Yup, even after reading the reviews we still chose this as our home for two weeks.
Our budget of $2500 was either 1 week in Waikiki with eating out or 2 weeks in Makaha with a vehicle and eating in. It was an easy choice for me.
Yes, it is a fairly long drive if you are going in to town every day. Traffic can be awful. There are crazy drivers out there. On the other hand, the scenery is gorgeous and it really didn’t seem too long once we past Ko Olina.
Makaha is a far cry from Waikiki. This is where the lower income folks can afford to live. Along with that comes loud stereos in beat up cars, rough looking folks drinking from paper bags at the bus stop, dogs, chickens and sirens at all hours of the day and night etc. etc. However, I didn’t feel threatened or uncomfortable at any time. People were friendly and helpful, greeting me with a smile and Aloha. This is their life, and they seem quite happy to live it.
Not far past Makaha there is a stretch of road where the “homeless” people have set up a tent community. I hesitate to call them homeless since these folks obviously regard their tents as homes. There are many of them and they are not temporary or new. Again, I wasn’t concerned for my safety and they certainly have chosen a beautiful place to live. The weather is agreeable, scenery is amazing and if it wasn’t for the garbage and abandoned vehicles everywhere it would look like a nice campground.
Would I choose to buy a home in Makaha and live here? Probably not. Will I go back again if finances dictate/permit? Certainly.