Maui County Permit # BBHA 2012/0002
Ranked No #1 Awarded Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 'Deal of the Month' & 'Hawaii's Hidden Values'. Please also visit our website for current Specials and Discounts! Please note that we only keep our current calendar of availability on our website! Due to reservation changes and cancellations, please inquire on your dates even if our calendar shows we are booked!
Hale Manu, which means the 'Bird House', is our larger two-bedroom guesthouse, privately located in the rear of our property with phenomenal ocean views. The spacious Hawaiian styled architecture includes open beamed, vaulted ceilings, a large center cupola for great airflow, an open floor plan and a large lanai for evening dining under the stars or morning coffee with the sunrise.
Over time, we have completely renovated and professionally decorated the home, including a large fully equipped kitchen (a kitchen inventory is available on our website), an all tile bathroom with new fixtures, queen sized beds with high thread count all cotton bedding and teak steamer chairs, gas barbeque and an additional table for dining on the lanai. The ocean facing bedrooms are conducive to romantic sultry evening breezes.
We take a lot of pride in our homes, as is evident from the many comments provided by previous guests (please see our VRBO reviews and TripAdvisor reviews!). Hale Manu is thoughtfully furnished with a fun vintage Hawaiian flair, including a beautifully refurbished 1930's vintage rattan living room set we found and shipped all the way from a small Texas town and original oil paintings by local Hana artists. Sink yourself into the furnishings and grab a book off the bamboo shelves to relax the night away or choose a DVD from the small collection we supply. We also have a collection of coffee table books about Hawaii and Polynesia and, since the home is the “bird house” we have bird books, binoculars for the avid bird watchers. We have done our best to consider all the details, like comfortable linens, nice soaps, whole bean quality coffee and green tea for your first day and for those of you who need to stay connected, we have high speed wireless internet access and unlimited, free mainland United States phone service. We also have the modern conveniences such as a washer/dryer, microwave and more.
Hale Manu is perched at the rear of our fully landscaped, two-acre property, providing PRIVACY. Since we live at the front of the property, we work diligently to maintain our homes and provide excellent accommodations. We are also available to answer questions about Hana and steer you in the right direction to your ultimate vacation, whether that means an active time snorkeling, surfing, horseback riding and hiking or just relaxing at the nearby beaches and swimming holes. Hamoa Beach, considered the nicest in town, is just minutes away. We provide boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, beach towels, beach mats, a beach umbrella and a cooler. We can also direct you to local in-house massage therapists or to the local spa for pampering.
The Guest Houses at Malanai are named after the gentle cooling breeze, (named Malanai) known for this area of Hana. We are located just 3.6 miles (a five minute drive) outside of Hana Town in the Maka’alae district, which is considered the most highly desired area of Hana. You are sure to fall in love with the picturesque and pastoral landscape, the ever-changing ocean colors and the gentle sound of the waves lulling you to sleep at night. We hope you choose Hale Manu at the Guest Houses at Malanai for your dream vacation in the islands! Please see our website for details on our EXTREMELY competitive rates and policies and feel free to email us with any questions. Please check our website for current specials and availability! www.hanaguesthouses.com
Leokane Pryor has long family history in Hana. He is a relative of the colorful Sam Pryor, who was not only responsible for bringing Charles Lindbergh to Kipahulu (just down the road), but was also well known locally for raising Gibbon apes and many other animals which he loved. Charles, Sam, his wife Mary Tay and many of the Gibbons are buried at the famous church in Kipahulu. Leokane has followed in the family tradition by creating his own unique history in the area. He can be heard performing Hawaiian music most Wednesdays and Sundays at the Travaasa Hotel-Hana and he is well known throughout the islands for his beautiful falsetto voice and story telling.
Leokane Pryor purchased this house in 2001
Leokane and Chris purchased this property in 2001 and have worked continuously to create a paradise for themselves, their family and friends. Two of the homes on the large property are available for rent, making this unique experience available to the public. As one of only three legally permitted vacation rental properties in the area, The Guest Houses at Malanai are often booked months in advance and well deserving of their consistent #1 rating and stellar reviews.
The Guest Houses at Malanai are located in the Maka'alae area of Hana, about 3 miles south of Hana Town. This area is generally considered the most desirable of Hana due to its close proximity to world famous Hamoa Beach and the Venus Pool, as well as the gentle breezes and open landscape which keep it cooler and more comfortable than other locations in the area. Maka'alae was once the fishing village of the area and boasts some of the most breathtaking coastline of all Maui. During whale season, it is the perfect place to see their migration and sometimes even hear them playing at night.
In addition to the guest comments below, these are some comments from our in-house guestbook.....
We had the best time of our lives here in Hana. This place is amazing and we
can't wait to come back...
Chris M., Santa Barbara, CA
thank you for letting me stay at the house i really liked it i love hana, maui
Helena (about 9 yrs old), Honolulu, HI
mahalo for such a good time in Hana.
Janie (about 8 yrs old), Honolulu, HI
Old style Kama'aina vacationing. Can I get an "Amen" or is it "Hana Hou"!
Kiki (mom of Helena and Janie), Honolulu, HI
Thank you for sharing your home, your music and library. The tranquillity of
The Birdhouse is unmatched. We will definitely be back.
What an incredible place you have here! I was so relaxed! Loved sitting on
the deck surrounded by lush green beauty. See you next year.
Kathy and Craig, California
This house is amazing!! This slice of paradise and its peacefulness have given
my mind, body and soul a much needed break...... It was wonderful.
Samuel and Kayo
Thank you for your graciousness in making this home such a comfortable
place to drop in and relax in between high adventures in Hana....the well-
stocked kitchen made this trip so accomodating - kitchen aid mixer!? color
me pleased.. thanks so much.
Thank you for sharing your ohana with us! It was like being at home away
from home. You have put together a beautful thing here, the attention to
detail was amazing. Keep up the great work and we hope to see you soon!
Mahalo, P.S. I can see this place being a habit.
Cort and Chrissy, HI
We loved staying here. Hale Manu is our Hana home away from home! We will
surely be back. Mahalo Nui for all the thought you put into creating this
place! May you continue to bless visitors with your aloha and peaceful
A hui hou a me malama pono.
Mike and Eden, HI
and so many more you can read through while relaxing in Hale Manu......
We fell in love with Malanai the first time we visited, and we’ve returned every year for the past seven years. We stay for three weeks at a time every spring and it’s never long enough. Hana is so peaceful and friendly and relaxing – we feel like the visit should be covered by our health insurance as a therapeutic treatment for stress – we always go home feeling reborn. Our favorite house at Malanai is the Hale Manu, the larger house at the top of the property. It has great privacy and ocean views from both bedrooms and the lanai.
One of the things we love about Malanai in general is the location. We walk the half-mile to Hamoa beach every day, strolling beneath the dappled light of a giant mango tree, over the100 year-old single-lane bridge, past the cows in rolling green pastures. The scenery is truly spectacular. Malanai is also only a few miles from the grocery store, fruit stand, and several road-side “restaurants.” The Seven Sacred Pools, along with a gorgeous hike up Waimoku Falls, are only six miles to the south. We go to the hotel a couple nights a week to hear Leokane – one of the property owners – perform in the Paniolo lounge. It’s a fabulous show of live music and hula; it’s casual and intimate; it’s only three miles away and it’s free!
The Hale Manu is a charming house. It has cottage coziness while also offering modern conveniences (e.g., great kitchen, washer-dryer, patio grill, WiFi, etc). We wake up every morning to the sound of Cardinals in the yard and the surf down the hill. It reminds us of the authentic Hawaiian experiences we had on Maui 40 years ago as kids. The people who own this property are devoted hosts who go to a lot of trouble to make sure their guests feel welcome. We love arriving each year to a house decorated with fresh flowers and Hawaiian music playing on the stereo. They take hospitality very seriously!
A few tips for first-time visitors to Hana: (1) if you’re staying for more than a few nights, buy groceries at Mana Foods in Paia on your way there; (2) be considerate and pull over on the Hana Highway to let the local drivers pass; (3) give the road-side restaurants in Hana a try (we love Pranee’s Thai food, Shaka Pops, the teriyaki chicken at Braddah Hutts, and the Ono fruit stand, among others); and reconsider the length of your visit if you’re only planning to go for a couple nights. The first time we tried Malanai we booked the Hale Manu for six nights and it was not long enough!
We (2 adults and our 16 year old daughter) stayed in the most lovely and perfectly equipped guest house Hale Manu from June 12-15. The interior is decorated beautifully and the surrounding is magnificent.This is the perfect place to relax and to discover the fascinating Hana and its sourroundings. It's truely a heavenly place for vacation. Thanks a lot to Chris and Leokane for their kind hospitality! And we really enjoyed hearing Leokane live at the Hana festival, don't miss his wonderfully sung Hawaiian songs. Margit, Erwin and Laura from Austria
We own rental property in California and this cottage was so well outfitted and elegantly done! I learned a lot I thought I already knew about Hospitality! The one day we stayed in from the rain, still felt wonderful with the jungle gardens that surrounded us and the cozy way the cottage is decorated. Everything you need to like an at home local. Cooking in this Kitchen was a joy! Communication with the owners was great; even got to enjoy one of them perform at the local hotel!
My husband and I had the privilege of staying three nights at this wonderful place and we couldn’t agree more with the rave reviews! Hale Manu is a very charming, spacious cottage with a large lanai, surrounded by the privacy of a lovely garden, yet offering a great view of the ocean. Upon entering the cottage you are being welcomed by a wonderful atmosphere; tasteful furnishings and artwork with an antique Hawaiian flair, an airy feeling thanks to the tall, open beam ceilings and cupola; Hawaiian quilts adorning the beds and fresh plumeria and hibiscus blossoms in every room! The cottage is well kept, clean and equipped with anything one could possibly need for a comfortable stay, including a Hawaiian themed library, entertainment center with a large collection of Hawaiian music, fully stocked kitchen, BBQ, as well as a washer/dryer unit. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of waves crushing ashore, wake up to the beautiful song of the resident cardinals and enjoy a spectacular sunrise with stunning views right from your bedroom window! The owner’s love and care for this piece of paradise, as well as their attention to providing comfort and happiness for their guests is present everywhere. Leokane and Chris were wonderful hosts and we highly recommend the Hale Manu for any traveler seeking a peaceful, clean accommodation in Hana. The location was perfect for what we were looking for: in walking distance to the magnificent Venus Pool and Hamoa Beach, a very short drive to Hana town and all surrounding attractions such as ‘Ohe’o Gulch, Wai’anapanapa Park and the Kahanu Tropical Botanical Gardens with Pi’ilanihale Heiau. One last tip for future travelers: should you be interested in Hawaiian music, don’t miss a chance to see one of your host’s appearances at the nearby Travaasa Hotel. Leokane Pryor is one of Hawaii’s premiere falsetto artists with an amazing talent and captivating voice. It was the icing on the cake of our stay in Hana to be able to watch this great artist in a live performance!!!
We stayed at Hale Manu on 2/27-3/1/2010 and it was wonderful! The day we were to arrive in Hana ended up being the day the tsunami warning was sounded. Naturally it made for a very long day trying to make our way to Hana! Chris and Leokane both called us during the day to make sure we were planning on making the trip & to let us know that the house was set for our arrival no matter how late we might be. The house and grounds were even better than we imagined and Hana was wonderful! Our hosts were kind and considerate and we even got to see Leokane perform at the Hotel before we left. I would recommend Hana and the Guesthouses at Malanai to anyone that loves peace and relaxation in a beautiful setting. Mahalo for sharing your slice of heaven with us we will genuinely never forget it!
We enjoyed our stay at Hale Manu. It is very comfortable, well appointed and maintained and spacious. The kitchen is well equipped and the many tropical touches were fun. The welcoming flowers and slack key guitar music set the tone. The guest houses are well located and convenient to town, beaches and hiking. We enjoyed the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hana with it's massive heiau (temple) and our tasting tour of Ono organic farms in nearby Kipahulu.
Hana is what most people think Hawaii is going to look like. This is not the resort side of the island. Hana is for people who are looking for a true Hawaiian experience, with natural beauty, lush tropical foliage, beautiful beaches and incredible hiking. It's a great place to explore or just sit around and soak up the beauty of paradise while drinking a Mai Tai...Our property is located 3.6 miles south of Hana town in the Hamoa/Maka'alae district and is walking distance to world famous Hamoa Beach and the Venus Pool (Waioka Pond). Our property faces the pristine Hana Ranch coastal pasture and coastline- great for hiking and exploring!