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This new Hawaiian studio 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 Coffee Cottage or Maliko Retreat should be among your top contenders.
The Coffee Cottage is a new, Asian style studio cottage with modern tiled shower, king bed, sectional couch with chaise, three bar stools with custom Koa Counter and Koi pond and fountain. (Other amenities can be found above.)
Attention to detail permeates every aspect of these homes. From the remarkable personal attention the owners give each and every guest, to the structural craftsmanship, furnishings and guest amenities, Maliko Coffee Cottage and Maliko Retreat are clearly a labor of love for owners Sydney and Maurice Smith.
Being located on acres of undeveloped land, and adjacent to an even larger parcel of undeveloped forest, the home and property are incredibly peaceful and quiet. Unlike Maliko Retreat, the Coffee Cottage is close to the winding country road, so you can hear cars (this is not a highway!) You're certainly going to hear plenty of songbirds, wind, and passing showers as they patter on the rainforest canopy below.
Birders will especially appreciate the perspective, and the variety and quantity of birds that can be seen from the canopy vantage point. Pueo (native owls), nene (Hawaiian geese), plovers, stilts, majiros, hwamei, egrets, Java sparrow, Japanese white eye, doves and mynah are just a few of the many species of birds that call this area home. A large flock of egrets migrates twice daily past the cottage.
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 your arrival with your list of groceries for just the cost of the grocery store receipt! (I suggest letting them pick some unique local fruits, veggies and fish that you might not otherwise encounter.)
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 (and you will be welcomed with a basket of freshly picked fruit at checkin as well!)
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 ancient Lo'i and 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!
The owners offer guests many informative activities and tours. Impromptu shorter tours are often freely given, while more comprehensive tours and activities are charged for. Fees are modest considering they are private and high quality – they also get rave reviews from past visitors. Tours offered include a Maliko Estate Coffee tour (you'll take home a pound of fresh coffee), a basket weaving excursion, wild tea gathering and brewing, and “salad dressings from the jungle” tour where you gather edible leaves fruits and flowers to top your salads with.
Makawao is a soulful little eclectic town, with more diversity in shops than you can count space for shops. Oh, and the best bakery in the state (and probably beyond.)
Makawao is a old, Upcountry, Paniolo town. A Paniolo is a Hawaiian Cowboy. While most visitors had no idea there was such a thing as a Hawaiian Cowboy, they’ve actually been around these-here-parts since the 1800′s. Paniolo have their own, rich, unique culture that makes them distinct from their mainland cousins. But while a Cowboy in the West is considered as American as apple pie – a Paniolo is pure Hawaii. You don’t have to take my word for it, if you spend any significant time in the area, you’ll see plenty of them. I’ve personally witnessed one riding a long-horned bull down Makawao Ave. (under full control of the rider, in line with traffic, no less!) The rodeo is just up the road, and the the only market remaining in town is called “Rodeo General Store.” (note: If you’ve been here before, long-time Makawao fixture and natural-foods store “Down To Earth” closed Feb. 2009.)
But if you’re just quickly passing through Makawao, you’ll be more likely to see an out-of-shape-too-much-Krispy-Kreeme-eatin’-cubicle-cowboy careening recklessly downhill on his rented blue mountain bike, than a grisly old Paniolo capably in control of his steed. But, that my friend, is part of Makawao’s charm: like much of Upcountry Maui, Makawao has an impossibly eclectic mix of souls painted across a beautifully diverse canvas.
The center of Makawao is the crossroads of upcountry Maui. The main intersection has four directions, and each direction’s road has it’s own name. Uphill – which is about as accurately “South heading” as you’re gonna get on these roads, is Olinda Rd., and heads up in elevation to the stunningly beautiful cloud-forested rural areas of Olinda. Head East(ish) and you’re on Kaupakalua Rd., which winds aimlessly through the seemingly endless miles of pastures, farms and gentleman’s estates of Haiku (and points further East.) Westerly is Makawao Ave. which heads straight through Maui’s loose approximation of suburbia: residential Makawao toward Pukalani. North (after a fashion) heads down Baldwin Avenue, past pineapple fields, a cemetary, four churches, and a couple schools. Baldwin Ave. ends at Pa’ia Town.
Back at the crossroads, you have a little of everything within a short stroll: a new-age crystal shop, a small market, and Italian restaurant, an art gallery, a real estate office, a Mexican restaurant, a hypnotheripist, a 100+ year-old small family bakery, (and a lot more than just that.) Whew!
Speaking of the bakery, it deserves it’s own paragraph: T. Komoda Store & Bakery is legendary. Not just here, throughout Hawaii and beyond. But you need to get here early to get the goods – they frequently sell out well before 10am, and are known to close the store early (leaving the place shuttered in such a way that metropolitan types unaccustomed to the ways of the country can be heard audibly concluding “Oh, they must have closed down.”) Komoda Store is most famous for their donut on a stick, butter rolls, cream puffs, anpan, and malasadas. (yeah, they’re famous for a lot!) But, besides that, just about everything they make is close to perfection.
If you happen to be here on the 4th of July, there is a small annual parade that passes though Makawao, with showy Paniolo crews, fancy restored cars, and just about a little bit of everything. (I’m pretty sure it is open to anyone to participate.) In fact, you never know what you’ll see – one year I saw part-time Maui resident Willie Nelson riding a Harley alongside some bikers, followed by a tripped-out old-time hippie dude dressed as a rainbow butterfly and riding on rolerskates, and just ahead of the Governor waiving from her super deluxe fancy-schmancy governor’s float! That’s Makawao for you – a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of soul.
So, if you do any serious exploring about the island, (including downhill bike tours), you’ll probably wind up crossing through Makawao Town without even trying. But, just in case – you should plan a trip though at least once.