Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
April 1, 2015, 6:22 pm
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
real feel: 72°F
humidity: 73%
wind speed: 20 mph ENE
wind gusts: 27 mph
sunrise: 6:20 am
sunset: 6:41 pm
Forecast April 1, 2015
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
wind speed: 7 mph ENE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Forecast April 2, 2015
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 11 mph
wind speed: 4 mph NNE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast April 3, 2015
Mostly cloudy with showers
Mostly cloudy with showers
wind speed: 7 mph ENE
wind gusts: 11 mph
wind speed: 7 mph E
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

What’s Cooking Maui?

Great Website to Visit!

Click above to visit a great website!

I don’t know about you but every time we visit Maui we try to learn more about Hawaiian and Maui foods.  Good news; there is a website dedicated to just that.  You can’t spend all that money on airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, etc. and not get an authentic Maui meal – this website is a great resource for you.

Check out “What’s Cooking Maui” and see for yourself – click here.

From what I’ve read, these guys know what they are talking about – highly recommend them.

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.

Things to do in Maui

What’s to do in Maui you ask?

There are lots of things to do on Maui

So what is one to do on Maui?  There’s so much stuff to do that two weeks at the Honua Kai would only scratch the surface this year.  Here are some of the fun activities we have done or have watched over the past 10 years:

Helicopter Rides:

There are many vendors who offer helicopter rides of Maui.  The sights you see can NOT be seen by car, van, walking, or riding – they can only be seen from the air.  If you are prone to motion/car sickness you will want to take along the Dramamine or one of those acupuncture wrist straps.  You definitely want to take the helicopter ride in the morning and NOT the afternoon.

Whale Watching:

From Thanksgiving to mid May humpback whales visit Maui waters – they are everywhere.  You can just sit on your lanai and watch them or take a whale watching tour.December 15 to May 15, whale watching is at its prime; and there are plenty of tours and cruises that will get you up and close personal with one (or more) of these mammoths.

Road to Hana:

I’ve already covered that topic here, but didn’t want to leave it out of this list.


There are so many fantastic beaches on Maui that you should visit a different beach every other day.  Walking the beach in the early morning is something we do every day we are on Maui.  The beach in front of the Honua Kai is one of the best beaches in the world – you can walk to Black Rock in about 20 minutes on the beach.

Old Lahaina Luau:

You simply must enjoy a luau while on Maui and I’ve covered the best ones here.  The undisputed king of luaus is the Old Lahaina Luau which is 10 minutes down the road in Lahaina.


THE most popular sport in Maui is surfing – you see cars with them strapped to the roof everywhere.  Take some surfing lessons which are very inexpensive.  This is something most mainland beaches just don’t offer.

Scuba Diving / Snorkeling:

We bought a set of snorkel, mask, and flippers at the island COSTCO 7 years ago and pack them on every trip.  Many resorts have introductory SCUBA lessons in their pool and I can’t think of a better thing to do in Maui to get dive certified.  Take lessons at your local Y and do the actual test in Maui – you will remember that for the rest of your life.


Lahaina has fishing boats leaving all the time – big game fish are caught all around Maui.  Many restaurants will prepare your catch for your dinner – what memories you will have over that dinner.

Iao Valley:

The Iao Valley National Park is a wonderful place to hike.  There are tons of activities to do while on the trails – bird watching and botanical gardens highlight lush rainforests . Handicap access is available just about everywhere in the national park. Hawaiian trees like ohia and koa, fill the forest.


The young at heart love to soar 800 feet above the ocean towed behind a boat, there is no better thrill than para-sailing. Bring a waterproof disposable camera and take pictures of Maui that can only be found at that altitude.

Haleakala in the morning:

Getting up at 3 AM and driving to the top of the Haleakala volcano and seeing frost or snow is something you probably never thought of when thinking of Maui.  The sun rising at 10,000 feet is something that you must see – don’t forget to take a coat or several sweat shirts – it’s cold up there.  There are bike rides that allow you to see Maui as the sun rises.

Well this is just a few of the activities you can do while on Maui.  I’ll publish more of a list later.

Maui Ocean Center

A “Must see” while on Maui


Maui has it’s own aquarium – the Maui Ocean Center.  The aquarium is just a 20 minute drive south from the Honua Kai.  We visit the aquarium each visit to Maui – it’s a lot of fun for the whole family.  This is a great way to support folks who live on Maui and make the island the best island in the world.

MOC tunnelThe aquarium has a “water tunnel” that allows you to walk under the surface and watch all the fish swim by.  Make sure you bring your camera since you can snap a picture of a huge shark just inches away from the folks.

Lots of huge turtles!

Lots of huge turtles!

The Maui Ocean Center cost about $20 million to build and opened in March of 1998.  It takes about 3 hours to completely visit all the exhibits and while there you can grab lunch/snack at the aquarium’s two restaurants.  You don’t need to buy tickets in advance and makes a great “rainy day”activity that everyone in the family can enjoy.

The gift shop has items that can ONLY be found at the aquarium – so if you see something that looks great buy it then and there since you might not see it cheaper anyplace else on Maui.

About 450,000 folks a year visit the aquarium.  It’s open 365 days a year from 9 am – 5 pm (9 am to 6 pm in July and August).

Fun book to read

Setting up a Villa Rental Business

Villa for Rent

Villa rental business is gaining fast popularity these days. Buying a vacation rental property and putting it on hire is a great business idea. Villa rental property can be of a varied range, starting from villas to lodges, boats, cruises, estate, bungalows, castles, farm houses and apartments. We tell you more about the Villa rental business.

Once you are done buying a villa rental property, you must cast your eyes upon the rental plans, rates, housekeeping and other necessities. You must have a clear idea of the rental of other competitive rental villas and then set yours. The most important things to be kept in mind while determining the rental rates is the size of the property, the amenities the villa will offer, the proximity of sight seeing and tourist spots from the villa and so on. All these factors will determine the rates of the villa. If you have nightly rates, it should be somewhat around 1/5th of the weekly rate. Remember, your monthly mortgage should be less than or equal to that of the weekly rate in peak time.

Have a clear idea about target renters. If your villa is small, you can advertise it as a condo for luxury and relaxation for retired people. If your villa is huge and can accommodate more people, you can target families and tour groups as renters.

Furnish your villa properly. Proper furnishing and appealing décor will take you a long way in the villa rental business. There should be ample of free space, a private pool, steam bath and play areas. The décor and amenities of the rooms should be in proper par with the rates you quote.

Introduce off season discounts to get more people. The peak season should mark the time of highest profit and the off-season should be satisfactory as well. Introducing small discounts will keep the money flowing during off-season.

Payments should be very easy and sorted. Remember, the guests will expect the best payment options and policies from you. Acceptance of personal checks, pay pal, cash, and Online Bank transfer will be easy for the guests. Have a written agreement signed by the guests containing all the rules and regulations related to payment. You can possibly ask them to return the agreement paper when they give you the payment.

The website of your villa should be well-organized. It should contain all the information about the villa such as, the rates according to the number of rooms and days, accessibility, amenities and payment options. Catchy pictures of the villa should be put up on the website.

Honua Kai owners I can help you set up a great rental business – just drop me a note; click here.

Best Maui Art Gallery

Maui Hands

From Lahaina’s busy Front Street, through the casual beach-side elegance of the Hyatt Regency Kaanapali, all the way to local, laid-back Paia, Maui Hands Gallery is the choice as the island’s best art gallery by hundreds of customers.

In its collection representing some 300 artists in a variety of mediums, a theme underlying the beauty on display is a deeper reflection of island life—not just the spectacular scenery but the emotions and awe it brings out in creative souls.

All of the artists represented are local to Hawaii; a significant number are local to Maui. Opened by Panna Speas Capelli in 1992 to create what she calls “a much needed retail space for multitude of talented Hawaiian artisans,” the gallery currently operates three locations, “offering a rich selection of unique locally created pieces in every medium and style.

“The beauty of it all is that the income stays right here in our own community,” she adds. “And with financial rewards being so low this past year for all 320 of us involved with Maui Hands, the knowledge that lots of people voted for us is especially sweet.”

First Place:
Maui Hands
Three locations:
612 Front St. Suite D, Lahaina, Maui

Hyatt Regency
Suite 118, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali, Maui

North Shore, 84 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui

Second Place:
3620 Baldwin Ave. • Makawao, Maui

Third Place:
Lahaina Galleries
828 Front St. • Lahaina, Maui

Driving and Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai

Product Description
Newly updated and expanded. Acclaimed for its beautiful photography [over 350 photos] and dozens of highly detailed maps, Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai is considered a milestone in guidebooks.

Areas of Maui not found in other guides, such as Maui’s Upcountry and West Maui’s Rugged North Shore, are explored in great detail here. Nor has any guidebook ever before explored the island of Molokai in such a detailed, beautiful and comprehensive manner. Much more a guide to the physical beauty of Maui and Molokai than a guide to hotels and restaurants, every beach on both islands is described in detail and the majority of them are pictured in stunning photography. Five pages of beach charts outline the amenities that each strand offers. Secret beaches, hidden waterfalls and astonishing vistas are all displayed in Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai in vivid color and with complete directions on how to reach them. Featured sections include Just Picture It!, a 4- page guide to photographing the islands; Best Beaches Maui; Best Beaches Molokai; Best Hikes Maui; Best Hikes Molokai; Best Waterfalls Maui and Molokai; and a 37- page guide to the Hana Drive.

Driving and Discovering Hawaii books are acclaimed for their unique Photo-Finder Feature: no other guidebook or guidebook series anywhere offers this valuable innovation. Each photo is numbered and corresponds to the same number on an adjacent map. This shows the visitor exactly where all of the islands’ most beautiful and photogenic sights are located, and allows the visitor to preview ALL accessible areas of the islands before visiting them to make the most of valuable vacation time. Since the author personally wrote this book as well as made all of the 330 photos, he was able to link all of the book’s information into one very complete, thorough and comprehensive reference work. This is one guidebook in which the photos are just as valuable a tool for the visitor as the text. The quality of photography and reproduction is excellent: the Eastman Kodak Company is a sponsor.

Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Maui & Molokai

Who is the best company in maui to do the whale watching with?

fantasticchewy asked: Going to Maui in January wanting to go whale watching. Is there a company that is well priced and good quality?

Best Maui Golf Course

Kapalua Plantation

For millions of TV viewers across the U.S. watching what used to be the Mercedes Championship but will become the SBS Championships next January, the Kapalua Plantation Course brings a little sunshine, and a little Maui into the dreary days of winter.

But closer to home, for those who know it more intimately, the Plantation Course is our readers’ choice for the best golf course on the island. “We appreciate very much that the readers of The Maui News have voted The Plantation Course as Maui’s best golf course,” says Gary Planos, senior vice president for Resort Operations — Kapalua Land Company, Ltd. He has his own explanation of its popularity.

“The natural beauty of The Plantation Course with its elevation changes and great views of Molokai make it unique on the island of Maui,” he says. “And when you add the hundreds of hours of coverage that ABC Sports, ESPN and the Golf Channel have shown this Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed layout to the world … it has become very popular with our guests.”

While it can’t improve your swing, the world-class facility does everything else with an ease and style reflecting the dedication behind the scenes. “The staff at The Plantation Course, both in the clubhouse and on the maintenance crew, are very proud of the course and its position within the world of golf,” Planos continues. “They continue to try to make the experience here the best.”

First Place:
Kapalua Plantation
2000 Plantation Club Drive, Kapalua, Maui

Second Place:
Makena Golf Course
5415 Makena Alanui • Makena, Maui

Third Place:
Kahili Golf Course
2500 Honoapiilani Hwy. • Wailuku, Maui