Aloha, E Komo Mai!
We want you to have a wonderful stay with us in paradise and ask that you follow a few basic rules in addition to complying with the building’s posted House Rules:
- All guests and guest’s visitors are required to register with a valid photo id (all adult occupants in the unit) at check-in with your host or in the Real Estate management office.
- All visitors of guests must be signed in at security desk in lobby before entering an elevator.
- Do not let anyone up the elevator if they do not have a FOB within the secured buildings.
- While on property to include lobbies, elevators, hallways, lanais and while in room, please keep noise volumes to a minimum. Also understand intoxicated or illegal behavior is never permitted.
- Loud music or TV playback is generally not allowed.
- Do not flush anything down the toilet expect a SMALL amount of toilet tissue or you will cause a clog in the toilet and possibly the neighborhood unit’s shared plumbing line. NO FLUSHABLES, BABY WIPES, ETC. If you cause a clog, you will be responsible for the cost of the plumber to clear the lines.
- Do not allow shower or bath tub water to puddle water on the bathroom floor or you could cause a leak to a neighboring unit of which you will responsible for the damages and cost to remedy the situation.
- Never hang items over the lanai walls, or allow any items to fall or drain from a lanai ledge or wall.
- If you are running the A/C, please check if the container underneath if it fills up and spills water on the lanai. During the hottest days (abnormal humidity), the A/C containers must be emptied in the tub if you’re running the a/c all day & night. Water dripping is unpleasant for others below and is a trip hazard.
- Report any leaks, damages, issues or concerns right away to your host or to the office for assistance.
- Trash chutes are located on each floor on one side of the elevator shaft in a closet marked REFUSE. Please tie all bags before using the trash chute and if you have items too large, please break down cardboard boxes flat before putting it in the large trash bins.
- Parking is at your own risk whether be in a garage or on the street. If Public parking has a ticket station, be sure to re-pay and place your parking ticket on the front dashboard so that it is clearly visible / readable from the outside (unless otherwise posted). Any car parked with an expired ticket or without a ticket may be towed at your expense ($200). Do NOT leave any valuables in the car unattended. We do not manage the parking lots. Parking management and tow company phone numbers are posted.
- Do NOT bring beach SAND into the rooms or the tub / shower because sand will clog the drains.
- Check-out time is by 11AM so that we can have the room cleaned for the next guests.
- Upon check-out, please return keys as instructed. Unaccounted key sets will incur a $100 charge per set.
Un-Written Rules You Should Know
- Drive with Aloha. Let cars go in front of you, go slow and give pedestrians the right away.
- If cars are stopped in front of you for no reason, do NOT switch lanes to continue, assume there’s a pedestrian.
- Our most busy cross-walks has new pattern allows all pedestrians to cross at once to include diagonally so DO NOT assume you can turn on a red traffic light and watch for confused pedestrians trying to cross at the wrong time.
- DO NOT HONK your car horn unless it is an absolute emergency; it is considered rude to honk at someone.
- Do not leave valuables in an un-attended car anywhere and do NOT flaunt your spending money.
- Be smart where you park or you could face an unexpected tow bill ($200) if you do not obey the signs.
- Most people you meet are friendly and kind however beware if you come across an unstable person who may have a mental illness, just go the other way. Often they are just yelling at nobody. Trust your gut instinct.
- Hawaii has many homeless, several who choose not to live in shelters but on the streets instead, and for the most part they do not want to harm you although they could ask for money or food.
- Waikiki Ambassadors’ are part of the welcome center and patrol Waikiki on foot and bike to help our visitors with directions or information. Know that they wear neon yellow / green shirts are there to help if you need.
- Do not turn your back on the ocean. Do not go to the edge of cliffs or the ocean. Use caution at all times and be aware the beauty of our island can sometimes catch you off guard. Take caution to posted signs and check with a life guard for any current conditions you should be aware of at our public beaches.
- Take what you bring and leave all that you don’t bring when hiking, beaching, or exploring the islands.
- Ask lifeguard or check posted signs on the beach for jelly fish warnings, high surf, strong currents or rip currents.
- Do not go surfing, snorkeling or hiking alone. Always let someone know where you are going if you will be alone.
Places To Go In Waikiki
Kuhio Ave and Walina, are the only supermarkets in Waikiki and the Kuhio Ave location will be closing soon.
Located outside of Waikiki on Kapahulu Ave. The #13 bus drops off and picks up right in front.
Located outside of Waikiki at The Kahala Mall at 4211 Wai’alae Ave. The #22 or #23 bus drops off and picks up right in front.
From fresh cut tropical island fruits and vegetables to pastries and pupus, there is something for everyone, every day of the week and a great savings over supermarket prices.
- Hyatt Regency Hotel (corner of Kalakaua and Uluniu) every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-8pm
- King’s Village (corner of Prince Edward and Kaiulani) every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4-9pm
- Pacific Beach Hotel (corner of Kalakaua and Liliuokalani) every Sunday and Monday 3-7pm
Yes there is a Zoo here and it is so close…just at the end of Waikiki as you’re going toward Diamond Head. Open daily.
Located along the beach past the zoo in the direction of Diamond Head; Open daily and night tours offered too.
Every Friday after sunset usually between 7:30 – 7:45pm compliments of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Authentic Hawaiian Music and hula shows by Hawaii’s finest halau hula (dance troops) and Hawaiian Performers. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, weather permitting, 6:30-7:30p (6-7p Nov-Dec) at the hula mound on the beach at Kalakaua and Uluniu.
At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Ave. Monday-Saturday 1-2p.
At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Ave. Tuesday-Friday 10-11a.
At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Ave. Tuesday 11a-12p, Thursday 4-5p.
The Bus & Popular Routes
The island of Oahu is easily accessible via The Bus, operated by the City and County of Honolulu. Most routes are serviced every 15-30 minutes and cover the whole island. Bus stops are located in front of the property, and you can circle the island right from the same block. Hanauma Bay for snorkeling, Sunset Beach on the North Shore and Pearl Harbor are all within reach! All fares are $2.50 each way. Discounts such as Senior and Child may be available. 4-day passes are $25.00 and if you are staying a month or so, it’s best to buy a monthly pass for $60 at most ABC Stores in Waikiki. Both pass options allow for unlimited travel over the given time period. However know that The Bus does not allow luggage on the bus so you should plan to get other transportation to the airport.
Kamaaina (local) tip: When boarding the bus without a pass, ask the driver for a transfer ticket. You can use that ticket to board another bus to another destination or come “home” if doing so within 2 hours, sometimes more. Check the time on the transfer ticket.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW AND REMINDERS
If you are planning to return home with gifts or to take something back to remember your stay then you might prefer the prices at the “Swap Meet” at the Aloha Stadium on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. You can also try Walmart near the Ala Moana Shopping Center; they usually have a good selection of souvenirs, mac nuts, etc. If you plan to take home Pineapples or other fruits & veggies, make sure they will clear the airport screening by asking the vender – some pineapple boxes are marked, some are NOT.
If you have a return ticket for a shuttle service to the airport, it’s usually a good idea to arrange your pick-up time 48 hours in advance. Always plan to leave Waikiki three (3) hours before departure if you are checking bags in with your airline. Remember, all checked luggage must clear agriculture screening prior to checking in with your airline.
Must See & Do Experiences Around The Island
Nothing reflects the Hawaiian experience more than a Luau, a celebration of dance, music and food. Several are offered on-island. Contact the following providers for rates, times, availability and transportation options:
Paradise Cove, paradisecove.com, 808-842-5911 Polynesian Cultural Center, polynesia.com, 800-367-7060
Germaine’s Luau, germainesluau.com, 800-367-5655 Chief’s Luau, chiefsluau.com, 877-357-2480
The Big Kahuna Luau, bigkahunaluau.com, 808-690-9047 Aha’aina Luau, royal-hawaiian.com/dining/ahaaina/ 808-921-4600.
Situated in downtown Honolulu is Iolani Palace, the only former royal residence on U.S, soil. This is a must see. Fully restored and rich with and extensive history of the Hawaiian Monarchy.
Climb a Volcano:
Just 20 minute outside of Waikiki is Diamond Head (Leahi) State Monument. Great views of the island from the summit. On a clear day you can see the island of Molokai and in the winter, humpback whales. Average time up is 45 minutes and approx. 30 minutes down. Best time is during the early morning hours. Further down the coast is Koko Head, another volcanic crater.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park is hands down the best place to snorkel on the whole island. Closed on Tuesdays. The bay is situated within a volcanic crater. Beautiful and tranquil here. Abundant with fish and some turtles. There is also a snack bar here but I recommend bringing a sack lunch. Don’t forget to bring an under- water camera. Disposables can be purchased from any ABC Store here in Waikiki.
Manoa Falls is the closest one to Waikiki and a nice one too. Easy hike. It is located in a rain forest valley and can be muddy after a rain so come prepared.
The Halona Blowhole can be reached past Koko Head on and located just before Sandy’s Beach. The blowhole is a natural occurrence formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. The lava tubes run to the ocean and, and, when the surf is right, the blowhole shoots water up to 30 feet in the air. The larger the waves, the larger the spray.
Hike to a Lighthouse:
The best hike to a lighthouse on Oahu is Mahapu’u Point and Lighthouse. Awesome scenic views!!! Located along the southeast coast of the island. Easy hike and here you may see whales (Nov – April) and all the way to Molokai on a clear day.
Hike a Trail in the Mountains:
The best and most popular trail to hike is the Na Ala Hele Tantalus Trail. Located up in the Ko’olau mountain range as seen from Waikiki, panoramic views of the whole leeward side of the island can be view. Sweet fragrance of white ginger in the air, small waterfalls, a bamboo forest are among some of the other features of this trail (not reachable by bus).
Scenic Views from the Mountains:
The Nuuanu Pali Lookout is one of Oahu’s most popular spots with panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Ko’olau mountain range. It historical significance as the site of the last battle King Kamehameha fought which resulted in uniting Oahu under his rule. (Not reachable by bus.)
- Sunset beach….the name says it all!
- Waimea Bay….popular surf spot in winter, gorgeous beach park in summer with huge rock people jump off of…for the brave.
- Waimea Valley….large botanical garden and ancient site situated in the valley of a rain forest. Water fall at the end of the trail. Open daily 9a-5p. 808-638-7766
- Laniakea Beach….best site for viewing large green sea turtles usually resting on the warm sand. Located south of Waimea Bay.
- Turtle Bay Resort…great place to swim and have a meal on the beach at Ola’s Restaurant.
- Kahuku….legendary site of Oahu’s garlic shrimp trucks. Geovonni’s is the original; others have sprouted around. So ono!!
- Haleiwa….Awesome seaside town to meander, shop and eat.
- Polynesian Cultural Center…Located in Laie, 42 acres of lush tropical forest, gentle waterfalls and adventure await you as you explore 7 Polynesian villages and lifestyle encounters. 808-293-3333
- Dole Plantation…Located in Wahiawa, site of the world’s largest maze and great pineapple treats.
Open daily 9:30a-5:30p. 808-621-8408
- Horse Rides…Located in Haleiwa, open daily 8a-5p. 808-638-7433
- Shark encounters…Launches from Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Daily 6a-6p. 808-351-9373
- Skydive…From Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia. Daily 8:30a-3p. 808-637-9700
Hawaii’s Weather Conditions
Hawaii’s normal weather conditions is 80 degrees weather during the day, with light, cool trade-winds at 10-15 knots, and nights at a comfortable 70 degrees (during the winter, nights will drop into the low 60’s / upper 50’s and at higher elevations, you could find even cooler temperatures) year round. We do not have many lighting and thunder storms and 90% of our rainy weather is brief pasting showers. Locals know if it raining on one side, most likely it is not raining on the other side. Rarely is the entire island covered with bad weather.
The individual islands can experience different weather at the same time. You may find snowing conditions at the peaks of the Big Island in the middle of summer and not far away flowing lava to the sea. One island might be experiencing bad weather and the next island beautiful sunny weather. It is common to find mountain showers and dry coastlines and beaches all within a few miles.
There is no place that has the potential to have such devastating conditions however instead our weather is usually described a topical paradise. We’ve had a peaceful, erupting volcano for over 20 years on the Big Island “Hawaii” and often earthquakes too however without news breaking headlines. It is not common to feel the earthquakes on Oahu although the last quake (minor) felt was in 2006.
We’ve had many approaching hurricanes heading towards the islands and almost magically fall or break apart due to shear line winds and cool Alaskan waters taking the fuel out of the hurricane reducing it to a tropical depression. With this said, better to be safe than sorry and take precautions seriously. These storms usually bring higher than normal winds and large rain storms was can result in flooding conditions in mountainous and low lined areas. The worst of these storms can cause rock and mud slides, trees down and fallen power lines. If you find yourself vacationing during serve weather, the best thing to do is stay indoors and off the roads. Shopping and movies theaters are a good alternative on rainy days.
In times of storm advisory, watch or warning, follow updates on the local news channels (there is no weather channel in Hawaii) or local radio broadcasts. CNN and other mainland networks do not report much about Hawaii so watch the local news for updates or go to HawaiiNewsNow.com. Also take caution in the mountains and around streambeds for flash flooding, even if it is not raining at the time as it could be raining heavily on the other side of the mountains feeding streams. After heavy storms, you should stay out of the water if it is brown and murky (1-2 days).
Civil defense does complete monthly tests of the tsunami warning system at 11:45am on the first Monday of the month and you will hear the “This is a test…” message on radio and tv channels. If you hear the tsunami warning sirens and it is not the first Monday of the month at 11:45am, then take caution and evacuate. In Waikiki, we have vertical evacuations which means everyone goes to high ground and higher floors within the concrete buildings and tune in to local broadcasts for information and instructions.
Approaching storms are increased during the hurricane season June through November and the rainy season is our winter weather.
The worst of the storms we experience on the norm are storms pasting by releasing large amounts of rain water and if the storm is slow moving, flooding conditions are possible from the mountains to the streams and out to the ocean. Do not go hiking when storms are approaching as the weather can change fast with little warning.
IN CASE OF SERVE WEATHER ADVISORY / WARNING / WATCH
Be prepared with food / water / essentials necessary if electricity is loss for an extended time period. Stay indoors and remove all furniture off the lanais which could break glass doors or windows. High-rise buildings may sway in high winds however concrete buildings are the safes place to be. Flooding may occur at low line areas or around streams. Limit travel during storms as trees / rocks / mudslides may block roads. Charge cellular phones / electronics prior, reserve usage for emergency if needed after the storm. Be prepared, be safe & stay calm. We will all weather the storm together.
CALL 911 ……. POLICE, FIRE OR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES.
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