Testimonials

Don & Holly Lazo
“The two greatest discoveries I’ve had in Hawaii are finding Hanalei Bay and meeting Holly, Don and the rest of the family. I’ve owned a house in Kauai for 10 years now, and have been a KIV client since the day my house was built. In all that time I have never had a single day when I thought that anyone else could or would handle my house as professionally as Kauai Island Vacation. I’m continually impressed with the level of service our guest receive, the care that is put into maintaining my house, and the general thoughtfulness that Holly and Don use in all aspect of our relationship. I’ve been a professional real estate developer and investor for my entire career, and I can attest that the level of service I get from KIV on my vacation house rivals the service I get from our service providers on our commercial real estate portfolio.”
— Alex Z...
 
“Dear Holly, we had a wonderful week at the Hanalei Bay House. The House was exceptionally presented and lots of lovely extras and goodies when we arrived. We loved the convenient location and the wonderful spacious design which gave us lots of room for 10 guests. The kitchen was a great spot for communal cooking so we actually stayed in for half the week creating our own feasts. It was truly wonderful.”
— The Haynes Party, 2017
 
“Holly, Don and the crew at Kauai Island Vacations embody the magic and spirit of Aloha that makes Kauai's north shore so incredible. They have managed our property for over five years, and are incredible to work with, have an unmatched sense of detail and remarkably high standards. We are honored to be part of the Kauai Island Properties Ohana and even more proud to be able to call Don and Holly friends.”
— Wendy Wasserman & Michael Schiffer Washington DC
 
“The Coconut Beach House is our favorite rental house on Kauai! It's across the street from another home we've stayed in (which is on the beach), but we'd rather be across the street from the beach and have a nicer/newer house to stay in. The caretaker for this home is also great and very helpful!”
— Tina
 
“What a magical setting to celebrate our 40th B-Days! The Banana Beach House was a perfect place to learn to hula on the lawn with the sunset and dinner with Dani Felix as our personal chef was mouth watering! Holly, thank you for all of your assistance in planning our week. Thank you!”
 
“We've rented with Holly twice now (Hanalei Bay House & Banana Beach House) and have been very satisfied both times. Not only were the houses beautiful, they were both well stocked with all the things that make it feel like you are staying at home!”
— Cinnamon
 
“Dear Logan, Holly & Don...

Thank you all for your hospitality and wonderful assistance. King Hale was absolutely extraordinary!”
— Aloha, The Hein Family
 
“Dear Holly, we loved our stay at the Anini beach house. It was the perfect setting for all of our family. We could watch the little ones playing on the beach while sitting on the deck or in the yard, and with the shallow water here the kids could play and snorkel safely. We almost never left the house as it was so comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed for our family of 12. My husband loves to cook and he found everything he needed to fix some wonderful meals. We have taken our family to Hawaii almost every year for the last decade and this is the only place we all agree we are anxious to rent again. Thanks again.”
 
“We were blown away by this home! There was so much space and privacy. The Coconut Beach House is new and beautifully done. We loved the location of the house on island as well. A real gem in Kauai! You won't be disappointed.”
— Carey
 
“Dear Holly & Hanalei Bay House...

We loved our stay! We had a wonderful time that we will always remember! My son, Drew, turned 30 while staying in your beautiful home!”
— Mahalo, Tony & Family
 
“Tomorrow is our last day on Kauai. It's been fantastic. I'm writing to let you know that if you ever have the chance to recommend this house to a client...they will be indebted to you forever. This house is fantastic, and my family is very used to nice things! We're trying to figure out how quickly we can get back!”
— Mahalo, Mike...
 
“Dear Holly, Mahalo!!! We had the best family vacation. We are planning on returning every year. The home was perfect for our crew. We had plenty of room to spread out with our kids and grandkids and the kids loved having the beach and the path right across the street. We spent the entire day at the beach with our gear and each evening recounting our water adventures by the BBQ. We really appreciated the great service and your attention to detail. The entire vacation went off without a hitch. See you next year!”
— The Whitmans
 
“The Home is amazing and equals any of the high-end Hotels in Hawaii. The location is quite and great to get away from it all and focus on what's important, Family, Mind and Body. This was our first time visiting Hawaii at this time of year. It was great to just chill and hangout with the kids. The backyard was bigger than expected for late afternoon football, horse shoes, evening firepit, smores & tiki torches. We normally stay on the west side of the islands for sunsets, but getting up to watch the sun come up and run along the beach was just as enjoyable. The photos are good, but there is more than what you see. The details within the home are more impressive in person and the owner has pretty much thought of everything. Kauai Island Vacations and Holly & Don's team exceeded our expectations, The staff was extremely professional as was the cleaner, gardener and Jacuzzi maintenance. If you're looking for a house to rent in Kauai. I would recommend that you check with Kauai Island Vacations before booking your home.”
— A California Family celebrates Christmas & New Years Hawaiian Style... Charles B
 
“We had an amazing time at the Treehouse. It's extremely-well designed, and everything is high-quality. There's about a three minute walk to the beach, which is one of our favorite on the island. Since people unfamiliar with it will probably read hundreds of reviews on different options around the island, I'll leave it at this: in the three years we've been staying all over Kauai, this is the most impeccably maintained. Excellent kitchen, as well. We originally thought the cleaning costs were high, but it's obvious why that is. Totally worth it!”
— J & C, California
 
“Aloha Logan & family, I just received your letter along with my deposit refund yesterday. Mahalo for the prompt turn around. Our experience at the Maloa'a Tree House was ... except for the weather... a very positive one. As you may recall... our visit was on the occasion of my daughter's wedding at the Moloa'a Shangrila... which is next door to the rental property.

When we arrived we realized immediately how perfect the setup was for our purpose. We were thrilled with the house, & your thoughtful attention to virtually every detail of our stay. I don't know when we'll be coming back that way... but if we do, we will be sure to book our stay with you. We couldn't ask for better service, or a better value. You were so kind... We were all thrilled with the Tree house, a beautiful spot for sure. Thanks for allowing us to become a part of your Kauai Island Vacations Ohana. Mahalo & Aloha!”
— Gene N., Kate E., Bob N., Sudha N.
 
“Dear Holly, there's nothing more glorious than stepping off the back porch of a Kauai home, walking across a lush green lawn and melting into the beautiful blue ocean for a morning swim. That's how my sweetheart, Lincoln, and I begin our day at Anini Beach House, an oceanfront vacation home where we were fortunate to spend some time. Tucked away in the elbow of Anini Beach Road with a small, nearly private cove just steps beyond the back yard, the location is one of the most serene and private spots on the north shore of Kauai.

In the morning we stroll along the beach holding hands, cups of tea in tow, stopping often to kneel and run our fingers through drifts of seashells and pieces of coral that have washed ashore. We return to our cove, perch ourselves on large tree roots and soak in our surroundings. In less than one hour we are treated to two rainbows, each one stretching from the white sand beach across the sky over the calm ocean. Returning to the house, we prepare a delicious breakfast in the huge gourmet kitchen, then settle onto the lanai to eat and appreciate our front row view of the ocean that stretches from our back yard, extending forever into the horizon. After breakfast, we try to draw ourselves into our regular routine of checking email.

We plug our laptops into a lanai outlet and attempt to concentrate. But our eyes are continuously pulled to the ocean, to waves breaking beyond the reef, to white clouds billowing in the sky, to palm fronts in the yard waving seductively. And the sounds: the rumble of waves as they roll in both near and far, wind rustling leaves in trees, birds chirping cheerily. Working in paradise is futile. We are immersed in total relaxation. We are a world away from the rest of the world. All the Amenities Anini Beach House has everything we want in a vacation rental: gorgeous ocean views from every room and grand accommodations.

The upstairs master bedroom suite quickly becomes our favorite spot, with its ultra comfortable king size bed, silky linens and soft down comforter that floats on our bodies like a cloud; and the sitting area one step down with two divans, one for each of us to stretch out on and gaze at the ocean below through a large picture window. One afternoon we discover ocean views from the built-for-two master shower, complete with supersize "rain" showerheads and four side jets, two for each of us. After rinsing off, we luxuriate in the Japanese soaking tub while listening to waves crashing far off.”
 
“Our third visit to Banana Beach House and it is a confirmed love affair. What a perfect place to unwind and enjoy life. We adored the sunsets, the sound of the rain on the palms, and the spectacular views and life generally. We hope to return to your home again. Mahalo...”
— Pam & Mike S of Virginia Karen V & Joanie F of Maryland July 2011
 
“Not to be missed! Banana Beach House is the best! Everything just perfect! Every time we turned around we found another beautiful piece of art , furniture, and convenience. The island, coast, water, and people of Kauai are perfect!

PS. Johnny Depp missed out! He should have stayed at Banana Beach House instead of Princeville!”
— Marion, Nance, Leya, and Sonya June 2011
 
Amazing Place! We rented this beautiful home [Hanalei Bay House] online to host our daughters destination wedding on the north shore of Kauai... just across the street from beautiful Hanalei Bay. We had never been to Hawaii much less the incredible island of Kauai. The descriptions and pictures made us think this was the perfect venue to host our daughters wedding and our expectations were elevated. The moment we arrived and walked through this beautiful home, every expectation we had was exceeded and it truly enhanced the entire 6 day experience for us and all of our guests. The advertising indicates accommodations for 12 and we hosted a total of 12 people for the event and no one felt cramped or crowded in the slightest. If you are looking for a beautiful, luxurious experience for up to 12 guests at Hanalei Bay on the amazing north shore of Kauai, you cannot find a better venue.”
— Mark October 2018
 
“You can always hear the surf from this unit [Aloha Kai #307]. The unit was clean, well-stocked and had a beautiful view of sunrise every day”
— Lance October 2018
 
“We wish we could afford to buy this home [Kohola Point], we would never leave. The view never stops drawing your attention, the master BDRM is awesome. the kitchen has everything you can imagine plus, the pool and spa are perfectly paired with the outdoor kitchen, the large projection TV was handy to watch our favorite college football team at 6 am, and there are even bikes and beach gear waiting for you in the garage. We've been renting vacation homes for 32 years now, maybe more than sixty homes, all "luxury" homes, and this one is the more than exceeded all our expectations.”
— Bruce October 2018
 
“The only bad thing I can say about the Banana Beach House is that we never wanted to leave! This was our second time here, and we enjoyed it even more than the first time. Mahalo...”
— Marcie S Paradise Valley, AZ July 2011
 
“Our first contact with Joanne at Kauai Island Vacations was a hint as to how incredible our family Christmas vacation would be! She recommended the luau at Mediterranean Gourmet as being less "touristy" and kid friendly...it was an amazing evening! We had planned this trip as a wonderful Christmas getaway and coming together time for our kids and grandkids. It was all and more! The house is exactly as pictured and is our new standard for vacation getaways (or maybe retirement home!!!!) Everyone loved it and now we are talking about how soon we can go back... will be calling Holly!”
— Maria & Tom D.
 
“I stayed at the Coconut Beach House while in Kauai. It is beautiful!!! And a custom kitchen with loads and loads of space. The architecture is just awesome and the landscaping (tropical plants, pineapples, banana and mango trees) was an added bonus. The house is new, and the amentities were plentiful. A very quiet and secluded beach across the one lane street. (The beach access is a 20 feet away, just across the street, and there is a little sign that leads you there.) This is the nicest home we've ever stayed at hands-down. I'm definitely coming back!”
— Todd
 
“Perfect Family Gathering in Paradise. I searched for the perfect beach house in Kauai for a special family vacation to celebrate our lives together. Grandparents, parents, and grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 22. Musts were five bedrooms, a large kitchen where we could cook together, outside dining, beach views so that my husband could watch his grandchildren swim (no road in between the house and the beach), a safe beach protected by a coral reef, access to a dialysis center, and close proximity to Hanalei and the Napali Coast where my husband and I spent a wonderful vacation more than 20 years ago. It was as though a foresighted human being created this special paradise made to order for our family - and made it available at the exact time we wanted to be there. Joanne at Kauai Island Vacations was wonderful to work with and found a company to provide a beach wheel chair - which one of her co-workers even delivered to the house for us. Grandpa was able to sit in the wheel chair at the edge of the lawn, even closer to the beach than I'd hoped, and be a part of many hours of beach time. (Note: As there are steps to the house people with disabilities will need assistance to come and go.) Summer swimming lessons paid off and our five year olds were snorkeling like pros within hours of arrival. Teenagers left FaceTime and computers behind to search for fish and swim with a sea turtle. Long dinners on the lanai were fun and festive. A trip to Ke'e beach was a wonderful picnic and snorkeling day. Sushi at Bouchons Hanalei, an upstairs restaurant with views of the mountains and waterfall, gets a thumbs up from children and grandchildren. Floating on the gentle waves at dusk to watch the clouds with brilliant colors of the sunset; at night to watch the stars, were peaceful and beautiful moments. The memories of this perfect family gathering in paradise are now a part of us and will help sustain us through more difficult times. We deeply appreciate the owners of Anini Beach House for making it available to us and to Kauai Island Vacations for their competent and attentive service. We own and manage vacation rental homes in the northern California Wine Country and know what it takes to meet the expectations of those seeking perfection in their treasured time with friends and family.!”
— November 2014
 
Perfect Getaway at Hale Maluhia Palms. We couldn't have asked for a better vacation rental home, it's clean, spacious, light, beautiful hardwood floors, breezy bedrooms, open floor plan and the perfect blend of comfortable and classy. A block away from the beach, the pier and a few blocks from town. We had an amazing trip and will definitely be coming back every year.”
 
Perfect Paradise Retreat. We gathered together our children and grandchildren (10 of us total) to share our favorite place, Hanalei Bay. The Hanalei Bay House with its convenient location, ideal floor-plan, and beautiful furnishings made our family vacation even more wonderful. The Hanalei Bay House was the "Perfect Paradise Retreat" house for us. The grand kids want to return every year!”
 
Perfect! This is the perfect beach house in Hanalei. Everything is new, but the owners have tastefully upgraded without losing the wonderful feel of a beach cottage. It is clean, beautiful, comfortable and just plain delightful. The location cannot be beat. The short walk to beach is easy and on our last day there was a double rainbow, beautiful. The pictures of the house are very accurate. There is a renter in a downstairs apartment but we never saw or heard him. I hesitate to tell you just how great of a place this is, as we want it to be available when we return!”
— November 2014
 
“The Banana Beach House was perfect for our family! The view is wonderful and the house was complete with all the right amenities. Casual elegance says it all! We'd love to come back here with more family, so this is just bye-bye for now! Aloha & Mahalo,”
— Richard W California August 2011
 
“We loved staying at the Coconut Beach House with our friends. This is a beautiful house in a beautiful setting - a new house in a quiet neighborhood with easy beach access. The house is immaculate with plenty of room. The kitchen is a cook's delight for cooking all the fresh local catch on the island. The location has easy access to all the amenities in the area including restaurants, water sports, hiking and the land of Hanalei. An added attraction, the neighbors are delightful. We are looking forward to another visit.”
— Ann
 
“The Banana Beach House was absolutely beautiful. The view spectacular. Great for families with little children. The grass area was just the place for them to play. Close to great water activities. Loved every minute of our stay. We would come back in a minute.”
— Donna C May 2012
 
“Our week in Kauai was everything I had hoped it would be! We were celebrating a "significant" birthday with 5 adults and a six year old. Plenty of very comfortable space for all. After a day swimming at the beach or exploring the island, we loved cooking our fresh fish in the marvelous kitchen. So much still to see and do that a return trip is a good possibility! Loved Hanalei Bay House - it is perfect for a family gathering!”
— Ginny R May 2013
 
“Hi Joanne, We loved the house. Can't wait to come back. Seriously, the best couples vacation we've ever had, and much of that was because of Banana Beach House. We were impressed with everything. And special thanks to you for all your help!”
— Best, Michael H May 2013
 
“Ten people, three generations, seven days of great weather in July all made for a fantastic time in Hanalei Bay. The one thing that took the vacation from fantastic to incredible was the Hanalei Bay House. From the rental process through to the return of the deposit, everything was seamless. The location made it easy for every family member to do whatever activity they wanted to do whether it was a short walk with a paddle board or surf board to the beach, walk five minutes into the village or just sit in the house with the huge sliding doors open and enjoy the breeze. And believe me, we did it all. When we rent a house we are very picky about the kitchen. One of our group is a gourmet cook and this kitchen was perfect for putting together great meals with everyone's participation and eating out on the deck. This house is the absolute perfect place to kick back and enjoy life on Kauai time.”
— The Humphries, Zemler & Collins Clan, Dallas, TX July 2013
 
“We loved staying at the Hanalei Bay House where we could see the ocean from the kitchen! Being able to walk to Hanalei Bay in 10 seconds to go swimming, catch a sunset or just appreciate the gorgeous mountains surrounding the bay is the best. There were waterfalls galore! The house itself is fabulous: big beautiful rooms, gigantic kitchen, huge lanais, Dons colorful paintings of Kauai in all the rooms and everything we could possibly need to feel at home. We envision coming back and staying with friends or family. Mahalo nui loa to Kauai Island Vacations!”
— With aloha, Pam & Lincoln August 2013



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