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Makaha Beach Cabanas
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“In response to lolaok- review 6-25-13 makaha beach unit 101”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

Well with a sad heart I write this is response to lolaok's review. The initial call I received was complaining that I had an artificial arrangement in my unit and they asked me to reduce the rent to $80 a night v. the rate of roughly $100 a night. I couldn't not get passed their yelling and unfortunately we also had a lang. barrier, so I could not get a word in for discussion. I would have to say that you should beware of who's recommendations you believe. I have attached photos of the damage they caused. The roaches were because they were uncleanly and sadly didn't feel the need to take out their trash, the sink was full of food, the coffee pot full of cigarettes and this is a non smoking unit, they slammed the lid of the toilet onto the tank and cracked it, leaving all the water to run out on the floors and urinated in the trash can instead. I believe it would be common sense that if you don't clean up your food and take out your trash that bugs will come, not matter where you are from. It seems that they were expecting a daily maid to clean up after them, take out their trash and as to the rest, I have no idea why a person would act in this manner.

I grew up down here (went to the elem) down the road, found myself back here 20 +_years later, wanting my children to enjoy the beauties that this island and people have to offer. It is NOT the hustle and bustle of Waikiki that makes this island. It is the culture, the Aloha, the kindness that you find everywhere here. Yes this is not Waikiki, but you also do not have a 200 sq foot hotel room, in which you have to also purchase breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. It is 500 sq, separated bdroom, with a pull out couch in the living room, a tv in both rooms, a fully furnished kitchen in which you can shop and purchase food to cook allowing you to save lots of money. Yes there is a drive to take to get to Waikiki, North shore, Koolini etc, (anywhere from 30 mins to 1 hour), but well worth the drive if you want to spend the day out doing and activity and come home to a place which is much roomier than the 300 to 400 $ a night hotel in Waikiki. Lets not forget the pristine beach you get to walk right out on from your lanai. lots of the snorkeling and whale watching boats drive you to the shores of Waianae, which is where we are. The building is secured and yes life does exist here, but I have never felt unsafe here, any more unsafe that in Waikiki, Bahamas, Florida, or better yet New York city are any other place I have decided to travel.

So please take your reviews in caution, as not everyone is the same. Sorry to say that someone found this area and my home away from home to be unsatisfactory, but honestly, no matter where you stayed you would not have been satisfied. I have given you plenty of input at this point. please keep in mind why you are here. If you truly want to enjoy the beauty of this island, the people and the Aloha, this is a wonderful place to stay.

Aloha Nui, Tani not Tony

and as to Kenike, she is the most wonderful island girl you will meet. She has truly encumbered the Aloha Spirit! Mahalo for all you do!

oh also I have been here from 7-19 and leaving with a sad heart 8-10-13 with no issues

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

Here are the pros of the place!
Great beach in front of unit. You will see seals, manta rays, dolphins and many sea turtles. All the units have decks that are in front of the ocean. The beach is less populated. If you can get a good unit that is clean(bug free) than you will be in good shape. The area is loud off the backside as there are cars driving by at all hours. You don't hear that from the beach. There is on site security as well as laundry room etc.
Now the ugly. Our unit was remodeled however it was infested with roaches and was on a upper floor. The management was very responsive with pest control however the roaches kept coming out and were very alive even after spraying. We had to check out and it ended up being quite costly for us even though we were partially refunded. Be very cautious and ask the questions about the units before renting. Ask about pest control. This is a tropical climate and you may see
a bug but you shouldn't see schools of roaches.

  • Stayed August 2013
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California Hot Springs, California
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Reviewed 16 June 2013 via mobile

The owner was very helpful and accurate when giving us directions on how to get to the apartment. Upon arrival we were able to speak with the on site security guard who provided tips and rules that would be useful for our stay. The apartment was very easily accessible from the parking lot and upon entering, it looked exactly like the pictures. It was spacious enough for the four adults in our party to spend the entire week; and we were well supplied with everything we would need to enjoy our stay from kitchen supplies to beach necessities that we found in the closet. The beach was never crowded and it was very easily accessible. The owner provided a list of recommended restaurants and shops that we utilized a few times during our stay. This apartment made our stay comfortable, affordable, and memorable! We look forward to returning to Hawaii in the near future and would enjoy spending another week in the Makaha Beach Cabanas.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Reviewed 6 May 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Makaha Beach Cabanas at property #250185 while on a 10 day trip in Oahu. The condo belongs to Tara and her husband. This was by far the best deal we found on the island after weeks of research. Tara was super nice, although we never actually got to meet her but she was very friendly and helpful over the phone.

I have to say we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the condo. It was clean, beautiful and had everything we could possibly need to feel at home (pots, pans, cutlery, dishes, flatware, spices, tape, toilet paper, umbrellas, snorkeling equipment, lots of towels, boogie boards, chairs, bedsheets, pillows, extra mattress, alarm clock, even nail polish remover!). The list goes on. I mean, you'll be surprised at how convenient the condo is. It is a short drive away from 7/11 and the local Tamura Market which has pretty much everything you'll need.

The cool thing about the condo is that the entrance faces beautiful green mountains and the lanai from the master bedroom faces the ocean. You couldn't find a better ocean front property than this. Sunrise from the mountains and sunset on the beach. It is absolutely gorgeous. This condo is on the 6th floor so it's perfect because you get a much more beautiful view and the beach is just an elevator ride away.

We loved hanging out at the beach. The property is well gated with a security guard, so it feels safe. You need a security system to open the front gate, then the building gate and then to operate the elevator (also to open the beach entrance). Couldn't get safer than that! The beach is private and not crowded and noisy. We used to drive to all the touristy locations in the day and then come back in the evening to relax at the beach. We didn't have to worry about our things being stolen like we would otherwise at the public beaches. The beach is absolutely gorgeous and great for snorkeling.

There's a barbecue by the
beach and a great place to make friends with other people
living at the condo. There's a place to do laundry as well which was very helpful because we did a lot of hikes and got pretty dirty.

I would seriously recommend this place to anyone who wishes to make a trip to Oahu. The only thing is, if you're looking for a crowded, touristy, party-happening location, this might not be your piece of cake. This is far from the city night life and parties and I wouldn't recommend going out at night here. If you would like to be in a more touristy location, I'd suggest find something near Waikiki. But if you want to enjoy some of the best of Hawai'i, relax and chill with the locals, this is the place to be. You cant beat the price. We'll be back for sure.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Missoula, Montana
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

We stayed in condo 918b. The condo was clean, nicely furnished, and stocked with everything we could possibly have needed. The security guard was very helpful and friendly. The beach was literally outside our door, and never crowded. I can think of nothing that would have made our stay more enjoyable! Just a fabulous, easy, and very relaxing experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

Excellent cabana - will definitely return and highly recommend this unit. Stepping right out onto the beach each morning for a sunrise walk was a highlight of each day. Beautiful views and semi-private beach. Condo clean and well maintained and provided many amenities needed to enjoy a relaxing vacation. Beach chairs, cooler, hair dryer and much more available for use while staying. Condo is close enough to everything but far enough to be out of the hustle bustle.

Room Tip: We chose a room on the ground floor - this offers easy access directly to the beach. Otherwise you...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Langley City, Canada
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Just returned from a 10 night stay at Makaha Beach Cabanas and everything was even better than expected (vrbo 429050). Kathy (owner of I believe 4 identical condos there) was wonderful to work with. Condos in this building are an amazing bargain to be located right on what we felt to be the most beautiful beach in Oahu (Papaoneone/Turtle Beach). If you were staying in a condo like this in any other part of Hawaii you would be paying many times more, but with this being a residential part of the island made up of mainly (it seemed) locals, the prices are a lot more affordable.

I think the main thing to note with any unit in Makaha Beach Cabanas OR Hawaiian Princess next door, is that you need to decide what kind of vacation you are looking for/do your research on the area before booking at either of these places and then complaining about things. Correct, there is not much more than fast food in terms of "dining" out without driving 20-25 min away (saves a lot of money though by buying groceries with the bonus of an oceanview meal 3x a day at the condo). Yes it is a lower income area of Oahu (although as my boyfriend pointed out, we felt there was a much worse homeless problem on Waikiki Beach than around here), yes you will hear some sirens (I live in a safe area in the suburbs of Vancouver and hear sirens every day too), and yes it will take some time if you want to visit some of the sights of Oahu, go shopping, or dine out (but if you avoid rush hour it really isn't bad, took us about 40 minutes to get there from the airport and the same time to the North Shore).

We did not feel unsafe at any point during our stay - there is a gated/secured parking lot so never worried about the car at all, and I think it really goes to show that if you are friendly and polite to the people you meet, you will receive the same treatment back. I found the people both staying at the condo and in the areas around it to be very pleasant with many wanting to strike up a friendly conversation or even just a "good morning".

So if you want to avoid the crowds, meet some friendly locals, pick up some groceries to cook for yourself (in our case, in a very well equipped gorgeously renovated kitchen), and just relax either on the perfect beach in front, or spend some guiltfree time lounging in your condo since you still feel like you're still "at" the beach with a direct view right down to the sand and water, this is THE place. We boogie boarded (or attempted to at least) on the days with more waves, and snorkeled (with turtles!) on the days the ocean was calm. The snorkeling was so much better than expected, my boyfriend was even able to hear the whales singing one day when he was out. From the beach and from the deck of the condo, we saw turtles, whales, dolphins, and even had a sea lion sunning himself on the beach one whole afternoon. The sand is fine crushed coral, beautiful and soft, and the water is bright clear blue. Some palm trees along the beach, cliff on one side, mountain view on the other, with NO crowds.. what more can you ask for in the perfect beach?

As for our unit - SPOTLESS on arrival, no bugs at all, and all of the renovations are of top quality. Granite countertops, beautiful tile throughout, very nice wooden cupboards (and even smooth shutting drawers, etc), and stainless quality appliances. The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable, very nice linens/towels, and the big flat screen TVs with many many channels in both the living room and the bedroom were so nice to have (couldn't even feel guilty spending time in bed watching TV when you could still see the beach at the same time!)

Waking up each day and rolling over to see the beach right there (we were on the 5th floor which I thought was perfect) was amazing. You could actually see the sand from the bed and a full view of the water. At night while listening to the waves, you could see the stars - simply incredible. We had planned a few activities to do while on Oahu and ended up not leaving Makaha/Waianae until we checked out. Whether we were on the beautiful beach, or reading/playing cards on the deck enjoying the view, we just couldn't tear ourselves away from the place.

Can't wait to come back - hopefully can get some friends on board to rent a couple of the other condos at the same time. There were many many repeat visitors here who seemed to have the same idea!

Room Tip: Check vrbo and read the reviews on units there. All seem to have the same layout, but various decor...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Makaha Beach Cabanas
Address: 84-965 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792-2044
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Waianae
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Waianae
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fabulous Main Floor Oceanfront Condo! Step from the lanai directly on one of the Best Rated Beaches in Oahu! Watch spectacular sunsets, see the dolphins, sea turtles and even whales during the annual migration--all from the comfort of your beachfront lanai.Swim, snorkel, boogie board, surf or golf nearby at two top-quality courses. ... more   less 
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