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Heaven on Earth in Upcountry Maui

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, Master Bedroom, Sleeping Alcove, 2 Baths, (Sleeps Maximum of 4)

Welcome to The Star Lookout, a magical vacation cottage in Maui's Upcountry. Experience a taste of 'Old Hawaii' in our quiet, restful perch with privacy, sweeping views, magnificent sunsets, and oodles of stars. We are located at 622 Thompson Road, Kula, HI 96790.

The Star Lookout is the perfect retreat for nature lovers, star gazers, writers, outdoor enthusiasts, honeymooners, and well, just about anyone wanting to get away from it all. The Star Lookout is a one-in-a-million property with unobstructed views of both shores of Maui. To the south, the community of Kihei and glimpses of neighboring islands. To the north, Kahului and views of north shore beaches and sugar cane fields.

The entire property is surrounded by pasture and outcroppings of lava rock.

We are a permitted, legal vacation cottage as of April, 2009:

Ordinance #3627

Bill No. 14; CP 2002/0009

For assistance please call 907-250-2364.

Keywords: Cottage

More Details

Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About The Owner

Janice Tower is an avid cyclist. You can find her riding up, down and around Maui with the Upcountry Cyclists.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2000

Why The Owner chose Kula

This is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

What makes this cottage unique

The Star Lookout offers the visitor peace, tranquility and an opportunity to commune quietly with nature. There's nothing like sitting out on the deck overlooking the north and south shores of Maui, listening to the birds and contemplating the curvature of the Earth.


Kula Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Two newly remodeled bathrooms with walk-in showers. Soap (no other toiletries) and towels are provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Separate master bedroom with master shower.
    Sleeping Alcove - 1 queen , Sleeping alcove in common area. Please See Photos.
  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen in master bedroom; one queen in alcove of main cabin area. Please see photos. (1) Portacrib available with request.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
30 Minutes from world-class Windsurfing Beaches. Upcountry Maui is prime road cycling country! The perfect launch for a ride up Haleakala (7,000' climbing), Ulupalakua Winery Ride, and several epic 100-milers.


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Heaven on Earth in Upcountry Maui
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 17 reviews

Truly Heaven on Earth in Maui

  • 5 of 5

There just aren't words to adequately describe this beautiful and unique oasis. You must experience it for yourself!!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, Alaska

Really special place

  • 5 of 5

So quiet and peaceful, the stars are amazing , and Wonderful sunsets!

Walk to Grandmas coffee for delicious food!

Really wonderful place to stay , I hope to make it back soon, thanks!!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mill Valley, CA

Absolute Perfection! Stayed 8 Days...Did Not Want To Leave!

  • 5 of 5

There are so many special things to say about The Star Lookout Cottage. Walking passed it for the past 5 years on visits to Upcountry, we ogled it and could finally get a reservation this year! It is even better than my wildest dreams and I know it will be always in my heart. Already have our reservations for next March! Otherwise...not sure I could leave! Okay...the features! The cottage sits at around 3000' on the slopes of Haleakala. Expect weather! Beautiful breezes...sun...mist..clouds...down poring rain. That can all be in one day...or over several. The main room is very comfortable for looking out, reading, the large screen tv is here, fast wifi, the fully equipped kitchen, a full bath and the best raised sleeping nook enclosed by light curtains to use or not. The large decks are filled with chairs, the best 2 person hammock, a table. Incredible sunsets from here as well as delightful bird watching! We never used the inside wood stove, the outside fire pit or the outside hot tub! Amazed by the super cleanliness of everything! Silverware, best knives ever, luxurious linens! There is also a separate bedroom and incredible full bath that you access from the front porch. It has a full closet, plenty of unpacking space, a very comfy queen bed, night tables, and a most fabulous bathroom! Sandstone counter top...incredible shower, over counter sink! Tasteful and perfectly remodeled! We switched back and forth for sleeping! The stars from the 'star bed' in the living area are simply was the light of the full moon, eventually. Planets! The Milky Way! It was great for us to have the option of the other room which was darker! I seriously had to force myself to sleep from the excitement of the night sky! Located on incredible Thompson Road, where very, very people have homes...Oprah's ranch estate is one of your nearest neighbors and it's .8 of a mile away. Great areas of Maui are easy to get to. We spend a few days in Wailea, here and then time in Hana. Clearly, we love peace and quiet. No bar scene, no crowds, no pools with slides here! Just the awesomeness of hiking trails, biking, birds, flowers, Mana Market, Yee's marvelous mangoes(okay, the stand is 50 minutes away in Kihei and worth the drive) and we love The General Store in Halimaile for lunch. We walk to very popular Grandma's Cafe for breakfasts from here. Longest review I have ever written! My only regret is having not stayed here before!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wayne, Pa.

Great spot to get away from it all!

  • 4 of 5

This is a sweet little cottage for a get away from the hustle and bustle of the world. It is located down a one lane road- so if possible arrive before dark. It was a small challenge to find in the dusk with the evening fog rolling in. The cottage is interesting in the fact that the one double bed is attached to the living space. If you ran not very agile it might be a challenge to climb in the bed but the clime is worth it- the bed is surrounded by windows- you almost feel like you are sleeping outside!!! There is a separate bedroom that you have to go outside to enter. There are bathrooms with showers in both rooms. The kitchen is stocked very nicely with most any tool, pot or pan you might need to cook. The caretakers are present but certainly not intrusive. The drive to Haleakala summit is about a one hour drive so you could plan to see the sunrise or do some hiking there- both great adventures.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Not enough time...

  • 5 of 5

Three days was not enough time. To my dismay I found we were busier than planned and didn't have enough time to become a “lanai lizard” and bask in the sun on the wrap around lanai. The views from the back, side or front are all amazing. You can see forever, up Haleakala, across the slopes or down into the valley and to the West Maui Mountains. I could never get tired of the views from the lanai. The master bedroom is spacious with a very comfy bed and a new large bathroom. The master bedroom is attached to the living area but you go outside and a few steps to the door. I found this a big plus for my husband and myself. He had brought his telescope so he could do some late night viewing from the lanai. I could read in the master bedroom and my light didn't disturb him.

The living area of the cottage has a well equipped kitchen, comfy den, bathroom and a wonderful bed in a nook with big windows so you can lie in bed and look at the stars. The cottage is well placed for star gazing; the sky is very dark with no city lights for miles.

The cottage and grounds are very well kept. It’s located on a quiet one lane road that makes for wonderful walks. I look forward to returning and spending a longer time enjoying the tranquil peace.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St Louis, MO

Spectacular, Quiet and Starry!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay here. It is so quiet and beautiful. The views were amazing--Haleakala, Pu'u Kukui, Lana'i, Kaho'olawe, Molokini crater...all from one porch! My spouse rushed out a few times each night to look at the stars!

Our rooms were very clean, new locks and key, and everything was ready on time ( we arrived at 3:15pm). I would recommend the owner to mention in her description (sorry if I missed it somewhere, Janice!) that the bedroom does not have an internal pass through.. this is an unusual feature, and one normally expects a one bedroom to have an internal door. It was no big deal to us, but we probably would have used that room's bed if it had a pass through, and it might be important for families with young children.

If you are expecting hotel-like accommodations, you should stay in a hotel. This is a cottage (and we wanted just that), but people should know that they might have to put up with a few spiderwebs in the loft (our daughter loves spiders), the linens are a bit 'tired' though clean, and not all basic toiletries are supplied (we did miss having shampoo, but appreciated having soap). Thank you for a wonderful stay--I know we will return!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20.5 Miles
Kahalui Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Grandma's Coffee House
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
North Shore
Car: necessary

30 Minutes from world-class Windsurfing Beaches


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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