We stayed at Hale Kona Kai unit 407 in August, 2013 for 3 nights. When we first arrived the condo smelled strongly of a chemical air freshener. It was overpowering. After about 1 day the air freshener scent had worn off, and the real underlying smell was evident. It was overpowering when we walked into the unit. It was very unpleasant. We are not sure what was causing the smell, but perhaps a moldy or damp carpet.
We loved the Kona area, but found our condo very disappointing due to this problem. I also found the list of suggested activities out of date and poorly written. Their top suggestion for snorkelling is a beach that the University of Hawaii has asked every business in the Kona area to avoid due to over use, dying coral and the need for healing and re-growth time. This still appeared as the top choice for snorkelling in the area on their suggestions list.
Overall, this condo was a disappointment, especially the foul smell. This unit should not be rented again until the problem is fixed.More