Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
January 17, 2017, 7:52 pm
Partly cloudy with showers
Partly cloudy with showers
76°F
real feel: 67°F
humidity: 72%
wind speed: 13 mph NE
wind gusts: 13 mph
sunrise: 7:06 am
sunset: 6:07 pm
Forecast January 17, 2017
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
86°F
wind speed: 7 mph NNE
wind gusts: 9 mph
night
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
67°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast January 18, 2017
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
86°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
night
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
66°F
wind speed: 4 mph NNE
wind gusts: 7 mph
Forecast January 19, 2017
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
84°F
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
night
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
65°F
wind speed: 4 mph NE
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)

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

Gazebos, Cabanas, and Chars at the Pool

Pool Furniture

If you plan to spend the day around the pool or at the beach you can rent furniture from the Honua Kai Pool Service Shacks.  You can grab your own piece of pool/ocean for a full day or half a day.

Gazebo

Rent a gazebo for a full day for $45 or starting at noon for $35 for the rest of the day.  Up to 3 pool chairs can fit in the gazebo.  Act like Donald Trump and carve out your piece of the pool for the day. It’s a lot of fun to just read a book without moving every 30 minutes to stay in the shade.  Ka’anapali has afternoon “Spritzes” of rain that last a few minutes and you are totally protected.

Cabanas are two pool chairs together with a clam-shell type of cover that folds up and down.  They rent for $35 for a full day and $25 starting at noon.  Only your face and upper body are protected from the sun.  For $10 more you can rent a gazebo which is much nicer.

Chairs and Chairs with a hood by the beach: If you plan to spend time on the beach you will see chairs near the edge of the beach cable locked to a pole.  Beach chairs can be rented for $10 for the entire day or $5 starting at noon.  A hooded version of the beach chair rents for $20 a day and $10 starting at noon.

All these rentals are done at the Pool Service Shacks.

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
808-667-9898
www.mauihands.com

Hyatt Regency
Suite 118, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali, Maui
808-667-7997

North Shore, 84 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui
808-579-9245

Second Place:
Viewpoints
3620 Baldwin Ave. • Makawao, Maui
808-572-5979

Third Place:
Lahaina Galleries
828 Front St. • Lahaina, Maui
808-661-6284

Maui Coffee

Enjoy Maui Coffee

Maui Coffee

Quick; what other US state, besides Hawaii, grows coffee?  No other state is the correct answer.  While visiting the Honua Kai and Maui you really need to buy a bag of Maui Coffee and enjoy a taste of the Hawaiian Islands.  Kona coffee is just fine too.  If you visit the Whalers or ABC stores you can buy a bag of Maui coffee and brew it exactly the way you like coffee back at the Honua Kai.

Make sure the coffee you buy is 100% Hawaiian coffee either Kona or Maui.  Kona blended coffee has just 10% Hawaiian coffee and you can’t taste it when 90% of the coffee is much less quality coffee – get 100% Kona or Maui.

History of Hawaiian Coffee

The coffee plant as first introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Chief Boki, the Governor of Oahu, in 1825 after acquiring coffee plants in Rio de Janeiro while aboard a British warship, the H.M.S. Blonde. From the original plantings in the Manoa Valley on Oahu, coffee trees were introduced to locations around the Islands, including the now famous Kona Coast.

The coffee tree needs six specific conditions to thrive:

  1. Rich soil
  2. Proper elevation (between 500 and 3000 feet is ideal)
  3. Sunshine
  4. Cloud cover
  5. Lots of rain
  6. Moderate slope for proper drainage of roots

The Hawaiian climate offers all six elements, many other coffee growing areas of the world lack one or more of the six needed attributes.  Because Hawaii has all six attributes Hawaiian coffee is #1 in the world.  I buy Blue Jamacian coffee once in a while for prices 4 to 6 times as much as Kona, or Maui, coffee and I can’t taste a difference.

The growing season in Maui begins in January and ends in June. As you drive around Maui in January you can see coffee blossoms to appear on the trees after rains early in the season, and these flowers eventually turn into coffee cherries. These coffee cherries are allowed to ripen on the tree, under the close watch of the farmers. When they are bright red and ripe, each coffee cherry is harvested individually by hand.

Maui Coffee Company is, of course, the big coffee grower on Maui – you can find their bags of coffee sold in hundreds of stores on Maui.  Buy a bag of their coffee and brew it up back at the Honua Kai and you will be able to sit on your lanai and enjoy even more of Maui.  Buy a couple of bags to take home with you.

www.mauigrowncoffee.com is grown right here in Ka’anapali!  This is truly a fantastic coffee and you can visit their store and the coffee fields.

Ka’anapali Coffee Farms – Why not just buy your own 5-acre coffee plantation at Ka’a’apaliCoffee Farms?  This is a real estate venture where coffee growing land plots are sold and you can start your own coffee plantation!  Cool idea and something some of you might consider.

Rough Guide Directions Maui

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Make the most of your time with Rough Guide DIRECTIONS Maui. Slim, stylish and pocketable, the guide is an up-to-date, authoritative and user-friendly companion to this unforgettable destination. Full-colour and richly illustrated throughout, the guide highlights the best Maui has on offer from awesome pacific surf on Big Beach to ravishingly tropical scenery and the best hikes from which to adsorb it all – giving you inspiration for things to do, 24 hours a day. You’ll find accurate information on the regions top attractions from historic Lahaina to the countless waterfalls and ravines that line the demanding road to Hāna as well as the most popular child-friendly attractions. The guide features up-to-date listings of all the hottest places to stay, eat, drink, club, shop and enjoy the wide array of leisure activities on offer to suit all budgets. Comes complete with comprehensive maps to help you find your way around.

Rough Guide Directions Maui

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.

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.

Maui Weddings

Getting Married on Maui

A Lifetime of Memories

A Lifetime of Memories

Who would not want to get married on Maui?  Well the easiest part is to book reservations at the Honua Kai and it then gets tougher from there.  Remember the Honua Kai can have everyone in the wedding party stay at one location.  Studios, 1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms, and 3 bedrooms are available.

I’m certainly no expert on this topic so I’ve scoured the internet and gotten some great resources for you.  I’m going on recommendations from a lot of good websites that specialize in Maui weddings.  Basically you can have a very simple ceremony on a Maui beach as the sun sets (and in front of the Honua Kai if you want) or hold a huge bash like many billionaires have done on Maui – your choice.

Basically you can get married at these types of locations:

  • On a Maui Beach – can be right on the beach in front of the Honua Kai if you like
  • Overlooking unbelievable ocean vistas – the stuff of fairytales
  • Waterfall weddings – some wedding planners have access to private waterfalls
  • Garden weddings –  wedding planners have access to estates that the public never sees
  • Resort Hotel Sites –  these are typically booked 6 months in advance and even more

Although the Honua Kai does not have wedding facilities the wedding can be catered to the beach directly in front of the Honua Kai – bring the wedding to you!  There are companies that specialize in doing this – all beaches on all Hawaiian Islands are public beaches and anyone can hold a wedding on any Hawaiian beach they want.

The northern part of Maui is just beautiful for weddings – the Maui shore lines have appeared in hundreds of moves in the past century – that’s how beautiful it is in Maui.  Folks get married on the beach all the time.  Here are some of the most popular locations for Maui weddings:

Honua Kai Beach!

Honua Kai Beach!

On the Maui Beach

You used to be able to have arches and chairs on the Maui beach but that ended in Aug of 2008.  You can have the minister and wedding party stand on the beach for the ceremony.

Unbelievable Ocean Vistas

Unbelievable Ocean Vistas

Ocean Vistas

Many wedding coordinators on Maui own or lease plots of land that overlook breathtaking vistas of the Maui Ocean.  These locations are typically above cliff areas so you are not on the beach for this kind of wedding.  The facilities are built or can be erected quickly then removed so as to not spoil the natural beauty of the location.

Maui Waterfall Weddings

Maui Waterfall Weddings

Waterfall Weddings

Many wedding coordinators specialize in this kind of wedding – by a Maui waterfall.  The location is usually a leased area that is not open to the public so you won’t have kids diving into the pools below.

Maui Garden Weddings

Maui Garden Weddings

Garden Weddings

Garden weddings specialize in showing off the Maui landscape with rare flowers and birds that don’t exist near the beach or by secluded waterfalls.  These weddings typically have rare birds nearby to add a Polynesian ambiance to the wedding.

Resort Hotel Weddings

Resort Hotel Weddings

Resort Hotel Weddings

This is the most expensive kind of wedding on Maui – big bucks and lots of lead time of 6 – 12+ months for booking the wedding.  Expect to put up hefty deposits that are forfeited if you cancel the wedding.  This kind of wedding is favored by lots of folks who spend lots of money for the wedding.

Conclusion:

I’m starting a Wedding series and will post more detailed information about the 5 kinds of weddings on Maui and wedding coordinators.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa Price Comparisons

Honua Kai Reservation Comparison

July 10 – 17, 2010

Periodically I do a review of the major reservation sites and publish the comparisons here.  The most commonly asked for reservation is a 1-bedroom for a family of 4, and that’s what I searched for.  There are many things to consider when doing such a comparison and here are the things I accounted for:

  • Family of 4
  • 1-bedroom partial ocean view
  • $10/day parking fee not included in prices since they are collected at the front desk at the Honua Kai when you check-in.

I just finished the comparison today, March 21, 2010 and there it is:

Source Rent/day Rent Fees Taxes Total /day
ME $189 $1,323 $135 $183.17 $1,641.17 $234.45
Ambassador Club $443 $3,101 $455 $416.16 $3,972.16 $567.46
RoyalHawaii.com $453 $3,171 $455 $425.55 $4,051.55 $578.79
Booking.com* $453 $3,171 $455 $425.55 $4,051.55 $578.79
Travelocity $453 $3,171 $455 $425.55 $4,051.55 $578.79
Hotels.com $468 $3,276 $455 $439.64 $4,170.64 $595.81
Expedia.com $468 $3,276 $455 $439.64 $4,170.64 $595.81
Orbitz.com* $496 $3,469 $455 $465.56 $4,389.27 $627.04

* these sources had no partial ocean views available

Hope you find this helpful.

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.