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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The cheapest places I've heard of to rent Kauai cars:
Kauai has an active dance community with particular focus on ballroom, swing
Delivery Kauai offers
service from several south Kauai eateries to your door.
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.
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
8. Basic directions: “Makai” (towards the ocean) and “mauka” (towards the
mountain). Very useful on an island.
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
We recommend waiting until you get here to book and
see what’s happening with the weather.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
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
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
I've been on the kayak, hike, zip line tour with my kids. Really fun!
1. Queen's Bath in Princeville (injuries, rogue waves)
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).
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
||Koloa Ball Park. On your right ¼ mile
out of Koloa town heading toward Lihue on Maluhia Rd.
||Kukui Grove parking lot between Sears
||Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. Turn
left on Papalina from Kaumualii Hwy‑50. Take the first left.
||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.
||Hanapepe Community Center. Turn into
Hanapepe Town. Take the left turn midway through town and the market
will be on your right.
||Neighborhood Center on Keneke Rd off
||Vidinha Stadium. Southwest of the
airport in the stadium parking lot on Hoolako St.
||Kauai Community College
||Kekaha Neighborhood Center just off
the highway on Elepaio Rd
GOLF COURSES ON KAUAI
Poipu Bay and the
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
Course Guide for more info.
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
Health Food Stores
Happy Mangos in Waimea
Kapaa and Hanalei:
Papayas Natural Foods
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.
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
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
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
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
Kauai Guidebook as an Editor’s Choice and we’ve advertised with
Trip Advisor for many years. We are a locally owned and professionally managed
company with integrity and deep roots on Kauai.
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
Here's a link for
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Additionally, we've been conscientious about making these low allergen
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
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
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
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.
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
Convenience, location and value. All things considered,
this really is a great place to stay.