2018 Guest Comments
I just want to let you know how much fun we have had in this house. It has a few quirks (like the parking and the trick of getting a van into the garage) but all of these things just add character to the house. The location and views are to die for. The only problem with awesome views and being right next to the water is that it is hard to get motivated to go do anything away from our “happy place.” We had to make ourselves go out and then couldn’t wait to get back. We were all completely comfortable and had a blast playing in the water and sun by day, and by playing games or music every night. We left a small Christmas tree in the garage and hung some light blue lights in the trees outside on the beach side.
I so hope we get to come stay with you again. You have been a wonderful host and went way over and beyond what was expected of an owner. Thank you so much!! Happy New Year
--Wille, Monty, Moe, James, Stacy & Carol - Valdez, Alaska & Faley, Alabama
Aloha and mahalo Sandi, our 3rd trip to Hale Moana, each time we come we leave a little of our hearts here, this place continues to take my breath away. Your home has everything needed for a relaxing vacation, I love how the sounds and sights of the ocean just make you stop and truly appreciate everything and everyone around you. This time we recorded the sound of the ocean at night so we could take it with us. We hired bikes which were delivered to us and this was fabulous to avoid traffic a parking while the surf comps were on. I can't imagine that we won't be back for our 4th time – our favorite things are: *the ocean * sunsets * star gazing.
--Jacqui, Don, Jed & Flynn - Dudley, NSW, Australia
Hi Sandi, can't thank you enough for sharing your beautiful, majestic paradise home with us. We had a really relaxing visit on the North Shore. Your home was equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Felt like we were in our own home. The most amazing part of the trip was the view from the living room. Hearing the ocean sound all day and all night rocked us to sleep. What an incredible location. Close to everything. You were so great to work with from booking our rental and everything along the way. We will definitely be back some day. Mahalo! Loved the walks on the beach!
--Robin, Allen & Kyle - Agua Dulce, California
Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful place for us and being such a great hostess. We really enjoyed the amazing view! This is our third time visiting Hawaii and we were really excited to find new activities and explore the island while hiking and kayaking. Can't wait to return to enjoy this place again! Mahalo.
--Mickey & friends - Wilmington, North Carolina
Thanks so much for an unforgettable vacation with an incredible view. We loved your home so very much. You made everything so wonderful for us. You are a great host. We hope to be back soon to enjoy your wonderful home here in paradise. Thanks for everything!!
--Dave, Kimber, Stacey & Shayna - Goodyear, Arizona
Thank you for all of your help with our complicated schedule changes. This is our third stay at this little piece of paradise. This trip was all about relaxing. Twice daily swims at the swimming hole, reading in the front yard enjoying the gorgeous ocean views, BBQ's and jigsaw puzzles at night. Writing this on our last night sitting out watching another stellar sunset. We tried the Beach House for the first time this year. It was wonderful, so wonderful we went back last night for a light dinner. Lots of new food trucks with great options. We also took a drive over to snorkel at Makua Beach on the West Side. This was the second time going there. The first time we snorkeled with tons of turtles. This year it was spinner dolphins!!! Life does not get better than this. We hope to make this an annual trip. Thanks again for making us comfortable in such a wonderful place.
--Cyndi, Michael, Jennifer & Jenna - San Jose, California
What a location! The views, the surf, the scenery... awesome. We were so "chill" and "kicked back". This place is a real Relaxer. We will be BACK!!
--Jean and friends
We had a fantastic time at Hale Moana! We enjoyed the nearly "private" beach, the sound of the ocean, the surfers and the quiet and relaxed atmosphere - the complete opposite of Waikiki, which we wanted to avoid. We didn't know what a truly remarkable time we would have at Hale Moana, but now we believe that we have had the holiday of our life over here, at this little paradise, which we will never forget and always remember when we will go back to our ordinary, sometimes gloomy life.... Hale Moana was our Paradise for a week and our best holiday decision ever! Mahalo,
--Balazs & Rita -- Budapest, Hungary
Aloha and thank you for allowing us to stay in your peaceful home - the sound of the ocean could not be more relaxing. We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay here and can't wait to come back for longer. The place was perfect! My partner could surf out the front while my daughter and I enjoyed the sun and swimming. Thank you for all the information you provided prior to our arrival to help make our stay that much more enjoyable. (...thank you for the wine too!) This was the perfect spot to sit back and relax and enjoy what life has to offer; the sound of the waves, access to beach and surf, turtles and beautiful sunsets. What more could you ask for! Thanks a million.
--Tarsha, Brad & Tahneisha - Sydney, Australia
You've made our Hawaii addition a wonderful experience by sharing your home with us. We've BBQ'd shared wine, watched sunsets, we even got brave enough to swim under the light of the moon. It was amazing watching the surfers each morning and evening. Our 2 weeks here have been amazing and I will come back again... Thank you again
--Anjala, Loni, Brandy & Sonnie - Plumas Lake, California
This property is awesome! The views from the living areas and master bedroom are amazing and so relaxing! The yard was a fantastic spot to relax and watch the ocean and especially the sunsets! Thank you for the Aloha!
--Jan & Carol - Aptos & Petaluma, California
We chose to stay on the north shore for the second half of our trip, and this place has been amazing. Looking and listening to the ocean right outside just makes you marvel at the wonders of this earth and make you feel like there's no one else around. We had fun with night photography, saw a rainbow on the ocean, swam in the calm waters right down the a beach a few minutes away. Our 2 1/2 year old daughter had so much fun and loved seeing the enormous honu make his way into the water at Laniakea Beach. We had rain from Olivia one day but enjoyed shopping at historic Haleiwa and loved Matsumoto's Shave Ice. We enjoyed fresh shrimp from Romy's, a short drive away. This place has been just what we needed - away from the hustle and bustle. Thank you!
--Sharon, Alex & Vela - Los Angeles, California
Thanks so much for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home. We had a very fun and relaxing weekend. This is such an awesome place and we will remember the perfect weekend we spent here. Mahalo,
Hale Moana is beautiful and serene. It is a perfect place to celebrate a 5-0 birthday. We adapted for Hurricane Lane. God protected us here on the North Shore. No worries at all. Sandi we appreciate all that you provided here! Our time here was FUN & FANTASTIC = FUNTASTIC!!!!
Thank you and we will return --Angie - Olympia, Washington
Awesome time! Beautiful place, so enjoyed my stay!!! - Catherine
Cannot beat this view, the waves & the sunsets! Lovely house Sandi - Thank you for opening it up to us. Enjoyed every minute : ) - Garret & Kathy - Lacey, Washington
We thank you for staying at your home. Sounds of sea breeze. Sense of flower. Panoramic view. We could see double rainbow. Maybe you love birds? I love birds too. Pictures of bird, towels, bed cover. One of my favorite time is nap with birds on the grass. Thank you so much.
--Norio & Keiko - Ayase, Japan
Thank you so much for everything. You have a beautiful home with an amazing view of the ocean. This is Mark's 2nd visit to your home & our first. Hopefully we'll be back next year! Mahalo - Thank you again!
--Cindy, Mark, Brooklyn, Skylar and Hunter - San Francisco, California
This is our second visit to this home. We were here 3 years ago and knew we needed to return. If it weren't a 15 hour flight from our home in North Carolina we would probably be back every summer. We love it here. This home is the perfect size, clean and well taken care of. The North Shore is an amazing escape. Thank you and we hope to be back again sometime!
--Joel, Rebecca, Caden, Madeleine, Ed, Shiela - Clyde, North Carolina
Pink sunrise, orange sunset
Sand turtle, a baby octopus, sand gobi, clear blue water
Cozy house, unreal ocean view, cooling tradewinds
This was the perfect 'staycation' escape! We are grateful for, and will always remember this experience.
--Calvin & Dena - Hawaii
Thank you so very much for allowing our family to stay at your perfect beach house! We were stunned by the breath taking view and enjoyed every sunset we possibly could. Thank you for all the help you provided before our arrival with the detailed e-mails which made our stay way easier! The house is perfectly kept and we had enough space for all 5 of us. It was absolutely amazing to wake up to the sound of the ocean which made us start each day peacefully - perfect way for my parents to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Mahalo from
--Marine and family - Monaco
Thank you so much for allowing my family to stay at your Hale Moana! The uninterrupted ocean and sunset view was incredible! The single-wall construction of your hale brought back memories from the old days... but with modern amenities. Access to and into your Hale was easy. The kitchen layout, set up and appliances worked well. And the interior finishes and decorations were nicely done. The A/C in the 2 rooms were very well received too! Wishing you all the best & success on your rental of Hale Moana! Mahalo & Aloha.
--Lyle, Brenda, Spencer, Kamerin, Breanne & Piercen - Honolulu, Hawaii
Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. It was perfect for our family of five. We loved seeing and hearing the ocean, the turtles on the beach, snorkeling, sleeping, walking and playing in the sand, the ice maker, the palm trees and all the suggestions you gave us. We hope to come back soon. - Ava. Mahalo.
--Daniel, Denise, William, Natasha and Ava!!! - Melbourne, Australia
What more can we say, but WOW! This is the perfect place to soak in the gorgeous weather and the breathtaking views that Hawaii has to offer. You've provided ideas on things to do, places to see and handy hints - what more could we ask for!? If we could have extended our stay and our holiday definitely would have. Thank you.
--Abi, Tom, Kyle & Lily - United Kingdom
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful home with us. You have considered all details, large and small, which made our stay a relaxing one. This was such an amazing vacation for our family, it was our first trip to Hawaii. Hopefully we will be back. Miles LOVES U of H Manoa. Mahalo,
--Jina, Mike, Evan and Miles - Boulder, Colorado
Loved the house & the views! We will be back sooner rather than later!
--Cathy & friends - Dyersburg, Tennessee
My husband and I enjoyed your breath taking view. We loved your lovely home. We have already discussed coming back in a couple years, and this is where we want to stay. Thank you again for sharing your awesome view and home!
-Robert & Teresa - Kansas City, Kansas
From the minute we walked through the front door we knew we had made the right choice for our five nights on Oahu. The breathtaking view was amazing. We have talked on several occasions during the five days about when we come back Hale Moana is where we want to be. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We would love to sign this book over and over again. Amy & Dwayne - Kansas City, Kansas
We were so, so pleased with everything about Hale Moana! Upon entering the front door & taking in the Breath-taking view, we knew we'd made the right choice! This is our first trip to Hawaii; we're celebrating my daughter's graduation from college. It was perfect for the entire family to enjoy. She loved going north towards turtle bay to visit the fruit markets. :) Given, all we really knew about Oahu we learned from watching Hawaii 5-0 & Dog, the Bounty Hunter, we knew Honolulu wasn't going to provide the peaceful setting, so could not have been more pleased with the setting of Hale Moana! Thanks for sharing your home; we hope to able to visit again!
With gratitude - Tim, Lisa, Evan & Camille - Arizona, Michigan, Tennessee
We had a terrific time
-watching "Wooley Bully" the turtle at Turtle Beach
-snorkeling at the rock reef, seeing dozens of colorful fish
-bird watching from the living room (red-crested cardinal, common waxbill, myna bird)
-observing creatures in the tide pools, walking the beach
-visiting Waimea Valley and beach, swimming at the falls
-visiting Polynesian Cultural Center
But most of all, visiting with family and sharing the wonders of Hawaii1
Sure hope we can come back!
-Bill, Ann, Abby & Ellie - Loveland, Colorado
My wife Michelle, had some work to do in Waikiki for a few days, and I met her there when she was done. We drove to Hale Moana and stayed here for a few days. Too short! Must return! I love the
"vintageness" of the place. The wood sliders are really cool. Great place... can't wait to come back, perfect for a couple.
--Harley & Michelle - Encinitas, California
We just love this house:
-Beautiful view from bed and ocean sound (just love this)
-Beach direct from the house
-Clean & all around what you need
We appreciate the very friendly & kind hosting from Sandi:
-Lots of information about what to do
-As a welcome wine & coffee (many thanks)
Our next stay in Oahu (plan is July 2019) we definitely want to book again here and only here :)
Dear Sandi, many thanks that we could spend our holidays in your great place.
-Markus, Gabi, Danique & Patricia - Switzerland and Niederlands
Our stay here was everything we hoped for and more. Thank you for making us feel welcomed from the moment we booked our stay until the time we finished our stay. We felt very much at home and have already begun to talk about returning. Absolutely wonderful! A hui hou (until we meet again).
- Joannie, Cheryl, Rhonda, Karen - McMinnville, Oregon
Sitting here looking at a spouting whale and 3 surfers at Alligators. Where else but Hale Moana could provide this experience! Chose your listing on VRBO for a location for my 65 birthday. I thank you for your part in making it a great celebration! - Murray
Thank you for having us spend our Celebrations of 40 yrs of marriage and birthday milestone! We really were fortunate to have met you in person on our arrival. This has been a most wonderful experience and one we have at least once daily said "We will be back here!"
"Everything" you have provided here has helped us feel like we were at "home". Other than the obvious treasures in Paradise!! Unforgettable Memories. Mahalo
-Donna Lynn, Charley - Vancouver & Calgary, Canada
Our whole family has agreed that this is the best vacation we have ever had, and a huge part of it has been getting to stay in your beautiful home. Thank you for allowing us to be guests here. I could sit on that beach all day. We will definitely be back. Mahalo,
--Amy, Sarah, Nathan, Juli & Ashley - Kansas City and Colorado
Just WOW! Zach, Gus, Rue and I are in total awe of your home, this beach and of course how lovely our first vacation as a family of four has been. We BBQ'd all night, played all day and only wished for more time here. Gus (20 months) is definitely an island boy and I'm sure after this visit, Rue (6 weeks) is an island girl as well. Mahalo and we will definitely be back. XOXO
--Ashley, Zach, Gus & Rue - San Francisco, California
Mahalo for letting us come once again to "our" beautiful Hale Moana. Great times here and so many memories. Until next year. Aloha!
--Colleen & Karsten - Aliso Viejo, California
Although my cousin has had the pleasure of experiencing Hale Moana, this was our first time here. I sincerely hope it won't be the last. We loved the view & falling asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing. This was a beautiful place for our early anniversary celebration! Mahalo
--Don & Nicole - Austin, Texas
We had a wonderful time. Beautiful here, a bit of paradise. Loved hearing and seeing the waves, gorgeous view. Thanks so much. great to spend our 46th Valentine Day celebration together here in your home. We had a most awesome time. Grace! Peace.
--Darlene & Scotty - Franklin, Tennessee
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. We enjoyed the sun & crashing waves & even the rain. The house is in a great location & worked really well for the four of us. We hope to back soon.
--Sarah - Salem, Oregon
One of my favorite things about this location is the constant sound of the waves. This puts me into a trance when sleeping. Great rest & relaxation. Swam with a turtle & enjoyed every minute. Thanks for a great place to spend some time! Craig - Salem, Oregon
This is our 2nd visit to Hale Moana and we hope to return again. We still consider this to be our favorite vacation spot... it is perfect in so many ways - the location, view, sunsets, beach, beautiful home and hospitality. Everything needed is here, and if you need anything, Foodland is close by! Our 9 year old great niece enjoyed swimming and playing in the ocean waves, swimming with a turtle, seeing many colorful fish, building sand castles, walking the beach, and soaking up the sun. We were also lucky to see whales breaching and many surfers from the back yard. We again enjoyed Ted's Bakery - breakfast, lunch or dinner; as well as Haleiwa Joe's and Teddy's Burgers. Thanks again, Sandi, for sharing your beautiful home with us. We appreciate your generous hospitality and look forward to a return visit!!
--Steve & Melinda, Clara, Robin, Mya - Excelsior Springs, Kansas City, Missouri
from Mya (9 years old) - This is my 1st visit to Hale Moana and I know I'm coming again. The waves were amazing, I love the food by the way, Teds bakery and the Haleiwa Joes-their fish is amazing. I love watching the surfers. Was lucky and saw a whale and I swam with a sea turtle, building sandcastles and spending time with my family. If you need something to do then go to the Missouri Battle Ship. PS I'm from there! : ) So I hope the next guest will love Hawaii as much as I did!
What a way to celebrate my mom's 70th Birthday! Hale Moana exceeded our expectations. Breathtaking views and so peaceful we only left the house once during our stay. My mom said it was the most beautiful place she has ever been and did not want to leave. Thank you so much for providing everything we needed and the lovely bottle of wine & coffee - delicious! We definitely made some amazing memories here and really enjoyed the moon & stars. Thank you.
--Rebecca, Jackie, Melissa, Shawn, Joseph - Salt Lake City, Utah
Thank you Sandi for sharing your lovely home, everything we needed was right here. There were some huge waves while we were here and very special to wake up this morning and see surfers right in front of a rainbow from the front garden. So relaxing and loved the beautiful sunsets.
--Mike, Sue, Kyle, Conner & Tim - Victoria, Australia
Aloha Sandi. We had a wonderful time. Saw whales, a turtle, cardinals and the house gecko. Carrying beautiful memories home with us. Thanking you for sharing your home. A remarkable place!
Peace and blessings in the New Year.
--Kathleen, Amy, Jim and Pat - Portland, Oregon
A poem inspired by our stay at your beautiful home.
The Ocean - I am the ocean, its thrum, its pulse, its beat.
It formed the bones in my body, set me upright on a crooked trail
I'm calibrated to its push and pull, I know its black undertow
Its salt seasons my tongue, flavors my taste for life
Positioned atop its wave, I ride its edge to the distant shore
Patricia - Portland, Oregon
Aloha Sandi. Totally agree with what the other guests have said in this book - great 'home', great location, beautiful sunsets. The family loved it. Thank you for the wine and coffee, such a nice gesture and most enjoyable : ) We also had an "aussie" BBQ one night. Hopefully you will see us mid year if you are not booked out!! Leaving your home with fondest memories.
--Fatima & family - Beacon Hill, Sydney, Australia