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Romantic, Groundfloor, Affordable, Beachfront Condo, Makani A Kai A9

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This is a lovely, romantic, ground floor, beach front, affordable condo, off the beaten tourist path but convenient to most of the island. We just completed a major remodel October 2017.

If you miss the way Maui was decades ago, or wonder what it was like, this is as close as you can get.

You look across a little park at the ocean, the Kihei coast, and Haleakala, a huge dormant volcano . From our breakfast table, we've watched whales spouting off our beach! A gorgeous 3+ mile, nearly deserted beach is just a few steps away, directly off our front lawn. (We walk several miles on it nearly every day we're here, but have never made it all the way to Sugar Beach and back in one hike.)

In your early morning walk along the beach, you can watch the sun rise from behind giant Haleakala while cute little sand crabs scurry in and out of their holes (pukas), turtles bob and feed, outrigger canoes paddle by, and (late December to early April) whales play. Wading birds call to each other from the nature preserve ponds behind the dunes, and occasionally you can see rays or a monk seal. It's hard not to just keep taking pictures! It's gorgeous other times of day (and night) too!

In the other direction, out of sight, but an easy walk down a pretty little country lane with condos and ocean on one side and trees and cane fields on the other, is a small village, a cute little harbor filled with boats, a well-regarded aquarium, the Pacific Whale foundation, miniature golf, and a few shops and restaurants. A latte is always welcome from the General Store while watching for whales breaching. Regular golf courses are just a few miles away.

This is a good sized, ground floor condo we just purchased March 2017. (We've owned our other listing, VRBO 152519 just up the street at Maalaea Banyans about 26 years.) There is a King sized very comfy bed in a pretty, jungle-view bedroom, and a queen-sized sofa bed (new foam mattress) in the living room. It's perfect for 2 people, fine for a couple with 1-2 children, and could work (but is not ideal or particularly recommended) for 2 very compatible couples. You can eat at the high table inside or the one on the lanai and see across the ocean to the South Maui coastline in the shadow of Haleakala.

We are unit A9 in Makani a Kai, which means "Sea Breeze". The complex is small and friendly, and village-like (not boxy). There is a nice pool and BBQ's with outside tables nearby. The lounge chairs along the ocean are perfect for sunning, reading, or a relaxing happy hour. The landscaping here is amazingly lush, tropical, and gorgeous!

SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED in the condos or anywhere in the complex except out by the dumpster where the parking lot meets the street.

We just repainted, and added new quiet efficient fans and separate air-conditioners in the living room and bedroom. (and a screen door in case you like old fashioned cooling) There is a brand new 55" UHD 4K TV and cable and wifi in the living room.

There is a a full kitchen including espresso maker, coffee maker and teapot, and one bathroom with walk in rain and regular shower. Our major kitchen and bath remodel was completed October 2017.

We supply beach chairs, tatami mats (great to keep your towels clean when lying on the beach), beach umbrella, beach towels, some snorkel stuff, boogie boards, etc. Please let us know if there is anything else you need, and we will try to accommodate you if possible. There is a laundromat steps away on site.

We are not an ADA unit. But if you have a family member in a wheelchair, and need more than one condo, there are 2 very nice, well equipped and popular ADA units (which we do not own or manage) in our small complex (A2 and A12) .

In addition to this ground floor one bedroom, one bath condo, our son and his wife have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo (B12) right over one of the Makani A Kai ADA units, and our daughter and her husband have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit (B4) at the front of the property. We also have a beautiful one bedroom one bath unit in Maalaea Banyans about 150 yards up the street.(VRBO 152519) So 4 available condos in all. We've found that separate condos, and separate cars are a wonderful way for family reunions or groups of friends to have togetherness without too much togetherness! We do give a discount if you book more than one of our family's condos.

We and our kids have wonderful memories of them growing up coming to Maui, and now we are busy making memories of their children doing the same thing.

We invite you to make some Maui memories too. You will absolutely love it!

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About The Owner

If we had a motto, it would probably be "This is not a dress rehearsal." We love to travel often, but inexpensively. Almost every year we took our kids out of school a month or more to travel, and now that we are retired, we are spending more time on Maui, fixing up this new condo, and traveling as much as our health and being with the grandkids allows. Still some bucket list places we haven't gone and old favorites to see again!

We just visited Myanmar Jan. 2018, and highly recommend it! The horrible mess with the Rohingas is from the military government and the lovely Myanmar people have nothing to do with it and need your business! We used and loved Lets Go Myanmar, whose motto, "Don't worry, just come" was quite true for us.

The Owner purchased this condo in 2017

Why The Owner chose Wailuku

Maui the way it used to be.

When we first came to Maui thirty-some years ago, we were blown away by how incredible a place it was: Gorgeous colors; amazing views; tiny villages with all local stores (no national chains except a Sears in Kahalui); 2 lane uncrowded country roads; miles and miles of nearly empty gorgeous beaches; no crowds, traffic, or hassles, but really everything you needed.

Don't get us wrong. Maui is still magnificent. And shopping is certainly easier and cheaper with Costco and all the other big stores. But with Maui's population more than doubling since then, not all the changes can be for the better.

We can't undo those changes. But we've found a place which has barely changed for decades (and then for the better--a cleaned up nature preserve, tons more turtles, and almost no seaweed, because the turtles eat it all!). It still feels like the Maui we love and remember.

We walk along a quiet narrow tree-lined lane to a little village with a cute harbor, an aquarium, and a few small shops and restaurants. The other direction is a little park where local people fish, picnic,and sometimes camp, and a gorgeous 3+ mile long, nearly deserted beach, backed by the shallow ponds of a nature preserve.

And even though it is off the beaten tourist path, it is incredibly convenient to almost everywhere you're apt to want to go. 15-20 minutes to the airport, Costco, or Kihei, 30 minutes to Lahaina or Wailea, about 40 minutes to Kaanapali or Napili.

If you prefer big resorts or lots of touristy hustle bustle, you can easily find that from Kaanapali to Kapalua, and Kihei to Makena. Definitely not in Maalaea. But we really love what you do find there.

What makes this condo unique

We are really enjoying Makani A Kai. The lush tropical landscaping is outstanding, there are only 24 village-y, non-boxy units, and being right on such a long, empty, wonderful beach is fabulous.

If someone in your group is fairly sedentary, you may prefer our third floor (there is an elevator) fantastic views from the lanai, Maalaea Banyans unit 150 yards toward the village (VRBO 152519). If you prefer ground floor or love being right on a long marvelous beach, with nice but less spectacular views, this might be the better choice.

Aloha! Have a wonderful time!


Wailuku Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Romantic, Groundfloor, Affordable, Beachfront Condo, Makani A Kai A9
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews
Wheatland CA

Great stay

  • 4 of 5

Nice beach, walked every morning, grounds were beautiful, condo was very nice, could have one more easy chair for the 3rd person, only one small couch. Only down side is the floor, ceiling is very thin, lots of noise from the upstairs. Park next door gets busy on weekends and locals camp, but nothing horrible. Great location, minutes to Kihei, overall a nice stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, loved it

  • 5 of 5

Super nice remodel job.

We were extremely impressed by the condo. John has included pretty much everything you would need for a great stay even if you come straight from the airport. Coffee, sunscreen, beach towels, and all sorts of other essential goodies. Good early morning snorkeling right out front if the waves earn't too big and some bird-watching in the park/reserve right next door.

Thanks for a very comfortable and affordable stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

The condo we stayed at definitely did not have clean freshly laundered bath towels or hand towels. They reeked of cigarette smoke, requiring us to do a load of laundry. The on-site beach towels had not been washed either as they still had sand stuck to it, which necessitated another load of laundry. Also, the bed linens had red lipstick stains on them. I don't know if the cleaners ever tried to wash them out. Also, there is no ironing board and only one digital clock in the entire unit, which is on the coffee maker. The gardeners woke us up with loud their gardening tools every 7 am. Overall, we've stayed at better units with cleaner amenities.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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North Pole, AK

Clean and updated in a quiet area, great collection of beach items.

  • 5 of 5

The condo was very modern and clean. It had some great useful amenities such as a washer/dryer in one and dishwasher. All of the basics were there such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent and soaps. There was a great collection of activity equipment such as boogie boards, snorkeling gear, beach mats/towels and sand toys. The condo has a nice view and is in a quiet area. The shops and harbor are a close walk. The condo complex is well kept and the beach area is expansive. You can walk for miles. We had a great stay. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

The remodel turned out beautifully. All new kitchen and bath with black granite counters and bamboo cabinets. Woodgrained tile floors, beautiful rain and regular walk in shower, lovely stained plantation doors and koa posts. Air conditioning is quiet and efficient, although you don't usually need it this time of year.

We love the views of the water and mountains, and having a miles long fabulous beach just a few steps away.

The number of sea turtles here is incredible. You often see several at once, and snorkeling a few days ago with our 7 year old granddaughter we saw a HUGE turtle (the biggest I've ever seen and I've seen hundreds) a stone's throw or 2 from the condo!

This time of year is nice because the whales are here (December to April) and you can see them splashing around, breaching, etc.

Eager to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dryden, Washington

The condo had totally been remodeled was very nice for one couple.

  • 5 of 5

Love having the ocean and beach right there. Beach Bums down the road is great for happy hour and food. Spent two full weeks on this property and loved everything it has to offer.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Kahalui, Maui
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Beach Bums
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Beach Bums and others
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Car: necessary

Hawaii Tax ID number 011-188-6336-02


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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