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Fodor's Expert Review Ala 'aina Ocean Vista

Off Hwy. 31, 10 miles past Hana, Kipahulu, Hawaii, 96713, USA See on Map

This B&B on the grounds of an old banana plantation past Oheo Gulch (about a 40-minute drive past Hana town) is a simple, back-to-nature kind of spot that is "off the grid." Banana trees still populate the property, alongside mango, papaya, coconut, and avocado trees. There's also a Balinese garden, complete with a lotus-shape pond. The single room has a private lanai with an outdoor kitchenette, shower, and tub (there's a regular shower in the room as well), and astonishing views of the coastline. Sam and Mercury, a mother-daughter team, live on-site in the main house and are available to give tips and advice about exploring the area. Note that the owners prefer not to host children.

Though the website says that the suite requires a four-night minimum, give the hosts a call if you’re looking for a shorter visit -- they may just work with you on that.


There is only one room at this B&B, which means lots of privacy for guests. This king bed suite has a private entrance, free WiFi, and TV. The room is a bit small, as it manages to be mostly limited to the size of the bed, plus a little extra. The large, private lanai with sitting table and ocean views make the perfect place to start the day.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a one-time cleaning fee of $63.


The private marble bathroom has a very warm feel, thanks to the large mirror and shower built for two that has views of the ocean. The room even comes with a bonus bathroom -- an outdoor tub and shower that guests can use under the stars.


There is no lobby at this B&B.


There is no on-site restaurant, but the B&B offers an outdoor kitchen with grill and dining deck. There’s also free daily continental breakfast.


Getting Around

It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow).


Though the lunch and dinner menu doesn’t pop out as wildly unique, the food at The Preserve Kitchen & Bar (38-min drive) at Travaasa is so well done that it doesn’t have to. Every bite will make you go back for more from their menu that features “Hana fusion” with a daily fish special, salads, and heartier fare like steaks and pork chops. Dinner reservations are highly suggested, especially if you’re not a guest of the hotel. Breakfast is another story--here you’ll find some things that are really different, like their English breakfast, as well as wonderfully punny island versions of breakfast items like their Shaka Shuka.

Hana Frams’ Farm Grill & BBQ (45-min drive) is a nice stop on your way into or out of Hana. The menu of this food truck features quiche, sandwich, and savory pie plates, with cute, covered outdoor seating surrounded by thick groves of banana trees. Finish your meal by stopping at the farm stand for fruit and banana bread to take with you and a coffee for the road.


There are basically only two places to grab a drink in Hana, and Hana Ranch Restaurant (38-min drive) is one of them. There you’ll find a limited cocktail, beer, and wine menu. It’s definitely not a drinking destination, but it will get the job done.

The Preserve (38-min drive) at Travaasa Hana is your other drinking option. The full bar offers island twists on classics, without going too crazy, as well as beer, a nice wine menu, and a full bar. You’ll find your classic bar for sitting, as well as live Hawaiian music some nights.


Guests have the opportunity to experience Maui’s jungle side and a more authentic experience by staying at this beloved B&B. So many things make us love it, from the beautiful property (four acres that were previously a banana plantation - all filled with lush vegetation and fruiting trees set right next to a mango forest) to the outdoor bathing choices and the special touches like fresh flowers and fruit harvested from the property. We also love that it’s so green- it’s fully solar powered and draws water from an artesian well.


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Phones: 808-248–7824

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