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Maui Kai
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Chino, California
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“Return to Maui Kai”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

We have visited here a number of times over the years. Our experience this time was even better than other trips. The staff, as usual, was attentive and helpful. The room was recently renovated and we were the first ones staying in it. The renovated kitchen and bathroom had everything you could possibly want or need. The rest of the rooms were in excellent condition and felt like being at home. We spent a lot of time sitting on our balcony looking out from our ocean front view from our corner unit. There were little touches like snorkel gear, beach chairs, cooler, etc. that we have come to enjoy staying here. We are already planning our return next year.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charles M, General Manager at Maui Kai, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you for the positive review. Many of our return guests would like to keep Maui Kai “a secret”, so we do appreciate your feedback. We are thrilled to hear that your experience with us keeps improving. We are very proud of our most conscientious staff. All units in the Maui Kai Rental Program are held to high standards and are continually enhanced. Our oceanfront location is unrivaled and you can view a variety of sea life without stepping from your room! We look forward to hearing from you to reserve your next visit in paradise. Aloha
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

10 feet away for ocean, amazing views, best lanai. in short a better place than any other 4-5 star resorts if you truely want to enjoy oceanfront property. book one of the top floor if available. this place doesn't have all the amenities that you don't use but it has the best amenity that you will really need... oceanfront... great place to snorkel. take a morning or evening walk...

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Charles M, General Manager at Maui Kai, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your favorable review. Along with amazing views and close proximity to the ocean; we do have amenities available to our guests at no additional charge. Of course the magnificent beauty of Maui will distract you from things like central a/c, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, in-room wifi, daily housekeeping, free parking and a full service front desk. We are so happy you feel Maui Kai is the ‘best place in Maui’ and look forward to your return visit. Aloha
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Discovery Bay, California
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was our 2nd time staying here,This place is great,very relaxing. Stayed in # 807 Donna Benders condo.Donna was Great to work with.If you book a condo with her she will send you the Local Girl's Guide To Maui or Honolulu where ever you are staying, This book will help you a lot it's the best info around..Well back to the Condo,The people who work here are great to deal with,they have lots of knowledge of the area & things to do.This is a very relaxing place to stay,the pool never has a lot of people around it most of the time you are by yourself.There are barbeques to cook on while you enjoy the pool.The best part is the views from your Lani,you see so much there you do not want to leave.We saw Turtles,Sting Rays,a pod of Dolphins & some Mahi Mahi jumping & feeding on bait & rainbows right in front of you.This is not a fancy & busy place just a great place to stay if you want peace & quiet with the million dollar view.The condos are personal decorated by there owners & the staff keeps the place very clean.You will not be disappointed with this place.Market & restaurants right down the street & bus stop, you do not need a car to move around.We will stay here every time we visit Maui. Thanks for a great stay Maui Kai Steve & Mary Lou.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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DonnaBender, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Aloha Steve and Mary Lou! I'm so glad you enjoyed your return trip to Maui Kai 807. Your pictures from the lanai of the stingrays and turtle are fantastic! Not to mention the shots of the incredible sunset view. Let me know when you're ready to return - I'll take loving care of you again! Mahalo nui, Donna Bender
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We booked through Art and Sophie Nickel whom are very helpful with any and all questions you may have. As always mentioned, the view from ALL Maui Kai rooms is excellent, you can see Lanai, and Molikai, plus outrigger canoes and catamarans passing by. Also the turtles swimming below are fun to watch. Times Market, Snorkel Bob, and ABC stores are among those within walking distance. Or you can walk the beach all the way to the north side of Black Rock, even swim along the way, or snorkel at "airport beach", where the coral is beautiful, and the fish plentiful. Junior suites are perfect for 2, and eating meals on the lanai is like getting the best seat in a restaurant, especially at sunset, and you don't have to walk too far or wait in line. Everyone at Maui Kai is friendly, and if you prefer to stay away from large resorts as we do, this is a great place, with everything you need to make your stay excellent. Thanks Art & Sophie, and Maui Kai, we will be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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mauikai806, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Aloha Debbie,

I'm glad Sophie and I could help coordinate getting you back for a return visit and that you enjoyed your stay in Maui Kai 806. We are very proud of our contemporary Hawaiian styled condo unit and you can't beat the sunsets and simply enjoying the ocean right from the lanai.

Let us know when you are ready to reserve your next trip!

Mahalo,
Art and Sophie Nickel
Maui Kai 806
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Riverside, California
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Do not hesitate to book #808 at Maui Kai through Donna Bender. Just returned from the best vacation ever! We felt so superior, if you will, to those that had no view rooms at 4 and 5 star resorts on both sides of Maui kai. Room 808 appeared to be recently remodeled, well appointed and the best view anyone could expect. It's a corner unit and had breathtaking views from the front and side. I have nothing negative to say about the condo or the service received by Donna Bender. She replied to every email within minutes, gave great recommedations and tips. Maui kai is not a resort. But if you are seeking quiet, solitude and A-1 facility (but not a resort) you will love it. The pool is not as big as the resorts but it is quiet and completely adequate. We loved it so much that we ordered in 5 nights out of 6 and ate dinner gazing out of the windows onto the ocean.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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DonnaBender, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Aloha Glenda! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in Maui Kai 808 - it was my pleasure arranging it for you. You can't beat the oceanfront and coastline views from the corner units and completely understand you're wanting to enjoy every single second of the view by having your meals on your lanai. Please let me know when you're ready to return to the quiet privacy of Maui Kai. Mahalo nui loa, Donna Bender
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

It was a very nice experience to stay at one of their 800 sq ocean view units. A good place to stay with if you're visiting Maui in a bigger group or if you are more of the practical type. I did love the location and the staff were really friendly. I just wished they have a bigger pool. Their free DVD rental with new movies took me by surprise and I actually loved it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Charles M, General Manager at Maui Kai, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased to hear you had a nice experience at MAUI KAI. Our DVD selection is just one of many amenities which are included at no extra charge through the Maui Kai Rental Program. When you are missing our fabulous view, simply pull up our live webcam on the official MAUIKAI website. Aloha
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We recently stayed in a junior suite that we booked through Maui Kai 807 owner Donna Bender. It was a perfect venue for my September getaway from Houston, TX. The staff was helpful and friendly, the room immaculately clean, the kitchen fully equiped--and then there was the lanai (or balcony in my vernacular). Spectacular sunsets and sunrises, storms over the islands and ocean in the distant, and the surf on the beach down below. And all the beautiful pictures I posted and e-mailed to make the folks back home and on Facebook green with envy.

Room Tip: All rooms appear to have an ocean view and lanai, but ask for a higher floor, e.g., above 2nd or 3rd...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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DonnaBender, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Aloha Jim!
I'm so glad you enjoyed your September getaway at Maui Kai. It was my pleasure helping you and I look forward to helping you again when you return so you can once again experience the aloha spirit of the Maui Kai staff, the spotlessly clean rooms and the spectacular sunsets from your lanai.
Mahalo nui loa,
Donna Bender
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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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