We are Doug & Jen. We feel grateful to be stewards of this beautiful property – somehow we feel it chose us. Hale O Kauka Healing Garden is a sanctuary and private retreat for family, invited guests and day visitors to the garden and micro farm stand. During the Pandemic we’ve been building fences, improving the grounds, producing avocado leaf tea, working remotely and creating space for Maui Community Homeschoolers. We live on island, sometimes at Hale O Kauka and sometimes at our little place on the Westside of Maui. We have a team of trusted helpers who oversee the operation and maintenance of our Hawaiian retreat when we are away.
What we love about our Maui home:
The location! Hale O Kauka Healing Garden is neighbor to the Temple of Peace Healing Spa providing access to many spa services with just a walk down the driveway. Many restaurants with vegan and gluten free options are just a short walk into Haiku town and the beach is just 2 miles down the road. We love Haiku – its close to the Road to Hana, Twin Falls, hiking trails, Paia town, access to Haleakala crater, Makawao town, the airport and all the conveniences of the shops and grocery choices in Kahului and Wailuku. One of the best restaurants on the island is just mile from us, Mamma’s Fish House – but if you plan to dine there you’ll need to make a reservation well ahead of your stay. Hale Maile General Store is also a good dining option close by with less notice. Our favorite local grocery store is Mana in Paia with lots of organic and local fresh produce, within walking distance of Mana are several excellent eateries including Cafe de Amis, Flatbread Pizza and Paia Fish Market. For a beautiful breakfast lunch or dinner the restaurant at Lumeria is a great local choice and don’t forget to stop at the Sacred Garden of Maliko to walk their labrynth, check out their gift shop and stroll the nursery. Food trucks offer a variety of culinary tastes at the Haiku Cannery Mall and in Pukalani. It’s easy to travel up through Kula to find any unique experiences like the Lavendar farm, Kula Botanical Garden, Kula Farms and the Ulupalakua Winery where wine tastings include wine distilled from pineapples. If you want instagramable photos with drinks that have umbrellas and orchids in them – it’s just a short 40 minute drive to the resort areas and shopping in Wailea and Kaanapali.
Jeremy is our “Gatekeeper,” – he literally fixes the gate and will happily unlock it to welcome you in. In addition to providing you access, he’s pretty handy and can repair just about anything – which is really important when your house is 150 years old. Jeremy lives on the property full time.
Lastly, Sophia is our housekeeper. Her name means wisdom and she lives up to it. She keeps us tidy, sweeps out the red dirt and generally sanitizes everything from dishes to base boards. She also keeps a stocked supply of towels and extra linens in the laundry room.
Aloha from Hale O Kauka!