For the price, this offers great convenience and warm hospitality. It is not on the beach, but at a moderate elevation in a safe and attractive residential neighborhood called Maui Meadows.
The hosts reside on the second floor and guests are located in two studios below the hosts' home and in a separate cottage. The studios have a small kitchenette with good sized fridge and microwave.
There is no cook top in the kitchen. I spent a few minutes of confusion trying to figure out how to cook my breakfast eggs, but you can scramble eggs in a microwave if you require protein in your breakfast.
The layout of the studio would provide a couple with a nice separation of living, cooking, and bathing facilities. Closet space is good and there is ample hot water in the large shower. No tub. A guest laundry is available for personal items. There is no daily maid service, but there are plenty of fresh towels available in the linen closet if you want a daily change. Wifi is good.
The studios and the cottage share a lovely patio/garden space and access to a down-hill terraced garden with numerous fruit and nut trees. Each studio has at least one dining table and chairs. In this area, there is a mechanical marvel for cracking Macadamia nuts, a dvd and guidebook library, binders of current island information, and a bulletin board with current events.
I didn't pay much attention to the bulletin board at first because I'm so used to places with bulletin boards full of outdated materials, but this one is worth watching. Susan posts everything worth doing on the island.
As many others have mentioned, everything you might possibly need for excursions is available here--beach gear, ice chests, etc. Susan provides a good orientation on arrival and made several suggestions of things I didn't discover in my internet research.
My favorite among her suggestions was the Island Circle tour with Valley Isle Excursions. My other favorite was the Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch out of Ma'alaea Harbor. It's at the same location as the Maui Ocean Center. I bought a week pass to the Ocean Center and took the whale watch cruise twice. Loved every minute of both.
When you return from the Ocean Center on Kihei Rd Hwy 31, stop at the wildlife refuge on the right side of the road. The boardwalk leads to fantastic beach views. You can also access the headquarters of the refugue on Pi'ilani Hwy for an interesting view.
I stayed in the Niu studio. Although the two studios are mirror images, the Niu is a bit less attractive because the other studio has windows on two sides and a private dining table at the back of the guest patio. Niu studio is also below the kitchen of the hosts' living area and they do tend to drop things at odd hours.
All told, this is a fantastic bargain for a peaceful stay on a very expensive island. The property is clean, safe, and convenient. The hospitality is flawless.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our B&B is in a very quiet, safe, residential neighborhood in south Maui where average rainfall is 12-1/2 inches per year. We are only a 5-minute drive to the closest beach (Keawakapu Beach) and a 5-minute drive to the most beautiful outdoor world-class shopping mall on Maui (The Shops at Wailea). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hale Huanani Hotel Kihei
- Hale Huanani b&b
- Hale Huanani Bed And Breakfast Maui/Kihei