Yes! Living off the grid is absolutely wonderful! There are no electromagnetic fields or lines around you, yet we have plenty of electricity to serve all your needs. This includes wireless internet in some areas and a fully equipped kitchen with amenities like a blender, coffee maker, toaster, etc. in the main house and the cottages. Although we are off the grid, our place is very elegant and nurturing. If you have never before experienced being off the grid, then you are in for a real treat! We create our own electricity directly from the sun via solar panels, we pump our own water from a well, and we live sustainably and self-sufficiently from the land through organic farming. All of our houses are built to code with modern plumbing, and if we did not tell you that we are off the grid, you would never know it! Welcome to the new Eco-Conscious way of living and traveling elegantly green![/section] [section title=”When staying in Opua House, what areas are communal?”]
The lovely Opua House has a shared and elegant kitchen for all the guests in the house. The bathroom facilities are shared with the rooms which have no separate bathrooms. While your room is still your private temple, the large and well kept kitchen (with two sinks and ample storage space in both fridge and cupboards) is communal, and a great gathering place to connect with our many interesting guests. We also have outdoor seating areas in our Five Elements Garden and in the front of Opua House.[/section] [section title=”Are there laundry facilities on site?”]
Because our water and electric services are at the mercy of the heavens (solar power, pumped well water serviced by our bio-diesel generator) we are unable to provide personal laundry service to our guests, as our energy consumption requires delicate balancing with Mother Nature. However, there are laundromats close by in both Haiku and Paia town.[/section] [section title=”Are there any office services available?”]
Our office is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday. We offer printing services at $3 per page. We also offer scanning services at $5 per page. If you have the types of needs that are larger than a few pages, we would suggest that you visit Office Max or Kinkos in town.[/section] [section title=”Is there an additional clean-up fee?”]
In order to maintain harmony and balance with our solar energy supply, we require a one-time cleaning fee for our rooms and cottages. Thank you so much for understanding the special conditions of our Eco-conscious home! We have no daily parking or retreat fees as you often find in big hotels and resorts.
Fees change depending on the season.
Spring/Fall (Off Season): Cleaning fee is $30 for the rooms and $45 for the cottages for stays of one week or longer. If you stay less than one week and more than 3 days, the charge is $45 for our rooms or $95 for our cottages. For 3 nights or less, our rooms require a $75 charge or $145 to stay in our cottages less than 5 nights.
Summer (High Season): Cleaning fee is $45 for the rooms and $85 for the cottages for stays of one week or longer. If you stay less than one week and more than 3 days, the charge is $65 for our rooms or $125 for our cottages. For 3 nights or less, our rooms require a $75 charge or $145 to stay in our cottages less than 5 nights.
Winter (High Season): Cleaning fee is $45 for the rooms and $95 for the cottages for stays of one week or longer. If you stay less than one week and more than 3 days, the charge is $75 for our rooms or $145 for our cottages. For 3 nights or less, our rooms require a $95 charge per room or $195 to stay in our cottages.[/section] [section title=”Do you have any specials?”]
At certain times we do have last-minute specials if space is available. This only applies by less than three days in advance of your stay.[/section] [section title=”How do I book?”]
If you would like to book with us you can send a request from the website and we will get back to you as fast as possible. We will check availability and will confirm if we have space for you. Reservations are taken on a first-come-first-serve basis. Booking is confirmed by a 50% credit card deposit. In addition to our room rates, all prices are subject to the Hawaiian Transient State Tax of 13.42%. Payment of the remaining balance must be received within 30 days prior to your arrival or otherwise discussed.[/section] [section title=”Is there an online calendar I can check availability?”]
No, we have no online calendar. Even you see sometimes on other advertisement a calendar, which is part of the advertisers offerings, we are not participating in this part as we are not able to up date and keep those on-line calendars accurate. You have to contact our office either by email or phone to check if we have available rooms.[/section] [section title=”Are weekly rates available all year round?”]
During high season, from December 15th- March 31st, we have no weekly rates. From December 20th to January 3rd we only take a week long bookings. In addition, our cleaning and late night arrival fees are different during the high season.[/section] [section title=”Can I cancel?”]
If you choose to cancel your reservation, you will be responsible for the full amount of your booking, there are no refunds for canceled reservations unless the space can be subsequently re-booked at the same rate. We are happy to assist you with rescheduling your reservation. So if you do decide to cancel, please make sure you inform us as soon as possible, so we can have plenty of time to try and re-book. There is a non-refundable re-booking fee of $100.00.[/section] [section title=”Guest Services: (808) – 280 – 4524″ and (808)280 6601 for Late Arrivals
We have an office manager, a head of guest service and massage person available during business hours. Your hosts live on-site, as well as our excellent team of international apprentices. We are happy to answer any questions you might have during your stay. Upon arrival we give to each new guest a map and an overview of the many magical places on our land. We also share how to support our ecological way of living and being part of this great experience.[/section] [section title=”Late Arrival”]
There is an additional $45 charge for late arrivals between 7pm – 10pm and $65 from 10pm to midnight. We are a small, family owned business and have to hire an after hour guest service person to welcome our late arrivals and show them to their room. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
We also offer a shopping service for very late arrivals. Please contact us in advance with a detailed shopping list and we will have your groceries waiting for you when you arrive. The cost for this service is $30 + 10% of the cost of goods.[/section] [section title=”Are there phones at the retreat available for use?”]
The Opua House has a land-line in the dining area with long distance that guests may use. Cell phone reception on the land normally works, depending on your carrier and location. Wi-Fi is included in your cost of stay, and available in the Opua House (the Thai Hale and Bamboo Temple are purposefully designated Wireless Free Zones). Using the Skype program is a wonderful way to get in touch with family and friends, and if both parties have a webcam, it even includes video![/section] [section title=”Am I able to receive mail and/or packages at the retreat?”]
Yes. However, we can only receive FedEx and US Postal Service mail (UPS will not deliver here). FedEx can be sent directly to our 610 Huelo Road Haiku, HI 96708 address, while US Postal Service mail may ONLY be delivered to our P.O. Box (P.O. Box 80080 Haiku, HI 96708), or it will be sent back. Keep in mind that all mail to Maui takes at least 3 days longer than expected, despite what mainland delivery services believe. Please take this into account and let our office know as soon as possible what you are expecting and when, so that we may keep our eyes open for your parcel and pick it up for you if delivered off site.[/section] [section title=”Where can I get more information about what to do on Maui?”]
Our links page provides information on retreats, car rentals, yoga, and much more. Our good friends at Hawaii Active offer wonderful adventures such as whale watching, swimming with dolphins, Hawaiian Luaus, and bicycle rides down the famous Haleakala volcano. See Maui Activities[/section] [section title=”Am I allowed to bring my dog?”]
It depends. Please do call first so we can advise you on Hawaii regulations.[/section] [section title=”Am I allowed to bring my children?”]
The allowance of children is decided on a case-by-case basis (based on age, space, and location of your vacation rental). You need to have a confirmed approval from our office. If you arrive with a child that is not on your booking our policy, and for the privacy for of our other guests, we will not be able to host your stay. Your reservation will be immediately cancelled. Generally, we strive to maintain a meditative space and if we are able to do so while hosting your wonderful family, we would love to![/section] [section title=”Are you wheel chair accessible?”]
No, we apologize, our trails are all natural and our doors are too small for a wheel chair.[/section] [section title=”Is there free parking?”]
Yes, our guests park for free.[/section] [section title=”Bedding and Linens”]
We provide both cotton and microfiber sheets for our guests. 80% of our linens are cotton, however microfiber is a truly green material, made primarily from petroleum waste products that would otherwise sit in landfills. Even more materials are being used to make them nowadays, including one of our favorites – bamboo. Their production does not use water resources the same way that cotton does, and the thickness of their thread count makes them feel just as or even more luxurious than cotton sheets. They are good for people with allergies as they deter dust and pollen, and are so lightweight that they can be washed and dried more efficiently and with the use of fewer resources. The Maui Eco Retreat is proud to use microfiber sheets, which have the distinction of being both comfortable and good for the environment. It also is drying about 50% faster then other sheets and that is certainly helpful running our ecological sustainable place.
Of course, if you have any special requests, please do let us know before your arrival and we will meet whatever needs you have.[/section] [section title=”How often will my towels and bedding be changed during my stay?”]
As we are conscious of our water and electric resources, we will change towels and bedding mid-week for guests who stay for a week. For guests who stay longer than a week, we will change towels and bedding at the beginning of the second week of their stay. If a guest has a special need, we are always open to finding a solution that meets both parties’ needs.
We provide both beach towels and towels for the shower and personal care.[/section] [section title=”Do you provide any shampoos or soaps?”]
Due to the many and varied needs and sensitivities of our guests, we do not provide cosmetic soaps or shampoos. We do, however, provide hand soap and dish soaps in all our facilities. We do not provide house shoes, slippers, or hair dryers, but you are most welcome to bring your own.[/section] [section title=”I hear there are geckos in Hawaii?”]
Geckos – These cute little guardians are fun to watch, especially at night when they stalk the bugs outside your window. They help to take care of the cockroaches, so please leave them to do their job. You’ll often hear them making a noise that sounds like laughing: this is the gecko chuckle.[/section] [/sections]