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“Gorgeous-- True Hana” 5 of 5 stars
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140 Waikoloa Road, Hana, Maui, HI   |  
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Ranked #11 of 12 Hana B&B and Inns
Maui, Hawaii
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Gorgeous-- True Hana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

We've rented here twice and love it. It is on the bay and the views are simply spectacular. We live in Hawaii and when we choose a Hawaii accommodation, we have pretty high standards for paradise: unobstructed views, no other sounds but the ocean. Yes, it is a simple place; its on the ocean! It will feel a bit salty. That's good for you! If you want the real Hawaii, this is it!

Room Tip: The fitness center is excellent-- it's the outdoors!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

This is our 2nd trip to Hana, the first with Hana Maui Travel. Duke arranged our stay in the 2 bedroom portion of this historic home. The beach was so close that the waves lulled us to sleep on a night that we all expected to be awake from our excitement. The place is well laid out and has a great kitchen (the cooking utensils and pots and pans need updating, but that means others have discovered this great kitchen as well). We cooked all our meals at the house, so we had even more time to be on the beach. The surfing is good for beginners and those with some experience. The many openable windows made the place cool and breezy the entire stay.
We added a 2 night stay at Popolana as well, for our kids (30ish). That place is up on a small cliff and has a fantastic view, not as good as Waikoloa, but very nice. It does not have as spacious of a kitchen but it is well supplied and the entire living room is windows - sooooo panoramic!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

James Michener once wrote that Homoa Beach, just south of Hana, was the quintessential South Pacific beach, with great views of the Big Island, and white sand beach. That same charm can be found at Hale Waikoloa house. The accommodation was very comfortable and clean. Great views. Right on Hana Bay. We booked through Hana Maui Travel Co. Received the friendliest customer service from Duke. He also provided helpful tips on hikes, adding to our adventures in Hana. if your looking to get away from the resorts, and experience the "real" South Pacific, Hana is the place to be.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern New Jersey
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

Beautiful sunsets! We stayed in the studio (in the rear of the house) . Very lucky no one was in the front of the house, so we were able to sit out on the porch and watch the sunsets. Stayed 2 nights. Alittle bit older, and in need of some repair, but it has everything you need for 2 people. We were able to cook (stove, microwave, small frig., cookware, etc.) ( only ONE coffee cup ..please add at least one more..coffee and Hawaii go together ! ) Recommend you stop for food before you head out to Hana ( they do have a small store, but better to stop out near the airport and get a small cooler) ...Manager is real nice. Recommend you do not travel the "Road to Hana" after dark , and stay out in Hana at least one night... really worth it.
House is on small pond with about 5 other houses ( very pretty) !
No air-conditioner , but there is no need for one.
Mahala ! ...
Have a wonderful stay here !

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

We stayed in the small unit, Hale Waikoloa Elua, Hana. It was just OK for two days stay and doesn’t compare to other accommodation we experienced at the same pricepoint on this trip to Hawaii. While clean, it is tired, worn and poorly maintained (simple things like the freezer in the fridge being totally clogged & desperately in need of a defrost.). The main room is squeezy with full kitchen facilities, bed, table and chairs. The walk-in wardrobe /bathroom area is generous but there is no door. While the property is located on the shore, the studio is at the back of the property with no outlook and the overall feel is dark during the day as the windows are all translucent louvre style. Small things irritated – there was no plug for the bathroom basin and the stove is gas but we couldn’t get the lighter wand to work and there were no matches (only a cigarette lighter we happened to carry enabled us to cook). The property’s carport is directly outside the windows of the studio so that the comings and goings of those in the other units impinge directly on the studio – we were unlucky enough to experience multiple door slamming, locking beeps and conversations during one evening, and further door banging, beeps headlights (directly into our window) at 5.15am – yet this double carport is apparently not the designated parking for the studio – rather our car goes outside on the dirt. And there are no wine glasses – just big clunky tumblers. Worst of all, as a vacation rental there are no hosts to deal with problems. On the other hand a big plus is complimentary WiFi access.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Stamford, Connecticut
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

First let us start by saying that Duke the administrator of the property is a great guy, friendly and helpful. That being said, the lower floor 2 bedroom family rental is a bit run down. We stayed here 5 years ago (2005) and loved it, so obviously we were content enough to rebook since we love Hana, and this location by the black pebble beach is outstanding. After this stay however in 2010 we found ourselves actively looking at the other local rentals since we not stay here again. Honestly, the comforters seemed like they hadn't been washed since our visit 5 years prior, and the mold smell in the master bedroom was intolerable. It was even on the bed sheets and pillows. The pots and pans were one level above disgusting, being physically dirty with food remnants from the previous tenants. The wooden shutters are moldy and rotted, making one wonder about the quality of the fresh air that continually blows in off the ocean.; and if you're still actually considering renting this unit, you need also consider the ant infestation on the kitchen and bathroom counters...........we were totally grossed out by this. I offered my wife a package of food one morning and there were ants in it. They were essentially in anything not closed so everything needs to go into the frig, where thankfully there were none. Bring your own zip lock bags and garbage bags, as the cans are small and you run out quickly. They supply you with one bag per day. The bathroom toilet seat was the same as 5 years ago, now broken and the toilet area is dark and smells of urine. The shower and hot water are good and certainly provide an adequate wash. Ants rummage through the sink area however where you brush your teeth.

Now my wife and I having 2 kids were looking forward to a bit of privacy and togetherness in the master bedroom, however it was uninhabitable. My son and I pulled down the futon on the living room couch and slept on the floor of that room each night. I actually slept very well there since I loved the breeze coming off the ocean. My wife and daughter slept on two single beds in a very small room which had no mold odor so long as you kept the closet door closed, which had a mold smell that would knock you down. Now as for the maid service, there is none, except for a women who arrived when we were leaving. There are a few scantly towels about the bathroom that look like something you would save to wash your car with.

On a more positive note, we were able to make the best of it and cook some very fine dinners and breakfasts for our family. There is a large picnic table inside and one outside. The rug is new and the living room and kitchen are free of mold odors. The living room as well has a small TV with a DVD player, but we never turned it on. There is a good working washer and dryer available to use before 7 pm. As well there is a functional barbecue and we bought freshly caught mahi mahi down by Hamoa beach off of the local fisherman, which cooked well there and was absolutely fabulous. There is only a small convection oven and a microwave, but the range for cooking is good. The sink as well is a bit gordy.

We were in Hana for a week both times staying at this rental, and we are barely in the rental during the day because we are always out exploring. We will return to Hana probably in about 3 years or so and will plan on renting elsewhere unless we find that this rental has had some major upgrades. If you stay and the upgrades have been made, please note on Trip Advisor.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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berkeley, ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

We spent two nights in the smallest apartment, Hale Waikoloa Elua, a studio off the garage. It is within walking distance of a pretty black pebble and sand beach, and very close to Hana. The studio is very cozy (there's no door for the toilet!), one bigger room with the bed and kitchen, and a smaller area with sink and vanity and a big closet for storing luggage. There are no views of the ocean (although you can hear the surf). And yes, all of the cabinetry and even the bed cover are very seventies. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but other aspects of the studio suggest that it has not seen a serious overhaul since the 70s either. There is wear and tear in the bathroom and along all the windows; a panel on the front door is loose (allowing mosquitoes in); the kitchen supplies are just above dorm room quality. And, if you look closely, you will find ants in the kitchen area.

The kitchen is decently stocked with pots and pans and utensils, but the only foodstuffs are salt and pepper, you will have to bring everything else. We stopped at the amazing Mana Foods in Pa'ia for supplies (Hasegawa's has a decent selection, and as you would expect in a remote-ish place, is very expensive) and picked up delicious tomatoes and eggplants at the Hana Fresh farm stand at the Community Health Center and there is also the Ono Farms' stand on the far side of the gas station.

In retrospect, it might have been worth the $35 more a night for the big one-bedroom apartment upstairs with views of the ocean. And despite everything written above, we loved our stay in Hana, and made the most of Hale Waikoloa Elua. If you simply want a place to crash while visiting the sites of Hana and environs (well worth the sometimes excruciating drive), the "garden"/garage studio will do just fine.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hale Waikoloa

Address: 140 Waikoloa Road, Hana, Maui, HI
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Hana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waikoloa is a pebble beach on the north side of Hāna Bay at the mouth of Kawaipapa stream - on the eastern shore of the island of Maui. There is a surf site located where the stream meets the ocean. This beautiful beach is located right outside your door as Hale Waikoloa is beachfront property. Hale Waikoloa means “house at Waikoloa.”Your private path to the beach means you are only a few steps away from lazy walks along the ocean. This is the ideal location to get away from the hectic pace of city life. Spectacular sunrises, a stunning moon, cool ocean breezes and the sound of the ocean greet you every day. A typical night here means falling asleep hearing the ocean waves on the shoreline, smelling the ocean breeze and hearing the wind in the trees with a gentle evening rainfall. A true tropical escape! ... more   less 
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Hale Waikoloa Hana, Maui

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