Hono Kai, Maui

Hono Kai Resort is a beachfront condo complex in central Maui, located at Ma'alaea Bay. The resort offers easy access to miles of white sandy beaches, including Sugar Beach, and is within walking distance to Maalaea Harbor, Maui Ocean Center, Maui Golf & Sports Park, and Maui Harbor Shops. Guests can enjoy various activities such as whale watching, snorkeling, sunset sails, and miniature golf. The resort features a community oceanfront swimming pool, multiple gas BBQs with ocean views, and on-site coin-operated laundry facilities. There are no resort or parking fees, and one free parking spot is provided per unit. Please note that there are no elevators on the premises. Hono Kai's central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the entire island, including excursions to Hana and Haleakala.

Hono Kai Average Rates

As of July 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Hono Kai is $211. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 248 Guest Reviews

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

The Hono Kai condo resort on Maui receives overall positive feedback from guests, highlighting its cleanliness, excellent location, and beautiful beach access. Many reviews praise the resort for its proximity to major attractions, ease of check-in, and the well-equipped and comfortable units. Guests appreciate the resort's central location, allowing easy access to various parts of Maui, including beaches, the airport, and popular tourist destinations. The resort seems to offer a range of amenities, including pools, beautiful ocean views, and well-maintained common areas, making it a recommended stay for both families and couples.

However, some guests mention negatives such as maintenance issues in certain units, a lack of updated decor, and occasional smells from nearby areas. A few guests also note problems with parking and some disturbances from neighboring areas or wildlife. Despite these minor drawbacks, the overwhelming sentiment is positive, with many guests expressing a desire to return, appreciating the quiet, less touristy location, and the value provided by the resort. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 248 guest reviews.

Recent Hono Kai Reviews

We enjoyed our stay at this cute little condo. The beachfront access is lovely.
Emily S.
March 2024

Our stay was excellent and great if you have a car. The garden view was a bit misleading as it is a row of trees. Also the BBQs are communal by the pool. Regardless we had a wonderful stay.
Donna R.
March 2024

We had a great time - it’s hard not to in Maui! The unit is very dated. Needs several updates. However, had what we needed. Location was not our favorite. Management company was great.
Lori A.
March 2024

The property is in an old complex that has not been updated. It is really a studio not a one bedroom as advertised. It is rather noisy due to it being directly in the landing flight path of the airport and waves crashing on the breakwater barrier. The only positive note was the proximity to the long and beautiful beach.
Marius N.
March 2024

This condo was adequate for four travelers who are comfortable sharing space and don’t require complete privacy. Great location for February whale watching from the lanai. The beach access is not direct, you have to leap down a 3 ft wall, which would be a deterrent for some. The host had good communication and the condo was clean for our late night arrival. There were some minor issues that we brought to the attention of the host, hopefully they will be addressed before your stay (screen door, sinks, and dishwasher). The kitchen had just the very basics, so you may want to grab ziplocs or reusable food containers for your stay if you plan on cooking at the condo. Overall, we were comfortable and enjoyed our stay and felt like the space was roomy enough, and location provided ease of going any direction.
Kayla C.
March 2024

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: Nice one bedroom
Brad F.
March 2024

We arrived to a door that has been clearly broken into. Needs to be replaced. The condo does not overlook the ocean. It’s very small. 4 people max. Cockroaches and cockroach larva everywhere. Needs to be more clear of what you are getting when you rent at this location. It was fine as we didn’t come to Maui to sit in a condo. Wouldn’t stay here again.
Scott H.
February 2024

We had a wonderful week in Maui. This condo is located very close to Ma'alaea harbor and there is a small public beach access in easy walking distance. The apartment itself was clean and worked fine for our needs. The unit is a bit run down and shows signs of age and wear and tear (furniture, trim, broken screen/room divider), but it was comfortable and quiet and wasn't an issue for us. We appreciated the camp chairs, snorkel gear, and umbrella that were in the unit, as well as the fan and AC unit. There had been a storm a few weeks before we arrived that damaged several palm trees near the pool and caused damage to the sea wall. They were actively repairing that while we were there and it didn't cause any issues with our stay. You are not able to swim in the ocean directly in front of the condo due to rocks and the sea wall, but we could walk a short distance over the rocks and down to sand. We loved walking along the beach stretch in the morning as the sun came up and we were able to see many whales in the water. Be aware that the available parking in the lot is very narrow and limited, so larger vehicles will have trouble parking here. We were in a full size car and were very glad that we didn't have anything larger as the parking spots are very narrow. We ended up parking outside of the lot on the street one night because someone parked too close to their line and made the spot next to them impossible to park in.
Allison H.
February 2024

Loved staying at this beautiful rental. Great location between West and South Maui. An easy 15 min from the airport, too. Condo had everything, even bottles of sunscreen that we used. Rent snorkel equipment and chairs nearby at Boss Frog’s. There is a nearby beach on the same road as condo that we walked to a few times. Take the road toward West Maui and stop at the “lighthouse” on left to watch for whales and see the sunset. Bed as comfortable and everything needed in condo. I took one star off for the “secluded garden view” in the name and photo. In reality, you look out on a few scraggly trees that divide this property from the next. But no worries, you aren’t home much. We ate at the pizza place nearby which was yummy. Loved this location! Book it for your next vacation!
Twila B.
February 2024

The home was exactly what we were looking for! Quiet, relaxing place located on the beach. Easily within driving distance of anything needed.
Drew M.
February 2024

Was a nice time. The whales were wonderful to watch.
Raleigh T.
February 2024

The unit itself was fine. We slept there and made breakfast - that's all. It was fairly clean and updated. Plenty of new cabinets. However...Unit's view is of parking lot where construction was happening. Pool was closed and not available. Toilets and sink had to be plunged numerous times in a 4 night stay. The black shower curtain liner grossed me out - it didn't show the mold and mildew but you knew it was there. White liners are cheap and replacing it every few months would be better than a black one. When I rented the listing said Ocean Front in all caps. You cannot see the ocean from the unit. Other units ARE ocean front, this one is not. Parking places were few and tiny requiring us to park on the street. Furniture is typical condo tropical styles of years gone by. Windows needed to be cleaned. We tried to watch the two NFL playoff games on TV but they were not available on what the owner provided. We did get a good last-minute deal at this property. If I had paid the full price per night plus taxes and cleaning fee and VRBO fee I would have been a very unhappy camper. Hono Kai is not my favorite resort in Maalaea and I am not likely to return here.
Carol K.
February 2024

The property is very dated. If you are looking for a clean, convenient place to stay this is great. If you expect a high end experience, this is not it. The parking is awful.
January 2024

Originally had a different hotel. Was overbooked. But perfect stay apologized and put me into another unit that is very nice. Beach front. Relaxing on the porch And I got to see the whales jump 3 times. That was pretty neat to see. Over all it was great.
Fernando S.
January 2024

It was perfect for two, close to airport, Costco and walking distance to the marina where we took our dinner cruise. Walking distance to a beautiful beach where we snorkeled and saw turtles. Nice kitchen with every thing we needed. Craig was a wonderful host. We came to stay for the Maui Marathon, the half start line was just up the road.
Brandie S.
January 2024

We loved staying here because of the easy access to the beach with our 3 yo. Made it super simple! The unit is in a high traffic spot, so it's not super private, but we had no issues with noise. The aquarium is nearby and also a highlight.
Sarah K.
January 2024

Perfect for our stay! Enjoyed direct beach access, viewing humpbacks from the property, close proximity to the harbor and quick drive to other activities.
Carrie Z.
January 2024

My family and I had a wonderful time. The condo was comfortable and the beach was right at the doorstep. We are already looking forward to our next vacation stay in Ma'alaea!
Beatriz R.
January 2024

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: For the last 8 years had a great stay in B16. Only down side was the cost per day. I would love that it be a little more cost effective.
Con M.
January 2024

The condo in beach front, not the unit. Amenities were not clean around the condo. The apartment is old but decently furnished. Full of rules and the warnings sounds like they are threatening you if you fail to follow them. The place is far from any place. Nothing is walking distante.
January 2024

Having never been to Maui I had no idea where to stay on the island, so it was only luck that brought me to Craig's condo! This is the perfect spot. Central location to drive to all areas of the island. There is a great beach just steps away with beautiful sunset views. Craig is a wonderful host who gave us great recommendations. His condo is comfortable and so quiet. I didn't need to wear ear plugs that I always bring on vacation, just in case. The laundry room is located steps from the condo, so bring quarters if you need to do laundry. Overall it was a great stay!
Barbara W.
December 2023

Stayed at this charming accommodation in Maui and it was a delightful experience! The place was impeccably clean, ensuring a comfortable and serene environment. The tranquility was exactly what I needed. Every basic amenity was readily available, making my stay convenient and hassle-free. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a peaceful and well-equipped retreat on the beautiful island of Maui. Definitely a five-star experience!
Ingmar L.
December 2023

You couldn’t get any closer to the beach. Perfect, peaceful and gorgeous views. We’ll definitely be staying here again.
Michele S.
December 2023

Overall very close to the beach and the water beach toys. As a "Newly Remodel" properly few of the lights and electrical stockets didnt work. VRBO and Expedia communication on the rental of this unit was a total miss as we were overcharged! Won't rent using VRBO thru Expedia ever again.
December 2023

Right on the beach with windows overlooking the bay. Kids loved the beach, the pool, and the loft and lanai overlooking the beach. No regrets for a young family vacation.
Andrew D.
December 2023

The last time we were in Maui we stayed in this facility on the second floor. This time we were on the ground floor. The upper floors have an amazing view but the ground floor has great access to the pool and beach. From this unit you are 3-4 steps to the pool and 6-8 steps to the beach. The unit has been nicely updated with quality furnishings. The kitchen has all the things we needed to cook including spices and cooking oil. There is a grill close by to prepare your dinner as well. The only issue we had was a minor insect problem but the condo management sent pest control over the same day we called so it was quickly resolved. The bathroom is small but it’s nicely updated. The king bed was comfortable and a window AC unit cools the whole condo without difficulty. The unit has boogie boards, beach chairs, sand mats and a small cooler in the closet. The reason we continue to stay in this location is the access to the beach. You can literally walk out your door and head down a beautiful beach with very few people and no buildings for a couple of miles, all the way to Sugar Beach. We will stay here again.
Gary P.
December 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 stay at this property. It's right on a quiet stretch of beach and out of the more touristy areas. The building was 1970's but the inside of the unit was modern, clean and very comfortable. This was the first time we have booked with VRBO and it was generally a pretty positive experience, The only thing I would recommend is a little more explanation in the welcome packet so that new folks like us know what to do. We thought there would be a reception desk, thankfully the caretakers were able to explain about getting into the lockbox, which was in the welcome packet, but not emphasized for those who are new to the system. Just a thought. Other than that we had a great time and enjoyed the unit thoroughly.
Richard S.
November 2023

We enjoyed our stay here! I would have given all 5 stars if it weren't for the loud A/C unit going all night, and a couple of insects made it in on the ground floor unit. All in all, it's a great place for the money!
Carlton G S.
November 2023

Condo was everything we could ask for, clean and ready for use when we arrived, nice and quiet and a beautiful area to just relax and soak up as much sun as you would want, already planning our next stay here, as well as My Perfect Stays were right on top of anything that needed to be done.
Jeff Q.
November 2023

Beautiful location. Unit is very well maintained and clean. Had a wonderful day.
Mary S.
October 2023

This place was very clean and had everything we needed and more. It is very well located close to the main places we wanted to go like Haleakalā and several beaches. And we had an amazing and beautiful beach right there behind the condo to end our day relaxing. I would definitely come back to this condo without a doubt.
Emil B.
October 2023

This is a great property. Check in was extremely smooth. Would recommend to others.
Cory W.
September 2023

Very close to the airport and to my sister's house in Kahului and a short drive to my brother's house in Lahaina.
Fred M.
September 2023

We had a great time!
Stefan I.
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: This is the second time I have stated in Hono Kai Resort. This is a great place to stay. It is centrally located to West Maui, South Maui, Upcountry and the airport. We stayed in unit B4 and it was perfect. It was recently remodeled and we were the first guests in the unit and it was beautifully done and had everything needed for the stay. When I say everything, they thought about everything someone might need for a stay. There was good privacy for both of my teenage kids. It had gorgeous views of the ocean. The staff works very hard to keep the resort working beautifully and even with outside construction in the parking lot they were great at communicating information to the tenants as needed. I would recommend this location to anyone that is coming to Maui whether the first time or coming again. The location, amenities, and value make this a great place to stay especially for a family. The beach out front isn't much but there are so many other beaches to go to within a short drive from here that was never an issue for us. This is a practical place to stay not an over the top high priced resort but you can't beat the location.
Robert S.
August 2023

Great accommodations Owner's communication prior to trip excellent. Welcome gift greatly appreciated. Owner couldn't have been more accessible. Will stay again.
Marilyn D.
August 2023

I was very impressed with the cleanliness and attention to detail. The place had everything you could want or need. Easy to check in and out with the keypad. I would stay here again.
Becky S.
August 2023

We enjoyed being at my perfect stay, it was a memorable experience for our kids. Thank you so much my perfect stay. Will be back again next year!
Christine S.
August 2023

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay as a family of 4. Location is central to everything we wanted to do. So great to just walk out on the beach. Quiet area. Right next to the harbor where the snorkling boats leave. Had everything we needed.
Jeni K.
August 2023

The only potential drawback is that the mattresses (both queen bed and sleeper sofa) are very, very soft and saggy. Not great for people preferring a firm mattress.
Markus A.
August 2023

We loved this property because it was not in a very touristy area, so we didn't have to deal with a lot of traffic and crowds. But, it was centrally located for easy access to the airport, Lahaina/Kaanapali, and Haleakala!! The complex is quiet, with a mix of residents and rentals. The property could stand to be updated, but it was perfect for our needs! And, I loved being able to hear waves crashing because we could access a part of the beach just steps down from the pool area!

July 2023

Nice place, very well located, very central, close to the beach. The only cons was that the manager or administrator of the building was really rude the first time we arrived at the apartment, he told my husband that our children were not welcome, maybe he was in a bad mood, i dont know, but that was kind of bummer. although later the owner of the vrb apologized to us and had constant communication with us, it was nice to know that our problems were being addressed
Joselyn P.
July 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was more than happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: ALL was excellent...found the "safe" instruction booklet in the nightstand drawer with Bible! Last year was better only because our view was looking at the ocean...
A guest from Fountain Valley, Ca
July 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: Nice one bedroom condo. Even though it was quite warm outside the A/C kept the condo very comfortable. Located in a less busy area of Maui which was nice.
Tim S.
July 2023

I enjoyed being so close to the ocean. Being 74 I didn't try to get on the beach as it was quite a step. I truly enjoyed my stay watching the waves and surfers.
Paula C.
July 2023

This place is right on the beach and walking distance from the bus station. It's the perfect calm getaway. I'm going to miss falling asleep to the sound of waves.
Megan M.
July 2023

Aloha, Thank you for hosting us. It was very beautiful cozy beach facing home. Loved waking up to the sound of waves and birds. So quiet and pleasant and the house is right in between the south & east beaches. House is very well maintained and enjoyed how every corner was used to the fullest. The kitchen was completely user friendly and very well equipped. We definitely would visit again! Mahalo!
urvee s.
July 2023

Beautiful stay right on Maui's longest white sand beach. Walk for hours with very few people around. The condo is immaculate. Best location on the island as it is in the center of all activities.
Charlie S.
July 2023

We enjoyed our stay at our unit in Hono Kai. It was spacious, very clean, and had all the items needed for a comfortable stay. It was great to have the beach towels and chairs. Our children enjoyed the pool and easy access to the beach.
Isabel P.
July 2023

Perfect place to stay and rest between excursions on maui! We loved our time and enjoyed the comfort of the condo when we were “home”. Thank you very much!
Erika B.
July 2023

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