I stayed for one night in August of 2007 with my 25 year old daughter and her friend. This place is no botanical gardens. It is no Bed and Breakfast. It is part of a weird, ramshackle homestead maintained by an elderly woman and a few hours of staff time to mow and clean. It is obviously was too much for them to handle. The grounds are extensive, but massively overgrown and unkept and without labels on most things. You will need a lot of bug repellent to venture forth. There is an authentic Botanical Garden that is on the same road, which makes the use of the term even more misleading.
The lodging amounts to a duplex in a huge gravel field that also contains the owner's bizarre-looking residence. Our unit had one big room with kitchen, dining table, living room chairs and bed and an adjoining bathroom. The decoration was garish and eclectic, and the place was only superficially clean. When we stayed, the proprietor, JoLoyce, was not on site, but at a second property of hers in Volcano on the Big Island. It was early evening when a pair of young women arrived and announced that they had already prepaid to stay in the unit that night. Naturally, neither of us wanted to leave to try to find other accommodations at that point in time. The other unit was occupied, but nobody was there. We tried to contact the owner with a cellphone to have her resolve the situation. She had me go into her unlocked house to get to the landline because reception was terrible. I wish I had not been subjected to the look of the interior of her home. Cats had been left in the house, and had not used a catbox. Stuff was stacked everywhere, from past decades, it seemed. After speaking with the owner, the two women left.
Breakfast the next morning was a Costco muffin, stored in the freezer of an ancient frigidaire in a baggie. Some cheap Costco coffee was also on hand. Laughable.
And in no sense is it the 'true Hawaii,' which does not pretend to be something it is not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A large easy to walk garden with semi tropical fruits and flowers. A fee of $3 per person is requested. Area is approximately 10 acres and takes about 15 minutes unless you want to relax more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hana Maui Botanical Gardens Hotel Hana
- Hana Maui Botanical Gardens Bed And Breakfast