Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows: Travel Tip Thursday #3

Today is Travel Tip Thursday! OK, I realize this is being posted on Wednesday, but like I said before I have a couple of challenges. One is the time zone. I am six hours behind you bloggers on the East Coast. Ideally I would post on Wednesday evening over here, but tonight Hubs is off and may whisk me off someplace after work… Could happen. Or just complain if I go on the computer…

So let’s do some virtual traveling via blogland. Link up your posts with Mr. Linky. It can be an actual vacation or a staycation. A must see or a secret spot near where you live. Grab the badge code over in the sidebar and come along with us. Check out last week’s links too.

My Travel Tip today is the big reveal. Throughout the last year, many commenters have asked where the beach is we go most often. The beach that is always showing up in photos on posts like this or this or this.

We discovered our favorite beach when Hubs and I were dating. He would pack up a hibachi and a picnic and take me up to the North Shore, where we would drive around until we found a nice spot. Once we discovered Ke Iki Beach we kept going back. At first we nicknamed it “Perfect Beach,” because every time we went we had a perfect day.

When I graduated with my B.A. from UH, we rented a house on the beach to celebrate and my mom and younger sister came out and we stayed there along with a couple of my friends for a week. A couple years later, my dad rented the beach house a few months after Daughter was born and both my sisters came out and we all stayed there for two weeks.

For the last three years, my girlfriends and I have rented a beach house here every Labor Day for our mom’s weekend off. It’s the best.

Ke Iki Beach is located between Waimea Bay and Pipeline. You could walk to either if you wanted. My beach walks are from Ke Iki to sunset Beach. During the winter the waves are too big and treacherous to go swimming most of the time, but it is beautiful and amazing to witness. During the summer it is usually flat and clear and turquoise. Great for snorkeling.

Renting a beach house or cabin is an alternative for those who want to stay on Oahu but not in Waikiki and not in a hotel. You can buy your groceries and cook or BBQ.

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows is managed by Greg Gerstenberger and his contact information is available on the website. He also manages the beach house two doors down where I stay with my girlfriends on Labor Day weekends.

And here we go…

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows...



Sunset from the beach house balcony

Sunset on the beach

Early morning rainbow

Early morning walk...

Morning walk finds sunning, napping monk seal

View to the right

View to the left

View from the beach house balcony

The beach house life

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30 comments:

Christy said...

Oh my goodness oh my gosh I sooo want to hop on a plane and visit that beach and those bungalows! Thank you so much for sharing this secret slice of heaven with us!

Kristan said...

I'm so glad you specified that the seal was napping!

Joanie M said...

Wow! Makes me want to go to Hawaii more and more!

Jan said...

I put Beloved in a headlock and made him PROMISE to take me to Oahu the next time we go to Hawaii.

blueviolet said...

I thought that seal was dead at first. I'm glad you clarified!

Gorgeous locale!

Maggie said...

Those pictures are beautiful! They are amazing! And the seal! That's is crazy. :)

Twenty Four At Heart said...

Beautiful. I'm so enjoying my visit here. I might not leave.

Sprite's Keeper said...

I'm with blueviolet. I thought it was a dead seal and thought, whoa, this virtual walk on the beach just took a quirky turn, but good for napping seals!

The Rambler said...

Like the others...I don't know but I'm glad you said the seal was napping. :)

There's one that naps at Kailua sometimes but they rope her a big area and people will be tazzered (hehe) if they go past it. For protection of course.

The beach. Ahhh...the beach.

Joanna Jenkins said...

It looks like paradise :-)

Casey said...

My mom's birthday is this week and she demanded that this time next year, my brothers and their kids and us and our kids all go to the beach for a weekend for her gift. I can't wait for the days when the kids are old enough to just play (vs run toward the water and eat sand) and we can just relax the way you guys do on your stays.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Okay, the seal is cool enough.

but the rest?

Heaven!

Amy said...

Wow did the seal live? I should hook up my pictures from my trip I just had. I have not tips though.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

WOW! Great pics. So beautiful. I'm so glad you told us the monkey seal is napping because I thought.....EEK!

Creepy said...

I didn't think the seal was dead.... he looks very content, I want to hug him.

Michele said...

So very lovely. I've only been to the North Shore once a long time ago. We're talking 34 years ago. It still looks about like what I remember.

Amy said...

I up and running. I hope you have a great day. I guess you are ready for the weekend? Since you started back to school. My Round Robin is tomorrow if you want to stop by....

Linda said...

OK, now you've done it. I've been wanting to go back to Hawaii and now I have the perfect place to stay. Great. ELPH is going to kill me -or you. *off to raid couch cushions to start "next Hawaii" trip fund*

Captain Dumbass said...

Hey, I'm doing a guest post at the Un-Mom's on Monday that could kinda be a travel tip Thursday. Except that it's on Monday. But it is about Hawaii.

Kaylen said...

Wow--you truly live in paradise. I'm totally jealous.
Except of the seal. I find these things to be creepy---where are the arms??? It has no ARMS!!! I am okay seeing them in water, but ick, when they are just flopped about, I am totally repulsed. I'm sad that mr-floppy-no-arms ruined the beach pic.
:)

Mama Dawg said...

Oh, man. I so want to be there right now.

Kathy B! said...

Love it!! Once when we were in Hawaii we came upon a monk seal. I thought it was dead and got the scare of a lifetime. We were on the Big Island and A) the seal moved and B) there was a naturalist of some sort observing/protecting it and he yelled at me something fierce...

I understand they are rare, though, so it was still quite a thrill :)

otin said...

Fishing poles and Rainbows! You can't beat that!

Joanie M said...

I posted my travel tip!!

Joanie M said...

My listing at #4 is the wrong one! #5 is correct!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

A little slice of heaven...and thanks for clarifying that the monk seal was napping - I was worried! :)

shaunna said...

i'm really going to have to get it together and have this travel business done a few days ahead instead of staying up until midnight on thursday.

as for ke iki... wish i was there. right now. sigh.

starrlife said...

Now really Pseudo- who can compete with that? I keep missing the Thursdays, darn.

♥ Braja said...

That's almost too cruel.....
:)
xo

Hit 40 said...

Wow!! I can not believe you shared this little slice of heaven with us!! Now I just need to pay off a little debt. Then, I am definitely renting one. Thank you for the contact info.