So excited about our vacation home...arriving found dirty dishes and cutlery in cabinets; A/C in kitchen not working and cleaner told us they reported this prior to our visit. Musty 3rd downstairs bedroom-had to close door, not use this shower/bath & put towel at door to block smell. Portable fan in downstairs bedroom blowing dust (fan caked with dust) onto bedskirt. Owner very responsive: 1 cleaner arrived day after our arrival to clean as much as she could. The chandelier over dining table caked with grime/dust. A/C company arrived Monday as well as handyman (master toilet "ran" every hour)-new toilet recommended; we asked they wait until we left. A/C problem was due to owner's handwritten with poor instructions. We sent owner MANY photos of poor, cumulative dirt. House needs deep cleaning. Owner requested we vacate Monday (after just arriving Sat.) as she was sure we would not be happy (right!), she would not charge us as she didn't want a bad review. Unfortunately, we could not find accommodations for our family in one day! If you have ALLERGIES, do not rent this property. These are only a few of the negatives and I have photos! (We have home in tropics so understand what it takes to keep a home clean.) Suggest owner pull house from market for a month and have it deep cleaned. (even books are musty/mildewed)
Everything that was advertised! The family vacation was
relaxing and the pool was great for both the kids and adults. Great location.
We just stayed at this lovely oceanside home with my parents and siblings. All of us but one guest were adults. We loved having coffee in the morning on the upstairs deck, watching spouting horn. Afternoons post island adventures were spent in the pool. The kitchen was quite adequate as was the gas grill. We had many wonderful family dinners in the dinning room. Best of all was falling asleep listening to the waves. Only things that our crew would have wanted improvement on was the downstairs bedroom curtains and the parking which was narrow for three cars. This was the perfect retreat close to all the great locations on the south side and our host was wonderful!
We had a wonderful time - lovely location and home - would absolutely return in the future
john kahan K.
Wonderful place and wonderful experience
The main criteria for our search was we wanted enough beds for everyone, to be on the water and a pool. This property delivered on all counts. Lots of love and memories were made!
Property was beautiful, with a great location. Our family of 10 had a great time.
This was the perfect home for our extended family. The location was terrific! The views of the ocean and harbor were terrific. The kitchen was well stocked. The huge dining room table hosted one of my favorite memories of our time together! The beds were very comfortable. The pool was very clean and thoroughly enjoyed! Lots of outdoor sitting areas which were wonderful. We only turned on the tv once in 9 days! Can I say more?
We stayed for a week at this beautiful property. Plenty of space for 3 couples to spread out
Loved the outdoor space, used the pool daily and saw whales off the lanai
Well appointed kitchen , great location
The house was perfect for 3 generations (2 each) of our family. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Perfect family gathering home.
The Location was amazing!!! It was if the the waves rolled in and out of the house. The sound was intoxicating. Very well stocked kitchen, beach chairs, towels both beach and everyday.
We had a lovely stay. The house was great for our family ranging in age from 11 to 82.
Rein lambrecht L.
We had a wonderful stay at this home in Kauai. The location is fantastic, right on the water and within a short walk to a beach (that our little kids could do and haul our stuff) with good snorkeling and walking distance to the gardens/spouting horn as well. The pool was excellent and there are some pool toys, sand toys and boogie boards available. Some of these might need updated including the umbrella and some floaties that weren't working when we arrived. Some of the bathrooms are a little older but we weren't surprised by this based on prior reviews but the location made up for this. We used the room with the murphy bed. There is no AC in there but there are lots of fans. The "futon" in the upstairs room is more just a loft area that can be used as an office but not really a separate room in my opinion; however the couch in the murphy room can also sleep a guest. You can see spouting horn from the lanai and the sunset every night. The kitchen and family room being open was nice for eating meals together. Overall the kitchen is supplied with ample dishes. We stayed for 2 weeks and were only supplied garbage bags, toilet paper and paper-towels for 1 week which apparently is standard but I think for the price we would have expected this as we ran out of toilet paper before 1 week actually. I think the prior posts accurately set us up for proper expectations and definitely the location and the pool make this site a wonderful location and made for a great stay!
Home was just as listed. it's casual with lots of room for family to gather and enjoy the island. Kids loved the pool and it was a quick walk to the beach. It worked out great for a 4-generation family trip.
The house can get a little warm in the afternoon but we were outside most of the day and the air in the bedrooms or the refreshing winds off the ocean made for great sleeping.
We have stayed at this rental twice now over a 5 year span. And each time it has been truly magical. The house was perfect for our family of 7 adults and 2 children. With places to both congregate together as a group & to hide and take a quiet moment to nap or read alone. The pool was a highlight & fishing right off the break wall. We will be back again in 5 years again, I hope!
Great spot just what we wanted loved the area and the view was awesome
Ann marie D.
The property was spectacular with incredible views of the Spouting Horn, boats and crashing waves. The grounds were lush and well maintained! The house was big enough for all 10 of us to feel comfortable, not crowded. It was very comfortable and felt like a home instead of a vacation spot. We all loved the beach near by (only a 5 min walk) and appreciated the pool as a way to relax and play with the little ones in our group.
If you are considering this house…don’t hesitate a second. It will provide so many wonderful memories!!!
The island of Kauai and our vacation rental made for a fantastic week for our family of nine, including parents, youngsters, and grandparents. The location of this home could not have been better. It is charming, comfortable, and well-appointed. The owner contacted us on the first day to ask if we needed anything. A minor problem was resolved quickly. The youngsters loved the pool and nearby beaches. Adults loved the views.
This home was the perfect place for us to spend a wonderful week! The home has amazing views from almost every room. The pool was great to sit back, relax and cool off. The beach is just a few hundred feet away and had wonderful snorkeling. Gale was great to work with and answered all our questions. Would love to stay here again!
We just returned from a lovely stay in Kauai. The home was very spacious and the location was amazing. Short walk to the nearby beach. Quiet neighborhood. Three of the bedrooms and main living area have a/c. The “den” type room with the Murphy bed does not. It cooled off some in that room n the evening, but that guest opted for the futon in the loft which was cooler. The pool was great and house was well stocked with beach gear.
Rescheduled two years running due to Covid. Excellent host accommodated unforseen changes.
Wonderful experience for all
Upon entering this property you’re blown away by the view of the ocean.
The property was spacious and large enough for our multigenerational family.
The pool was a hit with the children.
The property was well equipped with beach items.
The large and well appointed kitchen worked great for us as we ate most meals in.
I can definitely recommend this house to all.
We absolutely loved this home. While the pictures in the VRBO post are lovely, they really don't do them justice. The scenery is breathtaking and the home was very comfortable and in an amazing location. My family and I highly recommend this property. Also, Kudos to Gale the owner who was an attentive host who checked on us and was very available should we have questions. Our daughter accidentally left her toiletry bag (with her retainer in it) and Gale very kindly located the bag and arranged to have it shipped to us at home.
Wonderful home with everything you could possibly want or need. Great communication with host was an added benefit.
The location was wonderful and had an amazing 7 days. Wish we could have stayed longer. Had no problems. Would rent again
We have stayed at many oceanfront homes in Koloa over the last 20 years and this is best setting, location, and view we have seen. You feel like you are on the ocean when you first enter the home, with the all glass wall you see nothing but the blue ocean! Sit on the deck and watch spouting horn to the right, open ocean with turtles and whales directly ahead , and sea canoes paddle around the jetty to the left. Every room has a view of the ocean. The sandy beach is just a few hundred feet away, but with your own pool at the edge of the ocean, won’t want to leave.
This house was a wonderful place to stay for our group of 9 (including grandparents, parents, and kids). There are amazing ocean views from every room in the house. Location is great...Lawai road is fairly quiet by the house, and the shops and restaurants are close by and convenient to get to. There were plenty of amenities and courtesy items to get us through a 5 night stay. I had read previous reviews about sticky notes and rules in the house, and I didn't find them a hindrance or annoyance, but rather helpful cues of things not to bother with. We went to the beach several days and there were nice beach chairs, beach towels, and some beach toys for the kids. My boys enjoyed the fishing gear as well. There are definitely things that could be updated throughout the house, but nothing that would prevent me from recommending this place or staying here again. Gale was easy to communicate with and checked in with me on our second day to make sure we had everything we needed. We just returned from spring break and we watched whales from the lanai every day!!
Great location and views
I have been renting homes for my family and I for a few years now and this was definitely a mixed-bag of pros & cons. Let’s start with the pros!
- Amazing location, truly can’t be in a better position for sunset views, as well a direct view of Spouting Horn.
- Yard & garden are lush and amazing. The deck spaces are great too, but the dining sets were too small for our group so we are indoors
- Layout of the house is interesting and the architecture really highlights the natural surroundings
- Rare to find a proper 3bd FULL bath home! Great for our family of 5 adults.
- Kitchen is well laid out and full of supplies. Fridge is super large for extra drinks or appetizer trays
- Beach closet is FULL of chairs, toys, umbrellas and plenty of beach towels
- Driveway can fit more than 1 rental car which is great for big groups
- Air conditioners in each room work really well! We ended up needing it in January, so keep that in mind while you search
- Harbor beach is truly a 3 minute walk from the front door. The road is narrow so I would suggest driving if you have small children as there are no sidewalks
- Communication with the owner was a little tense. Note that the check in time is 5pm, something I looked over so we were stuck without a spot and cold groceries between our rentals from 10am-5pm. I tried to contact the host and ask if there was any chance we could at least drop our bags and I was told its not possible. Turns out the housekeepers must have been finished early because we we arrive at 4:45 it was empty. Would have been really kind of the owner to let us know it was ready early. Seems petty to be so strict about check in (especially at this price point!)
- Furniture is old and needs replacement
- Bathrooms need a total gut. I didn’t use the shower in our bathroom because it was so cramped and small
- House needs to be painted, the rooms fill with a musty smell if closed up too long
- Cluttered with old technology, decor and light switches that cannot be touched.
- Everything has a little sign next to it with rules. The TV remote’s instructions have been crossed out and re-written several times. A bunch of weird things like light switches covered in post it’s to not touch or air conditioner remote rules to not adjust. It’s just a chaotic way to organize things. I genuinely do NOT like to write negative reviews as I always feel lucky and blessed to visit someone else’s home- but at this price we expect way more!!
Went with two families and our kiddos to Gale's amazing house this winter and we didn't want to leave. The views are unreal, the sunsets and sunrises are brilliant, and having the pool at our fingertips was the icing on the cake. Wonderful wonderful rental. I see some people had some comments about the notes on how to operate things - we found them useful not too intrusive. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a perfect Kauai rental.
Beautiful views. House is a little sparse of supplies.
Great opportunity to be together with kids and grandkids for a week and have a pool right there and lots of adventures not far away. Property decently maintained although some updates would have been more inviting, e.g., dryer, dishwasher, air conditioners. Air conditioning in all rooms would be preferred. I slept downstairs in the room with the Murphy bed and A/C was needed there. A/C in main room weak. Wonderful to get up each morning overlooking the ocean and hearing the waves. Great family time!
We were three couples that had a wonderful time! Lots of space to enjoy each other's company and Poipu is close by! I'd stay there again in a heartbeat!
This house was phenomenal! The Views! Every room had an ocean view! The Spacious House! The multiple decks, seating, kitchen dishes/cookware, beach towels…. You name it- This property had it! It only took 2 minutes to walk to the beach or the Spouting Horn. Very close to shopping, dinner spots and the best beaches around!
We had an amazing time and have nothing negative to say about this property! We will definitely be back and we will definitely stay here again!
This property is beautiful,
With spectacular views. Very spacious , was perfect for our family of 8. Gale is a lovely host and was prompt in her replies and easy to get Iin touch with and also had instructions all
Over the house that were very helpful. We will for Sure consider it again during our next visit
We had high expectations and they were exceeded. The location of the home is truly unique.
Terrific experiences, would definitely rent again!
Absolutely loved our time here. Great location and the house was well equipped and clean. Pool area on the ocean was spectacular. Best beach vacation ever. Thank you Gale.
Beautiful home, perfect for our family. Gale was very accommodating and great to work with.
I've been to Kauai many times, and have driven by all those wonderful,oceanfront homes hundreds of times, and for some reason I never looked into renting one of them. I continued to spend over $500/night for small, uncomfortable rooms at hotel resorts.
This last time, after stumbling across VRBO, I discovered Hale Hokuu Too. Lucky me!
The location was perfect. It is on Kukuiula Bay. Although I think I've gone to every beach on Kauai at least five times, I had never been to this bay before. Boy was I surprised. We pretty much had the beach (and bay) to ourselves everyday. Our 3-year old toddler loved the sandy beach and snorkeling with all the fish.
And after spending several hours at the large, sandy beach on the bay, we walked a few minutes back to Hale Hokuu Too and spent hours swimming in the pool.
After spending our days at the beach and the pool, we barbecued fresh fish on the propane BBQ while watching the sunset over the Spouting Horn.
This home and its location were so wonderful that we didn't even use our rental car and drive anywhere during the first week we were there. Poipu (Koloa) is so walker/jogger friendly that my wife and I (with stroller in tow) walked 5 to 10 miles each day (while we tried not to gain any weight from all of the gourmet meals we prepared on the BBQ and newly updated kitchen).
The home has lots of windows and sliding doors that we opened to let the island breezes flow through. During our time there, we never used any of the airconditioners that are in each bedroom. The house was always comfortable.
I wish I knew how to attach pictures to this review. While Gale was amazing and extremely responsive, the pictures she has on the website do not do justice for the extreme joy we experienced during our two weeks in her home.
I've vacationed in Hawaii 30 or 40 times, and none of my previous Hawaii vacations compare to staying in this home, walking next door to the "private" beach, swimming in the pool, lounging on the ocean front chairs while watching the sunset and then barbecuing dinner by the pool/ocean.
While you can spend more money for other oceanfront homes that have been recently remodeled, dollar-for-dollar (and location wise, regardless of the nightly rate), you can't go wrong with Hale Hokuu Too.
Stop shopping and contact Gale to book this property (unless you want to spend more money for an inferior property).
Hale Hokuu was a wonderful vacation location! The views from every room are breathtaking! We enjoyed the sunrises over the small bay/marina and the sunsets over Spouting Horn. The kitchen was well equipped and didn't lack for any needed utensils. The large dining area was a regular spot to sit and enjoy our morning coffee while watching the dive boats gear up for their trips. We saw whales from the patio and enjoyed watching Spouting Horn from the pool. My elderly mother enjoyed the fact that the master bedroom was on the same level as the kitchen and dining room so she only had to go down stairs if she wanted to go out by the pool. The home was comfortable, well equipped and clean when we arrived. All the beds were comfortable and if you so desired there was satellite TV and internet access. Our only mistake was not staying here for our entire two week vacation. Instead we went to the Big Island and rented a newer, larger and very uncomfortable home in Kona. We missed Gale's comfortable home away from home! I also left behind some items and the cleaning person found them, contacted Gale and I paid to have them sent by Fed Ex. I greatly appreciated her honesty! We would return to Hale Hokuu in a heart beat!
Our family just completed our third visit (for a total of 7 weeks) to Hale Hokuu and already have reserved for next year. We vacationed with our two adult children. Gale's house is the perfect place to share and appreciate time with our family. Well equipped from the kitchen to the beach equipment/toys. The house is in the most beautiful location with views(from every room) of Spouting Horn, sunrises, sunsets (you get both here), whales, dolphins, and turtles...you get the picture. The view is transcending. Quiet (except for an occasional rooster). Nice (new) outdoor furniture. The pool is lovely and was used daily. You are near so many points of interest (the gardens and Spouting Horn a short walk away) and very near a great shopping/gathering/restaurant location, The Shops of Kukui'ula. Gale is wonderful. She makes sure that all is going well for your vacation in paradise. She is very responsive, addressing any problem in the house. She also hires people that do a fantastic job. I cannot think of anyplace that I would rather stay.
Hale Hokuu is a great vacation home for families. We stayed there over Christmas with seven adults. The house is huge with plenty of room for everyone. Everything worked very well including all the kitchen appliances and barbecue. The pool was fantastic for cooling off on a warm day. Gale has plenty of amenities in the house including everything you need to spend a day at the beach including chairs, mats and umbrellas.
Probably the best feature is the location. From the balcony, we saw whales every day. We could watch the sun rise far to the left and had lots of fantastic sunsets over the Spouting Horn. The Horn is a five minute walk away. The swimming beach is just a minute away. We took a boat trip from Port Allen which is only 20 minutes away. Also, it's only 20 minutes from Lihue.
We would absolutely come back to Hale Hokuu in a heartbeat.
Hale Hokuu Too is perfectly located right on the ocean on Kauai's south shore. While there's no beach directly in front of the home (the coast is lava rocks) there's a nice swimming beach minutes away by foot and a very nice swimming pool. Lounging in the pool while gazing off at the beautiful ocean and coastline is a highlight. The stars at night are spectacular. The home is spacious, clean and well stocked. The famous Spouting Horn is about a three minute walk from the house and there are plenty of shops and restaurants a short drive away. It's a great location. There were 8 adults in our group and we all had plenty of space and privacy -- and plenty of common area to be together. The only drawback was the lack of AC in the kitchen and living area. Hawaii was in the middle of an unprecedented heat/humidity wave (without the typical trade winds) and it was pretty uncomfortable except in the air conditioned bedrooms. The lack of AC is probably not an issue 90% of the time -- just check the weather outlook for your planned vacation time. All in all we enjoyed Hale Hokuu very much and would definitely return.
The location of this home is absolutely perfect! Our family of six adults and one child had such a wonderful time in Kauai and a lot of it was due to Hale Hokuu Too! The home was very comfortable for the 7 of us and the view is breathtaking to wake to each morning. We spent a lot of time in the backyard and the pool and it will be a vacation that we will remember forever. Thank you Gale for sharing your home with us!
Aloha! What a great getaway! Our families (6 adults, 1 child) met for a vacation in Kauai in honor of our parents 50th wedding anniversary. The house is located on the island's south shore in the town of Po`ipū. This was a great location for us as there were close beaches, restaurants and markets. We did day trips to the west and north shores and also visited Allerton Gardens (Wonderful tour! Take bug spray to the gardens.). We saw seals and turtles, had fun snorkeling, giggled at chickens and relaxed on amazing beaches.
The house was great! The tall ceilings and picture windows overlooking the ocean present a magnificent view! If you look to the right from the main lanai you can see Spouting Horn. If you look to the left there is a small beach (several minutes walking distance). The lanai was the perfect spot on early mornings--and sunsets were spectacular. The house was very comfortable for our families, and the main floor open gathering area that opens to the kitchen was a great place to relax! The pool was the perfect late afternoon spot after a day of sightseeing. The bedroom on the main floor has it's own porch, and the lower bedrooms open up to the pool area.
When researching to book this home on vrbo, we read reviews and looked at many options. Gale was quick to respond and helped us coordinate the best dates. Once we had set up the booking, Gale sent us information on keys and access. This has been a good experience for us, and I would recommend it to others. Mahalo!
We have just returned from a fabulous 12 day trip to Kauai and we are so glad we stayed at Hale Hokuu TOO (2 adults, 2 teenagers). The house is beautiful, spacious and very comfortable and relaxing. Check out the art work - most of it was painted by Gale and is perfect for the house. The kitchen is very well equipped and there is also an outdoor grill by the pool. We kept meaning to grill supper but never quite got around to it - we went onto island time very quickly and ate out most evenings! There are plenty of places to eat in Poipu and also in Holoa, which is a very nice town with great ice cream at Lamperts and is also very good for gifts. The view from the house is absolutely amazing. I loved having coffee on the lanai in the morning, watching the turtles and boats and I loved having a glass of wine sitting on the lanai in the evening watching the sun go down. Another reviewer mentioned that the pool was not heated - perhaps it wasn't, but I swam most mornings before breakfast and nearly every afternoon which was really nice (I hate cold water and would not have gone in if it wasn't warm enough). We didn't need to use the AC and made use of nature by opening the doors and windows - there is a nice breeze that you can take advantage of. The gardens are beautiful and we met Wilson, the gardener, who was very pleasant (Gale had informed us he was coming and it wasn't an issue for us - the teens slept through him working!)
Gale was extremely helpful contacting us on our arrival and advised us on the best place to buy groceries - the nearest grocery store is fairly expensive. Yes, there are a few reminders around the house about how to use things etc, but that's what keeps the house nice and in good working order.
We visited Waimea Canyon, the North Shore, Spouting Horn (the little craft market there is good) and took several excursions out of Lihue area (a helicopter trip, tubing the Sugar Cane canals and an amazing canoe/hike/swim by a waterfall trip where everybody gets very muddy but has a lot of fun. The house is perfect for day trips and also there is plenty to do in the Poipu area or just relaxing by the pool.
I would definitely recommend staying here and would love to return again. I already miss going to sleep listening to the sound of the sea and I miss the roosters crowing too! Mahalo Gale.
My wife and I decided to spend our 25th Anniversary in Hawaii (along with 3 adult kids). After a week long cruise to all the islands and being on the go, a much needed relaxing place was needed. Hale Hokuu Too was just this place. Gale was a pleasure to work with and very helpful upon us arriving with a phone call regarding local information. The views in the pictures don't do it justice. We enjoyed the pool, Spouting Horn views from the lanai, and watching the turtles each day. The landscaping was amazing with beautiful plants and flowers all around the property. We spent many days at Poipu Beach snorkeling and boogie boarding. Gale also provides a closet full of beach gear (chairs, mats, boogie boards, noodles) just a few that we made use of. The kitchen was laid out nice with plenty of room for our group of 5. We made almost all of our meals there although there were plenty of restaurants around the area. GREAT place to rest and relax! We're hoping to come back soon!
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