About the property
- Condo888 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Unobstructed double island sunset views. Watch whales and turtles from your unit
Giant 2 bed/1bath direct ocean front unit only 12 feet from the ocean. New couch and tv (2018), 2 AC units, new carpet, paint and shades. Million dollar view! Our unit is literally 4 yards to the ocean! We have a 180 degree Maui shoreline to shoreline view and every night you'll witness amazing unobstructed sunsets over the islands of Lanai and Molokai. In Feb 2018, a small 3 foot safety fence was installed just off our lanai area but it's temporary and you can still see the ocean and islands while seated in or on our lanai. Just a little annoying that 8 feet our of 12 feet of the grass area between the ocean and our unit can't be used now. You obviously still can use your units lanai area though.
Maui Sands unit 5B is a large 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit with a queen bed, two twin size beds in the 2nd bedroom and a sofa bed in the front room. Watch whales and turtles IN YOU UNIT! Free assigned parking spot very close to the unit.
Maui Sands Resort Location:
On the ocean in west Maui, Lahaina side of the island
Very end of North Kaanapali Beach (Honokowai area)
Between the Papakea and Paki Maui Resorts
3559 Lower Honoapiilani Road
2 minutes drive to Kaanapali, 7 minutes to Lahaina
Next door to the Honokowai beach park
Best property feature...
Walking on the beach from our property down to Kaanapali.
Maui Sands Resort is actually the very last unit that you can walk on the beach for miles all the way down to Black Rock in Kaanapali. “Walk on the beach” being the key words! Other properties might boast they have a private beach or a little cove or something but you won’t be able to take a long sunset or morning strolls more than 100 yards in either direction on the beach. It would just be too dangerous to walk on the lava rocks and cliffs from one cove to the next.
Kaanapali Beach was voted nicest beach in the US and Black Rock is one of the top three “must snorkel” places to on Maui! I personally have seen eagle rays, turtles, Hawaiian monk seals and dolphins right in front of our property. Other properties north of Maui Sands you have to actually walk on the road onto our property then walk on the beach to Kaanapali. Were talking about a 2–3 mile stretch of beach and your at one end.
Maui Sands Property Highlights:
Sunsets views over the islands of Lanai and Molokai
1 assigned parking spot. NO resort or parking FEES
Four acres of impeccably maintained grounds
Large grass areas with tropical foliage and lush tropical gardens
Unheated freshwater pool (90% of pools in Hawaii are unheated)
2 BBQs and large laundry facility
Sunset views directly over the ocean. (See the green flash!)
Quiet and peaceful old Hawaiian property
Lots of open space and older tropical trees
No need to drive anywhere to snorkel swim!
2 tropical reefs right out front of property
Surf, kayak, snorkel and swim right at Maui Sands
The reefs provide a great baby beach for small kids at low tide
Walk from our property on the beach for miles towards Kaanapali
Walking distance to world class restaurants (Dukes, Roy’s, Hula Grill)
2 BBQ grills, large pool, soda machines, restrooms
Turtles eat every morning right off our reefs!
Our Beach: It moves!
Since were at the very end of a 3 mile long stretch of beach, our shoreline changes drastically depending on currents and storm systems far away. If you're staying right in the middle of middle of the 3 mile stretch of sandy beach, you're probably NOT going to notice the movement and you'll have a sandy beach all year around. But at the very end of any beach, you’ll notice the changes. By the way, right in the middle of Kaanapali Beach is Kaanapali Resort, which is a very expensive area of the island and that’s where you’ll find the Hyatt, Sheraton and Westin Resorts.
Typically during the summer months the ocean currents move the sand north towards our property and our beach grows. This is due to the increased tropical activity south of the islands. During the winter months the Alaskan storm systems push the current and the sand south towards Kaanapali and our beach comes and goes. But, a sandy beach to plant your towel down on is never more than say the property next door. Don’t’ bother asking if it’s sandy when you plan on coming because it can change drastically just overnight! It all depends on the currents and storm systems around the islands and sometimes we get effects from storm systems or hurricanes as far away as Australia and Fiji!
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 18, 2018
About Kory Skolnick
The owner purchased this unit 20 years ago. He comes for three months of the year...Jan thru March. Lives in California and spends his summers in Montana.
Why Kory Skolnick chose Honokowai
Loves that its a small property with an old Hawaii feel to it.
What makes this Condo unique
Loves being directly on the ocean and so close to Kaanapali and Lahaina.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Best Hawaiin Rental We Have Found
We rented three different places this trip on two islands. This was by far the best for cleanliness, having all the necessities, view, proximity to activities (snorkel by your back door!) and shopping. I can't emphasize how much more clean this unit was than the other places (and one was a resort hotel in Oahu). We can't wait to come back!
I would update the photos since they have put in a fence that cuts off the lanai and access
Overall nice property, clean and stocked. Fence is not in the photos which cuts off access from the lanai. Could use a few amenities in the kitchen, wine opener and plastic garbage bags. Need to fix the back screen door to keep birds out. The no smoking policy needs to be enforced on this property! Neighbors next door smoking every day!
So sorry to hear about vacation rental guests smoking next door. It's against property rules but wish we would have known, we could have called the property manager. The screen door has been fixed and a new wine opener has been purchased. We had one but guests take items to the pool and we think they may have left it there. Lastly, the cleaners have been instructed to leave more garbage bags under the sink area. Mahalo for your feedback!
skip this unit
We just returned from 2 weeks in Hawaii with one week in the Maui Sands condo and the other on the big island. Honestly, I was pretty glad to be checking out of this condo.
There are reasons to stay here, but I’d certainly choose a different unit. Maui Sands is a cool sort of old Hawaiian setting with spectacular ocean views. We enjoyed the location, it was close to the amenities but didn’t feel like we were surrounded by tourists.
Day 1 upon returning from the grocery store, I opened up the utensil drawer to find a flurry of little roaches scurrying to the corners. And it wasn’t just one drawer… it was all of them and the cabinets. So, after immediately texting (the “preferred contact method”) the rental agency I took out every dish, spoon, cup, bowl and ran it through the dishwasher on sanitize while my husband tried to smush the roaches we could find. We never received ANY response from the rental agency...nothing! The next morning I drove to home depot to get roach (and ant) traps. The ants were in the bathroom. We stored ALL of our food in the fridge and made sure no crumbs or dishes were left for even a few minutes. By the end of the week the traps seemed to be working and on day 7, I only saw one roach. SO GROSS.
But, even if rental agency gets bugs cleared up there still are a few maintence issues that should be addressed. Now, I know it’s Hawaii, and it’s hot… but the bedrooms were almost unbearable. The AC unit was in the front of the condo and even on high didn’t really do much to cool the main living area off (and no way was strong enough to get to the back bedrooms). It was pretty pointless and the ocean breeze in the front of the condo was pretty great. However the bedrooms were in the back of the condo with no airflow and the one fan provided was useless to push hot air around. Sleeping was sort of miserable.
Other issues included a giant screen slider that fell of the track every time you opened or closed it. The patio lounger is ripped, the hose outside (to wash off gear and sand) was leaking from the middle of the hose and therefore not functional. Otherwise, it was filled with dated furniture, and little things like the fan in the bathroom not working and the paint chipped off every door and trim made it feel very well used.
Updated: 10/1/17. SOLVED!!! After this rental the entire building was tented and fumigated (October 1st) and NEW AC UNITS were installed in EACH bedroom. No more bugs and now AC installed in each bedroom as well as the front room. Deeply sorry!
The board of directors ordered an emergency tenting of all buildings IMMEDIATELY next week and we've installed the AC units for each bedroom. Completed Sept 30th, 2017.
No future guests after September, 2017 should experience any of these past issues.
- NEW AC UNITS INSTALLED IN EACH BEDROOM (9/20/17)
(Property rules prevented window units in bedrooms however we bought portable units that now by the bed for easy access to the temperature controls)
- ENTIRE BUILDING TENTED WEEK (9/25/17 - 9/30/17)
(Between Sept 25-30 all guests, owners and renters had to vacate the units for entire property tenting)
- NEW SUNSHADES INSTALLED
(This will now prevent the unit from heating up from the direct sunlight between 3:30pm and 9pm. This direct sunlight kept the front room/dining room area unnecessary just prior to bed time.
Very sorry you dealt with these issues while on vacation here on Maui. These issues are being immediately addressed.
Beautiful View, nice apartment
For the VIEW 5 stars, location 5 stars! Ample kitchen (i.e. pots, glasses, appliances etc) But, some of the patio furniture was rusted out, and the screen door kept running off track. Could used some maintenance. All in all a great condo with a great view and location.
Mahalo for the feedback. Owner just approved us to buy new patio furniture and we fixed the sticky screen door by replacing the wheels.
Great place on the water.
My husband and I and two teens really enjoyed staying here apart from a few bumps.
First off, this is where to stay to be right on the ocean. The swimming/snorkeling is quite good between the two reefs but don't expect there to be a beach. We were unable to walk on the beach around the property to the left to get to Kaanapali, so we never actually got there.
The pool is great for kids and the grounds are well kept and attractive.
The condo itself is just as the pictures look, no worries there.
The queen bed in the master is quite comfortable.
One day while we were there we were unable to use our lanai most of the day due to construction on the condo patio above. Not the rental manager's fault, but it would have been nice to get a heads up.
Only a couple of quibbles with the condo itself. There were the bathroom ants. They are tiny, but relentless. Eventually we just ignored them. The fan in the twin room was not working.
I would stay here again and recommend it to others.
Wonderful location, nice accomodations
As stated, this condo is directly in front of ocean. The back of the condo is an entire window that allows for the 180 deg view. The ocean splashes up into the grass, it's that close. With it being Winter, the tide is up pretty far so there is not a beach in front, but you can see the reef through the water.
Upon arriving we were greeted by two whales and a gorgeous sunset. The same as our last night.
We spent all week driving a few miles to nearby Ka'anapali and Lahaina. If the weather was rainy on our side of the island, we went South to Wailea or Kihei.
The unit is a little dated, but not so much that you wouldn't want to stay here. Like the walls are a little crusty and things are poorly painted. The bathroom probably needs to be updated next. However, if it were fancy, it wouldn't be for such a great rate and who really cares, you're in Maui!
We found the beds to be comfortable and the towels and linens a plenty. The kitchen is very well stocked. Only recommendation would be is to have the knives sharpened :)
We really LOVED our time here and would recommend it to anyone.
If you come to Maui, I recommend purchasing the book/app called Maui revealed. It tells you every great place to eat, swim, snorkel, etc.
It recommended we eat at the Deli and the Taco joint across the street, they were great and inexpensive. I actually preferred the Deli vs going to Roy's!
The A/C still appears to be on a timer. It wasn't an issue since we had the windows open and the trade winds blowing. Also, we were gone almost all day. If it were summer time, I could understand how hot it would be in the bedrooms.
I would LOVE to plan another trip here. Thank you for sharing your wonderful place with us.
Rates & Availability
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GET TAX ID # TA-151-501-2096-01, GE-151-501-2096-01 Managed by Maui Sea Breeze Vacation Rentals, office located in Lahaina above Radio Shack - Manage many units on Maui - CHO Hawaii State license. - We have an office locally so any issues are resolved IN PERSON! - Fully bonded and insured. BOOKING PROCESS: - Rental agreement sent to your personal email - Sign, fax or scan rental agreement back - Decide on check or credit card, deposit or in full. PAYMENTS (Check - allows you to save of CC fees or Credit card - Paypal) - We DO NOT use vrbo's new payment collection system and have our own - We collect all deposits, balances due or payments in full. - Pay in full within 45 days of check in - Deposits are 25% of total amount due. VRBO Service Fee: - Not us. VRBO collects, we have no control on what they charge you. - Once accepted, they will automatically charge you their service fee. Credit Card Payments: - Email will be sent to your personal email from our Paypal account. - Save the 2.9% for US or 4.5% fees by paying check. TAXES: - Two separate taxes are collected in Hawaii. GET and TAT - VRBO tax quote is slightly higher that what you'll actually pay. - VRBO system only allows for ONE area to collect tax so we have to combine the rates together. - GET Tax is based on both cleaning fee and room rate, TAT tax is only on the room rate. CANCELLATIONS: - ALL cancellations subject to $75 processing fee - Cancellation or any changes must be in written from and from the person who signed this rental agreement - Full amount back if cancel greater than 3 months to your check in date - 90- 45 days from check in date, no deposit returned - Less than 45 days, no refunds. - We will try to re rent the unit and if we book it you'll 50% credit back for a days booked within 1 year.