A handsome 1924 Craftsman-style house in the heart of Makawao town is on both the Hawaii and the National Historic Registers, and provides a great base for excursions to Haleakala, Hana, or North Shore beaches. Owner Cherie Attix has furnished it with antiques and fine art, and she allows you to peruse her voluminous library of Hawaii-related books. She's also a fount of local knowledge. Three pretty guest rooms have distinctive furnishings (two have claw-foot tubs) and the two-bedroom suite sleeps four. All guests have access to the main kitchen for cooking their own meals. The lush, serene grounds have a gazebo, koi pond, and one of the biggest Norfolk pine trees in Hawaii. Discounts are offered to guests who participate in volunteer projects through Cherie's site (www.volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com).
Consider spending a day of your vacation volunteering. Not only can you receive a 5% discount on your stay, but another 5% will be donated to the organization where you volunteer. This unique program is only available through Hale Hookipa Inn.
There are three rooms at the inn, all named after flowers, with separate entrances that access a lanai. Each has a different configuration, with some sleeping more than just two people (with no additional per person fees). In addition, guests can opt for the Kona Wing, a two-bedroom suite with beautiful garden views. The inn is decorated with a vintage Hawaiian feel.
There is no online booking for this operation -- you can only secure a room by calling the B&B to make arrangements.
Each room has a private bathroom, some with just a shower and others with shower and a clawfoot tub.
There is no lobby at this B&B.
A simple breakfast of jams, breads, pastries, fruit, and yogurts is provided daily.
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).
If you’re looking to eat more like a local, Da Kitchen (18-min drive) is the place to dine. Their menu includes fun versions of Hawaiian favorites like fried Spam musubi, chicken katsu sandwich served with potato mac salad, traditional plate lunches, and loco mocos. Most of these make great meals to-go, so grab a plate and head to the beach for a picnic!
Kula Lodge and Restaurant (13-min drive) is a wonderfully romantic upcountry spot. It’s got stunning views, and serves a Hawaiian-heavy menu at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with the only full-service bar in Kula. The garden terrace is the special occasion spot at the lodge, nestled amongst the trees at 3000 feet above sea level, with a wood-burning pizza oven and open-air views.
Find a comfy neighborhood bar right near the airport at Hang Loose Lounge (18-min drive) where you’ll wonder if happy hour will ever end. It remarkably lasts from 11 am to 6 pm! In addition to happy hour, Saturdays are wahine days, where ladies receive even cheaper drinks. The friendly staff is another big draw here.
If you’re looking for a really fun happy hour, you’ll want to stop by Milagros (19-min drive) (you’ll likely need a good drink upon your return from Hana). Not only is their happy hour a good three hours long (from 3 to 6 pm), but it is CHEAP--$5 house margaritas, mai tais, and wine, along with $4 beers and $6 menu items make it one of the best-priced options on the island.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This charming B&B is on Maui’s historic register -- it was built in 1924! Add to the history an enchanting host, beautiful gardens, incredible rates (especially for the 2-bedroom suite), and a voluntourism program that is very unique and shows that this establishment really cares about its community, and you’ve got one of Maui’s best finds.