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If you’re looking for accommodations with both character and modern conveniences, check out the small lodge and four vacation rentals managed by West Kauai Lodging. A former parsonage that’s also known as Halepule (“House of Prayer”), Inn Waimea is a Craftsman-style cottage in the center of quaint Waimea, with simple, tropical-tinged, plantation-era decor in its four wood-paneled suites, all but one with a separate living area. The suites offer flatscreen TVs, Wi-Fi, and (in some rooms) air-conditioning, as well as private bathrooms with pedestal sinks, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and ceiling fans. West Kauai Lodging also manages three moderately priced two-bedroom cottages in Waimea (owned by the Faye family, which has deep roots on the island), plus the newly built five-bedroom, five-bathroom Hale La beach house in Kekaha, all with full kitchen and laundry facilities. The plantation-style Waimea Beach Cottage, which includes a clawfoot tub, bamboo furniture, and sunset views over the ocean and Waimea Pier, is closest to the inn. The homey, Craftsman-inspired Ishihara Home and the tree-shaded Pali Cottage, with vintage furnishings and an enclosed lanai, are above town, with sweeping views of ridges and the distant sea. Note: Manager Patrick McLean, who owns Hale La, is a former Kauai B&B pro who loves to help visitors plan their days. He also manages the upgraded cabins in Kokee State Park (see “Camping & Cabins”).

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