Kuhio Shores, our 'Jewel on the Sea,' on Kauai's Gold Coast. We are ready for mainlanders beginning Aug. 1! When we first walked into what was to become our new home in Kauai, the views of the ocean, coastline, and lush green hills and palms took our breath away! Located on a fantastic snorkeling beach (rated best snorkeling in Kauai by 'Sunset' magazine) and summer surfing favorite, we could see turtles feeding below the lanai and blowholes out in the distance. Around the corner, we saw where we had first learned to snorkel, next to one of the best restaurants in all of Kauai, the Beach House. Our oceanfront, one-bedroom condominium, #305 at Kuhio Shores, exceeds our dreams! If you are on your honeymoon, wish to recapture the romance in your relationship, or you just want to experience the awesome beauty and serenity of this 'Jewel on the Sea' by yourself, with your family or friends, this is the ideal home for you when vacationing on the Garden Island of Kauai. Kuhio Shores is closer to the ocean than any other condo or resort on the entire island of Kauai, with beach access. Learn to snorkel by the Beach House, on the west side of the building (teaming with fish; over 650 varieties in Hawaii!), then get into the water below our lanai to snorkel or dive with turtles! On the south side of our property, relax on the grass and watch surfers (little kids will amaze you!)and spot whales in winter. Right here, are three of Kauai's premier surf spots: PK'S, Acid Drops, and Centers. In our completely private, third floor condominium (4 floors total), the only thing you hear is the crashing of the waves. As soon as you open the front door, your eyes go out to the ocean. You have unobstructed views from the kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom and, of course, the lanai. Remodeled for the most discriminating guest, our home reflects the Hawaiian tropics. Comfort, beauty and a clean environment are our priorities. Bamboo floors glisten in the light of the morning sun. Finishes, in tropical greens and earth tones, create a peaceful, clean atmosphere. Bathe in luxury in our Noccino Italian marble shower with stone accents. The kitchen features Brazilian, Verdi Peacock granite countertops that reflect the aqua of the ocean, and new stainless steel appliances. In the dining room, bamboo wainscoting and a large mirror framed in dark tropical wood, reflects the crashing waves, bringing the spectacular beauty of Kauai's nature inside. The new ultra-luxurious, Cal king-size bed, a top-of-the-line resort-style pillowtop, is the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on. We use high thread count sheets. Next, we take a silk filled comforter and cover it with cool understated duvets. We add a beautifully embroidered bed scarf, making this a truly clean and blissful bed! During warmer months we rotate light-weight tropically themed quilts. Ocean breezes cool you naturally as they are pulled through the bedroom breezeway and new Haiku fans made by the Big Ass Fan Company, rated best fans on the market by CNET. In 2017 we installed air conditioning. It is rare to find condos with air conditioning on Kauai. Because of the airflow design, air conditioning is not usually needed but we want you to be comfortable even if the Trade winds should stop. In the living room, is a comfy contemporary, island-style queen-size pull-out couch. Two Hawaiian-style reclining chairs are perfect for laying back to watch the waves, listen to music, or watch cable TV. The hand-carved dining room table with rattan chairs is your exclusive seat to spot playful spinner dolphins. On our large lanai are two chaise lounges, chairs, and tables; you will be so comfortable, you may not want to leave. Seeing a rainbow, or the moon shimmering over the water will create lifetime memories. We love the arts so we collect original works of art by renowned artists that reflect the lushness and peace of Kauai. Our masterpiece is by Fred Gemmell. This large-scale abstract painting on the back of glass was at sea for a month before it arrived in our Kauai home. "Fred 'captures with complex detail and bold gestures, the amazing diversity, and adaptability of life in all its interaction and beauty..... to create a feeling of a luminous and unfolding mystery.” We are also proud to display original pastel paintings by local Kauai artist, Helen Turner, the 'Degas' of Hawaii. Because we know you are probably tired and hungry after your long journey, we give you an 'Aloha Basket' with snacks and coffee, so that you can immediately begin to relax. Walk to restaurants, art galleries, and shops, and enjoy strolling the beautiful coastal walks in several directions to the big resorts, to Spouting Horn and the National Botanical Gardens, to a neighbor's fantastic bonsai collection. Across the street is a Hawaiian Holy Site with ancient fish pond and lush garden of fruit, plumerias, and bananas. Take a stroll and find a mango for the next day's breakfast. The 'Aloha Spirit' truly exists on the island of Kauai. We have done our very best to bring this spirit into our 'Jewel on the Sea.'
Molla and Kevin, What a beautiful home you have! The view was amazing! For us visiting from Arizona - hearing the ocean day and night was heaven! I couldn't wait to wake up every morning just to watch the sea turtles. They were magical. It was definitely one of the best trips we have ever been on. We just loved every minute of it. We would highly recommend your condo to anyone and everyone! It was so comfortable and inviting! Thanks and hope we can make it back one day....
Submitted: Aug 01, 2007
Love this complex and location is terrific. Beautiful accommodations with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing comfortable vacation with spectacular ocean views.
Submitted: Mar 13, 2020
We loved staying here, such an amazing location- we found it to be so central to everything we wanted to do and see! Molla was an excellent host:) The only downside was the fact that we felt the property was quite dated- it would benefit from some updates. Overall a great stay!
Submitted: Jan 03, 2020
My wife Tina and I stayed at Molla and Kevin's beautiful condo on the south shore in Kuhio Shores and loved it! This was our fifth trip to Kauai with our first being married on Anini Beach in 2012. They had everything we needed for the beach and the lanai view over the bay near Prince Kuhio park is incredible. You can't get any closer to the water and the ocean sound will soothe you, we didn't want to leave the condo many times! Great design touches in the space also, there has been a lot of love brought into the space, you can tell they care about hosting a good experience for their guests. Mahalo! Grant and Tina
Submitted: Dec 24, 2019
Beautiful ocean views, great walking paths, and convenient location for shopping and restaurants.
Submitted: Dec 22, 2019
Exactly as described! The views from the lanai were beautiful. Convenient location with shopping, dining, and beach access just around the corner. Zero issues!
Submitted: Dec 01, 2019
Owner very helpful. Great condo and location. Enjoyed watching turtles fro lanai :). Great snorkeling and proximity to beaches.
Submitted: Nov 03, 2019
The condo was clean and comfortable and has such an amazing view of the ocean. We ate breakfast on the balcony with sea turtles swimming in the water below all week long. There are great places to snorkel on either side of the building and The Beach House is right downstairs for dinner. Great place to stay!
Submitted: Sep 30, 2019
Apart from a minor linen snafu when we initially checked in (which was remedied by the end of the day), we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location is beautiful and we took full advantage of the snorkeling a 2 minute walk away. We saw turtles in the ocean from the balcony on a daily basis! We also saw jumping fish a couple times from the balcony. The temperatures were in the high 80s during our stay and we did make use of the A/C in the master bedroom in the evening. The condo was clean and comfortable.
Submitted: Jul 29, 2019
Right on the water! The owner was responsive, knowledgeable and accommodating, especially considering we requested at the last minute. The place was clean, beautifully decorated and comfortable. We saw sea turtles everyday swimming in the water right beneath our balcony, ate dinner on the balcony while the sun set and enjoyed a short trip to a beautiful , secluded beach with cliffs and large waves, not a person in view! This trip was way too short, we will definitely be back. I highly recommend this place. You can tell the owners take pride in their property and truly value giving their customers an amazing experience in Kauai. Thank you!!
Submitted: Jul 11, 2019
Excellent location and a wonderful condo. The local contact is also outstanding.
Submitted: Jul 09, 2019
Excellent location ( Kuhio Shores) slightly off the beaten path but minutes away from fine dinning and shopping. We enjoyed our stay at 305 and the view is awesome . Highly recommended.
Submitted: Jun 19, 2019
Fabulous condo, fabulous view, perfect location!
Submitted: Jun 12, 2019
Awesome property and staff! Very clean and well-maintained. We loved our stay and will come back again!
Submitted: May 26, 2019
Molla and Kevin's cute, cozy one bedroom condo next to one of the best snorkeling bays on the south side of the island. I walked downstairs and swam with two sea turtles just steps away from the condo. In the bay on the other side of the condo is also great snorkeling, and you're right next to one of the most popular restaurants on the south side of the island: The Beach House. Fantastic sunsets are just steps away and it was great to wake up every morning to the sounds of the ocean right outside the sliding back door. This is Molla and Kevin's condo of 15 years and they have a lot of information to give you when you rent - don't let that scare you. They are great hosts who love their home and the island and want you to enjoy it as much as they do. The location of the condo is also just a short drive away from a shopping center with great restaurants as well as the old town of Koloa. It's about an hour's drive from the canyon and 25 minutes from the airport. Location, location, location! I loved sitting on the veranda in the afternoons and enjoying a glass of wine while reading a book. So peaceful. Nice quiet complex as well and very comfortable bed (and AC in the bedroom for those who need it on the warmer nights). Mahalo Molla for your hospitality! We had a wonderful stay!
Submitted: Apr 24, 2019
The unit is a spacious, well-equipped, beautifully decorated one bedroom unit. The shades in the main room are not thick enough to block out the early morning sun so anyone sleeping on the sofa bed might be an early riser unless they use eye shades. We found the foam pads on the mattresses to be really comfortable. Great location.
Submitted: Mar 27, 2019
Everything we wanted!!! Molla responded immediately to all emails including hints on seeing turtles. Snorkeling on site for advanced snorkelers. Best sunsets ever!!! 4 minute drive to best Ppipu beaches. Loved the parakeets!
Submitted: Feb 27, 2019
Sitting on the balcony, with sea turtles feeding below, is delightful. Seldom are any people in the water, so I felt like the waves in the cove were all for me to enjoy. A refreshing and relaxing experience.
Submitted: Mar 07, 2019
This was the perfect place to stay. Beautiful view with the sound of the waves. Very clean. Everything we could think to want or need was provided. Close to swimming, hiking, restaurants, shopping.
Submitted: Jan 28, 2019
The apartment was well equipped and comfortable. Molla was super quick to respond to questions and provided us with everything we needed for smooth check in and stay. Everything we needed was handy. Great being able to roll out of me to catch the sunrise then go for a quick dip to snorkel with the turtles! Thank you!
Submitted: Jan 23, 2019
The location alone is worth 5 stars … sooo close to the water, immediate access to incredible snorkeling, fantastic food next door (had one of the best meals of my life there, but there is more great choices just a short walk up the street). However, there are other benefits you cannot see or find on the map … the owner is incredible (she let us know about places opening up as we were there) and my favorite part, because the place is so close to the water, the constant noise of the small waves crashing outside was the most wonderfully soothing sound to fall asleep to each night.
Submitted: Dec 30, 2018
The condo is nice, the view amazing! My main complaint is the abundance of rules, information and cleaning requests by the homeowner. It doesn't lend itself to come on in, kick off your shoes and relax. For example, the homeowner suggests that the bamboo floor is scratching due to sand on guests, I would say it's more the furniture on the floor, the pull-out bed and chairs. Anytime you install a flooring that is soft, a grass, such as bamboo, it's going to scratch. The request to spray the shower doors BEFORE showering (who wants to breath in the fumes while showering) so housecleaning is happy & they stay clear... don't apply sunscreen in the condo, I mean the list kind of goes on and on. The quirks of the condo, like possibly locking yourself out were top of mind. It just wasn't very relaxing for all these reasons. I also understand that I do not own a VRBO and I'm sure she has had to deal with some boneheaded, disrespectful guests and the intention is to keep the condo nice. We only use VRBO and have traveled a lot, the beach condos have all been more user friendly than this one, but as I mentioned, the view was spectacular!
Submitted: Dec 25, 2018
We absolutely loved this condo. We enjoyed our stay so much that we would totally pick this place again when we return. We appreciated the cleanliness and location of this beautiful condo. Lovely restaurants were walking distance as well as food markets and shopping malls.
Submitted: Nov 13, 2018
My wife and I were on our honeymoon in Kauai. We chose Kevin and Molla's place for the proximity to the beach, beautiful views, sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline, etc. – it did not disappoint! The condo is well positioned in Poipu; it's a ~10 walk to several restaurants nearby. One of our favorite activities was hanging on the balcony (lānai) and enjoying the ocean views right in front of us. We ended up seeing several sea turtles and at night, it's fun to walk to the front of the building and check out all of the local surfers. Molla was very responsive with a few things we needed during our stay. Overall, I would highly recommend!
Submitted: Sep 16, 2018
My wife and I had an amazing stay in Kauai at this rental. The owners had excellent communication - emailing everything we needed to know about the property before arriving. The condo was extremely close to the shore, had great parking, and was very clean. In the evenings, we loved to watch the sunset on the grass. During the day we would listen to the waves crash through the open porch door. I would not hesitate to stay again in the future. The location on the south shore is ideal for driving to the many attractions on the island!
Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
We enjoyed our stay at Kuhio Shores. Condo is well-equipped, we were able to entertain 4 other guests for dinner, kitchen was well supplied. Nice view from lanai. Easy access to beaches, shopping & restaurants, within walking/biking distance. Nice to walk to Spouting Horn in the morning. Area very quiet at night. Very comfortable, even though we experienced the weekend when the north side (Hanalei) experienced their severe flooding, April 2018.
Submitted: Apr 09, 2018
We stayed at this condo for 4 nights, half of our stay on Kauai. It is very clean and comfortable . It is in a very convenient location in Poipu and the view is terrific. The owner is very forthcoming with information about the condo and things to do while on Kauai. She responds quickly if there are any concerns. I would have liked to have stayed here longer!!!
Submitted: Apr 19, 2018
We enjoyed our too brief stay at this condo. Great view off the lanai although we didn't see any turtles like everyone else. We had everything we needed. The owners are very communicative and care about their guests' experience.
Submitted: Apr 06, 2018
We were so happy with our oceanfront condo. This third floor unit has beautiful views of the little bay and ocean and also lush garden and mountain views. There is beauty in every direction. The condo itself is very comfortable and nicely decorated, truly home away from home. The owners, Molla and Kevin were very responsive to a couple of calls and quickly resolved any concerns. Maintenance in the complex is very friendly and anxious to help with anything. Thanks to Albert for the help with the cable! We love Kauai and hope to return. We would definitely rebook this beautiful unit. Thank you Kevin and Molla for sharing your home in paradise with us!
Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
This condo has been updated nicely. We were very comfortable in it. The view is incredible. Gorgeous sunrises. Molla was available when we needed anything. Gave helpful hints about things to do. We lunched at the Beach House restaurant which is literally next door to Kuhio Shores. I had read many iffy reviews of this restaurant, but everything was wonderful. Not a lot of nightlife on Poipu. Netflix on TV would have been appreciated. The movies we tried to watch were unavailable. One little critique, the floor of the patio needs to be re-done. Reason I gave 4 stars. Rather an eyesore. But Molla did say they have more to do in the condo. Overall, a very nice week.
Submitted: Dec 21, 2017