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“Rustic, but sweet and easy” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 538, Anahola, Kauai, HI 96703   |  
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Olympia, Washington
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“Rustic, but sweet and easy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We are not fancy people and our needs are not complicated. This sweet and delightful cottage fit the bill perfectly. It's a little rustic, very bohemian, so do not expect perfection. Really. But everything you need is here, and you can completely relax here. The grounds are lovely -- you're in a residential neighborhood, so you get to feel a little bit like a local. Added bonus (as if you need one), is the utterly delightful owner's dog, Sissy. She hung out with us every day and was great company. She was very well behaved, knew not to come inside the cottage, and she plays a mean game of Fling the Coconut. The owner, Diana, was helpful and a joy to meet. I loved this sweet little cottage. It is my new "happy place" for my heart to go when I'm feeling stressed.

Room Tip: This is not a fancy place!!! It is an honest place that sweetly reflects the rustic nature of Kauai...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Anahola, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

When it comes to taking a 3 day vacation, my wife and I love to go to someplace that isn’t bombarded by the sound of people and the road. Since it’s only a 3 day weekend, we didn’t want to pay ourselves out of the island, besides the plane ride would have taken our joy of relaxing. So we talked to a couple of our friends around the island and they all suggested the same place: Mahinani’s Vacation Rentals. It was a complete bliss for us. Let me tell you why:
Area: Very Convenient for us because we live about 10 minutes North in Hanalei. –Quiet, Nature-atmosphere. The area was just so perfect because we wanted something like this. We rented the bottom-house. I slept in numerous times. If there was Spa nearby, that would have been perfect. We always pass Anahola on are way to Lihue, the town was just a passing though. However, the area is very local due to many Hawaiians that live there: Hawaiian homelands.
The Rental: The rooms and the bed sheets are clean as can be. The rentals remind me of Old-Hawaii. The kitchen is on two different levels. This is the best part of the rental. It is huge!
The Walk to the Beach: My wife and I are more of the outgoing, sports-crazed people so the walk was very decent. The road is covered with trees just like the road going to Poipu side (Tunnel of Trees). For those tourists who aren’t used to the environment: please bring a lot of sun tan lotion, mosquito repellent and also protective gear because you will encounter chickens, toads, mosquitoes, lizards, frogs, etc…
The Beach: very abandoned, very quiet. Nice for a picnic, you can sit on the logs that are down by the river side. *Remember don’t bother anybody and they won’t bother you.
Other places: Bring a laptop; the Television is not the plasma screen you have at your house. You can eat at Ono Char Burgers or rent a movie at Whalers Store. Whalers Store is a bit pricey so I wouldn’t go there for anything except an “ICEE” or a movie.
Anahola: right beneath Kilauea, above Kapaa. Lihue is about a 10-20 minutes’ drive depending on the traffic. Please consider: Kauai has about one to two main roads with about 60,000 people driving on that road.
Bottom Line: I loved it, travelers who want a quiet, peaceful atmosphere: this is the place!
Room Tip: Rent the outside bungalow...it’s nice too (it has a bathroom and a laundry area)

Room Tip: -If you are renting out the bottom house, the bungalow is a nice addition to the house. Check it out...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

We have just completed our third three-week stay in the simple one bedroom small cottage at Mahinani’s Farm in Anahola along Kamalomaloo Place on the beautiful Garden Island of Kaua`i. Don and Diana Mahi have once again shared with us their little corner of paradise. As before, we loaded up with groceries at Costco the first day so we were able to cook most of our means at home. Occasionally, we made runs to our old neighborhood favorites Anahola Farmers Market (for outstanding barbecued Kaua`i wild boar), Duane’s Ono Charburger (try Duane’s Special), or to the new Shrimp Station that just opened up last October in Kapa`a for Thai Shrimp (we used to have to drive an hour to Waimea). Our old friend Sissy the dog seemed to remember us and showed up every night and morning to “protect” us from the chickens coincidentally around meal time. We hooked up our wireless router from home to the DSL modem so that our iPhones and iPads worked even in the hammock out front. As we now head to the Lihue airport, we are already plotting our return trip next year.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

You could spend your Kauai vacation in a small condo facing a parking lot squeezed between the beach and the highway. Or, for the same money, you could choose Mahinani's and have much more space and privacy with ocean and garden views, far from the hustle and bustle.

We stayed at the Cottage for 11 nights. It's spacious, but rustic, so don't expect sleek and modern. The kitchen is a bit dated, but well equipped. Country life also comes with country sounds, such as roosters, birds, and dogs barking in the distance. Generally, it was quite clean, but the screens in the bathroom windows were very dusty. The shower caddy needs replacing as it's old and rusty.

The washer and dryer were very handy. There are lots of windows for light and breezes, and three ceiling fans provide good ventilation. A/C isn't needed. The bed was comfortable. The TV is small with no channels, but there is a DVD player. Unfortunately, unless you have a US zip code, you can't rent DVD's from the kiosk at the nearby Whaler's General Store. A visit once in a while from the friendly dog, Sissy, was an extra bonus.

It's a 20 minute walk to the beach, slightly longer back because it's uphill. If you have small children, you probably wouldn't want to walk. It would be better to drive a little bit south down the highway, turning left on Anahola Rd. This leads to Anahola Beach Park, which has a lifeguard and facilities. The south end of the beach was safe for swimming. This beach was one of our favourites, in part because of its laid-back vibe with some locals and few tourists.

Mahinani's is not in a tourist area, but rather in the Hawaiian Homesteads Area which is mostly inhabited by Native Hawaiians. If you are the type of traveler who is independent, a little bit adventurous, and you like to get the true sense of a place you visit, Mahanini's could be the perfect choice for you.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

My husband and I celebrated my 40th birthday on Kauai in October. We stayed in the two-bedroom house because the one bedroom was unavailable, and Diana was so kind as to rent it to us at the one bedroom price. When I saw the picture of the house, I could hardly believe it was real, and standing in front of it, it still looks like a dream with the towering royal palms in the foreground and Kalalea rising dramatically behind the house. It's also surrounded by fruit trees and other flora. My favorite room in the house was probably the light-filled kitchen. I enjoyed the evening my husband fixed us dinner at the house even more than visiting some of the nicer restaurants on the island. We never for a minute missed having cable TV because every night was spent on the deck, marveling at the view of the Milky Way and the stars until we couldn't keep our eyes open anymore. The house is not on the beach, but you can see a sliver of blue on the horizon, and you can hear the surf from the house. You will be awakened early in the morning by Kauai's famous roosters, but that will provide you with more time to spend exploring the amazing sights of Kauai. The farm is walking distance from a spa where you can get a traditional lomi lomi massage. Otherwise, the house is in a residential area and feels very private, at a distance from its neighbors (except the one bedroom house). I was worried when I read reviews about visits from the Mahi's dog, Sissy (I am not a dog person) but she could not have been sweeter and never barked or jumped. We didn't mind the little lizards running up the kitchen walls as we are nature lovers and to us, that was part of the local experience. Others might feel differently (and as the other reviewer stated, there are those who are just happier in a beachside condo). I will always cherish the memory of our stay at Mahinani's Farm.

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Orange County,California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

Chose Mahanini's Farm from VRBO and were pleasantly surprised as we had no way of knowing what we were getting. We wanted peace and comfort and it delivered. You have to realize this is "Old Hawaii", lots of acres of farm situated in the middle of mostly native Hawaiian neighborhood. If you don't know Kauai, understand that chickens are part of the culture and the Roosters wake you before sunrise each day but that gives you a full day to do whatever or take a nap after brkfst. The bed in the One bedroom cottage faces east and the sun comes up in the opposite window and the first day we were there the sky was every color of red, orange, etc. The cottage was clean,and sanitary. Understand this is an older house and if you want new --go RENT a CONDO!!! -Don was finishing the front lawn when we got there and greeted us warmly and Diana greeted us later with a warm greeting, a mango fresh picked and a sample of the soap they produce on the farm. We only stayed 3 nites and wish we could have stayed longer. No cable TV so bring your Audio and Video Ipods or laptop or rent DVD's at the little store. 5 minute drive to the beach (mostly deserted) . 20 min. from the airport -10 m. from Kiluea and 20m. from Hanalei. Big manicured front yard with hammock and view of the ocean about 1/4 mi. away but with all the windows open you hear the surf at nite AND the bed is fabulous. Relax-Refresh-Renew --Loved it !!!! We will come back.
Ed and Lore F.--- Modjeska Cyn. Orange County, California

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Address: P.O. Box 538, Anahola, Kauai, HI 96703
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Anahola
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Anahola
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Number of rooms: 2
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