Hawaii playground right outside door
Rainbows, sandy beaches, ocean views and plenty of modern amenities are just some of the perks that await new home shoppers at Honua Kai in west Maui, says Erika Alm, of Power-Play Destination Properties.
“It’s gorgeous,” says Alm. “You are right on one of the best beaches, right outside your door.”
Located on about 15 hectares of shoreline on Maui’s famed Kaanapali Beach, the resort includes two 10-storey towers with 628 apartment-style homes.
Buyers can choose from a range of units — including studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes — starting at $639,000.
So far, Honua Kai has attracted an assortment of buyers, says Alm, particularly semi-retired couples with active lifestyles and young, mid-life professionals with families looking to invest in a vacation home and rental property. Canadians, of course, have been included in the mix.
The response has been good, she says, adding Honua Kai stands out as the newest condo resort property on Kaanapali Beach in more than 25 years. It opened in 2009.
The resort’s design — by Watanabe Chun Iopa Takaki of Hawaii and Ray Letkeman and Associates of Vancouver — features two buildings in horseshoe, or U-shapes, opening to the beach.
This helps to maximize views, says Alm. These range from sandy beaches and islands, including Lanai and Molokai, to expansive vistas of the West Maui Mountains.
“There’s no bad view,” she says, adding the shadier mountains offer plenty of chances to watch for rainbows while more direct ocean-facing homes let occupants sit and spot passing whales.
Located about a 10-minute drive north of Lahaina and about 50 minutes from Maui’s main airport in Kahului, there are countless amenities close at hand, including world-class restaurants and shopping. Lahaina is also known as an artists’ haven, with many art galleries to enjoy.
Great snorkelling is right out your doorstep, and there are many great places to ride your bike and explore the area, includ- ing the local farmers’ market.
There are also golf courses close by and, of course, many nearby beaches.
Not to mention the many things to do on-site.
“It’s really got lush landscaping and really modern, contemporary architecture for Hawaii,” says Alm, adding everywhere you go there’s the sound of waterfalls, or the scent of fresh flowers.
“You get a really strong feeling of the island’s aloha,” says Alm of the environment and atmosphere at Honua Kai.
In addition to the beach, Honua Kai has three distinctive pools, one infinity-edged with cabanas and hot tubs, one children’s pool with a waterslide, and one with a lazy river.
There’s also dining on-site, with Dukes Beach House Restaurant, and opening this year, the Ho’ola Spa, which will include outdoor and indoor treatments, as well as a Himalayan salt treatment room.
It also has two fitness rooms, including a space for yoga classes and three outdoor common barbecue areas, Alm adds. Boogie boards, standup paddleboards and snorkelling equipment are all available to rent on-site.
The resort also has an infinity koi pond and a Family Fun Club with scheduled, Hawaiianthemed activities for children aged three to 12.
Inside, homes are bright and modern looking.
The studio, one- and twobedroom homes come furnished, even with their own housewares and linens, and feature a fully equipped kitchen with Bosch stainless steel appliances. The three-bedroom homes are unfurnished, and come with an upgraded Viking appliance package in the kitchen.
In the furnished homes, bedrooms even have their own flatscreen television, and feature artwork and prints from local Maui artists.
In all kitchens, buyers will find granite countertops and nicely tiled floors.
“It’s a full-sized kitchen,” says Alm, adding people really like being able to cook at home while on holiday. “It feels really luxurious.”
All units feature bathrooms with contemporary finishings, like a frameless glass shower, tile flooring, and granite countertops.
“They are very spa-like,” says Alm. “That’s what they were going for.”
And, she says, homes have an outdoor lanais, or patio, connecting the inside living space. Windows are oversized, bringing the views inside and maximizing natural light.
“Each unit is extremely modern,” says Alm.
The resort’s website explains that Honua Kai combines two Hawaiian words, translating Honua as “earth” and Kai as a reference to the water of the Pacific Ocean.
“Water flows from the entrance on the mountain side, through streams, ponds and pools before reaching the ocean,” it says, of how these elements are used in the Honua Kai design. “And winding paths lined with native Hawaiian landscaping and an ongoing dune restoration program to restore indigenous species are also part of this design philosophy.”
It also paints a colourful picture of the Honua Kai experience: “Start each day with a whole new list of action items: morning beach walks and yoga classes; Maui coffee, pastries and fresh fruit smoothies; Lei-making at the Family Fun Club,” it says.
“Wake up in your luxurious condominium residence that blends indoor and outdoor living in a uniquely Hawaiian contemporary style.”
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Honua Kai Resort and Spa in Kaanapali on Maui in Hawaii.