Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
October 31, 2014, 9:44 am
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
77°F
real feel: 82°F
humidity: 83%
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
sunrise: 6:29 am
sunset: 5:52 pm
Forecast October 31, 2014
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
82°F
wind speed: 11 mph NE
wind gusts: 18 mph
night
Partly cloudy with showers
Partly cloudy with showers
73°F
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Forecast November 1, 2014
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
83°F
wind speed: 18 mph ENE
wind gusts: 36 mph
night
Partly cloudy with showers
Partly cloudy with showers
73°F
wind speed: 18 mph NE
wind gusts: 34 mph
Forecast November 2, 2014
day
Mostly cloudy with showers
Mostly cloudy with showers
82°F
wind speed: 18 mph ENE
wind gusts: 34 mph
night
Cloudy
Cloudy
73°F
wind speed: 9 mph E
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

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

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Honua Kai Discount Code

Enter this Honua Kai Discount Code

Note: We are now renting our 1 bedroom
Direct for as little as $179 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!  If our villa is booked or you need something other than a 1-bedroom please click the following link and enter the Ambassador Number (my owner’s discount code) below.

If you are looking for THE cheapest reservation rates for ANY sized villa at the Honua Kai then write down this discount code number:

Enter this Ambassador Number: 60001X


Click here for the official Honua Kai Reservations website.


Enter the Ambassador Number and you will get owner rates.  The rates quoted to you are the cheapest available anywhere!  (Well if you find cheaper rates you can bet that you don’t get some very important features – like the front desk!).

Hope to see you at the Honua Kai!

Bosch Dishwasher – Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Bosch SHX68E05UC Dishwasher

This Bosch dishwasher is the quietest dishwasher we’ve every used – it’s so quite that a red light shines down to the floor from the dishwasher door to let you know that it’s running!

Load the dishwasher as normal and put 1-tablespoon of dishwashing detergent in the section where the lid slides over.  When you slide the lid you must press down to lock it.

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To run a load:

Open the door and on the top of the door is the power button over to the left – press it.  It should default to the correct settings to run a normal load.

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You can change the default setting by pressing any of the buttons.

Close door and that’s it!  When the unit is finished it will start beeping – we could not find a way to stop that so don’t do a load before going to bed.

This Bosch dishwasher is the quietest dishwasher we’ve every used – it’s so quite that a red light shines down to the floor from the dishwasher door to let you know that it’s running!

Load the dishwasher as normal and put 1-tablespoon of dishwashing detergent in the section where the lid slides over. When you slide the lid you must press down to lock it.

To run a load:

Open the door and on the top of the door is the power button over to the left – press it. It should default to the correct settings to run a normal load.

Close door and that’s it! When the unit is finished it will start beeping – we could not find a way to stop that so don’t do a load before going to bed.

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…

Best New Restaurant on Maui

2010 – Best New Restaurant on Maui

*** Update ***

Ocean Front at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Of course the opening of Duke’s Beach House in December qualifies it as the Best New Restaurant on Maui. I’ve written extensively about Duke’s click here for more information.  Duke’s is fantastic and folks from around the world go out of their way to find a Duke’s restaurant.

Duke’s is ocean side on the grounds of the Honua Kai Resort & Spa.  The lucky owners and guests at the Honua Kai can simply stroll to Duke’s and not have to worry about parking or crows or finding their way back in the dark after watching the Maui sun set and enjoying watching the Pacific ocean while dining.

  • 1st Place -Cuatro
  • 2nd Place – Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club & Grill
  • 3rd Place – Merriman’s

I’m going to be honest with you folks, I’ve not been to any of the above so I’m going to recap what others have reported.  All three of these restaurants offer great food and service at an affordable price – not a small feat for Maui.  #1 and #2 are not in the league of a Roy’s so think of them as a great place to visit on your way to some activities on Maui.  Merriman’s is upscale and worth of trying for a sunset dinner.

Cuatro

Cuarto is a 45 minute drive south from the Honua Kai

Cuarto is a 45 minute drive south from the Honua Kai

1881 South Kihei Road, Suite III in the
Kihei Town Center. Call 808-879-1110.

I know exactly where this restaurant is locate in Kihei – nice mall.  The reviews I read indicate that this restaurant serves great food and is worth your time to give it a try.  When you are in Kihei or going to and from Wailea this place could offer you a great dining experience.

One review ranks this restaurant #1 out of 135 restaurants in Kihei – definitely worth a try.  This place has an unusual concept – Mexican/Asian fusion in Maui.  I’ve read 50+ reviews and the place sounds fantastic – can’t wait until our next visit to Maui.  I can see why it’s #1.

Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club & Grill

1221 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, HI 96761
(in the Lahaina Cannery Mall)
Lahaina, Maui • 808-661-0808

The reviews I read state “The food was good, the drinks were tasty and big, and the service was great.”  I don’t know about you but that’s a great start to a great meal in my book.  The Cannery Mall is a 10 minute drive south from the Honua Kai.  I could find no review that really slammed the place and most were very glowing.

There seems to be discounts if you eat between 5 pm – 6 pm.  The mall has the Safeway store attached so this could be a great place to eat when you arrive in Maui and before you shop at the Safeway and bring the groceries back to the Honua Kai.  That’s exactly what we will do on our next visit to Maui.

Merriman’s

15 minutes north of the Honua Kai

15 minutes north of the Honua Kai

One Bay Club Place
Kapalua, Maui • 808-669-6400

Website: www.merrimanshawaii.com

Kapalua is a beautiful area 15 minute drive north of the Honua Kai.  I know the area but I’ve not been to Merriman’s.

The restaurant is located at the Kapalua Resort, directly on the ocean, and view tropical sunsets from “The Point.”  Peter Merriman, the chef-owner, has brought  his unique style of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine to this beautiful ocean-side setting  within the Resort.

The reviews put this restaurant #5 of the 144 restaurants in Lahaina and I wonder why this isn’t the #1 pick for new Maui restaurants?  We will definitely have dinner on this ocean front restaurant the next time we are in Maui.

Maui on YouTube

This is Paradise – Just Watch!

Sometimes reading about Maui just doesn’t impart the activities of Maui.  Here are some YouTube videos that are fun to watch:

West Maui Locations

Continue reading Maui on YouTube

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.

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.

What To Do And See When Vacationing On Maui

Lahaina Harbor - whale watching starts here!

Have you recently booked a stay at a Maui vacation rental? Whether your next trip to Maui is intended to be a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a trip with a group of your friends, you will likely want to get out and explore all that this beautiful Hawaiian Island has to offer. The good news is that there are no shortage of activities for you to participate in and attractions for you to visit on the island of Maui.

Before focusing on a few of the many Maui activities you can enjoy or the Maui attractions that you can visit, it is first important to take location into consideration. Although Maui is relatively small in size, the location of your Maui vacation rental will have a significant impact on the Maui activities you are able to participate in, as well as the Maui attractions you are able to visit. With that in mind, no matter where your Maui vacation rental is located, boredom will be the last thought on your mind.

One of the most popular activities in Maui is that of sailing. If you have a love for the water or would like to experience all that the ocean has to give firsthand, you will want to plan a sailing adventure on your next Maui trip. What is nice about this Maui activity is that you have a number of different options. If you are an experienced sailor, you may be able to rent your own sailboat. If sailing is something new that you would like to experience, you can book a reservation aboard a chartered sailboat, where you are able to sit back and relax.

In keeping with boating, one of the most sought after activities in Maui is that of whale watching. If you are not originally from a coastal location, whale watching in Maui is an experience that you will likely never forget. The only downside to this fun activity is that whale watching is a seasonal activity. With that in mind, you will find that many boating companies and small whale watching cruises take reservations from December to May.

In addition to water and beach related activities in Maui, you will also find a number of fun filled land activities as well. Many tourists highly recommend taking a guided helicopter tour over Maui. These helicopter tours are often affordably priced and well worth every penny. In addition to Maui helicopter tours, you may also enjoy a horseback ride along the coast or a hiking adventure through the beautiful lands of Maui. No matter where your Maui vacation rental is located, you should have a number of national parks and other attractions nearby.

Speaking of national parks and other attractions, you will find that there are number of great attractions for you to visit while on Maui. One of the many Maui attractions you will want to take the time to visit, depending on the location of your Maui vacation rental, is that of the Haleakala National Park. The Haleakala National Park is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano. When exploring the Haleakala National Park, you have the option of doing so by car, foot, or bike.

If your Maui vacation rental is located near Lahaina, you will want to make a stop there. The biggest attraction in Lahaina is the banyan tree. Lahaina is home to one of the world’s largest banyan trees. In addition to visiting this world famous tree, you and your traveling party can also visit the many shops nearby, as well as a number of restaurants, many of which are referred to as fine dining restaurants.

If your Maui vacation rental is located along the southern end of Maui, you will want to visit the island of Molokini. This island is located around three miles out from shore. It is home to a number of great Maui activities, many of which are perfect for adventure vacations, as well as romantic getaways. While on a guided tour to Molokini, you can also enjoy a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure.

As a reminder, the Maui attractions you will be able to visit, as well as the activities that you will be able to participate in will depend heavily on your Maui vacation rental and its location. If you have already booked a Maui vacation rental, you will want to examine nearby activities and attractions.