Sleeps 2 to 4 guest with georgous mountain view and minutes away from beach.
About Kitty Nichols
Aloha and welcome to Open Palms Plantation! In Hawaii, our greeting to friends is, "Aloha! E komo mai"; "Hello! Come in!" So, to all who want to know the natural, quiet beauty of Hawaii, I say: "Welcome! Come in, relax, and enjoy my little gem in paradise”. My kids have grown up and moved on into the world allowing me to open my home to those who are seeking a more pristine part in Hawaii. The same dedication and love of the land that drove me to build Open Palms is still with me, and when you visit, you’ll see me on my mower, or in the flower gardens with my weeder, or trimming the lush foliage that borders our property. There are horses in our paddock that kids can pet and feed and barbeque grills stand ready for your outdoor parties. Situated in the foothills of the Koolau Mountain range – the only mountain range of its kind in all of Hawaii – we are afforded a spectacular view of the sheer, corrugated gorges that accentuate the range. You can’t believe how inspiring it is, following a rain, to see these gorges serving as conduits for magnificent waterfalls. A flock of white doves live in the trees on the property and are tame enough to hand feed, something the kids just love. We also have a gorgeous peacock in the neighborhood who has made it his practice to come visiting every afternoon for his supper. My determination is to continue sharing this beauty with people from around the globe who will feel the same appreciation of Open Palms that I have. I am humbled that so many guests have taken the time to send me cards and letters – even photos of their families – with expressions of gratitude and appreciation. Also, many return year after year, and have sent their friends and family to share in the same happiness. It is my hope that we meet, and through that meeting we also become true friends. So… Aloha, welcome, come in, and relax. A place where you can have no worries, you’re at Open Palms Plantation. Mahalo, Kitty
Kitty Nichols purchased this House in 1985
Why Kitty Nichols chose Waimanalo
Like any polished jewel, Open Palms Plantation began as a raw, rugged part of nature, overgrown yes, but in a spectacular setting. There was beauty hidden in that wilderness and I was determined to create what I envisioned as a lovely home in harmony with its surroundings. Achieving a vision that had me spellbound didn’t come easy, taking years of hard work that I and my family actually performed with our own aching backs. And the result is a breathtaking two and a half acres of unpretentious, stunning contentment! Please check out our other rentals as well, we have units to fit everyone's needs! Listing numbers are: Honeymoon Suite (Sleeps 2)-115264 Economic Luxury Suite (Sleeps 2)-1708382
What makes this House unique
Bonfires at twilight emphasize the romanticism that is Hawaii, giving us pause, to reflect on how fortunate we are. Open Palms Plantation is unique in that we are insulated from the noise and commotion of towns. There is a serenity and calmness enveloping us and yet we’re only minutes from Kailua with it’s shopping malls, restaurants and food courts, and entertainment venues. And the beaches from Kailua to Lanikai to Waimanalo are among the finest-rated beaches in the world! Sail, surf, snorkel, or simply stretch out on the white sands and stop the world for awhile (don’t forget the sunscreen). Because there are so many things to see and enjoy, I provide each guest with maps and lists of places of interest, making it easier for planning their days’ outings. When they return I love hearing the joy and amazement in their voices as they tell me of their adventures.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
6am each morning we were in the patio enjoying the sunrise in this tropical slice of paradise.
Not on the ocean, but spectacular scenery surrounding this tropical space. Peaceful compared to the traffic & noise of the nearby towns.. A short drive to beaches, but always looked forward to returning to
Kitty’s rental unit. There is an abundance of snorkels, beach chairs, umbrellas for guest use, washer/dryer, outside grill, comfortable bed, & small kitchen. Kitty is very helpful & keeps the large yard beautifully trimmed. We would stay here again.
Thank you for the wonderful review… Your review is my 100th 5 star review. I’m glad your family enjoyed the gazebo area, it’s always so peaceful there with a wonderful view. Looking forward to seeing you again someday.
Beautiful serene location, wonderfully maintained.
Kitty and her property were wonderful. It was our family of four which includes two teenage girls, and the space was great. We were able to see all the sights with kittys help on the best local spots, and even survived.a pending hurricane. Kitty was well prepared with supplies and a generator which we luckily did not need. The girls loved visiting the two horses on the property, and it was so nice to come back from a long day out and be greeted by hunter the friendliest dog ever. Made it feel like home. We are ao glad we switched reservations out
Of honolulu and onto this site. We were able to cook our own meals in the kitchenette, use the boogie boards and snorkeling supplies kitty has to borrow, and best of all have a washer/dryer for our use. We would definitely stay again and i highly recommend to those wanting a peaceful hawaii vacation away from the other tourists, but very close to all activities.
Beautiful property, peaceful area
We loved the mountain view from the plantation. Everything was so lush, yet it hardly rained (just at night). The wind on the East coast was more like a welcome breeze and in return the beaches are a lot less crowded (few still were). Our son had a great time patting the horses, and we all loved playing with Hunter. Kitty was a great host. She had all we needed, including beach toys and made everything so easy for us.
Quite, Secluded slice of paradise
Open Palms Plantation was perfect for our 20th Anniversary. Exactly what we were looking for on our first visit to Hawaii. If you're looking for a great location away from the typical tourist chaos this place is perfect!
We had a lovely time at Open Palms Plantation, and our hostess Kitty was friendly and always available if/when we needed something. The property is absolutely beautiful and the accommodations were extremely comfortable. Beach/good restaurants were only a short drive away, and we were happy to have a different type of setting. Our boys also loved the swing, the adorable dog Hunter, and the two horses. I would highly recommend it!
Great stay and wonderful property! Kitty was a great host and made sure we were comfortable.
Open Palms is a lovely property away from the noisier areas. We were a family with a toddler and he enjoyed the swing on the monkey pod tree, as well as the current horse residents Waldo and Diamond. We had to drive to the beach but it was 10 mins away and we didn’t mind the commute in exchange for some tranquillity and a pleasant stay.
Thank you for the wonderful review Jamie. I’m so glad that your family enjoyed staying here at Open Palms Plantation. Hopefully our paths will cross again someday.
Tucked away at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains, you are located in one of the most pristine and peaceful environments on the island, and yet, only a two minute drive to Waimanalo Beach, the #1 rated beach in the US for 2015. Downtown area and Waikiki are located just 25 minute drive away if you feel the desire to have a night out on the town. Additionally, you can spend a day on the historic North Shore watching the surf and enjoy the stunning 45 minute coastal drive around the island.