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Aloha Maui Cottages
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Aloha Maui Cottages
Paducah, Kentucky
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3 reviews
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“Home away from Home”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2007

After arriving at about 1am in Maui at the cottages, Ken was there to greet us with a smile. The directions he gave made finding his secret getaway easy...even at 1am. Driving down his road at night for the first time was a little uneasy but safe. After taking a wonderfully warm shower we hit the pillow. (Ken as well as many hawaii citizens who live 'in the hills' catch their rain water ...which makes your hair and skin soooo soft).
In the morning he greeted us with freshly drilled cocoanuts to drink. Very good and sweet. The next day he provided us with Pineapple...best I've ever had. Picking fruit off his trees was also an option. He had Cuban Red Bananas, Oranges, Lemon and Lime, and others I can't remember.
Accomodations for the Banana Room was basically like a suite. Full size frigerator, 2 burner stove,sink,microwave. Double Bed, Sliding mirror closet, Fans available. Shower and Toilet just outside of your door. Shower provides a true jungle feel with wood slat platform you stand on. Did I mention the water is soft? Twin Falls is a must...and there are two ropes hanging from trees above...If you go there you MUST swing out from the ropes into the water. Once we took the plunge we couldn't get enough. My friend and I went there for the next and last 3 days of our trip just to have fun like we were little kids again....(Only I don't remember being sore when I was a kid after playing). An Experience not to be missed. The waterfalls were beautiful and serene. If you go take a picnic lunch and enjoy your surroundings. Then explore. Follow the creek as far as you can. You'll be wet anyway. By the way the water is cold, however refreshing if it's a warm day. 'Going home' each night after a day of shopping, surfing, swimming, whatever felt safe, comfortable, and relaxing. If you walk to Twin Falls from the B&B it's about 12-15minutes taking the road. I would suggest going to Twin Falls by way Ken tells you...( if you are physically able). You will see many more little waterfalls his way...takes maybe 30-45 minutes to get to falls then. A very worthy hike. Overall if/when I go back to Maui I will undoubtedly stay at Maui Aloha Cottages again. If you're looking for a relaxing atmosphere that feels like your own home...you'll find it staying with Ken. Which by the way he is a humble, gracious host!

Mahalo Ken, and Aloha!

  • Liked — Relaxing atmosphere. No hurries. Quiet!
  • Disliked — Banana Room small...but we were hardly in the room to sleep only. So not a big deal.
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2007

We just returned from our first vacation in Hawaii where a highlight was spending two nights at the Mango Cottage at Aloha Cottages Maui. Had we realized how close we were to the other must see sites we would have stayed there longer. I like to explore and see non commercialized areas so this was a perfect place to land. Ken helped us learn about and explore Haiku and "upcountry" that still has the flavor of old Maui. The cottage is surrounded by lush vegatation, much of it with fruit growing, that blows in the winds and swishes with the sounds of the tropical rains that come & go in this rainforest area of the Island. At night we were treated to a sky full of stars and watched shooting stars while falling asleep in our King size comfortable bed. We were about half as close to Hana than from the resort area on the South Shore making a day trip there an easy adventure and a little over an hour from the peak of Haleakala so we didn't have to get up in the middle of the night to be there for sunrise. A beautiful beach is 10 minutes down the road. The cottage supplies beach towels, mats and a cooler for day trips. Mango Cottage has, in addition to a large bedroom, a large living room with dining and kitchen areas enabling those who so chose to enjoy an economical vacation preparing their own meals. I'm ready to return. Sharon from New York

  • Liked — being in nature, close to special places and away from tourists
  • Tips/Secrets — arrive during daylight hours
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2006

To all those travelers that are tired of staying at a resort
My husband and I stayed in the Mango Hut for 9 glorious days. The cottage was clean, quiet and off the beaten path. We could not have asked for better hospitality from our host. Not only did he greet us with fresh fruit and coconuts from the property but he also told us of great places to eat and visit while we were in Maui. We received service that you would NEVER get at a 5 star resort. We honestly felt like we were at home and really did not want to leave. The cottage is far enough out that you feel like you're the only people around and yet close enough to where you want to go that it's not inconvient.
This is the only place to stay on Maui!

  • Liked — Clean, off the beaten path and great host
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Tips/Secrets — N/A
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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edison, NJ
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2 of 5 bubbles 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
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Aloha Maui Cottages
Address: P.O. Box 790210, Haiku, Maui, HI 96779-0210
Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Haiku
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Haiku
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our cottages are nestled in a small valley on Maui's North shore, located between the Hawaiian rainforest and the blue Pacific. We provide an authentic experience for those who seek to explore the non-tourist side of Maui. Our Mango cottage is spacious and conventionally configured, while the Jungle Palace and Banana room are more rustic. Just one mile off the State Highway, you leave the street lights behind and enter the world of nature. ... more   less 
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