Kepuhi Kai


Rates: $978 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Bed types: KKX (sleeps 8)
Reviews: 5.00 (from 54 reviews)
Hawaiian Island Beachfront cottage with an incredible location on the North Shore of Kauai in between Hanalei and Haena close to Tunnels. The 3/4 acre property features a large sandy beach point. Some of the islands best snorkeling and shelling right out front of the house. This 2 bed 2 bath home has covered lanais offering unmatched views of the Pacific Ocean and stunning surrounding Mountains. The home has an expansive lush green grassy yard with coconut and ironwood trees flowing in the cool tradewinds. This home features upper living room (w/ sofa sleeper), dining room, kitchen and huge wrap-around lanai with bbq for you to dine, relax and watch the waves rain or shine. Downstairs features 1 king bedroom leading to another private 1 king en suite primary bedroom with its own private lanai. Also downstairs are a second full bath and large laundry room. This property is in a tsunami zone.

Permitted Vacation Rental Property - Permit ID: TVNC# 1136
TMK# (4)5-8-008:033

Tsunami Zone
Property Tax ID: GE-01
TAT-01 Registration Number: GE-008-859-0848-01, TA-008-859-0848-01, 580080330000

Kepuhi Kai Reviews



Ian C.
February 2024
We loved our stay. Incredibly beautiful location.


Amber W.
January 2024
This is a little slice of Paradise, a special property. We felt it was ideal for a couple, or family as one bedroom must be passed through to reach the other. Not a privacy problem for us. We visited in the winter, so like all HI islands, the waves, winds and currents on the north shore were intense. You must be careful and smart about swimming in the bay. That said, we love Hawaii rain or shine, and sat on the beach and swam every day. We tracked the tides, which we are used to doing. We can't wait to come back in the summertime. You should also be aware of the weather and bridges for flooding and construction, but we experienced no problems. We loved that the house was in a quiet neighborhood, 15mn from town. We enjoyed the farmers markets, restaurants, and a great fish market. We "cooked" minimally. It absolutely met expectations. No bait and switch here. The hosts were communicative and lovely.


Michelle C.
January 2024
Great location just steps from a quiet beach.


Judy A.
January 2024
Beach front at its finest. Our grandkids came to visit as they live here and loved playing on the large grassy area and then walking down the path to a wonderful beach where shell hunting is a blast. The home Is very comfortable and has everything you need. Enjoyed the quiet morning sunrises and you can go to sleep with the sound of the waves. Just Lovely


Jeffrey S.
December 2023
Great, secluded location. Steps from a beautiful beach with great snorkeling. Outdoor deck / patio with seating for 6 was perfect. Great washer ans dryer - will definitely use a lot of you’re in and out of the water frequently. Views of ocean and mountains. A bit out of the way, which is both a plus and a negative depending on how you look at things. The only real negative is the actual home is a bit outdated and not well ventilated in parts of the house.


James L.
December 2023
This property was beautiful and the location was great. The owners had great communication and provided great recommendations. I look forward to renting this location in the future.


Doug R.
December 2023
What's not to love? A beach right on the property with lots of fish, a couple of green turtles and a monk seal on the last day!! This was a perfect place to celebrate my 94 year old father's last hurrah. We all loved it!


Kristen B.
November 2023
We loved this perfect location on the North Shore. We snorkled right out front of the house and saw many turtles, some rays and fish. Felt like we were on our own island. The house is clean, comfortable, private and has amazing views. Couldn't have asked for anything more! We hope to stay here again!


Janet K.
October 2023
We loved our stay in this beautiful location and home. Everything was as described and even better. The house is well equipped with everything we needed. Loved the bikes and all the beach chairs. Enjoyed our sunrise walks on the beach and our morning coffee on the fabulous lanai. A perfect house for a relaxing Kauai getaway! Nikki the host was very responsive and helpful. Highly recommend this home.


Jennie A.
October 2023
We've been coveting this house for a couple years now and finally got to stay in it! It's the best north shore rental we've stayed in yet. Our favorite snorkeling beach is in the backyard, the wraparound lanai puts others to shame, the view is gorgeous, the kitchen had every type of utensil and dish and gadget we needed (except steak knives), the spice cupboard is stocked, the decorating aesthetic is perfect, the washer and dryer were high-tech pleasures, and there were plenty of beach towels, beach chairs, plus two boogie boards, two swim noodles, and even some bicycles. I loved looking through all the little dishes of sea shells around the house and the collection of old postcards in a box. There was a Bluetooth speaker to use, a medium-sized soft-sided cooler, and the propane grill works great! Nice that everything stayed dry in this house (most beach houses have constantly damp bedding, furniture, etc)! However, that may be due to the lack of cross-breezes, meaning the wet air just wasn't making it into the house. It was uncomfortably warm inside every day, but we'd just go sit on the deck instead or directly in front of one of several electric fans. The master BR stayed cool enough for sleeping at night, with the aid of the ceiling fan. Didn't use the middle bedroom, but it was more private than I'd thought it would be. I knew you'd have to walk through it to get to the master bedroom, but it turns out there is also an outdoor route available. Beautiful,relaxing stay!


Steve C.
August 2023
Can’t imagine a better spot, great beach and snorkeling!


Annia E.
July 2023
Our stay in this home was wonderful. The views from the deck are stunning and the house is so comfortable. The proximity to Hanalei was great. Such a charming little town! You can walk all the way down to Tunnels Beach with other snorkeling opportunities in between. I can’t attest to the snorkeling behind the house as there was a brand new baby monk seal and the beach was closed. Super cool to see that as it is a rare happening. The beds were all comfortable, even the sofa sleepers. We had everything we needed in the kitchen. Beach toys and boogie boards were nice to have as well. The kids enjoyed the Bocce Ball set quite a bit too! The owner’s communication was quick and responsive, which I appreciated. Overall, it was a beautiful home and we would absolutely come back!


Kindalee D.
July 2023
We loved our stay at this beautiful home. Excellent beachfront location with large lanai and lawn. Great snorkeling and beach in front of the house. Peaceful decor. Everything we needed for a perfect vacation on the north shore. Thank you!


Joe W.
May 2023
We had a fantastic week at this well-appointed and lovely house. Situated directly on the ocean every room features an incredible view of the water. Town was a quick trip away, enabling us to grab groceries at the store or farmer's market and prepare meals in the well stocked kitchen. Arriving and checking out were a breeze, and communication with the owner could not have been better. Already looking forward to returning!


Gordon H.
April 2023
Peaceful location away from the bustle of Hanalei. Lovely house, very comfortable, clean and homey.


Ashley G.
April 2023
Fantastic home. Great location for beach activities. Lots of beach accessories available. Would love to go back!!


Tara R.
April 2023
Loved, loved, loved our stay here! Super clean and beautifully decorated. Quiet neighborhood. Well appointed kitchen which was perfect for us as we cooked most of our meals at home. Fantastic snorkeling right off the beach- so many fish and lobsters and turtles! We will absolutely stay here again next time we are in Kauai!


trey c.
April 2023
If location is key, this place has the keys to the kingdom. The house: I was very close to booking a place 2 doors down that had more luxury interiors, and looked a bit newer, but I chose this house instead and was happy I did. It has a great beach feel, and a fully appointed kitchen. The deck was perfect and most evenings we were out there looking out at the. view and grilling dinners. The lawn is great and the kids played outside all day back and fourth to the beach. Snorkeling 200 feet from the house is great and the reef is in decent shape. If the owners replaced the floors to hardwood, and put in a new kitchen, they could charge double...I hope they don't! The location: We stayed at the Hotel 1 for a couple nights before we landed here...getting to the house was a breath or fresh air. Perfect location. No elevators to the beach, no overpriced smoothies. The North Shore is awesome. Slow and mellow beach time with nice rainstorms in the afternoons. A+.


Joseph P.
April 2023
We enjoyed our stay here, the beach is practically the backyard with great snorkeling and calm waters. We saw turtles and a seal. The decor was modern and there were ample supplies. We didn’t want to leave! Location is also perfect for surfing nearby.


Scott M.
April 2023
The house and property exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend this house!


Batsheva M.
March 2023
Loved every minute. Property felt private and serene. We spent most of our time cooking, reading, hiking, beach walks and soaking in the rain and sun. The house was super comfortable for the 2 of us and would be great for a small family as well. The 2 bedrooms are attached (walk thru one to get to the other) with doors to the outside as well. Kitchen fully stocked. A great week overall.


Nancy G.
February 2023
Loved this house and being able to walk out the door and walk on the beach. Well equipped for dining at home after trips to the local farmers and fish markets.


Donna H.
January 2023
Ideal stay. The location is heaven on earth! It’s a great house with spectacular views and a fabulous area close to everything!


Rita C.
November 2022
Beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, hear the ocean 24/7, a few steps to the sea, so grateful we found this gem on the beach. We loved every moment of our time here. Thank you!


Jon and Mary N.
November 2022
Everything went well and was easier than expected. The location is the best, everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. Couldn’t be happier.


Elise P.
October 2022
Kepuhi Kai was an amazing location for our Hawaiian getaway. From the very well-appointed kitchen to the incredibly cozy beds/bedding, my family was very happy, comfortable and truly blown away by this house. We took advantage of the snorkeling gear, beach towels, yoga mats and fun jigsaw puzzle provided by our wonderful hosts. Beyond the house itself, we hardly saw my brother-in-law because he was busy enjoying the incredible snorkeling right on our beach. Many afternoons, my husband peacefully immersed himself in a book with his feet in the soothing beach sand. My sister-in-law and I enjoyed wandering in and out of the charming shops in nearby downtown Hanalei and took advantage of some of the wonderful local farmer's markets. Kepuhi Kai was the perfect resting place after we exhausted ourselves on the Kalalau Trail and was a truly magical setting for us to all come together for delicious meals (with local fish, of course) and cocktails on the wrap-around lanai. The four of us were mesmerized by the epic waves and loved seeing other families, dogs and surfers regularly visit this special little beach. I am sure we'll be back to Kauai and we'd be absolutely thrilled to stay at this house again!


Cara L.
October 2022
What a dream experience! You cannot beat the view and a private path out to the beach. The communication before and during the stay was so easy and friendly making it a zero stress vacation for us. We will be back!


Helen T.
October 2022
Perfect!


Steve C.
September 2022
Very nice, clean and comfortable house in an incredible beachfront location in one of the most beautiful areas on Earth, the north shore of Kauai. Close to Tunnels, Hanna Beach Park, Kalalau Trail, Queens Bath, Hanalei. Very cool.


Nick R.
August 2022
We absolutely LOVED staying here! The house worked perfect for our family. Having the living room and wrap it lanai on the upper level provided views of all over. The beach was great for snorkel and swimming. And was RIGHT THERE! Quiet area. Super close to Tunnels Beach, which is a great plus. Naps in the hammock. Nicki and Dave were super nice and very quick to respond. We cannot wait to stay here again!!!


Ellen W.
August 2022
Beautiful, relaxing, well-appointed home right on the beach. You have to walk through one bedroom to get to the other bedroom or access the 2nd bedroom from outside. It was perfect for our family, and we had an amazing time. Thank you!


Ron G.
July 2022
We came to play at the beach and snorkel a lot. We were a bit surprised to discover how nice the beach and snorkeling right in front of the house were. The coral is healthier than many other locations. There are some significant currents, so this might not be the best spot for beginners. But it's also a totally reasonable walk to the beach in front of the YMNCA (to the west) and a little further to Tunnels. Both of these are great beaches with easy snorkeling. Please use reef-safe sunscreen and no standing on the reef. I was surprised to talk to various snorkelers who didn't realize the "rocks" they were standing on were covered in live corals. Even the dead coral should be avoided because new coral recruits can start up there if left undisturbed. Lots of fish, many turtles, a few rays, and even a monk seal. And much more if you're a snorkel nerd (cool nudibranchs!) Oh yes, the house. Great kitchen, comfy beds, brilliant deck overlooking ocean, hot outdoor shower. Why am I telling you all this! Now we'll never manage to get another reservation :-)


Herman C.
May 2022
Beautiful place at an ideal location. We had a wonderful time.


Cassandra Z.
May 2022
This adorable cottage and it’s location are fantastic. The views from the house are stunning and having such a secluded beach make this a magical slice of paradise. We loved the history and charm of this beach cottage so much that we hardly explored the rest of the island and didn’t want to leave. Kitchen is well equipped, beds are comfy and all of the other amenities… snorkel gear, beach chairs, towels…and did I mention the view and beach?? Best communication I’ve ever had with a host! They are clearly in love with their home and enjoy sharing the experience with guests. We’ll be back to share the aloha spirit. Mahalo!


Jessica B.
April 2022
This house was just what we needed - quiet, beachfront, nice accommodations. We snorkeled and swam in the ocean, hiked, made meals in the well stocked kitchen, and relaxed. The beds were comfy and the decor was simple and chic.


Robert S.
April 2022
Super clean, and all the amenities you need to enjoy the beach


Claudia R.
March 2022
Amazing location , your own private beach pretty much. House equipped with everything you need . Everything works great. House is not new but very well kept and tastefully decorated. The fully remodeled master bath is a plus. The house worked perfectly for our family of 5. Lots of space . No AC but not needed at all at least during our stay end of March. Absolutely loved it! You are in a quite but gorgeous location 7 min drive from Hanalei where there are plenty of restaurants, shops, grocery store , etc.


Amy C.
March 2022
Two couples had an absolutely wonderful stay at this house! It is even nicer than the photos. Compared to all the other houses in this neighborhood, this house has amazing privacy. It is set back from the beach by a wide front lawn but you can still see the ocean from the deck. The beach was great for walking and snorkeling. The area is a bit remote, but what you gain is uncrowded beaches and a beautiful rural character. The house was immaculate and very comfortable; great kitchen very well equipped. We loved the deck and spent most of our time there. (One thing to just be aware of is the two bedrooms adjoin; ie you have to walk through one to get to the other, or use the doors to outside that both rooms have.) We could not have had a better time! Thank you for sharing this very special home with us!


Monica R.
February 2022
This house is pure magic. Our best stay on Kauai by a long shot!


Tony V.
February 2022
I cannot express in words how much I love this place. Nicki and Dave’s property is the perfect balance of privacy and community. The beach behind the house is quiet and empty most of the day with the occasional daytime beach dweller. Only during sunrise and sunset did we encounter a consistent small group of neighbors enjoying a cup of coffee, fishing from the shoreline or just taking in the colors the sky and sea happen to be painting that day. We ventured out for a few day trips during our stay, only to realize upon returning to the house that we were already at our favorite place on the island. The kitchen was very well equipped, inspiring us to make almost every meal at the house. The farmers market and local fish market are a must for those who enjoy fresh local ingredients. The house was the perfect size for our family which included three children under 10, two grandparents and my wife and I. I can’t wait to go back!


Arista G.
February 2022
As advertised. We loved it.


Brandon L.
January 2022
Our family has had a trip planned to Kauai for a couple years that’s keeps getting pushed back because of Covid. The other VRBO we had scheduled canceled at the last minute and we were lucky enough to get this place. So glad we did. Amazing house in an amazing area. The home is older, but you can tell the owners really take care of it. Super quiet beach with really friendly neighbors. Can’t thank the hosts enough for allowing us to stay in their home. If you want a real north shore experience on Kauai this is the place


Lori S.
January 2022
I want to go back! The house is an absolute dream. From the decor to the location to Nikki’s quick responses, it was one of the best vacations. It sleeps everyone comfortably and I spent most of the time on the porch watching the ocean.


Mark M.
November 2021
What a great location and property. Wonderful appointments and thoughtful decor throughout. Very very private and chill. A great experience


Linda Y.
November 2021
We loved our stay here. It really is the perfect beach house. Casual, comfortable, beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you need. The beach is just a few steps away and then you can walk for miles. Also good swimming and snorkeling right in front of the house. Wonderful place to stay! Host was great to deal with, quick to respond and everything well explained. Would happily stay here again.


Chaz S.
October 2021
From the moment you step foot onto the property, you know you will be back. The property is beautiful, and the surrounding views are amazing. The property is clean and makes you feel at home. Wake up every morning and take the private path to the beach. It doesn't get much better than that :) The house has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The owners were very responsive, and you can tell they take pride in their property. Definitely recommend staying here. I know we will be back.


Lori V.
October 2021
Fantastic location! Great snorkeling right in front of the house and the perfect deck for hanging out. Kitchen had everything we needed and the beds/pillows were comfy. The house decor is beautiful. i didn't realize that the two bedrooms connected but it wasn't a problem-the couple with the master just went in and out the bottom deck door instead of cutting through the other bedroom. Lots of beach towels and accessories and the washer and dryer came in handy for after muddy hikes. Would definitely stay here again!


Frank D.
September 2021
What a nice place. Very clean and can’t imagine needing anything else because the house is very well equipped. We are big snorkelers and one of the best places is right on the beach in front of the house. Also very private.


Suzanne C.
September 2021
Our family of three stayed in this terrific property for a week and loved it. The view from the deck is fantastic, and the property feels very private, notwithstanding that there are other homes around it. The decor is nice and the home is very well "provisioned" with all the basics covered as well as all of the kitchen things you'd need plus some, and a really nice assortment of beach supplies. While the "walk through" to the second bedroom might be an issue for some, it was not for us. The hosts communicated proactively about the situation with the road closure and were quickly responsive to inquiries. All in all, a very special house in a fantastic location with beautiful beach options not only right out front, but within easy walking distance as well.


Jon K.
August 2021
Nicki and Dave’s place is truly amazing. A perfect location right on a quiet beach. With a backdrop of incredible mountains full of waterfalls. The house itself is so conducive to relaxing . Very spacious, open kitchen and living room. Wrap-around porch where we spend most of our time. And super comfortable bedrooms. The entire house is extremely clean and well maintained. Beautiful decorative touches throughout. Can’t recommend this place enough! We hope to be back again.


Laurel J.
August 2021
Wonderful location, house & yard. We will miss this house!

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