Kulakane 302 is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom oceanfront condominium located in a low-rise (3 stories) beachfront complex in upper west Maui and available for vacation rental. The Kulakane condominium complex has a total of 42 units. The building is oriented parallel to the beach, so that each condo is about 50 feet from the oceanís edge.
Our favorite feature of the condo is the private lanai (similar to a balcony). Due to the unique, outward-leaning shape of the Kulakane building, the overhanging lanai roof and side walls extend outward several feet farther than the floor of the lanai. The lanai also has a solid, table-height half-wall instead of the usual open balcony railing - so you don't feel like you're on display as you sip your morning coffee in your bathrobe.
Together, these unique features create more privacy, shade and protection from the elements than the lanai of any other Maui condo we've seen. While many condo complexes feature a view of other condos, only the ocean and neighbor islands of Lana'i and Moloka'i are visible from the Kulakane 302. The privacy and shade make the lanai feel more like an extension of the living room than an outdoor balcony - but with a stunning 180-degree view. During a tropical rainshower, it is very comfortable to sit on the lanai watching the ocean while staying perfectly dry. We find that we spend more time on the lanai than anywhere else in the condo, generally eating our meals there, and even surfing the Internet on a wireless device (laptop, iPad, etc.) while watching the ocean.
This is a short video showing the view from the lanai at mid-day, and at sunset.
See the location section of this website for maps of west Maui and travel directions to the condo.
Each unit of the Kulakane complex is individually owned, and therefore furnished and decorated differently. Our condominium has been remodeled several times, most recently a kitchen remodel in July 2007, bathroom remodels in 2009 and 2010, and a remodel of the office/reading loft in 2011. All countertops are granite, and the bathrooms now have granite showers and cobalt blue vessel sinks.
Kulakane 302 can accommodate up to four guests maximum. There is a California King bed in the upstairs bedroom and a Queen in the downstairs bedroom. The condo is ideal for two couples or two singles vacationing together in Maui, or a family with teenagers or children over 5 who can share a Queen-size bed. (The condo is not suitable for infants or young children.) There are no other sleeping accommodations other than the two beds. (The sofa is not a sleeper sofa. It is comfortable for sitting, but not for sleeping.)
Click here to see a floor plan of the condo.
High-definition, flat panel televisions with digital cable channels are in the living room and upstairs bedroom of the condominium. There's a Blu-Ray/DVD player in the living room and a DVD player/VCR. The stereo system in the living room has a CD player with a connection for your MP3 player, smartphone, tablet or any device with a headphone jack or a Bluetooth connection. It will also play MP3 songs recorded on CD-R or a flash drive.
Unique to our vacation condominium is a built-in office in the upstairs loft area, with a desk and wireless laser printer/scanner. (Perfect if you have to attend to a few business matters while on vacation and for printing boarding passes for your return flight.)
For guests who bring a laptop or other wireless Internet device (e.g., smartphone, tablet or laptop) along on vacation, there is broadband wireless Internet access throughout the condo and the entire Kulakane complex provided free for our guests. It even works by the pool. (Some hotels charge up to $13 per day for Internet access.) This makes it entirely feasible to surf the Internet and watch the surf at the same time. Or participate in a web conference while watching whales. Many of the activities available on Maui can be booked on line. You can also use the printer/scanner wirelessly from your wi-fi enabled device after installing the appropriate wireless printer driver or free app.
The kitchen is fully equipped with coffee maker, microwave, ice maker, rice cooker, all cooking utensils and the all-important blender for making your favorite tropical beverage.
Parking is free and immediately adjacent to the building. You will usually park within 50 feet of the front door of the condo.