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“Great spot on the east side” 4 of 5 stars
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Pono Kai Resort
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   4-1250 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746   |  
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Ranked #8 of 12 hotels in Kapaa
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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“Great spot on the east side”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Clean, comfortable rooms. Great 4 mile walking, running, bicycle path comes right thru the property. Nice and quiet; most guests in February were 50 and older. Great location to head out to sites on the north and south shores. Staff were all very friendly and cordial.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We had a 2 bedroom condo it was very roomy, we enjoyed having the kitchen to make our breakfast and took advantage of the grill which were cleaned every morning by the staff. Had excellent housekeeping!! The place was a great location nice path along the shore to either bike or walk if you went north there was a nice beach to watch surfing and enjoy the water. A beautiful island!!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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araikes, Manager at Pono Kai Resort, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Mahalo for your review of the Pono Kai Resort. I am not sure if you stayed at one of the condos that our condo management company overlooks, but we are happy you enjoyed the grounds and your time on Kauai. We hope to see you at the Pono Kai again in the future.

Mahalo,
Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Our reservations at the Pono Kai Resort are through the time share company, Vacation Internationale. The VI resorts have always been well kept and we have never been disappointed. The resort itself is beach front, located on beautiful grounds, and is in a great location in Kapaa. Walk five minutes north and you're in downtown Kapaa. The central location on the Eastern side of Kauai is great for driving to the North or South Shores.

This isn't a five star resort, but we don't visit Kauai to hang out in our room the whole time. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and spacious. One thing to note is that the VI condos have been recently remodeled, which is great, but they no longer have washer/dryers within the units. There are laundry facilities on site, but they are no longer in the units.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We had a great time here...the walls and floors are definitely thin but it was pretty quiet in the evenings. We were in a bottom floor unit and the people above us were pretty loud in the mornings but that just got us up and to the beach earlier. The staff was friendly and the amenities were adequate. The best part was that we could just walk out our lanai and be practically on the beach. Would recommend solely based on location and beach access.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carmichael, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you are looking for an inexpensive beachfront resort in Kapa'aa, Pono Kai will fit your budget and your needs. But, if you are looking for a comfortable resort experience, look elsewhere. The walls were so thin, we could hear the neighbors coughing during the night; the exterior has a somewhat shabby look; the pool is about the size of a backyard pool with only enough lounge hairs for no more than 20 people. One plus: Pono Kai is without walking distance of a few good restaurants - important because the traffic through town is terrible.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We are Bluegreen owners and were treated very well during our ten day stay. We had a 1BR condo in Building J (J304) which fronted the main road. Light sleepers may want to use earplugs if the sounds of (light) traffic or the ubiquitous roosters could bother you. We did not notice them after the first day. Plenty of closet space and the bed was extremely comfortable. Well appointed kitchen allowed us to fix several meals (and every breakfast) during our stay. Couch was suprisingly comfortable (sofa beds are notorious for not doing either well) but we did not try it as a bed. The lanai afforded a nice spot to enjoy the pleasant temperatures. I do have to agree with a previous review that having the A/C unit only in the main living space could be an issue during the warmer months. The ceiling fan in the bedroom was enough to keep us cool for this time of year, though.
Other reviews were very helpful, we requested and received a top floor room. The floor in the bedroom was rather creaky so we tried to limit our movement so as not to disturb other guests below. Linens and towels were exchanged about every other day by Housekeeping. We did have to request an extra roll of toilet paper to start off, but were kept well stocked after that.
Great location for getting to all our planned activities both north and south (mostly birdwatching and nature trips). Restaurants and shopping were within easy walking distance. The Ono Family Restaurant next door was reasonablely priced with large portions and the Shaved Ice vendor next to it provided a must-have treat!
The orientation breakfast allowed us to hear from several vendors on available activities and receive good discounts. We had already pre-booked most of the activities we were interested in, so it was mostly just informational for us. We did attend the usual timeshare presentation (Shell Vacation Club, not Bluegreen) in order to receive $100 off the luau we wanted to attend.
The grounds are lovely with koi ponds, an herb garden, crouquet, putting greens, and bocche court areas as well as access to the bike trail (which allowed access to the nearby beaches). There really is no beach area at the resort itself with orange construction fencing up to keep guests from falling over the steep edge on the other side of the bike trail.
The hot tub got some use after our day trips but the pool was not heated and thus too cold for our taste. But we freely admit we prefer MUCH warmer water for swimming than the average person.
True "Aloha Spirit" from all the staff we encountered from the Front Desk and Housekeeping to the groundskeepers.
One of the nicest features was the Courtesy Suite. Our departing flight was not until 9pm, but checkout was by 10am. We were able to lock up our luggage (you must sign for the key so access is controlled) and spend our final day making "goodbye" visits to our favorite spots. We were able to return, freshen up using the full bathroom area, and relax on the couches and watch TV until it was time to head for the airport. There are several refrigerators in which to store food, although access to those is open (think workplace breakroom, only someone actually cleans them periodically!) and a microwave. There were also books, games, and puzzles available to use. I wish more resorts had this feature.
Overall, probably the nicest Bluegreen affiliated resort we've visited.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We had a 2 BR / 2 Bath Condo that we shared with our daughter. It was a great week. Condos are older, but well maintained, grounds are beautiful and right on the beach. excellent value for the money. Golf at puakea was great

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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araikes, Manager at Pono Kai Resort, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Mahalo for your review of the Pono Kai Resort. I am not sure if you stayed in one of the condos we manage, but I am glad you enjoyed the tropical grounds, beach, and nearby activities.
We hope to see you again at the Pono Kai.

Mahalo,
Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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Address: 4-1250 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Kapaa
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Kapaa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pono Kai Resort 2.5*
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