Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
September 21, 2014, 12:02 am
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
77°F
real feel: 81°F
humidity: 85%
wind speed: 4 mph ENE
wind gusts: 7 mph
sunrise: 6:15 am
sunset: 6:25 pm
Forecast September 20, 2014
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
91°F
wind speed: 4 mph NNE
wind gusts: 7 mph
night
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
73°F
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast September 21, 2014
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
89°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
night
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
73°F
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast September 22, 2014
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
89°F
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 16 mph
night
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
73°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 13 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)

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

Honua Kai Goes Green

Honua Kai is a Leader in Green Technology!
Malama Aina (Caring for the land)
Eco-Nomics

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Who Knew?  As it turns out Honua Kai is a leader, on Maui, of green technology as applied to resorts!  This is cool!  Details of the Honua Kai Resort & Spa’s commitment to the traditional Hawaiian concept of “malama aina,” (caring for the land) have just been released to the public.  This topic is large enough to be broken into several posts – here is Part 1.

Lance Gilliland, the Director of Sustainability for the Honua Kai, has a name for all of this “We call it ‘Eco-nomics,’ – practices that are ecologically sound and economically feasible,” says Gilliland. Gilliland also says “It just makes sense to conserve energy, re-use, recycle and protect the beautiful natural environment for our homeowners and the resort guests that visit the property.”

I like the play on the word Economics into Eco-Nomics.  If the Honua Kai simply does what makes good economics the by-product of a green stewardship of the land is the natural result.  So just how does Eco-nomics work?  Here it is:

Water Conservation

Water consumption is a huge, huge topic on Maui – 1/4 of the island is a tropical rain forest and 3/4 of the island is starving for water.  The trick is to get the water from the rainy side of Maui to the desert side of Maui.  Every gallon of water saved is one more gallon not needed to be transported and purified for human consumption.

Fertigation – applying fertilizers through the water supply

Honua Kai sits on 40 Maui acres that has thousands of plants, trees, and acres of Maui grasses.  All of the plants are irrigated by “R1″ water.  This is recycled water from the country waste water system – as a bonus the water carries nutrients and minerals that the plants need to grow healthy.  This R1 water is not potable water and humans can’t drink it but the plants thrive on the stuff.  The R1 water doesn’t need to be processed further and thus saves money and existing filtration systems can produce more water for human consumption.

Computers monitor the Honua Kai irrigation system and provide just the right amount of water at just the right time of the day for optimum plant growth.  Since fertilizers don’t need to be added this saves a lot of money each year – the R1 water contains all the ingredients the plants need.

The R1 water supply is ONLY used to irrigate the landscape around the Honua Kai.  It’s not used for any other purpose, not for the swimming pools, not for showers, etc, only for the plants.

The Beginning of Whale Watching Season, in Maui, Starts Within November

Right around Thanksgiving, humpback whales start arriving around Maui. Humpbacks migrate off their Alaskan feeding grounds yearly so that you can give birth, raise the young whales, mate, and go back to Alaska during April. The ocean all-around Maui commonly are teaming with whales actively playing, courting, rearing their young, along with just having a balmy respite from the frigid seas within the arctic.

Humpbacks never eat anything while in the balmy Hawaiian seas – krill, their preferred food, cannot live in balmy seas but primarily in arctic oceans. So despite the fact that they spend wintertime in Maui they lose just about one-third their body weight.

Early December ?s definitely an ideal time to visit Maui — just preceding the chaotic holiday season while fellow vacationers are just starting to shovel snow back across the mainland. Airline seats cost a great deal less and hotels ask for substantially a great deal less as compared to they generally do during January.

The Honua Kai Resort & Spa is where to stay and you can view whales out of your villa’s lanai, if you have an ocean view. The Honua Kai is the latest together with leading 5-star vacation resort in Maui found on the 1 beach within the world Ka’anapali Beach located in northern Maui. The ratings are in and they’re quite frankly remarkable.

I have taken whale watching excursions for 10 years and my suggestion is to find excursion companies that specialize in Zodiac boats. A Zodiac is the primarily way to get up and personal with a whale the length of a school bus. Expecting mothers in addition to folks with back disorders or possibly recent surgery are not permitted to travel on Zodiacs.

The very best bang for the buck activity in Maui happens to be a Zodiac ride for two hours in search of whales. Every one of our tours have been exceptional and enjoyable. We’ve became acquainted with lots of folks who actually go whale watching each and every single day despite the fact that in Maui! If you take a number of trips with only one adventure company you’ll receive Pre-Boarding status and as a result snatch the finest seats.

Bring a hat and additionally sunglasses – polarized sunglasses really are far superior to regular ones – you can observe the whales swim beneath the boat with polarized ones. Additionally, put suntan lotion on any uncovered skin as the UV rays are going to burn even on over cast days.

Arrive around thirty minutes before the boarding time as well as when you do you will be provided a numbered ticket – the lower numbers are allowed onto the boat first. This kind of activity does have a great discount that in essence has adults acquiring tickets priced for kids prices if you purchase your tickets from the proper excursion firm.

What do you recommend for a honeymoon to Maui?

Colleen asked:

My fiance and I are going to Oahu for two nights, and then on to Maui for a week to 12 days (we haven’t decided yet). Neither of us have ever been there. Any recommendations you could give about travel books, places to see, stay, or things to do would be greatly appreciated. We were thinking about staying at either the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maui Resort, or the Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Of course, we are open to suggestions. Thanks so much!

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

5-Star Rates not at Holiday Times

Honua Kai V other 5-stars at non Holiday Times

In my last post I gave a comparison of how the Honua Kai is a fantastic bargain during the most expensive time of the year in Maui – Christmas week.  How about normal times in Maui?  Is the Honua Kai still a great deal among 5-star resorts?  Well here is the comparison:

Continue reading 5-Star Rates not at Holiday Times

Duke’s Restaurant Update

Holiday Cheer!

Duke’s of Maui Restaurant is Now Open!

January marks the official opening of the “Resort” at Honua Kai – both towers open, all 3 swimming pools open, lazy river open, and our own 5-star, world class, restaurant open – Duke’s of Maui.

This is fantastic news – our very own 5-star restaurant ocean front right on Honua Kai property.  Here is the latest photo of Duke’s:

Duke's of Maui is the brown building ocean front

Duke's of Maui is the brown building ocean front

Read much more at this link.

Best Local Food Restaurant

Best Maui Food Restaurant

Sam Sato’s

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Sam Satos

Tucked away in Wailuku Millyard, Sam Sato’s is a little gem with a long history on Maui. Founded in 1933, the first Sam Sato’s was at Camp 3 in Sprecklesville. Over the decades, it moved to Puunene, then Happy Valley—and since 1993 its latest incarnation has been at 1750 Wili Pa Loop

“My grandparents founded Sam Sato’s,” says Kirk Toma. “My parents, Charles and Lynne Toma, are still very much involved. My sister, Keri, helps out too. ”Basically, it’s a breakfast and lunch spot from7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you can pick up Manju until 4 p.m.”

Themanju, or Japanese sweet rice cakes, are all baked in house, as are the turnovers —the latter with fruit flavors such as peach, apple, blueberry, coconut, and pineapple coconut. Different designs on the crust guide you to what’s inside. “Our dry noodles are really popular,” says Kirk. We cook them with bean sprouts, green onions and char siu. They go really well with our barbecue-beef sticks. Other noodle dishes include super dry with veggies along with saimin, won-ton mein and chow fun.” You may order take-out noodles in small, medium, large and extra large pans for parties at home.

Diners also love local plate lunches of hamburger steak, stew, spare ribs, beef tomato and yakitori. Sides include kimchee, and thickly-cut French fries with the uniquely Maui-style dip of mayonnaise and mustard. “The beef tomato at Sam Sato’s is out of this world,” says Mickey Helm of Wailuku.

Sam Sato’s
1750Wili Pa Loop
Wailuku. Maui 808-244-7124

Second place winner:
Da Kitchen
425 Koloa St. • Kahului • 808-871-7782
and
2439 S. Kihei Road • Kihei • 808-875-7782

Third place winner:
Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St
Lahaina, Maui • 808-661-3322

Tucked away inWailukuMillyard, Sam Sato’s is a little gemwith a long history on Maui. Founded in 1933, the first Sam Sato’s was at Camp 3 in Sprecklesville. Over the decades, itmoved to Puunene, then Happy Valley—and since 1993 its latest incarnation has been at 1750Wili Pa Loop. “My grandparents founded Sam Sato’s,” says Kirk Toma. “My parents, Charles and Lynne Toma, are still verymuch involved. My sister, Keri, helps out too.” Basically, it’s a breakfast and lunch spot from7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you can pick up manju until 4 p.m.” Themanju, or Japanese sweet rice cakes, are all baked in house, as are the turnovers —the latter with fruit flavors such as peach, apple, blueberry, coconut, and pineapple coconut. Different designs on the crust guide you to what’s inside. “Our dry noodles are really popular,” says Kirk. “We cook themwith bean sprouts, green onions and char siu. They go really well with our barbecue-beef sticks. Other noodle dishes include super dry with veggies along with saimin, won-ton mein and chow fun.” Youmay order take-out noodles in small,medium, large and extra large pans for parties at home. Diners also love local plate lunches of hamburger steak, stew, spare ribs, beef tomato and yakitori. Sides include kimchee, and thickly-cut French fries with the uniquelyMaui-style dip of mayonnaise andmustard. “The beef tomato at Sam Sato’s is out of this world,” saysMickey Helmof Wailuku. Contact Info: SamSato’s is located at 1750Wili Pa Loop,Wailuku. Call 244- 7124.

Whale Watching – Maui Adventure Tours at a Discount

Maui Adventure Tours

We have taken whale watching trips for 10 years and Maui Adventure Tours is, by far,  the best for us.  They specialize in Zodiac boats and are very professional and knowledgeable.  Pregnant women and folks with back problems or recent surgery are not allowed to take the trip.

The best bang for the buck activity on Maui is a Zodiac ride for two hours searching for whales.  Everyone of our trips has been breathtaking and fun.  We have met lots of folks who actually go whale watching every day while on Maui!  If you take a number of trips with Maui Adventure Tours you will get Pre-Boarding status and snap up the best seats.

Bring a hat and sunglasses – polarized sunglasses are far superior to normal ones – you can see the whales swim under the boat with polarized ones.  Also, put suntan lotion on any exposed skin as the UV rays will burn even on cloudy days.

Show up about 30 minutes before the boarding time and when you do you will be given a numbered ticket – the lower numbers are allowed on the boat first.  This activity does have a great discount which basically has adults buying tickets priced for kids prices.

Description: This two hour fully narrated whale watch will include complimentary soft drinks, binoculars and whale watch guide. Marine Biologist will share knowledge of our Humpback Whales and lower hydrophones, so you can hear their song.
Operates: Daily: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm – additional times may be added based on demand.

Snorkel trips are done with the same boats and we’ve been on snorkel trips with Maui Adventure Cruises and have had a super time.

Click here for more information about their whale watching tours.

Humpback Whales.

  • Whales swim to Maui from Alaska, spend the whole winter here, then swim back – and don’t eat the whole time!
  • Whales’ lungs are the size of a Volkswagen!
  • Whales’ babies, born here on Maui, grow at a rate of 100 pounds a day!
  • Watch Humpback Whales on a Maui tour!
  • Whale Watching Tours in Maui, What an Experience!

Children love whale watching tours! On whale watching tours the price for kids is usually half the adult price. A two-hour whale watching tour may not be enough to satisfy your curiosity about these marine mammals. You may want to go on a couple of different whale watching tours during your vacation.

Many types of boats offer whale watching tours. Large whale watching tour boats provide stability on the ocean. Some whale watching tour boats have upper decks for greater viewing capacity. Rafts, or zodiacs, are more adventurous, more intimate and give more of a ‘whale-eye’ view of the surroundings. Narration and interpretation of humpback whale movements are provided on Maui whale watching tours. You’ll find yourself wanting to know more about these fascinating creatures.

Time of day makes no difference. Ask any tour operator and the time of day makes little difference to the whales.  Morning generally has calmer waters but the whales are active all day long.

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