Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
July 24, 2016, 4:36 am
Rain
Rain
76°F
real feel: 75°F
humidity: 89%
wind speed: 18 mph ENE
wind gusts: 27 mph
sunrise: 5:58 am
sunset: 7:09 pm
Forecast July 24, 2016
day
Rain
Rain
86°F
wind speed: 16 mph SSE
wind gusts: 31 mph
night
Showers
Showers
73°F
wind speed: 4 mph SE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Forecast July 25, 2016
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
89°F
wind speed: 2 mph ENE
wind gusts: 4 mph
night
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
74°F
wind speed: 2 mph NE
wind gusts: 4 mph
Forecast July 26, 2016
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
91°F
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
night
Clear
Clear
73°F
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)

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

5 Things to do at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

5 Things to do at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Iao State Park - 25 min from Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Iao State Park - 25 min from Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Here are 5 more of my favourite things to do in Maui for adventure. Whether you prefer land or ocean activities, there’s bound to be something for everyone!

1) The first thing I’d recommend is that you set aside some time to go on a snorkel trip. There are tons of options right on the island of Maui itself, and if you’re in the mood for a daytrip, you could check out the snorkeling on the nearby island of Molokini or island of Lanai. During whale season, you might luck out and see dolphins and whales on your trip across the channel to Lanai like we did!

2) Since I’m on the subject of ocean-related activities, I think that scuba diving on Maui would be fantastic.

3) Next on my list of things to do in Maui would be to check out Iao Valley State Park. This park is completely different from the rest of Maui… it’s not the typical tropical jungle you’d expect – it feels more like a primordial forest. One of the highlights of our day in the Iao Valley was our guided hike from the Hawaii Nature Center.

4) Especially if you have children with you, I’d highly recommend the Atlantis submarine tour. It’s a really cool way to see the underwater world surrounding Maui. The only catch is that any children going on the tour must be at least 36 inches tall, and capable of making it down the ladder into the submarine on their own.

5) Last but not least, I’d highly recommend that you to go on a helicopter tour of Maui. This was one one of the most memorable things to do in Maui on our last vacation here. Most of the island is only accessible from the air, so this is a fantastic way to see some absolutely beautiful sites that you’d never see otherwise!

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

Seawatch

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
808.875.8080
www.seawatchrestaurant.com

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

humuhumu-restaurant

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
808-875-1234
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
808-669-6299
Website: www.theplantationhouse.com

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Road to Hana

Road to Hana Tours

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The Road to Hana is a “Must Do” when visiting Maui – we have taken the trip to Hana many many times and will do it once again on the next visit.  The road is 53 miles long from the Kahului Airport to Hana, has 600+ curves, 54 bridges and the drive takes 3 hours – one way.

I highly recommend that you DO NOT DRIVE – take a small tour bus and enjoy the ride and scenery.  If you drive a rental car be advised that you signed a waver stating you will NOT drive from Hana south to Kihei – it is an unpaved road and full of potholes and there is absolutely NO cell phone service in that part of Maui.

The Road to Hana is eye candy for all those who wish to see how Hawaii/Maui looked before man invaded the islands.  You will see huge tracks of land that Oprah has bought and the grave site of Charles Lindbergh.  Your van driver has many friends along the way – fruit stands, flower stands, and country stores.  He/she will have dozens of stories of Maui and the Hana area – you will have a fun filled day.

Tour vans will drop by the Honua Kai early in the morning and return you late at night – you will be exhausted so plan to do nothing that day but take the tour and sleep when you return.  You can get substantial discounts if you take a timeshare sales tour – we do this all the time and save big bucks – the sales tour takes 90 minutes and we schedule it in an off time the first or second day on Maui.  The discounts work on all kinds of things.

Vally Isle

Valley Isle Excursions
877-871-5224

This van has all captain’s chairs – a “Must have” for a 12 hour journey.  We have been on their tour many times and have always had a great time.  They stop 13 times at various locations and spend 4 hours at these stops.  You get breakfast, lunch, snacks, and sodas throughout the day.  Their van has 12 captain’s chairs, 2 on each side of the isle.

Ekahi Tours
888-292-2422

This is a family-owned tour company that has a number of Maui torus and their Road to Hana tour.  I’ve never taken their tour and there are very few reviews.

Polynesian Adventure Tours
800-622-3011

Their tour loops around the complete western part of Maui.  They have a video to watch on their website.  I’ve never taken the triptour and there are few reviews to get more feedback from customers.

Aloha Tours
888-881-3303

Never have taken this tour but this is a large company that charges a premium price and I can’t find anything negative about them.  They have small tour busses, serve breakfast and lunch, and make many stops through the day.

Summary:

All in all I recommend Valley Isle Excursions since we have taken their tour 4 times in the past 10 years.  Let me know your experiences with any of the tour companies and I’ll post it here.

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A great book on the Road to Hana is the above book – click it if you want to read more.

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 Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Paddle, Surf, Drive

  • ISBN13: 9780967007243
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description
A guide for families and outdoor adventurers alike, Maui Trailblazer 2009 covers all of the island, and includes day trips to the neighboring islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Molokini.

Clear directions and concise descriptions lead to all of Maui’s well-known attractions, as well as to hidden discoveries that Trailblazer readers have come to expect.

137 different hikes and strolls to tropical rain forests and remote valleys, coastal bluffs and lava caves, Haleakala crater and the Hana Highway, cascading waterfalls, beaches, ridgetops, towns, whale-watching perches, historic sites, and archeological ruins.

Among the 44 snorkeling spots are hike-to coves and the secret places that tour boats go.

Kayakers can pick from about 20 put-ins.

Surfers can select from 38 beaches and decide whether to boogie, board, or body surf. Onlookers will find the best places to watch the surfers, windsurfers and kite-boarders ride the big ones.

The text is complimented by 10 maps and 240 photographs. Driving tours-nine of them-take readers to all the attractions, natural wonders, and historic sites.

A Resource Links section provides numbers for free visitor information and recreational outfitters, as well as hand-picked accommodations and local restaurants to suit every budget and taste bud.

A Best Of section lets you pick the right activity to suit your mood and the day. Appendices include free hula shows, farmer’s markets, what to pack, climate, history, fauna, and a Hawaiian glossary.

This new and completely revised third edition for 2009 includes a Trailblazer Kids section for adventuring families. Maui Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Paddle, Surf, Drive

Ka’anapali Beach Maui

Honua Kai Resort 7 Spa

Maui has been awarded Condé Nast’s “Best Island in the World” 15 times as of 2009.  Ka’anapali Beach has been awarded the title “Best Beach in the World” by Dr. Beach.

What are you waiting for?  Oh, a 5-star, brand new, resort on Ka’anapali beach Maui – well you’re in luck that would be the new resort Honua Kai.  The total Honua Kai Resort and Duke’s Beach House are now open.

Honua Kai is the first new resort on Ka’anapali beach in 25 years – 25 years!  Why on earth stay at 25+ year old condos, resorts, hotels, etc?  Rates are at introductory pricing and you can stay here for a 3 star price!

Whalers Village Shopping Center is just 1.5 miles away, on Ka’anapali beach, with fine restaurants, art, apparel, gift, specialty, and boutique shops.

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5 miles away is the city of Lahaina, is known around the world for its fine restaurants, luaus, shops, and harbor.  Two million tourists visit this town, each year, and it’s the second most visited spot on Maui, after the beaches.

The Road to Hana starts right at the front entrance – mini vans will pick you up early in the morning and return you late that night and drive your party to the other end of Maui and into the lush rain forests with jaw dropping waterfalls and scenes of Maui as it looked to Captain James Cook when he discovered the island in November 26, 1778.

SUP Stand Up Paddle Surfing- Maui Hawaii

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

Maui Wedding Coordinators

Wedding Coordinators on Maui

Coordinator

After securing your accommodations at the Honua Kai, choosing a Maui wedding coordinator is your next task.  They all seem to specialize in something and I’ve taken the time to look them up and have done some leg work for you.  You still need to understand the 5 types of weddings on Maui as you interview the wedding coordinators.

Continue reading Maui Wedding Coordinators

Best Coffee House in Maui

Best Coffee in Maui?

Quick – name the ONLY state of the United States that grows and produces coffee?  Hawaii of course.  When we visit Maui we drink Maui/Hawaiian coffee.  So which coffee-houses on Maui are the best?  Here’s the winners:

  • 1st Place – Aina at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa
  • 2nd Place – Starbucks
  • 3rd  Place – Maui Coffee Roasters

Aina Coffee House in the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Aina at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

You would expect nothing less – Maui’s premier 5-star resort, the Honua Kai Resort & Spa,  is going to have the #1 coffee house on Maui.  For all the guests and owners at the Honua Kai this is a great way to support your 1st class resort and keep Aina busy and healthy.

Aina is about to start room service and you won’t even have to put on shorts and an Aloha shirt to enjoy their fine coffee products and pastries.

If you’re like me our first morning in Maui has my stomach 4 hours ahead of Maui time.  So at 7 am Maui time my stomach tells me its 11 am back in St. Louis and I’m ready for espresso and a latte and a cappuccino all rolled up into one huge coffee and head to Aina to wake up.  Of course you can’t drink coffee without a huge blueberry muffin and I’m ready to sit out in the open air lobby of the Honua Kai and enjoy our first morning on Maui.

Funny thing is every morning at the Honua Kai starts out that way…
Located at Honua Kai Resort and Spa
130 Kai Malina Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
808-662-2832

www.ainagourmet.com

Hours of Operation 7:0oAM to 9:00PM

Starbucks

Starbucks in Lahaina Cannery Mal

Starbucks in Lahaina Cannery Mal

Who can argue with Starbucks being the #1 coffee-house?  Well there are 6 Starbucks on Maui and 2 are a 12 minute drive from the Honua Kai.  Here are the Starbucks on Maui:

Lahaina Cannery Mall
1221 Honoapiilani Highway
Lahaina, HI 96761
808-661-0865

Lahaina
878 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761
808-667-6974

Queen Kaahumanu Center
275 West Kaahuman Avenue #1200 F5
Kahului, HI 96732
808-871-6290
New Terminal Bldg @ Bldg 340
Kahului Airport, HI 96732
808-877-5858

Maui Marketplace
270 Dairy Road
Kahului, HI 96732
808-871-7884

OGG Baggage Claim (Maui)
1 Kahului Airport Road Unit 9
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 877-5858

(OGG is the big Kahului Airport location)
Website: Starbucks.com

Maui Coffee Roasters

Real Maui Coffee-House!

Real Maui Coffee-House!

Now this is a REAL Maui Coffee-House and available ONLY in the Hawaiian Islands!  Sadly this coffee-house is on the Road to Hana up by the airport; its a 30 minute drive from the Honua Kai.  But, if you plan to drive the Road to Hana then this is a great place to get some Java.

We have stopped at the coffee-house and it feels like a Hawaiian coffee-house – its a fun place to visit.

Maui Coffee Roasters
444 Hana Hwy
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 97669

808-662-2832
Located at Honua Kai Resort and Spa
130 Kai Malina Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761

Hours of Operation 7:0oAM to 9:00PM