Painting of Kuhio Shores
by Geof Markovich
Kuhio Shores Condo #305
When we first walked into what was to become our home in Kauai, the view of the coastline and lush, green Prince Kuhio Park literally took our breathe away!
From the lanai we watched turtles feed on the rocks below, and since it was winter, we saw blow holes out in the distance. The location was amazing, right on our favorite snorkeling spot (rated best snorkeling beach in Kauai by "Sunset" magazine). Across the street is Prince Kuhio Park, a Hawaiian holy site, which will always be protected from development. Even before escrow closed, we began an extensive remodel including laying exquisite bamboo flooring, new tile, granite and maple vanity with new fixtures, and replacing all the furnishings, bedding, linens and kitchenware. Our guests comment about the awesomeness of being right on the water, and they often comment that the condo is so comfortable and so relaxing that they have to "force themselves" to leave in order to explore this majestic island.
With each visit, we continue to add fine details. We
created an elegant Italian Nocchino marble shower with stone
accents, and in the kitchen we installed Brazilian, Verde Peacock
gold granite and new stainless steel appliances. You will find resort
quality throughout. To complete this perfect Jewel, we bought a very
high end pillowtop king size bed with "memory foam," which is the most
comfortable bed we have ever slept on. We recently created a breezeway
between the bedroom and the living room so the ocean air gets pulled through
the bedroom. We now have a gorgeous ocean view in the bedroom, too!
Our commissioned large scale abstract painting on glass is by renoun abstract artist, Fred Gemmell, "I love using the tools of composition, color and detail to create a feeling of a luminous and unfolding mystery."
Through Hawaiian and Asian artwork, comfortable, luxurious furnishings
and the best oceanfront view in Kauai, you can feel the "Aloha" spirit
of Hawaii in our home.
Recent Guest's Comments
Location and Fine Hawaiian Decor Define this vacation retreat
After a late flight from LA to Kauai, we headed to our rental car area. Nice people at Thrifty and when I told them Kuhio Shores the agent smiled and said, "you will be right on the water. Many of the other places aren't." Of course my wife and I knew this. We stayed at the same condo nine years ago and have been in touch with the owners ever since. They send Christmas cards and notes and pictures about Kauai and their condo. We knew the location to be perfect as we drove in nearly pitch black down unfamiliar roads. But after a while, like a magnet, I was able to remember some of the landmarks and the sign for Spouting Horn. Kuhio Shores is at the far end of the area and this makes it private. We were able to park and move right in and also met Robert, one of the caretakers who gave us a friendly greeting before he was off for the night. Over the years we were impressed by not only the owner's friendly attitude towards all of her guests but also the way they were improving -- a little at a time -- the condo interior. We enjoyed this large one-bedroom nine years before due to the location with snorkeling next door, a surfer watching area and the Beach House restaurant, and the dynamic view. On this trip, we also appreciated that the owners were our friends and the renovations make this place a five star. Great kitchen, wonderful art and top of the line bed, all for a very competitive price for the area. Thanks Molla and Kevin for making this place personal for us and being part of creating yet another week of memories with a background of the roaring sea. Punta Gorda, Florida
We stayed at 305 Kuhio Shores in early March 2015. We had begun our vacation planning in late November 2014 which we quickly discovered was a little late for the time of year we wanted to go (March). After trying our luck with a few other vacation rentals and discovering they were booked solid, we found a listing for 305 Kuhio Shores. It seemed too good to be true as we looked at the price and photos of the condo. We emailed the owner, and he quickly got back to us letting us know there had just been a cancellation and our dates were available. We booked the condo and the owners made everything very easy on us, they always answered our questions with quick email responses. Upon arriving to the condo, we were very happy to discover that it was even more beautiful than the photos of it, and very clean. The bedroom and bed were very comfortable and nicely decorated. From the bedroom you can hear the sound of ocean waves crashing which was very soothing to us. The kitchen was spacious and had everything we would need cookware and utensil wise for our stay. While we cooked we enjoyed a beautiful view of the ocean below us from massive windows. The living room space (right off of the kitchen area) was beautifully decorated, and like the kitchen, had a great ocean view. The bathroom is small but had plenty of cabinet and drawer space for any toiletries we needed to store, and the shower was very nice with the perfect water pressure. Our favorite part of the condo was the lanai. There was a table and chairs to sit and enjoy the ocean view, as well as two lounge chairs to relax on. The location of Kuhio Shores is great, it is RIGHT on the water with a small enjoyable beach next to the property. Since we like to enjoy an adult beverage or two, we were happy to discover The Shops at Kukui’ula (shopping center with a few restaurants) was less than a mile walk from Kuhio Shores, in addition to The Beach House Restaurant being right next door to the condo. Poipu Beach is less than a 10 minute drive from Kuhio Shores.There are many other great aspects about the condo and area that I will leave for you to discover! This is my first review on TripAdvisor. My hopes are that if you are going to Kauai, you see this and decide to stay at 305 Kuhio Shores, as it certainly made for a great vacation for us! Thank you to Molla and Kevin, we will be back.
The condo was well equipped with beach chairs, coolers, towels, sheets, kitchen utensils, pots and pans and kitchen appliances. It is true the condo does not have air conditioning, but the owners were right when they told us you won't need it. We never got hot and didn't miss the air conditioning. We were very comfortable in the condo. The internet and the TV worked great so we could watch some important football games. Ha!
The condo is in a great location. You can stop at the Costco and Safeway on your way from the airport to the condo to get some groceries. We purchased fresh fruit and vegetables as needed from the local grocery store near the condo. This condo is conveniently situated between two great snorkeling locations. We rented snorkel gear from the shop next to the condo and would go snorkeling every day. It was so easy! We just walked out the door and into the water on either side of the condo. Finally the island is not very large so you are close to all of the tourist hot spots. You are even closer to a few of the popular shopping centers and restaurants.
Lastly, the owners are great! They were in touch with us from the time we booked it through our stay and on our return home. They constantly gave us suggestions of places to try and explore. In one of the locations we saw a large pod of whales. We recommend this condo and the owners (we've already recommended them to friends and family) and plan to stay here again.
Beautiful View & Awesome Location for Our Honeymoon
My husband and I stayed in this beautiful condo during the second half of our honeymoon. The view of the ocean from our lanai was breathtaking. I would get up early each morning to drink my coffee and watch the sunrise. While watching the sunrise each morning the 1000's of parakeets that nested in the palms at night would wake up and serenade me. They were so beautiful and there were 1000's of them to look at. During the day if we were in the condo in the afternoon we would often see sea turtles floating around in the little cove that our lanai looked out on to. They were so much fun to watch! MMayerDiaz ,Kansas City, Kansas
Most amazing Condo in Kauai, Kuhio Shores #305
I normally don't write reviews but this condo is the most amazing condo and was perfect to celebrate our anniversary! I spent months researching Kauai to find the perfect condo and boy did I find it, the location was perfect. My husband had one request for this trip to be able to hear the ocean when he falls asleep and he was very satisfied. Listening to the ocean and watching the sea turtles everyday was so relaxing.
Most condo's you just stay there, this condo you want to spend time there and sit out on your lanai and have a cocktail. The condo is decorated so beautifully and it was so relaxing, it has everything you need to have a great time, the extras like beach chairs , coolers, beach towels etc. made it even better. The views from the condo and the property are just beautiful. This condo sits on the perfect side in the cove, the condo's on the other side get the direct afternoon sun. Get up in the morning and go sit on the other side and you can watch the surfers first thing in the morning with your coffee or watch them in the evening and watch sun set.Molla Wallace was so easy to deal with, she always got back to me asap with any questions I had. Molla provided me with extra info I didn't even ask for such as things to do and where to do them. She just went over and above to help make it a great stay.It was an amazing trip and we really appreciated everything. I would recommend to anyone. The pictures just do not do it justice.
Brad and Julie
Love This Place!
You will not be disappointed with this condo. It has everything you will need for your vacation getaway and more! There is definite pride of ownership and it is so easy to feel the comfort the minute you walk through the door. The sunrise as opposed to the sunset is wonderful because you can easily sit on the lanai in the afternoon/eve without it being too hot, and all you have to do is walk out front or go next door to the famous Beach House Restaurant for drinks and pu-pus in order to enjoy the sunset! We cannot wait to return!
Dear Molla, We can not thank you enough for sharing your island home with us. We had a wonderful visit to Kaua'i! We would have been happy spending the entire trip sitting on the Lanai watching the waves, whales and the sea turtles. We did venture out to see a good bit of the island and are looking forward to future trips when we can see some more.Your condo is lovely and very comfortable. The pride of ownership is apparent in all the beautiful natural materials you have used and they really enhance the experience there.
Dr. Susan Lucas - We will definately refer your condo to our friends and family (my mother is all ready interested and talking to my dad) and hope to stay with you again when we are able to return. I can't imagine better accomodations any where.
5 Star - Everything I expected
This was my first time renting a condo for my vacation. I did investigate different places and prices. I was very satisfied with Kuhio Shores. The scenery was beautiful, the snorkeling was great. In fact, I took a boat trip in Maui for snorkeling and it wasn't half as good as outside my door in Kaui. I would recommend anyone to stay here. Thanks again, Molla.
An Excellent, Well-Maintained Condo
Guest: Thomas K. (Germany, Munich)
Molla and Kevin Wallace had create such a lovely place here in Poipu on Kaua'i. My wife and I booked the condo a few months before our stay from November 26 - December 03, 2010. From this moment on, Molla provided us with all relevant information and great tips for our time on this spectacular island of Hawai'i. She is a very friendly person and also helps us with spontaneous questions during our stay via Facebook.The condo is very beautiful and as described; the same applies for the surrounding, breath taking landscape. On both sides of the condo you have the chance to snorkel. A snorkel rental ("Boss Frog") is located one minute away from the condo at the front of the "Beach House Restaurant". In our holiday week we even saw a seal resting on the beach!
The condo (e. g. the kitchen) for itself is fully equipped- we missed nothing! The internet access was working fast and undisturbed also. It's very hard for us to leave this place now.