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


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A/C
Air tours
Baby stuff
Bikes
Botanical Gardens
Cars/4WD
Car Rentals
Construction
Dancing
Delivery Service
Discounts
Diving
Doctors/emergency
Driving Tips
Early arrivals
Farmer's market
Fishing
Groceries
Golf Courses on Kauai
Health food stores
Hiking on Kauai
Kayaks
Location
Late checkout
Library
Luau
MUST SEE AND DO
Places to avoid

Rain in the forecast
Resort amenities
Restaurants
Scenic Overlooks
Sending payment
Shave Ice
Snorkeling
SUP
Surf
Tennis
Tsunami
Weather
Why stay in Poipu
Why stay at Aikane Kauai
Wild life
 

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A/C
All 3 bedrooms have wall-mounted air conditioners however, they are rarely needed. I designed our 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
The east shore coastal bike path is a really nice ride. You'll find rental bikes in the area. There is also some great single track mountain biking. Outfitters Kauai is located nearby and has bikes for rent and also offers a bike tour. caution: the roads here are generally narrow and shoulders are not always well maintained.

BOTANICAL GARDENS
Our favorite is Allerton Garden. We also like the grounds around Plantation Gardens Restaurant where they have a nice collection of orchids. There is also a small cactus garden in the back that was started by the plantation manager who lived there before it was transformed into a restaurant. The grounds are free and open any time.

DISCOUNTS
We occasionally 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.

DOCTORS / EMERGENCY
The emergency phone number on Kauai is 911. There is also a doctor that makes house calls in Poipu. The closest medical clinic is in Koloa. The main hospital and emergency room is Wilcox in Lihue. 

EARLY ARRIVALS AND LATE CHECK OUTS
An early check-in may be fine. You are welcome to phone or text 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 YMCA in Lihue. 

KIDS/BABY STUFF
Aikane Kauai is an excellent choice for a family vacation. Our home is one of the closest to Poipu Beach Park with a protected lagoon and playground equipment over a spongy 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 explore. You really don't need a 4WD unless you want to get to Polihale in the winter or get to some of the interior back roads.

For taxi service, 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 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 Kauai cars: http://rentacarkauai.com
http://discounthawaiicarrental.com

And to rent a car that blends in, try http://www.cars-kauai.com/

DANCING
Kauai has an active dance community with particular focus on ballroom, swing and tango. Websites, times and venues change frequently. Best to do a web search while you're here.

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, try the Kapaa Bypass road. It's scenic and usually avoids the traffic. For some reason driving north through Kapaa is usually quite smooth but southbound is often 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 cars go at a time or clear the line if cars are piled up. Then alternate.

5. Not everyone slows down for chickens on the roads. They might be seen as a participants in the game of the same name.

6. Driving close to the speed limit is good. Watch where limits change from 45 to 25 on down hills where its easy to go above the limit. Radar is commonly used.

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. There are several companies that will deliver your kayak to the Wailua River which is 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
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 left 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.

There is generally good snorkeling 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, enjoy 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 often opens up.

3. The deluxe way to see Na Pali 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 strong currents. ALL beaches on Kauai can be safe and ALL can be dangerous. It's not always obvious. Sometimes the biggest waves have intervals of 30 minutes or more.

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
Brennecke's is a mini sundries store located right across the road from Poipu Beach Park. This is the closest store. There are several grocery stores in the Koloa-Poipu area. Part of the south side charm are the smaller "Mom & Pop" stores such as Sueoka Store and Kukuiula Store (my favorites). Big Save is the biggest. 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 fresh fish and local produce and beef. Living Foods in the Kukui'ula Shopping Center is a high end grocery/health food store that also has delicious prepared food and baked goods. Most food is imported and expensive no matter where purchased.

Kukui Grove Shopping Center is about 20 minutes from the house. This will be on your left about a quarter mile out of Lihue on your way to Poipu. This is the home of Safeway, Times Supermarket, Longs Drug Store, Starbucks, Macy's, CostCo, and K‑mart among others.

The house will be stocked with the basics for your arrival (i.e. soap, paper products) and some spices, etc.

HEALTH FOOD STORES
Poipu: Living Foods
Kapaa and Hanalei: Papayas Natural Foods

FARMERS MARKETS
Farmers Markets are held outdoors around the island every day. 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 behind K-mart.
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

HIKING ON KAUAI
Extra vigilance is required when hiking here due to rapid erosion. It is not uncommon for trails to be undermined. We stay well back from the edge.

The nice thing about staying in Poipu is that it's about an hour and a half to get to the end of the road on the north shore and close to the same distance in the opposite direction to go to the canyon and Kalalau lookout.

Maha'ulepu is one of my favorite hikes and is also the closest. It can be started right from the house. Walk out the front door to the ocean and turn left. Walk along Pe'e Road as it winds up the crater then cut through the parking lot at the Embassy Suites then along public paths to the beach fronting the Hyatt then up the limestone trail continuing along the coast.

We often start from the Shipwrecks Beach parking lot heading east - a few minute drive. There are a number of trails that roughly parallel the coast. The total length is about 3.5 miles each way. Better for late afternoons or early mornings. Bring water. Also good for whale watching November-March.

Some other favorites are Hanakapi'ai on the Kalalau trail and Awa'awapuhi in Kokee. There are a number of other trails in the canyon area that are very nice (Waipo'o Falls, Pihea, Alakai Swamp and more). Some shorter, some longer. The Kukui Trail is popular for those that like a long steep trail in the hot sun.

I also really like the Nonou Trail (Sleeping Giant) and Kuilau on the east side about 45 minutes away. You are welcome to phone me while you're here so I can point you in the right direction depending on weather.

RAIN IN THE FORECAST
Checking weather ahead of arrival is always a good idea but I am amazed at how many forecasted rainy days turn out to be sunny and beautiful! Forecasts are revised often. The weather station is at the Lihue airport which is not as dry as Poipu. The north shore tends to be quite rainy at times.

Rain here is typically passing showers. When we do get a rainy spell, we like to go to Salt Pond Beach Park (best during the week). We get "Kona Storms" several times per year. The east and northeast side beaches typically have better weather under those conditions.

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. The first beach is Brennecke's which is more exposed and often great for body boarding. Across the grassy lawn you'll find the protected shallow sandy bottom lagoon at Poipu Beach. After that you’ll find a bigger bay which is great for for snorkeling and swimming. A lifeguard is stationed at Poipu Beach. There are no public pools in the area. We enjoy playing tennis at the lighted public courts in Koloa.

RESTAURANTS
Here are some of our favorites;

Kalapaki Joe's and Brenneckes Beach Broiler are about 3 blocks from the house. Pizzetta's in Koloa has a superb ono picatta and generous portions. Da Crack is a Mexican take out place adjacent to Kukuiula Market by the fire station. The Beach House Restaurant is 5 minutes west and is on the water. Best for sunset drinks or dining. Merriman's downstairs for appetizers and upstairs for superb meals. Another favorite is Brick Oven Pizza about 15 minutes away in Kalaheo.

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

SCENIC OVERLOOKS
Kauai has great scenic vantage points that don't require much walking. The closest is Spouting Horn in Poipu. There are several official lookouts on the way up to Waimea Canyon that require various degrees of walking. There are several more where you can just pull the car off the road. You'll see them clearly as you drive up. The Kalalau Valley lookout is one of my favorites. This one requires about a 300 yard walk. Also check out Wailua and Opaekaa Falls and the Hanalei Valley lookout in Princeville.

SENDING PAYMENT
Apprehension about sending payment is completely understandable. We would be concerned too!

We are long time members of the Poipu Beach Resort Association. Aikane Kauai is listed in the Lonely Planet Kauai Guidebook as an Editor’s Choice and we’ve advertised with HomeAway and Trip Advisor/Flipkey for many years. We are locally owned, fully licensed and a professionally managed company with integrity and deep roots on Kauai.

SHAVE ICE
A particularly Hawaiian treat (note: NOT "shaved"). Look for The Fresh Shave trailer about a mile west of the house by the dive shop and Mexican take out place. It's just past the fire station and traffic circle.

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. 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 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 tennis 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. Here are the averages. Temperatures mostly range from high 60's at night to low 80's during the day. The weather forecasts are for usually for Lihue where the airport is located. Poipu is drier than Lihue. When rain is forecast it usually just means passing showers.

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 this a low allergen environment.

Wild chickens are famously found everywhere on Kauai. However, 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 - it's a 2 hour drive each way.

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

1. Rates: Our rates are among the lowest for such a nice home by a variety great beaches. Spending a little more for the convenience and view is worth it. Our home is light, open and cool and comes fully equipped with boogie boards, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, free WiFi and about everything you may need for a great, relaxing stay. As owner-managers, we enjoy offering our place 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. View: Our website purposely shows actual views from the property. You can also see what the surrounding area is like.

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 you would like 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 kauaivp@live.com


 



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