Hono Koa Resort

Honokowai, Hawaii

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Honokowai, Hawaii


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  • Avatar for leonb42
    By leonb42 Jun 15, 2015

    Showers could have more pressures.

  • Avatar for scoth9
    By scoth9 Updated Feb 4, 2014

    We have stayed at Hono Koa several times, the last in August 2012. We have had delightful stays each time. The units are spacious with granite countertops, tile floors, ceiling fans, and full kitchens. The lanais are spacious with table and chairs and a great view of Molokai. We eat almost every breakfast on the lanai as well as frequent dinners. The staff keeps the property clean and the grounds well groomed. The pool and hot tub are always sparkling. there are two or three gas grills by the pool that we have used a number of times for steaks and fresh fish. There is no beach immediately in front of the property, but swimming and snorkeling are great. There is beach available a short walk in either direction. Since all Hawaiian beaches are public they are all usable.

    I read a couple unfavorable reviews. The one complaining about air-conditioning is typical from people not used to Hawaiian condos. Most people depend on the tradewinds and ceiling fans for comfort. We have been going to The Islands for more than 30 years, and only a handful of places we have stayed have had air-conditioning. With windows open on each end of the units they are very comfortable. As far as the review mentioning dirt, garbage, bad smells, missing tiles in the pools, etc., I'm not sure this person is talking about the same resort. In all my trips there I have never seen anything resembling this.

    Hono Koa is a low-key family property. I'm in a wheelchair and all the rooms have been accessible, although the bathrooms are not wheelchair equipped. It's in a great location about halfway between Kaanapali and Kapalua. Grocery store and farmers market are within walking distance. The staff is extremely helpful. We will stay there next time we go to Maui.

  • Avatar for sherylr35
    By sherylr35 Feb 15, 2011

    Smaller resort with 28 condos. Close to everthing. Perfect for families

  • Avatar for maryjanep6
    By maryjanep6 May 12, 2010

    We LOVED it - we were there in late April 2010, and will go back in 2011. Its clean, comfortable, and "homey". Its not fancy - don't expect fancy. We liked the full kitchen, w/d in-suite, easy in/out and free parking. We LOVED seeing the whales from our balcony, also we LOVED seeing the tons of turles swimming just a few yards from the ocean deck. This property has no beach, but there is a beach within walking distance, also an ABC store, grocery store, farmers market, etc... What else does one need? One drawback, there is no AC - but the ceiling fans (in everyroom) and patio slider doors (2 sets) kept us cool enough.

  • Avatar for kennethm160
    By kennethm160 Updated Sep 16, 2009

    we stayed there the last week of May, It was very hot due to a vog that covered the islands. These condo's have no AC, only ceiling fans so beware if you can't take the heat. On the second day (Monday) their hot water tank broke and was not repaired until Friday! They offered no compensation for this inconvenience. They do not offer great service at all, they may have in the past but not any longer.

  • Avatar for lynnpenn
    By lynnpenn Updated Jun 28, 2009

    The good.

    The resort was very nice. Rooms were updated with new furniture and tile floors, just beautiful.

    The bad.

    We were in room 106 and the only view we had was sidewalk leading to pool it was very noisy from the water sprinklers that came on at midnight and around 3 am and again around 5 am, and from trash pick up every morning sounded like it was right outside our bedroom window.

    Also, when I did my exchange I was led to believe it was ocean view,but the only view was of our balcony and plants. I was very disappointed for this but again as far as the resort it is very nice.

  • Avatar for maryd57
    By maryd57 Updated Jun 13, 2008

    I also have to wonder about the response from the person Jan 2008. I have going to Hono Koa for over 10 years now. I have had nothing but a wonderful, relaxing experience there. The pool is always crystal clear, no "dirty" smells, and a very clean unit. The staff was VERY helpful, printing out boarding passes for our return home, and even knocking at our door to let us know about the ice cream social down by the pool. The location couldn't be better, right on the ocean with the breezes coming thru, close to Lahaina and Kaanapali. I always do a late checkin because of the flight schedule, and it couldn't have gone smoother. I always feel very safe there too. Even before the renovation with updated furniture and granite counter tops, the place was beautiful. This is definitely our first choice for accomodations when we go to Maui.

    Wonderful, smaller, quiet place. Koa units especially nice with the ocean breezes and wrap around patios. Fantastic location. Units clean and comfortable.

  • Avatar for ken242
    By ken242 Updated May 20, 2008

    We are staying at the Hono Koa this week and are again very pleased with our stay. Don't have a clue what Kathy was talking about!! Units recently remodeled and are teriffic w/granite countertops, new flooring and upgraded appliances. Bathrooms are state of the art and the views are the best. Very pleased also with Tom and Joe (staff).

  • Avatar for pamm122
    By pamm122 Updated Apr 13, 2008

    This is an outstanding resort. Quiet and peaceful but close enough to the action of Whalers Village and Lahina. The rooms were all gutted and remodeled in 2005-2006 with granite countertops, and vanities, new carpeting in the bedrooms and updated or new furniture. The staff is friendly and helpful and more than eager to accomodate special needs if it is within their reach. We've been going back to the Hono Koa for the last seven years and have found it to be a "slice of paradise". We even switched our ownership from another resort to the Hono Koa because when we spend our time there we feel at home!

    I don't know where kathyg89 stayed but her description of the Hono Koa is totally NOT accurate. The only way she could have viewed the garbage dumpster is when she walked into the parking lot to get her car. The cleaning crew is outstanding. Any problems are addressed by the staff immediately. All rooms face the ocean or the pool. Some definitely have better views than others with the KOA's having the best with wrap-around oceanfront lanai's. But all guests have access to a fabulous over the water oceanfront deck for some of the best whale watching and sunsets on the island.

  • Avatar for kristik17
    By kristik17 Updated Mar 18, 2008

    I have to wonder about the person that left the response dated Jan 30, 2008 if they were really talking about the Hono Koa? We went there a year and a half ago and LOVED it so much we came back and bought 2 units there. It was SO clean and the units had been gutted and totally remodeled the year before that. The units have granite counters and tile floors and new everything! If you look at all the reviews of this place on EVERY site they are all great. I am really wondering if this lady has the right resort...there's a lot of places that sound alike on Maui with all their vowels! I love this place and plan to go back every year through retirement! I can't imagine someone not loving it here! The KOA units are amazing with their wrap around lanai's and complete oceanfront. You can whale watch right from the deck. The pool area was great, private and hardly used. It was a beautiful place with all the amenities of home.

  • Avatar for kathyg89
    By kathyg89 Updated Jan 30, 2008

    Our experience of this resort was not what you would want for a vacation. We ended up checking out and having to find other accomodations. No beach nearby, old units, smelled of urine and garbage. Close to main road, windows did not shut, property manager and property owning company did not care. There response was too bad. BBQ handles were broken off, grill dirty, pool dirty and green tiles missing. We had a view and smell of the garbage dumpster. If you are not at the front the hotel has no views. You can use the Sands of Kahana However, it is not close and they really don't welcome guests from the Hono Koa. Self check in is scary. They have a sign on the door with a picture of a burgular saying not everyone has our sense of aloha please keep valuables safe. The main office is a run down room that smelt of rats too. The management is by the Sands of Kahana who told us they cold not help us. I guess they were OK with a family being stuck in a urine filled, dirty, unit with no windows that shut. This resort is definitely not a place you would want to stay. This exchange cost us a pleasent vacation. The staff tries to sell you on all these tours to make money for themselves. Toilets were coming off the wall fitting, showers were rundown. It appeared they did a few cosmetic things to make it appear clean. The smell was terrible. It smelled like rats. We filed a complaint with photos to the Better Business Bureau and the company did not respond to the claim. Our kids were scared to stay here. Frankly, so was I. We had to find our own accomodations and shell out a considerable amount of cash. RCI did credit us the week however, we are not able t use it before the experation date. Thank you to the Kanapali Shores who heard our story and found us somewhere to stay on their gorgeous property. Disappointed in Vegas KMG

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    By pattit7 Jan 10, 2008

    We just returned this morning from our stay at the Hono Koa... What a nice treat! We stayed in a Koa unit on the bottom floor and it was great to wake up in the morning, enjoy coffee on the lanai and watch the humback whales frolick in the water. The location was perfect. A short drive to Lahaina and Kaanapali for shopping, restaurants and more... There were also plenty of local stores, coffeehouses and activities within walking distance of the Hono Koa. A short 5 minute drive to Kapalua was very convenient to watch the Mercedes Championships golf tournament. We would have given our stay a "5 star rating" however there is no a/c and the sofas in the living area could have been more comfortable. We are not owners, but we definitely recommend a KOA unit at the Hono Koa for a nice, peaceful and relaxing stay in Maui... Trevino Family - Orange County, CA

  • Avatar for candy66
    By candy66 Updated Dec 1, 2005

    This Resort is breathtaking! The Koa Units are ocean front! If you are looking for a place that is not too crowded but still has everything, this is it! The staff is excellent, very helpful.

  • Avatar for mike2200
    By mike2200 Updated Apr 5, 2005

    Just back from Maui and enjoyed my stay. Units are spacious with newer decor. All the amenities of Lahaina are just a few short minutes away, but these units are quiet and on the ocean (saw numerous whales from the shore)..GREAT

  • Avatar for teisha
    By teisha Aug 30, 2004

    When arriving for my vacation I was suprised at the "self" checkin. I had to use a telephone to dial someone "somewhere" to provide me with a code to open the outdoor safe to obtain my key. This resort has no 24 hour staff. I was not real impressed with the room accomodations. The rooms could use some updating. I also did not like the fact that this resort has no airconditioning. The trade winds did not provide enough comfort for my guest that stayed in the room toward the back of the unit. The only aspect which was rated ok by my guests was the location of the resort. It was very near many of the best golf courses.

  • Avatar for kimlong
    By kimlong May 3, 2003


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