The Big Pono Aloha, Kappa, HI

Rates: $466 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Bed types: QXK (sleeps 6)
Reviews: 4.58 (from 93 reviews)
NOTE: Starting April 5th Kauai is open again for travel with only one covid pre-test! Hurry dates are booking fast!

Imagine sitting on your lanai watching the sunrise, ocean, and waves hitting the beach 75 FEET away! This is what a Hawaiian vacation is all about!

Welcome to "The Big Pono Aloha" our private condo at the Pono Kai Resort and your home away from home while you visit the beautiful area of Kappa Town on the Coconut Coast in beautiful Kauai.

"The Big Pono Aloha" has everything you need for the perfect stay. Aloha!. :) - This is Joel and Tamara and we are brand new owners of this wonderful condo which we have decided to call "The Big Pono Aloha".

A few years ago we stayed in this condo for a month and fell in love and as fate would have it we bought it! :)

Now we get to share our home with you! This has been an active vacation rental for years and now is under new ownership. So even though the VRBO listing is new, hundreds of satisfied guests have enjoyed their stay at "The Big Pono Aloha".

In May of 2019 we did a major renovation to the condo including new flooring, fixtures, paint, AC and so much more.

Complete Amenities: Full kitchen, dining room, living room, private lanai, 2 large bedrooms, 2 large bathrooms with private entries, pool, hot tub, spa, tennis, exercise room, volleyball, BBQ grills, FREE WiFi, 3-mile bike path along the ocean and FREE PARKING!

Don't waste money on an expensive hotel room for $300-$400 a night! Hotel rooms are small and expensive!

"The Big Pono Aloha" is well BIG! Most people say it's located in the best spot at the Pono Kai.

You are on the second floor so you get AMAZING views and nobody above you plus there are elevators for easy access.

This condo comfortably sleeps 2-6 people in the beds! No inconvenient living room hide-a-bed. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and private bathroom/vanity (sleeps 2).

The second bedroom has a queen bed PLUS a twin bunk bed (sleeps 4 easily), TV, and private access to the 2nd bathroom. A coin-operated laundry room is just down the hall, steps away for easy access.

Elevator access makes for easy coming and going. Walk seventy-five feet to a sandy beach, pool, hot tub, beautifully manicured gardens, tennis courts, a croquet court, barbecue/picnic areas, volleyball, fitness center, and shuffleboard. Take a short walk from the resort for great island boutique shopping, food, and recreation in historic Kapaa.

There are three portable AC units for your convenience in the bedrooms and kitchen however most guests don't need them due to the refreshing ocean breezes.

Ceiling fans in Kitchen, Living Room, and both Bedrooms for additional air circulation. Authentic Hawaiian Oceanfront living.

Local Points of Interest

* Coconut Marketplace

* Wailua Golf Course

* Lihue

* Kilauea Lighthouse

* Poipu Beach

* Spouting Horn

* National Tropical Botanical Gardens

* Waimea Canyon State Park

* Lihue Airport (LIH): Approximate driving time is 15 minutes and distance is 8 miles.


This condo has been an active vacation rental for many years and has many "regulars" that stay each year.

Our goal is to make your stay as wonderful as ours was when we first discovered "The Big Pono Aloha"!

*Please note that this is a privately owned condo inside of the Pono Kai Resort. You have full access to all of the amenities at the property however the Pono Kai resort does not manage the condo. It is privately managed so any requests for maintenance, cleaning or help during your stay need to be communicated directly with our management company and us and not the front desk at the Pono Kai.

We always recommend that our guests obtain travel or vacation insurance for their stay in case your plans change as we strictly follow our cancelation and refund policy as outlined in our listing.

Also for your information, our front door has a Ring Video Doorbell for extra security of the outside entrance.

General Excise Tax Number: GE-141-106-2272-01
Transient Accommodation Tax Number: TA-141-106-2272-01 Registration Number: TA-141-106-2272-01,+GE-141-106-2272-01,+450070020035

The Big Pono Aloha, Kappa, HI Reviews

Kevin T.
August 2023
Well maintained and a comfortable home to stay in. Property was well kept with constant maintenance to upkeep, all staff were polite and helpful. Did not have all the amenities because we rented through VRBO but the house was equipped with what we needed (pool towels). Location can’t be beat, view was impressive. Would definitely stay here again.

Melissa S.
August 2023
We had the best time. Location is perfect for seeing many parts of the island. Als walking distance to many restaurants, and shops. Just beautiful views! We will stay again!

Darla G.
May 2023
We enjoyed this condo very much. The only complaint or suggestion would be to update the bathtub/shower and the spare bedroom is a little dark. Otherwise, perfect spot.

Christopher H.
May 2023
We had a wonderful experience, we were able to relax and enjoy the beach view, wake up every morning and watch the sunrise. We went to go to the nearby grocery store, and made our own food. We were also able to go to the local beaches and use the beach gear provided in the closet. I highly recommend Lydgate beach park. We had an absolute all-around great experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Emily M.
May 2023
This property was just as advertised! It was a great location and had a beautiful view. We witnessed a few breathtaking sunrises. The main bedroom has a beautiful picture window with ocean views, and we fell asleep each night to the sounds of the waves. Easy to walk to restaurants/shops in Kapaa, including easy access to shave ice! :) We are a family of 4 (kids age 4 & 8) and we loved the pool, yard games and access to all the beach equipment you will need for a fun stay. We also used the communal grills several times. We liked the location of the condo, as it provided easy access to all areas of the island. Laundry is not in the unit, but it is very easy to access - just bring your quarters. We never had trouble running a load when needed. We had one minor issue with the door code, but the hosts/property managers responded immediately and no other issues for the rest of our stay! We will gladly stay here again on a future stay.

John S.
March 2023
+Gorgeous sunrises every morning on your balcony. +Many amenities from the resort property +Comfortable apartment (comes with a lot of free-to-use beach gear) +Kapa'a has many good restaurants and shopping -Traffic has been an issue along the highway due to construction (Feb'23)

Nancy E.
February 2023
We were right on the ocean with a beautiful view. The condo was clean and comfortable. Communication with the owners was easy.

Shelley M.
February 2023
The bike path directly in front of the condo takes you all the way down the beach. Hammock……the perfect way to relax. Perfect in every way !!!!

Kristen K.
February 2023
We had a lovely stay at the Pono Kai. The property had beautiful views as advertised. It was lovely to have the view from both the lanai and the master bedroom. Spacious kitchen and almost fully stocked. Some supplies for the beach as well! Thanks for a wonderful stay! Hope to be back some day!

Allan P.
January 2023
This condo was perfect for our son, his wife and their young son. The views of the water and the sunrise were spectacular even when it was a bit cloudy. They used the pool and hot tub every day for at least two hours. We all used the BBQs for meals on several days. The place was spotless and very well stocked with everything they needed. Boogie boards and snorkels were unexpected but so nice to have. We did not want to spend the money to buy them but to be able to borrow them was such a treat. I would definitely recommend this condo to anyone I know.

Sue F.
January 2023
Perfect location, beautiful view of the ocean with sunrise every morning. The condo had everything we needed. We have been here for a week and have had beautiful weather for end of December/early January. There was no need to contact the owners during our stay but before we left I had a couple questions and got an answer right away.

Chris & Rhonda P.
December 2022
Ocean front at a beautiful resort. If you love to wake up and fall asleep listening to the sound of the ocean, and walking along the oceanfront literally steps from your door, this is the perfect spot. Lots of room to stretch out, family time, quiet time. Spacious bathrooms and family room areas bigger than pictured. AC units and the Resort amenities made it even better. We enjoyed the pool, hot tub, hammocks, renting snorkeling gear, grilling fresh tuna and walking into the shopping areas. PERFECTION for our first trip. The Location allowed us to get to the North or South sides without being in the car all day. 👍👍👍👍👍🌴🌴🌴🌊🌊🌺⛰⛰❤️❤️❤️

Kim P.
December 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary, in a condo very near where we honeymooned. The only negative issue was the noisy group of teenaged girls, downstairs for a couple of days.

Laura G.
August 2022
Beautiful location! Quiet area,perfect for our trip! Would rent this place again!!!

Ron C.
July 2022
Yep, cannot get any better than oceanfront view and we took advantage. Condo had everything we needed. Loved the portable a/c units.

Molly B.
May 2022
Comfy beds, well-stocked with boogie boards and beach chairs, gorgeous view- we had a blast! My only advice would be a smoother exit. The host locked us out the moment the clock struck 10, leaving some bags stranded in the condo as we were making trips to the car. He responded quickly to unlock the door, but it was definitely a moment of panic.

Nicole H.
May 2022
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The views are outstanding and the walkable location in Kapaa couldn’t be better. The property owners were very responsive to all of our needs which we greatly appreciated. We would love to go back soon!

Billie H.
April 2022
This condo was well appointed and the location was fabulous. We loved watching the ocean waves roll in every morning and evening. The path in front of the condo was great for walking to the shops/eateries. We had fun exploring what Kapa’a had. Pono Kai had great amenities. We enjoyed mini-golf, table tennis, and feeding the koi. We wished we had used the great lawn chess game and croquet. Laundry was convenient and having a door code was much nicer than a key. Communication with owners was easy and timely. We would not hesitate to stay here again if we found ourselves on beautiful Kauai!

Robert B.
March 2022
Very happy and a great vacation.

Colleen M.
March 2022
The rental process was very easy and the owners responded quickly to questions. It is a top unit near the end of the complex so it was very quiet (if you don’t count the roosters. They are an integral part of Kauai.)

Ken Y.
February 2022
Great layout, awesome view, breathtaking sun and moon rises!

Mary W.
December 2021
This was a great 2 bedroom for our adult children. Beautiful view and lots of fun activities at the resort for the whole family.

Kim G.
September 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your lovely condo with us! My husband and I were celebrating our belated 25th anniversary and it was a wonderful spot to reset and relax. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the Lanai watching the gorgeous sunrise each day and spent our time at beaches, exploring, and relaxing. The condo was perfect and had everything we could have asked for. We loved the condo and location. We hope to be back!

Nancy R.
July 2021
We have been coming to Kauai for 30 years and this was our favorite place to stay. Feels like a home not a rental.

Judi B.
June 2021
We had an awesome time at Pono Aloha! The location was perfect and the condo had everything we needed to make it our home away from home. We especially enjoyed The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook by Andrew Doughty that was in the drawer in the hallway. Not only was it extremely informative, it was also hilarious to read! I've stayed in many places on Kauai but this was truly a lovely spot with the beach only steps away. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to be close to the beach, close to Kapaa, yet away from the road so no traffic noise. Communication with the owners was timely and helpful. If you choose to stay at Pono Aloha, you won't be disappointed.

Michael T.
June 2021
Terrific condo and terrific location on Kauai. Beachfront makes for super afternoon relaxing (with shade if desired) after a day of exploring, hiking, shopping or whatever. Condo has a great supply of “beach necessities” which really came in handy for activities, plus Pono Kai resort augments with some on-site fun as well (pool, spa, croquet, chess, putting, and gas BBQs). Two coffee shops a very short walk away perfect after watching the sunrise. The property is centrally located with easy access to the north or south and plenty to do right in Kapa’a. The bedroom/bath and # of beds was absolutely perfect for our little family of four with everyone getting their own, real bed (not just a cot or couch like other properties). Kitchen well stocked with utensils and cooking necessities. Being on the windward side for early summer was great because the condo easily aired out with the breeze. Thanks so much, would stay here every time.

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