Hana Kai Maui
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... for some blackened meat and fellowship with the Watson Garners. Owen lived up to his last name by finding and staring at all the pretty girls in the area. He even befriended a couple of local moms and somehow made off with one of their kids small Tonka trucks. We then all caught an epic sunset on the beach, cleaned up our supper and called it a night. Overall, this was a good relaxing day. We all loved it. See you tomorrow. ...
... at it - although pretty sure P&L would rather it was sunny! I wash my hair and do my face and try on my dress. Have a hissy fit when I accidentally rip a hole in it on the bathroom door jamb. Mark has a sewing kit in his bag though - so I make a repair that's fairly invisible. Dress looks ace with my big hat tho :) Mark returns at 2.30 and makes a quick wash and change, we realise his clippers don't work do he can't tidy up his beard or hair! ...
Supporting independent local businesses is always a good practice while traveling, but it's becoming increasingly difficult in First World countries, particularly in a location that has been as heavily-touristed for as long as Maui has been. The proliferation of sprawling mega resorts, chain stores, and franchise restaurants makes it nearly impossible to find any local businesses to support, as they are definitely a dying breed in the Hawaiian ...
... they were VERY sweet. Went around offering them to everyone on the bus to get rid of them.
We then went to the Io Valley to see the needlerock and was told the story of how about 5,000 Hawaiians had died there. Apparently the culture was to fight to the death otherwise if you surrendered they killed you anyway. The fight was for the unification of the islands under Kamehaha 1st.
Went back to the ship for lunch and then just bummed around ...
... shops and bars etc, found myself sat in a Hard Rock Cafe drinking apple orchard cider and finally reading The Ghost 3 years after watching the film and thinking the book might be a good read. Another souvenir glass and pin to add to the collection and i walked up to the old Lahaina Luau.
It was an expensive do but an all you could eat buffet and endless cocktails made it easier. Limited myself to 4 cocktails in fear of slipping into ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHana Kai Maui
The view is spectacular and the management people are nice and helpful. We stayed 4 nights and only the first night we had some inconsiderate people above us.
This is the place to stay if you want a relaxing place and the rooms are nice even without AC. It is nice not having a TV blaring also.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hana Kai Maui
Great value for money
We stayed at the Hana Kai for two nights on a trip to Hana, and really liked it. It has a great location, overlooking the ocean with a breathtaking view from the lanai. The suite we had was spacious, clean, and equipped with a full kitchen.
The staff was very friendly, and it was quiet at night (no TV), so that you could have a really relaxing experience.
I'd recommend this place, and would definitely go back, if I came to Hana again.
After 20 years wed, my hubby & I got remarried in Hana. I spent much time looking at places to stay in Maui. Some place quiet, peaceful, beautiful, with all the comforts of home and close to beaches/nature. Hana-Kai fit the bill. Hana Kai has two buildings, one up on top of a hill, and one down closer to the beach. The beach in front of Hana Kai is round baseball to soccerball sized black rocks. It is not safe to swim, but a romantic place to sit and watch the morning sunrise over coffee. If you walk down the shoreline, which it is safe and easy to do so, the waves have pounded the rocks to "black sand", and every afternoon local school kids come "out to play in the surf" at this local beach.
Best Deal in Hana
Request The Studio unit-Suite 102 (A great deal for the price) - which has been beautifully updated and is the best unit available that also offers a great view of the ocean - I understand that they will be updating the other 1 bedroom units as well, which are still pretty nice - This is a great propertly - and Hana is a great place to visit - it's pretty remote and the Natives are really friendly.
Decent spot for a break after the Hana Highway
Hana Kai accepts one night bookings, and looked attractive enough on the website. So we stayed overnight after the afternoon drive down the Hana Highway. We were in the second row of apartments that had a restricted view of the ocean, but it was pleasant enough sitting on the large lanai. Generally well-appointed with a fully equipped kitchen: and spacious enough accommodation in a peaceful spot right on Hana Bay. A little expensive in relation to other sites on the island with more facilities, but not too many alternatives in Hana. Note: no phone or TV.
Not so great
Looks great on their web site.
Had a studio on the 2nd floor. We could hear every footstep from the rooms above. Very distracting and hard to sleep when the above residents are pacing.
Rooms need some serious TLC. Patio door was rusted through and tracks worn out. Bed spread was dirty. Varmits ate the food that was not in the frig. Front desk person was indifferent at best. Bathroom and kitchen were clean as was the bedroom. Just needs some paint up fix up.
This place was exactly as described. Beautiful views, grounds and accomodations. We loved it here, we'd definitely come back to stay again next time.
Relaxing get away in Hana
We loved our stay here...enjoyed being by the beach and being able to relax...no T.V.'s just the sound of the waves
Great view, but overpriced
We spent three nights here in June, 2003. These condos could use some TLC- but the view from our second story unit was just super. The kitchen is large, and the interior space attractive. The upper floor units get hot- partially the result of the architecture and lack of ceiling fan in the living area. We found the front desk staff really unpleasant- the worst we have ever experienced in four trips to Hawaii in the past 10 years. There is no question that for the price you could do much better in Hana.
Great view, but a little bit of peeling paint
We spent 3 nights here in Aug 2003. This is a condo complex right on the shore of Hana Bay. The beach is cobble and a bit rough for swimming, but it is used by surfers. It is visually pleasing and the view from the units is quite nice. Their web site picture gives an accurate idea of the view.
On the down side, the units are not in tip top shape. They are clean, but a little shabby. One burner of our stove did not work; the refridgerator was rusty; no dishwasher or garbage disposal; kitchen was minimally equiped -- not even a salt shaker.
On balance, the view made the $190/day cost for a 1br unit a fair value. With a little better management, the complex could be a much experience.