Hale Kai O’Kihei Walkway Update (July 19)
The tiling is well underway, and the northern half of the walkway is almost complete. It’s a lovely addition, and the effort to cut and install the tiles has been largely unobtrusive. The contractor cuts most of the edging pieces at one go, and we found that to be the noisiest time. That said, it’s of very limited duration.
The work starts around 10:00 AM. By this time, most have left the property to start their explorations of the Island, or have settled in on the ocean side; any tile-cutting or chamfering noise that makes it to the beach side of the building is minimized by the much more pleasant sounds of the ocean and palm leaves rustling in the on-shore breeze.
The breezeway between the parking arena and the pool deck is still to have its surface removed in preparation for tiling there, too. This may interfere with access to the laundry facilities, but I suspect that based on the rate of progress — and how fast debris is removed — the access won’t be hindered for long.
As always, our resident manager Francine has kept on top of site cleanliness and care, and as soon as the contractor has completed an area, Francine has worked her magic, rendering any residual signs of their presence virtually invisible. The sidewalk upgrade is limited to the parking-area side of Hale Kai O’Kihei; the ocean side and the pool are unaffected, and are being enjoyed by all.
The contractor has been working at a steady pace, and appears to be taking great care to make sure that the job is perfect. A bit slower than I expected, but the results are grand. I’d say that the tiling on the south side will be complete, or very close to it, by the end of next week.
A communications error at the Board level meant that owners were not advised that this work was starting, or its schedule. This meant which meant a surprise to guests, as well as caring owners, when it did. Our guests showed kind understanding and gracious acceptance of our compensation measures. Sometimes, while you might not be able to manage an issue, you can manage your response to it, and every one of our guests has been terrific. As have those who have chosen to stay at Hale Kai O’Kihei with us since we’ve started providing these updates.
So, all’s quite well in the walkway-improvement effort, and the noisy part is largely done, with only limited intrusion of the tile-cutting and chamfering. The quiet, delightful, and rewarding part where the new tiles are improving the look of the front façade is well underway, and the beauty of this boutique resort property is taking another big, progressive step in the right direction.
My time here is winding down, and I’m back to Victoria on Monday. We’ve accomplished a great deal in ensuring both suites are equipped and renewed to provide the exceptional guest experience we’re committed to delivering, so I leave more than a bit envious of our incoming guests . . . Enjoy!
Hale Kai O’Kihei and its grounds are clean, so very green, and in every way stunningly beautiful and peaceful, as befits an ocean-front respite. We purchased the first apartment in 208; the second in 2011. Never have the property and grounds been so well attended to.
So, the race begins to attend to some last-minute details before I head out. This will be my last update on the walkway project, save for direct communication, as required, with our guests. This morning, my day began with coffee and paperwork on the lanai at 4:15 AM, just as the sky and ocean came to life. As I looked out across the lawn and the beach, the delight of this place once again caught me up; it’s surely one of the most peaceful places to be found, with nothing falling upon early morning ears other than the welcome, restorative sounds of waves gently washing ashore, the morning birds greeting another day, the blue Pacific right in front, and all that’s possible just out there at that horizon.
Thank you so much for considering Hawaii, Maui, and Hale Kai O’Kihei for your vacation. With so many wonderful and exotic holiday destinations to choose from, the Internet bringing access to them right to your home, and vacation time and dollars so precious, we appreciate you taking the time to visit our site.
In finishing, furnishing, and maintaining our apartments 208 and 203 (www.vrbo.com/241190), we started from a simple premise: what do we like about where we stay when we’re on holiday? Whether we’re doing a home exchange, staying in a reciprocal private club in another city, or in an apartment or condo booked through VRBO, we want a place that speaks to intimacy and individuality.
We don’t like cold, impersonal, one-size-fits-all experiences, where the bare minimum is what’s provided. We want to stay in places where our needs are important, where our time spent travelling to the destination and the cost of getting there is understood and appreciated. We want to stay in homes and apartments where the human touch of the owner abounds — where the owner’s attention to detail and focus on our experience are always top of mind.
It’s all about passion. Your experience with us needs to be exceptional. From the moment you walk in the door, we want you to experience an ocean-front home away from home that is warm and welcoming. Perhaps it’s the colours, the cleanliness, or the carefully selected artwork. Maybe it’s the fresh flowers and wine. Or perhaps its one of the dozens of other little touches — like the beach chairs, beach towels, snorkel gear, binoculars — that make arriving and getting started on your time off and time away just that much quicker and easier.
We spend a great deal of time listening to our guests and tailoring our efforts to their needs. The personal touch infuses all that we do, and that passion is fuelled each time a guest returns, or recommends our apartments 208 or 203 to family members and friends.
Again, thank you for choosing Hawaii and Maui, and for considering our apartment 208 at Hale Kai O’Kihei. We’d like you to stay with us, and experience our efforts to make your stay exceptional and to keep you coming back, whenever work schedules, family commitments, or the need to ‘just get away’ allow.
Now, information about what awaits you at Hale Kai O’Kihei and apartment 208 . . . .
If you're looking to stay in one of the nicest oceanfront apartments available at Hale Kai O’Kihei, then you've found it! And whether you are staying in our Unit #208 or #203, Hale Kai O’Kihei offers the Hawaiian experience you've dreamt of.
If “perfect” is the best word to describe the location of Hale Kai O’Kihei — on a palm-tree bordered golden-sand beach on a quiet residential street off busy South Kihei Road — then “stunning” is the only word to describe Unit #208, a fully renovated, no-expense-spared one-bedroom oasis on the second floor of this Kihei beachfront jewel.
From gorgeous cherry wood cabinets in the kitchen and bath with silent closing drawers, elegant granite kitchen and bath countertops, Kohler fixtures, Grohe faucets, exquisitely designed and tiled shower with glass block and found-pebble floor, virtually seamless 18” x 18” tile from the front door to the outer edge of the lanai, top-end appliances including flat-glass cooktop, ultra low-sound dishwasher and compact clothes washer . . .
. . . to a work-of-art ‘glass wall’ to the lanai with feather-light centre-opening doors, a peaceful but high-efficiency Fujitsu Halcyon 18,000 BTU split air conditioner, and yes, even an electric sunshade on the lanai allowing full-lanai use and ocean views, even at the height of the afternoon sun . . .
. . . and backed by only the highest quality and thread-count linens and beddings for refreshing tropical sleep, unit 208 builds on the perfect beachside location of Hale Kai O’Kihei and puts you in the picture in one of the most luxurious and fully outfitted units this jewel of a building has to offer.
And when you add this stunning unit to the perfect location? The Hawaiian experience you've dreamt of, matched by few other units in HKOK.
Relaxing in unit #208 on the second floor of this beautiful Kihei beachfront property, the stress and pressures of hectic Mainland life are all but forgotten. Offering privacy and calm amid the sight, sound, and feel of gently breaking waves, swaying palm trees, and soothing ocean breezes, Hale Kai O’Kihei, with just over 50 units on three floors, delivers South Maui’s best boutique accommodation and oceanfront experience.
Enjoy the ocean view from your private lanai. Walk across the lawn beneath the swaying palms to swim in the warm, breathlessly blue Pacific. Stroll the quiet and largely undiscovered beach and return re-connected and renewed. Linger in the pool taking in the green lawn, the golden-sand beach, the Island of Lanai, and the sky that goes on forever. Watch the sunset from the warm sand at the edge of the beach, the palms behind you, the future and its possibilities directly ah
We're like many of the guests we've met at Hale Kai O' Kihei over the years -- we've got demanding jobs, and put a lot of effort into our work. So there are times when we just want to get away from the stress for a few days, and get to a place where living is just easier, the demands less.
That philosophy guided our renovation and redecoration of our home in Hale Kai O’Kihei #203 when we purchased it in 2008. And the same approach influenced the additions and touches we've added to this stunningly renovated unit #208, which we purchased in 2011.
We've added more “Maui” colour though a restfully exotic paint palette, thoughtful furnishings, finishings, and appliances, and additional locally sourced vintage Hawaiian artwork. We don’t like to pack too much when we come to Hale Kai O’Kihei, so those hassle-saving details from 203 have been added to this unit as well, from snorkels, fins, and masks, boogie boards and beach chairs right down to binoculars and tropical CDs.
We’re always learning more about what makes a stay at Hale Kai O’Kihei an outstanding experience for ourselves and our guests. And with #203 and #208, two of the nicest units in Hale Kai O’Kihei -- itself the best in boutique accommodation in South Maui -- we’re perfecting the delivery of the Hawaiian experience that we and our guests have dreamt of!
So join us in the great Maui adventure at Hale Kai O’Kihei! Come and visit and discover the Hawaiian holiday of your dreams!
We’ve been visiting HKOK since 1997, and bought #203 in 2008. This remarkable place, and the experience it offers, gets in your blood. Departures for us and our guests aren’t the end -- they’re just the start of planning for the next trip. And that’s the best way to finish a holiday -- making plans for the next one.
Each time we visit, HKOK delivers. Sometimes we’re doing errands and chores; other times, we’re true ‘guests’ ourselves, relishing the chance to do blissfully, decadently nothing. Just taking in the sights, the sounds, and the beauty of it all. And the great thing is that it’s all there, visible from the private lanai or for direct interaction by way of a few paces across the lawn, through the palm trees to the beach.
In March 2011, on a beach walk from HKOK, past the oceanfront estates on Halama St. through Kalama Park, and over a coffee at Kihei Caffe, the decision was made to buy a second unit. Why? Because in a world of sometimes wearying change HKOK is a welcome, restorative constant. And therein lies the HKOK charm: Shopping and services are a block away and those farther afield run the gamut from Macy’s to Tiffany’s. For us, the real draw continues to be this simple delight: Once we get in the door of #203 or 208, and put our groceries away, we're set, and can experience much of what we want from Maui, even whale watching, from our own lanai or our own front yard and beach.
The lure of Maui’s beaches, restaurants and places to watch the world slowly go by remains. But units 203 and 208, uniquely renovated offer a wondrous Hawaiian experience, all day long -- one many of us dreamt of in childhood on ‘sick days’ in colder climes, when game-show hosts Bob Barker or Tom Kennedy whisked winners away to Hawaii, affording us all a Technicolor glimpse of this exotic paradise.
Sitting on the edge of the beach with a glass of wine, long after the sun has disappeared? Still a star-gazer's paradise, and an awesome way to end any day.
We love walking the beach first thing in the morning, before the sun peeks out over the edge of Haleakala, when ours are the first footprints in the sand.
We love the way that in the mid-morning, the water just off the shore is dead calm, and is as many shades of blue, blue-green, and turquoise you can count.
We love watching the horizon out past the shallows, where the water turns a deep, alluring blue, when the breaching Humpbacks send plumes of bright white spray into the air.
We love the midday when beach walkers and sun bathers take a break from the waves and the sun, seeking shade and sustenance, and a quiet falls over Hale Kai O’Kihei.
We love the mid-afternoon awakening when the wind picks up, the waves are more playful, drawing windsurfers and kite surfers to the shore and the challenges beyond.
We love the late afternoon, when the sun accelerates its race for the far side of Lanai and the lawn is a velvety canvas of yellows and greens, set against the dark slope of West Maui to the north, and a still-clear sky speaks to the promise of stars and far-away dreams to follow.
We love when the sun finally winks out behind Lanai, and those who have assembled on the lawn and beach to watch its farewell hug, kiss, or squeeze hands, in that knowing gesture which acknowledges that this one moment, this one sunset, experienced together, was what called them to Maui, and which they will use, in the years ahead, as the touchstone to remember their trip here, and why it was so special.
And then we love when darkness falls, and the two of us head down to the beach, lie back in the sand, and take in the enormity of the clarity and depth of the wondrous night sky.
A gently sloping sandy beach leads to rewarding swimming and snorkeling at Hale Kai O'Kihei (two snorkel sets are located in the bedroom closet), with low-tide opportunities to walk along the edge of the reef and experience small, beautiful aquatic life.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 22 2014 - Dec 17 2014
7 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2014 - Apr 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||300|
|Cleaning fee||125 + Tax|
|Notes||Seven-night minimum stay. We require a ten-night minimum stay over Christmas. Rates are for two people; extra person, add $15 per night.
Our Summer rate (Apr. 22, 2014 - Dec. 17, 2014) is $145/nt. Our Winter rate (Dec. 18, 2014 - Apr. 20, 2015) is $240/nt. Cleaning fee is $125. Rates subject to 13.42 HI State Tax (HI Tax #W87097056-01).
For stays of 28 nights or more, we offer a 10% discount.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.