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/IGA Grocery
is the biggest of the three. Sueoka's
is straight ahead where Highway 520 meets Koloa. Kukuiula Store is in a
small strip center on Poipu Road about half way between Koloa and Poipu. It
will be on your right. 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 in the islands. Living
Foods is in the Kukui'ula Shopping Center near the Poipu traffic circle.
This is a high end grocery/health food store also with prepared food and
baked goods. Very good.
Brennecke's is a mini
sundries store located right across the road from Poipu Beach Park. They
also sell other essentials such as sunscreen, cold drinks, beer, wine,
sandwiches and muffins.
Kauai's Safeway is in Kapaa in the Kauai Shopping Village, about 45
minutes from the house.
The house and cottage
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.
Once you walk out of the house at Aikane Kauai, walk past 2 homes and you
are at the ocean. Turn right and walk 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 which
is a protected bay a very short walk across the lawn past a few picnic
tables and playground equipment. 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. There are binders at the house and cottage filled with menus.
For personal recommendations, I like Casa di Amici and
it’s only a block inland from the Aikane. Brenneckes Beach Broiler is 3
blocks from the house. The Beach House Restaurant is 5 minutes west and is
on the water. A bit pricey but they have the best location. Best for sunset
dining. Roy’s for gourmet dining and Keoki’s Paradise restaurants are also
good in their categories. Merrimans downstairs for drinks and appetizers and
upstairs for delicious 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
Da Crack is a Mexican take out place we like. It's
adjacent to Kukuiula Market.
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.
Additional ways to verify are by local cell phone
(808-639-4127) and physical office address: 3794-D Omao Road, Koloa, HI
96756. Aikane Kauai Vacation Home is located at 2271 Nalo Road, Koloa (Poipu),
NOTE: Google, Bing and Yahoo Maps are all slightly
off. I've sent requests to correct this.
Here is the actual location.
Aikane Kauai and the Cozy Cottage are locally owned
and professionally managed with integrity, aloha and deep roots on Kauai.
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 Waiohai 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.
Walking around on Kauai, you are almost guaranteed to run into a timeshare
salesman. Don't be surprised if they try to pull you into a tour and sales
presentation by offering you a free vacation, plane tickets, activity
vouchers or gift certificates to local restaurants. While these free
incentives can be tempting, you must ask yourself if it's really worth
wasting 4-5 hours of your vacation listening to a high-pressure sales pitch.
Plus, if you are actually interested in buying a timeshare here, you can
timeshare resales on many for-sale-by-owner websites and get the same
property for half the price.
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
The house and cottage have
always been pet free.
Additionally, we've been conscientious about making these low allergen
There are wild chickens almost everywhere on Kauai. We
have an active relocation program as we prefer they keep 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 shopping and dining nearby. The nearby 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 and the lush North Shore are an hour's
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 in the car each
Our west side has the longest beach in the state,
about 15 miles. There is a navy base in the middle taking up a big stretch
so you'll need a pass or military ID to get on. The beaches on either side
are notoriously dangerous for swimming. Snorkeling is not great
because it's all sand. Most rental car contracts say specifically do not
drive to Polihale Beach (long dirt road) though many do it anyway. I've
surfed this entire stretch for decades and know it very well.
Please be especially careful on the west and north
Why stay at Aikane Kauai Vacation Home or the Cozy Cottage?
I understand the challenge of picking the absolutely best place for
the value when there are quite a few to choose from and the problem that
some vacation home web sites are intentionally misleading. Here are some
1. Rates: Our rates are among the lowest in the area
for such a nice ocean view home by a variety great beaches and for the
cottage. Since we are the owners and managers, we decided to offer them for
a good value that people will want to return to and also recommend to their
friends. Most of our bookings are returning guests and their friends.
2. Location: Aikane is among the small handful by
great swimming, snorkeling and body boarding beaches. You won't have to
drive to get to the beach. Kauai has a lot of coastline but many rocky
stretches. There are many vacation homes on the island that are farther
inland and/or bordering arterial roads. Aikane is on a quiet cul de sac with
no construction nearby.
3. Our websites purposely show actual views from the
house and cottage and surrounding area. Both properties 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 ideas and suggestions on how to get the most out of your stay.
Chris is a life long resident with 25+ years as a successful Kauai business
owner. Chris' references are posted and we have a personal stake in making
sure you and your family and friends have a great time on Kauai and get a
very good value for your money. We want you to have a great time and come
Convenience, location and value. All things considered
Aikane Kauai and the Cozy Cottage are really great places to stay.