Property Management

For almost 20 years, we have managed vacation rentals on the North Shore of Kauai providing an outstanding rental experience for our guests.

Aloha! I am Suzanne Kobayashi, the Realtor & owner of Beach & Bluff Realty, a full service brokerage on Kauai. We manage vacation rentals on the North Shore of Kauai most of which are owned by our family members. We treat our guests from around the world the way we like to be treated when we travel. Our friendly easy truthful communication before during and after creates wonderful relationships with our returning guests and helps new guests feel at ease. We are a small responsive company where you will not get lost in the shuffle either as a guest or as an owner, a buyer or a seller. I answer the phone while my terrific assistant Cynthia answers your emails. If you are interested in more information about what we do for you as a guest, a vacation rental owner, our family’s rental history or about our team see below. Mahalo!

A message to our vacationing guests

Our vacation homes are in fabulous locations with excellent views & each has a unique feel and amenities.  We rent our vacation homes in a low-key straight forward manner. Though our primary responsibility is to our owners, they benefit only when you, our guests, receive exceptional services. We will always try to help you find the best rental for your vacationing needs and budget. Some of our guests have become permanent Kauai folks, buying a home here. Some have bought an investment home as write off for their vacations. Others move here. (If the fates point you in that direction, I’ll be here to help.)

A message to North Shore home owners

Our Hanalei vacation rentals are generally booked well ahead of most of the year.  We have more guest inquiries than we have homes. We would like to expand our inventory by a few more exceptional properties. If you own a unique home or condo in the Hanalei, Princeville, or Kilauea area, I would be glad to talk to you to see if your property would be a good fit for our services. Ideally, we will enjoy working together while increasing your revenue. Since we started out owning the homes we rent, we are sensitive to your feelings about your home and your needs as a home owner. 

Our marketing success has come about by having fabulous properties,using industry best practices, including the use of state-of-the-art web site and reservation system. We have a quick auto-response system to serve incoming leads followed by same day personal follow up. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You will be known immediately by name, and we will actively promote your property and protect your investment. Please call me, Suzanne at 808 828-1918 or [email protected] if you are interested in us handling your rental.

History of our Kobayashi Family Rentals

Harold and Nancy Kobayashi were born on Kauai in the 1920’s. For years they worked as farmers. Harold was a smart man and with a touch of a visionary. They invested their hard earned savings in land and built some rentals on Hanalei beach. Harold was a great story teller and Nancy was known for her great food and hospitality. For about 35 years, we grew by word of mouth, with many of the same families coming back year after year, becoming friends with everyone’s kids growing up together.

Some of those mainland ‘ohana are coming back with 3rd and 4th generations to enjoy Hanalei. Harold and Nancy’s children are perpetuating their parents’ legacy renting those homes, and expanding to add a few more Hanalei rentals. I was the daughter in law with the real estate license so it seemed natural when my husband starting renting his house in 1998 that I would branch into renting and marketing the vacation rentals. I guess vacation rentals are now in our blood. Beach and Bluff Realty has expanded inventory to include our second home in Brian Head, Utah and include the homes of some of our friends. We offer a very special selection of North Shore rentals with deep island roots and history.

Real Estate

If you are interested in purchasing real estate on Kauai, feel free to call 808-652-1407 (cell) or email Suzanne at [email protected]. Use link below to visit her real estate page to see current listings.

About the team

Suzanne Kobayashi

I am Suzanne Kobayashi, the owner and broker of Beach & Bluff Realty. I have many years of experience in sales, property development, long term rentals & vacation rental property management. The Kobayashi family has had vacation rentals in Hanalei since the 60’s. I have a very active life here on Kauai balancing work, family, spiritual practice, friends & fun. I have many interests & hobbies, including gardening, art, music, travel, and culinary adventures at home and abroad. I have enjoyed the 4 generations of family I am blessed with. I love working with folks on vacation who respect the people and culture of the place they are visiting. They are happy to be going on vacation and I can totally relate! I enjoy providing our guests with wonderful places to stay, an easy booking experience and aloha.


Kira was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States of America when she was 19. From an early age she was introduced to a diverse life of art and travel. She has pursued a career of interior architecture in corporations in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco. After ten years of success in that realm, Kira went on to being a private interior architect consultant. That career led her to sailing around the United States and South America. It is sailing that brought Kira to Kauai over 11 years ago. She continues her career as a private consultant. She has joined Beach and Bluff Realty as the reservationist, coordinator, & logistics thinker! She speaks Russian and a bit of Spanish to boot. She enjoys helping people get the vacation have longed & waited for.


Ray was born and raised on Kauai. He is learning the business from his Mom, Suzanne. He is a licensed Realtor Associate. He is a true asset to Beach and Bluff Realty and knows the ins & outs of our BeachKauai vacation rentals. He has many building skills and can fix almost anything. He knows and enjoys the properties and the owners, many of whom are family. He has many backend duties and answers the emergency guest calls.

He loves Kauai, is a grandpa & a gearhead. He loves off-road biking and camping with his wife.

Mary Margaret Smith

Our bookkeeper is a 20 year resident of Kauai. Before coming here, she had her own bookkeeping service working for TV producers, motivational speakers, and companies in the sailing industry amongst other. After moving to Kauai, she became the financial advisor for Wind Diva. She became a certified association manager, managing condominiums and homeowner associations.

She lives up in the lush Wailua homestead where her dog runs her life. She is a world traveler, loves to read, play cards, and is studying to be a deacon in the Episcopal Church.