Is $100 per night unrealistic on WAIKIKI?

Right near Honolulu, the capital of the paradisiac Hawaiian land, you will find a wonderful place named Waikiki, which is famous for its beach filled with white sand. It is also known to have been the playground for the royal family and its name can be easily translated from Hawaiian into “spouting waters”. This city was introduced to the world for the first time in 1901, when the first hotel, named Mona Surfrider, was built. Nowadays, this is Oahu’s main resort and hotel at the same time, as well as the place where visitors around the world gather and enjoy a relaxing time while the beauty of the nature carefully watches over them.

waikiki beach hawaii honolulu

A few points of interest in Waikiki

The clear and calm waters of Waikiki are perfect for learning how to surf and the wonderful landscape provided by Leahi or the Diamond Head, as it is also named, is surely a bless for the heart. The beauty of this region lies not only in the beach, but also in all the attractions like the Honolulu Zoo or the Waikiki Aquarium, where anyone can have fun with their friends or family. Another interesting aspect about this region is the fact that its history can be easily read on the surfboards which can be found along the Waikiki Historical Trail. At the same time, you must be prepared for all the shopping and dining places you can explore during your whole stay.

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9 Great Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii Hotels Under $100

Finding accommodation in Waikiki

Leaving aside the attractions and the wonderful nature that surrounds this entire place, the main focus is on the accommodation, the first aspect people are taking into consideration before going in a holiday. It can be challenging to find the perfect place you want to stay and there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration, but with patience and calm, everyone will eventually find his / her perfect place to stay.

One of the main problems tourists encounter when they are trying to find accommodation is the price. The good news about Waikiki Honolulu is that you can come across hotel prices of under $100 per night. Following hotels (and not only) can all be booked for under $100 per night:

Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel
Hotels in Honolulu from $60/night

 

Maile Sky Court
Hotels under 100 USD near Waikiki Beach Area

 

Waikiki Gateway Hotel
$60-$100 Apartment Hotels in Waikiki

Types of accommodations

The main idea is that you will find places to stay where the prices start from $100 per night, but they will definitely be very basic in terms of design and furniture and they are more likely to be located away from the Waikiki Beach. If this is an aspect that doesn’t bother you, then you may proceed with your searches. After all, when you go in a holiday, you don’t really plan to stay inside your room, right? That’s something you can do very well at home. The point of a trip is to explore the new place you came to visit and build up memories with spontaneous and completely unexpected experiences.

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Best Value Hotels in Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach

Now, getting back to our accommodation issue, there is a family business that runs from the 70’s and that, every year, waits for new and old guests alike. The Royal Grove Hotel, as it is called, offers a room with a double bed and a kitchen. The air-conditioning featured in the room is a must for the hot nights. Moreover, it is located near the beach, and only a few minutes away from to the Duke Statue.

Did you know? The legendary Duke Kahanamoku grew up surfing on these waters that are slowly caressing the shores of Waikiki.

To prevent spending extra amounts of money, it is recommended to enter the resorts’ websites and browse through their picture galleries after you made up a list of hotels you are interested in. When you decide upon a hotel, then all you have to do is make the booking directly on their website.

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Budget Waikiki Vacation Rentals from $89 / Night

Also, pay attention when they state that the breakfast is included. Breakfast may sometimes refer to pastry and fruits and not to a full breakfast. Therefore, if you wish to have a richer breakfast in your Hawaiian mornings make a call and ask for specific information. Another option would be to try and find other places where the morning course is served. You may get a greater variety, as well as better prices.

Types of travellers

There are usually three main types of travellers: those who are young and tight on a budget, families and those who are coming to Hawaii to satisfy their dream vacation. Most of the tourists who enter the Hawaiian territory are either visiting with their families or are coming here to relax and enjoy life at a high budget.

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However, there are also those who are young and full of adventure, with adrenaline running through their veins, people who wish to see the world and enjoy the experience of a beautiful sunset on the Waikiki Beach. Others want to catch the wonderful view of a storm causing the ocean to agitate in the beautiful game of lightning strikes and with the marvelous background music played by overwhelming thunders.

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For these adventurers, a great place to stay on a low budget is a hostel. You only need a place to sleep, a shower and a bit of rest. For the remaining amount of time, you will probably be out exploring and gazing at the beauty of this wonderful place.

Conclusion

A trip to Hawaii is probably one of the best things one can experience in a lifetime. Maybe it is also one the most wanted trips on Earth and one of the most mentioned elements on millions of people’s bucket lists. The simple joy that causes the admiration of nature can be achieved with a high amount of money, but also with a lower sum.

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You don’t really need much to take in and absorb all the positive energy out there. The fact that you are spending your nights in a more expensive or in a cheaper hotel is a matter of individual preference. The experience will be pretty much the same, because, let’s face it, you’re not really going to Hawaii to stay in a closed room all day long, right?

Tips & Insights from the Vacation Rental Cleaner:

Cleaning – What is expected of guests?

In my five years as a vacation rental cleaner in Kailua, one of my favorite aspects of the job was when I had the opportunity to welcome and then see off the guests. It was exciting meeting people from so many different places and varied backgrounds, and I loved seeing the transformation they underwent from when they first arrived (stressed and overwhelmed) to when they left (so much more relaxed and carefree).

Vacation Rental Cleaner
Vacation Rental Cleaner

When guests first arrived, one of most frequent questions they would ask me was, “What is expected of us, as far as cleaning?” I was always slightly amused by that question (I was the cleaner, after all, so they probably felt compelled to ask me) and I tried to assure them that they should just relax and enjoy our beautiful island and not worry too much about cleaning! However, there are a few guidelines that can make things easier and smoother for everyone—both the guests and the cleaners—so I thought I would share them with you, too.

Please note that each vacation rental is different and some may have specific rules or requirements, so be sure to check your agreement and/or speak to the manager about any questions you have. The following guidelines are gleaned from the way we did things at the 3 vacation rentals I cleaned. Things may be different where you stay, but if you are paying a cleaning fee, then they should be a good general rules of thumb.

Kitchen disaster
Kitchen disaster

Cleaning: What Is Expected of Guests

Most importantly: you are on vacation. Relax and take it easy! You are paying a cleaning fee for us to clean the place after you are gone and get it ready for the next guest, so you don’t need to worry about that. However, please note that, unlike hotels, vacation rental cleaners are not maids and only clean after you leave. One of the great things about a vacation rental is that it’s a comfortable home away from home. But along with that comes doing some of the cleaning you would do in your own home, such as doing dishes and taking out the trash. If you are staying for an extended period and things get messy, there should be a broom and basic cleaning supplies provided for your use, if you like.

The do’s:

  • Wash the dishes. We provide soap and a clean dish sponge (and in some cases a dishwasher). It’s ok if there’s a stray glass here or there, or you were in a hurry to get to the airport in the morning and left a cereal bowl or two, but please don’t leave a sink full of dirty dishes. We expect that most people will wash their dishes after using them, so when we are left with the “surprise” of a sink full of dirty dishes to wash, it really sets us back time-wise and can make it difficult to finish the cleaning job in time.
  • Place trash in proper receptacles, not strewn around all over the place. If the trash gets full, change the bag like you would in your own home. Most vacation rentals will have trash bags easily accessible.

The don’ts:

  • Avoid the urge to wash the towels! Many vacation rentals (like the ones I cleaned) provide white bath towels, and it’s pretty amazing how dirty and stained they get. Well-meaning guests would try to wash them for us, but oftentimes they ended up further discoloring the towels or setting the stains in when they dried them. If you are provided enough towels to use for your stay without having to wash them, then it’s better to leave the dirty ones to us so that we can properly treat the stains.
  • Don’t remove the sheets from the bed. Oftentimes, guests would collect all the bedding and put it in a pile, but it’s actually better for us if you leave them on the bed because then we’re able to tell the state of the sheets (i.e. if they need bleaching or special care, etc.) If they’re crumpled up, it’s easier to miss things. Also, hold back your urge to wash the sheets, for the same reasons as the towels.
  • Don’t hide messes. If you stained or broke something, your child had an accident on the bed, etc. please let us know. Accidents are expected to happen every now and then, and we know this. Just try to be as careful and respectful of the home as possible, but if something does happen, don’t freak out or try to cover it up. We’re going to find out at some point anyway, so it’s better to let us know upfront so it doesn’t become a last minute surprise that ends up setting us back. (P.S. The manager will be more likely to charge a fee for broken/damaged items if you hide it.)

To tip or not to tip

To tip or not to tip
To tip or not to tip

You are paying a cleaning fee, so a tip is generally not expected. However, if you are happy with the cleanliness of the place, or if things got a little crazy during your stay and you have to leave behind a big mess, then a tip is always welcome. We were happy when guests showed their appreciation by leaving us food (in good condition), by signing the guestbook, or leaving a short note. In many cases the cleaner is someone other than the manager or owner of the property, so if you think they did a good job, please give them a shout-out in any reviews.

For me, personally, one of the best “tips” was seeing how much more peaceful most people seemed after their stays. Spending time with their loved ones in the beautiful natural environment of Kailua rejuvenated them, and they appreciated the hard work we put into maintaining the place so they had a comfortable, home-like place to stay. I like to think that, in my own small way, I tried to share the spirit of aloha with every guest, and that they took a bit of that aloha back home with them.

Traveling On A Budget to Oahu?

Here You Can Sleep for under $100!

When visiting Oahu, Kailua, travelers can stay in nice hostels and small hotels to meet people from all over the world coming together in a very special place of Hawaii.

Hostels, however small or affordable they may be, are still a gathering place for travelers, explorers and adventurers. Do not expect a lot since you do get what you pay for. However, they still provide great customer service and very comfortable accommodations.

Here are the top 5 places where you can sleep for under $100 when traveling on a budget to Oahu:

(Hotel Features and Room types are provided by http://go.kailua.org/)

Polynesian Hostel Beach Club Honolulu

2584 Lemon Road, Waikiki, Honolulu, United States

Average overnight stay: $48

Polynesian Hostel Beach Club Honolulu
Polynesian Hostel Beach Club Honolulu

Polynesian Hostel Beach Club Honolulu, rated as Best Youth Hostel by the Travel Channel, is located in the heart of Waikiki, a few steps away from the beach and one street from Kuhio Beach Park.  It is also very much accessible to parks, restaurants, and nightlife.

It is a hostel filled with lots of activities for its world travellers. Polynesian Hostel is the closest hostel to the Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu Zoo, the Aquarium and other local attractions. You can also enjoy sea kayaking across Iua Bay to Moku Lua Islands, experience World War II History by visiting the Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial, and appreciate the majesty of Oahu while sunset sailing.

The comfortable rooms at Polynesian Hostel Beach Club include a fan and a TV. It provides a 24-hour reception, as well as bicycle rental and luggage storage. Amenities include a game room, a safe and a tour desk. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

A sumptuous breakfast is prepared each morning at the hostel, and there are numerous restaurants and eateries near the area. 

Hotel Features

General Info

Cable / Satellite TV, TV, Gay/Lesbian Friendly

Activities

Water Activities, Kayaking, Games Available

Services

24-Hour Reception, Safe-Deposit Box, Laundry service, Bicycle Rental, Luggage Storage, Designated Smoking Area, Self Laundry

Internet

High-speed Internet is available at this hotel. Wireless internet on site.

Parking

Parking is available.

Check-in and Check-out

From 12:00 PM and Prior to 10:00 AM

Room Types

8 Bed Dorm – Mixed (Shared Bathroom) Breakfast included

6 Bed Dorm – Mixed (Shared Bathroom) Breakfast included

4 Bed Dorm – Mixed (Shared Bathroom)

4 Bed Dorm – Female Only (Shared Bathroom) Breakfast included

Co-Ed Dorm – FREE cancellation, Pay later

Two Persons Co-Ed Dorm – FREE cancellation, Pay later

Double (Shared Bathroom) Breakfast included

Twin (Shared Bathroom) Breakfast included

2 Bed Dorm – Female Only (Shared Bathroom) Breakfast included

Waikiki Beachside Hostel Honolulu 

2556 Lemon Road, Waikiki, Honolulu, United States

Average overnight stay: $60

If you are looking for an affordable seaside refuge, this hostel is located on the more quiet side of the main Waikiki strip. It is two minutes from Kuhio Beach Park on a more quiet side of the main Waikiki strip. It is conveniently situated near Honolulu Zoo and less than a 20-minute stroll from Kapiolani Park, Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Aquarium.

Waikiki Beachside Hostel Honolulu
Waikiki Beachside Hostel Honolulu

This hostel has 170 comfortable rooms and an in-house restaurant. which are perfect for budget travellers. The bathrooms have their own bathtub, and come with a hair dryer.

Waikiki Beachside Hostel Honolulu also serves a satisfying breakfast every morning. Guests can also opt to dine in numerous cafés and eateries nearby. The staff is friendly and helpful and WiFi is good.

Hotel Features

General

Restaurant, Air Conditioned, Hair Dryer, En suite, Private Bathroom, Vending Machines

Activities

Tour Desk, Bath

Services

24-Hour Reception, Safe-Deposit Box, ATM / Cash Machine, Laundry service, Bicycle

Rental, Photocopier, Luggage Storage, Self Laundry

Internet

High-speed Internet is available at this hotel. Wireless internet on site.

Parking

Parking is available.

Check-in & Check-out

From 3:00 PM and Prior to 12:00 PM

Room Types

8 Bed Dorm – Mixed (Private Bathroom) Breakfast included

8 Bed Dorm – Female Only (Private Bathroom) Breakfast included

Waikiki Gateway Hotel

2070 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki, Honolulu, United States

Average overnight stay: $99

Waikiki Gateway Hotel
Waikiki Gateway Hotel

If you want a no frills, good location and easy-on-the-budget getaway, Waikiki Gateway Hotel is the perfect place to be. It is located just a few blocks from the beach and is really close to the mall and markets. There are also restaurants nearby and there an in-house store at the hotel.

The hotel provides a 24-hour reception, valet parking and a safe and luggage storage. It also has laundry facilities, massage services and internet. It has spacious rooms complete with a TV, telephone, refrigerator and a hair dryer. Some bonuses include wireless internet access and movies by request. To add to that, it helps a lot that their staff is multilingual. 

A satisfying breakfast is available each morning at Waikiki Gateway, and there are numerous restaurants and eateries nearby that guests can try for lunch or dinner. 

Waikiki Gateway Honolulu is conveniently situated for exploring Honolulu with the Fort DeRussy Military Reservation and Royal Hawaiian Center within walking distance. It is also less than a 20-minute stroll from Hawaii Convention Center.

Hotel Features

General

Air Conditioned, Refrigerator, In Room Movies, Hair Dryer, TV, En suite, Private Bathroom, Private Toilet

Activities

Fitness Room/Gym, Massage / Beauty Centre, Golf Course, Bath, Massage, Spa & Wellness Centre

Services

Business Center, Elevator / Lift, 24-Hour Reception, Dry Cleaning, Multilingual Staff, Safe-Deposit Box, Laundry service, Shops, Luggage Storage, Souvenirs/Gift Shop, Self Laundry

Internet

High-speed Internet is available at this hotel. Wireless internet on site.

Parking

Valet parking is offered at the hotel.

Check-in & Check-out

From 3:00 PM and Prior to 12:00 PM

Rooms

Single Room

Premium – Standard Room – 2 Twin (Single) Beds Or 2 Double Beds And Bedding Varies

Triple – Quad – 3 Twin (Single) Beds And 1 Twin (Single) Bed

Deluxe Waikiki View – Bedding Varies

Deluxe Ocean View – 2 Double Beds Or 1 King Bed

Standard Room, Ocean View

Standard – 1 bed / 2 beds

Deluxe – 1 bed / 2 beds

Ocean View – 1 bed / 2 beds

Hawaiian Monarch Hotel

444 Niu Street, Waikiki, Honolulu, United States

Average overnight stay: $100

Hawaiian Monarch Hotel
Hawaiian Monarch Hotel

Hawaiian Monarch Hotel is an affordable place to book which is located at the top of Waikiki. The hotel is in a great location which price is difficult to beat. This hotel is for budget travellers who wish to enjoy Waikiki but no funds for high-end accommodations. It is a 10-minute stroll going to the Waikiki Beach and Hawaii Convention Center.

The rooms are a bit dated but they are generally clean and equipped with a safe, microwave, small fridge and air con. The staff is extremely pleasant and courteous. An enjoyable breakfast is set each morning at Hawaiian, and there are many cafés and eateries nearby.

Sightseeing attractions are also near Hawaiian Monarch Hotel. The Royal Hawaiian Center and the Fort DeRussy Military Reservation are a 20-minute stroll away.

Hotel Features

General

Air Conditioned, Cable / Satellite TV, Hair Dryer, TV, En suite, Private Bathroom

Activities

Tour Desk, Massage / Beauty Centre, Golf Course, Bath, Nightclubs, Salon, Massage

Services, Concierge, Elevator / Lift, 24-Hour Reception, Wake-up Service, Meeting

Rooms, Laundry service, Bicycle Rental, Shops, Shops in Hotel, Self Laundry

Internet

High-speed Internet is available at this hotel. Wireless internet on site.

Parking

Parking is available.

Check-in & Check-out

From 3:00 PM and Prior to 12:00 PM

Rooms

Standard Double – 1 bed / 2 beds

Standard Queen

Standard Room – King / Queen

Waikiki Backpackers Hostel

2569 Cartwright Rd, Waikiki, Honolulu, United States

Average overnight stay: $68

Waikiki Backpackers Hostel
Waikiki Backpackers Hostel

The Waikiki Backpackers Hostel is a reasonably priced and a very laid back hostel in Waikiki. Attractions near this hostel are the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, Kapiolani Park and the Waikiki Aquarium. Honolulu city centre is only a 10-minute car ride away.

They have private rooms and dorm rooms, equipped to accommodate the needs of the guests. They also offer rental for moped, surf board and snorkeling equipment. The hotel has a rooftop lounge where guests can socialize and make new friends with the other travellers. 

But what really stands out in this hostel is their customer service. Their staff is great – very friendly and welcoming.

Rooms

Double (with private bedroom)

4-bed dorm (female only, with private bathroom)

4-bed dorm (mixed, with private bathroom)

6-bed dorm (female, with private bathroom)

6-bed dorm (mixed, with private bathroom)

10 Best Places to Stay When in Kailua, O’ahu under $100

When in Kailua, O’ahu, one is excited to try windsurfing and explore its fine, white sandy beaches. If you are planning to visit the beautiful and pristine beaches of Kailua, O’ahu such as the Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach, staying in hotels can be quite pricey.  But the good news is, there are available homestays that tourists can book at a very reasonable price without having to sacrifice the quality of the place.  Not to mention the welcoming and gracious hosts who can even help you around when exploring Kailua.

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Below are the top 10 places in and arround Kailua under $100 where guests can book unique accommodations via AirBnB.com:

(The list is not ranked.)


 

Paradise Studio Walk to Kailua Beach

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2858460?alsm=1&s=5doY

Price: $80/night

Host: Hannah

Paradise Studio Walk to Beach
Paradise Studio Walk to Beach

Newly renovated in June 2014, the space can accommodate two (2) guests and is just two blocks from the beach access and is 5-minute away from Lanikai Beach.  It sits in a peaceful and relaxing area and gives high value for privacy and security.  Beds are extremely clean and comfortable. Guests are welcome to enjoy the amenities such as snorkeling equipment, beach chairs and towels, tents, bicycles, surfboards and kayaks.


 

Lanikai’s Breathtaking View

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3039295?alsm=1&s=oOaK

Price: $100/night

Host: Faye

Lanikai's Breathtaking View
Lanikai’s Breathtaking View

Built in 1970, enjoy the stunning view from the hillside while having peace and quiet in this house located a block away from Lanikai Beach.  The bedroom has the perfect ocean view and has a queen bed, dresser, desk and is adjacent to a private bathroom.  Guests are provided with continental breakfast during their stay. Bonus – a fresh water pool is available at the house!


 

Kailua Affordable Room and Bath

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3923766?alsm=1&s=ISp6

Price: $70/night

Host: Jennifer

Kailua Affordable Room with Bath
Kailua Affordable Room with Bath

Located on a quiet street in Kailua, this room has its own private entrance and has more than everything you need.  The accommodating and gracious host makes sure that everything is ready for her guests.  It is just a walking distance to Kailua Beach and a 5-minute walk to the shopping center and bus line.  If you wish to just stay around, there is a tiled pool that you can enjoy.


 

Kailua Blue Ocean Breeze

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/279986?alsm=1&s=nghO

Price: $80

Host: Melissa and Frank

Kailua Blue Ocean Breeze
Kailua Blue Ocean Breeze

If you are traveling with your family, Kailua Blue Ocean Breeze is the perfect place to stay in. It is a 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom furnished home and is extremely clean and cozy.  They also offer amenities such as the use of the kitchen and the outside shower. If you love surfing, this house is just 30 minutes from Oahu’s North Shore.  The hosts also offer private surfing lessons. The guests are very clear with their instructions on the house rules to keep their home’s ambience.


 

Private room for 2 guests

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2736889?alsm=1&s=uE-H

Price: $85/night

Host: Sharon

Cozy room - walk to Kailua beach
Cozy room – walk to Kailua beach

This private room is part of a lovely island style home and has everything you need – a comfortable queen sized bed, bathroom, large kitchen and dining area with internet access.  Guests can also enjoy the outdoor lanai while having a fun-filled BBQ party.  It is located near the prettiest beaches of the island so make sure to ask tips from the kind host.


 

Aloha Surf Hotel Central Waikiki (Rm 502)

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/26454?alsm=1&s=oOaK

Prize: $100/night

Host: Ron and Sallie

ALOHA SURF Hotel CENTRAL WAIKIKI
ALOHA SURF Hotel CENTRAL WAIKIKI

If you have the budget for a boutique condo hotel, this is the place for you.  Aloha Surf is a clean, spacious room and is very comfortable. It is a fully-equipped room with lanai and free wifi.  It is located in the center of everything – beach shops, supermarkets, and of course, beaches.  The hotel also has an in-house restaurant, exercise area, spa, and internet café.  You might also be treated for some little surprises from the hosts.


 

The Olomana Room

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2191014?alsm=1&s=uE-H

Price: $88

Host: Thomas

Master BR w priv BA, Quiet Kailua
Master BR w priv BA, Quiet Kailua

If you are planning to stay a bit longer in Kailua, O’ahu, this place is more than you could ask for.  It is located in a safe and peaceful neighborhood yet still near the best beaches of Hawaii.  It boasts of its Olomana Room which is very similar to a hotel room – complete with beach towels, beach mats, internet access, maps and guidebooks.  The house also provides a furnished kitchen, dining area and living room. The host also has bikes, surfboard, sea kayaks, and body boards available for rent which are affordable and in great condition.


 

Private room near the beach

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1014438?alsm=1&s=uE-H

Price: $85

Host: Eric

Room in Kailua 4 blocks to beach
Room in Kailua 4 blocks to beach

This bright and beautiful room is right in the heart of Coconut Grove in Kailua, O’ahu.  It is half a mile away from the beach which is approximately a 7-minute walk and public transportation is just down the street. The house is big and it has a furnished kitchen.  You can even have a barbecue party at the garden. The host also allows his guests to use his gears – surf boards, snorkeling gears, kayaks and beach cruisers.


 

Private Micro-House: Kailua Coconut

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/591375

Price: $70/night

Host: Denise and Henrik

Private Micro-House: Kailua Coconut
Private Micro-House: Kailua Coconut

Located in the heart of Kailua town, this custom-designed micro-house aims to showcase a tropical experience to its guests.  Kailua Coconut micro-house is walking distance to almost everything – less than 2 blocks to Kailua’s best restaurants, less than a mile to Lanikai and Kailua beaches, less than a quarter mile to the bus stop.  Cooking is not allowed and no coffee maker and microwave available. It even has an outdoor shower and a lanai which adds charm to this lovely place. Best place to stay in if you want to discover the best coffee shops in the island and experience Hawaii like a local.


 

Tropical Garden Cottage

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4198900?alsm=1&s=Avjn

Price: $95/night

Host: Phyllis

This cottage is a private re-furbished shed in the back of the host’s home.  It can accommodate 2 persons and has everything you need – double bed, remodeled kitchen with amenities, dishwasher and lots more.  The host also provides WiFi, Apple TV and Netflix. Guests can also enjoy the garden patio fire pit while having a BBQ party.  Nearest bus stop is located half a block from the house and 4 blocks from the Kailua beaches.

5 Unique Features of Winters in Kailua

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Aloha and Happy New Year from Kailua! Wishing all the best for you and yours this 2015.

Sometimes people on the “mainland” (as we call the continental USA) or other non-tropical places, who have never been to Kailua, Hawaii before, wonder what winter is like in Kailua. They think it must be strange and foreign because, after all, the Hawaiian islands are the most geographically isolated landmasses on Earth, they’re mostly tropical, and there’s no snow (other than on the tallest summits of our highest mountains, but that’s another story). So everything has got to be way different here, right? The answer is, well, yes and no. You might be surprised by some of the similarities—and differences—of our Kailua winters to winters elsewhere.

Winter in Oahu Hawaii
Winter in Oahu Hawaii

So, for those of you who may have a similar question, I thought I’d share with you 5 unique things about the Kailua winter season. We may not have snow, we but that definitely doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have fun! Let’s just say winters in Kailua have a special Hawaiian twist :).

It’s freezing!! (To us–hey, it’s all relative, right?)

During the winter months, temperatures often dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit In the mornings and evenings, forcing many a Kailuan to actually use a blanket at night, to put on a sweater and possibly even a scarf, and to squeal “It’s freeeeeeeeezing!” to anyone who will listen (…or is that just me???).

Then, of course, there’s the uniquely Hawaiian phenomenon of “slippahs with socks.” Slippahs (also known as “slippers,” “flip-flops,” or “thongs”) are the beloved unofficial footwear of Hawaii, and many of us can’t bear the thought of wearing shoes, so if it’s cold, we’ll wear our socks with our slippahs, thank you very much. This local style goes great with the surf shorts and aloha shirts.

Hawaiian phenomenon of slippahs
Hawaiian phenomenon of slippahs

The chilly weather also makes ideal conditions for a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and evening bonfires.

But it’s not too freezing.

But don’t worry, we keep plenty warm during the day. The blankets, sweaters, socks, and scarves soon fall away and are replaced by shorts, t-shirts, hats, and sunscreen. So, just how warm does it get? Well, here’s a picture of the thermometer in my car at 11 a.m. on Christmas day:

78 degrees

78 degrees. Sounds like perfect beach weather!

Which brings me to….

We dream of a white Christmas, too.

And we are not disappointed. There’s nothing quite like spending the day on the beautiful white sands of Kailua’s beaches. Kailua is a beach town, so no matter where you are in Kailua, you’re always just a few minutes’ drive, walk, or bike ride from the beach. “Kailua Beach” stretches the length of the town and can be walked from one end to the other–about 2.5 miles of soft white sand and beautiful turquoise-blue water.

Kailua Beach on Christmas
Kailua Beach on Christmas

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who headed to the beach on Christmas day.

Kailua Beach on Christmas day was more crowded than usual, but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the day. Children played in the sand and shore break; some people sat or laid around reading books and soaking up the sun; and the more adventurous folks swam, kayaked, surfed, or boogie boarded. Others played games of volleyball or frisbee, and some had picnics in the shade.

If you love playing in the snow, you’ll probably love playing on the beach, too. Actually, you can find a lot of similarities between beach and snow activities.

  • If you love sledding: try boogie boarding.
  • If you love snowboarding or skiing: try surfing.
  • If you love making snow angels: try making sand angels.
  • And if you love making snowmen? Well…

We also build cute guys with carrot noses.

If you love building snowmen, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Allow me to introduce you to my friend “Sandman”:

Sandman
Sandman

Isn’t he adorable? Look at his cute starfruit* buttons.

*In case you’re wondering what starfruit is, it’s a delicious fruit that looks like stars when sliced–but that’s another story for another day.

If you thought all you could do with sand is build sand castles, think again! Building sandmen has all the fun of building snowmen, minus the frozen fingers.

You’ll often find sand sculptures of all kinds while walking Kailua Beach–mementos left behind of a family’s fun day at the beach.

But if sandmen aren’t really your thing, check out these guys I stumbled across in Lanikai (a neighborhood in Kailua):

Buoymen
Buoymen

Buoymen!  Besides being super cute and friendly-looking, they are also eco-friendly—upcycled from old buoys that washed up on the beach :).

We DO have ice in abundance!

There may be no snow on the ground, but there is ice in abundance: shave ice! Shave ice is a delicious treat made from very finely-shaved ice that looks like snow and is flavored with syrups that come in a rainbow of colors and flavors—including (but certainly not limited to) local favorites like coconut, mango, guava, passion fruit, etc. Shave ice is often served with a scoop of ice cream and a sweet bean paste. You can also get a “white cap” of condensed milk poured over the top.

Shave ice on O'ahu Kailua
Shave ice on O’ahu Kailua by http://matsumotoshaveice.com

Shave ice may sound like just a summer treat to cool down, but it’s actually a Christmastime favorite. President Obama has been known to visit his favorite shave ice shop, Island Snow in Kailua, with his family every year during their Christmas vacation in Kailua.

In case you’re wondering, shave ice is similar to snow cones, but even tastier because the finely shaved ice better absorbs the flavors instead of pooling at the bottom of the cup.

So there you have it, five things that make our Kailua winters different (or maybe not so different) from places with snowy cold winters. As you can see, we have plenty of fun here in our beautiful island home. I hope you’ll come experience a Kailua Winter for yourself!

Best Kailua Restaurants – The Insider Kailua Restaurant Guide

Kailua is very popular tourist destination.  There are so many restaurants that are recommended in tourist guides, online, and from travelers who have been there before.  However there is also a world of culinary delights that is completely unknown to the mass majority of the people who are visiting the island.  Here are some of those amazing options and best Kailua restaurants that one should be sure to try if they are traveling to the area.

kailua restaurants food delights
kailua restaurants food delights

Many travelers prefer to find dining options that not everyone else is visiting.  Some prefer to eat at all of the local places where they can try things that they might not have tried before.

Tips to Find the Best Local Restaurants in Kailua

You need to listen to the natives.  People who live in the area are always going to know where to go to get the best food.  This can include knowing which restaurants offer the best priced choices, are not over populated with tourists, and have the most delicious foods.  Locals are always going to the places with the best values so it is important to ask around and find out what information and recommendations are available from those who live there.

Grab a copy of the local newspaper.  When visiting the city make sure to pick up one of the newspapers.  This can show off some of the restaurants that are in the area as well as some of the ones that might be new to the area.

Spend some time digging online.  When one is first looking at restaurants in a city online they are going to find all of the choices for the chains and the popular places to eat.

Look at the city guides and online websites that feature city guides.  Looking at city guides might not be the best way to find a local restaurant. However if it is the only option then it can come in handy for helping one to find out where they should be going.

9 Favorite Restaurants of the Locals in Kailua

**Cinnamon’s Restaurant (315 Uluniu St)
Cinnamon’s Restaurant has been one of the local favorites for nearly 20 years.  The restaurant features a lot of traditional dishes that the locals love.  Travelers will be able to sample some of the foods that they might not get if they do not live on the islands.

Cinnamon's Restaurant Kailua
Cinnamon’s Restaurant Kailua

**Crepes  No Ka ‘Oi (143 Hekili St #130)
Chris and Rosario Tarvyd are the owners of Crepes No Ka ‘Oi. The restaurant was Chris’ dream to bring his favorite part of childhood summers spent in French  Polynesia to life.  He loved the food trucks where he could buy the freshest crepes and vowed to one day take those home with him.  The menu is full of an expansive collection of sweet and savory crepes that are sure to please anyone, even the pickiest eaters.

Crepes No Ka Oi
Crepes No Ka Oi

**Uahi Island Grill (131 Hekili St)
Uahi Island Grill is a restaurant that is known for its contemporary foods that are exciting and full of flare.  They pay special attention to the fresh ingredients that are readily available in the area.  The prices are fair and the food served features a variety of different styles of cuisine that all have an island twist on them.  Locals love the comfortable atmosphere that reminds them of former years and the menu that provides modern spins on old favorites.

Uahi Island Grill Kailua
Uahi Island Grill Kailua

**Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen (151 Hekili)
Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen is one of the most popular restaurants on the island and is known for having long wait times and long lines.  The thing is that the people who are generally waiting in these lines are not tourists.  The restaurant does not even have their own website.  They are actually just locals who love the food that much.  The restaurant features amazing pancakes and traditional breakfast foods with an island spin.  One of the top specialties is the Macadamia nut sauce that many guests travel great distances just to have again.

Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen Kailua
Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen Kailua

**Baci Bistro (30 Aulike St)
Baci Bistro offers some of the best Italian food in Kailua.  This restaurant is known for its “old world” feel with a “new world” menu.  Most of the visitors to this popular restaurant are locals and it seems to remain unknown to most travelers.  The restaurant opened in 1997 and has been going strong since thanks to the menu that keeps diners longing for more and coming back time and time again.

Baci Bistro Kailua
Baci Bistro Kailua

**Tokoname Restaurant (442 Uluniu St)
Visitors who wish to sample the freshest sushi on the island are going to love this local favorite. Their expansive menu even features great options for carry out making it perfect for travelers who are looking for some sushi to take to their rooms or to enjoy on the beach.  There are a number of specials throughout the week on food and drinks as well.

Tokoname Restaurant Kailua
Tokoname Restaurant Kailua

10 Fun Filled Activities For Kids in Kailua

Kailua is famous for its fun-filled activities for both parents and children of any age group. Kailua is situated on the island of Hawaii at North Kona District. Kailua, being the centre of commerce, is the best place for tourist industry. The annual festivals like Ironman World Championship triathlon and Kona Coffee Festival are the main attraction of Kailua. The festivals can be celebrated together with families and friends. Children come and enjoy adventure sports, attractive museums, enjoy food, white sand and beautiful beaches with their family.

Kids in Kailua
Kids in Kailua

Kids can participate in various activities along with their family. Kailua is famous for its historical sites, water sports, fishing, cycling and attractive hiking trails. Here is a list of 10 fun filled activities especially for kids:

Kailua Snorkelling for Kids

Snorkelling is one of the best family friendly activities enjoyed at Kailua and Lanikai beach. It is an underwater sport and children can also participate in this activity without any risk. The beach activities are under the protection of Ocean Recreation Management Area. During this adventurous sport, one can see shallow reefs, animals eating Limu, green turtles, monk seals, lava formation, colourful rocks, shipwrecks etc. Snorkelling can be made more adventurous for adults and children with the help of the tours which include activities like whale watching and swimming with dolphins. The Snorkel set is readily available on rent for one day or a week with floating fins, dry snorkel and silicon mask for all the different age groups. Contact lenses are also available for those who wear eye glasses.

Hawaii Snorkelling Kids
Hawaii Snorkelling Kids

 

Flying fishing adventure

Flying fishing is a full day adventure sport of Kailua with advanced booking trip. Different techniques are adopted depending upon the age group and type of species to be target. Constant work and interaction is provided by two crew members. It is based on ‘bait & switch technique) in order to luring billfish and a full day trip. The tourists book for this adventure in advance as they come to know about their arrival and make all the possible arrangements for kids and families.

Flying fishing adventure
Flying fishing adventure

 

Kite Surfing

Kailua is also famous for Kite Surfing activity performed at Oahu and enjoyed by a whole family. Kite surfing in Kailua is the combination of warm water, sandy beaches and beautiful scenery. The size of Kailua kite is 12m and totally depends on the wind. Children of certain age group are allowed with their parents. Kailua Beach Park is the best place to stag the kite due to grass and sandy beach. Jumping and Wave riding is experienced by the riders as waves and rolling swells break the outer reef of the kite.

Kite Surfing
Kite Surfing

 

Blue Water Safari

Kailua is famous for water sports and fisherman. Blue water safari is the activity done by the whole family at Yellowfin Tuna and Pacific Blue Marlin situated at Kailua. Striped Marlin, Shortnose Spearfish, Black Marlin and Sailfish are some of the billfish species kids love to see. Blue water safari includes sunset cruises and half day cruises with tropical cocktail and clear turquoise water. Blue water safari is leaded by the expert swimmers who can show various places that is present in the way.

Blue Water Safari
Blue Water Safari

 

Rainy Day Fun

Rainy Day Fun is enjoyed by the kids with their family at Bishop Museum that is situated in Kailua. The museum is very beautiful to look at for its amazing architecture. Its an attractive place for the children as it is one of the best places to spent time and learns Hawaii culture. The shows are running especially for children after every 45 minutes at Planetarium located inside the museum. The whale hanging from the ceiling with its jaw dropping creature is also one of the reasons that attract the children.

Kailua rain
Kailua rain

 

Animal Encounter

Oahu near to Kailua is the best place to play with humpback whale, water animals and dolphins. Children along with their family members or the care taker present on the beach to go into the water and touch personally the live creatures. The cost for this adventure is high but you cannot forget the memories. Whale watching tours are also organized in Kailua that takes you from small islands to big islands. Kids can enjoy animal encounters in some of the zoos of Kailua from a safe distance.

humpback whale
humpback whale

 

Art on the Zoo Fence

Different types of arts take place at zoo fence that is organized specially on every Saturday and Sunday and it starts from 9am and ends at 4pm at a place near to Kailua. Children enjoy exhibitions, artistic work done with watercolours, oils and acrylics and photography. There is a wide variety of styles that are performed by the artists by making different prints on the animals. The animals with prints on their body attract children the most.

Kailua zoo
Kailua zoo

 

Barbie Doll Museum

Kids love to see Barbie Doll Museum that is situated at Kailua in Hawaii. Entry in this museum is free of cost only one has to inform before visiting. There is a huge collection of around 5,000 Barbie Dolls in this museum by Mrs. Marton. Every doll is dressed in different colourful costumes inspired from seven Polynesian nations and only Barbie and Ken change their outfits. The costumes are designed by Florence. The museum has international standards based on miniatures, Christmas, football and porcelain theme.

Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline

Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline is one of the best family attractions in Kailua and located in Kaneohe, Hawaii. It is open for both Children and adults of all age group. The small miniature golf having 36 holes have been expanded and known as first commercial Zipline of Oahu’s. Private parties are also organised at Mini-Putt with special arrangements. It is opened even on state, school and federal holiday. Bay View Mini-Putt is opened from Wednesday to Sunday at the time 10am- 5pm where as Zipline opened from Monday and Tuesday at 9am-9pm.

Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum is a tropical rain forest covered 193.5 acres of land at Manoa Valley. It is situated few kilometres away from Kailua with 7 miles of hiking trails. Scientific and cultural diversities and communities are its main attractions. The valley rises to 1850 feet above the sea level. Other than diverse communities, main attractions of this valley are Hawaiian ethno-botany, Hawaiian plants, tropical plants, plant collections, research projects and conversation biology.

So whenever you plan to visit Kailua, never forget to plan and visit to these places with your family as your kids will enjoy all these amazing places. You would also love to spend time with your family and kids and gather the most memorable experiences in life.

Best 10 Restaurants in Kailua: Finding The Perfect Dinner on Oahu Hawaii

Kailua is a busy town on the windward coast of Kailua Bay in the district of Oahu in Hawaii in United States. The buzzing beach town is known for its turquoise water, white sand and the awesome food that is found here. Dining at Kailua is great because of the amazing variety of food, delectable taste and reasonable prices. The restaurants in Kailua offer good quality of tasty food and the environment friendly atmosphere that is absolutely perfect for your holiday on Oahu.

Best Restaurants in Kailua
Best Kailua Restaurants

My top ten restaurants in Kailua are as follows:

Kalapawai Cafe and Deli:

Kalapawai Cafe and Deli is one of the best restaurants in Kailua that offers finger licking food at very reasonable prices. The restaurant is located at Kainehe Street that is present when one crosses the little bridge to enter the Kailua town. The restaurant offers the best Mediterranean inspired gourmet food along with an amazing ambience that makes this restaurant one of the best ones for dining. One can get anything and everything starting from pizzas, sandwiches to macarons. Some of the most famous dishes found here are the auction fish on lemongrass risotto, sweet potato ravioli, plain sandwiches with the special kind of French dip, vegetarian sandwich with avocado etc. The restaurant offers the best kind of breakfast, lunch and dinner at a very decent price along with quality customer service.

Casablanca:

Casablanca is located in Hoolai Street of Kailua and gives you a great dining experience with your friends and families. The venue and the setting of this restaurant is simply amazing and it’s perfect for any get together. The traditional Moroccan cuisine of the restaurant is simply mind-blowing. When one walks in the restaurant they simply feel great because of the décor, the cushions and the warm feeling of the restaurant. The dishes that are famous here Cornish hen with money and prunes, the lamb dishes are simply great. The savory taste of the fishes and meat are great to taste and all the delicious items are pocket friendly and within your budget.

The Grove:

The Grove is located in Aulike Street in Kailua where one gets the delicious food and drink at a very good pocket friendly price. The lobster risotto is the best food that is served here. Other famous dishes found here are warm Brussels sprout salad, pork sliders, Kalua pork nachos, lamb chops etc. From chicken tenders to mushrooms and steamed clams all are cooked with a lot of fresh and with a lot of care. The food is spicy and juicy and full of taste. The live music at this place makes this atmosphere lively and you can spend quality time with your family and friends in this Kailua restaurant.

Prima:

This is another famous restaurant in Kailua which is situated in Hekili Street and is best known for its pizzas. The food is fresh here with the most wonderful toppings that will make you lick your fingers. The environment of the restaurant is warm and the parking place is also very decent. The best items that you will find here are spicy meatball pizza, Fennel Pana Cotta, Maitake appetizer, clams in Penang curry, Di Bologna Pizza, Spaghetti all Amatriciana etc. The music is loud here and you will get the best food here for small parties at affordable prices.

Baci Bistro:

Baci Bistro is situated in Aulike Street and the place is the busiest in the weekends. The quality of the food and the service is great here. You would love the way food is presented here. The well behaved staff and the way they serve is simply fabulous. The dishes that are famous here are garlic soup, lobster ravioli, truffle gnocchi, butternut squash ravioli etc. You will get the food served hot along with the perfect combination of spices. The better food and the warm comfortable atmosphere at a reasonable price is the best feature of this restaurant.

Hale Kealoha Restaurant:

This restaurant is located in Hekili Street in kailua and the atmosphere is very relaxing. The staff here is very friendly and the ambience is really great to make people hungry. One can get a very warm vibe here and the interior of the restaurant is suitable for both small and big groups. The food items that are famous here are kalua Pork that is so moist to melt in your mouth, squid luau, chicken long rice, poi, lomi salmon etc. The Hawaiian food and the lovely atmosphere where local bands sing are only seen in this restaurant.

Cinnamon’s Restaurant:

Cinnamon’s is my own favorite and one of the best restaurants in Kailua, situated in Uluniu street in Kailua and is famous for the amazing pancakes it offers. This is one of the few breakfast places in Kailua that can make you long for more delicious items. The Crabcake benedict, Guava chiffon pancakes and the red velvet pancakes are simply delectable in taste. The atmosphere is warm and dishes like Mahi Mahi benedict is really very tasty. You can get these types of dishes at a very affordable range and within your budgets.

Cactus:

This restaurant is located on Kailua road and is one of the most amazing lunch spot for the people here. The Latin American and the Hawaiian fusion are simply great and you would love to taste the dishes here. Some of the very famous items of this restaurant are Raspberry mojito special, Argentine fry bread, Frozen sangria, Smoked Jijori Chicken coyotas etc. The place is very good for groups and dinner parties with friends and families would be the best here. At the most affordable prices you will get everything you love if you have a desire for sweet items.

Willow Tree Restaurant:

The restaurant is located in Kaneohe bay in Kailua and is famous for its amazing customer service. The food joint is located in Aikahi shopping centre and is famous for spicy chicken katsu, meat jun, spicy BBQ chicken, Kalibi, Spicy Fried chicken wings etc. The place is authentic and offers you mouth watering dishes at a pocket friendly price range. The great family atmosphere and the friendly behavior of the staff is just perfect for you to spend quality time with your family in Kailua.

Uahi island Grill:

The food joint in the Hekili street in Kailua and is famous for its comfortable atmosphere and the prompt service of the staff. People have the option of dining in the food joint or grabbing the food out. Here you will get the perfect atmosphere that can increase your appetite with the aroma of the good food. The dishes that are served here are garlic chicken, Korean streak salad, Kalua, cheesecake chocolate peanut butter brownies etc.

So these are the top ten restaurants in Kailua that are simply the great places to dine on your holidays in Kailua. The turquoise water of the beach long with the amazing finger licking food of the restaurants will give you an experience of lifetime. So if you are Oahu and you go to visit to Kailua then you must try to visit some of the above written restaurants for great food and fabulous atmosphere.