The Falls at Kawaihoa

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Enjoy Peace & Quiet in This Upscale Residential Neighborhood Close to Honolulu

Property description

The Falls at Kawaihoa is a spacious 2,751 square foot home with pool, private waterfall, large back yard with multiple outdoor decks, and breathtaking ocean views. You will love the location of this home, as it is very close to tons of amazing sights, great shopping and restaurant options, and loads of other fun activities and attractions. It also offers breathtaking nightly sunset views to die for!

Perched on the gentle slopes of Koko Head, the house is less than 1 block from the ocean in an area known by the ancient Hawaiians as Kawaihoa, which translates into "peaceful waters" or "calm waters". This area is now the upscale neighborhood called Portlock, which has become one of the most sought after residential communities on the entire island, and for very good reason. Residents and visitors alike fall in love with its safe, quiet streets and dazzling views, including nightly sunsets over the tranquil waters of Maunalua Bay and iconic Diamond Head in the distance.

One of the best features of this neighborhood is its extremely close proximity to a myriad of exciting - and useful - destinations. A quick 5 minute drive will bring you to most everything you will need to enjoy your vacation to the fullest....

For some serious water fun, you will find world famous Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve right around the corner, with its pristine white sand beach and some of the best snorkeling on the entire planet. You'll also find Maunalua Bay, one of the premiere water sports adventure locations in the entire state, with several different companies offering water sports galore, including jet skiing, parasailing, surfing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, wake boarding, and the exhilarating "Jetpack" thrill ride!

If land-based activity is more your thing, there are several great hikes close by, including the immensely popular Koko Crater Railway Trail which offers a great work-out on the ascent and rewards your efforts with spectacular ocean and mountain views from the summit. If you're lucky enough to have your stay coincide with a full moon, take this hike in the late afternoon and watch an unforgettable full moon rise over the Pacific!

If shopping is more your thing, you will delight to find 3 different shopping centers within 2 miles of the house! Choose from tons of great boutique shops and restaurants, as well as multiple grocery stores (including Costco!), drug stores/pharmacies, and even a multi-plex movie theatre.

Should you feel the urge to drive farther than 5 minutes, you will be thrilled to find out that you can get to most parts of the island in under 30 minutes, including Waikiki and Honolulu!

Take the scenic drive around the east side and within the first 10 minutes, you'll be soaking in the picturesque coastline views of Koko Head, Sandy Beach, and Makapu'u. Make a pit stop at the Halona Blow Hole to watch this natural water spout shoot ocean spray dozens of feet into the air. If you stop here during the winter months, the keen eyed visitor will almost certainly be able to spot Humpback whales frolicking in the deep waters just offshore!

Round the corner and continue driving past the sprawling pristine white sands of Waimanalo Bay and you'll soon reach the world famous beaches of Kailua and Lanikai. Just a short kayak paddle off shore of Lanikai Beach are the picturesque Mokulua Islands. With plenty of nearby kayak rentals to choose from, I highly recommend you spend a day to fully explore this iconic island treasure!

Head the other direction (west) and you'll soon find yourself in world famous Waikiki, with its myriad of shopping, restaurant, food, bar, and night club options, as well as ocean sports activities galore like surfing lessons, canoe surfing rides, submarine tours & catamaran cruises. Keep heading west and you'll soon find yourself at Ala Moana Center, the largest outdoor shopping center in the world, with more than 300 shops & restaurants.

Another 5-10 minutes will bring you to the historic sites of downtown Honolulu, including 'I'olani Palace (the only royal palace in the United States) & the historic Chinatown district. There's also Honolulu Harbor where you can dine and drink right on the waterfront, or board one of the many ships for a sunset dinner cruise or even a late night "booze cruise" for some real fun!

Venture a few miles farther west & you'll find yourself at historic Pearl Harbor where the U.S.S. Arizona still sits in the waters where it was sunk 75 years ago on December 7, 1941 which indeed turned out to be a "day that will live in infamy".

On days when you're not feeling quite as adventurous, just relax at home and take a dip in your own private backyard oasis instead. Kick back and soak up a few warm rays while you gaze at the stunning views of Diamond Head across the bright blue waters of Maunalua Bay. Cool off in the pool while your kids explore the "secret cave" behind their very own private waterfall! Most visitors have to hike miles through mosquito filled jungle to get to a tropical waterfall, but when you book a stay at The Falls at Kawaihoa, your kids will have to look no farther than their very own back yard!

Although the house is close to Waikiki and Honolulu, rest assured it is completely removed from the considerable urban sprawl of the big city, allowing you to relax in peace and quiet during the downtime of your vacation.

Out of respect for the serenity of this quiet residential neighborhood, events, parties, or loud music are not permitted.

Come enjoy warm sunny days, cool nights, and a great time with family and friends at The Falls at Kawaihoa!


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
  • Master Bedroom: 1 king
    Ocean & pool views with Cal king bed, AC, tv & private bath
  • Guest Master Bedroom: 1 king
    Garden view with California king bed, AC & tv
  • Guest Bedroom #1: 1 queen
    Garden view guest bedroom with queen sized bed & AC
  • Guest Bedroom #2: 1 queen
    Garden view guest bedroom with queen sized bed & AC
  • Guest Bedroom #3: 1 double
    Ocean & garden view guest bedroom with queen sized bed & AC
  • Child-Friendly "Rumpus Room": 2 double, 1 child bed
    Converted 2-car garage w/2 full & 1 child beds, carpet & AC
    We don't count the child-friendly "Rumpus Room" as a full bedroom as it's a converted garage & is better suited for children than adults. That said, it can be used as a great "bonus" 6th bedroom with carpet, AC & 3 beds. It's a great place to keep the kids together in their own room where they can run wild & free & stay out of the main house where the adults can relax in peace & quiet!

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower
    Attached to the master bedroom suite
  • Guest Bathroom #1: toilet, combination tub/shower
    Adjacent to the Guest Master Bedroom & Guest Bedroom #3
  • Guest Bathroom #2: toilet, combination tub/shower
    Adjacent to Guest Bedrooms 2 & 3 with entrance to pool deck

Other Amenities:

The house, yard & pool are all professionally maintained so your family can enjoy the downtime of your vacation in comfort.


5 Stars from 1 traveler review

Great place for family fun
We had 8 people and there was plenty of room and space for all. The pool was perfect for the kids and a wonderful place for to relax. Kids realy liked the pool cave and waterfall. Very nice view and close to everything. I would recommend it and hope to come and stay again.

Stayed: October 2016
Submitted: October 29, 2016
Source: VRBO

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

Manager response:
So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at The Falls at Kawaihoa! The waterfall is definitely a big perk for the keiki (children). It sure beats having to bush-whack your way through thick tropical jungle to get to a real one. That's fun too, but obviously much less convenient than having one in your own back yard with an on-demand on/off button & lit up "secret cave" behind! I'm also glad to hear you enjoyed the central location, which is one of the main reasons so many people (myself included) love the Hawai'i Kai area. It even has its very own Costco! Please do return to us someday soon so we can offer you a return renter discount. Until then.... Mahalo & a hui hou! (thank you & see you again)