Very Good

36 reviews

1 / 25 Diamondhead View from Balcony



Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

3 Full baths

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 4828976

About the area

The suburban neighborhood of St. Louis Heights is safe, friendly and beautiful. The home sits on a lower ridge two miles from Diamond Head and Waikiki, 9 miles from Haunama Bay (world class snorkeling and diving) and 9 miles from Honolulu airport. World class beaches are all within a short drive and fantastic hiking is available on St. Louis Heights and close by. Pearl Harbor is 20 minutes drive and the North Shore beaches are about a 45 minute drive. The Kahala Mall and Ala Moana Mall are each just 2 miles away and offer the finest shopping, dining and movie theaters. The Hawaii Convention Center is also just 2 miles away.Two well maintained recreational parks/pool are located closeby (5 min away- Olympic Swimming Pool, Basketball,Tennis Courts , Kid Playgrounds) for your use and enjoyment. Many high end restaurants, grocery stores, etc are within walking distance from the house. Safeway also provides free grocery delivery service for orders over $100 USD. GREEK (Fat Greek), ITALIAN (Sabrina's), AMERICAN (Franky Fresh), INDIAN (Taj Mahal), JAPANESE (Tokoname) are all within walking distance to the home. Delivery service is available too.

Getting around

Bus Stop 100 yards away, UBER, LYFT, Taxis are readily available.

Owner profile

Glen R.

Tourist License
TA007362355201; GE007362355201

Years listed:

Languages spoken: English

About the owner

Lara and I have been living in Hawaii since 2005. We started our business in 2009 due to our combined passion for the Hawaiian islands and to help the rest of the world experience their beauty (all while giving them a comfortable place to call "home").

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Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
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Damage deposit: $300.00
No smoking at this property
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  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: Queen Bed
    Beds in other rooms: 2 Queen Beds


  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Private garden
  • High Speed Internet
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Linen provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Safe
  • Sea view
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Towels provided
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports


  • 3 Full baths

Reviews (36)

Very Good – based on 36 reviews Very Good
36 reviews

“Relaxing, beautiful and clean home”

Reviewed 7 Sep 2016

From the moment you step out on the lanai and look at the sweeping view - from the water, Waikiki skyline and Diamond Head -all usually punctuated with the most vibrant and magical rainbows, you'll understand how special this location is. The owners are fantastic - responsive and super helpful. Everything you need is already in the house - beach towels, cooking utensils, plates and coffee, tvs and a BBQ, A/C - you honestly won't need to invest in anything other than a bottle of wine to enjoy the night skyline. On Friday nights, the Hilton Hawaiian Village has fireworks - the lanai is the perfect place to watch! Enjoy every moment - and the world class level of being taken care of by the family who owns this lovely home.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for being great guests and leaving a wonderful review- we look forward to your return trip to the islands! Mahalo and Aloha :)

“Dream family vacation”

Reviewed 21 Mar 2016

My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with our entire family of 9 in this beautiful island of Oahu. We enjoyed bonding with our two daughters and their husbands and our three young grandchildren ages 8, 5 and 3 for a week while staying at Glen and Lara's rental house. The house was fully furnished, plus more. They provided everything we needed and even included toys and games for all of us. We did not expect beach paraphernalia and toys for all ages but the storage area was full of them from beach umbrellas, chairs, floatation devices, skim boards to a full size surf board. The house was very clean, the beds and pillows were soft and the towels both bath and beach were luxurious. The fridge and freezer were big and the cookware was nice. The air conditioners and fans worked well and made our stay comfortable. The deck was big enough for all of us and had furniture and a big bar-b-q for cook outs. The house is centrally located and is only about 2 miles from Waikiki and a short distance from Safeway, Food Land and gasoline stations. All of us were in Waikiki in 2013 for daughter #2's wedding and we all stayed at Hyatt Regency but we enjoyed our stay at the rental house more because we were able to cook and share our meals together and enjoy the spectacular view of Diamond Head and the city from our deck. Night time on the deck is spell-binding with the moon and stars shining and the gentle breeze blowing amidst the city below which was ablaze with lights. We will definitely come back and recommend this rental house to friends and family. James and Alicia

Owner's reply: Thank you for the amazing complements! We enjoyed having your family stay with us and feel proud that we could be part of your anniversary celebration! Come back soon! Glen and Lara

“Kaaawa, Oahu, Hawaii - Red Bambo Home”

Reviewed 18 Feb 2013

The lady of this particular rental overlooked our inquiry and it was too late to rent from her. So we continued on a search and found another home through you in Kaaawa, The Red Bamboo Home. It was amazing! The sites were stunning even though it was on the north shore it was 100 times better then staying in a hotel. The home sold while we were there and that is why I am choosing this home to do a review on. Mahalo for having this website!!! Elaine Bordun-Hildebrandt

Owner's reply: It seems that this review has been posted for a property not owned or managed by Ocean View Oahu. I am working with Tripadvisor to have it removed.

“Family vacation”

Reviewed 11 Sep 2012

This home has everything you need to have a fantastic family vacation. The house is super clean, well stocked with everyday essentials like cookware, towels and sports equipment. The view from the deck is from Diamond Head to Honolulu! At night, it is beautiful. The owners description of this home was exactly as we found it when we arrived. This home is centrally located and within easy driving distance of all activities. If you are going to Hawaii, Ihighly recommend you stay here!!

Owner's reply: Thank you for your wonderful review! We enjoyed meeting you and hope your family comes back to stay with us again in the future! Aloha, Lara and Glen

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Guest: KY(California)
Date of Stay: 01/01/11 Review Submitted: 01/14/11

We rented this place from Jan 1-12, and had a wonderful time. We had a large family group (6 adults and 3 children), and the three bedrooms had plenty of space for the adults, while the kids used the three sleeper sofas. The views from this unit were amazing, 180 degrees of ocean and Diamond Head view. The location was close to town, but was very quiet at night. Easy access to the freeway, as well as close to restaurants and shopping. We used the grill on the lanai to cook several meals, and enjoyed the firework show on Friday night. Wish we could have spent a month at this place...

Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children.

Excellent stay for big group
Guest: Yelin(New York, NY)
Date of Stay: 12/04/10 Review Submitted: 12/22/10

We just returned from our Hawaii trip and had a great time at Lara's house. My husband and I took our parents from both sides on this trip and it made more sense to rent a house than a hotel room in Waikiki. The approximity from the house to Waikiki made it easier for us to go enjoy the beach and night life. We were able to cook by ourselves on a few nights thanks to the huge stock of kicthen utensils and seasonings. Our north shore drive was made a lot easier with all the beach towel supplies. We especially enjoyed the Wii games in the living room and the neflix movie streaming service. Would definitely recommend to our friends for future reference.

Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families wi

Guest: Amy(California)
Date of Stay: 09/16/10 Review Submitted: 09/23/10

Lara and Glen were very helpful and welcoming during our stay at this house. The best things about this unit are the amazing views and the amenities that were available to us including some toiletries, kitchen equipment and supplies, beach towels, and more. We really appreciated the welcome basket and felt that it exemplified Hawaiian hospitality. Parking was slightly challenging with the narrow driveway but we got the hang of it quickly.

Owner response: Thank you Amy! We enjoyed having your family here and would love to have you here again!

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children.

Guest: Linda, Mike and family(Vancouver, B.C., Canada)
Date of Stay: 08/18/10 Review Submitted: 08/30/10

Lara and Glen were very gracious hosts during our one week stay. The accommodations were very comfortable for our family of five, (3 teens), and we quickly felt right at home. Everything was well thought out and things were where you needed them to be. The space was roomy enough, especially the lanai, for when we all wanted to be together but also everyone had a quiet place of their own, (if they desired). The view from the lanai is magnificent to say the least. We must have at least 50 family photos with it as the back drop! The BBQ worked well and once again, everything is right there ... utensils, even a sink! The huge movie selection was great to entertain the kids in the evenings so we could enjoy the lanai in peace as we watched the city lights, (and the Friday fireworks). Negatives ... can't think of any!! We had a great time. Thanks Lara and Glen. Hope to see you again and all the best with your new family addition!!

Owner response: Aloha Linda and Mike! Thank you. :) You are welcome here anytime.

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children.

A Kama'aina's Review - Great Value
Guest: Dan(Clarkston, MI)
Date of Stay: 07/07/10 Review Submitted: 08/25/10

I was born and raised in Honolulu. In fact, I graduated from St Louis High School and University of Hawaii Manoa right next door to the property. Let me tell you, it's not easy making a Local Boy happy, but this place is NICE FOR THE PRICE! I have relatives all over the islands, visited or stayed in thousands of homes and yes, most hotels. I am glad I picked Lara's place over my usual hotel, which I later found out was under renovation and mostly torn apart. There was enough room for my family plus Grandma and In-Laws. It's close to major freeways. It's far enough away from Waikiki to escape the "Tourist Price Traps", closer to where we locals shop for da kine. Can you imagine spending $5 for a quart of milk? So, this is a comfortable place to stay. It has a street name most of you non-locals can actually pronounce. Everybody was happy, I was pleasantly surprised, and we had a great time at my family reunion. Lara, I hope you guys enjoyed the fresh Ahi! Mahalo Nui Loa.

Owner response: Mahalo Dan! It was great to have your family here. Thank you very much for the fresh Ahi. We enjoyed it so much. Yummy!

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children.

Fabulous stay in a charming place!!
Guest: BZBaby(Venice, California)
Date of Stay: 05/08/10 Review Submitted: 07/14/10

We had a WONDERFUL time staying at this property! The place is conveniently located and they provide all the amenities for you, including a welcome basket with lots of goodies!! The views are spectacular...all of Waikiki and Diamond Head. This property is very cozy and homey feeling and they do everything they can to make you feel welcome and right at home. I would definitely go back and stay here again! Plenty of room for friends and family. Thank you so much for making our stay so wonderful!!

Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.

Worth the Long Search and the Wait!
Guest: Alama(Fairfield, CA)
Date of Stay: 06/27/10 Review Submitted: 07/10/10

I spent at least 20 hours looking through locations for June 27th-July 6th and came upon this one literally at the last hour before my decision was made. After speaking with Lara, I knew we were getting a great deal. As beautiful as the pictures are, they do not fully capture the beauty of the area! Glen and Lara welcomed us with a well thought out gift basket; it definitely didn't look thrown together. Condiments were stocked in the fridge as were toiletries which cut down on the cost of buying little things that add up quickly. The snorkeling equipment and underwater camera were a nice touch as well. The view from the lanai is one of the best views from a home I've ever seen. We got to watch TWO fireworks shows on the 4th of July which ran for a nearly uninterrupted 50 minutes total! Wii Fit, Mario Galaxy 2, and Mario Kart Wii were played while waiting for others to get ready. The 3/3 set up was perfect for our party of 9 and could've easily taken on one or two more people. Don't overpack as there is a washer and dryer that we definitely made use of so it cut down on the amount of check in we had at the airport. It also helped me by not doing any laundry when I got home. The house is on a steep hill which I didn't mind driving up at all, but the driveway to the back is somewhat narrow so you just have to watch out for hitting sides. My uncle, however, easily backed an F-250 all the way up so you should be fine. My friends and family have all spoken very highly of this place and we hope to stay there again the next time we're in Hawaii...hopefully that's not too far from now! Glen and Lara also let us keep our luggage well beyond the check out time as we didn't fly back to California until 1030 that evening and visited North Shore that day. Very hospitable and friendly family. You can spend the entire day on the lanai. No lie!

Owner response: Thank you Alama! I am so glad it was worth the long search and we hope to have your family back again soon!

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.

Unbelievable Place! Unbelievable Price!
Guest: StephanieNY(Buffalo, NY)
Date of Stay: 06/12/10 Review Submitted: 06/23/10

All I can say is - WOW!! Me and 5 of my good friends had the pleasure of staying at this residence from June 12 - June 16, 2010 and I still can't believe we booked such an amazing place. From the moment we drove up the hill and long driveway, we were astonished at how lucky we were to book such an aesthetically wonderful place. That is only where the fun began!! All the rooms were comfortable and had more than enough space for us. The lanai was perfect, so that you could sit out there and enjoy the view. OH THE VIEW!!!! As you can see from the pictures, it doesn't get much better than that. The living room was quite comfortable with a new flatscreen TV and free movies and Wii which we did use quite a bit. Coming home after a long day at the beach and being able to relax on the lanai while eating a nice meal was wonderful. We had the luxury of cooking and barbequing our own meals at this place and did take advantage of it by purchasing steaks and seafood at the Costco that was close by. Sandy Beach and Hanauma Bay were just a few miles away. My favorite was Sandy Beach for the amazing body surfing and HUGE waves, but Hanauma Bay offered some of the best snorkeling I have ever seen. Waikiki was bustling and is just 5 minutes away. Lara was an absolute pleasure to deal with. She was very accommodating and even let us stay quite late on our last day due to our late flight back to the East Coast. Overall, an amazing experience at an amazing place. If I ever go back to Hawaii, I will absolutely do my best to secure this place again. The picture from my bedroom is now the screensaver on my phone so it will remind me of all the great times we had there.

Owner response: Mahalo Stephanie! I love that the picture from your bedroom is your screensaver on your phone. We welcome your group of friends back anytime.

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.

More than we expected
Majan (Richmond, MI)
Review submitted: April 10, 2011 Date of arrival: March 26, 2011

It was the best vacation we ever had! The house was perfect, everything and more than we expected. The view was awesome! Everything was just minutes away with very easy access but far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet. Lara and Dean went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We wouldn't have changed a thing. WE hope to make this annual vacation but next year stay longer.

Thanks again!

The Perfect View !
Norm (Burnaby BC)
Review submitted: April 6, 2011 Date of arrival: March 19, 2011

This was our first trip to Honolulu. I have to say that out of all the places I have been too Honolulu was the most relaxing. I cannot tell you what it is like to wake up in the morning, open the local paper and have my coffee on the deck overlooking the city. I have told my friends of Lara and Glen's home and I am already planning my next trip there. There was a beautiful gift basket awaiting us when we arrived. The home is central to everything. Downtown Waikiki was 6 minutes away, Diamond Head was 8 minutes away, Costco was very near and University of Hawaii was down the road. I even saw the University of Hawaii baseball game from the deck!!

Best vacation ever!
Kari (Saskatoon, Sk. Canada)
Review submitted: March 19, 2011 Date of arrival: February 21, 2011

Lara & Glenn provide a truly excellent home away from home. The house was exactly as described. The view from the lanai was breathtaking; we were able to see Diamond Head and watched ships and submarines in the ocean. The home was equipped with everything a person could want or need for their stay; the newspaper delivered to our door daily, even snorkel and beach equipment were provided! We had a terrific view for the weekly fireworks on Friday nights - we chose to BBQ on the lanai that evening. This home is excellently located although we do recommend renting a car. The Safeway is only a couple of minutes away and Waikiki beach, shopping, the zoo and aquarium are only a short distance from there. Don't forget to stop by the famous 'Leonard's Bakery' located right across the street from Safeway - a treat not to be missed! After crazy days of sight-seeing, it was really nice to be able to retire to this wonderful, quiet place every evening. We highly recommend this home (& have already done so to all of our friends). We will definitely stay again.

Ocean View Review
seashell22 (West Branch, IA)
Review submitted: March 15, 2011 Date of arrival: February 28, 2011

Lara & Glen - What a lovely place you shared with us during our recent stay in Honolulu. The view from the balcony was breathtaking. We were busy during the day, but were able to come home after a busy day and relax on the lanai with views of the city, Diamond Head Crater and Waikiki Beach. The bedrooms and baths worked out fine for the three couples. Thank you for the lovely gift basket and little extras that made our stay quite enjoyable. We also appreciated the local info and maps that were available to us, as our days were filled with golf outings, Pearl Harbor and Punch Bowl Cemetery visits, Aloha Stadium Flea Market, Hole-in-the-Wall Food Tour and drive to the North Shore (shopping, eating from a Shrimp Truck and watching the surfers.) We certainly will recommend this location to others. Thank you for your hospitality!!!

Awesome Oahu
A Canadian family (British Columbia, Canada)
Review submitted: February 8, 2011 Date of arrival: January 24, 2011

We found this property to be just as described - perfect for our week exploring Oahu. We've stayed in many vacation rentals before, and this one had everything we could even imagine needing. We loved the wonderful view of Waikiki and Diamond Head from the covered lanai, the welcome basket and the supply of beach equipment, and appreciated that the kitchen and bathrooms were supplied with all the amenities. Glen and Lara live right on site and are very prompt to answer questions and requests. A bonus? Having a laptop and printer in the unit enabled us to check in and print our boarding passes which saved us alot of time when we (reluctantly) had to make our way to the airport for our flights home! We'll definitely consider this property on a return visit and would recommend it to friends with no hesitation.