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“Amazing honeymoon in unit 604!” 5 of 5 stars
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Maui Kai
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   106 Kaanapali Shores Place, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
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“Amazing honeymoon in unit 604!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed in unit 604, rented by Art and Sophie Nickel. We had an amazing time. We had our choice of a few units that he rents, and we chose 604 because of its updated kitchen and bath. Boy, did we make the right decision. This unit is wonderful, and very well updated. There were boogie boards, beach chairs, and coolers for our use. We rented a snorkel set for the week, and the snorkling right in front the hotel was good. Swimming here is a little tough, but if you take a quick walk to the right of the hotel (where the bouys are in front of the Kaanapali beach resort) it is far less rocky. We chose to stay at the Maui Kai instead of the Honua Kai due to the "smell" that some people had mentioned. GOOD CHOICE. You could smell the treatment plant each day, and the Maui Kai was just far enough to not have any issues. This is not a 5 star resort, this is a quiet condo complex, with good management. There were not a ton of kids running around the pool, and we kinda liked that it was more relaxing (for our honeymoon). The pool area was just fine for us, and actually very well done with the landscaping. If you want the resort feel with a waitress coming around the pool area serving overpriced pina coladas, this may not be the place for you. But, if you want a quiet, beautiful, well located place, you'll be making the right choice.

Room Tip: All of these units are ocean front. 604 is amazing. It is right across from the laundry and the el...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grass Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We came to Maui for our son's wedding on the beach in front of Maui Kai and booked our stay there through Donna Bender, who owns Unit 807.
Our unit was on the sixth floor and had a great ocean view as do all the units. Five minutes after arriving we were thrilled to look out the balcony and see Sea Turtles, right down below us and we saw a manta ray one other day.
We stayed 5 nights and were very comfortable and had plenty of room and good air conditioning.

Room Tip: All ocean views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed for two weeks in October of 2011. We felt at home in our beautiful ocean view corner- 1 bedroom unit. Glorious sunrises and sunsets. Right on the beach. Pool. BBQ. So clean. Staff very friendly. We would go back in a heartbeat.. and we will! Our condo selection was made easy with the help of Donna Bender who owns a condo at the Maui Kai - she knows the resort well and has lots of advice on activities and dining out.

Room Tip: Corner units have great views and more light.
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed in Maui Kai 907. We had a wonderful stay. The room was immaculate and the bed was comfortable and that is saying alot with my husband of 200 pounds and I'm about 100! We didn't use the A/C unit because we wanted to hear the ocean WARNING...we heard the ocean! Sometimes it propelled us out of our beds to the balcony WOW is mother nature fierce! pretty cool though. All that being said, we cannot verify the A/C unit works or doesn't work! The one thing needed was a ceiling fan. During the day it seemed there was a ton of breeze blowing stuff around but in the night it felt warm sometimes and needed air movement. The staff were friendly and helpful. We were in walking distance to Castaways (great for breakfast) and then would go next door to the other resort and take the fabulous tram to Whaler's village. All good!

TIP!!! Run do not walk to Choice Health Bar. Its a ten minute drive and well worth it. We ended up there every morning for an Acai bowl and smoothie (well health elixir they call it). It was like eating ice cream in a bowl with fruit and granola and then downing it with a chocolate shake (they name it Insane Maca Cocoa something)! It was like Maui in a bowl. We go on holidays to "feel" better...to feel refreshed and to take it the beauty and essence of this magical island. This soul food is literally like experiencing Maui from the inside out. I am not vegan or vegetarian and neither is my construction worker rugby playing husband and yet we became fast addicts!! We didn't miss a morning! Ok Castaways and Gazebo (wonderful too) when we got there and then Choice everyday after! I understand this is supposed to be a review for Maui Kai but I have to share this too because it made our trip. We would stay again in Maui Kai because it is a beautiful place and because its minutes from our favorite breakfast place.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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mauikai806, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to having you back... and its never too early to start planning your return visit!

Mahalo,
Art and Sophie Nickel
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Gilbert, Arizona
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed in Maui Kai 108. Awesome beach access! Great nightly sunsets. Wonderful condo. Location is fantastic! We walked to the grocery store. Just 5-10 minutes by car to Lahaina. Easy and ample parking. Easy check in and check out. Truly a no hassle stay. Booked through aloha condos.com. Everything was as stated. No surprises. We will definitely stay here again when we return to Maui.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Minneapolis,MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The Maui Kai offered so much more than just a place to stay. We brought three generations of our family together in clean condo units that were booked through Donna Bender who also happens to own a unit. We found the closets stocked with boogie boards and the kitchens were outfitted with all that we needed. All members of the family thoroughly enjoyed the whale watching and the sunsets from our lanais which are practically right on the water. The condos offered us a place to gather and share stories about our day. We had easy access to parking, the boardwalk, grocery stories and restaurants. Everyone that worked at the Maui Kai was helpful and informative as we went about our day. The kids and the grandparents are already asking when we are headed back to the Maui Kai. Our trip to Maui was made even more memorable with our wonderful stay at the Maui Kai.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Melbourne, Australia
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stayed at #106 and were just amazed.. the 'studio' was plenty big for two people and decoration was just fantastic. It looked like it could belong to a Four seasons villa. They had remodelled recently and well worth it. The hosts thought about everything. Many little thoughtful touches. And the kitchen is fully equipped and you are literally on the beach and can watch the sunrise and sunset from the lanai on from your bed. Plenty of parking, cute pool area, fast internet and close to supermarket and not far from Lahania and restaurants. Honestly, if you go to Maui you would be foolish to not stay at this condo. It is truely paradise.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 106 Kaanapali Shores Place, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Maui Kai 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maui Kai features all oceanfront junior suite (studio), one bedroom and two bedroom accommodations. Daily towel service, weekly maid service, in-room safe, local phone calls, high speed internet cable hook up, wi-fi also in each room and at the pool and cabana area are all complimentary with no additional fees. Free parking. All rooms have central air conditioning, DVR's, DVD players with freee current release DVD's and spectacular sunsets. Heated pool, jacuzzi, barbecues, and laundry facilities all on site. Located on northern Kaanapali Beach, just four miles north of Lahaina. ... more   less 
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