The SpaceStand-alone retro studio is in the front of a historic home. Private entrance, two door locks (regular and deadbolt), secured gate if you wish. Lush green space. Mangos, bananas, coconuts, avocados; all available in season. Birds, butterflies . . . flora and fauna galore!
For those who wish to enjoy the spirit of aloha in a local Hawaii setting, rather than a more slickly packaged version of the islands in Waikiki. Guest AccessNew high-power wifi; free access of course. Small refrigerator and microwave, both a nifty retro style. (Thus the "Retro Studio" name.) A nice cappuccino maker, and usually a selection of goodies (we'll try to accommodate special requests).
Numerous shelves (built-in and extra), comfy chair, small table. Street parking (at no cost); nearly always space in front of the house (3-4 spots), plus a nearby side street. Bathroom has a toilet, sink, shelving, and nice shower.
Some guests like sunbathing or just reading in a private space, and there's a very large backyard for just such adventure! Interaction with GuestsThru AirBnB website, phone, and texts. We respond your questions and needs quickly. The NeighborhoodSettled older neighborhood. Relaxed, green, safe.
Manoa is one of only a handful of historic neighborhoods on Oahu, with numerous historic homes worth a walking tour (driving past won't do them justice), parks, and hiking trails, along with a neighborhood shopping center (not all neighborhoods in Hawaii have them), and all minutes from any number of other attractions: Waikiki, the zoo, museums, "UH" (the main campus of the University of Hawaii), downtown Honolulu, the Pali lookout, beaches, you name it. There is even a life theater just a few minutes away; enjoy a play if the timing is right! (There are also classical and other performances at Punahou School, a short walk in the other direction.)
Walk to Manoa Marketplace for breakfast at a French bakery or one of several coffee shops. Follow that with sightseeing, hiking, swimming, whatever strikes your fancy. As a large valley between two ridges, Manoa has miles of some of the best hiking trails on Oahu, including numerous trails throughout Lyon Arboretum, a short walk away, with amazing tropical foliage and waterfalls. More serious hikers will pick up a copy of Stuart Ball's Hiker's Guide to Oahu and perhaps tackle Tantalus and Waahila Ridge.
Numerous beaches are minutes away: Kaimana beach (one of the best swimming beaches on the island at the foot of Diamond Head, where you might see sea turtles, or even majestic whales breaching just off shore, depending upon the time of year); Ala Moana beach park; and, of course, Waikiki beach. If you'd like to try surfing, Waikiki is an excellent place to learn as it provides a long and reasonably slow path for generally modest waves.
Numerous restaurants and other attractions are a short distance away. Yelp is often a great way to find a new treasure. Do share with us, as we add these to the Guidebook here. Getting AroundNear public transportation. Walking distance (approx. 1 km (0.5 mi)) to the Manoa Marketplace shopping center. About the same distance to a number of local attractions. Bicycle or moped are quite convenient to reach just about any part of town. We do have a bike, and we're happy to share--as long as you're comfortable biking in an urban environment. Ample street parking (at no cost). Bus stop nearby (as in "through the back yard and across the street").
A 15-minute drive to the airport. (About an hour via bus, due to transfer and numerous stops along busy business-district streets.) If on a budget, consider the SuperShuttle vans at the airport; they tend to be nearly as fast as a taxi and less expensive. Uber might also be possible. Other Things to NoteQuiet enjoyment. (The birds can get a bit chirpy at times, however. Happily, they're about 20 feet up in an avocado tree, and they are quiet at night. Beautiful green fliers they are.) If you like the sounds of nature when you go to sleep, you will enjoy the screened-porch effect of the sleeping area.