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... New Zealand, Tahiti, and Samoa, and of course dessert. There was entertainment with each course, hula, war dances, etc. We were concerned about the Samoan fire dancer as we had been watching him practice before the Luau and he was quite clumsy, hurling his fire sticks into the dinner tables on occasion. When the actual performance was on, he only dropped his fire once!
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... waves and pulled out into the sea. We did sees tons of fish and whales jumping out of the water again, which is still an amazing thing to see, no matter how many times it happens. A food truck was parked in our hotel parking lot and we got dinner there and ate it poolside by the waterfall. Now we're in a bit of a food coma and resting before heading back to the hut tub for a late dip. Pretty fantastic day I'd say. ...
Monday October 28 lahaina Maui A relaxing breakfast. Then took tender to shore. The water was calm, sun shining bright and hot. Walked around front street. Stopped for an iced tea and DC. Back to ship, light lunch, layed by pool listened to music, people watch . Had lots of fun at dinner Ben and Liz are warming up to ...
... a good sign!! We had spicy ahi poke rice bowl and kalua pork plate with cucumber kimchee and a scoop of sesame ahi poke for $20! We looked at the pile of tuna once we had been served and thought to ourselves if this had been in a hotel, we would have paid $30 per plate for it.
Once we landed in Maui, I got a perfectly timed phone call from a Tulane friend who lives here and gave great info on excursions and ...
... While at the summit we are approximately 2 to 3,000 feet above the clouds. At the top of the crater it is pretty barren with lunar type rocks making up the landscape. Prior to the sun rising, the horizon turns a bright orange. Cameras were flashing all around us. As the sun breaks the horizon a local Hawaiian Naturalist begins an ancient chant to the volcano goddess. Today new agers revere Haleakala as a powerful ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sands of Kahana Lahaina
Sands of Kahana...Thanks
We had the whole family af 13 in 2, 3 bedroom condos. It was an excellent location to stay and we had a wonderful time. The kids loved the koi pond and pool, and the adults loved the barbeques, the size of the condos, and the beautiful sunsets. We will be back many times for sure. The staff was helpfull and met our every need. It was close to resturants and shopping, and had incredible beaches.
Not what I expected!
Went to the Sands of Kahana during New Years. Grounds are not that big and the beach is rocky once you step into the water. Very boring for teenagers because there is nothing to do at this hotel. We stayed in the penthouse suite on the top floor and the room was big and had a nice view, but it was not very clean and many things in the condo were broken. THe pool is small and spa even smaller (which was always dirty). The food at the resturant down stair was satisfactory and a little pricy. Overall I just felt that the grounds were not up to par and there was not anything to do at the condo during the day.
Great Experience-One Word of Caution
We had a GREAT place family vacation at Sands of Kahana. It had all the amenities that we and our 11 year and our 16 year olds wanted--pool, beach, volley ball, tennis and more. Our condo was exactly what we had hoped for--oceanfront, two bedrooms, plenty of space, a washer and dryer, beach towels, chair, and mats--plus we had front row seats on our lanai to beautiful sunsets and rainbows. Tim from Sullivan Properties was wonderful to work with and made reservations for us that saved us a lot of time.
ONE WORD OF CAUTION--BEWARE OF THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE MERCHANDISE/RENTAL/TRIP CONCESSION AT THE POOL. One of the employees sold our son used equipment at an exorbitant price that did not even belong to the concession! The employee left the island before we heard about what had happened. The owner would not take responsibility for his employee having taken advantage of our son. There are many other companies on the island that are reliable and can arrange trips for you--we recommend that you try one of them.
Best time ever
During our first visit to Maui in 2000, my wife and I bought a 2 bedroom. We last visited in January 2004 and had a blast. S O K was very helpful in everything we wanted to do as well as anything we needed. We took five other people with us and they didn't want to leave. All in all it was a blast, and we look to staying at S O K for many many years to come.
Unbelievable - Incredible - Fantastic, You'll never want to leave!!!!
This place is incredible!!!! I have never stayed at at resort before, where suites are bigger than my house. The staff here really seems to go out of their way to make your stay as memorable as possible, Altough these units are not Air Conditioned, the gentle tradwinds, and numerous ceiling fans not only keep you nice and cool, but also provide a tropical feel. Unit #461 is my favorite so far, it's split level with one bedroom downstairs, and one bedroom (loft style) upstairs, the kitchens are breath takingly large. Open flowing, and spacious. My dream is to one day live here year round. P.S. - Jay at the Front Desk, has got to be the friendliest Hotel clerk I've ever met
First time in Hawaii, had a great vacation with our two kids. The resort is well kept and had everything we needed. The room was spacious 2-bedroom ocean front that had not only well-stuffed kitchen, but even snorkeling and beach equipment. The beach is pretty good. Conveniently located in close proximity to other great beaches. Rented from Sullivan.
We stayed in this ocean front condo complex in February 2003. The 5 of us (2 married couples and 1 single) rented a 3-bdrm/3-ba penthouse unit (SK392) that had to have been at least 1400 sq ft! This unit was phenomenal and exceeded my expectations. This particular condo unit definitely had class! (They aren't all as updated and nice as this one... Excellent decorating job!)I loved the darker colored hardwood floors (not that parquet stuff either!), the 3 large bathrooms in floor-to-ceiling marble, the tons of closet space for each room (the master bedroom walk-in alone was at least 6' x 7'!) and the well-equipped kitchen (which was huge as well!) The tapestries on the wall and other "objects d'art" were beautiful as well...Our condo unit was bright and airy, decorated mostly in ocean blues and white (white leather sofa, neutral colored wicker lounge chairs with ottomans, blue dining room chairs and glass table (main floor bedroom was done in ocean blue and bedframe was wicker as well!). Patio furniture was done in ocean blue as well. The furniture was definitely unique but with that "island flair". None of this usual taffy seafoam green or pepto-bismol pink color scheme! (we peeked into the condo next door while it was being cleaned -- it had exactly that decor... with seafoam green dirty-looking carpets... and that parquet stuff... yikes...)The place was big enough with plenty to do that 5 people didn't get in each other's way for 7 days. Each bedroom had it's own bathroom (2 bath/shower combinations and 1 shower only). The master bedroom was upstairs in a completely enclosed "loft" (there is a big window for one wall -- most are open to below -- looking down over the living room and through the skylights to the ocean). The master bath had a huge soaking tub that could fit two people. It had double sinks as well.This particular unit is an ocean front (facing towards Lahaina direction). We could watch the whales playing in the ocean from our balcony! There is another h a "peak-a-boo" view of the ocean and a sweeping view of Iao peak and surrounding countryside.The grounds of this complex are beautiful. It's conveniently located to several nice restaurants (and a McDonalds) and shopping. Major grocery stores are 5 minutes away in either direction from condo. Sullivan Properties is across the street and offered guests discount activity planning.We did hear a man complaining (he was extremely angry with staff members who pretty much said there wasn't much they could do...) when we checked in that his "oceanfront" room was NOT available as promised (he was a timeshare owner... maybe this is only a problem for timeshare???) Our unit was there no problem...The condo's Terrace Restaurant (open-air next to the pool area) offers many selections and the food and service was good as well. We ate there for breakfast and dinner and both times were great.The only problems we did have was the penthouse is on the 9th floor, which can be a problem if the elevator breaks down (it does...). We had an elderly woman in our party (in her 70s) with a foot injury who had to carefully climb down the stairs when we were leaving for an outing. Luckily the elevators were up and running when we came back later that evening! Also, there isn't much parking next to the entrance to elevator to your building. By evening, most spots were gone and you had to park a few more steps away (not far though...)I'd give this particular unit 5 stars easily!
WOW! what a stay we had at SOK. I will remember the trip for ever thank you greg and cheryl.
Loved it, bought one
My wife and I have been to SOK twice since purchasing a one bedroom unit in 2000 and thoroughly enjoyed both visits. On our last trip some friends joined us, but decided to stay at one of the hotel style resorts down the road. They were complaining how uncomforatable it was because one always wanted the A/C on due to the interior hallway design that didn't allow for any airflow through the unit, while the other was too cold from the A/C.
We were quite comfortable with the lanai style airflow and, during those rare times it wasn't quite enough, the ceiling fans provided more than adequate breezes.
We love all the amenities of SOK, especially the close proximity to the beach and the outdoor gas barbecues. As anyone who has been there knows, it can get expensive to eat out every night. It's amazing how many new friends we made as we rode the elevator back up to our room with our platter of sizzing steaks!
Bad Experience - Sands of Kahana
My wife and I had a terrible experience with the Sands of Kahana.
We were taking my in-laws there for their 30th Anniversary and we were requesting an oceanfront condo for this very special occasion.
I called Sands of Kahana six times from the time we booked until two weeks before we left. Each time I called, the Sands of Kahana staff told me that "we were taken care of" and not to worry. In fact, the Office Manager at the Sands of Kahana told me to call the day before we arrived and request buildings #2 or #3 (the oceanfront condos).
When I called the day before we were due to arrive, the Owner/Guest Services Manager (a very unprofessional person) told me that we were in a Mountain/Garden View condo. I could not believe it. She said that she could "upgrade" me to an Oceanview condo but that was the best she could do for me.
After explaining how many times I called, the 30th Anniversary situation and what the staff at the Sands of Kahana had told me, the Owner/Guest Services Manager said, "That is all I can do. You will not be in a oceanfront condo."
And, to top if off, it wasn't until we were 20 minutes into this phone conversation before she said, "I apologize for the damage we have done on our end." This apology came after I asked why she had not apologized!
I later learned that the staff at The Sands of Kahana knew from the very first time I called that I would not be getting an oceanfront condo. So, everytime I called and requested and oceanfront condo, if the staff at the Sands of Kahana would have been honest and told me the circumstances, I could have cancelled my reservation and found another oceanfront condo for my in-laws 30th anniversary.
Also, while I was checking, three other individuals were having "discussions" with the staff at the Sands of Kahana about being promised oceanfront condos or condos on higher floors.
On another note, the Sands of Kahana condos are not air-conditioned. The trade winds are nice but there we a few days where we could have used the air-conditioning. Most of the other condos in the area have air conditioning.
If you are thinking about staying at the Sands of Kahana, please reconsider. DO NOT believe any "promises" they may give you. There are other condos in Kahana, Lahaina or anywhere in between that offer nicer accommodations at the same or lower rates.