Private 4BR Polynesian Inspired Estate - Haiku

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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 7
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Hale Lea is a nature-lovers sustainable retreat located in a lush, verdant and less developed area of Maui’s green and natural North Shore.

The entire home is comprised of three stand-alone wings, separated by a koi pond in the middle. The wings are connected by a partially enclosed raised walkway that crosses the pond. It is quite an exotic way to get from one room to another!

3,000 sqft interior living space. Indoor/outdoor living areas/lanai. Two acres of tropical gardens. Natural, off-the-beaten-path, private setting. Off the grid and ecologically sound.

This unique Polynesian and Bali-inspired home is perched on a hillside overlooking ...Read more


Private 4BR Polynesian Inspired Estate - Haiku
Haiku, Hawaii

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Rural and Private, less than 5 minutes to coffee, restaurants and some shops in Haiku Town. Also less than 10 minutes to Hookipa Beach and all the world class beaches of the North shore. Paia Town is full of awesome restaurants, boutiques and has a great vibe.

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.

Location Advantages
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.

Drive Times
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.

Drive Times
North Shore vs. Resort Areas
- Closer/avoid traffic bottlenecks to:
~ Haleakala National Park
~ Piiholo Ranch Ziplines
~ Lavender Farms
~ Winery
~ Kula
~ Ulapalakua
~ Upcountry
- Much closer:
~ Road to Hana
~ North Shore Beaches
~ Paia Town
~ Makawao Town
- About the same:
~ Airport
~ Iao Valley
~ Kahului
~ Hospital
~ 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.

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.

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.

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.

Food Shopping
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!

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Last updated on March 03, 2015
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  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Washing Machine
Phone / Internet
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  • Internet Access
Property Features
  • Parking
  • Refrigerator
  • Grill
  • Blender
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Stove or Oven
  • Toaster
  • Satellite or cable TV
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Garden
  • Deck
  • Pet friendly - no
  • Smoking allowed - no
  • Suitable for children - yes
  • Suitable for the elderly - ask
  • Wheelchair accessible - no

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