If you are in need of excellent value, and would love a great ocean view, you definitely want to consider this unit at Pono Kai!
Yes it needs updating, and more attention to some details, but those things are quite easily overlooked once you have the chance to take in the view from the lanai. We enjoyed our stay, and would definitely stay again.
Amazing place, balcony was perfect.
We spend 3 nights and loved this property.
Exceeded our expectations!!!! Pictures in Vrbo doesn't show as good as it is!!!!
Just 2 little things to improve:
1) bath towels: have too much polyester, so they doesn't dry very well in this humid weather.
2) We ask Brenda for a phone to make a local one for a car rental (we are from abroad and didn´t have cell phone coverage), she told us to give us the machine because it wasn´t in the unit, but she didn´t. I contact the owner the day after because it was urgent (we needed to contact a car rental urgently), and told me by e mail that the property does not have a phone (so Brenda is not updated?).
3) Concierge/Front Desk Pono Kai Resort: despite I knew they have nothing to do with de managing of the unit (very clear explained in the check in instructions), I went to ask for a phone to make a local phone call. The person who assisted me was really disappointing...... Where was the "Aloha Spirit"???? Awful experience with Pono Kai Front Desk! they seem to be public employees.....
Despite all of this, I recommend the property!
Unit doesn’t have AC, but it is literally right in the beach. You pay for location more than anything, and during winter it was more than worth it! Would definitely stay again!
Great location being on east side. The place is very outdated but it's fine for sleeping in. The first night was pure hell as it was so hot in here from being closed up. Once we got the place aired out it wasn't as bad. We slept with windows and patio door open with screen closed to let in air. Everything is rusted, carpet is old. Things are old. Would Have been nice to have extra sheets for my mom who had to sleep on the couch. Also there was one roll of toilet paper which wasn't much for a week. The microwave had small plastic chips flaking off all over the stove. The picture of them in the hallway is a bit creepy but I got over it. Also the soap was literally water in it. They could do a but better with that. Overall good place to stay. I loved having the ocean view ND I ran each morning. Stupid that the exercise room didn't open until 8 because I'm up at 5 to work out and gone by 8.
Lovely property! Peaceful atmosphere! Well maintained!
What a beautiful property! No beating around the bush with this property, everything that is pictured and described in the description for this property is to the point. Truly a home away from home. Was able to entertain individual local friends or families comfortably, cooking meals in the room. Internet was great as I was working remotely, CA time. A beautiful office away from the office at home watching the sunrise every morning, what else can you ask for! Returning again! Complaints about it being hot and no AC? Yes when all doors/windows are shut but simply open them up and fresh air bursts in and cool da place up. Yes it needs upgrading, but that's the character about this place and I do agree, a sofa bed is due as I prefer sleeping in living room w/sliding door open listening to the waves...When the owner is ready to upgrade, it will be even homier...Love it and returning next year! Mahalo Nut Loa...
Wonderful experience!! Spotless when we arrived, perfect location with incredible views!! We have stayed at 3 other units in the Pono Kai resort, this by far is our favorite!! Owners Anna and Harley were more than helpful, communication was remarkable! We’ll be back!!
Excellent location to watch beautiful sunrises from the balcony. Nicely kept grounds. Loved walking to nearby food trucks and taking nightly strolls on the walking path by the beach. We had a great time and would highly recommend.
My husband and I returned to this condo for the location and amazing view of the ocean. So close to the walking trail, great beaches and restaurants. We will be back!
Good place to stay
Property was great. Comfortable and a beautiful view.
Door code failed 3 times and we had to be let into the property by the on site manager who was great. Place could use updating.
If we get the chance, we will definitely book again! Mahalo nui, from Maui <3
Third floor with balcony overlooking the ocean! Elevator was so convenient. Walking was easy to the downtown shops and restaurants! The home was nicely furnished and the kitchen was well stocked with utensils and cookware. Main bed was very comfortable. The owners provided 2 TVs, that have cable from Spectrum one in the living room and 1 in the bedroom. The bedroom tv had no local service but the livingroom tv worked great. The WiFi was wonderful and they had a CD player with Hawaiian cds, books, games and toys for the beach along with boogie board, snorkel gear and beach chairs!
There is no AC but the ocean breeze was nice. We would have liked better fans too as it was very warm in the bedroom at night.
We loved the view from the lanai overlooking the ocean. The sunrises were so beautiful.
The town is minutes from the complex so we could walk everywhere. The beach is right in front of the room with easy access and there’s a walk/bike path that goes for 5 miles along the shoreline.
If you go you’ll need bath soap & extra toilet paper and paper towels as they only give you 2 each but all the towels are provided, even beach towels. There is a fee based laundry on the 1st floor if you need to do laundry.
There are 3 grocery main grocery stores within a short drive. We like the food land because they give discounts on certain purchases but Safeway is another good choice and they’re next to each other!
We loved staying here and hope to return someday.
Simply wonderful location and views. Hard to leave the room at times :-)
Highly recommend this condo.
Great spot to stay in Kapa'a. The unit was as advertised and the owners were polite, responsive, and supportive. Lots of activities on site and in area.
Love the ocean sound. Every thing is right there. Don't miss Street Burger. It is NOT like McDonalds.
We enjoyed our stay overall; the older condo's kitchen is pretty well equipped to handle most vacation-style eating and now has a brand-new coffee maker, thanks to the property manager quickly responding to my phone call 2 days before Christmas! There are nice beach chairs and boogie boards in a closet, and the top floor view of the ocean was simply fantastic. I saw really cool ocean birds from the living room (frigate birds and white-tailed tropic birds). It's along a quieter part of the island, and several good restaurants are an easy walk from the condo. However, it can be quite warm due to the high humidity and this condo doesn't have AC. The bedroom is in the back of the condo and gets too hot, even with the standing fans to turn on. I wanted to use their pull-out sofa bed which is nearer the big sliding glass door (and better ocean breeze) and discovered the bed was broken! Ended up sleeping on the living room floor. Hopefully, the sofa bed will be repaired or replaced soon. Also, it's an older condo and doesn't have a lot of electric wall sockets (and some that are there are kind of wonky). But location-wise, it's the perfect spot to use as a home base to explore both north and south Kauai.
Nice condo complex in a very convenient location in Kapaa and there is a magnificent ocean view from the balcony..
What we did not appreciate were the beds. The bed in the bedroom was very soft. We woke up every morning with a backpack. And The sofa- bed in the living room was broken. I contacted the owner before booking and asked to confirm if there is a sofa-bed in the living room because there were three persons in our party. I received confirmation from the owner: yes, there is a bed for a third person in a living room. However, when we arrived there was a note " the bed is broken", and it looked like it's been broken for a while.. We were disappointed and had to be very creative to find a way and make a bed for our third person. I hope the owners fix the problems with the beds and make some other upgrades to the place.
We had a great time at Pono Kai. The view was amazing and the location is perfect. The unit is clean and very usable. The hosts were great with contacts and have done a good job with an older unit. The unit is very usable and has beach items for use, which is very nice. If you are expecting a brand new unit this is not it, the furniture and unit are well used and could use a little bit of an update. With that said, it is a great place to stay for the value and we would consider staying here again.
Our last place to stay in Hawaii was worth waiting for - location location location. All Good. Walking distance to all the best places in Kapa'a.
Very clean, soft comfortable bed, great kitchen, beach toys and chairs available, laundry downstairs, beautiful Breeze!
No issues, love the pono kai
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