Destinations

Come to the islands of Maui and Big Island, Hawaii

Our Hawaii vacation homes are located on the western, drier side of the islands, providing guests with warm, sunny days and spectacular sunset views.


Time Zone

Hawaii is 6 hours behind Eastern Time in the summer and, because Hawaii does not follow daylight savings time, Hawaii is 5 hours behind Eastern Time in the winter. 

Temperatures
The average temperatures range from 79-83 degrees in the winter and 85-90 degrees in the summer.  

Airport Info
The main airport on Maui is Kahului Airport (OGG). 
The main airport closest to our Big Island Homes is Kona Airport (KOA).

Tip: When booking your return flight, you may want to try to get a flight that departs in the afternoon since we are not always able to offer late departures due to availability.

Culture and Language
You will likely pick up a few Hawaiian words on vacation but one you should get used to saying and hearing is Mahalo, which means Thank You. And, so you don't offend the giver, if you are presented a lei, do not remove it in the presence of the one who gave it to you.  Go ahead, put a flower behind your ear if you like but remember, behind the left ear means you are spoken for.

 

Read about Maui and Hawaii Island, commonly called the Big Island, below and visit our Activites Page for some ideas on what to do when you get here.

 

MAUI - COMING 2020!

Full of tropical allure, a rich history and unique culture, Maui has been repeatedly voted the Best Island in the World for two decades. The island boasts near perfect weather, awe-inspiring natural wonders, 81 accessible beaches and a laid-back Maui lifestyle that has earned Hawaii the title of Happiest State for the fourth year in a row.

 

The second largest Hawaiian island, the Valley Isle delights nature lovers with an assortment of natural wonders and outdoor recreational activities like stand-up paddle boarding, hiking trails that lead to towering waterfalls, whale watching in the winter months, and Haleakala – the island’s 10,000 ft. dormant volcano.

 

For those who desire a little more than just spectacular scenery, Maui hosts a variety of annual events including the Hyundai Golf Tournament, the Maui Invitational College Basketball Tournament in Lahaina, the Maui Film Festival, the Maui County Fair, live theater and a full calendar of world-renowned entertainment at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

 

Rich in history, this area beckons to be explored.   Just a short, scenic drive will take you from the Olowalu petroglyphs to the popular vacation destination of Lahaina – once a famed whaling village in the mid-1800′s and the seat of Hawaiian royalty in ancient times and on to world famous Ka'anapali and Kapalua.  Nestled between Ka'anapali and Kapalua is picturesque Napili Bay - where, in 2020, you can book our Napili Sky Villa or Napili Garden Villa.

 

There’s nothing like a Maui vacation! Check out our Points of Interest page to get started and then send us a note if you have any questions or would like further recommendations on what to do on Maui.  We are happy to talk story with you!

HAWAII ISLAND (BIG ISLAND)

The Big Island of Hawaii, officially named Hawai’i Island, is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and often confused by mainlanders and others with Oahu - but make no mistake.  These two islands couldn’t be more diverse.

 

Large enough to hold all the other islands combined, Hawaii Island is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Mauna Loa and Kilauea.  Its coastlines range from stunning, white sand beaches from the pages of Travel & Leisure Magazine to dramatic cliffs spewing steam as red-hot lava pours into the sea.  From upscale resorts, tiny fishing towns that time forgot, rainforests covered in a blanket of green ferns; and historical sites marking the demise of Captain Cook in 1779 or Hulihe’e Palace, the former vacation home of Hawaiian Royalty, the Big Island is everything you imagined Hawaii to be – minus the metropolitan shopping district and congestion of Honolulu.

 

All of your senses will come alive on the Big Island with the sweet, intoxicating scent of Plumeria floating on the breeze; black and green sand beaches dotted with giant sea turtles, the tastes of coconut shrimp and fresh pineapples, and the roar of waves crashing on the shore.  

 

Our Waikoloa Island Star vacation home, located in the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the island’s sunny west coast, offers visitors a world-class, upscale retreat.  Our vacation home is a short stroll from the Waikoloa Hilton where guests are invited to dine and if you have littles ones, you won't want to miss taking a stroll to the hotel's dolphin lagoon. Or, you may want to stroll along the coral beach path that leads to Anaeho'omalu Beach or Lava Lava Beach Club.

 

Two shopping centers:  Queens’ Marketplace and Kings’ Shops offer everything from boutique shops and art galleries to a gourmet market, live entertainment and an abundance of dining options ranging from fine dining to coffee shops and everything in between, including a traditional Hawaiian luau.  Other options include a brand new luxury cinema and bike and board rentals.  

 

Plan your Big Island vacation now by booking our 8-bedroom oceanfront Waikoloa Island Star home.

We also offer a 6-bedroom vacation home in Boothbay, Maine

Take a New England vacation to our 6-bedroom home along the rocky shoreline on the east coast in Boothbay, Maine.  This four-season seaside village boasts coastal excitement in the summer where you can eat your fill of lobster - fresh off the boats - every night.  Autumn comes alive with cooler air and trees that glow in red and golden hues against a brilliant blue sky.  During the winter, when the crowds are gone, the town holds its annual Harbor Light's Festival and Garden Aglow to mark the start of the holiday season!   Email info@exclusivevillaretreats.com if you are interested in this property.