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“Honua Kai vs The Mahana (next door)...The Mahana wins hands down!” 3 of 5 stars
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Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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Ranked #5 of 30 Hotels in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Honua Kai vs The Mahana (next door)...The Mahana wins hands down!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

We just got back from staying at the Honua Kai. We asked for a 1 bedroom and they gave us a 1 bedroom with den, which was nice. And although, the place is nice. It does feel more like a hotel rather than home. Our view was looking at the property next door (The Mahana) and the partial ocean view was very accurate. You could see the ocean, if you looked to your far left and between the buildings. A bit disappointing. On our first morning there, I went down to the front desk and asked if they had any oceanFRONT or oceanVIEW rooms available. She searched and I think really tried to help us, but they had nothing. The problem is the two buildings are shaped like a "U" and the end units, or top of the "U" ,are the only ones that are truly oceanFRONTand these are all privately owned. The owners of these units have not put their units into the rental pool, so if you book via VRBO or HomeAway or something like that, you MAY get lucky, but I doubt it. The only oceanVIEW, not oceanFRONT units, the main desk had were a grand total of 7 units and none of them were available. So, our options were to stay where we were and look at the property next door or move two units closer to the beach, but still only partial oceanVIEW, yet pay another $100 per night?!? OUCH. We were already paying $480 (including the $25 resort fee) per night. I guess what surprised me the most was that they have so few oceanVIEW units in the rental pool! And, if you want oceanFRONT -- forget about it! The other problem with the layout of the building is that it is so far away from the pool and the beach. You need to hike to get to the beach and the action at the pool. We prefer to just go down the elevator and walk out the lobby doors when staying somewhere near a beach. No such luck at Honua Kai. You have to walk through the large lobby, then the large gardens, then through the pool area and then you finally reach the beach. Uggh.

Other than that, Honua Kai is okay. They have an organic market that is EXTREMELY expensive in the lobby. We used the Kids club and it was okay. ($15 per hour per kid). The pools/waterslide was fun, but our kids would have been happy in a regular pool too. Dukes Restaurant was very crowded and we decided to skip it the one night that we were planning on going there because the wait was 35 mins and our kids were hungry. We went at about 5pm. The fitness room is really small. It only has a couple of machines. We never found the spa - not sure where that was? Front desk were nice. Housekeeping was slow. All in all, it was okay. Not great. Not bad. Just okay. Very expensive.

So, we decided to check out early! We only stayed at Honua Kai 5 nights, when we were booked for 15 nights. I hated coming into our hotel room and looking out the window at the property next door, which we knew was oceanFRONT. Our bill at Honua Kai was $2500.00 for 5 nights. So, we moved next door to The Mahana.

We have stayed at The Mahana before and ALL the units are oceanFRONT!! It is wonderful. Yes, the pool is smaller and no they don't have valet parking. However, you cannot beat the location and the views!! Depending on what unit you get, some are upgraded (ie granite counter tops, new appliances, tiled floors etc.). You just need to be picky about which unit you take and the front desk will let you look at several until you find the unit that you like. They also have reciprocal privileges with Kaanapali Shores (two doors down) who do have a kids club and a restaurant. We LOVED our stay at The Mahana and we will be back again next year!! Hopefully, this review has given you something to think about when deciding between the two...

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

Pricey, but modern. Right on beach. Good snorkeling just a 25 yard walk. Waterslide = kid heaven. Duke's canoe club on site. Organic smoothies and snacks in the cafe.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2011

After booking at The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas and arriving to discover that my ocean view studio suite with kitchen and patio was a total lie, and fighting with the hotel staff who couldn't care less that we were upset about being lied to, we quickly jumped ship and decided to try Honua Kai. I mentioned how terrible the westin had treated us, and that we were hoping to get a room on a higher floor so that our ocean view wasn't obstructed by palm trees. The woman at check in discovered that they didn't have any rooms on a higher floor in our room type, so she upgraded us from a 1 bedroom suite to a 2 bedroom suite at no charge, so that we could have that view we were hoping for. Our suite ended up being unbeliveable. Full modern kitchen, washer dryer, to full bedrooms and bathrooms, living and dining room area that all opened up onto a large deck with a big table and chairs on the deck.
a few other things to note. - there were bbq's, so we saved money on restaurants by going to the grocery store that was a 2 min walk from the hotel, and made dinners. the pool was never overcrowded, there was always open chairs throughout the day so we could come and go as we pleased. very good restaurant, friendly staff.
We dont have kids, but this hotel is family friendly, kid waterslides and lots of families, but as a couple without kids, it wasn't annoying or too cramped with kids screaming and affecting our adult enjoyment.
one meal in the restaurant ended up being not prepared to my liking, and i opted to send it back and not have it, and the manager came out and said he was taking it off my bill, and also offered me a credit for a free lunch there nexttime.
oh and for those of you who work while on vacation the wireless internet was great in the room, did skype calls with no issues everyday, and the wireless was included in the resort fee. (as was the parking and valet)

This hotel did everything right,
we have been coming to maui for a few years now, and tried both westin resorts (as a loyal starwood person) but this hotel blew the westins away.
And for reference, i'm a regular international business traveller, with a very high standard for rooms and staff.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

My wife and I, plus another couple stayed here the first week of April 2011. We had an ocean view 2 bedroom suite. The rooms are awesome with modern decor. It felt like we had a home away from home and it was very quiet and relaxing inside (the little time we were there). Appliances all worked great and good AC in there too.

We ate at Dukes Restaurant which is on the grounds probably 3 times and it was also very good.

The staff was friendly and very helpful every time we needed them. The staff that does the parking valet and walks around the grounds were very nice to us and gave us some really good "local" tips on where to eat and things to do and helped us with advice for our drive to Hana on one of the days.

Last, the beach that is front of the hotel is an awesome swimming and snorkel spot. You just have to watch out for the shallow areas because the coral could hurt you. There are still lots of sandy places to get in the water though and the beach is calm and very nice. We didn't use any of the pools but they were well kept and clean.

We had a blast at this place and were very sad to leave. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: We got a good deal through Costco Travel
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  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

We have been on all of the Hawaii islands and we have to say that staying at the Honua Kai was one of the most rewarding for the following reasons:
-2 bed room suite was very nice and classy (high end condo).
-view on the 6th floor was great with partial views of the ocean.
-grounds were well taken care.
-pools (3 total) very nice for the family.
-beach was empty and waves were small.
-reef is at the break with fish and sea turtle (seen one). Good place to snorkel and not surf.
-Condo is very clean and neighbors are welled mannered.
-Staff (when needed) is great and friendly.

Cons:
-Lack of umbrellas for shade at the pool side.
-Cost is a little high but well worth it. We rented the unit from the owner for the week.
-Probably not the best for singles or couples since it is made for the family.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

This was our first trip as a family and it was amazing.
The staff was extremely helpful. if you have no idea where to go or what to do, talk with the activity concierge.
The facilities were spectacular. Our kids loved the Pools and if we hadn't used the activity concierge to book a few trips (Maui ocean center, Snorkeling, and a Luau) they would have stayed there the whole time happily as would we.
Dukes, the onsite restaurant had a amazing atmosphere and great food.
Our room had a full kitchen which we used every day at least once. picked up some food from just across the street our first night.
we have already talked about going back

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2011

We rented via VRBO and had a wonderful experience with our unit. We had a one bedroom in the Hokulani tower for 4 nights in February. The location is amazing, Dukes is very good, the market is good, though overpriced. The fitness facility was perfect for my simple needs. The bed was amazing, and my bf is trying to find the mattress....

There is however one problem...the pools are not monitored/lifeguarded and therefore do not make for a relaxing couples trip. Large floating turtles and crocodiles are the norm. Unattended children may not be the norm as most parents are enjoying their children on vacation, but unfortunately they are enough that it takes away any chance for relaxation or romance. Some people can tune it out, my bf included, but not everyone can.

If I was coming with children, I would stay here again in a heartbeat...may be one of the best options on the island.

If coming for relaxation and romance...you may want to consider another location...if you are planning on spending time on property.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#3 Luxury Hotel in Lahaina
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#6 Business Hotel in Lahaina
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Honua Kai Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 628
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on world-famous Kaanapali North Beach, Honua Kai provides an unparalleled level of service and all the amenities of a luxury resort with expansive one, two, and three bedroom suites. Perhaps the greatest luxury of all is simply the space to spread out. Inside, the feel is that of a luxury Maui vacation home, graciously furnished in exotic wood and polished granite, and tastefully equipped with top of the line appliances. The gourmet kitchens contain everything you need to make a fantastic meal. Or simply make reservations at one of our spectacular restaurants. This is the Hawaii vacation you have always imagined, exactly as you imagined it. ... more   less 
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