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Koali Ranch Cottage: A Million Dollar View

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This cottage is located right along (almost literally) Highway 31 a little ways past Hâna near Kīpahulu. Kīpahulu is where the Pools of ‘Ohe‘o are located. Our three nights at this central location allowed us plenty of time to explore many of the sights along the Hâna Hwy that you could not see in the typical whirlwind tour when you drive from the other side of Maui to day-visit.

We rented this wonderful, unassuming, studio-type house for three nights. Its best feature is its commanding view of the ‘Alenuihaha Channel and the Pacific Ocean from its large lanai. On the flip side, it's an old house with rustic charm. If you are looking for 5-star accommodations, look elsewhere. But if you want a glimpse of rural life on this tropical isle, this is the place.

Its elevation is a couple hundred feet (approx. 60m) above the ocean with nothing but open pastureland stretching about one-quarter mile (approx. 400m) down to the jagged rocks along the coast. You are close enough to the water that you can still hear the crashing surf which was especially evident at night when most all else was quiet. "Most" excludes the gekos and the cows, however, they were not to the point of annoyance. Gekos emit a loud, short, chirpish-groan. One evening there were over 30 gekos on the lanai's walls and ceiling sounding off. As for the cows, one night a wild bull had come down from the mountains and was courting the ladies in the pasture. He was quite vocal.

It is only about 30 miles (128km) across the channel to the Big Island so you can get a glimpse of the shadowy outlines of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa over there as long as there is not much vog coming from Kilauea during the day. We saw them only once at dawn. They were hazed over the rest of the time. However, at night, we still managed to see the faint glimmer of lights along their slopes.

Everyday was perfect with no rain during our stay. Because of its location, rain forms and falls further inland. The real treat was sitting on the lanai watching the sunrise to the left and the sunsets to the right and slightly behind the island. It was like this lanai was the front-row, center-stage seats for Mother Nature’s biggest and best show. Since the selection of restaurants is very slim in Hâna, we cooked our own and ate every night on our lanai enjoying the cool ocean breeze, the sound of the not-too-distant surf, the gekos sounding, and the cows mooing.

In regards to the Hâna Hwy being right out front of the house: We never even noticed it since we were gone all day and there are very few cars on this road at night. The road in this section, because it is so narrow it is almost a single lane, forces cars to slow down therefore making them much less noticeable.

The real reward of this place was that it provided the best whale watching experience ever (see Travelogue). We had the perfect front-row seats. Being about a half-mile (approx. 800m) from the whales, we could still clearly hear the slap of their tails and bodies on the water. The sound was loud enough that my video camera was able to record it.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches, Whale Watching, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written April 9, 2005
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Kaanapali - this is a resort...

Kaanapali - this is a resort type community with golfing and is very popular...very beautiful and close to everything.
Not sure on the price because we didn't stay there but after talking with some people it's @ $150-200 a night.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 26, 2002

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The Ritz: The Ritz

We did not stay here but we were told by some locals a little story you may want to think about before you stay here. The Ritz is known to be haunted...not something you will read about on their marketing material. It was built on an ancient burial ground, when they brought in bull dozers to dig the holes they dug up local hawaiians. I am NOT in anyway making light of this, as you can imagine the local people were horrified by what was happening to their ancesters and rightfully so. I merely wanted to pass along the information because personally, just knowing what they did...I wouldn't stay there.

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  • Written August 26, 2002

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Waianapanapa State Park,...

Waianapanapa State Park, Glistening Water.

We spent the majority of our visit to Maui with friends who live in Kula, a very beautiful town nestled in the mountains. The house was set at an elevation of 3500 ft. and over looked the northern and southern shore...amazingly beautiful! We did however take the opportunity to camp on Maui which when we go back we will take more advantage of! There are some areas around the island where you can pitch a tent on a sandy beach and wake to the sounds of the crashing waves or while visiting Hana you could stay in a tent or rent a cabin for $45 a night with all the ammenities! This is the way to go if you want to save on money. The great benefit is the fact that the cabins are located in the lush hills of Hana at Waianapanapa State Park. The park is a 2-3 or more drive from the airport depending on the traffic but it's well worth the ride, the infamous Road to Hana is a delight. Hana is on the remote side of the island, things happen slowly here but there is so much of nature to explore that you would be busy for days! The only downside to staying here would be the long drive into town and other areas of the island. When we go again I think we will camp here for a few days and then head to other areas of the island.
Tent - $5 a night
Cabin - $45 a night

If you are only spending one night and get there after the office closes you won't have to pay. We were told we needed to get a permit from Lahaina, they don't sell them at the campground so check into that before you go...it's not a quick drive back to town!

If you use a tent there are outside showers and toilets available, they are clean but only cold water showers! If you stay in a Cabin you are provided everything, bath, shower, toilet, bedding, pots and pans, dishes...it is full of ammenities.

Within walking distance you can see:
- The Princess' Chair
- Caverns
- Black Sand Beach
- Burial Grounds

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 26, 2002
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