Let me start off by saying I just finished my second stay at Max and Tracey’s place and am having a hard time believing Tim from Wichita stayed in the same place. The first time I stayed in the Windward Suite and this time I stayed in the Leeward suite. As another reviewer said this is not your sterile resort experience. If that’s what you expect, then Kihei, Wailea or Kaanapali is for you. If not, then you’ll be at a place that is off the beaten tourist path, close to the wonderfully quirky towns of Hai’ku (you have to try Tuk Tuk if you like Thai food) and Pa’ia, magnificent beaches, Jaws, Ho’okipa, a spectacular farmer’s market, Maui’s beautiful upcountry, Haleakala, Hana - the list goes on and on.
The place is exactly as advertised. It is not a luxurious studio, but perfectly functional, clean and adequate for a great vacation, again assuming you are not looking for a resort experience. There are geckos (lizards) inside – Hawaiians consider them to be good luck. They eat the bugs. Smelled of mold? All I smelled was the Gardenias placed by the bed. The property is amazing, filled with fruit trees, a gulch and spectacular views of the Pacific and a nice walk to the end of the road with views of the North Shore’s cliffs.
Max and Tracey (and Buttercup) are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Any problems are quickly taken care of. For example, one time there was no laundry detergent. Within 15 minutes, Max had some there.
Maui is expensive. You will not find a better deal for $95/night – I've stayed in some at this price point and they are not as nice. And the place is legal and permitted, something you want to be sure of if you want to have a place to stay when you arrive.
I’ll be back for another visit in a couple of months.