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It's the ultimate tropical paradise - sun, sand, surf, beautiful sunrises and sunsets ... but people don't always think of the bad side of Hawaii. Being a tropical island, there are all sorts of creepy crawlies - geckos, cockroaches, and all manner of insects whose bites can cause all sorts of adverse side effects. So I shouldn't have been all that surprised when I woke up this morning with sausage fingers on my swollen right ...
... watched the surfers ride the huge waves which this beach is famous for. Over the next few days we discovered some of the beautiful island of Oahu, including a trip to pearl harbour. We enjoyed the home and hospitality of alan and Barbara who were great company and helped us discover some of the off the beaten track Oahu. One day, after driving round the north of the island, we stopped at a beach and found turtles coming out of the water to bask on the beach. The turtles ...
... sunset from. We found a spot that was fortunately protected from most of the wind. However, it was still cool enough that we all put on sweatshirts. The view from the peak was beautiful. Although it was mostly covered with clouds, there were a few holes in the clouds through which we could see the valley far below. The clouds were so white and puffy, and stretched out as far as we could see. Above the clouds the sky was perfectly clear and bright ...
... walk took us over to this massive Banyan tree. It took up a whole block and had many trunks connected by cross branches. There were nice walkways and park benches where you could sit and marvel at the structure of this tree. The tree was planted in 1873 to memorialize the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission in Lahaina.
After a stroll under the canopy ...
... round up you're getting up to the $1K). Hooray!
Today is sadly our last day in Maui and I can't get my head wet because we discovered I have perforated my ear drum (oops on the cathedral scuba diving!) so...well, no more diving for me right now or snorkeling or swimming or snuba (i saw someone snuba-ing and i thought it was hose diving...you basically scuba with a hose attached to you- NEWS FLASH: ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Penny's Place Inn Paradise Lahaina
My boyfriend and I just returned from a 6 day trip to Maui (my first time) and staying at Penny's was a wonderful experience and the best decision! And I would have to completely disagree with the reviewer from Tuscon, AZ.
We stayed for a week at Penny's Place and it was the worst lodging experience we have ever had. Her website says she offers a buffet breakfast. She does not. Her breakfast was pitiful, mostly small peices of fruit, juice, and coffee. One morning we got a bagel, two other morning she served these awful, heavy cinnamon rolls. She also didn't mention on her website that she serves breakfast only between 8-9 AM, while at the same time trying to get people to sign up for local activities early, which means you will miss eating breakfast saving her money. She did not clean our room once in the seven days we were there. The room, especially the bathroom, was filthy by then. I have also never stayed in a B&B where we were not allow access to the major portion of the house. We were confined mostly to our room. We had to share a three-foot tall mini refrigerator with three other rooms of people. She told me on the phone she had soap, shampoo, and conditoner. Well, that was a have truth because all she had was things left by other people who had stayed there. She didn't provide any of that for us herself. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT STAY HERE!!
With nursing and building backgrounds, Penny and Keith have built one of the finest Bed and Breakfasts in Hawaii. I was able to stay in 2 of the 4 rooms as I extended my stay on Maui. The entire home and grounds are clean and safe and environmentally friendly. She uses an organic pest control company once a month, and quickly sterilizes the rooms after guests depart. This is what sustainable tourism is all about, and what the big box resorts haven't figured out.
I completely agree with the review from Kalamazoo! In fact I met them at breakfast. All of Penny's guests were from different parts of the country and we had a lovely time sitting with her at breakfast and chatting about our homes and local activites. The same couple had gone on a Pacific Whale Foundation cruise and because of their comments I also went with PWF at the last minute on my last day (I'd been out with 3 other companies) and it was the very best experience of all. It's those kinds of suggestions which usually happen over a good breakfast at a B&B that can make a trip special. (Thanks Kalamazoo!)
You'd be nuts to pass this up!!
Penny's Place is by far the most excellent B&B I have stayed in. Sometimes you get a better impression of a property on the internet than in reality, but that is definitely not true of this gem!! Penny pays attention to every detail, and the place is absolutely spotless (she even cleans the air conditioners between guests.) The location is great, and the hospitality was even better. You won't have to worry about a thing while you're there. I would recommend Penny's Place to everyone! You won't find better accomodations at any price!
Bed and Breakfasts in Hawaii!
We never thought of a B&B in Hawaii, we happened across Penny's site. What a beautiful home, each room is unique and squeaky clean! Penny can fill you in on all the great things to do and where to go as well as steer you away from the not so great. She had great stories about what it is like to move to and build a house in Hawaii, sounds like a nightmare but hers sure came out beautiful- it just took 4 years! We are glad whe hung on, must be that Irish grit! This is by far the best value for loging on Maui, we saved enough over a resort to stay another week and we had a blast. We will be back and mahalo Penny!
If you are looking for a convenient, comfortable, delightful place to stay in West Maui, check out Penny's Place Inn Paradise at the north end of Front street in Lahaina. There are four rooms, each for around $100 a night including breakfast. This B&B is less than five minutes from the resort area of Kaanapali where you can access a great beach/shops/running and walking trails, restaurants, etc. The air conditioned rooms here are very clean and pretty with nice decorative touches (Penny makes a Hawaiian quilt for each bed). Penny has a small kitchen area for guests which is very convenient if you don't want to eat out at every meal, and she is a great resource for things to do on the island. The only down side is that the inn is on a fairly busy road so you won't want to sit outside on the porch, but the rooms are so well insulated that you never hear the traffic. We were pleasantly surprised. This is an outstanding value! If you want the full resort experience this probably isn't for you, but if you want to experience down home Hawaii charm and hospitality for a reasonable price, try Penny's. We would stay there again.
Penny, We wanted to say THANK YOU for making your part of our honeymoon in Hawaii just so wonderful and relaxing. Lahaina and your B&B were our first stop and we couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome in Maui. All your hard work has paid off, what a fantastic home you have. And lucky for all of us you have choosen to share it. Our room was one of your smaller ones as we booked late, but it was still more than we needed, clean, well equiped, QUIET! and comfortable. Breakfasts were always a great way to start the day and we are still raving about your beautiful lanai.We will recommend you to everyone and if there are people who read this that would like to ask about our stay in Lahaina we would be happy to chat.Penny, again, thank you, and congratulations - you have a beautiful spot and we wish you nothing but the success you deserve in the future !Mahalo ! Leslie & Kevin. ( Even the rain couldn't spoil such a great place to stay ! )
Best B&B in Maui
Great location near downtown Lahaina. Beautifully decorated, comfortable and clean. Penny provided delicious breakfasts and extra's you don't get from large hotels. She was a font of local information and clued us into the best snorkling spot on Maui's west coast. Great bang for your buck. Highly recommend. We will be sure to stay there again.
A real paradise
Just happened to run across Penny's Place listing in Frommer's and noticed the comment about the traffic noise. Your right, she did a good job of insulating the house against traffic noise, we couldn't hear it at all from our room. They also built a concrete sound wall around the property which much diminishes the traffic noise outside too. Penny said next they are going to enclose the turret end of the porch and balcony, and that will all but eliminate it altogeather. They have a spotless, beautiful home in a perfect location. We recommend it to anyone, Penny was so helpful and gracious. Gwins/CD