ciao ! i'm an italian guy that lives in hawaii .... peaceful , respectful , and quiet person , i love ocean and nature
Manolo is very welcoming and happy to provide local information and eating recommendations to suit your needs.
The studio is in a perfect location in that it's only a 5 minute walk down the road to all the excellent restaurants, boutiques and shops in Paia. Studio is spacious and reasonably well equipped. We stayed for 5 nights and had no intention of cooking dinner as we ate in restaurants in Paia every evening, however if you intended to cook dinner the range of equipment is limited to a portable two ring hob and a small grill. There was no hair dryer in the studio.
The soundproofing in the building is poor in that we could here Manolo and family talking in their accommodation above the studio. There is also traffic noise from the very busy road outside - this noise starts at around 6am and goes on till around midnight making getting off to sleep difficult and then you are woken up early in the morning.
When we checked into the studio we noticed a very strong chemical odour which was particularly bad in the bathroom. My wife suffers from asthma and this odour aggravated it to the extent that she neded to use her inhaler frequently whilst in the studio. We kept the windows open in both main room and bathroom as much as possible ( traffic noise meant you could not leave them open during night) to ventilate the room and after a couple of days the odour had dispersed a bit. We think some strong chemical agent had been put down the bathroom drains, however, on our fourth night in the studio we returned from dinner in town to find the bathroom and main room infested with tiny bugs (very like fleas) - they were everywhere and we had no idea where these bug/ fleas had come from but suspect the drains. It took us a couple of hours to get rid of them. For the remainder of our stay we closed all the sink and washbasin drains and tightly covered over the drain hole in the shower and this seemed to stop the bugs/fleas getting in.
My wife and I stayed at Manolo's wonderful house in Maui for several nights, and we can recommend it to anyone who wishes to stay in Paia, or Maui's north shore area.
The kitchen is well appointed, and the beds are comfortable. For those who wish to relax outside, there are several beautiful trees which offer shade for the Lanai. The property offers a little peace and quite, while remaining a short walk to Paia's downtown.
Monolo himself is an absolutely superb host, both friendly and knowledgeable. Should you find anything lacking, he will do his best to fix the situation and make sure your holiday is relaxing and enjoyable.
Devin and Eva
My fiancé and I loved staying in Manolo's studio!!!! It was clean, had all the cooking essentials we needed, extra towels, the bed was comfortable, cable tv, washer and dryer on the premises for free and we had our own private bathroom. Parking on the street was so easy. The room has no air conditioning, but it is not needed, we left the ceiling fan on and left the windows open at night, it felt so good. Manolo lives on the second floor of the house, if we needed anything he could have helped us right away, but everything was perfect. I knew he was kind through our email exchanges, and he is just as kind in person, very warm and welcoming. This was our first time staying at a place listed on airbandb and it was the best experience!!!! We would definitely stay at Manolo's studio again, we are already thinking about our next trip to Maui;)!!!
I would highly recommend staying at this studio if you want to live, play, and eat like a local. His studio is a 10 minute walk to lots of restaurants, shops, a kick-ass grocery store called Mana Foods and a beautiful beach. Lots of people around at all hours, so it feels safe. The first day we arrived, we went to walmart by the airport for essentials(extra tp, paper towels, sunscreen), beach towels, aqua shoes for rough and wet parts of hikes, and then we went to Mana foods so we could have healthy snacks and healthy breakfast food during our stay. Truly a wonderful way to experience the town of Paia, which, in my opinion is the town that sums up life in Hawaii. From Paia, you can travel to other towns, such a great central location:)!!!
nice apartment,nice masters,the paia beach is not fit to the beginner that the only advice to others,and we like the town and manowao.
My girlfriend and I stayed for a week at Manolo's... and we loved it!!! The place is huge, well equipped, clean and perfectly located in Paia, steps away from restaurants and the beach. Manolo defines what you expect from a great host, very welcoming, helpfull and eager to answer to whatever question we had. We would definitely contact Manolo if we would go back to Paia and would recommand is appartment to anybody going to the North shore of Maui!
Clean and neat studio in good location to explore the entire island,
Hosted by a molto simpatico Italian.
Manolos place is fantastic. Great location, we loved the little town of Paia. Even though the apartment is a tad dark, the nice furniture and the cosy bed made more than up for it! There is also a very nice private yard. Wonderful!
Manolo himself is a very cool guy, very professional and helpful!
Definitely a place to stay!
Our stay here was our first stop in maui. This was also the first time we used airbnb. Manolo was an incredible host. He met us out frnt with a big smile and that aloha spirit you hope for when coming to Hawaii. The room was perfect. It is about a 5 minute walk to the beach. Perfect location. We look forward to our next trip to maui and staying here again.
Good location, clean, modern. Lacked some amenities, and Baldwin road is a bit noisy. If you are out of the room a lot, good place to operate from.
Clean, Nice and good location ... Walls are thin so you may be lightly disturbed in the evening by vehicles or neighbors ... But You're in Maui, and that is a small price to pay to visit paradise :) Paia is a very nice little town, but most everything closes between 6-9 so don't procrastinate in you want an early evening snack ... If you are in on Sunday the Dharma Center in quite beautiful and they do hold a Buddhist service at 10a.m. on Sundays, that is about 1.5 hours long, but a very transcendental experience to have :) Thank You to our Host for accepting our stay! -Patrick & Brian