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“A piece of Paradise in Paradise” 5 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 #6 of 30 Hotels in Lahaina
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“A piece of Paradise in Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Had a wonderful stay @ this resort. Absolutely beautiful, with a great beach for snorkling, swimming, walking and sunning.

We rented our suite from the VRBO site and loved the accommodations!

Love Dukes Beach House. Went for lunch and supper quite often and the sunsets were beautiful every time we were there.

I would return to this resort in a heartbeat. One of the newer resorts in Maui.

  • 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 Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

Rarely do I feel that on my next leisure trip I would return to the same place, but Honua Kai is definitely one of them. We stayed in the Konea tower in an Oceanview Studio, and were very pleased. We traveled with a 9-month old baby and our #1 concern was around being in an impeccably clean place. Well, at Honua Kai that happened, and we were extremely pleased by the level of cleanliness in the room, the adjacent facilities, the pool area, the beach, the parking lot, etc. (a big Thank You to the ladies who cleaned the room daily!). The kitchen was fully equipped (they even had a blender in it!). The bathroom is spacious, with separate shower cabin and bath tub. The room had washer and dryer, which are definitely helpful when traveling with a baby and need to do frequent laundry. Nice furniture, quiet A/C unit. Also, the room was very very quiet at all times, which is great.

The resort is perfectly located on one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui. It has a supermarket in walking distance range, as well as at least 3 or 4 car rental companies.

The restaurant on the premises (Duke's) is just great and very well placed, allowing from most (if not all) tables to see the ocean, which is a great view at sun set.

We appreciated the care that the personnel took, both the concierge service and at the reception. They were extremely responsive to our concerns when we had one, and always offered a solution or actionable help. In particular we are thankful for the late check-out, thank you very much.

A couple of (small) disappointments:
-the oceanview studio rooms could have a better "oceanview"; I would rather call the view from our room (4th floor) a "partial oceanview", that would be more illustrative of the reality--but still a great room and beautiful view
-the resort itself does not have a spa

Overall GREAT choice, we would warmly recommend this resort to any couple traveling with or without children.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We are half way through our eight night vacation. Not sure yet what sort of rating I'll give at this point but just want to say, if you're looking for an adult vacation, don't come here. There are children every where. Running, playing, screaming and in all the pools. There is one small "quiet" pool, but it has kids in it too. Each morning we are awakened by crying babies of parents who leave their patio sliders open. Also, teenagers in the bar late at night having desert.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed here for ten days in April, we rented through VRBO and had a positive experience. Honua Kai is a wonderful property, from the units, landscaped property, the beach, activity center, Dukes etc.
We had a two bedroom unit and a huge lanai which was great for morning coffee and tea and in the evening for drinks. The units are bright, clean, tastefully decorated and well equipped.
If I was returning to Mauiit would be at Honua Kai. It was a good location to visit other beaches and the town of Lahainia etc.
A great vacation.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed here in July for half of our Maui stay. We have been to Maui several times and this was our favorite place we've stayed so far. We booked through Chasing Rainbows and after reading reviews were a little concerned since we would not be able to get service from the resort staff. However, everyone was great. We had issues with the thermostat and had it fixed immediately. We also had a question about the wifi and asked for coffee filters and both times they helped us.

The condo was beautiful, we loved the large wall of windows that opened up onto the large balcony. Everything was basically new and we love having a kitchen to store and cook food to save some money. We had a partial ocean view and while a full ocean view would be nice, we didn't feel like we were missing out. The room was also very quiet (faced outside the resort, facing the pool may be different). Being July the resort was quite busy but besides hearing a few people walk by in the hall, it was incredibly quiet and it felt like there was no one around us.

The grounds were beautiful and we really liked all the resort like amenities. We ate at the indoor cafe when we needed something quick, and used the pool side service from Dukes often. We never had an issue getting a pool chair which was nice. Yes, we wish the chairs on the beaches were free but unfortunately mostly all resorts charge. It was windy but that whole area is (the resorts in Kaanapali are as well).

We've stayed at the Westin Villas next door on a previous trip and preferred Honua Kai. The rooms are bigger and nicer, and Honua Kai didn't seem as crowded. For the second half of this trip we stayed at The Westin (hotel not villas) in Kaanapali and after staying at Honua Kai we felt like we were roughing it and wanted to come back.

Also were able to get a really great rate from Chasin Rainbows via VRBO. Would definitely recommend this route, we paid way less then other resorts in the area that are not as nice. Made this a great value, we would return.

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  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed at the fabulous Honua Kai Resort & Spa – Konea Building Suite 438 April 9th through 16th, 2013. We are a family of 2 thirtysomething adults and one 22 month old toddler. The resort and condo perfectly met our needs for our family vacation. This holiday was our first time to Maui and the Hawaiian Islands.

OVERALL FAMILY HOLIDAY COMPARISON: We have had the fortune of travelling with our son on a few family vacations and compare this vacation amongst stays at the Beaches Turks and Caicos and a 7 night Disney Cruise. Before kids, we have travelled to many all-inclusives throughout Mexico and Caribbean…never less than 4.5 star.

All vacations have their pluses and minuses. I wasn’t sure if I would like staying in a condo where you are responsible for some meals, laundry, etc. - I mean don’t we travel to escape those daily chores?!! But for family travel, staying in a condo suite is easiest – especially for a toddler’s nap time and early bedtimes where you have somewhere else to escape to in the living room or on the lanai. Not to mention eating meals in your own suite compared to always at a restaurant or buffet. Toddlers tend to create a lot of laundry so I loved having my own laundry pair at my convenience. We ate every breakfast and all but one lunch in the suite. We ate out for dinner every night except one night. For some reason, chores in paradise feel very different than chores at home ;).

REVIEW OF SUITE 438 KONEA: This is a one bedroom suite with partial ocean view. We booked this trip through VRBO and had the pleasure of working with the property and booking manager Maui Blue Properties to book our holiday. My emails were always met with prompt service (never more than a 2 hour wait…if that even!) and we appreciated the service of meeting with the onsite Maui Blue Property Manager upon check in. We did have an issue with the dryer in our suite and sent a text to the on-site manager and left for one of our many adventures. When we came back, the dryer was fixed. Perfect! Seriously the best service we have ever encountered with any resort or hotel we have stayed at. The suite was just like home, comfy bed and amenities. Our son loved the retractable window/doors to the lanai – he insisted that the doors be open at all times so that he could run in and out whenever he pleased. We were especially pleased with the view – we could see the ocean through the park trees. And the free WI-FI…LOVED it!! It was so nice to have reliable, quick and free WI-FI available so that we could research restaurants, activities, etc. to plan our days.

REVIEW OF RESORT: Nice lush gardens, great pools, ample chairs for the time of year we went, beach was perfect. Nice golden brown sand. Loved seeing whales in the distant. The week we were at the resort there was just a slight breeze…perfect. We ate at Duke’s for one dinner and one lunch – great food and drinks. Loved the location along north Ka’anapali Beach, loved that the resort was right across the road from Times Market (food store). Concierge was always friendly and efficient. LOVED the underground parking. Super convenient when loading up the car for our many adventures.

REVIEW OF ON-SITE DIVING SERVICES: Unfortunately I was not able to dive due to a head cold (difficulty clearing ears for decent, etc.) but my husband did 2 shore dives with the on-site dive master. It was a nice treat to just meet along the shore in front of the resort, put on the equipment and walk out into the water and dive. My husband’s first dive was right in front of the resort. There was a strong current but he saw lots of coral and could hear whales in the distance. The dive master tried to take the group (dive master + 3 divers) closer to the whales but no luck. For the second dive, the dive master met my husband and one other diver in front of a different resort just north of Honua Kai (was within walking distance) where the rental equipment was waiting for them. They suited up, and walked out and had a great dive. My husband said he saw many many turtles and one large reef shark (was 5-6’ in length). Dives were at 9:00 AM and he was back in the suite by 10:00 AM. Perfect! Two dives with rental BCDs, tanks and flippers cost $180 USD. So a reasonable price.

REVIEW OF HAPPY KIDS NANNY SERVICE: Because our son is not old enough to go to Honua Kai’s Children’s Day Program (must be 3 years of age), we arranged 5 hours of nanny care with Happy Kids Nanny Services as recommended by Concierge. Instead of booking a pricey snorkel/sail trip to Honolua Bay and tote our toddler with us, we decided that our son and us would be much happier if we booked a nanny to take him to the pool while we drove to Honolua Bay and snorkeled for free instead. Our nanny was great! Our son was very happy with her (Jessica). She took him to the pool on the resort and then fed him lunch in our suite and put him down for a nap. Our son was sleeping when we arrived back at the suite – perfect! So kudos to Happy Kids Nanny Services. We highly recommend their services. Cost for our one child was $20 per hour plus we tipped our nanny at the end.

I won’t go into detail about all the many excursions we did: drove some of the Road to Hana – as long as our toddler son would let us but the highlight was the trek into Twin Falls; saw the Iao Needle at the Iao Valley State Park, Maui Ocean Center and Ma’alea Harbour, Napili Beach, Blow Hole (Nakalele ?), Whaler’s Village for some shopping and dinner at Hula Grill; Drums of Pacific Luau at the Hyatt; Old Lahaina Town and Front Street for some shopping and dining, a drive to Makena Beach and Wailea area, and snorkelling at Honolua Bay. So we saw A LOT in our short 7 day visit. Not a lot of time was spent lounging around the resort but it was such a treat to come back to Honua Kai and Suite 438. Our favorite thing about Maui was that you could see and do a lot in 3-4 hours – perfect so that we could get back to the suite in time for our son’s nap time and do something else when he woke up.

My only disappointment was that we did not stay in Maui for longer. We still have so much to see and do and our son LOVED Maui and the Honua Kai Resort & Spa. We will consider no other resort and hope that my review convinces you to book Suite 438 Konea of Honua Kai Resort & Spa through Maui Blue Properties/VRBO.

It truly doesn't get better than this...on site diving at resort, children's program during day and nights, friendly concierge service, located on a gorgeous Hawaiian beach, close to all the ammenities. What more could you ask for? Book it!

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed in #450 - 3 bedroom
- dealing with the owners - fantastic experience
- The store was great - pools were excellent -snorkelling out front was great - (saw turtles)
Dukes Restaurant had great food especially the calamari
- Saw Whales from our balcony everyday
- Going to Costo was great - fresh fish and meat - very good - buy gifts for home there
- Shopping at Times Market was super good - very fresh sushi - great gifts - large selection of
wine (you can imagine what our bill was for 13 days for 9 people)

- The wind was not a factor - we were told to beware of the trades in April - but we didn't experience that
- Town of Paia - small and lovely - Shop at Sand & Sea
- Napili Beach - so Great - Turtles very close for snorkeling - Food was great at the Gazebo -
(we stood in line 40 minutes but watched the breaching whales the whole time...)

- Have to mention the Hula Grill, Burgers in Paradise, Kimos and Dukes
(all fantastic food - All had gluten free selections - all great ocean views
We made our reservations on-line before we left home because we had 9 people.

So you can tell we had a wonderful holiday - so good infact my husband & I are going
back in February and staying at the Honua Kai - thats the resort for me....

Contact me if you have any questions - auntybev@shaw.ca

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
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
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#3 Luxury Hotel in Lahaina
#5 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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