Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
February 27, 2017, 10:18 am
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
real feel: 81°F
humidity: 64%
wind speed: 0 mph N
wind gusts: 0 mph
sunrise: 6:48 am
sunset: 6:30 pm
Forecast February 27, 2017
wind speed: 2 mph NNE
wind gusts: 7 mph
wind speed: 2 mph NW
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast February 28, 2017
wind speed: 2 mph NNW
wind gusts: 9 mph
wind speed: 2 mph E
wind gusts: 11 mph
Forecast March 1, 2017
wind speed: 9 mph S
wind gusts: 29 mph
Partly cloudy with thunderstorms
Partly cloudy with thunderstorms
wind speed: 11 mph S
wind gusts: 34 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

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


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


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

878 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761

Queen Kaahumanu Center
275 West Kaahuman Avenue #1200 F5
Kahului, HI 96732
New Terminal Bldg @ Bldg 340
Kahului Airport, HI 96732

Maui Marketplace
270 Dairy Road
Kahului, HI 96732

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

Located at Honua Kai Resort and Spa
130 Kai Malina Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761

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

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

Best Dessert in Maui

It’s all about the dessert isn’t it!

  • 1st Place – Roy’s of Kahana
  • 2nd Place – Marco’s Grill & Deli
  • 3rd Place – Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe

Most of the time we never order dessert – the main meal is so large that there is no room left in the tummy.  Well there are exceptions where the dessert is so good that you must leave room at dinner for a dessert out of this world.

Roy’s in Kahana

Roy's of Kahana; 10 minutes from the Honua Kai

Roy's of Kahana; 10 minutes from the Honua Kai

4405 Honoapiilani Highway, Kahana Maui
Website: www.roysrestaurant.com

When you eat at Roy’s, the first thing the waiter will ask is if you want to order their hot-chocolate souffle for dessert.  Imagine that, dessert is ordered before dinner!  Well it takes an hour to prepare one of these mouth-watering goodies and it must be ordered before the meal starts.  We ALWAYS order the chocolate souffle when we eat at Roy’s.

To be honest there are two Roy’s on Maui, one in Kahana just minutes from the Honua Kai, and the second in Kihei 45 minutes away – both offer the same great dessert.

So if there is a chocoholic in your party they have to have this for dessert.

Marco’s Grill & Deli

444 Hana Highway Ste. M • Kahului • 877-4446

I’m going to be honest with you folks here, there is no way that Marco’s Grill deserves second place – the food is average and WAY overpriced.

Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe

Stillwells is just minutes from the Honua Kai

Stillwell's is just 30 minutes from the Honua Kai

1740 Kaahumanu Ave. • Wailuku, Maui • 808-243-2243

Everyone who eats at Stillwells will tell you that their desserts are to die for.  This restaurant is located near the big airport in Kahului.  There are malls near the airport as well as Wal-Mart, Costco, and large retail malls.  While there have lunch or dinner at the Stillwell and save room for dessert.

They are famous for their cream horns which are layers of flaky dough made with a “tunnel” in the middle to fill with cool, rich pastry cream.  Dip one end in chocolate and it’s a winner! Also try the apple tart, which is very good and pretty, and what made it special is an almond paste between the pastry shell and the sliced and carmelized apples.  Awesome.

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.

Best Maui Bakery

Best Bakery

Komoda Store & Bakery

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Komoda bakeryThe staff at Komoda Store and Bakery prepare award-winning pastries pretty much the same way they were made when Takezo Komoda founded the landmark Makawao business in 1916. “It’s all by hand,” saidManager Calvin Shibuya. “The onlymachines we use are mixers.

“On a busy day, wemake 100-dozen creampuffs,” Calvin continued. “On an average day wemake half that.” The filling for the prized confection is a closely held “secret family recipe.” Komoda’s creampuffs and stick donuts are the twomost popular items offered, according to Calvin.

The bakery also sells a variety of donuts; turnovers; danish; butter rolls; breads; pies; cakes and cookies—all baked fresh daily. “Komoda Bakery has the best pastries ever,” wrote Glenda Bucos ofMakawao. “No other can come close to their taste.”
“Komoda’s Bakery—it’s worth getting up early and waiting in the line that goes out the door,” wrote Jerry Labb of Makawao.

Komoda Store and Bakery
3674 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, Maui
ClosedWednesday and Sunday.

Second place:
Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe
1740 Kaahumanu Ave.
Wailuku, Maui • 808-243-2243

Third place:
Home Maid Bakery
1005 Lower Main St.
Wailuku, Maui • 808-244-7150

Snorkeling on Maui

Here’s what snorkeling on Maui’s Napili and Kapalua Bays looks like.

The coral reef, right in front of the Honua Kai, looks just the same!

We own these

Warren & Annabelle’s Magic Show

Warren & Annabelle’s Magic Show

Barefoot Hawaii Activities and Tours

The first thing you should do is to set up and account with Tom Barefoot by clicking here – costs nothing to join. To learn more about Tom Barefoot Tours click here.

This show has NO discounts anywhere – Tom charges what everyone else charges but you get to do it in one handy location on his website.  This is another activity, on Maui, that is booked up way in advance, at holidays you must book months ahead.  The theater only seats 78 guests.

Warren is the world class magician and Annabelle is a ghost that inhabits the theater.

There are two (2) types of shows available for this magic show (called packages):

Admission Package – Warren & Annabelle’s on Maui

Your evening begins as you are invited into Annabelle’s secret chamber to discover the hidden passage into her parlor where the resident ghost playing the piano will entertain you. Request your favorite song or ask her a question and she’ll respond on her piano! Then move into an intimate theater, only six rows deep, and join Warren Gibson, renowned magician and acclaimed showman for an incredible and interactive two-hour magic show.*

Basically this package is the magic show minus the meal they serve.  Ruth’s Chris Steak House is located right next door and you can get a magic show with the best steaks on Maui all in one place!  The setting of Ruth’s Chris in Lahaina is ocean front and we have eaten there many times.  4th of July evening was just fantastic – we ate at Ruth’s and watched the fireworks over the Lahaina bay as a huge cruise ship was anchored right off shore.

Click here to order this package.

Package-Royal Flush – Warren & Annabelle’s on Maui

Includes Admission, Entertainment in Annabelle’s Parlor, Appetizers, Dessert, Cocktails and a Two-hour magic show that will entertain and amaze you. 2 Premium Cocktails featuring premium Liquor, Specialty Drinks, Blended Drinks, Imported and Domestic Beers, House Wines, Well Drinks and Soft Drinks. Additional drinks are available for purchase. Ticket price includes Gratuity on food and drink. *

Dinner: Combo Platter of Appetizers; Spicy Crab Cake with Sweet Chili Plum Sauce, Coconut Battered Shrimp with Ponzu Dipping Sauce, Polynesian Chicken Satay with Tropical Plum Sauce plus a Savory Kalua Pork Wrap with a Maui Pineapple Salsa deliciously rolled into a Tomato Wrap served on a bed of local Kula Greens. Choice of One Gourmet Dessert, Creme Brulee or White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Hot Apple Pie A La Mode, Chocolate Pots de Creme or a Classic New York-Style Cheesecake.

Click here to order this package.

*All Guests Must Be 21 + Years Of Age. Every Guest Must Present a Valid Photo ID at the Door. Theater A/C is Cool – Bring a Sweater. Days and Times can vary with season.

HD LCD TV with Blu-Ray DVD in Villas

High Definition LG TVs

There are two TVs in our villa:

  1. 52” HD LCD TV with Blu-Ray DVD player in living room
  2. 32” HD LCD TV in bedroom

Turn on TV and show TV-Guide:

Press “TV” button on the upper right under the “Mode” column to tell the controller you wish to control the TV.

Turn TV on/off: Press the BLUE button at the top middle – the on/off button.

TV Guide: Press 491 (Don’t press any “-“ dashes)




The following table should help with the major TV shows:

Oceanic Time-Warner Cable

Channel Description
49-1 TV Guide
50-1 FOX
51-1 ABC
51-2 CBS
52-1 NBC
53-2 Fox News
54-1 CNN
70-1 MSNBC
74-1 SYFY
79-1 Stars
80-1 HBO
81-1 Showtime
82-1 HBO

The 3-digit station number is punched in without the dash (-) so the TV Guide station is punched in as 491.

Blu-Ray DVD Player

You can easily play DVDs and Blu-Rays by doing the following:

Grab the TV Controller and turn on TV (See above)

On the TV Controller press the INPUT button on the upper left under the “Input” Column.







A popup menu will appear on the TV.  Click the down arrow and select the second from the bottom (HDMI1/DVI) menu item and press “Enter”.








Grab the DVD Controller and turn on by pressing the “Power” button.  You should see the “LG” startup logo on the TV now.

On the DVD Controller press the “Open/Close” button to open the sliding door and insert your DCD/Blu-Ray disc.  Press the “Open/Close” button again to close the sliding door.

Movie should now start playing.

Control sound level with the TV controller.

Control the DVD with the DVD controller: “Pause”, “Stop”, “Play”.

To get the main menu of the DVD press the “Stop” button.  Use the “left” and “right” arrows to highlight the “Movie” option on the TV screen, then press “Skip” to start movie.

To stop movie press “Stop” button then press “Open/Close” button to open DVD sliding door and remove DVD.  Press “Open/Close” to close door.

Press the “Power” DVD button to turn off the DVD controller.

Grab the TV Controller and press the “Input” button on the top left corner under the “Input” column.  A Popup screen appears for input to the TV.  Press the “UP” button until the top line is highlighted “TV” then press “Enter” button and you are now back to normal TV.

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


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
Website: charleysmaui.com