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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
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Spartanburg, SC
Reviewed 22 September 2005

Imagine waking up to the sound of waves cascading onto a lovely beach. A hammock strung between two palms with the ocean behind. Rainbows in an arc across the sky. These are accomodations grounded in the fabric of the "country" side of the North Shore. We found excellent shells on the beach in front of Ke Iki Beach Bungalows including two rare Sunrise Shells. Our "bungalow" was separated by a party wall with another unit. I recommend Ke Iki Beach Bungalows to people looking for a unique location, casual atmosphere and reasonable rates.

  • Stayed: February 2005
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Reviewed 16 August 2005

My husband and I stayed at the Ke Iki Beach Bungalows from May 5-9. One of my friends got married at Ke Iki and most of her guests stayed at the bungalows. These bungalows are very quaint. My husband and I had a newly renovated bungalow that was well furnished, had a great kitchenette, and was very comfortable (even without AC).

The beach is amazing! It is practically your own private beach and Greg and Annie, the managers, have beach mats, kayaks, etc. for you to borrow. The beach is big and the sand is beautiful and natural (unlike Waikiki beach, which is man-made and fairly narrow). There are four hammocks under some palm trees (on the top of the beach) that provide hours of relaxation. My husband and I went down to the beach at night to check out the stars and to listen to the ocean waves crashing on to shore. It was awesome! My husband and I have been to beaches in Florida, South Carolina, Cancun (Mexico), and now Oahu (in Oahu, we went to Waikiki Beach and the JW Marriott Resort). We rate Ke Iki as one of our top beaches because of the privacy, view (beautiful sunsets), and overall great sand.

Something to be aware of about Ke Iki:
There is not a cleaning service during your stay. If you need more towels, etc. all you have to do is ask the managers. They are very friendly and are happy to provide you with what you need.
This is not a place for people who are used to being pampered. The Ke Iki experience is more of a cabin experience where you take care of yourself.

Go to Foodland (about 1-2 blocks away) to get your groceries. Also, sign up for the saver's card at Foodland to get extra discounts. There is a Starbuck's in Foodland for those who love their coffee. We also bought an entertainment book for Hawaii (got it before the vacation) and saved $ on the car rental, luau, Kono's (Haleiwa), Subway (in Waikiki), etc.

Some other things you must discover while in the North Shore:

Shark's Cove. Shark's Cove is 1-2 blocks from Ke Iki (it is right across from Foodland) and is an awesome spot for snorkeling. You have to walk down a hill (not far though) to get to the water. Put your snorkel mask on, walk in the water, and prepare to see some of the most beautiful fish ever. Make sure to pick up a fish guide (to tell you the names of the fish you are seeing). Shark's Cove is free and is truly amazing! My husband and I went snorkeling in Hanauma Bay and couldn't decide which place was better!

The historic town of Haleiwa. The town of Haleiwa is about a ten minute drive from Ke Iki and very much has the feel of Old Hawaii. There is a shopping area and some great restaurants (The Mexican restaurant has great Margaritas and Kono's has awesome teriayki chicken). You could easily spend the day shopping, eating, and checking out their beach.

Go Beach hopping. There are lots of beaches to check out on the North Shore..some for surfing, some for playing, or for just relaxing. They all have something a little different to add and all you have to do is take a short drive in either direction from Ke Iki to find yet another one.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is about a 15-20 minute drive from Ke Iki.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed 11 August 2005

I, as well, was excited about Keike because of the great reviews. So I felt I should down play this place as well. I will start with the good points and then go to what was not so good. The grounds were lovely. The private uncrowded beach were great. However, no AC, most the times you didn't need it, however it would have been nice to have known. Ke Ike in hawaiian mean children and was listed in a travel book as children friendly.
Not the case. It caters too much to weddings and movie shooting. The week we were there 2 weddings and a movie shooting for "Blind date" took place. I don't know about you, but when you travel with kids, the last thing you want to do at night when trying to relax, is listen to 80s wedding music till all hours of the night. BECAUSE you can't close your windows, remember NO AC. Let's not forget the shooting of Blind Date. Is that show for kids?????????? NO. We weren't around the shooting, however I was up in the office when the people who were next to the shooting were complaining. The cast were smoking, cursing and this couple have kids in the bungalo. Can't close your window---------No AC. The managers solution was to go drive around till they were gone. Our dishwasher never worked and we had a constant ant problem. This place could be great. But it isn't for people wanting to relax or have children. Heck from the sounds of it it's not for the honeymooners either.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed 18 July 2005

We were excited to be staying at the Ke Iki "bungalows" for a week on our honeymoon after reading all of the great reviews. However when we arrived we were greatly disappointed. We booked the Protea bungalow 11 months in advance but when we arrived we were told that some work was going on in this "bungalow" so we were given the 2-bedroom Antherium "bungalow" instead. The reason I put bungalow in quotes is that these really aren't bungalows at all. It was a building about 50 yards from the beach with 3 apartment units in it. After waiting an hour for our unit to be cleaned we checked in. The unit was very spaceous but was not extremely clean. The carpet looked dirty and both showers were stained. There was a large spot on the carpet that had been burned by an iron. There was one lamp in the entire unit and it had no shade. Our unit also had no fans, we were later told to go into another unit and take fans. After seeing the unit we were disappointed but decided to check out the beach because generally we don't use the room that much on vacation anyways. The beach was very nice and uncrowded, great for taking walks and watching the sunset. We got back to the room and decided to make a phone call only to find that the phone line wasn't activated in our unit. At 7:00AM the next morning we were jarred awake by a loud bang and cursing in the ceiling. Turns out the construction in the Protea was work in the attic which was also shared by our unit. We found out this work had been planned for at least a month. This was the final straw. We spent our first morning on Oahu looking for other accomodations. We decided to abandon our honeymoon budget and stay at Turtle Bay, and it was worth it. We went back to Ke Iki and promply checked out. To the credit of Ke Iki we were not charged for our night there. Reading the reviews here I'm guessing that this is not the typical Ke Iki experience, but for us it was a nightmare. We are posting this review hoping to save a future honeymoon couple from the same.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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24  Thank stu44
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Reviewed 5 February 2005

We arrived at Ke Iki in the dark (had trouble finding the place) and couldn't tell what the place looked like. We could hear the waves but couldn't see the beach. We got settled into our 2 bedroom oceanfront unit - Bird of Paradise. The first thing we noticed was the lack of an air conditioning unit. Being city folk, I thought my husband was going to revolt but all the windows were open and a wonderful island breeze was blowing through the unit. Upon waking the next morning, we were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of our location. The beach is spectacular! The unit was comfortable and modest but who stays in the room when you've got such paradise to explore? The on-premises washer and dryer were a definite plus. Ke Iki is a great place for families.
After staying at Ke Iki for 3 nights, we checked out and went to Waikikki. Oh how we wished our entire vacation was booked at the Ke Iki. The Royal Hawaiian on Waikikki beach was a complete letdown after the awesome stay we had on the North Shore. Although we probably won't travel to Oahu again, if we do, it will definitely include a stay at Ke Iki. (January 14 - 17, 2005)

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Reviewed 4 February 2005

Can I just say, "I LOVE THIS PLACE". I stayed in one of these bungalows for two weeks two years ago. It was one of the most relaxing and wonderful vacations I have ever experienced. I fell in love with the island so much I actually moved to Hawaii less than a year later. The hospitality is wonderful, and I felt right at home. There was even a friendly pooch to stand in as "mans best friend" for my dog who couldn't experience the island with us. I want to recommend that everyone experience the North Shore, especially Hale'iwa, because it is the true "island feel", it just isnt the same in Honolulu or Waikiki. Thank you so much for making my vacation wonderful.

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Pittsburgh, PA
Reviewed 25 January 2005

If your idea of vacation is to be pampered and you need a spa, sauna or hot tub, if you need room service and you enjoy going to the beach each day along side of a thousand other vacationers you will not want to stay at Keiki Beach Bungalows.
Keiki beach Bungalows has charcoal grills and picnic tables on the patios for guests, the bungalow we stayed in had a fully equiped kitchen, tastefully furnished, roomy and very clean, Staying at Keiki Beach reminded me of renting a cabin in the mountains of Western Pa, the bungalows have just the right mix of a rustic feel and charm with the amenities of the 21st century.
The very best part is the view from your bungalow or patio, you will simply not find a more amazing sunset at any price.
Our visit was Oct. 04, each morning we walked from our patio onto the beach and watched the surfers practice for the up coming season on the some of the North Shores most famous surfing spots.
Greg the manager is a great guy, he takes great care of the place and is just a nice guy to meet.
Last but not least Keiki Beach is not for everybody and I am very happy about that, we could not have enjoyed our time in Oahu more.
P.S. Starbucks is a couple hundred yards down the road.

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Address: 59-579 Ke Iki Rd, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-9628
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Haleiwa
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Haleiwa
Price Range: £79 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanside Bungalows on Oahu's Beautiful North Shore. Guests enjoy romantic sunsets on an acre and a half of palm-fringed beachfront land. All beachfront bungalows have beautiful ocean and sunset views. Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of this Hawaiian paradise. If you've been dreaming about getting away to paradise, Ke Iki Beach is waiting for you. ... more   less 
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