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Welcome to the island of Molokai. No traffic, no crowds, not a single stoplight, just a tropical island paradise left alone by time. This is the Hawaii of yesterday: the 'real' Hawaii. Situated ideally on the sunny west side of the island, my fully equipped and roomy 2 bdrm/2 bath condo is within walking distance to several breathtaking beaches including Kepuhi, Pohaku Mauliuli Beach (a.k.a. Make Horse), and Papohaku: Hawaii's longest white sand beach. As a guest at the Ke Nani Kai condos, you will enjoy free use of the tennis courts, swimming pool and jacuzzi. A friendly management staff is available to answer any questions you may have during your stay. .
Condo contains full kitchen (dishwasher, blender, cookware, dishware, full-sized refrigerator, oven, and utensils). Washing machine and dryer inside unit. Cable TV / DVD. Hi speed cable internet.
Ke Nani Kai: Located on Molokai's sunny west coast in the master-planned Kaluakoi Resort is Ke Nani Kai, a complex of 120 low rise condominiums nestled between the 8th and 17th fairways of the Kaluakoi Golf Course. The spacious apartments are tastefully furnished to reflect the tropical beauty that surrounds them. To compliment the resort, there are two championship tennis courts, a luxurious 60-foot free-form pool with accompanying heated whirlpool and BBQ area.
Artwork: The condo features the paintings of Maui artist, Nancy Hoke. Keep an eye out for her work in Lahaina's galleries if you happen to spend any time in Maui.
How to get here: Molokai is a 20 minute flight from Honolulu or Maui. To get to Molokai, you will need to make inter-island flight arrangements on one of the following carriers:
Island Air (8 flights daily) 1-800-323-3345
You can also book flights through Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Both use Island Air for their Molokai flights
Ferry Service is available daily between Lahaina, Maui and Kaunakakai, Molokai. PH: 1-800-275-6969
Car rental agencies:
Alamo - at airport
National - at Hotel Molokai
Island Kine Auto Rentals 808-553-5242 or 1-866-527-7368 (toll free)
Returned last week from a 2-week stay on Maui, including a 2-night detour on Molokai, staying in Ke Nani Kai unit #139. We took the Molokai Ferry from Lahaina to Kaunakakai (which we recommend only for those with very tough stomachs) where the Molokai Car Rental company was helpful enough to leave a funky little rental car waiting for us at the dock.
The positives: The unit itself was more spacious than the similar unit we were staying in on Maui. It was nice for our family of four (two adults, two large teenage boys) to spread out and have some breathing room. It was very well stocked with extra bedding, bath towels, and kitchen necessities. There was lots of beach equipment including ice chest and new beach towels. The floor plan worked really well for us and the furniture was comfortable and nicer than expected. The pool area looked nice but we didn't use it. We explored the whole island and our favorite spots included Dixie Maru Beach, Halawa Bay, Kanemitsu Bakery, Kalaupapa Overlook, and the restaurant at the Hotel Molokai, which had great live ukulele music.
The not-as-positives: This was our first visit to Molokai and, though we knew we would be somewhat isolated on the far western edge of the island, we were still surprised at how far we were from civilization. The complex itself (and others nearby) has a deserted, tired, feel that is reminiscent of a strange ghost town or Twilight Zone episode. It appears that it was probably quite a happening place in the 1970's but just feels really sad now, which is too bad because the beaches are cool here. As for unit #139, the few drawbacks included: Carpet didn't feel awesome - tile would have been a much better choice for a tropical vacation home. There was no A/C, but the unit's several fans were helpful. We tried to watch the Olympics at night but cable service was spotty so we gave up. The unit could use some improvements: In particular, the doors and windows don't close real well and we had to chase out a few geckos. And, sadly, the unit had a problem with interior mosquitoes, which needs to be addressed ASAP.
If we visit Molokai again (which we probably won't because two days was really enough) we will stay at the Hotel Molokai. Not because we disliked Ke Nani Kai, but because we think the more centralized location would work better for us. All-in-all, we had a great stay on Molokai.
The property was just right for our needs. It was close
enough to a very nice pool and a short drive from the beach.
If we were more energetic we certainly could have walked.
The kitchen had everything we needed. I did bring my own crock pot for the day we
wanted to come back to a ready to eat meal. There are no restaurants near by.
If you don't mind driving to Kualapuu or to Kaunakakai there are restaurants there.
A barbeque is available near the pool area.
We had our own equipment, but I did notice a boogie board in the closet with an iron and
Josh was very personable and great to work with.
Mahalo for a great weekend.
Our family enjoyed staying at this condo. The owner was easy to deal with, responded quickly, and provide helpful tips for our trip. The condo was easy to find and access. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it was large for our family of 5 and well supplied with all the necessities a family could need. We were very pleased with our accomodations and would definitely stay here again on our next trip to Molokai.
We enjoyed a restful time on the beautiful island of Molokai. We were there in the winter and the surf was very high. No swimming at the beaches, but it was very fun watching the huge waves hit the shore. The condo and grounds were as advertised. We enjoyed coffee outside each morning and spent several afternoons at the pool. We cooked most of our meals in and found that the condo had all that we needed. The owner was very quick to respond to any questions we had.
Our family of 6 enjoyed our stay at Ke Nani Kai. The owner was great to deal with. The condo manager "Uncle Mike" was great to our kids. The unit itself was nice, and comfortable enough. It could some updates, but was great for the price. Snorkel gear, boogie board, lots of beach towels, and a nicely stocked kitchen made our 4 week stay very easy. If planning a long visit to Molokai, we would suggest stocking up on dry goods in Maui prior to arrival. Grocery stores were OK, but a little more expensive than we would have liked. Make sure to catch breakfast at the bakery in Kaunakaki. It was delicious. Grab a shirt at Something for Everyone as well, and meet Dave and Wai, who were awesome in sharing some ideas for things to do. We loved our time on this beautiful, quiet island. Our kids loved it too!
The place was amazing! My family enjoyed our staycation weekend there. The condo was well supplied and a had fully functioning kitchen. Owner communicated and responded immediately.
This is a superb location for exploring some of the gorgeous (and empty) beaches on the west end of Molokai. Make sure to visit the Kalaupapa lookout and perhaps hike down to the Kalaupapa peninsula (and see the world's tallest sea cliffs). Hike to Halawa falls on the other side of the island, enjoy safe year-round swimming at Dixie's Beach just down the road, or hang around the condo and enjoy the pool and the jacuzzi (the only one on the island - and it's a really good one), ping pong table, and tennis courts. Wonderful surf break right out back. Kualapu'u Cookhouse just next to the coffee plantation (another 'not to miss'). Cook at home or at on site barbecues. Try the Pizza Cafe and don't miss Hotel Molokai. Line up at the bakery at midnight, enjoy tasty vegetarian food at the Outpost. Get acquainted with small town island life. Slow down - you're on Molokai.
Other Activities: whale watching, stargazing, sunset watching, shell collecting, hiking
Golf: Voted '#3 Most Thrilling Hole in Hawaii - Kaluakoi Hole No. 3, par 3,184 yards' - Seattle Post Intelligencer by Tracy Cabot and Marshall Whitfield. Course architect Robin Nelson and NBC golf analyst Mark Rolfing helped finalize the selection and arranged the holes in the best playing sequence.
Kaluakoi Golf Course is a recently reopened and refurbished 18-hole Par 72 golf course designed by Theodore 'Ted' Robinson that combines challenging golf with a visual experience that takes advantage of the unparalleled West Molokai views with beautiful ocean views and island contours with open range land blending with the untouched wilderness. You will find 'no waiting' for this oceanfront golf course. Using the natural terrain and narrow fairways, there are some tough bunkers and water hazards to maneuver around. The first 9 holes are at sea level with panoramic views over the isolated 3 mile white sand Papohaku Beach towards the island of Oahu in the distance. A stiff wind is often present as this course provides a scenic and challenging experience.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$125/night, $750/week, $2400/month (peak season) $110/nt, $660/wk, $2100/month (low season)
Dec 1 - Mar 31
$125/night, $750/week, $2400/month
Apr 1 - Nov 30
$110/night, $660/week, $2100/month
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.