After a lot of research on rental house properties, we narrowed our search down to the north shore of Kauai, then to this house in particular. So many of the locations we rejected were flawed or described in a less than forthright manner (e.g., only in reviews did we read that one property was next to a public park rife with drifters and loud roosters; or the one that had a day-care playground between the "beach home" and the actual beach); but Hale Hina was everything it promised to be - new furnishings, a kitchen more decked out than ours at home, a lanai with soothing palms, privacy, and a glimpse of the ocean. We were so relieved it was just as described, and it just got better from there!
The beach is a short walk from the steps of Hale Hina through an empty lot - and on that beach we saw glorious sunsets, monk seals, pounding waves, and wonderful star gazing. There is no question that staying in your own home, right next to one of Kauai's many truly...