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A Secluded Retreat Steps From Beach

A Secluded Retreat Steps From Beach


Property Details

Updated: Nov 19, 2014
A Secluded Tropical Paradise!


The Windward Retreat Center is a place to gather and seek insights, experiences, and renewal. It is sponsored and operated by an independent religious and educational non-profit in a manner consistent with the traditions, testimonies, faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers). We welcome all who share Friends’ values of peace, equality, and social justice.

Our retreat center is a valuable resource for spiritual enrichment and psychological insight through our own programs and through providing retreat facilities for religious groups, educators, community groups, families, and individuals who come to refresh and recharge.

We are a self-service retreat center located on four acres of tropical rainforest near the small beach village of Kaaawa, which in turn is surrounded by 10,000 acres of mountains and valleys along the windward (north-east) coast of the island of Oahu. It is an area of amazing sunrises and beaches, breathtaking beauty, and surroundings conducive to reflection and renewal.

The retreat center offers the perfect peaceful affirming environment for groups looking to hold retreats, small conferences, forums, workshops, meetings, celebrations, or a place to reflect and renew. We have welcomed non-profits, social service, educational, faith-based, and family and personal retreats. We've hosted everything from three-hour meditation sessions, to one-day workshops, to week-long family retreats, to 28-day yoga retreats. Separate rooms and a warming kitchen allow for small or large meetings, and the grounds provide a contemplative environment for groups or individuals. We can host overnight groups up to ten and workshops up to forty. Each group has exclusive use of the center and it’s grounds for their stay.

Our center is newly built with wood floors, high ceilings, and tropical touches. The central meeting room has a 13-foot-high wall of glass with sliding doors that open to the lush jungle, bird songs, and the rhythm of the near-by ocean. Art on the walls includes contributions from artists that have stayed at the center. The large deck is where folks seem to gather in the evenings.

The retreat center is smoke-free. It is also wheelchair friendly with a ramp, large accessible doorways, hallways, and restrooms. Photos and reviews from our guests tell our story best.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

HI, I'm Brett, the on-site manager of the Windward Retreat. Thirty years ago, I moved to Hawaii, from Chicago, with my amazing wife Stacy and have never looked back. We love it here in the islands, outside of the obvious natural beauty, it is the warmth of the people that makes Hawaii so special. I work at the retreat as a volunteer, a job I love. When I'm not cutting, trimming, and hammering, my day-job is a magazine publisher. My passions are spending time with Stacy, sailing on Kaneohe bay, and restoring old British sports cars.

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A Secluded Retreat Steps From Beach
Kaaawa North Shore Oahu
Salt Lake City, Utah

Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5
We loved the location, house was exceptional. Enjoyed every minute of our stay! Thank you!!
  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
A Secluded Retreat Steps From Beach
Kaaawa North Shore Oahu
Lincoln, Ca

Amazing Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time at the Windward Retreat Center. There were nine of us total, five adults and four kids. There was plenty of room at the retreat center accommodate all of us. The house was very clean and had everything we needed. We were able to sit out in the backyard and enjoy listening to the birds along with the great view. Some of our group also went on the hike to the top of the mountain and they loved it. It was only a short walk from the house so that made it very convenient. We enjoyed walking down the street to the beach everyday.
Brett was absolutely awesome! He spent a lot of time answering our questions and making sure we had everything we needed for our trip. He even took us out on his sailboat for the day. What an amazing experience! This rental property is definitely a labor of love for him and it really made our trip so much better dealing with such a great manager!
We highly recommend the Windward Retreat Center.
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
A Secluded Retreat Steps From Beach
Kaaawa North Shore Oahu

Perfect Vacation!

  • 5 of 5
We spent a week at Windward Retreat Center with 9 family members and had a fantastic time! The house and property are beautiful and open with a lot of space and so relaxing and peaceful. It is very well furnished and has beach towels, chairs, and all the "extra" stuff as well! We especially enjoyed the wonderful deck in the evenings and mornings. This is the perfect location from which to venture out to see many sights in Oahu such as Diamond Head, Kualoa Ranch, numerous beautiful beaches, gorgeous hiking trails, Pearl Harbor, and the Polynesian Cultural Center, as well as have the ability to hike a mountain trail practically in the backyard, or walk to Swanzy Beach Park. Brett and Stacy are the perfect hosts and can help out with local suggestions. We felt like we were seeing the "real" Hawaii by staying in the country, and exploring such a beautiful island. We wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Windward Retreat Center again if the opportunity ever arises!
Mahalo, Brett and Stacy.
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
A Secluded Retreat Steps From Beach
Kaaawa North Shore Oahu
Chandler, AZ USA

ECO FRIENDLY RENTAL, Second time we have stayed...

  • 5 of 5
This property is one of the larger pieces in area, the manager is just a minute away up the hill. Yes, it has a great wireless set up included. The house takes advantage of recycled building materials, the roof is specially coated and captured rain water is processed and filter for use (or County water is available by flipping switch) and it's ADA compliant for those with special needs, making the rooms and bathrooms very large. Most everything is available as you would have in your own home. Full kitchen, beach chairs, beach towels, coolers etc. Top of the line beds and sheets ...are awesome! Plenty of parking on property, with it's slight elevation, it's far enough from road that there is no road noise, the beach is just down the street, maybe 500 feet, the 7/11 is across from the beach for any forgotten supplies, ice etc..There is a washer/dryer with supplies which was immensely helpful being there 2 weeks with 2 families. The house is a large single level, the lanai is very spacious, there is a space for everyone to have their own area. Big screen TV with internet TV, Netflix, Yahoo etc all set to go. The Crouching Lion Restaurant is within a few minutes down the street for a great meal.This property has it all for those seeking a low stress, relaxing Hawaiian adventure and very chill vacation.
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
A Secluded Retreat Steps From Beach
Kaaawa North Shore Oahu
Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA

Sisters Reunion--review from each of the five sisters

  • 5 of 5
Sister #1: (Five stars) The Windward Retreat Center is a wonderful space for a gathering. The building is new, modern, clean, airy and welcoming. The backyard would be perfect for croquet, volleyball, Blongo, or other games. We have already recommended the Center to our friends!
Sister #2: Thank you, Windward Retreat Center, for a perfect place for our 5-sister reunion! A big round table and many chairs in the big main room were perfect for our family meals, and everyone had good comfy and clean sleeping quarters.
Sister #3: The Windward Retreat Center was a very wonderful place for our family reunion. Its location had the feeling of "old Hawaii", not "touristy" and yet it is a beautiful new well-designed building, very spacious and airy, oriented towards open, green spaces. It was just a very short walk to either the beach or the mountains, which we explored happily. Very friendly and helpful hosts. Most highly recommended.
Sister #4: We're very grateful to you for making the Windward Retreat Center available for our family reunion which included five sisters and some other family members. The design of the building was unique in the way it allowed the trade winds to flow through it to cool the rooms and dry things out quickly. It was very clean, roomy and comfortable. We enjoyed hiking up the well-maintained trail on the very steep but scenic mountain behind the Center.
Sister #5: All five sisters are Hawaii born or bred, so we wanted to stay way out in the country, and the beauty and seclusion of this place thrilled us all. We felt as if we were staying with family. The young folks connected their laptops to the big screen TV (there’s wifi, but I’d suggest the Ethernet cable), walked to Swanzy Beach Park every day (rocky for a long-distance swimming, but peaceful and almost empty), and enjoyed Uncle Bobo’s right next to the 7-11. A highlight of our visit was hiking up to the peak behind the house.
  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
A Secluded Retreat Steps From Beach
Kaaawa North Shore Oahu

Everything it's pictured to be and more.

Everything it's pictured to be and more.
  • 5 of 5
What a beautiful setting and spacious house. My family of two and a half couples stayed a week and truly loved our pick of places to stay. Kaawa is away from the crowds, yet not far to markets and attractions. We enjoyed going to the North Shore, getting garlic shrimp for lunch and buying fresh fish from local fishermen for our dinners at the house. There are plenty of great trails near by. Our favorite was up the street from the house.

Brett is the perfect host. Always easy to contact from beginning to end. In fact he even took all five of us out sailing on his Cal 20. What a treat! If you ask him he might show you his sport car collection.

The house is brand new, very clean and in a great setting. We used the barbeque most nights and enjoyed the lanai and back yard. If you want to stay in a beautiful country setting, this place is for you.
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

Our organization is a non-profit organization called the Windward Retreat Center. Our dream was to create a place of retreat and learning for our members, their families, and friends from around the world. When the center is not booked with our events, we open it up to friends looking for a peaceful stay in our unique spot of paradise. To learn more about WRC please visit our website.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Honolulu International Airport (HNL) at 22 Miles Nearest Beach : Beautiful Swanzy Beach Park is just 350 feet away at 115 Metres Car: recommended

Ocean activities in and around Kaaawa are boundless. The ocean can be everything from a playground for water sports to magical spot of healing and rejuvenation

Just a two-minute walk from the house gets you to Swanzy Beach Park. Swanzy is a beach park with a white sand beach and a large grass area for picnics. It also has restroom facilities and a basketball/volleyball court.

A short stroll down the road gets you to Kaaawa Beach Park. It is a ribbon of white sand that is perfect for sunrise walks, as it runs for about a mile. All of the beaches in Kaaawa have turquoise waters and palm trees.

If you want to take four-minute car ride you can go to Kahana State park. Kahana is an eight square mile park that ranges from sea level up to mountains over 2,500 feet high. The wide crescent shaped beach, ringed by Ironwood trees that provide lots of shade, is a perfect beach to spend the day. Kahana is also a cultural park with pleasant hiking trails and an ancient Hawaiian fishpond along the ocean. Hawaiian legends speak of Kahana to the immediate north of the retreat center, and the Kualoa area to the south, as having rich histories and being associated with the gods.

The Koolau Mountains, which run for over 30 miles along the coast of this part of the island of O'ahu, are the remains of a dormant volcano that collapsed and slid into the ocean hundreds of thousands of years ago. Waterfalls, rain, and wind have formed the deep crevasses in the slopes and cliffs. Today the mountains provide outdoor enthusiasts an amazing environment for hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV (all terrain vehicle) and Jeep rides along with endless exploring of nature’s beauty. The Koolau Mountains are also a native forest bird habitat. Recently, large portions of the southern and central Koolau Mountains were established as a critical habitat for the endangered Oahu Elepaio (Chasiempis ibidis) Flycatcher.


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  • Cleaning Fee $175

Half the total amount is due within one week of contract sent. Total balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Credit card number held for damage deposit.


From the Owner

We are here for you! Although you may see very little of me after check-in, I will be there for you in case you need anything or for some local advice on the best places to visit.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2200 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, Large and wheelchair friendly
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, Large and wheelchair friendly
  • Fluffy spa towels, tropical scented soaps and shampoos are provided.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Ekahi - Has lanai that overlooks the lawn and the mountains
  • Elua - 2 twin/ single
  • Ekolu - 1 queen, Has private lanai and ramp for wheelchair access
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 sleep sofa /futon, Two sleeper sofas for extra capacity
  • All rooms can be set up for overnight stays with new hotel pillow-topped beds that are luxuriously triple sheeted to assure your sleep is just as relaxing as your time at the beach, or rooms can be setup for meetings or break-out rooms.


  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Kualoa Ranch is just a 5 -minute ride. The ranch has horseback riding, ATV tours, mountain biking, Jeep tours, movie tours (several movies & TV shows have used Kaaawa as their backdrop), boat rides, hula and Hawaiian cultural activities. Ranch raised beef is served in their restaurant.
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