Our Little Hideaway in the West Maui Mountains

This past weekend we went off-roading up behind our house, climbed the Maui mountains and set up camp at a tucked away little cabin. It was amazing.  In fact this place is so amazing that I almost didn’t want to share it.

Ever have that good of a time somewhere? So good that you want to keep it to yourself, make it your own little hideaway?  I felt that way about Zihuatanejo when we first went. But I couldn’t hold in how wonderful it was so I spilled the beans. We have since had a handful of friends fall in love with Zihua, just as we had, and gotten married there.

Well, this past weekend we headed up to a cabin in the West Maui woods. It’s literally a little hideaway. It’s behind three different locked gates, up inclines that make your stomach plunge, and off the beaten path so much so, that red dirt got so caked onto our car, you’d never know the car was actually black.

Surrounded by tall green pines and  peering down over Lahaina Town, the cabin was originally built in the 1930s. It’s been renovated but runs off the grid.  It does have a gas generator so you had electricity, a composting toilet, sink, no hot water but you do have a stove and refrigerator.  Oh and three bedrooms, two picnic tables, rocking chairs that line the lanai and a hammock that swings in the corner. All this, over looking gorgeous West Maui and the Pacific Ocean.

And the best part…there’s water slides! They have three man-made water slides and a dock. We felt like we were 16 again! Sitting on a tube and riding down this water slide,  screaming the whole way, catching air, and plunging into the water. It was a blast! The kids loved using their boogie boards to go to “the island”, a platform in the middle of the reservoir. We’d all take turns stand up paddling, riding in the canoe, and going down the water slides.  It was flipping fantastic!

The weekend was topped off with a grilled chicken kabob dinner, making s’mores around the campfire and then enjoying breakfast burritos and mimosas for Father’s Day. It was one of the funnest weekends I’ve had in a long time, filled with good friends, water slides, camp fires and our little hideaway in the Maui mountains.


  1. Where is this piece of heaven? Is it open to anyone to rent? I must try it!!!!

  2. oooooh man that looks perfect!

  3. kathleen says:

    wow! how did you find that place?
    it’s amazing. is it back up past kapalua?
    i love all the secret hideaways around the island!

  4. Absolutely breath taking! I love weekends like that and they are so special because they are few and far between in all the frantic-ness of every day life. I’m glad you had such a nice time!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Listen up Motherhood Maternity =-.

  5. Oh, Sarah! It sounds wonderful! I’m glad you all had a great time in such a beautiful place!

    We’re heading to the Ozarks in Missouri next weekend! I’m so excited! We also got a cabin on a lake – but it has hot water, cable and wifi! haha! I’m sure I’ll be posting about our 1st real family vacation together for a WHOLE WEEK!
    .-= Kasey@All Things Mamma´s last blog ..Leap of Faith =-.

    • @Kasey@All Things Mamma, That sounds awesome…wifi?! Now, that’s heaven ;)

      I’ll tell ya it was nice to not have a tv though. It was nice to unplug. Can’t wait to hear about your vacation…enjoy it!!

  6. Wow, that is such a beautiful place. I want to come visit sometime ;-)
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Bust Summertime Boredom =-.

  7. Deirdre says:

    Paradise within paradise!

  8. Karen R says:

    Just when you think Hawaii can’t get any better, you show another treasure.

    • @Karen R,
      Karen, it truly was a treasure….I am still giddy about how amazing it was! I felt like we went to Baja all just 45 minutes above my house! I can’t wait to return! Hawaii is so magical…


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