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Steps From the Sand Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, Studio + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The front yard is steps away from one of the world’s most beautiful sandy beaches. There is great snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding right in front of the cottage, depending on the swell, of coarse. Surfers can paddle out to the break from the front yard. This is also a perfect place to relax and just enjoy the ocean views. Besides other great views there are SPECTACULAR sunsets just about every evening. There are also early morning “full moon sets”, and occasional rainbows out over the ocean. (Makaha is on the dry side of the island). Watch dolphins, sea turtles and spouting whales from the front yard. This is truly a gorgeous one-of-a kind place!

The cottage is clean with off white tile throughout. There are two queen beds; one in the main studio and another in a screened porch sitting/sleeping room. Visitors can hear the ocean lapping on the sand from both rooms. A bathroom with a shower/bath tub connects the rooms from a patio. The street-side patio is very private and screened in. There are tables and chairs on both patios as well as in the main studio. There is also a gas barbeque on the ocean side patio. Both patios are covered.

The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes and pans. There is a large refrigerator with an ice maker, a two burner gas stove, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, coffee grinder and maker.

Located one hours drive from Honolulu/Waikiki/North Shore, Makaha is close enough for day trips, but far enough away to enjoy a more natural, peaceful and casual Hawaii far away from the typical tourist hustle and bustle.

Makaha is known as the jewel of the Leeward Coast. A visitor can enjoy an authentic island style vacation. Makaha is famous for it’s winter surfing and was home to one of the early big wave surfing contests; the Makaha International Surfing Contest that was started the early 50s. Because of the 'winter' north swell the beach sand shifts dramatically from one end of the beach to the other. During the months of September/October to May /June (this varies depending on the direction of the swell) there is a large sand beach in front of the house. During the summer months visitors have to walk down toward the point several lots for the sand beach.

There are also diving caves, turtles, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets. There is a golf course minutes away as well as the harbor where a visitor can take dolphin and whale watch excursions, and deep sea fishing charters are also available. Centuries ago Makaha Valley was home to a group of Hawaiians (and their ancestors the menehune) who lived solely from farming and fishing. There is a ceremonial lava rock structure (He'iau) that has been restored by the Bishop Museum and is interesting to visit. Other amenities are the majestic Wai'anae Mountains

It is an uncrowded area and usually always has a lovely breeze coming down the valley.

Keywords: Located on one of the world's most beautiful beaches (Makaha Beach), a visitor is able to relax and enjoy ocean sounds, waves and great ocean views. There are amazing sunsets that can be seen from the front patio and lawn as they are steps away from the pristine sandy beach and clear blue ocean. One of the best buys in Hawaii for ocean front stays

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About The Owner

I am a retired high school teacher and textile artist (Hawaiian Wearable Art). My youth was spent surfing at Makaha in the mid-50s. I lived in the cottage for many years and taught at the local high school (Wai'anae). After retiring I dyed and printed silk and had a small workshop and boutique where I made and sold my clothing, sarongs, hats, and other creations. I have since moved to Honolulu where I live and have a rescue station and home for homeless cats. In case you are allergic to cats/dogs there are no animals in the cottage. A major part of the money I receive for cottage rentals goes to feeding and taking care of and daily feeding of 50 cats and dogs in need of food and shelter. In addition to the cats I take care of here I also daily feed four stations of feral cats and one station for two dogs. I still visit Makaha occasionally to swim and garden. The cottage is adjacent/attached to our family home where my sister Gloria lives and is the site manager. She is a quiet solitary person and is centered on the opposite side of the cottage. She will help out in an emergency, but not bother or invade anyone's privacy.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1957

Why The Owner chose Oahu

My mother bought this property in 1956. After surfing for a few years in Waikiki she went out to Makaha to surf and visit a friend who she met surfing at Waikiki. There was a for sale sign on the property nexr door. She took one look at the ocean and another look at the valley and said, 'this has to be mine.' She lived a wonderful long life there until her 99th year. She was an amazing athlete and artist. She spent the last part of her life writing Haiku Poetry. She can be seen on UTube-Betty Winstedt. There is currently a book in progress about her life.

What makes this cottage unique

Staying on this property epitomizes a Hawaiian vacation that experiences natural beauty at it's finest: the ocean, surf, mountains, palm trees, clear clean balmy air and temperatures. Not a fancy place, but very comfortable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

YES, we do have geckos in the tropics.

They are sweet and harmless and make lovely little chirping sounds. They stay away from people and Most importantly they eat flies and mosquitos.

Anyone bothered by geckos should stay in a hotel.
Dec 2016
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Mākaha Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Surfing, Swimming, boogie boarding, snorkling, tide pools, kayaking, beach walking, shelling, hiking, wild life viewing (sea turtles, dolphins, season whale watching), hiking, 5 minutes from golf, deep sea fishing, shoreline fishing, 20 minutes from a water theme park, resort, theater, fine and casual dinning. Beautiful Waianae Mountin and Makaha Valley views.


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Steps From the Sand Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach
average rating of 4.7659574 based on 48 reviews

We enjoied it a lot!

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben die letzten fünf Tage unserer lange Reise dort verbracht und haben es sehr genossen.

Die Umgebung könnte zwar etwas mehr bieten, aber man hat ja immer ein Auto dabei für die Mobilität. Der Strand war perfekt mit ganz wenigen Besuchern. Erwähnenswert sind auch die Sonnenuntergänge, jeden Tag ein anderer Eindruck.

Das Häuschen selber hat alles was man benötigt, es wäre Platz für bis zu 4 Personen. Die Schwester von Vicky wohnt neben an und ist für alle Notfälle oder Infos zur Verfügung.

Alles in Allem eine perfekte Unterkunft für Urlauber, die den ganz großen Luxus nicht brauchen. Luxus wird hier von der Natur geliefert!

Absolut empfehlenswert!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michaela I had my German friend Linde translate your wonderful review and you did a beautiful job! You said it so perfectly-Nature does provide the luxury at Makaha. Hope you visit again. Aloha Vicky
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Los Angeles, CA

Perfect relaxation getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cottage was exactly what we needed to end our vacation on Oahu. We had everything we could possibly need to enjoy the island life. Falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves crashing in the beach a.k.a. the backyard, was surreal. Not a day went by that we could believe all the beauty around us. Vicky made it known she was just a call away if we needed anything and her sister Gloria next door also was very welcoming. The history of the family house added it's own personal touch of home. It was perfection and we definitely would love the opportunity to stay here again in the future! Thank you so much Vicky and Gloria!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Makaha Gem

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Hawaii !

Makaha is a special place to experience and soak up local lifestyle ~

Our hosts let us feel at home during our stay - surf, BBQ and sunsets

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chehalis, WA

Cottage on the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2 weeks listening to the sound of the waves, walking the beach, eating many of our meals on the lanai, and watching the sun disappear into the ocean every evening. We did most of our grocery shopping at Tamura Market in Waianae and especially enjoyed the large papayas.

The cottage was very clean and we only had one question and Vicky responded immediately. I highly recommend this wonderful and relaxing cottage on the beach.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Great beach location

  • 4 of 5

Love Makaha Beach and this is an easy access spot. It was clean and great for just one person.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice property right on the beach

  • 5 of 5

Clean and beautifully decorated property with a nice yard, easy access to the beach, the only thing is it's a little close to the highway therefore u can hear the traffic noise

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Surfing, swimming,

boogie boarding, stand up paddling, kayaking, shelling, beach walking, tide pool and natural rock pool at opposite end of beach, close by weekly Saturday morning farmers market. Visit restored ancient Hawaiian he'iau (ceremonial monument)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $165 per person per night

The rate is $145. for one or two guests per night. Additional guests and/or children please contract owner for rate

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.