Ellie we absolutely loved our stay in your house. You were so nice with all your suggestions. We loved the garden and your attention to detail. Hope to see you again!

Shay and Jennifer — Trinidad, California

We visit Ellie’s Koloa House every year! I love to fall asleep on the recliner outside. Heaven! Bill and Sue – Oregon

Ellie, we wish you all the best! Turning sixty ain’t so bad when you’re chilling out at Ellie’s Koloa House. We leave reenergized as we return to our silly, silly very important lives haha.

Gail and Bob — Santa Cruz, California

This is our third time to Ellie’s Koloa House. There is no need to go anywhere else. The price is right and the hospitality amazing. We scuba, snorkel, swim and then come home and relax at the most comfortable and affordable slice of paradise. Thanks Ellie,

Dave and Jan — Columbus, Ohio

Ellie’s lovely Garden Suite is located a minute away from the beautiful Poipu Beach by car (we were too lazy to carry our snorkeling gear, otherwise it’d probably be a short 10 min walk). But what really made our experience in Kauai was Ellie’s suggestions on where to go and what to do: Friday art night at Hanapepe was the highlight of our trip, popular places like Kalaheo Cafe and Jo Jo’s were obvious, but small gem like the Kilauea Bakery can only be recommended by a local.

Kristie and Allan — San Francisco, CA

Ellie, we truly enjoyed our honeymoon at this wonderful house. Why does anyone stay at the Hyatt?!?? Back to the mid-west until our next vacation.

Ellen and Brad — Saint Louis, Missouri

Dear Ellie mahalo for a wonderful stay. We felt right at home for one main reason being your warmth and kindness to our whole family. Thanks for the sweet reminders of enjoying and celebrating our children while they are young. What a great place to return to our own childhoods as we all caught toads together and shared memories at your charming tropical house near Poipu Beach.

Fondly, Lilly and Allan, Amanda and Leah — Knoxville, Tennessee

Here we go into raptures! Ellie, it was gorgeous, so we would have stayed longer still. Ellie’s Poipu Garden Suite, the warmth of the little things, the nice conversations and the tips of Bret has made great south Kauai with the highlight of our honeymoon. Both of you thanks for everything!

Sebastion, Wiesbaden,Germany

Ellie provided her beautiful Bamboo studio as well as a lovely experience for me and my young family. We we’re comfortable throughout our whole stay and Ellie helped us have a great time exploring the island! I highly recommend staying with her.

Adam — Oakland, CA

What a terrific accommodation in Kauai. We had a lovely family stay with our two adult sons; a very special time together. Kauai is like being in the heart of the great mother-dynamic, healing, nurturing and mysterious. We will remember this special place. Thanks Ellie for your graciousness, humor and generosity. Aloha and blessings.

Peter and Gail, Rob and James — Seattle, Washington

Ellie thanks for the great house. The kids felt right a home – says a lot. We followed your advice and spent tons of time at the beach. Mahalo for an excellent stay.

Don — Seattle, Washington

What a wonderful experience it was to be with Ellie & Bret in the lovely Garden Suite. We had the best experience with them than in any other place in Hawaii! So warm and friendly and helpful .. it was the best .. highly recommended.

Fiona — NSW, Australia

The location was fantastic. Very close to the beach and a very clean & comfortable place to stay. The kitchen had everything you need; hot plate, plates, utensils, even condiments! Ellie was most accommodating and helped us figure out where to go for island sites and activities. We’d definitely stay again.

Jill — San Hose, CA

It was an absolute pleasure to stay at Ellie’s Bamboo studio. Ellie was a wonderful host! Upon arrival she greeted us with her big smile and welcoming hugs. She gave a thorough run down of the local area and made many great suggestions on what can we explore during our stay. She won us over with her charming and gracious personality. The studio is a great place to stay for two people. Packed with all necessary amenities, abundant natural light and air circulation, extremely comfortable bed, a large closet for your luggage, ample supply of towels and just 10 minutes away from the beach, this place is perfect!
I’m already planning my next visit! Thanks again for hosting us Ellie!

Parth — Bay Area, CA

Everything we could possibly need or want was here. Thanks Ellie for all your hospitality! We will definitely be back and (hopefully) we can fill the second bedroom with some little ones soon.

Love and aloha, Laura and Kenny — Palo Alto, California

We loved staying at the Poipu Garden Suite! I stayed there in November with my husband and 22 month old son. First, the suite itself is perfect. There is a separate bedroom with a large closet. Ellie was kind enough to supply a pack ‘n play when she found out we were traveling with our toddler. The kitchen is a mini-kitchen but has a fridge, hotplate and outdoor sink and more than met the needs for breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner for our family. The suite is located on a quite cul-de-sac and was very peaceful and a great way to get away from it all. It’s a short drive to poipu beach.
Ellie and her husband Brett were wonderful hosts. Ellie was so warm and gracious. You can tell that they are family oriented and very welcoming. We are now suffering post-Kauai withdrawl and wish we were still at the Garden Suite!

Sarah — San Francisco, CA

Ellie we arrive from the depths of media, commercials, and political chaos, which defines California, to be greeted by your warm smile and Kauaian charm. What a relief and respite from all the left behind hustle and bustle of home. Your great directions and amps you drew us lead to so many unknown sandy beaches, waves, trails and sunsets that we would not have otherwise encountered. You are truly a blessing on this island paradise. We look forward to our next visit.

Aloha, Silvia and Greg — California

What a wonderful time we had on Kauai. Staying here at Ellie’s Koloa House was perfect. We walked up to quaint Koloa town several times for fresh fish, Lappert’s coffee/ice cream, meals out and strolled in and out of art galleries. Great location so close to Poipu Beach yet just far enough away form the hustle and bustle of resort central. We will recommend this rental to our friends at home and hope to return next fall.

The Ryans — Kansas

This is our fourth glorious day at Ellie’s Koloa house and we’ve discovered a home away from home. We are delighted, as this place has exceeded all expectations. Unfortunately, we have only two more days until returning home. We’ll be saving our “pennies” so we can come back soon. Mahalo Ellie.

Andy and Jeannie — Omaha, Nebraska

Really great place! Ellie and Bret are so helpful and likable, the rooms are very clean,and the equipment perfect! I could use Bret’s surfboard – thank you,
I spent there for 18 days and I’ll come back. All the best for you and your family!

Juerg — Wartau, St. Gallen, Switzerland

What a lovely woman Ellie is, and her husband, Bret, is also wonderful. They both went above and beyond what you would expect from hosts. The Garden suite was fantastic! We ended up in the Bamboo Studio instead and it was like a beautiful tree house with all the sounds of tropical birds. The suites are perfectly situated and an easy walk to the beach. They allowed us to use their boogie boards. We had a great time. I highly recommend staying here.

Fredya — Los Angeles, CA

Kauai is a wonderful world. So much beauty… people, beaches, fishes, mountains, canyon, trails, falls, lookouts, and Ellie’s Koloa house. Many thanks ciao!

Roberto, Cecilia, Marcos and Danielle — Italy

It was a wonderful stay! Ellie and her husband are very helpful regarding the activities to do in Kauai. They are wonderful people, interested by everything. They saved us a lot of time so we can do whatever we liked instead of spending time looking for places.
The apartment was very clean, we felt like it was our little place in Kaua’i. We didn’t have to buy anything for our stay (except food) they thought of everything. The apartment is very private. They are very close from the beach, groceries, restaurant and shopping mall.
I couldn’t think of something better than the Garden Suite for the money I spent. Everything mix with the beautiful island of Kaua’i makes it the most amazing vacation I spent in my life !!!

Oualid — Palo Alto, CA

Wow! What a wonderful stay we had at The Bamboo Studio in Poipu. We stayed four nights before heading up to the north shore, and wished we had stayed the entire trip at Ellie and Bret’s home. The entire family was so welcoming and instantly made us feel at home with tips for must dos around the island. The Bamboo studio provided privacy for a relaxing stay. It’s sunny and hot in Poipu and the apartment had lovely cross breezes through the windows with overhead fans that kept us delightfully cool during the hot August days when we needed to escape the sun.
The apartment is nicely decorated and the kitchen is stocked with everything you could need. We cooked many breakfasts and a few dinners with ease. The bathroom is very nice and the dressing room was an added bonus we weren’t expecting. Ladies, you can hang up dresses and there are shelves for other clothes. It makes you feel right at home. There are so many nice touches throughout the apartment. Ellie has really thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and special. We LOVED our stay and highly recommend the Bamboo Studio!

Kait — San Francisco

Ellie added an unforgettable touch during our first hawaii trip. She greeted us after we arrived and provided indispensable help guiding our itinerary. She dropped off maps and even let me borrow some clothes from her family because I forgot to pack my shorts :) The people we met in the neighborhood are super nice and friendly and we enjoyed Poipu area immensely. Thank you Ellie and we’ll be back!


Ellie was very kind, generous, and hospitable to myself and my four other friends- I definitely recommend her house and will recommend it to all of my friends.

Nils – Vancouver, BC, Canada

We absolutely loved our stay in Poipu! Ellie was wonderful! We highly recommend the area. Perfect for travel with young kids.

Joanna – Nova Scotia, Canada

Ellie was a wonderful host and exhibited true Aloha towards us. After leaving a camera battery and charger behind, she promptly mailed them back to my home on the mainland. I loved the house. It’s a quaint retreat with tropical decor that really makes you feel you’re in paradise. I even slept outside on the lanai one evening to the sound of the trades rustling the mango trees. I would be delighted to stay at Ellie’s place again on my next trip to Kaua’i.

Chris – Charleston, South Carolina

Ellie and her husband are very nice, kind and helpful. The Bamboo Studio was wonderful and we enjoyed our time there very much. We found everything as described and in case we are able to make it back to the beautiful island of Kauai, we would be happy to return to Ellie’s and Bret’s place. It is definitely worth going there!

Knut – Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Ellie was a wonderful, accommodating and informative host. She gave great tips of Kaua’i. The home was lovely and very comfy. Completely furnished with everything we needed. Thank you so much we had a blast! Too bad we couldn’t stay longer.

Simone – Amsterdam, Netherlands

I had a wonderful time staying at Ellie’s Garden Suite! It really felt like being at home. They know a lot about the island and gave me many great tips for sightseeing and fun things to do. The garden suite is a lovely place to stay in a quiet neighbourhood and very close to the beach so it was easy to walk there. However, it is a good idea to rent a car to be able to explore the rest of the island. I loved it and hope to be able to return one day!! Mahalo to Ellie and Bret for making my trip to Kauai such a wonderful experience!! Aloha! Celine.

Celine – Oberrieden, Zurich, Switzerland

I would like to start by saying that we didn´t want to leave Kauai, it´s such an amazing island and Ellie´s studio is the best location to discover it. We had the best time at Poipu Bamboo studio, perfect location to visit the island, close to everything, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Perfect to relax, a home away from home, really comfy, it has everything that you need and extremely clean. Just a few minutes walk to the beach. I highly recommend her place. Thank you Ellie.

Jorge – Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Ellie was very accommodating and a great host. The Koloa House was great! It was clean, large and lovely. It had everything we could want. We could walk around Koloa town every day and it was around 5 mins to drive to Poipu. Very well appointed, the cable TV with DVD player was great on lazy days. Would stay again!

Michael – Ontario, Canada

Spending a week in the bamboo studio, we’ve got to know Ellie as a person who takes great CARE of her guests. Helping us with personal hints about the island (from restaurants to grocery stores, from road trips to vista points, from sports to places to watch a sunset). Besides that, the apartment was extremely well kept, super clean and very well equipped. Ellie made our stay in beautiful Kauai even better!

Christsian – Switzerland


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