Pono Kai

Rates: $329 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Bed types: QK (sleeps 4)
Reviews: 4.87 (from 110 reviews)
Without a doubt, the Pono Kai Zen Retreat is the finest unit on this 15 acre property. This 2 bedroom 2 bath condo is literally only steps to the warm Pacific Ocean! Golden sunrises, warm trade winds, and shimmering waters next to a mile-long sandy beach. Those are just a few of the things that come with this beautiful condo!
Every detail in this wonderfully furnished and decorated Retreat was carefully tended to. Here are just some of its new features;
- A brand new “state of the art” Kitchen with mahogany cabinets, stunning Rainforest marble countertops, and all stainless appliances. When not enjoying one of the many excellent nearby restaurants, this fully equipped kitchen will serve you well when preparing your own gourmet Island meals.
- A huge Master Bedroom featuring a beautiful King bed w/ bamboo carved headboard and top-of-the-line mattress. Whether lulling yourself to sleep listening to the gentle waves or waking to a beautiful sunrise. This Master bedroom is truly a retreat within a retreat!
- Check out the spacious Master Bath, unique to the property! Huge custom walk-in Travertine shower with modern sleek fixtures. Beautiful double vanity with Balinese stone vessel sinks and a Brazilian gold travertine counter.
- The living/dining area features a Queen size sofa/bed great for extra guests. Open the sliding glass doors and you are on the lanai, perfect for sipping the morning Kona coffee or an afternoon beverage! Just steps beyond are the manicured lawn and the beautiful beach.
- Remodeled Guest Bedroom and Guest bath
- Gorgeous 18” Italian tile throughout the unit
- Oversized fans in every room
- New LED lights throughout

This amazing unit definitely has a 5 star feel to it for a modest price!

The Pono Kai Resort enjoys a fantastic location along the eastern coastline of Kauai, known as the coconut coast, because of the large palm trees that line the coast. From this central location on the island, visitors can easily explore Princeville to the north, Poipu to the south, and other hikes and trails on the island in a timely fashion.

Visitors staying at the Pono Kai Resort will enjoy an assortment of onsite activities such as the onsite pool and hot tub, lighted tennis courts and croquet lawn, shuffleboard, putting green, work-out room, BBQ facilities, and activity desk for booking on-island adventures. Our favorite amenity is easy to access the beachfront paved walking/bike trail that fronts the property and coastline. Explore the scenic trail for miles in each direction.
To enjoy the beautiful sounds and feel the ocean breezes. THIS CONDO DOES HAVE CENTRAL AC. There is a portable unit for the small bedroom, and large ceiling fans and ocean breezes.

We welcome your stay with us! Aloha!

Keys: Pono Kai, Condominium Kauai, Kapaa, Coconut Coast Registration Number: TA-057-677-4144-01,+450070020057,+GE-057-677-4144-01

Pono Kai Reviews

Brian R.
June 2023
The property was incredible and the owner was great with communication. The path right outside of the patio doors was great for a quick bike ride or walk/run. The beach in front of the property had really nice sand and surf. Searching for crabs at night on the beach was really fun. Overall property is in a great location and came fully stocked with everything needed for cooking meals, playing on the beach, and other outdoor rec. Highly recommend and hope to be back someday!

Dianne P.
June 2023
This condo was exactly as written. Very clean. Has everything needed. Great view. Will definitely stay here again!

Lincoln K.
May 2023
Nice view of the ocean very big master room.

Terence and Sheena B.
May 2023
Lena's condo was exactly as advertised and had absolutely everything we needed and more. She has really thought of everything. The convenience of the ground floor unit was wonderful and extended the living space. the proximity to the grounds many amenities and beach were perfect (and watching sunrise each morning was lovely). Lena was very responsive to our questions and provided step by step information for when we arrived, what to expect and how to go about things. The use of the bikes were a wonderful bonus and we used them several times on the path. We would absolutely stay in this condo and at Pono Kai again.

Jean A.
April 2023
Easy and comfortable condo on Pacific. Clean, well furnished kitchen, towels, patio with furniture. Plenty of amenities in resort complex—accessible walk/ bike path. Beaches to swim. Restaurants and food trucks near. Safeway grocery shopping near. Highly recommended.

Kathleen C.
April 2023
This condo is perfect. There were beach chairs/umbrellas, beach stuff (boards/snorkels/masks/floats/towels), and a cooler for use. I would definitely stop and check before buying anything for your stay. The beach is right there and you can watch the sunrise from bed. We won't be back because there is too much of this world to explore, but you should stay here. You won't be disappointed.

Angelica L.
April 2023
The rental couldn't have been more perfect from the helpful communication from the host and fantastic location to the rental itself. Additionally we loved having access to their beach and snorkeling gear. We ended up doing a lot of exploring on the island but the resort and host has everything you need to enjoy your vacation!

Lynn W.
April 2023
A beautiful condo with the perfect location and all the amenities of home! Add easy communication with gracious hosts and you’ve got a little piece of paradise all to yourself!

Jane B.
March 2023
Nice place to stay. Only down part is you hear the footsteps from the room above. Bed was comfortable and the air conditioning kept the room cool. Have to wake up for the morning sunrise 🌞

Greg G.
February 2023
The property was a wonderful place to relax and unwind. The beach is beautiful. Location is central to many destinations.

Roy G.
January 2023
We found the property to be just as advertised. Great view from lanai. Most everything we needed for our stay was found on premises. The resort location on the east coast of the island worked well for us as we visited the North and South coasts on multiple days.

Donna R.
January 2023
Easy check-in. Responsive and attentive owners and local property representative. Well appointed condo overlooking the ocean. Magnificent sunrises and sunsets while walking the beach pathway. A relaxing and peaceful stay on the East Coast.

January 2023
We spent a lovely 10 days here over Christmas. The condo is perfect- walk across the grass and bike trail to the beach. No traffic noise- centrally located in Kapaa, no need to drive if you stay in town. We were able to use the owners’ bicycles- which were perfect and spent lots of time on the bike path. The town has tons of local flavor- which we prefer over resorts and had great food at many of the restaurants. The people on the island are friendly and welcoming. Our hosts were readily available for questions and the condo was well- equipped, down to the coffee filters. The laundry facilities are right around the corner. We didn’t try the pool- preferred the ocean and only used the gym a couple times. The water near the condo is pretty calm- no crashing waves but lovely swimming and floating. Shopping is all nearby as well. This is a quieter town- everything shuts down around 5 and not all restaurants are open every day. Make sure to visit the Pono market- they close at 2 and usually have a line but well worth the wait!

Gary H.
December 2022
Would rent this condo again

Ray R.
December 2022
Everything was great. From the property to the location to the weather to the island to the food and to the people we met. One of the best vacations ever! Mahalo forever.

Stephen H.
November 2022
Fantastic condo. Loved everything about the place

Mary L.
November 2022
Very well-equipped, nicely furnished, and clean. Beautiful location with superb ocean view!

Adena C.
November 2022
We have stayed at this property several times and each time it is a pleasant experience. The location on the beach is fantastic, the condo is clean and well-stocked, the on-island manager is responsive and helpful, and all of the accommodations are comfortable.

Brian G.
November 2022
Great Stay

Justin R.
November 2022
This place is amazing! It is so close to the ocean you can hear the waves while you sleep. The property looks like a magazine cover. There are chickens everywhere but no poop on the ground. The bed is a little hard but I am use to a very soft bed. There are not words for how perfect it was.

Kristyn L.
October 2022
We had a great stay here! The property is in the perfect location to watch the sunrise every morning and to hop on the boardwalk for a bike ride or walk!

Eugene L.
October 2022
Overall good property and good experience. Only hiccup was on check in day…the door code did not work. We contacted the property owners and manager and did not get a response. We finally got a response an hour and half later when we went had the resorts front desk contact the property manager. We would have expected phones to be ready at check in time in case of what we experienced. Outside of that hiccup, the stay was nice. Place was clean and had all the amenities we wanted. Location was incredible. Paco’s Tacos next to the resort is a must-go place. Great chicken tacos.

michelle k.
September 2022
Smooth rental process. The condo was perfect and had everything needed for our family to enjoy our week in Kauai! Thank you very much, we’ll be back!

Mary Jo A.
September 2022
Beautiful condo, perfect view, lovely sunrises. 10+++

Kendall C.
September 2022
We had a fantastic time! The place was very clean and in a perfect location. Check in was easy and straight forward. I hope to visit again soon!

Jonathan A.
September 2022
We absolutely loved this rental unit. The only thing I regret is not staying longer! It’s super clean and comfortable, and has more amenities than we could need. Perfect place for a family to stay on Kauai. We will 100% look for this rental the next time we visit. Thank you so much!

Tim $ Kati C.
August 2022
We love staying in Kapaa because of its convenient location, bike path and food options. We really enjoyed the ocean front view and bikes we could ride along the bike path. This condo was very comfortable for our family and we are hoping to come back next summer.

Tyler P.
August 2022
Had a great experience. All was well with the condo. Beach right out the back door, with walking path along it. Hammocks and lawn games and grills around the condo grounds were a nice luxury.

August 2022
Great owners. Registration staff is very pleasant. Love the pond and grounds. A/C in condo works great. We will be back.

Tina H.
August 2022
This is an excellent location to stay on Kauai to adventure to many parts of the island. The condo was clean and well stocked with items for the kitchen, beach, and even bikes! The lanai was wonderful in the mornings to watch the sun come up over the ocean. The town of Kapa’a is just steps away that offers food options and shopping. Go to Pono Market. It’s a great family-owned place. We also appreciated the air conditioning on the steamy summer days. We definitely would return another time!

Melanie S.
August 2022
the apartment was very clean and modern. It had everything you need and much more. Parasols, deck chairs and cool bags. many thanks for everything.

Matthew A.
July 2022
Would love to stay here again

Caleb G.
July 2022
Above and beyond our expectations! Would love to stay here again without hesitation. Bedrooms and bathrooms were huge. Ample living space and large kitchen. ACs in all the rooms were a major plus compared to many other places on the island I've seen or been to. Cannot speak highly enough about every aspect of the owner and rental. Thank you & Mahalo!

Peter D.
July 2022
Probably the best vacation ever... partly because of our condo! Furnished with tons of beach goodies--- chairs, coolers, umbrellas, straw mat... even snorkeling stuff and boogie boards. Surf puts you to sleep since it's 50 feet from the sand. Kitchen is supplied well. We even used the two bikes on the 7 mile bike path that runs along the shore. We were a bit nervous being on the ground floor because of unknown upstairs neighbors. On the first night we reminded them at midnight that other people were in the building... so to take it down a notch. We preferred to stay in Kapaa instead of north or south because it was accessible to all. This is a bigger unit with two baths... and was perfect for us. The condo community had good amenities too. We will definitely be back... but for a bit longer next time!

Price B.
July 2022
The condo was updated and absolutely beautiful, with AC, all the amenities you could think of or want, and just steps from the beach. You can't beat it! The location was within walking distance to most of the shops and restaurants in town. We got a rental car and didn't really even need it(unless you want to visit other sides of the island of course). The resort has a beautiful Koi pond in which you can feed the fish or just enjoy the scenery. Puttputt golf, bocci ball, croquet, tennis, chess, herb garden, pool and more! We just enjoyed the scenery alone and all the flowers and lush beauty Kauai has to ofter. 10/10 would stay again!

July 2022
it was spacious with a fabulous ocean view. Easy walk to restaurants

Paula P.
May 2022
Comfortable accommodations, but it was all about …..location, location, location. Beautiful beach setting, with lovely property.

Melissa C.
May 2022
We loved having a beach out front of this ground level condo! Also enjoyed the pool and the ability to walk to good food! The owner and local manager were quick to respond to any questions. Perfect location for touring the entire island and for taking a day to just hangout and enjoy the property!

James Scott H.
April 2022
The onsite property manager Renee was amazing and worked with us to fix an issue and went above and beyond. The condo itself is in an awesome location within walking distance of everything Kapa'a has to offer and is situated right between the north and south sides of the island, so going anywhere was a breeze (apart from the ever-present traffic jam on Highway 56, but that's been around forever). The Kauai Multiuse Path is literally just outside your door for awesome strolls along the ocean. Our one suggestion to improve things would be bigger beach towels in the unit. A Plus Plus Plus

Mark L.
April 2022
Everything smooth

Peter N.
April 2022
We loved the ocean views, the proximity to the promenade, and ease of finding fine dining or delicious food trucks. The condo is very comfortable and nicely appointed with all the conveniences.

Michael G.
March 2022
The condo was clean, modern, comfortable, well equipped, with the walk path and ocean directly in front of the lanai.

Amber C.
March 2022
We had such a wonderful time. Not only was this place in this location above and beyond what I imagined, but Lena is an amazing host. She checked in to see how we were doing which stood out to me. It was our first trip to Kauai and it could not have been better. This property is at the center of everything. We do wish we could have stayed longer. With the ocean waves nearby, it was so hard to say goodbye. We do hope, when we decide to return back to Kauai, this property will be available. I would definitely recommend anyone to stay here. Thank you so much Lena and Ivan!

Rita P.
February 2022
Spend a month here will my elderly parents. We have stayed at this compound previously, but this is the first two bedroom unit. I cannot imagine a better location. The amenities are plentiful and the view is amazing. Walking distance to Old Town with many shops and restaurants. Only downside would be noise from other guests in the unit above. No control over who is renting there, so hope for quiet people.

Rohit S.
February 2022
The location is just amazing and we loved watching the sunrise from the bedroom, living room, lanai. The unit has very good views for sunrise and the ocean, but the bike/walk path does get busy early in the morning. Privacy may be an issue for some, but it was fine. We enjoyed breakfast on the lanai, and could easily access the walkable beaches. The town is a short walk with several food options to choose from. No need to drive around, making this a perfect location. The property was clean, well maintained, tastefully done. It was a very comfortable stay. The pool on the property was also easily accessible, clean. The Pono Kai resort itself is well maintained and clean. We had an issue with the door code not working one day, but the property manager was super responsive and helped us out promptly. We would love to stay here again.

Kevin L.
February 2022
Great location! Great beds!

February 2022
Large master suite with on suite bathroom. Master bedroom and family room look directly out at the ocean . Large pool and games to play at pool area. Great place to stay.

Kati N.
January 2022
Great vacation. Love the walking path right outside.

Sandy L.
December 2021
The property is right on the beach. Beautiful sunrise every morning. We loved the condo. It was perfect in every way. It exceeded our expectations. It was perfectly appointed and beautifully updates. I would not change a thing g. We look forward to staying their again. Thanks for everything you have done. It really made our stY spectacukar.

Bronwen Z.
December 2021
This unit at Pono Kai was perfect for our family of 4. The location was wonderful. Bike and jogging path 20 feet from the lanai. Amazing oven views. We could walk to restaurants, shops and to get yummy shave ice! Also, it was a great central location so we could explore the north and south shores. This condo had everything we needed and more! Cooler and beach chairs were SO nice to have! The owners also let us use their bikes which was amazing! We biked down to Kealia beach and had a blast boogie boarding. Thanks again for letting us stay in your beautifully updated property!

Robert T.
November 2021
From check-in to Checkout this unit was more than we could have asked for. We were vacationing with another couple for both of our anniversary’s. The unit really is about 25 steps to the ocean and is clean and modern. Everything is here that you’ll need. Don’t overpack, the on-site laundry is a few steps away, so clothes washing is easy. Very central to most affordable eating establishments if you choose to eat out. Just remember, you’re on Aloha time out here so you’ll be lucky if their open. There is plenty of on-site recreation and if you want to rent equipment, there’s a concierge and Rex center open. No need to go out in town to rent. The hosts communicate very well and have an on-island manager which we did not use in case you need anything. This unit is also on YouTube and gives a great overview of what to expect, Mahalo

Chuck B.
November 2021
The property and view were absolutely the best. Eastside Zen Retreat was everything and more than it was advertised to be. The perfect vacation retreat and centrally located on the island. Also perfect for guests that enjoying cooking at home and just relaxing or venturing out. Kapaa is a great town for any type of shopping whether it be for food, dining out or gifts to take home. A special thanks to the owner for making out first trip to Hawaii the best vacation ever. Chuck and Marcy Beck,

Pamela L.
September 2021
First floor oceanfront

Marcus S.
September 2021
Wonderful vacation. Lena was super available and helpful with communication and they have a beautiful condo. Lots of great food options within walking distance (we thought the Java Kai breakfast sandwiches were particularly excellent) and sitting on the lanai watching the ocean never got old. Very grateful for our vacation opportunity.

Pamela O.
September 2021
Well maintained condo. Property has numerous activities. Walking distance to downtown area. Nice area to walk by the ocean convenient to the condo. Chickens and roosters are entertaining.

Chris B.
September 2021
Loved the stay which was perfect for our family of 4 with two teenagers. The unit was right on the ocean with great views and a bike/running path that I used daily. Unit is also within a short walk from Kapaa town which has a lot of good options for food and drinks, and a terrific coffee shop. Unit has a shared paid laundry facility which worked fine for us. Also there is not centralized AC, but the master and other bedrooms had a swamp cooler which did the trick. Kapaa was a great place to be as it is not far from either the north or south coasts and has great hiking, golf and other activities nearby.

Mark C.
August 2021
Lena’s property was the centerpiece for a fantastic family vacation that we will never forget! Clean, comfortable, well stocked, great location. Convenient to Kapa’a and all Kauai has to offer. We will be back!

Cathy B.
July 2021
Lovely 2-bedroom condo on first floor with Lanai fronting on ocean and convenient bike/walking path. Very convenient to downtown shops, restaurants (coffee, pizza etc.) Well equipped kitchen. Dining table and chairs made of beautiful, HEAVY (koa?) wood. Resort pool and hot tub functional, if a bit dated. Plenty of activities available to amuse kids: corn hole, horseshoes, croquet, putting greens, tennis courts being refurbished as of (July 2021).

Tamara B.
July 2021
Had some trouble with front desk (getting checked in)the condo is beautiful and cant ask for a better location, overall fantastic vacation!!

Virginia S.
July 2021
Condo location is centrally located. One hour travel time to north or south side of island. Condo is very nicely furnished. Kitchen has everything you need. Beautiful grounds. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend this unit. Would stay in this unit again.

Chris E.
June 2021
The new owners, Lena and Ivan are the right people to rent from. The unit is as pictured and described. Pono Kai has so many things to do at the resort, when you're not doing the excursions. My wife, daughter, niece and myself had fun "playing". The unit had all the things we needed to enjoy the stay. We put the beach chairs, snorkel gear and cooler in the car and hit the various beaches. The owners were at the island and we got to have some cold beverages together and got to know them a bit. Amazing stay! Would stay in their unit anytime. Thanks Lena & Ivan- we hope to come visit again!

Note: Vacancy calendar is approximate. Visit the owner/manager's reservation site to verify your dates.