Pono Kai Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPono Kai Resort Kapaa
Rooms are large but somewhat tired and dated. Could use an update. Otherwise good amenities and close to the ocean witha great walking path
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pono Kai Resort Kapaa
Description was misleading
My wife and I stayed here for our 25th anniversary; the room was clean, but the description on the BlueGreenrentals web page led us to believe we would at least have a couch. We ordered a studio, which showed a couch, but all we got was a Murphy bed to sit on, and it was well used! The bathroom was huge,almost as big as the room, I sure would have rather they put the extra space in the living area. The grounds were very well kept and spacious, but not enough to make up for the short comings of the room. I will not stay here again! They also charged 50 cents for local calls, however modem connection speed was good.
Location great if only the sun could find it!
We are used to all-inclusives with all the amenities, including huge beautiful pools. This was not lavish by any means, but certainly comfortable. Nothing was broken in A104, but we would hesitate to bring another couple if they had to sleep on the sofa bed - it was awful. The location was wonderful - oceanfront and a short walk to town, which was important as there is no restaurant on site. One problem was the noise upstairs - several nights it sounded as if the people up there were moving furniture all night, and you could hear everytime they opened a closet or drawer. Other than that, it was very quiet, even with the neighborhood gathering place for locals to drink on the beach just a few hundred yards south. The pool was very small and cold and a strict security guard threw another couple and us (we are in our fifties and are very quiet -we just weren't ready for bed yet) out of the hot tub right at 10:00pm. There is NO night life. Also, we were Global Connections Memebers, and the management tended to treat us like second class - no maid service at all, extra towels would cost us $12.00. All in all, it was a nice place - we just had to go South to find the Sun as it rained in Kapaa almost every day we were there. (March 27-April 3)
We enjoyed a 10day stay at the Pono Kai during the end of March, 2004.The grounds are lovely, our 2 bdrm/2 bath condo was VERY spacious, tons of storage and closet space, and super clean. The kitchen is well appointed also. And talk about clean! The unit was immaculate and housekeeping came 3 times during our stay, more than we had been told.
Very friendly staff - all in all a great bargain for a wonderful resort. We booked this through Pleasant Holidays and were very pleased with this choice. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to stay at a reasonable price.
Relaxing in Paradise
We spent 7 days in paradise! The Pono Kai was one ingredient that made it worthwhile. It is perfectly situated in the middle of a bunch of excellent restaurants and points of interest. We had a 1 br deluxe with an ocean view. While the resort is a little older, we thoroughly enjoyed being able to sit on the balcony to read or have meals overlooking the uncrowded beach. The beach is one of the rougher ones as far as swimming goes but who cares when you're the only one on it and and all you had to do is walk right out your room door? Every night we'd open our patio door so we could wake to the sound of the ocean.
Kauai is an amazing place and I think Pono Kai was Kauai personified - laid back. Before we boarded the plane we were already plotting on how to return to Kauai!
A nice place
We stayed at the Pono Kai on a 25th anniversary trip in late July 2003.
The grounds are nice with nice amenities, such as grills, games, a pool, and reasonable beach chair umbrella rentals. If you're looking for a place to stay and hang on the beach all day, I'd think about it because Kapaa is on the "windward" side of the island, where the beach is windy and the surf is rough. It's location is ideal between Poipu and Princeville, so there are plenty of nice beaches to drive to. The laundromat is on the first floor and can get busy. We had a one-bedroom unit on the 3rd floor. There is only AC in the living room, so sleeping was a bit uncomfortable but not unbearable. It was roomy and comfortable, and the kitchen had all of the amenities. We had maid service every day. It's in an older area, not as new and shiny as Princeville or Poipu. Still, the staff was friendly and I'd stay there again.
We were able to receive the Pono Kai resort as part of a package. If you go through Pleasant Hawaii, they are able to give you better deals for this place, than the Best Western down the street which is not an ocean front property. We stayed at a delux 1 br ocean front property, on the ground floor with the sounds of the ocean and waves soothing us to sleep every night. Only the living rm has air conditioning, but the br has a ceiling fan which was fairly adequate since it was not too hot at the time. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the amenities.
However laundry was down the hall, which was do-able since we were only there for 8 days. The property is well kept and enormous compared to the neighboring properties. They haev a tennis court, complimentary beach towels, small pool, and an activities desk. Since we were touring the island and roasting in the beach, the hotel amenities were not a priority. However, you have maid service twice a week, not everyday.
There is ample free parking right by your room! So long walks after a long tiring day of sightseeing. The location is ideal for northshore, southshore and the west. We were glad we stayed at Kapaa instead of the extreme Princeville/Poipu. There are tons of minimalls and restaurants around. However, most places are closed on Sunday, so be prepared for that. The airport is a few minutes away, so no need to rush the day of your departure. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Kauai.
Great location and wonderful experience
This is our first trip to Kauai. We were able to get a 1 bedroom here last minute by using our timeshare. I really didn't know what to expect. But am very glad we stayed at the Pono Kai. We would like to stay here again. The location is great. Everything's accessible---restaurants, shopping, post office, grocery stores, tourist attraction etc. We were lucky enough to be assigned an ocean view room and it was marvelous. My son loved playing at the beach which is very close plus we loved the fact that it was like our own private beach. The rooms are a little bit out-dated but it is very clean.
That's what matters... Also the staff at this resort are very nice and accomodating. So, don't hesitate to stay here!!! Location and the whole experience is definitely wonderful. Can't wait to come back.
Wonderful place to stay!
There were not many reviews of the Pono Kai available when I made my reservation, so I was a little apprehensive; but as it turned out, there was no need to worry. The Pono Kai is a wonderful place to stay in Kauai. They have clean, well-maintained, attractive facilities, friendly and helpful staff, reasonable rates, a variety of activities available, and a gorgeous beach location right on the ocean. Units are air-conditioned, which was not really needed in December, but was necessary for our family because of our allergies.The location in Kapaa is great for shopping, dining, and access to other activities, although the traffic in front can get a little heavy during the day. We had absolutely no complaints and would return anytime; may even purchase a timeshare there. We highly recommend the Pono Kai to anyone.
Worn out condo...
We rented an ocean front condo with a great view (unit A 306). However, the room was very well worn...especially the bed. The mattress was almost bad enough to sleep on the hideaway bed (if the hideaway bed wasn't broken). The microwave door was stuck and the TV didn't work.
The blinds in the bed room was sporting some broken slats and the lack of AC made some nights too hot to handle. However, we did notice that other units had AC (non-Marc units?). We were also influenced by neighbors who stole our newspaper and talked on their cell phones in the walkway on front of our bedroom. Mostly this is a very worn out condo.
You can't go wrong
It is a beautiful setting with so much to do you can't help but enjoy all they have to offer. Most of the rooms have a view of the ocean except for a few toward the front of the establishment. We we're there for a week of fun and excitment in 1999 and plan to return next year to the pono kai. We have been to kauai many times and love it. This place is the place we'll use again. You can't go wrong, your at the center of everything in Kauai.
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... and got on a tram. Before the luau we toured the Botanical Garden where the luau is located. We saw lots of trees and flowers and zebra doves, spotted doves, peacocks, and chickens of course. We also saw some moorhens. The tram dropped us off where the imu ceremony would take place. (When the pig is taken out of the ground.) We had over half an hour to wait so we walked around some more. We actually saved ourselves places at the table when ...
... for adults and a winding river you can swim. We walked out to the beach where it was really windy and the waves were really big. We had seen kite surfers on our way to Costco. There are high surf warnings out today so no swimming in the ocean. We walked along the beach and all the way around the resort. We saw the Oasis Bar between the pool and the beach, we walked through the lobby and saw the coy pond that is between the lobby and the pool. ...
... came ashore, we went for a hike in the jungle for about an hour - crossing streams and up and over tree roots and rocks. Our guide explained many Hawaiian legends to pass the time and describe the variety of plant life we saw. There were quite a few movie locations we got to see as well including Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean. Actually I learned that the storm scene in the first movie ...
... it, we asked a young guy who was also waiting. It's late as usual, he said. He had a rucksack and a musical instrument slung across his back and he was of course, a student. I asked him if the instrument was a guitar but he said it was a ukulele, originally Portuguese but had been adopted as the Hawaiian national instrument. The next we knew, he'd taken it out of its case and was serenading us with "somewhere over the rainbow" at the bus stop in the pouring rain. Well, Corey ...
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