Your best bet would be The Pines, if it is financially possible for you. Contact me directly if you're not already working with a Realtor. John M Sevick, RS; Kona Coast Realty Corporation; 808-938-1004 iPhone for voice, text or Internet; email@example.com... more
I don't recommend trying to rent an apartment, or even share one, long distance. As you said, there are too many scammers. I think it would be ideal to contact a local property manager, find an apartment, then find a roommate to share it with. If you have questions, call me. I do not handle any rentals.
Talk to her parents, they can certainly help you as well.
(RA) MBA, e-PRO, REALTORÂ®
East Oahu Realty
READ the whole lease before signing it. If you are a first time renter in the State of Hawaii, make sure to read all the fine print. I know it is a lot of reading, but it will give you a general understanding of what is expected of you during the lease term.
By law, You are not to be charged more than a full months rent as Security Deposit. If you have a pet the landlord SHOULD NOT be collecting a Pet Deposit. A professional Property Manager is aware of the laws, however if you are renting directly from the homeowner they may not be aware of all the laws, so Renter Beware!... more
B. Tenants. When it is the tenant who wishes to terminate the tenancy, the tenant must give the landlord written notice no less than 28 days before the anticipated termination date. The tenant is responsible for payment of rent through the date stated in the termination notice, or through the date it is rerented, whichever comes first.... more
Your chances are excellent. As long as you can provide references, I think most rental agencies or property owners would rent to you. Just be careful renting. Yesterday, a family was standing outside of a building in Waikiki. They sent money to someone for a property they found on the Internet. Turns out that person doesn't exist.
Be sure to ask regarding utilities, it can go either way. Most of the "vacation rentals" such as those in Waikiki, include electricity, basic cable, water etc., Often, fees such as telephone or parking are separate. You need to ask and look at the lease carefully, it should all be in writing.
By condo fees, I believe you mean homeowner's association fees. Those are paid by the owner, not the tenant. Reason: If the tenants stops paying, the association could put a lien or even foreclose for nonpayment.