Maui & Hawaii Island: Two unique and awe-inspiring Hawaiian islands.





Full of tropical allure, a rich history and unique culture, Maui has repeatedly been voted the Best Island in the World. The island boasts near perfect weather, awe-inspiring natural wonders, 81 accessible beaches and a laid-back Maui lifestyle that has helped earn Hawaii the title of Happiest State for four years in a row.

The second largest Hawaiian island, the Valley Isle delights nature lovers with an abundance of natural wonders and outdoor recreational activities like stand-up paddle boarding, hiking trails that lead to towering waterfalls, whale watching in the winter months, and Haleakala – the island’s 10,000 ft. dormant volcano.

Discover the epitome of beach bliss as you step onto the golden shores of Napili Bay, with its pristine turquoise waters and golden sand, that beckons you to unwind and soak up the sun. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim or let the gentle ocean breeze caress your skin as you relax on the beach, taking in the stunning views of the island of Molika'i across the bay.

Other notable nearby beaches include world-famous Ka'anapali Beach that boasts a vibrant atmosphere with restaurants and shops and a paved walkway that spans the length of the beach.  Kapalua Bay, nestled just north of Napili on Maui's northwest coast, is a picturesque crescent-shaped beach where sea turtles are often spotted.

For those who desire a little more than just spectacular scenery, Maui hosts a variety of annual events including the Hyundai Golf Tournament, the Maui Invitational College Basketball Tournament, the Maui Film Festival, the Maui County Fair, live theater and a full calendar of world-renowned entertainment at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Rich in history, Maui beckons to be explored. Take a drive to Iao Valley where along with quintessential Hawaiian vistas, you will find yourself on the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790.

When you're ready to stretch your feet, take a day trip to the north side of Maui and visit Paia - a funky, eclectic town frequented by Willie Nelson and continue on the famous Road to Hana for a day of twists and turns along waterfall-dotted cliff side roads to the lost-in-time town of Hana.

Maui's Upcountry is not to be missed on the slopes of Haleakala.  Visit the Paniolo town of Makawao, farmer's markets in Kula, Surfing Goat Dairy and Ulupalakua Winery - a perfect day trip!

There’s nothing like a Maui vacation! Check out our Points of Interest page to get started and then send us a note if you have any questions or would like further recommendations on what to do on Maui.  We are happy to talk story with you!




The Big Island of Hawaii, also known as Hawaii Island, is a captivating destination with diverse landscapes, exhilarating hikes, significant historic sites and picture-perfect beaches including Hapuna Beach, located on the Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach is one of the most popular and expansive beaches on the island. Its golden sands, clear turquoise waters, and excellent swimming conditions make it a favorite spot for sunbathing, snorkeling, and boogie boarding.

Mauna Kea Beach, The resort's namesake beach, is accessible to the public. It features powdery white sands and calm waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Please note that parking is limited, and access may be restricted during high occupancy periods.

Landlubbers will want to explore Volcanoes National Park.  Full of captivating landscapes and home to two active volcanoes—Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Embark on trails like the Kilauea Iki Trail, Devastation Trail, or the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs Trail to witness volcanic activity, lush rainforests, unique geological formations, and ancient petroglyphs.  Always check with the National Park Service before embarking on any hike in this volatile landscape.

Pololu Valley Trail, on the northern coast, is a moderate-level hike that offers breathtaking views of the dramatic Pololu Valley and the rugged coastline. The trail leads you down to a black sand beach surrounded by lush cliffs, creating a picturesque scene.

Waipio Valley Trail: Known as the Valley of the Kings, Waipio Valley is a sacred place with immense beauty. The trail leading down into the valley is steep but rewarding, offering panoramic views of the lush landscape, taro fields, and cascading waterfalls.

Make time on your visit to delve into the history of these exotic islands. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park allows you to step back in time and visit this sacred place of refuge that served as a sanctuary for ancient Hawaiians. Explore the well-preserved temples, royal grounds, and sacred sites that provide insight into the island's rich cultural heritage.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site: This historic site commemorates the temple built by King Kamehameha I, which played a significant role in his quest to unify the Hawaiian Islands. Discover the fascinating history and cultural significance of the temple and enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline.

Lapakahi State Historical Park: Explore the remains of an ancient Hawaiian fishing village at Lapakahi State Historical Park. Walk along the self-guided interpretive trail to see reconstructed houses, fishing ponds, and learn about the traditional lifestyle and practices of the island's early inhabitants.

The Big Island of Hawaii offers a wide array of experiences, from relaxing on stunning beaches to exploring volcanic landscapes and delving into the island's rich history. Whether you seek adventure, natural beauty, or cultural immersion, the Big Island has something remarkable to offer.



Our Hawaii vacation homes are located on the western, drier sides of Maui and Hawaii Island, providing guests with warm, sunny days and spectacular sunset views.

Airport Info
The main airport on Maui is Kahului Airport (OGG). 
The main airport closest to our Big Island Homes is Kona Airport (KOA).

Tip: When booking your return flight, you may want to try to get a flight that departs in the afternoon since we are not always able to offer late departures due to availability.

Culture and Language
Hawaii is a very traditional place with principles and values dating back centuries.  'Ohana (family) is a central aspect to all Hawaiians and Kupuna (elders) are always respected.  Women and men are called "auntie" and "uncle" by keiki (children) even when not related.

Aloha is a common greeting meaning hello and goodbye as well as love.  Aloha signifies the true meaning of Hawaiian culture - to respect and love one another, and live in harmony with everything around you. 

You will likely pick up a few other Hawaiian words on vacation but one you should get used to saying and hearing is Mahalo, which means Thank You. And, so you don't offend the giver, if you are presented a lei, do not remove it in the presence of the one who gave it to you.  Go ahead, put a flower behind your ear if you like but remember, behind the left ear means you are spoken for.

While visiting the islands, set aside some time to visit a local cultural center to learn more about these beautiful islands, their history and their people.

Time Zone
Hawaii is 6 hours behind Eastern Time in the summer and, because Hawaii does not follow daylight savings time, Hawaii is 5 hours behind Eastern Time in the winter. 

The average temperatures range from 79-83 degrees in the winter and 85-90 degrees in the summer.