I would personally like to thank Joe and Karen for allowing me and my family to stay in his condo.. again! My son and myself stayed here in 2006 for his cancer wish, and it was exceptional. This time, I was able to bring my entire family along to enjoy the ride. With a total of 10 people including an infant, we were able to go through the road to Hana, attend the Maui Ocean Center, watch the whales from the condo lanai, go to a luau, kayak, snorkel, amongst other things. But most of all, Joe and Karen were able to get a lovely lady named Lori to perform a vow renewal ceremony for my husband and I's 10 year anniversary, and her husband Jamie to sing a few songs.. truly truly made our trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. My family is still abuzz about this trip and are looking forward to return again. This is a place that I would recommend over and over again to stay, and Joe and Karen always go above and beyond to make sure our stay is memorable.
We were lucky enough to stumble across the link for GotMaui on homeaway. It ended up being a perfect fit for our family. We had 3 very small children and 5 adults, and the accommodations were just right. There are baby gates, cribs, and lots of beach toys. The pool and hot tub right under our lanai was incredible. Don't believe the guide books that say Ma'alaea is too windy and a bad place to stay, it's not true! The dust and wind were actually worse in Kihei while we were there. The condo is centrally located to everything (except Hana!). Joe and Karen went out of their way to answer every question I called and e-mailed them with and sent tons of great info our way. Joe went so far as to order a brand new and very awesome wok because I asked if there was one in the condo. Better hosts couldn't possibly exist. When I return to Maui, I will definitely stay at Joe and Karens, if they'll have us. It was so hard to leave their wonderful home, and it still the background on all 3 of my computers. Thanks again Joe and Karen for the perfect vacation!
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Name: Bambi and Brad
, Added: 11/02/2008 -
From: Kenai, Ak
We had the pleasure of staying at Joe and Karen's place for about a week in September. We had originally booked a more expensive condo (which was one room, no balcony), and we had a chance to go see it (other family stayed at same condos in Kehei) and BOY, WERE WE GLAD WE RENTED JOE AND KAREN'S!
Why: Super close to everything, especially Lahaina and Kehei, but quiet and tranquil and private. The sun and moonrise over Haleakala - breathtaking! The almost always empty pool and spa tub! Air conditioning, ah blessed air conditioning! Restaurants a few blocks away. Live music a few blocks away. A park with miles of beach a couple blocks away (small private beach in front). Almost all tour boats depart from, you guessed it, a few blocks away. Amazing view from the balcony and living room and kitchen - we enjoyed staying "home" almost as much as being out and about. We didn't need the three bedrooms, but hey, the price was right and I didn't have to look at my suitcases the whole trip. We went snorkeling at Napili and a turtle as big as my dining room table swam by us and touched me with his fin, then followed me around with his little rainbow colored fish buddy. The lava fields were amazing. Seeing all the family there for the wedding was amazing (we highly recommend the Sunday brunch at Maui Prince!!! Yum.) We picked the perfect home base for all of our adventures. Thanks Joe, thanks Karen!
MJ and Stan
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Name: MJ & Stan Wong
, Added: 10/01/2008 -
We stayed at Joe and Karen's condo 8/24-9/2 with our daughter and four grandchildren (1.5-16 years). We had the time of our lives! The condo was comfy and centrally located to everything. With the exception of the road to Hana, we never drove more than 30 minutes to any of our destinations, which were many. We highly recommend the PWF eco tour to Molokini and Turtle Town for snorkeling, leaves right from Maalaea harbor. Also enjoyed snorkeling on our own at Makena Landing, around the point. Some in our group were lucky enough to swim with an ancient honu. The Royal Lahaina Luau was just perfect for what we were looking for with the grandkids. The price was right, the food was excellent and the kids loved the upbeat Hawaiian show (so did I). My husband and I have been to a couple of other luaus which were more authentic, but this was perfect for the kids and actually exceeded my expectations, given the reviews I read prior to our trip. We had fun. Joe, thank you for all of the information and assistance you provided me over the past 6 months. It was fun to see the pictures of you and Karen up the stairway at the condo. Nice people! When we were walking out the door to leave on Tuesday morning, we all felt sad to leave our home away from home. We will surely return.
Patti Guynes and family from Oregon.
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Name: Patti Guynes
, Added: 09/03/2008 -
From: Oregon City, OR
We had the pleasure of being the first ones to enter comments about Joe and Karens place back in 2005. It was a real treat for us in June of this year to bring the family back to the paradise of Maui and again enjoy the hospitality of the Dorsey's. It has been fun staying in tough with Joe over the years and greatly appreciate his willingness to make sure that you truly enjoy yourselves at their place. Many updates had been made since our first stay. This is the perfect place for a family of five. We were talking about our trip last night and said that although this was our last family trip as everyone is getting older and going in separate ways we would still stay at the Dorsey's even though we would not need all the space.
You cannot beat the location and the accommodations are great. You really cannot go wrong and will not be disappointed.
Thanks again for everything that you have done for our family over the years. You and Karen are "Good People"
As a wise man once said "until we meet again"
We enjoyed our trip and the condo. It was pretty hot when we arrived but the cool ocean breeze kept it nice. We never had to use the a/c. And it was so nice to have the sounds of the waves put us to sleep each night. We talked about having to buy a CD of ocean sounds to help us get to sleep after getting back. My in-laws enjoyed the condo as well. My father-in-law would have walked all the way to Kihei along the beach if we had let him. We didn't visit the Waterfront, but enjoyed a nice dinner at Buzz's one night. Definitely the best prawns and onion soup on the island. Service was great as well. Dinner at Kula lodge after sunset on the volcano was very nice, too. We were also delighted to find a rice cooker in the unit (my wife and her family is Japanese) --yes -- it's the little things that make a difference. All in all, a great time was had by all. Nothing else left to do but start planning the next trip! Thanks again for the use of the unit. Everything went smoothly.
Stephen and Hiromi
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Name: Stephen and Hiromi
, Added: 07/01/2008 -
From: Vancouver, WA
We just returned from seven wonderful days in Maui. The condo is perfectly located between Kapalau and MaKena -- the area of Maui where all of the action is. Also it is a five minute walk from Maalaea Harbor where there are many actives -- fishing, snorkeling, sunset cruises, etc. Nice condo, great location -- we highly recommend it.
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Name: J. Kimbrough Davis
, Added: 06/05/2008 -
From: Tallahassee, FL
Hi Joe and Karen,
This is our second time at your condo and this time was as enjoyable as the first. We LOVED watching the whales and spent every extra minute with our binoculars on the balcony! Your location is perfect in that it is right in the middle of everything. Some of our favorites this time include lunch at the Kula Lodge, the whale watch boat trip, the ferry trip to Lanai (rent a jeep, there is nothing else to do all day), the winery tour,and Haleakala. We are already talking about what we want to do "next time."
Best Wishes, Janet and Scott s/v Windswept
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Name: Janet and Scott s/v Windswept
, Added: 04/11/2008 -
From: Columbia, SC
I wanted to drop a note to thank you for your condo and tell you how much we enjoyed it. It was perfect because we had privacy in that Todd, Julie and the boys had the loft to themselves, which was nice. The place also is so centrally located to everything in Maui. I did write a fairly extensive note in the journal at the condo but wanted to express my thanks personally. The maids were waiting in the parking lot when we left to ask what room we were exiting so they could clean. How cute!
Naturally, I took your advice and tried to snorkel in front of the condo one morning, fell all over the rocks, swam through seaweed and saw two little black fish before exiting with my hair full of seaweed. Probably the wrong place. Did do some great whale watching from the lanai, however, and one resident or visitor to the condos spotted a white Hawaiian seal in front of the condos, which he reported (the seal I mean) (grin).
All in all, a great trip.
Barbara Dempsey and daughter, Jocelyn, and daughter, Julie Parsons, son-in-law, Todd, and the two grandsons, Brandon,13, and Blake, 10.
Joe & Karen: Thanks a Million For allowing us to enjoy our 30TH Anniversary at your condo. It was the BEST vacation we have ever had. Your condo is second to none, & the VIEWS are the best.We enjoyed the pool, hot tub, & I really enjoyed grilling out, plus all the whale activity.You truly have PARADISE THERE. Thanks for EVERYTHING.
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Name: George & Nancy Doome / 414-764-6779
, Added: 03/17/2008 -
From: Oak Creek, Wi 53154
JOE & KAREN:
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL PLACE TO SPEND OUR ANNIVERSARY/BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.THE FRESH BREEZES OFF THE LANAI ALONG WITH THE WAVES CRESTING AGAINST THE SHORE ONLY ENHANCED THE WHALE WATCHING WE EXPERIENCED.IT IS AMAZING AT HOW MANY WHALE FAMILIES WAVED AT US AS WELL AS JUMPING FULL BODY OUT OF THE WATER. IT WAS A SITE TO SEE.
YOUR LOCATION ALLOWED US TO ENJOY MANY OF MAUI'S MANY NATURAL SPLENDORS. THE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION TOUR, SUBMARINE RIDE, OLD LAHINA LUAH, SHOPPING FOR THE LADIES IN LAHINA, AN EXCITING RIDE TO THE CREST OF THE CRATER AND IT'S VIEWS, JUST TO MENTION A FEW.
YOUR LOCATION IS PEACEFUL WITH ACCESS TO A SANDY BEACH AND ANY OF THE OTHER PLEASURES ON MAUI.
AGAIN ,THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS AS TO SITES BUT MOST OF ALL FOR YOUR WONDERFUL AND SPACIOUS CONDO.
This was a perfect haven for our family winter getaway. With two kids plus grandparents in tow there was plenty of room for everyone.
We appreciated the many amenities as many condos are not as well stocked. All you'll need are some basic essentials and all the food and wine you intend to consume.
If you have little ones you'll also appreciate the A/C for the odd day when they're prone to overheating. A/C is rare to find in many condos there.
The view from the lanai was spectacular and the beach right in front of the condo served us well for many early morning seashell hunting expeditions with my 3 year old.
Joe is an amazing resource and I can't tell you how many emails we exchanged as he assisted me in planning this vacation. From our fishing expedition to luau and sunset drive adventure, he steered us in the right direction every time.
The only downside was having to leave!
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Name: Carol Davis
, Added: 02/16/2008 -
From: Winnipeg, MB
Six of my family members, ages 8yrs old through 61 yrs old, stayed at the Ma'alaea Banyans in July, 2007 for two weeks. We LOVED it for the following reasons:
Our top priority when picking a condo was that it had to be OCEANFRONT. This condo, not only had a fantastic, panoramic view of the ocean, but we could, also, hear the waves lapping onto the shore!
We, also, wanted a condo with AC just in case the weather was hot and humid. As it turned out, we never used the AC provided, because a wonderful breeze continually cooled the condo.
A swimming beach was, also, something we wanted, and although we couldn't swim in the ocean directly in front of the condo, there was a nice swimming beach within a SHORT walking distance that had miles of uncrowded, white, sandy beach. We spent hours walking this beach, exploring tide pools and collecting shells.
More perks we found while staying at this condo were all the things to do that were within walking distance.
We loved the Ocean Center Aquarium where we bought a WEEK pass that cost only a few dollars more than a day pass. It was well worth the extra money, as we could visit any time during their hours of operation for one week from the date of purchase. This allowed us to come and go as much or as little as we wanted. It made a great filler for days when we went on short excursions to other parts of the island, or if we just wanted a little something to do on a relaxing day at the condo.
There are lots of fun shops at the Ocean Center for those that like to shop, and some very good restaurants for those who like to eat.
A miniature golf course and bumper boat park is, also, within walking distance. It is located right next door to a gas station, mini mart and fast food restaurant. The grandkids and BIG kids had many laughs at this park.
When we went snorkeling at Molokini, we were even within walking distance of the dock where we boarded our boat for the trip.
So as I said, there were LOTS of things to do within walking distance of this condo, yet it was peaceful and quiet.
Last but not least, Joe was a virtual encyclopedia of info, and a pleasure to work with. He went over and above the call of duty in order to make our stay the very best it could be. Having a DSL connection was another added perk that we really appreciated.
If you want a wonderful Maui experience, I highly recommend this quiet, oceanfront, centrally located condo. My family and I would definitely stay here again.
Beutiful views from Condo, Liked location as it was between the Northern and Southern sections of the Island. Condo was great for the five of us. Pool and Jacuzi right next to Ocean.
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Name: Russell Paul
, Added: 07/08/2007 -
Joe and Karen,
Thank you again for the use of your great condo. Your condo is in the perfect location, walking distance to the harbor, and everything else is within 15 to 20 minutes depending on traffic and what a view! It was nice not having to deal with the traffic in Kihei everyday! We do recommend the Pacific Whale Foundation's all day snorkel trip to Molokini and Lanai captain Steve and his crew were awesome! I hope our paths cross again....Until then.....Alooooooha.
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Name: Chris, Lisa, Chris, and Daniel Torres
, Added: 06/05/2007 -
From: Higley, Arizona
THIS WAS THE MOST RELAXING AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE. IT WAS POST CARD PERFECT AND LOVED BEING SO CLOSE TO SO MANY EXCITING PLACES. THE PEOPLE WERE GREAT THE CONDO WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD AND WE HAVE NEVER ENJOYED OURSELVES SO MUCH OR FELT SO STRESS FREE. WAKING UP IN THE MORNING TO THE VIEW AND SITTING ON THE PORCH AND LISTENING TO THE BIRDS WAS SO ENJOYABLE. THANK YOU FOR THE USE OF YOUR CONDO I RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET AWAY AND FEEL AT HOME AWAY FROM HOME. WE ARE CERTAINLY HOPING TO RETURN IN THE FUTURE.
Thank you so much for the use of your condo. The condo was wonderful....plenty of room for all of us. The kids loved
the pool, and my parents who have never been to Hawaii, absolutely loved the view from the lanai. Everything was great...very friendly people also working there. If we ever get back to Maui again we will look you up again!!
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Name: Joe and Cheryl Archer
, Added: 04/21/2007 -
From: Keizer, OR
Thank you Joe and Karen for the use of your condo and all of your help in planning our trip. Like I said before it is like I have found a new friend. Your place is truly paradise. We loved Maui and the condo. Your condo is so centrally located and had everything we required. We are planning on going back to Maui someday and hopefully your condo will be available for rental.
Thanks Again Joe for all your help and your knowledge of Maui.
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Name: Ardyth and Bruce Cummins
, Added: 02/27/2007 -
From: Wainwright AB Canada
Our family enjoyed our stay in Maui so much that we're already dreaming about our next trip back. There are so many great things to do and see. After a long day of sightseeing, snorkeling, walking, shopping, or driving, the condo was like a home away from home. The views from the lanai are wonderful, and the other visitors we encountered down at the barbecue were very friendly. Thank you, Joe, for your hospitality and kindness. We will be back!
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Name: The Barker Family
, Added: 02/08/2007 -
From: Sherwood Park, Alberta