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Wai Ola Vacation Paradise
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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, so you can stretch out and enjoy sleeping in between day trips.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 bit smaller, but was also on the pool level and would have worked well too.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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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
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

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
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1  Thank mpaylward
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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
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