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Maui Kai
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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3 reviews
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“Maui Kai was awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

We stayed at the Maui Kai March 8-15, 2014. We loved it! Beautiful location right on the beach, and we watched the whales right from our balcony! 5 minutes from downtown Lahaina right on Kaanapali beach. Lovely! We would definitely stay here again. Smaller property, but well maintained.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Heidi W
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DonnaBender, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Heidi, I'm glad you had a lovely stay at Maui Kai and enjoyed the whale-watching from your oceanfront balcony. Please let me know when you're ready to return. Mahalo nui loa, Donna Bender
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

My previous review is entitled "The Whole Truth - Really," so this is not my first review of the Maui Kai. This time we stayed in #405 via VRBO. This is a 1BR/1BA unit. It is very well-cared for and has a lot of amenities....beach chairs, binoculars, etc. Jennifer (the owner) is very pleasant to deal with.

The Maui Kai was just as pleasant and dependable as always. No surprises. Nice folks, laid back environment. There was a unit under renovation, but the workmen were careful and polite. The lobby floor was being sanded and cleaned, but those workers were also very accommodating.

The snorkeling out front is very good, kind if a hidden gem. Once you get out a ways from shore, the water is very clear - about as clear and anywhere else on the Island. You can go to the left and right a long ways and see lots of interesting things. Of course, there are turtles and fish, be we also saw and octopus and a school of squid. Snorkeling here is a bit of work, but well worth it for a reasonably good swimmer.

We will be back next year.

Room Tip: All are good, but try for floor 4 or higher to minimize surf noise. If surf noise is not a concern...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

Stayed in 301, corner unit (windows on 3 sides with outstanding views) perfect level to connect with ocean but not having to look at beach traffic. Has open lanai (very few are) and beautifully decorated with high end fixtures & appliances, great quality comfortable furniture and special amenities (beach gear) as well as fully equipped kitchen. Excellent whale watching, snorkeling from beach and futon on lanai to literally "awake to waves" as well as select # comfort king bed for incredible sleep! Loves that we were right ON THE BEACH & the grounds were beautifully kept. IT CATERS TO "UN-CHILDREN" CLIENTELE, pool & hot tub w/o screaming/whining kids, a huge plus for romance! Has high end gas grills for bbq and full kitchen poolside. Loved the "rain shower" head, friendly helpful staff, perfect location close to fine dining and activities. We've booked again for next year!

Room Tip: Nice smaller oasis in paradise, not for children, corner units a big plus.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cloverdale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

We spent five wonderful days in Maui by renting Maui Kai 806 from Art and Sophie Nickel. From the first email, we knew we would enjoy this property. It was exactly as described. A well appointed kitchen, beautiful bathroom, two "Lazy Boy" chairs that swiveled in the living room so that you could enjoy the ocean views. My husband feel asleep there two nights by listening to the waves! We have been to Maui many times over the last 25 years, but this is by far one of our best experiences. It is a small place nestled among other high rises, but it is extremely pleasant, well maintained and even has a small, private pool in the back...complete with dining area and tv and kitchen. We have stayed in all of the major hotels, but when we return, and we will, we will book a longer stay with Art and Sophie because they have the Aloha spirit and it shows in how well it is staged. Be sure to view all of their choices in suites, but we paid the extra for the end one, and am glad we did...being higher up gives you the views and breezes without pedestrian traffic. Also, you are right ON the beach...it is merely thirty steps to the ocean! Thank you Art and Sophie...we had a great time! Aloha!

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for an end of the building suite...a little more expensive, but WELL worth it...breat...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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mauikai806, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Aloha Jane,
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and the amazing ocean views. There's nothing like falling asleep to the sound of waves rolling up onto the beach. Sophie and I believe in sharing our Aloha spirit and our very proud of everything the Maui Kai has to offer. Let us know when you are ready for a return visit and we'll get you counting down to another great stay!
Mahalo,
Art and Sophie Nickel
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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

We booked a jr suite at Maui Kai from Donna Bender. Donna was extremely easy to work with. She was very prompt with returning calls/email.
Our condo was fabulous with a view second to none! Our bed was a murphy bed which was very comfortable and was able to be tucked away during the day to give us more room. We watched whales from our Lanai.The sound of the ocean was so soothing at night. Kitchen was well equipped. Pool and grill area was great . Everyone was very helpful at the Maui Kai. Donna sent us her guide to Maui which was helpful.
Thank you Donna!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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DonnaBender, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, 10 April 2014
I'm glad you had a fabulous time at Maui Kai watching whales and listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean. It was my pleasure arranging your stay and providing you with my 80-page guide to all things wonderful on Maui. Maui Kai awaits your return! Mahalo nui loa, Donna Bender
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

We honeymooned in Hawaii and Donna was the perfect resource person to guide us to the right accomodations! We wanted a condo on the beach with the comfort of our own kitchen for occasional homemade sunset dinners on our lanai. Great location for the price considering nearby beachfront hotels werw double and even trie the price! Great bang for lur buck would definitely as Donna Bender for her recos in the future :)

  • Stayed July 2013
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DonnaBender, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, 5 April 2014
It was my pleasure helping you arrange your honeymoon at Maui Kai! I'm glad you enjoyed sunset dinners on your lanai - it's a better view than you would get at any restaurant! You're right, Maui Kai is the best value for your money because you're guaranteed to have an oceanfront view with free daily maid service and free Internet. Let me know when you're ready to return for an anniversary celebration! Mahalo nui loa, Donna Bender
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

Quick response to inquiry. Art even spoke to us about the location and things to do in the area. The condo was BEAUTIFUL! We have referred to others, and will book through Maui Kai 806 owners Art & Sophie Nickel when we return to Maui.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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mauikai806, Owner at Maui Kai, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Aloha,
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for all the compliments. Sophie or I always respond quickly and try ensure our guests not only have a great visit but also have the information they need to help plan their trip to Maui. Thanks again for compliments and recommending us!
Mahalo,
Art and Sophie Nickel
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Property: Maui Kai
Address: 106 Kaanapali Shores Pl, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9448
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Maui Kai 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maui Kai features all oceanfront junior suite (studio), one bedroom and two bedroom accommodations. Daily towel service, weekly maid service, in-room safe, local phone calls, high speed internet cable hook up, wi-fi also in each room and at the pool and cabana area are all complimentary with no additional fees. Free parking. All rooms have central air conditioning, DVR's, DVD players with freee current release DVD's and spectacular sunsets. Heated pool, jacuzzi, barbecues, and laundry facilities all on site. Located on northern Kaanapali Beach, just four miles north of Lahaina. ... more   less 
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