Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
November 23, 2014, 10:44 am
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
real feel: 86°F
humidity: 57%
wind speed: 7 mph N
wind gusts: 7 mph
sunrise: 6:42 am
sunset: 5:45 pm
Forecast November 23, 2014
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 7 mph
wind speed: 4 mph WSW
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast November 24, 2014
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
wind speed: 9 mph N
wind gusts: 13 mph
Partly cloudy with showers
Partly cloudy with showers
wind speed: 9 mph NNE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast November 25, 2014
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
wind speed: 11 mph NNE
wind gusts: 16 mph
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 11 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)


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

Picture 1 of 11

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

Inside Pictures

Six Star Resort

Picture 1 of 13

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

Ratings are in for the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Ratings – What do Guests say?

The Honua Kai has been open just about a year now and the results are in – Honua Kai is a 5-star resort with a reputation to match!  I’m going to recap a number of popular websites’ reviews of the Honua Kai.  Please remember that positive reviews are hard to solicit from vacationers and hyper-negative reviews are very easy to solicit; that’s what’s make the reviews of the Honua Kai so outstanding.

During the past year two (2) construction projects have been going on both sides of the Honua Kai.  1) The second Honua Kai tower and 2) Westin timeshare construction.  The Honua Kai has had no restaurant to add to the ratings, only one swimming pool, and no kids-club.  Still the reviews are just outstanding:

From the #1 travel site:

There are 31 hotels in the Lahaina area and the Honua Kai is rated #1 by popularity of all of them.  Here is the list of the 31 hotels/resorts:

Popularity Index:

#1) Honua Kai Resort & Spa

#5) Ritz-Carlton Kapalua (Big big bucks)

#6) Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas (timeshare and resort next door to Honua Kai)

#9) Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club (timeshare)

#12) Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

#13) Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

#14) The Whaler on Ka’anapali Beach

#18 Westin Maui Resort and Spa (the hotel)

Many of the above are just hotel rooms and have no bedrooms, full kitchens, washer/dryer, and a feeling of being at home while in paradise.


26 reviews were submitted from February 2009 to the end of November 2009.  Out of these 26 reviews 22, or 82%) were rated the highest satisfaction level of “Excellent” and the remainder of 4 (18%) were rated “Very good” their second highest satisfaction level. There were no “Average”, “Poor”, or “terrible”.

I have to reiterate that folks who have bad experiences with hotels/motels/condos/resorts can’t wait to bash the place when they get back from vacation.  To have 82% of the visitors to the Honua Kai rate Excellent is outstanding!

Quotes from reviews:

Here are some of the quotes from the reviews:

“Great luxury at great prices (for now).”

“Hawaiian luxury at its finest”

“Simply Wonderful”

“If you like a luxurious peaceful environment for a reasonable price, stay here !!”

“Incredible resort, highly recommend!”

“First Class Hotel Location Location Location”

“Fantastic time, can’t wait to go back”

I could go on and on and on but you get the idea…

I was going to pull reviews from other popular travel sites but they are all basically the same as the above.

Make a reservation here:

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!

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” please type in 60001X and make your reservations.   If you have specific requests like a view or floor you can call 877-662-2809 and a reservation agent will help you – give them my Ambassador Number of 60001X to get the owner’s discount.

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

Best Cocktail on Maui

Maui’s Best Cocktail
Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe“Life is one long weekend,” so Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe upstairs in the Shops atWailea is the place to hang your hat for awhile. Sip an Island Estate margarita, munch Habana Cabana pork sliders, and listen to themusic as the cool breeze brushes past in the open-air dining room with the huge, rectangular bar.

“We have what we call, Island Time, which is Tommy’s version of a happy hour,” says General Manager Beau Moore. “It runs every day from4 to 6 p.m. and again every evening from 9 to closing. The drink prices are almost chopped in half. But we use all top-of-the-line ingredients. The pupu are priced at only $6. It’s a real deal, but unlike some other establishments, ours has an air of sophistication to it.We also feature livemusic daily from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

“We make our sour mix from scratch. And, all of our juices are fresh pressed eachmorning,” says Moore. “It makes all of the difference.  Tommy’s also has its own line of rum distilled in Barbados. The light rum is called White Sands and the dark is called Golden Sun. The two are our own proprietary blends.”

First place:
Tommy Bahama’s Tropical
3750 Wailea Alanui Dr.
Wailea, Maui

Second place:
Mala Wailea
3700Wailea Alanui Dr. •Wailea, Maui • 808-875-9394

Third place:
888 Front St. • Lahaina, Maui • 808-667-2288
3750 Wailea Alanui Dr. • Wailea, Maui • 808-891-8883

Tommy Bahama Watch

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.


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.


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.

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

Honua Kai Resort & Spa Late Check Out Kit

Late Check Out Kit

Honua Kai Cafe Late Check-Out Kit

Honua Kai Cafe Late Check-Out Kit

If you live in the Mid-West or the East coast your plane leaves Maui at 9 PM or later and you checked out at 11 AM that morning from your villa.  What do you do during that time?  Well here’s some ideas that might help you.

  • My renters can stay until midnight if there is no renter checking in at 4 PM that day – you might ask your rental agent to do the same thing
  • Your parking sticker, at the Honua Kai, simply states your check out day – that $10/day you paid is for 24 hrs of parking a day.  So move your packed bags to your car and leave it in the underground garage until you leave for the airport
  • The Honua Kai issues wrist bands for the last day of your visit – go down to the pool shack and get wrist bands for your family before 11 AM
  • Rent a Gazebo for $45 for the day or $35 from noon onward.  Your family now has a super location for a day of fun
  • Have a day of fun in the ocean or at the pool and then use our “Late check out kit” to clean up
  • Make reservations at Duke’s for 5 PM (do this a couple of days in advance) and have a full tummy as you head for the airport
  • Leave for the airport 3 hours before your flight takes off

Cleaning up

Before having dinner at Duke’s, your family will have to clean up.  North of the Honua Kai is a public park with beach access that the Honua Kai paid for.  Owners like me paid millions of dollars to deed the land to Maui and build a fantastic restroom with outside showers – I here by give you permission to use the showers and restrooms to clean up.

Honua Kai Cafe Late Check-Out Kit Parts

Simply take out our “Late check out kit” and head for the showers.  Inside the kit is a bar of soap and shampoo to use at the shower – keep your swimming suit on and shower up.  I see Maui locals doing this after a day at the beach so no one will think it odd that you clean up.  Hey, that local’s house is probably worth more than yours so if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for you.  Then use the restroom to change into your cloths for your flight home and put your wet bathing suit and damp towels into the zip bag and put it into your car in the underground parking lot at the Honua Kai.

That’s it – have dinner at Duke’s and head for the airport.

Late Check Out Kit

We built this kit and use it – even as owners at the Honua Kai!  (Assuming there is a renter checking in at 4 PM that day).  All the parts can be bought from Wal-Mart and cost just a few bucks and can be recycled for use on other vacations.

What makes this kit work is the heavy duty 10-gallon plastic zip bag – not the zip lock bags in the kitchen section at Wal-Mart but sold in the ironing section at Wal-Mart.  This bag has a huge plastic zipper with a plastic guide and is waterproof.  Once you place the parts for the kit inside of it and zip it close there is a white valve that allows a vacuum cleaner hose to suck the air out of the bag.  That vacuum squeezes the towels together and holds everything in a tight package that won’t rattle around.

List of parts (From Wal-Mart):

  • 1 -medium size Zip bag – by the irons and ironing boards
  • 2-thin Towels – use during the day at the pool/ocean and then to dry after shower
  • 1-bar soap
  • 1-shampoo
  • 1-comb
  • 1-mini-hair dryer
  • 1-toothbrush
  • 1-tooth paste
  • 1-deodorant

Place the above list of parts in zip bag and hook to vacuum cleaner hose to remove air and squash everything into a thin package.  When packing, the morning of departure, take out the Late Check-Out Kit and have ready.

After changing cloths, put the wet towels and swimming suite in the zip bag which will keep them from other cloths.

Of course this isn’t needed if you add a day to your initial reservation, then you can shower and change in 5-star comfort.  But that’s expensive and sometimes can’t be done because of scheduling conflicts with the next renter into your villa.

Best Brunch/Buffet

Sunday Morning Brunch in Maui

Maui Sunday Brunch

Every Sunday morning you will find my wife and I at the #1 place in Maui for a Sunday morning buffet.  This is a no-brainer since we normally get to Maui at 4 PM on a Saturday and Sunday morning has our internal clock off by 5 hours and we are ravenously hungry Sunday morning.

Here are the three winners:

  • #1 Place – Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
  • #2 Place – Makena Beach & Golf Resort
  • #3 Place – Grand Dining Room at Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa

Maui Prince Hotel

Best Sunday Brunch and within walking distance!

Best Sunday Brunch and within walking distance!

This is a nice old-old resort that we have Sunday Brunch every time we visit the Honua Kai; you can walk there!  It’s about a 25 minute walk and is south of Black Rock.  Walking along the beach, on the great Ka’anapali board walk, Sunday morning is just fantastic.  The Hawaiian views of Maui and the Pacific ocean get us ready for the feast we are about to devour!

2525 Ka’anapali Parkway,
Ka’anapali Maui. Call 808-661-0011

Website: kbhmaui.com

Makena Beach & Golf Resort

Makena Beach and Golf Resort

I’m going to be honest and tell you I’ve not had brunch at this resort – it’s way way south Maui and when we are down in that area it’s past brunch time. I will say that all the reviews I read indicate that it’s a fine brunch.

5400 Makena Alanui Dr. • Makena, Maui• 808-875-5888

Website: www.makenaresortmaui.com

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa


We have friends that have Sunday Brunch at the Grand Wailea all the time – it’s their big splurge while on Maui.  The Sunday brunch is astronomical along with the price.  For the money I’d rather go to the #1 Sunday Brunch near the Honua Kai and go whale watching for the same price.

The Grand Wailea is a 45 minute drive south from the Honua Kai.

3850Wailea Alanui Dr. •Wailea, Maui• 808-875-1234

Website:  Grandwailea.com

Click to read more

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.

Best Maui Chef

Best Chef in Maui

In the overall scheme of things the Chef of the restaurant is really what the restaurant is all about.  Now there are things like location, furnishings, staff, etc. but the Chef is THE key component of a great restaurant.

Here are the winners for 2009:

  • 1st Place – Beverly Gannon of Seawatch Restaurant
  • 2nd Place – Michael Lofaro of Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a
    Restaurant at GrandWailea Resort Hotel & Spa
  • 3rd Place – Alex Stanislaw of The Plantation House Restaurant

1st Place – Beverly Gannon of Seawatch Restaurant


Beverly Gannon graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Europe and has appeared on national TV programs and has authored a new cookbook.  The Seawatch Restaurant in Wailea, is where Beverly is Chef.  I’ve not been to this restaurant yet but on our next visit to Maui we will definitely have dinner there.

The recognition that Bev has gained for her island-influenced dishes, has built a following of critical acclaim across the country. In 2004, Bev was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Award: Hawaii and Northwest Region,” and as Executive Chef of Hawaiian Airlines, her food was named “Best Food in the Air in North America” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler (2003, 2004, 2006.) This restaurant is 45-minutes south of the Honua Kai.

100 Wailea Golf Club Dr
Wailea, HI 96753

Michael Lofaro of Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a Restaurant at GrandWailea Resort Hotel & Spa


Six restaurants are located on the Grand Wailea grounds, including Humu, specializing in Polynesian-Hawaiian dishes in a romantic setting. The thatch-roofed structure floats on a lagoon occupied by tropical fish.  This restaurant is a 45 minute drive from the Honua Kai.

3850Wailea Alanui Dr.
Wailea, Maui
Website: www.grandwailea.com

Alex Stanislaw of The Plantation House Restaurant

Plantation house

Executive Chef Alex Stanislaw brings years of experience and Eastern European influence to The Plantation House Restaurant – a perfect complement to its traditional warm Hawaiian hospitality.This restaurant is about 10 minutes away from the Honua Kai, but to be honest we’ve not been there – will try to make it next visit.

2000 Plantation Club Dr.
Kapalua, Maui
Website: www.theplantationhouse.com

Click to read more