Retirement Communities on Maui, Molokai & Lana’i

Posted Mar 5, 2012 at 5:48pm

This article is third in a series on retirement hot-spots in Hawaii. In my 2 previous articles, I talked about retirement communities within the city of Honolulu and elsewhere on Oahu. This article will focus on the islands within Maui County: Maui, Molokai, and Lana’i.

If you’re looking for subsidized, low-income senior housing, read this section on affordable housing for seniors from my previous article, Senior Benefits & Programs In Hawaii. Whereas those subsidized housing programs require that your income (and sometimes assets) not exceed a certain amount, the housing communities covered in this series of articles have no such eligiblity requirements.

NOTE: All purchase prices listed are fee-simple, unless otherwise stated.

Kapalua

Aerial shot of Kapalua Resort

The master-planned community of Kapalua Resort.

  • Location: On Maui’s northwest coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: World-renowned Kapalua Bay beach, luxury homes, golf course homes, master-planned resort community including 2 golf courses and a golf academy, tennis courts, hiking/horse trails, treatment spa, fitness center, restaurants, and shops.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $400,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $800s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting at around $2 million. See listings.
  • New home development: Ritz-Carlton Residences, Kapalua Bay – Starting at around $3 million. Enormous (3,000+ square feet) 3- and 4-bedroom luxury condos that include resort privileges and 24-hour concierge service.

Napili & Honokowai

Ocean view peeking out from behind rooftops and treetops.

Second-floor condos in the Napili Ridge complex come with ocean views like the one above, and start in the $100,000s -- one-quarter the price you'd pay in nearby Kapalua.

  • Location: South of Kapalua on Maui’s northwest coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Small beach-town community, located between Kapalua and Ka’anapali (and a short distance to either resort) but has lower home prices, Napili Bay (a good snorkeling, swimming, and skim-boarding beach), Napili Plaza Shopping Center (which holds a weekly arts & crafts fair), hiking/horse trails, Maui Preparatory Academy (private school for preschool-grade 12).
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $100,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $300s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $500,000s. See listings.

Ka’anapali

Greenbelts, walking paths, and swimming pools on a large property adjacent to a beach.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa, the newest addition to Ka'anapali Beach, has condos for sale starting in the low $400,000s.

  • Location: South of Napili on Maui’s northwest coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: World-famous Ka’anapali Beach, Sugar Cane Train to/from Lahaina, Whalers Village mall,  master-planned resort community including 2 golf courses, tennis courts, walking trails, treatment spas, fitness centers, shops, and restaurants. Honua Kai Resort on the northern end of Ka’anapali Beach is the latest addition to the area.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $200,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $600s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $800,000s. See listings.

Lahaina

Blue-roofed mid-rise condo complex peeks above treetops, with ocean in background.

The Breakers in Lahaina is a new complex across from the beach. Condo prices start in the $200,000s.

  • Location: South of Ka’anapali on Maui’s northwest coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Historic former whaling town, some new home construction, short distance away from Ka’anapali but has lower home prices, Front Street (has shops, restaurants, art galleries), Lahaina Civic Center, several community parks, Lahaina Aquatic Center, Sugar Cane Train to/from Ka’anapali.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $200,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $500s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $300,000s. See listings.
  • New home developments:
    • The Breakers – Starting in the $200,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $200s. Studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condos in a mid-rise complex (4 stories high) located right across from the beach.
    • Ho’onananea at Lahaina – Starting in the $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee. 2- and 3-bedroom townhomes with small private backyards. Located in a low-rise complex (3 stories high).

Wailuku

2-story townhome building with mountains in the background.

Starting in the $300,000s, Milo Court's new 3-bedroom townhomes are part of the Kehalani master-planned community in Wailuku.

Kahului

Golf course greens and pond, with homes and mountains in the background.

Kahului's master-planned community Maui Lani is built around the Dunes at Maui Lani golf course.

  • Location: East of Wailuku. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Large-town conveniences and amenities, some new home construction, affordable homes, Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, Maui Mall, big-box stores (including Costco, Home Depot, and Walmart), Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului Airport, Kahului Harbor, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Hawaiian Canoe Club, Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului Community Center, University of Hawaii – Maui College.
  • Senior residence: Roselani Place – Offers independent living and assisted living services (including memory care for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia), but no intermediate care or skilled nursing care. Residents stay on a month-to-month lease. Monthly rent includes: Apartment housing, utilities, 3 meals daily, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, social/recreational activities, health & fitness programs, scheduled transportation, and 24-hour access to staff. Amenities include: 24-hour emergency call system, social lounges, activities room, restaurant-style dining room, private dining room, library, and barber shop/beauty salon.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting under $100,000 + monthly maintenance fee in the $600s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $300,000s. See listings.
  • New home development: New Traditions at Maui Lani – starting in the $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee. 3-bedroom single family homes (1-2 stories high). Part of the Maui Lani master-planned community with golf course.

Pa’ia & Haiku

Porch railing with view of green lawn and foliage beyond it.

This home in Haiku has a nice view of the lush, green landscape that the town is known for.

Pukalani

View of Pukalani (and a bit of the ocean) from The Gardens Upcountry condo complex.

  • Location: South of Pa’ia in Maui’s upcountry. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Cooler elevation, rolling hills landscape, golf course homes (Lani’iki Ridge, Liholani Golf Villas, The Residences at Kulamalu, Pukalani Fairway Estates, Country Club Estates), homes with ocean views, Pukalani Country Club, Tavares Community Center & Upcountry Pool, suburban conveniences (shops, restaurants, banks, grocery stores), Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $500s. See listings
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $400,00s. See listings

Kihei

Mid-rise condo buildings surround a large pool.

Kalama Heights, a senior residence in Kihei, charges its residents a monthly rent that includes not only apartment housing but also 3 meals per day, utilities, housekeeping and laundry services, and more.

  • Location: South of Kahului on Maui’s southwest coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Large-town conveniences and amenities, new home construction, some affordable homes, Elleair Maui Golf Club, many shopping centers, Rainbow Mall, multi-plex movie theater, lots of parks and beaches, Kenoloio Recreation Complex, Kihei Aquatic Center, Kihei Canoe Club, Maui Research & Technology Park, Maui Economic Development Board.
  • Senior residence: Kalama Heights – Independent living only. Residents stay on a month-to-month lease. Monthly rent includes apartment housing, 3 meals/day, utilities and cable TV, shuttle service, weekly housekeeping and linen service, fitness classes, educational lectures, other recreational activities, and a travel program (stay up to 7 nights in guest suite at any other Holiday Retirement community). Amenities include a restaurant-style dining room, private dining room, fitness center, billiards lounge and game room, TV/media room, and laundry facilities. Pet-friendly community!
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $100,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $200s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $200,000s. See listings.
  • New home developments:
    • Kai Ani Village – Starting in the $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee. 2-bedroom condos in low-rise complex (3 stories high) located 1 block from beach.
    • Ke Ali’i Ocean Villas – Starting in the $500,000s + monthly maintenance fee. Large 2- and 3-bedroom condos in low-rise complex (3 stories) that includes recreation center, fitness center, pool, spa, and barbecue pits.
    • Moana Estates – Starting in the $700,000s. 3-, 4-, and 5- bedroom single family homes (1-2 stories) that are a short walk from the beach.
    • Hokulani Golf Villas – Starting at $999,000. 2- and 3-bedrooms single family homes (1-2 stories) located at Elleair Maui Golf Club.
    • Nu’u Aina – Starting around $1 million. 2- and 3-bedroom single family homes (1-2 stories) and townhomes (2 stories) located at Elleair Maui Golf Club. Private elevator option available in all homes.

Wailea & Makena

Curved edge of a pool frames a tropical landscaped garden and lawn, with white condo buildings and the ocean in the background.

Condo prices in the meticulously landscaped Palms at Wailea complex start in the $500,000s.

Hana

Cluster of single-story cottages on a green lawn with palm trees.

These condos (rare in Hana) on the grounds of the oceanfront Travaasa Hana resort & spa are priced in the $500,000s.

  • Location: On the tip of Maui’s east coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Seclusion, affordable houses and land lots (some with agriculture zoning), small-town “Old Hawaii” community, lush tropical landscape, Hana Bay, Hamoa Beach, Waianapanapa State Park (includes black-sand beach), Waimoku Falls, 2 spas (Travaasa Hana and Luana Spa), Kahanu Garden, Hana Health Center, shops, art galleries, a handful of casual eateries.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $500,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $700s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $300,000s. See listings.

Molokai

Deserted white sand beach with green bluffs in background.

On Molokai, it's not unusual to have a gorgeous beach like this all to yourself! Above: Pohakumauliuli Beach (also known as Make Horse Beach).

  • Location: Northeast of Maui. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Seclusion, small population, country living, affordable homes and land lots, Ironwood Hills Golf Club, deserted beaches (including Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii’s largest white-sand beaches), Kalaupapa National Historical Park, mom-and-pop stores and eateries, 1 public library, Molokai Airport, no traffic lights, lack of commercialization, Hawaii as it was 50 years ago.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting around $100,000 + monthly maintenance fee in the $300s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $200,000s. See listings.

Lana’i

2 golfers play on greens with a pond in the foreground and a stately white lodge and forested mountains in the background.

The Pines at Koele condos are adjacent to the beautiful Four Seasons Lodge at Koele (above) and are priced starting in the low $400,000s.

  • Location: East of Maui and south of Molokai. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Seclusion, small population, some affordable houses, luxury homes and home sites, cooler climate inland, Four Seasons’ Manele Bay and Lodge at Koele resorts (both include golf courses, tennis courts, spas, and restaurants), deserted white-sand beaches, Munro Trail, Lana’i Pines Sporting Clays course, historic plantation-town district in Lana’i City, Dole Park, shops and restaurants in town square.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $400s + monthly maintenance fee in the $800s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $200,000s. See listings.
  • New home developments: Island of Lana’i Properties – Starting in the $400,000s + monthly maintenance fee. Luxury home sites, condos, and single family homes built around the Four Seasons’ Manele Bay and Lodge at Koele resorts.

Coming up next: Retirement Communities On The Big Island.

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