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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Meet Our Hawaiian Landlord

Doris Markland in her Waikiki condo
The view from Doris's 22nd floor condo
We have been visiting Hawaii since 1994 when Lulu used to teach summer courses at the University of Hawaii. On our first two visits here - we house sat for other college professors - but then I stumbled across Doris Markland and her condos.

Doris is spending here 41st straight winter in Waikiki. The rest of the year she lives in Norfolk - Nebraska.  She owns two condos in the Waikiki Banyan Hotel. I do not even remember how we connected with Doris - it was before extensive Internet use.

Each condo has a bedroom - bathroom - kitchen - living room - and covered porch. The condo also includes a parking garage - an exclusive item in a busy beach town. The condos are completely equipped with towels - dishes - free wifi - TV - etc.

When Doris is not using the condos - she rents them out - usually through a rental service. In our case - she rents them directly to us. We have referred many people to her - and everyone has been very satisfied.

On the 6th floor - there is a gigantic deck with pool - tennis court - basketball goal - two hot tubs - and barbecue areas. The grills are coin operated. When Lulu used to teach here we would have picnics with the students on the deck. There is also a laundry.

The building has 38 floors - half the apartments face the ocean - half of them have a mountain view. The beach is a one block walk away as is the only Catholic church in Waikiki. Our lobby is open air - no doors.

Doris is a published writer. She is also 90 years old. Her husband of 63 years died a few years back but that has not stopped her from wintering in Hawaii.  After 21 years of coming to Hawaii - this is the first time we met his lovely lady.

As they say on TV - the rates are too good to publish here. Ask me.

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