Aikane Kauai Ocean View Vacation Rental Home at Poipu Beach, Hawaii


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A/C
All three bedrooms at Aikane Kauai have wall mounted air conditioners however, they are rarely needed. I designed the home to take advantage of the prevailing trade winds with good cross ventilation. For extra measure, the picture windows are double glazed with low-e glass, the home is fully insulated and all rooms have ceiling fans. This really is a comfortable place to stay!

AIR TOURS
There is so much to see by car, easy short walks, hikes and sail boat; ways that are fun, safer, tactile and not so noisy and disruptive for people on the ground.

BIKES
Outfitters Kauai are located between Koloa and Poipu. The roads here are generally narrow and the shoulders not always well maintained. There is some great single track mountain biking. There are also companies along the east side bike path which is a really nice ride.

DISCOUNTS
We offer last minute discounts to fill gaps at Aikane Kauai. For example, if there is an open slot in the schedule within 30 days of arrival, we would be happy to offer a discount. Let us know if you want to be put on the special alert email list.

EARLY ARRIVALS AND LATE CHECK OUTS
An early check in may be fine. You are welcome to phone us at 808-639-4127 on your arrival day or send your cell # so we can phone you as soon as the house is ready.

Need a late check out? You are welcome to check out as late as you like if there is no one arriving or no scheduled maintenance the day of your departure. It is best to phone us while you're here. Guests leaving on a night flight often include the night of departure in their reservation to have it guaranteed.

Some resorts and other facilities have offered day passes but they are subject to change. Check out http://www.ymcaofkauai.org/YMCA/ in Lihue. 

KIDS/BABY STUFF
Aikane Kauai is an excellent choice for a family vacation. The house is one of the closest to Poipu Beach Park with a protected lagoon and playground equipment with a spongy ground surface. There is a baby gate for the stairs and a high chair at the house. There are also beach toys and boogie boards.

Contact Ready Rentals if you would like to rent a crib. You can make arrangements directly with them for which type of crib you prefer. They will deliver and pick up.

LOCATION/NOISE
There is no construction going on nearby. Aikane Kauai is on a short cul-de-sac side road and is nowhere near any busy highways.

CAR or 4WD?
A car is essential if you want to get to some of the really interesting places on Kauai such as the Waimea Canyon and the more remote beaches. You really don't need a 4WD unless you want to get to Polihale in the winter and some of the back roads.

Call Steve at Pono Taxi 808-634-4744. Once you're at the house there are 3 beaches, 3 restaurants, a deli and a surf/beach ware shop within five minute walks. A public bus stop is about a third of a mile from the house.

We are about 25 minutes or 12 miles from the airport.

CAR RENTALS
The cheapest places I've heard of to rent cars here is at http://rentacarkauai.com/ or  http://discounthawaiicarrentals.com

DANCING
Kauai has an active dance community with particular focus on ballroom, swing and tango.

DELIVERY SERVICE
Delivery Kauai offers service from several south Kauai eateries to your door.

DIVING
There is good scuba diving around Kauai, especially the reefs off Poipu. Poipu is also one of the best snorkeling areas year round. There are several dive shops in Poipu and Koloa.

DRIVING TIPS
Here are a few driving tips, customs and local laws.

1. Seat belts are mandatory on all roads.

2. Cell phone use is not allowed while driving.

2. Traffic: I try to avoid driving between Poipu and Lihue or Kapaa between 7am to 8:30am and 3:30pm to 6pm or allow for an extra 15 to 25 minutes at prime time.

When coming back to Poipu from the north shore, I always take the Kapaa Bypass road. It's scenic and avoids the traffic. For some reason driving north through Kapaa is usually quite smooth but southbound can be stop-n-go.

3. Beware of cars making random U-Turns, sudden stops, half-way pullovers. Scenery, people, animals and sights are often distracting.

4. One-lane bridges are found all over the island. Common practice is to let 5 to 7 or so cars go at a time or clear the line if cars are piled up. Then alternate. Not the place to play chicken.

5. Speaking of chicken: Not everyone slows down for chickens on the roads.

6. Driving close to the speed limit is usually good. Watch where limits change from 45 to 25 on down hills where its easy to go above the limit. Radar is commonly used. Most tickets cost about the same as a meal out for 2. Speeding tickets are closer to a good meal out for 6.

7. General courtesies like letting cars merge in is appreciated and usually received with a smile and a "shaka". Honking is almost always considered rude.

8. Basic directions: “Makai” (towards the ocean) and “mauka” (towards the mountain). Very useful on an island.

FISHING
You can shore fish 100 yards from the house. Waves can be a hazard anywhere on Kauai with the biggest ones coming in at 30 minutes or longer intervals. For deep sea fishing try http://www.kaibear.com/

We recommend waiting until you get here to book and see what’s happening with the weather.

FRESH FISH
All grocery stores on Kauai sell fresh locally caught fish but will vary depending on weather and luck. Koloa also has a fish market across the street from the post office. Try their seared ahi and take out lunches. Another favorite place to buy fresh fish is Fish Express in Lihue. You will find them on the mauka (mountain) side of Kuhio Hwy 56 across from Wal-mart. Call ahead to check the catch. 808-245-9918. They also sell sushi, other prepared foods and delicious take out lunches.

KAYAKS
There are several companies that rent single and double kayaks. Outfitters Kauai (ph. 808-742-9667) is the closest. There are several companies that will deliver your kayak to the Wailua River which is very nice. Not recommended on windy days.

LIBRARY
The public library is located on the Poipu side of Koloa town on the Koloa Elementary School campus. You'll pass right by it on your right as you leave Koloa heading for Poipu. Here's how to get a card. Koloa has a nice collection of DVD's.

LUAU
I've heard Smith's is the best and the one at Kilohana is also very good. They can be a lot of fun. Be sure to sit in the front row for a chance at an impromptu hula lesson on stage :-)

MUST SEE/DO
Here are some of our favorite things to do on Kauai;

Coastal walk from Shipwrecks (Hyatt) heading east along the bluffs continuing for about 3.5 miles. There are several beaches along the way. This is also a good place for whale watching too.

You can start from Aikane by walking down to the ocean then right on Pe’e Road for about a quarter mile. Cut through the Embassy Suites parking lot to the coastal path which runs in front of the Hyatt then to Shipwreck Beach. We usually drive to the Shipwreck Beach parking lot and go from there.

There is generally good snorkeling by Aikane in the protected bay between Poipu Beach Park and the Marriott, a 5 to 10 minute walk. There is also another protected bay about a mile west toward Spouting Horn adjacent to the Beach House Restaurant.

Check out the orchid and cactus gardens on the grounds surrounding the Plantation Gardens Restaurant. Also a nice place to enjoy food, drink and ambiance.

The Na Pali coast is spectacular! 3 ways to enjoy;

1. Drive north to the end of the road and park at Ke’e Beach and take the 2 mile hike to Hanakapiai Beach from there. You may have to park in the overflow lot about a quarter mile before the beach. We also really like going to the waterfall 2 miles inland from Hanakapiai but it is usually a muddy trail. Caveats: Hanakapiai Beach can be super dangerous with currents. Be careful going across the stream there. A very nice taste of the trail is in the first half mile which takes you to a point where you can look down almost the entire Na Pali coastline. It's a good idea to get a very early start as Ke'e Beach gets busy. Best to make a bee line for Ke'e and the hike then work your way back.

2. View from the Kalalau lookout at Kokee State Park. There are 2 lookouts. There is a nice trail from the the second lookout along the ridge. We also really enjoy continuing along this trail (Pihea) to the Alakai Swamp Trail. The views are spectacular if not too cloudy. We've been out there many times when it looks completely socked in but over the course of eating lunch and resting the view may open up.

3. The deluxe way is by boat. I’ve gone with Captain Andy a number of times and it’s always fun.

Waimea Canyon is also excellent. You can see much just from the road. Favorite hikes are Waipo'o Falls and Awa'awapuhi.

For adventure and zip lines, check out Outfitters Kauai. I've been on the kayak, hike, zip line tour with my kids. Really fun!

PLACES TO AVOID
1. Queen's Bath in Princeville (injuries, rogue waves)

2. Kipu Falls (injuries, now officially closed)

3. Use extreme caution at Hanakapi'ai, Lumahai and Polihale Beaches. These beaches are especially beautiful but known for super strong currents and undertows. ALL beaches on Kauai can be safe and ALL can be treacherous. Usually it's obvious but not always. Sometimes the biggest waves have intervals of 30 minutes or more.

4. Air tours of any kind (safety concerns and noise).
 

FARMERS MARKETS
Check out the Sunshine Farmers Markets, a local farmers' co‑op held outdoors around the island every day. You'll find the best from the local farms: lettuces, beautiful fresh cut flowers, bananas, papayas, herbs, squashes, legumes, you name it. The markets are open for two hours. Be sure to get there early. Our community grocery stores (Sueoka's and Kukuiula) usually have locally grown produce every day and compete well on price.

All directions are from Poipu.

Day   Market   Time  Location    
Monday Koloa Noon Koloa Ball Park. On your right ¼ mile out of Koloa town heading toward Lihue on Maluhia Rd.
  Lihue 3pm Kukui Grove parking lot between Sears and CostCo.
Tuesday Kalaheo 3pm Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. Turn left on Papalina from Kaumualii Hwy‑50. Take the first left.
Wednesday Kapaa 3pm Kapaa New Town Park. Turn left at the ABC Store (Hwy 581). Follow the road for ½ mile then turn right at the ball park. The market is held in the back parking lot.
Thursday Hanapepe 3pm Hanapepe Community Center. Turn into Hanapepe Town. Take the left turn midway through town and the market will be on your right.
  Kilauea 4:30pm Neighborhood Center on Keneke Rd off Lighthouse Road.
Friday Lihue 3pm Vidinha Stadium. Southwest of the airport in the stadium parking lot on Hoolako St.
Saturday Puhi 10am Kauai Community College
  Kekaha 9am Kekaha Neighborhood Center just off the highway on Elepaio Rd

GOLF COURSES ON KAUAI
Poipu Bay and the Kiahuna Courses are within a half mile from the house. You'll find a greater mix of residents and visitors the Kukuiolono Golf Course and Wailua Municipal Golf Course. Kukuiolono is a 9 hole course about 20 minutes from the house. Wailua is about 35 minutes away and is located along the coast. Check out the Kauai Golf Course Guide for more info.

GROCERIES
For groceries and other supplies, the most convenient stop and widest selection  is at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center. This will be on your left about a quarter mile out of Lihue on your way to Poipu. This is the home of Times Supermarket, Longs Drug Store, Macy's, CostCo, and K‑mart among others.

There are three regular grocery stores in the Koloa-Poipu area. Part of the south side charm are the smaller "Mom & Pop" run businesses such as Sueoka Store and Kukuiula Store (my favorites). Big Save is the biggest of the three. Sueoka's is where Highway 520 meets Koloa. Kukuiula Store is in a small strip center on Poipu Road about half way between Koloa and Poipu. The smaller grocery stores compete well on price and usually have locally grown produce and also fresh fish. Most food is imported and expensive no matter where purchased. Living Foods in the Kukui'ula Shopping Center is a high end grocery/health food store that also has prepared food and baked goods.

Brennecke's is a mini sundries store located right across the road from Poipu Beach Park. Kauai's Safeway is in Kapaa in the Kauai Shopping Village, about 45 minutes from the house.

Our place will be stocked with the basics for your arrival (i.e. soap, paper products).

Health Food Stores
Poipu: Living Foods

West Side: Happy Mangos in Waimea

Kapaa and Hanalei: Papayas Natural Foods

RESORT AMENITIES
There are tradeoffs between a private vacation home and a resort with a pool and tennis courts. One consideration is our proximity to beach. From Aikane Kauai; walk past 2 homes to the ocean then along the coast past 3 more homes to get to the first of a string of beaches. The first one is Brennecke's Beach which is more exposed and often great for body boarding. The next one is Poipu Beach across the lawn. After that you’ll find a bigger bay which is great for for snorkeling and swimming and is also protected. A lifeguard is stationed at Poipu Beach. There are no public pools in the area. You'll find public tennis courts in Koloa where we play.

RESTAURANTS
Here are a few descriptions of what I think are some of the better places to eat.

For personal recommendations, I like Casa di Amici and it’s only a block inland from the Aikane. Kalapaki Joe's and Brenneckes Beach Broiler are 3 blocks from the house. Da Crack is a Mexican take out place we like. It's adjacent to Kukuiula Market. The Beach House Restaurant is 5 minutes west and is on the water. Best for sunset dining. Merrimans downstairs for drinks and appetizers and upstairs for superb meals. Another favorite is Brick Oven Pizza about 15 minutes away.

For truly local style food there are a couple places in Lihue: Garden Island Barbeque (lunch and dinner) and Kauai Pasta. Menus and addresses are in the house binder. Here is a review link

SENDING PAYMENT
Apprehension about sending payment ahead is completely understandable. We would be concerned too! We set up this page to let people know more about us and include several references.

We are proud members of the Poipu Beach Resort Association and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. Aikane Kauai is listed in the Lonely Planet Kauai Guidebook as an Editor’s Choice and we’ve advertised with HomeAway and Trip Advisor for many years. We are a locally owned and professionally managed company with integrity and deep roots on Kauai.

SNORKELING
Generally, the best snorkel beach is right around the corner from the house between Poipu Beach Park and the Marriott. It's about a five minute walk along the coast and through the beach park. Another fun place is just adjacent to the Beach House Restaurant. People occasionally snorkel and dive along the rocky coast in front of the house. You will find several snorkel/mask sets at the house.
 

SUP/Standup Paddle Boarding
Kalapaki Bay is the most popular place to go. Boards can be rented nearby. Outfitters Kauai now offers a SUP tour.

SURF
Here's a link for surf forecasting.

For board rentals, try Nukumoi Surf Shop.

There are about a dozen surf breaks on the south side. The closest to Aikane is Waiohai (in front of the Marriott Hotel). It is a right and left hander and generally on the softer intermediate side. It is one of the most consistent spots on the island. There is also a fairly easy left in the same bay but tends to be fickle. First Break is a thick right outside of Waiohai. There are a few other spots a mile west of the house. All depend on wind, tide and swell for best conditions.

TENNIS COURTS
The closest courts are at Kiahuna Swim & Tennis Club, 2290 Poipu Road, about a half mile from the house. Phone (808) 742-9533 for rate details.

We like to play at Koloa Park where you'll find 2 lighted courts. The courts are located on Maluhia Road (tree tunnel road), just outside of Koloa, heading east toward Lihue. They'll be on your right.

TSUNAMI
Aikane Kauai is by the beach but just beyond the tsunami zone according to the civil defense map. Our personal residence is 3 miles from the coast and we would gladly open our home to our guests if ever needed.

Hawaii Civil Defense conducts siren testing on the first working day of each month at 11.45am.


 

WEATHER
The weather is generally sunny in Poipu year-round. Temperatures mostly range from high 60's at night to low 80's during the day. We do get occasional showers and storm systems. Here are the historical weather averages. The weather forecasts are for usually for Lihue where the airport is located. Poipu is much drier than Lihue.

WILD LIFE
We've spent countless evenings enjoying sunsets, meals and conversation with family and friends on the lanai without bother. We make it a point to have no standing water on the property and encourage everyone to keep screen doors closed, wipe counters and not leave food out. Additionally, we've been conscientious about making these low allergen environments.

Wild chickens can be found almost everywhere on Kauai. We have an active relocation program as we prefer chickens kept well away from the property unless served for dinner.

Why stay on the South Shore?
Poipu is the sunny side of the island and gets plenty of sunshine year round. It is centrally located giving you quick access to several beaches within minutes of walking out your door. There is a  beautiful coastal walk and secluded beaches along the wild Mahaluepu Coastline yet still with dining, golf and shops nearby. The area beaches offer good swimming and snorkeling even in the winter when the famously large surf rolls in to the north and west shores.

Hanalei Bay is an hour drive (1.5 hours to Ke'e Beach/Na Pali trail). And in the opposite direction you'll find the remote beaches of Polihale and the spectacular vistas and hiking at Waimea Canyon and Kokee. Easy to see on a road map. Imagine driving to Waimea Canyon if you were staying on the north shore or driving to Ke'e Beach if staying on the west side; it's 2+ hours each way!

Kauai's west side has the longest beach in the state, about 15 miles.

Why stay at Aikane Kauai?
We understand the challenge of picking the absolutely best place for the value. Here are some thoughts;

1. Rates: Our rates are among the lowest in the area for such a nice home by a variety great beaches. As owners and managers, we enjoy offering our places at a good value that people will want to return to and also recommend to their friends. Most of our reservations are made by returning guests and their friends.

2. Location: Aikane is among the small handful of homes by great swimming, snorkeling and body boarding beaches. You won't have to drive to get to the beach.

3. Our website purposely shows actual views from the properties and surrounding area. Both are light, open and cool and come fully equipped with boogie boards, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, free wireless internet and lots more, about everything you may need for a great, relaxing stay.

4. We are your personal resource. You are welcome to phone us anytime for suggestions on how to get the most out of your stay. We have a personal stake in making sure you have a great time on Kauai. We want you to come back!

Convenience, location and value. All things considered, this really is a great place to stay.

 

Please let us know if there is anything else that should be included or if there are any bum steers on this page.

Have a question about Aikane Kauai or Kauai in general? Write to Chris at info@KauaiVP.com


 



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