My family moved to Maui Meadows in the early ’70s. Maui Meadows is a neighborhood in South Kihei located directly above Wailea. I was four when our house was being built in 1972 and I remember our home being one of just a few. We were surrounded by hills of empty lots filled with thorny kiawe trees. A few of my father’s family and friends wondered why he would want to live so far away from central Maui. My oh my, how things have changed. Maui Meadows is now a desired area nestled between mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) with very few undeveloped lots. Residents enjoy cool mountain breezes, an ocean view and a close proximity to some of the best beaches on the island.
When I decided to return to Maui a few years ago I began to search for a rental until my dad suggested he expand the family house so I could live with them. I eagerly agreed. My intent on returning home was to spend time with my parents after more than two decades away and also to be available to them if and when they needed me in their senior years. I could think of no better location to live than Maui Meadows. I cuddle up at night in the crisp evenings, see amazing sunsets on my daily walks and wake up to birds chirping. I can also be at my favorite beach in Wailea, shopping at a boutique or sitting at Monkeypod’s bar enjoying wine and gnocchi in mere minutes. Since the 70s, highways have been built and expanded so Maui Meadows is also conveniently just a 25 minute drive from the central area and a few minutes drive from lower Kihei and its many grocers and other retail.
I live in the lower portion of Maui Meadows where our view is a bit obstructed so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend an event behind the gates of Kaimanu Estates, at Hale Lani, House of the Heavens, on the upper portion of Maui Meadows where the views are unobstructed and jaw dropping.
This is the view from poolside at the estate (image courtesy of Erik Blair). It doesn’t get any better than this. Mountain and ocean views with a lush landscape immediately put everyone at ease and ready to chat while enjoying cocktails, pupus and bite sized sweets as the sun set. If you’ve never had the opportunity to view a South Maui sunset, imagine a kaleidoscope of color with the sun dropping amongst the clouds over the ocean. It is a treat I never tire of.
The 7 bedroom, 6,857 square foot home boasts several living areas, kitchens and dining rooms. My favorite feature was the ability to completely open up the living areas for the full indoor and outdoor experience. The rooms, indoor seating and outside recreation areas were all perfectly situated to take full advantage of the amazing view.
The architecture and interior spoke of island life but with modern touches throughout. One of my favorite areas was one of the kitchens with high end stainless appliances, white cabinetry and dark hardwood floors. The craftsmanship was gorgeous, streamlined and with quality materials for a luxurious yet inviting feel.
The property is private and you feel the connection to upcountry Maui’s crisp weather but also to the oceanfront below you, the best of both worlds.
My own pictures didn’t do this home justice so I’m opting instead to encourage you to take a peek at the listing here. Thank you to Dano Sayles who organized and hosted us during our visit. He is also a longtime Maui Meadows resident. Be sure to check the other listings on his site after taking a peek at this property.
If you’d like to inquire with the listing agent for this property, you can contact Lucas Woodford at 808-280-2312.
To see more pictures of Hale Lani and a video of fun candids at the event, check out the Maui Information Guide.