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The Kuleana Resort
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

My wife booked this place instead of Kahana Falls which is 5 minutes away from each other, and she made the better choice. On the outside it doesn't look like much, but on the inside it was great. Granted the space was smaller than I was expecting and used to but for a family of four it was just right. My wife and I took the master bedroom while the kids took the murphy bed in the living room. After every dinner we rearranged the living room to pull down the bed and get the kids tucked in. The kitchen was small but good enough to cook meals and enjoy each others company. Another draw back was that our unit didn't have any AC, however if we opened the sliding door towards our balcony which was facing the ocean the cool ocean breeze cooled our whole unit down.

The positives about this place is again the view. The Pacific Ocean was literally our backyard. It was great waking up each morning, hearing the ocean waves, feeling the ocean breeze, while drinking a cup of joe and reading the newspaper. The kids loved eating outside on our balcony while watching people try to surf, swim, snorkle, or paddle surf in the ocean. Another positive about this place it has a private small beach for only the guests. The waves were perfect and not too rough so the kids could play and have fun without the fear of big waves.

The service to this place was good, especially with Ed, and the facility was in excellent condition. Compare this to the other place we could of reserved, Kahana Falls, which did not have the ocean for a backyard or any private beach, my wife did a great job. I would recommend this place to anyone and come back again. If you are looking for a place that is not the big hotel chains, quiet area, and a private beach this place is a great place!

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms that have a balcony and not the ground floor. If you get a unit that is on the ground floor other guests will be walking outside of your room because your patio is part of the grounds people can walk around to.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank James M
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

We stayed a week in October 2012. For a rental condo on the ocean, this place is a well kept gem! The parking was fantastic, The pool was so pretty day and night and it is all tile so you don't scrape your feet. The room was dark when I first walked in but once you open the curtains and turn on the fans relaxation settles in.. I found no need for air conditioning. My husband and I slept on the living room Murphy bed and enjoyed the moonlight views to the ocean waves crashing 50 feet away.. We stored all our gear in the bedroom. The front desk was helpful when we needed help due to a wet phone .. Just remember this is a do it yourself condo , if you want to be waited on, choose a hotel resort.. I will definitely stay here again

  • Stayed: October 2012
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4  Thank Jessica L
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

We are regulars to Maui for 20 years now and for the past few visits we stayed at Kuleana. Beautiful grounds right on the beach, big pool, snorkeling is good with many turtles each morning and plenty nearby to see & do. I would recommend you look at the units on their site. Air conditioning is important to us and not all units have it. There are some dated units and some that have been remodeled. You can't find a better deal for this ideal location on Maui. As I write I'm looking at a gorgeous view and listening to the waves - total relaxation! Maui was just voted best island in the world for the 17th year in a row!

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
9  Thank debinmonterey
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

Tired of large resorts, then this condo is for you. From it's lanai there are incredible views of the ocean, sunsets, Lana'i, Moloka'i, the beautiful, tropical grounds and the all tile pool. Just off their reefs swim turtles, and just about a 5 minute walk north is a small beach where turtles beach and sun themselves. We stayed 10 nights and as usual did not want to leave.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank 7910Jim
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

This property in West Maui is located about 15 minutes north of Lahaina, and on the coast across from the small regional Kapalua airport. You can rent via the management company, or directly from various owners via sites like Airbnb or VRBO. The furnishings and condition of the specific units therefore vary.

In this review I will only speak to the resort and area, not a specific unit. You will also want to try and get some info on specific units by unit numbers from TA and elsewehere, since it sounds like while most units are good, there may also be some less well-maintained units.

It is a great location to be based for a West Maui stay, with a large grocery store (Times) and other shopping and services, local shops, farmers market (some days of week), and great restaurants all within a 5-10 minute drive. There is a nice small private beach right in front, and some rocky areas as well where there are almost daily visits by large green sea turtles feeding on the algae on the rocks. You can watch them from shore from only feet away, or safely snorkel with these gentle creatures, but also ensure that you to not touch them, corner them, or otherwise harass these protected seafarers. If you remain still in the water, and let them eat and swim in and out without blocking their path or chasing them, they will treat you as just another object in the water.

This is an older condo property, but the exterior and grounds are extremely well maintained. Note that many of the units do not have air conditioning (there appears to be a condo bylaw restricting AC installations). If the units have good fans in the living room and bedroom, and you are attentive to ventilation, the lack of AC isn't a big problem in our experience. We are also very attentive in tropical climes to keeping food cleaned up and secure, and screens in place, etc - we had no problem with ants or insects of any sort.

The gardening and landscaping is superb, and the staff are attentive and friendly. There are four community BBQs close to the beach, and you can visit new neighbours, drink your wine, and bbq while watching the sun go down. The BBQs and the pool are spotlessly maintained. The pool was active but never crowded during our 1 week stay. There are pay washer / driers in in the lower level of certain buildings, and good condition, lots of machines, no waiting. Parking is easy, and the area felt very safe. There is a security patrol each evening. Make sure you park properly and keep the parking pass on display on your dash, or you will promptly receive a warning.

Snorkeling out front of the unit is great for turtles, but only average for fish. For great snorkeling drive 15 minutes north to Mokuleia Bay (park clearly marked at top, and then 5 minute walk down stairway) for great beach for swimming, and snorkeling on the left; or go a bit further north to Honolua Bay (lots of pulloff parking before and after a sharp crook in the road) and then a 15-20 minute easy hike along a trail to the rocky bay. Both areas are very popular with locals and knowledgeable visitors, and parking is tight later in the day; so make the effort to get there early around 8 or 9 am, when the parking is easy, you have lots of space, and the water visibility is generally best.

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Room Tip: Google "Kuleana resort map" to find a layout map of the resort and individual units. The first digit in a unit number is the building (1 thru 7), the second number is the floor (0 is ground), and the third number is the unit. Ground units have direct access out onto the grounds from the small individual terrace, which is convenient, but also there is a certain amount of foot traffic right in front so a little less private than on the above ground levels. Buildings 1, 4, 6, and 7 have more direct views of the ocean, particularly 4 and 6. Buildings 2, 3, 5, and 7 are a bit closer to the parking lots, and have a little bit more of the occasional road traffic from the road behind.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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