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I am from Santa Barbara, CA. I enjoy spending time with my family, horseback riding, volleyball, and yoga. My family and I go to Maui about twice a year and have owned the property there for about 8 years.
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I have to say the experience is not a pleasant one. I drove in the dark along a twisty road for 40minutes only found the house has no power. It's valentine day and the beginning of a long weekend, we had to pay $650 to find a place to stay. The power outrage is caused by the storm and the power still didn't came back the second night. We payed another $500 for the night and finally decide to give up this place.
Marie is pretty responsive and she has a handy man lives nearby. The power outrage is cause by the storm, no one really wants this to happen.
This place wasn't for me to be honest. It's clean and has everything you need but the location was really not that practical for our daily program. We stayed in Paia before which was pretty cool and so looking at the map I thought this place wouldn't be too far away, but it's actually quite a drive with all the turns and slow-moving streets through the jungle. Another thing you should be aware of in this specific area is that the weather differs strongly from the rest of the island - it seems like it often rains there while it's sunny down at the shore. As you are in the middle of the jungle you have to prepare yourself for a variety of bugs and other little creatures. While the appartment is in good condition, the bathroom (especially the bath curtain) could use some refreshing. Finally there is supposed to be Wifi but you only have reception when standing in the driveway outside of the appartment.
Very nice place, super quiet and beautiful surroundings.
Our overall experience and stay at the Green Goddess was OK. The cabin is a good size for two people and despite several perks, we encountered many unfortunate events which put a damper on our stay. We had a fly infestation (hundreds of flies) which we managed to take care of by purchasing a can of Raid (which we left at the cabin). We woke up to rodent droppings on the kitchen counter and stove (my boyfriend saw it scurry under the washer and described it as being black and about 5 inches long). There were other insects in the cabin (especially in the bathroom) and cockroaches in the kitchen (coming from the space between the counter and dishwasher). When we contacted Marie concerning the fly and rodent issue, she quickly contacted her maintenance guy Paul to come by and attempt to solve or at least identify the issues (i.e., where are they coming from?). Paul was not helpful and had an attitude: he asked us where we were from and when we answered Vancouver, Canada, he said "yes, well this is jungle living. This is totally normal. Everything grows fast here." This type of reaction was uncalled for and didn't help the situation in any way. He also mentioned several times that we could leave all of our food when leaving the Green Goddess because he would be happy to have it - he was impolitely interested in our food. Having stayed at several airbnb places and having my mother-in-law as an airbnb hostess, my boyfriend and I were really surprised at the amount of work and cleaning that was asked of the guests when checking out (and we are charged a $92 cleaning fee?!). We had to clean the sheets, towels etc., clean all the dishes and put them away, take out the trash, and get rid of all perishable foods. If we weren't being charged a cleaning fee, I would have no problem with these requests. However, knowing that she has Paul and that we are paying for cleaning service, I find it really unfair. Regarding the perks: the kitchen is fully-equipped (which allowed us to spend most of our evenings at the cabin and prepare lunches for our daily excursions), the bathroom has lots towels and extra sheets, the bed was relatively comfortable and the location was great. Contrarily to many of the comments that have described this cabin as "remote", we found it to be well-located - all parts of the island (Hana, Lahaina, Kihei, Haleakala etc.) are within a 40 min-1.5 hr drive. It is also located close to 3 towns (Haiku, Makawao and Paia). Also, having a washer/dryer was a real plus.
The little green cabin is very cute. Pictures are accurate! Loved the porch but only got to enjoy it for a few minutes during the day since it's definitely mosquito property. The cabin is a ways from Paia and grocery stores. So when you go grocery shopping, make sure you stack up for as many days you need. The wifi connection is not the best so if you must always be connected this is not the place for you. There was no TV so we brought our laptop to watch movies at night. Definitely a place if you want to be away from people. Bug spray is a MUST!
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The are 2 houses on this property, the "Treehouse" and the "green Goddess". The Goddess is a bit more rustic with no TV and spotty internet. The "Treehouse" is comfortable with views to enjoy, although the kitchen needs more Cooking supplies.
Very unique place to stay! Deep in tropical forest and only 16 minutes from the closest downtown. When we stayed, the bigger house on the property was vacant, which made it really secluded. Expect some insects and mosquitoes. Has all basic facilities, no microwave though.