I have stayed at the Kokomo Maui Jewel many times and consider it my own. The owner Marianne & Gary are super nice and helpful only when needed. The Ohana is set back from the road and allows for a peaceful nights sleep. I look forward to my next visit.
Maui Jewel gives you a truly unique Hawaiian experience on Maui that is away from the resorts but convenient to see all of Maui. The cottage is located in upcountry Maui, close to the towns of Makawao, Haiku, and Paia. There are lots of great restaurants and shops in these towns. We especially loved Paia, where the "road to Hana" begins. This is a must-do day trip on Maui, and Gary and Marianne leave you a self-guided CD for the trek. (if you do this journey, which you definitely should, make sure you go all the way around the island instead of turning back at Hana if you vehicle can handle the terrain. we caught the most amazing sunset on the way back overlooking southwest Maui, Lanai, and Molokini)
We also did the Mt. Haleakala sunrise trek from the cottage. It was about an hour's drive from there. You're getting up early regardless if you do this, but at least from the cottage you're a little closer than the resorts.
Gary and Marianne were very accommodating. They gave us a tour of the rental upon arrival, and they provided many great restaurant recommendations that did not let us down. We were so happy to have such wonderful hosts.
Finally, the cottage itself was very clean, well maintained, and looks exactly like their pictures. Everything about it felt truly Hawaiian!
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