Pono Kai Resort C101


Rates: $350 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Bed types: KQX (sleeps 6)
Reviews: 4.60 (from 87 reviews)
Pono Kai Resort C101, Oceanfront, Kapaa, Kauai Vacation Rental. Just steps to the beach and Coconut Coast bike path. Walk to shops and restaurants.

*Two Bedroom, Ground Floor, Oceanfront End Unit with newly installed air conditioning.
*Full kitchen, large flat screen Smart TV in living room and primary bedroom.
*NEW King bed in primary bedroom located on the oceanfront side & NEW queen bed in 2nd bedroom + queen sofa/sleeper in living room.
*Heated pool on property.
*Non-smoking.
*Complimentary WiFi and parking.
*Beach Gear provided includes: Beach towels, chairs, umbrella, cooler.
*Maximum occupancy: 6.

Beachfront on the east shore of Kauai, Pono Kai Resort is a centrally located Kauai vacation rental with easy access to the North or South shores of Kauai. Approximately 8 miles from the Lihue Airport, Pono Kai Resort is located in the town of historic Kapa'a. Situated on 13 tropical acres, this Kauai oceanfront condo is within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, boutiques and banks.

Swim right on the beach front of Pono Kai Resprt or lounge pool side and enjoy the outdoor spa and sauna. Barbecue stations are located throughout the property along w/laundry facilities in each building. All units have fully equipped kitchens, ceiling fans, TV and phones & internet access is available in this unit. Parking is ample and free. One, two and three bedroom condos are available. Rent a bicycle and "cruise" along the 2-mile + Ke Alahele Makalae bike path along the coastline. Ping pong, shuffleboard and even a croquet court are available at Pono Kai Resort making this an ideal Kauai vacation rental for you and your family. Activities Desk available to book all of your Kauai Tours.

The Pono Kai Resorts east side location makes it easy to get to Kilauea Lighthouse, Hanalei Bay and Haena State Beach Park to the north or Poipu Beach to the south. Nearby attractions in Kapaa include Kealia Beach, Lydgate State Beach Park for snorkeling, Kamalani Playground with a "volcano tube", Sleeping Giant Hiking Trail, Wailua Falls, Opaeka'a Falls and the Fern Grotto boat ride are just a sample of what's available on Kauai's eastern shores.

Beachfront at an affordable price makes this Kauai condo a fantastic value. Humpback whales breaching can be seen from your private lanai during the months of November through April or walk along the shores early morning and you may be the first to discover a glass ball!

Hawaii boasts a lush tropical climate, which also means it's home to some native insects and island pests. While we work diligently to ensure your stay is comfortable and pest-free with preventative measures, it's important to note that encountering these critters is possible. We're committed to minimizing any inconvenience caused by these creatures. However, it's essential to understand that their presence does not constitute a breach of contract or entitle guests to refunds. We appreciate your understanding and hope you have a fantastic stay in our beautiful tropical paradise!

TAT ID#: TA-178-063-5648-01 Registration Number: TA-178-063-5648-01, GE-178-063-5648-01

Pono Kai Resort C101 Reviews



William E.
March 2024
Swam every day. Sensational beach just steps from our condo. Biked, ran and walked the 4 mile path. It was the best.


Ben M.
March 2024
Everything was great! We had a great time!.


Theresa L W.
January 2024
Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Wonderful location, walking path that was near by was great and we love ocean front properties.


Jason Holder V.
January 2024
The place was perfect for what we were needing. The beds and pillows were very comfortable, even the pull out couch was super comfortable. Nice amount of space for the 5 of us. We had a perfect view and access to the beach with a gorgeous sunrise. The walkway made for a gorgeous morning run along the beach. We were close to everything we needed and felt very central to the entire island. Perfect location! A few suggestions for the owner but definitely not complaints as we would stay again…We felt the kitchen was lacking and could use some updates and an inventory refill. The bathrooms could use exhaust fans. The gym was SUPER tiny which was a bummer but the outdoor path made up for where that lacked. We didn’t realize (probably because we assumed) but the laundry was shared within the facility and each wash and dry load was $1.50 each in quarters.


Heather M.
December 2023
We loved this location- cute town- and right in the middle of everything. Loved waking up and watching the sunrise. Right on the boardwalk- and beach- although we drove to other beaches for the day- it was nice having the option of it right here. Would definitely stay again!


mary t.
November 2023
The view was spectacular, it was clean and quiet. The beds were super comfortable and we really appreciated the air conditioning. We could walk to the softball fields and had a wonderful time. If we return, we’d love to book it again!!


Charlene K.
October 2023
We were very happy with our choice to stay at Pono Kai C101. Property was clean, well decorated and furnished with about everything you could think of you might need. We didn't really cook much but everything was there if we had wanted to. Amazing sunrises and a bike path just in front of the condo. Easy walk to restaurants and shopping. Book this with confidence.


Tim W.
August 2023
We booked a condo that showed pictures of it having a loft bedroom. However, the condo we got was a ground floor unit. It was still very nice and we enjoyed our stay. The dishwasher in our unit didn't work, as we had to wash the dishes afterwards. Also, the slider door was VERY hard to open and close and we felt like we were going to rip the handle off the door. The entire resort was beautiful and very clean. You can walk to shops and for dining. It was on a beautiful beach and on the walking path which took you both North & South from the condo. We were surprised as to the amount of homeless people in the area compared to when we were there 10 years ago. However, they mind their own business and are very friendly and say "hi" when you walk by.


Fredrick (Rick) C.
July 2023
The condo is a bit dated, but was clean and comfortable. My family had a good time and were happy with the condo. The location right on the ocean was fabulous. And, it is just a block and a half from most of Kapa'a town, which was super convenient. Do note, the reference to three beds includes a sofa bed in the living room.


Cari S.
June 2023
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This is a great condo right on the beach. I loved that I could walk out and watch the sunrise every morning. Its a great size and location on the island is perfect for going to both the north and south side of the island. The condo was clean and well-equipped. Close to shopping/restaurants. I especially liked the walking path directly behind the condo.


Michele L.
May 2023
Everything was great. Loved the area, walking distance to great food!


shirley h.
May 2023
wonderful place to stay


Gladys F.
March 2023
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Great experience!



February 2023
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Although you see the pictures on the website beforehand, let’s just say the pictures did not tell the truth. First, the kitchen window near the front door had no full curtain or blinds; therefore, privacy was an issue. To solve this problem we used a brown paper bag and taped it to the window. Next, the Master bathroom did not flush properly, very sluggish flush and we had to hold the lever down for at least 15 seconds for it to go down. Third, the front door takes about 30 seconds to close behind you and it cannot be forced closed. Additionally, the hooks in the Master bathroom were ineffective, the towels kept falling on the floor. Fourth, there was obvious rust throughout the condo, including the shutters, windowsills, and ceiling fans. Fifth, it rained heavily on 1/30/23, and water leaked from the Master bedroom window frame all over the floor into my luggage, wetting everything. Called Garden Island Properties and spoke with Kailani and she sent over maintenance and extra towels. The previous night there were severe winds and the window rattled all night. Sixth, the Master ceiling fan makes a clicking noise, so we turned that off because it was so annoying. Last, they ask you to sweep up before you leave, but they only provide a broom, no dust pan. So we used a piece of paper to get up the trash, but that doesn’t work as well as a dust pan. Besides all that, the beds were comfortable and we enjoyed the close proximity to the beach. I would recommend some serious repairs and upgrades to this place.


Linda K.
January 2023
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Our unit was the perfect location. Convenient to the walking path, beach, town to grab coffee. The unit was generally in good condition but the furnishings could use updating. All in all it worked for us and when in Hawaii, we don't spend much time in the room anyway. = ))Suggestions: A second chaise lounge chair would be welcome and a set of drapes on both windows in the bedroom with the Queen.


Raymond G.
January 2023
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: I loved everything about this spot. Very clean unit, check in and out very easy, AC worked great. Easy drive to everything north and south. I would stay here again.


Colleen B.
November 2022
We enjoyed our stay immensely. Everyone was super friendly. Our unit was nice and well kept with a beautiful view of the ocean. It was very spacious and clean. I would definitely stay here again. Thank you!


KATHERINE K.
October 2022
I love that the master bedroom faced the east so I could lay in bed and watch the sunrise every morning. The condo had all the amenties we needed including spices and oils for cooking Thank you


Nancy M.
September 2022
Amazing ocean front view , this condo was a perfect location in Kappa and a perfect unit with privacy and amazing view ! Was equipped with everything we needed to cook , air conditioning worked well and beds were comfortable! Can’t wait to come back !


Pearl G.
September 2022
Beautiful place to be. I love it here.


Vicki D.
August 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: There were four of us (two couples) and there was plenty of room to have our own space. The view was spectacular the short distance to the beach was the best. We could walk to town to eat or bring food back to our room. The barbecue was close to our back door for the night and we decided to bbq ribs. The grounds are beautiful and kept up nicely. You could check out what is needed to play many games croquet, ping pong, and shuffleboard to name a few. Also, you could rent snorkeling, boogie boards, everything and anything you could ask for was there. Next time no car will be needed because I want to stay and not do any sightseeing just kick back and relax.


Kurt T.
July 2022
Great location for this island. Ground floor, can't get better. Walk out the door and your feet are in the grass and real close to the beach.


THOMAS S.
July 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: UNIT WAS ONE OF THREE WE RENTED. DID NOT HAVE SHAMPOO IN THE SHOWER AS THE OTHER TWO DID. HAD PORTABLE AC BECAUSE MAIN AC DOWN (NOT A HUGE ISSUE). ALL UNITS COULD USE NEW WINDOWS. OTHERWISE, WAS CLEAN & LOCATION CAN'T BE BEAT.


Michael P.
May 2022
My wife and I had a great time staying here. Nice location that is walking distance to downtown Kapaa and easy to travel to all parts of the island. :)


Kim L.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Beautiful place. Great location.I will say we were disappointed to find there was no air conditioning. Many of the other units in our building/complex had A/C but not C-101. That said, the owner did have many ceiling and floor fans available and the cross-breezes were strong during our stay ... AND since we were out and about most days, we did fine. Also, I knew this going in and want to mention as is done in other reviews, Pono Kai is an older resort. Our unit C-101 appeared to be recently painted and was well maintained but it is older. For us, this was not a problem. It's a matter of value. We feel we got a beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath condo ON THE WATERFRONT for a great price. We rented through Garden Island Properties who were great to work with. Excellent communication etc. AND we checked in and out of the unit with staff from Pono Kai who we also friendly and easy to work with. In short, a great experience and we will be back!



May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: BEtween the front desks help in wake up calls for canoe club run or my wife's memorial issues and sues help with maid support for the family arrival are really no small issues! So thanks again!


Jeff K.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We stayed for a week and loved the location! It was great to have the ocean path right outside the door. Location is perfect on the island for us. Loved sitting outside and watching the sunrise every morning.


Deborah O.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This unit has everything--location, amenities, and access to many activities. Our unit was spacious, well-equipped, and comfortable. Listening to the ocean surf while falling asleep was as relaxing as the trade winds that coming onshore!



May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Just made reservations for next year. I am hoping to get 8 rooms for next year


max a.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: we have stayed at the pono kai many times first time in c-101.will stay here again if open.price was alittle less than some of the other units we have stayed in over the the last 20 years we have been staying at the pona kai.everything was perfect.


Jean C.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was somewhat unhelpful. The vacation rental was clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The unit was okay,nothing to shout about. There were no instructions about garbage, laundry,etc. no scissors, ant were present and we had to go buy spray. The staff at Pono Kai was not at all friendly nor helpful.



May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was more than happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: . Have been to this unit in feb mar previously an we were very comfortable without air conditioning. This Time in august it would have been a most welcome addition. The location is very convenient to all attractions


Zetta O.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Central location for easy access to all island spots.Clean and comfortableKitchen is ready for cooking anything. Plenty of beach towels and chairs, boogie boards and games.Large screen TV in living was nice when needed.Ocean View from master room was amazing to wake up to sunrise.When we called with questions during our stay the management was quick to respond and provide easy answers and reasonable changes to our time of stay.


Wayne M.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We had a genie articulating lift outside our condo the whole two weeks we were there , diesel fumes and noise all day long , The property management was painting our unit. we had to ask them not to park in front of our lanai at the end of their work day or they would leave it right in front , our only vacation of the year , not very relaxing. Have stayed @ the Pono Kai many times by far our worst experience!!


howard c.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Oceanfront view-could hear ocean from bedroom at night Kitchen had all utensils needed. Beautiful sunrises.Walking distance to shops and restaurants. Spacious rooms.


Deborah O.
May 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Convenient location, great condo and property's amenities, and quick responses from Garden Islands w/ my questions.


malia n.
April 2022
Condo's location and amenities are the only thing we were happy about. The condo was old and dirty. Mattresses were old, noisy (this is a theme for the whole condo) and uncomfortable. AC units in bedroom were noisy and were vented to windows. This caused more noise because the window is literally open to noises from outside. Dishwasher didn't work. Management did get people to come in and "repair" the dishwasher, plain and simple just needs to be replaced with a new one. Bugs in condo, I realize when you are in a tropical environment this happens but these bugs were due to the dirty condo. All windows and window sills were filthy! Beautiful view to the water but the sliding doors were so gross and dirty it took away from the beautiful view. Drapes were filthy! Glass cutting board had mold on it, needs to be replaced. Dishes were old and probably never cleaned properly. Dresser drawers made clothes stink. The dressers were old and dirty. 1/2" dust on dressers. Carving knifes were so dull you couldn't use them. Pillows were gross. This condo was a huge disappointment to all four of us staying. Not worth the extraordinarily expensive nightly rate. The owners are racking in the cash and haven't put anything into this condo for at least a decade, or more!


Lori W.
April 2022
Very nice unit, AC works well. Would love a couple more pillows and towels. Worked great for a 3 generation family of 6.


Renee D.
February 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The room was spacious, clean and had an amazing view. The stove and oven did not work properly and it did not get fixed till the middle of the stay. overall the crew enjoyed the location and amenities.


Joy M.
February 2022
Pros: Sunrise from the lanai, walking on the beachside path, decent beds, management had broken shower fixed promptly I had to book this at the last minute due to changes in our lodging beyond our control. Pros: sunrise over the ocean from the lanai, walking on the beachfront path. Cons: Check in was problematic as code was not texted to me as stated in email; condition of property was marginal: ceiling in living room was 1/3 exposed sheetrock, 1 stove burner did not work; window and door latches were decrepit from salt and sand and marginally functional, we were instucted to sweep sand off floor before check out but no broom, dustpan or vacuum was provided.


Mark E.
January 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We stayed here for a week in January 2022. This property is in a great location, just steps away from Kapaa beach, in a well-maintained community right on the coastal bike and walking path. Kapaa is a nice town with many food options. It is centrally located between the north shore and south so every drive is manageable. If you want to see the entire island of Kauai, you can't pick a better location to start and end each day.Unit C-101 is also very well maintained and clean. The beds were excellent, kitchen was well stocked with dishes and utensils, and all appliances were functional. Decor is typical Hawaiian island, but you aren't coming to Kauai for the decorations, right? A/C was appreciated even in January! Best part is the view out of the sliding door in living area and windows in the master bedroom. Guaranteed best sunrises you will ever see. We also spotted several whales right from the lanai as we ate dinner!The only small issue noted was that the unit above had apparently had a water leak and the ceiling in our unit was not fully repaired prior to our visit. It was only an aesthetic issue, however, as the dry wall had been replaced but was only roughed in. The Pono Kai community has a great pool area, lots of activities for the family, and plenty of barbecue grills so you don't have to dine out every meal. Many of our neighbors were returning guests.The management company, Garden Island, was very easy to deal with from booking and then throughout our stay. They checked with us via email frequently and made check in and check out very easy. We had no issues during our week, but I have no doubt they would be quick to respond. I would easily recommend both Garden Island and Pono Kai C-101.


Kerri F.
January 2022
We had a great stay at this property and it served as a terrific home base for exploring all over the island. It is a very short walk to the shops and restaurants in Kapa’a. It is an easy drive to the north or south shores. It is right on the bike path for walking, running, or biking. Perfect for what we needed!



January 2022
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: One of the most well equipped condos of Pono Kai Resort, easy access to beach, local attractions, grocery stores etc. The management is extremely prompt with answers to questions, and willing to go over and beyond to assist. We ran short on plates and cups ( was a long stay and party of 6) and they dropped off the utensils within a day. Would highly recommend this place for all those visiting Kauai.


Marsha O.
December 2021
Only complaint was “musty” smell, which is common in Hawaii but this condo seemed worse than others we’ve stayed in. We had to run a/c or keep all windows and sliding door open in order to get fresh air. Some repairs to ceiling started but not complete, may have contributed to small? Other than that, clean and well stocked. Would stay here again.


Linda L.
November 2021
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We loved every moment of our week, from early check in (thank you) to the convenience of walking to restaurants and using the bike path right in front of the condo, to watching the gorgeous sunrises every morning. The condo was clean and comfortable, and the convenience of traveling to all parts of the island from a central location was ideal for us. We would definitely recommend Garden Island Properties and this rental.


david w.
October 2021
Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: I was a one time owner at the Pono Kai and have rented both one and two bedroom units many times over the past 40 years, but C101 was the best. Beautiful views, well maintained, comfortable condo with all the necessaries. Very responsive management for questions or help.


Karen V.
September 2021
Pono Kai C101 is located right on the ocean, with a breathtaking morning sunrise from the master bed room. The kitchen is well-appointed with previous guests/owner leaving all kinds of spices, storage containers, plastic wraps, and dish soaps. There are plenty of plates, pots, pans, silverware. The stove burner was disconnected but that was an easy enough fix. The beds could use mattress toppers but they were clean and comfortable, and the rooms were spacious and clean. We loved having 2 sofas in the living room and stepping out on the lanai and right onto a small beach. The walking path is wonderful. We used the BBQ grills and they were easy to use and clean. Overall, the place is perfectly located on the center of the west side of the island and we will 100% try to stay here again.


Russell S.
August 2021
Nice place nice beach convenient to shops and restaurants covid check in was a pain



August 2021
Perfect location!!! Right on the beach and walking distance to shops and restaurants. Condo was well equipped, spacious and everything we needed. Will definitely book this unit again



April 2019
We loved everything about this property. It is truly as beautifully set as it shows in the pictures. The unit is well equipped with just about everything you need on a vacation. The kitchen is compact and fantastic. We cooked all our meals there. One cupboard was stocked with board games and books, especially many on Kauai. The bedrooms were spacious and incredibly comfortable and well set. One of them looks out into the green grass and the blue sea. There is a swimming pool, tennis and basketball court which we used often. Property management's communication with us was prompt and very helpful. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a comfortable, quiet and relaxing Hawaiin vacation.

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

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