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Watch whales and surfers from deck, away from crowds yet easy drive everywhere

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Brand new, spacious, airy cottage across from beach, great views, yet private

Permit Number: BBWK2014-0001

Hawaii TAT # W40850386-01

We have passed rigorous inspections for your health and safety.

Escape the traffic and the touristy areas yet be right on the ocean watching sunrises and moon rises over the ocean, surfers, whales, windsurfers and kite surfers. Our location is central to all the places you will want to go and we are at your service to share our knowledge and love of Maui. We offer guests a chance to join our local friends at our BBQs or to join us for a swim in our favorite spots in Iao Valley, just a short drive away. Guests can also choose to just do their own thing or to book a more extensive tour with us. It's totally up to you.

The Space

Our cottage was built in 2012 and we welcomed our first guests in 2013. It has all appliances , comfy Serta bed, all-cotton bedding, pillows, towels, etc. Sliding mirrored doors separate the bedroom from main room. The cottage sits on the ocean below our upscale neighborhood and your only neighbor is a doctor on one side and us up the hill behind in the home we bought in 1999. If you are traveling with another couple, we also have a room with its own bath in the main house for rent and full use of the rest of the house. See ad at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16542011?preview

My husband and I stayed in the cottage a couple of nights to check it out and make sure it is homey. The bed is so comfortable -- Serta mattress, plush mattress pad and new all-cotton sheets quilt and shams are wonderful!

Now with air-conditioning and Direct TV! And we have an AED in the main house, a Christmas gift from our son!

As much privacy or socialization as you like -- I stock it with coffee, tea and condiments and bread, bagels and butter in the freezer to get you started on breakfast. We provide you with snorkel gear, beach chairs, coolers, etc. and give you tips on good things to do and things to avoid.

Separate bedroom and bathroom has 2 doors so there is privacy if one person wants to sleep and the other stay up or get up. Plenty of room for two or for a family with a child who can sleep in a crib (available to rent from No Ka Oi Baby Rentals) or on the couch.

We can also refer you to friends who will give you local rates on activities such as water sports, downhill biking, used car rental and art gallery. We can give you each 3 day passes to the YMCA for classes, weights, racquetball or pool.

The area we are in is called 'Central Maui' because you can easily drive to everywhere else. Yet our particular location feels more like country with open beach and ocean in front and to the north. Be aware that there is no commercial business within walking distance but the beach and a golf course are there for pleasure walking!

Guest Access

Anywhere on the property.

Interaction with Guests

As much or as little as you like.

The Neighborhood

Our neighborhood is upscale, our neighbors really friendly owners -- we often have BBQs here with them and always include our guests if they'd like to join us. The beach is right across the road in front of the cottage and when the surf is big, it's great to watch the surfers there. When there's no surf, the beach is empty. We love it both ways! It's not a swimming beach but those are a short drive away and by staying here, one avoids the touristy, hot, dusty surroundings of the beach cities

Getting around

We have a bus system and Jordan and I can drop guests off on our way places but a car really is recommended as only tour buses go up into the valleys and up to the top of Haleakala.

Other Things to Note

We stayed in a B & B years ago in Switzerland and the women treated us like family and it had such an impact on us that we try to do the same and make our guests feel at home. On the other hand, you may want to just do your own thing and that's perfectly fine, too.

Permit Number: BBWK2014-0001

More Details

gail nagasako
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Local kine' pidgen English :-)
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2017

About gail nagasako

Jordan was born and raised in Lahaina and comes from a well-known and highly respected family. His grandparents immigrated here from Japan. He went to University of Hawaii for 3 and a half years and has traveled extensively in the South Pacific. He and his wife also traveled England, Sweden and Europe and a half-dozen US states. He was owner of a highly successful fish wholesale business and knows just about everything there is to know about the ocean and the things that live there and the things you can do in and on it. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy who is game to do just about anything on a moment’s notice.

Gail was born and raised in Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she fulfilled a childhood dream by moving to Hawaii. She is the founder of H.A.P.P.Y., a social and networking group for homeschoolers. As such, she planned social events, offered crafts and field trips., She still counsels families interested in homeschooling and is the author of "Homeschooling: Why and How" and "Real L.I.F.E. Parenting." She is a writer, speaker, and artist.

Both Jordan and Gail are veteran Red Cross volunteers and should anything happen on Maui, you will be in good hands.

We have been married for 37 years and have a son, Thumper (Yes, that’s his real name), a retired professional rollerblader, having been in the top ten worldwide his entire career. He competed in such renowned contests as X-Games and Gravity Games. He is the highest rated videographer/editor in Hawaii, having All-Five-Star reviews and participates in a multitude of sports.

gail nagasako purchased this cottage in 1999

Why gail nagasako chose Maui

Before we bought this house 15 years ago, I asked my family where they most wanted to live and we all said this subdivision. It's like country but not so wet as Haiku, which can be moldy, nor so hot and dusty and crowded as Kihei and Lahaina, and not so far and cold as Makawao and Kula. We love the feel of being private and quiet and yet so close to everything commercial, the parks, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the hospital, the YMCA, the malls, good restaurants and our favorite: Iao Valley where we go for short or long hikes and swims in the cool clean river pools. We didn't want to downsize so we built the cottage last year so we'd have a bit of income so we could continue living in this heavenly spot.

What makes this cottage unique

We pride ourselves in giving the personal touch. We offer our guests a chance to mix with locals at our BBQs, or to join us for a swim in our favorite spots. And if they want to remain totally on their own we respect that as well.

Fresh air, beach ambiance, not touristy, views of sunrises and moon rises and whales playing (December through March) and surfers, stand up paddlers, and an endless source of driftwood for our fire pits.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on Wailuku on Maui

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Full bathroom with tub, shower, extra hand towels, two doors for privacy when other guests in living area.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Serta bed & bedding new, pillows w/ dust mite protectors
  • Spacious bedroom with more than ample drawer space, a desk with complimentary post cards, walk-in closet with washer and dryer. Overhead and bedside fan, clock radio, and wonderful Trade wind breezes.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We are a place for people who don't want to be in a touristy area or condo with people all around, who want a local feel and privacy, yet be on the ocean, and who want to be able to easily access other areas of the island. As you can see from our sample reviews I copy/pasted from another site we've been using, Jordan and I are the properties best amenities!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(56 traveller reviews)

Watch whales and surfers from deck, away from crowds yet easy drive everywhere
average rating of 4.946429 based on 56 reviews

Cute Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, owners were very helpful and were in contact with us before, during and after our vacation. The Cottage is cute, clean and in a very nice location right across the street from the ocean were we watched surfers and whales every day. Very convenient to the airport and short rides to many beaches. Thanks for the snacks and the pineapple, and even a few drinks in the fridge. Hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Keith and Deb, Thank you for your review and nice comments -- a good review from someone who has been to Maui many times means a lot. We are still seeing whales, though each day we wonder if it will be the last. Hope to see you here again one day! Aloha, Gail
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Excellent value, terrific hosts

  • 4 of 5

Great location if you want to explore the entire Island, be away from tourists and live more local in the largest town on Maui. Can't get any closer to the beach for great sunrises and an ocean dip anytime of day. Anything you could possibly need is provided, the hosts are determined to make you comfortable. You can cook and eat in, do laundry and have the comforts of a home. Thank you Gail and Jordan you are the best.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had an awesome time with you two at our neighborhood happy hour and at the Arboretum and are really glad to be FB friends now so we can keep in touch. Thank you for giving me such a head start on the laundry! Certainly not necessary but appreciated. And thank you for the goodies you left for us! And FYI, for anyone reading this, the "largest town on Maui" is still 5 miles away from the cottage! We are on the outskirts. I hope you don't mind but I am including the email conversation we had about the four stars. My email to her: We just noticed you only gave us four stars. Would you mind telling us why? From the beginning in 2013, we’ve had only 5 stars except one person who thought there would be a village nearby, didn’t like the traffic on the road (the surf was epic while he was here so of course, lots of surfers during the day. Most people consider that a plus) and didn’t like the neighborhood! Her reply: Aloha from the airport- everyone rates things differently- not sure we have ever rated anything 5 stars however we hope that our comments more then express our enthusiasm and satisfaction with our experience!!
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Nice House. Not crazy about location

  • 4 of 5

All previous reviews about how well stocked this house is are very accurate. We enjoyed the house very much and would rate it Five Stars. Unfortunately, we were not enamored with the local area. Traffic was often busy on the local roads and it took a lot of travel time to get to nicer restaurants. We also found the local grocery store below expectations but found a local Whole Foods with higher quality food/environment. All three of the local hiking trails were also closed. Bottom line is this in neither located in an upscale neighborhood nor a quaint seaside town. Regardless, it is a nice place to spend a few days.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Steve, Gosh our first 4* review in 3 years! Sorry about the traffic -- it happened that the surf was epic while you were here so there was a lot of traffic on our road. Most people really enjoy watching the surfers during those times. You may have gotten tied up in the school traffic at times, too. Maybe I should warn folks to get out either before 7:30 or after 8:00am. Otherwise it's easier to get places from here than from anywhere else on the island -- that's why our area is called "Central Maui." While you do drive through a not-so-upscale neighborhood to take the fastest route to the cottage, perhaps you were expecting a gated community in our neighborhood? It is upscale by our standards: the property next door, which includes the house next to the cottage, was on the market for $1.3M and the house on the other side of us just had a $1M remodel. And for sure our local grocery store is just a regular well-stocked local store and Whole Foods is a shiny new giant and has everything you'd never even think you needed -- locals call it "Whole Paycheck." But it is familiar to many people so visitors often like to shop there. For health food, we go to our locally owned Down to Earth store on Dairy Road. Sorry also that you expected a seaside village -- I don't know why Google calls it Waiehu Village. Maybe after the 277 acre Hawaiian ruins just down the road??? They are great to walk around yourself or do one of their tours. We are heartbroken that 'Iao has been closed since September. The county park up there is due to open March 1 and the State Park June 1. Meanwhile, we could have directed you to some hikes with waterfalls 15 minutes up the road from us. Sorry we didn't get a chance to spend some time with you. My daughter was a doctor in a Native Alaskan clinic in Sitka for a few years and we have good friends in Anchorage and Wasilla. We enjoyed visiting them and RV camping on the Homer Spit last summer. Aloha, Gail and Jordan
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Great location, friendly hosts, beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have been there two times and we both times loved it. The cottage is lovely decorated, everything what you need is there and the location is great.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Simone. I hope the weather wasn't too much of a shock when you went back. We are all in love with Tom and hope to see him again along with his new brother or sister! Aloha, Gail
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Magnolia TX USA

A perfect cottage

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this place. Very clean and well maintained. Everything worked very well. If you read the spectacular reviews, then you will understand just how great this place really is. The owners are now friends of ours for life! Can't think of much more to add from all of the reviews, and the main reason we chose this place in the first place, was due to the detailed and positive reviews. Great place and a perfect little cottage!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gary & Alana, Thanks so much for your sweet review and we are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. We received your Christmas card yesterday, too. What a thoughtful thing to do. I hope you enjoyed the video of Maui and that it enticed you to come back again! Mele Kalikimaka & Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! Gail and Jordan
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Wonderful, welcoming hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Sitting out on the deck of this lovely cottage, grilling local fish and sharing a glass of wine, watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean…isn’t this what you had hoped for when you booked a trip to Hawaii? Gail and Jordan Nagasako have created a lovely retreat here on a quiet road in a remarkably convenient central Maui location.

You have to meet Gail and Jordan and then you will understand the source of all the kindnesses and wonderful amenities offered to you as a guest at their cottage. In addition to being a great source of local information, they are so very kind and inclusive and are ready to welcome you as their personal guest for the duration of your stay. (However, understand that they completely respect your privacy and will engage with you as much or as little as you choose.) They are also very responsive – we initially had some internet connectivity challenges, but Jordan resolved them quickly for us.

The cottage is full of Gail’s beautiful art, and is very well equipped. Especially the kitchen, which is important to us, as we like to cook “in” a lot. They are so welcoming and had a welcome gift for us and a special recognition when they found out it was our anniversary. As other guests have mentioned, they provide breads and coffee and teas for your first morning so that if you arrive late after a long flight, you don’t need to go to the grocery store until the next day, which is so helpful!

When Gail and Jordan discovered my husband’s love of American college football, they invited us to their house to watch some of the Saturday games. Although we were unable to attend that day, we did so enjoy joining a gathering of their friends on the beach to watch the sunset on the night of a special full moon rise. Their friends were lovely, and we had a wonderful time there.

So if you’re looking for a lovely cottage in central Maui, with an ocean view, and wonderful welcoming hosts, look no further. We had a wonderful time there, and our hosts made the big difference!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dolores and Rande, Thank you so much for your kind words. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting you and would love to hear how your next stop went and how you liked your accommodations in Hana. And I hope you got the drone video of Maui that our son did. If not, let me know and I'll resend. It will make you fall in love with Maui all over again! Happy Holidays! Aloha, Gail and Jordan
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage on Wailuku, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 13.5%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
5.1 Miles
Kahului Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.3 Miles
Koho's Grill and Bar
Nearest Ferry
9.8 Miles
Ma'alaea Harbor (whale watches, snorkel cruises)
Nearest Golf
2.2 Miles
Waiehu Golf Course
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Lahaina Sugar Cane Train....a novelty
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Kahekili (340)
Nearest Restaurant
3.3 Miles
Kohos Grill and Bar
Nearest Ski
2.3 Miles
Jet ski (Kahului Harbor)
Nearest Beach
Across the little road in front
Car: recommended

Enjoy peace, quiet and privacy when home, yet have an easy drive to all the wonders of Maui. What I love is being able to watch sunrises and then go to Kihei (20 minutes) or Lahaina (35 minutes) for a sunset picnic and come home again to our country-feel area. We almost always have Tradewinds coming right off the ocean so the air is some of the cleanest on the planet.


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