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... what with turbulence or the pilot swinging around too quick to give us a better view. This took it's toll on poor Bailey who called for a sick bag ( or three!) to let the pilot know to take things a bit easier from now on.
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... beans. I had been waiting all trip to try azuki beans – only to find out they weren’t as good as I hoped. They were like baked beans, only a little sweeter, not what I want for dessert, but Dad liked them. I got a vanilla ice cream in the center of the shave ice with POG, pineapple, orange and mango syrup with snow cap topping (it was like a sweet condensed milk) – very ono! Tracy got ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hale Kona Kai Condominiums Kailua-Kona
UNIT 213 is ABSOLUTE OCEANFRONT w/ 180 Degree Ocean View
We stayed at Unit #213 and it is Absolute Oceanfront as advertised. You could occasionally feel the spray of the waves when on the lani which is bigger then all the others, roomy enough for 4 or more with 180 degree views. Excellent Hawaii decorations inside with everything and more then we needed, we loved all the cd's, linens and china which were as nice as home. The furniture was new, comfy and well appointed. We have been going to the Big Island for over 20 years, staying at many "oceanfront" condos and this was by far the best ever and we will return to this unit. I love the fact that my husband could take the car and play golf and I could walk to town, it was only a 3 minute walk! We found this unit on the Internet and rented it from the owners, their email was (email address) I think I found their web site on google, I liked all their photos, which were accurate and their tips on what to do.
Wouldn't stay here again...
We stayed in unit 409, rented it through SunQuest vacations. They said it was ocean front, but really it was ocean view, located on the side of the building, with a view of a tide pool. Overall, location was good, no complaints about that. Five minute walk to everthing in Kona, including a great coffee place, Java on the Rock. (If you love coffee, you will become hooked on the Three Stone Kona coffee.) But getting back to the room...it was spacious, but not the cleanest. The sheets hadn't been changed when we got there and smelled like body odor of the people who stayed there before us. Gross. Luckily, we found clean sheets underneath the mattress. The shower curtain was black and mildewy, I don't know why they don't get a new one for $10. Oh, and there are ants everywhere. I recommend staying in another unit that is indeed ocean front, avoid 409.
In the five plus years that we have rented our home this was the first complaint we have had.
We try to be meticulously clear in our description of our unit and the view. Please search for Hale Kona Kai #409 and you will see our website. You will also find numerous testimonials from our recent guests.
This guest waited until just a few days before her departure to start voicing her complaints
(evidently she was hopeful of a completely free stay). Why else would anyone sleep on "smelly" sheets for a week? When brand new sheets were brought to her she informed us that these too smelled "funny"?!
Her main complaint to us was that our resort was not as new as the Hilton Waikoloa Resort that she
had stayed in the week before (where rooms rent for more than $1000/night). She then went on to explain that she had spent more money for her trip than she had planned and that she was recently divorced, broke and trying to start a business in Hawaii.
Hale Kona Kai is our favorite
We have stayed at Hale Kona Kai twice in the past four years and hope to stay there again in November 2004. We love the ocean front location where you can sit on the lanai and listen to the surf pounding on the rocks below and sometimes actually feel the ocean spray on your face.
There is usually boat activity out on the water to watch (cruise ships sometimes anchor right offshore). We think the prices are reasonable and the location is great.
My wife and I stayed in unit 311 for a week at the end of February/04.
We liked everything about this complex and the unit we stayed in was very well equipped and comfortable. Being able to walk to town was an extra bonus. We booked this unit through 'Sunquest Vacations' and our only complaint was unit 311 being listed as 'ocean front' when it is in reality 'ocean view'- on the side and 1 unit back from the front. This leaves one with an impressive view of exactly 1/2 of the ocean- not what most people consider 'ocean front' to be. I sent them an email and they responded that they had 'shared my concerns' with the owner. But hey, they are the rental agency and it is up to them to authenticate the veracity of their listings, not the owner. Unit 312 is also listed on Sunquest's website and this unit would have very impressive views of the ocean.
We have stayed here at least five times for its location: on the ocean, off the main street, easy walk to town and numerous restaurants. Each condo has similar amenities, but the decoration schemes and some upkeep varies due to the owners' choices. Every unit has an ocean view. The pool is right there. The price is favorable and very competitive for the area. It is not a good place for young children as the units are small and sound travels.
A Great place to stay in Kona!
I've stayed at Hale Kona Kai for the last 3 years. We've stayed in a lot of condos in Hawaii over the last 25 years, and we've found the last one we'll ever try.
Close (an easy walk) to shopping and lots of restaurants, a great view (it really, really is right on the ocean) with clean, comfortable 1 bedroom apartments. It's not a big fancy resort, but it doesn't pretend to be.
Nice pool, again, right on the ocean. Clean, quiet and restful. Just the kind of place I want to stay.
Private parking, convenient washer and dryers are a plus.
I don't intend to stay anywhere else in Hawaii.
Very Best Location
Located next to the Royal Kona Resort which allows you to cash in on the amenities of a major hotel (bar, restaurant, luau etc. all open to the public) while staying in a small condo complex. It is the first condo complex to the south of Kona Village. This location is just perfect to allow you to walk to everything without being in the busy area of the village. It is located on a side street off of Allii Dr. And the best part: It really is oceanfront!! (most condos are across Allii Dr.) It has no more than 40 units so the ocean front pool is never crowded and there is a protected logoon right next door. It seems that ever one of the units must have a good view and the exterior has just been redone! The rates seemed resonable and the location allowed us to do without the rental car that was a necessity when we stayed at condo complex to the south, so we saved quite a bit. Our unit was clean and well appointed. The condos have central air and there is an elevator (even though the building is only 3 stories tall).Negatives: The desk was not open 24 hours but the staff was helpful when they were on duty. We enjoyed our stay.