Honua Kai Resort & Spa

130 Kai Malina Parkway | Lahaina, HI 96761 [See Map]
#7 in Best Maui Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1681 reviews
Property Type Resort with 628 rooms, 10 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Modern
Best For Families, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

The gorgeous grounds of Honua Kai Resort & Spa occupy a good chunk of Ka'anapali Beach along the western coast of the island — a location that previous guests just can't help but praise. As for the experience of staying here, travelers have mixed feelings. Honua Kai's suite-style accommodations all come equipped with full kitchens, ample living space and balconies or terraces; however, some recent travelers say that some of the balconies' ocean vistas leave much to be desired. And while visitors are impressed with the resort's atmosphere, they say to look elsewhere if you're seeking a more romantic ambiance, as this property is popular among families. It's easy to see why: Not only can the rooms house larger groups, but the resort also boasts a pool with an accompanying water park. Should you need a break from the family bustle, former guests recommend the Ho'ola Spa as the place to go for some down time. Honua Kai also features the in-house Duke's Beach House restaurant and an on-site market should you prefer to do your own cooking.

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Critic Reviews


“The Honua Kai's upscale-relaxed atmosphere takes a cue from its natural surroundings. The island-inspired artwork in the lobby gives way to colorful koi ponds, artfully landscaped grounds, and meandering swimming pools.”
Award: Frommer's Highly Recommended


“Two high-rise towers contain these individually-owned eco-friendly (and family-friendly) units combining the conveniences of a condo with the full service of a hotel.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1681 guests have reviewed the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1681 reviews)

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  • Internet Access
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The Honua Kai Resort is located on Ka'anapali Beach on the island of Maui. Outdoor activities, such as snorkeling and whale-watching are popular here. Shops and restaurants are located at the Whalers Village complex, about 2 miles south.

  • Any guests wishing to get off-property are encouraged to have a car or arrange for a taxi since very little is within walking distance.
  • The Whalers Village Museum is a popular, educational attraction

  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

All accommodations at Honua Kai Resort & Spa are modern suites, all have full kitchens and most have separate bedrooms. Each suite as a private, furnished lanai. The rooms' decor reflects the natural colors of the islands.

  • Flat-screen HD TVs and DVD players come standard in all rooms
  • Housekeeping services are limited
  • Cookware, dishware and utensils are provided in the full kitchens

Standard room size:

595 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The resort has one on-site restaurant, Duke's Beach House, named for surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and also has a bar area. Duke's serves authentic Hawaiian cuisine prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

  • Aina Gourmet Market is a convienient place to stock up on snacks and coffee
  • Room service is available

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The resort's "Aquatic Playground" is its pool complex with a wealth of features, including waterfalls, a waterslide and a shallow sandy beach area that's ideal for kids.

  • The Hokulani Pool is the resort's lap pool
  • The Konea Pool is a quiet pool for relaxation
  • There are cabanas for rent and beach/pool items are available to purchase or rent

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Ho'ola Spa offers a menu of massages and facials that use local ingredients. After treatments, guest are invited to relax in the spa's Himalayan salt room.

  • Massages include hot stone, deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal, and sports massages
  • Treatments include body wraps, including a detoxification wrap
  • Spa has three separate treatment rooms

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The resort has a 24-hour fitness center with basic cardio and strength-training equipment. Bike and boats rentals and other activities can be arranged with a third-party vendor through the concierge.

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats




There is no golf course at this resort; however, the two 18-hole Kaanapali Golf Courses are about 2 miles south and guests can make arrangements through the concierge.

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


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