I have yet to write a negative review. I'd rather spend my time promoting positive experiences and great places than dwelling on the decisions that didn't go well. For Hale Ho'okipa Inn, I'm going to make an exception.
I knew we were in trouble when the sign at the front door read, "No Shoes Allowed". This is a pet peeve of mine. When I'm paying good money to stay at a place, I want to choose when I take my shoes off. Having to take them off or put them on every time I come and go is not a duty I welcome. More than anything, I want a room to be convenient to live out of while I'm there. Hale Ho'okipa Inn was not.
Thinking of staying here because of its proximity to Haleakala? Just know that there is the "procedure" for departing for a Haleakala sunrise experience too. You must park in a certain spot. (There is only one spot.) You must take a shower the night before; don't even think about showering in the morning. And be prepared to lace up your hiking shoes outside by porch light. Remember, shoes are not allowed in the house. Showering the night before can also be an issue if you arrive back too late, leaving anyone with a daily itinerary that has you arriving late and departing early with a bit of a dilemma.
Snacks in the room? You guessed it--forbidden. We found this out after returning to the room one afternoon and sharing a few rice crackers. The cleaning lady knocked on our closed door explaining that she heard us eating. She demanded that we cease this activity immediately. Seriously. By this time we were counting the hours until we could check out.
There is no doubt that some of the rules are dictated by the fact that the walls in Hale Ho'okipa Inn are paper thin. As a result, guests can hear everything everyone else is doing. The fact that the cleaning lady heard us chewing through a closed door is probably illustration enough, but this fact was reinforced one day while sitting in the bathroom. The couple in the next room happened to be having a conversation on the other side of the wall and I could hear everything they were saying as though I was on the other side of an open window.
In fairness, there are people that love staying at Hale Ho'okipa. If you're a person, couple, or group that doesn't get up too early, returns to the room before dark, and doesn't mind all the rules, this might be a good match. The grounds are small but attractive and the inside of the house is clean and nicely kept. Still, for us, Hale Ho'okipa Inn proved to be such a bummer that it still casts a negative light on how we remember our experiences on Maui. My son lists Maui as his "least favorite island" and gives Hale Ho'okipa Inn as the reason why. In retrospect, we should have just checked out after the first night and written off the cost of the next two nights as the price of freedom.
If you're thinking of staying in Makawao, I would suggest The Banyan Tree House as a good alternative. It was booked when I made the reservations for this trip, however we did stay here on an earlier trip. Its spacious grounds, large rooms, and positive vibe was everything that Hale Ho'okipa is not.
Try the Banyan Tree House instead.
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18 December 2011
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"Mahalo for removing shoes" will be seen on the lanais of 90% of Hawaiian homes and probably all of the b&b's.,( I asked all my b&b friends, and they all ask guests to leave shoes outside) It's local style, island custom, and it shows respect to your host to do so.. If a guest "knows they are in trouble" when they see this request, it's best to alert the host ..I do tell people with problems, that it's ok to wear shoes inside,
I ask people not to eat in the bedrooms to keep bugs at bay. We have many places on the porches, yard, kitchen and dining room to enjoy meals. Very true that it would have been better if my help had ignored the food odors she said were coming from the room. I was not in the house when this happened.
People come and go as they please, shower at night, no problem at all,,........at 3 am before sunrise departure, not considerate , why take the chance to wake up the other guests with running water..
Parking is provided for early departure,. I considered neighbors , house guests, and Maui county rules while providing this early departure space.
Historic Hawaii homes are all single wall construction, I have doubled many interior walls and continue to do so. The room this guest stayed in was double walled and insulated, except for the bathroom..this is actually my next double wall project.
The requests I make of my guests are done to facilitate a smoothly run b&b, to respect the neighbors and to comply with Maui County Regulations.
Many guests happily return to Hale Ho'okipa year after year, and they are welcomed with much Aloha..
I am very sorry that this guest was "counting the hours until they left".,I hope in the future they have a chance to enjoy Maui while staying in a place that is better suited to them.
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