Tranquility, comfort and panoramic views: the ocean out the front, past our sloping lawn and distant cow pastures; Haleakala, horizon to horizon, out the back, over the horse, goat and donkey pasture. Bananas, sapote and avocados on site.
My cozy, peaceful home is welcoming and full of art, books, antiques and rugs. The beds are excellent, views sublime, tub extra long, hot water nearly endless and the silence is punctuated by birdcalls, breezes in the banana leaves and the occasional moo. Bananas, avocados and sapote grow around the house and there are several friendly cats and dogs on the property (not in the house) for company and/or protection. We are ten minutes from swimming and twenty from the airport; a zip-line is just nearby and the volcano is up the road. We have wi-fi and parking is at the door. Iʻm a retired travel pro and, even though Iʻll be away while you are here, I will ensure you make the most of your stay like a kama`aina (local). I would be delighted to answer any questions you have. Two guests maximum and one week minimum, please. Bon voyage!
Outdoor lanai (porch), indoor sunporch (both with ocean views), large kitchen and dining room, master suite (sitting, sleeping and dressing rooms), study/guestroom, library/livingroom and double-vanity bath with extra-long tub. Parking at the door and laundry facilities on-site. The storage room is off limits.
You will have my home to yourselves. If I am within mobile range, you can call me, anytime.
Those who know Maui know that Haiku is the best of the best! I loved living in Paia and Wailea, but am never quite as happy living anywhere but Haiku. It is the ultimate rural paradise, with quaint country roads, lots of cows, horses and birds, and fruit growing abundantly. Ideal for walkers and bikers, too.
As it is located 1000ʻ up the mountain, my home requires a car (or motorcycle) to access it. Maui has a good public transport system, but itʻs not within walking distance. Allow twenty minutes to/from the airport, depending upon traffic.
If you are coming to Maui for a course or training, my home is the perfect place to chill before and after. Integrate in nature, with the ambient sounds of the breeze in the banana leaves, the song of many birds, distant moos and an occasional neigh.
Permit Number: W00201090-02
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Minimum Stay:||7 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$650 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2400 /month|
We did not have a good experience here. From the get go things went wrong.
The place was listed at $90. When I reserved the space she declined and upped the rate to $150. Because there was little else to choose from (we planned this trip last minute) and the location was close to our relatives on the island, we decided to go for it.
When we arrived at the property we were unable to get in. Naia had neglected to tell us that there was a key hidden and she had not supplied her cell phone number. The only number I had for her was a work number that she was not answering. After contacting Airbnb and with their help getting a hold of her, five hours later around 8pm she met us at her home and let us in.
Her home looks fine but it smells terrible. It is musty and dank - most likely mold. It is hard to breathe. We couldn't get past the smell and found it impossible to spend any quality time inside the home. We had had a long day traveling. We tried to get some sleep but as soon as day broke the next morning we left and spent the rest of our vacation on my aunts couch.
Also, the place is listed as two bedrooms and it is not. There is a small day bed in the small cramped office. The lamps are covered in dust and small bugs.
If it hadn't smelled so bad, I would've let all the other stuff pass without complaining. But after all the trouble and all the money we spent, we feel duped. It's a bummer. Don't let this happen to you.
I very much regret allowing Madhu to stay. First, she wanted to pay the non-holiday rate to stay during a holiday period (I did not comply); then, she wanted to shorten the required length of stay during that time (I agreed). Next, she neglected to bring the instructions for finding the key, and my mobile number. Then, she arrived hours later than when she was due, while I was not reachable, in a medical appointment. As soon as I was aware that she could not get in, I contacted her at once and went to the door, where I waited for her to arrive, so I could show her where the key is and make sure she and her guest had everything they needed. She asked me to give them that night gratis for their trouble and I agreed. The next morning, I sent her a note apologizing for her inconvenience and she replied that they had already left and wanted a full refund!
First, there is no smell in my home. If there were, wouldnʻt one or two of my very many previous guests have commented about it? If there were mold, wouldnʻt the many wall hangings, drapes and carpets (twenty!) be ruined? Also, after Madhuʻs complaint, I arranged for a professional mold inspection of the premises and they received a completely clean bill of health.
No, I cannot enlarge the size of the study/guestroom. However, with a very comfortable bed, storage, a desk and swivel office armchair, it will accommodate even a very tall guest in comfort. The cozy rug and panoramic view make it a travelerʻs haven (or so Iʻm told).
Moreover, the kitchen is now fully equipped for any style cooking; the oven works perfectly and there are two sets of pots (Pyrex and Le Creuset), electric kettle, blender, toaster/broiler and microwave.
My fondest wish for my guests is that they love my home and return. Please do not let one negative review, among a sea of positives, prevent your delightful experience of Hale Wabi Sabi. Mahalo!
Overall, we enjoyed staying away from all the chaos of the resorts in West Maui and Kihei. Though beech excursions did involve a lot of driving, we were well placed for hikes, biking, etc., and there are some great local dining options.
The house is exactly like the photos. We found it cheerful, cozy, and charming. To the end of our stay, we kept noticing details in the decor we’d missed before.
The larger property includes three buildings, grey with blue trimmings, built in a faintly nautical style--one large, single family home, placed close to the road, and two duplexes, spaced wide apart over a close-cut lawn and screened from one another by clumps of banana trees, norfolk pines, hedges, and a larger rubber tree.
Nai’a home is the lower flat of the first duplex, the middle building. From the front rooms, the ocean is just visible over the fields when its clear. To the rear is a neighbor’s pasture, shared by a horse, donkey, and a couple of goats. We saw the other residents only rarely during our stay, but received visits from the three friendly dogs almost every day. There are also two cats, assorted chickens and roosters, and a bunny in a hutch on the property, as well as a caged bird in the upper flat.
The only draw backs were these: As one other guest mentioned, the kitchen isn’t set up for very complex cooking--the utensils, pots, and pans are limited, the oven is used for storage. The other issue we had was a pretty bad ant infestation. We took note of the house rules and were very careful about placing trash in the freezer, but still had problems. Nai’a does have a bottle of citrus oil handy, which helped.