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Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed at the Honua Kai for 8 nights. Not sure what the "view" complaints are about. We had a "resort view" which had a partial ocean view. The place was clean, hosekeeping was good, staff was friendly and accomodating, and the place was vey nice.
The fold out bed was not too comfortable (per my daughter) but housekeeping was willing to put extra comforters on it which helped a lot.
Did not smell the treatment plant at the resort, but did once when we drove by. Not a big deal.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We've stayed in several areas and units on Maui but now will return to this Resort. Unit 312 was perfect, beautiful and quiet sunrise and mountain view, larger 1 bedrm + Den, beach things, large deck, good location to elevator, exit and parking and extremely clean. All units have same deco but the added Den was nice to have. The rental agent went out of her way to accommodate us. The resort is perfect for families but we also found the quiet/adult pool was relaxing. Having a great restaurant with good happy hour on site was also a bonus!

Room Tip: 1 bdrm + Den units are limited but nice, added sq footage. Konea seemed to be a quieter bldg. W...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank sunless_n_seattle
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

It was a little bumpy getting to our room when we first arrived late at night. We wandered around with suitcases and heavy eyelids through sprinklers for what seemed forever with poor directions given by the check-in staff. We were pretty annoyed. But...we finally made it to our room. We had the full kitchen and balcony overlooking the old coffee plantations. It wasn't the beach but it was still a lovely, quiet view with plenty of rainbows and birds. We liked it very much.
The staff had set up complimentary honeymoon champagne and Honua Kai glasses and strawberries for us. It was so nice. (I mentioned this was our Honeymoon to the staff when I booked)
The room itself was very clean and very modern. This is the newest hotel on Maui and it showed. Feather comforter, comfy bed, black out curtains, two flat screen TV's, ceiling fan in the room. Robes. It was great. No complaints. We got good sleep.
Grocery store was right across the street from the resort and we went nearly everyday to stock up. It was perfect.
We played DVDs in the room, but I don't think they had a blu-ray player and we made the mistake of renting a blu-ray and had to return it.
It was great to have a washer and dryer in our room! Gas stove, full fridge..We saved some money making our meals and doing our own laundry, for sure.
Soaking tub and bathroom was awesome and huge and modern and nice.
Pools were very cool. The layout of them managed privacy, but they were big enough and had enough chairs to accommodate - although sometimes it was hard to find the chairs you wanted ;)
They make their own natural sunscreen at the towel stand - I wished I had bought some. You definitely should if you go. It's not just a gimmick. They know what's best for skin.
We didn't realize it, but we stayed mostly at the family pool - we probably would have been happier at the more private "adult" pool at the other tower, but we liked it all the same.
The bar was nearby and we had plenty of good drinks and good service. We only had happy hour drinks and appetizers one night there. They were good. Not memorable, but no complaints.
Staff, in general, were very nice and accommodating. Again, no complaints.
The beach was OMG, spectacular. But hot. Lahaina is the hottest part of Maui because the mountains trap in the breezes. I think of all hotels on Lahaina, though, this is the coolest temperature place to be. Seek a tree with shade on the beach if you can.
I regret we didn't snorkel here, but saw plenty of people having fun doing so.
Beach was very private with pristine sand and super clear water. It does get rather rocky a few feet out, but it didn't bother us (because you could SEE where you were stepping!). I think it made it interesting to see the fishes (hence the good snorkeling). Waves were not too big and not too small. It was great to go to the beach at night and stare at all the stars or chill on a beach chair out on the lawns. The beach is still open at night which is nice.
Crime, I hear, is somewhat of a problem in the local area, but we felt very safe.
The little gym is good for what it is. I was impressed with their TV treadmills and free water.
I definitely recommend renting a car. Parking was sometimes tricky, but not too bad. I believe they charge daily hotel fees so check with the hotel before you book so you are aware. This is pretty normal for Maui, though.
WiFi was sufficient. We did have a blackout on cable one night - but this was throughout the Hawaiian islands apparently. Oh well, who needs TV?
We visited the nearby little town of Lahaina and did the touristy thing. It was quaint. I would avoid the Froyo shop there, however. I think this is where I got food poisoning - not fun.
We also stopped at the local farmer's market a little ways down the street. It was, meh, just OK. Probably better just to stick to the grocery store.
We booked our honeymoon a month before - it was all last minute. We had NO idea what to do once we got there. But the hotel concierge was great and booked up an awesome helicopter ride with Maui Air - they were great and gave us front row seats. Concierge also recommended a sunset cruise, and a luau dinner as "official" activities for us. His philosophy - do something involving the air, sea and land, which we did and loved, especially since this was our first trip to Hawaii.
The sunset cruise was really lovely, but maybe a little awkward for just two honeymooners who didn't know anyone. We also just missed the whale season, which would have been cool. (ends in April/beg. May). The luau he recommended for us was really spectacular. TONS of gourmet, exotic food featuring cuisines from all island influential cultures, with dances to match. It was so great. I was just sad I couldn't eat it all because I was too full.
Overall: We had a wonderful, very memorable honeymoon here in Maui. We would DEFINITELY come back to Maui and to this resort in particular! It was worth the extra loot. I did tons of research on other resorts - I'm glad I went with this one!

Room Tip: Don't spend more for an ocean view. The view of coffee plantations and resort was just as nice b...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is a great place. The resort is not to big so you don´t feel crowded and service is on a personal level. It has a great pool area and the beach in front of the hotel is brilliant. The rooms are very spacious, with large balconies, modern and clean. I absolutely look forward to returning here. Close by is the very nice little town of Lahaina where you have a good selections of restaurants and a very special charm.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank ehelgason
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

After reading many Tripadvisor reviews we booked a two bedroom condo through VRBO we got a really good deal as it was September and low season. We booked a mountain view,we now wish we would have had a ocean view but it was so windy the whole time, I dont think we would be able to sit on the balcony more than we did. We did our Safeway and Coscto shop first and off we drove int he rental car. Its about 45min drive from the airport. The resort is beautiful. Lush ground,grand open air lobby. Our condo was perfect to masters with own bathroom. Beautiful modern kitchen with stainless steel applicances and granite. The suite cam with everything you could need more. Beach chairs,coolers,floats for the ocean. Nice pools.lots for families and children to do. It was great to have a Duke's Canoe Club restaurant on site, they have great food and a great happy hours everyday. You cannot go wrong with this resort!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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9  Thank lovetwotravel078
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is our second trip and we got to stay in a better ocean view room. We rented from a vacation rental management property and it was somewhat worth it. The resort offers some additional amenities which may be convenient to you. The pools are great for the kids, adults can swim in the beach. There is times market across the street and you can get everything. We never had to go to Costco or Safeway and it was very convenient. Though the December weather was not so great we had a good time in the resort.

Room Tip: All the odd units are inside view and have better oceanic view and even units are outside view.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank takrish
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

From the moment we arrived I was impressed with the Honua Kai! We had a packed rental car with our luggage and grocery stop at Costco on the way but the staff un packed it all for us and brought all up to the room. The room was just amazing, perfect for our family of four. We had a two bedroom unit and it had LOTS of space - this living room is larger than our one at home! We often ate supper outside on the deck and used the BBQ area as well. There are lots of choices of pools here and my kids loved the lazy river pool. Some days we did not even leave the property and just stayed by the pool! The pool service was very good also. This resort is close to Black Rock (you can see it from the beach) and Whalers village. You could easily walk there and maybe take a shuttle back if you dont want to walk back. A beautiful place, friendly staff and the rooms are top notch! We will be sure to come back!

Room Tip: Our room on the ocean side was so quiet! Only the second floor also but we never heard anything fro...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8413
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Luxury Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Business Hotel in Lahaina
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#8 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range: $257 - $740 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Honua Kai Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 628
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on world-famous Kaanapali North Beach, Honua Kai provides an unparalleled level of service and all the amenities of a luxury resort with expansive one, two, and three bedroom suites. Perhaps the greatest luxury of all is simply the space to spread out. Inside, the feel is that of a luxury Maui vacation home, graciously furnished in exotic wood and polished granite, and tastefully equipped with top of the line appliances. The gourmet kitchens contain everything you need to make a fantastic meal. Or simply make reservations at one of our spectacular restaurants. This is the Hawaii vacation you have always imagined, exactly as you imagined it. ... more   less 
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