Kahana Beach Resort
Travel Blogs from Lahaina
... girls made shore they said that they had seen seven turtles so I guess the advice that they had received was sound. Following a brief return to the unit, we met all parties poolside for the usual games of watching Henry cannonball and preventing Penny from throwing herself into deep water. Girl's got guts, I tell ya. Up on the shallow ledge; run, run, run to the edge; down onto the second step; run, run, run in the opposite direction; faceplant into deep water; hee-hee-hee. ...
... then we were full sun for the rest of the day.
Before embarking on our journey to the beach Bryan found a lovely hat to match Doug's...too funny see picture. We made our way south to Mile 14 beach and set up camp for the afternoon. The water was fairly calm but there big rollers that broke over some of the coral off shore, this area has alot of coral and some fish, didn't see any ...
... have all the beach stuff, towels, coolers, beach chairs etc. It's like being at a 5 star hotel.
On the way to the condo we stopped for lunch in the cute town of Lahaina and had yummy fish sandwiches and Maui onion rings.
There are 2 markets nearby. The Times which is at the bottom of Lower Honoapilani and the Napili Village Market just down the road. Both have great sushi and great priced ...
... time. This place was so cool. At points the rock formed a protective barrier from the edge about 3ft high. In other parts, you could literally walk straight off the edge plummeting about 25ft into the ocean. In other areas it was incredibly windy. The sound of the wind whipping past you and the waves crashing was near deafening. After getting our fill, it was time to head back to familiar stomping grounds for lunch. We hit up CJ's deli ...
... this hike. We were actually hiking through the clouds. In the photos it may look like fog, but it was clouds. My arms were damp with the mist of the clouds.
After reaching the parking lot, which was 7,000 feet in elevation (and no hope of catching a ride up), we started our climb up the next 3,000 feet in the dark, up the paved road. It got colder and darker and windier with each step, it seemed. But, those that know me know I am not one to complain about the ...
How has this condo rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Kahana Beach Resort Lahaina
We stayed in a one bedroom in April of 2004. The unit was very large and had very nice amenities. The kitchen was fully stocked, the bathroom and kitchen counters had beautiful granite counters, and the view was breathtaking. The property is a very close drive to Kaanapali and Lahaina. There is a small and quiet beach in front which we found was much nicer than the hectic feeling we felt when we went to Kaanapali beach. It does not compare to the glamour of some of the big hotel chains, but the larger units and quiet atmosphere made our stay here worth while.
I spent 7 nights at Kahana beach resort,and I found it to be enjoyable. It was for my Honeymoon in early October of 2004. I have read the other reviews of this resort and found some of them funny. For starters. This is not a five star hotel,so do not expect one. Yes the pool is small,but clean. There is no daily maid service,so clean up after yourself. There are washer and dryers on the grounds to do Your laundry. The room is big enough for two people. Most of the time You are out enjoying Maui anyway. The parking at the resort was a great thing to have considering We rented a car. The pull out or "hide a bed" was not comfortable,and should only be used as a couch. But ask Yourself a question..Have You ever slept on a pull out couch that was comfortable?? This is common sense stuff. I would say if You are looking for a reasonable place to stay which is on the beach,with a great view of Paradise, this place is for you. If you are looking for daily maid service and a mint on Your pillow it is not. I would go back to this resort,and also tell a friend to go. However I would tell them what to expect.
My family just got back from Maui this September 2004 and stayed here at Kahana Beach Resort. We truly had a great time and this is centrally located to all beautiful beaches. Not too far from busy Lahaina and not to far from upscale Kapalua. The amenities are limited but we didnt even notice because we were so busy being out and about. So many things to do - 1 week is definitely not enough. We went to Hana and actually spent the night there (maybe 2 would be better-its a long drive!). The beach at Kahana is best in the early mornings when the water is still calm and beautiful aqua color. We saw plenty sea turtles from our balcony and the most beautiful sunsets from our lanai. The murphy bed was great but the pull-out should remain a sofa (kinda lumpy) so kids preferred the floor (bring sleeping bags). That is the only complaint I have. We reported it to front desk and they repaired it right away. By the way if you're on a getaway and not an owner definitely upgrade to oceanfront - the view is out of this world!!! I dont care what others had said about the front desk personnel- to me if you're nice to people they will be nice to you back. Mahalo Cyndi & Tina and the rest of the crew at Kahana!!!
Spartan resort with bare minimum amenities: very small pool, tiny above-ground hot tub, and small strip of sand called beach. Timeshare salesman actually raved about no amenities keeping maintenance fees low! Room is very small but comfortable - be sure you are booked in an Oceanfront room - 24 Ocean view units on side of building offer partial view of ocean and no view of sunsets. Upgrades to Oceanfront from Ocean view are rare to impossible according to front desk (if you're on a Getaway through a timeshare). No maid service unless paid for (about $27/service); bathrooms are in need of a makeover; Murphy bed seems like a joke but is actually comfortable - too bad the sheets are too small for the bed. Pull-out Sofa, coffee table, TV, nice mini-kitchen, good A/C round out the bill.
We stayed at this resort because it was listed as a getaway through our timeshare exchange. All the getaways do not have the ocean front rooms -- they are on the side of the building with a side view of the ocean and a front view of the resort next door. However, we easily upgraded to an ocean front room for an extra $150.00. It was worth it because the view was spectacular!! I felt like we were on a cruise ship because all you saw was water. Anyway, the place was relatively clean and the kitchen had granite countertops which was a nice touch. I was, however, extremely dissappointed in the beds. We brought our two children and the pull out sofa bed was extremely lumpy and the mattress was actually falling onto the floor. When I complained and asked for a roll away bed they said that would be an extra charge. They sent a maintenance man to fix it, but it didn't help at all. The office staff seemed indifferent to the fact the bed was so terrible. I will be writing the resort a letter as to my disappointment. Sleeping is kind of important. The murphy bed was fine, but the pull out couch was not. Buyer beware.
I love this resort! However, I like beautiful views, the sound of the ocean, and a very relaxing vacation. I do not like all the glitz, crowds, etc of some of the more commercial spots on Maui, beautiful as they are. The room is tastefully decorated, and I love sitting on the lanai and seeing whales, surfers, etc. I also like just walking down to the beach...which is in front of our room, swimming, kayaking. If I want to go to a pool, it is just a few steps to the Sands of Kahana pool right by the Kahana Terrace restaurant. This is definitely a laid back place for people who like to make their own fun. But that is what I like about it! We stayed here in Feb 2004 and are booked for Feb 2005!
I wish some of the newly added reviews had been up before I made my reservations for the Kahana Beach Resort. I thought I was getting a deal to a nice resort through my membership to an exchange/getaway service tied to my timeshare ownership. I had read this facility had been remodeled in the last couple of years and I had high expectations.
When you look at the picture of the KBR on the web, you get the impression of all the units are oceanfront. WRONG. 24 of the units are on the side and are called oceanview. There goes the views of whales, turtles, etc. When we tried to upgrade to oceanfrint, the "lovely" lady at the front desk said "no way". Not "We'll see what we can do", or "We'll try to get you in"; just NO. Aside from the hospitality at the front desk, the place itself is not bad at all. The units are tiny but comfortable. The pool, hot tub, and oceanfrint are too small. (BIG HINT: Get your beach towels at the front desk and take a short walk to the "Sands of Kahana" right next door). You can take advantage of their hot tub, large pool, and ample beach area. Would we go back: probably not, but that's not saying it's a terrible place. Go to the 2 hour timeshare pitch and get discounts on everything from whale watching to magic shows.
THE GOOD POINTS: Oceanfront with gorgeous views of Lanai and Molokai.
March 2001- Loved it!
This is a smaller property with a small, but nice pool. The beach is very close to your room. You can hear the pound of the surf. The sand is not as fine here as it was at other parts of the island. But the waves were kicky enough to give you a slammin' boogie board ride. Our room was beautiful. Really fabulous bed! The kitchen was soo clean and really well equiped. We made the mistake of moving after 3 days to accomodations in Kihei that weren't nearly as nice. This area is a little more quiet than Lahaina. Very well kept property.