Hawaii is a magical place. Just the name evokes images of crashing surf on volcanic rocks as the sun turns the sunset sky to a blaze of orange; or perhaps quietly sitting on a powdery sand beach watching surfers ride a perfect barrel to shore. Because of Hawaii’s popularity, prime parcels of land throughout the islands (many with majestic old homes) have been bulldozed and developed for hotels or divided into estate plots. This makes Haiku House Maui a rare find. To discover a stately historic mansion where you can stay while having full run of the entire estate makes for a uniquely localized travel experience.

On the gentle sloping hill of Haiku Maui, this privately-owned, immaculately restored, and spacious estate is yours for the ultimate relaxation away from the fray, but close to the surf town of Paia, the paniolo town of Makawao, and Haleakala Crater. Across the “saddle” of the Maui plain you can drive to the golf courses of Wailea and beaches of Makena; hop into the harbor of Maalaea to take a snorkel cruise to Molokini Crater or the island of Lana’I; or head out on a day-trip to Lahaina town and Ka’anapali Resort.

The Perfect Home Away From Home…

This gracious plantation-era home and estate is part of the land parcel deeded by his majesty King Kamehameha III in 1849 to Reverend Richard Armstrong. Now owned by the Chan family, the estate had relatively few previous owners through the years. In Hawaiian history the most notable (or notorious, depending on your point of view on the overthrow of the monarchy) was the co-founder of Alexander & Baldwin, Henry Baldwin. It was then known as the Baldwin Estate.

Privacy and serenity for their guests is foremost at Haiku House. However, a professional concierge and an experience planner are available to handle anything that you desire. Want to flight-see? They can arrange excursions via Blue Hawaiian helicopter. What about a dinner party? Yes, they have top chefs available to prepare a spectacular private dinner or imu pit barbecue at the estate, complete with floral decorations and Hawaiian entertainment. Want to try wine from Maui’s only AVA? A private wine-tasting at Maui Wine with the owner/ winemaker can be arranged. They can also offer the best snorkel and sunset catamaran sails; ensuite massage and spa treatments; floral designers to fill the house with inspired bouquets; private car service and tours; caterers; personal photography and videography; Hawaiian musicians and entertainers; and can even arrange Hawaiian cultural practitioners to come to the estate to share and teach Hawaiian experiences like hula and lei making.

Refined Heritage, Redesigned Luxury…

Inside the gates, the long private driveway to Haiku House is lined with majestic Royal Palms. Approaching the porte cochere, the wide lanai wrapped by white balustrades around the house is graced by rocking chairs inviting you to sit and slow down. Through the entry door the grand hall greets guests with an immense display of fresh tropical flowers in the center of the exquisite Koa wood table. Removing your shoes according to local custom, you are ready to immerse yourself in barefoot luxury as the estate manager slips a lei around your neck and takes you to your suite to settle in. The estate sleeps 18 guests in 9 suites including an upstairs master suite with ocean views. The estate must be rented in its entirety as one unit so guests are assured of the ultimate in seclusion and privacy – having the entire house and 20-acres of fruit and coconut trees, tropical plantings, and mature Arboretum specimens to wander and enjoy.

Thoughtful and careful consideration of the interior redesign by The Vanguard Theory is a triumph, marrying the 1860’s architectural heritage design of the house with today’s aesthetic expectations. A restrained palette of grey, beige and shades of blue are used in the suites, with modern furnishings that create a feeling of uncluttered relaxation. The decor complements and enhances the original built-ins throughout the screened lanai and bar, kitchen, living room with wet bar, study, and dining room. Original koa floors in the house were refinished and look amazing. Antiques add historical depth and tell the story of Haiku House, such as the curvilinear antique koa bench in the entry hall. The curated oil paintings of Haiku, Haleakala, and “upcountry” Maui areas tell a visual story of the immediate area and offer a sense of place.

The architect in 1860 took full advantage of the island trade winds to cool the house in his original design. And the remodel continues this cohesive flow from the house to the natural world outside with the addition of the private sitting rooms with sliding doors in the main floor suites that open to the arboretum grounds. Updates include air conditioning and ceiling fans for still days, zonal lighting, and a sound system controlled in each room throughout the communal spaces.

Something For All…

More unique surprises on the estate await. In addition to the grand house, there is a huge multi-story tree house designed for “kids” of all ages, a stone fire pit with seating on the patio for enjoying a cocktail and re-capping your day’s adventures, a full-sized heated pool with ocean view, a citrus orchard and coconut grove, and an immense deck under the trees for yoga classes or an ethereal dining experience.

Haiku House Maui is a haven for discerning travelers. Corporate retreats, workshops, memorable family vacations, and a wonderful home base for a grand wedding at the Haiku Mill venue across the street are all good excuses to escape to this bespoke travel opportunity complete with an unforgettable localized experience. Unplug and let the magic of Maui unfold at your feet. Haiku House is an inspiring treasure; a very Hawaiian place, which will envelope you with aloha as you walk under the centuries-old arboretum specimens, breathe the fresh air, listen to the birds, and be at peace…

Learn More: www.haikuhousemaui.com

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