This is the third unit we've stayed in at the Hawaiian Princess. We love being on a protected beach where we can walk a few feet from our unit and be in the ocean. The water is deep enough for swimming, snorkeling and diving, is free from motorized watercraft, and at at the north end there is a long underwater lava finger that shelters a lot of sea life. Turtles often swim by, and there are few people on the beach other than residents.
This unit has a wrap-around lanai, the north side of which allows sitting outside in the shade (very useful when it's too hot to sit in the sun). The previous units we stayed in at the HP had the lanai wrap on the south side, which gave us sun slightly earlier in the morning but were otherwise not very useful. We also looked at some inside units, which are smaller and only have a single bathroom. The corner units have sliding glass doors on two sides, allowing the almost continuous breeze to blow through. There is also a louvered window in the back on the unit, on a walkway. Inside units also have the louvered back window, but no openings on the sides.
We had Wi-Fi, which our other units did not have. The bedroom air conditioning kept it cool enough for sleeping. Many units in the HP do not have air conditioning, which is totally absent at neighboring Makaha rentals. Also it has a washer and dryer, which units in other properties do not have.
All furnishings and linens were good quality, abundant, and appeared to be fairly new. All appliances worked well. We were provided with more than adequate space in a walk-in closet for all our clothing and travel bags. Other units we've visited either had most closets and cabinets locked, were filled with vintage sheets, towels and bric-à-brac, or had removed most of the closets and cabinets to produce a more open feel.
We love Makaha for the nearly year-round opportunity it offers to enjoy the ocean. It is not a tourist area, lacking most tourist amenities, though many boats providing diving tours leave from the nearby Waianae Harbor. Grocery shopping is best done in Kapolei, a slow 20 miles away. Fortunately just up the valley there there is one very good cafe which food that is organically grown or raised on their own farm.
The quiet beach and usually calm ocean are the major draws, but there are also a few nearby hikes. Foremost is Mt. Ka'ala, the highest peak on Oahu. It is topped by the 1000+ acre Mt. Ka'ala Reserve (for which there is a State of Hawaii descriptive PDF). The first couple of miles are on a paved and then gravel road, and are worthwhile in themsemselves as a short hike.. Beyond that the trail becomes mostly steep and slippery, as attested by numerous web posts.
Such a beautiful view. We have to force ourselves to leave the condo.
The condo is very comfortable and has everything you need. We always appreciate the nice beach towels and chairs. The lanai is awesome and is huge. Comfortable bed and good wifi.
We love taking the short walk to see the turtles at Aki's beach. Only 3/4 of a mile away.
We give it 10 thumbs up!
This place was great. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The unit is spacious. We could see Turtles almost Every morning. If I visit Oahu again I would definitely stay here. Fred the owner communicated well. Entry to the property was easy. Grills were nice.
There is no better way to escape the Canadian winter than to head to the Hawaiian Princess condos on Papaoneone beach in Oahu, during the months of January, February and March. We have stayed at the Hawaiian Princes many times, on the ground floor, the second floor, 4th floor, 9th floor and the 13th Floor end unit. This end unit on the 13th Floor is definitely our favourite. Fred, the owner, is very helpful. The views are spectacular - at the front you look way out to sea, up and down the coast and enjoy beautiful sunsets, and, at the side and back you have a view of the mountains and down the coast road. The condo, with carefully placed mirrors, gives a wonderful feeling of space and light. When the sun is too hot on the front balcony, you have the option of being in the shade on the balcony at the side.
We have stayed twice in this unit. It is well stocked and has extra space, both for those staying longer and those who might have visitors stay for a few days. The laundry unit in the kitchen is an added bonus. There is a new large screen TV in the living room to which you can attach your computer or Apple TV. The wifi and the internet are consistently fast and reliable.
The Waianae Store supermarket is only a 5-minute drive away, has all you need, and prices are reasonable compared to Safeway. Everybody there is very friendly. They make amazing Malasadas, but be there before 8:00am or they are often sold out!
The beach in front of the condo is a huge crescent of white sand. The surf levels are variable, sometimes quite high which suits all the budding surfers and boogie boarders. Then it is very entertaining watching the local school children doing cartwheels in the waves. When the surf is low, it suits we snorkelers and older folks. Rocks and coral begin 10-50m out. The coral is home to an enormous variety of fish, and there is usually the added treat of swimming with the huge gentle Green Sea Turtles. Stunning. Around the corner, within walking distance of the Hawaiian Princess, is a tiny rocky beach that attracts these large turtles and often these protected creatures climb up onto the sand here to rest in the sun.
We have always felt safe staying at the Hawaiian Princess. Each year we come at about the same time, and meet up with the same folks from all over Canada and the US. It is always good to see the familiar faces of the staff, too, each time we arrive, and that tells us it must be a pleasant place to work and stay. The Hawaiian Princess is a gated community in a more Polynesian neighbourhood and is located well away (40 - 60-minute drive) from the cosmopolitan bustle of Waikiki/Honolulu. While this neighbourhood lacks the feeling of a small tight-knit tourist community town, it has a harbour and there are a few local restaurants being established and gaining in popularity. For example Sun Sushi was a real find for us. It is a takeout. Everything is made to order on the premises while you wait. The food is really delicious and very inexpensive. Close by you can book surfing lessons and/or reserve a spot on a whale watching boat.
The holiday can be as busy or as quiet as you choose. Day trips from the Hawaiian Princess by car are in abundance: the botanical gardens at Wahiawa, the Dole pineapple plantation, the North Shore surfing community and shopping at Haleiwa, Diamond Head Crater, the Polynesian Cultural Centre, the normally calm beaches of the east coast, hikes to Kaena Point to visit nesting albatross and, if you are lucky, monk seals; and there are countless other hikes from very easy to challenging. If you are a shopper, there is an outlet mall at Waikele Premium Outlets as well as the pricey delights of the stores that line the main roads in Waikiki. There is so much to do in Oahu….. if you want to…. or not!!
But a comfy beach chair, a book or kobo, a towel and a few snacks can make a perfect day in paradise while staying on the 13th floor of the Hawaiian Princess!!