Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
December 18, 2014, 4:13 pm
real feel: 69°F
humidity: 88%
wind speed: 13 mph NE
wind gusts: 20 mph
sunrise: 6:58 am
sunset: 5:49 pm
Forecast December 18, 2014
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
wind speed: 9 mph ENE
wind gusts: 18 mph
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Forecast December 19, 2014
wind speed: 4 mph E
wind gusts: 11 mph
wind speed: 2 mph NNE
wind gusts: 4 mph
Forecast December 20, 2014
wind speed: 4 mph E
wind gusts: 9 mph
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
wind speed: 4 mph E
wind gusts: 7 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)


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

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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

Discount Maui Luaus

Best Luaus on Maui at a DISCOUNT

The first thing you should do is to set up and account with Tom Barefoot by clicking here – costs nothing to join. To learn more about Tom Barefoot Tours click here.

Visiting Maui without taking in a luau should be illegal – you can’t spend all that money to fly to Maui and stay at a fantastic resort and not go to a luau!  Period.  The luau has turned into the last vestiges of Hawaiian culture.  ALL the best luaus are sold out way way in advance of the luau.  You can not wait until you are on Maui to book them – they are sold out by then – you’ve been warned!

Many folks see crazy cheap prices for all kinds of luaus – I can assure you that is exactly what you will get – cheap luaus that will disappoint you.  I’ve been to many luaus and the expensive ones are 10 times better than the cheap ones.  There is NO such thing as an “excellent cheap luau” – they are just cheap and a waste of your money and time.

As you probably know, the only place on the planet you can truly attend a luau is in Hawaii, and arguably, the very best luaus to be found in the state are on Maui, so if your going to do a luau, you should do it right here. The other thing that I should mention at this point is that if your going to decide to book a luau on Maui, you should probably consider doing it right now or as soon as you possibly can, long before you actually arrive on vacation, because some of our very best luaus (not all but some of them) actually are sold out weeks and even months in advance. I know it seems incredible, but it is the absolute truth. Even if the luau is not sold out, the sooner we make a booking for you the better the seating arrangement will be for you and your family when you attend.

Open Bar: the two recommended luaus have a 3-hour open bar – drink yourself silly with premium drinks.  Ask for all the top brands of liquor for your drinks.  Just about any other luau give you one (1) free drink as you enter then opens a bar tab for you to pay at the end.

Premium seating: sign up early and you will get premium seating at these two fine luaus.  Many other luaus want big bucks for you to get a premium seat.  These two fine luaus assign seats based upon when the tickets are purchased – the earlier the better the seat!

20% Tip/Gratuity: these two fine luaus have the gratuity built into the ticket price.  All the other luaus don’t and that amounts to 15% – 20% more of a charge.

Total Cost: Buy a cheaper luau then add in the bar tab plus the 20% tip plus the premium seating and they will cost way way more than these two luaus which are the best on Maui and perhaps all the Hawaiian islands.

There are two luaus that are both #1 on Maui and owned by the same company:

Feast at LeLe

Feast at Lele

Situated along the beach in historic Lahaina Town, just 10 minutes from the Honua Kai Resort & Spa. Guest are greeted with a fresh flower lei and a mai tai. A sit down, five course dinner featuring cuisine of Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti, Samoa and Dessert as well as a premium open bar are included throughout the evening. Each course is accompanied by dramatic Polynesian entertainment from each island, that combines modern interpretations of the traditional song, dance and cuisine of four Pacific Islands.

The Feast at Lele is certainly one of the best luaus you will find in the state of Hawaii. This luau is very personalized, holding only about 150 persons, and the demand for these seats is often very great. This is one of the very few luaus you will find that seats your individual group at its very own table and has table service instead of a buffet. The food is served at your table to coordinate with the South Pacific culture that is appearing as entertainment on stage. Each serving then will accentuate specialty dishes available in that specific culture. You will do a cultural round-robin of the Pacific island nations and experience each one at a time. Everything is about personalization at this luau from your drinks to the fresh flower lei you receive when you first arrive, to the seating and to the delicious dinner. If you don’t mind spending a little extra to experience some of the very best, then the Feast at Lele may just be for you.

The tables are set up right on the sand beach and you can drink all the tropical drinks you can think of in 3 hours.  Many luaus don’t include an unlimited 3-hour open bar – this one does.  Tipping is built into the price – so for other luaus you need to add in 20% more for the tip – not this one.

Executive Chef James McDonald Presents a Celebration of Polynesian Cuisine.

Traditional Polynesian staples, Banana, Taro and Sweet Potato chips served with a Tropical Ginger and Ogo Seaweed Salsa.

First Course from Hawaii
Imu Roasted Kalua Pig
Pohole Ferns and heart of Palm Salad
Fresh Island fish with Mango Sauce

Second Course from New Zealand
Sea Bean Duck Salad with Poha Berry Dressing
Kuku Patties – Maori fishcake with mussels, salmon and scallops
Harore Kumara – Roasted mushrooms, sweet potato and garlic

Third Course from Tahiti
Fafa – Steamed Chicken and Taro Leaf in Coconut Milk
E-Ioata-Poisson Cru
Scallops on the Shell – Baked Scallops

Fourth Course from Samoa
Supasui – Grilled Steak
Palusami – Breadfruit with Taro Leaf and Coconut Cream
Shrimp and Avacado with Lilikoi

Fifth Course Desserts
Carmel Mac Nut Tart topped with fruited Coconut Pudding (Haupia)
Hawaiian Chocolate Truffles
Exotic Fruits

Feast at Lele Bar Menu
Mai Tai - Light and dark rum, with orange and pineapple juice
Pina Colada - Light rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice
Banana Madness - Rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, banana and irish liquor
Lava Flow - A pina colade with banana and strawberry swirl
Island Ice Tea – Mango Ice Tea with juices and orange liquor
Blue Hawaii - Light rum, pineapple juice and blue curacao
Planters Punch – Light rum, orange juice, sweet & sour, soda with a dark rum float

Hinano (Tahitian beer)
Kona Pacific Gold Ale
Bud Light
Coors Light
O’Doul’s (non-alcoholic)

White Zinfandel
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir
Sparkling wine

Smirnoff Vodka
Gordons Gin
Jose Cuervo Tequila
Bacardi Rum
Grants Scotch
Jim Beam Whisky

There are NO discounts available on Maui – none, zip, zilch – from anyone.  This, to me, and Old Lahaina Luau are tied for 1st place in luaus mainly because all the drinks are included and so is tipping.

You must book early – you can’t wait until you are on Maui to get a good seat – click here to book NOW!

Old Lahaina Luau

Old Lahaina Luau

For over 25 years the Old Lahaina Luau has been has been the most well known and respected luau to be offered in Hawaii. The luau is often sold-out many weeks in advance. If you’re coming to the islands for a visit this is a “must book early”. Although the seating is excellent from any vantage point if you want to sit closer to the stage, or even sit traditional style with legs folded and near the front, your seat placement is dependent upon the date it was booked so this is an additional reason to book early. And will it be worth it? A case could be made, in fact a very good case could be made that the Old Lahaina Luau is not just the very best luau on Maui but in all likelihood the very best luau in all of Hawaii.

Old Lahaina Luau is the traditional buffet type luau with all the adult beverages you can drink in 3 hours.  They give you a list of their specials – about 20 of them.  I’ve personally tasted all 20 and they are all good.  They make the best Mai Tais I’ve ever had.

Old Lahaina Luau Menu

The food is served buffet style. To avoid long lines at the buffet like at some luaus, your host lets you know when your table can go through the buffet line. This does decrease wait time in the line, but some visitors feel like they are back in school again.

• Kalua Roast Pork Laulau (steamed pork wrapped in luau leaf)

• Chicken Long Rice Shredded chicken, Maui onions, ginger & rice bean noodles in broth

• Island Style Chicken Chicken marinated with guava sauce garnished with fresh pineapples & toasted sesame seeds

• Stir Fry Vegetables Zucchini, Maui onions, carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and baby corn

• Local-Style Fried Rice Fried rice with green onions, peas, & sesame oil

• Sweet Potato Warm sliced Big Island sweet potatoes

• Island Crab Salad Crab, shrimp and water chestnuts

• Taro Salad Taro and spinach folded in coconut sauce

• Pohole Salad Fern shoots, Maui onions & tomatoes served in a vinaigrette sauce

• Lomi-Lomi Salmon Tomatoes, Maui onions, & salted salmon

• Ahi Poke Fresh raw ahi (yellow fin tuna) with green onions & Maui onions

• Poi Made from boiling & mashing the root of the taro plant

• Fresh Island Fruit & Banana Bread

• Assorted Island Desserts Chocolate Mac Nut Brownie, Maui Macadamia Nut Tart, Lilikoi Mousse Chocolate Cups, & Coconut Haupia

If you want to read more about these two fine luaus click here.

You must book early – you can’t wait until you are on Maui to get a good seat – click here to book NOW!

Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for a Vacation Rental

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - renting mistakesThere are plenty of things that can turn a vacation disastrous, and one of them is a cursory booking of a vacation rental. While this type of travel accommodation is generally safe and even sought-after by several travelers, it’s not without flaws. Especially now that more and more fly-by-night owners are using rental websites and other posting sites to prey on unsuspecting victims, you should be more careful of what you reserve. In order to avert any vacation nightmare, here are some of the most common mistakes you should avoid.

Limiting your choices

The first step in booking a vacation rental is, of course, to find a reliable source with a surfeit of choices. But don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You’ll save more time if you use several rental resources either online or offline. As much as possible, collect as many rental candidates as you can to help you narrow down on the best choices. Limiting yourself with the choices can easily make for a risky travel, especially if you end up with a shady property owner.

Not inspecting the photos carefully

Each vacation rental you pick as potential choices should be equipped with plenty of photographs. Furthermore, the photos should showcase some of the most important areas of the house: living room, bathroom, bedrooms, front/backyard and kitchen. You should keep your eyes open for potential red flags that are usually hidden in the photos. For instance, undrawn curtains portend a potential unsightly backdrop, which the owner is trying to hide.

You should also inspect the photos for similarity. Many sham rental listings use photos that may seem to look related but are actually taken from different properties. Be careful of this trap as well as those retouched photos.

Skipping the rental agreement

Apart from confirming the specifics of the rental, i.e. number of beds and baths, square footage, location, proximity to important areas, etc., you should also double-check the rental agreement. It’s crucial to know just how you can use the house and what things and situations can make you liable for damages, for instance. Be sure to ask a lot of important questions to the owner, and base his or her credibility on the length of the reply. Too long a reply is a potential warning sign.

Choosing a wrong payment method

The oft-advised payment method when booking a vacation rental is through credit card. Don’t agree on money transfers or bank-to-bank transactions. Credit card payment is more reliable and less risky because it is traceable and offers a considerable level of protection both for your identity and your transaction.   We recommend using PayPal whenever possible – it allows renters the ability to finance their vacation and the landlord instant access to the rent money.

Renting from me is hassle free and inexpensive!

Note: We are now renting our 1 bedroom
Direct for as little as $99 per day

Click here to learn more!

Our villa is a 1-bedroom ocean view condo and sleeps 4.  I can assure you no one can beat our discounted prices – no one!

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Best Wine List on Maui

Best Wine List
Son’z at Swan Court

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Son’z at Swan CourtFor the third year in a row, Son’z at Swan Court has uncorked the “BestWine List onMaui.”What a beautiful setting in which to sip, say, a silky syrah.

Located at the Hyatt RegencyMaui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, Son’z has been described by Robin Leach as the “most romantic restaurant in the world,” because of soaring-to-the-sky ceilings, dramatic staircase and dining roomthat is open and overlooks a lagoon with waterfalls and swans.

Sommelier Ari Gurunian will be happy to lead you through the 25-page wine list and the 3,000-bottle cellar that’s also a multiple winner ofWine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” Hemay suggest you savor island snapper piccata with artichokes, caper berries.

Lisbon lemon in an overnight tomato puree with a Pahlmeyer chardonnay from Napa. Or swirl a nice, big KenWright Cellars Canary Hill Vineyard pinot noir fromOregon, paired with Olowalu vine-ripened tomato salad with gorgonzola-walnut pate, extra virgin olive oil and Kula strawberry and white-balsamic reduction.

Enjoy wines by the glass and half bottles, too. There’s something for every aficionado. This is the sister restaurant of Nick’s FishmarketMaui and Sarento’s on the Beach.

First place:
Son’z at Swan Court
200 Nohea Kai Dr
Kaanapali. Maui

Second place:
Cafe Marc Aurel
28 N. Market St. •Wailuku, Maui • 808-244-0852

Third place:
The Maalaea Waterfront Restaurant
50 Hauoli St. • Maalaea, Maui • 808-244-9028

1 Bedroom Villa

1 Bedroom Villa

This villa sleeps up to 4.  Two in the king size bed and two in the queen size sofa bed.  The stats:

Suite area: 700 sq ft

Lanai area: 150 sq ft

Note: We are now renting our 1 bedroom
Direct for as little as $99 per day

Click here to learn more!

Our villa is a 1-bedroom ocean view condo and sleeps 4.  I can assure you no one can beat our discounted prices – no one!

From Lanai

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Top 10 Beaches: Kaanapali Resort, Maui

Models can get away and relax on the beach and work on their tan.

Where do Maui Locals Eat?

Eat Cheap – Eat Great Maui Food!

You can’t eat at 5-star restaurants all the time – and there’s no way in hell you’re bringing the family to a Mickey-D’s on Maui – what to do?  I can tell you that the true feeling of Maui are in the people that live here year long; mingle with them and they will tell you all kinds of secrets and tips that aren’t known outside of Maui locals.  Well eat where local Maui folks eat – the best food for the buck.  Here are some places we visit each time we stay at the Honua Kai:

I’m just going to cover the Ka’anapali area near the Honua Kai in this article.

Kahuna Kabobs

Kahuna Kabobs

Kahuna Kabobs
126 Lahainaluna Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 661-9999

If you’ve walked Lahaina you’ve probably walked right past the Kahuna Kabobs – the locals know this and have the place to themselves. They are known for their kabobs, salads and wraps. Their kabobs include steak, chicken, fish, shrimp or tofu. Everything is tasty, super fresh, and healthy.  The locals that work in Lahaina love to eat here (we’re all sick of the food at our own restaurants).

The place is a bit tricky to locate; it’s located in the alley just north of the Maui Built store. So when shopping in Lahaina and you want to taste what the locals eat drop by.

On Front Street in Lahaina

On Front Street in Lahaina

BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria
730 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria Maui

We eat here all the time – best deep-dish pizza in Maui if you ask me.  The place is huge and you can meet friends for a pizza and beer and the place can handle parties of 20 or more!  It’s upstairs on the second floor and their pasta and sandwiches is another reason the locals frequent this place.

They have late night entertainment so its a fun place to meet folks and have a great time.  This is a place where kids to grandparents will have a fun time.

Cool Cat Cafe is upstairs on Front St near Lahaina Harbor

Cool Cat Cafe is upstairs on Front St near Lahaina Harbor

Cool Cat Cafe
658 Front St
Lahaina, HI 96761-1216
(808) 667-0908

“Best Burger on Maui” 5 years in a row – we eat there all the time after whale watching or fishing from the Lahaina Harbor.  It’s on Front Street and up on the second floor and you can watch folks walking to and from the harbor.  There burgers win awards all the time – its a fantastic place to eat on the cheap.  All the locals eat here.

Freshest fish on Maui - the locals eat here!

Freshest fish on Maui - the locals eat here!

The Fish Market Maui
3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd #H1
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 665-9895

If you want the freshest fish at an affordable price come to where the locals eat – The Fish Market.  From the pupu’s (appetizer in Hawaiian) to the main course all the fish served here is just hours from being caught.  The seating is very limited so folks just carry-out the meals and find a spot to have a picnic or take it home and eat on the lanai watching the Pacific ocean from their Honua Kai villa.

I’ll write more articles on local eateries since there are so many great ones – but for goodness sakes don’t eat at the Mickey-D’s!

If you want to read more

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Best Pizza in Maui

Best Pizza on Maui?
Flatbread Company

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Flatbread CompanyOne cook stirs organic fresh tomatoes in a cauldron hanging over a kiawe fire and then sweetens the soon-to-be sauce with maple syrup. Over the open fire next to it, another cook caramelizes organic onions in a humongous cast-iron skillet.

Flatbread Company in Paia has a “purpose” to use “clean food without unwanted chemicals or pesticides and to use organic and local ingredients, if possible.” Dough is made from 100-percent organically grown wheat milled into white flour. Meats range from nitrate-free pepperoni to free-range pork. Mozzarella is premium whole milk.

“We make all organic wood-fired pizzas in a primitive clay oven,” says General Manager Jenna Haugaard. “And Tuesday Night is benefit night, where non-profit groups get $3.50 back from each large pizza ordered. And, $1.75 from small pizzas. All you have to do is come in on Tuesdays to dine and these groups benefit.”

Popular pizzas include Pele Pesto of organic Maui basil, macadamia nuts and garlic with Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, Haiku organic tomatoes, Kalamata olives and organic herbs. Other sought-after pies are Jay’s Heart, Mopsy’s Kalua Pork, and Paia Bay Ohana.

The first Wednesday of each month features live music by the Haiku Hillbillies.

First place:
Flatbread Company
89 Hana Highway

Second place:
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
730 Front St.
Lahaina , HI 96761

Third place:
Round Table Pizza
207 Piikea Ave. #61 • Kihei • 808-874-8485
Fairway Shops at Kaanapali • 808-662-0777

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Best Service Restaurants

Restaurant With the Best Service

*** NOTE ***

Since I last published this article 6 months ago Honua Kai’s own restaurant, Duke’s Beach House has opened.  It’s too early for comparisons but if you are in the area or are staying at the Honua Kai you might want to give them a try.  Click here for more information.

  • 1st Place goes to Nick’s Fishmarket-Maui
  • 2nd Place goes to Lahaina Grill
  • 3rd Place goes to The Maalaea Waterfront Restaurant

Nick’s Fishmarket-Maui


Nick's Fishmarket Maui; 45 minutes from Honua Kai

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