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On our latest trip to Maui, we stayed at the Honua Kai Resort in Ka`anapali, Maui. We went with family so we rented 3 units between all 14 of us. This was my first time staying at a resort, rather than a hotel or condominium. After spending a week there, here are my pros and cons for staying at the Honua Kai Resort:

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Aina Market at the Honua Kai Resort on Maui

Great selection of organic baby/toddler foods and Green Toys at the `Aina Gourmet Market at the Honua Kai Resort


  • The resort location is amazing! It’s just steps away from Ka`anapali Beach.
  • Food options: Duke’s is located on premises and there’s also a market with a coffee and chai tea lattes and breakfast items.
  • The `Aina Gourmet Market also has a whole section of organic baby/toddler food and Green Toys!
  • There are 5 pools! Some are just for adults while others are geared toward kids of all ages. Did I mention there’s also a water slide?
  • The views! Our room overlooked the mountains (my personal favorite part of Maui) with the other rooms overlooked the ocean and the rest of the resort. And we saw too many rainbows to count from our lanai windows! Not too shabby!
  • The bathrooms are gigantic! I think the bedroom and bathroom were the same size. It’s nice to have enough room to really spread out. And they have a separate tub, which is great for toddlers.
  • There are large tables and chairs on the lanai, perfect for breakfasts or dinners at the condo.
  • Times Supermarket grocery store is across the street (walking distance) to grab snacks and meal supplies.
  • Free WiFi. This is a must for me when we travel and it’s surprisingly hard to find some places.


  • The customer service was hit/miss. We arrived after midnight due to an unexpected highway closure and by the time we got to the Resort we were wiped. We unloaded our car and while we tried to get a staff member to help us locate a cart, we were brushed off while they helped others who arrived after us. Not a great first impression. However their security staff is fabulous and the management company sent us cookies the next day as a welcome gift because of the crazy highway closure.
  • Our bed was super bouncy. It was so bouncy that I felt seasick at night anytime my husband moved.
  • The water pressure was really hard. Normally I like good water pressure, but this was very painful for even the lightest of sunburns. Thankfully there was a separate bathtub.
  • There were a ton of tiny bugs all over our room. It was mostly noticeable on my laptop screen and then I noticed them crawling all over. They are super tiny, but enough to be annoying. They may be all over the island, but I noticed them primarily in our room.

Overall impression:
I really liked the Honua Kai Resort. It was nice to be on a vacation where we really could just stay at the resort if we wanted. The pools were pretty incredible and I loved that there was food/coffee options on site! It’s a great place relax and unwind!

Honua Kai Resort Maui


Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.


  1. That sounds like such a nice place to stay. Happy to hear that you and your family had a great visit there.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      It’s so nice that we decided to return this summer!

  2. Janel Berchielli Reply

    Wow that is a large group to travel with. Sounds like a nice resort minus the cons you experienced.

  3. The Spirited Sloth Reply

    Wow, it sounds like such a nice place! Especially being so close to such an incredible beach. I love resorts but I’ve only ever gone in a group of two, so I can only imagine how much fun it is to go with your entire family!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      There are a lot of laughs when we all get together!

  4. Seems like you had a nice time. I am sold on the 5 pools itself. My son would love the pools too

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Exactly! The kids just wanted to swim every moment they could!

  5. I think I would be happy staying at any resort, especially in Hawaii. This place sounds like fun. I’d love to see more photos!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      This was my first resort experience and it was fabulous!

  6. Terri Steffes Reply

    I love that you give an honest review. That is so important to build credibility. I love the very first picture. How adorable!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Thanks! My son was getting a kick out of those chairs and “needed” to sit every single time we went through the lobby!

  7. I love reading reviews from real families! My kids have decided they want to visit Hawaii over Disney!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Both destinations are fun, but Hawaii has a lot of amazing adventures to discover!

  8. Amanda Love Reply

    It sounds like a nice hotel despite the cons that you posted. I’m sure overall you still had a lot of fun with the family! Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      We had a great time and are heading back this summer!

  9. Sounds like you had a lovely time! What a shame about the little bugs and lack of customer service, that would really annoy me! The bed made me chuckle though – I have slept on a blow up bed before and I totally get the feeling of sea sickness from it when it moves around x

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The bed was an adventure in itself! We’re headed back next summer, but staying in another tower in hopes that the beds are more stable 🙂

  10. Glad you had a nice time and I love that you listed both the pros and cons and the insight provided.

  11. Reesa Lewandowski Reply

    I appreciate your honest feedback on the hotel, that is rare to see. I have heard Maui was beautiful!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Thanks! Yes, Maui is much prettier than I expected. I was really blown away the first time I saw how lush and green it was!

  12. This sounds like the perfect place for a family vacation! I SO want to visit Hawaii one day. It’s high up on my travel bucket list!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Off-season is a great time to visit Hawaii! There are some good airfare deals!

  13. That sounds like a great place to stay. I will definitely look into this once I start planning our Hawaii trip, hopefully in the near future.
    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  14. Anna Nuttall Reply

    I’m glad you had a great time – it sound a lot of fun. xx

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      It was so fun we’re heading back with the whole group this summer!

  15. I love to travel with a big group of family. We always have so much fun when we are all traveling together. Glad you had a great time

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      I love that my kids get to spend a week with their cousins!

  16. We visited Kauai last year and had a wonderful family vacation. We definitely want to venture out to other islands with our daughters!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      My Mom lives on Kauai so that’s where we usually go! I was surprised how pretty Maui was, even after visiting Kauai (which is so gorgeous!)

  17. Adrienne Carter Reply

    Oh my goodness! This place sounds amazing. Chai tea is my absolute favorite!!! Sounds like you had a great trip!

  18. Angela Ricardo Bethea Reply

    Thank you so much for that honest feedback about that place. Aside from the bugs and the hit/miss Customer Service that you encounter, It sounds that this is a lovely place to visit. We will definitely check them out!

  19. I love a good honest review! Thank you for sharing your experience. Mahalo!

  20. Rose Sahetapy Reply

    Despite a few things that you encounter, it sounds like you had a fabulous time staying in Honua Kai Resort. The resort seems as an ideal resort for a family.

  21. Breyona Sharpnack Reply

    That resort looks very nice and clean. I love seeing that it is family friendly. looks like a cool place to visit.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes, it can be hard to find a good place for families!

  22. Wow it was a lot of you guys on this trip! Thanks for the 100% honest review the good and the bad.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Thanks! My husband family loves to travel together!

  23. My family and I love staying here, as it really is so kid friendly. The washer dryer in the unit helps with the packing, as do the kid amenities and beach toys.

    We also love going to grab food at Ono Kau Kau right down the street. Best local food, awesome bang for your buck!
    (And Ululani Shave Ice every day!)

    • I seriously could eat Ululani every day! I haven’t tried Ono Kau Kau yet! I’ll have to stop next time we’re in Maui!

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