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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
St. Albert, Canada
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“Fantastic Family Resort, Great Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

The Honua Kai is Kaanapali’s newest massive beachfront condo/hotel resort located about 5 minutes north of Lahaina and 10 minutes south of Kapalua Golf Resort, and hits a home run in almost every aspect. Two giant towers frame a massive pool/garden complex that includes a BBQ facility, “lazy river”, gardens, waterfalls, and enough green space to allow a small army to catch their share of the day’s rays.

There are two ways to book accommodations – right through the resort itself just as if you’re booking a suite at a hotel, or through a property management company specializing in vacation rental properties. You will pay more by booking directly through the resort; however, booking through the resort also includes amenities like maid service. If you book through a property developer all you pay for is the accommodation – “extras” like a cleaning service come at a hefty premium. We did book through a property manager, and the inconvenience of having to wash towels a couple of times through the week was of small concern considering the money we saved.

I can’t speak categorically for every single unit in the resort, but my belief is that this is a condominium-style complex rather than a traditional hotel. Size of the accommodations range from a relatively cozy studio suite and the largest units come with several bedrooms and more than one bathroom, and are capable of accommodating large families. All come with fully-equipped kitchens, five Bosch appliances, full bathroom, a sitting room, and a balcony. The price of a unit obviously depends upon its size and the view. Some of the larger “premium” accommodations also have their own BBQ grills right on their patios or balconies.

Check-in was no more or no less onerous than checking in to a regular hotel; however, each tower had its own check-in desk. Determine whether you’re booked in to Konea or Hokulani , and proceed to the check-in at that tower. Underground parking is included in the rate – at least, it was for our booking.

There is no restaurant in the complex per se, but Duke’s Beach House is located on the property next to the beach, and a small deli-style market is located in the Hokulani tower. The food is excellent, but both are pricey – the kinds of prices that a resort can charge a captive market. However, there is a market directly across the street, and a Safeway at the north end of Lahaina. To put it in perspective – we paid $85 for breakfast for four at Duke’s. Following the breakfast we went to Safeway and spent $65 for groceries that enabled us to cook breakfast for ourselves for the next six mornings. I can understand not wanting to cook while on vacation, but this was a no-brainer for us. We could make breakfast and clean up in a half hour, while breakfast at Duke’s took almost an hour by the time we walked to the restaurant, ordered and ate the meal, and then walked back to the suite. And it cost us about 1/5 what it would have to eat at Duke’s every morning.

Each tower has its own small but well-equipped fitness centre – no complaints there at all. The beach activity centre also looked very popular, although we didn’t avail ourselves of its services.

To conclude, the Honua Kai is very well located for enjoying the Lahaina-Kapalua corridor. Restaurants and amenities abound all over the area. The beach is large and clean with great views out over Lanai. No matter your budget, you’re sure to find a comfortable unit here that will suit your needs.

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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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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

This resort's beautiful grounds has easy access to a beautiful beach and is replete with amenities including a huge workout center, great beachfront restaurant, complimentary valet and about as many pool areas as Minnesota has lakes. We particularly enjoyed the full kitchen and the sliding doors to the lanai which slide completely open to remove any barrier between indoor and outdoor spaces. As a result of all of these amenities, the resort is popular with guests travelling with children and this could be a pro or con for you, depending on your family. Because we are an adult couple without kids, the noise coming from the pools outside our room (and we were on the 7th floor) detracted a bit from the gorgeous and peaceful ocean vista. That said, the view certainly is beautiful and we saw numerous humpbacks breaching offshore from the lanai. The staff were friendly and helpful. Concierge assisted us in dinner and boat reservations without problems.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

As a single traveler, this location is great. You will have alot of families and couples together, but the staff really try to make you feel like you are at home. I enjoyed all of the six days that I was at Honua Kai.The hotel/condo is in a good location, you can walk to other hotels on the boardwalk and there is a grocery store across the street from the condo. I truely had a great experience here! The beach is wonderful! The hotel is well taken care of, and clean. As a single traveler I felt safe at the hotel.

Enjoy your vacation at a place that will make you feel like you are at home.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

We rented a 2bedroom/2bath unit through a property management company (Maui Blue) during Christmas week. Unit was great for 4 adults. They provided beach chairs, beach towels, snorkel gear, a port-a-crib, beach umbrella. They provide these items because we couldn't charge items to our room at the pool or beach rental kiosk. (This particular owner is not part of the in-house room reservation service--which looks like it saved us $$$.) At any rate, everything at this resort is nearly fabulous. Beautiful grounds, very good on site restaurant (Dukes), attentive staff.

We only noticed a couple of flaws--kitchen area could have used a pantry or cupboard for items that we purchased at nearby grocery store. The pool-side food and beverage service was SLOW and inattentive.

Lots of families with small kids during the week of Christmas. Made for a noisey pool area. There is no "adults only" hot tub or pool area. Beach area seemed to have fewer kids and was more quiet.

Pool area has several grills which we took advantage of. Nice touch and a good way to avoid the high restaurant costs every night.

This area in December is windy. But it was nothing that kept us inside.

Word of warning--partial view is VERY partial. Our unit was described as partial view which meant it was off to the side of the balcony and through the trees. We were on the 8th floor and it was usually too windy to sit outside anyway.

Stop at Costco near the airport for wine, snacks and such. Grocery store is across the street from resort but it expensive. We bought ribeyes at Costco and grilled them for a nice, stay-in dinner.

Will stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

This is a newer resort and had all the modern amenities. It is wonderful for families of all ages. That being said, it is not a place for you if you like a smaller feel with quiet and solitude. The pools are woven through the beach side of the property. There are plenty of hot tubs so there is not much crowding. Staff is helpful yet not pushy. Rooms had just the right touch of Island decor- tastefully done. We were able to cook many meals thanks to 4 BBQs. There are rocks at the beach so get yourself some reef shoes. Once you get out about 50 feet, the snorkleing is great with paddle boarding towards the north and a beach walk to black rock in the south.

Room Tip: Our room was on level two and although it faced the ocean did not have a view unless you stepped out...
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  • Stayed December 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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Los Angeles, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

I stayed at Honua Kai with my family for a week in late December. The rooms are very nice - contemporary, clean and well-maintained... though I would have appreciated a few more Hawaiian touches. The resort grounds and pool area are beautiful (but the beach is too rocky to fully enjoy). Having the fantastic Duke's restaurant on property is another advantage. There are a lot of things I liked about Honua Kai, but there's one thing preventing me from recommending it - the WIND! There were very strong winds almost every day of our trip, which made sitting by the pool and swimming far from enjoyable. Just a few miles south on Kaanapali Beach, the wind wasn't nearly as bad. We ventured to the Wailea area for a few days and there was no wind at all. Overall: Besides the wind, Honua Kai is a great place to stay. Perhaps the wind is only an issue during the fall/winter months? But based on this experience and the wind factor alone, I cannot recommend Honua Kai nor would I probably stay there in the future.

One more thing - Internet access/wifi is included as part of the daily resort fee, but connection is spotty and it's painfully slow.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 December 29, 2011

We went on our honeymoon in June/July 2011. We had high expectations because of the price. Ended up staying 10 nights so we took advantage twice of the "stay 4 nights get 1 night free" deal.

Where can we begin. Honua Kai was fantastic...
Modern, Clean, Very well taken care of.

We had an ocean-view studio, which was perfect for a couple. You are tucked on the inside of the U shape looking out at the Ocean. Every room comes with a nice patio with a very cool/modern screen or solid door.
The room was immaculate. The service was excellent. We felt pampered. The cleaning crew came in every day and made it look like we had just arrived. You couldn't hear any of your neighbors.
The pools were fantastic. 3 of them. And yes, there are families, but it's not one of those places where there are kids all over the place and you can't get any peace and quiet. Quite the opposite. There was an occasional kid in the pool but it was soooo peaceful. Pool chairs and umbrellas were plentiful, as well as poolside service (drinks all day, haha) from Duke's restaurant.
Duke's is a great place. Solid Hawaiian food right at your hotel. Great sunset views. Friendly staff. We ended up their after coming home from dinner (dined there twice) and had appetizers and drinks almost every night.
They also have a helpful concierge guy who can help you plan any adventure you need - surfing, scuba-diving, bike riding down the mountain, anything... Location was great - close to Lahaina but not in the city.
The beach was nice sand - don't expect waves though. The water is crystal clear and you can see fish RIGHT next to the hotel on the beach if you have a snorkel or goggles!!!

Look - I know its cheesy to give 5 stars for every category, but I kind of had to. We couldn't find fault....

TOTALLY WORTH THE PRICE.
I just wish I could do it again.

Room Tip: It's worth it to overlook the ocean. Spend a bit more.
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  • Stayed June 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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Additional Information about Honua Kai Resort & Spa

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 Business Hotel in Lahaina
#5 On the Beach 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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