It's not often that a vacation rental is better than advertised, but this one truly is. We were looking for a low-key holiday in a beautiful setting where we'd have quiet, comfort and privacy and we found it at Hana Oceanfront Cottages. The two hour drive along the Hana Highway was worth every twisty mile. We arrived in darkness at about 7:15pm, to a cozily lighted cottage with wonderfully welcoming Hawaiian music playing through the TV inside. The ceiling fans and screened windows provide nice air flow for sleeping and the bed is very comfortable. We awoke the next day to an amazing pink sky and the panorama of Hamoa Beach at sunrise.
We kept saying to each other the entire week we were there, "Next time, 2 weeks!" ....as we sat on the front porch, (Lanai), watching whales breach out in the bay in the late afternoon.
Sandi and Dan are lovely hosts, and very knowledgeable about the area. Sandi has prepared a binder with lots of suggestions on things to see and do.
The (easy) concrete steps down to Hamoa Beach are just a few dozen yards down and across the road from the cottage....a nice stroll with your coffee on an early morning to watch a local surfer or two looking to catch a couple of good waves before going off to work. Later on a few tourists arrive, but there's not a lot of parking, so not many. :) There's one Hotel in Hana that shuttles beach goers to Hamoa, but again, it was never very busy and we were there during Spring Break.
While much of the Hana Hwy sees rain off and on, especially in the Winter and Spring, once you reach Hamoa Bay you'll find that it tends to have its own micro-climate of sunshine.
Pick up groceries at the Costco, Walmart or Safeway in Kahului. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farm stands along the Hana Hwy. If you need something there are two grocery stores in the town of Hana.
We met the couple staying in the main house suite...they'd been coming back every year for 13 years. We'll be back!