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... crater" wall, through which clouds, which have climbed the windward slope, are pushing up as we watch. Being the windward side, this has been the wet side of the mountain for thousands of years, so the erosion valleys being on this side is pretty logical. From here we can see some of the buildings on the peak, and blue sky above. Looking across the crater rim, we can see the peaks of the Big Island above a sea of cloud.
We drive to the Haleakala Visitor ...
... within 35 minutes with a good tail wind. We were those cool people in the shuttle that got to put out hands up when the driver said, who's stopping at the Sheraton? Got a few envious stares there. Dave spontaneously upgraded us to the ocean view room (apparently the view is 360 degrees. I'm waiting to fall into water behind me.) It was worth it. I cannot describe how beautiful this place is. The view is incredible, especially sat on side of the island has fairly low swells so ...
Apparently there was a major thunderstorm at 5am
this morning, but neither of us heard a thing. At 8.30, when we did eventually
wake, it was still raining. This is not the plan. The reason for coming here is
to spend 2 days sitting on the beach and doing nothing. The rain slowly stops
and from our balcony we can see whales in the bay. The humpback whales are here
at this time of year to give birth and mate, before returning to Alaska later
in the year. We can ...
... really special Xmas meal. We take some pics on the beach in front of the restaurant (not a private beach - there are no private beaches on Maui) and then head back to our studio and pack up everything. Our hosts are out so we leave a lovely mahalo in the guest book and a champagne cork horse sculpture as a goodbye. We follow the instructions to our new home in Kula. I can't tell you how mind blowing this location is - up in the hills, ...
... what seemed to be a 40 foot drop off. There were some scuba divers at the bottom churning up a lot of bubbles. Then, a cloud moved in front of the sun and the water got really dark. "Yep, I'm done snorkeling for the day" I thought. The swim back seemed to take 20 minutes. What was a leisurely scenic swim there turned into a freaked out, fighting the current, all out hustle to get back to shore. Once I was there, I happily pulled off my ...
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Where we found Aloha
We've just returned from a week's stay in Maui, the first two nights of which we spent at the Wai Ola Vacation Paradise's Malanai suite. Hands down, it was our favorite place to stay on the island.
Picture this: after the most restful night's sleep you've had in months, you awake in the new morning to pleasant birdsong. Still in your sleepwear and bare feet, you walk out to the lanai (deck), from which you have a view of the ocean only a few blocks away, the crystal-clear pool and jewel-blue hot tub below, and the flowering trees all around. The sun is warm already, so you bring out the cup of delicious Hawaiian coffee you just brewed in your mini kitchen, as well as the fresh tropical fruit and sweet, moist spice bread prepared by Kim, so you can enjoy it under the umbrella of your lanai table. Instead of the newspaper, you find yourself reaching for your travel guide, or perhaps looking into your loved one's eyes, which will be reflecting the light of the famous Maui sunshine. Aloha....Now you're on vacataion.
The Wai Ola is the kind of place you imagine a friend with good taste would have as their own home. It's in a quaint neighborhood of homes, not on an over-manicured strip of hotels. It's beautifully appointed with comfortable, new-feeling furniture and quality towels, and charmingly decorated with local artwork. Each room has cable TV and a phone, but you probably won't find yourself needing those. After a day at the beach (using the Wai Ola's beach towels, chairs, and boogie boards) or a night out at a luau, it's a place you'll look forward to returning to for its comfort, its tranquility (we barely ran into the other guests there, even though we know they were there), and its feeling of Aloha.
Their pool and hot tub are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. One of our favorite memories here is swimming once the sun has set and the little white lights adorning the Wai Ola's deck come on. So Romantic!
This place lives up to all the pictures and descriptions on its website, and will certainly surpass your expectations--all without blowing the budget, which truly makes it a vacation, even after you come home.
Our Dream Vacation!
We just returned from staying a memorable week at Waiola Vacation Paradise! Waiola is a luxurious accommodation for those hoping to experience Maui "off the beaten path." Our trip was truly a dream vacation! Our group of 11 rented the entire house, however Waiola can easily accommodate smaller groups. The space was perfect, immaculately clean, and tastefully decorated. The view of sunset over the ocean from our porch was truly spectacular! Our kids frolicked in the pool and jacuzzi before (and after!) our daytime adventures. Numerous activities are conveniently located nearby. The kindness and hospitality of our host & hostess, Jim & Kim, made our visit extra special! They thoughtfully included all the little touches made our stay extraordinary! They welcomed us with delicious home baked goodies. Extra towels, coolers, beach chairs and umbrellas for our day trips were graciously provided. Jim & Kim also made available maps and directions to help us easily navigate our way around the island. I know we will cherish their warmth, thoughtfulness, and friendship for a long time to come! If you long to experience Hawaii, without a zillion other tourists, you'll want to stay at Waiola Vacation Paradise. Your hosts: Kim & Jim
Great location, great sunsets, great room, great price!
I stayed at the Wai Ola over the weekend and want to share what a nice experience it was. I've used Trip Advisor for several years and trust in the feedback that others have given and would like to return the favor.
Wai Ola is quaintly located, just above the north end of Front Street (downtown Lahaina) and about 15 minutes south of the high-end hotels/golf courses. What you get is a large, very clean, nicely furnished unit (I stayed in the Ku'uipo) for about a third of the price of a room at the high-end hotels. If you are a room snob and choose to pay for an expensive room to check in and out of for a few hours, lucky you. I would rather spend my money on the other luxuries of a vacation.
The room had an unobstructed view of the ocean/sunset, overlooked the pool, and had a huge deck to lounge on. The bed was so comfortable for the two of us, that I had to pull off the covers to see what make it was. Spring Air wins, hands down. All the towels were thick and fresh and the non-smoking room was clean-smelling and void of mold and other smells typical of hotels on the islands.
This is whale watching season and the owners had put out binoculars for our viewing pleasure. Kim/Jim, the owners made us feel at home and even cooked up some delicious bundt cake for breakfast. They even have coffee beans and a grinder! Ask them for directions, restaurant advice, etc.. It makes it easier than trial and error.
I will be recommending the Wai Ola to all of my friends and family. It was well worth the $139/night.
After a few days at this lovely vacation rental in West Maui, we felt like we'd been vacationing for months. The owners, Kim and Jim, were so friendly and really made us feel at home, right down to use of their beach umbrellas, coolers, laundry, barbecue grills, and even their discount card at Safeway.
The location is really perfect for this part of the island - you're on the north side of Lahaina town, still within easy reach of the restaurants and other amenities but not so close that you feel like you're trapped in a zoo with all the other tourists. The home is in a quiet residential neighborhood with views over the water to Molokai, as well as up the West Maui mountains - amazing sunsets (sunrises, too). But you're actually just as close to the beaches at Ka'anapali and Kapalua as you are to Front St. in Lahaina, again without the feeling of being penned in by resort hotels and golf carts. It's really the ideal location to be able to be able to enjoy the town and the beaches.
The home itself is so comfortable. We stayed in the downstairs suite, which could easily have slept 4 and not felt cramped. The pool and hot tub were literally steps out of the door, and the afternoon sun on the lanai was so relaxing. We peeked into the other areas of the home, and all looked equally comfortable - the cottage is completely private and cute, and the upstairs suites have fantastic views over the water.
We would definitely recommend Waiola to anyone who's not into being crammed in with all the other tourists, who would like to have a place in a quiet neighborhood convenient to all the attractions. The owners were super-friendly, and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. We'll be back.
Paradise on earth!
Wai Ola brought the best of all worlds to our vacation in paradise. Jim and Kim, assisted by helping us make the most of our short time in paradise along with providing all of the comforts of home. Many of their suggestions took us to places that average tourist can only dream of let alone be apart of first hand. Where else can you wake-up to fresh ground Hawaiian coffee, flowers, beautiful views and more. We actually saw Whale in the harbor from the Wai Ola. An affordable, comfortable home away from home, we long to be there again very, very soon!
My wife and I stayed at the WAI OLA, and took advantage of the honeymoon package. The honeymoon cottage is a charming one bed-room cottage. The bed is by far one of the most comfortable beds I have slept on. In the morning you will awken to the sounds of chirping birds (as opposed to car horns and yelling, one awakens to in Chicago). The bathroom has a giant heart shaped jacuzi, which is great, becuse going to the beach can make one really tired! Best of all there is a pool and hot tub right outside the front door to the cottage. We even had a great time doing our laundry, right behind the pool. The owners Kim and Jim will ensure that every detail is taken care of. I had very high expectations of the WAI OLA after reading all the wonderful reviews, and my expectations were exceeded. I would highly reccomend that you stay the the WAI OLA!
We stayed at the Wai Ola in Early September in 2004. The new owners are actually Jim and Kim. I think they have just taken over from Julie. It was a great time. I encourage people to see their website: --------------------. We stayed at the Makai apartment. The place was very clean and someone came in to clean it everyday while we were out. Kim and Jim were quite helpful with giving us tips on what to do. The great thing was that our room had a full size kitchen. And the bed and breakfast had lawnchairs, umbrellas, coolers etc for a day at the beach. It made the place a great base of operations. All the rooms had Air conditioners and fans. So, in general it was a perfect place to come to after a day of the beach.
I have stayed at Wai Ola twice, once with my son and the second time, with both my husband and son. We found the place no less than magical. Julie, the owner, makes you feel as if you are her best friend and welcome to stay forever. The home is beautiful, well maintained, and containing special touches. Fresh fruit basket. Fresh flowers. Games and extra bedding in the closet. Washer and dryer right there to keep your clothes nice. Pool outside the door. Books and magazines. Hand held shower in the beautifully done bath. The neighborhood is so safe, locking your door is not necessary. My dream is to win the lottery and buy Wai Ola for myself!!
Booked my honeymoon on November 22 and paid for the room in its entirety. On April 7th (one week before we departed), WaiOla contacted us saying that the owners had decided to stay and we no longer had a room. Did not apologize at all or offer any suggestions for alternative resorts. Their only offer was an apartment in the resort with no view for its normal price, but the offered to put flowers in our room...wasn't that nice of them! Needless to say we did not stay at Wai-Ola!