Description of the Punaluu vacation condo rental
You will enjoy visiting because part of the time you have the white sandy beach completely to yourself (Yes it is always safe). The area (Hauula) is on the opposite side of the island from the airport and Waikiki. About 45 minutes to an hour drive. It is not far from the Polynesian Cultural Center (about a 10 min.drive). The city bus line picks up directly in front of the unit. Sunset Beach is about 15 minutes away.
Baywatch Hawaii was filmed about 25 minutes away in Haleiwa and North Shore on FOX was filmed 20 minutes away in the same direction. "Lost" is presently filming in Waialua past Haleiwa. Foodland Supermarket is a major chain in Hawaii and has one ten minutes away. The building is eight stories high. Avoid lengthy elevator waits on your vacation. It is thirty steps to a white secluded sandy beach. The ocean is calm because of a reef 1/4 mile out which blocks the waves. It is perfect for kids to enjoy snorkeling and swimming. The building has amenities like professional Bar-b-que area, gym with sauna, swimming pool next to your unit and sunning area behind your unit. Your parking stall is included and located right in front of the unit.
This is the ground floor, corner unit. This is the preferred size and location. The unit extends from one end of the building to the other and measures approximately 850 sq. ft.
My old rate was $174 per night with discounts for longer stays. I have changed my booking procedure in order to keep the beach condo booked and dropped the price to $139 for any amount of time except the Holiday period from December 15 to January 15. This is a temporary special rate. Rate is based on double occupancy. Please add $8 per person per night after two people.
|Aug 19 2012||Dec 14 2013||$139||-||-||-||Full Period|
|Jan 16 2013||Dec 14 2013||$139||-||-||-||Full Period|
|Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 13.962%|
|Tax I.D.: TAT#W01521852-01|
|Deposits: Your $300 reservation deposit becomes your security deposit during your stay and is fully refundable.|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check|
|Other Fees: $125 cleaning fee Rate is based on double occupancy. Please add $9 per night per person after two people.|
- 1 King Bed
- 1 Sofa Bed
- Full Kitchen
- Linens Provided
- Screened Porch
- High Speed Internet
- Outdoor Shower
- View (Ocean)
- Parking Included
- Alarm Clock
- TV (Cable/Satellite)
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Fax Machine
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Ceiling Fan
- Hair Dryer
- Coffee Maker
- Scuba Diving
- Shopping Area
- Live Entertainment
- Movie Theater
- Water Skiing
- Whale Watching
- Gym/Fitness Center
- Amusement Park
- Jet Skiing
- Basketball Court
- Theme Park
- Volleyball Court
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Grocery Store
- Water Park
- Horseback Riding
Reviews for this vacation condo rental in Punaluu, Oahu, Hawaii
Angi Coombes Vanier
April 10, 2011
Emmanuel was a dream to work with and stayed in great communication up to and through the end of our stay. He returned the deposit with lightning speed, too! The place was very comfortable for my 9 year old daughter and I and was really close to the Polynesian Cultural Center (a must see in my opinion). It afforded a lot of gear (boogie boards, snorkels, beach mats, game systems, books, etc.) and was right next to the beach. Only the weather could have made our trip better!
Delta, BC, canada
beach walking is the best!
March 6, 2011
Thank you for a great place to relax and enjoy our holiday. Everything was just exactly as described. Being on the ground floor was the best - across the lawn and there was the beach just waiting for us.
Owner Supplied Testimonials
09/15/10 Positive Perfect location for the breathtaking beaches of the North Shore. This place is perfectly clean, very well-
equipped, and comfortable. I felt guilty being there without the rest of our family. Next time, we're all
coming. I love the view of the beach and the pool, the screened lanai, the massage chair, and the
proximity to the most beautiful little quiet beaches of North Oahu. Mahalo! We'll be back! Theresa and Jeremie Sequim, Washington
08/06/10 Positive We enjoyed our 10 day stay at the condo very much. Since it was our first time visiting Oahu we were unsure of the location but it turned out well as it was centrally located to everything we wanted to see. The tradewinds at the condo were always a pleasure and made sleeping comfortable. Our favorite part of the condo was the lanai and we pretty much hung out there for eating, playing cards, and just relaxing with the beautiful view. You can never run out of things to do in Oahu but it was great to come back to the condo to recharge our batteries after a day of fun! Emmanuel was kind and checked in with us several times during our stay. We have many fond memories of Punaluu.
Randy and Lynda Prosser, Washington
06/23/10 Positive Quiet, clean, peaceful place in a rural, coastal setting. Hiking trails, breathtaking views, multiple non-hectic sandy gorgeous beaches, great swimmming.....are all right there. If you want the touristy shopping, the crowded beaches, fabulously expensive restaurants and the can-be-fun for a while hubbub...well...you can always drive back into Honolulu. Great vacation. Thanks.
Ambie, Bangor, Maine
05/21/10 Positive Our family loved the location of the condo. The screened in patio was a plus. The gear saved us money and time. Our family had the most beautiful dinner over looking the beach for our last night. We hope to come back again.
Mahalo The Cronks
cori cronk, placerville california
04/04/10 Positive We stayed for a week during our spring break. We left snow and came back to it so Hawaii was a
GREAT break! The condo was perfectly situated and we enjoyed the beach and its beautiful water/view.
It was quite windy and the reef allowed us to snorkel when the rest of the beaches on the north
shore had too many waves.The condo was very comfortable and well equipped.
We look forward to coming back.
Brenda and Jeff Cooper
02/25/10 Positive Spent 11 days and had a great time. Condo has lots of space, snorkeling equipment and things to do. Love sipping my morning coffee on the screened in porch. Snorkeling in front was great with the reef protecting us from the huge winter surf. Swam with a large sea turtle once, what fun! Don't forget to visit Ted's Bakery while you are there, you won't regret it!
Mike and Lynn, Trenton, Michigan
02/05/10 Positive My husband and I did a quick, long weekend getaway and had the best time! The condo is very
well equipped and so nice to have lots of space and privacy.
The beach is beautiful and the waters are protected by a reef so you can actually enjoy swimming. It
seemed to be the ideal place for a family to vacation. No worries whatsoever!
Marilyn, Carlsbad, CA
01/11/10 Positive Location, location, location!! This is the primo unit in the primo spot. I have been coming to Oahu for almost 20 years for business & pleasure & this is my new spot. Perfect for kids or a quiet getaway, the beach & water are clean and protected, the snorkeling is some of the best on the island. I just got home and am already trying to figure out when I can go back for a longer stay. Thanks Emmanuel!!!
Lynn, Cottonwood, CA
10/19/09 Positive Looking for someplace to really kick-back? This is just for you. Perfectly situated on the eastern side of the island, great for exploring all of Oahu and still have a quiet home base to return to. There's big waves and lots of surfing and shopping close by to the North (don't forget the Turtles, FANTASTIC!) and easy to make your way around the whole island from Punalu'u. Swim in the pool. We found the beach in our own back yard to be the BEST! Snorkel, swim, sunbath. Perfect water temperature. The condo is great and you really feel welcome, just home. Everything you need for cooking, relaxing, entertainment, even a washer and dryer (don't over pack like I did). We don't have kids but there seemed to be a more than ample supply of things for children and besides if your kids are anything like what ours used to be like they will never want to get out of the water. We spent hours there. The condo was wonderful and we are already planning our return visit.
Tena and Steven Gibbs, Springfield, OR
10/04/09 Positive My wife and I stayed at this property for 8 wonderful days and nights in September 09 while visiting our Navy daughter. You can't go wrong staying in this Condo. From the lanai in the morning, pool right out the door, sandy path to the ocean, just steps away we were delighted with this property. Be sure and visit Ted's Bakery up the coast. Oh the pie!!! We will stay with Emmanuel again next year, definitely.
Gil & Sally Horton, Texas
09/02/09 Positive We really enjoyed our time in Oahu and that was because we had a great place to stay. All was how we expected. Just steps from the condo to the beach. We would highly recommend this condo to anyone interested in visiting Oahu. You will have a great time here!
08/13/09 Positive Aloha! We stayed at this condo for 22 wonderful days. While we were originally cautious about booking such a long stay, sight unseen, I will say that his condo is exactly as described. Everything we could have needed or wanted. Beach gear and toys for all ages, lots of extra towels and sheets, huge paperback library, we borrowed 1 and left several of our own. Very well stocked kitchen.
Best of all... location location location. We could stay home at pool or beach, or be a short 20-30 minute drive from Kanehoe, Kailua, or Makapuu to the south or 20 min. north to the best snorkeling at Sharks Cove & 3 Tables (don't waste $$ or time on Hanuama Bay, too crowded), surfing at Chen's reef. Just the best. NOTE: shop at Foodland at Sharks Cove rather than Laie, much cheaper! Giovanni's Shrimp was GREAT.
Emmanuel checked in with us, more than once, to make sure all was well. We had one very small issue and he took care of it right away. I give this 2 thumbs up!! I don't think you will be disappointed. Feel free to request our phone number from him for additional information or references if you require.
Kim &Jim P., Phoenix AZ
07/20/09 Positive No Regrets!! Aloha paradise everything you hear about this condo is true! and Emmanuel you are a very honest man with minutes away from broading our plane I called you (Emmanuel) with an issue that you immediate took action and helped us so thank you .. as far as the condo goes it is a best kept secret with its own private beach like feeling. My sister booked at Turtle Bay Resort and paid twice what we paid and the beach was a very crowded and a five minute walk ,as for Emmanuel condo the beach was only 30 steps away ..I enjoyed the massage chair and everything else .PCC was only minutes away . Hope to visit your condo again my friend. Mahalo
Manuel & Sophie, San Rafael Calif
06/22/09 Positive We had a wonderful and comfortable stay in this unit. It's a corner first floor unit with the lanai fronting the pool and the ocean beyond. For us ex-kamaaina's it was good to be away from "concrete city" (Waikiki) and revisit island living. It was great to be so close to Turtle Bay for golfing/drinks; stop in at Crouching Lion for dinner/drinks; shop at Tamura's (cheaper than Foodland); and be sure to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center about 5 miles away. It's pricey but it is absolutely the best! Emmanuel is a really cool braddah that is easy to get a hold of and quick to respond!
Norilda Garcia-Reed, Houston, TX
05/30/09 Positive This condo was perfect! Very clean and comfortable. The supply of boogie boards and snorkel gear was the best. We went 3 days to shark's cove. Don't pass by Ted's bakery YUM
The bed was comfy and having a washer and dryer great.
Dealing with Emmanuel was and still is a pleasure. He really cares that you have a good experience. Mahalo!
Mike & Des, Peirce County, Washington
04/22/09 Positive The beach access was great, but even better was the location to go to and from other great places!. The list of things to do in the area was so helpful. My husband was thrilled to take a few moments to catch up on some e-mails on the computer provided. Our only regret, is that we only had 3 nights to spend there. Aloha
lisa rappleye, silverthorne colorado
04/20/09 Positive Imagine entering an adorable and niceley decorated apartment at night, wondering what the scenery might be once you wake up.
Well, the most beautiful ocean view and lush garden awaits you in the morning.
We enjoyed beauty and serenity, our daily come back to this little paradise after having explored all that Oahu has to offer.
It was just as described on the site. Our hosts Emmanuel was sure to check on us to be sure we were comfortable. We loved the privacy and the quiet, the warm breezes through the Palm trees, the lovely pool and the views of the ocean were stunning! It is a very private place super cozy and clean The bedding was soft and the towels smelled like the Waikiki sunshine!! Lots to see and do within a 10 mis. radius. Stop by the roadside shrimp stand and see what you get!! :) Mahalo to our gracious hosts!
Delcy, New York
04/12/09 Positive Can't say much about the place other than paradise. Cozy, comfortable, and simply adorable. We really enjoyed the patio overlooking the beach every morning while we sipped on our coffee. Very relaxing. Literally steps away from the quiet beach and miles away from the busy city. If you are seeking a restful and secluded place for your future vacation then stay here!!! Accommodations were nothing but exceptional (they even had nail polisher remover and cotton balls!!!) We visited the Dole pineapple plantation and it was really fun and short. And great tasting pineapples!!! Please feel free to contact us if you have questions for site seeing and shopping. Linda, Michelle, and Mom, Ventura, CA
03/31/09 Positive Great experience. The beach was pristine and all to ourselves. The water was calm and very inviting.There was plenty of snorkel gear provided for us to use. The beaches on this part of the island were beautiful, calm and empty. The drive into waikiki was beautiful and easy, about 30 minutes.This side of the island is far enough from waikiki to get away, but close enough to drive into as we did. The condo itself was great, kitchen was fully stocked. stephanie, monterey,ca
03/08/09 Positive We had a wonderful stress free vacation at Mr. Chen's Condo. The location was fabulous and the beach was empty. How can it get better than that? It was very close to the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Bonzai Pipeline. The Condo was very nice with many updates to make it very comfortable. We hope to return soon. The Lemperle's, San Diego, Ca. 02/16/09 Positive My wife and I spent 3 nights at this condo and really enjoyed it. Its in a perfect spot to really see all of the island and just far enough away from downtown to feel like you are away from the rat race. The beach is really nice although we were unlucky with the weather. The natives told us that the windy overcast weather we experienced was unusual but we were able to get one good day at the beach. This condo is a great value for anyone looking to get away from the crowds but not spend a fortune. The condo is decorated really nice and has everything you need. jim richards, vista, ca
02/12/09 Positive Can I just say...BEAUTIFUL?!!! It's steps away from the beach. He has so much snorkeling equipment (fins, masks, snorkels)... You can snorkel right out in front of the property. There is a private beach, really peaceful... So one way you get an amazing view of the beach, and the other way, you get a view of the beautiful mountains... So PERFECT! The condo has internet access, tv, huge king sized bed, futon, enclosed patio (but the breeze just flows right through). Towels, laundry facilities in the unit, pots, pans, cups, blankets, pillows... Seriously, everything you need is there! It's a very nicely decorated unit!!!! But also has that beachy, laid-back Hawaiian feel to it. I am SOOOOOO glad I found this place! I loved it so much here, that I am seriously considering buying a unit in the complex. Stay here, you wont regret it! I give it tons of thumbs up! Sasha, San Diego, CA
02/10/09 Positive Excellent property, super clean, no bugs or wet or anything negative, lots of supplies, dishes etc. Excellent size, everything worked great, super great beach, quiet with excellent security, great people in building. But the best part is the owner, so honest, upstanding and genuinely concerned about his guests. Don't be afraid to rent from this owner, he didn't get all these positive comments for nothing - didn't get to meet him but he felt like family via emails and the phone. Go enjoy, you will really be glad to get away from Waikiki and still be close to everything. Camilla, Alberta, Canada
02/09/09 Positive Had a great time! It was nice to have all the snorkel gear and boogie boards and not have to rent them! Beach was great and the condo has everything. Shawna, Mtn. Home ID
01/31/09 Positive This was our first trip to Hawaii, and although we only stayed here for 3 days, it was an absolutely positive experience. The snorkeling equipment was used every day, and it was so awesome to wake up to the sound and view of the ocean. We were experiencing Oahu as much as we could during our short stay, so did not spend much time actually being indoors, but it was a very relaxing and calming place to return to at the end of our adventures. Very clean and well supplied, it felt like our home away from home. The gentlemen who work there were also very helpful and friendly. This made for an excellent first impression of Hawaii-- Thank you so much! (Punaluu is so charming!) Rebecca Petersen, Seattle, WA
01/13/09 Positive Our little family lives in Waikiki and it was so nice to get away from the city. It was so beautiful and relaxing, there's boogy boards which our one year old loved, snorkeling, fishing right off the beach or just taking a tan at the beach which is steps away and also the pool right out the back lanai, internet in the condo also the condo was beautifully furnished with a great breeze from the beach. There were so many games, movies,and music provided, that we never could run out of fun. Like Mario Brothers(Nintendo 64) or Hitman (X-box)....fun for kids. We live here and we enjoyed ourselves on this get-a-way it helped bring us closer together and our child slept better. Don't believe us try it! T he beach is so calm and I really loved that it is was not crowded and everyone was very friendly. There is Sunset Beach, Polynesian Cultural Center, 7-11, and many places to eat, it is so beautiful at night with the full moon shining on the ocean as we were eating dinner on the outside lanai. The condo is well set up and has everthing you could want right at your fingertips, we rate it a "10"......Aloha Raphael,Holly & Joshua Gutierrez, Honolulu,Hawaii
11/29/08 Positive The unit is very well equipped, clean and bright. The screened lanai is a pleasant place to take a meal or just to sit and enjoy the sound of the surf and the view. The beach is quiet and safe to swim in even in the winter high surf conditions when we visited in November. The owner has recently had ceiling fans installed which work very well at maintaing a comfortable temperature and airflow throughout the apartment. The owner and the lady who does the cleaning are both very pleasant to deal with and add to the enjoyment of a visit to this vacation rental. A minor problem with the wireless internet was dealt with immediately by phoning the owner who arranged for a very competent and very pleasant computer consultant. Should we ever visit Oahu again we will certainly try to rent this unit again John & Elsie Christian, Kagawong, ON, Canada
10/05/08 Positive What a wonderful condo for us to enjoy on our very first trip to Hawaii in September this year. Very nicely decorated, very clean and within 30 steps to the beach, where the water was absolutely beautiful & calm. Everyday we practically had the beach to ourselves, where we made use of the snorkling equipment provided. We saw many different beautiful schools of fish, a morey eel & a sea turtle one day. We enjoyed sitting out on the lanai every morning to have our breakfast and enjoy the view. If you turn right out of the condos, you can enjoy a very nice 30 minuite drive to Sunset Beach and watch the surfers. Another 15 minutes or so to we were at Haleiwa with its cool atmosphere, plenty of nice restaurants and shops. We loved driving to Waikiki and shopping at the International Market. There is just so much to do, but the best thing is you get to come home to such a great relaxing place. THANKS SO MUCH EMMANUEL! David & Nancy Bennett David & Nancy Bennett, Midlothian, Virginia
08/19/08 Positive We stayed for a week in August and had a great time. The condo is exactly as advertised - the beach really is 30 steps away and totally secluded. If you're looking to get away from the frenzy of Waikiki and relax while you're in Hawaii I definitely recommend this condo! Patrick, Vancouver, Washington
08/12/08 Positive Had a great time on vacation at Pat's in Unit #116. No surprises were encountered during the trip. Everything was handled very well and in a professional manner. Location of this unit was ideal. Mirizzi Family, Sugar Land, TX
07/31/08 Positive Our family had a wonderful seven day visit at the condo. Before arriving, we were a little concerned about finding comfortable accommodations for all six of us. Upon arriving we were pleased to find that there was plenty of room and bedding for all. Everything was as described. Boogie boards and snorkeling equipment were great and everyone was able to find equipment that fit! Kitchen was well stocked with utensils, spices and basics. Pool, patio area and beach were only steps away. (Great area for snorkeling and calm beach for the kids.) Computer with internet was a big help. Always felt safe on the beach and in the neighborhood. We were a little apprehensive before arriving because we had found the condo on the internet. We are now totally thrilled with the rental. Emmanuel always responded quickly when we had questions or concerns prior to our arrival. He also checked in by phone during our stay to be sure all was ok. Feel free to call me if you have any concerns prior to renting. Ron Ron, Northern CA
07/14/08 Positive Beautiful location for your family to rest and relax. Condo has everything you need from cooking to playing on the beach. Never more then 10 people on the beach private and secluded. Would highly recommend this TROPICAL PARADISE for your next vacation. Thank you Mr Chen. Steele's, Broomfield, CO
07/02/08 Positive Fantastic! This condo is right on the beach. I love the three dining tables with umbrellas adjacent to the swimming pool area. I didn't get a sunburn and I was out in the sun for 2 days on the beach. I had a nice glass of wine and some snacks at the tables as the sun set on the beautiful beach. The water is calmer early in the morning. I found the afternoon surf and undertow quite strong. I would recommend swimming in the morning if possible. The condo was great. Highly recommended. Donalee, Honolulu, HI
05/28/08 Positive We just returned from a wonderful vacation at Mr. Chen's condo. As past guests have commented, we too were a little hesitant renting on line but you can rest assured, it is exactly as described in print and in pictures. This truly was THE BEST unit in the building. You cannot get any closer to the beach, which had no more than 6 people on it at any given time. The sunrises were amazing and Mr. Chen supplies you with everything you could possibly need for a really enjoyable holiday. The King size bed was sooo comfortable! This is definitely the place to stay for a quiet, relaxing time. We look forward to our return next year. Mahalo! The Allen Family Kathleen Allen, Richmond, British Columbia
05/20/08 Positive If you are looking for a quiet place to stay right next to the beach this is the place. Away from the busy Waikiki hustle and bustle it's like a home away from home. We love this place so much that we are definitely going to come back again. Mike
04/28/08 Positive 4/15/2008 Just got back from a wonderful week. Great beach,nice weather and cond, was everything Mr. Chen said it would be. Great place to spend time with family,this part of Oahu is nice and quiet with nice trade winds to keep you cool. Water is nice,we saw lots!! of turtles,fun to watch. Hope to be back,we had a great time!!!!Jill,Jim,and David Jill Bauman, Portland Oregon
03/15/08 Positive We just got back from Hawaii and are making plans to go again. Mr. Chen's condo was extremely accomodating. We stayed there with our four kids. It was wonderful to have plenty of boogie boards, masks, snorkels, coolers, etc. to use. We also made use of the washer and dryer and DVD player. Anyone would be very comfortable staying here, and the beach is AWESOME. Thank you Mr. Chen. By the way, we did receive our full deposit back, which also was great. Sue, Olympia, WA
02/25/08 Positive My husband and I just got back from a glorious week at Emanuel's condo on the lovely windward coast. If you are looking for a quiet, empty, beautiful beachfront place,this is it. The condo is simple but very clean, and well-stocked. We have our own snorkeling gear, but he does stock the place with lots of stuff if you don't. There are beach chairs, boogie boards, and lots of videos, books, etc. (we never used those once!) The beach is safe for kids, because it's protected by the reef 1/2 mile (?) away, but it's also great for snorkeling. I saw a 400-500 lb. sea turtle a few hundred feet out toward the reef. There are plenty of fish and sealife! Many of the people are retired residents and very friendly. Even Ken, the caretaker/gardener, was super helpful with snorkel/travel tips. The north shore waves/ Haleiwa town is about 20-30 mins. north, and Kaneohe Bay about the same distance south. This is NOT the place if you like to party, drink, club and have Waikiki style beaches and fancy accomodations. We never saw more than 7-8 people at a time on the entire stretch of beach. Also, the washer/dryer is very convenient- you go home with clean laundry! I was worried renting off of craigslist, but it really worked out. sheila, Central Valley, CA
02/19/08 Positive My wife and I stayed here in mid Jan 08. The condo turned out to be an excellent place to stay. Just minutes from the PCC, a must see in our book, and just a half-hour or so to the North Shore. The condo was clean and nicely furnished and we enjoyed the free internet access. Thanks Mr. Chen Anonymous
02/08/08 Positive I enjoyed the fact that the beach was literally 30 steps away. It is a beautiful location with the ocean and waves rocking you to sleep. Anonymous
01/01/08 Positive We just got home (12/31/07) from a one week stay at Mr. Chen's condo. Everything from start to finish was a wonderful experience!! He is very quick to respond to your emails and I was very impressed to get a personal phone call from him before our arrival. It was a pleasant drive from Honolulu and I could do it like I lived there after a couple of days. The weather did not quite work in our favor to partake in all of the beach gear, but we definitely want to try again when it is not Winter. Everything was fabulous and it felt like home. Would never stay in a hotel when the beach is right outside the door. Who could ask for anything more! It made our first trip to Hawaii very enjoyable and much more relaxing with a 1 year old and his 8 year old sister! THANKS MR CHEN and LISA too!! Kellee, Sacramento, CA
12/31/07 Positive What a great place to stay! We spent 11 days here. Washer/Dryer/Coffee Maker/Broadband access with a computer. Books/DVDs/Boogie Boards/ Snorkel equipment and a fabulous beach to use it. Kaya's little store within strolling distance. also a SubWay there. Very convenient to many attractions. We will be back :) Thanks Tom Tom Bennett
12/14/07 Positive Thank you so much for allowing us to rent your condo for a couple days. We loved it! The beach access was unbeatable! We were very comfortable and felt right at home. Thanks so much for all the little extras. Mr. Chen was a pleasure to work with! Tess & Scott Pyrah, Boise, ID
12/12/07 Positive This condo was everything the ad mentioned! Emmanuel Chen responded very promptly to all e-mails. I must admit that I was a bit nervous to book a condo on line, however, reserving this condo put all my fears aside, it had all the ammenities one could ever need! The beach truly is spectacular and secluded. And as other guests have mentioned, the bed was very comfortable and the unit very clean. I would highly recommend your next vacation on the North Shore of Oahu and staying at Mr. Chen's condo! PS: we received our damage deposit one week after we returned home! (Nice!) Mark and Kim Adams, Bellingham, WA
11/03/07 Positive Wow, what a great place. Thank you Emmanuel for a great vacation. The condo accomodated all 5 of us, 4 adults and 1 two year old. The condo was completely stocked with everything you need for a beach holiday, snorckles, boogy boards, even plenty of beach toys for the kids. Kitchen is fully stocked for creating a great meal. Beds are comfortable and linens are fresh and clean. It was good to have a washer and dryer in the unit. The location is perfect, just steps from the very secluded beautiful white sand beach. Never saw more than 2-4 people on the beach at a time. The pool, is also just outside the door. This place is great for sleeping, you can hear the ocean waves breaking all day and night. So nice to get up in the morning and have your coffee just steps from the beach. The time of year we went, October, the weather is perfect. The location to outside activities is perfect. The Polyesian Cultural Center is just minutes away. The North Shore to watch surfers is just a 10 minute drive. The super market is also just minutes away. The little store, Kaya's, just across the street and down a bit is a perfect spot to pick up small items and a lovely little walk. All the amenities of the big city in a small rural town. If you like a beach vacation, but don't like the city life, crowds and traffic, then this condo at Pat's at Punaluu is the perfect place. We will be back. Mark & Debbie Biggers, Ramah, NM
08/20/07 Positive I just wanted to say I really enjoyed my stay at the condo. It was a tough life. Getting up, drinking my coffee, walking 2 minutes to the small store down the way and buying the paper. Then a little walk on the beach, snorkeling and reading on the beach for the rest of the day. Being on the first floor and in the corner unit made everything convenient and noiseless. The weather was great and when it rained it was just brief spurts. This was the best way to visit Hawaii and your unit lacked for nothing. I'm so glad I found your place. Judy Namanny Campbell, California Dick and Bev Greene, Bridgman, MI
08/15/07 Positive We stayed Aug 5-12, 2007. We arrived very late at night but had no problems finding it or getting in. As was stated in ad it was very stocked with supplies. Kids loved the boogie boards. The beach was right there, perfect location. We never went to another beach for swimming, too convenient. Loved being away from Waikiki. The price was great too. Mr. Chen was very accommodating with our extra day also. We would recommend this condo to anyone. Jackson Family, Lindon, UT
07/28/07 Positive We stayed at the condo from 7/16 thru 7/23 2007. The condo was very clean, airy and extremely comfortable. It was also stocked with all sorts of swim equipment; fins, goggles, masks and boogie boards. It made a huge difference to have a turnkey furnished apartment to come home to at the end of a busy day instead of a cramped hotel room. I was a little nervous about renting over the internet, but Mr. Chen made the process a very positive experience. He was professional, communicative and friendly. I must say, that the level of service and customer care he provided is very hard to find these days. When we had problems with the microwave, Mr. Chen arranged for a replacement within 2 hours. My son still is talking about his new friend Emmanuel who took such good care of us. The beach is literally 80 feet from the condo's front door. It is also very calm water. We were able to swim here when the current at some of the North Shore beaches was too rough. We never had to share the beach with more than three of four people and the gorgeous mountain backdrop was way more impressive than the Waikiki hotel skyline. I highly recommend this condo. The price is hard to beat and you definitely get well beyond your money's worth. We will be back next summer, if not sooner. Thanks so much for a great week! The Hunt Family, Vancouver, WA
03/26/07 Positive We had a great time at the condo! We were fairly busy during our stay, but it was so relaxing to come home to a quiet and beautiful condo on the beach. The neighbors were friendly and extremely helpful. We would definitely stay there again. Anonymous, Las Vegas, NV
08/20/06 Positive The accommodations were very nice and I recommend these to anyone. We stayed 2 days in Waikiki and the seclusion of North Shore was a welcome change. We had easy access to other locations on the island and the condo provided adequate room for 4 adults and a teenager. Thanks Mr. Chen for your gracious hospitality. We look forward to a return visit.
David C Moyers, St Joseph, MO 64506
03/29/06 Positive I would highly recommend this vac home to anyone visiting Oahu. It was just far enought away to avoid the hussle and bussle of town but close enough to make the trip at anytime. We appreciated the solitude after very busy days of trying to see and do everything in one week. The washer/dryer and kitchen were a big plus and helped make our vacation great. The only thing I regret is not being able to stay longer. One week is not enough time. Next time we will stay two weeks and most certainly stay at Mr. Chen's place.
Rose Rutherford, Richmond,VA
We just spent 2 weeks at Emmanuel's condominium in Punalu'u . It is the perfect place! Swimming and snorkeling was fantastic and Emmanuel has thoughtfully provided a closet full of fins, masks, and various ocean sports equipment for your use.
It was a very homey atmosphere and we had everything we needed at hand. The kitchen has every cooking implement you need; the local foodland is just a few minutes up the road. We also found the neighbors in the building to be very friendly and helpful. There is a little store in the condominium complex that carries necessities and is run by Lillian and Robert, two of the nicest people you will ever meet! The pool is very clean and well maintained as is the condo and you won't find a better rental agent then Emmanuel!. We would walk the beach at 4:00 am and felt completely safe.
If your looking for the true spirit of aloha, beautiful beaches, very few tourists, then I would not stay anywhere else! We are already planning our next stay and will be staying for a month in what we found was paradise.
I also would like to add, that this was the first time we used, so I was a little nervous but Emmanuel put me right at ease and supplied all the information I needed and to my surprise our cleaning deposit was here within days of returning home. If you have any questions regarding this condominium rental please feel free to e-mail me.
The Timmen Family, Seattle,WA
09/11/05 Positive My family & I just got back from Hawaii and Mr. Chen's condo. I wanted to thank you, Emmanuel, for giving us a chance to create many wonderful memories. Our first night at the condo we ran into problems with the computer and there was a tech there within a half hour. What service!
I have to say that at first, I was beginning to think that I had made a mistake renting the condo in the secluded area...then we made the mistake of going into Waikiki for some "excitement". Waikiki is like LA- lots of cars, traffic, and people. If you want to relax and feel like you are truly in "paradise"- stay here. The condo is clean and loaded with everything including a well needed washer and dryer. The beaches are beautiful on that side of the island. And if you crave the "excitement" of Waikik- it's only about a half hour drive...and you will be so happy to come back to the condo.
I cannot say enough good things. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And Mr. Chen is very professional and personal.
Mindi Estrada, San Diego, CA
06/06/05 Positive Our ten day visit was wonderful. A quiet hideaway from the the bustling west side of the island. cool breezes and sandy beaches where you can actually be the only one there at times. the peacefulness of it all was what we were looking for, and found. Thank you Mr Chen. Aloha maika'i no
william long / jan hipa, oxnard ca
805 983 4388
04/25/05 Positive What a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Mr. Chen has taken care of all the details and we highly recommend his beach house for your stay. His home is lovely and the beach is amazing!! We will come back!!! anne couser coeur d alene, idaho
04/05/05 Positive We were very impressed with the quiet beach and the long stretch of sand for walking every morning. What a difference from Waikiki! we did drive into Honolulu for a day and enjoyed hiking Diamond Head and shopping in the International Market, but were less than impressed with the crowds at Waikiki. It was difficult to find a spot to place our towels! We generally liked the northern end of Oahu which was very scenic and different from our Midwest.
Walt and I felt right at home in the condo. I zeroed in on the chocolate covered macadamian nuts and delicious Haagan Dazs (sp?!) ice cream. A real treat!! Walt's favorite perk was the frosted mugs - he had a beer or two every night on the porch. We both used the internet service several times during the week. It's too bad we didn't have more time for then we could have snorkeled or watched some of the videos. A week isn't enough in Oahu - we are already planning a return visit in the next couple of years. Hopefully, we can stay in the same condo on our next trip.
Walt and Anne Danapilis
Walt and Anne Danapilis, Bangor, Michigan
03/10/05 Positive Thank you.You were a wonderful host the condo was perfect.Very clean loved having the internet to keep in touch with the family back home.We spent the month of Feb there would go back.It was the best vacation ever.The beach was lovely,people friendly could not ask for more.Mahalo
The Smiths, Barnegat.NJ
02/12/05 Positive The condo was everything we'd hoped for and more. The swimming pool really was outside our door. The ocean really was 20 feet past the pool. The little convenience store was directly across from our unit. The grandchildren had a whale of a time with all the water toys. The unit was clean and we appreciated the coffee, tea, sugar, etc. that we found in the cupboard. Mr. Chen was a great help to us with all the problems that arose from our end. (Including an extra grandchild coming with us at the last minute.) The movies were great on the day it rained. The beach was superb! Even the gecko our youngest (8) found co-operated and let her have a really good look at him/her. The only complaint ......5 grandchildren and only 1 computer!!! All of them wanted to be on the internet every evening telling family and friends how great Hawaii is, and everything we did that day. Would we stay at Sandy Shores again? In a heartbeat!!
Judith Maher, Creston, B.C. Canada
01/25/05 Positive We were a real test of our host's hospitality, arriving
as we did at 2am after a long journey from
Australia and calling for assistance. However,
Emanuel couldn't have been nicer, promptly and
cheerfully returning our call with very helpful
information. The unit was immaculately clean and
stocked with goodies. The proximity to the beach
was amazing and the outlook sensationally
beautiful. We had a great time and only wish we
had had more time to enjoy it.
The Clarksons, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
12/20/04 Positive We all had a wonderful time on our trip to the less travelled part of Oahu! The condo was in very nice condition, and wonderfully convenient to the beach and the pool just outside our door. The beach feels like it is your own secluded beach - there was hardly anyone on it! Thanks to Mr. Chen for his well-stocked unit, and gracious hospitality. We would vacation in the unit again, and hope to some day. Aloha & mahalo!
Gary & Nancy Grimes & Family, Riverton, NJ
05/18/04 Positive We recently enjoyed a nice week long vacation with some friends on Oahu. We knew we wanted to stay on the North Shore away from Waikiki so we were very happy to have found Mr. Chen's condo. It was great! Very comfortable and well equipped. The sheets were even ironed! Wow!!! We definetly enjoyed being able to wake up and walk right out to the beach for peaceful early morning and late night strolls. THANKS SO MUCH MR CHEN
Monica Horne, Rio Rico, Az
04/26/04 Positive My husband and I spent a wonderful three days in the condo. It was our first visit to Hawaii and we just loved the North Shore. So beautiful and unspoiled. The condo was extremely well-equipped and fabulously clean. We loved the location - halfway between Haleiwa and Lanikai Beach. We hope to return someday.
02/26/04 Positive Wow, what a lovely place!
The beautiful beach, practically private, with great snorkelling and spectacular sunrises.
We enjoyed the privacy of the condo over the bustle and crowding of a hotel and saved a bundle of money having a well appointed kitchen with shopping close by.
Definitely the destination on Oahu for us, half an hour to great surf at Haleiwa. Loved watching the pros at Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach.
Thank you, Emanuel, for contributing to our fabulous stay with the great condo.
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About:I am a single father who found a way to spend alot of time with my son while making a living. I had no idea the two condos I had purchased before my son was born were zoned for vacation rentals. I believe we can make all the plans we want but the final outcome is up to God. I know many people may only...
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