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Today, our youngest travel partner, Ivy, turned one year old. Her proud parents Brian and Gaitaine hosted us all for breakfast this morning at the 5 Palms restaurant in our hotel. With no hyperbole I can say the food was exquisite! Like, Wow! That was an amazing start to the day. (Two words: Mango Mimosa). Gaitaine put a tonne of thought into this birthday party for Ivy and as a result we all received gifts that are rooted in local history and significance. ...
... with Macyn and hunted geckos. Owen crushed on Penny and, as has been documented, snuck a peak or two. When the BBQ's course had run, we headed back to our rooms and switched into swim mode for a quick dip. Brian and I both admitted that the pool was actually going to be our bath for the day. A slick formed around the both of us as we submerged. Thank goodness for chlorine. Well, that's that. Another fun day and night in Maui! And it's Ivy's first birthday tomorrow - breakfast ...
... place near the Westin and also an amazing beach. We stayed there for several hours but no snorkelling today the surf was too rough and those black rocks are sharp. So we swam and played in the waves a couple of times, read, rested then back to hotel. We tried to body surf but the waves were breaking at the wrong time, I did manage to have a full bathing suit full of sand by the end of the trip! We were lucky again this afternoon to watch the ...
... road, we stopped off at The Olivine Pools. They are several tidepools located on barren lava along the ocean's edge. You needed good shoes to traverse the rugged rocks leading down to the ocean side. It is lava rock with sharp jagged edges.
We made it down, though, and it was another 'not to miss' sight. The pools in the oceanside lava rock are protected from the ocean waves and provide a nice, calm place to swim and snorkel. Many fish have been ...
... some beaches higher than others. The two beaches which were rated excellent were Keawakapu Beach and Wailea Beach near the town of Wailea. Keawakapu Beach was quiet in an upscale neighborhood at the end of deadend road. It was a beach that had some black rocks along the shoreline. Wailea Beach is crescent shaped and protected on both sides by black lava points. The view out to sea is spectacular. We decided to leave in mid ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hale Kamaole Kihei
Individual units vary greatly
We just returned from a weeks stay at the Hale Kamaole. Thought we enjoyed our stay, we spoke with others staying there and found that units varied greatly. Each unit is individually owned and have different amenities according to the owner.
Some of the items that we in other units, but not ours, include: clocks and TVs in the bedrooms, beach chairs and toys, tennis rackets, coffee filters, toiletries, pen & paper, and briquettes for the BBQ.
Our condo was in one of the middle units giving us views of both the upper and lower units, which is much different than the one featured on their website (see posted photos).
The wireless internet access advertised doesn't have enough power to reach the majority of the units.
Worth the money
We stayed in unit #239 for 2 weeks and found it well equipped and confortable. the location is great, across from kamaole III beach which is great for snorkelling with minimal gentle waves. The complex is at the south end of Kihei which means a 10-15 min walk or short drive to dinner, although there is plenty of choice.
There are 2 pools at the complex, both similar size. I agree with the other review stating that most of the residents are retirees, not a problem for us (not too many screaming kids!!!) Overall very quiet, our unit #239 was at the back of the complex so little road noise.
I think for the money if you are looking for a clean, comfortable, quiet place to rest your head and soak up the sun at a good price you cannot go far wrong.
If in Kihei make sure to visit 'Roys' restaurant for his chocolate souffle, mmmmmm!
Great time at the Hale Kamaole
The Hale Kamaole met all our expectations as first time Maui visitors - just returned home Feb. 6 and we want to go back!!!
The one bedroom unit (#239) was recently updated, clean and provided all the space our family of 4 required. The best attraction of the facility is definitely the location. If you are looking for a complex with a big fancy pool area, this is not it. But...who wants a pool when the beach is so close, an easy stroll to Kamaole III - great beach for the kids with some decent snorkling (two turtles living off of the left end of the beach).
Good location for an easy walk to most amenities....including the morning treat for coffee & cinnamon buns at the "Cinnamon Roll Fair".
If you pack the car and go for a short 10-15 minute drive south, there are some spectacular beaches - my fav was Po'olenalena Beach right next to the Makena Surf Condos - snorkling with turtles an arms length away and a good asortment of fish. No doubt after trying 10 sites over the 7 days, this was the best. After finding this spot, the trip to black rock was a serious letdown.
Buy "Maui Revealed" for great hints on the best places to check out.
Overall, for the price, the Hale Kamaole would be hard to beat.
Devfam - Calgary AB.
Great complex, bad suite
We just spent a week in Hale Kamaole suite #165 from Jan 8-16 and were extremely happy with the location and facilities. This is probably the best spot on Maui if you want to be in the center of all of the great places to visit. Kihei also seemed to have good weather when the rest of the island didn't, which is a main reason I would stay in Kihei again.
The facilities at Hale Kamaole were good, though the pools were a little small. We really enjoyed being able to use the BBQ and the gardens were nice.
We had to checkin late due to a delayed flight, so our key was left for us and did not fit the lock. We were given a new key by the helpful staff at the rental company and were pleased to see that our one bedroom suite was large and clean. We found that the in-suite laundry was a huge plus. The bathroom and kitchen were also better and bigger than expected.
We did, however, have a few problems during our stay that we would have encouraged me to give a higher rating. Although clean, our suite was a bit older than we had expected as we had been promised an A+ suite and I would rate ours at a B. Our lanai(patio) light was burned out and was not fixed after a request was made to the property manager. Our air-conditioning worked well for the first few days, but seemed to worsen the smell or urine that must have been previously embedded in the nearby carpet. On our 3rd day, a painting crew began to work on the outside of the suite and their loud voices forced us up promptly at 6:30am for the remainder of our stay. On our 3rd day, the air-conditioner broke as a result of its protective cover provided by the painting crew, and we informed them that this had happenned. Realizing that it would not be fixed, but we decided not to complain to the rental company until our departure as we did not want to be relocated or have our privacy invaded, and expected that any reimbursement would have been provided at check-out.....though this was not the case, nor was the polite mention of these problems accepted well at that time. My only other complaint was that our kingsized bed was two twins pushed together with no cover, so our sleep was not restless.
I would love to stay at this location again, but may consider Maui Kamaole next door for my next trip, or will be more careful about the specific suite we are issued.
Not for a family with young children
The Hale Kamaole is a nice place to stay and reasonable, but I am not convinced it is great place for a family with children. It seems to be an unofficial retirement complex. We were on the first floor close to the front (#169), and our upstairs neighbors were an older couple (60+), and they owned and lived in their condo. The wife harrassed us all week to keep our voices down, turn down the music, keep the kids from yelling and screaming at the pool...etc. I decided I had enough and went to the office to express my displeasure and they promptly gave me a $50 gift certificate to Foodland and apologized for her behavior. They said she does this all time. So that was a cool thing to do, I wasn't looking for a freebie but it was a nice gesture.
So if your an older couple between 35 and up I would suggest you stay here, but if you have kids you might want to look elsewhere. Also make sure your condo is in a vacation block of condos...no owners!
If you're happy with being across the street from the action...
Good, solid family property. We stayed in unit 136. Nice, clean ground floor unit with all amenities and steps away from the upper pool. I'd recommend it to people on a budget who are happy with not staying in a waterfront property. The only gripe I had was the lack of parking in the evening.
Holy Kamaole! Great Place to Be!
What a wonderful vacation my daughter and I had at this complex! The lkarge one bedroom unit we stayed in was lovely, newly upgraded,sleeps four and NOT crowded at all... with just about ANything one would need for a fun vacation, ie: Boogie boards, snorkel gear, beach chairs, lots of extra beach towels, etc. A pretty classy condo.
Although I am aware every unit is individually owned, there are some really nice ones at this property.
Kam beach 3 is directly across the street, Wailea a five minute drive, fanstastic eating establishments nearby. Close to everything :) At this vacation spot you get a real bang for your buck, without compromising comfort. BEST LOCATION!
I WILL GO THERE AGAIN< Definitely.
Our family of 5 just returned from a week at the Hale Kamaole. We were a bit apprehensive about staying there because we were not able to get much information about this condo. The one review we found on this website made us decide to give it a chance. Our unit was a two bedroom, split level with a loft, it was very nice. It was very roomy and had a great ocean view. It also had a washer and dryer as well as air conditioners in the bedrooms. Almost all units have a view of the ocean. Some of the ground floor units may not have those views. The grounds were well maintained and the ocean was a short walk across the street. The thing about condos is that they are individually owned and each unit can be different. Ours looked like it had recently been remodeled. For the price it was great.
Good family spot
Two family group spent two wonderful weeks there in two condos . Very clean condo units with good selection of kitchen accessories and bonus supplies in the frig. All condos are ocean view or partial ocean view.