This condo is not a typical vacation rental. Named RA Amuru by its owner, world musician, artist, and international traveler Jim Berenholtz, it actually becomes an integral part of each guests' island experience. Here you will find a custom-decorated sacred space with traditional art, artifacts, and furnishings of native Pacific Island cultures, reading materials that explore these cultures, and easy access to the kind of spectacular nature that inspired these cultures in ancient times.
This quiet, one bedroom, two bath condo can comfortably sleep up to four people (great futon couch/bed in the living room) and includes a well-equipped kitchen, cable TV, VCR, surround-sound DVD/CD player, high speed cable internet hook up as well as free wireless service, washer/dryer in unit, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, and countless small aesthetic touches. The ocean view lanai (balcony) has wonderful views of sunrise over Haleakala and sunset over the ocean near the island of Kaho'olawe.
RA Amuru is less than a two minute walk to one of Kihei's best beaches, and about ten minutes drive to Maui's most spectacular beach, Makena, which has a clothing-optional area. The condo is also just past all the busy shopping districts of Kihei, yet within walking distance of excellent restaurants and stores. And on site at the Maui Banyan condo complex are tennis courts, two pools plus Jacuzzis, and outdoor barbecues. RA Amuru combines an artistic, peaceful atmosphere with great ocean views and access, plus all the amenities that provide comfort while making a vacation go as smoothly as possible. RA Amuru gives the guest a sense of spiritual place and time. Welcome. Relax. Breathe.
What Our Guests Had to Say:: “Thank you for sharing this magic place with us - this has been our best trip to Maui ever. Somehow you have given the condo a sense of home that is powerful and immediate. I don’t know if it’s the incredible art, or the sounds of the birds and the wind, but RA Amuru breathes welcome and peace. We hope to see you on our next trip.”
- Sheila and Bernie Eckerman, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
'We loved staying in your condo; so nicely decorated that we felt right at home!” - Anne and Louis of Ottawa, Canada - September, 2008
'We loved all your art work, the view was great and the bed was very comfortable' - Jerry and Rosemary of Sarasota, Florida - August, 2008
'So sorry we must leave but so happy that we rented your place. .very much appreciate the art and local culture' - Isabell and Ed of North Vancouver, BC - April 2008
“We loved the condo and the energy it exudes - you’ve created a haven of peace” - Richard and Elena - September 2007
“We celebrated our twenty years of marriage and your place was a wonderful, relaxing environment to do so.... wonderful decor, comfortable bed, great desk to write and dream!” - Ken and Joan of Vancouver, BC - August 2007
“Simply marvelous. My three daughters and I came to celebrate my 80th birthday. We couldn’t have chosen a better place. The peace and quiet of the condo and the closeness of the beach suited me to a tee”. - Lillian of Port Alberni, BC - April 2007
“Wow, your condo is more like home than a vacation rental! I felt so relaxed it doubled my pleasure.....' - John of Los Angeles, California - January 2005 and February 2007
'We have had an amazing vacation here in Maui. The spirit of your place has certainly contributed to this... Your respect for the culture and attention to one's vacation experience is very apparent and greatly appreciated.' - Colleen, Dan, Connor and Chandler of Richmond, BC - April 2008
I love the island of Maui and have made it my part-time home since 1985. My work involves the music and art of native and ancient cultures, so when it came to decorating my condo I wanted to honor the indigenous traditions of Hawaii and other Pacific Islands. For me it is important to give my guests an experience of authentic island culture that they would not likely find in most other vacation rentals.
In some ways my condo is like a small museum or art gallery. That's no accident. I often give lectures and performances at museums, and in November, 2009 I was Artist in Residence at the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco, where my paintings were on exhibit. I also do a lot of work with sacred sites worldwide - to date I have visited over 80 countries. My passion for travel and adventure is quite evident when you stay at my condo. Even the reading materials there reflect that. My first book was published in 1993, and my second book - not yet published - delves deeply into traditions of ancient Hawaii, among other places.
I wanted a place close to the beach with an ocean view that was in a high quality condo complex. The Maui Banyan fit the bill. I was also looking for a unit that had a view of the island of Kaho'olawe, which I feel has a very strong spiritual energy. Back in the 1980's I joined with Native Hawaiians in the movement to stop the bombing of this sacred island, and I am so happy to say that we ultimately succeeded. So when I gaze on Kaho'olawe from my lanai, it gives me great satisfaction to know that I contributed in a small way to bringing peace to that neighbor island of Maui.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing,
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