Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
May 4, 2015, 11:07 am
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
81°F
real feel: 84°F
humidity: 53%
wind speed: 16 mph NE
wind gusts: 29 mph
sunrise: 5:55 am
sunset: 6:52 pm
Forecast May 4, 2015
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
82°F
wind speed: 9 mph ENE
wind gusts: 18 mph
night
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
68°F
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 16 mph
Forecast May 5, 2015
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
82°F
wind speed: 11 mph ENE
wind gusts: 18 mph
night
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
67°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 16 mph
Forecast May 6, 2015
day
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
83°F
wind speed: 9 mph ENE
wind gusts: 16 mph
night
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
69°F
wind speed: 9 mph ENE
wind gusts: 16 mph
 

Announcement: Welcome to the Honua Kai Cafe

Welcome to the Honua Kai Cafe
(We have NO affiliation with the Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Nor IntraWest, nor Playground)

MauiCN

20 times now!!!  On October 11, 2013 Conde Nast readers voted Maui as the #1 island in the world for the 20th time!  Why vacation at any other island in the world but the #1 island – Maui?

This website celebrates the newest 5-star resort on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui; the Honua Kai (Ho-new-ah-keye) Resort & Spa.

We own a condo at the Honua Kai and are members of the Honua Kai “Ambassador Club” where owners can find guests to stay at ANY unit in the resort.  In return we get a small commission and you get THE best rates anywhere – nobody can offer you better rates.

So look at some of the pictures and ask a question if you have one (in the way of a comment which we will answer).  Then when you are ready click the icon below and you will enter the Ambassador Club reservations system with our owner number attached and get the best rates anywhere.

Need a studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or three-bedroom at the Honua Kai?  Well click here and you will get THE best discounts available to anyone – you get our owner discount!  You will be brought direct to the Honua Kai Owner’s desk – you make your reservation direct with them with our discount number!  This is a win-win for both of us.

Ambassador Club

Honua Kai Owner’s deep discount reservations
that you can use too – just click the above icon

Click here to make a reservation. You will be asked for “Enter Membership Number” you can get it by clicking here.

There is a new website that does all the legwork for you comparing prices of all the places you can rent Honua Kai villas – Honua Kai Resort & Spa Rentals. In a matter of a few minutes you will have ALL your questions answered as to pricing and availability of Honua Kai villas.

Watch the below video – just click the picture

Click the above video to view

Outside Pictures

Honua Kai Resort & Spa

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Duke's of Maui Restaurant is the brown ocean front building

Inside Pictures

Six Star Resort

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Treat yourself and stay at a true six star resort in Ka'anapali

Best Local Food Restaurant

Best Maui Food Restaurant

Sam Sato’s

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Sam Satos

Tucked away in Wailuku Millyard, Sam Sato’s is a little gem with a long history on Maui. Founded in 1933, the first Sam Sato’s was at Camp 3 in Sprecklesville. Over the decades, it moved to Puunene, then Happy Valley—and since 1993 its latest incarnation has been at 1750 Wili Pa Loop

“My grandparents founded Sam Sato’s,” says Kirk Toma. “My parents, Charles and Lynne Toma, are still very much involved. My sister, Keri, helps out too. ”Basically, it’s a breakfast and lunch spot from7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you can pick up Manju until 4 p.m.”

Themanju, or Japanese sweet rice cakes, are all baked in house, as are the turnovers —the latter with fruit flavors such as peach, apple, blueberry, coconut, and pineapple coconut. Different designs on the crust guide you to what’s inside. “Our dry noodles are really popular,” says Kirk. We cook them with bean sprouts, green onions and char siu. They go really well with our barbecue-beef sticks. Other noodle dishes include super dry with veggies along with saimin, won-ton mein and chow fun.” You may order take-out noodles in small, medium, large and extra large pans for parties at home.

Diners also love local plate lunches of hamburger steak, stew, spare ribs, beef tomato and yakitori. Sides include kimchee, and thickly-cut French fries with the uniquely Maui-style dip of mayonnaise and mustard. “The beef tomato at Sam Sato’s is out of this world,” says Mickey Helm of Wailuku.

Sam Sato’s
1750Wili Pa Loop
Wailuku. Maui 808-244-7124

Second place winner:
Da Kitchen
425 Koloa St. • Kahului • 808-871-7782
and
2439 S. Kihei Road • Kihei • 808-875-7782

Third place winner:
Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St
Lahaina, Maui • 808-661-3322

Tucked away inWailukuMillyard, Sam Sato’s is a little gemwith a long history on Maui. Founded in 1933, the first Sam Sato’s was at Camp 3 in Sprecklesville. Over the decades, itmoved to Puunene, then Happy Valley—and since 1993 its latest incarnation has been at 1750Wili Pa Loop. “My grandparents founded Sam Sato’s,” says Kirk Toma. “My parents, Charles and Lynne Toma, are still verymuch involved. My sister, Keri, helps out too.” Basically, it’s a breakfast and lunch spot from7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you can pick up manju until 4 p.m.” Themanju, or Japanese sweet rice cakes, are all baked in house, as are the turnovers —the latter with fruit flavors such as peach, apple, blueberry, coconut, and pineapple coconut. Different designs on the crust guide you to what’s inside. “Our dry noodles are really popular,” says Kirk. “We cook themwith bean sprouts, green onions and char siu. They go really well with our barbecue-beef sticks. Other noodle dishes include super dry with veggies along with saimin, won-ton mein and chow fun.” Youmay order take-out noodles in small,medium, large and extra large pans for parties at home. Diners also love local plate lunches of hamburger steak, stew, spare ribs, beef tomato and yakitori. Sides include kimchee, and thickly-cut French fries with the uniquelyMaui-style dip of mayonnaise andmustard. “The beef tomato at Sam Sato’s is out of this world,” saysMickey Helmof Wailuku. Contact Info: SamSato’s is located at 1750Wili Pa Loop,Wailuku. Call 244- 7124.

Maui Wowie!

Honua Kai Resort & Spa Rainbows

Just about every day you will see rainbows around Maui

At the Honua Kai look at the mountains starting about 4 PM and you will see…

Bosch Oven and Stove Top – Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Bosch Oven and Stove Top

This is a high-tech Bosch oven and there is a display panel at the top with 2 touch pads, one on the left and one on the right with  circular knob to the right:

Left touch pad:

  • Light – turns oven light on and off
  • Time – timer is displayed and can be programmed with the Circular Knob
  • Off – turns oven off

Right touch pad:

  • Cooking Mode  – press this for Pre-heat or heat with the Circular Knob
  • Temperature – press this and use the Circular Knob to change the temperature
  • Start – starts the oven

Circular Knob:

  • Turning this clockwise or counter clockwise changes numbers displayed.

Stove Top

The 4 stove top knobs control the various heating elements.  All are intuitive in usage except the knob at the far right.

The far right knob has a few meanings:

Turning the knob to the right (clockwise) controls ALL the heating elements of the right heating element nearest you.  Turning the knob to the left (Counter clockwise) controls only the outer ring of the heating element.

Maui Ocean Center

A “Must see” while on Maui

mauioceancenter

Maui has it’s own aquarium – the Maui Ocean Center.  The aquarium is just a 20 minute drive south from the Honua Kai.  We visit the aquarium each visit to Maui – it’s a lot of fun for the whole family.  This is a great way to support folks who live on Maui and make the island the best island in the world.

MOC tunnelThe aquarium has a “water tunnel” that allows you to walk under the surface and watch all the fish swim by.  Make sure you bring your camera since you can snap a picture of a huge shark just inches away from the folks.

Lots of huge turtles!

Lots of huge turtles!

The Maui Ocean Center cost about $20 million to build and opened in March of 1998.  It takes about 3 hours to completely visit all the exhibits and while there you can grab lunch/snack at the aquarium’s two restaurants.  You don’t need to buy tickets in advance and makes a great “rainy day”activity that everyone in the family can enjoy.

The gift shop has items that can ONLY be found at the aquarium – so if you see something that looks great buy it then and there since you might not see it cheaper anyplace else on Maui.

About 450,000 folks a year visit the aquarium.  It’s open 365 days a year from 9 am – 5 pm (9 am to 6 pm in July and August).

Fun book to read

Whalers Village

Whalers Village Mall

Whalers Village is a “must see” while on the northern half of Maui.  This fantastic mall offers all kinds of restaurants, shops, designer boutiques, art gallerias, fashion stores, museums and activities.  Whalers Village is right on the Ka’anapali Beach and you can swim in the Pacific Ocean and have lunch or dinner just steps away; in fact you will see folks doing just that.

Whalers Village Map

Click the above map to see a larger version

Whalers Village
2435 Ka’anapali Parkway
Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Plenty of covered parking
808-661-4567

You can walk the boardwalk from the Honua Kai to Whalers Village – takes 45 minutes and the stroll is fantastic.  Its a lot of fun and 100% of the way you are on a boardwalk so a baby stroller can be pushed with no trouble.  Part of the walk is next to a golf course – listen for the “Fore” and golf balls – its easy to tell when you are on the golf course.

Whalers Village Museum
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
808-661-5992
Free admission

Whales!

If you’ve never been to this museum you have missed out on a fine museum which does a great job of giving the history of whaling in the Hawaiian waters.  From 1820 to 1860 Lahaina was a very busy whaling town and this museum relives those wild and woolly days.  This is a “must see” when on Maui.

Driving and Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai

Product Description
Newly updated and expanded. Acclaimed for its beautiful photography [over 350 photos] and dozens of highly detailed maps, Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai is considered a milestone in guidebooks.

Areas of Maui not found in other guides, such as Maui’s Upcountry and West Maui’s Rugged North Shore, are explored in great detail here. Nor has any guidebook ever before explored the island of Molokai in such a detailed, beautiful and comprehensive manner. Much more a guide to the physical beauty of Maui and Molokai than a guide to hotels and restaurants, every beach on both islands is described in detail and the majority of them are pictured in stunning photography. Five pages of beach charts outline the amenities that each strand offers. Secret beaches, hidden waterfalls and astonishing vistas are all displayed in Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai in vivid color and with complete directions on how to reach them. Featured sections include Just Picture It!, a 4- page guide to photographing the islands; Best Beaches Maui; Best Beaches Molokai; Best Hikes Maui; Best Hikes Molokai; Best Waterfalls Maui and Molokai; and a 37- page guide to the Hana Drive.

Driving and Discovering Hawaii books are acclaimed for their unique Photo-Finder Feature: no other guidebook or guidebook series anywhere offers this valuable innovation. Each photo is numbered and corresponds to the same number on an adjacent map. This shows the visitor exactly where all of the islands’ most beautiful and photogenic sights are located, and allows the visitor to preview ALL accessible areas of the islands before visiting them to make the most of valuable vacation time. Since the author personally wrote this book as well as made all of the 330 photos, he was able to link all of the book’s information into one very complete, thorough and comprehensive reference work. This is one guidebook in which the photos are just as valuable a tool for the visitor as the text. The quality of photography and reproduction is excellent: the Eastman Kodak Company is a sponsor.

Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Maui & Molokai

Maui Coffee

Enjoy Maui Coffee

Maui Coffee

Quick; what other US state, besides Hawaii, grows coffee?  No other state is the correct answer.  While visiting the Honua Kai and Maui you really need to buy a bag of Maui Coffee and enjoy a taste of the Hawaiian Islands.  Kona coffee is just fine too.  If you visit the Whalers or ABC stores you can buy a bag of Maui coffee and brew it exactly the way you like coffee back at the Honua Kai.

Make sure the coffee you buy is 100% Hawaiian coffee either Kona or Maui.  Kona blended coffee has just 10% Hawaiian coffee and you can’t taste it when 90% of the coffee is much less quality coffee – get 100% Kona or Maui.

History of Hawaiian Coffee

The coffee plant as first introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Chief Boki, the Governor of Oahu, in 1825 after acquiring coffee plants in Rio de Janeiro while aboard a British warship, the H.M.S. Blonde. From the original plantings in the Manoa Valley on Oahu, coffee trees were introduced to locations around the Islands, including the now famous Kona Coast.

The coffee tree needs six specific conditions to thrive:

  1. Rich soil
  2. Proper elevation (between 500 and 3000 feet is ideal)
  3. Sunshine
  4. Cloud cover
  5. Lots of rain
  6. Moderate slope for proper drainage of roots

The Hawaiian climate offers all six elements, many other coffee growing areas of the world lack one or more of the six needed attributes.  Because Hawaii has all six attributes Hawaiian coffee is #1 in the world.  I buy Blue Jamacian coffee once in a while for prices 4 to 6 times as much as Kona, or Maui, coffee and I can’t taste a difference.

The growing season in Maui begins in January and ends in June. As you drive around Maui in January you can see coffee blossoms to appear on the trees after rains early in the season, and these flowers eventually turn into coffee cherries. These coffee cherries are allowed to ripen on the tree, under the close watch of the farmers. When they are bright red and ripe, each coffee cherry is harvested individually by hand.

Maui Coffee Company is, of course, the big coffee grower on Maui – you can find their bags of coffee sold in hundreds of stores on Maui.  Buy a bag of their coffee and brew it up back at the Honua Kai and you will be able to sit on your lanai and enjoy even more of Maui.  Buy a couple of bags to take home with you.

www.mauigrowncoffee.com is grown right here in Ka’anapali!  This is truly a fantastic coffee and you can visit their store and the coffee fields.

Ka’anapali Coffee Farms – Why not just buy your own 5-acre coffee plantation at Ka’a’apaliCoffee Farms?  This is a real estate venture where coffee growing land plots are sold and you can start your own coffee plantation!  Cool idea and something some of you might consider.

Duke’s – Maui

Duke’s Beach House at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Ocean Front at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Duke's of Maui Restaurant is the brown building ocean front

Duke's Beach House is the brown building ocean front at the new Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Walk to Duke’s – stay at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Duke’s Beach House Website

5-Star restaurant at a 5-star resort, the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

5-star all the way

Ahhh this is how winter looks in Maui and at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

(808) 662-2900

Make a Reservation by Clicking Here!

(Reservations are highly recommended – make them weeks ahead of time for holidays)
(There are 600 villas at the Honua Kai – you betcha you need reservations)
(There are 400 Westin villas just a 5-minute walk away – you’ve been warned)

One of the great things about Maui is the ability to sit outside 24/7 365 days a year without the a/c running or mosquito screening.  Duke’s Beach House is just that – you sit right next to the Pacific ocean and can watch the Maui sun setting each night; folks fly in from all over the world to see just that!  The weather is perfect as are Duke’s meals, drinks, and other goodies.  Same with the Honua Kai – each villa has a floor to ceiling glass wall that opens to let in the perfect Maui weather and ambiance.

If you look up “Paradise on earth” you will see Maui as the #1 definition.  (Assuming you don’t want a 3rd world destination or overrun by warlords)

On North Beach in Ka’anapali, located in the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Duke’s Beach House offers stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean and of the islands of Lanai and Molokai.  From this distinctly Maui vantage point, you are invited to also get a glimpse into the life of Hawaii’s most honored son and surfing pioneer, Duke Kahanamoku.

We invite you travel back to a bygone era as if you are Duke’s guest in his beachside vacation home filled with vintage surf memorabilia and photographs of his life as Hawaii’s most revered waterman and ambassador of Aloha.

This open-air restaurant offers a breakfast menu filled with traditional favorites that are enhanced with local flavors, like the Onolicious French Toast made with Molokai sweet bread and lilikoi butter. You will find the lunch menu filled with casual fare including sandwiches, burgers, salads and island favorites like Huli Huli Chicken and Ho Daddy Fish & Chips.

For dinner Duke’s Beach House not only serves up spectacular sunsets, but tantalizing pupus and share plates to start your evening. Entrees include a daily selection of the finest seasonal and sustainable fresh fish offered in a variety of preparations along with classic cuts of USDA Prime steaks.

No visit to Duke’s is complete without dessert and the Kimo’s Original Hula Pie® is not to be missed.  You’ve got to drop by and try the Hula Pie while staying at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Read about Duke

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

Reservations accepted (808) 662-2900

Jaw ( Peahi) Maui big wave surfing


A perfect condition at JAW’s generated a swell up to 50 feet waves Filmed in Maui on December 2004. A 10 minutes version of this video is available at: www.mauivideopodcast.com.

JAW’s is just a 20 minute drive north of the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!