July 9, 2005
This isn't the easiest place to find, so watch your detailed directions closely. You can get the directions from their website, www.keikibeach.com. This is in a residential neighborhood, so there are no big hotel signs here.
Once we arrived, our host, Greg, sent us on to our unit, the Orchid. We ended up in the nicest unit without even knowing we were getting it. The Orchid sits up on stilts, with the best view from the deck out front. The inside of the unit was nice and clean, and it had a pullout couch in the living area and a full kitchen with utensils and spices available if you want to cook. There are also charcoal grills and picnic tables just outside. It has full bath, a bedroom with a king-size bed, and a nice-size closet. It wasn't fancy, but felt like a real home away from home.
The atmosphere on this part of the island is total relaxation. We spent more time doing nothing here than at any other time during our vacation in Hawaii and loved it.
The beach is right outside the door, and there was never more than five or six people on it at one time while we were there in February. In the summer months, you can swim, snorkel, and sail. In the winter, the surf is very high, so we looked at it more than played in it!! If you want to play in it, there are beaches nearby. During the winter, Waimea Bay and the Banzai Pipeline are home to the largest surfable winter waves and mere minutes away.
The sunsets here are fantastic. We spent each evening in a lawn chair facing west and a bottle of wine in between us.
From journal Last Stop: Oahu