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Aloha Maui Cottages
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Reviewed 6 December 2006

My husband and I are from Spain where I am a teacher of English. We just recently stayed at Aloha Maui cottages in the Jungle Palace. We were looking for a place where we could experience what to live in Hawaii is like. We did not want to stay in a tourist resort. We did a lot of research before our trip, since it is a long journey for us. I read a lot of articles and reviews. My husband was concerned about the Jungle Palace because some of the reviews said it was rustic.
In the end we decided to book there anyway and we are glad that we did. Ken, the owner, was very friendly and helpful. He told us about lots of places to go and restaurants, etc. on the North shore of Maui. Both my husband and I enjoyed spending time in nature, hiking,
and eating in places where the prices were low, the food good, and not everyone was a tourist. We especially enjoyed our trip to Hana, which is not that far from Aloha Maui, and hiking at Twin Falls, just
across the street. The road to Aloha Maui for the last mile is a gravel road. It’s dark at night and at first that gave me concern. It turned out to be ok though and the view of the stars in the Hawaiian sky made it worthwhile. I do agree with the reviews that said it
was rustic and feel it is not a place for everyone. Rather it is a special place where we both feel we really experienced what Hawaii and Maui is like.

Stayed: November 2006
2  Thank Sarulina
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Reviewed 8 August 2006

My wife and I stayed in the Jungle Cottage for about a week recently. Rustic, as the previous reviewer described it, is accurate. It was a lot like camping, though with a decent bathroom. It was reasonably clean, but there was plenty of dust on the fans, and the sheets smelled a little funky. We were stocked low on toliet paper and had to ask for more...which really shouldn't happen in a short stay. There's no A/C, and about half the windows are just screens. The place gets really warm during the day, at least during the summer. Though you're likely to be out, it's still not a place you can retreat back to should you have night plans and want to catch a nap. Even if it were comfortable during the day, it's too far away from most places to drive back to. We had a few bugs and geckos, and forgot to put a piece of fruit in the fridge one night - leading to a rodent intrusion while we were sleeping.

We made the mistake of trying to drive back one night after only making the drive once during daylight. The one-lane gravel road is a good mile of twists and turns and potholes, with very few landmarks. We're usually ok with finding our way around, but it was completely dark and pretty daunting at night, and we missed a couple turns. The average rental car can handle it at slow speeds, but a jeep would be better.

Still, the price ($100) was very reasonable, and $75-100 less than we would've paid for comporable places in Kihei or Lahiana. That's sort of like getting a big chunk of your meals for free (even at Maui dining prices). It was convenient for the day we did the Hana Highway - got us out an hour before the sightseers coming from other towns. We also saw a lot of Paia, which was a really cool town - and it's not too far from Hookipa lookout for windsurfer watching (though that's not a great beach for sunbathing - the wind is good for the surfers, but sandblasts you every few minutes).

Ken was friendly and attentive to anything we asked for. The jungle setting did make for breezy, cool mornings and evenings with frogs and birds chirping (and mosquitos biting, of course). Taking a bath in a screened-in bathroom on a windy Hawaii morning was something else. Evenings with the screened front door and NPR (about all the radio would pick up for us) were nice and relaxing.

The amenities are about what you'd expect for the price: small kitchenette (toaster, coffee maker, full fridge, sink, stove), a grill outside, bed, closet, and bathroom. The bathroom decor was nice new-looking tile. The living area was a dated green.

I'd recommend it to a couple that was used to camping and wanted to spend a couple days upcountry in a secluded spot. If you prefer the North and East parts of Maui, it's a decent place for the money. It wouldn't be a bad spot to spend a couple days while you toured the Hana Highway stops. It's very close to Twin Falls. It's not convenient to the other main cities (easily an hour to Lahaina). It's also not the place if you're looking for a spotless, bug-free, air-conditioned stay.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank iceblink13
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Reviewed 7 July 2006

My husband and I were visiting Hawaii and were looking for some non-traditional places to stay on the island of Maui and came across the reviews for Aloha Maui cottages, since both of the reviews here were posiitive and the price was cheap we booked our stay in the Banana Room. Be forwarned, if you are not the "rustic type" this is not a place for you! Before we arrived in Maui we were told the Banana room had a private bath and toilet, well... they were private but unfortunately located outside of the acutal room. So, if you don't mind showering and with all the bugs it's fine. The breakfast consisted of fruit that was handed out the first morning and was supposed to last for our entire stay. The room was clean but, there was a serious ant problem that managed to work it's way in my husband's luggage which caused us to check out early. We didn't have a chance to see the other cottages so can't really comment on them. It is a convient location for the road to hana (you get to beat all the people staying at the resorts) but is in a very rustic location, dirt road, solar energy, etc.
In all fairness, Ken was very accomodating and gave us a refund for our trouble. I think that it is a fine place to stay if you aren't too picky but is definitely not for travelers that aren't used to camping!

Stayed: January 2006
8  Thank Kelly C
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Reviewed 12 October 2005

We just got back from a fabulous visit to Maui, where we spent a week on the North East shore, at the Aloha Maui Cottages...

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I used to live on Kauai waaaay back in the early 80s, and had not been back to The Islands in over 20 years. Imagine my delight when I discovered that life on the north east shore of Maui had not changed that much in all that time! There's still miles and miles of unspoiled rainforest and gorgeous coastline, populated by Hawaiian locals, hippies and surfers...and so many seriously beautiful people!!!

Staying at Aloha Maui cottages was just as I remembered living in Hawaii was like all those years ago. It's off the main Hana Highway(36-360), down a dirt (mud) road, over some hills, across a stream and through a grassy field. The cottages themselves are snuggled into a profuse growth of fruit trees and outrageously flowering plants- the cute little hippy houses you may remember from the 70s. The only sounds you hear are rain, wind, birds and frogs.

Ken Redstone, the owner, is a gracious and friendly New York City transplant who has lived on the island for 20 years. He is quick to share fruit and a story with his guests.

Aloha Maui consists of three units. One has two rooms, a king bed with huge windows and ocean views. The second like a concrete yurt- it's a studio with a queen bed and a lovely breezy huge bathroom with a fun shower-with-a-view, while showering you look out onto banana trees and large flowering plants. The third unit is a room in the main house. All the units have refrigerators, microwaves and grills so you can cook your own and not be a slave to the restaurants. There is also a free washer-drier at the main house you can use, which allows you to pack your suitcase lightly!

This part of the island is without corporate development for miles and miles. There is a little store a couple of miles down the road from Aloha Maui, but no hotels, restaurants or gas on hwy 36/360 after you leave Paia until you reach Hana, about 25 miles away. There are, however, plenty of waterfalls nearby to explore and go swimming at, some of which have juice stands.

The nearest towns to Aloha Maui are Haiku and Paia. Haiku, about 3 miles off of 36/360, has some very authentic places to eat, a little grocery store and pharmacy, a post office and a FANTASTIC yoga studio. Paia is a larger small town about 10? miles away with great yet down to earth-y shopping and dining, plus a wonderful, Whole Foods-like health food store, which has an absolutely huge selection, a deli and bakery, and low LOW prices, much less expensive and better selection than the grocery stores in Kahului by the airport. If you are staying on this side of the island, don't even bother to stop at the stores in Kahului, just come on into Paia, hook a right onto the main street, and stock up at MANA FOODS!

We will definately be back when we can stay longer!!!

  • Stayed: October 2005
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11  Thank coando
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Reviewed 14 April 2005

Ken really nailed it on the head. If you are looking for a place off the beaten path, this is it. We loved the fact that this whole place is self sufficient. Solar energy. The location is beautiful. Falling asleep to the stream right outside everynight was a treat! Feels like you are in a rainforest. Stayed in the Banana room for 3 out of our 10 days on Maui. The other place in Lahaina didn't even compare. We wished we would have stayed there the whole time. The whole west side of the island (Lahaina, Kaanapili, and Kihei) are not that far away from Haiku. Plus if you decide to go east to Hana, you've got a good start.

We will definitely be back to this place and have told as many people of this place as we can. Hopefully soon! Ken is as accomodating as they get. What a great guy!

Only tip, try to arrive there before night time. The fact that it is a little off the beaten path makes it tough to find for the first time, especially in the dark but well worth it.

James

  • Stayed: March 2005
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18  Thank djdank
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