Fodor's Expert Review Sands of Kahana

4299 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy., Kahana, Hawaii, 96761, USA See on Map

Meandering gardens, spacious rooms, and an on-site restaurant distinguish this large condominium complex—units on the upper floors benefit from the height, with unrivaled ocean views stretching away from private lanai. The oceanfront penthouse, which accommodates up to eight, is a reasonable $495 per night during peak season. One-, two-, and three-bedroom units are also available in the rental pool. Kids can enjoy their own swimming pool area near a putting green and ponds filled with giant koi. It's primarily a time-share property, though there are a few units available as vacation rentals.


Condos come in either one-, two-, or three-bedroom options, all nicely sized with fully-equipped kitchens, private lanai, and washer/dryer. Decor and furnishings, as well as the units in general, all have a very outdated feel.

It’s typically difficult for vacationers to book oceanview and oceanfront rooms during whale season, as vacation club owners typically book those units way in advance. Plan ahead if you want to stay here in the winter!


Bathrooms are a bit squished and are very simple. Vanities are in one chamber, while the toilet and either a tub/shower combo or standing shower are in another.


The open-air lobby includes a walk up reception desk as well as some seating where guests can enjoy the small pond.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Due to ongoing construction and lax enforcement of facility use for those who aren’t guests/owners, the parking lot can quickly fill up during the day.


The small, angular pool is very basic, with a small kiddie pool and hot tub and a few loungers.


The fitness room is a decent size, with a variety of weight and cardio machines. There are also tennis courts and a putting green for guest use.


Beach House Bar & Grill sits poolside and serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a casual island comfort menu.


The bar at Beach House offers a fairly basic menu, but prices are good, especially their bottles of wine.


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).


Enjoy a great meal in a fun, relaxed atmosphere at Down the Hatch (16-min drive). This self-service restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists, loved as much for its vibe as for its drinks and food. The southern aloha spirit runs strong with friendly staff and a menu that features heavily on fish and seafood, particularly in sandwich and taco form, but also includes specialties like chicken & waffles. Those looking for a plant-based option won’t be able to get enough of their sweet potato tacos. It’s one of two restaurants in Lahaina that stays open until midnight. Round your meal out with a refreshing treat from sister company (in the same courtyard) Hawaii Shave Ice Co.

For a casual meal with one of the best ocean views in Lahaina, try Aloha Mixed Plate (12-min drive) for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You’ll get your plate lunch fix with some traditional items like teriyaki beef and kalbi ribs, as well as a loco moco plate, and a mixed plate that lets you try a few different items. Besides the famed plates, you’ ll find a fresh breakfast menu, and sandwiches, salads, and noodles at lunch and dinner. You’ll also find a special treat on their menu -- a few of their items, including the pork and beets, are cooked in the nightly imu from next door’s luau. AMP is a good choice for families.


Hula Grill’s Barefoot Bar (10-min drive) is a great place to kick back with your fingers wrapped around a tropical drink and your toes dug into the sand. Their Aloha Hour lasts from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and includes live music. After drinks, saunter into the dining room for more food options and to enjoy hula performances and live music that lasts until 9 p.m.

One of the newest nightlife spots in Lahaina, The Dirty Monkey (15-min drive) stays open until 2 a.m. every day for music and dancing, with a beautiful beer and cocktail menu, and a staggeringly impressive whiskey and bourbon bar.


A location almost directly on the ocean with stunning sunsets, Sands of Kahana makes for a memorable vacation. The grills are nice for cooking, but if you don’t feel like cooking the restaurant has really good food and drink specials.


On the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: 800-332–1137-for vacation rentals (Sullivan Properties);808-669–0400-property phone

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