About this listing
WELCOME TO THE GREENEST SPOT ON MAUI!
Whether you're seeking sanctuary, looking to write the next chapter of your life, or are simply on vacation, come explore sustainable living in Hawaii's premier Maui Eco retreat on the North Shore of Maui!
NOTICE: IF YOU WISH TO STAY SHORTER THAN THE MINIMUM REQUIRED STAY, PLEASE SEND US A MESSAGE. We will accept shorter stays if it fits between current bookings. Thank you.
Operating a short-term vacation accommodation in Maui is illegal without a permit. We have been fully licensed and permitted since 2009 our License number is BBPH0003. Upon Arrival we have to collect the %13.42 Hawaiian Transient Tax.
At Maui Eco Retreat You'll Enjoy:
Directly next to the ocean
Beautiful hiking trails
Only 15 minutes from town
Yoga and meditation classes
This listing features our sunny Hawaiian room, celebrating the spirit of the islands with Hawaiian art, an exotic wood floor and a large private deck with views of the ocean, Haleakala, and our grounds. Located on the first floor of the Opua house, the Hawaiian room has shared bathroom on the same floor and the shower is located on the bottom of the stairs. A spacious closet with top to bottom mirror stores your luggage perfectly.
You are sharing a spacious, beautiful kitchen with the other guests in the house. The Opua house kitchen is well equipped for all of your cooking needs.
*ONLY FITS 2 PEOPLE - thank you
*Please note that our offices are closed during the weekend and our normal business hours are M-F 10am-2pm Hawaiian Standard Time. We are a small family owned retreat and will always respond to your request as soon as we are able. Please do not send requests over the weekend, we will not be able to reply and will have our response time penalized due to this.
We greatly appreciate your understanding. Mahalo.
ABOUT OUR PROPERTY:
All of our buildings are ecologically built and are often adorned with spiritual art and hand-crafted masterpieces from Pacific and Asian countries. All our rooms have ocean views, and we are surrounded by lush jungle, ponds, flower gardens, fruit trees, and a nearby waterfall (reached by a short downhill climb) which flows into natural pools for swimming from which you can gaze upon the breath-taking view of the valley.
Our land is a wonderful place to wander and explore: you can take a short walk passing the chickens, the homes of our bees, countless species of flowers and plants and stop by our temples, where you can rest, relax and meditate. For the adventurer, our ocean trail is a moderately challenging cliff trail and the hike takes about a half an hour to get down to the ocean. You will enjoy the wild beauty and the untouched nature of this piece of rural Maui, which is occasionally visited by dolphins and turtles, and in the wintertime, the whales can be spotted breaching from the rooms. But be sure to prepare with a good pair of hiking shoes, some snacks and feel your feet, the trail can be very slippery after a heavy rain.
Location: We are on the North Shore of Maui's sunrise, just 40 minutes north/east of Kahului airport, and 30 minutes from Paia Town (on the way from the airport), which has lots of great restaurants and boutiques, a large health-food grocery store, internet cafés, bank, ATMs, post office, and lovely public sand beaches for walks or jogs, lounging, picnicking, sun bathing, swimming and surfing. We are in the heart of the island, where you will receive a full of experience of local living and no large hotels and tourism. Nature calls!
Please let us know if there are specific activities or services that you are interested in, and we’ll be happy to get you connected!
If you would like to get married on Maui, Kutira is a licensed wedding officiant by the State of Hawaii.
All of our houses are built to code and we have an official permit by the county of Maui to host guests.
Children: The allowance of children is decided on a case-by-case basis (based on age, space, and location of your vacation rental). You need to have a confirmed approval from our office. If you arrive with a child without our consent, we will not be able to host your stay. Your reservation will be immediately cancelled with no money returned. Generally, we strive to maintain a meditative space and if we are able to do so while hosting your wonderful family, we would love to!
**UPON ARRIVAL**: We will charge you and additional 13.42% tax from the amount you have already paid to AirB&B. (This is the mandatory Hawaiian Transient State Tax of 9.25% and Hawaii State Tax of 4.166%). Our cleaning fee is based on a 5 night stay. If we accept a shorter stay a higher cleaning fee is due as well. Our cleaning fee is likely different during the high-season (December 15th - March 31st) and the summer season (July 1st - August 31st).
Late Arrival: There is an additional $45 charge for late arrivals between 7pm - 10pm and $65 from 10pm to midnight. We are a small family owned business and have to hire an after hour guest-services person to welcome late night arrivals and show you to your room or cottage. If you have planned to arrive before 6pm, and you come later than one hour after you agreed, we have the right to charge a waiting fee of $30. We request a courtesy call if you arrival time has changed, and in this case we will waive your waiting fee until 7pm. Again, thank you for understanding our situation.
Shopping Service For Late Arrivals: Please contact us in advance with a detailed shopping list and we will have your groceries waiting for you when you arrive. The cost for this service is $30 + 10% of the cost of goods.
We also request upon arrival a credit card imprint for potential overuse charges. In order to use our hiking trails, we need you to sign a release waiver.
Once we have accepted your booking we will send you a detailed informational email that will support your stay with us. Important: Please confirm this email as it will contain driving directions to the property and you will need to verify your arrival time.
We are really looking forward to hosting you at our magical place!
Enjoy exploring our meditation temple. Take a hike and learn about our sustainable land with the interactive "vita-par cue", a game that explores of our land through hiking with a compass and interactive stations.
Interaction with Guests
Join a Yoga class or our Tuesday evening Embodied Spirituality teaching. On special times we have a camp fire and drum circle. Always something to share. And of course you can always interact with our volunteers form around the world.
We are located in the Valley of the white Owl, the Pueo. We have two old Hawaiian churches. We have a really beautiful guestbook in each room that shares more about the history of this place and the valley we are located in.
The nearest bus stop is in Haiku. The bus can take you around. However a car is the easiest way to navigate and see our small island.
Other Things to Note
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm (Hawaii standard time). We are unable to respond to inquiries over the weekend but will get back to you first thing Monday morning! Once you booked with us we send you a detailed email with directions and other traveling tips.
No smoking indoors. Quiet time after 9pm. Kitchen must be cleaned after each use. We encourage our guests to conserve electricity and water.
We operate on solar energy from panels installed on our buildings, our water is pumped directly from our own well, and we live sustainably and self-sufficiently from the land through organic farming. We have a short welcome procedure that will inform you how to embrace a sustainable lifestyle including what your chicken’s like and what is recyclable etc..
Beautiful scene and very harmonic/green living environment. Staff were very nice which made it very easy for us to explore around.
Very well organized facilities. The shared baths and kitchen is cleaned daily and very tidy. If you're looking for calm relaxing days it is perfect but also for exploring the island the location is very good. However it might be worth to mention that the facilities are located at the end of a rough unpaved road, I personally would recommend a 4wd (though it seems possible with a 2wd but you will feel safer in a 4wd).
We had an amazing few days (not long enough). We will not forget our sunrise in the music temple, our daring adventure down the path to the ocean, and our own private waterfall. It was such an amazing time to unwind, slow down, and commune with nature with each-other and with ourselves.
The grounds are really gorgeous. Wonderful ocean views, a cool waterfall hike, amazing sunrise into the room. Cool art and decorations in the room and on the grounds. The bed was really comfortable. Being asked more more money for taxes on arrival is awkward. I booked the room on AirBnb at a certain price, I was charged a total amount, why weren't the taxes included in that? I don't want to argue and stress about money on my vacation when I am trying to relax and have fun. It's also not fair to other AirBnb listings to report an inaccurate final cost.
Sorry, if the collection of the Hawaii State Tax has brought some stress we hope the waterfall experience washed away this stress and only the magical experiences will grace your memory.
Just to clarify some information: Before you booked with us we hope you were able to read in our profile the following information: "All of our houses are built to code and we have an official permit by the county of Maui to host guests.
Upon arrival: We will charge you and additional 13.42% tax from the amount you have already paid to AirB&B. (This is the mandatory Hawaiian Transient State Tax of 9.25% and Hawaii State Tax of 4.166%) Our cleaning fee is based on a 5 night stay. If we accept a shorter stay a higher cleaning fee is due as well. "
Yes, we are a legal B&B where most of the other AirBnB are not. They do not pay taxes, and they did not had to go through a permit process. However, they are also much more vulnerable to be shut down, as it is against the law to rent with out permit. At least booking with us ensured that you have a place after arrival on our island where some other guests where in for a big surprise and had a very stress full holiday to find other accommodations. The illegal accommodations on Maui also take a way affordable housing, it is not fair to those who are legal. After we accept your booking we do send a special welcome letter with the directions. In this email the tax is again mentioned to be collected upon arrival. AirbBnB does not want to charge/collect the legal taxes for us. Cory, you are very welcome and try if AirBnB want's to change their rules and collect the tax money for us. We certainly would love that too and we have the check in easy. Warm aloha and I hope we will be welcoming you again back to our place.
Not really much at all.
We are located closer to the region of Haiku and Paia. Even though the road to Hana is only about 25 miles away, the road has many curves and small one-way bridges. it takes about 2 hours drive and certainly a wonderful drive to explore. Regarding the suggestion of having a microwave. I have written a book 'The Lightness of Body and Being' eating healthy, GMO free ans as much as possible organic and less processed food as possible. I am a passionate advocate of a healthy and sustainable way of living. We suggest to heat up food with our oven or on the stove, rather then a microwave. I hope that you enjoyed all the other appliances, from coffee maker to toaster and blender. Thank you for letting me clarify on your suggestion and why we do not have a microwave.
Raphael checked us in to the Eco Retreat and provided us with a copy of their hand drawn map of the grounds and described where the various hikes and temples were. He also gave us some suggestions on local markets, shops, dining and beaches to visit. The grounds were large, peaceful and remote – pretty far off the beaten path and the main road – but close enough to the neighboring Paia and Haiku that we had plenty of local dining options. The kitchen was very nice, clean and new, but the private deck outside our room didn't have any furniture on it which would have made it easier to enjoy. The large closet in our room was filled with linens and towels and had signs informing us that it was for staff use only, and because the room wasn't very large we didn't have a ton of space for our luggage and clothes like the listing implies. Also the bedding was different from pictured and the bed was very firm.
We enjoyed having Cassandra and her partner at our Maui Eco Retreat. To have peace of mind I would like to respond to some of Cassandra's observations and requests.
Each room at our place has a theme and Cassandra stayed in the Hawaiian room. We always take great pride to coordinate the linens with the room theme, and of course do not update our website pictures each time we change bed linens.
We do have in each room a place for hanging clothes and shelves for storing goods. Each room has a different price according to space and location. Our Hawaiian Room is one of the smaller, less expensive rooms and therefore has less storage space. If you are looking for a more spacious room the Lotus Room would be a nice choice. The upstairs lanai outside the Hawaiian Room is not made to have furniture as the wind is too strong and would lift it off the deck.
We hope that this additional information gives Cassandra and other future guests more clarity, and we hope that Cassandra knows she is always welcomed back. Thank you for your feedback.
This place is absolutely magical! I have never been so in awe of raw natural beauty in my life. We ended our vacation here and we couldn't have asked for a better end to our trip. My advice to you if you stay here is to really explore the land. You read so many things online of places you NEED to see, but this place is unlike any of that! For us we felt like we had a vacation unlike most who visit maui, we saw many of the same things you would on touristy hikes, but it was private. Felt much more special :)
The hike to the 150ft waterfall is adventurous, fun, and breathtakingly beautiful. When you get there it's like the perfect reward for your hard work! Very romantic and private, I felt like I experienced the real Maui while here.
My stay here, although short, gave me a new appreciation for simply taking the time to appreciate the moment. The energy here is amazing! I felt energized, rejuvenated, and so at peace leaving this place.
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About the Host, Alyson & Kutira
Hi, my name is Alyson and I am the office manager of our beautiful Maui Eco Retreat B& B on the North Shore of Maui. Together with the owners, Kutira and Raphael, I am taking care of your visit with us. I love that this place is truly embodying old Hawaii and the magnificent side of where eco tourism is fully alive. Come, visit us!