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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

Best Breakfast in Maui

Maui’s Best Breakfast

We live in St. Louis and when we fly to Maui the time change can be 5 hours – so 7 am Maui time is really noon in St. Louis; breakfast takes on a whole new meaning to us.  There are many places open for breakfast on Maui and most of them are truly awful – you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good day by eating breakfast that totals the day.

  • 1St Place – Gazebo Restaurant
  • 2nd Place – Kihei Caffe
  • 3rd Place – Charley’s Restaurant

Gazebo Restaurant

Gazebo Restaurant in located in the back of this resort

Gazebo Restaurant in located in the back of this resort

Restaurant is on the beach

Restaurant is on the beach

5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761-9005
Beach-side in the Napili Shores Resort.
Call 808-669-5621
Website: www.mauihawaii.org/restaurants/gazebo.htm

We have eaten here and the food is truly fantastic – so is the location on the beach.  Breakfast starts at 7:30 am and there will be a line of folks who got there at 7 am; the food is that good.  This restaurant is about 10 minutes from the Honua Kai.  This is probably the best breakfast on Maui!

Kihei Caffe

KiheiCaffe

We have eaten here – the caffè is located in the norther part of Kihei on S. Kihei Rd.  It’s nothing fancy but the breakfast is great.  The caffè is open for a casual breakfast and lunch and is right across from the Kalama Park (beach).  This caffè is about a 45-minute drive south from the Honua Kai.

Willie Nelson can be found at this restaurant when he visits Maui – he loves the place.  Click here to see him.

1945 S Kihei Rd
Kihei, HI 96753-7836
(808) 879-2230
Website: kiheicaffe.com

Charley’s Restaurant

On the Road to Hana

On the Road to Hana

This is an important restaurant for you since it’s on the Road to Hana!  If you are driving to Hana you need to stop here and have a great breakfast.  Charlie’s opens 7 am to 10 pm and has a bar.  It’s a great place to unwind after a full day of driving to Hana!  The breakfast is fantastic and we have eaten there often.

142 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI
808-579-9453
Website: charleysmaui.com

Where do Maui Locals Eat?

Eat Cheap – Eat Great Maui Food!

You can’t eat at 5-star restaurants all the time – and there’s no way in hell you’re bringing the family to a Mickey-D’s on Maui – what to do?  I can tell you that the true feeling of Maui are in the people that live here year long; mingle with them and they will tell you all kinds of secrets and tips that aren’t known outside of Maui locals.  Well eat where local Maui folks eat – the best food for the buck.  Here are some places we visit each time we stay at the Honua Kai:

I’m just going to cover the Ka’anapali area near the Honua Kai in this article.

Kahuna Kabobs

Kahuna Kabobs

Kahuna Kabobs
126 Lahainaluna Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 661-9999

If you’ve walked Lahaina you’ve probably walked right past the Kahuna Kabobs – the locals know this and have the place to themselves. They are known for their kabobs, salads and wraps. Their kabobs include steak, chicken, fish, shrimp or tofu. Everything is tasty, super fresh, and healthy.  The locals that work in Lahaina love to eat here (we’re all sick of the food at our own restaurants).

The place is a bit tricky to locate; it’s located in the alley just north of the Maui Built store. So when shopping in Lahaina and you want to taste what the locals eat drop by.

On Front Street in Lahaina

On Front Street in Lahaina

BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria
730 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
808-661-0700

BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria Maui

We eat here all the time – best deep-dish pizza in Maui if you ask me.  The place is huge and you can meet friends for a pizza and beer and the place can handle parties of 20 or more!  It’s upstairs on the second floor and their pasta and sandwiches is another reason the locals frequent this place.

They have late night entertainment so its a fun place to meet folks and have a great time.  This is a place where kids to grandparents will have a fun time.

Cool Cat Cafe is upstairs on Front St near Lahaina Harbor

Cool Cat Cafe is upstairs on Front St near Lahaina Harbor

Cool Cat Cafe
658 Front St
Lahaina, HI 96761-1216
(808) 667-0908

“Best Burger on Maui” 5 years in a row – we eat there all the time after whale watching or fishing from the Lahaina Harbor.  It’s on Front Street and up on the second floor and you can watch folks walking to and from the harbor.  There burgers win awards all the time – its a fantastic place to eat on the cheap.  All the locals eat here.

Freshest fish on Maui - the locals eat here!

Freshest fish on Maui - the locals eat here!

The Fish Market Maui
3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd #H1
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 665-9895

If you want the freshest fish at an affordable price come to where the locals eat – The Fish Market.  From the pupu’s (appetizer in Hawaiian) to the main course all the fish served here is just hours from being caught.  The seating is very limited so folks just carry-out the meals and find a spot to have a picnic or take it home and eat on the lanai watching the Pacific ocean from their Honua Kai villa.

I’ll write more articles on local eateries since there are so many great ones – but for goodness sakes don’t eat at the Mickey-D’s!

If you want to read more

If you want to read more

Click above to read even more

Bosch Clothes Dryer at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Bosch Clothes Dryer

The dryer is much easier to operate than the washer.  Open the door and remove the lint trap right by the opening.  Be careful since it’s just flimsy plastic and remove any lint by hand.  There is another access door at the bottom – don’t open it since it’s for maintenance personal only.

Throw in the clothes and close the door.  The manufacturer recommends liquid fabric softener be used in the wash cycle and NOT dryer sheets in the dryer.

There is a large, circular knob, at the top right where you can select Permanent Press or Regular/Cotton – again the Permanent Press cycle expects HALF a load of clothes to work properly.  Choose your setting and the minutes left will show up in a small window to the left.  Press the Start/Stop button to begin.

When your load is finished turn the circular knob to “Off” and remove your clothes.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa Convention Facilities

Hold a Convention at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa!

Up to 50 people

OK, so the 2 900 sq ft meeting convention rooms would be nothing for Vegas but on Ka’anapali Beach they mean 50 folks can hold a convention in paradise – per room.

It costs $500 to rent each room for an entire day and $250 for half a day.  In reality each convention room seats 25 people comfortably.  Like most convention resorts you get a price break when you book more villas.  If you have an interest in holding a meeting or convention at the Honua Kai I would call the Honua Kai and ask for the Director of Owner Relations for availability and pricing.  The phone number for the Honua Kai Resort & Spa is 808-662-2801.

Meals can be catered from the 2 fine restaurants at the Honua Kai – The Aina Restaurant and Duke’s Restaurant would be glad to cater the meals and drinks.

So your only job now is to concoct a reason to have a convention at the Honua Kai – all your personnel are rooting for you!!

HD LCD TV with Blu-Ray DVD in Villas

High Definition LG TVs

There are two TVs in our villa:

  1. 52” HD LCD TV with Blu-Ray DVD player in living room
  2. 32” HD LCD TV in bedroom

Turn on TV and show TV-Guide:

Press “TV” button on the upper right under the “Mode” column to tell the controller you wish to control the TV.

Turn TV on/off: Press the BLUE button at the top middle – the on/off button.

TV Guide: Press 491 (Don’t press any “-“ dashes)

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The following table should help with the major TV shows:

Oceanic Time-Warner Cable

Channel Description
49-1 TV Guide
50-1 FOX
51-1 ABC
51-2 CBS
52-1 NBC
53-2 Fox News
54-1 CNN
70-1 MSNBC
74-1 SYFY
79-1 Stars
80-1 HBO
81-1 Showtime
82-1 HBO

The 3-digit station number is punched in without the dash (-) so the TV Guide station is punched in as 491.

Blu-Ray DVD Player

You can easily play DVDs and Blu-Rays by doing the following:

Grab the TV Controller and turn on TV (See above)

On the TV Controller press the INPUT button on the upper left under the “Input” Column.

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A popup menu will appear on the TV.  Click the down arrow and select the second from the bottom (HDMI1/DVI) menu item and press “Enter”.

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Grab the DVD Controller and turn on by pressing the “Power” button.  You should see the “LG” startup logo on the TV now.

On the DVD Controller press the “Open/Close” button to open the sliding door and insert your DCD/Blu-Ray disc.  Press the “Open/Close” button again to close the sliding door.

Movie should now start playing.

Control sound level with the TV controller.

Control the DVD with the DVD controller: “Pause”, “Stop”, “Play”.

To get the main menu of the DVD press the “Stop” button.  Use the “left” and “right” arrows to highlight the “Movie” option on the TV screen, then press “Skip” to start movie.

To stop movie press “Stop” button then press “Open/Close” button to open DVD sliding door and remove DVD.  Press “Open/Close” to close door.

Press the “Power” DVD button to turn off the DVD controller.

Grab the TV Controller and press the “Input” button on the top left corner under the “Input” column.  A Popup screen appears for input to the TV.  Press the “UP” button until the top line is highlighted “TV” then press “Enter” button and you are now back to normal TV.

Latest eBay Auctions – Ka’anapali

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Ka’anapali items!

Timeshare: The Inside Look at Timeshare Industry

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - timesharesIn the beginning, the concept of purchasing a timeshare to make vacations more affordable was a good idea. Over the years the timeshare industry has developed a negative image. Commission driven salesmen will tell you that timeshares are a good deal. In most cases, timeshares turn out to be a better deal for the pushy salesmen and the owner of the timeshare property.

There are many people that love their timeshares and are happy that they purchased a timeshare. Other people were sucked into buying a timeshare at a high pressure sales presentation. They experience “buyer’s remorse” immediately. Most timeshare deals are legitimate but there are plenty of scams and shady deals in the timeshare industry. Over aggressive salesmen use high pressure sales tactics to lure people into buying timeshares. They provide inaccurate information to close the deal. Stricter laws covering the sale of timeshares have help to curve these unscrupulous sale tactics. When you attend a sales presentation, never make an impulsive decision and never sign on the spot.

Timeshare is a shared ownership of a property that is used by its owner at different times, usually in one week intervals. There are different types of ownerships that determine how long you own the timeshare. Ownership means the property is deeded to you and you have a share in the unit. If the property is deeded to you, it can be sold, given away or left to family members in a will. The “right to use” timeshares gives you the right to use the property for a certain amount of years. The property owner retains ownership.

The money that you spend to own a timeshare can be costly. Besides the initial payment to purchase the timeshare, there are maintenance fees. Maintenance fees are use for improvements and the upkeep of the vacation property. Most maintenance fees increase every year.

Many timeshare owners feel burned by the timeshare trap. The promises that were made at the sales presentation never materialized. Timeshares are not a good investment because their values depreciate over time. In these tough economic times, many timeshare owners can’t afford to take a vacation and they can’t afford to pay the maintenance fees or the annual taxes.

If one must purchase a timeshare, he or she should try to buy a timeshare on the resale market instead because when you buy from the developer you are paying for all the marketing, promotions and freebies they give away, to entice you to attend their sales presentation.

The Honua Kai is surrounded by timeshare projects – to the south is the Westin and to the north is the Ka’anapali Beach Club.  We own timeshares and if used properly and wisely they allow for nice vacations.  However, the learning curve is huge.

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

Why Maui is an A+ Choice for your Destination Wedding

Weddings on Maui

Wedding0030

Oh for the good ol' days

(Sadly you can’t have the chairs on the beach anymore)

Now that you have planned a wedding/honeymoon adventure, I am going to tell you that a Maui destination wedding is “no ka oi,” which means “none better,” in Hawaiian. In comparison with other destinations, Maui is affordable, exotic yet practical and safe.

Choosing a Maui destination wedding and planning ahead with a good wedding based travel consultant, like you will find at Merry Maui Weddings and Vacations, will reward you will reward you with surprisingly affordable prices. Flight specials direct to Maui abound. Pleasant beachfront condos can commonly be found for as little as $100 per night. Of course, you can spend more to stay in a luxurious world-class resort. An abundance of healthy, exotic or familiar, food can be found for any budget. A good agent can get you great prices on rental cars and activities for your Maui honeymoon.

Maui offers an incredible diversity of cultures on one island. Food, entertainment, clothing and language of Hawaiian, Tahitian, Japan, Marshallese, Portuguese, Mexican, Chinese and Puerto Rican, and more can be readily found and enjoyed by visitors.

But, on the other hand, if you are the cautious type who wants to play it safe, Maui is an American wedding destination… you can easily find familiar grocery stores, fill a prescription or see your favorite television shows. People drive on the right hand side of the road and everyone speaks English, although “pidgin” and other dialects sometimes flavor it and will, hopefully, charm you.

Decent roads, streets signs and an abundance of maps will make traveling much more comfortable than you might imagine a destination wedding and honeymoon could offer.

So, Maui offers the best of all worlds in a destination wedding choice: First-World amenities and security, diversity, economy and ease. You will most probably return again and again. You might even move here. It happens!