Top 6 Luxury Homes on Oahu

by admin on July 7, 2014

Oahu certainly lives up to its nickname, the “gathering isle” as it is the third-largest island, yet the most populated by a long shot. Oahu’s contrast between the ancient Hawaiian world and the modern world is what makes this island so appealing to millions of guests each year. It is the diversity among historical sites such as Pearl Harbor, the surf towns like North Shore, the charming attractions at Waikiki and Kailua Beach, and the most luxurious vacation homes (including the Obama Winter White House) that keep visitors coming back for more. Enjoy luxury services like fully stocked kitchens, housekeeping, personal chefs, and concierge service. These lovely homes sit beachfront with the most incredible ocean and mountain views. Once you stay in a luxury home on Oahu, you won’t want to go back. Alii Kailua Estate alii kailua The Alii Kailua Estate boasts 8 beautiful and spacious bedrooms and sleeps 16 guests. Located in Kailua, this estate includes the main house, a guest house, a chefs kitchen, a private pool and hot tub, a wet bar, and beautifully maintained garden areas overlooking the turquoise ocean. This vacation home is lavishly decorated and offers only the best amenities from concierge service to housekeeping. E komo mai–Welcome. Sullivan Estate sullivan The Sullivan Estate is based on the North Shore of Oahu and has been redesigned to help balance your inner intelligence, your physical self, and your relationships. This tranquil environment is perfect for relaxation and detoxing in luxury. The Sullivan Estate offers top-of-the-line luxury while also maintaining an eco-friendly environment. Enjoy yoga overlooking the ocean, lifestyle consultations, beauty rooms, private gyms and swimming pools, and a fully equipped kitchen. Banyan Hale Estate (plus Cottage) banyan This stunning estate is located at the base of Diamond Head and offers guests complete privacy and a luxurious, romantic getaway. The property is beautifully manicured and the lighted Banyan tree gives guests ample shade during the daytime and a romantic scene at night. Enjoy 8 spacious bedrooms with the most perfect view of the ocean. The Banyan stays clean and perfect with its housekeeper who comes 3 times per week, allowing each guest to live in paradise. Beachfront Oahu Heavenly Estate heavenly This luxury home is aptly named “Heavenly”, as that is exactly the experience guests will receive at this top-of-the-line estate. The home includes 10 extremely spacious bedrooms, a large custom pool with two more additional wading areas, a nursery room, housekeeping, and the most spectacular ocean views. Additional amenities include concierge service, personal chefs, and a safe. Ho’onanea North Shore Beach Retreat hoonanaea This beautiful home faces beachfront on Oahu’s North Shore and sleeps 16-18 guests comfortably. The perfect home for group retreats or family getaways, it includes an outdoor grill, boogie boards, hammocks, a zip line, a Bacci Ball set, Wii player, a kid’s TV room, and a game room. The adults of the house will love the gourmet kitchen and jetted Jacuzzi tubs. Happy Hale Lanikai hana hale Indulge in luxury this vacation season at the Happy Hale, a Mediterranean-style ocean side villa on Lanikai Beach in Kailua. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive beaches, the Happy Hale comes with 4 lovely bedrooms, spa tubs and rainforest showers, a chef’s kitchen, two outdoor living areas, and the most amazing ocean view right outside your window–literally! The Happy Hale is just 5 minutes from shopping and dining and in close proximity to sailing, the Honolulu Zoo, and the Nature Preserve. Safe Travels The Hawaiian Beach Rentals Team

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Top 6 Luxury Homes on Maui

by admin on July 3, 2014

Maui, known as the “valley isle” for its many deep, and lushly green valleys throughout the island. Continually recognized by the Conde´ Nast Traveler as the best tropical island in the world, Maui offers its guests towering cliff sides, smooth, white sands, glittering ocean waters, and some of the most luxurious vacation homes on the Hawaiian Islands. With these beautiful homes, you can treat yourself to the most relaxing and world-class vacation imaginable with concierge service, daily housekeeping, gourmet kitchens, spacious decks overlooking the ocean, and even a fully stocked kitchen upon arrival. Paradise begins now in these stunning Maui homes.

Wailea Sunset Estate


The Wailea Sunset Estate may also be rented with the adjoining Wailea Sunset Bungalow for a total of 6 available bedrooms. This beautiful home offers an oceanfront playground with its private swimming pool, lounge area, and  an expansive, manicured lawn reaching all the way to the ocean’s shore. The Sunset Estate includes a gated entry, hand etched frosted glass sliding doors, a private hot tub, motorized bamboo sun shades throughout the home, and a security system for the comfort of the guests. Enjoy the spacious and open floor plan that expands on the back deck. The Sunset Estate will provide guests with a truly luxurious and secluded Maui experience.

Kaanapali Kahala Estate

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When it comes to luxury, the Kahala Estate is every thing you could want in an upscale vacation home and more. This home is located just north of the famous Lahaina and has 8 beautifully decorated bedrooms. With a wide open floor plan and no barriers between the living quarters and sweet Maui air, guests will feel as if they are sleeping on the beach every night. Enjoy the many pools and ponds located throughout the grounds, giving this estate a zen atmosphere, perfect for that relaxation you have been craving. The Kahala Estate offers scenic views of both the ocean and mountains, letting guests know exactly why Maui is consistently rated as the best Hawaiian Island.

Turtletown Beach House


The Turtletown is a smaller home, but that doesn’t make it any less luxurious. Perfect for a small group or couples getaway, the Turtletown  comes with 3 large bedrooms and is located in Wailea, just 15 minutes from great Maui shopping and cuisine. Enjoy an exhilarating dip in the private pool while watching the ocean lap at the sandy shore right in front of you. Watch the sunset over the ocean with a glass of wine from your private yard, or in one of the many living areas inside the house. Turtletown was recently featured in Maui’s No Ko Oi Magazine for it’s prime location and beautiful tropical tile work found throughout the house in many of the bathrooms.

Aloha Villas

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The Aloha Villas more closely resemble a luxury mini-resort with four beachfront villas on the estate property, making it perfect for family reunions or executive retreats. The Villas include a private salt water pool with a poolside BBQ and room for outdoor dining. Imagine yourself eating breakfast on the back porch, overlooking the glittering waters of the Pacific Ocean, or watching the sunset on a luxurious chaise lounge. The Aloha Villas are just minutes from fabulous shopping, scuba diving and snorkeling, and wonderful dining options for those nights out. The villas are also perfect for weddings, and have a personal wedding coordinator especially for the occasion.

Beach Rendezvous


This lovely home is located right on the sandy beach of Kihei on the Southern Shores of Maui and boasts a prime position as you will enjoy just a short walk down to the beach. The Beach Rendezvous accommodates 6 guests comfortably and comes with pristine ocean views and a gourmet kitchen, perfect for cooking a dinner in.  The private swimming pool is surrounded by a perfectly manicured lawn, great for relaxing in a hammock or playing lawn games. The town of Wailea is just a 5 minute drive, giving guests access to restaurants, shopping, and more outdoor activities.

Horizon of Gold with private golf course


The Horizon estate is a stunning four bedroom home located within Maui’s premier golf community of Kapalua in a gated community. Enjoy views of the sheltered bays and the rolling hills of surrounding golf courses. All bedrooms come with an en-suite bath, hardwood floors, and beautiful marble designs. Enjoy stepping immediately from the back porch into the refreshing private swimming pool and watch your friends and loved ones play a round of golf on the private course behind the house. The resort community of Kapalua is very laid-back, but there are many activities throughout the year such as golf and festivals and is just minutes away from the soft, white sandy beaches.

Safe Travels,

The Hawaiian Beach Rentals Team

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Top 6 Luxury Homes on Kaua’i

by admin on June 12, 2014

Kauai, also known as the “garden isle” for its lush green landscapes, is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to relax and unwind—so why not do it in luxury? We have compiled our Top 6 Luxury homes on Kauai that will provide guests with the most relaxing and world-class stay, they may never want to leave. We can provide our customers with concierge service, daily housekeeping, personal chefs, and even a fully stocked kitchen upon arrival. These beautiful homes have large picture windows that bring the ocean inside and envelop the homes in natural sunlight, spacious gourmet kitchens, and decks that showcase some of the most amazing views in all of Kauai. Your vacation will not be anything less than perfect in these homes. Hanalei Bay House Top Kauai Homes - This beautiful home encompasses the perfect Hawaiian experience from the inside out. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, this home sleeps 12 people, making it perfect for a large group, family, or company retreat. This beautifully decorated home is only a 5 minute walk from the beach at Hanalei Bay. With both ocean and mountain views, your eyes will never get tired exploring the many different backgrounds around you. The historic Hanalei Town is just a two-block stroll away locating guests close to some of Kauai’s best cuisine. Enjoy high-speed internet, an outdoor grill, and a wide open floor plan. Hana Hou Hale Top Luxury Kauai Homes-- The Hana Hou Hale is the ultimate Hawaiian vacation home, complete with an oceanfront view. Located in Poipu on the South Shore, this home is perched on a rocky prominence, overlooking the sparkling blue ocean. Wake up to a golden sunrise and fall asleep to the calming waves during a starry night. The Hana Hou sleeps 12 guests and promises spacious rooms in luxurious paradise. Hale Mana Kauai Top Luxury Kauai Homes-- The Hale Mana is a 3 acre estate, and one of Kauai’s hidden treasures. This home is located on the North Shore and sleeps 10 guests. Equipped with a yoga/pilates room, massage center, and a large oceanfront private deck, this home is ideal for meditation groups or guests seeking seclusion and relaxation. Enjoy a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, designer furniture  providing the utmost comfort, and the expansive upstairs suite with a double shower. Ikena Lani Top Luxury Kauai Homes-- When it comes to true luxury, you can not beat the Ikena Lani, located near Anini on the North Shore. This home is absolutely breathtaking from the dining room overlooking the ocean to spectacular architecture designed by the award winning firms Edi Architecture and Trio Design Group. This Asian-Modern theme will set anyone at ease, if the deck-Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the ocean don’t! Transport yourself into heaven with the Ikena Lani estate. Hale Makana Princeville Top Luxury Kauai Homes-- Located in the beautiful Princeville area, the Hale Makana lay perched on an ocean bluff, giving guests the perfect view of sparkling, turquoise waters. This home is in close proximity to award-winning golf courses, shopping, and fantastic restaurants. Enjoy watching dolphins and sea turtles play on the coastline as you watching from the private hot tub on the back deck. The kitchen comes well stocked and has plenty of room for food storage and bulk items. Kaulana Naue Top Luxury Kauai Homes-- The Kaulana Naue is located near Haena on the North Shore and sleeps 8 guests comfortably. Guests will enjoy a beautiful back porch overlooking the ocean, surrounded by lush green grass, complete with a hanging hammock. The home is styled with traditional Hawaiian ornaments and big, open rooms. Watch the sun set from the private out Jacuzzi  and celebrate the simple things in life. Safe Travels The Hawaiian Beach Rentals Team

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Have you ever wanted to feel like a celebrity by staying where they do on vacation? Your wish is our command. We have compiled a list of 6 incredibly gorgeous homes to die for, and all of them meet celebrity status–literally! These rentals have all been resided in by some of your favorite celebrities and are available for anyone to stay in. Enjoy beach-side luxury with spacious kitchens, relaxing bedrooms, concierge service, housekeeping amenities, private fitness centers and swimming pools, and some of the best services Hawaii has to offer. So treat yourself and feel like a celebrity for the day–or week! Our Destination Experts will be there to help you plan every step of your dream-cation getaway from rentals to help with daily activities.

Lanikai Heart Estate PME

Hawaiian Homes Worthy of Celebrities--

This beautiful 6 bedroom home sleep 14 guests comfortably and is located on the island of Oahu. Known as the Paul Mitchell Estate, this home offers some of the most exquisite ocean views in all of Hawaii and is divided among 7 separate bungalows, for ultimate privacy and relaxation. The Paul Mitchell Estate includes a Japanese bathhouse complete with a sauna, an entertainment pavilion, a pool cabana with waterfall, staff quarts/carriage house, and a garage with a wine cellar. This estate is the definition of luxury and will complete any summer vacation.

Plantation Estate

Hawaiian Homes Worthy of Celebrities--

The Plantation Estate, or more famously known as the Obama Winter White House, sleeps 10 guests and is located in Oahu near Kailua. This beautiful home emulates everything of a traditional plantation house lost in time, yet also offers the latest technologies of a modern home. The center courtyard features a blue lagoon-style swimming pool with cascading waterfalls. With large kitchen space and living quarters, this home is an entertainers dream come true.

Alii Kailua Estate

Hawaiian Homes Worthy of Celebrities--

The Alii Kailua Estate boasts 8 beautiful and spacious bedrooms and sleeps 16 guests. Located on the island of Oahu, this estate includes the main house, a guest house, a chefs kitchen, a private pool and hot tub, and beautifully maintained garden areas overlooking the turquoise ocean. This vacation home is lavishly decorate and offers only the best amenities from concierge service to housekeeping. E komo mai–Welcome.

Swaying Palms

Hawaiian Homes Worthy of Celebrities--

This spacious and lavish home is located on Oahu and sleeps 12 guests. Settled on the sands of the beautiful Kailua beach, Swaying Palms will give your vacation a relaxing yet home-y feel. Enjoy front row seats for sunrises, whale watching, and more ocean activities right from the backyard. The gourmet kitchen is perfect for entertaining and guests can even host a barbecue with the outdoor patio and private pool.

Kaanapali Kahala Estate

Hawaiian Homes Worthy of Celebrities--

Located on Maui, this estate sleeps 12 guests  and is the perfect home for a family or large group. This home is a mini-resort in itself and includes a private pool overlooking the ocean, a billiard room, game room, fitness facilities, daily housekeeping, and a wide and open floor plan throughout the entire home. Guests will not be disappoint by this lavishly decorated home, letting anyone feel like a celebrity.

Maui Sandy Beach

Hawaiian Homes Worthy of Celebrities--

This plantation-style estate is located on Maui with spectacular views of the ocean and just minutes from downtown Lahaina. Sandy Beach is located in a great area, just minutes from ocean swimming, surfing, snorkeling, sun bathing, and fishing. This home is unique from its Balinese and Asian style furnishings and original tile murals in each shower depicting Hawaiian scenes by local artists.

Maui Turtle Cove

Hawaiian Homes Worthy of Celebrities--

Located on Maui, this vacation home sleeps 8 and offers the most fantastic views in Maui. Wake up facing a glowing sunrise and fall asleep to the orange and purple auroras of a sunset. This home includes a small private beach area perfect for sea turtle watching, a private hot tub and sauna, and spacious living quarters. Maui Turtle Cove is just minutes from shopping, dining, and any ocean activities you can think of.

No matter the type of Hawaiian vacation you have planned, our vacation rentals will only enhance your experience and give you a celebrity-inspired getaway.

Safe Travels,

The Hawaiian Beach Rentals Team

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It’s that time of year again–the big office retreat, which means days of team-building activities, problem solving puzzles, and discussions on improvement. Executive retreats can also mean socializing and fun at night, or exploring your destination’s best attractions. Perhaps you are just looking for a great large home for a family vacation, a place that has bedrooms for everyone so no one has to sleep on the couches and floor. No matter the reason for the trip, Hawaii has several large vacation homes and condos available for large groups, and some of them are too spectacular to pass up. The homes listed below have it all–sleeping quarters for 12+ people, spacious kitchens, beautiful sitting rooms, and incredible ocean views. And while on your trip, relax and let us help you with group activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and so much more! Browse our selections below to find the perfect home this vacation season for your group.

Wailea Inn Villa

Top Homes For Groups/Executive Retreats

This beautiful villa is only located 50 yards from the beach, on the South Coast of Maui. This unit includes 14 spacious bedrooms, 11 full  bathrooms, and a breathtaking view of the ocean. Residents who stay in this villa can enjoy a night barbecuing in the BBQ pit on the terrace and taking a dip in the private swimming pool or hot tub. If you’re bring the family and have small children or babies, the villa comes equipped with a crib, baby gates, and port-a-cribs to keep the young ones out of danger. This home also includes 4 separate kitchens and 5 living rooms, ensuring the guests space and peace of mind. This villa truly does have it all!

Tiki Moon Villas

Top Hawaiian Homes for Groups/Executive Retreats--

The Tiki Moon Villas are a group of 5 separate bungalows on the North Shore of Oahu, taking up a half acre of property. If your group is looking for beautiful beachfront views, these villas could be right for you. Not only is the view amazing, but these villas are located in close proximity to several activities on the island: 1 minute walk to Polynesian Cultural Center, 30 minute drive to the surf community of Hale’iwa, 20 minute drive to Waimea Valley, 15 minute drive to Turtle Bay resort for golfing, or just a walk out the back door to play on the beach. These villas come with 8 bedrooms and 6 full bathrooms, sleeping approximately 25 guests. Ammenitites include beach umbrellas, chairs, and an on-site grill so your group can enjoy a great Hawaiian cookout.

Aloha Villas

Top Hawaiian Homes for Groups/Retreats--

The Aloha Villas are a collection of 4 separate beachfront villas, located in South Maui. With 12 bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms, the Aloha Villas can sleep 24 guests comfortably and includes housekeeping services. The private pool and hot tub are sure to be a hit with the kids, or even the adults for a nighttime swim. Guests can walk out the back door to enjoy time on the beach, or drive 5 minutes for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving Maui has to offer.

Ocean House

Top Hawaiian Homes for Groups/Retreats--

This beautiful 5 bedroom home is located on the shore of Laniaki Beach in Oahu, which was voted the most beautiful beach in the United States. This home is perfect for large families, reunions, or any big group retreat. Ocean house comes with a mountain and ocean view. Guests will be able to see the Mokulua Islands from the Great Room and on occasion, sea turtles swimming offshore. This home is perfect for groups looking to relax and take in everything Hawaii has to offer.

Heavenly Estate

Top Hawaiian Homes for Groups/Retreats--

This lovely estate is located beachfront in Oahu near Kailua. With 10 spacious bedrooms and 11 full bathrooms, 18 guests can relax in luxurious comfort. Heavenly Estate truly is as the title suggests-heavenly. The estate includes a custom pool, two other indoor.outdoor pools, hot tub, beach chairs, ping pong table, and a grill for that perfect beach side barbecue. Whether you are in town for a corporate retreat or to celebrate family and summer, the Heavenly Estate has all your needs fulfilled and so much more!

Alii Kailua Estate

Top Hawaiian Homes for Groups/Executive Retreats--

The Alii Kailua villa is located in Oahu and has 8 large bedrooms and 9 full baths. With both a mountain and ocean view, the Alii Kailua is a little piece of paradise on an already luxurious island. On-site facilities include a private pool, hot tub, jetted bathtubs, and a grill. 5 bedrooms are located in the main house, and 3 are poolside in the guest house. This villa is located on Kailua Beach, often cited as one of Hawaii’s best beach. Guests can participate in swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, and surfing right outside this home, without having to worry about crowds. This home is desirable to office retreats and large groups of family and/or friends

No matter where you choose to go, Hawaiian Beach Rentals has you covered.

Safe Travels,

The Hawaiian Beach Rentals Team

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Whales are Back: Maui Whale Watching Tips

by admin on February 10, 2014

Whale watching season is here in Maui Whale watching season is here!

February – March is the peak of whale season in Maui. Humpback whales head to the Au’Au Channel to enjoy the warmer waters of spring. We have many beachfront properties where you can literally see whales from your front porch. You can also see whales from your beach towel on DT Fleming, Launiupoko and Ka’anapali Beach. If you are planning your trip around whale watching, you might want to stay in Lahaina or Ma’alaea as their harbors are the jumping off point for the whale tours. One of the largest tour companies, the Pacific Whale Foundation, offers tours from both harbors.

Insider Tips for Whale Watching in Maui:

  • Take the ferry from Lahaina to Lanai for an affordable tour and great day outing. The ferry departs in the morning, afternoon and evening giving you time to explore Lanai during the day before heading back in the evening. One-way tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children.
  • If you are looking for a more intimate encounter with the whales you can take a tour in a rigid inflatable boat that accommodates groups up to 12 people. You will be lower in the water and might even get splashed by a whale!
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, is a great place to spot the whales from land. If you look closely you are bound to see a mother-child pair breaching and flapping the water.
  • Bring binoculars on the ferry, especially if it is a little bit windy, as it will make it easier to spot the whales.
  • Catamaran cruises are another fun (and romantic) option for whale sitings. There are several outfitters offering two-hour sunset cruises.
  • Ocean kayak tours are also available for adventurous whale watchers. Humpback whales are an Endangered Species so if you do go on a kayak adventure be sure to stay at least 300 feet away from these marine mammoths.


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Top 5 Hawaiian Homes for Large Groups

by admin on January 7, 2014

Hawaii is a popular destinations for weddings, family or college reunions or beach vacations with a large group of friends. Vacation rentals can make a Hawaiian vacation for groups hassle free: the per person rate for a vacation rental is usually less than it is at a hotel, all vacation homes have kitchens, places to store beach gear and common areas for relaxation or game night. For destination weddings, it is not uncommon to have several vacation rentals for one wedding — the bride and groom’s family can each rent a home making it easy to host gatherings and prepare for the big day.  We highlight our top five homes here, but be sure to browse our homes that sleep 10+ comfortably before planning your next Hawaiian vacation.

1. Paul Mitchell Estate, Lanikai, Windward Side, Oahu

Paul Mitchell Estate

The Paul Mitchell estate is one of the most beautiful villas in all of Hawaii. Offering one of the best ocean views in the world, this tropical oasis is a collection of seven uniquely crafted bungalows styled by a serene blend of South Pacific and Indonesian grace.

Situated in gorgeous Lanikai, it is far enough away from it all to find absolute tranquility yet close enough to Honolulu and Waikiki to enjoy a fine meal. The estate combines contemporary amenities with superb traditional island craftsmanship.

In the main house, the ceiling soars high above the living room, supported by hand-selected ohia trees. The estate includes a two-bedroom guesthouse, a Japanese bathhouse with a furo bath and sauna, an entertainment pavilion, pool cabana with waterfall and secluded hot tub, staff quarters/carriage house, and a garage with wine cellar and storage rooms.

2. Oahu Lani, Kailua, Windward Side, Oahu

Oahu Lani home

Come to Oahu Lani to relax and enjoy Hawaii in utmost luxury. This incredible home has 10 spacious, independently air-conditioned, bedrooms.

Most bedrooms have a full bathroom, television and private lanai. The home also boasts a large custom pool in the courtyard as well as two indoor/outdoor wading pools and an outdoor hot tub. Other amenities include a game room, nursery and entertainment area.

3. Beachfront Villa Lanikai, Windward Side, Oahu

Lanikai Beach

This unique Mediterranean style villa is located directly on Lanikai Beach. With two-levels and six bedrooms there is plenty of room for everyone to relax. All bedrooms are located upstairs with a small wet bar area and half of the rooms overlooking the water. Amenities include central air-conditioning, pool, spa, high speed Internet Access and a gated entry.


4. Lilio Lana I Ka Wai, Mauna Kea, Big Island 

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Truly a one of a kind luxury vacation home, the Lilio Lana I Ka Wai offers first class amenities, stunning archecticture and beautiful pacific furnishings. The home overlooks the ocean and perfectly blends indoor and outdoor living to create a uniquely Hawaiian feel.

The home features a Koi pond, outdoor bar, pool, hot tub and movie viewing room. Six bedrooms easily sleep 12 while offering privacy when your large group wants to split up into smaller groups. Several sitting areas with a view – the upper balcony for the whale-watchers, by the pool for the sun-worshipers.  Lilio even includes a place to clean your fish from your charter boat fishing outing in nearby Kawaihae harbor.

5. Keiki Kai, Lahaina, West Side, Maui

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This five bedroom home is located in Lahaina on a closed street. It’s a well-designed, two story home that offers comfort and relaxation, with easy access to the beach across the street. A relaxing stroll into Lahaina town is a just few blocks so leave the car at home and skip the parking meters!

DMX surround sound entertainment system with speakers in each room, chefs kitchen, baby grand piano, and large living area make this a favorite for entertaining.

Safe Travels,

The Hawaiian Beach Rentals Team


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Five Best Day Hikes on Kauai, Hawaii

by Charles Koehl - Your Vacation Rental Specialist on June 13, 2013

There are many great hikes to choose from on the Garden Island of Kauai. Here are five great day hikes suitable for those who want to spend a morning or afternoon enjoying the remarkable scenery and verdant beauty of the island.

1. Kee Beach to Hanakapiai Valley on the Na Pali Coast

One of Kauai’s most popular day hikes, this coastal trail along the Na Pali Coast will reward you with great views of a rugged and remote shoreline on the northwest side of the island.

The hike is four miles round trip, and when you reach Hanakapiai Valley two miles in you have the option of hiking another two more miles, up the valley along the stream, to the spectacular cascade of Hanakapiai waterfall. Hiking up to the waterfall extends the hike to 8 miles round trip, and the trail up the valley is much more rigorous than the first two miles to the valley, but well worth the journey if you’re feeling energetic.

Swimming at Hanakapiai Beach is not recommended due to potentially dangerous currents, though when you finish the hike you will be back at Kee Beach which is a lifeguarded beach with a protected lagoon area for swimming and snorkeling, and incidentally this is one of Kauai’s finest beaches. Just down the road from Kee is Tunnels (Makua Beach) which has some of the island’s best snorkeling.

2. Awaawapuhi Trail in Kokee State Park

Stunning vistas await you on this high mountain trail on Kauai’s west side in Kokee State Park. The trail descends about 1,600 feet to a lookout about 2,500 feet above sea level providing great views into both Awaawapuhi and Nualolo valleys of the Na Pali Coast, a landscape of spired pinnacles and furrowed cliffs that you will never forget.

Marked plants along the Awaawapuhi Trail help you learn about Kauai’s native flora. If this interests you then you may want to stop in at the Kokee Museum before your hike and pick up the Awaawapuhi Botanical Trail Guide. The hike is 6.4 miles overall (3.2 each way).

3. Hike to the Top of Waipo Falls in Waimea Canyon

This hike leads from the upper rim of Waimea Canyon down to Waipoo Falls which cascades 800 feet into the canyon. Great views along the way give you a unique perspective on this region. The trail leads to a lovely pool atop the falls surrounded by fragrant awapuhi ginger plants. A protected area along the stream provides a nice area for a refreshing dip in the water.

This is a great family hike, about 3.6 miles in all and only moderately difficult. When you are done you can drive up into Kokee State Park and gaze over the Na Pali Coast from the Kalalau Lookout which provides another unforgettable view of the Na Pali’s furrowed cliffs and peaks rising steeply up from the blue Pacific.

4. Sleeping Giant Hike on Nounou Mountain

This is a moderately difficult hike about 4 miles round trip and takes you to the top of one the east side’s most prominent peaks. The forested trail begins at an elevation of about 200 feet and climbs to the peak at 1,300 feet where you can take in panoramic views inland toward Mt. Waialeale – known as “the wettest spot on Earth” – as well as seaward over Kapaa and Wailua with the blue Pacific beyond.

When you are passing through Kapaa town before or after the hike take a moment to notice the view of Nounou Mountain (to the west) and its upper profile which resembles, you guessed it, a sleeping giant!

5. Mahaulepu Heritage Trail Along Southern Coastline

This scenic coastal hike along one of the south shore’s last undeveloped areas is relatively easy and about four miles round trip. The hike begins on the sand dune cliffs near Shipwreck Beach and leads to rocky inlets, tidepools and unique limestone, sandstone and lava formations.

Keep an eye out for sea turtles as well as Hawaiian monk seals, and during the winter months humpback whales often pass by offshore. Swimming is not recommended at Mahaulepu Beach due to currents though it’s great for beachcombing and enjoying the scenery and wide variety of terrain. Mahaulepu is one of Kauai’s hidden treasures and great way to spend the morning, when it will typically be a little less windy than the afternoon.

Planning Your Kauai Vacation

Next time you start planning for a family vacation in Hawaii, consider Kauai as your destination. Hawaiian Beach Rentals offers exceptional Kauai accommodations. Browse our site or talk to a live, local agent at 800-853-0787.

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Oahu Hike Takes in Windward Coast Views

by Charles Koehl - Your Vacation Rental Specialist on April 5, 2013

Hiking Above Lanikai Beach Provides Spectacular Hawaii Vistas

Everyone knows Lanikai on Oahu for its beautiful beach but if you don’t mind a short hike you may also want to check it out. There is a hiking trail called Lanikai Pillboxes which takes you above Lanikai and provides you with beautiful views of the Mokulua Islands, Lanikai, Kailua and Waimanalo.

The hike up to the pillboxes will take you about 15-20 minutes and is somewhat steep in the very beginning but the little bit of work is worth the beauty you will see when you get up to the top.  Make sure you wear shoes with grip as walking down tends to be a little slippery.

If you are planning on visiting Oahu, Hawaiian Beach Rentals offers exceptional accommodations including many affordable and luxurious Lanikai Vacation Rentals. Browse our site or talk to a live, local agent at 800-853-0787.

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West Maui Vacation Offers Luxury and Relaxation

by Charles Koehl - Your Vacation Rental Specialist on March 26, 2013

Hidden Hawaii treasure at the upscale Hale Napili

I’m often asked where to find a home in Maui that is on the ocean or within walking distance to it, reasonably priced, upscale and able to accommodate a large family. I tell my clients to check out the Hale Napili.

I spent a tranquil week at Hale Napili with my family this past May. It was the perfect family reunion home and provided a great location for the many different needs of everyone. With 4000 sq.ft. and two separate living areas we didn’t feel on top of each other. There are five spacious bedrooms and the house can easily accommodate 12 guests plus a couple little ones.

The back deck was a favorite for everyone especially in the mornings. We’d sip our tea and coffee while listening to the ocean with tropical birds singing in the background. Grandpa would watch the kids play in the large grassy yard, he said it was so relaxing and very private. He even fell asleep out there on a lounger.

There is a small stone path that takes you down to the community pool and a little cove where you can swim or snorkel. The pool is a nice bonus, there is a grass area to play as well as a covered area for those who want out of the sun.  Since some of us like the ocean and a few others don’t it was nice to be together and have the ocean and a pool right there.

If you are lucky like us, you may see a few turtles swimming around. Just under a mile from the house you also have the nice white sandy beach of Napili Bay. Don’t worry if you don’t want to leave the house, we didn’t either! There is a grocery store with several restaurants just a five minute walk from the house at the Naplili Plaza. Try Maui tacos, we loved the Maui Mex Bowls.

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