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“Nice for Families with kids” 4 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 29 Hotels in Lahaina
Austin, Texas
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Nice for Families with kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This resort is great for families traveling together. We rented a 2 bedroom, two bath ocean view unit. We were in the Holukani tower. The rooms are very nicely furnished and decorated nicely. I loved the lanai our room had which opened up completely to the outdoors. If you plan to cook in your room, the kitchen is equipped with enough to make simple meals and there is a small market on site, or a grocery sore rig down the street. If you prefer to dine out, then Dukes restaurant is also on site and offers a good selection of food. Poolside drink and food service is also provided. The only negative points I have about our room, were the beds were too soft for my taste and the bathroom lighting was really dim. Maybe adding a lighted makeup mirror would be nice.

Room Tip: We were in the Holukani tower and it seemed to be closer to the pool and had the market store in it...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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White Rock, Canada
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed at Honua Kai in November of 2012 after not having been to Maui in 18 years. We are a family of four - two girls (aged 5 years and 2 years). We stayed for 8 nights in a "mountain-view" room - one bedroom plus hide-a-bed for the kids (and we were certainly pleased with our experience!). We were slightly on a budget so we chose the one bedroom mountain-view over the studio with partial ocean-view (both at about the same cost). Although it's nice to see the ocean with the ocean-view rooms, we had a peek-a-boo ocean-view from the balcony of our mountain-view. The room was great - nice and cool with loads of room. The finish was modern and the use of the kitchen was much appreciated for breakfast and lunches. My wife certainly appreciated the AVEDA beauty products that are complimentary. High quality and virtually toxin-free. The outside pools and access to the beach was fantastic! The pools are a series of meandering streams that are perfect for kids (and parents). There was even a small waterslide for the kids (and parents!). We thought that this resort was very child-friendly. Highly recommended! We will stay again this year!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Booked a 2-bedroom ocean view unit. The room was a little pricey but that was the last thing on my mind as I sat out on the spacious lanai, eating breakfast & watching the whales frolic off shore.

I have stayed at many resorts around Oahu and Maui and what really impressed me about Honua Kai was the quiet and privacy. We kept our bifold Nanawall doors wide open whenever we were in the room and let the waves lullaby us (and our baby) to sleep. There were lots of guests about but the feeling I got walking around the resort, was that I had the place all to myself!

The unit came with a full kitchen that would be the envy of my home and there is a supermarket within walking distance. Should you choose to (we did), you can save a few bucks and cook yourself. There is a dining table inside the unit and another on the balcony. Duke's restaurant in right downstairs if you want a great meal steps from the beach and pools.

...and speaking of pools, there is a nice lazy river that my baby loved as well as more conventional pools.

Would not hesitate to stay here again. By far my favorite resort in the area.

Room Tip: Rooms are like condos. Book a big one and bring the whole family! The ocean view is worth the upgr...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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El Dorado Hills
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

My family and I just returned from staying at the Honua Kai Resort. It was an amazing 5 nights, which we didn't want to end. We booked the 3 bedroom condo, which came with the most amazing ocean view. Waking up to the Pacific Ocean from the 9th floor, while eating breakfast on the balcony, was so wonderful. I still miss it now, thinking about it. The rooms all come with king beds, which was fantastic. The kitchen was also gorgeous... granite counters, Viking appliances, even a wine chiller! The living room has a pull out sofa bed, which was perfect for my 5 year old son to sleep on. The resort itself is also wonderful... a beautiful pool, with a separate area for little ones... and also a water slide for everyone to enjoy. My cousin and I also took a pilates class one morning, which was fun. And the beautiful beach is just steps away from the hotel. Duke's Restaurant is on site, which was very convenient, if you're enjoying the pool. The resort was also very generous with its amenities. Upon arrival, you get a little gift box filled with dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, kitchen towels, sponge, etc. The spa wasn't ready yet, so we went next door to the Westin, to get our lomi lomi massages. You get a slight discount as well.

We've been home several days and my family and I are still talking about our amazing stay here. We really didn't want to leave and wish we could stay here forever. I almost forgot to mention that because it's whale season, we were able to spot whales from our balcony as well as from the beach. That was a nice treat for all of us, including the kids.

Thank you Honua Kai for a fabulous vacation. I'm already dreaming of our next stay here, the next time we're in Maui.

Room Tip: If you're traveling with other couples or families, try to book a 3 bedroom condo with the ocean...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Rented a 2 bd condo through Flipkey (Tripadvisor's sister site). Great condo and perfect for us and our 3 kids. Spacious lanai's even in the smaller units. Looks like all the units come equipped with chairs for the beach, umbrella, boogie boaords, cart/cooler. We totally utilized all the amenities in the unit and most outside. The pool and slide were awesome for the kids and chairs by the pool were always abundant. A nice change from other places. Kaanpali Beach is just how you see it in the pictures. Whales breaching everyday. Ate breakfast at Duke's (absolutely delish...best breakfast we had) and watched the whales. What an experience. It was windy but welcomed. As soon as the wind died down it was too hot. If you are looking for a cheap eat out...head out to Ono Taco's across the street and up at bit across from the ABC Store. We hit the Walmart coming off the plane but I also shopped at the Safeway in town in Lahaina and the prices were pretty much the same. Times Market is a little spendy but convenient. What I noticed was that even though it is a family friendly place is sure didn't seem overwhelmed with kids which is what I kind of expected. 99% of kids were all having fun but well behaved and and parents ensuring kids weren't screaming or running around. Considering that prices are much older hotels (Sheraton's etc etc.) were $400-$500 per night for a one room 2 king bed set and that what we paid for a beautiful roomy 2 bd condo with a washer and dryer (man, THAT came in handy with our 3 kids) and fully equipped kitchen where we didn't have to spend $80 a night for dinner consisting of 2 entree's and 3 orders of mac n' cheese/corndogs. I could feed them this in the room for $2 and they were happy not to have to sit in a restaurant and watch Spongebob after being tuckered out from being on the go all day.
We will definitely be returning to Honau Kai.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed here for the first 5 days of our 10 day Maui holiday in a 2 bedroom partial ocean view, and this was an amazing condo. For the price you pay, the laundry, full kitchen, 2 huge bedrooms with equally large bathrooms full of AVEDA. Who gives Aveda products anymore? So wonderful.

Staff are great, Duke's is great, pools and beach service is great. Quite possibly one of the most relaxing places I've been.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thousand Oaks, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Our family had the pleasurable stay at the Honua Kai, and were not disappointed.

Staff was welcoming and check-in was easy. We had a 2 bedroom partial ocean view, which was understated and overpromised. It had a lot of ocean view from our lanai. The whales were abundant and getting the newborns ready for their journey back to Alaska. The rooms were comfortable with comfy beds and fluffy towels and Aveda products in the bathroom. A full kitchen with Bosch appliances and everything you'd need to cook and eat in room. TV’s in both bedrooms and living area. Washer, Dryer and dish washer in our unit.

Located north Kaanapali on a nice beach and a walking path that goes all the way down to the Hyatt! The beach is not as friendly to swim with little ones as south of Black Rock
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The pools are plentiful and never had a problem finding pool chairs. There are some pools set aside for adults or with signs up asking for a quieter atmosphere. Hot tubes around the pools and they had snuba lessons in the main pool area. They do call it a "lazy river" but it doesn't flow, as one might expect, its fun though.

Duke’s was better than I expected. I’ve gone to the locations in Oahu and Malibu and this one was the best. Nice band and Hula dancer. We just had one dinner there and it was quite busy.

Housekeeping service was very good. Our housekeeper was friendly and courteous. She was quick, efficient and kept the bathroom linens and amenities well-stocked.

There is a little strip mall near by to stock the kitchen more affordably than the on property market and a quirky tasty café call Java Jazz which we ate at one morning. My wife says it the best caramel latte she’s ever had.

We truly enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend staying here to all travelers to Maui.

Room Tip: Having an Ocean View especially during whale season would be worth the splurge.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
#5 Business Hotel in Lahaina
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#7 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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