Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Honopou Valley - Maui's wild Hawaii

Honopou Valley - Maui's wild Hawaii

Haiku Maui - coconut palms and taro - just listed

HONOPOU VALLEY - MAUI

You may not know of this hidden valley down Honopou Road on Maui's north shore.  Some of the land has belonged to Hawaiian families for generations and goes back to the "great mahele".  There is a lot of history here, with ancient rock walls surrounding taro paddies that are watered from Honopou Stream.  This is where a large population of Hawaiians called home, back before the the sea-faring Europeans landed here with their diseases and land-owning practices.  Not many native Hawaiians still choose to live a lifestyle that includes taro and sweet potato farming, raising crops and animals in order to subsist.  Over time they have moved on to greener pastures and the lure of life in town, with all the conveniences.

If Hawaiian history interests you, please see the Hawaiian Historical Society website for a wealth of information. 

 

potholes in the road in Honopou MauiHonopou Road is an unpaved country road that more or less follows the curves of Honopou Stream, from the Hana Highway to the ocean cliffs.  Since Maui County won't maintain these miles of road, the homeowners get together once a month for road maintenance and a potluck party.  It's a community effort that helps to build a bond between them.  You can see that some of these potholes have been filled in already.  Neighbors get to know their neighbors and learn how to work together as a team.  Did you notice there are no power poles and telephone lines down here?  

This area is "off the grid", meaning that there are no water lines, no electric service, and no cable TV.  No pizza delivery either!  It's up to each homeowner to provide their own services, and they have come up with some creative techniques.  Most people have photo voltaic systems to supply their electric needs, and a water catchment system or well for the plumbing needs.  Cell phones and satellite dishes work here , so who needs a land line?  Distributors of off-grid supplies live nearby, and you don't have to go far to find an expert to guide you.  It's a lifestyle of necessity and of choice.

 

Honopou Rd sign in Haiku MauiPeople who live down Honopou Road like their privacy.  They don't want a paved road with curious tourists racing around looking for a way to get to the ocean (you can't get there from here - so don't even try).  This quiet country lifestyle is just what they want.  They are an independent bunch who have learned to rely on themselves with a little help from friends and neighbors.  It's a tight and friendly community.  Many people like to grow their own food, and raise a few animals.  Some edible things that grow easily here are:

  • bananas - all varieties
  • gingers -  edible and flowering
  • taro - wetland and dryland
  • citrus - oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes
  • breadfruit
  • lychee
  • coconuts and other palms
  • vanilla beans

At the start of the road are some well known waterfalls and pools that are frequented by locals.  At the end of the road is a locked gate that looks out over private pasture land.  The grassy cliffs rise a few hundred feet above the crashing ocean waves below.  There are some parcels of vacant land for sale in Honopou and I will be posting that information soon.  I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Honopou, on the road to Hana.

If you're looking for some property or a home on Maui's north shore, be sure to call The Hunter - Georgina M. Hunter R(S) - 808 283-0635  or search the MLS for Maui listings.

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Georgie Hunter R(S) 808 283-0635

 

Comment balloon 11 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • November 03 2007 06:05PM

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Love Maui, havn't been there in a year, love surfing the North Coast - Honolua Bay - Heaven!  How's the market there?

 www.MarkLomas.com        www.TheRealEstateScene.com

Posted by Mark Lomas, Excellent Service, Superior Results (Santa Barbara Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Beautiful story and history of Honopou Valley...I believe I'll learn a lot here! 
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago
This is so God Send. Please send me info on Poperty for sail and cost. God Bless. Mahalo!!!!!!!!
Posted by Lorenzo P. Montoya ( Hop Sing) almost 12 years ago

Mark - the market has flattened out, but still moving.  Of course the super high end stuff doesn't feel the pain.  The lower priced homes are taking longer to sell.  Some sellers are still dreaming of the high prices from a few years back, but the smart sellers who price right are moving their properties.

Sally - It is a beautiful place indeed.

Lorenzo - I will be posting a new BLOG today with some pictues.  My new listing is priced at $279,000 for .893 acres.  There is also 27 acres of oceanfront pastures, in the multi millions.  There are some more vacant land listings on the next roads over... Ho'olawa and Honokala.  Can you call me?

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago
Georgina- I swear I have been on that road....I love to go where the tourists don't.....but even if I missed your area, maui is so beautiful.  this was a great Post......I came here after seeing your comment on somone asking about off the grid.  Now, I understand......Thank you.
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) almost 12 years ago
i love these photos. they are very eye catching and spark the imagination.
Posted by Shellee Ashmore (The Inner Iris Photography) almost 12 years ago

Kathy - I think the road keeps getting bumpier, even tho they work on it a little each month!

Shellee - It's a magical valley.  Showed the property yesterday, and I hope it will spark his imagination!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago
Beautiful pictures, must be a great place to work!
Posted by Krista Fuchs, Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling (Prudential Fox & Roach) almost 12 years ago
Krista - It sure is a great place to work, or not work!  Either way I am very lucky.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago
Georgina, whenever you tire of Maui look to Kansas. Its great in the Heartland. Looking forward to visiting you next year.
Posted by Larry Kueser (Keller Williams Realty Diamond Partners Inc) almost 12 years ago
Larry - thanks for dropping in here - you will love it in the islands
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago

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