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Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   78-261 Manukai Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed at two of the condos at Halii Kai in April 2012 - one ocean view and one fairway view - and loved our time there despite some elements that would deter some.
The views from the ocean view were incredible - you could sit on the lanai for hours and watch the ocean and its inhabitants (and kayakers/ paddleboarders). The fairway view wasnt spectatcular but was still a great outlook.
The grounds are beautiful - well maintained, established gardens that epitomise the feel of the tropics, and right on the ocean.
There are also great (core) facilities - pools, tennis courts etc. However, if you want a hotel with bars and restaurants etc you will be disappointed.
The interiors vary - according to owners,so as many of these reviews suggest, it is helpful to request a particular room. The two we stayed in were both roomy (say 1400sq ft) and comfortable with Hawaiian style furniture. But as mentioned elsewhere, theacoustics of the building were poor, and the kitchens can be dated.
So, it depends what you want. If you want an escape where you are happy to cook, and stay/ relax in a serene environment, close to water and not too far from town, then Kanaloa is perfect. If you want 6 star, this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed in a ground floor 1 bedroom unit with ocean view. We were right behind the ocean-side pool. The unit was very spacious & comfortable and the ocean view deck was raised above the level of the walkways and screened by foliage. We ended up having drinks on our deck rather than going out! The one criticism is that since the bedroom is on the back of the unit it was noisier from cars driving into the resort (parking is all on the back of condos) and the headlights were annoying at night. Overall though it was a great place to stay: away from the real tourist area of Kailua but just a few minutes drive to get there if needed. The Keahou shops are within walking distance (so long as you don't have a lot to carry back!), and have a very adequate grocery and a Longs Drug. We stocked up at Costco which is about 10 mins drive north. There is an ocean side walk (lava rock) leading to the adjacent golf course. We walked about a mile north along the path/edge of the golf course and in front of neighboring resorts. Rugged in places but nice to be by the ocean.
Our best experience was swimming in Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook monument bay) where we
had spinner dolphins all around us. Good snorkeling near the monument.

Room Tip: We stayed in 2502.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed in Condo #1804 for 4 nights and it was a wonderful experience. The condo is located right on a rocky beach and we had wonderful waves and beautiful sunsets. Loved watching the boats go by. The condo has everything you need for a great stay and even furnishes beach equipment and towels. The owner, Kathy, was very accomodating and did eveything she could to make our stay wonderful. The condo is located close to a small shopping center with a grocery store and restaurants. We would definitely stay here again! You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is a beautiful oceanfront resort with three lovely swimming pools and tennis courts. Surrounded by swaying palm trees and perfectly maintained tropical gardens. Condos are fully equipped with everything you need. The spacious lanais are ideal for family dinning, watching dolphins and enjoying the sunsets. This is our second visit - and we would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We have stayed in two different condos here and each had a wonderful private oceanfront location. B...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona located in the Keauhou Bay ...we wre greeted warmly by Aleta at the front desk and Sandy assured has everything is great when we called two days prior to arrival.......one does not need an ocean front room if you're staying at Unit# 2106 . the ocean view is fantastic .super clean...each area of the condo has ceiling fan....the fee to have an AC is a bit expensive...both bdrm has comfortable beds &TV and own lanai...main lanai has wet bar..there is a safe .decor & color scheme in great taste...kitchen applicances in good condition and modern...everything you need to cook in is handy...you will find a coffee maker-grinder...snorkeling gear...ice chest.. beach towel...beach umbrealla... games...filled book shelf...CD palyer and many many more amenties...main lanai great to have breakfast and listen to bird chirps...also great to have dinner to watch beautiful sunset... location is about 1mile to Keauhou Bay for snorkeling/swimming and see tropical fish & turtles...also condo is short distance drive to downtown Kailua and to Keauhou Shopping where the restaurant like Sam Choy and "Mi" in Captain Cook area serves a great meal...recommend to shop at Walmart or Costco to buy souvenirs..make sure to visit Hilo Farmers Marketon Sat or Wed (big mkt day) about 1 1/2hr drive with a stop in Kamuela for breakfast...visit Punaluu Bake shop and Kau visitor center on your way to the volcano... a must go is to Hawi for yummylicious food at Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery a favorite of singer Neil Young....try their Lilikoi Margarita...see more turtles at Kaloko-Honakau Historic Beach Park via Honokohau Boat Harbor...trail is tricky to spot...learn about Kamehameha I conquered the entire Hawaii Island at Puukohola Heaiu Natironal Historic Site...help prepare sweet bread that will be baked in stone oven at Kona Historical Society then buy the hot bread when ready around 12:30PM on Thursday only...but don't stop at the H.N. Greenwell Museum...you can learn about him on the internet...call Lehuula Coffee Farm to order your freshly roasted coffee to be shipped to you...

Room Tip: select unit# 2106...you will not be disappointed
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

We loved this hotel!! Stayed here in 2007 for our honeymoon. The room had a jetted tub, AC, 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen. The views from the balconies were the most beautiful I had ever seen! I had to put a differen date in because the website doesn't go back to 2007 but I really wanted to say how much we enjoyed our stay here!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This condo was perfect. We were situated at the water with our lanai literally right over the lava on the west side of this island with waves crashing constantly. The lanai is private so if you like to hang out watching the waves crash and if you are lucky like us a huge pod of dolphins swimming by it doesn't get any better. The condo comes with everything you can imagine you'd need from beach chairs, towels, boogie boards, coolers, cooler packs, etc. We were greated with a lovely welcome package from the owners and had amazing service from Kathy & Jay who were available to answer all of our questions before going. We were there duing the recent Tsunami Warning from the earthquake in BC and it was so well organized. Thanks to Kaleo the local contact who called us to tell us we needed to leave and then 10 mins later we got a knock on our door to get out and head to higher ground. Luckily no big waves hit our side of the island and we were able to head back about 5 hours later. The complex itself has 3 pools, tennis courts and grills to bbq all of the delicious fresh fish! We highly recommend this complex and this particular suite for couples, families or anyone looking for an amazing retreat. It is central - 5 mins to a snorkel beach, 1 hour to n.kohala white sand beaches, 2.5hrs to hilo and the volcano and 45 mins to a southern snorkel beach. Plus you are right by the bay where the fair winds and hale kai depart for snorkel trips.

Room Tip: Rooms on the water have waves crashing 24x7 - if you are a light sleeper this might not be the side...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Address: 78-261 Manukai Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:3 star — Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona 3*
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