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After a few days in paradise we are heading off to San Francisco.
Basically I spent the past couple of days either at the beach or by the pool...pretending i was driftwood. Yesterday while frolicking in the ocean I see the people in the water to the right of me heading my way.....the area that they left was empty..... my first thought ...
... was no body near the mask! When we returned to shore we talked with the firefighters and found out that the snorkeler had been located safe and sound.
Our second stop was Airport beach. This was a wonderful spot with a broad beach and a grass lawn shaded by towering palm trees. We were able to do two drift snorkels where we covered about a mile of reef just by remaining ...
... to see apart from a gun turret that does poke above the water and a memorial to all those killed. There are still 1177 bodies in the ship and if you were a survivor then your remains can be interred with your former comrades when you die. After the war, all the fuel was pumped out of the boat, but there is still a leak and they say it is the tears of the boat and it will continue to leak until the last survivor dies. There are 13 left all over ...
... One more night at the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului and an early start the next morning for our flight to Hilo, Hawaii.
I am some having difficulty with the Hawaiian names here. Lots of vowels and few consanants. Polysylabic rhythumatic murmuring to me-e. I- I simplyee adda somea mora vowelsa atta the enda offa evrery thinga I say eh? . I need to practice my mo better Hawaiian! Cee Youa ona the trail. Toma a
... Iced Caramel Macchiato I've ever bought from the airport Starbucks and watched Pitch Perfect, all the while enjoying the airport! It's BEAUTIFUL! It's structured so that a the majority of it is outside, so due to the humidity it was pretty sticky. But, I'd have to say that the small birds flying all around made up for it a zillion times!
We got to the house we're staying at, which is on the opposite side of the island and almost immediately went to Launiuopoko Beach, which ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ho'oilo House Lahaina
Rest and relaxation abound!
We recently had a 2 night stay at the lovely Ho'oilo House in Lahaina for our honeymoon. After a hectic week of family entertaining during our Maui wedding, it was a treat to come to this special place for some much needed rest and relaxation. Once you walk through the imported Balinise doors and see the sweeping Pacific views your know you're in a special place. The rooms were nicely fitted with beautiful bathroom fixtures, the softest sheets, great ac, a private lanai and an incredible(!) outdoor shower. Everything was nicelyappointed thoughtout; the rooms were even outfitted with volume controls to bring the soothing music into your room when you wanted it. We also loved the proximity to Lahina, and the ability to be removed for the hectic pace of the town when you wanted to be. After staying at 5 different places on the island, this one was a definite favorite. Thanks to our hosts for making our stay a memorable one! Mahalo!
A fantastic experience
my husband and i went on our honeymoon beginning in late may. we stayed for 5 nights at hoo'ilo house and it was absolutely wonderful.
the decor: a very relaxing balinese style that is meticulously maintained.
the owner: a very chill, nice, laid back guy who will leave you totally alone if you want, but will offer plenty of suggestions if you ask.
the atmostphere: very romantic -- there are these cute little tables for 2 where you can sit and watch the sunset every evening.
the breakfast: delicious and simple, with juices, tropical granola, fruit, eggs, and some kind of fresh baked muffin or bread every morning
the location: close enough to lahaina that it's easy to get there, but far enough away that you feel removed from the crowds.
we absoluatley loved staying there and would do so again in a heartbeat! one recommendation i have is to get a massage while you're there -- they do them outside on your private lanai and the massage is wonderful (thank you, amy!)
My husband and I visited Ho'oilo House for six nights in May. We stayed in Honu the entire time and loved every second of it. The house is beautiful and it is such a pleasure coming back to it every night after a long day exploring the island. It really feels like you are coming home. Dan and Amy were great hosts and were very helpful in terms of recommending things to do during our stay. The room was amazing. The outdoor shower was a vacation in and of itself. I really can't do justice how relaxing it is to take a shower under the stars with the cool island breeze rustling the palm trees overhead. Everything about our stay was perfect and I can not wait to go back. If you are considering staying in a hotel, please consider giving Ho'oilo House a chance instead. You will not be disappointed. It is an easy 10 minute drive to Lahaina, and if you are like us, you will appreciate not feeling like one of a thousand other tourists flocking from tourist trap to tourist trap along one of the many Hotel Rows on the island.
Loved the Kohola Room
I originally won a 3 nights stay at the Ho'oilo House on eBay and I wasn't sure what this place was going to be like from just the pictures, but once we arrived I couldn't believe my eyes. The magnificent elevated location and view was out of this world. We had the Kohola Room which is the room that overlooks the ocean view and faces Lana'i. From the outside shower you have an open view of the Pacific Ocean. Dan & Amy (the house host and hostess) are fantastic people and Dan even took time out to play golf with me. My wife and I can't wait to revisit this paradise in Hawaii.
Heavenly Ho'oilo House
It is difficult to articulate just how divine our stay at Ho'oilo House (HH) was. But we'll try.
We were in Maui for our honeymoon and stayed at HH for 7 nights, 5 in Nalu and 2 in Kipuka. As this was our first visit to Maui, we weren't sure we wanted to risk a possibly awful B&B and almost stayed at a large hotel in Wailea. We are so relieved we went with our gut feeling and only stayed at Ho'oilo House. The experience was so perfect, so peaceful and unique, we can't fathom ever staying at a large hotel in Maui.
Our rooms: We arrived at HH at night and quickly settled in for a wonderful night's rest. My husband woke me up at some ungodly morning hour and told me to look outside. I lifted my head, looked out the window and saw the ocean, bathed in the sunrise. After the stress of wedding planning, I finally exhaled and relaxed. Nalu is intimate, without being too small, and extremely calming and quiet. The outdoor shower was simply fabulous and the huge tub was wonderful as well. The ocean-facing lanai was great for afternoon reads and naps and mindless gazing.
Our last 2 nights were in Kipuka, which is more spacious than Nalu, and definitely has a "master bedroom" feel to it. Kipuka was also very quiet and peaceful, though we preferred Nalu for some reason. I'd say if a large room is important to you, Kipuka is the room for you. We are small people and liked the scale of Nalu and the ocean view.
The hosts: In a perfect world, all B&B hosts would be like Dan and Amy. Never intrusive or smothering, yet always warm and helpful we felt very well cared for. Coffee is very important to my husband and they were somehow always instantly aware of an empty carafe and quickly filled it. Maui experts, Dan and Amy have recommendations for luaus, surfing lessons, restaurants, anything.
The house: Walking in HH's door at the end of every day was just like coming home (our fantasy home of course!) Music playing and all of main room's doors open, gentle and fragrant breezes welcoming us...
Honestly, I can't even think of anything HH lacked. And the thought of staying at the Grand Wailea, Westin, or anywhere else just does not seem imaginable at this point. Ho'oilo House was just heavenly.
Thumbs Up For Ho'oilo House
My boyfriend and I just got back from spending six nights (March 19-24) at Ho'oilo House (HH) and we were extremely pleased with everything.
The location is great. HH sits in the hills above Lahaina in a new residential development. There is very little traffic in this development and there are speed bumps located throughout. HH is set back far from the road and is accessed by a long private driveway. This means that HH is very quiet and peaceful. Like HH, all the houses in the development are beautifully landscaped and have views of both the mountains behind the development and the ocean in front. Although you are closest to Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua in terms of driving distance, Wailea, Kihei and other places to the east and south are not prohibitively far.
The common room is breathtaking. It is decorated with Balinese furniture and is open on three sides. Breakfast is served here and you can eat inside or at small tables set around the pool outside. The 6 guestrooms are located off of two small hallways leading out from the common room. Each of these hallways is lined on both sides with small Japanese gardens and koi ponds.
We stayed in the room called "Kipuka". You enter the room through small Balinese inspired wooden double-doors. Before entering, a sign asks you to take off your shoes. If you heed this request, you will be rewarded with the feel of your bare feet on the softest, most plush, carpeting you have ever felt. Inside, there is a large king bed set on a low wooden platform with top rate linens. There is a private lanai that looks out onto the nicely landscaped backyard (I read here every morning). The room is air conditioned but there is also a ceiling fan. TV/VCR combo too.
The highlight of the room is clearly the bathroom and the outdoor shower. The bathroom floor and bathtub are marble. The over-size sink appears to be made from a blend of marble, coral and sea shells and is very unique and beautiful. The outdoor shower is really a room unto itself; I'm not sure of the exact dimensions, but it must be 4x8 feet at least. You access it through sliding glass doors from the bathroom. Its floor consists of soft pebbles but there is a wooden platform underneath the water spout for you to stand on. The water comes out of a sculpture set into the 6 foot high walls that surround the shower. What makes the shower so great is that you can see the mountains and the ocean, and feel the wonderful Hawaii weather, while performing what is usually a mundane activity. There is a roof over the shower area so you can shower even in the rain; also, since the weather in Maui is always warm, being cold in the shower is not an issue.
HH serves a nice continental breakfast every morning. Great coffee, fruit salad, muffins, etc. The best part of breakfast is a granola made with coconut, dried fruits, and macadamia nuts that HH gets from an organic market in the nearby town of Paia.
The owners, Dan and Amy, are wonderful and friendly hosts. They are glad to help you plan activities and make recommendations if you ask. If you are a gay couple (like my boyfriend and I) you will feel welcome here.
One last point. I would recommend staying here over one of the resorts on Kaanapali, Kapalua or Wailea (several of which I have stayed at before). Many of those resorts are beautiful and have great amenities and convenience (huge pools, spas, restaurants, beach access). However, you pay an arm and a leg for a tiny cookie-cutter room, you have to endure throngs of kids and families fighting for space at the pool everyday, you have to put up with the noise even when you're in your room, and you tend to get stuck at your particular resort without exploring all that the island has to offer.
HH is 100% quiet and unique. The rooms are about half the price of what you pay at the Four Seasons, etc., and are much nicer. At HH, you feel like you're staying at a rich friend's Maui home.
Staying at HH also forces you to get out (since there is no on-site restaurant) and explore the island. Although this was my 4th trip to Maui, I had never before seen places like Paia, Makawao, Wailuku, and Makena, because I was "stuck" at the particular resort where I stayed. It's fun to try a different beach everyday rather than just hanging out by the resort pool or Kaanapali/Wailea everyday. It's also fun to try different restaurants for lunch and dinner rather than the handful of overpriced restaurants available at most resorts.
Just my opinion, hope this is helpful.
We loved everything about it
We booked this awesome B&B for our belated honeymoon b/c we weren't happy with the hotel reviews of some of the other supposed "luxury" properties on the island. We wanted a secluded, elegant and restful place to relax and unwind and this was it! Breakfast was always on time and perfect- the hosts were nothing but fantastic and the property, rooms, views and spa treatments were just exactly as described. I loved the outdoor shower! This was our first trip to Maui and after having stayed at Ho'oilo House- I don't think we could stay anywhere else on the island. After each day of exploring and visiting other resorts we always talked about how lucky we were to be returning to Ho'oilo House. I just hope as their popularity grows that we'll be able to book it in the future!
Perfection in paradise
This was such a breathtaking place with hosts that will knock your socks off as far as how well they take care of you. My husband and I recently had the perfect anniversary getaway at Ho'oilo House. I took more pictures of the grounds and rooms than I did of anything else on Maui. Extremely romantic, absolutely stunning house with five beautiful rooms to choose from. Every room has a unique and gorgeous bathroom with indoor bathtub and outdoor (but totally private) shower and very relaxing lanai. The views are stunning. Breakfast is healthy and delicious. Worth every penny for what you get. They have recently been recognized by USA Today and Fodors and it is very well deserved praise. We are already planning another visit next year - our new favorite place to stay!
Fantastic Bed and Breakfast
We had the very good fortune to stay here at the end of a 3 week trip to Maui-and its a good thing it was at the end, cuz it would have been a hard act to follow! Everything was just right-a lovely room, great outdoor shower, wonderful view, charming hosts and sweet patio. The breakfast was basic but quite ample and fresh. We will certainly come back-it was expensive but worth it! Great snorkling at mile marker 14, very near by. The only downside is being hostage to traveling into Lahaina for lunch and dinner, a traffic clogged nightmare at certain hours of the day. The day we flew home, USA today had a review of places to stay on Maui, and give Ho'oilo House a great review-which we concurred heartily with!
***Winner: TripAdvisor's Best Photos of a Hotel With No Photos Contest***
My wife and I spent 7 nights on Maui celebrate our 5yr anniversary. We stayed the first five nights at Ho'oilo House in the "Honu" room and it was simply amazing. From the moment you walk though the large hardwood doors into the Balinese style interior you can feel the peace and relaxation set in. The best way I can describe the look and feel of this place is "understated elegance". The rooms are incredible with large, comfortable beds, deep soaking tubs and private outdoor showers. The innkeepers, Dan and Amy, are so warm and friendly and do such an incredible job taking care of the guests. The breakfasts are delicious, consisting of tropial fruits, fresh baked breads or muffins, locally made "Maui" granola (YUMMY!), juices, etc...not to mention some of the best coffee we've ever had!
The grounds and pool are so beautiful and the views of the ocean and surrounding mountains are simply breathtaking. We had side by side massages arranged in advance on our private lanai...aaaaahhhhh. Highly recommended! Even with guests staying in the four other rooms the layout of the house offers a real sense of privacy and seclusion. The location is the perfect balance of being close to lots of great beaches, shopping etc. without being surrounded by hordes of annoying tourists. The inn is tucked away in an upscale residential area just south of Lahaina, about a mile up the road from a public beach park.
After being less that satisfied with our accommodations in Hana where we planned to spend our last 2 nights on the island, we ended up calling Amy to see if our room was still available. Luckily it was open and we were able to go back the next day and spend our final night on Maui in PARADISE.....Ho'oilo House! It's the only place we would ever consider staying if we venture back to the island.