Travel Blogs from Kihei
... be ahead of us. Mel bought Henry a ukelele and he's promised us a concert. Unfortunately, Penny has tuned the ukelele to broken-neck mode so we'll see how that affects his performance. Penny has emerged as a very strong-willed, independent soul who isn't afraid to court unreasonable amounts of danger if it means preventing you from having any influence on what she does or where she goes. It bodes well for her future but damn if it doesn't suck for her parents! ...
... besides the chickens they brought with them.
Rats were introduced either by the subsequent Polynesians or later Europeans, and created a problem for early farmers because they would eat the crops. So the mongoose was introduced to combat the rat problem. Of course rats are nocturnal and mongoose are not. The mongoose promptly ignored the rats and started eating the crops themselves, resulting in both a rat and a mongoose problem today. Feral pigs ...
... within 5 minutes I had found three things and mom found two. Could have spent much longer there but we needed to get to Costco. wasn't open til 10 but there was a huge lineup when we got there waiting to get in. Lots of worried people I think. Didn't help that it started getting very stormy while we waited for it to open. We did Costco in 27 minutes from start to finish. That has to be a record. Walked out to sunshine...sort of. ...
... for the launch. By the time the canoe was ready to be paddled, we already had full body warm-up.
Kimokeo started the trip by leading us to chant, to thank all gods (earth, sky, ancestors) and to gain permission & blessing to enter the ocean. They even had canoe for kids, same size, but with much smaller partition in between seats. As the native Hawaiian kids learn about navigation since they're 5 years old.
We enjoyed every second of ...
... from another planet or a set from a movie. Not wasting any time we headed down the crater taking the Sliding Sands trail. Walking down the crater on a gravel was not that difficult although at times it may be easy to slide and fall. We tried not to think about how tiring it will be to walk back up. We initially wanted to hike down for about an hour but our curiosity got the best of us after we spotted what seemed to be a smaller crater ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Pineapple Inn Kihei
Very very nice accommodations
This B & B is located in a residential neighborhood, but after your enter the property you would never know it. The property has a botanical gardens setting. You will not want for anything staying here. The rooms are very comfortable with a loaded frig and lots of beach equipment to use. If it was on the beach it would run $350 + a night. Very pleased with our 3 night stay.
Wonderful Little Inn
We spent the first few nights of our honeymoon at the Pineapple-so that we could be close to the great beaches and the sunshine of South Maui. We loved the pineapple, and it was of the nicest places we stayed-right down to the pool, grounds, welcome to maui basket, and breakfast goodies. However, there were a few things that were maybe not so wonderful. The inn is right on a major highway. from the photos of the site it looks like there is a field, in front of the house, when in actuality between the pool, and field, is a majoy highway, which makes it impossible to sleep with the door open, or have a silent breakfast on the proch. Also, because the rooms are carpeted, and people are swimming and getting things wet, and since we have to keep our door shut because of the sound of the highway, the room got a little moldy funky smelling...We really did have a wonderful time, however, if we were going back to wailiea-which is the best resort area on the island-we would spend an extra hundred a night and stay at the Maui Prince-very secluded hotel on a great beach. Just our opinion! Pineapple is great for people on a budget, which we were! Overall, great, but probably wouldn't stay at again!
Maui No Ka Oi- Raleigh NC
This was our first trip to Hawaii and we took a long time reading reviews on tripadvisor in order to make sure we were making the right choice for our stay. At first we wanted to stay at a resort, but flying from the east coast, the cost of those resorts were out of our price range. And we were not too impressed with the options for three star resorts and condos (it seemed like a total crap shoot whether you got a nice condo because they are all privately owned, and the three star hotels were dirty and old- at least from the reviews we saw). Then we discovered the Pineapple Inn and we so impressed with the cleanliness, the privacy, and the beauty for an absolutely fantastic price.
The inn is located directly between the towns of Kihei and Wailea on the other side of the "highway" (just a two lane road- so not a big deal to be next to the road you don't even notice it). I only mention it because I don't want anyone to worry about this. You literally just take two turns out from the Inn and your rental car will roll down the hill toward the ocean. (Public parking at bottom of this hill, directly next to a public access to a beach). It could not be easier! All the beaches are public, so you can go to Wailea beach right in front of the resort, and all of the other wonderful beaches on the island (which we did). ...we actually preferred other beaches to the ones in front of the resorts as we found those to be very crowded...and going to the beaches in front of the resorts confirmed for us that we had chosen the best place on the island to stay for the money. No where else could you have had such a private place to stay (we had the pool/hot tub to ourselves when the inn was fully booked every night we were there!) It was fabulous. Mark and Steve were so genuine and so helpful we truely enjoyed staying with them. THey have some beach umbrellas/chairs/toys if you need them as well. It is also a fantastic location. We did not feel we had to travel far to visit the attractions on the island and we had numerous options for high end amenities (near Wailea ie. high end shops/restaurants and near Kihei reasonable and more casual places to eat and shop). There are also several nice beaches close by. Big Beach is south of Wailea, you have several beaches between the resorts which are good for snorkeling and in Kihei they have several park beaches were you can surf/rent a board. Ka'anapoli has a fantastic beach too, but even after seeing this beach, I was happy we stayed where we did.
The room: It was clean, they had a nice array of fruits (no papaya like on one of the websites, but I believe they are seasonal) and bagels/english muffins/muffins, macadamia nut chocolates and a variety of juice/tea/lemonade. It was so nice to check into our room after hours on a plane and have a cold drink in the fridge. We only saw one waterbug in the pool at night- but come on- it's a tropical island...and to have a bug outdoors in water at night- what do you expect... no bugs in the room. It was spotless. We actually preferred that the room is yours for the duration of your stay ( no daily maid service). It was more private that way. They have two beach towels in each of the rooms for use as well- good news for people trying to pack light....there was also a hairdryer in the room- so no need to bring that either. There is tile everywhere- the floors the shower...so nice. We had breakfast each morning out on the lanai-which was so private and so beautiful to look out on the tropical landscape.
The property: We have never been able to see so many stars at night as we did from the backyard at the pinneapple Inn. It was breathtaking. You can also see the line of headlights from cars traveling from Lahaina ( far away on the other end of the island) at night - and this is all from the hottub. The grounds are beautifully manicured and it was so fun to see little lizards and such during the day. It was perfection.
If you are trying to decide where to stay when you book your trip to the Island, you will not be disappointed with the Pineapple Inn. Maui is too beautiful to do justice with words, and our stay at the Pineapple Inn helped in making this our favorite vacation to date (and this means it was better than Cancun, Aruba, Florida and parts of Europe) We absolutely loved it.
Beautiful place to stay!!
We spent our first 3 nights in Maui at the Pineapple Inn. The grounds are georgous!!! They have done such a good job with the landscaping. They have a really nice pool and hot tub which is the perfect place to be to watch the sunset. One thing though- they are very close to a main road (it's a highway, but not really a big one- more like a big road). It doesn't make much of a difference because they've grown a low hedge to block off the road. But the sound of cars does remind you that you are not in the middle of nowhere. I did like the fact that they were not right in the middle of Kihei or Wailea, so it felt like you were escaping all of the craziness when you came back to your room. As for our room I believe ours was called the Lanai Room (it was downstairs) with the lanai leading down to the pool area. Yet with all of their fabulous landscaping there were large plants that gave you privacy from anyone actually in the pool area, which was rare because there are only 4 rooms and a cottage. The room itself was very nice, just like the pictures on their website. They provide you with a lovely welcome basket and some goodies in the refridgerator (okay, so they definitely shop at Costco, but it's still thoughful and the room is so reasonably priced- who cares!). The room is really tastefully decorated. The orientation of the rooms gives you a lovely view of the ocean and sunset. The only other minor problem was, and I hate to say it, but I did see a few cockroaches (4 or 5). I tried to withold judgement thinking maybe this is common everywhere on the island being such a tropical climate. (for the record, I didn't see any at the other 2 places we stayed) Still, the rooms are so clean and nice I still can't hold it against the Pineapple Inn (which normally that sort of thing would really freak me out). It just doesn't make any sense. One other thing, there wasn't a phone in our room. Usually I never use an inroom phone but it would have been nice to be able to make the necessary calls to book restaurant reservations, snorkeling trips, and Haleakala bike rides from our room. Pay phones are far and few between, at least in Kihei. So all that aside, considering the niceness of the rooms, the property, the affordibility, and their hospitality- Pineapple Inn really can't be beat. We would definitely stay there again!
We stayed at Pineapple inn for 3 nights in july 2006, and I regret we didn't stay in this place for our entire trip!! There are 6 of us (3 couples) and all of us LOVED it. We simply can not believe that we get such a beautiful place for the amount of money we paid, but I am trying to provide some pointers as objectively as I can:
1. Everything is very new, which is not common in Maui;
2. The rooms are decorated like a 5-star hotel (we are guessing the linens and some decor items came from Tommy Bahama);
3. It has a beautiful garden which smells fragrant all the time, and the floral scent carries into the rooms!
4. Breakfast and souvenir chocolates are provided in the rooms.
5. For the geeks - it has wireless and dial-up internet access and TV with many cable channels.
6. It seems that most people who stays in the hotel are nice and quiet young couples. In fact, I have only seen my neighbors two brief times during our stay.
7. Great location: It is close to the big resorts in Wailea as well as small shops and eateries in Kihei, and also minutes away from beaches.
8. A very cute pool with outdoor shower provided. Laundry is also available!
9. They even have a little guest book in your room and you can read about other visitors' comments (all positive) - some even stick their wedding invitation cards and their photos on their pages. I find it very charming and intimate.
To me, the pros outrates the cons but it is worth to point them out:
1. There are no daily room-cleaning service (but hey, it's an inn). They do provide clean linens everyday if you put your dirty towels in that elegant basket outside your room.
2. Because of the beautiful tropical garden, there are geckos at night but they stay outside. I didn't mind any of these personally but one of my friends who's in extreme fear of geckos find it very difficult to walk back to his room at night.
3. The air-conditioner is located in a strange spot in the room, above the TV and it blows directly on your forehead when you lay in your bed. To solve the problem you can turn the fan on instead of the air-conditioner, or sleep with your head on the tail side of the bed.
Overall I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pineapple Inn!
We stayed in one of the rooms for seven days in May 2006 for our honeymoon. It was a great spot for us. We enjoyed having breakfast provided for us and ate it on our lania (sp?) every morning. The location of the Inn is perfect - right in the middle of all the action! Mark and Steve made themselves available for questions and any needs that arose.
The price was spectacular ($119/night) and we would have preferred the Inn over one of the big resorts any day - even if the price were the same.
I am a huge fan of the Pineapple Inn and I have no reservations giving my 100% recommendation to anyone.
Our favorite lodging in Maui!
We stayed at PIneapple Inn in November of 2005 for the second time. Already have November 2006 reserved for us. You cannot beat the grounds - stunning gardens around a salt water pool and NO crowds! It's quiet and lovely. We stay at the cottage and enjoy grilling on the lanai for most meals. The rooms and the cottage are all very comfy and well-appointed.
Mark and Steve are the most gracious and fun hosts. We love them and we love their property!
Is there something better than excellent - this place deserves it!
I stayed here for 10 days. The first five I stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage and the last five days I enjoyed the single room nearer to the pool. The prices are excellent and the grounds are well maintained. So beautiful, and the salt water pool was very nice to come home to. I broke my leg just before I left for Maui, and staying here made having a broken leg on Maui tolerable. The cottage was lovely with two full private bedrooms and a full kitchen. Complete with a full size fridge, oven, stove, dishwasher, microwave, and counter appliances. There was even a blender for mixed drinks. The cabinets were stocked with spices and everything you needed to fix a meal. The drawers had foil, saran wrap, zip lock baggies, and utensils. The private lanai had a gas grill which we used extensively. I haven't added up the savings from making our own meals, but it was a lot. Even the grocery bill was low because the little things that add up were already provided. The fridge had butter, jelly, and much more. Some provided by the inn and other stuff left by previous guests. I left a 6 pack of good beer and other items to keep it going. The cottage also had a living room with a pull out couch and a 32" TV. You could sleep 6, but 4 would be best. It was just my wife and I, and we didn't use the extra bedroom. For 185 a night and the money we saved on eating out, it was well worth it. The rooms are so tastefully decorated. Central AC and whole house vacuum systems shows the forethought put into this B&B. (of course we didn't vacuum it!) My only regret in writing this review is that it will be harder to get a reservation. The fruit, chocolate, popcorn and other gifts provide on arrival were much appreciated. I will return to this place every time I come to Maui. Well done Mark and Steve. Thank you!
Live like a Mauian
I must be completely honest. We booked a stay at the Pineapple Inn after having been permitted to look at both the grounds and a room. So this review is based on a visit before our actual stay but is based on observations after having visited Maui for twenty years.
When we arrived, Steve was in the garden, meticulously pruning, watering, feeding the flowers and plants that grow in abundance. The views overlooking Lanai and Molokini are stunning and you can be forgiven if you spend more time gazing at the panorama rather than spending time at the beach, a mile or so away. Actually there is a salt-water pool kept quite warm for those who choose not to escape. By staying in Maui Meadows, you will be living like a resident in one of the most exclusive and charming areas of South Maui. Because there is highway noise, you may wish to close your sliding glass door at night. I couldn't believe how quiet the room became!
As Mark showed us a room, I couldn't help but think that here are people who are passionate about their inn and their work. The bed is supremely comfortable and the bathroom is fully equipped with a strong shower and a beautiful sink. Should you wish to have breakfast on your lanai, Mark has filled the kitchenette with supplies for as many breakfasts as you are going to require. He provides, you prepare!
And you can prepare meals either through the microwave or on the outside grill, which you share with three other rooms. But many guests dine elsewhere, given the number of publications placed on the table in a sitting area directly behind the room.
There is a two-bedroom cottage on the premises, that we couldn't visit because it was occupied, and deservedly so. The bottom line is that if you wish to live like a resident and feel that you belong here, make Pineapple Inn your address.
What a Treat!
I totally LOVED this place! It's fairly new (about a year old) and that was the first thing going in it's favor. There are 4 rooms with queen size beds, a small kitchenette (refrigerator, sink, microwave) and a nice size bathroom. Each room also has a private patio that overlooks the pool and garden. There is also a guest house available that has (I believe) 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen.
The owners, Steve and Mark, make sure the refrigerator is fully stocked with fresh juice, fruit and baked goods and coffee for breakfast. It was a great treat, escaping a Chicago snow storm, to have breakfast outside on my own private patio every morning! By the way, there is also laundry available.
This place is beautifully landscaped! Everything seems so lush and mature, it's hard to beleive it was all just planted a year ago. Things just grow so easily in the tropics!! Also, the landscaping includes many fragrant plants and trees, so everything smells terrific. The pool is very nice, and there is a hot tub available too, which was really relaxing at night to be able to enjoy and stargaze. The Inn was just truly comfortable comfortable.
The location is just up Haleakala a few blocks from Wailea. There is a nice view of the ocean, though the inn is not oceanfront. For this location (5 minutes from Wailea) and quality, I don't think you can beat the Pineapple Inn if you are looking to not spend $400 a night at the big Wailea resorts. The locations has you about 15 minutes from both Kihei and Makena Beach.
Check this place out, and enjoy some really warm hospitality from Steve and Mark!