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“Peace and quiet on a busy island” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hale Ko'olau

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Hale Ko'olau
Illinois
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71 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Peace and quiet on a busy island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

A house directly on the water in Hawaii!! Clean, well-stocked for cooking,...did I mention that the ocean is your backyard? If you are looking for a quiet place to relax and unwind from your life and the madness of Waikiki (or the weekend on the North Shore), then stay here. If you love the action of the city or the atmosphere of a resort, then this is not a good choice for you. Stay in Waikiki

Lanikeha is for you if you don't mind a little corrosion here and there in exchange for...the ocean, the sunrise, the cooling breezes!! My husband and I were up every morning before the sun just so we could watch it come up with coffee and camera in hand. Read previous reviews...they pretty much say it all. And you can't beat the price.

We will be back when we return to Hawaii.

Room Tip: Choose one right on the water if you can!!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ixplore2
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hale_koolau_llc, Owner at Hale Ko'olau, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Aloha & mahalo nui loa for your review. We're so happy that you found Hale Ko'olau to be a peaceful alternative to the busy traditional resorts and thank you for pointing this out in your review. We cater to a specific type of traveler and Hale Ko'olau is not for everyone. Our side of the island is rural and we take a different approach to living...I guess we're simply more Hawaiian-Style and that is fine with us.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

Loved our stay. Beautiful view of the ocean. Staff were friendly and helpful. Stayed in 3 different places while n Hawaii. This was the best. Short walk to hauula beach park and to shops. Unit air conditioned. Kitchen with all necessities to cook a good meal and if you don't feel like cooking restaurant just 2 min down the road.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank June A
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hale_koolau_llc, Manager at Hale Ko'olau, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Aloha June and mahalo nui loa for your kind review. We're so happy you enjoyed your stay at Hale Ko'olau and found our location and Hauula to be convenient and relaxing. Remember that our repeat guests receive a 10% discount on future stays.
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Rancho Cordova, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We just returned from a weeks stay with our adult daughter in the Lannikeha unit. The waves crashing on the deck at high tide was spectacular as was the breeze that blew through the unit when both front and back doors were open. The location was perfect, away from the bustle of Honolulu and perfectly close to all of our favorite beaches. The sunrise every morning was priceless as were the warmth and kind spirits of both cousins, Otlilani and Jeff. The hot tub on the porch was perfect at the end of days at the beach. The apartment had everything we needed. I have just reserved the Hauula Lanai for our return trip. Mahalo Hale Ko'olau!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HolllyK
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hale_koolau_llc, Owner at Hale Ko'olau, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Aloha & mahalo nui loa for your kind review Holly. We're stoked that you loved our property so much you'll be staying with us again in January. I hope that I get a chance to meet you next time.
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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We loved our stay at Hale Ko'olau. The staff were very friendly & greeted us upon arrival. The accommodation is in a cluster of accommodation, it has the advantage of remaining private but also allowing you to mingle with other guests if you like. We stayed in early April & were lucky enough to see whales from our patio. The beach straight out the front is not the best for swimming as it is very rocky, however we managed to find a small sandy patch which was good enough for us & our kids & there is a sandy, calm beach a very short walk along the shore front. It is a very relaxing place to stay, we could not rave about it enough. The handyman Jeff was by far one of our favourite aspects of our stay, he was a wealth of local knowledge, the info you don't get in the tourists guides & nothing was too much trouble for him. There are beach toys on site & the heated spa was great. We are returning to Oahu in 2015 & a return to Hale Ko'olau is definately on our agenda. Thanks so much for a great stay ; )

Room Tip: Don't stay in the very front room (not sure what the name of it is), it's on the road front...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mandy J
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hale_koolau_llc, Owner at Hale Ko'olau, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Aloha & Mahalo nui loa for your review.

We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and plan to return. Remember that repeat guests get a 10% discount on future stays. As for the roadside properties, they are considerably less than the direct beachfront properties and not everyone is blessed with the opportunity or ability to pay the extra amount for direct beachfront, however because they are on our beachfront property they get all the same access without having to cross the road. Many other homes on the North Shore advertised as "steps to the beach" are actually on the other side of Kamehameha Highway and people have to cross to the other side whereas with Hale Koolau you're already there to enjoy the beach.
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Costa Mesa, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Our family had a wonderful stay at the Hale Ko'olua. Our house was right on the beach and each morning my husband and I had coffee while watching the shimmering waves from our deck. The spa was right on the deck with an ocean view too, and it was great going in at night to look at the many stars twinkling in the sky. The house itself was spacious and clean, the kitchen was well stocked and we took advantage of having a fridge, filling it with delicious Hawaiian treats and leftovers from our restaurant outings.The location of the property was convenient to the small town of Hauula and there was a grocery store and a great Hawaiian food place called Papa Ole's within an easy walking distance.The owners were helpful and someone was available if you needed anything. Overall a great experience!!!!

Room Tip: Try to get and ocean front house if your funds permit-you can see and hear the ocean to your heart...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Linda R
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hale_koolau_llc, Owner at Hale Ko'olau, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Aloha Linda,

Mahalo nui loa for your kind words and review. On behalf of everyone at Hale Ko'olau we thank you for choosing us for your Hawaii vacation spot. We understand that our success is dependent upon providing superior service in addition to comfortable beachfront homes and are happy our efforts are appreciated. Please remember that if your travel plans permit, we offer a 10% repeat guest discount which can be combined with any other discounts/promotions. Aloha 'Oe.
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McLeese Lake, BC
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Sea Spray cabin and was more than pleasantly surprised. When they say it's "right on the ocean", they aren't kidding! The cabin was fantastically clean and had everything we needed. The owners are just awesome and so very helpful. We hope to return to Oahu and will be booking one of these cabins again. We highly recommend them.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank makingalbums
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hale_koolau_llc, Owner at Hale Ko'olau, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Aloha & mahalo for your kind review. I often joke with people on the phone when I say that if you get any closer to the ocean you'll need a snorkel to sleep at night, LOL. We're so happy you enjoyed the Ehu Kai studio. Remember, repeat guests get an additional 10% discount which can be combined with other discounts/promotions.
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Olympia, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here. We stayed in the garden view and it was beautiful with a short walk to the beach. It felt like home the week we were there. The staff was very helpful and curteous. We look forward to staying here again. Mahalo

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank anne8449
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hale_koolau_llc, Owner at Hale Ko'olau, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Aloha & mahalo nui loa for your kind words. We're so happy you enjoyed your stay at Hale Ko'olau. Remember, repeat guests get an additional 10% discount off future stays. This discount can be combined with other promotions & discounts.
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Additional Information about Hale Ko'olau

Property: Hale Ko'olau
Address: 54-223 Kamehameha Hwy, PO Box 223, Hauula, Oahu, HI 96717-9522
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Hauula
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Hauula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hale Ko'olau Hawaii Vacation Rentals on the North Shore of Oahu is a family owned & operated business rated "excellent" on TripAdvisor and ranked the #1 specialty lodging in our area. Our oceanfront & beachfront vacation rental homes are located next door to one another in Honolulu, Hawaii in the small fishing town of Hauula on Oahu's North Shore near the Polynesian Cultural Center, Turtle Bay, Sacred Falls, Sunset Beach, Pipeline, Kualoa Ranch and many other wonderful Oahu attractions. ... more   less 
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Hale Ko`Olau Hotel Hauula
Hale Ko'Olau Hauula, Hawaii - Oahu

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