Paia InnHotel in Maui
Nestled in the West Maui Mountains, this quiet, private Bed & Breakfast offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and islands surrounding Maui. Located on the popular west side of the island, you will be just minutes from Lahaina.
The furnishings, decor and much of Ho’oilo House itself, have been imported from Bali. Beautiful ocean views are enjoyed from nearly every window in the house and each bedroom includes a private lanai and bath. Each suite is unique with a custom bed, tub, sink and private outdoor shower. You will enter each suite through an imported traditional Bali door with custom Mother of Pearl inlay in unique patterns.
It is common in many parts of the country to have a “summer house” where the family heads on those beautiful summer days. However, having come to Maui via Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, we have always been in search of the perfect “winter house.”Ho’oilo is Hawaiian for winter and Ho’oilo House is the perfect place to escape your winter days…or any days for that matter. We invite you to share the unique experience of this beautiful property and we truly look forward to welcoming you.
While Jay and Kathy are partners in Ho’oilo House, Dan and Amy are the year-round owner/hosts of Ho’oilo House, and are eager to ensure that your trip to Maui is a truly memorable experience. Able to assist with any island activity planning, please feel free to email any requests prior to arrival, as many of the popular attractions require advance reservations.
138 Awaiku Street
Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761, United States
While Oahu’s North Shore has dominated media coverage of Hawaiian surf, each island in the chain gets its share of waves and Maui has some of the best, if not the most. The legendary rights of Honolua and Maalaea are part of surfing’s heritage and now Jaws, the biggest name of all can be added to Maui’s list of insane waves. It’s an island of contrasts, where lush green valleys give way to arid coastline, tropical fruits and flowers meet barren lava and cactus, beneath the towering peaks that dominate the landscape. The shroud of islands that include Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe block out some swell directions and there is an element of real luck and timing to score the big names, but there is a back-up cast of consistent, quality waves just waiting to keep the locals and visitors stoked.
Out of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui suffers the most swell shadowing from neighboring islands and therefore some coastlines are not worth checking in certain swell patterns. The busy Kihei stretch encompasses many of the tourist resorts and hotels on the island and is usually either flat or small, which is perfect for visiting non-surfers to hit the many surf schools and catch some perfect beginner waves. The Cove is the most popular spot, working best on W or S swells, with sandy peaks at the northern end of Kalama Park or a rocky left at the southern end. Makena State Park offers the occasional ride at Little Beach and Big Beach but it’s rarely any good and better suited to bodyboard/bash. Super fast, bordering on the close-out and super shallow, bordering on the insane can be applied to both Dumps and La Perouse, lefts over nasty, coral-studded lava on the SW corner of the island. Picks up all S swell and is usually offshore all day, yet is pretty fickle and hard to read. Surf is at a premium from here all the way to Hana on the NE coast thanks to sheer cliffs, crazy volcanic rock formations and swell shadowing from the Big Island. Hana Bay is typical windward surf with some longer lefts sweeping towards the rivermouth with big N or E swell and kona winds. Round the corner back on the NE-facing coast are a couple of waves like Keanae, which gets some trade wind protection from the eastern headland and gives intermediates a chance to get some waves without much crowd pressure. Similar story at the deeply indented Honomanu Bay where there can be some good lefts on the exposed side in light or kona winds. Lanai is a low-key island, with few facilities and getting around the entire island requires a 4×4. Geology and positioning is not ideal with all N quadrant swells blocked by Molokai, E and SE blocked by Maui, leaving a little 15mile window of NE swell to arrive via the rough and windy Pailolo Channel. This NE-facing coast is fringed by reef and rivermouths have cut some channels, but the locals aren’t too keen on visiting surfers sharing these fickle, secret spots. The massive shipwreck in Kaiolohia is a focal point and the broken reef line offers opportunities in certain conditions, when the trades aren’t blowing this whole coast to bits. There is a good beachbreak for beginners at Lopa Beach, which is used by Lanai Surf School and Surf Safari because it compares to Waikiki with easy inside rollers over sand and a reefier outside section. Summer S swells and anything from the W have clear water, but the plunging sea cliffs and lava skerries mean spots are few and far between on these exposed coasts. Manele Bay is the easiest accessible south coast spot, right in front of the Four Seasons Resort. There’s great snorkeling, diving and whale watching by day, then it’s very quiet at night. Molokai’s southern shore and particularly the western tip are littered with white sand beaches, including Hawaii’s longest at Papohaku. The adjacent Kepuhi Bay is usually better, with a defined left and right at the northern end, but shorepound and rips can make it unsafe for swimmers. The north coast of the island is protected by some of the tallest sea cliffs on the planet, below which a leper colony was established at Kalaupapa in 1866. This flat tongue of land holds some good righthanders, but surfing is not encouraged. The spectacular north coast cliffs plunge straight into the ocean, and aside from trekking into Wailau Beach and checking the black sand and boulder set-ups near the rivermouth at Halawa Beach Park, there’s no action until heading back into the Pailolo Channel opposite Maui. The twisting Kamehameha V road hugs the coast near Sandy Beach, in full view of some quality lefts where the local crew charge and visitors need a healthy dose of aloha to partake. In the main town of Kaunakakai a decent S or W swell can bring some surf to the outer reef and NE winds are offshore. Strong rips, spooky, sharky line-ups, nasty lava reef bottoms and some localism are all factors when surfing Molokai – tread slowly and carefully.
When to Go
The Hawaiian Island chain is the most isolated archipelago in the world and swell exposure is second to none. Unfortunately, Maui is sheltered from many of the big SW, W, and NW swells by the smaller neighbouring islands of Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe, and the Big Island creates a very large shadow on the rare SE swells generated by cyclones pinwheeling into the Pacific from Central America. Generally, Maui receives less swell and more wind than the North Shore on Oahu, but figures for swell consistency are 99% from Nov to Feb, averaging 8-10ft at 12secs. ENE-E trades are dominant and strongest from May to Aug, but winds can be much lighter in the mornings. The best winds for the N coast come from the ESE-S quadrant, but they only blow for 19% of the time at best in mid winter. The south coast is usually offshore, however it only gets surf on the rarer SW swells. Tidal range is small, but can have a drastic effect on shallow spots. Tide tables are widely available in surf shops.
(Source: The Stormrider Guide )