We have owned a timeshare here at Sands of Kahana since the late 90s. We have a 2 bedroom and 2 bath ocean-view; the size of the condo is great (about 1800 sq. ft.) and so it is quite comfortable. The kitchen is well-stocked and large enough for a family to "cook together" if they want to. There is also a lanai (outdoor porch) you can access through the doorwall off the living room area. The maid service comes in once a week for a thorough clean...and then once again during the week for a towel exchange.
The grounds are well maintained and the beach is very nice (clean and quiet most of the time). You feel more like you are part of a residential community being here as there are only 4 buildings. Each building is shaped like an open-air donut. When you are on your "floor"..you can look down to the ground or up to the sky from the walkway area before entering your specific condo unit.
Which segues into what is not so hot about SOK. Because the 2nd bedroom is located right in front of each condo unit and next to the front door...this means that when ANYONE is outside the front door "talking" (or screaming, or yelling, or partying!)...the people inside that bedroom can hear EVERYTHING! This is because there are windows with screens facing out into the walkway from that 2nd bedroom. Which is not so hot. And the talking can be happening outside your condo's front door on ANY FLOOR of the building as (I said) each building is designed like an open-air donut. So if someone is yapping on the 1st floor--and you are on the 5th floor---then the people in your 2nd bedroom will hear those 1st floor peoples' conversation word for word. So bring a sound-machine if you have one for your 2nd bedroom guests---or turn the t.v. in that bedroom way up with the windows open so others can "get it" about sound traveling in the walkways of SOK!
The units which have 3 bedrooms are exactly the same size/shape as our unit...but they managed to put these units in the corners on each floor. As such, the 3rd bedroom is right up next to the front door in those units as well---but has the luxury of a thick wall separating it from the walkway outside the front door (instead of windows). I would imagine it's quieter for the people staying in these units...
The other problem is the lanai "conversations" you can hear from the people either above you...below you...or next to you when you are sitting outside. My husband kept saying "What? What do you want honey?" last night as I was inside the condo. The problem was I wasn't saying anything. It was the "neighbor" who he thought was me! He was out on the lanai working on his laptop...and obviously thinkin' I was calling to him (!)...
I know there isn't a quick or viable solution to these issues mentioned above; this is what I feel is terrible about SOK as it won't be changing for the better---ever! So you can only hope you time your visit here on a week or two when there are no or very few drunks, screamers, or yellers amongs the other guests----and/or when they are at least located in another building furthest away from your own.
To parents with young children or teenagers visiting SOK...please PLEASE pay attention to this post!! Your kids may be cute and adorable to you...but when they start with the screaming (in glee or otherwise)..it is NOT at all cute to us who don't know you and can still hear them 7 or 8 floors above or below you!
Another terrible aspect of SOK is when the outdoor workers decide to start doing their thing (like scoring the cement at the kiddie pool the other day) before 9:00AM. I understand "bright and early"...but not because we have been woken up by the sounds of drills, lathes, heavy equipment, or lawn mowers!
I also don't know why SOK is classified here as a "hotel" since I understand very few units are available on a night-by-night basis.
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- Also Known As:
- Sands Of Kahana Hotel Lahaina
- Sands Of Kahana Vacation Club
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