Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
July 25, 2014, 7:04 pm
Cloudy
Cloudy
77°F
real feel: 77°F
humidity: 78%
wind speed: 16 mph ENE
wind gusts: 16 mph
sunrise: 5:58 am
sunset: 7:09 pm
Forecast July 25, 2014
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
87°F
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 13 mph
night
Clear
Clear
69°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 13 mph
Forecast July 26, 2014
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
88°F
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 13 mph
night
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
71°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 13 mph
Forecast July 27, 2014
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
89°F
wind speed: 9 mph NE
wind gusts: 16 mph
night
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
71°F
wind speed: 9 mph E
wind gusts: 16 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

November Signifies the Beginning of Whale Watching Season in Maui

Right near Thanksgiving, humpback whales start arriving around Maui. Humpbacks migrate off their Alaskan feeding grounds yearly to give birth, raise the young whales, mate, and go back to Alaska in April. The ocean approximately Maui tend to be teaming with whales actively playing, courting, nurturing their young, and as well just simply having a warm respite ?n the chilly waters within the arctic.

Humpbacks don’t eat a single thing in the warm Hawaiian waters – krill, their most desired food, do not live in warm waters but exclusively within arctic seas. So whilst they spend wintertime in Maui they lose just about one-third their body weight.

Early December can be an ideal time to go to Maui — just before the hectic holiday season when fellow people are beginning to shovel snow back on the mainland. Airline tickets set you back significantly less as well as hotels charge you considerably significantly less than they generally do in January.

The Honua Kai Resort & Spa is the place to reside and you will view whales from your villa’s lanai, for those who have an ocean view. The Honua Kai is the latest as well as leading 5-star vacation resort in Maui found on the 1 beach inside the world Ka’anapali Beach within northern Maui. The review articles are in and they are quite frankly exceptional.

I’ve taken whale watching trips for 10 years and my recommendation is to locate excursion firms which concentrate on Zodiac boats. A Zodiac is the only technique to get up and personal with a whale the size of a school bus. Women that are pregnant in addition to people with back issues or possibly recent surgery will not be permitted to ride on Zodiacs.

Probably the most bang for the buck activity in Maui happens to be a Zodiac trip for 2 hours looking for whales. Each and every one of our journeys has been exciting also wonderful. We’ve became acquainted with lots of people whom in actual fact go whale watching each day whilst in Maui! If you take numerous tours with the same adventure provider you’ll get Pre-Boarding status and grab the ideal seats.

Bring a hat and additionally sunglasses – polarized sunglasses are unquestionably far better than normal types – you can see the whales swim underneath the boat with polarized ones. In addition, put suntan lotion upon any kind of uncovered skin as the UV rays will certainly burn even on cloudy days.

Arrive around a half hour prior to the boarding time in addition to once you do you is going to be assigned a numbered ticket – the lower numbers are permitted onto the boat first. This particular activity has a wonderful price reduction of which basically has adults obtaining tickets priced for kids prices if you purchase your tickets through the appropriate} excursion {company.

Best Seafood Restaurant on Maui

Mama’s Fish House

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Best fish restaurant on Maui; Mama's Fish HouseGlistening moi is caught off leeward Oahu, then wok-fried with Kula vegetables and topped with mango-lychee blackbean sauce. Deep-water ahi is hooked by Kamaki Everett outside his home port of Hana Bay, then peppercorn grilled with Hamakua mushroom-basil sauce and served with a side of sweet potato “mash.”

Mama’s Fish House reigns as royalty in 2009, when it comes to serving the Best Seafood on Maui. Readers voted for this landmark restaurant in Kuau, not only because of the sheer volume it serves, but because it utilizes only the freshest local products. And, you know it remains consistent as it’s a multiple previous winner in this prestigious classification.

“It’s nice to work for owners who care more about quality than price,” says longtime Executive Chef Perry Bateman. “We have no limitations, really, when it comes to buying the best. We serve the most expensive lobster in the world, from isolated Tristan Island (part of great Antarctica) and we buy the freshest catch from local fishermen.”

Mama’s even has its own “fish guru,” Mike Pascher, who examines fish brought in to the loading dock in front of his chilled Fish Room. After an intense inspection, his team slices and fillets countless whole specimens from the deep, and then Mama’s go on to sell it — and no other restaurant in the state of Hawaii can top its volume.

For those who want a taste of Polynesia, try the fresh mahimahi and pork laulau steamed in a ti leaf package, which is opened tableside by the waiter, who then pours aromatic coconut milk into it. The laulau is accompanied by grilled Hana banana and tropical fruit. Mama’s presentation of this timeless Hawaiian dish takes seafood to a whole new level.

First place:
Mama’s Fish House
799 Poho Place
Kuau, Maui
808-579-8488

Second place:
The Maalaea Waterfront Restaurant
50 Hauoli St. • Maalaea • 808-244-9028

Third place:
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
1881 S. Kihei Road • Kihei • 808-879-0004
115 Bay Drive Unit 115 • Kapalua • 808-669-6286

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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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
808-669-6999
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.

1 Bedroom Villa

1 Bedroom Villa

This villa sleeps up to 4.  Two in the king size bed and two in the queen size sofa bed.  The stats:

Suite area: 700 sq ft

Lanai area: 150 sq ft

Note: We are now renting our 1 bedroom
Direct for as little as $99 per day

Click here to learn more!

Our villa is a 1-bedroom ocean view condo and sleeps 4.  I can assure you no one can beat our discounted prices – no one!

From Lanai

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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.

Aina Gourmet Market

Fantastic Market in the Honua Kai!

5-star market/bistro/cafe in a 5-star resort

808-662-2832

Hours of Operation 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

The tacky little store found in most resorts, the ones that sell a pack of gum for $5, just doesn’t exist at the Honua Kai – of course we have a 5-star store/market/cafe to go along with a 5-star resort.

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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

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:

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