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“Perfect Honeymoon...” 5 of 5 stars
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Wai Ola Vacation Paradise
1565 Kuuipo Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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Ranked #6 of 13 Lahaina B&B and Inns
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Perfect Honeymoon...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Me and my wife stayed at Wai Ola in October for 8 nights and we had the best time ever. We chose Wai Old mainly based on the hundreds of positive reviews from this site and we were not disappointed. We also picked here based on the fact that it was not a massive hotel resort and also not in the middle of the town. We wanted a bit of seclusion and peace and quiet on our honeymoon.
Jim and Kim were great hosts and made us feel instantly welcome. They knew we were on our honeymoon and when we arrived in our room there was a bottle of prosecco on ice along with a congratulations card... A very nice touch that was not expected. It tasted especially nice sat on the balcony (outside or room) watching the sun set over the ocean.
We stayed in the Kuuipo suite and had great views of the ocean while lying in bed. The room was immaculate, spacious and very nicely furnished. I especially liked the shower encased in glass blocks.
We travelled to Hawaii during the quiet time and as such (apart from 2 days) we had the whole place to ourselves... We felt like we actually had the whole place to ourselves!!
The pool was great and we would often come back from the beach early and just chill round the pool with a drink and watch the sun set. The Jacuzzi was also great and was great to use at night once the temperature had dropped (a little) and wasn’t as intense.
As many others have said there is free use of beach towels/chairs/umbrellas as well as snorkels, masks and flippers, boogie boards and cool boxes, ideal for us as we took our lunch to the beach.
I had also read many good things about Kim’s 'baked goods' and we were not disappointed. As we were the only guests there during our stay I feel we were spoilt a little. We were treated to banana bread with choc chips, spiced pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing, chocolate brownies and nut cookies...Yum!!
Lahaina town is about 1.5 miles down front street and is walk able if you have a reasonable fitness (we did it once and took about 40 minutes). There is however a bus that stops at the bottom of the road (every hour). $2/person and takes you straight into the centre of Lahaina. The last bus leaves town at 10pm though so if staying later then you will have to walk or get a cab ($10 max)
The best beaches are a bit of a drive away and not walk able, we had a car for the duration though so it was no problem for us. There are so many nice beaches on Maui you would need a car to see them all anyway.
Overall I would 100% recommend this place to anyone. We had a perfect honeymoon and we hope to return one day... If only to return the $1 that Kim lent us for the bus one day!! :-)
Once again many thanks for a memorable honeymoon.
Mahalo Jim & Kim.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

If you want a feel-good and a good-feel of Lahaina, Wai ola is a great spot.

Wai Ola offers very comfortable accomodations with excellent and flexible configuration for large groups and or small groups. We were 10 people who took over the 4 private units that gave us access to the larger central living area.

Nestled a couple blocks from the shore and a few blocks further to Old Town Lahaina, the property offered a fel for Lahaina Residential living with the privacy and secluded feeling of a large villa.

The central location made it easy to choose your beach, choose your restaurant and choose your activity (with a little help from you're very wonderful hosts at Wai Ola). And much of it was a short bike-ride away.

Sure you can have the high-end luxury of the hotel chains, but then you wont have the cozy private group experience when you want to have an in-house family and friends BBQ (also available at Wai Ola).

Needless to say, Maui itself is so much much more than it's cracked up to be.
Aloha

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Well its the end of an era. We have stayed at Wai Ola with Kim & Jim since our honeymoon in 2008. We have returned to celebrate our anniversary every year since. The property is very quiet, and very clean. Its about a 10 minute drive from downtown Lahaina Town, or a 20 minute walk to the safeway market. My wife and I have stayed in every room there, this time around it was the Malanai Hideaway, the slanting roof was very cool, all wood covered, in general the rooms are about 5 times larger than normal hotel rooms, so there's plenty of room to spread out and nap in between day trips or beach excursions.
I always tell people to stay here for many reasons, Kim & Jim become like family to you after just one visit, they are so cool and relaxed, very welcoming. Also they give you: Wifi, beach towels, beach chairs, unbrellas, coolers, snorkel stuff, boogie boards, laundry facilities, all for FREE! Think about that the next time you check out of the big chain hotel and get sticker shocked by fees. Oh and Kim bakes goodies and leaves them in your room...ask for the Blueberry stuff its awesome!

Go local! They are located above Lahaina Town with great ocean views, a nice sized pool, 2 great large grills with burners and a hot tub. We chose this place in 2008 because of the reviews in TripAdvisor, we saved so much money. Plus Kim & Jim over the years have given us advice on Beaches, tourist spots WORTH going to, dining, shopping and sightseeing. They have become like family to us, so why is this our last year? My wife is pregnant and they are an adults only resort, which was another main reason we chose Wai Ola. However we joked that when we return, we shall camp out in the driveway in a van as to not break the rules. Our final night was a sad one, tears were shed, man hugs were given. We promised to return, even just to visit (and steal Kim's baked good of the day). This is the type of place you think doesn't exist anymore. Great customer service, clean rooms, safe area, and wonderful hosts. I suggest you stay here if you're considering a trip to Maui, go local and laugh at the people paying for resort fees just to park their rental car! Thank you TripAdvisor for bringing Kim & Jim into our live!

Rest assured we will go back and visit Kim and Jim soon.

Room Tip: Honeymoon suite is my favorite, all rooms are about 3 times as big as any hotel room Ive stayed in...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We loved staying at Wai Ola. The location (just north of Lahaina in West Maui) is perfect for its proximity to restaurants and attractions, and it's a good base for exploring the rest of the island. It's in a quiet residential neighborhood. We loved waking up to the sound of birds singing, and it was nice to have a relaxing place to return to at the end of a busy day. Jim and Kim were excellent hosts. They were available if we had questions about finding a good restaurant or beach, or if we needed suggestions on what to see or do. We made good use of the beach chairs and umbrellas they have for guests to use, and we especially enjoyed Kim's home-baked goodies. Mahalo, Jim and Kim. We'll be back!

Room Tip: The Makai Suite was spacious and perfect for us, as it had no stairs. The Honeymoon Cottage was a b...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

Really nice place to stay in Laihana. 5min ride to Downtown Laihana in a peacefull residential area. From 2d floor you can see the ocean. The Ocean is a couple of blocks away but enjoyable beach are a little further, no more than 5/10min by car.
Jim and Kim are really nice and helpful hosts. No breakfast possible but you can make you coffee in room and enjoy Kim's cake and treats while watching the ocean.
the swimming pool is nice too, but no view from this area.
They lend beach towels, umbrella, chairs, boggie boards, snorkel gears and really try to make your stay even nicer as it already is.
I definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011 via mobile

We rented the entire property to accommodate an international family reunion - the halfway point between Sydney and New Jersey. 5 adults and 4 kids and Wai Ola provided the perfect balance of privacy and common areas. Jim, our host, answered all my questions before we arrived and we hit the ground running with all the local tips. Off the main tourist drag but close enough to all that makes Maui special. Truly a wonderful destination and if I ever return to Maui, I know where I'm staying.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

Wai Ola was exactly what we needed for this family trip. My in laws were renewing their wedding vows and the entire family - including 4 children, took over Wai Ola for a week. The layout was perfect for 4 couples. We all had our own space with our own bathrooms and could gather in the large living room and pool area when we wanted. My husband and I were in the honeymoon cottage and had our own privacy without being far away from the rest of the family. Jim and Kim were always available if we needed them and even went out of their way to help when there was a snafu with a planned activity. We all enjoyed the spacious pool area and made use of the outdoors grills several times. Everything you'd find in a hotel room is here - shower necessities, hairdryers, coffee makers in the rooms, 2 of the rooms had small refrigerators and the other 2 had kitchen areas. We had access to laundry along with the necessary laundry supplies, there were pool toys and beach equipment for our use including chairs, umbrellas, beach towels, beach mats, and coolers. The only thing we had to do to is go grocery shopping which worked out wonderfully!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1565 Kuuipo Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the name brand resort hotels in Maui? Wai Ola Vacation Paradise is especially for romantic couples looking for a private, intimate vacation experience. Just four units with a maximum occupancy of two (adults only) per room gives a feeling of seclusion not found many places. So if it's your honeymoon, anniversary, or just a vacation without the kids, come check out Wai Ola Vacation Paradise. ... more   less 
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