1 Bdrm / 1 Bath (Sleeps up to 4)
Lowest Advertised Rates:
April - May 14: $119/nt.
May 15 - June SPECIAL: $99/nt.
July - Oct: $119/nt.
Nov - Dec 20: $129/nt.
Dec 21 - Jan 7: $199/nt.
Jan 8 -Feb: $159/nt.
King + Queen futon
| Fully Stocked Kitchen | BBQ | Private Lanai or Yard | Ocean Views |
| Ceiling Fans | Washer/Dryer | TV/DVD | Netflix | Hulu | WiFi Internet | Towels & Linens |
Hawaiian Lesson: “Hale” (Ha-Lay) is a common word used in Hawaii, and it often means house, but can also refer to various types of buildings, halls and institutions.
The high quality construction is open and airy and thoughtfully incorporates many natural elements into the design.
High quality bamboo floors, custom stone countertops in the kitchen and bath, and loads of windows with stunning views of both coastlines.
Private, clean, modern, comfortable and affordable. The central location is perfect for active people who want to tour all around Maui while staying an a real home. If you’re the type who likes to avoid resorts and find adventure, this is a great option for home-base.
Quality & Craftsmanship
I love homes with a soul – and Kokomo Hale most definitely has one. The owner is a builder, and a craftsman – he designed and built this home from the ground up. The attention to detail and love and care infused into even the smallest facets clearly show. This kind of quality is not typical of a vacation rental unit in this price range.
Kokomo Hale has breathtaking panoramic views of the entire central valley with a 15+ mile coast-to-coast expanse of West Maui Mountains as the backdrop. You also get an ocean view on Maui’s North Shore, and a touch of the coastline on opposite side of the valley as well.
Maui is such an outdoors place, having a great place to spend your at-home time outside is a big bonus – and this lanai does it right by allowing you to spend more time where you’ll want to be.
The deck is positioned to take in the full view while remaining very private. There is a dining table and chairs out here, and if I were staying here, I can tell you without question that I would eat every breakfast, lunch and dinner out here.
Oh, did I forget mention that there is an impressive professional-quality built-in gas grill (and prep counter) that is a joy to cook on?
Tip: the best local market on Maui is on the way back from the beach – grab some fresh local food to throw on the grill, mix up a couple mai tais, and plant yourself here for a spectacular sunset!
The full kitchen is modern and boasts a high-quality gas oven and range, full-size stainless frige and dishwasher.
Great tile-work pulls together the two-tone wood and glass cabinetry with the totally awesome custom-crafted stone and concrete fossil-inlaid countertop.
The bathroom has a dual shower-head two-person Jacuzzi, and the same style custom artisan stone/fossil counter like you saw in the kitchen – here it supports a dark deep bowl stone vessel sink. High-quality tile and wood finish work complete a fusion of tasteful quality with the earthy-connection that permeates the home.
(I imagine quite a few guests will choose to spend the better part of more than one evening in the Jacuzzi!)
Configuration & Privacy
This is a second-floor 1BR unit attached to the main house. The owners actually designed and built this unit with themselves in mind, so the configuration is totally set up to afford privacy and insulation from the rest of the building. The stairs face the side of the home, and parking is directly across, so you don’t have to enter or walk though any of this area to access any other area. This is also the entire second floor of the home, and the thoughtful design affords you full privacy.
If you are traveling with a child, a great community playground is just a mile down the road. Giggle Hill was built by volunteers in 2004 (I was one of them!) – and our own family is there quite regularly with our children.
This home is in the Kokomo area of Haiku – which is very central to the whole island. We do not disclose precise locations of residential rentals for family security – but I show a Google map below with the pin on Giggle Hill – this home is approximately a mile south of Goggle Hill. This location is within easy reach of all of Maui. Wonderful North Shore beaches and Paia Town a 10-15 minute drive.
I choose to live on this side of the island – it is cooler, less commercial/touristy, and very central for active folks who plan on touring all around the island.
You’re also closer to Haleakala, Road to Hana and Upcountry than the resort areas, while the resort areas are still easily within reach for day trips (an easy and very scenic ~35-45 minutes to Kihei and South Maui, about an hour to Lahaina and West Maui.)
Haiku is wetter and greener than the resort areas which are in the desert. Most of our rain comes from the tradewind cycle, so it will usually (and conveniently) come late afternoon or overnight.
The Kokomo area is located right along the mountain’s rain shadow – the line between dry and rain. Just five miles one way and you can have annual rainfall as low as 10 inches (desert), the same distance the other direction and you’re in the rainforest! [more: Weather & Maui Rainfall Map]
The best thing about living along the line of the rain shadow is that when it is raining you can usually hop in the car and drive out of it in just a matter of minutes. (Yeah, we’re totally spoiled in Maui!)
While most of this area has become an eclectic mix of country-residential, the majority of Haiku is agriculturally zoned as a legacy of the plantation days. There are some small family and hobby farms out here. Most visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a more rural and rustic lifestyle – largely without any of the irritations that some aspects of country living come with. That said, irritations are relative, and you should be a nature lover if you plan on staying outside of the tourist centers – you’ll certainly cross paths with little critters – geckos, toads and giant snails are common – and you’ll hear the sounds of coqui frogs and roosters (both at a comfortable distance.)
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