Hi Glad Kate enjoyed her stay. We will check into the smoking by the neighbor.
Our condo was totally remodeled including bathroom and kitchen (new floors, cabinets, and painted just two years ago - we consider that recent.). Yes - the location is away from tourist destinations and we love it because of this. It reminds us of old Hawaii and is also near all the wildlife areas. Our online listing is extremely clear about the location : "Lovely Makaha Valley offers gorgeous vistas, rolling terrain framed by trees, ferns and tropical plants and beautiful white sand beaches. This location is over an hour from crowded tourist beaches of Waikiki but a half day or day trip to Waikiki is easy to do by rental car or the bus that stops directly in front of condo gates.
The condo is Walking distance to a world class golf course: Makaha Valley Country Club which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open.
The condo is just 7 miles from the World Class Disney Resort : Aluinia, 23 miles from Pearl Harbor (about 40 minutes drive away), & 35 miles from Honolulu & Airport (1 hour away), and 37 miles from Waikiki beach (a little over an hour away). "
Perhaps next time Kate may want to book a more expensive condo in Waikiki. All the best, Catriona