Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
Chill out on this laid-back, surfer-infested beachfront nirvana
WHEN THE PHRASES “beachfront” and “around a hundred bucks” appear near each other in the context of a Hawaiian vacation, it’s best to move fast. And so it goes at this patchwork of five beachfront and six garden cottages and partitioned homes in the heart of North Shore’s Seven Mile Miracle, the gob-smacked surfer’s moniker for the stretch between Waimea and Sunset Beach.
But as stunning as the famed winter waves are from the shore, they are deadly. Tales of beachcombers pulled out to sea are easily coaxed from the friendly locals who frequent the beach, or from Greg Gerstenberger, the Spicoli-esque property manager loved (and sometimes criticized) by guests for his chilled outlook on life (and “lost” reservations). Their warnings are reminders to heed the high surf flags between October and May, letting the surf pros do their thing in the water. If the ocean is too angry, Ke Iki Beach’s indoors aren’t too shabby, especially the more spacious garden suites that come with TVs, full kitchens, parking and bedrooms. The beachfront units are equally appointed, but a couple don’t have kitchens, a shame given the Ke Iki’s proximity to the massive Foodland supermarket.
Rooms start at US$100.