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Paradise: Ocean View Cottage Solar Power Tropical Flower Farm

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Property type cottage

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Cottage, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Entabeni Cottage sits above the Road to Hana overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii.

Entabeni Cottage is a fully-equipped, 830 square foot home, powered by the sun and beautifully situated on a gorgeous 6.25 acre tropical flower farm.

Enjoy ocean views from your bed, kitchen, lanai (covered deck), & private yard. The Kristiansen Family offers guests fresh eggs and vegetables from the garden when ready for harvest.

Keywords: Cottage

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

• Michael Kristiansen, born in South Africa, has a degree in Landscape Architecture, Park Administration, Ornamental Horticulture, and is a Certified Arborist.

Michael is a consultant in landscape management and horticulture, runs workshops in tropical horticulture, pruning, mulching, composting, docent training, and staff training. He is the past Director of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens and a long-time teacher at UCLA Extension in Landscape Architecture and Gardening and Horticulture.

• Terry Kristiansen, manager of Entabeni Cottage, has worked with Michael for the past 42 years of their marriage and shares his love of nature, the tropics, and their 6.25 acre flower farm on Maui.

We share our lives with our two sons and their families, plus one dog, four cats, and a flock of chickens and guinea fowl. We grow flowers, fruit and vegetables. We offer fresh eggs and vegetables to our guests.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1992

Why The Owner chose Maui

If you are interested in tropical plants in a peaceful environment and enjoy the sounds of birds, Entabeni is the place for you. We are connected to nature and all that nature has to offer.

What makes this cottage unique

Delicious eggs, organic vegetables, spectacular views, tropic fruits when available, and an opportunity to commune with nature at your doorstep.


based on 23 traveler reviews

Paradise: Ocean View Cottage Solar Power Tropical Flower Farm
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews
San Francisco

Beautiful property!

  • 4 of 5

Very relaxing, large property with garden to explore. Comfortable bed, overall very happy

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Romantic Anniversary Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This property was accurately described and very clean. Our hostess and host were very helpful in giving advice and insight. Not only is this property lovely, but our hostess did extra sweet touches (fresh flower arrangements & dinner table set and ready).

So glad we splurged and stayed overnight on this side of the island. Gave us so much more time to explore and rest. Stay at least one night. Travel tip, we looped from the south and then traveled the Hana Hwy back. Loved having the roads to ourselves. Moalo!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hemolele (ie 'perfect')

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our stay at Entabeni. The online photos perfectly portray it-- it was cozy and charming and immaculate. It's an undeniably special place and was the perfect spot for us to start our Maui vacation. We loved staying in Hana for the first part of our trip as it's difficult not to relax here and get into the aloha spirit. It's just a very short drive to the town of Hana-- on the way there is the incredibly delicious organic coconut milk ice cream spot- Coconut Glen's... and the amazing black sand beach. Hana itself is so quaint- we loved exploring and stopped into a few shops- the General Store and the Art Gallery were our favorites. We had some delicious Thai Food at one of several food trailers.... we also loved Hamoa Beach. We did have a good deal of rain-- it authenticated our rain forest experience though and I thoroughly enjoyed my walk through the incredible gardens and grounds in the rain. It is how I imagine the Garden of Eden may have been... or what Heaven will be like. Yes, it was that amazing. The vegetables and eggs were a nice touch and so delicious. Terry.... well she was amazing. Michael was traveling on business so we didn't get to meet him. She is kind and considerate and I really didn't want to leave. I want to be clear that she was only around if you wanted her to be- the cottage is quite private. On the day we were leaving, we had the chance to really visit and get to know her better- and honestly we were sad to leave. We had more in common than I ever dreamed.... :) We hope to go back someday-- soon! Mahalo!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our perfect guests! Mahalo for your very kind words. Michael returns tomorrow and will be pleased I was able to hold my own in his absence. 46 years of marriage keeps me on my toes. We hope to see you return to Entabeni Cottage. Aloha, Terry
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Three Nights In Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! It's like staying in your very own private "Garden of Eden". Definitely a hidden gem along the Hana Highway. The studio style cottage is so cozy with a full kitchen and everything we needed for preparing our own meals. The property itself is so beautiful & interesting, with the lush jungle surroundings, a view of the ocean from the cottage, and so many magnificent flowers & plants. We stayed here for 3 nights and it was such a bonus to be able to go out and take in some of the amazing sights and waterfalls along the Hana Highway earlier or later in the day when it wasn't nearly as busy. Would highly recommend trying to fit in at least a couple of nights in this area when planning a vacation on the island. Thanks Michael & Terry for sharing your incredible home with us (and your fresh eggs) and for all your helpful suggestions. We will certainly be recommending Entabeni Cottage to anyone we know that is heading to Maui.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests keep getting better and better. This couple were no exception. We give them Five Stars too! We hope to see you back on your next visit to Maui. Michael & Terry Kristiansen
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St Charles, MO

Wonderful Tropical retreat

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to explore the Hana area and what better way than staying locally. This solar powered cottage retreat is tucked away in a tropical flower/forest locale. It was very comfortable and had everything we could ask for. We received fresh eggs two mornings while there. The eggs were excellent. The cottage was very relaxing and comfortable. We had one late afternoon/evening of rain and it was nice to sit on the porch and watch the rain. There are plenty of DVDs to choose from if you want to sit back and watch a movie. We took a nice walk around the farm and had the Guinea Fowl following us around. This was ideally located to explore the Hana area from. Remember to bring food for breakfasts and dinner as most of the food places are only open till mid afternoon. If we come back to Hana, we will look into this again. This cottage was exactly like we expected and met our needs well. Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Some Good, Some Bad

  • 2 of 5

First the good. The location is beautiful and unique. Tons of plants. The guinea fowl that roam around were very entertaining and fun. Beautiful ocean view from the cottage. Plus, there aren't a ton of places to stay on the Road to Hana, so finding one that was relatively affordable was great. You are basically right in the middle of Road to Hana activities and within an easy drive to everything.

Now the bad. First, we arrived to find out that Terry and Michael just left for Italy for a month. Many of the prior reviews spoke warmly of their hospitality and experiences picking vegetables from the garden. Left in charge of the property were a couple 20-something WWOOF'ers (a program in which people work on farms in exchange for room and board). The young men were gracious, polite and helpful with routine issues, but we didn't get the same personal touch that other reviewers discussed from the owners.

Second, the cottage was nicely wiped down from the previous guests; however, it seemed overdo for a thorough cleaning. There were crumbs in the drawers, some food splatter in the utensil holders, dirt/dead gnats behind the nightstand and bed. We found and killed several very large bugs in the cottage during our stay. Granted, it is the jungle and it rained while we were there, which can understandably cause them to come out of hiding, but we thought it was excessive. We emailed Terry, who apologized and asked for more details. We responded, and asked for a partial refund that essentially amounted to one free night since we would have left a night early, but were unable to begin our next stay early. Now a week later, and she has not responded to our request or to a follow up email.

Finally, just some perspective in light of prior reviewers. You are in the jungle. It is hot, humid, there is no A/C and only a meek ceiling fan. There are tons of mosquitos, and we had to leave the doors open at night, so some bugs got into the cottage (even though there are screens, they weren't in the greatest shape, so bugs got in). Bring light, long-sleeved shirts and pants if you want to sit on the porch.

Overall, cottage is in a beautiful, unique setting. With a little more care, it would easily have 5 stars. But it felt neglected (both the cottage and us as guests). I would still recommend the cottage to others who are looking for a bit of an adventure and are prepared for the bugs, but not to people who aren't ready for an outdoorsy experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Zach, Michael and I have returned from our first holiday away from the farm in five years. Like many of our guests, we have saved long and hard for this vacation. We felt we had to have someone at the farm familiar enough to handle any emergencies and since Joe had been working with us for nearly a year, we felt he was our best choice. Martin had been with us for three month and had cleaned the cottage shadowing Michael for nearly two months. It is obvious that Martin and Joe weren’t thorough enough to meet your expectations. What we didn’t realize is that, when renting the cottage to guests coming to explore the Hana area, we were personally part of that rental agreement. Honeymooners we always pay special attention to insuring their privacy as well. We try not to use any toxic chemicals on our farm as we grow edible foods in an organic environment. Boric acid powder is our best ‘healthy to humans’ solution for controlling the tropical insects that flourish in our rainforest environment. We use it generously in our cupboards and drawers in order to keep their populations down. As the weather changes outside, so the populations change inside. I understand you had your share, and more, of insects while at the cottage. For this we apologize. We understand those guests who don’t want to deal with these populations might not want to stay in the tropics. We certainly did not intend to upset you and your bride while you were on honeymoon. The choice to go to other places that use toxic chemicals and have a sterile environment is always there. I had written to you, “Remember, it’s the journey that is the memorable part.” Unfortunately your memory of Entabeni Farm was memorable but in a negative context. Michael joins me in telling you how sorry we are there weren’t enough positives to balance the negatives. We’re also sorry that the insect populations chose to join you. Crumbs and food left out always attract insects and food items in the trash can do the same. It’s one of the reasons we leave the mosquito zapper (tennis racket) in the cottage and encourage folks to take no prisoners. We hope the rest of your time on Maui was enjoyable and that you both enjoy many years of a happy marriage after this rough start at Entabeni. Very Sincerely, Michael & Terry Kristiansen
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Hāna Cottage Rental Rates

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Tax Rate 13.25%

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Hāna Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 860 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Hot water outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • We have a shower indoors as well as a warm water shower outside
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King can be split into twins
  • King size beds (1) Our King bed can be separated into two twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our cottage has a walk-in closet. An Elliptical Trainer is located in a separate studio on the property.

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