An expansive view to the sea from a balcony at Ekena a vacation rental in Hana.

Enjoy an astonishing view from Ekena Maui. Photo courtesy of Ekena.

Set high above the west end of town, the luxurious Ekena (808/248-7047, $245-400) vacation rental offers arguably one of the best views in Hana. This large pole house has an upper and lower unit which are each spacious enough to easily be shared by two couples. Both floors have large living rooms, fully equipped kitchens with all modern conveniences, two master bedrooms, and spacious bathrooms. There are private hiking trails departing from the property, and the on-site caretakers can provide all the info on Hana you could possibly need. The Jasmine level with one bedroom goes for $245 per night; with two bedrooms for $320. The Sea Breeze level is $350 for a couple and $400 for four people. There’s a three-night minimum; no kids younger than 14.

The funky, ultra-relaxing Bamboo Inn offers three oceanfront accommodations that look out over the water toward Waikoloa Beach. A thatched roof hut serves as the centerpiece for the property. The owner, John, is a wealth of information on Hana history and culture, and this is a modern, soothing place to base yourself in Hana town and fall asleep to the crash of the waves. The one-story Honu and ‘Iwa suites are $195 and $210/night, and each features its own private lanai gazing out over the calming bay. The two-story Naia suite is $265 with another private lanai. Wi-Fi is available in the courtyard and breakfast is included.

The Hana Bay Hale (808/248-4999, $145-245) looks out over Hana Bay and features three separate suites. The Kauiki and Waikoloa one-bedroom units are $145/night plus a $25 cleaning fee for one-night stays, and the two-bedroom Hana Bay suite is $245/night plus a $35 cleaning fee for one-night stays. One-bedroom units have kitchenettes whereas the two-bedroom suite has a full kitchen, and the units can all be combined into a single large house for anyone traveling in a large group.

On the southern end of town between Hana and Kipahulu are the Guest Houses at Malanai (808/248-8706, $245-295). This lush property features the one-bedroom Hale Ulu Ulu guesthouse and the larger, two-bedroom Hale Manu, both of which rent for the same rate depending upon length of stay. These two separate houses are located a 15-minute stroll from Hamoa Beach and Waioka Pool, and the owners can provide basic accessories you might need for the beach as well as insight on the area.

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Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.