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We stayed at Kiahuna Plantation #142, in building 21, from June 4-12th. It is a 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom/ 2 story condo. As you enter the condo you can either go up the stairs or continue down a hallway that contains the bedrooms and bathrooms. The spare bedroom has 2 twin beds separated by a nightstand. There is an air mattress in the closet and also mats to lay on the ground and sleep on. The spare bathroom has a single person shower only. The master bedroom has a slider door that leads out to the lanai and the grassy area. This bedroom has a shower/tub combo if you need the tub. Both bedrooms have a tv in them (which we never turned on).
All of the living space is upstairs and it is spacious! There is a 6 person dining table, 4 person breakfast table and seating for at least 6 in the living room. The kitchen is well appointed and had all the tools and appliances we needed. The lanai off the front has a beautiful view of the lawn and seating. The back balcony has a closet that contained boogie boards, beach chairs, beach umbrellas and a cooler. There are quite a few books in the living and some board games in the entertainment center. The only thing we had to go buy were a couple decks of cards (only because we forgot to bring them as we usually do).
We have stayed at the plantation before so knew there was no AC. It was not a problem at all for us. There were ceiling fans in the bedrooms and 2 movable fans to tote around. This unit is an end unit with vaulted ceilings which helped in keeping the top floor relatively cool.
The location is amazing. It was less than a minute barefoot walk to the beach. This came in handy when we had 45 min to spare one day and went and jumped in the ocean! Upon check in you get towel cards to exchange at the towel hut next to the beach. I believe their hours are 0830-530pm. They also have chairs you can take to the beach and loungers that can be used on the grass area.
We got married at Shipwrecks beach and had our wedding dinner at the Plantation Gardens on the property. We enjoyed the food and the cake that we had the baker make. The staff was very attentive and service was great. The gardens make for great photos.
Yes, the pool is across the road. We drove there once and walked a few times. Upon entering and checking in you are giving towels for your party. There is a beach entry sandy area and then the main area of the pool. The kids enjoyed the slide, the adults enjoyed the pool side adult beverages and food. We liked to go to the pool when we wanted to relax a bit as at the beach we were always in the water with the kids or watching them closely. The pool gave us a bit more freedom to read or chat.
I utilized the laundry mat twice during our stay. Washer and dryer are $2.50 each and you can buy laundry soap there. I packed Tide pods for our stay and left the ones I did not use in the closet for the next person.
Parking was not an issue. A couple evenings when we came home later we had to park a bit away but it was not that long of a walk.
We booked the property directly through the owner, saved on VRBO fees. If you google "Kiahuna Plantation #142" you will get his website. I dealt with the owner via emails and phone calls and he would respond quickly. I was able to secure a late check out (as our flight did not leave until 4pm) by paying half the cost of that night. It was so worth it as we enjoyed the pool for a couple hours before we left.
We plan on going back to Kauai at some point and will definitely rent this condo again if we take the kids (no need for such a big space if just two people).
Trip Advisor Review from June 24, 2018
I would just like to thank you for the use of your condo at the Kiahuna. We had an AMAZING time in Kauai, and loved the condo. It was a perfect fit for all of us, with close beach access and grounds that were like paradise. My wife did leave an entry in the book there to note how wonderful everything was. It was very difficult leaving there and returning to WI to -4 degree temperatures. I will be looking at my videos and pictures to warm me up. Thank you again and enjoy your weekend. Mahalo!
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I just realized that I never sent you a thank you after my family's stay at your Kiahuna 142 condo in November. It is a lovely unit- well furnished, spacious and with beautiful views. Thank you! We will definitely keep it in mind for future visits. Happy New Year!
Just would like to say had a great stay last week. It was really nice to step out the door and on to the beach. The unit was clean and comfortable. Hopefully we can go back in the spring sometime.
Thank you....... Terry
We loved our stay at #134. Just as we remembered it and better. We had papaya every morning that we bought at the farmers market in Koloa Monday at 12:00. We got there early and were able to look around before it opened. We enjoyed Mai Tai's at the Marriott. Fun to watch a surfer dad with his 3 year old son. I will send a picture. We also enjoyed a two hour tour of the Grove Farm Plantation. Beautiful gardens and a lovely setting. It was fun to see the inside of the house and all the collections. We had tea and cookies in the kitchen. Our tour lady showed us all her pots and pans. She told us that our smile is unique to each of us and we should show it often. Very sweet !
Thanks so much.
Gordon, Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know what an amazing time we had in your Kiahuna Plantation unit 191. We have been staying at the Plantation now for many years, but this is the first time that we have stayed on the beachfront and I have to say that I now can’t imagine it any other way. We have two young teens who spent every single day in the water and that location allowed us to not only keep an eye on them, but also to have the convenience of making lunches and spending time together on the beach. We ended up cooking almost every meal at home, because we discovered that we had the best view in Poipu right there on our patio. I thank you so much for sharing your home with us and I can’t wait to spend another night listening to the crashing waves in Unit 191 again someday. Mahalo.
Just a note to thank you for a great spot to relax and enjoy Kauai. We loved it. It’s been 25 years since we have been to Poipu-way too long. We have been to the other islands since but we won’t make it so long next time to Kauai. Maybe next year??!! We could make this a habit! You’ll be the first to know.
Thanks again for your services.
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed out stay in Unit 134 at Kiahuna Plantation. The weather was ideal, temperatures in the low 80's with showers in the early a.m. We really like the location of the unit as we can walk across the street to the shopping center. We did just that two mornings for breakfast and also drove to the golf course restaurant for breakfast several days. This was a no cooking vacation for me so we only used the kitchen for coffee, preparing fresh fruit, etc. The unit was quiet and relaxing and after our "longer than normal" winter in Boise the sunshine was so welcome. Hopefully, we will be back again.
P.S. Thanks again for the later check out, it was appreciated. Sheryl O.
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I just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know that we had a wonderful visit last week to your condo. This was our first visit to Kauai and Poipu and Kiahuna Plantation were the perfect base to begin our explorations. Thanks again and we hope to return in the near future!
- Dave and Nancy
Hi Gordon, I have been meaning to email you and tell you what a wonderful time we had, and loved our beachfront location..... There was some construction right next to us at the towel shack which wasn't pleasant some of the time....... but other than that we loved our stay........We hope to go back in the future.......
Happy Holiday Season, Candis
We are having a really lovely time in your condo. It is very special. Thank you. Kind regards Tim
Last few hours here in paradise. Your cottage (#191) was fantastic!! I left a snorkeling mask in your closet along with the other swimming gear.
Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay in your great condos. We had a fabulous vacation and it was nice to have the whole family together . We did manage to do some damage to the screen door in the master bedroom. Please let me know if we can pay for the repairs. Thanks again and we hope to be able to return again next year.
Scott and I returned late Saturday night from a fantastic trip in Kauai! We really loved the Kiahuna Plantations and your condo, and felt it was the best place to stay on the north shore. We went snorkeling at Poipu Beach in the morning (a monk seal or two were always there), then did some sightseeing in the afternoon. Some of our favorite things were seeing Waimea Canyon, hiking along the cliffs beginning at Shipwreck Beach, and taking a catamaran sunset trip to Na Pali. We used Blue Dolphin and the crew was fantastic! We got lucky on that trip and saw a mother whale and her calf less than 50 feet from the boat. Dolphins swam close to the boat, as well. We think the boat trip was the highlight of our vacation.
I mentioned to the front desk that the dishwasher’s wash cycle would not turn off, and we would have to turn it off manually. They said they would have someone look at it after we left. Other than that everything was fine in the condo.
Thank you very much for allowing us to stay at your condo. We loved it as it was in the perfect location for us to enjoy the sights and beauty of the grounds.
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We just back from Kauai and wanted to let you know what a spectacular time we had at your condo! The unit is beautiful, clean and the location cannot be beat! Thank you so much for accommodating us and we look forward to staying there again!
The Ventura Family
Everything was great. It is amazing how quickly the 19 days goes by. #191 is our favorite and the stove addition and shower make it that much more comfortable. My first trip to Kiahuna was 1983. The changes they have made in the last few years have really been positive. We go out to lunch one day and dinner the next, we had 10 lunches out and 9 dinners. We went to a total of 14 different restaurants most within walking distance that we would go back to all of them. We are currently in the process of setting up next years trip. Every few years we spend a week with friends that rent a house in Hanalei. We haven't firmed it up yet but tentatively we are looking at Arrive May 5 Depart May 17 total of 12 nights. Let me know if #191 is available and I will try to firm up. Thanks for everything, we really enjoy your unit.
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Aloha! My sons and I had the MOST wonderful time on Kauai...and your condo was exactly what we needed (July 25 - August 1)! Kiahuna was the absolute perfect location, and the beautiful lawn and ocean were the best! We all could "do our thing" right there -- swimming, snorkeling and surfing. It really could not have been better.
MAHALO MAHALO for opening your home to us...we look forward to returning someday to the magical island of Kauai. There were shades of green I didn't know existed!!
Dear Gordon and Barbara...
Just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for the use of your condo #191 at Kiahuna. We had the best time and it was everything we could have hoped for and more. We had beautiful weather the whole time we were there and Gayle said it was the best vacation she had ever been on and I have to agree. One really interesting thing happened. I had told you that I vacationed there 30 years ago and at that time we met a guy working there named Tim and became friends with him during our stay but lost touch a couple of years after. Well, on our second day there this guy that worked there was walking by and came up to us and asked how we were doing and it was Tim. I couldn't believe it and neither could he. We got caught up on all that we had been doing for the last 30 years and for the rest of the trip both of us were just amazed at seeing each other again after all these years. Tim is now head of security and we both exchanged numbers and addresses so we can keep in touch. Amazing! We ate at Plantation Gardens a couple of times, had lunch at Brenneke's and breakfast at Joe's on the Green a couple times as well and they were all great. The rest of the time we just soaked up the sun and warmth, saw many great sunsets and met some really great people too. We are both looking forward to next year already and are thinking about adding a week to the two we asked for next year. If that is available please let me know and we will decide if we are going to do it. Right now I think Gayle would say yes and I am definitaley leaning that way myself.
Again, thank you both for letting us stay in the best place in Hawaii and I hope many
more to come.
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Gordon – We wanted to say thank you for the wonderful time in your unit 142. The location was perfect and we loved the fact the bedrooms were downstairs while the living area was upstairs it was just the right size for our family. The large windows just add to the ambiance of the unit and the views from the lanai were wonderful. We also enjoyed all of the beach extras (chairs, coolers and boards) in the unit daily. Hopefully we can stay in the unit again in the near future. September is a wonderful time to visit Poipu.
Just wanted to say "thank you" very much for a relaxing time in your wonderful Kauai Condo! We purchased three boogie boards at Costco on our first day, and left them next to the closet in your unit hoping that someone else can enjoy them as much as we did. Also, we noticed that there are three small places in the right-hand screen door (facing the ocean) where it appears that the screen is coming away from the frame. We thought that you should know in case it has not been reported to you. Even so, we did not find one bug within the unit our entire stay. We had such a nice family vacation, and hope to be in touch with you to request and return to your beach unit once again in the future!
Much appreciation for everything! --Sheryl and Family
Hi Gordon. Once again we had a teriffic time at the Kiahuna. We really like your upgrades and are interested in 2014. I am not sure how much in advance you like to rent but we are interested in #191 from Thursday April 24th until Tues. May 13th. 19 nights. Let me know if avail. and the price and hopefully we can book it.
We just returned from our week in your unit 191. Your description of "the best property in the complex" is quite accurate. The view and sounds were breathtaking.
Wanted to let you know that the service from the resort was terrific. Security came by daily to check on things, and when we needed maintenance for the patio door lock, they came right away. Very polite, friendly and accommodating.
Thank you for renting us your unit. We have family that live in Kapa'a and plan to be back once or twice a year. The grandkids grow up much too fast. So we will be back in touch in the very near future.
Nancy and Rick Hofmann
Hi Gordon! Just wanted to let you know that we loved #142 At Kiahuna. The weather was perfect and we only had rain one night. The grounds were just as beautiful as we remembered. Loved your place. Thank you for sharing. So busy didn't get a chance to sign the guest book.
Aloha! Janace Shields and family
We are leaving this morning after spending 10 wonderful days in condo 134. What a wonderful location-----right in the middle of the complex, with wonderful garden vistas, very private yet close to the beach and the parking lot. Short walk to Poipu shopping center for wonderful restaurants and shops, and short drives to the shops at Kukueula, spouting horn, Waimea canyon and myriad beaches besides the one right here! Heavenly and very relaxing------thank you for sharing your home with us, we hope to rent from you again,
Gordon and Mimi Haberfelde
We loved our stay in your condo, what a location! So, we want to come back in October. Do you have any availability for Oct 4 to Oct 12 for unit 191?
It's been a while since we've been back, but we can't stop thinking about Kauai and our 'cabana' #191! We had a wonderful time on the island and in your unit. The trade winds were howling the first several days which had us eating at the inside table and looking out to the gorgeous view. One day, my husband said it felt like our own beachside cabana, and that is what we have called it ever since.
Gordon let me start by thanking you so much for the opportunity to stay in you units in Kauai. Our vacation was fabulous and staying in your homes was definitely a big part of that. Unit 142 was so light and airy. We had plenty of room to entertain my other family members when they drove down from Hanalei for the day. This was our first time staying in a two bedroom and it much more spacious than I had imagined. However, our stay in unit 191 was very special. We have stayed in 1 bedroom units over the years but never had the luxury of watching our kids in the water while sitting in front of the unit. We did discover that a one bedroom unit works for our needs and two is a little more than we need for just us 4. We also love being closer to the beach.
We are already looking into our trip for next year and I wanted to ask what the rate would be for unit 191 and whether or not it is available during the week of 2/9-2/16/14 or 2/16-2/23/14.
We have had a wonderful and too short stay at your condo. I'm looking out and watching Humpbacks breech as I write this. We did the Napali Coast cruise this morning with 12 foot swells, very exciting!
We hope to return to Hawaii next year and certainly would come back to your Unit. I think we'll stay a bit longer. I'll look at my calendar and be in touch.
All was well here with the exception of a loose kitchen faucet that Maintenance fixed in a jiffy. And the 2 bedroom unit was great for our boys an their wives.
Off to the Mana Kai Maui tomorrow! Mahalo,
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Having a fabulous time on the plantation. Thanks for sharing you condo. I see you put in a new shower and carpet. Place looks great. You might hear from maintenance as I phoned regarding the ice maker on the fridge not working. Hope to rent from you again next year.
Thanks for everything,
I wanted to let you know we have thoroughly enjoyed your gorgeous beach-front home over the past week! I agree with the others #191 is the way to go! Anyway, I am writing you because we just learned our morning flight back to SF tomorrow has been cancelled and they are rebooking us on a 4:40p flight in the afternoon. I am wondering if you'd be willing to allow us to have a late check out at 3p so that our kids can nap before we head out for our long flight home. I can't tell you how much this would help us.
I just asked about a late check out at the front desk of Castle Resorts and they said I'd have to get approval from you, hence the email. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for considering.
Just wanted to thank you for the use of your condo. It worked out perfectly for us. I ended up buying a playpen for my grandson. It is almost brand new, so I folded it back up and put it back in its original box, and left it on the top shelf of the closet in the bedroom with the twin beds. I also left a few building block toys, drawing books, etc in the wicker bench by the dining room.
Did you hear about the big rain while I was there? about a week ago? They had between 7.5" and 8.3" of rain on the island of Kauai within a 24 hour time frame. There were lakes of water all over Kiahuna Plantation, even the lagoon flooded over its banks etc, but the condos were all left undamaged. Within a day and a half, all the water had gone and you would never know such a big rainfall had occurred.
Anyhow, thx again for the use of your condo.
First of all, let me tell you what a wonderful time my family and I had on "The garden Isle." It really is every bit as lovely as we'd heard. Kiahuna Plantation was a marvellous resort to stay at. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and we loved the grounds. Those long expansive lawns were thoroughly enjoyed by my grandkids and children as well. Better bocci grounds you couldn't ask for! The orchid and cactus gardens were one of my favourite spots. And, as I'm sure you've heard many times, we really liked your condo. Everyone appreciated how well appointed it is (loved the stamps) and the great open expanse of the upstairs. A great view! We really appreciated your leaving the toys for us to enjoy. We didn't use them all, but certainly many.
I'm not sure where we'll decide to go next, but if it's Kauai, I hope we'll be able to stay at your place again. Once I've finished editing my photos I'll send you a few so you can put a face to the name.
Thanks again. It was a great vacation.
We had a wonderful time in Kauai, and thank you for providing such a nice place. You have a perfect location at the Plantation. I loved having the water right out the door for going out on morning swims, and my wife loved watching whales from the lawn. Our little one really enjoyed running around the large grassy area, too. We had perfect temperatures and it was a luxury to fall asleep every night to the sounds of the ocean. We cooked most of our meals at the condo and everything in the kitchen worked well. We strolled around Poipu and saw some of the other properties there, but we feel it would be disappointing to stay anywhere else compared to your place.
We kept the screen doors closed as you asked, but I did see a gecko on the kitchen ceiling on our second night. It quickly scampered away and I never saw it again. We brought our own mask, fins, and snorkels so we didn't use the beach gear in the closet, but I did notice a couple if the boogie boards were coming apart and had broken leashes.
We had quite a vacation to remember, and we hope to return again someday.
Thank you for a lovely stay. We really enjoyed the condo and facilities and hope to contact you in the future for more stays!
Joanne, Dave and Stella
I wanted to let you know we had an incredible vacation on Kauai. The condo was fantastic and the weather was great. We'll definitely want to rent again next time we go back.
Thank you so much for renting the wonderfully comfortable #134 from Feb. 26th to March 6th. It was pertfect for our son and his family. You even had an infant seat that they used for meal times! All the best to you and again our thanks. I am freezing back here in Bellevue, Washington.
We're just back in Boston after a very long day of travel--just a quick note of thanks. We had a wonderful time in your condo and loved every minute of our time in Kauai (especially once the weather cleared up). We look forward very much to our next visit.
We had six day of (mostly) sunshine; rain on-and-off on our last day as we drove up to Princeville and the botantical garden. But even the rain is beautiful in HI!
New fabric on the living room furniture looks very sharp. It was a wonderful stay -- we miss it already. Thanks for sharing such a special place. We hope to rent again from you in the future.
The condo worked well for us. Just checking in to let you know we were very satisfied. It would be nice to have a coffee grinder, but not the end of the world. everything was perfect for us.
heading out early in the am for Hilo.
Thanks again for such an easy rental
Just wanted to let you know that my family and I just got home from our wonderful vacation in your three condos. We loved your condos and would love to go back again, possibly next summer. Thank you so much for sharing your places with us. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather, and the ocean was amazing! Just fyi, we bought 4 boogie boards when we first arrived, and left them in the family room closet in unit 191. I am hopeful the cleaning staff will leave them there and your future guests can enjoy them! We ziplined in Princeville, we toured the Na Pali coast in a zodiac and had the rare opportunity to swim with spinner dolphins in the ocean, we boogie boarded until our stomach's hurt from laughing, and the boys all tried surfing. We had a wonderful time with family, in a beautiful place, and for that, we all thank you.
Just wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for letting us use your condo #191 at Kiahuna Plantation. We were there from 7/5 to 7/19 (plus 2 more nights in #193) celebrating our 25th anniversary with our 2 daughters. The beach front condo was a surprise to my wife, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the view and the sounds. We spent most of our days either on the lanai or on the beach. It was a very relaxing 16 days.
It reminded me of my childhood and gave my kid’s a little taste of what I had as a kid. My grandparents retired in Laguna Beach in So. Cal. and had a place right on the cliff overlooking the ocean with a short walk down a path to a “private” beach. We’d spend the month of August there every year. It was the best. Being at your place and listening to the waves day and night brought back those memories.
Again, thank you. It made a very special anniversary. When we return to Kauai again, I will be in touch with you to see if #191 is available.
Hi Gordon -
Pete and I just want to thank you for all the nice touches here at Kiahuna. We appreciate the small coolers, the hair dryer AND curling iron, the comfortable furnishings ... and we also love the location and tranquility! The weather has been wonderful - typical Kauai summer stuff with lots of beautiful rain showers, rainbows, and sunshine! And the ocean temperatures are fantastic! We are loving our time here in 134 and thank you very much!! Fondly - Sally & Pete Kelly Sent from my iPhone
Fondly - Sally & Pete Kelly
I am cc’ing Kashia, one of our great employees, who is getting married soon and is looking for a place to honeymoon…. Of course we thought of you, so we will let you and her continue the discussion. Take care, and thank you again for helping us have an absolutely perfect vacation.
Best to you,
Thank you Mr. Ward for allowing us to use your condo this last November.It suited our needs perfectly. Kiahuna Plantation & Poipu Beach beach is a glorious area and we have totally fallen in love with Kauai. Here's hoping we can return soon.
Hi Gordon, we had a wonderful time in 191 and it was the perfect place for us. My sister and her husband were in 196 and then we had 142 and 52 and 152. Being next to the activity shack was perfect for chairs and towels and the grassy area in front of your place off the patio was where we had dinner every night as we used the barbecue quite often. We went out to dinner once to Keokes and then to Roys for my birthday as all the kids took us there. One night we went to Happy Hour at Casablanca and just had pupus and the grandchildren came back to play on the grass as they had so much fun playing soccer, whiffleball, you name it the kids were playing it.
Met so many interesting families at the barbecue and my boys played golf with one fellow we met at the barbeque. By the way our weather was spectacular as it was 85 during the day and 73 at night and it only rained in the middle of the night. surf was great and our 2 older grand children took surfing lessons from the surfing school. they are 7 and 9 years old.
Thanks again for you great place.
I want to thank you for your wonderful piece of paradise….we had a great 2 weeks there on the beach! What a beautiful location….
May 5th, 2008
Just wanted to says we had a fabulous time at your condo and we look forward to booking it again when we go back. I just hope we weren't too hard on the blender... haha. Thank you!
March 15th 2008
We are back from our Hawaii trip and wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying in your Kiahuna condo, unit 134. You have a great location there, with the lanai opening up onto the expanse of lawn. We will definitely keep your unit at the top of our list for our next visit. I think you said you own other units? If so, what number units are they? Is one a 2 bedroom for when we want that again, for when our boys come with us or other family. Thank you again.
Aloha, Gordon,Just a note to tell you how much Steve and I enjoyed our time at #134. Naturally, the lanai was our favorite spot; it’s hard to beat the peaceful nature of the place. Because this was our first vacation without our now college-age daughter, we were quite adventurous and kayaked in rivers and ocean, did the helicopter ride, had a blast.
I’m sure we will return to your condo next year. We do have an interest in knowing what the rates would be for the two-story condo (not the one on the beach), also in February.
Please let me know when you get a chance,
Mahalo Gordon, for making this condo available.We've stayed in a few other Kiahuna condos before, and have always enjoyed our stay. Condo 191 is the best by far! Hearing the surf at night, and being right on the beach was awesome. I don't think we'll want to stay anywhere else next time. Snorkeling on the east edge of Kiahuna was superb. We appreciated the boogie board, beach umbrellas and cooler available for our use.
Our fishing charter on the Maka Hou (Sportfish Hawaii) was excellent. We caught 9 ahi, a wahoo and a mahi mahi. Brought enough back to the condo for a BBQ on the grounds, with mahi mahi and ahi sashimi. That was our favorite dinner. As far as restaurants go, we find Tidepools to be our all-time favorite. Keoki's Paradise had good service and great food, too. Plantation Gardens restaurant was a let down.
As always, our visit to Kauai went to fast and we were sad to go home. Next time we'd like to stay at least 2 weeks.
All our best,
Dear Gordon & Barb
We really enjoyed our 9 days in #191, inspite of the storm. Your place was very clean and nice. The carpet looked new, which was a real plus. Maintenance was always very helpful when we needed something. They came to fix the DVD immediately. Sorry I bothered you first.
Anyway the 2nd half of our stay the weather returned to what I think was normal for that time of year. It was beautiful. Just enough rain so that you don't get too hot; like our Oregon summers.
I am considering returning next November, for 2 weeks before thanksgiving. Do you have any time open then? Let me know and what the price is at that time; more or less than December?
December 17th, 2007
We had FANTASTIC TRIP at your place - thank you for placing your unit on the rental market! The weather was picture perfect with rain only at nights while we slept. The shutters and screening gave us that wonderful ocean noise to lull us to sleep early every night. The boys boogie boarded non stop and we enjoyed the use of your high quality boogie board immensely!
November 15th, 2007
Oct. 28th, 2007
We are back and got out just as Hurricane Flossie was causing high winds, surf and rain on the big island. However, no problems on Kauai's. In fact, we had one of the nicest vacation we have every had, and it was partly due to your wonderful condos.
Our friends, who were staying in #191, were so happy with the beachfront condo that they decided it was the most beautiful place they had ever stayed on an island. They have never been to any of the Hawaiian Islands but were thoroughly impressed and can't wait to get back. We, of course, know how extraordinary Kauai is, and took full advantage of many outdoor activities. One thing we did this time that we hadn't done before was part of the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai Beach - unbelievable views. I have only seen the Na Pali Coast from the water. This was spectacular in its own way.
The time went by far too quickly, but we took lots of pictures to enjoy the memories. Thank you so much for making our stay just that much nicer. We all plan to go over again in about three years (if we can wait that long!), and can't think of a more beautiful, relaxing place to stay than in your condos!
Have a wonderful coming year!
August 17th, 2007
Hi Gordon -
We just returned from a lovely 5 days at the Kiahuna Plantation. Loved your condo; the place was elegant and clean, the staff were great, and of course the location was beautiful. Thanks so much.
GORDON! That was the BEST vacation I have ever been on. My whole family loved it. We were in HEAVEN!!!
That is the most BEAUTIFUL place in the world. It sure was difficult coming back to muggy Texas, allergies, etc.
How can I ever thank you enough for allowing us to stay in your beautiful condo?? It was like a dream. We are already starting to save our money for another trip. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 15th, 2007
Our stay last week in 142 at Kiahuna was wonderful! It is a beautiful resort, and we were so pleased with your bright, spacious unit and found that it was perfectly equipped for our needs.
I hadn’t been on Kaua’i since 1978 when a girlfriend and I hitchhiked and camped our way around the island. Of course it’s much more crowded now, but it is still very lovely and a very relaxing place for a vacation. Many thanks for making your unit available to us I hope we can do it again sometime!
Hi Gordon...We had a grand stay in #134!
We returned to CA last Thursday night....still trying to adjust to the cold! We had a wonderful time, great weather, some new adventures, and really enjoyed unit 134! We met a couple who are attending a wedding over there next spring...so I showed them your condo and gave them your card....they may be contacting you! Don't know their names, but they are from the Seattle area!
Well we have arrived back in California after an incredible trip to Hawaii. We could not have asked for a beter location than #191. It was the perfect way to fall asleep each night and wake up each morning to the sounds of crashing waves. Our son loved the surf in front of the condo, surfing, boogie boarding and swimming.
I am so glad Mary B. referred us to your condos. We hope to return quite a few times for our vacations in Kauai.
Dear Gordon, we just returned from Kiahuna and had a wonderful time. It was such a thrill to stay in a two bedroom unit - something we have always wanted to do. We thorougly enjoyed the space and the quiet. Thank you so much for sharing your Kauai home with us and for arranging our first night's stay.
We returned on Sunday from our awesome trip to Kauai. It was hard for us to find the incentive to want to come home. We can not tell you how incredible it was staying at the Kiahuna Plantation. We loved the spaciousness and warm comfort of your condo. The geckos kept us company every night and were such a thrill for us! The staff at Kiahuna went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to assist us with whatever help we needed as far as sightseeing plans, arrangements, housekeeping, etc.
Thank you for the tips you gave us before hand re: where to shop for groceries, the luau (Sheraton luau was incredible!), etc. They were a big help.
We are already talking about when we can go back to the Kiahuna Plantation.
Pam and Jim
We avoided snow back home! 191 has the best spot in the complex. We visited other places, including the magnificient Hyatt complex, but none came close to your place, Gordon. The lanai, lawns, beach, and beauty combined to force us to relax for a change! We plan to return, as soon as we finish exploring the rest of our beautiful planet. We will depart for Oahu this afternoon; home late Wed night. We will savor many fond memries of Hawaii-- especially, Kauai & number 191!
Chuck & Mary Kay Munroe
Thanks so much. We thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving in Kauai.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Subject: Happy New Year
Best wishes and Mahalo,
Hi Gordon! I just wanted to let you know that we are back and that we had a WONDERFUL time at your condo. The location was just perfect. We had great weather- all in all, it was fabulous. Thanks for renting to us!
We are trying to figure out next year's vacation plans. Going back to the Kiahuna is at the top of our list for next xmas/new years. Would you consider giving us right of first refusal on the dates from Dec 22 to Jan 1st? I'm not sure when school gets out for winter break next year, but I should be able to find out in the next month or so. Then I would be able to narrow it down to specific dates. If you could do that, we'd really appreciate it!
Happy new year and thanks again!
Subject: Thank you very much!
Don & Carole
The ultralight flight with Ultralight Adventures was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had! That flight is definitely my #1 experience here - I highly recommend it! I’ll truly miss this place - we’re in for a culture shock when we arrive in Waikiki today. #191 has been everything wee hoped it would be!
P.S. Check out the fruit stand on Poipu Rd! Great snorkeling to be had right outside! Smoothies made fromfresh fruit--mmm! & LappertsVanilla Bean! The sunrise run to Spouting Horn is great (about 3 miles one way) The beach House has excellant views of sunset. Wear sunscreen!
Subject: 142, 134, 191
Gordon, These numbers will long be associated with great pleasure and family joy. Sorry for the belated response (we left a few notes in the guest books), but we had a wonderful time. Your units are terrific. 142 was the perfect center for family gathering and meals and games. 134 was a quiet exquisitely decorated getaway for my wife and me (with fascinating paintings on the walls); and 191 was as you predicted a perfect ending with beautiful view and lulling waves sounding through the night. One or more of the group, crammed just about as much as one could into the six days: snorkeling at Poipu, swimming everyday in the soft sanding beach at Poipu, surfboarding, hiking in Waimea canyon, catamaran sailing out of Port Allen with additional snorkeling, horseback riding, Fern Grotto boat trip, beachwalks on the Northeast coast, etc. Also the warm weather was a healthy balm for my 86 year old mother-in-law who flew in from 15 degree weather in Ohio and who had never before been out of the continental USA.
We are home (and back to work) after a great week in your condo. We loved the place and certainly enjoyed ourselves. Kiahuna Plantation is an absolutely a delightful place to vacation - beautiful beaches, centrally located, lovely grounds and many other fabulous amenities. We did get in a couple of fabulous hikes. I laughed at the entries in your guest books for their continued use of the word "paradise" in almost every entry. However looking back, I can't find any word that better describes Kauai and Unit 191 than "PARADISE"!!
Thanks so much.
This is to thank you for the opportunity to stay at your unit (#191) at Kiahuna Plantation (1/31/05 2/7/05). Janis and I really enjoyed our visit, and of course, the property was everything that we hoped it would be. The first few days of our stay were quite rainy, but it didn’t dampen our spirits at all. It is a remarkable location on a remarkable island.
Thanks again for the opportunity. This may need to become an annual adventure for us.
Gordon I wanted to thank you again for 191. This year was even better than last. My wife’s parents really enjoyed 196, thanks for the contact. I have a friend that would like 191 the end of February. How about 24-28?
We arrived back in Napa on Tuesday night after a wonderful week in unit #142! We just want to thank you so much for opening your home to our family. Kauai is more beautiful than anyone could ever imagine from just seeing photos -- you just have to experience it first hand!
The beach at Kiahuna is absolutely gorgeous. We loved everything there, from the accomodations, the weather, the lush plantation grounds, the restaurants, shopping, spectacular views, to the quiet moments of reflection enjoyed during early morning walks on the beach. God has certainly created a beautiful world for us to enjoy and we are grateful for your willingness to share it with many families. We made a lifetime of memories and hope to be able to return in the near future.
Gordon - I put a check in the mail today for $350.00 to hold our reservation for next year. We had an excellent trip...the weather was great. Had a couple of days of "really big" ocean waves. I had never seen it like that before. I'm sure the surfers were happy. Lots of sea turtles in close to shore those two days too...don't know if that had anything to do with it. The grounds at Kiahuna were spectacular.
Anyway, just wanted to give you a heads up that I had mailed the deposit...Thanks, Candy
Thank you again for a wonderful stay at Kiahuna. We had wonderful weather and surf for our 3 week stay (June 17-July 8.) We are still amazed at all we can do and see on Kauai and Kiahuna after nearly 30 years of visiting the island. We enjoyed both of your units. They are well stocked and so comfortable. Our children love the open grass area, where we had many whiffle ball games and even a water balloon fight this year. Each child met a friend on our stay...what a perfect playground. This was the first year we found Wal-Mart. I highly recommend a visit there to get the essentials and as many groceries as possible. Great prices and lots of fun. They have great Aloha shirts for men and boys and the flip flop collection and prices were phenomenal. We left a load of children's games and books for visitors to come and enjoy.
We had such a wonderful time we would like to book again for next year. Please let me know the availability and we can go from there.
Thanks again for a wonderful vacation.
We had a wonderful time at Kiahuna and thank you for the use of your condo. The size was perfect for us and a real treat after staying in one bedrooms on our prior trips (of course, it was only the two of us back then!). Great trip and lots of relaxing. LOVE that new pool! The kids enjoyed the water slide and waterfalls there. They also were on Dad's and big brother's surfboards out front and rode waves in (on their tummies) and they are only 4 1/2!
Thanks again, and I have all of your info if we need a rental again in the future or if a referral opportunity should arise.
Back from the Islands and so very much enjoyed your unit. It's an ideal location and the view down the lawn is on par with an ocean view... All in all, a thoroughly delightful stay and look forward to a visit again soon.
We wanted to thank you for letting us rent your condo last week. I can't think of a better spot...right on the beach! The entire family had a great time, the weather cooperated, and your place worked out perfectly.
Thanks for the useful tips, and happy holidays!
Hi Gordon! I wanted to let you know that my husband and I very much enjoyed our vacation in your 2 bedroom condo at Kiahuna Plantation from 11/14-11/21. We loved the condo and were extremely sad to leave. This was our 5th trip to Kauai and our 3rd to Kiahuna Plantation. We know now that we prefer the 2 bedroom condos instead of the 1 bedroom ones. Our daughter especially loved the space available to her on the second floor.
Thanks again for a great condo!
Michael and Eileen
Hi Gordon - Maureen and I just got back from Kauai where we stayed at #142. Great place. Enjoyed the condo and the area and hope to go back. Thanks so much.
Thank you so much for extending your hospitality to our family. We had a blast in your large 2 story, 2 bedroom condominium # 142. It felt so much like home.
Although the kids left early, my husband and I had a blast after they left for the mainland!! We went to the Kilohana luau and enjoyed the entertainment very much, savored the foods at the buffet (especially the kalua pig - yummy). We have traveled to the Hawaiian islands 5 times already and not once have we been to a luau. So this time I just told my hubby that we are going to a luau.
We also drove to the North Shore where we stopped at Kauai Orchids to purchase an orchid plant to be shipped to the Mainland. We also visited the bird sanctuary at the Kilauea Point and Lighthouse. The view from the point is magnificent. We then proceeded to Ke'e Beach, while stopping to take photos of the Maniniholo Dry Cave and attempted to take photos of the Wet Caves. The wet caves were way too dark. My husband tried shining the rental car's headlights at the caves to no avail. At Ke'e beach, the water didn't seem treacherous, although I didn't go for a swim. I had no idea that my husband intended for us to hike 2 miles up the Kalalau Trail. I declined to hike up, since it was going to get dark in less than 2 hours. I held onto the cell phone and waited for him at the beach, ready to call search and rescue if he didn't make it back down. Let me tell you, the wait was unnerving. When he made it down the trail just a few minutes after the sun went down, I wanted to beat him with my cell phone. Needless to say, I was slightly irritated the whole trip back to Poipu Beach. I was glad, though, that he had fun.
The next day, we went shopping at various stores we saw at Kapaa where stuff were sold at very affordable prices - Hawaiian shirts, sarongs, kid shirts, just to name a few. The following day, we rented bicycles from Outfitters located just a few blocks from Kiahuna and biked from their shop to the Mahaulepu Beach - the most undeveloped part of Kauai I have ever seen. The bike ride was rough but fun. Fortunately, it rained off and on during our bike ride - so it kept us cool and wet. I love rain. I miss the warm rainfall of the Pacific. Our tough bike ride was rewarded by the gorgeous, peaceful undeveloped beach. We walked along the lava rocks and along the beach. We couldn't locate the fossilized prints on the beach, though. The staff at Outfitters told us the cave is off limits because it is now an archaeological site. The next time we go to Kauai, we will bring more supplies so we can stay there longer. I would have loved to watch the sunset at Mahaulepu Beach. maybe next time.
On days we didn't drive to see sights, we snorkeled at the beach that fronted Kiahuna. We saw a sea turtle one day. I freaked out because it was swimming right at me. It was huge!! As you can tell, I am not a very experienced snorkeler.
We revisited Waimea Canyon - still looks the same...still very grand!! We also walked to Spouting Horn from Kiahuna Plantation. By the way, the orchids at the Plantation Gardens were magnificent! We completely forgot to take photos of the garden. We also made it to Kauai Coffee Shop...where there were plenty of coffee flavors to sample and purchase. We also managed to go to Hanapepe town.. the biggest smallest town in Kauai. I had shave ice halo halo there. I haven't had halo halo in decades. It was great!!
We also saw Wailua Falls, it was awesome. We didn't hike or kayak (this time), we just drove the rental car to the point where we could view the falls. It's still awesome. I love waterfalls.
During the last 4 days of our stay in Kauai, there was a tropical storm. It rained off and on and the surf was so loud you could hear it from the Condo #142. We didn't mind the rain at all. Next time we visit Kauai (3rd visit), we plan to go around May or June.
Thank you again for your hospitality, Gordon. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Dear Mr. Ward,
We are working on plans for next year - we definitely will stay in touch!
Aug 1st, 2003
We stayed at your condo #134 during the week of July-19. We a great time. It was our 10 year anniversary and we left our children with Grandma and Grandpa. I cannot say how right you were when you said it would be quiet. We were plenty close to the beach and yet had great privacy. We had to extend our stay one extra night to get a good rate on our flight (Oh what a shame :-). We managed to get another unit in the Kiahuna plantation. This unit could not compare to yours. It was so nice to have all the extras (Ice chests, cooking utensils, plastic drinking cups, ect). You have a great thing going and we will be back in a couple of years if you are still renting.
Here are a couple of pictures from our trip. Feel free to use them on your web site. The lizard picture is from the flower bed next to the lanai. The food is a shrimp and sword fish dinner I cooked on the barbeque. I have higher resolution pictures if you want them.
Thanks again for a great time
Susan and John
We had a wonderful time at your fabulous condo from June 21 to July 5. We hated leaving. My family has visited Kauai for the last 32 years and 30 of it at Kiahuna. We feel that it is home away from home. The weather was perfect with big surf. The kids had a blast playing in the waves. We saw gorgeous fish and a monk seal took over some prime real estate one day. The kids learned a lot about the seals and the Hawaiian Sea Turtles on this trip. I was 8 the first time I went to Kauai and 10 when I visited Kiahuna. My son has been three times also, but this time was seven and it was like coming full circle for me. We hope to return to the islands again soon. I intend to keep your website on my "favorites."
Thanks again for a fabulous two week vacation,
July 20th, 2003
Your condo was great and I had a wonderful time. Looking forward to going back soon. Will check with you to see if you have dates available, as soon as I can figure out a way to "play hookey" and go to Kauai.
Sat, May 31st 2003
Hi Gordon, Your condo #134 is beautifully decorated, loved the color, it added a lot to the enjoyment of our trip this year. The location is perfect, what a great addition to those you already own. We are already thinking about returning next year in March or April.
Dear Mr. Ward,
We had a really good vacation on Kauai. Your condo was superb, had a beautiful location and the whole Kiahuna Plantation site was just wonderful. We really enjoyed snorkelling at the beach and the location was excellent for my daughter learning to surf. We ate out once at Keoki's Paradise but found it much more preferrable to barbeque fish at the Plantation BBQ's (good place to socialize). After looking around the Sheraton we're glad we made the decision to rent your condo!
Just wanted to say mahalo many times over for ouy stay at your lovely condo on the beautiful island of Kauai. Our trip flew by and I never had the chance to write in the guest book, or when I did it wasn't on my mind. We knew it would be a great vacation but it was soooo much better than we even anticipated. Our only regret is that my husband and I did not have the foresight to continue ouy stay after the family left. NEXT TIME !!!
While there our weather was perfect, though the islanders were saying it was cool?? We did not think that 70's to low 80's was cool. We have now been spoiled and I don't think we could ever go back to Oahu or Maui. Kauai is truly a paradise. We were busy the entire time and managed to explore a good part of the island, but we also know we saved alot for our next visit.
Mahalo once again,
Dear Gordon, We had a great time at your Kiahuna Plantation condominium. The condominium itself was very nice and comfortable. We loved it. We had a very relaxing time, read a lot, beached and snorkeled right at the Kiahuna Beach, saw some whales, ate at lovely restaurants as well as barbecued on the grass there, watched a couple beautiful sunsets, did some exploring of the area in our rental Mustang convertible, attended the Koloa Missionary Church. All in all, a great vacation.
Thanks again -
Many, Many Mahalos,
I wanted to send a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed our 8 days in Kauai. Unit 191 was so wonderfully located. It was perfect for our baby, with the wonderful lawn, and the access to the beach. The unit itself was well equipped and very comfortable, and the resort had just the right balance of activity and calm, with the ocean providing the appropriate focus. We were lucky enough to see a monk seal, twice, and dolphins and turtles. All very exciting to the adults, and children alike.
Thank you again. We can't wait to get back, so you can expect to hear from us.
Such a beautiful spot for our first time in Kauai! We enjoyed the sound of the ocean all night and the beautiful days on the beach with our 3 year old daughter.
Thank you for sharing your perfect location.
Thanks so much for the 10 days in paradise. The weather was perfect the entire time. What a location! The beauty and sounds of the surf were extraordinary. We decided to hang out and enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the condo. We took your advice and stocked up at the Star Mkt. and we also bought some wonderful fresh produce at the Farmers Mkt. in Koloa.
Hope we can do it again someday.
I can't begin to describe how awesome it was to spend two weeks at your place!!! The desire to "not leave Hawaii" was never stronger! Your condo is in the perfect spot on the island. We had a marvelous time and will be back in touch to rent from you again. If you want to use us for references by e-mail, please feel free to do so..
Just a note of gratitude for the condo ! It was so beautiful. My husband was singing my praises for days, he was so delighted with the location. He is a real estate appraiser, and was very impressed ! We absolutely loved Kauai, especially Poipu, although the North Shore is alluring as well. We toured the NaPali Coast, went hiking in Waimea Canyon, and did a lot of snorkeling, shopping, surfing, dining and sunset watching ! We will definitely be in touch again in the coming years to rent again. And if you ever want to sell.... PLEASE give us a call !!
Dear Gordon-- We had very high hopes & expectations--- and your condo met all of them. What a wonderful spot in a great facility. We feel very lucky to have experienced Kauai again-- the last time was 30 years ago. My - the changes are everywhere, esxcept with the people of Kauai. They are the same hospitable and friendly folks. After a couple of weeks of business meetings in Honolulu, this is just what we had in mind. Thanks again
Janice & Bill
June 27-july 3, 2002
We will certainly be back and this is the unit I want to stay in. By the way, the guest book had filled up, so you'll want to bring another on your next trip.
Thanks again - Barbara
P.S. I continue to be a walking advertisement for Kiahuna Plantation, and I recommend your units all the time.
Sincerely Kathy 4/25/02
ps: The staff was very friendly and helpful and should be commended, I am writing castle resorts to let them now this.
Just a quick note to tell you we had a great time in the condo
With great reluctance, we came home. The condo was really just what we needed to escape the kids and the frenzy. If the economy gets back in shape, we'd like to do it again next year. The only thing we learned the hard way was how much the phone rates calling home were. Next time we'll get a phone card. Apparently there was a mention of it in the literature we received but we were too excited to read it! The real bonus was the cassette radio you have there; we came home with 6 hours of 95.9 FM so we can reminisce.
Gordon and Barbara,
Kauai was spectacular & Poipu is the ideal place to stay. Always sunny and Kiahuna is beautiful! Incredible snorkeling just off shore -- riding waves in was a blast. Loved the boat trip around Na Pali coast & the helicopter ride was breathtaking.. Will recommend Kauai & Kiahuna to all our friends -- better than Maui. Waves were a constant & calming sound all day and night. Thanks Gordon
When we walked in the door, this place took our breath away. The blue water jumped right out at us.
We had a great vacation - didn't leave the beach. Just relaxed, kids stayed in the water and had a wonderful time. No sightseeing this trip, everything was here. Be back in a year.
If we had to do it all over again, we'd spend all the time on Kauai. We had a great time using the condo as a base to explore the island. And whenever we got back late in the day, it seemed that it was a little sunnier and warmer here in Poipu.
Beautiful location, wonderful facility! Be sure to check out the monk seals, regular "sentinels" at the east end of the beach.