For $175/night, the Laie Blue house was a pretty good value, I guess, but we wouldn't go back. The beachfront setting is pretty wonderful. The house, however, is not what we expected. It is half of a duplex with an additional unit right next to them. So, three units share the back yard. They have their own little patios, but they are not private from each other. On the street side, they share a lot with what appear to be run down apartments. The unit right on the street had a bunch of junk in their yard when we were there. The property manager told us three times to put the sticks in all our windows and doors when leaving, so apparently there may be security issues.
From the small bedroom, you hear road noise. Inside, the unit is not as nice as I would have expected from the listing. It's very tiny. There is no table--just the kitchen island. You can sort of fit four people there, but three of them will be elbowing each other and the other one has no place for their legs.
Thankfully, the living room slider opens out to the backyard. Otherwise it would have been completely claustrophobic for our party of four.
The house sits about 15 feet back from a bank overlooking the ocean. The beach is about 10 feet below and you walk down stair to get there. At high tide, there is almost no beach at all. There is a rock reef (old coral turned hard?) just off the beach that prevents boogie boarding and makes swimming dangerous. Even wading out is impossible without reef shoes because it's so covered with sharp, abrasive rocks. The reef does create a sort of kiddie pool, however. An area where the waves are negligible. Would probably be good for toddlers (with reef shoes).
Pros: Only three night minimum. Inexpensive. Kid-friendly. Washer and dryer access. Good public beaches nearby (although lots of garbage on them when we were there). On-site manager is nice.
Other cons: The twin beds are very hard and uncomfortable and that room gets road noise. Rooms are very small and tight. Inadequate curtains to shut out light (you wake up when the sun comes up). The only frying pan had peeling nonstick coating. Fortunately, we had brought our own. I didn't get my deposit back until the last legal minute (2 weeks after checkout). Laie has very little to offer in the way of restaurants, groceries or shops. It is also a dry town. There is the Polynesian Culture Center but its run by the Mormons, not the locals. Some people love it. Some people think it's a cheesy tourist trap. Trip Advisor offers reviews on it. It didn't make our location better or worse.
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