Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
April 23, 2014, 7:22 am
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
72°F
real feel: 71°F
humidity: 77%
wind speed: 7 mph ENE
wind gusts: 7 mph
sunrise: 6:02 am
sunset: 6:48 pm
Forecast April 23, 2014
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
82°F
wind speed: 13 mph NE
wind gusts: 20 mph
night
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
64°F
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 18 mph
Forecast April 24, 2014
day
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
82°F
wind speed: 20 mph NE
wind gusts: 38 mph
night
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
65°F
wind speed: 20 mph NE
wind gusts: 36 mph
Forecast April 25, 2014
day
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
81°F
wind speed: 20 mph ENE
wind gusts: 31 mph
night
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
63°F
wind speed: 11 mph ENE
wind gusts: 22 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

Day Hikes on Maui, 3rd Edition

Product Description
Day Hikes on Maui is a guide to 55 great hikes around this island’s coastline and atop its breathtaking mountains. Explore world-class beaches, dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, lava flows, cascading swimming holes, steep canyons and the jagged coastline. Easy to moderately strenuous hikes accommodate all levels of experience. Ample maps and clear directions ensure a memorable hike. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 128 pages, maps)

Day Hikes on Maui, 3rd

Best Business Lunch Restaurant on Maui

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Cafe oleiMaui’s movers and shakers know the best place to take their important clients is Cafe O’Lei. The food is bursting with good tastes and the prices are reasonable — and Cafe O’Lei now offers four Maui locations from which to choose, including Wailuku, Kihei and now, Waiehu.

The flagship is Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes in Kahului, a convenient spot with beautiful views of the golf course and the West Maui Mountains beyond. It’s got a private banquet room for 180 people, a 100-seat dining room and plenty of outdoor venues.

The husband-and-wife team of Michael and Dana Pastula will make you feel right at home. The chef-owner’ signature dishes include Manoa lettuce wraps, crab cakes, Bill Eby burgers, and onion soup en croute with gruyere cheese,

“We make customer service our core value,” says Dana. “We know business people have a tight time schedule and we try hard to meet their needs during breakfast, lunch and dinner. We give the best service and there is plenty of parking.”

The second biggest Cafe O’Lei location is upstairs at the Rainbow Mall in Kihei. It’s a fun place to go for lunch with air conditioning, and in the evenings it’s got a seafood bar, brick pizza oven and a sushi chef rolling out fresh delights. Cafe O’Lei Wailuku is where all of the lawyers, doctors and Wailuku businessmen hang out.

The latest Cafe O’Lei is opened in August at the Waiehu Golf Course, and everyone knows golf and business go hand in hand. All food items cost under $9 and golf on the county course is only $5 for kamaaina.

First place:
Cafe O’Lei
1333 Maui Lani Parkway,
Kahului, Maui
808-877-0073
www.cafeoleirestaurants.com

Second place:
Marco’s Grill & Deli
444 Hana Highway Ste. M • Kahului • 808-877-4446

Third place:
Koho Grill & Bar
Queen Kaahumanu Center • Kahului • 808-877-5588

Jaws – Largest Waves on Maui in 5 Years!

Surfs Up Dude!

Surfers from all over the world, including Cardiff surfer Rob Machado, have converged on Jaws, the surfing spot along the coast of Maui known for some of the biggest waves in the world.  Jaws is about 15 minutes from the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Jaws

Images taken Monday, December 7, 2009  show 30 to 45 footers rolling into the area known as Peahi by locals.

The size of the swell attracted the likes of Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Darrick Doerner and some of the world’s other top tow-in surfers, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.

These waves are dangerous and only for the most experienced pros. Mere mortals watch from jet skis and boats nearby.

Thousands of spectators lined the cliffs to watch. There were nearly three dozen tow-in teams in the water and a number of photography helicopters swooping in and out to get shots of the action, according to published reports.

North County surfer and filmmaker, Steve Lawrence, took images of the 30 to 45 footers and reports that the waves are expected to be even bigger Tuesday.

Lawrence produced the award-winning film, “Down the Barrel” starring Machado and Kelly Slater.

The area has seen waves higher than 60 feet in the winter months however the largest wave spotted Monday was reportedly between 40 and 50 feet high.

Best Breakfast in Maui

Maui’s Best Breakfast

We live in St. Louis and when we fly to Maui the time change can be 5 hours – so 7 am Maui time is really noon in St. Louis; breakfast takes on a whole new meaning to us.  There are many places open for breakfast on Maui and most of them are truly awful – you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good day by eating breakfast that totals the day.

  • 1St Place – Gazebo Restaurant
  • 2nd Place – Kihei Caffe
  • 3rd Place – Charley’s Restaurant

Gazebo Restaurant

Gazebo Restaurant in located in the back of this resort

Gazebo Restaurant in located in the back of this resort

Restaurant is on the beach

Restaurant is on the beach

5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761-9005
Beach-side in the Napili Shores Resort.
Call 808-669-5621
Website: www.mauihawaii.org/restaurants/gazebo.htm

We have eaten here and the food is truly fantastic – so is the location on the beach.  Breakfast starts at 7:30 am and there will be a line of folks who got there at 7 am; the food is that good.  This restaurant is about 10 minutes from the Honua Kai.  This is probably the best breakfast on Maui!

Kihei Caffe

KiheiCaffe

We have eaten here – the caffè is located in the norther part of Kihei on S. Kihei Rd.  It’s nothing fancy but the breakfast is great.  The caffè is open for a casual breakfast and lunch and is right across from the Kalama Park (beach).  This caffè is about a 45-minute drive south from the Honua Kai.

Willie Nelson can be found at this restaurant when he visits Maui – he loves the place.  Click here to see him.

1945 S Kihei Rd
Kihei, HI 96753-7836
(808) 879-2230
Website: kiheicaffe.com

Charley’s Restaurant

On the Road to Hana

On the Road to Hana

This is an important restaurant for you since it’s on the Road to Hana!  If you are driving to Hana you need to stop here and have a great breakfast.  Charlie’s opens 7 am to 10 pm and has a bar.  It’s a great place to unwind after a full day of driving to Hana!  The breakfast is fantastic and we have eaten there often.

142 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI
808-579-9453
Website: charleysmaui.com

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.