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Everything You Need to Know About Long Term Rentals on Oahu

Enjoy your extended tropical stay in one of these beautiful long term rentals on Oahu!

Are you looking to spend a few months in a beautiful, tropical destination? Whether you’re planning an extended vacation or traveling for business, Private Homes Hawaii has plenty of long-term rentals on Oahu. Choose to stay close to the North Shore if you plan to do a lot of surfing. Or, peruse properties that are closer to Honolulu if you wish to stay near the city. No matter where you decide to rent, the island of Oahu has so many beautiful sites and exciting activities to try!

As you begin planning your extended trip to the islands of Hawaii, be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide! Inside this handy planner, you’ll find tons of information from locals on great activities, restaurants, and more. Plus, get additional details on our long term rentals on Oahu. So many travelers have used this guide to plan unforgettable trips!

Why You Should Take Advantage of Long Term Rentals on Oahu

Whether you’re headed to the islands to escape the winter weather or taking a lengthy summer vacation, long term rentals on Oahu are a great option. Rather than spend a month or more in a small hotel room, take advantage of our gorgeous properties with all the comforts of home! Each rental features a full kitchen, spacious living area, and a list of additional amenities.

3348 George St., Honolulu, HI

This two-bedroom, one-bathroom property on Oahu’s George Street has a recently renovated kitchen with granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets, travertine floor, and more. Whether you want to stay close to the city for work or pleasure, this location is conveniently located near Honolulu. In the evenings, relax on the back lanai with a beautiful mango tree and take advantage of the outdoor grill.

567A Kaneapu Place, Kailua, HI

Located on the windward coast of Oahu near Kailua Beach, this property has two bedrooms and one bathroom. Start your mornings by enjoying a cup of coffee in the backyard, which overlooks the stunning Kailua Beach Bay. The duration of the lease lasts for one year, so this home is excellent for anyone working on an extended project in Oahu. Utilities are included in the price of rent.

1133 Mokulua Drive, Kailua, HI

Families looking to spend a few months on Oahu should consider this magnificent three-bedroom home on Mokulua Drive. The property’s tropic landscaping and private in-ground pool make every day feel like a vacation. From this location, guests will have easy access to the nearby Lanikai Loop trails, several beaches, and the town center.

Stay with Private Homes Hawaii!

While our long term rentals on Oahu are perfect for anyone taking an extended trip, Private Homes Hawaii also offers short term rentals! Check out our vacation properties on Oahu and the Big Island.

Or, browse a complete catalog of our long term rentals. We can’t wait to make your trip to Oahu a memorable one!

Why You Need to Go Kayaking on Oahu

Discover the best spots for kayaking on Oahu!

The islands of Hawai’i are one of the best places in the world to participate in a range of water activities. While the Aloha State is known as a surfing mecca, there are tons of other sports to partake in during your visit. A favorite water activity for locals and visitors alike is kayaking on Oahu. You can explore the crystal clear sea or trek down a river in your kayak and witness the natural beauty of the island of Oahu.

To help cut your planning time in half, you should request a complimentary copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll discover fantastic suggestions on the best restaurants, and sites to visit as well as other outdoor activities like kayaking on Oahu. Using this unique local insight, you’re sure to have a unique travel experience.

Top 3 Places to Go Kayaking on Oahu

Kailua Beach

Connected to the popular Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach is another white sand locale with bright blue ocean water. Because Kailua is sheltered from rough currents and waves by a reef, this is an excellent place to go kayaking on Oahu. You can choose to rent kayaks and venture out on your own or sign up for a guided tour.

Kailua Beach Kayaking Adventures offers a two-hour guided excursion, which includes snorkeling, lunch, and transportation. During this tour, you’ll glide past sea turtle feeding grounds with the gorgeous Ko’olau Mountain Range surrounding you.

The North Shore

While most people venture to this area of the island for the surfing conditions, kayaking the North Shore on Oahu is another popular activity. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore by yourself, the company Beach Time will deliver kayaks to a number of places along the north shore. Those looking to go river kayaking on Oahu should follow the one-mile route from the Anahulu River to Haleiwa Beach Park. This river is known as one of the best areas to spot sea turtles, so be sure to check the waters as you paddle!

Kaneohe Bay

The waters of Kaneohe Bay are calm and beautiful with dozens of sea creatures living in the reefs. Anyone planning to kayak in Kaneohe Bay should definitely bring snorkeling gear to witness the colorful fish and marine life. Then, be sure to stop at the sandbar known as The Sunken Island. This unique feature, also dubbed the Disappearing Island, is only accessible during low tide but is one of the bay’s most popular attractions, so check the tide charts before heading out.

Enjoy a Stay with Private Homes Hawaii

Private Homes Hawaii has several properties near popular spots for kayaking on Oahu. Large groups or multiple families traveling together will love staying in this Kehaulani rental near Lanikai. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, this home can accommodate up to ten people. From the back lanai, enjoy stunning views of the Mokulua Islands while grilling up a delicious meal.

Browse our complete catalog of other available properties and start planning your getaway today! We can’t wait to make your trip a memorable one.

Discover the Best Big Island Golf Courses

Explore the beautiful Big Island golf courses!

With the perfect climate, stunning scenery, and championship-level courses, Hawaii is a golfers paradise. While there are more than 70 places to play throughout the islands, Big Island golf courses are amongst some of our favorites. Choose from public, private, and resort courses set amongst majestic mountains, along the gorgeous coastline, and next to enchanting lava fields.

To learn more about the best Big Island Golf Courses, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide! This helpful handbook is packed with local recommendations on the best things to do in the area. Find out where to dine, what activities to try, and which historic sites to visit.

Top 6 Golf Courses on the Big Island

Four Seasons Hualalai Golf Course

Designed by the renowned golfer and course designer Jack Nicklaus, Hualalai Golf Course covers 7,100 yards. Otherworldly black lava fields surround this expertly groomed, 18-hole course. The resort also offers complimentary adult and junior clinics with professionals. Try something different and participate in the glow-in-the-dark night golf.

Mauna Lani Golf Course

Whether you’re an avid golfer or just starting out, you’ll enjoy playing on the two championship courses at Mauna Lani Resort. This prestigious location has hosted many high-profile tournaments including the Hawaii State Open. Located right on the Kohala Coast, both links offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Mauna Kea Golf Course

Mauna Kea Golf Course is often mentioned as a favorite Big Island golf course with challenging elevation changes and 120 bunkers. Designed in 1964 by golf architect Robert Trent Jones, the 18-hole course is recognized as one of the most beautiful in the state. From the green, you have unparalleled views of the ocean’s waves crashing along the shoreline and the snow-capped summit of Mauna Kea volcano.

Big Island Country Club

Amateurs and experts alike will enjoy playing on this 18-hole course positioned on the lower hills of Mauna Kea mountain. Designed by Perry Dye, this location offers five different tee boxes. The sloping mountain terrain creates a unique course carved into the natural setting.

Makalei Golf Club

Head to the west shore of the island along the Kona coast for an alternative experience to the typical coastal courses on the island. Amidst the abundant forest landscape, this course incorporates natural obstacles such as lava tubes and a century-old stone wall. Native plants and flowers surround the fairway and green and wildlife, including peacocks and wild turkeys, are often spotted by players.

Kona Country Club

Along the west coast of Hawai’i, Kona Country Club is located in Keauhou right by the Keauhou Bay. This Big Island golf course has been named one of the Top 100 Courses by Golf Digest and has been identified as a top U.S. course by ESPN, Golf for Women, and ZAGAT Guide. If you plan to play between November to March, you should keep an eye on the water as you may just spot a Humpback whale!

Make Yourself at Home in a Private Homes Hawaii Rental 

While exploring the Big Island golf courses, enjoy a comfortable stay in one of our beautiful Private Homes Hawaii properties with concierge services. Whether you’re traveling with a large group or just taking a couple’s getaway, we have a home to suit your needs. Choose from beachfront properties and resort villas.

Dedicated golfers will love staying in this Hualalai Palm Villa. Located right on the 15th fairway of the Hualalai Golf Course, this three-bedroom townhouse includes a gorgeous outdoor lanai and spacious rooms. Guests are granted access to the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort with a sports club, spa, golf course, resort restaurants, and more.
Browse the complete catalog of available Big Island properties and start planning your Hawaiian getaway today!

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants on Oahu

Get a taste of authentic Hawaiian cuisine at some of the best restaurants on Oahu!

While everyone loves exploring the outdoors when staying on Oahu, the food scene is almost as unique as the landscape. Whether you’re looking for traditional Hawaiian dishes or something else, Oahu’s culinary scene has food options from across the world. To help you decide where to dine, we compiled a guide to some of the best restaurants on Oahu.

As you plan your trip to Oahu, be sure to request a complimentary copy of our Vacation Guide. It’s the perfect tool to help you plan a stellar getaway. Packed with local insight, this guide will give you more details on the best restaurants on Oahu as well as recommendations for activities and attractions.

Top 3 Best Restaurants on Oahu

The Pig and the Lady

Located in the center of downtown Honolulu, The Pig and the Lady serves up Vietnamese-inspired dishes. From the dinner menu, choose from a number of noodle dishes, grilled meats, or seafood plates.

Order several small dishes, including steak tartare and Konbu cured Hawaiian kanpachi, to share with the table or opt for your own dish. Soup lovers will need an order of the duck pho, and anyone with an affinity for noodles should try the Hawaiian shrimp scampi & squid ink farfalle.

For more Vietnamese options, head to the spin-off restaurant Piggy Smalls, only a few minutes’ drive from The Pig and the Lady. Here, diners can enjoy chicken and vegan pho in addition to a variety of banh mi sandwiches.

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

This unassuming eatery is home to some of the most authentic Hawaiian food on the island. The a la carte menu offers poke, Kalua pig, traditional laulau, tripe stew, and more. You can also choose from set menus, which include different combinations of proteins like lomi salmon and pipikaula short ribs served over poi. If you’ve never tried Hawaiian food before, this restaurant with a James Beard Regional Classic Award is the best place to give it a try.


Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa is famous for his Japanese-Peruvian cuisine and his string of fine dining restaurants throughout the world. Though this isn’t a locally-owned establishment, Nobu’s food is highly renowned and worth tasting. The Honolulu location has been a staple in the food scene for the last 10 years, offering unique and artful dishes.

Select individual plates from the dinner menu such as Yellowtail jalapeno, Monkfish pate, and beef tobanyaki. Or, opt for one of the four tasting menus to experience multiple courses of Chef Matsuhisa’s delectable cuisine. Considered one of the best restaurants on Oahu, Nobu provides more than just good food, it’s truly an experience.

Come Home to a Vacation Rental from Private Homes Hawaii

While exploring some of the best restaurants on Oahu, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay on the island. Private Homes Hawaii offers outstanding accommodations in each of our tasteful properties.

The Hale Mokulua home in Lanikai is large enough to host up to 14 guests with a main house, large loft, and separate cottage. Lounge by the newly added swimming pool or walk just a few steps to the gorgeous Lanikai Beach. This gated property also has high ceilings, a modern kitchen, a covered outdoor lanai, and high-speed internet access.

Browse a complete catalog of our Oahu properties today and start planning your Hawaiian getaway!

Discover the Most Beautiful Waterfall Hikes on Oahu

Discover the wonder of these amazing waterfall hikes on Oahu!

A trip to the magical islands of Hawaii would not be complete without exploring the best waterfall hikes on Oahu. Unlike some of the other islands, Oahu does not have areas that allow visitors to drive up to these majestic sites. However, hiking through the lush jungle makes for an even more exciting adventure!

Read our recommendations on the top 4 waterfall hikes on Oahu. Then, download our complimentary Vacation Guide to gain local insight on other fantastic things to do, places to eat, and local events to attend! Plus, find out more about our Private Homes Hawaii vacation rentals conveniently located near favorite sites and hiking trails.

Top 4 Waterfall Hikes on Oahu

Maunawili Falls Trail

One of the most accessible spots for waterfall viewing, the Maunawili Falls Trail is located in the Maunawili Valley at the base of the Ko‘olau Mountain Range. The 2.5-mile round trip trail is suitable for families, but you will be walking through streams and mud and over knobby tree roots, so wear water shoes or sneakers that you don’t mind getting wet. When you arrive at the 20-foot waterfall, you can take a dip in the swimming hole or follow another trail to the top.

Manoa Falls

Another one of the most popular waterfall hikes on Oahu, Manoa Falls is often crowded. However, this easy, beginner trail leads to a breathtaking waterfall with a 150-foot drop. Trek through the jungle to spot unique flora, foliage, and wildlife along the way. Though it is known as an easier trail, hikers should still be wary of mud and slippery rocks from the running water.

Lulumahu Falls

More experienced hikers looking for an adventure should consider visiting Lulumahu Falls. One of the more difficult waterfall hikes on Oahu, this trail takes most people about an hour to an hour and a half round trip. Before reaching the 50-foot waterfall, you’ll hike through a dense bamboo forest and cross over streams.

This trail is located on a government-owned property, so hikers are required by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply to obtain a permit before embarking on this path. If you decide to venture into this area, be sure to do some research as there are no signs to guide visitors.

Laie Falls

Another challenging hike, Laie Falls Trail also requires a permit, though it is a relatively easy and quick process. If you’re looking to trek up a difficult trail, this 7.9-mile route is for you. Hikers are rewarded with outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and a quiet, secluded swimming area near the fall. Though the fall itself is only about 15 feet, you can often spot other small waterfalls along the way.

Unwind in a Private Homes Hawaii Vacation Rental 

After you’ve spent the day exploring the astonishing waterfall hikes on Oahu, return to one of our fantastic vacation rentals to relax. With several properties on Oahu, we’re sure to have the perfect place for you and your guests.

Book a stay in this Kailuana Beachfront Estate located on what is often called the best beach in the world. This property has been recently renovated and includes a lanai, or porch, an outdoor shower, and a detached one bedroom guest cottage. Wake up each morning and step outside to be greeted by the turquoise waters and soft, white sand of Kailua Beach.

Browse our complete catalog of Oahu and Big Island properties, and start planning your Hawaiian getaway today!

What Are the Best Beaches on the Big Island?

Explore the best beaches on the Big Island during your trip to Hawaii!

The best beaches on the Big Island vary in both size, surf, and color. Explore the unique black sands of volcanic beaches or lounge on the white sands on the west coast. One of the few green sand beaches in the world also exists on the Island of Hawai’i.

With so many beautiful shores to explore, it can be difficult to narrow down which ones you want to see. We’ve put together a guide to the best beaches on the Big Island to help you plan your perfect Hawaiian getaway! After you’ve learned all about the different locations, download our complimentary Vacation Guide. This handy travel planner is packed with great suggestions and local insight on where to go and what to do.

Discover 3 Unique Beaches on the Big Islands

Hapuna Beach

This beautiful, white sand beach along the Kohala Coast is consistently cited as one of the best beaches on the Big Island. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler has named this slice of paradise one of the best beaches in America. The largest white sand beach on the island, Hapuna is known for good snorkeling, swimming, and bodysurfing conditions. It is possible to surf in this area at times when the current isn’t too strong.

If you plan to visit Hapuna at the beginning of the year, be sure to keep an eye out for whales! While this beach is definitely worth a visit, it is one of the most popular ones in the area, so be aware that the shore can get crowded during peak season.

Punalu’u Beach

Have you walked across jet-black sand colored by volcanic basalt? On your trip to the Big Island, you can experience this unusual phenomenon! Often called “Black Sand Beach,” Punalu’u is the island’s most famous beach with this pigmentation. Besides the unique sand, you can also spot endangered Hawksbill turtles and green turtles lounging in the sun at this spot.

It is possible to go swimming and snorkeling here, but be mindful of the current as it can get very strong, making it too dangerous to swim. If you’re looking to snorkel, check out Ninole Cove on the southwestern side of the beach. Here, the shore forms a bay protecting snorkelers from the potentially powerful current.

Papakōlea Beach

Papakōlea Beach is one of four green sand beaches in the entire world. The strange pigment is caused by deposits of the lava mineral olivine. Because this element is heavier than others, it remains on the shore longer. Inspect the sand closely to see the green grains mixed with black and white.

To get to this secluded beach, you must embark on a 2-mile hike or pay a local to drive you there in a 4×4. If you’re able-bodied and enjoy outdoor activities, the hike is worth the effort. Cliffs surround the shore to create an inlet, which you must climb down. Once you’ve reached the shore, take in the natural beauty, but do not attempt to swim here as the waters are very rough.

Unwind in a Private Homes Hawaii Rental 

After a long day of exploring the best beaches on the Big Island, you’ll want a warm, accommodating place to come back and relax. With properties across the Big Island, Private Homes Hawaii has the perfect place for you and your family.

The Palm Villa at the Hualalai Resort is located on the Kohala Coast with easy access to Kona International Airport and nearby beaches and attractions. This three-bedroom rental has a downstairs suite, expansive lanai, and extra bedding to accommodate additional guests. Take advantage of the Hualalai Club Concierge to experience the luxury of a resort stay with the comfortability of a private home. The concierge offers many services including restaurant reservations, spa appointments, and tee times.

Browse a complete catalog of our available properties and start planning your Hawaiian getaway today!