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Kamaole Nalu Resort
Ranked #39 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Reviewed August 18, 2012

First time on Maui, and we wanted a reasonably priced place with kitchen/laundry, etc. for our 10-night stay. We were a family of 5 - husband, wife and three early-20 year olds. Mind you, since we haven't stayed elsewhere on the island it's a bit hard to compare, but I'll share some pros and cons from our perspective.
Kai, from the management company (Ali'i), checked us in and he was absolutely wonderful! Very helpful and informative. Kamaole Nalu was great in that you do not have to cross a road to get to the beach! And it is an easy walk to many shops and eateries.
The exterior of this older building looks a bit drab and run down. It's wedged in between two nicer looking properties, so the drabness stands out.
We stayed in 105 and very much liked the fact that we were on the ground floor and able to walk straight out to the lawn, pool, and beach. At times it did seem as though we were a little TOO close to the pool - I suppose that might sound strange, but the pool was literally right out our door and when it was being used, sometimes it felt like we were in a fishbowl. Our unit was close to the ocean side rather than the road side and we never saw or heard any traffic from busy South Kihei Rd.
Right out your door there is a nice lawn area which is looking out over the ocean - beautiful! Saw turtles our very first day from this spot of lawn. Plenty of lounge chairs available. A short little side path leads down to the beach. Nice beach, not crowded. BBQ's on lawn were cleaned daily and great for your grilling needs.
The layout of the unit was pretty good - main room, VERY small kitchen, two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. Very small washer and very slow-to-dry dryer, but they got the job done. This unit, 105, could use some upgrading. The cushions on the couch in the main room and lanai chairs look old and questionably clean. They should really be replaced. Tasteful decorating is lacking (but I suppose that's getting really picky). Not that we were there for the T.V., but the one in the main area is super small (I first thought I was looking at a computer monitor!).
Kitchen could use an upgrade. Some appliances (dishwasher) are older, and rather than a whole wall of mirror, having cabinets in that space would be MUCH more useful. There are no drawers in the kitchen at all - silverware was placed in a funky silverware holder of some sort on the counter. All the many utility knives were extremely dull and flimsy. Definitely need new knives. OK assortment of dishes.
Bedrooms are good sized, the linens were very nice, and the beds were very comfortable. Plenty of closet space and drawers in the bedrooms. The tub/shower in the master bath is old and has a yucky plastic shower curtain liner - I believe that was mold I saw at the hem line. Upgrades there would be welcome. Same goes for the shower unit in the other bathroom. And the fan in there is a noise maker.
Well stocked with GREAT towels!
It was nice to have a couple of games, decks of cards, books, and DVD's available for some of those quiet evenings.
Also appreciated were the couple of inflatable air mattresses, air pump, and small cooler.
Something we did not appreciate was the on-site manager. On our first day there, two of our boys (young men) were in the pool on the air mattresses with a can of beer in their hands enjoying the sun and balmy breezes. A man BARKED down to them from an upper balcony saying no floaties were allowed in the pool and no alcohol. He said something about being the manager. Now, I should say that one of the questions that came up when we initially checked-in with the management company was "Can you drink alcohol while at the pool?" the answer was "Yes, just not in glass containers." Hmmmm... this on-site manager apparently had a different view. Later, when I was talking with someone from Ali'i and asked for clarification, I was told to stick with plastic cups, but alcohol was OK. As for the floaties, well, we did read all the pool rules after the fact and it does state "No floatation devices....". (I should say it also states "No food allowed." , but does NOT say no drinks are allowed.) But back to the floaties... we did find it interesting that later in our stay we saw some women using 'noodles' in the pool, and they were not reprimanded. Turns out they were owners of one of the condos, knew the on-site manager and evidently the same rules don't apply to them. Unless 'noodles' are somehow not considered floatation devices??? Perhaps if the on-site manager had been friendly and nice about his explaining of the rules, we would have a totally different impression. He just did not appear welcoming and hospitable.
Also, one night when we were about to use the BBQ grills there was a sign that said "Out of order." on the grills. OK, we'll have to switch to Plan B, we thought and proceeded with that. Twenty minutes into our Plan B, we discovered that people were using the grills! Talking with them, we were told that the manager had put the "Out of order." sign out because of the wind. Now, really? Could not the sign have said something more like "Temporarily out of order due to high wind." At least then people could think, "Well, we can wait a bit to see if the wind dies down." "Out of order" implies there's something wrong with the grills and who knows how long before they might be fixed - days even. My husband suspiciously had the thought that the sign had been put out to HOLD the grills for people that the manager knew. Can't be sure about that, though. But, interesting that, even though it was just as windy on other days, if not more so, the sign never appeared again during our stay. Hmmmm... Little things, I suppose, but they can make a big difference in the overall impression one is left with.
If you are looking for luxury, this is not it. Of course, luxury will probably cost you a lot more money. We found the experience to be a mixed-bag. But that's not to say I would not recommend or stay at Kamaole Nalu again. It does have its plusses. I'd probably give another place a try and then decide if I'd rather be back at Kamaole Nalu. All this aside, we had an absolutely fabulous time in Maui!!!

Room Tip: Units ending in 4, 5, or 6 will be closer to the ocean. Units ending in 1, 2, or 3 will be closer t...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We travelled as a family of 11 & rented 3 Units 106, 105 on the ground floor & right infront of the beach & 406 which had great views. All of our accommodation was just perfect with 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms & every comfort required to keep a large party happy. From washers, dryers, TV's, microwaves, coffee makers, hairdryers etc, etc,etc. & all of us had really comfortable beds just great for laying listening to the waves hitting the beach. You are right on the beach (acessed by just a littie path that runs down onto it) where you can snorkel, spot turtles & even a couple of whales leaving late in May ! The accommodation is close to a few shops & couple of restaurants & bars which is great when you want to stay just where you are on days off from sightseeing.

How can you not have the best times of your lives staying on the beautiful island of Maui in accommodation that provides all that you need in a great location. We have started our Maui savings fund desperate to come back again & we will stay at the Kamaole Nalu Resort again so a Big Big Thank You to the owners of these particular units.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

We travelled as two couples, ourselves and my inlaws. Located in prime location, right at Kamaole Beach 2. It is directly across street from little mall with ice cream parlour, small shops, a few restaurants, dive shop... There is parking, however, the spots are tight. Each lanai overlooks the ocean, although units ending in 4, 5, or 6 are closest to the beach. There is a nice, little pool which overlooks the ocean. We only used it once as the ocean was just so close.
There are 36 units in this development. It seems that 101 is occupied by caretakers. It smells as though they smoke in the unit when you walk by the open door. All units are 2 bedrooms with exactly the same layout. Our unit was 203 and it was decently clean. We did run into a few minor issues with tiny ants, which is very common in the whole area. Also, this particular unit has very little in terms of kitchen supplies, like any spices, sandwich bags, cooking oil, ...It was rather inconvenient to have to purchase these items. There were supplies like dish soap and starter size soaps and shampoos for the bathrooms. There were enough towels, although there could have been a few extra kitchen towels and cloths.
On the lanai, the furniture looks nice, but the chairs lean back and were a bit wobbly. This could be fixed by tightening the bolts, but there were no tools for us to do this. We didn't bother calling the management company. The lanai chairs are unsteady for anyone with mobility issues. On the plus side, the units are very close to the beach and there is an elevator for upper floors.
The master bedroom has a wall of windows, which allows for great air flow overnight. Air conditioning really isn't necessary. However, as you look directly at the back side of another building straight on, there are exterior lights that make it too light in the master bedroom for sleeping. I was thankful to have brought a mask to make it darker. Also, the sprinklers come on very early and are loud. I used earplugs and had no problem. If you are a light sprinkler, I highly recommend this. This would not prevent me from booking this condo development however! Just be prepared. The location is awesome and the layout of the units is great for 2 couples, each having your own bedroom and bathroom.
Each unit is privately owned and most are managed by a company called Ali'i Resorts. They are fine, but the prices are likely more affordable to book through the privately managed units. Many units are upgraded. Ours was not and would benefit from a facelift. Overall, I would definitely stay in the condos again, however, I would probably choose a privately managed unit. I hope this review helps you make your decision.

Room Tip: Try to book a privately booked room through VRBO. Check the Kamaole Nalu site, then look for the mis...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

We had unit 206. It is right on the ocean. Great location, unit has been updated and is so nice. Granite counter tops, flat screens, new bedding and furniture. Loved having the washer and dryer in the unit. This is a great unit and location.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

This was our third trip to Kihei and first to Kamaole Nalu. We will definitely stay in this complex on our next trip, and will try for Unit 301. This Unit has been beautifully redone, with high end finishes and comfortable/beautiful furniture. Before arriving we were a little nervous about being on the "road side" end of the complex, but in the end that turned out to be the best location for us! We were not impacted by road noise at all, and were able to see all the hustle and bustle of central Kihei. We listened to the waves rolling in, watched whales breaching from the lanai and the kids didn't have to cross a road to get to the beach!! They could migrate from the pool to beach to condo; then repeat. I don't think there is a better location in Kihei!

Room Tip: Stack 1 Units (201, 301, etc.) have views of sunrises over Haleakala volcano, ocean sunsets, the poo...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank AKFive
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

I stayed with 3 'gal pals' in 206 - we thought it was the best location! View from our lanai was awesome.... we enjoyed the morning sun each day and the sunset each night. The suite is quite small but we didn't spend much time inside. The condo has been updated so was very comfortable. The grassed area out front is great for sitting and reading/tanning. The walk to the beach is mere steps and the beach is beautiful. Also close to several restaurants... within walking distance.

Room Tip: Rooms ending in 6 are closest to the beach. wouldn't stay any further back than the 4's.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

This was our first time to Hawaii, so I did extensive searches for condos on the internet. The reviews and pictures of the site were what made me choose it. I am so glad we did. We stayed for a week, first for four days in 205, then three more in 305. We were booking last-minute in January for a February stay, so we had to move around for availability. I started to book another location in case we didn't like Nula, but again, I'm so glad I stayed at the site. 205 is newly decorated and upgraded, so it's really lovely inside. The dark surfaces and new tile make it very soothing. None of the reviews had mentioned that the units have laundry in them, so I want to add that right off. It makes an extended visit so much easier to manage! I have this thing about hotel bed coverings, but with the washer and dryer, I just popped the quilt in first thing and had a nice clean covering for the entire stay.

The view was incredible. We had a sunset view every night. One night we ventured out to the lawn chairs for sunset, and that was even lovelier! My only issue with 205 was the huge chairs on the lanai made it very difficult to get around the table. I feel bad for even bringing that up, because it was really a lovely experience.

305 was the same layout, but had not been updated except for a new tile floor, which was really nice. It was glaringly bright with the white finishes, and had such dirty curtains that they should be removed if not cleaned at least. But the important part was the comfort! It had all the amenities of the other unit, nice comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchen. We could move around the lanai a lot better with the smaller chairs.

After coming off military bases in Oahu and a brief, pleasing trip to the Big Island, we were dismayed when we landed in the urban sprall of Maui. We were thinking that staying here for an entire week was a mistake... We wanted to get back on the plane and go to another island. The sprall didn't last very long (it's a tiny island), but when we got to the beach, we were still disappointed. It looked like a beach town in Florida. When we first arrived at the condo, we still were disappointed -- until the unit door opened and revealed our view. From then on, it was one magic moment after another. We would not have been happy in any other location in Maui. Even one right across the street would not capture the view and sounds of the sea. We will definitely come back and will recommend this place to all our friends and to anyone who will listen!

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 2450 S Kihei Rd, Between Kanani and Keonekai Roads, next to Kamaole Beach Park II, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8694
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #39 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Price Range: $268 - $549 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kamaole Nalu Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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