At the end of a winding 52-mile drive through the rain forests of Maui, Hawaii sits the peaceful, idyllic village of Hana. And there, in a forest reserve, is a sort of green Eden: the Hana Lani Treehouses.
In this particular eco-resort Eden there are four options for accommodations, each rather spread apart from each other:
The Bed & Breakfast House is the only one of the options with electricity. Then again, it isn’t really a treehouse but a semi-modern wooden guesthouse. It sleeps eight and includes a kitchen, hammock and gorgeous views of green jungles and the blue Pacific beyond.
The other three accommodation options are akin to glorified camping and “not for the fussy” by the resort’s own admission. But, man are they cool!
The Tree Pavilion is a wood cottage on stilts. It has a propane stove, BBQ area and a view of the ocean from your bed.
The House Of The August Moon is perched half in a tree, half on stilts, on the side of a hill. It has open walls, two balcony hammocks and a bamboo outhouse bathroom a one-minute walk away; at night the path is lit by Tiki torches.
Our favorite accommodations are at the Hana Lani is the Treetops Treehouse. This 1,000 square foot wood and tree limb structure spans across three levels and includes as many sleeping areas. The top level has plastic sheeting for a roof, otherwise the whole structure is open to the elements. Fortunately, there’s a mosquito net over each of the beds. This place has a real tree house feeling!
A stay at the Hana Lani Treehouses requires some advance planning. There’s no reception area—not only do you need a reservation before you show up but also rather detailed directions on how to get to your particular accommodations. The road requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle and we recommend shoes that can cope with muddy and dirty trails. You’ll also have to bring your own food, drink, ice and mosquito repellent. Lots of mosquito repellent.
So, take seriously the Hana Lani Treehouses’ “not for the fussy” warning, find your sense of adventure and prepare yourself for an unforgettable night or two in the “real” Hawaii . . .
. . . and then recover from your experience with a night or two at the nearby Hotel Hana Maui and Honua Spa.