Pono Kai, Kauai

Pono Kai Resort, located in the historic town of Kapaa on Kauai's east side, offers a picturesque 12-acre property with meticulously manicured grounds and a koi pond. The resort is within walking distance of various restaurants, shops, and grocery stores, and is just 15 minutes from Lihue Airport. Guests can enjoy numerous on-site amenities, including a pool, hot tub, tennis and pickleball courts, workout room, BBQ facilities, herb garden, and a 7-mile multi-use coastal path. The resort also provides free parking, 24-hour front desk service, and an activities desk for arranging island adventures.

In addition to its convenient location and extensive amenities, Pono Kai Resort is situated along the scenic Ke Ala Hele Makalae walking and bike path, providing easy access to the beautiful coastline and nearby attractions. With a range of activities and facilities available, Pono Kai Resort is an ideal choice for vacationers seeking a relaxing and enjoyable stay on the Garden Isle of Kauai.

As of February 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Pono Kai is $232. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $369. (Prices vary depending on the specifc unit, and season. Visit the rentals page to see unit rates. Holiday rates are often much higher and the averages don't include the booking and cleaning fees that rentals charge, or Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax).

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Guest Reviews Summary

The following summary is based on an impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units vary considerably.

It seems like guests have had a positive experience staying at the Pono Kai condo resort on Kauai. Many appreciate the central location, which allows for easy access to restaurants, shops, and sightseeing spots. The oceanfront views and proximity to the beach are highlights for many, with guests enjoying sunrises and the sound of waves from their units. The resort's amenities, including pools, family activities, and well-maintained grounds, are well-received. Units are described as clean, comfortable, and well-equipped, offering everything needed for a pleasant stay, including beach gear. Some guests mention minor issues such as noise from neighboring units or the need for updates in some condos, but these do not seem to detract significantly from the overall positive experience. The convenience of walking and biking paths, as well as the friendly and responsive property management, are also appreciated. Overall, guests recommend Pono Kai for its beautiful location, comfortable accommodations, and the excellent value it provides for a memorable stay on Kauai. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 1000 guest reviews.

Pono Kai Reviews


Very nice, plenty of room, enjoyed sunrises
Jodi S.
November 2023

To noisy. Could hear everything from the above unit. The complex needs badly isolation between floors. I would not stay there again.
Gina K.
November 2023

well kept property with amenities. the space was made for sitting on the balcony with your coffee and enjoying the ocean breeze
Leslie L.
November 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: A very nice unit with sunrise views. Comfortable, convenient and peaceful.
Leslie G.
November 2023

We enjoyed our stay and would visit again. Great place and location is in walking distance to restaurants, shops, beach, etc.
Regina V.
November 2023

Great view of the ocean and sunrises
Kurt P.
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!!
mary t.
November 2023

Very well-maintained and equipped for a fun and relaxing vacation for all ages. It has every amenity we need. One minor exception is that we could not connect the TV in the master bedroom. However, the one in the living room worked well. We appreciate the beautiful welcome gifts, too. Future guests will be very comfortable in this unit. Mahalo from the Feltner family!
William F.
November 2023

EXCELLENT !!!
Terry O.
November 2023

It was clean and a good location. The light in the bedroom never did work, but the lamps did. The cooler in the closet would have been good to use, but the zipper was broken. The other items there to use were good. Overall, a good place to stay.
JS H.
November 2023

It was a wonderful experience
Chris W.
November 2023

Great place! Love the ocean view and the condo was excellent! Perfect location to explore the island.
David L.
November 2023

Great location. Great view of the mountain, ocean and bike/walking path. Nice pool and hot tub area. Generally quiet area. Restaurants in area not the best. Condo has cooking supplies. Condo also has beach chairs, snorkel gear, beach towels etc. Richard was great to work with.
Sue L.
November 2023

This unit was perfect for our stay! It was super clean, comfortable, well stocked with essentials, and it had all of the extras needed for fun at the beach! The property was beautifully kept it even had a koi pond and hammocks strategically placed. We woke up early just to experience a phenomenal sunrise. The location of the unit is great, we walked to town for fresh fruit at the farmer’s market, delicious burgers at Bubbu’s, and a wonderful breakfast at Java Kai, This was a fantastic recommendation from our host Jared. Check in was a breeze, staff was friendly
Gabrielle P.
November 2023

My fiancé and I came to Hawaii for our wedding. The sun rises in the morning were breathtaking from the lanai. The pictures do not do it justice when it says it is right on the beach. The condo had everything you could possibly want or need for a great stay in Hawaii. The location is centralized for convenience of traveling north or south on the island. It is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The only complaint I have is that the bed in the master bedroom is not very comfortable. We ended up purchasing a memory foam mattress topper while we were there to help provide some comfort. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone and would definitely come back.
Danielle J.
October 2023

Very well stocked. Ocean sunrise amazing!
Debbie N.
October 2023

Lovely condo, well supplied with essentials. Modern updates. But, the best part is the location. Beautiful sunrises from the lanai, and the beach just across the pathway. The pathway follows the shoreline for about 4 miles. Many bike it but we loved long walks. In the evening open the sliding glass doors and listen to the ocean waves.
Karen C.
October 2023

Great unit right on the oceanfront ! The view was amazing and we listened to the waves every night as we went to bed . Very well equipped condo and had everything we need to make us comfortable for our stay . We loved the path out front and rented bicycles to go from end to end . Lovely ride . Great location as we were able to walk to town easily to get a bite or groceries we needed . Had a nice pool as well as other options like horse shoes , corn hole or putting greens . Would definitely recommend this condo and the complex itself !
Heather M.
October 2023

We actually stayed in another room that wasn’t oceanfront (not sure why it shows we stayed in the oceanfront unit), but it did have some ocean view. Close to restaurants and the town, so walking distance to restaurants and shops. Nice central location for sightseeing - nothing is terribly far (1/2 hour to the north or south is everything). Listing and photos are accurate. Note for fellow travelers who haven’t been to Kauai - there are many dirt roads, so if you plan to wander, get a Jeep or SUV so you can easily travel down some pretty bumpy dirt roads with big rocks in them! It’s well worth it - there are lots of hidden gem beaches and such!
Vincent F.
October 2023

Unit B is as close to the water as you can get. The balcony overlooks the ocean and the five mile paved pathway. The condo has been upgraded within the last few years and everything is nice. There are useful beach chairs and toys. The two bedrooms, both with ensuite, make it comfortable for two couples.
ROBERT C.
October 2023

We had a beautiful and wonderful time. Our rental was all it said and more! The sunrise and sunsets on the ocean were fantastic. The little roosters were very friendly LoL. But that was all part of the experience. Close enough to walk into town. And the sound of the waves really were soothing. This is where I plan to come back many times.
Silvia M.
October 2023

The grounds at Pono Kai are lovely and very well maintained. The unit we rented was perfect for 2 people, but it would have been too crowded for 4. There are many options for family activities on-site, as well as shopping and restaurants within walking distance. This area is very, very busy with traffic and pedestrians, and the neighborhood is filled with locals going about their daily lives. This is the place for you if you love shopping and being around lots of people.
Elisa M.
October 2023

The unit had a wonderful patio that looked right over a grassy area and water directed behind it. We enjoyed coffee in the morning and drinks at night after a long day of exploring and playing on the beach. It had many accessories in the unit to make our stay comfortable and fun, i.e. boogie boards and a fan for noise at night.
Teresa S.
October 2023

very nice property
Navjot K.
October 2023

Very clean, very loaded with everything you could possible need. The location was one of the best I have seen, cant beat the views and the sunrise !! They really have thought of you, I have never been to another location that had so many normal household items stocked full. The location is one of the best as well, all the local shops are in walking distance and was a very fun to go through all the local eateries' and shopping. The owner was very easily reachable at anytime we needed which was a very pleasant surprise. We will stay here next time we come without a second thought. A++ All the way.
Dave D.
October 2023

Nice condo In excellent location. Great place to watch the sunrise every morning. Easy access to a very nice bike/walk/running path. Hosts were excellent and took care of the few minor problems we had quickly. Highly recommend
Dan C.
October 2023

Great location with beautiful view. Clean and stocked with everything you would need. 4 beach chairs, umbrella and coolers. Fully stocked kitchen. Walkout to beach. Big bedroom. Thank you for an awesome place. Would book again.
Perry K.
October 2023

Fantastic views from this location, and perfect size wise for my wife and I to enjoy our stay. We loved the extra things the host included, using the cooler, rain umbrella, beach chairs, and extra beach towels she provided - those were great to have on our adventures across the island. We enjoyed the nearby bike/walking path and location near "downtown" Kapa'a. It was sometimes difficult to pull out of the Pono Kai complex due to high traffic along the main road. Had a minor hiccup with the kitchen sink and disposal - but this was promptly fixed by the owner as she was quick to respond. Great place to stay and a great host!
Paul Z.
October 2023

We enjoyed the condo tremendously. Lena provided a binder with helpful hints and maps and things to do. From the living room to bathroom to bedroom to kitchen, it had all we needed and more than we could have asked for. The pictures do not do it justice. The views we had were amazing!! We watched the sun come up every morning from the patio, and sat outside a lot to listen to the water, and it takes less than 1 minute to be at the edge of the water. We will absolutely stay here again. Mahalo!
Lupe V.
October 2023

Feels like Hawaii to me, not a hotel experience. Love the Kapaa location, very nice condo on the water.
Barbara R.
October 2023

We had a nice 2 week stay. The best part was the oceanfront patio. We made our own meals or did takeout because very few restaurants had a better view. The condo had been renovated years ago but it is still an old building. The popcorn ceilings and walls gave it a dreary feel. HOWEVER, Kauai has a homeless problem and a large number of them live on the bike path near Kapaa. Most have mental health or substance abuse issues. We saw it all first hand. Not pretty. We witnessed drug deals from our unit. Nice unit in a not-so-nice neighborhood. Pono Kai is a reasonably good complex. It is well maintained.
Paul G.
October 2023

Lovely condo. Very clean and incredibly spacious. The view from the balcony was great for watching the sunrise. Loved the A/C throughout, for us it was a definite must! Also was sooo nice having the in suite washer and dryer! We took advantage of that and we’re grateful we didn’t have to make a chore of it by leaving the room and using the communal ones. Was nice to see some staples in the cupboard, we didn’t do any cooking but the coffee filters and sugar we were thankful for. Our only real suggestion is to ditch the blinds in the master bedroom for some nice dark curtains for more privacy; the master bedroom basically is situated next to the walking hallway for the Pono Kai and we did notice even with the blinds closed and a bedroom lamp on, anybody could easily see into the bedroom when walking by. Also the Pono Kai keeps lights on all night long and we still found the bedroom was too bright for us with the blinds closed because of the lights they keep on outside in the halls 24/7, eye masks were used. Pono Kai is very close to local breakfast spots and a good central location in Kapaa, from there it makes excursions around the island equal distance whether it’s North or South. It was great for first time visit to Kauai, since we saw a bit of everything everywhere! We did notice it was also very very windy walking along the oceanfront in front of the condo however. And for us, definitely not a swim spot. But we appreciated being oceanfront every day nonetheless.
Sarah V.
October 2023

Great location that is central to the rest of the island. This unit is maintained very well and communications with owner is top notch. All ammenities and then some are at the condo. It truky feels like home.
Joseph S.
October 2023

Spent 4 nights in Kapa’a. The condo was exactly as shown in the photos. It was comfortable, kitchen was well-equipped, everything was super clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. Happy to see there were fans as well as air conditioning. The beach was a few yards away. Good sized lanai for having coffee and watching the sun rise. Walking distance to shops, restaurants, bike rental, and Safeway is a short drive. There was plenty of parking and other tenants were respectful of quiet hours. Our trip was very enjoyable. Mahalo
Cathy P.
October 2023

We have stayed in other Pono Kai condos that seemed more like a 'home'. This condo was acceptable for our purposes. Main complaint is the condo could have been cleaner. A garment from a previous guest was found behind the bedroom dresser. In our opinion, the property needs a good 'deep clean'.
Steven S.
October 2023

Just as stated in the ad, right on the beach. Beautiful sunrises. Ad reads accurately. Had enough TP which was great. Only negative I felt was that there isn’t an air conditioner in the second bedroom and there wasn’t any coffee for the first morning. After a long flight, it would have been nice not to have to run out first thing in the morning to get coffee. ❤️
Rachel S.
October 2023

Our family really enjoyed our stay at this condo and would definitely visit again. The location is fantastic. Having visited Kapaa during our honeymoon in the past, we like this location as a central hub for visiting Kauai, although on this trip our only major adventures were back to the airport for a helicopter tour and to Port Allen for a Na Pali coastline cruise. We were able to watch the sunrise each morning from the lanai, we walked and ran along the bike path, and enjoyed the beach in front of our unit most days. The unit was air-conditioned, very clean and comfortable, and had all of the kitchen and bath amenities we needed. Since it was our family of 4, we used the pull out sofa in the living room and it was sufficient for our needs. We did not require any direct communication with the owners during our stay. The check in/out process was super easy though, since there is a front desk exactly like at a hotel that handles all of those steps.
Aaron R.
October 2023

Just got back and what an excellent condo. Very spacious plenty of room to stretch out. The breeze from the ocean coming through the windows is so nice and relaxing. Would definitely stay here again.
DYLAN H.
October 2023

This is a 3 bedroom, 2 full bath 3rd floor condo. The master bedroom has lots of space for lots of suitcases and so does the loft with two twin beds and a couch. (We didn't need the loft.) It was a good place to do floor exercises every morning with carpet and lots of space. The 2nd bedroom is much smaller, doesn't cool down very easily, has a small full bathroom with a big shower outside of the bedroom. That is most likely the bathroom the people in the loft would use. The balcony is too crowded with furniture and the A/C unit is right there giving off lots of heat--at times too much to enjoy the balcony. But, the view from it is beautiful and steps from the ocean. The common pool area is nice and has lots of covered seating--a nice place for large groups to gather. You can rent your snorkel equipment there in the lobby and it was very decent pricing. We moved on from there after a week, kept our equipment, and returned them on the way to the airport. They knew and were okay with us doing that. It was very convenient. Pacos Tacos right across the street was very good food.
Dotty and Don C.
October 2023

The property was very well kept. So close to the ocean. We enjoyed our stay very much
Sharon H.
October 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: What a great property! This place was just stunning! Beautiful location, amazing views, clean and everything we could've asked for! The only thing that could make it better would be a TV in the bedroom, but otherwise no complaints of any kind with this property.
Matthew B.
October 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: We have stayed in a number of condos for vacation and this was by far the most perfectly equipped and clean. It didn't just come with a gorgeous view, it also had everything our family needed for our stay. The management company was fantastic and communicated quickly and kindly. We loved being able to walk into the town of Kapa'a and the residents were very welcoming. Sam's Ocean View, Kountry Kitchen, and Mariachi's were all delicious and had a friendly staff. The location of the condo was perfect for day trips around the island since it's a middle point. The only downside was that you could hear the upstairs tenants walking around.
Michelle G.
October 2023

excellent
Susan B.
October 2023

The stay at this VRBO was fantastic. The unit was perfect, it had everything you needed. The view from the lanai was incredible. You could watch the sunrise every morning while drinking your coffee. The location was excellent for shopping and dining. The beach walking path made it easy to stroll to town with a view. Susan was extremely helpful and prompt with answers to any questions I had. The town of Kaapa is an easy access to all areas of the island. Highly recommended.
kim w.
October 2023

Super place in every way. Just go!
Karen B. b.
October 2023

We have stayed at the Pono Kai for many years. It is our only go-to place. Old but very well maintained. Located in Old Town Kapaa. Walk to shops and restaurants. Right on the famous bicycle path. Can’t go wrong.
Gary F.
October 2023

Large end unit. Perfect spot. Little walk to pool. Kappa is a great location with beautiful beaches.
Kristy E.
October 2023

We were happy with the condo, location, etc.
Karen M.
October 2023

We stayed a few days at Pono Kai Resort. private VRBO. It was clean and had everything you would need. The view was stunning. We had one little blip with door lock but Brenda resolved in less than 5 minutes. Bed was comfortable and shower was great. Had lots of little touches, make up towel? fluffy grey towels and Kitchen was fully stocked (we only used coffee pot) no cooking on a quick few days in Kauai. Love the island would stay again and make sure of all amenities. nice property. owner Richard had great communication and suggestion. Thank you.
Lori L S.
October 2023

Pono Kai is ideally placed near the historic downtown of Kappa with restaurants and shopping nearby. We loved being right on the biking/walking path and used it every day. This unit has a large balcony facing the ocean. Sun rises and moon rises are both beautiful from here. The unit is comfortable and well stocked with beach chairs, boogie boards, etc. Kitchen is nice too. Highly recommend!
Karen B.
October 2023

My mom and I recently stayed at the Big Pono Aloha, and had a great experience. The location of the resort and the resort itself were perfect. It's super easy to walk to anything you need in Kapa'a from the condo, and the beachfront walkway is right outside your door. We had a couple issues during our stay that were quickly resolved by the on island management team and the property owner. Despite the problems, I'd stay again and recommend the property to my friends and family.
Mandy C.
October 2023

We had a great time !
elena f.
October 2023

Thank you, Susan, for providing a comfortable and beautiful place for our family to make lasting memories. We had a trip of a lifetime! Hope to come back in the years to come. Mahalo, Jaelynne and family
Jaelynne L.
October 2023

Top floor condo was great! Ocean was right there! Condo was great! Would stay there again!
Bob P.
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.
Charlene K.
October 2023

Loved Pono Kai condo! It had everything we needed and more. Location was good! Walking distance to variety of places to eat. Walking sidewalk that goes for miles along the ocean. We had a rented car and the condo was located in area easy to find all. We played croquet several times. Pretty pool area. Beautiful landscaping all around. It’s a keeper!.

October 2023

Lovely oceanfront condo. Well stocked, very clean. But, no A/C in bedroom which is the only place that needs it! Otherwise, window must be kept open & people walk by & look right into the bedroom. Unfortunately, walls are so thin we listened to stomping & running above us the whole time.
Anita
September 2023

The grounds were clean and well maintained. The staff was very nice and the check-in and check-out was easy. The unit had more amenities than I had anticipated. This was within easy walking distance of Kapaa. After having stayed at other places on the island, I was very pleased with the location. It was close to town but the grounds give a sense of being further away.
Matthew C.
September 2023

This was the perfect condo for our trip on Kauai. Every morning we had our coffee while listening to the surf and watching the sunrise. There is a walking path along the ocean where we walked and rented bikes. (paved path) The central location is perfect for exploring around the island. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone visiting Kauai.
Timothy G.
September 2023

Great view of the ocean. Clean for the most part (shower could use a good cleaning) the kitchen was nice but everything else was fairly run down and there was a strong musty odor. The bed was too soft (and it was quite warm in the bedroom) so we ended up sleeping on the pull out couch (which was actually fairly comfortable) The unit was quiet and the complex was nice. Some nice restaurants close by.
Jill G.
September 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: The property is located in a prime location, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The moment you step inside, you'll be struck by the impeccable cleanliness and attention to detail. The interior is tastefully decorated with a blend of modern and traditional Hawaiian elements, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.The amenities provided are top-notch, making your stay as comfortable as possible. You can take advantage of the fully-equipped kitchen to cook up your own meals, relax in the comfortable living room, or unwind on the private balcony with a refreshing drink in hand.Overall, I highly recommend this property for anyone looking for the perfect place to stay in Kauai. You won't be disappointed!
Nicole D.
September 2023

Amazing view! This is a perfect location if you like visiting both sides of the island. Lena (property owner) was very attentive and kind. We look forward to visiting again soon.
Niki B.
September 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: We had a wonderful experience going through Kauai Vacation rentals for our condo rental. Their communication was excellent and informed us every step of the way. The condo was exactly as presented on their website. Everything we needed for a very comfortable stay was provided. The oceanfront view was even more beautiful in person! Make sure to wake up early to witness the incredible sunrises!!!
Debra P.
September 2023

Mostly positive. Great condo but not the cleanest. Food left in fridge and dry goods in microwave! The owner allowed us early check in which we were very grateful for after traveling from Ohio. I did send a note about the lack of cleanliness but never heard back.
Jody G.
September 2023

This was a great condo that I’m definitely interested in staying at again. I appreciated how open and minimalist the layout was while still being well equipped and furnished. Steps away from the ocean and right on the edge of historic Kapa’a, one would be hard pressed for a better location. Check-in and check-out was easy and communication with the host was smooth. 10:00 am check-out was a little early, but you can arrange later if available, and if it was that important to me, I would have. I would highly recommend.
Brian L.
September 2023

This property is everything it says it is! Excellent Kapa'a location just feet from the ocean. The condo is well equipped and tastefully decorated. We will definitely stay at this property again when traveling asa family!
Michael R.
September 2023

This is a beautiful second floor condo with a direct view of the Pacific Ocean and spectacular sunrises. Pono Kai is centrally located in Kauai so trips to the north and south are easy to plan. This condo had the perfect amount of space for 2 adults. The east facing (sunrise) living space has plenty of room to move and relax. The living room opens to a beautiful balcony with plenty of room to sit and read or just take in the relaxing views and sounds of the surf. The kitchen is complete with everything you need to cook meals in or just to store the basics and eat out. The cherry cabinets and granite countertops make it obvious that you are staying in a quality condo. The bedroom with a queen bed has all you need to unpack for an extended or short vacation - plenty of closet and drawer storage. Perfect sized safe tucked away in the closet. The large window opens to a rarely used walk space, but can be shaded with lovely privacy shutters. Our favorite space was the beautiful tiled bath. The large walk-in elegant shower was the reason we chose this unit. There is plenty of counter space and more than needed storage. Restaurants, food trucks, grocery stores, souvenir shops, bike rentals, and an ocean side bike/walk path are steps away. Shirley was wonderful to work with. You can book with confidence when booking this condo.
Kathy A.
September 2023

The condo at Pono Kai is exactly what we needed for a trip to Kauai. The location in Kapa’a is central to everything on the island. The condo is well appointed, clean and comfortable. We were greeted with a lovely note from the owners. The complex is great - a pool, hot tub and all the amenities you could want. Walking distance to most things you would need. 20 minutes from the Lihue airport. I highly recommend staying here and plan to stay here again. The view of the ocean is worth he price of admission. Thank you to Lena and Ivan for the use of their beautiful property
Jennifer M.
September 2023

Wow!! This place had anything you can think of for a week vacation. Everything from kitchen you would ever need to closet full of things to keep you occupied. All you need is what you eat. View from lani was spectacular. Coffee every morning there was like heaven. The only thing was slippery throw rugs which we moved. Old people don’t need any help falling. Also, parking was a problem fo handicap. They were working and took a lot of spots near condo. The grounds were gorgeous. Thanks for giving us a later checkout since we were both under the weather. Would stay again. Thank you.
Pamela M.
September 2023

This is a very comfortable condo with a king-sized bed in one room and two twins in another bedroom and two full bathrooms. The living room has a large comfortable couch and a rocking chair. The view from the living room and from the bedroom looks across a lawn and a bike path to the wide-open ocean. The kitchen has everything we needed to cook our meals and dish washing soap was provided. The management company for this private rental had a nice welcoming gift on the kitchen table when we entered and they made sure we knew they were available if we needed help with anything. One day we rented bikes (right on the bike path walking northbound about a half-mile) and the ride was one of my favorite days. You can ride southbound all the way to Lydgate Beach. If you are a chocolate lover, explore the possibilities at the Lydgate Farm (a car drive).
Beverly H.
September 2023

This place is perfect for anyone that has already done the "Resort style stay" and doesn't require resort amenities for $1000-1200 per night. With a separate bedroom, living room, full sized kitchen and dinning space, this place is more than big enough to feel very comfortable. Located on the east side of the island, you will wake up to an amazing ocean view right from the ground level lanai! The entire grounds are well maintained and directly on the boardwalk that will take you right to your favorite locations in Kapa'a. Centrally located on the island, makes it easy to visit both the north and south shores of the island with a quick 30-40 minute drive. After roughly 15 stays in several locations on Kauai, and most recently at the Pono Kai Resort, I would definitely booked my next visit here again.
Steve Q.
September 2023

We had a great stay at this Pono Kai property. The view from the lanai is amazing, even better than the listing pics! The condo is well-equipped, with everything you need in the kitchen plus lots of beach gear. The resort property offers a nice hot tub, pool and other amenities. The location right on the Ke Ala Hele Makalae path in Old Town Kapa'a makes for convenient access to restaurants and shops in town, plus the path is great for sunrise walks and bike rides. As other reviews have mentioned, the condo would benefit from a deep clean and a bit of a freshen-up. Certainly not a deal breaker and we would definitely stay again.
Gary G.
September 2023

The location is wonderful, oceanfront. But the closest parking is quite a ways away. Visitors should be aware of this as it is quite a walk with luggage or groceries. We are 2 adults staying for nearly 2 weeks and we were supplied with 2 towels each, 2 rolls of toilet paper total. The unit was listed as having a DVD player so we brought DVDs from home as there is nothing new on TV due to the writers strike. There was no DVD player. It took 2 days of phone calls before one was provided. It appears that some of the drinking glasses have been broken as there wasnt a complete set of most sizes. We have rented from VRBO many times and this was the nicest unit we have rented, but it does need some improvements.
Cheryl G.
September 2023

This condo was a perfect jumping point to explore all areas of the island. Last month I took a solo trip to Kauai and so glad I choose this condo in Kauai. The unit itself is very nice and thoughtfully appointed with everything you need to be comfortable as well as for your day trips. She has everything from boogie boards, beach chairs, a cooler and beach towels ready for you so you don’t have to worry about a thing. The property itself was very nice and although I didn’t get a chance to use the pool it looked very nice. Having the beach just a few steps away was amazing! So many great restaurants, food trucks and shops in walking distance. The bed was very comfortable which was nice to come home to after a long day of hiking and snorkeling and get a restful nights sleep. I highly recommend for solo travelers, or couples. It’s perfect! I will definitely be back to Kauai and would absolutely book this property again!
Jason M.
September 2023

This was our longest stay and again was spectacular. Kathleen is one of the nicest people and very committed to providing a great place to stay. Great communication before, and during stay. Willing to answer and assist with anything needed. The BEST sleep I’ve had in along time. Bed is so comfortable. Living area has awesome furnishings and kitchen is stocked with everything you need. We used the kitchen a lot and ate on the Lani which had the best view for enjoying meals! Location is centrally located to Northshore / South shore! Mahalo Kathleen. Can’t wait to visit again.
Marlena P.
September 2023

Convenience to everyday needs
Madelyn G.
September 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: The condo was just as described. Very roomy, clean and comfortable, and a great location. Had a great stay and highly recommend.
Tom S.
September 2023

See my text. Loved being here. four stars on check in cuz we didn’t know # was part of the code 🙀 and had to call Renee. She called right back.
jennifer f.
September 2023

And Kapa’a town is easily a short walk to everything you need from condo
Dan A.
September 2023

Property was clean and nice pool and spa.The location right inKapa'a is ideal.The town is small but tasteful and close to the airport and convenient for drives to dofferent parts of the island.Staff is friendly and helpful
Mildred T.
September 2023

Everything was great except 1st nigh when AC wasn't working properly. But overall we had a good time, thanks to host.
Irina S.
September 2023

This was an immaculate high end stay for us, beautifully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen (even including minutiae like covered casserole dishes and a nutri-bullet) We cooked most meals here and used the boogie boards, snorkeling gear, sand chairs and the new Schwin bikes. The patio on the ground floor (JUST like the picture showed!) is mere yards from the bike path and overlooks the eastern morning sunrise. Convenient parking. LOVED this beautiful Condo!!! And our hostess Lena was great/responsive. Thanks Lena!!
Lauren A.
September 2023

this property is in a great location
John M.
September 2023

Great location and view!
janie k.
September 2023

Excellent location, excellent amenities, exactly as advertised and well worth your time and money. We would return without hesitation. Twiggs Family - Terre Haute, IN
James T.
September 2023

This was a great place to stay with the best view ever. It was stocked with all we needed to feel at home. Clean as can be. The air conditioner worked fantastic. Very close to walking to many places and short driving distances to all of east side. No disappointment at all. Stephanie knows how to treat her visitors with style. Thanks so much Christy
Christy M.
September 2023

Location is key! Centrally located between north and south Kauai. Beautiful ocean views from the room, nearly private beach with all amenities provided. Couldn’t ask for a better place to stay on Kauai.
Sabrina R.
September 2023

This unit was the best unit I have ever stayed in when vacationing. The cleanliness was exceptional, location was perfect to see all of Kauai. It was so amazing to open the sliding door and see/ hear the ocean. This condo is well worth renting. The owners were amazing and were there to help with any questions I had. They go above and beyond to make your stay a wonderfull experience. Dont hesitate rent this today and make the dream come true.
Rachel H.
September 2023

We enjoyed our first stay in C209 a couple of years ago, and were excited to see the unit was available for this trip. Pono Kai has a great location-- halfway between the north and south shore, it makes getting to either side of the island easier. Shops and restaurants in downtown Kapa'a are within walking distance, which is a plus. (Make sure to get the manapua or malasadas for breakfast at Pono Bakery, and a plate lunch from Pono Market. And if anyone in your group sews, make sure to visit Vicky's Fabrics and maybe even take a class if something on the calendar catches your interest.) C209 is a great unit. With no one above you, and no windows overlooked by walkways, it feels very safe and private (and yes, there is an elevator for anyone with mobility issues). Oceanfront, so we could sit on the lanai and watch the sunrise in our pjs, and later in the day could people/dog watch everyone enjoying the path along the ocean (or quick access to enjoy it ourselves). The in unit washer/dryer meant no lurking around the laundry facilities trying to snag an open unit. And while the unit has AC, we never needed to use it due to the trade winds and the great cross ventilation of the unit. We also loved the ample seating where everyone could stretch out and it didn't feel cramped, and that we could still enjoy the views of the ocean from the living room couches. We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at this unit, and hope to again in the future!
Kathryn W.
September 2023

I enjoyed my stay with my husband and teen daughter. The place was very clean and everything was conveniently located. The host was very responsive to our questions. I would want to come back again to this place.
Rakhi M.
September 2023

Great central location, enjoyed the beautiful ocean and sunrise view every morning. Property is well maintained and unit is nicely remodeled. Would definitely stay again.
Carrie P.
September 2023

Nice!
LORI C.
September 2023

This condo was perfect! The view is a sunrise view but I never tire of hearing and seeing the ocean. Location was within walking distance to shopping, food and drinks. The unit has been remodeled with very classy and comfortable vibe. This unit is truly a home away from home. The resort has so many free activities available. The unit has two bike to use, which we did on the paved path in front of the resort. I have nothing negative to say about my stay in this unit. Sandy
Sandy
September 2023

When we had to change our itinerary last minute due to the Maui wildfires and decided to visit Kauai, Betsy and Brooke were fantastic. Extremely accommodating and helpful. The condo was great. Very clean and updated, with plenty of space for our family of 6. Kids liked the pool, and even though the beach access right outside wasn’t what we considered safe for swimming, it was gorgeous for walking and watching the sunrise. Perfect, central location. Highly recommend!
Sara S.
September 2023

Loved our stay here, waking up to the sounds of the ocean and having morning coffee watching the waves. Beds were very comfortable! Had a nice variety of ocean toys.
Matthew M.
September 2023

Good place to stay
Thais and Keith W.
September 2023

The unit was very well stocked and clean. The access was easy and so was the check-in. I would recommend this unit to anyone.
Earl I.
September 2023

The condo was very clean and bright. The location is as close to the ocean as possible. View from the lanai was great. The sound of the ocean was very soothing. There were good quality cooking equipment and supplies. There were two bicycles available, but we did not ride. We will stay again when we return to kauai.
Darrel K.
September 2023

We love staying at the Pono Kai, especially in this unit. There are many amenities that make it feel like coming home. The view of sunrise and moonrise is spectacular. The sounds of waves breaking on the shore right in front of you can't be beat. We will be back!
Dr. Nancy P.
September 2023

We love the condominium . The view is beutifull. They have all amenities that you need.TVs in the rooms did'nt work good but who cares, you don't come to Kauai to watch tv. Everything was very clean and confortable.Very close to everything.Susan was very kind and offer help if we need anything. I definitely will comeback here and recommended to other people.
Adriana B.
September 2023


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