Fodor's Expert Review Mana Kai Maui

2960 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, Hawaii, 96753, USA See on Map

You simply cannot get any closer to gorgeous Keawakapu Beach than this unsung hero of South Shore hotels, offering both renovated hotel rooms and condos that may be older than its competitors but are well priced and have marvelous ocean views, especially during the winter humpback whale season. One- and two-bedroom condos have private lanai and kitchens. The property features a heated oceanfront pool, activity desk, and the award-winning Five Palms restaurant.

Booking directly with the on-site property management gives guests access to more amenities.


There are nine choices in room types, including one- and two-bedroom condos and hotel-style units that sit oceanfront, differing in views and level of quality. Condos include full kitchens and lanais, while hotel units contain kitchenettes with mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. 98% of the units have air conditioning and all have free Wi-Fi. Each unit is individually owned, so decor and furnishings differ based on owner taste, though the property recently underwent a nearly full renovation, making most units very up-to-date.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Hotel-style rooms have a three-night minimum. Condos only have a minimum during the Christmas holidays, which is a seven-night minimum.


Bathrooms are fairly small, with some featuring tub/shower combos and others with standing showers, as well as large vanities and mirrors.


The partially open air lobby is inviting and gives a very natural vibe with lots of greens and browns, a lovely rock wall/accent wall, and a massive photo of a turtle to greet guests. There is some seating, and the reception desk is recessed, giving the lobby a larger feel.


Though the puzzle-piece shaped pool isn’t too large, it sits in a lovely spot, surrounded by stone sun deck, loungers, palm trees, and a grassy area that bumps right up to the sand. The pool offers lovely ocean views.


The fitness center is surprisingly spacious, with a few cardio and weight machines and a wall-mounted TV. In addition, guests have access to the Maui Yoga Path yoga studio with nice ocean views.


Guests can enjoy fine dining at 5 Palms, overlooking the ocean. It serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a focus on fish and local ingredients, including a sushi bar. In addition, Zack’s Deli & General Store offers guests cold and hot lunch options, snacks, and other drinks and sundries.


5 Palms doesn’t mess around when it comes to happy hour, offering a daily one from 3 to 5 p.m. and a late night happy hour from 9 to 10 p.m. Guests can find beer, wine, and a great liquor selection at Zack’s Deli, as well.


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). This accommodation offers free parking.


Beloved Hawaiian chef Sheldon Simeon’s newest project, a contemporary take on his family’s Filipino food, takes diners through his personal story, ranging from his childhood to his time on “Top Chef.” The dishes at Lineage (5-min drive) are deeply personal, and the new interpretations of the food Simeon grew up with use incredible ingredients, including gorgeous vegetables from Oprah Winfrey’s Maui farm. The cocktail program at the beautiful bar is just as exceptional as the food, and the surprising amount of plant-based options is refreshing (but there are plenty of elevated traditional options for meat lovers).

Decadent, delicious, and relaxing Duo Steak and Seafood (6-min drive) makes open-air fine dining fun. The seafood and steak focused menu gives guests a chance to choose their own dining adventure with various combinations, sauces, and sides. Fun touches like live music, beautiful cocktails, and a plate full of cotton candy to finish off the meal make the dining experience memorable and charming.


Though Monkeypod (5-min drive) has some really great food, it’s also a fun place to enjoy a cocktail or two. Visit their Wailea location during one of their two daily happy hours from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. for some beautifully handcrafted culinary cocktails, a variety of wines by the glass, and an array of craft beers, including seasonal and specialty selections. Enjoy live music most days while sipping your drink -- performances start at 1, 4, and 7 p.m.

Maui Wine (60-min drive) offers some truly memorable drinking experiences. For those looking for a simple visit, a quick trip to their tasting room in King’s Cottage (with optional tour) is a great way to get to know these wines. For a truly special treat, the Old Jail Tasting allows guests to gain more in-depth knowledge of the winemaking process and taste four select wines (often specialty or unreleased wines) along with taste pairings, all while hanging out in an old jail.


The location of these lovely condos/motel rooms can’t be beat, right on Keawakapu Beach, with great views and sunsets. There’s no resort fee, yet plenty of resort amenities offered. The on-site beach rental center, deli/general store, daily maid service, and yoga studio are nice attractions that not many condo properties offer. Guests enjoy nice discounts when dining and shopping on-site.


On the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: 808-879–2778;800-367–5242

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