I had a very specific idea of the kind of place I wanted to stay in: a funky little tropical cottage near the beach. Something that would have the comforts of a condo (like an updated kitchen and bath), but with island character. It had to be attractively furnished, and it had to be affordable. It took a while, but I finally found the perfect place: Hale Lu Ya. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one full, one half), kitchen with dishwasher and all mod cons, outdoor shower, tropical yard, lanai, wood floors, vintage Hawaiian decor, one block from the beach. We loved it.