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“Hana - The "real" Hawaii” 4 of 5 stars
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Hana Kai Maui
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4865 Uakea Rd, Hana, Maui, HI 96713   |  
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“Hana - The "real" Hawaii”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed in Room 204 and had a very relaxing and wonderful time. We were island hopping so we stayed at numerous types of accommodations: resort on a beach, a military camp on a mountain, resort on Waikiki beach, etc. We were totally relaxed in room 204; it was Hawaii as we expected and we were glad we found Hana and the Hana Kai. As we came to Hawaii to enjoy it's parks and nature, we absolutely loved the outdoor space the large lanai and view this condo had to offer after a day of sightseeing and hiking. Room 204 is located on the second floor, and had wonderful views even though it looked out over the roof of the beachfront building. As we are not much for restaurant food, we stopped at the Safeway near the airport in Maui and stocked up on groceries for the two days we visited Hana. The rental car agency had a styrofoam cooler which we borrowed which made it easy to transport the cold items on the ride to Hana. The kitchen is well stocked with all the kitchen gadgets, silverware, cookware, dish liquid, etc. I needed. My only disappointment in the kitchen was that the serving window to the lanai had no screens, so you could not leave it open for better airflow and cooling of the kitchen. No, the rooms at the Hana Kai do not have a television; but seriously, who comes to Hawaii to watch TV? The rooms also do not have air conditioning; however, a large oscillating fan was in our condo, which we moved from the living room to the lanai in the evening. The bedroom has a nice ceiling fan for more air movement. Most of the windows had large screens with shutters which allowed you to keep them open in the evening and have privacy. The bed and linens were very nice and comfortable, and the furniture and furnishings were very nice and made for a very tropical feel. I did not feel as it I was in a hotel, but rather in a using a friend's beach cottage. The walls are a little thin, but during our visit we did not have any loud and noisy neighbors. Even if we did, the large fan available would have provided an excellent sound buffer to neighbors, etc.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Vail, Colorado
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Stayed in Unit 3 and were very pleased as it looked right onto the bay and had great garden views! We used one of the 2 couches as a bed which was ok, called a daybed, but did not seem full twin width. Just about everything there for a short stay, some nice bathroom products but no bar soap. Clean. Real bed good.
We did the horseback ride and would highly highly recommend it! Great way to see Hana. The roadside stall for Thai food was excellent...we ate it twice. A great beach is just down the road.
Unit 3 was just available just for one night so we moved to Travassa for two nights. It was a tiny bit more in price but the amenities justified the cost. It was not directly on the ocean but you could see the water and the grounds were wonderful including pool and exercise room. Also free shuttle to beach and long chairs provided there. Nice to have restaurant.
I would stay at either again!

Room Tip: I would choose a room closet to the water as the other side is right on the road. Good deal for an o...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in Hana, which we're glad we did - most people seemed to be staying for only one night but it's worth the longer stay.

We stayed (I think) in room 207 which is an upper floor on the end of the 'top' building. It was a good clean unit, spoilt a bit by the fact that the main bulk of the ocean view is the building in front & below. It wasn't a huge problem but it certainly isn't an uninterrupted view of the ocean.
There are no air conditiioners in the units so all rooms have fly screens and sliding shutters to allow the breeze to circulate. This was lovely if a little damp when it was humid. Apparently the whole place is non-smoking even on the balconies but we did get our room smoked out by cigarettes a few times when people on other balconies were smoking.

The rooms seem to be separated only by paper: the noise from neighbouring rooms is unreal! Unfortunately we were staying next door to America's Loudest Woman who spent day and night talking at top volume on her mobile phone, but even if she'd been keeping her voice down I think we'd still have heard everything. It turns out we didn't need earplugs at night other than to block out the sounds of the sea! They have a 'quiet time' from 10pm to 8am and on the whole people stuck to it.

Our room was cleaned daily, and the kitchen was restocked with coffee everyday. The kitchen was really well stocked with pots, pans, cutlery, mugs, plates, bowls, knives, bottle opener, kettle, chopping boards, cooking spray, salt, pepper, cling film, paper towels, dish towels, washing up liquid etc. Not everything was spotlessly clean but I would have washed things first anyway.

We used our kitchen a lot as were were under the impression that there was no where at all to eat in Hana but there are 4 or 5 places to eat. If you plan on cooking/using the BBQ, then definitely stock up at one of the big supermarkets near the airport as there is very very little to buy in Hana (however on our travels we picked up various things from roadside stalls including guava, avocado, papaya, bananas, banana bread: yum!).

You can borrow beach towels from reception free of charge, and do laundry for $5 (which seemed like a good idea but that's a cold 30 min wash which didn't really 'clean' any of the clothes, just freshened them up a bit).

There isn't too much to do in Hana, and there's definitely nothing to do at the Hana Kai Maui, but it was great for just mooching around the surrounding countryside, going for walks, getting bashed about by the sea on the gravel beach etc. The townspeople are not really that friendly we found: the Hana Kai Maui website says you can enjoy the true spirit of Aloha there, but we felt like locals don't want tourists to be there (which you'll feel if you go to the local General Store where the staff didn't even wait for us to leave before they started laughing and talking about us and how we speak). I tried chatting a few times to the staff at the Hana Kai Maui (just pleasantries, passing the time of day etc) but the reply I seemed to get was a suspicious blank stare...not that it changed how much we enjoyed our stay!

Room Tip: Definitely go for the top floor, preferably in the 'front' building for the best view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We flew from Sydney Australia to Honolulu then on to Maui picked up our rental car, stocked up with food and booze and headed south to Hana along the famous Hana Highway. Although the highway is a little challenging, the views of the coastline and mountains are well worth the effort and the destination is truly reward for the effort. What an amazing little town, life just goes on, the school is in the heart of the town, there are two general stores, we avoided the one at the top of the hill and shopped at the oldest general store in Hana, only to find that the stock is also pretty old and very expensive. Next time we visited the general store at the top of the hill, clean, modern, good variety and selection of food. Our ocean front room at the hotel was truly inspiring! Clean, the bed soooo comfortable after nearly 16 hours of traveling, door to door. Hana is a step back in time but the Hana Kai is just the most delightful destination, obliging staff, easy parking .... Fantastic way to start an Hawaiian holiday.

Room Tip: Pay the little extra for ocean front. After THAT drive you need to be rewarded!!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed one night in Hana. Travaasa was too expensive for our taste, so we chose Hana Kai Maui. Through the Hana Kai website we booked "Mokuhano," unit 205 on the second floor of a three-story building. There are two buildings: the larger (probably the second building to be built) is farther up the hill where there is a view of both Hana Bay and the roof of the smaller building. We assume the smaller building was built first because it has an unobstructed view of the bay and larger units. Unit 205 in the larger building was the last unit available in the complex when we went on line and booked, so we wondered if it was less than desirable, but we found that it was just fine. There was an ant trail in the bathroom so we borrowed some ant killer from the office and applied it on the area of the ant trail. The ants were gone in the morning. We understand none of the units provides TV or air conditioner. But air conditioning was not needed because all the doors had levers to turn them into jalousie windows so the wind coming from the direction of the doors could cross ventilate, and there was a ceiling fan. We could not lock the porch doors, and in fact we opened them at night to let the cool—almost cold--wind blow through. There was a second level to the room, but the rungs of the ladder to the top had been removed and probably kept in a locked cabinet in the bathroom by the owners.

The center of activity in the building seems to be the large porches in each unit where it is always cool and the view of Hana Bay and its black sandy beach is delightful. We could hear a woman talking constantly in a normal volume of voice on another porch until it was time for us to sleep. We woke up at midnight and saw a full moon reflecting off of the waters of Hana Bay. It was a fine experience. There is a lovely area with carp ponds below the buildings, and a private entrance through the grassy grounds to the sandy beach.

The curtains on the porch windows were not very thick, and they certainly could not keep out the light if one wanted to sleep late. The signal of the in-room wi-fi was not very strong, but it still worked. We could see that there was a router in the room. There was a large refrigerator and cooking facilities, but we ate our meals outside of the room even though the most highly-recommended places to eat in Hana are small roadside stands. We felt that Hana Kai Maui was a good place to stay overnight for visitors to Hana. The lady in the office was helpful, and she made check-in and check-out very easy. There was always enough parking. It was expensive, but everything in Hana is expensive. We recommend Hana Kai Maui for travelers who are looking for a good hotel in Hana with friendly administration and management.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfax, Virginia
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Stayed 2 nights in unit 102. While on the first floor in the back building, we had an excellent view of the bay. The unit was well used, however, it was clean, the bed was acceptable, the fan provided good air circulation and the kitchen was adequate. We cooked one dinner in the unit and had breakfast there as well (and a few beers at night, too.) the refrigerator was clean inside bit the top was rusted/corroded. Staying in Hana is highly recommended (but relatively expensive) to avoid the long drive with a large number of sightseeing vehicles that drive down every day. As you can tell from other reviews, there is no a/c or tv.

The road itself, is much improved since I last drove to Hana in 1977. While narrow at places, it has been widened where it could be widened and was black topped fairly recently. A better road brings more traffic, including a number of sightseeing buses (not full size buses but the type that may take you from an airport to a hotel). These drivers are fairly aggressive, especially in taking parking spots which are very limited. Some of the locals are aggressive too.

Once in Hana I suggest you go to the national park and the Wai'anapanapa State Park. Also, a great Thai restaurant several blocks from Hana Kai,which is only open for lunch.

Room Tip: We were happy with 102. We spent the majority of our time sightseeing. Used the room for sleeping...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We spent one night at the Hana Kai hotel, after spending a very full day on the road to Hana. Nice place, nice staff, great location. The benefit of staying overnight in Hana was that we were able to spend a full day checking out all of the sites on the way there and then another full day on the south side of the island. Worked out GREAT.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Address: 4865 Uakea Rd, Hana, Maui, HI 96713
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Hana
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hana Kai Maui 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hana Kai Maui Resort welcomes you to our oceanfront condominium resort located on beautiful Hana Bay at Waikaloa Beach. We offer 18 first class studio and one bedroom accommodations that feature exquisite grounds, beachside barbeque, fully equipped kitchens, private lanais and free wireless internet service. Our resort has panoramic oceanfront views where you can experience incredible sunrises, moonlit nights and the gentle sound of the waves on the shore. Daily housekeeping service is provided. *We will gladly accept one night reservations although most people wish they had stayed for at least two. ... more   less 
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