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Sue Mortenson

Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english

Location, Location, Vacation! Be Sure to Read Our Reviews...

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 6 - 14 nights

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Maalaea Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo on Sandy Beach, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 2-4)

Looking for a spacious 2 bedroom unit with a sublime ocean view that's only 120 feet from the shoreline of a sandy beach? Look no further. Mort's Port awaits your arrival.

We welcome inquiries at any time, but only commit to a reservation one year or less prior to arrival date for first-time rentals. The minimum rental requirement generally is 7 nights (an exception being 6 nights in May). The shortest stay in the first three months of the year is 14 nights unless there is a 7-13 night opening between rentals.

If you decide to stay in Mort's Port, this is what we can predict: You won't want to leave. Treat yourself to a stay in this superb third floor unit in Kanai A Nalu, and you'll understand. The wall-to-wall glass that separates the living area from the lanai presents an astounding and expansive ocean view. The gentle trade winds, the swaying palms, and the sound of the waves will enchant you. If you have ever stayed in the more tourist-populated parts of the island, you will appreciate the relative seclusion and quiet nature of Maalaea.

Within walking distance are the shops and oceanview restaurants at Maalaea Harbor. You'll also find boats departing for snorkeling, diving, and whale watching adventures. Also nearby is the Maui Ocean Center, as impressive an aquarium as you'll find anywhere.

If you want to get in the water, you can go down to the sandy beach below the courtyard to swim, snorkel, or have fun with a boogie board. Of course, there is always the option to take a dip in the gated pool located in the center of the courtyard.

If you want to take a scenic walk (or run) along the shoreline, you can go for miles on Sugar Beach, which has just two oceanfront condo buildings beyond ours to the east. Then you're on a vast stretch of sand alongside the Kealia nature preserve, an area that will never be developed.

The condo complex is well constructed (concrete walls and ceilings) and well maintained. Our two bedrooms are real rooms with real doors, not lofts and not sliding screens. If you like your privacy, you will like staying in Mort's Port.

What you see when you walk in the front door (assuming the blinds have been rolled up) is breath-taking. Unlike the majority of oceanview units in our building that are on an angle and present a view of other units across the way, our straight-out view is your visual treat from almost anywhere inside, even the kitchen. While cooking you can look through the living and dining areas and see the ocean's swath of blue. You'll never forget that you are in Hawaii with this beautiful panorama.

When you can pry your eyes from the awesome views of the ocean and Mt. Haleakala (a dormant volcano), you'll notice that the grounds are so well landscaped and manicured that you might think you're in a botanical garden. Even the swimming pool is a visual delight with its tropical-flower-adorned waterfall continuously spilling fresh water down one side.

Just as impressive as what you see outside is what you will find inside the condo. The unit is tastefully decorated, featuring rattan living and dining furniture from the Kauai Collection. Throughout, you will find Hawaiian-themed artwork, mostly by local artists. Décor includes wood carvings, raku pottery, and prints of scenic paintings. (There are also several original-by-owner-Sue watercolors).

You will rejoice at your selection of this condo unit if any of the following are important to you: FAST, FREE and PASSWORD-PROTECTED WIFI , HD FLATSCREEN TVs with CABLE AND DVD PLAYERS, CD's and DVD's in the unit, MINI-STEREO SYSTEM, LENDING LIBRARY (no late fees ever), PORTABLE PHONE with FREE LONG DISTANCE (U.S. and Canada), A/C, IN-UNIT SAFE, SNORKELING EQUIPMENT, BOOGIE BOARDS, BEACH CHAIRS and UMBRELLAS, SPOTTING SCOPE and BINOC's, WASHER/DRYER in unit, KINGSIZE BED in MBR, and TWIN BEDS (King option) in 2nd BR.

Maybe not important to you now, but wait until you have settled into one of our two CUSHIONED RECLINER LOUNGE CHAIRS (both facing the TV, and one also facing the ocean). You may also find that our four CUSHIONED DINING CHAIRS ON WHEELS are more comfortable and fun to move around on than what you expected.

Completed in 2013: Bathroom remodeling including two CUSTOM-BUILT STONE TILE SHOWERS (one a walk-in), and NEW VANITY TOPS (one granite, one composite).

Completed in 2014 and 2015: A NEW KEYLESS ENTRY system was added to make arriving and leaving less challenging. BEAUTIFUL MAPLE CABINETS and PUCK LIGHTING were installed in the kitchen. Also, NEW MASTER BEDROOM FURNITURE was purchased. (No new headboard, though; we're too fond of the hand-painted one you see in the photo).

2016 saw MORE MAPLE CABINETS installed above a NEW WASHER/DRYER SET.

Most likely it's not what's inside that you're going to remember for a long time after you leave. Instead, it's probably going to be the incredible views from the lanai and the strolls you took along the shoreline. Imprinted in your mind will be the panoramic scene from the 3rd floor: the lush greenery and tropical flowers in the foreground, the beautiful blue waters of the bay in the middle, and the majestic Haleakala in the background. All that framed by randomly stretching palm trees to complete the picture.

At night, it's just as impressive. The lights twinkling from Kihei across the bay vie for your attention with the stars more bright and more plentiful than you can imagine. You'll see. You really won't want to leave.

[Note: In compliance with HI law, we are providing our TA tax number: W40864582-01]

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Sue Mortenson (Owner)
Member since: 1999
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Sue Mortenson

Aloha. We are Mort and Sue, retired teachers who live near Chicago. Although we aren't able to come to Maui as often as we would like, every trip is filled with as much excitement as the cruise that introduced us to this marvelous island. Whenever we come to Mort's Port, we spend at least 50% of our time working to improve our home-away-from-home. We strive to make our unit feel as comfortable and look as appealing (in an island kind of way) as we possibly can.

Sue Mortenson purchased this condo in 1994

Why Sue Mortenson chose Maui

This centrally located condominium on Maalaea Bay is relatively quiet, unlike many vacation rentals in nearby towns that have constant traffic whizzing by. We like the building being all-concrete construction and the sandy beach being walkable for miles to the east. It's also nice to be so close to the harbor, restaurants, and shops. And in the winter months, we have a great vantage point for seeing whales frolicking in the bay.

What makes this condo unique

Ours is one of the 16 oceanview units that face straight out to the water, 12 of us above ground level. That means that we have a fantastic view of the ocean, not a view of another unit across the courtyard. Also, since these 12 units have more lanai space than those on an angle, we are able to provide a spacious table that can accommodate every guest with nobody having their back to the ocean. Another uniqueness is that our unit is one of the few to have installed an overhead lanai light for a low lumen option to lighting candles.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We don't think we can find words that express how wonderful your condo, location, manicured grounds ... have been during our vacation here. [This is] a gem that is best described as paradise. We're already contemplating a future date for a return. Thank you and Aloha!
Nov 2013
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average rating of 4.9375 based on 59 reviews

Mort's Port

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful property. Very comfortable and relaxing. Photos and descriptions are a true reflection of the condo. Easy access to the beach and spectacular views. Many amenities provided such as washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen, beach chairs, boogie boards, etc. The location is easy to find and within walking distance to many shops and restaurants. If you want to venture to the larger cities like Lahaina or Kihei, Maalaea is centrally located between the two and only 15 minutes from the airport. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and if we are ever fortunate enough to visit the beautiful island of Maui again, this will be our first choice for our home away from home.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad that this reviewer mentioned the authenticity of the photos and description of Mort's Port in our VRBO listing. We never use special lenses on our cameras to exaggerate the size or layout of our unit, and we try to keep the write-up as accurate as possible regarding the furnishings, appliances, beach equipment, etc. It's very important to us that what you see (or read) is what you get. Mahalo from Sue (who took most of the photos--we have camera wars). Mahalo also from Mort (who took the footprints-in-the-sand-at-sunrise photo).
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  • 5 of 5

Great location! We could drive anywhere in less than a half hour. Very comfortable accommodations. Lovely property and grounds. I loved listening to the waves at night and enjoyed sitting on the lanai watching the sun rise. Sue is a great communicator and has thought of everything. If I go to Maui again I will definitely want to stay here again! Soooo much better than staying in a hotel!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Reading this review was a fantastic first-thing-in-the-morning experience on our first-time-this-year trip to Maui. It's what I would have written if owners were allowed to review their own stays in the condo. (The line about being a great communicator who has thought of everything, though, would probably sound a bit immodest.) Mahalo, and do return! Sue
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Comfortable and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

The condo is ideally situated, a short drive from most attractions. The grounds are well maintained and the interior is clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the deck overlooking the ocean while having breakfast or a late evening drink. The convenient and clean BBQ area was a nice gathering place to meet other visitors. The beach is a few yards away and the ocean is relatively calm so paddle boarding was a fun activity. The owners were extremely helpful which helped make our stay very enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that this family of four enjoyed the view and the location of our condo unit. Paddle boarding is a relatively new activity in our area (something that Mort and I have not done), so if any future renters want advice about renting the boards and paddles, I will contact this family for info. We love learning about new adventures and new places to eat that our renters have enjoyed. Mahalo. Sue
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Delightful condo in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful Spring Break week at the beautiful Kana'i A Nalu Condominiums. I can only echo the positive comments made by other reviewers - this is an excellent vacation property in an ideal location. It was so easy to drive to Lahaina, Wailea and Haleakala from Maalea. Costco, and many other stores are only a short drive away.

The pool and grounds are very pleasant and well maintained, and we loved the quiet beach just a few steps from the condo. The master bed is very comfortable and my sons liked having their own bedroom and bathroom. The bedrooms are spacious and there's plenty of storage for all your clothes etc. The owners provided snorkels, beach chairs, boogie boards and coolers for our use, which was greatly appreciated. The kitchen is very well equipped and we made use of the outdoor grills.

We ate at Seascape, Beach Bums and the new Oceanside restaurant, all of which have beautiful views over the bay. If we are ever fortunate enough to return to Maui I would definitely try to rent this property again. Thank you Mort and Sue for a perfect week at your delightful home.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Every time we read a glowing review like this one about Mort's Port, it makes us anxious to get back to our place in paradise. The IRS allows us to stay there twice each year, and we try to make the most of it. We do the same things that we recommend in our Tourist Tips, and we also try to make improvements every time we are there. Coming soon: a new washer and dryer. Sometimes clothes get dirty, even in paradise! Mort and Sue
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Heaven on the shores of Maalaea Bays

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Mort's Port and it definitely won't be our last. From the moment we first contacted Sue and Mort about renting their condo we've had nothing but positive experiences. Sue has always been prompt and courteous in responding to our booking request and offering all the assistance possible for our 14-day Christmas stay.

The condo is beautiful, well-equipped, and has all the amenities you need during your stay. Sue and Mort have thought of just about everything.

For us, the location is perfect, quiet and off the beaten path yet only a short drive to Kihei, Lahaina, Wailea, and Kapalua giving you the opportunity to do as much, or as little as you want.

The view from the lanai is breathtaking, imagine hearing the waves breaking on the shore while you watch the sunrise with your morning coffee or are star-gazing at night. Whether you decide to walk along Sugar Beach with its stunning views, relax in a lounge chair on the property catching up on all the books you've been saying you want to read, or after playing a round or two of golf, Mort's Port is the perfect home away from home to return to at the end of the day.

Thank you Sue and Mort for your hospitality and kindness, and the perfect holiday vacation for our family.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a good day when we see a new review that fondly and accurately captures the essence of staying in Mort's Port on Maalaea Bay. We are immensely pleased that this family is choosing to return for a third time at the end of the year, and we are offering them (as we do all returnees) a nice discount to thank them. Proudly entering our 18th year of being listed on VRBO, Mort and Sue
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Great family holiday at Mort's Port!

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful two week stay in Maui. We were thrilled with the weather, location and view from this well equipped condo. Fronting the complex is Maui's longest beach where we saw dozens of turtles playing in the surf on our morning and evening walks. The pool is small but lovely as are the well manicured grounds. The Maaleau area was not an obvious choice for Maui but we wanted a condo with a kitchen and also an oceanview and beachfront. Not easy to come by in Maui. This location exceeded our expectations. So centrally located to all other key destinations on the island yet far enough away to enjoy downtime at our own beach, pool and lanai after our outings. The harbour is within walking distance and offered a few restaurants and stores as well as the aquarium. Great ice cream and shaved ice at Hula Cookies! The condo had everything we could possibly want from a kitchen that was beyond well equipped and super comfortable beds to movies, music, books, boogie boards, binoculars, etc. So happy we chose Maui and Mort's Port. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a marvelously detailed and enthusiastic review! We are delighted that this family of three has judged everything about Mort's Port to meet the highest of standards. We look forward to helping them plan a return visit. Mahalo from Mort and Sue
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Many people enjoy taking a daily stroll along the shoreline of Maalaea Bay. The sandy beach begins at our condo complex and extends east all the way to Kihei (approx. 4 miles). The 7 condo buildings to our west are not on a sandy beach, but there is a sidewalk by the road that people staying in those condos can take get to a starting point for their shoreline walking. Most of the time Maalaea Bay is calm enough for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and boogie- or paddle--boarding.


Rates & Availability

Maalaea Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall '16
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Early Dec. '16
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Dec. '16
Dec 15 2016 - Dec 31 2016
14 night minimum stay
1st Quarter '17
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
14 night minimum stay
April '17
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May '17
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Summer '17
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall '17
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 13.42%

Arrival time is 2pm or later. Check out is 10am. An extension to noon might be available upon request at least a week in advance. For late departure flights, we recommend booking an additional half day at 50% of the daily rate plus tax.

We authorize full refund of money paid minus $50 admin. fee for cancellations prior to 60 days in advance of start date (120 days for Late Dec. and 1st Quarter rentals). Otherwise, refund is subject to recapture of income through new rental agreement.

The sofa is not a sleeper sofa, so the maximum number of people who should be staying in the unit at the published rental rate is four. A fifth person (suggested that it be a child over age 5 or a very agile adult) may stay in the unit, sleeping on a twin-size airbed, for an additional rent of 10% of the published rate per night plus tax. There should never be six people staying in the unit.

Please note posted minimum length of stay before inquiring about rental.

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Maalaea Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Stone tile shower--swivel style door, grab bar, pebble floor
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower , Stone tile walk-in shower-- glass half-wall, grab bars.
  • Both bathrooms have custom painted walls employing various hues of aqua in textured strokes resembling ocean waves. It's very calming to look at. You won't get seasick.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Simmons Beautyrest
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , can be made into king upon request
  • King size bed in the master BR with kingsize pillows adjustable for firmness with inserts; regular pillows available as alternatives--also memory foam contour pillows. Twin beds in the guest BR can be made into a King if stipulated prior to arrival ($20 gratuity requested). We ask that guests not move furniture during their stay.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We also provide hand-painted wine glasses for special occasions, bamboo cutting boards, wooden block with Farberware knives, BBQ tools, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, coolers, binoculars and spotting scope for viewing whales from the lanai, twin-size air bed, a mostly-fiction lending library, and Maui guide books. There also is an in-unit safe to securely store electronic devices, jewelry or wallets.

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