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Pono Kai Resort
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Kapaa
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

My parents have a time share and this is my third time staying here. I love the location and the bike trail so close by. The view from our room was amazing and we really enjoyed the pool and hot tub. The rooms were nice and clean and the staff very friendly. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We enjoyed our week stay at the Pono Kai Resort Kapaa Hawaii, stayed for one week Dec. 29th to Jan. 05th... very casual resort, no restaurant on site, but lots nearby, some walking distance.... Loved the helicopter tour over the island, loved the horseback riding in Princeville area, loved the bicycle riding up the path along the beach, lots of fun things to do, lots of great restaurants to try, enjoyed the Lemon Grass Grill very much, I would recommend this resort....

Room Tip: we had a room on the ground floor, walked right out our balcony to the beach
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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CondoRentalsHI, Condo Rental Agency at Pono Kai Resort, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you for review of the Pono Kai Resort. I am not sure if you stayed in one of the condos our vacation rental company manages, but I am glad you enjoyed the grounds and close proximity to restaurants and tourist attractions. The beachfront bike trail is definitely a treat for guests who like to exercise. Happy travels.

Mahalo,
Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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Burbank, California
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83 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

These condos are well priced, very clean and if you get an ocean front unit - Fantastic. Another great thing is they are centrally located 1/2 way between both the north and south shores of Kauai. We went with a group of 4 so we decided to be in 2 condos and spread out. The 2 bedroom units are quite spacious (1300 square feet or so?) and have 2 full bathrooms as well.
The ocean front units have stunning views and the property is smack in the middle of Kapaa. That means that within a block or two there are places to rent bikes, get a shave ice, restaurants, and a great selection of shops.
On the downside, although nothing is shabby looking -the units could all stand an update/remodel including new furniture and appliances. We were told they are remodeling the bathrooms and were working on bldg. J when we were there- yay! I'd love to see a washer and dryer in each unit as it would be wonderful if you did not have to go to the laundry room (in each building).
If you are looking for a luxury vacation rental - this place is not for you head to the Hyatt or the St Regis. For the rest of us this place is Great - the staff friendly and everything in the unit was in perfect working order. Oh and since they recently replaced all the mattresses - you get a wonderful nights sleep. Pono Kai is Safe, clean and comfortable and very well located :) Aloha

Room Tip: Ocean front - especially in bldg. D :)
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Batesville, Arkansas
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65 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

The Pono Kai resort in Kapaa provides very nice and roomy condos with lots of amenities. I have stayed there twice in the last two years and had a wonderful experience each time. The only negative is that the wireless internet- -shakanet- -is beyond worthless. You can purchase by the day or spend $19.99 for a month. If you are lucky, you may get a connection once or twice a day. Expect to be disconnected after 30 minutes. In spite of this, the resort is amazing and the staff is friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: All condos have a balcony, but be sure to ask for one with an ocean view. The sunrise in Kauai is a...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Carmel, Indiana
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

My family of four traveled to the Pono Kai in June of 2012 and loved our accommodations! We stayed in a spacious 2 bedroom and the staff is very encouraging of giving suggestions for meals, trips and beaches to visit. We're already planning our 2014 trip to celebrate our sons graduation....can't wait to get back!

Room Tip: We stayed in building F...loved the views and close to the pool and ocean.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Bakersfield, California
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

We are owners at Pono Kai. Love it. We have been owners for 8 years. Not a new resort with Spa's and restaurants and bars but it is ours. Complete condo unit with fully stocked kitchen. Grills located throughout the property and a great pool and patio area.

The rooms are slowly being updated and a new management company has us excited for the future.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Bellflower, California
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74 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We have been going to Kauai since the early 80s and have stayed on most parts of the island. Kapaa is our favorite place to stay because of its location; close to the airport and shopping, lots of restaurants, easy to get to the north or south shore beaches. We have stayed in various condos and hotels in Kapaa and Pono Kai is our favorite. It's a lovely resort with well-tended grounds, located right on the beach. All of the units we have stayed in have been really nice and well-maintained. Most units have at least a partial ocean view. The pool and spa are nice and there are barbecues, tennis courts, shuffleboard and other amenities. Highly recommended for couples or famiilies.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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CondoRentalsHI, Vacation Rental Agency at Pono Kai Resort, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Thank you for your review of the Pono Kai Resort. I am not sure if you stayed in one of the vacation rentals we manage, but I glad you enjoyed the tropical grounds, great locations, and onsite amenities. We hope to see you back at the Pono Kai in the future!

Mahalo,
Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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Property: Pono Kai Resort
Address: 4-1250 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1658
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Kapaa
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kapaa
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pono Kai Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 217
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