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This eclectic antique Hawaiian cottage is perched atop a scenic jungle gorge with breathtaking views in every direction. Open and breezy; attention to detail shines from every facet. If you're looking for a unique and authentic Maui vacation, Maliko Retreat should be among your top contenders.
This uniquely Maui home was originally hand-built in the time of Old Hawaii from old-growth redwood and cedar. Recently lovingly restored by the owners, all of the original details and ornamental woodwork have been retained.
Added touches follow the theme of incorporating natural and re-purposed materials. A few examples include hardwood railings milled from a fallen Pu'unene monkeypod, tile and stone work incorporate river rock from the stream below, antique leaded glass doors and windows were reclaimed from plantation era estates, and the original cast-iron claw-foot soaking tub (with a killer view!) These are only a few of many; the Maliko Retreat cottage has a top-to-bottom list of unique touches, detail craftsmanship and interesting points of character.
Designed in harmony with the 'aina
Original builders in this time understood the land intimately; they had to be connected to the environment in everything they did (out of necessity.) The result is a design that masterfully harnesses the natural light and our dependable tradewinds to the home's full advantage.
Strategically placed ornate woodwork air vents are more than fine finish details – when coupled with the open and airy floorpaln, the home breathes with the valley, cooling the home comfortably as it delivers an added bonus: a symphony of intoxicating scents from the flowering Maui rainforest below.
The living room has a cathedral ceiling with floor to ceiling windows. The effect is powerful: Natural light streams into the home all day long, and you're presented with a deep verdant scene of rainforest canopy unfolding into the background of blue ocean, West Maui Mountains and Molokai island.
Being located on acres of undeveloped land, the home and property are incredibly peaceful and quiet. The only sounds you're likely to hear from your private retreat are the songbirds, wind, and passing showers as they patter on the rainforest canopy below.
The lanais have multiple tables and comfortable chairs, and the quantity and brightness of the stars are spectacular at night. When evening rains come in, the lanai is a spectacular spot to watch the raindrops stream though the sunlight, quenching the jungle's insatiable thirst to grow. And since most of the rain comes from our daily tradewind cycle, it conveniently blows in late afternoon and overnight, delivering the vibrant afternoon rainbows that the windward side of Hawaiian islands are famous for.
Birders will especially appreciate the perspective, and the variety and quantity of birds that can be seen from the canopy vantage point. (Binoculars are included.)
Sydney and Maurice are exceptional hosts. They treat every guest as if they were family, welcoming all personally and freely offering unbridled hospitality and Aloha alongside their extensive knowledge of the area. Most requests that you might have they will graciously accommodate – they even offer to stock the kitchen before before your arrival with your list of groceries!
The significant value added from owners this passionate about the paradise they lovingly steward can't be overstated. Sydney and Maurice deliver a depth of genuine Maui experience that you're guaranteed to count high among your cherished Maui vacation memories.
Being in a steep river-cut valley has protected the land immediately boarding Maliko stream from becoming plantation monoculture for pineapple, sugar cane or grazing cattle. Instead you will be treated to an enchantingly diverse jungle forest. Wild blooming tropical flowers, vines, palms, gingers, jungle plants and fruits. Guests are encouraged to pick fruit and flowers. There are also small picnic areas, a stream with waterfalls and private natural pools so enticing, that even the most bashful will comfortably let go of their worldly cares to indulge in a skinny dip. Ancient Hawaiians used this valley, too – and there are even ancientl pictographs that the owners can bring you to view. The grounds are truly an untouched slice of natural Maui rainforest.
The property is also home to the Maliko Estate Coffee farm – but you won't find any clear-cut fields or mechanized rows of coffee farming – the hand-picked coffee grows in harmony with the jungle surroundings. Maliko Estate Coffee is shade-grown below the undisturbed lush jungle canopy. You can take a tour of the farm – or simply enjoy the half pound of natural farm-fresh coffee included with your stay!
Location information from MauiGuidebook.com: http://mauiguidebook.com/road-to-hana-maui/general-info-road-hana-maui/advantages-of-staying-on-mauis-north-shore/
Do any of these describe you?
- Usually active on vacation
- Plan on seeing it all
- Love hiking, waterfalls & adventure
- Prefer being closer to nature
- Seek authenticity in travel
- Plan lots of surfing/windsurf/kiteboard
- Escape touristy hustle and bustle
- Enjoy experiencing how people are living alternative/green/natural lifestyles
- Like to get away from it all – but still be close enough to drive back in
Maui’s North Shore is less developed, less crowded, has cooler days, and is in a more natural state than the popular resort areas of South and West Maui.
With a rich agricultural history, the North Shore is now primarily residential with large multi-acre lots. Celebrities and the ultra wealthy live side-by-side with multi-generation Hawaiian families. Stunning views, uncrowded beaches and an eclectic collection of unique and interesting folks dot the landscape.
Much of the land and virtually all of the oceanfront property is protected from significant development, and there are strict zoning laws that prevent the sprawl and population density found in the more popular visitor destinations. Since development is restricted here, you won’t find any large hotels or resorts. Lodging options are much more down-to-earth: you can rent a house or vacation rental, or stay at one of only three small botique hotels.
The North Shore is strategically located for visitors to conveniently explore the natural sites and attractions on the Road to Hana and Upcountry Maui, while also being close to world-class beaches. Avid hikers, adventurers, beachcombers and surfers won’t run out of things to do no matter how long they stay on the North Shore.
The North Shore is also quite centrally located, and since the island is relatively small, it is also located within moderate drive times to the rest that Maui has to offer.
The first thing to know (and this applies to any location you choose to stay) is that those who love nature, hiking, sightseeing, exploring and adventure will find themselves all over our incredibly diverse island.
Second is that outside of the immediate resort-area congestion, drives on Maui are not boring commutes like they are back home – virtually every drive is incredibly scenic, and more often than not, drives to a specific destination serve up unexpected and enjoyable tours en route. This is especially true on the North Shore, and outside of the more developed ares, because open view planes show off Maui’s vast geographic diversity.
North Shore vs. Resort Areas
- Closer/avoid traffic bottlenecks to:
~ Haleakala National Park
~ Piiholo Ranch Ziplines
~ Lavender Farms
- Much closer:
~ Road to Hana
~ North Shore Beaches
~ Paia Town
~ Makawao Town
- About the same:
~ Iao Valley
~ Costco, Big Box Stores, Mall
~ Surf rental
The only places further are the resorts themselves:
- It takes around 10 minutes more to drive to either resort area from the North Shore than it would staying in one resort area and driving to explore the other (a must-do!) A straight drive, it takes about 30 minutes to reach Kihei from Paia, and about 50 minutes to reach Lahaina from Paia.
The North Shore has many uncrowded, dramatic and beautiful beaches. Surfing, sunbathing, swimming and world-famous surf spots are plentiful. The biggest wave surfed in the world most years is at Jaws in Peahi. Hookipa is Mecca for windsurfers around the world. Kanaha is the most popular place to learn windsurfing, and Kite Beach is where the sport of kitesurfing was literally invented! All are found on Maui’s North Shore.
(There are photos and links to articles on all these locations at: http://mauiguidebook.com/road-to-hana-maui/general-info-road-hana-maui/advantages-of-staying-on-mauis-north-shore/ )
Most tourists will drive right by these beaches – if you don’t decide to stay on the North Shore, you should still consider setting aside at least one day to explore a couple of these these great local beaches.
Some Favorite North Shore Beaches
Baby Beach -Great for kids, lap swimmers and beachcombers. Also very scenic.
Ho’okipa - You can watch some of the best windsurfers in the world here. Also has very regular surf breaks.
Baldwin Cove - Calm cove, great for escaping the wind when the sand is blowing!
Baldwin Beach Park - A long, sandy beach with plenty of parking, lifeguards and facilities.
Tavares Beach - Popular with locals. Good surf break, too.
Kuau Cove (Beach at Mama’s Fish House) - A small tidepool beach. Kids love exploring here.
Paia Bay - Great for advanced boogie boarders. Also has a good surf break.
Paia Secret Beach - Secluded and clothing optional.
Jaws - In the winter you can watch big-wave surfers defy sanity!
Scenery: Ocean, Jungle & Waterfalls
The North Shore is also where the famous Road to Hana begins, and where the transition to rainforest begins. Twin Falls is the North Shore’s most popular destination for waterfalls, swimming holes and jungle hikes. The jungle scenery is diverse everywhere along the North Shore, from rugged oceanside cliffs, to sandy beaches to lush jungle. For nature lovers, staying on the North Shore can be like a vacation to the Garden of Eden.
Scenic & Quaint Towns
Paia Town is the unofficial capital of the North Shore, and is famous for its hippie and surfer population. Paia also has collected some great restaurants and shops filling in the 1960′s era storefronts. See the Paia Town article from more detail.
Makawao Town (technically Upcountry) is known for its rich Paniolo history. Adjacent to the North Shore, folks who stay here will pass though its main crossroads many times. Check out the Makawao Town article from more detail.
A large area of neighborhoods, farmland and estates are collectively called Haiku by most people, but the town of Haiku proper is small. In the the town there is a market, a general store, a few restaurants (all good and inexpensive), a gym, a Post Office and a laundromat. Blink and you’ll miss it all, but the gym (Upcountry Fitness) is visitor friendly, Veg Out is a great vegetarian restaurant, and there are several other tasty and afordable dining options for carnivores and veggies alike.
Pauwela is even smaller than Haiku Town. Unless you stay in a rental in the immediate vicinity you probably wouldn’t drive through, but this is a great place to come if you want to rent a movie and more convenient than Kahului if you need a hardware store.
The best priced and largest selection natural & local foods on Maui is on the North Shore: Mana Foods in Paia. (In fact, the natural foods at Mana are less expensive and fresher than at the mainstream chain supermarkets here.) In Haiku Town there is Fukushima store and the small Haiku Market. In Kuiaha Hanzawa’s General Store has a little bit of everything.
Mama’s Fish House is one of the best restaurants on Maui. Ambiance and location right on the beach is everything you imagined of Hawaii dining and more.
The Paia Fish Market is moderately priced, and the food is solid. The fish market doesn’t wait on you and you need to share picnic-table style with other folks – we like to take our dinner to the beach and watch as the sun sets over the West Maui Mountains.
Anthony’s Coffee Co. in Paia is a great place for breakfast, and they have great premade picnic lunches, and (of course!) great coffee.
There are plenty of other good places in Paia to eat. Cafe Des Amis gets great reviews for their eclectic selections. Their crepes and curries are so ono! Cafe Mambo also has a tasty eclectic menu. Flatbread Pizza is delicious – and a good choice if traveling with kids (they are exceedingly kid friendly.) Charley’s has great burgers, brews and bands.
No North Shore restaurants require reservations (besides Mama’s), and there truthfully isn’t a bad place in the lot so feel free to try whatever looks good when you’re walking by!
Rain & Weather
The short answer is: if rain is absolutely unacceptable, then you definitely want to stay in South or West Maui where the resorts are located (it’s essentially the desert!) The majority of visitors stay in hotels in the resort areas and take day-trips to Hana, North Shore, Upcountry, Haleakala, etc. Those who stay on the North Shore do that in reverse – and if the rain comes on beach day, it really is no biggie to get in the car and drive into.
Maui is perfect. Really, it is. Since our weather is mostly formed from daily tradewind patterns, the majority of the North Shore’s rain is kind enough to come in the later afternoon and overnight. More rain also comes in the winter. If it is raining excessively from trade wind weather, you can typically escape it by driving into the rain shadow of the mountain – within minutes you’ll be in the sun! (Yeah, seriously!)
Oh, and don’t trust the Weather channel or any other service that was primarily designed to bring weather forecasts to the mainland US. (Pssst: We have a handy weather summary fed by NOAA on our sidebar that is as accurate as it gets.) The forecast delivery model designed for mainland US weather conveys a much wetter picture than is the practical reality. When you understand that it can rain an inch or more overnight, but then daylight hours are typically sunny and beautiful, the numbers don’t compare equally. (“It will be raining today” means a vey different thing if it comes to water the garden when you’re in bed!)
Don’t get me wrong, it rains in the daytime, too – but it is nothing like most wet places where it is grey and dreary for days…weeks…months on end. The North Shore serves up loads of rainbows and sun to go along with her pools and waterfalls