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“Great Stay in 14H” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Halii Kai Resort at Waikoloa Beach

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Halii Kai Resort at Waikoloa Beach
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Irvine, CA
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75 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great Stay in 14H”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

My family of 5, including 3 kids ages 10-12, stayed in this oceanfront unit for 8 nights. This ground floor condo was very roomy, with a modern kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an office, and a living area. The office contained a sleeper sofa which we used for one of our kids. The lanai had a beautiful view of the insanely blue Pacific out over a lava field. The condo was beautifully furnished with very high quality furniture and accessories throughout. There are TVs in the main living area and in both bedrooms, though the bedroom TVs were very small. The lanai was also equipped with a wet bar and comfortable patio furniture with seating for 5. We really enjoyed the freedom to eat breakfast in the unit, make our lunches to take on the road, and to have a few dinners out on the lanai. This is very convenient and also a large cost savings for families.

Our unit was conveniently located near the pool and bar area. Because this complex is long and narrow, the further you are from the ocean the longer the distance to the pool. There were some parking spaces by the pool if you need to drive. The pool area also has a restaurant, a hot tub, and a barbeque which I did use twice. There is plenty of comfortable seating around the pool although the only shaded areas are under a pavillion or by using the umbrellas at the tables. The complex also has a tennis court which we used and, although I never spotted it, also has a coconut grove area that is supposed to have a picnic area. The complex is also adjacent to a trail that hugs the lava and neighboring golf course. You can walk on this beautiful trail all the way to A-Bay which I highly recommend as a 2 hour round trip excursion. This was probably the unexpected highlight of my stay.

Any negatives here? Well, as seems to be the case in all of the Waikoloa Beach Resort, there is very poor lighting around the complex. It is very difficult to walk on the sidewalk after dark (which occurred at 7pm) without fumbling and stumbling and in fact we did see a couple out for a stroll with a flashlight. This also seems to be the case on the main sidewalks along Waikoloa Beach Drive. My only possible conclusions are that either electricity is unbelievably expensive here, they don’t want you to move around by foot, or there are very few lawyers on the Big Island. In any event, I did find it perplexing because most people on vacation in Hawaii do like to walk around at night. From my experience, the Kona area is far more lively at night than the Kohala Coast resorts.

I rented this unit through South Kohala Management and the check-in and check-out were very easy due to the detailed directions we were given before our trip. I can’t imagine a better way for a family to spend time on the Kohala Coast and to use as a base for exploring the wonderful Big Island.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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tom162, Manager at Halii Kai Resort at Waikoloa Beach, responded to this review, October 26, 2011
All of us at South Kohala Management are pleased you enjoyed your stay. 14H is a beautiful unit and we take pride in making sure your accommodations are everything you want on a Hawaiian vacation. We look forward to your return!
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

It is a condo resort so don't expect wait service, maid service at every beck and call. That being said, this resort is lushly landscaped, private, quiet and so relaxing. The condo we stayed in was in the 21 building (a bit away from the pool) but it looked onto a garden courtyard that had hammocks hanging from coconut trees and bbq grills for your grilling needs. The pool was a 5 minute walk away but never crowded. So relaxing!!! At a big hotel the pool can be over 10 minutes away depending on your hotel room and always crowded! Our condo was a 2bd/2ba -- well appointed, beautifully decorated with everything you need, beach towels, toys, chairs, snorkels and body boards. It's great having a condo on vacation to save on cost for breakfast/dinners (especially with kids). It's also great to have your car parked within a few feet of your condo (rather than a vast parking lot)! What is also great is the washer/dryer -- no need to pack too much because you can always do a load. We also received a 20% off for food at the pool restaurant and two complimentary drinks. The reception desk/front office staff was very accommodating and had complimentary coffee for the adults and snacks for the kids in the morning. Hapuna Beach a 5 minute drive north and, 45 minutes south to Kona Airport. We will be staying here again. Thank you so much for your hospitality!

Room Tip: No need for ocean/premium view - you'll be out of the condo most of the day
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2011

The Accommodation at Castle Halii Kai at Waikoloa was of an Excellent Standard. Our room was BEAUTIFUL! It was well appointed with everything you could need in a Condo. As we were go go go on Big Island I would personally recommend this style of accommodation for people staying over 7 days(we only stayed 5 days) to get the full use of the Condo. In […] hindsight as the price was similar we both would have preferred the Hilton which is next door. The Hilton was an easy 15 minute walk but they Charge one hundred dollars for a 4 visit pass the to hotel if you want to use their facilities. (ie 2 people for 2 days or 1 family of 4 for 1 day) Beaches were about a 10minute drive away but there are some beautiful beaches nearby for swimming and snorkelling. Im not sure if this hotel is still doing breakfast but this was our biggest gripe with the hotel. Breakfast was served in the front reception room and was 1 pre-packaged savoury, 1 cup coffee, 1 pre-packaged fruit juice and 1 pre-packaged oats. There was no milk or cream for the oats or the Coffee.. Overall we enjoyed our experience, accommodation was 5 star but only stay here if you are planning a longer vacation. Happy Travels!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Claremont, CA
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

We just returned from 10 nights at Halii Kai with our family of four (Boys 13 and 16). This was one of the best vacations we have ever had, and a big part of that was the decision to stay at Halii Kai. We stayed in unit 17B which was a 2 bedrrom 2 bath unit. The condo was very nice (This unit was not well decorated, but was very clean and comfortable). Building 17 is a great location (near pool and ocean grille), but it does not have ocean views. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. There is no beach at Halii Kai, but Hapuna Beach about 10 minutes from here was fantastic (not having a beach was our biggest concern but it really was not an issue). There is also a public beach 5 minutes away in Waikoloa Village.

The pool is spectacular with views of the ocean, lava, and golf course. Very tropical landscaping. The pool is a bit "boring" for kids, but my wife and I thought it was one of the best pool areas we have seen at a resort. The ocean grille is poolside. The food and drinks were very good and not unreasonably priced for Hawaii. Kathy one of the waitress/bar staff was very friendly and accommodating.

Most of our food we purchased from Costco (prices are very close to mainland prices), but the Island Gourmet market in the Queens shopping center is a great market and has everything you might need (obviously more expensive than Costco).

The weather was perfect, as Waikaloa is one of the driest areas in the Hawaiian Islands. 10 nights and 11 days and no rain. It was beautiful everyday. We cannot wait to return and will stay here again.

Room Tip: This is a large complex and some units are far from the pool. If it is important to you to be close...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Carlos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

Great accomodations, location, and pool area! We stayed in 10B which was really convenient with a child as it opened onto a flat grassy area.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2011

This is a condo resort that says it is a kid friendly environment but it is not. They may have a 1.5 & 3 ft level pool but that is about kid friendly as it gets. Staff was ok but tenants were uptight and rude. Kamaainas don't stay here especially if you may have a large family. I would suggest colony villas instead and although parking is limited, kids and families are able to have a goodtime. So if you are looking to have a good time, don't book here because there are too many rules and grumpy tenants that you'll be dealing with.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, IL
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81 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

We stayed in unit 9D at the Halii Kai for one week. This unit is designated as Premium (for the condo layout) Ocean view. We arrived late at night which was no problem. We contacted the front desk a head of time and they emailed us the key codes for the front gate and the unit itself. It was very easy getting in at night. When we woke up the next morning, we were amazed to see panoramic views of the golf course, ocean, and mountains. If you looked over the side of the balcony, you could see more mountains. This condo had the nicest view of any condo we have ever rented.

This unit had two beds in the second bedroom. I think they were full sized, although they could have been queens. My teenage sons were very comfortable there. They had their own bathroom with double sinks. I thought the unit was well laid out. We spent most of our time on the balcony which had a table with four comfortable chairs, a lounge chair with footstool, and a gas grill.

The landscaping was beautiful and well-maintained. We were able to comfortably walk to the pool. The pool is beautiful, but did not hold a lot of appeal for my teenagers. They did like using it at night after a full day at the beach or sightseeing. I agree with the reviewer that said there were no shady areas near the pool. There is a shaded sitting area that my husband and I used a couple times while the kids were swimming, but it is not an area to use if you are in a wet bathing suit.

The only puzzling thing about the Halii Kai is the free breakfast. Breakfast was served in the main office on a folding table. Breakfast consisted of coffee or tea, Capri Suns for juice, instant oatmeal, and prepackaged rolls, probably from Costco. They also had individual servings of packaged fruit like the kind you pack in a kid's lunch. The ladies in the office said you can take this to the pool if you wanted. It is a long walk to the pool from the office. I am not sure why you need to serve breakfast at a condo building. One of the major reasons we rent a condo is to prepare our own breakfast. We did use the breakfast items for snacks, since everything was prepackaged. Be careful, the breakfast coupons said that only two coupons could be used per unit per day, which did not seem to be enforced. Another peeve was that breakfast did not start until the office was opened at 8:00 or 8:30. Our internal clocks were on Midwest time, so we were usually up and ready to go way before this.

We did go next door to rent paddle boards at the Hilton. I don't remember the exact price for a family to use the Hilton pools for the day, but it was way over the $80 dollars that another reviewer quoted. If you want to use the Hilton's facilities for a day, I would call ahead to get the price. Since we were renting paddle boards, we were not required to pay the pool fee. At least that is what the person at the lagoon rental desk said. I am assuming that we would not be able to stay at the lagoon after our rental period was over. Also, be warned that the Hilton charges $15 to park your car. We were able to get our ticket validated since we ate at a restaurant there. It was fun to eat lunch and watch the dolphins. Then it was nice to go back to our spacious condo at Halii Kai and relax.

I was not counting on breakfast, so I am not letting this taint my review of the Halii Kai. It is a beautiful condo resort with a great location. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Definitely spring for an ocean view if you can.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Halii Kai Resort at Waikoloa Beach
Address: 69-1029 Nawahine Pl, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738-5748
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kohala Coast > Waikoloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Waikoloa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Halii Kai Resort at Waikoloa Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Halii Kai at Waikoloa is a recently developed 29-acre oceanfront resort, stretched along Waikoloa's Beach Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Spacious two- and three-bedroom villas and townhomes are luxuriously furnished. Amenities include a cascading pool, private restaurant, fitness cabana, walking trails, and a basketball/tennis court. ... more   less 
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