“Home in Hawaii” This was the first time we have rented a home rather than existing a hotel. What a marvelous difference! It is substantially more cost efficient but even more importantly, is the way that it feels. You feel more a part of the island, and not on the outside as a visitor. The home is beautifully decorated and clean. The beach is your backyard and the windows and sliding door give you full access to the sight, sounds and smells of the crashing waves. Turtles visited the beach every morning.
The condo is furnished with everything necessary to carry on normal living. Kitchen was fully stocked with cooking equipment (down to the last detail) and we had family style meals. We were delighted to discover boogy boards, beach towles, beach chairs, snorkeling equipment and children sand toys in the front closet. A short hunt turned up games, office supplies, laundry detergent, etc. The neighbors were friendly and Deborah, the caretaker was incredibly helpful and available. We had absolutely everything we needed. Everything.
The location suited us perfectly. Haleiwa, the little town next door was delightful and home to some "must eat" and good shopping experiences. A short drive through town and then along the coast to all of the wonderful North Shore beaches on our way to Laie for our daughter's college graduation. Going back and forth to Laie brought familiarity and a sense of belonging to the North Shore beaches. We beach hopped all the way out there and back repeatedly. They are "our" beaches now.
The condo sleeps six. One traditional bedroom/bath and then a pull out sofa and a Murphy bed. We had six adults and an infant. With the sofa bed and the murphy bed pulled out there is absolutely no "living space" left (we put the baby bed in the adjoining closet). Everything must be replaced before it is a functional living area again. So it felt crowded at night. That being said, getting us all in, made it affordable and I would definitly do it again.