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Watch whales and surfers from deck, away from crowds yet easy drive everywhere

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Brand new, spacious, airy cottage across from beach, great views, yet private

Permit Number: BBWK2014-0001

Hawaii TAT # W40850386-01

We have passed rigorous inspections for your health and safety. You can be confident we will not be closed down by the county.

Escape the traffic and the touristy areas yet be right on the ocean watching sunrises and moon rises over the ocean, surfers, whales, windsurfers and kite surfers. Our location is central to all the places you will want to go and we are at your service to share our knowledge and love of Maui. We offer guests a chance to join our local friends at our BBQs or to join us for a swim in our favorite secret spots, just a short drive away. Guests can also choose to just do their own thing or to book a more extensive tour with us. It's totally up to you.

The Space

Our cottage was built in 2012 and we welcomed our first guests in 2013. It has all appliances , comfy Serta bed, all-cotton bedding, pillows, towels, etc. Sliding mirrored doors separate the bedroom from main room. The cottage sits on the ocean below our upscale neighborhood and your only neighbor is a doctor on one side and us up the hill behind in the home we bought in 1999. If you are traveling with another couple, we also have a room with its own bath in the main house for rent and full use of the rest of the house. See ad at

My husband and I stayed in the cottage a couple of nights to check it out and make sure it is homey. The bed is so comfortable -- Serta mattress, plush mattress pad and new all-cotton sheets quilt and shams are wonderful!

Now with air-conditioning and Direct TV! And we have an AED in the main house, a Christmas gift from our son!

As much privacy or socialization as you like -- I stock it with coffee, tea and condiments and bread, bagels and butter in the freezer to get you started on breakfast. We provide you with snorkel gear, beach chairs, coolers, etc. and give you tips on good things to do and things to avoid.

Separate bedroom and bathroom has 2 doors so there is privacy if one person wants to sleep and the other stay up or get up. Plenty of room for two or for a family with a child who can sleep in a crib (available to rent from No Ka Oi Baby Rentals) or on the couch.

We can also refer you to friends who will give you local rates on activities such as water sports, downhill biking, used car rental and art gallery. We can give you each 3 day passes to the YMCA for classes, weights, racquetball or pool.

The area we are in is called 'Central Maui' because you can easily drive to everywhere else. Yet our particular location feels more like country with open beach and ocean in front and to the north. Be aware that there is no commercial business within walking distance but the beach and a golf course are there for pleasure walking!

Guest Access

Anywhere on the property.

Interaction with Guests

As much or as little as you like.

The Neighborhood

Our neighborhood is upscale, our neighbors really friendly owners -- we often have BBQs here with them and always include our guests if they'd like to join us. The beach is right across the road in front of the cottage and when the surf is big, it's great to watch the surfers there. When there's no surf, the beach is empty. We love it both ways! It's not a swimming beach but those are a short drive away and by staying here, one avoids the touristy, hot, dusty surroundings of the beach cities

Getting around

We have a bus system and Jordan and I can drop guests off on our way places but a car really is recommended as only tour buses go up into the valleys and up to the top of Haleakala.

Other Things to Note

We stayed in a B & B years ago in Switzerland and the women treated us like family and it had such an impact on us that we try to do the same and make our guests feel at home. On the other hand, you may want to just do your own thing and that's perfectly fine, too.

Permit Number: BBWK2014-0001

More Details

gail nagasako
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Local kine' pidgen English :-)
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About gail nagasako

Jordan was born and raised in Lahaina and comes from a well-known and highly respected family. His grandparents immigrated here from Japan. He went to University of Hawaii for 3 and a half years and has traveled extensively in the South Pacific. He and his wife also traveled England, Sweden and Europe and a half-dozen US states. He was owner of a highly successful fish wholesale business and knows just about everything there is to know about the ocean and the things that live there and the things you can do in and on it. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy who is game to do just about anything on a moment’s notice.

Gail was born and raised in Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she fulfilled a childhood dream by moving to Hawaii. She is the founder of H.A.P.P.Y., a social and networking group for homeschoolers. As such, she planned social events, offered crafts and field trips., She still counsels families interested in homeschooling and is the author of "Homeschooling: Why and How" and "Real L.I.F.E. Parenting." She is a writer, speaker, and artist.

Both Jordan and Gail are veteran Red Cross volunteers and should anything happen on Maui, you will be in good hands.

We have been married for 37 years and have a son, Thumper (Yes, that’s his real name), a retired professional rollerblader, having been in the top ten worldwide his entire career. He competed in such renowned contests as X-Games and Gravity Games. He is the highest rated videographer/editor in Hawaii, having All-Five-Star reviews and participates in a multitude of sports.

gail nagasako purchased this cottage in 1999

Why gail nagasako chose Central Maui

Before we bought this house 15 years ago, I asked my family where they most wanted to live and we all said this subdivision. It's like country but not so wet as Haiku, which can be moldy, nor so hot and dusty and crowded as Kihei and Lahaina, and not so far and cold as Makawao and Kula. We love the feel of being private and quiet and yet so close to everything commercial, the parks, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the hospital, the YMCA, the malls, good restaurants and our favorite: Iao Valley where we go for short or long hikes and swims in the cool clean river pools. We didn't want to downsize so we built the cottage last year so we'd have a bit of income so we could continue living in this heavenly spot.

What makes this cottage unique

We pride ourselves in giving the personal touch. We offer our guests a chance to mix with locals at our BBQs, or to join us for a swim in our favorite spots. And if they want to remain totally on their own we respect that as well.

Fresh air, beach ambiance, not touristy, views of sunrises and moon rises and whales playing (December through March) and surfers, stand up paddlers, and an endless source of driftwood for our fire pits.


Wailuku Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full bathroom with tub, shower, extra hand towels, two doors for privacy when other guests in living area.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Serta bed & bedding new, pillows w/ dust mite protectors
  • Spacious bedroom with more than ample drawer space, a desk with complimentary post cards, walk-in closet with washer and dryer. Overhead and bedside fan, clock radio, and wonderful Trade wind breezes.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We are a place for people who don't want to be in a touristy area or condo with people all around, who want a local feel and privacy, yet be on the ocean, and who want to be able to easily access other areas of the island. As you can see from our sample reviews I copy/pasted from another site we've been using, Jordan and I are the properties best amenities!


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Watch whales and surfers from deck, away from crowds yet easy drive everywhere
average rating of 4.951613 based on 62 reviews

Lovely cottage with a great view

  • 5 of 5

This property was an exceptional value. For a stand alone beachfront cottage with these amenities I was surprised and pleased at the cost. But even more important than the cost, it was a wonderful experience.

The cottage has everything you could hope for--well stocked and so many special touches from fresh Hawaiian fruit to a celebratory bottle of champagne for my husbands birthday. It was a pleasure to be able to make breakfast each day in a well equipped kitchen (there was even gluten free bread in the freezer when we arrived--a welcome surprise.) There are books, games, many snorkel sets, a guitar, and even a surf board. There was a convenient full sized laundry set up that we used more than once after days at the beach. Also, there is a good sized secured yard with great parking--essential for us to load/unload and store our watersports equipment. We enjoyed the small beach across the street, but because of the rocky bottom and good sized waves we found swimming a bit of a challenge--better for surfing.

I was concerned about the privacy of the cottage--always hard to determine from photos--it could not be better. It is a gated cottage set away from the road and away from any other houses including the main house which is well above you on the hill behind the cottage.

Many of the prior reviews have described the hosts--and all of my email exchanges with Gail were lovely and she is a wealth of information. But honestly, I am more of a self-contained traveler who arrives in a location for a specific purpose--not one of those people that enjoys the engaging warmth of a B&B--more of a leave me be and I'll find my own way type. So I was a little nervous seeing the reviews of joining in on family parties etc. For others like me--let me assure you that while the hosts are incredibly welcoming and invite you via text/email to join them if you wish, they are in no way pushy and if you decline they give you all the privacy you want. It was the perfect blend for us and the mark of a truly good host who is able to gauge their guests and accommodate them.

Thanks for a great start to our stay on Maui!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Tamara, for the great review. You and Robert must be the nicest guests we never met :-)
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Extremely welcoming and informative hosts, amazing views, and cozy cottage with everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the majority of our honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Impossible to find the rigt words!❤️🤙🌺

  • 5 of 5

Just try its amazing❤️❤️❤️

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you as our guests, too! Much aloha, Gail & Jordan
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Charming and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was absolutely perfect for our needs, it was so well equipped that we needed for nothing.

Would 100% recommend it to anyone looking for a great location with your own independence. Thanks to our hosts Gail and Jordan.


  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Angela & Paul, We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and thank you for the kind review. We saw you were off and about a lot so knew you were enjoying our wonderful island and happy the cottage was what youʻd hoped for. Hope to have you back again. Aloha, Gail & Jordan
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Relaxing​ like a Local

  • 5 of 5

Gail and Jordan were perfect hosts. So friendly and hospitable. The cottage was clean and well stocked. Beautiful sunsets and nice calm morning listening to the ocean. Close to grocery and Target. We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage. Very relaxing.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Stacy & Dan, We are so glad you enjoyed your trip and it was fun reading your emails before arriving, knowing how excited you were to come. Thank you for taking such good care of our place and for the entry in the cottage journal. We hope you will return some day. I'll be sending you a link to a drone video of Maui that our son did (he's a professional). It will help whet your appetite for your next trip! Aloha, Gail & Jordan
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Kick back and relax at your own private ocean-side Maui cottage

  • 5 of 5

Location is great: the cottage is perfect for people wanting a place right on the ocean, away from the busy and highly developed condo areas. Everything on the island is readily accessible by car. The cottage has a beautiful ocean view from the deck; it’s clean and comfortable, with all the amenities that mattered to us.

Gail and Jordan thought of just about everything, including: toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry detergent and coffee and breakfast foods. The kitchen was fully functional and stocked with items such as spices and condiments. On our arrival, we found a welcoming bowl of fruit and macadamia nut treats. All of these things were very much appreciated.

Extras: Gail and Jordan also provide a useful array of quality beach gear to make the stay in Maui much more pleasant. Maui occupies the same latitude as Mexico City and the Sahara Desert, so a nice beach umbrella comes in handy. They also provide beach chairs, boogie boards, some snorkel gear, a surfboard, and a cooler. Gail sent very useful information about Maui and the cottage before our arrival, and that info was also provided in hard copy at the cottage. Gail and Jordan were friendly and invited us to a couple of places with them. Importantly, they were “just right” friendly: not intrusive at all, respecting our privacy. Evenings were spent watching the ocean and stars from the deck, as well as walking or sitting on the nearby beach. Why limit your experience to the crowded resort/condo areas- explore all of Maui from your home base in Kahului, and return each evening to the peace and quiet of your own private ocean view deck. We’d definitely stay at this cottage again!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sandra & Tim, Thank you so much for your great review! You captured everything we want to provide in an experience for our guests. We'd still love to show you a couple of favorite places or have you up for a BBQ or outdoor movie night should you visit again. By now spring has arrived to stay in MN and football season is only 4 months away. Always hope for the Golden Gophers to come in second in the Big Ten, right after my Wolverines! Aloha, Gail and Jordan
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Nearest Airport
5.1 Miles
Kahului Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.3 Miles
Koho's Grill and Bar
Nearest Ferry
9.8 Miles
Ma'alaea Harbor (whale watches, snorkel cruises)
Nearest Golf
2.2 Miles
Waiehu Golf Course
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Lahaina Sugar Cane Train....a novelty
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Kahekili (340)
Nearest Restaurant
3.3 Miles
Kohos Grill and Bar
Nearest Ski
2.3 Miles
Jet ski (Kahului Harbor)
Nearest Beach
Across the little road in front
Car: recommended

Enjoy peace, quiet and privacy when home, yet have an easy drive to all the wonders of Maui. What I love is being able to watch sunrises and then go to Kihei (20 minutes) or Lahaina (35 minutes) for a sunset picnic and come home again to our country-feel area. We almost always have Tradewinds coming right off the ocean so the air is some of the cleanest on the planet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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.