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Kauhale Makai Vacation Rental

Are you searching for the perfect Maui Vacation Rental?
December 02, 2016

Are you searching for the perfect Maui Vacation Rental? Finding a rental condo can be challenging if you’re unfamiliar with the island, luckily finding vacation rentals is our expertise here at Rentals Maui. If you’re searching for the perfect location to access the entire island and to unwind indoor or outdoors, look no further than Kauhale Makai. In Hawaiian, this means “village by the sea,” which is an appropriate name for a complex located right on the beach in tropical paradise.

  • Location: Kauhale Makai #330
  • Comfortably accommodates up to 4 guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Special pricing starting at $105/night
  • Features: Central Air Conditioning, Two Flat-Screen TVs, Full Kitchen Amenities, Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Volleyball Court, Putting Green, Gas Grills For BBQ

Kauhale Makai is in a class of its own. The complex is private, yet perfect for accessing all the nearby ocean adventures. Wake up to a view of the Pacific Ocean and a view of the West Maui Mountains! It doesn’t get much better. Location is very important and with Kauhale Makai, you will be centrally located in Northern Kihei. This gives you easy access to the highway to go north or south.

If you’re looking to go for a scenic drive around the island, some great tours take place at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy, Organic Vodka Distillery and The Maui Ocean Center. If you’re a first timer, you also won’t want to miss the amazing Haleakala sunrise or a hike in the lush green bamboo forest.

Within walking distance is Kalepolepo beach and Waipuilani beach. The Pacific Whale Foundation also has a viewing outpost on the lawn, perfect for viewing whales during your winter vacation.  The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is also a few minutes North on the beautiful North Kihei Road and features native bird species and a boardwalk. Never have you seen a more scenic drive! With the ocean on one side and a coastal salt marsh on the other, you’ll feel as if you are floating. You can take this route to get to Kahului, Wailuku or Lahaina.

Nearby activities are plentiful. Driving south, you have about six miles of sunny coastal beaches with soft white sand and warm turquoise waters, any of which are perfect for sun tanning and swimming.  For snorkeling La Perouse, south of Wailea, is one of the best spots on the island. We highly suggest you visit the world-class golf courses, such as the Wailea Blue and Wailea Emerald. Nearby, you also have The Shops at Wailea, which feature contemporary art galleries, clothing stores, and mouth-watering restaurants such as Tommy Bahamas. You can kick back with a drink at The Pint & Cork or travel up the road to the Maui Brewing Company for a truly local experience.

The Kauhale Makai vacation rental condo features a combination of location, great amenities and tropical atmosphere to give you the best possible Maui vacation. Contact us today to book your dream vacation rental in Hawaiian paradise! Mahalo nui loa.

Paia - Maui

The North Shore beach town of Paia, Maui
November 25, 2016

Windsurfing Hookipa on Maui Vacation

Today we will be moving toward the North Shore of Maui to explore the lovely beach side town of Paia  (pronounced pa-ee-a). Following the construction of the first sugar mill in the 1870s, this charming small town was founded in 1896 as a Hawaiian Plantation Village.

Paia offers a high quality vacation and lifestyle. It has a quaint small-town feel with pastel mom-and-pop style buildings. If you're staying in one of our South Maui condo rentals, spend a day in Paia and kick back island style! The town was voted one of America’s happiest seaside towns by Coastal Living Magazine. Paia is an eclectic town with a mix of hippies, surf culture and eco-friendly living. The town itself has luxury oceanfront properties, high-end boutiques, art galleries, surf shops, laid back restaurants and even a Tibetan Buddhist Stupa consecrated by the Dalai Lama himself.

The drive to Paia on the Hana Highway makes for fantastic sightseeing! It is situated among sugar cane and pineapple fields, after Baldwin Beach and prior to world famous Hookipa Beach Park. Hookipa attracts pro windsurfers and kite surfers from all over the world. The Hookipa lookout overlooks the legendary big wave surf break Jaws (aka Peʻahi). The intense crashing of these deep blue waves will leave you in awe. When the swells come in during the winter months, they can reach up to 60 feet or 18 meters in height. Surfers daring enough to ride the wave are dropped off via Jet Ski.

Paia has a lot to offer foodies. Get your morning coffee fix at Paia Bay Coffee, where you can enjoy your beverage in secluded lush green gardens or pop into Honololu Coffee on Hana Highway. Hot spots for eating in Paia are Paia Fish Market, Café Des Amis and Flatbread Company. A little past the town center is Mama’s Fish House. This fantastic tropical restaurant is well known for its mouth-watering opakapaka (pink snapper). You can also buy your own groceries at health store Mana Foods. At night head to Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon for great drinks and live music!

You won’t want to miss Paia town! Combine a leisurely day at the beach, watching surfers, and eating ono (delicious) food, all within your reach in this North Shore oasis.

La Perouse Bay

Discover one of Maui's best snorkeling spots
November 18, 2016

As we continue to discover South Maui, today we will talk about one of the best snorkeling spots on the islands, La Perouse Bay. The bay’s Hawaiian name is Keoneʻoʻio, later given the name La Perouse after a French explorer who surveyed the area. La Perouse is part of Maui’s Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve. It is located at the farthest end of the island, past Wailea and Makena. The snorkeling point is the farthest South you can go by car.

You don’t need a catamaran to enjoy Maui’s sea life. La Perouse arguably has better snorkeling than Molokini! The drive to La Perouse is amazing. Once you get past the Wailea and Makena area, you end up on a narrow road elevated above the rugged coastline and crashing waves on your right hand side and luxury oceanfront properties on your left. Drive safely and slowly because cars often pass from the opposite direction.

The Ahihi Kinau Natural Reserve Area consists of small coves and tidal pools. The area surrounding the bay was created by a volcanic eruption on Maui as far back as 1790. The volcano that erupted covered the area in a’a lava, creating the stunning black rock that you’ll see around the bay. La Perouse is also quite a dry area, especially in contrast with the lush green mountains above, which makes for a beautiful scenic view of the Hawaiian landscape.

It is recommended to go first thing in the morning before the wind picks up. When you arrive at the parking area, it's not uncommon to find one of the area's many knowledgeable natural area reserve volunteers present to answer any questions you may have about the reserve or Hawaiian wildlife. After your snorkel session, you can head to lunch at Tommy Bahamas in the Shops at Wailea, Da Kitchen in Kihei town, Kinaole Grill Food Truck in Kihei, or even get Ululani’s Shave Ice to cool down.

La Perouse Bay offers something for the entire family, whether you want to snorkel with turtles, explore tide pools, or soak up the warm sun with a book. You may want to bring chairs since the beach can be rocky. Parking is expected to be limited from Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017 due to parking improvements. Book your Maui Vacation trip today to discover the South Maui Area and the famous La Perouse Bay.

South Maui Tour - Wailea-Makena

Top Maui Vacation Destinations
November 11, 2016

Wailea Makena Vacation Rentals

Over the last few weeks, we’ve taken the time to uncover the different areas of South Maui in our previous blogs, including Maalaea, North Kihei and South Kihei. As we continue further into South Maui, we will wrap up our South Maui Blog by exploring Wailea/Makena. The South Maui area of Wailea/Makena offers a variety of everything luxury. Along the breathtaking shoreline and throughout Wailea/Makena sits, five-star luxury resorts, private luxury estates, fine dining, world-class golf, high-end shopping, and stunning white sandy beaches

Accommodations in Wailea/Makena are second to none. Whether you’re looking for a luxury resort and spa, or a luxury estate to call home, you will find only the best in luxury Maui vacation rentals here. Pamper yourself at the Palms at Wailea, Wailea Grand Champions, Wailea Ekahi, or any of our other incredible upscale South Maui vacation rentals.

Beaches along Wailea/Makena are some of the best. There are a handful of beaches to explore, all of which are great to soak up the warm tropical Maui sun. Makena Beach, aka ‘Big Beach’ is one of the largest beaches on Maui and is great for swimming, boogie boarding, or just lying out on the sand. Just to the right of Big Beach is Little Beach, which is known to be a nudist beach; ideal for those who hate tan lines, or looking to partake in a Sunday evening drum circle. Makena Cove is a very relaxing and quiet beach, great for swimming in the crystal clear blue water or a secluded Maui beach wedding. And for great snorkeling, check out La Perouse Bay located south of Wailea.

If you’re looking to get away from the beach for the day and do a little shopping, The Shops at Wailea is surrounded by luxury resorts and residential communities and offers over 60 different restaurants, local boutiques, internationally well-known luxury shops, and art galleries. Great for both visitors and residents, attend one of the free monthly events and enjoy a relaxing day at The Shops at Wailea.

Whether you’re looking for a day at the beach, relaxing at a luxury resort or some shopping, you are sure to enjoy Wailea/ Makena. We hope you enjoyed our South Maui Blog series and before you go, tell us your favorite part of South Maui and share some of your favorite beaches and restaurants with us.

South Maui Tour - South Kihei

Top Maui Vacation Destinations
November 04, 2016

If you haven't yet had the chance to check out our most recent blogs, we've been exploring the different areas that make up South Maui. So far, we've talked about Maalaea and North Kihei, but let's travel deeper into South Maui, more specifically, South Kihei.

Both residents and visitors alike enjoy warm and sunny South Maui for a number of reasons; The gorgeous beaches, stunning sunsets, and the clear views of Maui's neighboring islands of Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Molokini Crater, are just the beginning. Along with breathtaking scenery, this beautiful beach town offers a variety of activities, dining and entertainment for every age group.

South Kihei is home to a variety of great parks and beaches. Kalama Park is perfect for just about any occasion or activity and great for the entire family. This spacious beach park has a number of fantastic areas to enjoy numerous activities including tennis, basketball, baseball, skating, volleyball, as well as a children's playground and BBQ areas with covered pavilions perfect for a relaxing cookout. Right down the road from Kalama Pak, the Kamaole Beach Parks I, II & III are three more great choices for those looking to enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling, and relaxation in the warm Maui sun.

Nearby to many of South Kihei's best parks and beaches are ample (and quite delicious!) casual dining options. Kihei Caffe is a great spot for a quick and delicious breakfast. With a generous menu to choose from, you're sure to find a new favorite at this local eatery. While you're there, be sure to try one of our personal favorites: the giant cinnamon rolls. For lunch, pop in to "Maui's Best Sandwich Shop" 808 Deli. Paia Fish Market South Side is another favorite spot and is always a great choice for both lunch and dinner. And if you're looking for some good sushi, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar has a great dinner menu, late night dining specials, and karaoke every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

There is always something for everyone in South Kihei. Whether you're looking for a fun outdoor activity, a bit of relaxing down time, or some mouthwatering local grinds. Book your South Maui vacation rental today and discover for yourself the many treasures South Kihei has to offer!

Blogs for December 2016

Kauhale Makai Vacation Rental

Posted on December 02, 2016

Are you searching for the perfect Maui Vacation Rental? Finding a rental condo can be challenging if you’re unfamiliar with the island, luckily finding vacation rentals is our expertise here at Rentals Maui. If you’re searching for the perfect location to access the entire island and to unwind… Continue Reading

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