What can you say when an experience so far exceeds your expectations you can hardly describe it? It would be impossible to overstate the lush, tranquil beauty of this property.
Located four driveways past mile marker 48 off the main highway on other side of Hana, this lodging has to be Maui’s best-kept secret. You turn into the driveway and the road barely disturbs the grass. You drive through a natural arch formed by the overgrown (but well-tended) shrubbery, and come into a wildly landscaped clearing filled with a neat forest of eye-popping tropical plants.
The Ohana cottage itself peeks modestly from behind a curtain of greenery. Inside is private, clean, spacious, filled with amenities, and completely surrounded by a tropical rainforest. The warm island décor and wall of palms visible through every window give it an air of sensuous luxury; the island breezes cooling you at night are unforgettable. We had the remarkable good luck and foresight to decide to spend three whole nights here at the beginning of our nine day trip to Maui. In hindsight, I would have stayed five.
With a full kitchen and laundry available, we fended for ourselves. The privacy and ability to settle in without housekeeping or room service annoying us was priceless. The kitchen is galley-style, but roomy. It isn’t air-conditioned, but we didn’t need it with the night breezes and overhead fans. There is no pool, but you won’t need one with the local beaches so close.
If you’ve never been to Hawaii, or to the tropics, please understand that humidity, insects, and critters are facts of life unless you’re in a sterile, ultra-air conditioned high end resort. If these things bother you, don’t stay here.
If you need to be waited on hand and foot, don’t stay here.
This place (meaning Hana and Papalani) is for people who appreciate simplicity, beauty, and nature. You can do nothing, or everything. It’s a short drive to town, and an easy drive to Oheo Gulch.
We had the good fortune to be in Hana during the Festivals of Aloha. We went to events at the Hana Ball Park, including the Lei and Floral Arrangement competition, and the local hula and Hawaiian gospel music at night. A beautiful evening with local families in small-town Hawaii, I will never forget it.
A word about privacy: Ohana seems exposed, but in reality, no one should be walking around out behind the cottage. And at night you would definitely hear it if someone was outside.
This is a perfect place for a romantic couple. Leave the keiki at home!
A few tips: Definitely stop at Kmart in Kahului when you first arrive in Maui. It’s right by the airport. Pick up a Styrofoam cooler and plenty of provisions; stuff at Hasegawa’s is expensive.
Try and arrive early enough in the day that you can make it to Hana by dark. The highway up was fun and beautiful. The highway around the other side was an adventure, to say the least, and NOT for fearful drivers or passengers. But I'm still glad we did it.
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