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Pali Ke Kua
5300 Ka Haku Road, Hanalei, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722   |  
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Irvine, CA
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30 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Excellent Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2007

Me, my wife and 3 small children stayed at Pali Ke Kua from July 10 to July 15. We had unit #209, a 2 bedroom that slept 6. The unit had new carpeting and paint, and the furnishings were adequate. As had been said over and over in these reviews, the views from this unit and all around the complex are no less than spectacular. The ever-changing light on the ocean and surrounding mountains provides endless opportunities for photographs.

The pool area was quite nice, which included a new spa. There were an adequate number of chairs on the deck, the water was a nice temperature, and the kids had a great time swimming.

I rented the unit from Regency Pacific Realty. They have a website [--] that is quite good, with a large selection of units. I would say this complex is a 3 or 3.5 star place, depending on the unit you choose. It provides an excellent value compared to what you'd pay at a hotel. The Princeville location was excellent, and the drive into Hanalei town was just a few minutes. I would recommend this complex to anyone looking for a mid-level accommodation on the north shore.

  • Liked — Convenient location; spaciousness; great views
  • Disliked — Ceiling fans need to be replaced; lanai door would not close
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2007

We stayed at the Pali Ke Kua oceanfrontrealty.com/vrentdetails.aspx?Code=e136)from June 2 to June 11, 2007 on our honeymoon.
Princeville is a beautiful place to stay, the condo we stayed at was very nice and had a very nice location, partial ocean view. Also nearby is a shopping center with a great supermarket. I would say this is a quiet affluent community.
I highly recommend this condo and this condo complex. One thing to consider is that in Princeville it rains a lot more than southern Kauai, however it is not a far drive to southern Kauai and hitting up those beaches.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2007

We have been coming to the Princeville area for 7 years and we keep coming back to Pali Ke Kua on the North Shore. These are 1 & 2 bedroom condos, all privately owned. We have rented through Marc Resorts and found their selection to be limited. Now we always contact an owner or other local rental company in Princeville for our bookings. You have a great choice of units with some very stunning views & sunsets and a variety of prices. One thing to remember is NO AIR Conditioning. We brought friends with us one year and they ended up at the Princeville Resort just down the street because of the A/C issue. PKK has always been very nice with its semi private beach, easy to get down to, but remember you have to walk back up. Each time we sit on the lanai having wine & cheese we see whales going by. Turtles all around the base of the lava rocks just below the cliffs! They used to have a nice hut and BBQ area down there but the HOA thought they would repair it and Kauai put the breaks on the project, so now you have a crated demolished mess at the base of the path to the beach. I don't feel this will interrupt your vacation or the scenery at all, it's tucked away. As one HOA member told us this year, feel free to take a souvenir piece back up with you! There are some very very good eating places around; Postcards Cafe down in Hanalei usually gets 2 or 3 visits from us during our stay. If you get the right condo in this group you’re set to have a really wonderful vacation.


  • Liked — Location and semi-private Beach
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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SAN MATEO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2007

We stayed at the Pali Ke Kua from April 4-11, 2007 after visiting with friends staying there last Spring and falling in love with the views. We booked our condo through Marc Resorts, although I think it is privately owned (#214). We found everything to be perfect for our family of 5 (2 6 year old boys and a 2 year old girl).
First off, the views are second to none. I doubt there is a place in Hawaii, and most of the world, that has views like we had from our lanai of Bali Hai and the ocean. Even just walking around the PKK and Princeville was paradise - slow paced, with terrific views no matter which way you turn. Even when the weather was less than perfect, we hardly minded!
The PKK is certainly not a 5-star resort, and not the place for those looking for superior service and the most modern rooms and furnishings. However, since we were traveling with 3 small kids, we really just wanted a family-friendly condo with a great beach, a pool the kids would like, and views to make my husband and me happy! We got all three.
The walk/hike down to the beach was really not that big of a deal, although you certainly wouldn't want to forget anything in the condo and have to make a second trip! The beach at the bottom of the path was great for snorkeling, and perfect for the kids to climb on rocks for hours while looking for sea cucumbers. The sand is the kind that doesn't stick to you, so you never have to worry about getting back to your condo and having to rinse off all the sand.
The pool isn't fantastic, but it suited our purposes just fine. The kids really loved the hot tub, and spent most of the time going back and forth between the two.
All in all, we loved our stay there and plan to return soon. If you have an active family, its a great place (and affordable!!) to spend a week or two on Kauai!

  • Liked — The views!
  • Disliked — Could get noisy if your neighbors leave their windows open!
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2007

My wife and I rented a groundfloor one bedroom unit via Kauai Vacation Rentals. From what I've read on this site and heard at the property, this is a much better way to go than through Marc Properties (the onsite manager). We stayed for 9 days in building 1, which is closest to the street and closest to Hideaways Beach right below the condos.

First off, let me mention the negatives. The property is located on a bluff 120 feet above the beach. The walk to the beach isn't bad, but it is tough when coming back up the hill. Most people wouldn't have a problem, but if you are 70+, badly out of shape, or travelling with young children, it could be a serious problem. The beach is mostly rocky and can be extremely rough, and it really can't be used by surfers without big wave experience.. A lot of local surfers will use this beach as a jump off point to hit some great waves out in front of the outermost reef. Also, if you have someone staying above you, the sound carries into your room. It's not terrible, but it is noticeable. My wife is a light sleeper and it bothered her, although I never found a problem with it.

The positives are that the condo is central to almost everything on the North Shore of Kauai. Princeville is the largest resort community in Kauai, but most of the resort dwellers are full-timers or timeshare owners. There really aren't a lot of tourists on the Northside, so you get to assimilate into the local culture more so than if you stayed in Poipu or Kapa'a. Hanalei is a fabulous little surfing town just a couple of minutes away. Grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, and clothing stores are all within 2 miles.

Hideaways Beach is said to be one of the best snorkelling beaches on the whole island. If you want calmer waters, 'Anini Beach is only about 3 miles East while Tunnels Beach is only about 4 miles West. Either beach is completely calm and great for swimming. Queen's Bath, comprised of a very large lava pool perfect for swimming or snorkeling, is just down the street and about a half mile hike from the street. It is well worth checking out, although it is one of the few spots on the North Shore teeming with tourists.

Hanalei Pier is also nearby, and it is where locals go to unwind after work and on the weekends. Seeing where the river meets the ocean is really cool. You can literally stand on the sand and have one foot in the warm ocean water and one foot in the cool river water at the same time. For surfers with less experience, this is the place to be as the waves seldom get bigger than 3 or 4 feet.

Another benefit to Pali Ke Kua is the close proximity to the Princeville Resort. I prefer to stay at condos than hotels, but if you like hotels, this is a great one. It is very beautiful with grandiose views and two quality restaurants, both very upscale. Outside of that, most eateries in the area are quite casual. My favorite has always been the local fare at Bubba Burgers, with outlets in both Hanalei and Kapa'a.

Pali Ke Kua itself isn't much to look at. The sign that greets you at the entrance makes it seem like this property is a throwback to the 70s. There is a pool onsite, although it isn't very big but it is seldom crowded. These aren't the nicest condos you'll find, but they are a great value in terms of what you get versus the price paid. I believe we spent about $1400 (including cleaning) for 9 days at our unit and we weren't the least bit disappointed. Our unit had fantastic views, 70 channels of cable TV, washer/dryer, and free broadband internet access.

The only other thing to consider for Kauai first-timers is that the weather here can be diverse. A typical day on Kauai's North Shore is about 83 degrees and partly cloudy. Rain is more frequent here than almost anywhere else in Hawaii, but rain seldom happens for an entire day at a time. There are also some cloud-free sunny days, but they aren't all that common either. The nighttime temperatures don't differ much from the daytime temperatures, usually cooling to a low of 70 or so. Almost without exception, you'll get plenty of sun during your vacation here and leave with as much of a tan as you want, even if some of that tan comes through the clouds.

  • Liked — Location, views
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Brea, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2007

My second visit to Kauai and wanted to be on the north shore. I return in a few months and will definitely stay North shore again, but not at a PKK 1st floor unit. I realize it is a condo so they are all different but it was the NOISE that was a problem. Sounded like a herd of elephants above us and since the only 1 bedroom condos are ground floor I will not return. Otherwise it is a beautiful location.

The path to the beach is actually not bad at all, it is steep but WIDE and paved! Much easier access from this side of Hideaways than the other side (closer to Princville resort) you are better off going down this and swimming over to the other where th beach is nicer and it is a sandy bottom.

But oh the view, STUNNING! When the sun sets though you will have to close your curtains as it is INTENSE!!!

We stayed in 104 and the furnishings were pretty awful, horribly uncomfortable couch - and the table is too large for the space in the dining area so you really can't use it.

I would STAY at PKK again just not this unit.

Stayed September 2006
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Raleigh, NC
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2006

Pali Ke Kua is located wonderfully, if you get the right unit. Our travel agent booked through Marc Resorts as they had onsite agent. Big mistake as they rent by category:oceanfront, mountain view, etc but have only a few units as owners can book seperately. Building we were in, Bldg 6, was considered by Marc Resorts to be "oceanfront" but isn't. In fact two seperate real estate agents said that under Hawaii law, units in bldg 6 could not be sold as oceanfront.
Therefore if you rent in Pali Ke Kua, rent from a management company that will rent a specific unit and can show you pictures, not Marc Resorts. Also keep in mind what a real estate agent told me:These are $100K units with a $1M view!

  • Liked — Location/View
  • Disliked — Management Company
  • Tips/Secrets — Book a specific unit, not category!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 5300 Ka Haku Road, Hanalei, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
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Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Princeville
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Number of rooms: 96
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