We and our friends booked 3 junior suites at Maui Kai through owner Donna Bender. Maui Kai was highly recommended by my husband’s co-worker, and we all agreed that this will definitely be the place to return to on our next visit. We were also very pleased that Maui Kai doesn’t have the resort & parking fees that are becoming the norm for other hotels. The staff was always friendly and very helpful. We loved relaxing and having a few beers and barbeque dinners (the kitchen was well equipped) by the pool after a full day of exploring & playing. The unit we stayed at was wonderful and felt like home. It pretty much had everything that we could possibly need. It was amazing to just walk out through the back door of Maui Kai and you’re right on the beach! We really enjoyed walking on the beach and heading next door for happy hour at Duke’s or going to the other side if you wanted to just grab a great breakfast buffet at the other hotel. We loved keeping the doors open at night just listening to the waves while we drift off to sleep. I think the most fun thing about the trip was to see all the incredible sea life from the beaches, the snorkeling trips, and even from our room we spotted turtles, sting rays (or manta rays?), and dolphins. This was my first trip to Maui, and I’m still amazed and thrilled that I got to swim with turtles soooo close to me. Totally incredible! Of course, the most memorable part of the trip would be watching the sunsets, especially from our lanai.