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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 29 hotels in Lahaina
Dayton, Ohio
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Beautful Property”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I will keep it short and sweet...the resort and grounds are immaculate. I had read reviews about a bad smell but we did not experience this at all (staying in the Konea Tower). Yes the beach has coral, but it was beautiful and we still swam and snorkeled the entire trip. The only iffy thing about the resort was the pool service from Dukes was kinda hit or miss, but being in Hawaii, I couldn't complain!

Room Tip: We booked through VRBO and was MUCH cheaper :)
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  • Stayed September 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
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We booked Honua Kai through VRBO for the last leg of our three-week Maui vacation. While we typically prefer smaller resorts, we were content with our decision to try something a bit different. I will highlight the advantages and minor disadvantages we experienced with this stay.

Advantages:
- New, modern, and clean. We liked that the condo was still "like new" with fresh carpet, furnishings, and fixtures. The nano doors and patio furniture extended the tasteful indoors to the outdoors. The grounds and pool area are well-maintained.
- Location of condo. We rented through VRBO, and we couldn't have been happier with our location! We knew an interior courtyard unit would not suit us well, so we rented a ground floor exterior condo. Because we prefer sunny, southern-exposed lanais, our particular site was perfect. We were able to pull our lounge chairs out on our little lawn and admire the beautiful West Maui mountains.
- Location of resort. Honua Kai begins the stretch of beach we most enjoy. Walking/running/swimming the length to Black Rock (and beyond) is heaven for us. We enjoyed snorkeling just south of the resort. Groceries, fresh fish, and snorkeling equipment rentals are all closeby.
- Dukes.
- Poolside gazebo and cabana rentals. We thought this was well worth the cost, as we were there the eight days following Christmas. It was nice to know that we had some space to share with our family without scrambling for chairs.

Disadvantages:
- Unregulated pool area. The pool attendants allow people to save rows of loungers beginning in the early morning. Almost all the chairs were saved with towels by the time the pool opened. They often remained unoccupied for hours. (Again, we were glad for our cabana rentals.)
- Dysfunctional dryer. The dryer would beep and stop every couple of minutes. Even after repeatedly emptying the condensation resevoir and the lint screen, it would continue to turn off. My friend, who has stayed in several Honua Kai condos, warned me of this. She claims that the dryers have never worked for her at Honua Kai. We ended up draping our towels over chairs to dry in the sun, although this is against their rules. (My brother received a notice on his door when he left some running shoes and a towel sitting out on his lanai.) Unfortunately, we were not entitled to pool towels because we did not rent directly through the resort.
- No cupboard space for groceries. The counter was very small, and it was difficult to find space to store our groceries.

All in all, we were very happy with our accommodations and the atmosphere at Honua Kai. We will definitely consider staying at this property again and will recommend it to our vacationing friends.

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  • Stayed December 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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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Great time was there with 8 of us for ten days. Beautiful resort with amazing pools. We were in the Hokulani 325. View was amazing. Kitchen had everything, blender, panini, two ovens, salad spinner. Closet had sand toys, boogie boards, cooler bag, beach chairs.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

It's an apartment with the comfort an apartment has. You have a complete kitchen that it's very helpful with kids. The swimming pools are really nice and my kids loved the water slide. The location is good as you are near Lahaina and near many restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

First of all this is a beautiful lodging. First class all the way except. I called direct to reservation to make my booking. I specified ocean/ocean view. Upon check in (It was night) was told if I was not happy in the morning to check back and they can help me. Upon waking up went to the balcony and much to my surprise saw no ocean which is very important to my stay. Went down to desk and was told they would check and get back to me. After a couple hours was informed that nothing could be done and was told that was a part ocean view. I said that I did not book an courtyard view and so didn't expect one. I was given a small token on our bill. No view. They have a great restaurant on site Duke's. The check in girls have a lot to learn about PR but the food and waiters are super. Like most place they have the chair hogs around the pool. But nothing is ever done about it. Sad for people who want to enjoy this beautiful property. I would have to think about staying with them again as there are many beautiful hotels/condos on Maui.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this resort. I highly recommend for families. We traveled here for the 2nd year in a row with my parents, husband and 3yo daughter. We have stayed in the same unit on the 10th floor. The tower (spacing the name but the one that does NOT have the market). Instead of renting through the resort we have rented through the VRBO website. Our unit has had spectacular views and we've seen whales every morning and night. We've stocked up for groceries at the grocery store across the street. We traveled to the local Safeway one day and the closer store actually had better selection and lower prices. The food at the Honua Kai market is good for lunch if you don't want poolside Dukes. They have yummy gelato and lattes in the morning. The word "spa" in the name is a little misleading as there's not a spa onsite to the best of my knowledge. The pools are wonderful. We love them. The lazy river pool seems to have the warmest water which we appreciate in the early morning. The hot tubs are varying degrees, which is nice given I'm pregnant. We highly recommend this resort-it's beautiful and completely exceeds our expectations.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Maryville, Missouri
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

If you are wanting to see the beach, hear the waves, and be close to the water, this resort is not for you. Due to "dunes restoration project" there is quite a walk to get to the sand. Also, I was eaten alive by some type of bugs while laying near the pool. The only bright spot is the scuba pro guy named "Artie" who is a great dive guide and will bend over backwards to help ou have a great dive experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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: 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
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#6 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#8 Business Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Honua Kai Resort & Spa 4*
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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Honua Kai Hotel Lahaina
Honua Kai Resort And Spa
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