North Shore Lookout Review
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It’s rare when you come upon a Maui accommodation where the only reviews are beyond positive.  I think that can only come for small inventory properties where service and detail can be crafted in a custom way.  The owners of the North Shore Lookout have the luxury of designing a perfect experience every time.  Keep in mind, with only 5 rooms, this BnB books up way in advance.

Here are just a few recent reviews:


WOW!  Words do not thoroughly explain how magical NorthShore Lookout is.  We have loved everything about our stay here with the exception of having to leave.  Your attention to detail, the focus bringing the beauty of nature to all living spaces and your hospitality were noticed and appreciated. 

We have been all over the Untied States and abroad a few times and this B&B has been our favorite.  This property is one of a kind.  We immediately felt at home and enjoyed some of the R&R we hear about in Hawaii. 

Breakfast was delicious, meeting other guests was really special and having our own space in Pele was perfect.  I can’t wait to make our own home more nature centered.  We ventured around the entire island and here are some of our favorites:  Maui Fish Co. (Food Truck), best poke and fish tacos, Nike-Sushi, Kohola Brewery and Monkeypod for their Mai Tai.  Oh and Star Noodle. 

Some of our favorite must sees include White Rock Beach, sunset or rise on Mount Haleakala, Makena Beach, Ian Valley State Park, and of course the Road to Hana.  We went counterclockwise through Hana.  It beat crowds so it was well worth it to us.  Thank you again for everything.  Our experience was pure magic.  We are already talking about our next trip.

by  Kenna and Grant of Minneapolis

Maui bed and breakfast

We returned to the Hawaiian Islands to celebrate Manfred’s retirement and take in all the Aloha Spirit that we had fallen in love with 27 years ago when we lived and worked on Oahu for one year.  So glad we booked a four night stay here at Northshore Maui Lookout!  The Pele Suite is just beautiful and comfortable! 

The hosts Shannan and Josh are so welcoming and a joy to visit with.  They have a great knowledge of the island with lots of helpful recommendations for things to do and see.  The accommodations here at the B&B are spectacular.  Shannan and Josh are so talented they have put so much thought and hard work into every detail of this beautiful oasis.  Love the pool, hot tub in the evening, gazing up at the stars!  Wonderful memories we have made here.  Can’t wait to return some day!  Mahalo to Shannon and Josh for an amazing experience! It was a pleasure, pure Maui magic!!

by  Jane and Manfred of Canada

Makawao accommodations

North Shore Lookout Maui
121 Kahakapao Road
Makawao, HI 96768
(808) 868-1651

Maui County Permit #BBMP20170003 HI TAT #TA-174-391-0912-01

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17 Responses

  1. Evan & Jarett

    We are here for our wedding, “babymoon” and honeymoon and have enjoyed every magical second here at the North Shore Lookout! Josh and Shannan have been so welcoming and given by far the best hospitality we’ve received on the island. If you need suggestions about where to eat, the weather, local beaches, directions, you name it, Josh and Shannan are a wealth of knowledge and will hook you up with the best that Maui has to offer. Every time you turn around up here there’s a new plant, a bird, a chameleon, a rainbow, or you wake up above the clouds. Pure magic!! Thank you Josh and Shannan, we’ll see you again with baby Baer in tow!!

  2. Mike & Jess

    To say we found our “Aloha” is an understatement. The land, the property, the pool, hot tub, breakfast, the views, the animals… we could go on and on. The very best part were the people – you guys! We feel so transformed by this magical property. Thank you for providing a little piece of paradise for us. We will forever hold our experience in our hearts and soul. Until next time!

  3. Lucas and Kirsten from Hollenbach

    We feel so lucky that we found the North Shore Lookout for our first visit to Maui. This place is gorgeous and was perfect getaway for our dream trip to Maui! You were both wonderful hosts and we will definitely remember how much we enjoyed our morning smoothies! We have had so many adventures during our week in Maui and it will definitely be a trip that we will never forget. We feel like we got to experience so much of the island from hiking Haleakala Crater, to swimming in the waterfalls, the drive to Hana, Red Sands BBeach, many beautiful hikes and amazing snorkeling and beaches. The food and restaurants were amazing as well! Thank you for all of your wonderful recommendations of things to see and do on this beautiful island! We enjoyed our stay and would love to visit again one day! Thank you!

  4. Carmen

    You made the perfect end to our honeymoon. Your location is perfect to enjoy all of Maui. Your attention to detail made us smile. Thank you so much!

  5. Dana and Brent

    Thank you so much for creating this haven in Maui! Our honeymoon was beyond perfect and the North Shore Lookout was more amazing than we could ever have imagined! It’s the perfect place to relax, recharge and unwind. If we had the option, we’d never leave. Since the moment we arrived this place has felt like home. We will definitely be back (possibly with the whole family next time!) Thanks again for being amazing and helping us build life long memories.

  6. Rachel and Jordan

    We will always remember our stay here at the North Shore Lookout. It was pretty indescribable to be honest. You have a way of making people feel right at home. I truly wouldn’t change a single thing. Thank you SO much for creating such a peaceful and magical place – it came at a time in our lives where we really needed this slice of heaven.

  7. Greg K

    Second time back, even more in love with the place and you two. Thank you for making this trip even more special than it already was. It’s been amazing to be able to come back over a year after our first stay to see and celebrate the amazing progress. You have no idea how much we appreciate your care, small, but special touches we could not have had two better people or a better place to celebrate our engagement. The NSL played a big part in the development of greg and I’s relationship. Maui will forever be out home away from home and it’s barely because of our experience here. Thank you doesn’t even begin to show our gratitude. Love always and until next year!
    PS – Thank you for showing my parents the magic of Maui!

  8. Nadia Jefferson

    Mahalo for making our stay so wonderful. The Pele Suite was beautiful – your attention to detail, style and that AMAZING breakfast were all wonderful. It is so great to see the effort you put into your BnB and we appreciate how much you do for your guests. All I can say is we wish we were staying on beautiful, magical Maui for longer – we will DEFINITELY be back! MAUI ROCKS!

  9. Katie, Kim, Liz

    Thank you Shannan and Josh for a beautiful stay. We feel so at home here! Make sure you’re up in time for peaceful sunrises overlooking the North Shore here. Paia Town was a favorite for cruising around, uncrowded beaches, great shopping, and cafes. Just get there early for easier parking. Maui Winery is lovely after driving the Road to Hana. Go past Hana and circle around the Southern Coast for more rural, uncrowded roads and great views. We will definitely be back here to our home away from home of Makawao.

  10. Gisele

    It was such a joy and honor to experience this magical place you two have built. You thought of everything, down to the last detail. It felt like home in heaven. Breakfast was absolutely delicious!
    Plus we truly enjoyed our conversations with you guys. Your tips and recommendations were so so helpful! We can not wait to visit again and see all the wonderful new ideas you guys bring to light.
    PS. Give Miss Maples our love!

  11. Nathalie and Tobias

    Thank you so much for that wonderful place we could have stayed! It was our first time in Maui and we had great days! This place is perfectly located to travel all over the island and make you be happy to go back to the North Shore Lookout after an exciting day. It was an awesome home for these days. We loved it and we will recommend it when someone asked us for a stay in Maui! We hope to come back soon! Thank you for everything!

  12. Courtney J

    We can’t thank you guys enough for the amazing hospitality that you both showed us. You’re both so kind and generous and it was great to talk with you. This place is incredible, we will be back the next time we’re in Maui. Highlights of this place – tranquility, pool, views, beach gear, your recommendations and delicious breakfast every morning. You guys really know how to create an unforgettable experience. Thank you!

  13. Carolyn and Dave

    North Shore Lookout was our introduction to Maui and it certainly exceeded all expectations. The property is breathtaking and the location is perfect for days of adventure or relaxation. We travel quite a bit and this has been one of theist places we’ve been. Already planning our return trip. Between the attention to detail, incredible hospitality and laid back vibe, this place is one of a kind. We loved it!

  14. Heather Kellogg

    We stayed at three AirBBNBs during this trip to Maui, and yours was by far the most unique experience. Your style, hospitality and overall atmosphere are on pointe. Thank you for creating such a beautiful retreat. I hope the North Shore Lookout brings you both the same joy it brought to us! Till next time!
    PS – Thanks for the gluten-free treats.

  15. Dana

    WOW. Your place is a truly unique and beautiful stay. We loved that it was a convenient starting point to explore the island – Hana Road, Haleakala, helicopter tour, Wailea, and west shore. And hanging by the pool was great too! We will be sure to recommend North Shore Lookout to friends. Thank you so much for an incredible stay! It was great meeting and chatting with both of you.

  16. Sarah and JP

    Thank you so very much, Josh, Shannan and Erin! What a relaxing, serene stay we had – hot tub very night, stargazing, and great meals in Makawao and Paia. This was our first time in Hawaii and we could not believe the variety of scenery we saw on hikes – desert feeling in Haleakala, rainforest feeling with waterfalls at Twin Falls, and true forest at Makawao Forest Reserve just up the road! One of our highlights was playing in the streams near the Iao Needle. All in all, a wonderful stay surrounded by wonderful people.

  17. San Diego Eugene

    You know you found heaven on Earth when a three day trip leaves you feeling like you’ve been way from reality for weeks! Wwe couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend our time. Shannan and Josh, Thank you for sharing this little piece of paradise with us, for being such wonderful hosts, and for all your hard work and dedication in making North Shore Lookout truly special. We will most definitely be back!

    Hali’iMaile General Store Restaurant
    Ocean Vodka Farm (tours and tasting)
    Local hikes (ask Josh)
    Haleakala Sunrise (make reservations and dress warm)


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