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

We stayed six nights at the beautiful Honua Kai Resort and had the time of our lives. We stayed in a two bedroom suite that had a lovely balcony with a ocean view and a view of the pools and Duke's restaurant. The location was ideal with access to Kaanapali beach and close proximity to Lahaina with all the shops, galleries, restaurants, and pubs. We especially enjoyed spending time at the pools, walking along the beach, and having excellent meals at Duke's Beach House. The staff in all areas of the resort were fantastic. Every single person from the person who gave us the towels, to the front desk attendant, to the bartender at Duke's. A special thank you goes out to the concierge staff who helped us set up a zipline tour, a luau, a special hawaiian show, and restaurant recommendations. Also, the hotel has many features and amenities that really enhances the guest experience such as convenient parking, a handy store on site, and a computer designed to print out boarding passes for the departing traveler. I believe staying at Honua Kai Resort was the best decision we made concerning our Maui trip. Next time we make our way to Maui and Blue Hawaii we would gladly stay at the Honua Kai Resort and Spa.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

This trip we stayed in two different units. The first was a 7th floor Konea tower ocean view studio. It had a stunning view overlooking the pool and a direct 180 degree ocean panorama. Most surprising, it had a full kitchen with full size stainless appliances and granite counters. The bath was beautiful, but with only a single sink. The glass walls slide away, and full screens can be pulled out for an open-air experience. My husband and I could have easily stayed in this spectacular unit for a week or two. We reserved the unit (721) directly through the resort website. However, we learned later that we were fortunate indeed. Not everyone reserving through the hotel gets a direct ocean view, even when that is what they reserve. A number of ocean view rooms require that you look off to the side and around other lanais to see the water.

After one night we joined my brother's family. They reserved a three-bedroom oceanfront unit through Kaanapali Beach Properties--a company that manages some units for owners. The advantage is that you choose a specific unit rather than taking resort potluck. This unit in the Hokulani building is spectacular. It is over 2200 sq ft, with 500+ sq ft of lanai. Three walls slide open. Add Viking appliances, two ovens, granite counters, Viking outdoor kitchen, sound system throughout, immaculate throughout, and pool/beach chairs & toys in the closet, and you have it all. The rental agency had the unit cleaned early so we could all move in by noon!

There is an organic market/take out food store on premises. Duke's restaurant is open breakfast through dinner each day and also serves bar food. The pools are gorgeous. The fitness center has all of the essentials.

I will never stay anywhere else on Maui, as long as the management continues to keep up the property to its current standards. And we've been to Maui 16 times in 24 years. I've stayed in private condos, luxury hotels, and timeshare units. This is the best!

Room Tip: Beware the resort reservation system's definition of ocean view. In spite of reserving a signifi...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank KayZee1313
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed with another couple at the Honua Kai for two nights and overall it was a great hotel even for couples. I would say, in general, that the hotel would be even better for families consider how big the rooms are and the number of “kid friendly” activates the hotel had. We didn’t feel out of place as a group of adults but this is a very family friendly hotel. Not my idea for a romantic getaway.

So the good:
• The rooms were amazing! HUGE! Each couple had their own room and own bathroom.
• Kitchen was awesome. Went out and bought some food to make and this saved us a ton of money.
• Sunset was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Not so good:
• The pools are very nice. Lots of kids.
• The service at the restaurant was great the food was OK

The bad:
• Both days we stayed were very windy. It was so windy when on the beach you would get a nice sand blasting. My skin has never been so soft.


Over all the wind would not keep me away from the Honua Kai resort again especially if I brought my kids. My stay was short so I might have just had two windy days. With all this being said we spent the next 5 days at the more expensive Ritz down the road and all-in-all I liked the Honua Kai better. Much better bang for your buck.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Patrick K
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

My husband and I just returned from likely the most AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, BREATHTAKING, two-week vacation we could have ever planned at Honua Kai Resort and Spa in Maui. But, we can't take the credit!! Contacting the wonderful Melissa McCoy at McCoy Travel in Maui, who planned our honeymoon for us 6 years ago, we knew she would lead us to our paradise.. and that she did! We had looked into many of the name brand locations on Maui, looking to stow away from the hectic pace of home for a much needed vacation, but couldn't make up our minds ... and then came Melissa! Her expertise and knowledge of Maui guided us to the Honua Kai Resort and Spa, which she promised would give us an experience of a lifetime ... and she was absolutely 1000% correct! Honua Kai Resort and Spa is a hidden jewel, a 5 star diamond as a matter of fact, on the Maui coastline that provides the traquility of home with the paradise of Hawaii in a resort setting where you feel and are treated like royalty! The beautiful fully-equipped condo-type units, the superb daily room service, the ocean front endless beach, the amazing pools and available activities, the ,what seem like miles, of gorgeous property to partake in, the excellent food and its privacy, yet close proximity to so many activities, make this THE ONLY PLACE TO STAY!! So if you are in doubt or questioning where to stay .. uncover this hidden jewell .. you won't be disappointed! Give Melissa a call too ... she is amazing to work with and has awesome connections on her native island! Thanks to Honua Kai and McCoy Travel for a trip of a lifetime!! PS: Whale-watching is a MUST DO!!

Room Tip: Any room is great - different views but amazing property. You won't be spending a whole lot of...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Perri-EdKern
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Our family of 3 stayed at the Honua Kai along with my husband's parents in February 2013. Based on reviews, we sprang for an ocean view room, which actually was more of a partial view, but it still provided a great view. The winter whale watching was spectacular from the balcony, which was nicely furnished with tables and chairs.

The pools are a sprawling, child-friendly oasis, but are (as far as I could tell) unheated. It's chilly and very windy in February, and so if you want to warm up, you'll have to head to a hot tub often. In fact, the wind is one of the downsides of staying at the far end of Kaanapali. The beach directly in front of the resort is not great for swimming, but gets better within walking distance.

Although we saw lots of people with kids, we never had a problem with noise. Our unit was always quiet at any time of day or night. And the kid's club was a great find. When the weather was not so hot, and we had booked no other activities, it was a great go-to plan for our 8 year old.

The service, overall, was excellent. The one exception was housekeeping. Their visits seemed randomly timed. One day they would arrive in the morning, other days not until well after 3 pm, and our mileage varied also with the team doing the cleaning.

The unit itself was well appointed and nicely furnished. We had everything we needed, when we needed it, including things like dishwasher detergent and fresh towels. The only limitation was the stocking of the kitchen. There are place settings for 4 and that's it, and you won't find anything utensil- and cookery-wise but the basics. (There was no cutting board, for example.) The washer/dryer took absolutely forever to complete a load of clothes--start washing your stuff at 7 am if you want them done by dinnertime.

It was great having Duke's restaurant on-site. On those occasions when we were too tired to leave the resort or didn't have reservations, it was nice having the option to walk down and eat so near the beach. There is one important consideration as far as the West Maui location goes: Afternoon traffic. Traffic comes to a standstill at around 2:00 every afternoon, meaning that it could take you 2 hours or more to get back to Honua Kai after an outing to the east side of the island. There is basically one two-lane highway, The Pali, that becomes a parking lot from the influx of west-bound traffic. Either wait until after dinner to make a run for it, or don't leave West Maui if you want to return d

One tip when arriving: Rooms closer to the beach can be accessed a lot easier than going through the main lobby. No one told us this when we parked with the valet, and so we walked, carrying our luggage and groceries (there are no bellman carts) for what seemed like a mile when we could have parked in the underground garage and taken the elevator pretty much straight to our unit.

The concierges at the activities desks are very helpful and good for making recommendations. They helped us book a snorkel tour and a hiking tour, both of which were really terrific. We had a nice and relaxing time and would recommend it to an all-ages audience.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank J J
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in July of 2012 and we loved it! We stayed in a one bedroom suite at the Konea building (which is the newer building of the two) with partial ocean view. We chose this because it was great value for money! We had a wonderful stainless steel kitchen appliance and the spacious living room and bathroom! Beautiful furnishing. Parking is readily available and pool is magnificent! We know that Maui is nice but this hotel just makes it extra special!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Konea2178
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We are just finishing up a week in a two bedroom ocean front unit in Konea, and what a wonderful place to spend our kids' spring break week. After reading the forums and reviews here we booked through Kaanapali Beach rentals so we could pick which unit we'd be in. They have a comprehensive slide show of the unit so you know exactly what you're paying for.

We were on the 4th floor with an ocean view - huge balcony with dining table/chairs, wall of windows with sliding screens to let us keep the breezes blowing and the small birds out of the living room. Everything was in working order, clean and tidy.

They don't provide salt and pepper, but otherwise the kitchen was well stocked with crockery and cutlery and there is soap for the washing machine (I did do laundry a couple of times) and dishwasher. Our kids are 12 and 17 so we had the second bedroom made up as two twins (you need to ask head and it was done for us as requested).

The Times supermarket across the street (you need to go out the back entrance by the Honoapiilani beach park access road) was so convenient to have milk, cereal, bread, etc. for the kids. They both became addicted to Kings Hawaiian Bread rolls.

The Aina market is great too - particularly their coffee, which is locally grown and roasted. I had their Imu Pork Sandwich one day and with a little salt added it was wonderful.

We did grill some chicken on the Viking BBQ on our lanai one evening and it worked well - there's a good vent hood and a small fridge should the cook require cold beers (I didn't but it's a nice touch)

The units are beautifully outfitted (Bosch appliances), the a/c turns off automatically if you keep the patio doors open, the WiFi worked well and was pretty speedy for a hotel (39 ms ping, 6.5Mb up and .5 Mb down according to speedtest.net on my laptop on the patio)

The beach walk starts outside the Honua Kai and each morning we walked down to the Sheraton (about a mile and a half) and back. It's pretty busy with walkers and joggers and it's good to be out early as things warm up pretty quickly. You can continue past the Sheraton with a bit of a jog through their property if you want to continue south down Kaanapali beach.

We had a rental car and paid for parking (which seems outrageous given the rates, but perhaps it's just me that hates being nickled and dimed) which gave us access to the underground garage as well as the outside lots.

There are several pools and my daughter enjoyed the water slide. The little kid pools and a fake beach area seemed popular with families with younger kids. The resort sells access to some covered chair areas ("cabanas") by the pool - another practice I really despise and which weren't often occupied, suggesting other people didn't much care for the practice either. These for sale areas were in prime poolside spots, but there were lots of lounge chairs everywhere. I do think that they didn't consider parents watching their kids in placement of chairs though. Most of the places you couldn't easily get a chair from which you could see your kids in the pool if you were done swimming but they weren't.

One day there was a guy demonstrating SNUBA in the pool (free) and my daughter gave that a try. There were some hula demonstrations in the evening but we didn't catch any of those. There is a kids' club but we didn't have any experience of this or other activities.

The beach is just a short walk over the dunes and is nice but (a) doesn't have much in the way of beach chairs or umbrellas and (b) has a pretty steep drop off and strong current. Fine for us and our older kids but not so good for little ones. Because there's a reef not far off from the beach, the bottom is often rocky and uneven. Combine that with the current and it's hard to just relax in the water.

My only complaint about the unit is that the second bedroom has no opening windows, so other than the ceiling fan, there's no ventilation if you have the a/c off. This seems like a crazy omission and the older building next door (Hokulani) appears to have a screened window.

There is a small army of workers up before sunrise cleaning walkways, pools, hot tubs etc. The grounds are in great shape and everything is well maintained. Our unit had towels provided so I didn't have a chance to see how the towel system worked.

Our unit had a keycode entry and that turns out to be very handy - no key card to remember (or lose).

We were not able to get a late checkout for tomorrow (our flight back is late and checkout is at 11am) which is unfortunate, but I'm sure we'll figure something out.

Kaanapali Beach hasn't supplanted Grace Bay Beach (Turks & Caicos) as my all time favorite beach, but this is a really lovely resort from which to relax and enjoy what Maui has to offer

Room Tip: If you can swing the extra for the ocean front units, the view is wonderful.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank jsnover
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Additional Information about Honua Kai Resort & Spa

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
#4 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: $347 - $1,271 (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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