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Kahana Sunset
Ranked #21 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

Just returned from our trip of 10 days. We stayed in the ocean front building A unit 3. The view was perfect! Waking up every morning seeing the ocean, and Molokai in the distance. Never got tired of it! Hearing the waves everyday was so therapeutic! Kept the ceiling fans on 24/7 kept the place cool. Had to close the blinds in the afternoons to keep the sun out. It got hot when we were there. The unit is old and needs upgraded but it didn't bother us at all. Everything we needed was there. All the other units in the same building were at least 200.00 more! It would be nice to have an awning though for sun and rain protection. Some units had them. Our party we were with had a 2 bdrm in building D. The view there was also great and real quit. Walking around the grounds, looking at all the buildings, they all had a great view of the ocean and would stay in any one of them! Used the bbq's and never had to wait for one. The pool was never crowded. Sometimes there would be kids being loud but all you would have to do is walk over to the grass or down to the beach with a lounge chair. Always quiet at night. Pool closes at 9.
I like the fact that there is a gate code to use to get in to the units. You get used to using it and it feels safer. Also on your door has a different code.
The ocean was always calm for swimming and snorkeling. There are a few fish by the rocks and saw turtles everyday. One day I saw 8 turtles sunning them selves on the other side of the rocks in the protective cove! That was so awesome.
Now the only negative thing I have to add is the noisy loud neighbors next to us. The little wooden rails between each unit doesn't give you any privacy. When you are sitting out on your lanai eating, it's awkward to see someone 20 feet from you. Our neighbors had a 4 year old little girl and she would scream, and just be loud the whole time. We could always hear them. Sometimes they would come in late and talk loud, open doors, and slam things around. And in the mornings around 6:30 they would be up dragging furniture little girl screeching, talking loud and disturbing people around them. Some people are just loud period and didn't seem to respect the fact that others are around. After they left, what a difference! You could enjoy your self, and hear the ocean again! You can't control who your neighbors are but most of the people there just want to relax, have some privacy and enjoy the quietness.
Sullivan properties were really good to us. We had a red eye flight and they let us stay in our unit as long as we needed that day because check out time is 11:00am. We took advantage of that and spent all day floating in the ocean, laying out on the lounge chairs, swimming in the pool, and then took our showers and packed. We left our unit around 6:45pm to the airport for the 9:40 flight.
The maintenance workers were there everyday cleaning the pool and stacking the chairs. Very friendly and helpful. I needed to get into one of the units we were sharing with another family to look for something we left behind. It was later in the afternoon after they checked out and one of the workers unlocked it for me and told me to close the door after I was done.
I will definitely stay here again. Can't wait to come back!

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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

We just returned from another 3+ week stay at Kahana Sunset. The staff [of the Kahana Sunset Rental Program], the landscape staff AND the housekeepers are all extremely pleasant and more than willing to accommodate all requests, etc. The daily housekeeping service [with rentals from KS Rental Program] is helpful to keep the units tidy, refresh towels, linens, etc. Maui is a 'semi-tropical' area; therefore a bug or two now and then should be expected. The grounds, pool and barbeques are extremely well maintained. The units are all privately owned; therefore decors are different. Most, but not all, have been remodeled. Some, but not all, have AC. We have traveled to Maui many, many times since 1982 and have never needed / wanted AC. The trade wind breezes, plus ceiling fans are sufficient. The surf is close; therefore, surf 'noise' can be heard, BUT should be expected when living next to the ocean. Kahana Sunset is a small resort, and very unlike the large 'plastic-like' feel of the big-name, large resorts. We will return in 2015 [reservation made!] !

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Just returned from a eight night stay at Kahana Sunset, where we stayed in Unit E9. We were very happy with our stay and enjoyed this particular condo a lot. This is a two-story, two-bedroom unit, that can accomodate up to seven. There is a master bedroom with a king bed, and another room with a queen and an adjacent single bed. There's also a hide-a-bed in the living room, which is where two kids slept.

For our party, we had two families, with four adults and three kids. Kind of a large-ish party for a condo, but it worked out great. For our situation, you're really only in the condo for some meals and to sleep. After all, it's Maui, where you should be out enjoying the numerous activities (which for us was tons of time at the beach)!

This unit has been updated, and has a nice kitchen. One HUGE feature is that it has a washer and dryer. We grew to appreciate this, as you constantly are changing clothes and using towels. It was very nice to have everything washed for when we packed to leave.

This particular building (the "E" building) is great, because it is terraced-up, and I think has some of the best views. The upper lanai has a excellent view and is great for sitting and enjoying a drink (or two or three!).

The complex has numerous BBQ's, which are all plumbled and covered. We ate outside almost every night, and took advantage of the poolside tables, as well as the common area immediately above the seawall.

The pool is very nice, and well taken care of. Kind of some ridiculous rules, as quiet time starts at 6:00PM. Our kids got busted for playing "Marco Polo." The pool guy actually pointed to the rules board and said, "You can't play Marco Polo. See....it says right here." My friends and I couldn't believe it, so we checked ourselves, and sure enough--it specifically says NO Marco Polo! Too funny.

The beach is GREAT, as it's pretty-much private. The kids played everyday there, and the waves never got too big. Snorkeling is OK, but not great. PLENTY of turtles though! Say three HUGE ones on the day before we left.

It should be noted that the seawall just north of the beach was damaged by a storm two years ago (so I was told). It is still damged, and part of it is cordoned-off. In talking to the HOA president (who's name was "Bob"), he indicated that the process to repair/rebuild the seawall is a long process, as there are numerous hoops to jump through with Maui County (since it's a critical area next to the ocean). If all goes according to plan the entire courtyard area will be trenched-out during THIS SUMMER, so that a new 36" drainage pipe can be ran towards the seawall. Then the seawall will be rebuilt, however the plan calls for it to be pushed back a bit, which will result in more useable beach area (again--according to the HOA president). With this as the current plan, I would discourage anyone from visiting during this time. I would seriously check to see what the current status of this project is before booking. Once the project is done, it should be a marked improvement to the complex.

Again, all-in-all, a great stay at the Kahana Sunset. And again, do your research and make sure the unit you're interested in is updated. Builidng "E" is great, and E9 was very nice!

Room Tip: Building E is great! Do your homework though on which unit to rent, as all are not equal.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

This was a great condo for our family of four, children 13 and 10 years old. This unit overlooks the pool area and you can see the ocean from the balconies. It has a nice updated kitchen area and washer/dryer right in the kitchen area. Upstairs there was a king size bed in the master bedroom with a lanai and the kids room had a double bed and a twin bed with their own bathroom with a shower. The beach was great, we would get up in the morning and walk 2 mins to the beach. I miss my morning coffee on the beach! We saw turtles at the beach the first day we got there. There were boogie boards there the kids borrowed for the whole week and barbecues you could use for dinner. The pool was great as well but had quiet time from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, which seemed a little early to us. It is a nice, small condo community, friendly and laid back.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stayed in Unit B4 and it was very nice with an ocean view, pool and garden view. The turtles were out every morning and it was really nice to watch them. Beach is nice and easy to get in the water. The only thing missing was air conditioning or I would have given it a 5 star!
Good for families.

Room Tip: B4 was a very nice room!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank BablovesKurt
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We have stayed here on three visits to Maui and just made reservations for our fourth. I would like to qualify our expectations since one can get the wrong impression about the place. We are not looking for luxury, but clean and reasonable accommodations, a quite location far from the crowds particularly at the beach. We do not care about beach activities because our kids are perfectly fine hanging out at the beach or snorkeling in a quite cove.

The Kanaha Sunset if a small condominium complex with its own "private" beach. The units are old but well maintained. Some are better than others as they were remodeled recently by their respective owners, so they can vary in the quality or furnishings and appliances. But we do not go to Hawaii to watch TV, entertain guests, or show off our condo. Every unit we stayed including D3 who someone complained about being "old", had clean furniture, kitchen, working appliances (including great Internet access), and they are clean throughout. The units are buried in a beautiful and well maintained garden with banana trees (offered to guest every morning), mango trees, and a small spice garden opened to guests. If you want to cook, there are clean and well maintained barbecues overlooking the ocean, The entire property feels very secure and I find it a great place to let your kids roam free and explore. When you get bored and want to join the crowds, Lahaina is about 15-30 minutes away, and all activities within a 15-30 minute driving radius.

If you are looking for a family friendly and reasonably priced accommodation for a long stay, I find this to be a great value for the money. It is no surprise that a lot of the guest are repeat visitors who have stayed at the Kahana Sunset more than once.

Room Tip: If you want to be in the quite part of the complex, stay in the D building. It is further from the b...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Just back from a week at Kahana Sunset - while there is an issue with a retaining wall - it in no way diminishes from the overall experience. We were in the F building, which is right on the beach. The staff is very attentive. It was our third time and we will be back!

Room Tip: F building for an on the beach experience - otherwise B. 1 bedrooms are ground level.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: 4909 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9217
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #21 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range: $309 - $529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kahana Sunset 3.5*
Number of rooms: 62
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