Exquisite one-bedroom, one-bath beachfront apartment on the ocean's edge
Adam Leamy, Owner
About Adam Leamy, Owner
We're like many of the guests we've met at Hale Kai O'Kihei over the years -- we've got demanding jobs, and put a lot of effort into our work. So there are times when we just want to get away from the stress for a few days, and get to a place where living is just easier, the demands less. That philosophy guided our renovation and redecoration of our first Hale Kai O’Kihei apartment when we purchased it in 2008 (and sold in 2015). The same approach influenced the additions and touches we've added to this stunningly renovated unit #208, which we purchased in 2011. We've added more “Maui” colour though a restfully exotic paint palette, thoughtful furnishings, finishings, and appliances, and additional locally sourced vintage Hawaiian artwork. We don’t like to pack too much when we come to Hale Kai O’Kihei, so we stock snorkels, fins, and masks, boogie boards and beach chairs right down to binoculars and tropical CDs for our guests and us to use. We’re always learning more about what makes a stay at Hale Kai O’Kihei an outstanding experience for ourselves and our guests. And with #208, one of the nicest units in Hale Kai O’Kihei -- itself the best in boutique accommodation in South Maui -- we’ve perfected the delivery of the Hawaiian experience that we and our guests have dreamt of! So join us in the great Maui adventure at Hale Kai O’Kihei! Come and visit and discover the Hawaiian holiday of your dreams!
Adam Leamy, Owner purchased this Condo in 2011
Why Adam Leamy, Owner chose Kihei
We’ve been visiting HKOK since 1997, and bought our first apartment in 2008, selling it in 2015. This remarkable place, and the experience it offers, gets in your blood. Departures for us and our guests aren’t the end -- they’re just the start of planning for the next trip. And that’s the best way to finish a holiday -- making plans for the next one. Each time we visit, HKOK delivers. Sometimes we’re doing errands and chores; other times, we’re true ‘guests’ ourselves, relishing the chance to do blissfully, decadently nothing. Just taking in the sights, the sounds, and the beauty of it all. And the great thing is that it’s all there, visible from the private lanai or for direct interaction by way of a few paces across the lawn, through the palm trees to the beach. In March 2011, on a beach walk from HKOK, past the oceanfront estates on Halama St. through Kalama Park, and over a coffee at Kihei Caffe, the decision was made to buy #208. Why? Because in a world of sometimes wearying change HKOK is a welcome, restorative constant. And therein lies the HKOK charm: Shopping and services are a block away and those farther afield run the gamut from Macy’s to Tiffany’s. For us, the real draw continues to be this simple delight: Once we get in the door of #208, and put our groceries away, we're set, and can experience much of what we want from Maui, even whale watching, from our own lanai or our own front yard and beach. The lure of Maui’s beaches, restaurants and places to watch the world slowly go by remains. But 208, uniquely renovated, offers a wondrous Hawaiian experience, all day long -- one many of us dreamt of in childhood on ‘sick days’ in colder climes, when game-show hosts Bob Barker or Tom Kennedy whisked winners away to Hawaii, affording us all a Technicolor glimpse of this exotic paradise. Sitting on the edge of the beach with a glass of wine, long after the sun has disappeared? Still a star-gazer's paradise, and an awesome way to end any day.
What makes this Condo unique
We love walking the beach first thing in the morning, before the sun peeks out over the edge of Haleakala, when ours are the first footprints in the sand. We love the way that in the mid-morning, the water just off the shore is dead calm, and is as many shades of blue, blue-green, and turquoise you can count. We love watching the horizon out past the shallows, where the water turns a deep, alluring blue, when the breaching Humpbacks send plumes of bright white spray into the air. We love the midday when beach walkers and sun bathers take a break from the waves and the sun, seeking shade and sustenance, and a quiet falls over Hale Kai O’Kihei. We love the mid-afternoon awakening when the wind picks up, the waves are more playful, drawing windsurfers and kite surfers to the shore and the challenges beyond. We love the late afternoon, when the sun accelerates its race for the far side of Lanai and the lawn is a velvety canvas of yellows and greens, set against the dark slope of West Maui to the north, and a still-clear sky speaks to the promise of stars and far-away dreams to follow. We love when the sun finally winks out behind Lanai, and those who have assembled on the lawn and beach to watch its farewell hug, kiss, or squeeze hands, in that knowing gesture which acknowledges that this one moment, this one sunset, experienced together, was what called them to Maui, and which they will use, in the years ahead, as the touchstone to remember their trip here, and why it was so special. And then we love when darkness falls, and the two of us head down to the beach, lie back in the sand, and take in the enormity of the clarity and depth of the wondrous night sky.
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Right on the beach
Nice complex right on the beach convenient to get to all sides of the island. Walk to grocery store and has everything you need.
Trip and memories of a lifetime!!!
My girlfriend and i just returned home from our stay at hkok208 and it was a vacation neither of us will ever forget. Our eight days was filled with loving memories, beautiful sunsets, and a condo that complimented everything we would of ever needed to make this vacation a trip of a lifetime. Hkok208 was super clean, had all the amenities we needed and more, and then working with Adam was absolutely so smooth and flawless from beginning to end. He was always quick to get back to me with any questions we may of had. I'm already looking forward to booking our next trip with Adam and staying in Hkok208!!!
HKOK208: An unforgettable and life fulfilling experience
My wife and I stayed at this wonderful apartment for our honeymoon. In the time proceeding our trip, we could only imagine what Maui would look like from the pictures online. However, when we arrived at HKOK208, the view absolutely took our breath away. We knew the pictures were gorgeous but we had no idea what we were in for in terms of how absolutely breathtaking Maui is. I can honestly say that every person on this planet has to experience Maui at least once in their life. I have never been more happy or fulfilled!
With all that being said, Adam and Michelle of HKOK208 made this experience all the better. They made everything so incredibly easy from the check-in process, to having things available, to the check-out process. They do all the little things right and I mean every little thing. If you need things for the kitchen, they have it. If you need things for the bathroom, they have it. They also have everything you would need for the beach in case you didn't want to pack all your beach things traveling to Maui. To give you an example, I broke my toe walking on the Pipiwai Trail while on the Road to Hana (another experience I highly recommend). When we got back to the room, we came to find out the they had all the necessary equipment to bandage myself up. They literally have thought of everything.
The other thing that is so incredible about this place is the location. Kihei is such a relaxed and incredible little place. I can honestly say it was my wife and I's favorite spot to be in ALL of Maui. When we arrived in Maui we visited all of the cities. We loved Lahaina, but we thought it was a bit too busy and touristy for our tastes. We loved Wailea which is right down the road from Kihei but it is very upscale. Paia is beautiful but it didn't have the same hometown feel as Kihei. We could not have picked a better place with how it is located (close to shops, restaurants, beaches, and other towns) and the comfort/pace of the town.
I cannot recommend this place enough. Please give HKOK208 serious consideration as I cannot thank Adam and Michelle enough for giving us such an incredible experience.
What a wonderful condo. The rental process, check in, all the info sent to us beforehand made this a dream vacation. Adam was so helpful. We loved the low-key location of this condo, oceanfront. We had breakfast on the Lana’i each morning and watched the turtles pop their heads out of the surf. Great way to start the day. We will be back. Mahalo!
This was our first trip to Hawaii and staying at HKOK 208 played a large role in us saying that it was our first trip, not our only trip. Adam, the owner, has a great attention to detail and anticipating the needs of his and Michelle‘s guests. The communication with Adam via email was warm, inviting and detailed - as well as the instructions at the condo.
Our son gave us the gift of his frequent flyer miles to celebrate the conclusion of my husband’s 32 years at his job. We had our choice of many locations, and found that our choice of Maui (and HKOK 208) was paradise found. The condo lanai offered a different photo op every night of the sunset. We spent our time exploring Maui from top to bottom and swam and/or snorkeled at twenty or so Beaches.
We would definitely stay at HKOK 208 for future trips to Maui!
Julia, one of the things I love most about guest letters is the chance they offer all of us to see Maui through a new perspective. I’ll wager that those reading — especially those who have many trips under their belt — are thinking and perhaps even saying the same thing: “She’s right, you know; that simple location right on the beach, those sunsets, the beaches all around to be explored — it is paradise, and all right there at your fingertips.” I’ve said it before: some people do a place good. But in our notes back and forth, and in your lovely one above, a picture of family, dedication, and kindness, that did me good. Well done you, and thank you. Adam
A great stay.
Thank you Adam for making changes to your schedule to allow us to stay at your place on our way home through Hawaii.
It's a long trip and we increasingly appreciate the chance to stop and recharge at your home before contining the journey back to ours.
The last few trips we were unable to stay with you and had to stay elsewhere. Walking back into your place and settling in reminded us just how much better the experience is when the owner takes as much care as you do. Not only was it like coming home, in so many thoughtful ways, it's better than home.
I read your guest book and clearly you and Michelle had another busy stay. I've never seen the place look better and, as usual, your attention to detail was reflected in our deep pleasure at being back.
Thanks. Your place is the best on the island.
Ahhh, the fellow traveller! I know what you mean — Michelle and I have a couple of places we like to stay in the course of our longer trips, and when timing means we have to seek accommodation elsewhere, we miss our touchstone accommodations; places where we know everything will be perfect, where all we be looked after so we don’t have to worry and can, as you noted, just recharge. You’ve been with us a long time, now, and we’re now hosting friends and family you’ve sent our way. That’s no small amount of trust. It’s always a pleasure when business travels bring you our way, and I’m so very pleased we were able to welcome you home this time. It’s always good to know that you’re in the apartment; that you’ve once again found your touchstone on long travels. Adam
A gently sloping sandy beach leads to rewarding swimming and snorkeling at Hale Kai O'Kihei (two snorkel sets are located in the bedroom closet), with low-tide opportunities to walk along the edge of the reef and experience small, beautiful aquatic life.