Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, but there is a 3.5% transaction fee to use credit cards via PayPal.
Do you have special deals on rental cars for your guests?
Yes, here is the website that we have made pre-arrangements with http://www.hawaii-rent-car.com/
What temperature should I expect?
Kauai’s weather is mild and pleasant throughout the year, with barely any temperature difference between night and day, or the hottest and coldest months. Winter – typical daytime temperatures 76 to 80 F (24-26 C), nighttime 60 to 64 F (15-18 C). Summer – typical daytime temperatures 84 to 87 F (29-31 C), nighttime 70 to 72 F (21-22 C).
What area of the island has the best weather?
Poipu (South Shore) is the sunniest part of Kauai. Because of the trade winds, it tends to receive much less rain than any other area of the island.
What about the water?
Water temperature in the near-shore waters varies between 80 F (27 C) during summer months and 73 F (23 C) during winter. The ocean can be treacherous. Watch where and how the locals enter the water. They know where the safe entry and exit spots are located. If you’re not a good swimmer, take a floating device with you. Ocean conditions can change quickly in Kauai, so try to swim near a life guard. And remember the rule in Hawaii is: IF IN DOUBT, DON’T GO OUT!
Snorkeling is one of the favorite ocean activities in Kauai. One of the best snorkeling spots in Poipu is next to the Kuhio Shores condominiums. The snorkeling area at that location is protected from the waves by a reef. Most Kauai Condo owners keep snorkeling gear in their condos. If not, snorkel gear can be rented at Snorkel Bob’s. The fish like to “hang out” near rocks. To protect your feet from the rocks, you may want to wear foot gear. The fish like to eat frozen vegetables, and some like to nibble on fingers too, so be careful. Don’t try to “pet” the fish or the turtles! Monk seals are sometimes in the snorkeling area. If you don’t bother the seals, they normally won’t bother you!
The nice thing about Kauai is that the weather is very localized. You may see rain and thunderstorm and bright sun all in one day as you move around the island. This kind of mixture allows you to fully enjoy sun-drenched beaches, lush tropical valleys, sparkling waterfalls, cool highlands and frequent rainbows that Kauai is famous for.
Do you have a washer and dryer?
There are 4 clean and covenant coin-op laundry rooms, one on each floor that except quarters only and yes, there is laundry soap for sale there too.
What are the maximum number of guests allowed?
Penthouse 407 can accommodate a max of 6 guests. Penthouse 414 accommodates a max of 5 quests, and the Honeymoon Suite 316 accommodates 3 guests max. Your rate and or clean-out fee is, in part, based from number of guest’s originally disclosed. Additional guests will be charged extra.
What constitutes a claim against our security deposit?
Any significant damage, loss or extraordinary cleaning.
Do you have onsite parking?
We have our own “secured” parking lot and each condo is allowed one space only. When you arrive you’ll find a parking tag in the condo which you will hang from your rear view mirror during your stay. If you have 2 cars, you may have to make arrangements with the building security for access.
Do you have an elevator at Kuhio shores?
Yes, we have two elevators and 3 sets of stairs.
What size beds do you have?
All bedrooms in all units have California Kings. Additionally, 407 has a Queen sofa sleeper. 414 has two futon mats and our Honeymoon Suite has a trundle sofa sleeper.
Are there “House rules” that we can review?
Yes, please refer to the “House rules” page of our Website and additionally posted inside our condo.
Which floor are you on?
Both of our Penthouse units are on the Top (4th Floor) Our Honeymoon Suite is on the 3rd floor. The higher up, the better the views, breezes and privacy/security.
Does your unit face the ocean?
Kuhio Shores is surrounded by the ocean on it’s own little peninsula. Each of our units has a Spectacular ocean view and only 40 feet for the ocean’s edge. Please refer to the aerial view pictures showing unit locations.
Are your units clean and up to date?
YES, Our units are some of the nicest condos available in all Poipu. Our Honeymoon Suite is an award winning designer model, Penthouse 407 is by far the largest and most elegant condo in the complex and Penthouse 414 was recently remodeled is very clean and comfortable.
What items will we need to bring?
Toiletries, kitchen, beach gear ect? Our units are stocked with all the cooking utensils and equipment. I would suggest you check into the condo before you go shopping as you will find many spices and condiments from passed guests. Additionally our bathrooms have soap, TP, iron/board and hairdryers. All linens and towels are provided. Beach chairs, towels, cooler and sometimes snorkeling gear are provide too. I highly suggest bringing the travel guide “The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook” binoculars, camera and sunscreen.
Do you allow smoking?
No, our unit is a non-smoking unit. In fact, our condo building does not allow smoking on the lanais nor the hallways.
What are the Check-in/out times?
Check-in is 3pm and Check-out is 10am
Do you have a late check out policy?
Yes, if you want to insure you can check-out late at time of booking, I suggest you book the additional night at the current nightly rate. If you are flexible, I might suggest waiting until a few days before your departure ”check with us” and if there is no one arriving the next day we can allow you to check out by 8pm for an extra $95.
Do you have internet access?
Yes we have broadband with a wireless router so you can plug into the router or connect wirelessly unsecured.
How is the cell phone reception in and around the condos?
Verizon is by far the best coverage however most carriers do not offer great coverage right on the ocean, remember we’re 40 feet from the water.
Are there restaurants close by?
Arguably the finest restaurant for ambiance and quality is right next door, the Beach House Restaurant, but be sure to make reservation ahead of time as the Sunsets are spectacular and very popular with the dinning crowd. Just walking distance, the brand new Kukui ‘ula Shopping Ctr just opened with Fine Dinning, Gift shops, Art Galleries and Ice Cream. Further in town about 1.5 miles away are several more spots in the Poipu Shopping Village. Four miles away in the town of Koloa are yet more places to eat and shop.
Are there grocery and general stores nearby?
There is a convenience store about ½ mile away. Four miles, in the town of Koloa, there is a much larger, full service grocery store. All types of boutique and gift stores within a 5 mile radius. Additionally, in Lahue you will find a Walmart, Costco, Sears, Radio Shack, Macy’s and many other national retail stores.
Is there someplace to rent snorkeling equipment?
Yes, within 3 miles on the road going to our condo you will see places to rent gear. We stock the condo with some gear but we never know what is still in the unit and what condition it is in. You can use our equipment but at your own risk.
How is the snorkeling and surfing?
In one word, “INCREDIBLE” swim with the turtles right below your lanai or surf the 3 world famous breaks just outside, just be careful you don’t step on the Sea Urchins.
Is there a pool onsite?
No, remember we are just 40 feet from the ocean’s edge. The warm tropical conditions make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling year round. Besides, because of the warmth, we find the pools in Kauai need greater amounts of Chlorine and many hotel guests complain of the smell that chlorine leave on there hair and body days later.
What is rental car situation?
We usually use cheapticket.com or some other reservation search site and pick the one that suits my needs for space and price the best. You won’t need four wheel drive but you should look for a car that everyone can see out of well. You will want a car as Kauai is an island to be explored.
Please refer to our “Terms and Conditions” page. If you cancel before 60 days from your arrival date then we refund your money, including your deposit, no problem. If you cancel within 60 days of your arrival then you forfeit your rental amount unless we can find someone else to rent it to. We recommend that you look into purchasing Vacation Insurance available online if you think you might need to cancel.
How do we receive the keys?
We actually use both a key lock-box and combination door knob. Two weeks prior to your arrival, we will send you an email with codes and other information including address, directions and important phone numbers and more.
How is security at the condo?
Although we have had Zero Problems reported by our guests, I always recommend locking up your personal belonging in a safe place when not in sight.
What if something goes wrong?
We will provide you with the Maid’s, Handyman’s and Building manager’s contact information before you arrive.
Do you have a BBQ on the lanai?
No, because of the smoke, BBQ’s are not allowed on the lanai’s however we have a nice BBQ patio area on the common grounds for our guests to use.
Is there a local “ReadyCare” available?
J.Michael Murray Medical Clinic in Koloa Town is open week days 8:30 to 5:00 (808) 742-1621
How can we make the most of our vacation?
We HIGHLY recommend buying the “Ultimate Guide to Kauai” to maximize your stay in Kauai.