Open House Sunday: Hawaii Vacation Rentals, Casual Cool

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You gotta admire this property owner’s honesty: “This house is not much to look at from the outside….but has the WOW factor on the inside.”

For travelers jonesin’ for a fall vacation in Hawaii vacation rentals, that pronouncement has to be appreciated. It does not pretend to be the Mandarin Oriental, and that’s OK.

Couples traveling together or families will find that the four-bedroom home more than serves its purpose, with a gorgeous great room for gathering, dining and chilling out between kayak trips or picnics on Punalu’u Beach Park, which is just across the street. Our favorite architectural point of the house? The beamed ceilings that meet in a neat diagonal point.

On the hunt for authentic Polynesian culture? Explore the local mom and pop markets or drive seven miles to the Polynesian Cultural Center. And don’t forget to make time for swimming, as these reef-protected waters are some of the best in the islands for dipping in turquoise waters.

Another selling point: The owner can email references of folks who’ve stayed in the house. It won’t hurt to ask for tips.

Posted in Family vacation spots, Hawaii 5-0, Tips for property owners

About Valerie

Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.

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