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A-203 Direct O.F. Studio & a Great Value at Papakea

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Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Lahaina Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Our cute studio apartment at the wonderful Papakea Resort is right on the ocean, a mere 30 feet to the water from your lanai. It's in the 'A' building at Papakea in the perfect situation, - close to parking, super close to the beach, the pool, not on the ground floor so more private, far away from the elevator, and up just one flight of stairs, so easy and convenient. We think 'A' is the best - the perfect combination of a direct ocean front condo in a very desirable resort.

Our studio apartment has an easy-to-use queen size murphy bed to allow for more living space during the day, an A/C to take the edge off on hot days, a full kitchen, and a bath with separate vanity and bath/toilet areas. There is dining for 2 inside and outside on the lanai. There are 2 chaise lounges on the lanai as well for relaxing and whale watching. There is free WiFi highspeed Internet in the apartment. All this for a great price!

Papakea Resort itself offers wonderful amenities: 2 pools, 2 spas, a sauna, and beach access with easy swimming and snorkeling on site. Many of my guests enjoy the water aerobics classes held every M, W, F in the pool as well as beach front yoga classes too. Others enjoy tennis, shuffleboard, or honing their skills on one of the 2 18-hole manicured putting greens.

Now there is free high-speed wireless Internet access in every room! The grounds are very handsome, where bamboo groves and tropical plants and flowers abound, where wonderful walkways meander through extensive koi ponds featuring the soothing sounds of waterfalls and water fountains. Everything they offer is free for you to enjoy, so kick back and enjoy it while you’re there!

West Maui really does have it all - great beaches, world-class golfing, wonderful eating options from the best take out on the island to Tiger Woods most favorite restaurant on Maui. There is excellent original theatre and Hawaiian Slack Key performances available year-round. Lahaina town is very historic, with excellent and informative historical walking tours of both Lahaina and Kaanapali. Whale season starts in December and runs through April. Come see our over 3,400 humpback whales that migrate through the channels of Maui annually.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Jan Hendrix
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 8, 2016
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based on 39 traveler reviews

A-203 Direct O.F. Studio & a Great Value at Papakea
average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews
traverse city, michigan

an ocean front vacation worth looking forward to....and a great value...

  • 5 of 5

we love papakea and all it has to offer. we have stayed in several units as part of larger groups...all fun....but we really enjoy staying with jan in her ocean front studio....just the two of us. while we enjoy everything about it, there is nothing like going to sleep with the ocean right outside your door. the condo has everything you need...very comfortable, functional and an owner who delivers on her promises....jan is easy to work with and a wealth of information for your vacation.

we have already booked yet another visit (our 4th) and look forward to many others in the future. we highly recommend her ocean front studio....believe regular visitors to maui, you will not be disappointed.

thank you jan for all you do and making this outstanding unit available to renters like us!

tom & carolyn

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay to enjoy all that Maui has to offer. Jan is awesome just like ALL of her rentals. Jan is a delightful, attentive person with lots of local knowledge to make a perfect stay. Beautiful location. Well equipped. Always a wonderful visit. Mahalo Jan - you and ALL of your rentals rock!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

The Best!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were here a couple of weeks ago and I'll start out this review by saying this: The Murphy bed was awesome! I mean really, really awesome! It was more comfortable than mine at home, and I'm a mattress snob! So, if that is what is concerning you- don't let it. It was a non-issue!! (And you won't have to make the bed every morning! Just push it back into the wall! That's a plus!) We loved this unit- everythig about it. Jan has not misrepresented it in any way. The location is perfect for first time visitors to Maui. We had great restaurants close by and walked to many of them. I wish I had remembered Jan's comments about the snorkel gear folks. We went to Boss Frogs, and sure enough, it was a "soft sell" for timeshares. Don't bother. There's a better one directly across from the building and the prices are the same. Use them. We did use Jan's advice and call Andres with Barefoot for our luau tickets. He was awesome! If we had thought of it, we would have asked him about snorkel gear, too. Whatever activities you chose to do, call him. He is not a pressure salesman- he only wants to direct you to the best fit for YOU. I can't recommend him enough. The 10 days we spent here were heavenly. Jan goes out of her way to give you tips and advice. Take it- she knows her stuff!!! It was quiet, close to everything, and comfortable. Clean, clean, clean!!! You'll not regret it and I promise you will have the trip of a lifetime!!!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Or

Fantastic value for the money with amazing oceanfront views

  • 4 of 5

Jan's condo is one of the best values for oceanfront property that we have found. The condo is very comfortable (even surprisingly the murphy bed) and clean. There were many extras like beach chairs, coolers, boogie boards and books. We love the location of the Papakea. You can walk to farmer's market, grocery store, fish market and more.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Already Ready to Return

  • 5 of 5

There is something to be said for watching a Bears game while sitting on a lanai less than 30 feet from the ocean…

Papakea A-203 allowed us to do this! This ideally located condo has everything a vacationing couple could ask for. Jan has a studio unit that is located in the best part of a beautifully manicured condo complex that puts you close to everything happening in and around West Maui.

We were first-time visitors to Maui, and first-time users of a vacation condo. It won’t be the last. Every picture we saw online was true to life. The bed was comfortable and easy to use, as advertised. Every description about what was in the condo was accurate, with plenty of stock household items available until you have time to get across to Times Market. The WiFi works well, we were able to use an iPad to call up our home TV over the Internet to watch the game live, and to Skype the grandkids.

Booking this little slice of heaven was as gentle as the light Kona winds that were blowing throughout our stay. Jan provides very detailed information up front about how things work at Papakea, as well as a Maui to-do list which assisted with our trip planning.

We were able to do all of the first-time-to-Maui stuff like Haleakala, the Road to Hana, the Four Winds II to Molokini, UFO Parasailing, and a luau. Mama’s Fish House provided a meal that holds memories for a lifetime. We also had plenty of time to just relax, going up and down the West coast to the beaches.

I have to mention Fish Market Maui, across the Lower Road, where they have the best Fish Sandwich on the planet. It is NOT a Filet-O-Fish! The fresh herbed bun and carmelized sweet Maui onions would be good BEFORE adding the grilled to perfection Ono. We ate there 3 out of 7 days. I love arroz, and who would have thought that I would find the best prepared arroz at Ohana Tacos? Moist, yet light and fluffy.

The things that cannot be related in a review note are the intense colors and dramatic changes in a sunset. Or, the majestic roar of the rolling waves as they hit the reef before they finish the journey to the sea wall. Both of which every reader of this will experience if they decide to take our advice and find a way to experience Maui as soon as they can, and as often as they can. Experience it in style and comfort at Papakea, with Jan’s superb hosting.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

lovely seaside condo

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this 2nd-floor, ocean-front condo in 2011, 2012, and have reserved for Jan., 2012. We highly recommend it! Papakea Condo Resort is great, with 2 pools and hot-tubs, 2 putting greens, and spacious grounds which are very well kept-up, with lovely flowers and fish-ponds. It is also "old-style" Hawaii, in that there are several buildings well-separated, and only four floors.

From a message to Jan., the very helpful and nice owner, after our latest visit:

"1.) Thanks for getting a coffee grinder: I brought a bag of my favorite French Roast beans, and having a nice, strong cup of coffee every morning on the lanai was great!

2.) As wine drinkers, we have done comparison shopping locally over the years, and the best prices are at Safeway(with their discount card, and especially the extra 10% off for a six-pack.) But there are often specials at ABC and Times.

3.) Best place to buy flowers--at the farmer's market 2 bloocks up the street, but they are there only Wed. and Fri. mornings. This time we got a fantastic bouquet for only $15!

4.) Take out food within walking distance; We really love the great Okazuya Take-out in the strip mall a block up the street: Sharing their Ono Lemon Caper Saute with fries ($18) with a nice crisp bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon blance on the lanai with the fantastic view overlooking the sea is equivalent to a meal at, say, Pacific'O's, but at about 1/3 the cost! Also, the ABC store next door has up-graded, and the sandwiches and salads from their fresh deli section are very good, but inexpensive.

5.) We ususally have an evening flight out, so our routine on the last day is to have lunch at Hallimalle General Store (truly a world-class place), then spending time in Makaweo and Paia. We finally grab a cheap bit to eat, usually in Charley''s Bar, which has a free parking lot (a good thing these days in Paia!), then fill up the car with gss, and head to the ariport. Another "extra" day of fun!

6. Local restaurants we liked this year: Pacific'O, Mala, and their new restaurant Honu next door with fantastic sea-side tables, Fu Lin across the street for Chinese food--doesn't look like much, but the food is great!. Roy's up the road--truly word-class as well; we usually make a meal of the fabulous pupus and finish with the chocolate souffle (order at the beginning of the meal).

Thanks, and again, we love this little condo! Hope to come back forever and ever...

Bill and Julie

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

In case you haven't heard, the Papakea Resort is a very gracious low-rise, low-density tropical resort set on 13 oceanfront acres. It is right across the street from and easy walking distance to grocery stores, farmer's markets, great shopping and dining, DVD rentals and a great coffee shop.

Our studio apt. really has everything you need, no matter whether you stay a week or a month! There is an en suite washer/dryer, a dishwasher, all the kitchen gear and lots of great paperbacks to browse. The sunsets from your lanai are fabulous as are the views of the islands of Molokai and Lanai. Watch turtles grazing on the reef while you enjoy a quiet tropical sunset. Or watch whales frolicking right in front of your lanai! I know you will love the comfort and the value pricing afforded by our wonderful direct oceanfront studio apartment in the amenity rich resort that we all know and love - Papakea!

Other Activities: Whale watching


Rates & Availability

Lahaina Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Value Season
Sep 4 2016 - Dec 19 2016
5 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2016 - Mar 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Value Season 2017
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Value Season 2 - 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Booking Fee $50
Tax Rate 13.41%

Note: Extended stays of 21+ nights get a discounted rate. You can't use online booking for this. Contact me directly.
US Thanksgiving week goes for Standard Pricing.
All cancellations are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your trip, I issue a full refund minus the fee. For holiday season reservations (involving dates between Dec 20th and Jan 5th), the no-refund cancellation window is 120 days, or 4 months out instead of 2 months out. The refund will not include PayPal fees, if you elected that form of payment, as I am not a recipient of those fees. If you cancel within 60 days of your arrival date (or 120 days if it’s a holiday season reservation), the refund is based on my ability to fill your reserved dates. I will refund you as many of your reserved dates as I am able to fill at the rate I am able to negotiate, minus the fee. Your reservation serves as a binding contract between us – me to provide the lodging and you to abide by the cancellation policy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Lahaina Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The studio apartment is perfect for a couple, or a couple with one small child (under 5 years old please). The murphy bed is easy to use and tucks away during the day so you can enjoy the living room suite.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis Court
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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