2013 Guest Comments  

 

December

Thank you for stay. It was amazing. Thank you all.

-- Simon, Stephanie, Mia (14), Sam (12) & Hannah (10) - Brisbane, Australia 

 

Thank you for sharing your spectacular home setting with us! We all enjoyed every minute of our time here - staring at the waves, soaking up the sounds, breathing the air - everything. We appreciate the gift of wine and coffee, too. We are all sad to leave and hope we can return someday. It is a perfect getaway to celebrate our anniversaries - 40 and 43 years! We will always remember our lovely time here on the North Shore at Hale Moana. Mahalo

-- Anita & Bob - Milton, WI; Irene & Tom - La Crosse, WI

 

November

What a nice and warm welcome! The card, coffee and delicious wine started our vacation right away. We were speechless by the location of your home. The spectacular view of the ocean and incredible sunsets makes it hard for us to leave... Looks like we need to come back for more! Thank you so very much

-- Eric & Dani - La Selva Beach, CA

 

What a beautiful view!! We loved every moment & experience as we enjoyed our little Honeymoon House by the Sea! Everything we could ever want was right here and ready for us. We really enjoyed trying out the surfboards and boogie boards. Even when it rained, we still had an amazing view of the storm. Thanks again for everything!

-- Chris and Amanda, Dallas, TX

 

October

We enjoyed staying in your house on the North Shore so much. Everyone is still raving about it! We'll definitely be back sometime soon.

-- Libby & Richard, Laura & Anton, Michelle & Alfren - Maroubra, Australia

 

Amazing!! My family of five just returned from a week at this beautiful home and it can only be described as - amazing. My husband was born and raised in Hawaii and the first night was completely overwhelming for him due to the sound of the waves reminding him of his childhood. My 3 little ones literally lived on the beach and begged (which we obliged) to go to the beach each morning and afternoon. Due to the location, the beach is practically secluded - we literally had the beach all to ourselves - unheard of in Hawaii (especially Haleiwa). The home had all the amenities you would need: in the TV room (cable and lots of recent and nostalgic Dvds), in the kitchen (every utensil and appliance you would need for any occasion...we were able to find a rice cooker!!), in the family rooms (your own personal library), too much to list...but just know if you think it, they have it...oh yeah and there's a Dyson just in case you're an OCD mother like me!

-- Marissa, Thomas, Isabella (5), TJ (4), Kardina (2) - Leesburg, VA

 

We loved it here! A perfect spot. Once we got here Jill didn’t want to go anywhere else - luckily we already had 7 days of sightseeing already under our belts. We hope to come back one day.

-- Jim & Jill - Tulsa, OK; Robby & Nicole - Sacramento, CA

 

September

Thank you so much for having mom and I here at your beautiful house. The view is like nothing that I have ever seen. Thank you for showing us around Hawaii and bringing us to the temple and the koi pond (my favorite!) I enjoyed getting to spend time with you and Glen. I hope that you are able to come to Connecticut and visit with us. Again thank you for everything including dinner and letting us eat pie for breakfast. I’ll alway remember Hawaii and your friendship. Until next time. Love.

-- Robin and Sara - Simsbury, CT

 

As perfect as I remembered. Thank you for the wonderful welcome here. Lovely! We never strayed too far from this personal paradise and why should we - everything we could ever want is here. A healing space to recharge and calm and reconnect. I don’t think I can ever visit this island any other way. A healing place. Richard, Ciella and Milo agree we must not let so much time lapse before our next adventure here. Mahalo! Love.

-- Catherine - Carpinteria, CA

 

We’ve had another wonderful stay at your great beach house, Hale Moana. We really enjoyed this stay. It brought back wonderful memories of our last stay 20 years ago. We did notice that we weren’t as nimble in the surf as we were way back in ’92. We did laugh a lot at ourselves. Thanks... Mahalo, for your hospitality and making Hale Moana, available to us. P.S. Paul & Nadine also enjoyed their stay as well. This week was an anniversary (35 years) and our 45th anniversary for Rose and me. I couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate. 

-- Bill & Rose - St. Louis, MO

 

August-September

Sandi - You are our kind of gal - good fiction and sharp knives. House is comfy and grows on you. After a week, we feel too much at home. This place was perfect for our surfer and our toddler and our lookers - a panoply of surfers, outriggers, paddle boarders, fishermen (no women), walkers, snorkelers, sailors passed the “big screen” you call Leftovers. Followed all the recs of earlier guests - ate the famous pie, snorkeled Sharks, swam at Waimea, enjoyed good coffee at Coffee Gallery, got fresh fish at the farmers’ markets, watched “Cars” four times with the 4 year old. Great holiday - will be singing your praises. PS - We slept in den - we were surprised how comfortable the fold out is!

-- Suzanne & Ross - Santa Barbara, Suzie - Fairfax, CA; Sean & Col - Taos, NM

 

August

Deb, Nicole and Michele had a fabulous time in your home. We came for a wedding which was on the point to our right. It was beautiful. We also checked off SKYDIVING from our bucket lists and also swam naked in the ocean! AMAZING TIME! The house is perfect. Thank you so much for your hospitality - Going home tomorrow but the memories can never be taken! Thanks so much!

-- Michel, Deb and Nicole - Oregon City, OR

 

What a beautiful home and incredible location! We were blown away by the amazing view and beach access. We had a very busy week that included snorkeling with countless fish and turtle, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, our first attempts at scuba and 2 shark encounters! It was wonderful to have a cozy home to come back to at the end of our long days and the gorgeous ocean sound to fall asleep to at night. We will never forget this beautiful vacation and hope to return as soon as possible! Aloha and Mahalo!

-- Emily  (Matt, Lisa and Shannon, as well) - Manhattan Beach, CA

 

Day 1 - We are back!!! Today was a fairly easy day where we relaxed and checked out the reef. We also had the pleasure to go to Ted’s bakery because it truly has the best pies. We actually got to see 4 cuddle fish, an octopus, an eel and a turtle just outside the house! 2 - We again explored the reef this morning and found conch snail, eel, and nudibranch. Then we went to Shark’s Cove and saw lots of beautiful fish, then went to Cholo’s (like we always do). 3 - We went to Sunset beach and snorkeled for a while and it was very good snorkeling... then we went to Matsumoto’s and had delicious shaved ice. 4 - We went to Waimea and snorkeled to the left of the jumping rock. The rest of the day we swam in the back yard. 5 - We went to 3 Tables to snorkel and saw many eels, cuddlefish, and parrotfish. 6 - Went to Shark’s Cove and had a blast! Then went to Cholo’s for dinner. 7 - We played in the backyard with the turtles and on Alligator Rock. 8 & 9 - Both days we went to 3 Tables and played in the backyard. 10 = Our last full day :(  We went to Shark’s Cove and had Ted’s for lunch. We are all sad to leave this beautiful home. Thank you/ Mahalo

-- Ruby (age 14) with Sam, Alicia, Lily - Manhattan Beach, CA

 

July-August

 

What a breathtaking view! We had such a lovely time. We lived on Oahu many years ago, and it was such a treat to introduce our children to the wonders of the island. They were amazed by the fish the sea turtles... even the shrimp vans and shave ice. Thank you! Thank you! 

-- Gary and family - Mapleton, UT

 

July

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hale Moana. The views were incredible and the sound of the ocean was great. The first thing Logan (my two year old son) said when we got there was, "wow, me like this house".  He had fun looking for lizards and "cheep cheeps" and we all had a blast eating all our meals outside, playing on the beach, and spending quality time together. All of the beaches nearby were rocky but very fun to swim at - saw many sea turtles!! Thanks for everything!!

-- Alan, Kylee, Logan, Cody, Travis & Bonnie - Moorhead, MN

 

When I stayed here five years ago with my friends to see the surfing finals at Pipeline, I thought how great it would be to bring my family to experience this wonderful place. I can tell you it’s been just as imagined, and we’ve had the greatest time? We’ve snorkeled with sea turtles, had a great time strolling the town of Haleiwa, saw beautiful Waimea Falls, visited Pearl Harbor, rode ATVs at the Kualoa Ranch (not knowing we’d see Godzilla’s footprints!) and tried our hand at paddle boarding. But the best is just relaxing here at Hale Moana. My wife ‘Ann’, daughter ‘Liz’ (22), son ‘Harry’ (17) & I all thank you for letting us share your wonderful home. As I mentioned to you through our emails this was a special vacation to celebrate Liz’s graduation from your Alma Mater (Cal Berkeley). It couldn’t have been better! Mahalo & God Bless

-- Michael, Anne, Liz & Harry - Fullerton, CA

 

We had a great time rediscovering the north shore with our kids after 15 years of being away! Our daughter, Emma, was 2 when we left and can now place names with places and experiences now that she has come back to where she was born. Emma and Jake (12) really had a great time as did we. We found snorkeling with turtles just behind the house to be an unexpected treat.

-- Peter, Kelly, Emma and Jake - Ellicott City, MD

 

June

We had a very nice stay at your beach house. What lovely sunset views! We loved it!

-- Christine and Tim - Mililani, HI

 

Just wanted to say how much we loved coming back to your beach house. It was so reassuring to know that we would instantly be as comfortable as we were at the end of our last visit. Since the waves were calmer (though we had a few days of unseasonably high surf) we got lots of swimming in. It was hotter, too, so I used the second bedroom to get ready for my son's rehearsal dinner and wedding. On the other days, if we weren't exploring the island, we just sat outside in the shade and enjoyed the ocean breezes. Thank you so much for making our second trip to Oahu as special as the first!

-- Elaine and Michael - Littleton, CO

 

May-June

This is our 3rd trip here at the house and we just can’t believe all the beauty - everyday brings something different. It was nice to have a short visit with you and Glenn during our stay. Mike & I feel like this is our home away from home with spectacular views, sunsets, turtles and the beach. We truly love it here. We thank you for sharing your paradise with us yet again. Can’t wait to come back a fourth time. Much Love. PS - It was really cool to see the house from the Power Hang Glider. 

-- Mike & Sherri - Alta Loma, CA

 

May

As soon as we walked through the door it was like being in paradise. Fantastic views and sunsets plus turtle watching. We had two evening BBQ's because why would you want to go anywhere else! Sorry to be moving on today but having come so far we have to see all the island sights. Thanks for the card, coffee & wine. Nigel will remember his 60th!!

-- Nigel, Carole, Gill and Nigel  -  Poole, Dorset, England

 

We had a wonderful time at Hale Moana! Enjoyed our walks on the beach, seeing sea turtles, snorkeling, and surfing! We made several day trips to other parts of the island and it always felt wonderful to come back to our more secluded private spot away from the other tourists. We will always remember our relaxing vacation we spent here, and will hope to return. You thought of everything we needed and then some! We hope to return! p.s. We enjoyed the coffee & wine! Thank you!!

-- Mark, Rebecca, Ryan and Laura - Spokane, WA

 

How does one describe paradise? Surely it is the North Shore of Hawaii (Oahu) & the location of this house. Our trip highlights included seeing whales, watching the sea turtles, listening to & watching the surf, walking along the beach, snorkeling, day trips around the island & chocolate haupia pie from Ted's! Your house was perfect. We wouldn't trade one second of our time here for any amount of resort amenities. Your home truly has it all. We spent 5 romantic days as a couple, then 5 days with our best friends here. Wine, sunsets, card games, delicious food, long walks on the beach, coffee on the lawn. We are sad to say goodbye but hope to return again. Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!

-- Vernon & Tami - Chandler, AZ

 

April

Our family had a wonderful week in your beautiful home. You have done such a wonderful job making sure your guests have everything they need. We felt right at home. We have lots of great memories to take back home with us. Thank you for sharing your home with us and for making us feel so special. God Bless You. “every good and perfect gift comes from above”

-- Jeff, Peggy, Chelsea, Zane, Shea – Carlsbad, CA

 

March

Loved our time in Hale Moana, nothing beats this view. We didn’t feel the need to do much other than relaxing in the sun, enjoying our surroundings. Seeing breaching whales was a highlight. The only downside is that our time here was too short. Next time we will have to come for at least a week!

-- Kayla, Stephanie, Amy, Jean - Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada

 

Amazing time! The waves were awesome to watch. Swimming to the right of the house was great when the sea was rough. An experience we’ll never forget.

-- Adam & Jeff, San Francisco, CA

 

Fabulous! Sun - Waves - Blue Sky - Postcard Perfect. Your home is amazing - exactly as described. We hope to be back again. Not looking forward to returning to snow.

-- Rebecca, Brent, Garrett, Tyler - State College, PA

 

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! Such amazing views - saw so many whales right from the backyard! Love the North Shore! Your home is in the perfect location. Thank you for making us feel so welcome!We are already planning on many return visits! Truly a paradise. Mahalo

-- Holli, Bob, Len, Joan, Bruce - Chandler, AZ

 

January

Happy New Year and best of wishes to the future “residents” of Hale Moana for much aloha and happy times. Mahalo Sandi

-- Ann and Kevan - U.K.