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Oceanfront Condo - Virtual Tour - Spectacular Treetop View - Whales (in season)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 - 10 nights


About the property

Newly Renovated Condo, 2.5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults)

E Komo Mai, (Welcome) to your newly renovated (09-2016) Maui vacation holiday condominium. We strive to provide you with a beautiful home away from home while visiting Maui, where you can do as much, or as little as you want. Please take the 'Virtual Tour' of your condo at wwwgotMauicom We are the only unit with central air-conditioning in the entire building!

Watch the sunrise over Haleakala volcano from your private lanai. You can swim in the solar heated fresh water pool or hot tub while working on your tan. Stroll along romantic Sugar Beach nearby, or watch whales play (In season) from your 4th floor treetop lanai. You can prepare your meals on the gas BBQ grill, then dine on your private lanai as you watch the moon rise over Haleakala and shimmer on Ma'alaea Bay below.

After a long day on Maui, fall asleep to the gentle sound of surf lapping on the shoreline below, as the smell of plumeria and ginger blossoms waft through your room on the gentle Maui breezes. Yes, you ARE in paradise! We hope you choose to stay with us and have many fond memories of your Maui holiday. Karen and I look forward to hearing from you.

To keep us in compliance with Hawaii State regulations, here is some important information, should you decide to stay at our Maui condo:

General Excise Tax Number: W-68822711-01

Transient Accommodations Tax Number: W-68822711-01

Last Four Digits of FEIN: 7549

Keywords: Condominium, Condo, Maui, honeymoon, whales, golf, holiday, vacation, Hawaii, Maalaea

More Details

Joe Dorsey
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, Two words in Hawaiian; Aloha and Mahalo (grin)
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

About Joe Dorsey

Karen and I love visiting Hawaii. I asked her to marry me during one trip to Maui, when we were on the summit of Haleakala (10,043'). (Which can be seen from our 4th floor, treetop private lanai) We were married on Maui by a remote waterfall, only accessible by helicopter, a year later. Maui is very special to us!

Joe Dorsey purchased this condo in 2004

Why Joe Dorsey chose Wailuku

Ma'alaea (Mah-ah-lie-yah) is a secluded, private little village off the beaten path to Lahaina. Not many people know the town even exists and that is why we like it. It is centrally located to just about everything fun to do on Maui, but when you return back to your 'Little grass shack', you seem to be miles away from everything and can relax and take time to smell the plumerias!!!

What makes this condo unique

Every year the Humpback whales return to Ma'alaea Bay to birth their young. You can watch as they jump a play a few hundred yards right offshore from your lanai. It is really very majestic to watch! Also, the moon-rise over Haleakala is very romantic and beautiful to see! It does not get much better than this on Maui!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Joe and Karen,

I (this is coming from Jeff, my mom and the kids

too!) wanted to thank you so much for letting us

stay at your condo. We had an incredible time on

the Island, staying in our 'Maui House' as the kids

called it.

It is such a beautiful location, easy to get to

everywhere or no where (as we chose on some

days). The wind was a blessing as it cooled off the

condo to the point we never actually used the AC.

Swimming right from the condo was beautiful and

so was the running. Our favorite was grilling and

having our dinners outside on the lawn, so

awesome.It was so nice going to bed with the sound

of the waves crushing outside and waking up to the

same sounds (well, some mornings it was a crying

baby or two but we'd rather forget that!).

We managed to cover quite a bit and the kids and

us will have memories that last a lifetime. What an

experience!!!!! We are certainly going to be back!!!


Melina, Jeff, Jade, Jasmine (3 year old twins) and

Peter (18m old)
Sep 2010
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Wailuku Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First Floor Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Loft Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , The loft bathroom separates the two loft bedrooms
  • Both bathrooms have built-in hair dryers
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom 1 (First floor) - 1 king , Full (tub) bathroom located on the first floor
    Loft Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sitting area read, relax or watch TV after a fun-filled day
    Loft Bedroom #2.5 - 2 twin/ single , Full (shower) bathroom on the second floor between bedrooms
  • King size bed (1) In Master Bedroom, In Loft Bedroom #2 Queen bed, In Loft Bedroom #2.5 (Two) Twin beds, Baby Crib (Pack-n-play) (1)
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Redecorated and renovated in September, 2016, Free DSL Internet and Local Phone service, full central Air-Conditioned, Stereo/CD Player, All Cooking Utensils, Glass and Dinnerware provided, Wall Mounted Hair Dryers in each bathroom, Linens/Towels supplied, Washer/Dryer (in residence), Solar heated fresh Water Pool and Hot Tub, Gas Grill (BBQ) area, Elevator to all floors, AND, One heck of a 4th floor, Treetop View of Haleakala & Ma'alaea Bay, from your private lanai! (No Smoking Please in the condo)


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Oceanfront Condo - Virtual Tour - Spectacular Treetop View - Whales (in season)
average rating of 4.9661016 based on 61 reviews

Maui Fantastic!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Little Grass Shack was everything that you could ask for in a vacation home away from home. It is beautifully decorated, awesome view, well equipped to meet most any need, access to the beautiful Sugar Beach, I could go on and on. We loved our visit and are looking forward to our next stay in the Little Grass Shack! Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind words and your business, Karen and I appreciated them both. We look forward to your stay at our Maui condo again, on your next visit! Aloha, Joe
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Riverside, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Six of my family members, ages 8yrs old through 61 yrs old, stayed at the Ma'alaea Banyans in July, 2007 for two weeks. We LOVED it for the following reasons:

Our top priority when picking a condo was that it had to be OCEANFRONT. This condo, not only had a fantastic, panoramic view of the ocean, but we could, also, hear the waves lapping onto the shore!

We, also, wanted a condo with AC just in case the weather was hot and humid. As it turned out, we never used the AC provided, because a wonderful breeze continually cooled the condo.

A swimming beach was, also, something we wanted, and although we couldn't swim in the ocean directly in front of the condo, there was a nice swimming beach within a SHORT walking distance that had miles of uncrowded, white, sandy beach. We spent hours walking this beach, exploring tide pools and collecting shells.

More perks we found while staying at this condo were all the things to do that were within walking distance.

We loved the Ocean Center Aquarium where we bought a WEEK pass that cost only a few dollars more than a day pass. It was well worth the extra money, as we could visit any time during their hours of operation for one week from the date of purchase. This allowed us to come and go as much or as little as we wanted. It made a great filler for days when we went on short excursions to other parts of the island, or if we just wanted a little something to do on a relaxing day at the condo.

There are lots of fun shops at the Ocean Center for those that like to shop, and some very good restaurants for those who like to eat. :)

A miniature golf course and bumper boat park is, also, within walking distance. It is located right next door to a gas station, mini mart and fast food restaurant. The grandkids and BIG kids had many laughs at this park.

When we went snorkeling at Molokini, we were even within walking distance of the dock where we boarded our boat for the trip.

So as I said, there were LOTS of things to do within walking distance of this condo, yet it was peaceful and quiet.

Last but not least, Joe was a virtual encyclopedia of info, and a pleasure to work with. He went over and above the call of duty in order to make our stay the very best it could be. Having a DSL connection was another added perk that we really appreciated.

If you want a wonderful Maui experience, I highly recommend this quiet, oceanfront, centrally located condo. My family and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2007
  • Stayed: July 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent central Maui location right on the water!

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable 2 bedroom unit. Great whale watching from the 4th floor and turtles too along the shore.

Walking the beautiful 3 mile sandy beach to Kihei is an absolute pleasure.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for the kind words, it was a pleasure working with you on your Maui holiday! Aloha, Joe
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Perfect for us and two teenagers

  • 4 of 5

Very nice condo had everything we needed. Would definitely stay there again.loved the morning sun and view

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Regina, Saskatchewan Canada

A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved this condo. We have stayed in Maalaea at other condos before and think that Joe and his wife have one of the best condos in the area. It is far enough away from the marina that you don't hear the tour boat operators yelling instructions to their groups at 7 am every morning. It is a very short walk to a lovely stretch of beach, but far enough away that you don't get any crowds on the private beach in front of the condo. The beach in front of the condo is lovely to relax and sit on the chairs and loungers that are provided, but not really good for swimming due to the sharp rocks. It is a very short walk to restaurants, the aquarium, mini golf and stores.

Their unit is on the top floor and set back beside the west wing which gives the balcony added privacy. There are windows on both the north and south side of the unit which allows for wonderful ocean breezes to blow through the condo. I was so happy to hear that they had installed central air conditioning but we didn't need to use it our entire trip as the breezes and ceiling fans kept the condo so cool.

My husband and I loved staying up in the loft, it felt like we were sleeping in a treehouse. Even though it was an open air loft, we found it to be surprisingly private. If you were using BOTH of the loft bedrooms you would lose some of that privacy, though, as anyone using the second loft bedroom has to walk through the main loft bedroom to access the bathroom and bedroom, and the second loft also has an open air railing to the bedroom below. We have rented from VRBO a lot and found that Joe made the rental process one of the easiest and most hassle free experiences that we have ever had, with no cleaning fee or damage deposit to have to deal with. He was also incredibly helpful which made our holiday planning process much easier. I will definitely recommend this vacation rental without hesitation. Thanks Joe for everything and for sharing your little piece of paradise with us.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your very kind words, Karen and I appreciated them! Have a wonderful holiday season, Aloha, Joe
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Everything we hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was only 5 nights but what a great choice it turned out to be!

Joe Dorsey was our guide, advisor and mentor on all things "Aloha". Thank you so much for your prompt replies to my numerous emails.

The suite was all we hoped for...ocean views from the lanai and great sunrises while enjoying our breakfast. We could literally hear our two grandchildren's breath taken away when we first opened the lanai when we arrived.

The small pool and hot tub were a welcome place to kick back after a long day relaxing on Maui. The nearby snorkeling beach was a huge bonus since many other prime snorkeling beaches had little or no parking within the same timezone. Some of us saw turtles face to face while snorkeling which was most memorable. One day, we practically walked all the way to Sugar Beach along the beach from Haycraft Park. We walked to town a lot for meals or shopping.

In Maalaea, we are within a day trip to almost anywhere we want to go. We never got the pleasure of meeting Officer Roberts but we smiled a bit whenever we saw a motorcycle cop.

We enjoyed the residents and the other tourists that we met at the Maalaea Banyans condos. It's a very friendly building. Since we already live in a condo, it felt quite homey...except for the weather, scenery and, okay, almost everything.

We hope to return some day...maybe with another grandchild, and when the whales are in the bay.

Mahalo nui loa,

Marcel, Wendy, Hope and Ashton

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Marcel, Wendy, Hope and Ashton for your very kind words, Karen and I appreciate them! I am glad that we could play a tiny part in your Maui holiday! If your travels bring you back to Maui, we would love to have you stay with us again. Aloha, Joe & Karen
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Kahului International Airport (OGG)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ma'alaea Harbor
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Ma'alaea Harbor
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Maui Lani
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Beach Bums
Nearest Beach
Sugar Sand Beach
Car: recommended

Deep Sea Fishing, Fast Food, 5-Star Restaurants, The Maui Aquarium, General Store, Ma'alaea Harbor, Sunset Dinner Cruises, Molokini Snorkel Dive Trips, fishing and LONG walks on Sugar Beach, all a block away from your condo. Golf course, Zip Line adventure and Tropical Plantation a mile away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Key Fee $185

Please remember to follow the condo rules and 'quiet times' as posted on our main website {gotMaui*com}, at the condo and in your unit. Basically a few major ones are: head-in parking only, no smoking in the unit - only in designated areas, you can not Bar-B-Que on your lanai, do not hang cloths over the lanai railing to dry and enjoy the 'Aloha Spirit' by being courteous to others. Mahalo

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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