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Private Jungle Cottage - Waterfalls, Natural Pools, Ocean Vistas

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property


Perfect for active people who enjoy uncrowded beaches, waterfalls, exploring, adventures, hiking, dramatic scenery and peace and quiet. Central enough for easy day-tripping into the resort areas. 30 minutes from the airport; 15-20 from Paia Town, Haiku, Makawao and a dozen great uncrowded North Shore beaches.

Earthy, peaceful and private; perfect for couples and a solid value.

The cottage sits on two acres directly adjacent to miles of undeveloped jungle, up on a ridge built on stilts overlooking the jungle canopy. Words can’t begin to describe how special it is to relax out on the lanai or in the livingroom listening to the sounds of nature.

Large windows are everywhere, bringing the outside inside. Bedroom with queen bed, plenty of light, large closet with shelves, hanging and luggage space. Open and airy living room; Full kitchen with granite counter tops. Bathroom with tub and shower.


About five minutes down a narrow, windy, bumpily paved jungle road (any car can navigate it.) The area is largely undeveloped, but it is also not an isolated grass hut in the backcountry jungle!

This kind of lodging is perfect for nature lovers. While there is a ton of diversity in flora and fauna, the land is not heavily landscaped and this is the jungle – so stuff grows like…well…a jungle! (If things like the lawn getting tall between cuttings is something that horrifies you, well, we can show you loads of more tamed and manicured places!)

Pineapples grow next to the house. Hibiscus, plumeria, night blooming jasmine, heliconias, ginger, lilikoi, coconut, tangerine, and many other flowers and fruits are all around the property.

The cottage is environmentally designed with solar power, rainwater catchment & green/repurposed construction. The house was also designed and positioned to catch tradewinds and natural light perfectly.

Living room has a small TV with an extensive digital video library with plenty of content for both kids and adults. There is also a DVD & NetFlix. We do not have cable TV.

Large windows are everywhere, bringing the outside inside.

Tap water comes from rainwater catchment. This is a giant tank of rain water which is regularly treated to sanitary specifications, so washing dishes, toothbrushing, etc. are all fine. There is a reverse-osmosis filtered water spigot for drinking water.

The quality bath towels, linens, comforter and pillows are replaced very frequently to be keep in new condition. There is also wireless internet, and a CD player & small selection of excellent Hawaiian music provided.

Full kitchen with granite countertops, double-stainless-steel-sink & mid-size propane fridge. Fully stocked with amenities such as microwave, coffee maker, blender, dishes, glassware, tableware, pots, pans, knives, etc.

The lanai has two tables and the stars are spectacular at night. When evening rains come in, the lanai is such a special spot to watch the raindrops stream though the sunlight falling into the jungle. (Most of Maui’s rain comes from tradewind cycle, typically blowing in windward late afternoon or overnight. Since tradewind clouds come from the east, the afternoon sun often still shines brightly, giving Hawaii plenty of rainbows!)

If you can tear yourself away from the lanai, there is an inside dining table with high cafe style swivel chairs to bring you right into the view.


The location is the perfect place for visitors who want to escape the pre-package touristy resort areas that for a more genuine experience, yet still be based centrally enough to day-trip all over our incredible island.

You can walk right into the jungle from the cottage, swim in natural pools and waterfalls, walk, hike or relax at dramatic cliff side ocean vistas, take yoga classes from our neighbors, world renowned yoga teachers, or even experience a guided hike of areas tourists rarely experience.

Very close to Twin Falls, a couple miles into the unofficial start of the famous Road to Hana, at the edge of the rainforest. Since Maui is small, and the resort areas are not centrally located, this private and “remote” area is ironically quite central for active people looking to experience the huge variety Maui has to offer.

This unique cottage is a great choice for those who want privacy, serenity and a peaceful off the beaten tourist path place to base their adventures around Maui.

More Details

Alexa Fischer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

Why Alexa Fischer chose Maui

The location is perfect for our active family of six. We can walk out our door and be swimming in waterfall pools or hiking jungle in minutes. We can drive to a dozen beautiful uncrowded beaches in 15-20 minutes. All the rest of this spectacularly perfect island is an easy reach.

What makes this cottage unique

Being an author and with four active kids - we're all over Maui, all the time. Having this location as our home base has been perfect for our busy family because it allows us to experience living in the serenity of the true, natural Hawaii while still being within easy reach of everything the island has to offer.


Huelo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Tub & Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Private Jungle Cottage - Waterfalls, Natural Pools, Ocean Vistas
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 27 reviews

A great little place off the beaten path!

  • 5 of 5

This private cottage in the jungle just off the road to Hana was everything we were expecting and more. It was easy to get to (we rented a Hyundai Elantra and were able to get in and out no problem) and close to Twin Falls, which is an excellent place to spend a day hiking and swimming under waterfalls. We're city folk, so the house geckos took a little getting used to! It rained on our last night and the sound of the rain in the jungle was so soothing. Overall, what an amazing end to our week in Maui.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Challenging to stay here

  • 3 of 5

The response was always, "this is the jungle." Well, there were a number of simple fixes that would have made a challenging stay into a nice stay. Arrival was very stressing. Think jungle. No problem. Pitch black, overgrown landscape. Daunting drive. All part of the deal. No problem. Property MGR advised of after dark arrival. Absolutely no lights on in or outside of the house. We were literally on top of the house and did not see it. And a (notoriously) difficult lock box. Thank goodness we had a flashlight to unpack. No excuse for no lights. A simple pre arrival check list by property MGR. Next night was the TV. Long story short, yes a TV, no regarding reception. Only old videos. And the usual two remotes with no instructions compounded by extremely loooooooooooong response time. It happens stuff: no refrigerator or hot water for two days. After a week, we changed linens: single bed linens for the double bed. The road to the cabin is as described: a few miles, in the jungle, bumpy....and then some. But doable. The cabin was clean and comfortable. The in the jungle atmosphere nice. Morning coffee on the small lanai nice. The responses to the challenges were acceptable.....well, got tired of the "in the jungle"response.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests were kind and reasonable when calm, but extremely high-strung and we had to talk them down from the ledge virtually every day. Their frantic calls started at their arrival at the airport, and continued on their drive here when they didn't heed the driving directions we sent, and then could not operate the lockbox, which is a new MasterLock lockbox that operates well. Most of the frequent crises, quite honestly, were truly of their own making - but we were kind and patient with them and helped in whatever way they demanded (and they did demand!) every time they called. It is true the propane powered fridge and hot water went out - though not as described - it was for a short period, twice, two days in a row (not for two continuous days!) This is not something that ever happened before, and it was handled immediately (within a half-hour of them notifying us both times.) It probably would have been rectified the first time, though the guests had presumably made a well intentioned attempt to rectify it themselves that threw off my trouble-shooting on the first go. It was due to an intermittent failed valve in the propane tank which was not apparent the first time, because when I arrived the first time the valve had been turned off. Turning it on initially resolved the problem. Other than that - yes, remote controls sometimes hang up some people, though there is nothing out of the ordinary with our 2016 Samsung TV remote and 2015 WDTV digital library remote - and you're the first to complain. No we do not have over-the-air TV signals or cable TV out here, and boy was hubby steaming upset about that! But that fact is stated in this listing. We do have Internet and a fairly large digital video library, with plenty of recent movies and shows on it. All said, we are very glad that you were able to appreciate the cleanliness and the atmosphere.
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Perfect hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

Very secluded and quiet. Perfect hideaway. Great starting point for road to Hana. Very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived after dark,on a rainy night, which led me to ask Alexa for detailed guidance. She replied promptly and with good humor, and her directions were perfect.

The place was all we had hoped for: clean, comfortable, and a delightful adventure.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect, quiet location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely and easy to get to. The hosts provided fantastic directions and Google maps even had it down to about a hundred yards away. We got there late at night and fortunately our phone has a flashlight app so be sure you have it handy if its late; it gets quite dark in the jungle. We loved the town of Paia and there's a great little coffee shop tucked away behind the main street. It's so good we bought a pound while there and just re-ordered one online. The market a few blocks away has everything including some fantastic take-out if you just want to get something and hang out.

If you do the road to Hana or the road up to the observatory, get an app for your phone called the GyPSy guide. (But bring a spare portable charger for the phone). As you drive toward Hana the GPS in the phone will trigger short guided talks about what you're seeing and where to stop (and where not to stop). On the way back it will tell you about some of the history and legends of the island. Same for the trip up the mountain. On our vacation we were also on the big island to see Volcano NP and on Oahu -- the same company has guides for both of those islands. For about $5 each trip you can't go wrong.

Meanwhile, back to the property, we were just delighted and tho not likely to get back to Maui again ourselves, we will recommend this place to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Second home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this beautiful property. We could not have found a more perfect place to stay. It is a clean, well equipped cabin, peaceful with beautiful scenery, and the evening stars... there are no words for how breath taking that sight is to behold. We are never ready to leave. It is beginning to feel like a second home to us and we look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Kahului Airport
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Charlie's Restaurant and Saloon
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Pukalani Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hana Highway
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Colleen's at the Cannery
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Hookipa Beach Park
Car: recommended

Dozens of natural pools and waterfalls make their way down the mountain to the ocean. These waterfalls and pools aren't in the tourist guidebooks, so you will almost always have them all to yourself!

The shoreline here is dramatic, there are several walks and hikes along the shoreline and down to the ocean.

Twin Falls is practically our neighbor.

The Bamboo Forest is just 4 miles away.

We're close to Pa'ia, and Makawao.

The Road to Hana begins here.

Closer + avoid traffic bottlenecks to Kula, Ulapalakua and Haleakala Park vs. staying in resort areas.

About the same drive-time to Iao Valley and Kahului as the resorts are.

About twenty minutes more to drive to either resort area vs. staying in one and driving to explore the other (and you should explore it all!)

Drives on this side of Maui are incredibly beautiful, enjoyable and scenic, making day-tripping all over the island an absolute pleasure and a must-do!


Rates & Availability


  • Contractual booking deposit: 20.00% rent
  • $165-$269/nt.
  • US Dollars
  • May 15 through June: All bookings of two weeks or greater we will pay the entire
  • base-fee* for a rental car from Car Rental Hawaii!
  • 2013 - 2014 Rates:
  • March - December*: $165/nt. 7+nts (2-6 nts: $188/nt.)
  • January* & February: $199/nt. 7+nts (2-6 nts: $219/nt.)
  • *Christmas/NY Time: $269/nt.
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