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Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

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Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

Visiting this fall. We've stayed at Royal Lahaina before. But wondered about renting direct at Mahana, Maui Kai or Honua Kai. We'd love ocean view but also need to stay in budget.

Can anyone comment on the various properties - location, amenities, etc?

Thanks-

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1. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

Mahana and Maui Kai will give you the best ocean views.

What we like about the Mahana (where we've stayed 3 times) vs. Maui Kai (where we haven't stayed):

You have an ocean view from the pool at the Mahana, whereas Maui Kai's pool is in behind the building.

Mahana units all have in-unit washer/dryers.

Loungers on the grass at the Mahana with palm trees for a bit of shade, whereas Maui Kai has a concrete patio in front with a few loungers.

The beach walk starts next to the Mahana ... to access the beach walk from the Maui Kai, you would first need to walk along the beach in front of the Mahana, or walk around on the sidewalk (about a 10 minute walk.)

Having said that, I think you would be quite happy at either and would check VRBO listings for your dates since pricing will likely be less expensive than renting direct. Both resorts are quite popular and you might find limited availability through VRBO for this fall (depending on when you're going).

Re Honua Kai - lovely resort but you won't have the ocean 50 feet in front of your lanai like you will at Mahana or Maui Kai. Also, rates will likely be higher, unless you get a mountain view. Honua Kai would be a good choice with children, because of the pools. (We're doing a family trip this fall ... most of us are staying at the Mahana, but our daughter's family is staying at HK ... for the pools.)

The beach in front of all of these resorts isn't as nice as it is at Royal Lahaina ... Honua Kai would rate the highest amongst the other 3 resorts for the beach, with fewer rocks in the shallow water than the Mahana and Maui Kai have.

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2. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

Great website for aerials of the resorts on Maui. I use it all the time when researching resorts:

hawaiirevealed.com/free-travel-info/maui/mau…

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3. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

We have stayed at the Royal Lahaina twice in the past two years and loved it, it is located on a great section of kaanapali beach and still in walking distance to Whalers village for shopping and dining (15-20 min walk). Be sure to get a south facing room for mountain, ocean and golf course views.

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4. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

Look at Maui Kaanapali Villas, right next to the Royal Lahaina. Best beach of the condos you've mentioned, wonderful low rise, low key property with a good restaurant too.

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5. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

Royal Lahaina has a wider beach, less people on the beach and less wind. MKV is a great condo pick.

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6. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

One additional thing to keep in mind ... some resorts have daily parking and/or amenity fees that you'll want to factor into your budget.

If you rent privately, there is usually a one time cleaning fee, and at some resorts (e.g. Honua Kai and MKV) a daily parking or amenity fee as well. Renting privately at the Mahana (and I believe Maui Kai), there is no additional parking or amenity fee.

If you rent directly thru the resort or via a site such as hotels.com or expedia, be sure to check on their website re additional fees.

Edited: 22 July 2013, 16:28
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7. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

Haven't looked at this page in a while. What happened to Ka'anapali Beach Club. Wasn't it between Kaanapali Shores and Maui Kai?

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8. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

Patrick ... it's still there, but Hawaii Revealed doesn't cover it. beach-club-reservations.com/…

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9. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

We've stayed at the Mahana once. We really liked the place. It's a fairly small property but it's well kept and away from the hustle and bustle of Kaanapali. The views from the rooms are amazing. The pool and lawn area are really nice too. There is also a Star Market right near there for groceries. I would stay there again in a heart beat! Sorry, I'm not familiar with the other properties you mentioned.

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10. Re: Mahana, Maui Kai, Honoa Kai or Royal Lahaina?

Susan, we saw it a year ago, but couldn't imagine it being torn down (that quickly?) or why MR doesn't show it. Not so say they show every complex, but most of that size are shown. Seems odd.