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Maui: A peek at the Honua Kai Resort

Honua Kai is not just a luxury resort, it’s an example of sustainable Hawaii living


Posted February 9, 2012 by Melissa Chang

As some of you may know, I have a real estate blog at Honolulu Magazine, so I sometimes get into looking at properties. The Honolulu blog only focuses on Oahu real estate, though, so I thought I would share this blissful piece of Maui with you here on this blog.

For the first part of my trip to Maui last week, I was fortunate to get a sponsored stay at Honua Kai Resort. From the moment I landed, whenever I told someone where I was about to stay, they’d exclaim, “Oh, niiiiice!” Turns out, Honua Kai is one of the newer resorts in Kaanapali. Since it was designed to have condo units, all the rooms are fully-furnished luxury residences—some are for hotel guests’ use, some are purchased. Here’s what some of the available units look like:

Honua Kai (32 of 32)

Honua Kai

Residents and guests can also buy gourmet products or prepared items at Aina, the onsite market.

There were some things that their PR consultant, Yvonne Biegel, pointed out that overwhelmed me as much as the rooms did. I’m not just telling you this because they let me stay there; I feel strongly that Hawaii businesses should try to incorporate at least some of these practices to  protect and preserve our island lifestyle.

The resort was developed from the ground up, so they took the time to remove the invasive species of plants and replace them with indigenous beach plants, creating a healthy habitat that draws increasing numbers of migratory and water birds, and even some endangered sea turtles. This makes them the only Maui resort with its own wetland pond right on the property.

Honua Kai is so dedicated to energy conservation and sustainability, they have a crazy, high-tech system that both generates and saves energy, resulting in their getting Maui Electric Company’s largest-ever rebate for energy savings. Has Kanu Hawaii looked into this place? I’ve never even heard of such initiatives at Hawaii businesses:

  • Heat generated from the air conditioning cooling system is captured and used to heat the pool water.
  • Honua Kai installed the solar powered restrooms at North Beach.
  • The resort’s green compactor is only the second one on Maui, and is run on soy oil and solar power.
  • The air conditioning system allows for the monitoring of every unit installed in the resort including suites via a central control, ensuring energy efficiency without sacrificing personal comfort.

Isn’t that amazing? I found the resort’s press room, here, so you can read more about their sustainable practices.

I’ll get off my soapbox now, so you can read about it all yourself. One more thing about my stay there — the staff was amazing. People will say that almost everywhere they go, but I have to tell you one story about the valet/bell staff, which was neat: Dania Katz (@DaniaEdibleHI) and I pulled into the wrong tower upon check in. The guy who greeted us whipped out his list of everyone expected to check in, found my name and said we needed to go to the other tower. A minute later, as we pulled into the Konea Tower driveway, a bellman ran up to the car and said, “Ms. Chang, welcome to Honua Kai!” The first guy had already radio’ed his coworker to expect us (although he claimed he was a little psychic!).

Honua Kai Resort
130 Kai Malina Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 855-718-5789

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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Delicate Blossom: As Gomer would say-Ggguuullleee! Hot Dang this place is like a palace! I wouldn’t feel right walking around in my puka shorts..LOL! Even with Kamaaina rates this place is pretty pricey. I will need to win Mega bucks so I can stay a week.

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    thnx for the peek into lifestyles of… i esp liked the bathroom shots, and that staging touch, and using ac’s to heat water. major props for lowering the carbon footprint!

  3. Melissa808
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave Actually, you gotta watch for the Kamaaina specials. I heard they had some unreal deals! But gotta watch.

  4. Melissa808
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    @nonstopmari The carbon footprint thing was probably the most important take away! It was a lovely hotel, though!

  5. jlieu
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    ooh la la!!! so nice!!! and of course.. so J!

  6. turkfontaine
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    you gotta be the most ‘sponsored’ woman i know. Melissa Comped Chang

  7. Melissa808
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    @jlieu It reminded me of the time you wanted to buy a unit at allurewaikiki !

  8. Melissa808
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    @turkfontaine I wish!! One day…

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About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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