About this listing
Women's only guest house in beautiful upcountry Maui. Clean, cozy room with two twin beds and private bathroom. $60/one, $90/two guests. I am very knowledgeable about Maui, especially outdoor activities. Great location for your home base on Maui.
You'll have your own private room (two twin beds) and adjacent private bathroom, perfect for one or two. Share the airy kitchen, dining, and living room with your hostess. From the kitchen, enjoy relaxing views of the slopes of Haleakala, tea and local coffee. The house is clean, warm, welcoming, full of amazing local art and treasures from around the Pacific.
You'll have access to the kitchen and dining areas, living room, covered front porch, yard and laundry.
Interaction with Guests
I work full time, but when I am home I enjoy visiting with interesting women travelers and hearing about their adventures. I'm glad to share travel tips, recommendations, and directions.
Makawao town is approximately 1-mile from guest house. What I love about Makawao is how the store owners take pride in maintaining the historic architecture and the feel of the town. Plus you can buy happiness - in an excellent cup of local coffee, the best pastries from the oldest bakery on the island, get a hair cut, buy herbal remedies, a birthday card, or a rhinestone cowboy belt, eat sushi, pasta, steak, or mexican. Haiku, Pukalani, and Paia towns are also close by.
-Komoda Bakery - daily homemade donuts, rolls, cream puffs, and other treats.
- Market Fresh Bistro
- Makawao Steak House
- Makawao Sushi & Deli
- Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli
- Polli's Mexican Restaurant
- Stopwatch Sportsbar & Grill (live music)
- Rodeo General Store Deli
- Rodeo General Store (groceries, beer/wine, sundries, deli)
- numerous art galleries and shops
- several yoga studios
- public library
- post office
- public park (tennis, soccer, basketball)
- Wednesday farmer's market
A car is highly recommended for getting around on Maui.
Other Things to Note
- Coffee and tea provided
- Evening are cool
- There is no television set in the house.
- Free WiFi if you bring your laptop.
- The house is on a rural roadway. There is some noise from passing cars and occasional dog barking, and morning roosters crowing. Consider bringing earplugs if you think this might bother you.
- no smoking on the property.
The host made me feel very welcome. She was attending a conference, but checked in with me a couple of times to make sure my stay was going well. The description she posted was accurate; her home is very lovely and cozy. I enjoyed sitting on the porch and reading in the early mornings (thanks for letting me borrow some books)! The bedroom is comfortable with plenty of space and the bathroom is also very clean and a good size. I traveled alone, but always felt safe in her home. The neighborhood was about 20-25 minutes away from the airport, so not as busy as a city, but busy enough to know there are other people around you. I had a wonderful time staying on Maui, and it was definitely made even better by staying at Emjay's.
Emjay was such a kind, gracious host. She was very clean and generous with her space. I felt safe and maybe a little too comfortable staying with her!! I would recommend this place to any women wanting a peaceful vacation in Maui.
Emjay was warm and welcoming and provided a very comfortable stay during my visit. She was quick to communicate prior to my arrival and gave very clear, specific directions to her house as well as information that was helpful during my stay.
Emjay was a fantastic host - I couldn't have asked for a more welcoming experience. The room was exactly as listed, clean, and I had a very restful time here. It is close to great beaches in Haiku/Paia, and I had no shortage of activities to do each day. I would highly recommend staying here.
Emjay was happy to give me tips on things to do on the island while I was there, and recommended activities based on my interests. However, she also respected my space and felt like I truly had my own place while staying in her home.
The house is located on a more busy road, as Emjay describes in her listing -- however, I will say I'm quite a light sleeper and it didn't bother me at all. So hope others also have the same experience!
Great location, and Emjay is lovely!
Emjay was a great host! She emailed to welcome us into her home before hand with exact directions on how to find her place and to arrange check in time. Emjay's place was beautiful, cozy, homey, and very welcoming. The photos are an accurate account of what her place looks like. Makawao is a 3 minute drive down the road with a good yoga studio, mexican restaurant and all the amenities. Paia is 10-15 min drive away with a great beach and good restaurants. Next time I am in Maui, I will definitely stay with Emjay again. She is a wonderful host with a welcoming home! Nice place to come home to after a day of site-seeing and soaking up the rays on the beach! Definitely recommend this if you are a single woman travelling on your own or with a girlfriend! :)
The hostess was very welcoming and helpful in providing tips to explore the island. The place was clean and situated in a central location, which makes for travel to different parts of the island more efficient. The neighbourhood is quiet, but there is the town centre and groceries nearby to pick up food/dine/shop.
We enjoyed our stay at Emjays nice guesthouse and felt in love with the nearby Makawao. Everything at Emjays was clean, tidy and comfortable. The communication was easy and it was a pleasure to meet her.
About the Host, Emjay
Hi, I'm Emjay. I am passionate about the outdoors, and enjoy visitors who are interested in exploring Hawaii's natural and cultural outdoor activities. I love the ocean, have been an avid surfer, paddler, and snorkeler for over 30 years. I work for an environmental nonprofit organization, I love to make soup, light candles in the evening, explore tide pools, and be mesmerized by the starry night sky. I'm curious about life, and want to sip tea and hear the story of your home and your journey to Maui.