persian Gulf.
The location of this property is outstanding as you are half between Honolulu and the North Shore and you are away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki
Great communication with our host Roland and we thank him for a lovely place to wind down as we had just finished a two week trip to Beijing, China and Osaka, Japan
Phil & Kari.
Had an incredible time at Roland's place in Oahu. It really was the perfect place for us being outside of Honolulu in the tropical country. We enjoyed being away from the traffic and business of Waikiki. Throw in free parking, free internet, washer and dryer, kitchen, snorkeling gear, beach towels, a beach right out front and what more can you ask for. As many reviewers mentioned, use the Murphy bed and sleep to the sounds of waves outside your window. Eat at the Shrimp Shack and nearby Thai truck - Excellent food. The waterfalls at Waimea Falls was awesome - You can swim in the waters. There is a charge to get in but beautiful.
Punalu'u is the remotest part of the island of Oahu, so if you're looking to get away from it all then this is a great place for you. This is a small well-appointed one bedroom apartment right on the beach front at Punalu'u with a little balcony to relax on and enjoy the view, and just a few steps to the beach for swimming and snorkelling. The apartment is nicely furnished and decorated. There is also a pull down double bed in the lounge, which we would recommend sleeping there as you go to sleep listening to the waves, and the bedroom is a bit noisy from road traffic. We appreciated the supply of beach towels. There is also a great book on Oahu sites in the bookshelf which we found very helpful. Fast wifi is also available. A reasonably priced stay in a lovely location.
We loved this area of Oahu and all the natural beauty of the north shore. My husband and I stayed for 4 nights in April, when the weather was superb and we swam each day at a different beach. We had wonderful thai food from the van/restaurant across the road, and also tried the local shrimp van. The condo was clean and perfect for 2 adults, although we preferred to sleep on the foldout bed and listen to the ocean rather than the traffic on the highway.
Roland was a wonderful communicator and directions were easy to follow and checkin was seamless. This was a great place to unwind and begin our hawaiian adventure. Mahalo Roland
This was our second stay as we had stopped for a few days about 6 weeks earlier. It was as comfortable this time as the last.
All was as described.
Roland was a speedy and super clear communicator! He provided extensive information about everything -- the place, driving directions, area attractions. The place itself was perfect! Everything 2 adults and 2 young kids needed to enjoy a vacation: well stocked kitchen, comfy beds, spotless rooms, snorkeling equipment, sand toys. The location, assuming you rent a car, is ideal. Precisely between the white sand clear water beaches of Kailua and the rocky snorkeling of Shark's Cove. Definitely not over-run by tourists - full of friendly locals and great, relatively cheap eats.
We loved staying at Roland's place. The apartment is comfortable and easily sleeps 4 people with the front bedroom alcove and the Murphy bed in the living room. Traffic noise if very substantial from the front bedroom, but if you are sleeping in the living room, all you can hear are the waves. The place was clean, comfortable, right on the beach and walking distance to a shrimp shack and a couple of convenient store. We also appreciate the great communication before and during our stay. We would definitely stay there again!
This was an amazing place to stay. We loved being right on the beach, on a part of the island that is much less crowded. Roland was a great help, answering many questions on activities to do while we were there. We were very pleased with the rental, it had all the amenities promised (having a washer and dryer was great!) and really met our expectations. Very clean and comfortable - our kids (12 and 14) both mentioned how it felt like "home" Perfect for a family of four!
Hotel is priced well and nice to be on the beach. The location is a bit lacking if you plan on things to be within walking distance.
Roland was an awesome
Fun guest and we really hope to see him again when he is back in Hawaii! We had fun hitting Waikiki with him and introducing him to some of our friends. Hope to see you soon!
Roland is a fantastic guest - clean, friendly, and well traveled. Also a very funny man! He is a great communicator and made sure I was always well informed of his plans. I would be glad to host him again any time!
Roland was a lovely guest, friendly, clean, quite & fun. Got to talk story and hang out a bit. I would host him again anytime & surely hang out next time he's in town. Another wonderful Airbnb guest I can call a friend. Hope to see & host him again.
I met Roland 5 years ago and we have been friends ever since. He has an eye for detail and a streak of spontaneity. Roland has earned my trust and if he was renting a place I would definitely stay there. Oh wait... he has a place- right here on Airbnb!
If you are renting from him, or to him, I guarantee you will pickup some positive vibrations.
Roland is a great dude. He was my personal trainer for a while, until I started getting lazy =) I haven't stayed at his place in Hawaii yet, but I hear great things about it!
Hi, Roland. We truly enjoyed staying at your condo on Oahu. The place was comfortable, clean, and had everything we needed. The surroundings are just gorgeous! Loved being between the ocean and the mountains. The beach was fantastic. We saw fish, crabs, and even a sea turtle! We enjoyed a lot of activities in the area. We went horseback riding at beautiful Kualoa Ranch, Robert and I played 9 holes at the nearby golf course, and really enjoyed the snorkeling and Shark's Cove. We appreciated all of the information you sent to help us enjoy our vacation to the fullest. The hikes in the area were breathtaking especially Maunawili. We certainly weren't going to go hungry with your recommendations to check out the shrimp trunk across the street and that cute little Thai place in Laie. Thanks again for everything, and we hope to be able to visit again soon! A hui hou kakou. ~Robin
Aloha, Roland! This condo was perfect for my birthday trip over President's Day weekend! We were four ladies and the condo had enough space for us to sleep & we enjoyed waking up to the view of the ocean, beach, and palm trees from inside and on the lanai. The condo was far enough from the concrete jungle and massive tourists in Waikiki, but close enough to North Shore, Sunset Beach, horseback riding at Happy Trails, hiking to the waterfalls, and lovely Waimea Bay...we really felt relaxed and were able to feel what the island of Oahu and the Hawaiian Spirit had to offer!! We would definitely stay with you again, Roland!! Mahalo for all of your help in planning our trip!!
Virginia B., San Francisco, CA
We got acquainted with Roland back in 2009 when my wife and her girlfriends wanted to take a trip out to Hawaii. They wanted a place right on the beach and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown where they could do a lot of outdoor activities. One of the things that impressed us about them was how helpful they were with suggesting places to visit and activities in the area. They even recommended a car rental place that had the best prices. We exchanged about 10 emails, and they promptly answered all of our questions. We felt like they really cared that we would have a good time. I didn't have a chance to make it out, but we're planning a trip together as I write this!