Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
August 28, 2014, 7:13 pm
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
77°F
real feel: 79°F
humidity: 78%
wind speed: 9 mph NNE
wind gusts: 9 mph
sunrise: 6:09 am
sunset: 6:47 pm
Forecast August 28, 2014
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
86°F
wind speed: 7 mph NNE
wind gusts: 9 mph
night
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
72°F
wind speed: 4 mph ENE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast August 29, 2014
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
87°F
wind speed: 7 mph NNE
wind gusts: 9 mph
night
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
71°F
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast August 30, 2014
day
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
86°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
night
Clear
Clear
72°F
wind speed: 7 mph E
wind gusts: 9 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

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 Maui Spa

Grand Wailea Spa

Until the Honua Kai's Spa is open you'll have to settle for this

If heaven and earth collided, it would be the Spa Grande. One step inside this massive 50,000-square-foot sanctuary and it’s easy to tell that this is no ordinary spa. From its luxurious decor and furnishings to its distinctive treatment options, this is one spot where rest and relaxation are serious business.

The pampering begins right away with a dizzying array of hot tubs, plunge pools, jet showers and aromatic baths—and that’s before the actual treatment even begins. The spa’s “East Meets West on the Shores of Maui”motto is carried out by balancing both Eastern and Western principles, while infusing ancient Hawaiian beliefs into the mix as well.Move from one culture to the next as you rinse in one of the Japanese furo baths, dip into the Roman hot tub or unwind with a Hawaiian lomi lomi massage.

Taking a cue from its surroundings, the spa also utilizes the healing plants of Hawaii cultivated and processed here on Maui. So for a slice of heaven right here in paradise, dip into the Spa Grande.

First Place:
Grand Wailea Spa
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel&Spa
3850Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, Maui
808-875-1234
Second Place:
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
3900Wailea Alanui Drive •Wailea, Maui
808-874-8000

Third Place:
Heavenly Spa by Westin
Westin Maui Resort & Spa
2365 Kaanapali Parkway • Lahaina, Maui
808-667-2525

Maui on YouTube

This is Paradise – Just Watch!

Sometimes reading about Maui just doesn’t impart the activities of Maui.  Here are some YouTube videos that are fun to watch:

West Maui Locations

Continue reading Maui on YouTube

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 Brunch/Buffet

Sunday Morning Brunch in Maui

Maui Sunday Brunch

Every Sunday morning you will find my wife and I at the #1 place in Maui for a Sunday morning buffet.  This is a no-brainer since we normally get to Maui at 4 PM on a Saturday and Sunday morning has our internal clock off by 5 hours and we are ravenously hungry Sunday morning.

Here are the three winners:

  • #1 Place – Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
  • #2 Place – Makena Beach & Golf Resort
  • #3 Place – Grand Dining Room at Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa

Maui Prince Hotel

Best Sunday Brunch and within walking distance!

Best Sunday Brunch and within walking distance!

This is a nice old-old resort that we have Sunday Brunch every time we visit the Honua Kai; you can walk there!  It’s about a 25 minute walk and is south of Black Rock.  Walking along the beach, on the great Ka’anapali board walk, Sunday morning is just fantastic.  The Hawaiian views of Maui and the Pacific ocean get us ready for the feast we are about to devour!

2525 Ka’anapali Parkway,
Ka’anapali Maui. Call 808-661-0011

Website: kbhmaui.com

Makena Beach & Golf Resort

Makena Beach and Golf Resort

I’m going to be honest and tell you I’ve not had brunch at this resort – it’s way way south Maui and when we are down in that area it’s past brunch time. I will say that all the reviews I read indicate that it’s a fine brunch.

5400 Makena Alanui Dr. • Makena, Maui• 808-875-5888

Website: www.makenaresortmaui.com

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa

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We have friends that have Sunday Brunch at the Grand Wailea all the time – it’s their big splurge while on Maui.  The Sunday brunch is astronomical along with the price.  For the money I’d rather go to the #1 Sunday Brunch near the Honua Kai and go whale watching for the same price.

The Grand Wailea is a 45 minute drive south from the Honua Kai.

3850Wailea Alanui Dr. •Wailea, Maui• 808-875-1234

Website:  Grandwailea.com

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Jaw ( Peahi) Maui big wave surfing


A perfect condition at JAW’s generated a swell up to 50 feet waves Filmed in Maui on December 2004. A 10 minutes version of this video is available at: www.mauivideopodcast.com.

JAW’s is just a 20 minute drive north of the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

WKORV & WKORVN Owners!

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
and the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

The Honua Kai Resort & Spa is a 5-minute walk north

Our 1-bedroom villa at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa is just a 5-minute walk north of WKORV and WKORVN.  I can see WKORVN and WKORV from our lanai.

Your 1-bedroom is 960 sq ft and ours is 700 sq ft, not comparing their size, but I’m suggesting that our 1-bedroom would be a great way to extend your vacation at WKORV.  Or, if you have friends/relatives and can’t get an II exchange for another villa consider our 1-bedroom!

My rates are way way lower than another 1-bedroom Maintenance Fee any day of the year.  Click this link to my rental page.

If you need something larger, click this link and use my owner code of 60001X to get the lowest rates possible for 3-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms, and studios villa.

Your 1-bedroom MF is $1,884 and a 2-bedroom MF is $2,450 – you can easily rent my villa for that and probably a 3-bedroom ocean view too!  Something to think about that’s just a 5-minute walk away!

Don’t forget to try Duke’s Restaurant which is ocean front at the Honua Kai – best food in Maui at affordable prices.  Just a 5 minute walk from the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas (WKORV & WKORVN)  call ahead for reservations for dinner – they are booked solid every night of the year; that’s how good the place is.

Anyway while at Duke’s why not stroll the Honua Kai grounds, you will find them just as 5-star as your resort and something to consider when visiting Maui.

Please bookmark this page for easy reference later when you realize that I might be able to help you with your lodging needs on Maui – thank you.

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.

Swimming:

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.

Surfing:

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.

Fishing:

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.

Para-sailing:

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.

Best Maui Land Activity

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Maui Ocean CenterHop out of the water, dust off the sand and forget the snorkel gear. For a truly unique fish-eye view of the island’s underwater marine life, head over to the state-of the-art Maui Ocean Center.  We visit the Ocean Center each visit to Maui.  This is a great activity to visit on rainy days

“The beach is a fantastic place, but even if you’re an avid scuba diver or snorkeler, you probably won’t see the diversity of marine life that you can see during a visit to the Maui Ocean Center,” says General Manager Kate Zolezzi.

With more than 60 exhibits housing thousands of marine animals, you don’t have to get wet to see what’s going on under the sea. The latest addition to this marine wonderland is its Coral Reefs exhibit, which tells the story of coral in Hawaii. The interactive exhibit features coral images, spawning footage, interactive models and a special 125,000-year-old coral skeleton. The expansive center also includes the Maui Ocean Center Store where visitors can take their experience home with plush animals, postcards and books; as well as the open-air Reef Cafe and the ocean-view Seascape Ma‘alaea.

First Place:
Maui Ocean Center
192Maalaea Road,Maalaea
808-270-7000

Second Place:
Hike Maui
285 Hukilike St. B104
Kahului, Maui
808-879-5270

Third Place:
Kapalua Adventures Zipline
2000 Village Road
Kapalua, Maui
808-665-4FUN (4386)

2 Bedroom Villa

2 Bedroom Villa

Sleeps 6 with two in king size bed in master bedroom, two in king size bed in second bedroom, and two in queen size sofa bed in living room.

I’ve been in the 2-bedroom villas as the Honua Kai and 2-bedroom villas at the Westin next door – the Honua Kai is hands down better!  However, the Westin rents for about twice or three times as much – go figure.

Stats:

Suite Area: 1,100 sq ft

Lanai area: 235 sq ft

Fantastic kitchen

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