Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
June 30, 2015, 2:40 am
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
real feel: 77°F
humidity: 77%
wind speed: 4 mph ENE
wind gusts: 7 mph
sunrise: 5:49 am
sunset: 7:12 pm
Forecast June 30, 2015
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
wind speed: 4 mph NNE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast July 1, 2015
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
wind speed: 7 mph NNE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
wind speed: 4 mph ENE
wind gusts: 7 mph
Forecast July 2, 2015
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 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

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

Aina Gourmet Market

Fantastic Market in the Honua Kai!

5-star market/bistro/cafe in a 5-star resort


Hours of Operation 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

The tacky little store found in most resorts, the ones that sell a pack of gum for $5, just doesn’t exist at the Honua Kai – of course we have a 5-star store/market/cafe to go along with a 5-star resort.

Continue reading Aina Gourmet Market

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

Gift Card

Maui Luaus

Luaus on Maui

This way to the Luau

Every time we visit Maui we try a different Luau – you can’t visit Maui and not take in a Luau if you call yourself a traveler.  Every Luau is different and specializes in different things – that’s why you must visit a number of them to get the complete Hawaiian experience.  However, only choose one per visit – its like eating too much ice cream.

A luau is a Hawaiian hula dancing show with Hawaiian dinner and drinks.

A luau is a party put on by hotels and companies that specialize in doing Luaus.  The Luau takes place as the Maui sun sets and the tiki lights are lit – something you will remember for years to come.   Most Luaus are a flat fee per person and include:

  • All-you-can-eat buffet dinner
  • Stage show of hula dancers and perhaps fire dancers
  • Hawaiian music with Hawaiian singers
  • Hawaiian drinks

Included in most Luaus menu:

  • Kalua shredded pork cooked underground in a Hawaiian pit for many hours
  • Mahi-mahi – grilled or baked fish
  • Lomi salm – cured-smoke salmon chopped with tomatoes and onions
  • Teriyaki chicken and/or beef
  • Salads and fruit
  • Taro rolls and breads
  • Poi – a purple looking paste that some folks just love and many don’t
  • Deserts which normally include Haupia – a Hawaiian coconut pudding

Everyone gets a flower lei

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Old Lahaina Luau 800-248-5828
This is the #1 Luau in Maui – nothing else gets close.  However its really geared for adults and kids will find it a bore. Those who want a more serious show that teaches some culture and history, and has the most authentic Hawaiian show and food the Old Lahaina Luau is for you.

This is THE most expensive Luau on Maui and there are no fire dancers – which are not really Hawaiian anyway.  Forget discounts they are not available anywhere.  This luau is so popular that they are sold out months in advance during the holidays.  They have reserved seating and the closest seats are on mats on the ground, but most seats are in more comfortable chairs at tables.

If you want to Luau at this location please use the below link and check availability and sign up early.  It’s worth every penny.
Old Lahaina Luau website

Feast at Lele 866-244-5353

The owners of the Old Lahaina Luau own the Feast at Lele and they are completely different.  I like the Feast at Lele since its just like a restaurant on the beach that serves a Luau.  There are 4 folks per table and the table and chairs are actually on the Lahaina beach – its cool.

This is about the most expensive luau on Maui, and is almost never discounted.  We have been to this Luau and it is worth every penny – it’s fantastic.  Lahaina used to be known as Lele and hence the name of the Luau.

Many Luaus seat 400 guests but this Luau has a limit of 150.  The food is very authentic to many Polynesian islands not just Hawaii.  This has got to be my favorite Luau on any of the Hawaiian Islands.

Feast at Lele website

Hyatt Luau 808-661-1234
The luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort on Ka’anapali Beach is the best luau for kids and families bar none; it’s called “Drums of the Pacific.”  Compared to the Old Lahaina Luau it’s more fun and less serious.  The show includes fire dancers, touristy songs, and kids are often invited up on stage for one of the numbers.  Buying your tickets way ahead of time means nothing since seating is first-come first-served on the night of the Luau; this means showing up early and waiting in line will get you in ahead of the crowd so you can choose a closer seat to the show.  Prices here are always discounted, so shop around for the best deal.
Hyatt luau website

Kaanapali Beach Luau 808-661-3611
This is the luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort Hotel; it’s similar to the Hyatt luau and is fun for the whole family.  This is THE least expensive luau on Maui because it is discounted by multiple activities sellers.  But it may be discontinued in the next year or so because the grounds where it is held will be taken over by the remodeling of the entire Royal Lahaina property.
Royal Lahaina luau website

Bosch Clothes Washer – Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Bosch High Efficiency Clothes Washer

The Bosch clothes washer is a High Efficency (HE) unit (It’s the bottom unit) that uses just a small amount of water and detergent.  Use just 2-tablespoons of HE detergent for a full load and 1-tablespoon for Permanent Press.  There kind of two settings on the circular wheel 1) Permanent Press to the left and 2) Regular/Cotton to the right.

Permanent Press

What you need to know here is that the unit expects just HALF a load of clothes to be loaded into the unit – HALF.  Use 1-tablespoon of detergent in the drawer to the upper left.  If you stuff it full of clothes and turn the knob to the left you’re wasting your time since there won’t be enough water to wash the load – you will get a sticky pile of damp clothes when the washer is finished.  NOT place detergent in with the clothes.


Fill up the washer with a full load of clothes.  Use 2-tablesspoons of HE detergent in the drawer to the upper left.  DO NOT place detergent in with the clothes.

Detergent Drawer

Over to the top left of the unit is a pull out drawer where you load your detergent.  Add no more than 2 rounded tablespoonfuls of detergent into the slot on the left marked “II” – NOT “I” – I have no idea why they built the unit this way but that’s what you do.  1 tablespoonful for Permanent Press cycle.

If you have a liquid softener, pour a capful into the center section that has kind of a flower symbol on the door.

Run clothes Washer

Close the door and make sure is snaps closed.  Turn the circular dial to how you want the unit to clean your batch.  Press the Red “Start/Pause” button to start the load.  You will hear a click as the unit locks the door shut and you can’t pull it open.  If you do need to open the door you must press the “Pause” button, adjust your load, and press the button again.

There all kinds of settings for your load but I’d just ignore them and use the default settings.

When the unit is finished turn the circular knob to “Off” and remove the clothes.

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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Maui Scuba Diving – Right in Front of the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Scuba Diving on Maui

Great diving in Front of Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Great diving in Front of Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Maui is popularly called the tourist Mecca loaded with fun filled adventurous tourist activities. The best scuba diving center is located at the Molokni crater which is about 20 minutes from the coast of Maui. This location has about 100 different species of fish and it is a great place for snorkeling too. This is often considered to be one of the best places for scuba diving in the world. The visibility range is almost 40 to 50m of distance and hence all the features can be truly enjoyed. There are many other locations specialized for windsurfers, helicopter tours, horseback riding but scuba diving locations alone give much importance for the true pleasurable experience for the tourists. Nature can be enjoyed at its best here.

The Scuba dive in Maui is mostly a drift drive on most days. Due to the clear visibility range, divers can see many species of fish, turtles which come to the surface for fresh air. The places are filled with sharks and occasionally whales can also be found. They can be seen at a depth of 70 to 80m of distance. Manta rays are excellent to be watched and most scuba divers will get their chance to watch them. They are harmless if the divers restrict their activities. Feeding directly is not allowed with these gigantic creatures as they may start following the tourists after feeding. This may create a problem for them. Hence direct feeding to the fishes is prohibited.

Almost all the beaches are open to scuba diving. The sands are warm and gold and the water is so clear in the beaches. Molokni is the famous scuba diving center, and it has strong current flowing. Expert divers can enjoy a lot here. Ka’anapali Beach has also got strong current flow and the shallow dives are most popular here. Honolua Bay will take only few minutes of drive in a boat from Ka’anapali Beach. This beach allows a dive of up to 40 feet maximum where lots of coral deposits can be found. Various forms of fish life can be seen. Ulua Beach is another site, which is most suitable for beginners. It has got an underwater cave with a resident reef shark. Divers can have a top notch experience of entering the cave, come up and sit on the rocks with the breathing apparatus out of their mouth. This can be an exquisite experience for all the divers.

Most people would prefer to have diving classes. There are many travel advisors who will teach lessons in a short span of time before diving. They will teach about the tips and safety guidelines that are to be followed. There are even advanced open water diver courses for the experts. Agencies which arrange for the scuba diving should supply with equipments those are 100% working and safe. Get set to enjoy the perfect tourist destination in the world and collect information about the various activities to have a fun filled tour.

Studio Villas

Studio Villas

The smallest villas at the Honua Kai is the studio.  The studio stats:

Suite area: 600 sq ft

Lanai area: 114 sq ft

The studio is really meant for a couple.  A studio still has a complete kitchen and the lanai faces inwards to the court yard.  This kind of villa is head and shoulders above your typical hotel room in the 25+ year old resorts that litter Ka’anapali Beach – trust me these are fantastic for a honeymoon couple.

If you want the lowest possible rental prices use my owner discount code of 60001X and click here to get rates:

Click and use 60001X for discounts

Living area

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Hippy Gourmet on Maui with Renee Loux’s Beet Ravioli

www.hippygourmet.com Hippy Gourmet visits Maui, Hawaii and meets Renee Loux, gourmet raw chef! She shows us how to make a vegan, raw Beet Ravioli which is awesome! Plus a visit with Drew Castellini and his off-the-grid-house.

Duke’s – Maui

Duke’s Beach House at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Ocean Front at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

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

Duke's Beach House is the brown building ocean front at the new Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Walk to Duke’s – stay at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Duke’s Beach House Website

5-Star restaurant at a 5-star resort, the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

5-star all the way

Ahhh this is how winter looks in Maui and at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

(808) 662-2900

Make a Reservation by Clicking Here!

(Reservations are highly recommended – make them weeks ahead of time for holidays)
(There are 600 villas at the Honua Kai – you betcha you need reservations)
(There are 400 Westin villas just a 5-minute walk away – you’ve been warned)

One of the great things about Maui is the ability to sit outside 24/7 365 days a year without the a/c running or mosquito screening.  Duke’s Beach House is just that – you sit right next to the Pacific ocean and can watch the Maui sun setting each night; folks fly in from all over the world to see just that!  The weather is perfect as are Duke’s meals, drinks, and other goodies.  Same with the Honua Kai – each villa has a floor to ceiling glass wall that opens to let in the perfect Maui weather and ambiance.

If you look up “Paradise on earth” you will see Maui as the #1 definition.  (Assuming you don’t want a 3rd world destination or overrun by warlords)

On North Beach in Ka’anapali, located in the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Duke’s Beach House offers stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean and of the islands of Lanai and Molokai.  From this distinctly Maui vantage point, you are invited to also get a glimpse into the life of Hawaii’s most honored son and surfing pioneer, Duke Kahanamoku.

We invite you travel back to a bygone era as if you are Duke’s guest in his beachside vacation home filled with vintage surf memorabilia and photographs of his life as Hawaii’s most revered waterman and ambassador of Aloha.

This open-air restaurant offers a breakfast menu filled with traditional favorites that are enhanced with local flavors, like the Onolicious French Toast made with Molokai sweet bread and lilikoi butter. You will find the lunch menu filled with casual fare including sandwiches, burgers, salads and island favorites like Huli Huli Chicken and Ho Daddy Fish & Chips.

For dinner Duke’s Beach House not only serves up spectacular sunsets, but tantalizing pupus and share plates to start your evening. Entrees include a daily selection of the finest seasonal and sustainable fresh fish offered in a variety of preparations along with classic cuts of USDA Prime steaks.

No visit to Duke’s is complete without dessert and the Kimo’s Original Hula Pie® is not to be missed.  You’ve got to drop by and try the Hula Pie while staying at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Read about Duke

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

Reservations accepted (808) 662-2900