FAQ

 
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Q: Is this property private or shared with others?

A: Everything shown on this site is for your exclusive use. But please know that this is an elevated, second floor home and the owners live onsite at the ground level. Privacy was paramount in the design process, with the only real shared or overlapping spaces being the parking area and the laundry facility.

 

Q: Where is Aloha Beach Bungalow located?

A: In the small coastal town of Ka'a'awa (pronounced ka-a-ava), and you can view our approximate location within the various Things To Do maps. Our windward side location offers many advantages:

     * Consistent tradewinds that keep the place cool and comfortable (supplemented by A/C in each bedroom)

     * Accessible (35-40 minutes) to Honolulu/Waikiki, but well removed from the traffic, noise and chaos

     * Swimmable waters, thanks to a coastline that's sheltered from the big waves of the north shore

 

Q: Is the home located directly on the beach?

A: No, it is not. The home is located on the mountain side of the road, set back roughly 60 feet from the road and about 200 feet from ocean's edge. Here are a couple photos of the beach across the street, one facing south and one facing north.

 

Q: What have previous guests thought of their stay?

A: They've loved it! Click here to see photographs of our first 19 guestbook entries, spanning Oct '14 - May '15.

 

Q: What is there to do in the immediate area?

A: The very best way to answer that question is by checking out the Things To Do page, which offers maps, descriptions and website links to over seventy things to do, see and eat within thirty minutes drive.

Ka'a'awa is primarily known for its quaintness and for being one of Oahu's last unspoiled towns. The area has one beach after the next, several great hiking trails, waterfalls, lookout points, whale watching, etc. In other words, the area is more about natural beauty than manmade structures and development (the "Anti-Waikiki," if you will).

  

Q: Do guests receive a dedicated parking space?

A: Yes, there is one free parking space, located about 30 feet from the front door. Additional street parking available nearby.

 

Q: I am concerned about the logistics of arriving, checking out, etc. How does it work?

A: We recognize the potential for guest's coming and going at "odd" times of the day and night. As a result, we have established all processes and procedures to make you 100% self-sufficient during your stay. It all starts with the reservation: once the deposit has been received, we email a confirmation that includes the property address, directions from the airport, parking instructions, the code to the lockbox to let yourself in, and a phone number to call in the event of any problems. Once you've arrived, everything inside is fairly straightforward. However, there is a detailed house guide to assist you in the event that you have problems finding something or figuring out how to use something. As for check-out, once again, you'll be completely self-sufficient. Simply hang up the keys, lock the doors, and you're off!

 

Q: I have friends living/staying elsewhere on the island, and would like to host a small gathering. Can I?

A: Generally speaking, we have a 10 and 10 rule, meaning we limit gatherings to about 10 people and ask that noise be controlled by 10:00 p.m. If you are considering reserving and are interested in such a gathering, please contact us with the specifics and we'll see if what you have in mind is agreeable. Please know that a nominal fee may apply, depending on the specifics of the planned gathering.

 

Q: What is the weather generally like at the time of year I'm planning to visit?

A: Ka'a'awa's monthly temperature and rainfall averages can be found here.

 

Q: Aside from the listed amenities, what other little things might be provided?

A. We pass along various items that are purchased but not wholly used by previous guests, in an effort to both reduce unnecessary waste and to save future guests some expense. Our "pass along" criteria is basically this: if future guests may find the item useful - but not weird or odd - we pass it along. In the kitchen, this may include things like spices and seasonings, salad dressings, condiments, soy sauce, jelly, butter and oils. In the bathroom, this may include things like shampoo, conditioner, lotions and sunblock. To be clear, we absolutely do not guarantee any of these items to be provided, but merely pass them along if they are left behind by previous guests.

We acknowledge that some guests may have personal brand preferences and/or feel uncomfortable sharing some of these items. As such, and with unnecessary waste reduction in mind, we compromise by being highly selective in what we pass along. We trust that guests, whether they choose to use the items or not, will appreciate this eco-inspired practice.

 

Q: Is there free WiFi available?

A: Yes.

 

Q: What are your policies regarding things like cancellations, date changes, and the like?

A: Click here for an outline of our guest policies.

 

Q: What is required to reserve?

The reservation process is as simple as 1-2-3. After checking availability of your desired dates:

1.) Contact Us to receive a quote and a link to your secure online rental agreement. Note that we generally respond the same day, often within hours or even minutes.

2.) Complete and submit the secure online rental agreement along with your $200 non-refundable deposit (all cards accepted). Once agreement and payment have been remitted, we'll secure your dates and email your confirmation, which will include directions, lockbox code, etc.

3.) Your remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival date. Upon receipt of payment in full, we'll email a final confirmation indicating that your reservation is complete.