We loved our time in Pupukea. The unit is peaceful and relaxing with so many super amenities. Being able to shop at the local supermarket and cook in the well equiped kitchen was a highlight for us and a great change from eating out. The neighbours were helpful and friendly and we are looking forward to coming back and staying again as it is so handy to all the tourist attractions in the North Shore .
Great location, good view, nice apartment, peace and quiet. The outdoor shower was such a good feature.
Pros: Inexpensive. Quiet. Clean. Ocean view. Stocked kitchen. The rental includes laundry facilities & beach towels. Several rescue cats prowl the property, but they never come into your studio. Bonus goats on the adjacent property, also owned by the same person.
You are up in the mountains, overlooking the ocean. It's about a 2.5-mile drive to the closest beach park, Shark's Cove in Hale'iwa. Foodland, the one grocery store in Hale'iwa, is also close, which is truly a bonus when you're staying on the North Shore.
Cons: 1) I was overbooked & stayed the first night in the owner's unfinished studio. This was fine, because the owner said that she would refund the cost of that one night. Over 2 months later, the refund has yet to materialize, despite several prompts on my end.
2) There is a dog on the property. I love dogs; his presence was not a problem. The problem was that the dog was tied to a tree. He is ostensibly the owner's dog, but she was not on the island. This rental unit shares space with a few long-term renters, who come & go on their own schedule. Again, not a problem; no one was loud, & everyone was friendly. However, a dog who is chained to a tree barks when people go by, regardless of what time it is. This can be a little disruptive. I was allowed to walk the dog & could get him off the leash that was tied to the tree, so that he could spend time on the porch with me. He was sweet & scared of everyone, but I can't help but wonder how you can own a dog when you're not in the same time zone with him. One of the long-term renters makes sure he gets food & water, but it was hot (up to 90 degrees) when I was there. Even a shady spot under a tree gets hot. This made me sad.