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“Like being home with the ocean out your front door”
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Maui Kai
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Orlando, Florida
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“Like being home with the ocean out your front door”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

The ocean is literally five feet out of every room, with the most beautiful sandy beaches just yards to the right and left. We went in March, so we woke up every morning to whales jumping out of the water in every direction we looked.
Our room was fully stocked; we ate out only once a day and had everything we needed to make full meals in our room from a coffee grinder to pretty Hawaiian serving dishes, a full sized fridge to paper towels. There were also beach toys, cooler, chairs, and a beach umbrella for us to use in the hall closet. It was like staying at home with a beautiful, warm beach outside--snorkeling and swimming were just just yards from our front door..
We went with our 7 month old and they had a crib waiting with a teddy bear inside! The room was spacious and comfortable, and beautifully decorated. The hotel next door was pretty loud, but our son slept well with the constant sound of the waves as white noise.
I just loved our stay. Amazing!

Room Tip: Every room has an ocean view. We stayed in room 404 and heard some rooms are not as well stocked as...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in unit 1008, which was as described. We especially enjoyed watching whales from the lanai. However, renting from the unit's owner as we did rather than from the building manager was problematic -- for example, we weren't able to get pool towels. Previous reviews had led us to expect a very quiet stay, something that is very important to us. But the hotel next door played loud music almost every evening.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Charles M, General Manager at Maui Kai, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Thank you for your review. Maui Kai is the perfect spot for whale watching, as well as sighting dolphins, turtles and a variety of sea creatures. Maui Kai has a rental agency on-site that will provide an assortment of amenities (including daily towel service) with no additional fees. In addition to housekeeping, they have a maintenance staff on property for any issues that may arise. The property next door does have an event for 'Aloha Friday' once a week - something beyond our control. We hope you will consider contacting our front desk agent for your return visit. We look forward to offering you the wonderful hospitality that is expected from Maui Kai.
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Green Bay, WI.
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

This was our second stay in Maui Kai 807. Both times we booked directly through the owner Donna Bender.
We still can't believe our luck in finding Maui Kai. Whether you want to fill your days with activities or just relax, this is the ideal location.
We saw an abundance of whales and sea turtles from the lanai every day.
The front row seats to the sunsets were breathtaking, and you just can't imagine the multitude of stars in the night sky.
We don't believe we can find any place better than Maui Kai to stay. The staff is wonderful, the entire building is clean and very well maintianed. Everything we needed was available to us. The condo itself was very well equiped and updated with new granite countertops and a flat screen TV and WIFI was also added.
Anyone looking for a great vacation spot on Maui can look no more.......it's here at Maui Kai!

Room Tip: every room has a full ocean view, from jr. suites to two bedrooms, you can't go wrong!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Donna Bender helped us find the perfect room for our stay. Her personal condo was already booked, but she went above and beyond and found us an awesome corner room 1 bedroom condo! It is right on the water, and i mean RIGHT on the water. You have to look over the edge of the lanai to see the sandy beach below. There is awesome snorkeling right out front of the condo too!

Room Tip: corner rooms are ideal for best view ocean front is literally just that
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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DonnaBender, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
It was my pleasure helping you find the perfect room for your honeymoon! Perhaps you would like to return for your anniversary? If so, please let me know - I would be happy to help you! Until then, Maui Kai no ka oi! Aloha nui loa, Donna.
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Sacramento
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Tremendous location. Although we generally stay at five star hotels when we travel on business, we prefer a less institutional venue when on vacation. Mai Kai meets our needs perfectly. While not luxurious, it is pleasant, nice and clean. This is not meant as a negative comment in any way. Given the views from the lanai any additional luxuries would be almost beside the point. There are plenty of good restuarants, grocery stores and coffee shops within walking distance.

Room Tip: Booked through Art and Sophie Nickel.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Olney, Maryland
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We rented Maui Kai Junior Suite 806 for the second time from Art & Sopie Nickel. We were sooo pleased that it was available for us. Mahalo again Art and Sopia!
It is a very updated unit, with a new flat screen TV and new, high top lanai furniture. The unit is very clean and has everything needed for a wonderful stay.
The Maui Kai is literally on the water...whale watching is incredible!! And sea turtles swan in the ocean right in front of the condo every day. To wake up each and every morning, and see so many whales is amazing! It is hard to leave the condo with the "show" going on in the ocean right in front of you! And, sunsets here are spectacular!
All the staff is very friendly and helpful and, love the gardener who always waved at us and flashed us the shaka sign!!
Maui is one of those places that even after our 6th visit will never grow old. And, Maui Kai...and Unit 806...we'll be back!!!
Mahalo!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, OH
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

My wife and I recently spent 4 nights at Maui Kai during our Hawaiian vacation. The view from the lanai was amazing; we spent the mornings drinking coffee and whale watching (as well as enjoying the ocean views, including distant Molokai and Lanai), and also enjoyed sunsets from the west-facing view. We were within walking distance to the beaches and restaurants. The unit had a well furnished kitchen (refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, coffee pot, toaster, dishes, utensils, bowls, etc.), so we were able to prepare some of our own meals. Parking was never a problem. Only cons were being in a first floor unit (people walking by on the walkway = less privacy), and the bed could have been more comfortable. Overall we were very satisfied with our stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Maui Kai
Address: 106 Kaanapali Shores Pl, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9448
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Maui Kai 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maui Kai features all oceanfront junior suite (studio), one bedroom and two bedroom accommodations. Daily towel service, weekly maid service, in-room safe, local phone calls, high speed internet cable hook up, wi-fi also in each room and at the pool and cabana area are all complimentary with no additional fees. Free parking. All rooms have central air conditioning, DVR's, DVD players with freee current release DVD's and spectacular sunsets. Heated pool, jacuzzi, barbecues, and laundry facilities all on site. Located on northern Kaanapali Beach, just four miles north of Lahaina. ... more   less 
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