Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
April 18, 2014, 6:35 pm
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
77°F
real feel: 73°F
humidity: 69%
wind speed: 18 mph ENE
wind gusts: 25 mph
sunrise: 6:05 am
sunset: 6:46 pm
Forecast April 18, 2014
day
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
82°F
wind speed: 11 mph NE
wind gusts: 18 mph
night
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
63°F
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 18 mph
Forecast April 19, 2014
day
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
81°F
wind speed: 13 mph NE
wind gusts: 18 mph
night
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
65°F
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 16 mph
Forecast April 20, 2014
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
81°F
wind speed: 13 mph NE
wind gusts: 20 mph
night
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
65°F
wind speed: 11 mph ENE
wind gusts: 18 mph
 

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

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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

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.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa Convention Facilities

Hold a Convention at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Up to 50 people

OK, so the 2 900 sq ft meeting convention rooms would be nothing for Vegas but on Ka’anapali Beach they mean 50 folks can hold a convention in paradise – per room.

It costs $500 to rent each room for an entire day and $250 for half a day.  In reality each convention room seats 25 people comfortably.  Like most convention resorts you get a price break when you book more villas.  If you have an interest in holding a meeting or convention at the Honua Kai I would call the Honua Kai and ask for the Director of Owner Relations for availability and pricing.  The phone number for the Honua Kai Resort & Spa is 808-662-2801.

Meals can be catered from the 2 fine restaurants at the Honua Kai – The Aina Restaurant and Duke’s Restaurant would be glad to cater the meals and drinks.

So your only job now is to concoct a reason to have a convention at the Honua Kai – all your personnel are rooting for you!!

SUP Stand Up Paddle Surfing- Maui Hawaii

This is a lot of fun and not that hard to learn.  Give it a try!

5 Ways To Have A Romantic Maui Vacation

Are you and your partner in need of a romantic getaway? If you are, you may want to take the time to examine Maui. Maui is known as a popular vacation destination, as well as a popular destination for romantic getaways. With the beauty of the island, as well as a lot of fun, romantic things to do and see, achieving romance on your next Maui trip shouldn’t be a problem.

Although the beauty of Maui is often enough to create romance on its own, you may be looking for additional ways. The good news is that there are a number of different steps that you can take to up the romance levels for your next Maui trip. Five approaches that you will want to take are outlined below for your convenience.

1 – Book a Stay at a Maui Vacation Rental

Booking a stay at a Maui vacation rental is one of the easiest ways to add romance to your next Maui trip. Maui vacation rentals, especially when compared to traditional hotels and vacation resorts, provide you with an unlimited number of romantic opportunities. When examining Maui vacation rentals, you will find that you have a number of different options. These options include Maui villas, condos, homes, cottages, and apartment rentals.

2 – Choose a Beautiful Vacation Rental

When it comes to booking a stay at a Maui vacation rental, like a Maui villa, you will find that they come in all different formats. The beauty of a Maui villa and other vacation rentals, both inside and out, can play a huge role in the romance factor.

When examining your options, in terms of available Maui vacation rentals, it is important to examine pictures. You will want to look at the Maui rental pictures to see if the rental property in question is beautiful or elegant in nature. In addition to examining the inside of a Maui rental, you will also want to examine the outside as well. The view of which you are provided with can also help to add romance to your next Maui trip. Look for Maui vacation rentals that provide you with ocean or mountain views.

Of course I recommend staying at our 1-bedroom villa at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa – newest resort on Maui.

3 – Choose a Vacation Rental That is Private

As previously stated, Maui vacation rentals come in a number of different formats, such as Maui villas, condos, apartment rentals, cottages, and homes. While each of these rental property types do boast a little bit of privacy, some are more private than others. For example, when you rent a Maui villa, cottage, or home, you are renting the whole establishment, not just a few rooms. This allows you to have the utmost level of privacy and romance on your next Maui trip.

4 – Choose a Vacation Rental that Offers Convenience

Convenience is also an important component of creating romance on a romantic getaway. In terms of your Maui vacation rental, you will want to book a stay at a rental that simplifies your vacation. For instance, spending your vacation doing laundry at a local laundromat or doing a sink full of dishes by hand is likely to send the romance flying right out the window. That is why you may want to closely examine all Maui rental features and amenities. A Maui villa or another vacation rental that comes equipped with a laundry room, as well as a dishwasher is likely to simplify your vacation, giving you more room for romance.

5 – Plan Ahead, But Be Spontaneous At the Same Time

When it comes to planning a romantic Maui trip, there are certain portions of your trip that should be planned well in advance, like travel arrangements. Once you have made your airline reservations or booked a stay at a Maui rental, you may want to take the time to examine nearby attractions and activities. You will want to focus on those that may be fun and romantic at the same time. While you do not have to create a full schedule for your next Maui trip, having an idea of what you can do and see while on the island of Maui is likely to increase the happiness and romance factors for your next Maui trip.

The above mentioned ways are just a few of the many ways that you can go about ensuring your next romantic Maui getaway is just that, romantic. As a reminder, Maui, alone, is able to create romance, but the previously mentioned tips can help to maximize the romance for you and your partner.

Setting up a Villa Rental Business

Villa for Rent

Villa rental business is gaining fast popularity these days. Buying a vacation rental property and putting it on hire is a great business idea. Villa rental property can be of a varied range, starting from villas to lodges, boats, cruises, estate, bungalows, castles, farm houses and apartments. We tell you more about the Villa rental business.

Once you are done buying a villa rental property, you must cast your eyes upon the rental plans, rates, housekeeping and other necessities. You must have a clear idea of the rental of other competitive rental villas and then set yours. The most important things to be kept in mind while determining the rental rates is the size of the property, the amenities the villa will offer, the proximity of sight seeing and tourist spots from the villa and so on. All these factors will determine the rates of the villa. If you have nightly rates, it should be somewhat around 1/5th of the weekly rate. Remember, your monthly mortgage should be less than or equal to that of the weekly rate in peak time.

Have a clear idea about target renters. If your villa is small, you can advertise it as a condo for luxury and relaxation for retired people. If your villa is huge and can accommodate more people, you can target families and tour groups as renters.

Furnish your villa properly. Proper furnishing and appealing décor will take you a long way in the villa rental business. There should be ample of free space, a private pool, steam bath and play areas. The décor and amenities of the rooms should be in proper par with the rates you quote.

Introduce off season discounts to get more people. The peak season should mark the time of highest profit and the off-season should be satisfactory as well. Introducing small discounts will keep the money flowing during off-season.

Payments should be very easy and sorted. Remember, the guests will expect the best payment options and policies from you. Acceptance of personal checks, pay pal, cash, and Online Bank transfer will be easy for the guests. Have a written agreement signed by the guests containing all the rules and regulations related to payment. You can possibly ask them to return the agreement paper when they give you the payment.

The website of your villa should be well-organized. It should contain all the information about the villa such as, the rates according to the number of rooms and days, accessibility, amenities and payment options. Catchy pictures of the villa should be put up on the website.

Honua Kai owners I can help you set up a great rental business – just drop me a note; click here.

Best Maui Golf Course

Kapalua Plantation

For millions of TV viewers across the U.S. watching what used to be the Mercedes Championship but will become the SBS Championships next January, the Kapalua Plantation Course brings a little sunshine, and a little Maui into the dreary days of winter.

But closer to home, for those who know it more intimately, the Plantation Course is our readers’ choice for the best golf course on the island. “We appreciate very much that the readers of The Maui News have voted The Plantation Course as Maui’s best golf course,” says Gary Planos, senior vice president for Resort Operations — Kapalua Land Company, Ltd. He has his own explanation of its popularity.

“The natural beauty of The Plantation Course with its elevation changes and great views of Molokai make it unique on the island of Maui,” he says. “And when you add the hundreds of hours of coverage that ABC Sports, ESPN and the Golf Channel have shown this Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed layout to the world … it has become very popular with our guests.”

While it can’t improve your swing, the world-class facility does everything else with an ease and style reflecting the dedication behind the scenes. “The staff at The Plantation Course, both in the clubhouse and on the maintenance crew, are very proud of the course and its position within the world of golf,” Planos continues. “They continue to try to make the experience here the best.”

First Place:
Kapalua Plantation
2000 Plantation Club Drive, Kapalua, Maui
808-665-9198

Second Place:
Makena Golf Course
5415 Makena Alanui • Makena, Maui
808-891-4000

Third Place:
Kahili Golf Course
2500 Honoapiilani Hwy. • Wailuku, Maui
808-242-4653

Best Stage Production

The history and culture of Maui and its fun to watch too!

We have seen ‘Ulalena many times – its a great show and oozes with Maui culture and folklore – I highly recommend adults see this; kids are bored to death.

When “‘Ulalena” opened almost 11 years ago, its Cirque du Soleil-inspired way of blending old and new, using dazzling stagecraft and technology to convey ancient myths and Hawaiian history, was considered bold and original. With some of the island’s best dancers, singers, aerialists and musicians bringing mythical gods, historical figures and even forces of nature to life, the dazzling production casts a spell bigger than the sum of its parts.

Beginning with the ancient creation chant, Kumulipo, it is not just a history lesson, but a journey into the soul of Hawaiian culture. Economic conditions dictated a reduction in weekly performances, but other challenges, including new competition have just energized “ ‘Ulalena,” which will celebrate its 11th anniversary later this year with special bargains for kamaaina.

The new “ ‘Ulalena” is greener, cutting energy costs by 60 percent, and fresher, which you’ll notice on a return visit. Its local connections run deep. “When ‘‘Ulalena’ was created, the purpose was to have a tourist show which inspired and gave local people pride and honor of the local culture,” says General Manager Dennis Preussler. “We wanted a show kamaaina would attend when guests visited, not just drop off and pick up.We feel these awards help to validate ourmission and we are going to work hard in the future to improve andmaintain our show.” “It just might be the perfect time to rediscover this Maui favorite,” says Maui Scene theater columnist Sky Barnhart—“and maybe even be blown away.”

First Place:
‘Ulalena
Maui Theatre, Old Lahaina Center
Lahaina, Maui
808-661-9913
ulalena.com

Second Place:
Maui Onstage
Historic Iao Theater
Wailuku, Maui
808-244-8680
Third Place:
Cirque Polynesia
Hyatt Regency Maui
Ka’anapali, Maui
808- 667-4540

How a Vacation Rental Can Make Your Travel Worthwhile and Affordable

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - for rentEven with the tough economic crunch, nothing is stopping people from packing their bags and enjoying some little sunshine in the tropics or skiing their woes away in Aspen. While the cost is a primary concern among many, they find that opting for a vacation rental alleviates a wide-range of travel dramas. So just what makes this travel accommodation special? Here are a few simple benefits that might hook you into choosing one for your next getaway.

Abundance

There is no shortage of vacation rental. If you’re planning to travel anywhere in the country, it will be impossible not to find a property owner that offers a rental in an area you choose. This makes holiday rentals quite easy to access. Their fortunate ubiquity is the product of the increasing popularity of the rental industry fueled by another factor: affordable real estate.

Location

And because vacation rentals are prevalent in any part of the country, the world eve, this makes it easier to find a specific property in a travel hotspot. Rental investors typically pick locations that get significant rate of visits from travelers; and since you’re their demographic, you’ll find it easy to spot a holiday rental in your planned destination.

These properties are also too often strategically located to provide renters easy access to some of the most exciting tourist spots in their destination. This in turn will cut transportation expenses that usually run the bill during vacations.

Features

These properties are home themselves. What you find in your home will most likely be present in them. From the sofa to the bed to the kitchen appliances, almost everything will be included in these properties. Not only that. Many property owners who cater to upscale travelers equip their properties with top-notch amenities the set it apart from the rest.

You’ll luxury options quite alluring with their home theater system, lavish pools and state-of-the-art kitchen. And speaking of kitchens, you don’t have to worry about expensive restaurant dining because most, if not all, rental properties have a well-equipped kitchen.

Privacy

Hotels and other travel accommodations also offer a level of privacy for their customers. In a vacation property, however, there is no staff to bother you, no children running around the hallways, or busy lobbies. You can enjoy full temporary ownership of the home without the bothersome aspect of hotel accommodation.

Yet while a vacation rental may seem perfect, it isn’t without flaws. Its lack of staff means you have to pay for after-care or clean the property yourself before you leave, depending on your arrangement with the owner. But that is a small price to pay with a travel accommodation that is a vacation unto itself.

Best Maui Spa

Grand Wailea Spa

Until the Honua Kai's Spa is open you'll have to settle for this

If heaven and earth collided, it would be the Spa Grande. One step inside this massive 50,000-square-foot sanctuary and it’s easy to tell that this is no ordinary spa. From its luxurious decor and furnishings to its distinctive treatment options, this is one spot where rest and relaxation are serious business.

The pampering begins right away with a dizzying array of hot tubs, plunge pools, jet showers and aromatic baths—and that’s before the actual treatment even begins. The spa’s “East Meets West on the Shores of Maui”motto is carried out by balancing both Eastern and Western principles, while infusing ancient Hawaiian beliefs into the mix as well.Move from one culture to the next as you rinse in one of the Japanese furo baths, dip into the Roman hot tub or unwind with a Hawaiian lomi lomi massage.

Taking a cue from its surroundings, the spa also utilizes the healing plants of Hawaii cultivated and processed here on Maui. So for a slice of heaven right here in paradise, dip into the Spa Grande.

First Place:
Grand Wailea Spa
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel&Spa
3850Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, Maui
808-875-1234
Second Place:
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
3900Wailea Alanui Drive •Wailea, Maui
808-874-8000

Third Place:
Heavenly Spa by Westin
Westin Maui Resort & Spa
2365 Kaanapali Parkway • Lahaina, Maui
808-667-2525