There is good and bad about Hale Mahina. We spent two weeks there in January. First the good. The grounds, beach and pool area are lovely. There are beautiful hibiscus flowers of many colors. Larry, the resident manager, does an excellent job of keeping everything clean and neat. There is a nice sand beach and an area with no rocks where you can get in the ocean. It is not a long stretch and is confined by lava rocks on both sides so not enough for much of a walk. There is a small pool but the deep end is 7 feet, too deep for small kids. Also a very small hot tub. Sea turtles sometimes come up on the beach for a long nap. Like many other condos on this stretch, you better not be a light sleeper or you better have some foam earplugs, because the street noise will cause you problems at night or early morning.
We stayed in unit B-101. It is nicely furnished with 2 recliners and a couch. It is tastefully decorated. The interior of the unit is very livable. Well supplied with dishes and pots. It has a nice kitchen area with stainless steel appliances including a full-size refrigerator and granite counters.. All the usual small appliances including blender, toaster, microwave, etc. There is a good sized TV with cable. The bathroom is nicely tiled and there is granite in there as well. The artwork on the walls is very nice.
There is one ridiculous aspect of the complex. There are no gas grills. There are 4 charcoal grills, only 2 that are usable. This is so 1980. First you have to buy the charcoal. It takes a half hour for the coals to be ready to grill, This means that while your coals are heating, other folks are waiting around, or you are waiting for them. Also, it takes a long time to cook your food, much longer than with gas. And who wants to mess with dirty charcoal today? This is the only complex we have been in, wherever we have been, without gas grills. Spend a thousand bucks and buy some grills. There are 42 units here. It can’t cost much each to buy the grills and propane.
Unit B-101 has some serious downsides. It has a dirty carpet. You can’t keep a carpet clean when people are coming in from the beach, so tile the place. There is no lanai. There is a concrete slab that extends 3 feet from the sliding glass door, Where the concrete ends there is dirt, or mud when it rains. More reason for dirty carpeting There are 4 disgustingly old and weathered patio chairs. If you choose to put a towel over these and sit on them, your feet are in the dirt, or mud. Other ground floor units have lanais that are tiled and extend 8 feet out, with better patio furniture and you can get an ocean view. In fact the unit next door, owned by the same person I heard, has a lanai with nice furniture.
The sidewalk that separates the two buildings of the complex comes right in front of B-101, so people often walk by, and look into the unit.
The ocean view is seriously obstructed by foliage and another building. There is no ocean view from most areas inside the unit. In fact, most ground floor units in this complex are obstructed by foliage.
This unit is not accessible for handicapped individuals as there are 2 steps from the bedroom to the kitchen.
The shower is partially enclosed by a glass panel. There is no shower door. This necessitates getting into the shower before turning it on, meaning you have to stand in cold water until it heats up. It is difficult to keep some of the water from going out on the floor. It does have a nice shower head.
The unit is on the beach, but we had no beach towels. We called the management company who referred us to the office, but there is no office. We called the cleaning company who rented us 2 beach towels for $2 each. Why didn’t the owner go to Costco and buy a few beach towels? Tenants should not be required to buy or rent their own beach towels.
It is hard to understand how an owner who has spent a lot of money on the interior of the unit has not spent the additional money needed to improve it.
Final verdict: Can I recommend Hale Mahina? Yes, with reservations. But, even with the nice and liveable interior, not Unit B101.
- Also Known As:
- Hale Mahina Beach Hotel Lahaina
- Hale Mahina Beach Lahaina
- Hale Mahina Beach Resort Maui/Lahaina