One way to see Maui is to stay at a beach resort, where they present a carefully crafted vision of a Pacific Island, and you never have to walk more than a couple of minutes to buy a $20 drink and a $70 meal. Then there's upcountry Maui - the land of ranches, plantations, and locals (when I told the guy at the resort Enterprise that I was staying in Makawao - he said "That's where I live. There are hotels there?". Hale Ho'okipa is a classic bed and breakfast, you get lovely rooms with decidedly early 20th century feel, fresh fruit, and a place to cook your own breakfast from the fresh duck and chicken eggs that come from the on-property duck and chicken.
There was a token window air conditioner, but we never needed it - Makawao is far enough up the mountain that its 10 degrees cooler than the beach during the day, and at night I was grateful for the warm quilts on the bed. There were snorkels and fins to borrow, and the hostess gave us great advice about where to drive for good snorkling and the less crowded but just as beautiful beaches. There are also plenty of great books about local culture and history, as well as the ever-present brochures for helicopter ride, parasailing, and snorkeling boats.
There a grocery store a few blocks in one direction, and downtown Makawao's restaurants, general store, and art gallery a few blocks in the other (some might find it a bit far to walk).
The next time I come to Maui I would definitely come back to the Hale Ho'okpia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Hospitality in Upcountry Maui is Hale Ho'okipa Inn Makawao. The Inn is located on the slopes of Haleakala 50 minutes to the top of the summit of Haleakala crater , 10 minutes to the North Shore beaches and Paia town. The quaint Paniolo and artsy Makawao town with restaurants and shops is a 10 minute walk from the B&B. Bountiful, delicious breakfast is served daily, with the large country kitchen available for light meals. We have warm jackets for the mountain, and coolers for guests convenience. Sip tea or a glass of wine, relaxing in the parlor or on the lanai with books from our well appointed library. Rich is local history and art, Hale Ho'okipa is a comfortable home away from home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hale Ho`Okipa Inn Makawao Hotel Makawao
- Hale Ho'Okipa Inn Makawao Maui, Hawaii