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The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono earns Fodor’s Choice distinction

By Staff | Jan 3, 2013

Owned and operated by Janice and Tom Fairbanks and their daughter, Shelly Harris, the beautifully restored 1924 “Queen of Wailuku homes” was opened as The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono in 1997 with seven distinctive guest rooms. In 2002, three additional guest rooms were opened in Vagabond’s House next door to the inn’s main building.

WAILUKU – The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor’s Choice selection. This distinction designates the inn as a leader in its field for service, quality and value during 2012.

The editors and experts of Fodor’s have been selecting only the top 15 percent of their listed properties and activities as Fodor’s Choice award recipients since 1988.

Every year, Fodor’s writers experience, examine and evaluate thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions in their travels across the globe.

While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only those offering a truly remarkable experience are given the Fodor’s Choice designation.

For more than 75 years, Fodor’s has presented travelers with the very top recommendations from hidden-away restaurants to can’t-miss museums, to make sure they’re making the most of their travels.

The 2012 Fodor’s Choice recipients are the best of the best, providing a remarkable experience in their price range or category.

The inn will receive special recognition in the next Fodor’s Maui Guide (2014) and on www.Fodors.com.

“We’re especially honored to receive this distinction this year,” said Innkeeper Janice Fairbanks, “because in September we celebrated 15 years in business. It’s a privilege to serve our visitors and offer them an experience of Hawaii as it used to be.”

Since its opening, the inn has been listed on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places; won a “Keep It Hawaii” award for accommodations, the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s top state honor for efforts to preserve Hawaiian culture; was rated fifth on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Top Ten U.S. Bed & Breakfasts list; received a Historic Hawai’i Foundation Historic Preservation Honor Award; and was the only property in the State of Hawaii to be included on the Fodor’s Choice Hotels “Top 20 Hotels of the World” 2005 list.

The inn is located at 2199 Kaho’okele St. in Wailuku. For more information, visit www.mauiinn.com.