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Our adventures today included a little shopping in downtown Lahaina, lunch at the Cool Cat Cafe, and a sweet treat at the shave ice stand. We spent time in the sun in the afternoon. We spotted a ray this morning in the ocean and then two turtles this afternoon. It is exciting to be able to see all the sea animals in the clear blue water below our room.
We went to Makena Beach Park in Wailea this morning. It is a large beach with lifeguards and a great view of near by islands. The waves were too big to really enjoy swimming so we just sat around and enjoyed the view for a while. We stopped at Coconut's for lunch in Kihei. We shared fish tacos and onion rings. We relaxed around our condo the rest of the evening.
We went for a walk this morning along the coast. There is a walking trail that leads you down the beach and gives you an up close view of the oceanfront rentals.
For lunch, we went to our favorite local spot, Aloha Mixed Plate. It was closed for renovations back in the fall but it was open as usual again. The menu had changed a little …
Our flight from Kauai was on time and fast. We arrived in Maui around 11:00. After picking up the rental car, we stopped at Costco for groceries and then on to our place. On the way we got caught in a long line of traffic just miles away from downtown Lahaina. We had just missed a head on collision between three cars and we had to sit in the line …
... again. We highly recommend this tour if you ever come to Maui!!! Our afternoon followed a great pattern. Walking to a Whalers Village to buy an iced coffee and swimming. Pretty great to be able to live in bathers. We walked back for dinner and the wait at some places were 40 minutes so we found a little food court and had Mexican. I had to chuckle a lot since they had signs everywhere saying they used local food...for Mexican. I found that so ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maui Kai Lahaina
Amazing VIEWS and PRIVATE lanais!
Maui Kai #301 is a rare gem, situated IMPOSSIBLY close to the water! You feel as if you can reach out and touch the waves as they lap upon the shores beneath you! We were lucky enough to spot whales even past the normal season of December- April on our trip last May. We saw them exposing their tales, slapping them on the water and leaping in the air from our own private lanai. The decor is beautiful, vibrant tropical theme with hand made Bali furniture throughout. This is a terrific spot for couples and families alike. With the hot jacuzzi, heated pool, ping pong and BBQ grills, the Maui Kai resort is sure to please.
Not great for kids...
Good value for the money although our A/C was broken for 3 days. Housekeeping was poor, although I have 2 small messy boys. One BR small if you have 2 kids sleeping on pull out couch, which was in poor condition.
Not much by way of amenities, but lots within a 5 minute drive. If you want a place that can keep kids under 10 entertained on site (ie. waterslides, activites) while you read a book, this is not the place. However, for a mobile couple, a good place to crash.
The Best Value for the Best View
We stayed here for our honeymoon and were extremely suprised at the great price for this place. Our view was absolutely amazing. We arrived just before sunset the first night, and the staff had put a bottle of sparkling pineapple wine in our fridge. We sat with the wine and the sunset over the water and mountains and had a wonderful time. For the price, this was the best place in Maui. Don't miss it.
We eloped in Maui and stayed in the Maui Kai for 5 nights. We based our decision solely on the reviews here and you all were absolutely right on. It was wonderful. We stayed in a one-bedroom corner unit on the 6th floor. We highly recommend it. It was very roomy and the views were breathtaking. Office staff was courteous and friendly. They even sent up a bottle of champagne for our wedding night. We'll definitely be back!
This is a quiet, simple, clean property right next door to the more expensive Mahana condo. We stayed in a 1-bedroom for 5 nights and enjoyed the property immensely. We rarely saw other guests although the parking lot was moderately full. The small pool and jacuzzi were great. There are two gas BBQs in the pool area. Kitchen is well equipped. There was a DVD player in the condo. All condos are ocean front and the whale watching is great from Dec through March. No swimming beach, but it's a great walking beach and the property is close to Kaanapali and Black Rock (excellent snorkeling). A small shopping center with a large grocery store is within walking distance. I'd definitely stay here again.
Though my husband and I had carefully planned our Maui honeymoon months in advance, when we arived at our "honeymoon suite" at our hotel it was awful! To make a long story short, we ended up checking out of the hotel without even spending a night there and started driving up the Maui coast looking for a plcae to stay. We ended up at the Maui Kai...the staff there was not only very kind considering our plight, but even the maids were helpfull and nice, there was always someone there to help get luggage in and out of the car and the view over the ocean from the 9th floor (room 902 I think) was astounding!!! The entire facility was clean and peacefull and our room was every bit as comfortable as home, not to mention well decorated and cozy. The kitchen area was firnished with everything we could have wanted and the grocery store and the Maui Dive Shop were right accross the street (which my husband very much appreciated!). The grounds of the Maui Kai, though nice, are not much to speak of by themselfves, but right next door (litterly - you can stroll out the front of the Maui Kai and walk not even 20 feet) are several expensive hotels with beautiful grounds you can wander though and nice pools and such (if that is what you are looking for) and a very nice swimming beach. Black Rock (by far one of the best Snorkeling spots on Maui, esp for beginers - if you want to see turtles this is the place to go!) as well as Lahina is just a very short drive away. That was our 3rd trip to Maui (we adore the island) and we really enjoyed our stay at the Maui Kai and would recoment it! It is a great value for the money!
Maui Kai was just right
We stayed five nights at the Maui Kai in February. Had a one bedroom corner unit and the view was spectacular. You can't be any closer to the ocean! We whale watched from our lanai every morning and evening.
Even saw turtles. It was very clean and comfortable. We were so busy we didn't make use of the pool or hot tub, but they looked just as well cared for as the rest of the property. For the price, I don't think you can beat the Maui Kai!
What a pleasant surprise! For the money we thought this place couldn't have been better. It wasn't anything fancy but very clean, well-equipped and so close to the water we had to sleep with the sliders shut because the waves were too loud. We were whale watching every morning and at sunset and were awed at how many were breaching.
We would absolutely go back.
We will be back, again and again!
My new husband and I stayed at the Maui Kai for our honeymoon. What a great way to start off a marriage. It's not super fancy, but it was VERY nice, and the view and closeness to the water was unbelievable. As we checked out to go home, I cried in the office, the ladies working at Maui Kai probably thought I was insane. We are trying to figure out when we are going to Maui again, and of course we will stay at the Maui Kai!!! It was a beautiful, magical place, with beautiful people with laid back attitudes, and the sunset ocean strolls were the most romantic times of my life. WAHHHH, I wanna go back now!!!
Sssshhhh!I probably shouldn't be writing this review. When next we stay at the Maui Kai, I don't wanna be turned away due to "no vacancy" The Maui Kai works perfectly for us and it will for you too, if what you seek in a Hawaiian vacation is what we like. We like a low key, casual, calm feel,not a bustling noisy place. The Maui Kai is 10 floors, 8 condo units per floor, built in the 1970's I think. It's positioned between Kaanapali and Kapalua, both 5 minutes or so away by car. 8 to 10 minutes to Kapalua. It is mainly a mix of studio and 1 bedroom units, although there is one 2 bedroom unit available.It therefore, is a fairly small complex. We like that. We don't much care for resorts that are essentially a small city. That's not the Maui Kai. Right next door is the Embassy Suites. Go there if you want the "luxe resort" experience. At the Maui Kai you'll have the opportunity to visit with your neighbors in the pool....or not...as you see fit. Staff are friendly and accommodating. Each condo is individually owned and decorated. There is an "on-site" manager, so the units in the rental pool (not all owners rent theirs to the public) are maintained to a set standard. We've stayed in several of the units and haven't found one we wouldn't stay in again. Each unit has a full kitchen, central A/C (nice after a day in the sun on the beach), and a large lanai that faces the ocean. The units are clean and comfortable, but not luxury. There is daily maid service. The pool is heated (a rarity), so it is always comfortable. There are BBQ grills available, a grocery store and espresso cafe within walking distance. There is also a 4 mile round trip run or walk route along Lower Honopilani road that I use daily. We love to BBQ dinner in time for the sunset, and eat on the lanai. Breakfast there too! I've saved the best for last...and it's why we return to the Maui Kai. ALL units are bang-on OCEANFRONT! STUNNING views from each lanai. Watch the whales....see the neighbondeed...the Maui Kai is soooo close to the water that there is not much beach directly in front. Useable beach is just to either side...not a problem. In fact....you can walk all the way to Black Rock (Kaanapali Sheraton landmark) on the beach if you wish...and many do.Here's the deal....the Maui Kai is what I'd call "comfortable". It's clean and nice but I wouldn't call it "upscale". A 1 bedroom unit currently goes for about $188/nt. Next door at the Embassy, the units may be a bit more "upscale", but you're probably gonna pay nearly $500 for the same view.Just for the heck of it on our last trip, we spent some time looking at a bunch of other condos in the area looking for a better deal than Maui Kai. We didn't find anything that we thought even came close, and several were considerably more expensive.Best of all, you can check the website and look at the pics.www.mauikai.comGood luck...and don't book my room when I want it! Feel free to email me if you have questions.