Fodor's Expert Review Hana Kai Maui

4865 Uakea Rd., Hana, Hawaii, 96713, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

Perfectly situated on Hana Bay, this two-story "condotel" has a long history and an excellent reputation for cleanliness and visitor hospitality—and the ocean views are stunning. All you have to do is take your morning coffee out onto the lanai of any of these lovely units to know why Hana is often referred to as "heavenly." Units are comfortably furnished with stylish furniture and tropical touches, and have well-equipped kitchens with all the appliances, table settings, spices, and other cooking essentials you need to prepare meals. Egyptian cotton sheets on the beds and all-natural soaps and shampoos are special touches. The property opened in 1970.

YOU SHOULD KNOW These condos do not provide televisions or air conditioning.

room

Condo units at Hana Kai include individually owned studio, one-, and two-bedroom units that are very spacious and include full kitchen, lanai, and free Wi-Fi. Each unit is decorated and furnished a bit differently, but most provide a comfy stay with island vibes.

Don’t drive all the way out ot Hana without springing for rooms with an ocean view and a symphony of waves crashing right outside.

Oceanview 1-Bedroom - Unit #103 (View from Lanai)
Photo: Oceanview 1-Bedroom - Unit #103 (View from Lanai)
Oceanfront Studio - Unit #2
Photo: Oceanfront Studio - Unit #2
Partial Oceanview Studio - Unit #106
Photo: Partial Oceanview Studio - Unit #106

bathroom

Bathrooms are a nice size, decorated differently based on the unit. Toiletries include Hawaiian-made products from Ola Tropical Apothecary.

lobby

The small office opens up onto a window to serve customers, but there is no real lobby.

dining

There is no on-site restaurant, but the rooms have fully-equipped kitchens and a large outdoor grill.

LOCATION

Getting Around

It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow). Guests can enjoy free parking.

Restaurants

Though the lunch and dinner menu doesn’t pop out as wildly unique, the food at The Preserve Kitchen & Bar (2-min drive) at Travaasa is so well done that it doesn’t have to. Every bite will make you go back for more from their menu that features “Hana fusion” with a daily fish special, salads, and heartier fare like steaks and pork chops. Dinner reservations are highly suggested, especially if you’re not a guest of the hotel. Breakfast is another story -- here you’ll find some things that are really different, like their English breakfast, as well as wonderfully punny island versions of breakfast items like their Shaka Shuka.

Hana Farms’ Farm Grill & BBQ (7-min drive) is a nice stop on your way into or out of Hana. The menu of this food truck features quiche, sandwich, and savory pie plates, with cute, covered outdoor seating surrounded by thick groves of banana trees. Finish your meal by stopping at the farm stand for fruit and banana bread to take with you and a coffee for the road.

Bars

There are basically only two places to grab a drink in Hana, and Hana Ranch Restaurant (-min drive) is one of them. There you’ll find a limited cocktail, beer, and wine menu. It’s definitely not a drinking destination, but it will get the job done.


The Preserve (-min drive) at Travaasa Hana is your other drinking option. The full bar offers island twists on classics, without going too crazy, as well as beer, a nice wine menu, and a full bar. You’ll find your classic bar for sitting, as well as live Hawaiian music some nights.

WHY WE LIKE IT

There aren’t many choices for simply spending the night in Hana, but this condo hotel does a nice job giving guests a comfortable place to stay. The website does a nice job of providing pictures and descriptions for each individual unit, rather than generic information.

QUICK FACTS

Rental
Views
Casual
Near the beach
Casual Chic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 808-248–8426;800-346–2772

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