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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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“nice mid range resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

a nice resort located near a lot of activity. several things to do with family right on property with beach just feet away. restaurants and shops were within walking distance as traffic is bad in area.
several grocery stores were within blocks. my only complaint was that housekeeping was slow to respond to requests and that were not good about replenishing things ie coffee. I was there a week and they never replenished coffee. iPhone went to front desk one morning for coffee and they originally were going to ccharge me for coffee but changed their mind. this resort is family oriented.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CondoRentalsHI, Condo Rental Agency at Pono Kai Resort, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thank you for your review of the Pono Kai Resort. It sounds like you stayed at a timeshare condo there (which our vacation rental company does not manage), but we still appreciate your kind words about the grounds. From the shuffleboard and bocce ball to the swimming pool and bike trail, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained!

Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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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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The O.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Our friends own time shares at the Pono Kai. Along with our adult son and 12 year old granddaughter, we were very fortunate to stay in a 2 bedroom unit in Bldg. C. We had beautiful sunrise views over the ocean and were lulled to sleep at night by the sounds of the surf. Our unit was clean and very well equipped with a large kitchen and two full bath rooms. Lots of storage and comfy beds with lovely tropical decor. The carpeting seemed new. The balcony off the living room had one chaise, along with a table and chairs. There was a large, flat screen tv in the living room/dining area and a small one in the master suite. The one drawback is that the second bedroom is not air conditioned.
The grounds are well kept and include a lovely koi pond. The pool and spa are adequate, although dated. There are shuffleboard courts and bocci ball, too, that our granddaughter especially liked. We all enjoyed a morning biking the trail that runs along the beach directly adjacent to the Pono Kai. Its an easy ride with outstanding views - take towels and enjoy one of the practically deserted beaches along the way. They are so much nicer than the beach by the Pono Kai. It's a five minute walk to the bike rental store in Kapaa where we snagged 4 well maintained beach cruisers from a friendly staff. You can also drive 5 minutes to great beaches.
We loved being able to walk to the friendly little town of Kaapa. Enjoyed chatting with Ken, the fabulous coffee barista at the Ono Market - ask him for directions to the best Hawaiian shave ice on the island. Had a fabulous breakfast at The Country Kitchen.
One caution about staying at the Pono Kai- be careful if you rent a unit directly from an owner. We noticed that some of them are not as well maintained as the time shares. Kudos to the entire staff- extremely cordial and helpful. Don't miss meeting the concierge crew on Sunday morning for coffee, donuts and give-aways..
The Pono Kai is not a luxury resort -no restaurants, not even a bar; but neither is it overcrowded. We had a lovely stay and would definitely return.

Room Tip: Ask for any ocean front. Bldg. C is ideal. The ground floor is great for kids as those units have...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is an older resort, and although there are a few drawbacks, all in all it was great for us. My husband and my son (age 10) spent 7 nights there in July. It was a lovely room with a view of the perfect ocean; there was a bedroom, a kitchen, and a foldout bed. In Kapa'a, you are pretty much near everything; you can drive north or south and reach any destination on the island in a pretty short amount of time. The small town of Kapa'a was much to our liking. It's a funky beach town that lacks the polish of Hanalei, but that was fine with us. People were very friendly and we felt like locals in no time.

The drawback: the air conditioning. There was one unit at the very front of the room, and it cooled the living room very well, but did not reach the bedroom. This made for pretty difficult sleeping since Kauai in July gets pretty warm. It's also on a timer, so if you forgot to set it before you went out, you came back to an unbearably hot room. They should seriously check into this and maybe some of the units have better AC than others....but it was a problem for us.

The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the pool area is great for kids and adults. You can rent cheap snorkel equipment right at the hotel, which is great, and there is a masseuse on site also (for an extra fee). Laundry facilities available, lovely gardens, barbecues outside, and a few steps from the beach. What's not to like, really?

Room Tip: Third floor has great views and no foot traffic going by your room. Bring earplugs if noise bothers...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We loved the location of this resort, not crowded at all and in such a great location. We walked all over the little town of Kapaa, some great restaurants, love the farmer's market. We would be happy to stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CondoRentalsHI, Condo Management Agency at Pono Kai Resort, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you for your review of the Pono Kai Resort. I am not sure if you stayed in one of the vacation rentals we manage at the property, but glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and the location. There are so many fun things to see in Kapaa and other attractions to the north or south are just a 30 to 40-minute drive.

Mahalo,
Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

My parents have a time share and this is my third time staying here. I love the location and the bike trail so close by. The view from our room was amazing and we really enjoyed the pool and hot tub. The rooms were nice and clean and the staff very friendly. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We enjoyed our week stay at the Pono Kai Resort Kapaa Hawaii, stayed for one week Dec. 29th to Jan. 05th... very casual resort, no restaurant on site, but lots nearby, some walking distance.... Loved the helicopter tour over the island, loved the horseback riding in Princeville area, loved the bicycle riding up the path along the beach, lots of fun things to do, lots of great restaurants to try, enjoyed the Lemon Grass Grill very much, I would recommend this resort....

Room Tip: we had a room on the ground floor, walked right out our balcony to the beach
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CondoRentalsHI, Condo Rental Agency at Pono Kai Resort, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you for review of the Pono Kai Resort. I am not sure if you stayed in one of the condos our vacation rental company manages, but I am glad you enjoyed the grounds and close proximity to restaurants and tourist attractions. The beachfront bike trail is definitely a treat for guests who like to exercise. Happy travels.

Mahalo,
Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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Burbank, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

These condos are well priced, very clean and if you get an ocean front unit - Fantastic. Another great thing is they are centrally located 1/2 way between both the north and south shores of Kauai. We went with a group of 4 so we decided to be in 2 condos and spread out. The 2 bedroom units are quite spacious (1300 square feet or so?) and have 2 full bathrooms as well.
The ocean front units have stunning views and the property is smack in the middle of Kapaa. That means that within a block or two there are places to rent bikes, get a shave ice, restaurants, and a great selection of shops.
On the downside, although nothing is shabby looking -the units could all stand an update/remodel including new furniture and appliances. We were told they are remodeling the bathrooms and were working on bldg. J when we were there- yay! I'd love to see a washer and dryer in each unit as it would be wonderful if you did not have to go to the laundry room (in each building).
If you are looking for a luxury vacation rental - this place is not for you head to the Hyatt or the St Regis. For the rest of us this place is Great - the staff friendly and everything in the unit was in perfect working order. Oh and since they recently replaced all the mattresses - you get a wonderful nights sleep. Pono Kai is Safe, clean and comfortable and very well located :) Aloha

Room Tip: Ocean front - especially in bldg. D :)
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pono Kai Resort

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 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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Also Known As:
Pono Kai Hotel Kapaa
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