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“Our stay at the Pono Kai” 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 #9 of 12 Hotels in Kapaa
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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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Sun City, Arizona
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2005

We just enjoyed a week at the Pona Kai thru my inlaw's timeshare RCI. When I first read reviews of this property, I was hesitant. But upon arrival, we were given a 1 bedroom unit with a 2nd loft bedroom and vaulted ceilings. The unit had been updated with brand new furniture, drapes, and carpet, and the decorations and faux plants were tropical and NICE!!! We had a gorgeous garden view of the pool and the greens. The property is nicely groomed with mini golf and a nice walking path along the beach. For the price, this place is truly a VALUE. The room came with dishes and a full kitchen, which in my opinion is way better than staying in a hotel. We even got 15 minute massages down at the pool from a nice guy named Kimo. If you want a first class bed with down pillows, room service and a resort pool, this property is not for you. If you want a quiet, clean, well manicured property in which to enjoy time with your family in the real Kauai, this is the place for you. For the money, you can't beat the value!

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2005

My wife and I and our 2 sons spent a week at the Pono Kai Pacific Fantasy in February. I must disclose that we had bought a 1 BR unit timeshare (sight unseen) at this resort last year for a very low price off of the internet and this was our first stay there. This resort has been sold out for many years so the only units for sale are on the after-market.

What a pleasant surprise! The only negative was that the 1 BR/ 1 BA is a bit cramped for 4 people (but would be perfect for 2). The unit was clean and the furnishings were in good shape. And of course they have full kitchens—a must for us. I would like to see DVD players in the units instead of VCRs but I am sure that will come in time. They rent tapes at the resort and if you have a Blockbuster Video card bring it, since there is one up the street. The A/C worked well but as another reviewer mentioned, the Marc Resort units are the only ones without A/C—so check first! And the chickens? C’mon—they are all over the island. You just have to live with them.

The resort grounds are very well maintained and all of the BBQs are a nice feature. In addition they have shuffleboard, bocce ball, croquet and a putting green. As others have mentioned the pool is small and could use more lounge chairs, but with the ocean at your front door it is not a major drawback. Be sure and take advantage of the nice walking path that runs along the ocean in both directions. We found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful. While they do not promise daily maid service as someone else mentioned if you leave a tip they will return more often.

We have to been to Kauai several times and really love the location in Kapaa. It is within walking distance of grocery stores and many restaurants. It is also centrally located for those day trips to the south or north shores. A computer shop next door offers internet access for a reasonable fee (if you plan on using it much buy a week long pass—it is cheaper). I used it several times to stay in touch with those poor souls left at home in the Minnesota winter—ha!

As a final testament to how pleased we were with our stay we actually purchased another week from the timeshare reseller located in the lobby. But this time we bought a 2 BR/ 2 BA unit. They are much larger and the master bedroom is huge! We have attended several timeshare presentations on the island and compared to the prices that they are asking we felt like we got our units for a steal. We would definitely recommend this resort.

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4-1250 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#5 Top resorts Hotel in Kapaa
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pono Kai Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 217
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Pono Kai Hotel Kapaa
Pono Kai Kapaa
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