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TripAdvisor Property ID: 5132298



  • Grill
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • DVD player
  • Fax machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine

Reviews (16)

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16 reviews


Reviewed 14 Feb 2017

This was a very nice property to rent. Furnishings were very nice, bed was comfy and kitchen well supplied. We stayed for two weeks and explored the entire island of Oahu. The gardens were beautiful. Lenora and Donald (the owners) were very nice. Lenora taught me how to make a lei which was fun. Location was in a perfect area. We highly recommend this property.

Owner's reply: Aloha, We enjoyed your visit and are so happy you also found everything to your liking. Meeting people, sharing our island charm and farm is fun! You were great guests and welcome back anytime. Mahalo for the nice review and for choosing our rental! A Hui Hou, Lenora * ; )

“Relaxing Retreat”

Reviewed 16 Nov 2016

Our week at Lenora's secret garden was one of the most relaxing vacations we've ever had. We were visiting friends in Haleiwa, but when they were busy, we retreated to the garden and the surrounding farm. There were thousands of orchids, fragrant flowers, fruit trees and happy birds for periods of reading and relaxation. The location was ideal for us--a short distance from Haleiwa town and close enough to enjoy the soothing sound of the ocean's waves. The island breezes kept us cool while our Hawaiian themed accommodations were spacious and comfortable. Lenora and her family were warm, friendly and helpful and were eager to share their extensive knowledge of plant life and the area. We'd be eager to visit Lenora again.

Owner's reply: Aloha Pumehana (Warm Aloha) to out new friends! We so enjoyed the Leach family very much. Both were so interesting and easy to talk with. They were the perfect guests, quiet, clean and respectful. They are welcome back anytime! Mahalo to you both for the great review. We are so glad you enjoyed the gardens and relaxed Hawai'ian paradise! Thank you for choosing the Secret Garden Paradise to visit Hawai'i and your friends. Lenora * : )

“Gracious hosts with peaceful surroundings”

Reviewed 27 May 2016

We stayed with my parents and daughter and were looking for a quiet authentic Hawaiian experience. Lenora and Don were wondeful hosts. They gave us a tour of their orchid greenhouse and wonderful flowers and other plantation produce. Noe, their daughter shelled a coconut and gave us a taste of the wonderful fresh taste of the juice. The home was clean, well equipped and quiet. Close to the downtown and beaches was wonderul. Highly recommend this property. Thank you to the wonderful hosts!

Owner's reply: Aloha Faith, I am so happy you enjoyed our rental. We totally enjoyed your family visit! We are so excited about your daughters new job! You were great guests and we hope our paths cross again someday! Mahalo Nui Loa, Lenora

“North Shore Refuge”

Reviewed 23 Nov 2015

This house offered us a quiet retreat from the busy streets and highways of Oahu while we visited with family for a really lovely week in November. Hosts Donald and Lenora are very congenial and welcoming. The space is ample, the lanai is large and well-located to view the beautiful gardens and catch the cooling trades in the middle of the day. Just outside the gate, which is a great touch for privacy and security, is Haleiwa, possibly the most interesting town on the island. Down the highway a short drive is fantastic Waimea Bay and, a little further, Sunset Beach. When we visited people in Kaneohe and Honolulu, we found the drive south to be quite manageable. On the return trip from the cities to the Secret Garden, we experienced a great sense of relief when we cleared the high point and started down to the North Shore. The breeze was always cooling and blowing through the big sliding screen doors. The rooms were very comfortable with ceiling fans and plenty of space and we slept very well, every night. If you like a peaceful spot that is a little off the beaten path, you will love the Secret Garden.

Owner's reply: Mahalo John and Anne for the great review! This was your second visit to us in many years. It is always a compliment when our visitors return and still have many positive comments. We enjoyed your stay. Anne and I spent many hours in the garden talking about orchids and Hawaiian plants! You are welcome back to our home anytime you visit our lovely islands!

“Very peaceful and charming place”

Reviewed 28 Aug 2015

We were very happy to stay at this property, equipped with everything we needed and set in so quiet surroundings and so close to to town and beaches. We appreciated the warm welcome, all the precious informations we could get from the owners, and the wonderful fruits and flowers. And we won't forget how to make "leis" ! Thank you for letting us sharing your house !

“Paradise in Paradise”

Reviewed 18 Jun 2015

Absolutely loved our stay in this beautiful, private, quiet place. There is everything you could wish for. We loved Leonoras flowers and gardens and took heaps of photos. The beaches and the charming village Haleiwa are just around the corner. Would love to go back there.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

Mike from Australia

Absolutely incredible
Would like to personally thank you for your wonderful and awesome hospitality and home. It was our first time to Hawaii for a family and surfing holiday and it was the best decision to stay at the Secret Garden! Feels very private and kids loved the pets! Very secure with the security gates and had everything you need to feel like home. 2min drive to most surf spots and Haleiwa and only 10-15 drive to other major spots on the north shore. We will be back.

Stayed: February 2014
Submitted: May 6, 2014

Paradise found here!
Everything was so clean and as the photos show. The host even brought in a sweet smelling blooming orchid for us to enjoy from her massive collection. Their home is a true Hawaiian theme which the decor reflects. We were so happy to have found this secret place and thank them for having us. A highlight was snorkling with 4 sea turtles nearby! We hope to return to this perfect secret garden in paradise! Mahalo to you both!

Stayed: March 2014
Submitted: March 26, 2014

What a gem
We stayed at the Secret Garden for a week and had a wonderful time at Donald and Lenora's home. The property was definitely off the beaten path - beautiful and secluded. As we were on a surfing holiday, we enjoyed the peace and quiet that their property had to offer. All amenities were as described. We particularly enjoyed eating all our meals outside on their picnic table, soaking up all the wonderful greenery that surrounded us. Donald and Lenora were wonderful hosts, extremely helpful and caring. We hope to come back soon!! Thank you!!

Stayed: April 2013
Submitted: April 12, 2013

Steve, Tricia and Evan Boy
Lenora and Don were the perfect hosts. We have never slept so well.. felt so refreshed and well rested after a vacation. We were lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf and fountain in the orchid gardens nightly. We are so thankful for such a pleasant holiday!!

Stayed: December 2012
Submitted: January 6, 2013

Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic getaway

Secret Garden Paradise- 6 Stars!
Lenora and Donald, (& Jingles and Meower) were wonderful hosts for our family's first visit to Hawaii. We'd hoped for a beautiful, relaxing house for our 11 day stay, and we were rewarded with a home beyond our expectations. The loudest sounds were the birds in the trees and the occasional coconut thudding into the turf (don't forget to ask Donald to help you harvest one!). Hundreds of orchids, plumeria and other tropical plantings greet you in the morning, along with the sun brushing the mountains behind Waialua. You'll be in the middle of nowhere, 2 minutes from town and 5 minutes from Turtle Beach (Laniakea). Don't miss the nightly sunset display from the harbor in Haleiwa.

Stayed: July 2012
Submitted: September 15, 2012

Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls getaway, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, People with disabilities, Romantic getaway

A true secret garden
Lenora and Don's porperty is a true paradise. Very secluded but still within short walking distance from Haleiwa, "the secret garden" will give you such a peaceful stay. The owners are so lovely and will help you with everything. Especially when it comes to surfing. The property is very clean and has all the amenities you need. The photos can't show you the real beauty of the place. I hope we can go back one day.

Stayed: December 2011
Submitted: June 14, 2012

Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, People with disabilities, Romantic getaway

Absolutely the BEST!
We decided to stay at the Secret Garden in Haleiwa for our first family trip to get away from the busy atmosphere of Honolulu. My wife, two boys (8 &5), and I had a great time and would come back again, hopefully in a few years! We thought the pictures looked nice and amenities were appropriate. We were impressed beyond expectation. The owners, Lenora and Donald, were very hospitable and offered us great local insight on the fun things to do in the area. The property with its open floor plan and beautiful garden was a complete relaxing oasis to recover and prepare for our numerous adventures. The bedrooms were large with comfortable beds. The kitchen had everything we needed except groceries (thankfully, Costco is ~30 min. down the road)! The bathroom is fine and we never were without warm water. There is a newer model washer/dryer which made hygiene easy. The living room is spacious and full of comfortable furniture. Great for unwinding in the evening. The beach is only 5-10 min. away in a car which was awesome! Overall a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get away from the city and enjoy a holiday of peace and beauty. Thank you Donald and Lenora! We hope to meet again!

Stayed: April 2012
Submitted: May 10, 2012

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

christmas in paradise
The Secret garden was perfect from banana trees and oranges right outside the door toshort walk/drive to Haleiwa. Don and Lenora embody the hawaiin spirit with aloha hospitality. Donald and Lenora's knowledge of the islands made it easy to avoid tourist traps and to reaaly see the parts of Oahu that have made our trip memorable. The condo itself is spacious and modern and very tastefullly decorated. It truly is paradise.

Stayed: December 2011
Submitted: December 24, 2011

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

Seclude and Serene
I stumbled on this Secret Garden while looking for a different noncommercial holiday in Hawaii. I wanted something that felt closer to the local environment. Though Haleiwa is a well known Surfing Hotspot, it still holds a small village atmosphere, something that is so precious in this stressful world. The Secret Garden reflects the healing, stress free atmosphere I was looking for, it's a home built to respect to the power serenity. It sets off the main throughway and is surrounded by beautiful tropical vegetation, flowers and fruit everywhere. In the morning you arise to the fresh cool breeze carrying the songs of multiple wild birds, soft white low clouds hovers over the mountain tops. As the sun rises in the sky, the day stays serene, untouched by the outside stressful world. By midday, a very light rain baths the greenery and the breeze blows all the patchy clouds out to the sea, it's like nature is telling you it is time to go to the beach and enjoy what else North shore Hawaii has to offer.

Stayed: August 2011
Submitted: August 17, 2011

Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, People with disabilities, Romantic getaway

Exactly what we were looking for
We booked a 10 day family vacation at the end of the summer - an opportunity to gather the 20 and 17 yr olds together and have some family time before the fall schedules and routine took over. Our oldest was a bit skeptical about going on a family vacation but subsequently declared this one of the best vacations ever. Our stay at Secret Gardens was definitely a contributing factor. Everyone really enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere, the easy going presence and helpfulness of the owners, the pets (both a big hit), the easy proximity to Halewii and north shore beaches, use of beach gear, availability of board games, and the peaceful atmosphere. We all remarked on the sense of relaxation that set in once back 'home' after a trip to Honolulu or other destinations.

Stayed: August 2011
Submitted: September 12, 2011

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure seekers, Girls getaway, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, Families with young children