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Makaha Beach Cabanas
Reviewed December 4, 2012

As earlier reviewers have noted, there are both pros and cons to this property. I think your own travel style/preferences will dictate whether or not you enjoy your stay at this location.

In terms of getting around, it is indeed near the end of a "highway" (I use the term loosely as Farrington Highway has very low speed limits and more than ample traffic lights) and if you drive before 9:30am or after 3:00pm on weekdays, you will find yourself stuck in a snarl of traffic. This traffic means that it will take you approximately 1.5 hours to get into Honolulu or over to the North Shore. Plan accordingly.

Aesthetics-wise, the building itself is reminiscent of a slightly more upscale Motel 6 and constructed of cinder blocks and complete with stippled/popcorn ceilings. I suspect the reputation of Waianea resulted in a gated community and the overuse of the fob. You will need the fob to get in and out of the parking lot, use the BBQ, get in the elevator and stairwell and to get back in from the beach. This can turn into a real production if there are a couple of you and only one fob.

In terms of food, your options are pretty limited. Fast food and hole-in-the-walls are pretty much what you must make do with if you don't feel like cooking. We chose to prepare our own meals though be warned that some staples (meat, dairy) at the local supermarket (Tamura's) can be a bit bleak. Do all your shopping before 8pm too!

The beach is indeed very close to the building and the sound of the waves is amazing, not to mention the views. Turtle sightings are pretty common too. However, the undertow is very noticeable and I personally did not venture too far out due to the angry surf in late November. We did not let him our little one out of our sight and he would have certainly been carried off by the strong current. The sand is also somewhat coarse (made up of lots of small broken shells etc) and seems to be extra-sticky. Weather-wise, we did not notice that being on the leeward side of the island made a difference in terms of sunniness. Also, this side of the island isn't terribly green and almost desert-like.

Part of the building houses permanent residents/owners, lending this property a friendly, neighborhood-y feel. You also will see locals at the beach and it is fun to watch them expertly navigate the waves.

The property manager isn't exactly the friendliest. Bring lots of quarters to do laundry, and don't venture to ask if you can get any change!

As far as other things to do/see in the neighboring areas, there's not much. There are a couple of other beaches nearby, and a couple of small hikes that you can take.

I would recommend staying here if your idea of a vacation is to simply relax on the beach, get pummeled by some waves, make yourself a sandwich for meals, and read lots of books. Personally, we were looking for a bit more and regretted not staying somewhere with more options. As a sidenote, staying at the Cabanas was in line with what we paid elsewhere on Oahu so there was no cost savings.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Stayed here July 2012 for our 10 year anniversary.

The good:
- Very nice and private beach
- Our unit was very nice (316B) and included just about everything you could need
- Extremely good value
- Beach front - literally right on the beach
- Sunsets were incredible
- Close to glocery store
- Private parking

The bad:
- Very far from everything (1 hour+)
- No nice restaraunts in the area
- The surrounding area is run down and a little scary at night
- No AC

At first I have to say I was pretty disappointed. We arrived after dark and it was a little scary driving to the cabanas. We also couldn't find a place to eat so we ended up eating fast food the first night (not a great start to a 2nd honeymoon). The next morning we got to see the view and beach and things turned around. As others have said if you are lookiing for a relaxing beach this is a great choice. We are more adventuresome and so we drove around the island a lot. For us, we would have been better off staying closer to Waikiki or even on the North Shore, but I know we would have paid a lot more money. My recommendation is to know what you are looking for before booking. This is an out of the way, reasonably priced condo.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

cabanas were Absolutly beautiful. sits right on the beach. we stayed in condo 918A had fully equipped condo everything we needed beach towels boogie bored place was so cute and comfy inside . views are priceless . no a/c but with windows and balcony open is more than comfortable. couldn't say enough positive things about this place great deal amazing views love love love

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

I stayed at the Makaha Beach Cabanas for 7 nights. I loved the condo and the beach. The view was beautiful, and the nightly sunsets were amazing. I think the building is well taken care of. It has gated parking. There is a security guard that walks the property. They require a key fob to enter the property, and get on the elevators. I felt safe staying here. It is important to know what unit you are renting. They are individually owned, so they are all different. I suggest using VRBO to see the individual units, and pricing. I think this is a great place and area to stay in if your main objective is to just relax on the beach. There aren't things to do in Makaha really, some fast food and local restaurants is about it.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

We stayed in Unit A309 owned by Shelley Youngleson. She was very pleasant and easy to work with.

Each of these properties are owned individually. I found this vacation rental at VRBO. I'm a frequent visitor to the islands but Makaha Beach Cabanas are something special. This property is not touristy at all. It's actually in a rural area. As another reviewer stated, most of the area is economically depressed but Makaha Beach Cabanas is a gem. It is actually built on the sand at Papaoneone Beach. I traveled to Makaha to fulfill my mom's "bucket list". The tranquility was priceless. The most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen on a daily basis. We only saw turtles once in the water just off our lanai.

Unit A309 was immaculate and was furnished with everything one needs, just bring your swimsuit and sunscreen. Extremely comfortable bed and couch. Beautiful linens and furnishings. Completely updated with travertine floors, shower, granite countertops. No AC, just fans and tradewinds, that's all one needs. Free wifi works well. The property is very secure from the gates, to the elevators, to ground security. The beach sand was super fine. Amazing! I just cannot wait to go back. I miss the sound of the waves!

For my full review of the property and more photos, go to the website at http://www.vrbo.com/134763

Room Tip: All rooms face the ocean. I would choose a room from floors 3-9. That close to the water I'm not...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

Yes this place is off the beaten path. The adjacent town of Waianae doesn't have a single"tourist style"restaurant. But it does offer a number of local spots that are quite good. You won't find a Walmart close by. Or a Safeway either. Closest one is about ten miles away. No, the Makaha Beach Cabanas are pretty much near the end of the road. The wonderful owners, Michelle and Ringo, of the condo we rented obviously could have cared less about the away from it all location. Why should they when you see the spectacular beach that it's on. It puts Waikiki to shame. Their unit we stayed in, #404 had just had a dramatic makeover. All new everything. Labels were still on the new furniture! It's a great couples condo as the bedroom is next to the lanai. The constant sounds of the surf outside make this spot even more attractive. I could go on further. But I think you get the idea. If you don't mind being somewhat isolated from the Hawaiian tourist crowds. But still with big city amenities. Then the Makaha Beach Cabanas is your place.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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2  Thank TJBellingham,Wash.
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We stayed in A106 & A107, so this is a combo review.

First of all, we come to HI every year & have stayed on all the islands multiple times, in luxury time shares, hotels & condos. This beach is far and away the best ever! Sure, if you want drinks by the pool, lunch delivered to your chaise lounge & sight-seeing around the corner, stay somewhere else. But, if you want a nearly private beach, super clean water, whales frolicking near the horizon and killer sunsets, this is the place!

The condos themselves vary widely in decor, quality & cleanliness, depending on the owner. A106 is very dated, needs a deep cleaning, has threadbare towels & has the world's worst futon/couch. However, the owners were very accommodating and for the $$, about $72/night @ the monthly rate, we could make do w/o too much of a problem.

A107 was completely renovated, immaculate & other than needing a step ladder to see into the microwave, was perfect. It was $115/nt monthly rate. So, choosing either condo really depends on your budget.

The best part was being on the main floor, directly on the beach, literally steps from the water!
We liked living local instead of being in the tourist centers. It only took about 20 minutes to get to major shopping areas & 45 minutes to get to Honoluu or the North Shore.

We will be back!

Stayed: February 2012
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Additional Information about Makaha Beach Cabanas

Address: 84-965 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792-2044
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Waianae
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Waianae
Price Range: $120 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fabulous Main Floor Oceanfront Condo! Step from the lanai directly on one of the Best Rated Beaches in Oahu! Watch spectacular sunsets, see the dolphins, sea turtles and even whales during the annual migration--all from the comfort of your beachfront lanai.Swim, snorkel, boogie board, surf or golf nearby at two top-quality courses. ... more   less 
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Makaha Beach Cabanas Hawaii/Waianae, Oahu

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