Very Good

6 reviews

1 / 22 View of Hale Nalu duplex cottage front door entrance



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About the area

Makaha is known as the jewel of the Leeward Coast. A visitor can enjoy an authentic island style vacation. Makaha is famous for it's winter surfing and was home to one of the early big wave surfing contests; the Makaha International Surfing Contest that was started the early 50s. Mauna Lahilahi Point (or Black Rock) is a well known fishing spot to locals, and there is also a popular surf site adjacent it's west side. The significance of the name is due to the rocks at the westernmost point are "black," as opposed to the rest of the rock which appears brown. Lahilahi has considerable cultural significance to Native Hawaiians and is a site that is sacred to Kāne. In addition to ancestral burials, it has rare petroglyphs and astronomical significance (ie, the recognition of the June solstice). Lahilahi is also known as "the eyes of Wai'anae," meaning, "if you have not been to Lahilahi you have not seen Wai'anae." I have to admit, this place is special. It has one of the most amazing views of the coastline on the west side of Oahu, as well as an unrivaled sunset viewpoint. IZUMI on u tube sings Hawaiian Song Vol.3 Mauna lahilahi. There are also diving caves, turtles, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets. There is a golf course minutes away as well as the harbor where a visitor can take dolphin and whale watch excursions, and deep sea fishing charters are also available. Centuries ago Makaha Valley was home to a group of Hawaiians (and their ancestors the menehune) who lived solely from farming and fishing. There is a ceremonial lava rock structure (He'iau) that has been restored by the Bishop Museum and is interesting to visit. Other amenities are the majestic Wai'anae Mountains It is an uncrowded area and usually always has a lovely breeze coming down the valley. Keywords: Located on one of the world's most beautiful beaches (Lahilahi and Makaha Beach), a visitor is able to relax and enjoy ocean sounds, waves and great ocean views. There are amazing sunsets that can be seen from the pristine sandy beaches and clear blue ocean. One of the best buys in Hawaii for beach town stays.



  • Grill
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking Included
  • Sea view
  • Waterfront


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


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports

Reviews (6)

Very Good – based on 6 reviews Very Good
6 reviews

“Makaha cottage”

Reviewed 7 Nov 2016

We spent 10 days in this house and had a great trip!! Clean, private, cozy rental for a good price. Busy neighbourhood with friendly people. Full size fridge and stove make it easy for cooking meals so you don't have to eat out all of the time. Very close walk to a nice clean, quiet beach. We saw turtles and sea lions swimming. There were beach chairs, cooler bags, boards for floating and playing in the water. Lots of beautiful beaches along the west side of the island. Good restaurants and grocery shopping near by. The weather was always sunny and warm while we were there. A little different than the other side of the island. Lenora is a very sweet lady! Was quick to respond to any questions we had. Great place! Would definitely recommend it and would come back again!

“Well-equipped, good value, and close to the beach!”

Reviewed 24 Nov 2015

The unit is as described, clean and with lots of amenities. This was one of the only private rentals we could find in an under $100 price range that had a kitchenette with a full size stove and fridge, which we wanted so we could cook instead of eating out every night. To prevent attracting bugs, we put all of our food (including dry goods) in the fridge, so we appreciated its size. There is a cold pack in the freezer and a cooler bag that we used to take our lunch for the day. In addition to the other items mentioned in the listing, there is also two snorkel/mask sets and a one set of flippers, which is a big space saver if you don't want to bring your own! The best part of the suite is the shower, which was good for tall people like us (6ft) and always had lots of hot water with excellent pressure. The locked, covered carport was also a big plus so our rental car was not only safe, but not too hot when we went out for the day. We enjoyed the proximity to the beach, which was clean and had very few people on it. We snorkeled there and saw turtles about 20 feet off shore! If you do some research, you can find out how to get to a place where the fish clean the turtles further out, but we did not attempt that as we were unsure of the current, being that it was November (summer is the prime / safest snorkelling time). There are several lovely beaches further north of Makaha too, and the Lower Makaha cave is fun to stop in at quickly as you head up there too. As you're heading to Makaha from Honolulu, you'll get off the freeway onto the Farrington Hwy, and if it's between 3 and 7 on a weekday, the traffic gets quite slow and it took us a couple hours total to get back. Apparently it's mostly commuting locals heading back up that way. It was much better on the weekend, so our suggestion would be to get back by 3 or come back later, or just stay local on the weekdays and do your island exploring on the weekend. The neighbourhood is quite busy with scooters (sans mufflers) and the locals seem to enjoy cruising around with their music until about 10pm, so if this noise bothers you, bring some ear plugs or headphones. Other than this, the neighbourhood was pleasant and felt safe. In the morning, the music from the ice cream truck was more welcome! ;) We didn't meet Lenora, but she was quick to reply to emails during the booking process and after arrival. Thanks for having us, and keep doing what you're doing! :)

Owner's reply: Aloha Sarah, Mahalo (Thank You) for the great review! We are so glad the rental worked out for you both! We also love the Makaha side of the island and find the beaches pristine! We enjoyed having you both as our guest as you have lots of good suggestions and left the place so clean! Hope-full our paths will cross again in the future! As we say in Hawai'i A Hui Hou (Until we meet again)! Lenora * : )

“Makaha holiday”

Reviewed 18 Jul 2015

This is a clean simple holiday accommodation fully equipped with all that one needs for the house as well as for the beach. We loved the local beaches and it was only a short walk to swim at the nearest beach - wonderful to float in the water watching the sun set. We found beaches on this side of Oahu far less crowded and had clearer water. The neighbourhood of Makaha is clearly a poorer area - not a flash suburb but we enjoyed our time here.

Owner's reply: I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Waianae Coast to anyone looking for budget paradise living. Just be aware you're not going to be visiting a resort/hotel area. Makaha has the real-life Hawaiian lifestyle just as safe as any other neighborhood on Oahu. I have found the native Hawaiians very family oriented, kind and full of the Aloha spirit. One must be adventurous type, self entertained, with an easy-going spirit, to enjoy a more authentic tropical lifestyle.

“Beautiful Home and Peaceful Stay”

Reviewed 2 Mar 2015

My boyfriend and I stayed at Hale Nalu over Valentines Day weekend and couldn't have asked for a better place to spend it! Only a block away from the beach, and far from the hustle and bustle of the city, we had an extremely peaceful and relaxing time in a beautiful, clean home. The neighbor even gave us fresh mangos while we were there! Beautiful plumeria trees in the front garden, we were always welcomed back with the fragrant flowers lining the path to the doorway. Tamura market, one of my favorite on O'ahu was just a five minute drive away, and we got lots of local fresh ingredients to cook with in the kitchen. We even checked out the Makua Cave (a short drive away) while we were there. We would definitely come back and stay here again!

“Great vacation”

Reviewed 21 Jan 2015

We had a great time. Location to the beach was just a short walk. Fresh fruit at the house when we arrived. Everything we needed was right there. Beach chair and towels provided. Could not have stayed at a hotel and received the same service. Look forward to a return trip.

Owner's reply: Mahalo Nui Loa (thanks so much) for the Great Review. You are only our 2nd guest at this new rental. We are so pleased you enjoyed the home, location and amenities. We are working at more improvement. We just got the new washer installed. Did some landscaping in front yard and added a lawn table and chairs! We also enjoyed you as guests and would love to have you back again! Lenora * : )

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