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“Kihei Akahi B Building....cockroach warning!!”
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Kihei Akahi
Ranked #29 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Kelowna, BC
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Kihei Akahi B Building....cockroach warning!!”
Reviewed April 8, 2006

We just returned from a 2 week stay at the Akahi in B203 and had a constant battle with cockroaches!!! (not sure if the whole building was infested, or just our unit) Our unit was quite old and outdated, lousy linens, old kitchen utensils, dishwasher was antiquated and cupboards smelled like 30 yr. old mac-tac. Carpets were stained, iron barely worked but washer/dryer in the unit was a godsend! We were hardly there mind you, but the "management" was not very "teenager" friendly and were very rude. I guess it is hit or miss with an condo rental by owner, but this is a definate miss! Beach across the street was lovely, (lots of shows from the whales jumping) and you must eat at Fred's, Big Wave Cafe, Aloha Mixed Plate and Bubba Gumps! We spent a lot of time in Lahaina (great shopping) go to the Old Lahaina Luau and see the Maui Ocean Center. Go to the Maui Marketplace in Kahului on Saturday. Driving the road to Hana a Must! DO NOT RENT from Island Car Rentals of Maui (a total nightmare) go with Dollar. We had maybe 3 days of full sun, the rest was muggy and overcast, but found lots to do. All in all, an OK trip.

  • Stayed March 2006
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14 Thank extragood
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KRNPhoenix, Owner of unit at Kihei Akahi, responded to this review, January 10, 2007
This is a much overdue response to some unflattering comments made by an unhappy visitor to Kihei Akahi back in April of 2006. The writer of the review stayed in my condo B 203 and had a great deal of problems with the management of the complex. In fact, it is the only time in nine years of ownership, that the management was so frustrated by unruly behavior that they called me to request their removal from the complex if the behavior did not improve. Apparently the two women and their two teenage sons were creating a great deal of problems and disturbances. Please be aware that I find it ironic and not coincidental that these same guests wrote complaints about our unit even though they never once called me during there stay to issue complaint.
My husband and I visit spend thousands of dollars annually to fix and maintain the condition and appearance of our condo. In nine years of ownership we have never had a complaint except from this party. Our range and dishwasher are both top of the line and less than one year old. We have a coffee maker, crock pot, rice cooker, blender, toaster, electric skillet, hand mixer, electric chopper. All of these items are 2 years old or less in age. If the carpet appeared dirty when the guests arrived, I wish they would have let us know so that we could have it steam cleaned immediately. My iron, 2 years old, is not top of the line due to the fact that I have a no iron rule on vacation. The building is spray on a regular bases for bugs. We were just there is December and I did not see a single bug in 10 days.
I am writing this because of recent questions from potential guests about this article. None have cancelled and none have had problems when they stayed.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2006

We booked the Akahi as it is an affordable place to stay and the ratings on tripadvisor tended to be favourable. We knew staying in a condo would be a gamble but it definitely was one that paid off as our condo, Building D Suite D04 was fabulous. It was immaculate. The owners had beach towels, beach mats, boogey boards, beach chairs etc. all available for use. Not to mention guidebooks, novels, playing cards etc. We loved it! Building D is quite far back from the main road and therefore a ways from the beach across the road but it only takes a couple of minutes walk. I should mention Kihei Akahi is convenient as it is close to Internet cafes (Internet was available in condo for a fee), restaurants, convenience store, boat launch (for snorkelling and diving), beach. The location is great for getting to other areas of the island too.

Overall, a great place to stay. Next time though we would probably stay somewhere right on the ocean if we could afford to. If we couldn't afford a place on the beach we would stay here again!

  • Stayed April 2006
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16 Thank Albernfrau
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed March 18, 2006

We stayed in C-211 Feb 27-March 14, 2006 - it was perfect! No complaints here. Location - excellent...pools/bbq's - clean as a whistle....our condo - had everything, clean, updated, sunset views, quiet (other than those "wake-you-up birds"!)...you're in paradise - what can I say! Makena beach is awesome (south about 15 minutes), Cafe Ole - yummy & reasonable...this condo complex is great for all ages. Have fun - Aloha!!

  • Stayed March 2006
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17 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2006

We rented a studio, D401. When you rent a condo it is a hit or miss proposition, depending on the individual owner of the unit, and unfortunately ours was a miss. The unit was clean but very shabby, with stained carpets, closet door hanging off the hinges, and formica peeling off the kitchen cupboards. The furniture looked like Pier One Imports, circa 1980. On top of that, we had not been warned that the building exterior was being repainted, and there was a lot of noise starting at 8:30 a.m. every day. But the location was great, and the outdoor facilities such as pool and barbecue grills were nicely maintained. I would only consider renting at this complex in the future if I could find out more in advance about the condition of the unit, and about any scheduled renovation work.

Stayed February 2006
9 Thank voyageuse416
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2006

Stayed in C building second floor for spring break 2005 with kids aged 12, 10, 7. Had a one bedroom, and made do with a foam mattress supplied by the condo rental for the smallest child. Parents got the sofa bed. Left it late to book, so had to search hard for a place. The unit we had was in decent shape and clean, but was stocked with garage sale stuff. Didn't bother us as a fork is a fork. We would stay there again as the location is excellent for being close to the fine beaches to the south, but I would look for a private rental rather than an agency - much less $$. As well, the amenities of the place were suitable for us. It is an older crowd, but as long as your kids are respectful in the pool, you'll have no problem. We were mostly trying out the beaches anyway. I would be leary of A unit as it is right on the main road. Nuff said about the place.

Now some tips or the island. We went around both islands by rental car. Well worth it, but long days. You should be comfortable on a narrow one lane mountain (steep) road if you are going to go along the north side of North Maui, or down the east side of South Maui. You may also have to back up on such a road to let someone by. There are pullouts, but they are barely wide enough to let a car pass. Travel clock-wise for both - you will be going with the traffic flow. For South Maui, we were glad we went south from the Seven Sacred Pools rather than back on the Hana Highway. It was just as fast, hardly used, didn't make everyone as car sick, and the views were spectacular. Just check at the ranger station at Seven Sacred Pools to see if the road is open. If you can do it, try to stay a night in Hana. This would make the trip less of a marathon and give more time to see the sites. We couldn't do all the available sites. We did stop at the black sand beach in Hana for lunch. This was worth it.

Beaches: Hard to go wrong anywhere south of Kamaole II. The further south you go, the sooner the wind gets up. If you know what you are doing, and are headed that way, the boogie boarding looked awesome at Slaughterhouse beach on North Maui (we stopped here for lunch on our day around North Maui after shopping at the Lahaina Mall). All the kids got pretty good at boogie boarding on the south Kikei beaches. Good for beginners. Bought our boards at Wall Mart - check your unit though, a lot of them have boards.

Snorkelling: We walked into the snorkelling spot known as the Aquarium on La Perouse bay. About 45 min each way. Wear at least runners - the lava will cut you like glass if you stumble. Well worth it. Best snorkelling we were able to get to with kids who were beginners, and a nice hike as well. Go early to beat both any crowds and the wind. If I were going again, I would try some of the pools on the trail on the hike out to the Aquarium. Tried a snorkelling tour also, but the wind made them go to "Coral Gardens" - pretty lame there.

Volcano - well worth a trip up. Dress warm. We went up as the sunrise people were leaving and had the top to ourselves!

Food and shopping:
We stopped at Costco and Wall Mart on our way from the airport, then used a nearby Safeway for the rest of our two weeks. We only ate out twice - once at McDonald's on the way back from driving around South Maui, and once for a birthday. Go to the Farmer's Market to get fruit and vegetables (check the local paper or tourist info for times - was twice a week at the north end of Kihei when we were there). Try the pineapple salsa and the guacamole - stupendous.

Sun: Use a high level sun block and re-apply it often. Where a shirt when boogie boarding or the sand between your belly and the board will rub your skin off...

Enjoy the Lanai....

  • Stayed March 2005
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19 Thank Delltadad
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 15, 2005

We stayed on the second floor (c-210). Kids love going to the beach right across the street. We loved eating meals on the lanai and watching sunrises and sunsets. Nextime, we will book for two weeks.

Stayed November 2005
6 Thank wjberg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2005

We stayed in C518, privately owned. It was well supplied with everything needed and very clean. Great view of the sunset over the ocean from the balcony. Air conditioning and ceiling fans kept condo plenty cool when needed. Super convenient location, i.e. across the street from great beach, very near many fine restaurants and shaved ice shack (a must have while on Maui). Have the scoop of ice cream plus the coconut cream on top with your flavor/s of choice. While in Kihei be sure to visit Pupus Seafood Lounge & Grill and share the Pupus Platter for two, Pita Paradise and share the baklava ice cream cake, and Bada Bings and share a pizza. All of the aforementioned are in the Kalama Shopping Village within walking distance of the Kihei Akahi. Hit the Cinnamon Roll Fair very near the Kihie Akahi under Denny's for great gooey treat. Also, visit Peggy Sue's for fantastic shakes and good burgers/sandwiches in the Azeka Shopping Mall two miles from Kihei Akahi. Finally, you "must have" the book Maui Revealed to help plan your Maui visit. We purchased ours through overstock at a very reduced price & a free shipping offer.

  • Stayed December 2005
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11 Thank Gary B
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Property: Kihei Akahi
Address: 2531 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8637
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #29 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
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Hotel Class:3 star — Kihei Akahi 3*
Number of rooms: 220
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Across from Kamaole Beach Park II, this condominium complex is 1 mile from Wailea Golf Club's Blue Course, 2 miles from the Shops at Wailea, and 10 miles from the Maui Ocean Center. ... more   less 
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