|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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HKOK Improvement Project Update — Thursday, Oct. 27th, 8:30 AM HST.
As visitors to our listing might know, we shut down our apartment over August and September, the promised window for the initiation and conclusion of the significant and welcome improvements to the ocean-side of the building. Our view then, as now, is that if HKOK isn’t exceptional in every way, it’s not what we’d want for our guests.
The undertaking includes the installation of showers for HKOK guests at either end of the building to wash off salt and sand, a new deck the length of the building, and the installation of an elegant flagstone surface above. It’s a welcome modernization, and I cannot wait for our guests to enjoy the enhanced experience it will provide.
Those of us with a keen eye to detail and timelines realized that the project was in some trouble in August. The Board confirmed the delay on September 19th; tiling was to have started on September 1st. Some false steps by the Board early on, and poor transition to a new owner by the on-island property management firm were the flapping wings of the butterfly.
First off, tremendous credit to our guests who, when notified of the upset, and provided with options and assured of proper compensation, remained calm and allowed us to get answers and provide relief. Guests need accurate information, so I reached out directly to the contractor, 3D Building and Design, headed by Don Roth, who was receptive and responsive to guests’ needs.
3D Building and Design does excellent work, and has done the lovely improvements at the achingly beautiful Hotel Wailea, a Relais & Châteaux property, and one of our very favourite places on Maui. Indeed, our guests know about the Hotel Wailea through our 'welcome package' materials that encourage them to spend time there, particularly at the magical “Restaurant at Hotel Wailea” (formerly “Capische?”), which is surely one of the finest locations for a sun-down experience . . . after Hale Kai O’Kihei, of course!
Significant pressure was put on the Board by me and other owners to dramatically improve its project management of the undertaking; the Board reacted well, including agreeing to start the tiling at the south end of the building; the pool is at this end of the building, and tiling here first means it will be operational as soon as possible. Indeed, 3D Builders and Design have secured the services of one of Maui’s premier fencing companies, now ‘on-call’ to respond the moment they are advised of pool-tiling completion to install the fence in order that the pool can be drained, refilled, and opened.
Weekend work has started, with additional crew brought in from other jobs to speed progress on weekends and during the week. There will continue to be adherence to our “Quiet Hours.” Morning coffee and afternoon sunsets can be enjoyed free of noise from tile cutting and the like. If there is noise after 5:00 PM, it’s to ‘finish’ the job properly for the day to complete a row, or to take advantage of prepared tile-setting materials, i.e., tile mud or grout. 3D Builders and Design, alive to this special time of day at HKOK -- and its significance to our guests -- is taking great care.
At this point, the full tiles have been laid from 101 to 110. And laying of the more complicated tiles at the lanais from 101 to 108 — which require the electric tile saw to cut them — has finished! In fact, with only final cuts to be made for the complicated pool-deck tiles, sealing has started at our end and will soon finish. This is good news, and means that most of the noise at our end of the building -- from the tile saw itself -- is very, very close to being behind us.
The drive is now on to move similarly quickly along the north end of the building, again using additional weekend and weekday labour as earlier, and still honouring our “Quiet Hours.”
As the project moves north of 110, the noise of any tile cutting heard down our end of the building will diminish. And because the middle part of HKOK juts out towards the beach -- starting at the north end of our 208 lanai -- this affords the 208 lanai an additional structural buffer to noise as the project moves north to 120.
After that, a double-back of sorts to cut and put in place edging tile along the length of the face of the 300-foot deck at the lawn.
The lounge chairs are out, and guests are enjoying sunning on the lawn. The BBQs are being enjoyed at each end of the building. Access to the beach is unfettered. Guests of 208 usually access the deck, lawn, and beach through the mid-building breezeway at 110. This will continue to be the case until the tiling occurs at that access, at which time, for a day or two, Resident Managers Sue and John will post kindly notices requesting that guests use the north- or south-end entrances to the deck, lawn, and beach. Foot washes/hoses are located at the breezeway access point to wash off sand and rinse snorkel and other water gear, and will be accessible at other access points as tiling requires.
Progress is now being made rapidly. Great credit to 3D Building and Design, and Don Roth for driving hard, while being sensitive to guests' needs. I think the schedule for completion is building some substance; a month late, but the end is in sight.
So, significant progress through the past several days was required, and has been achieved. No completion date has been announced, so it's irresponsible to speculate; local rental agencies have been doing this and it's a tremendous disservice to guests who travel a long way and are expecting a completed job on arrival. But I am very pleased at the tiling progress.
All that matters is the interests of current and arriving guests. While this project has shown that Boards and rental agencies often cannot be counted on to provide accurate information to guests, that's not the approach I take. For our guests, it’s a package of support, empathy, assistance, and compensation that is the order of the day. And from me, that's what they're receiving. Full stop.
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 apartment 208, 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 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 the L'Occitane en Provence toiletries. Or perhaps it's 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.
From gorgeous cherry wood cabinets in the kitchen and bath, elegant granite kitchen and bath countertops, Kohler fixtures, Grohe faucets, exquisite shower with artist-designed cast-glass panels 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.
This one-bedroom, second-floor oasis will be your ‘home away from home’ with all the amenities you will need for the Maui vacation for which you've been waiting. And Kihei, located on the sunny, southern shore of Maui, is only 20 minutes from the airport in Kahului.
This is a licensed vacation rental, so book with confidence. As well, in renting this unit, you are renting directly from the owner, not an agent or third-party representative. The owner has an Internal Revenue Service Tax Identification Number and a Hawaii Tax Identification Number (111-920-3328-01) for the collection and remittance of State of Hawaii Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) and State of Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET).
Again, thank you for choosing Hawaii and Maui, and for considering our apartment 208 at Hale Kai O'Kihei.
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 first Hale Kai O’Kihei apartment when we purchased it in 2008 (and have just sold). 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 we stock snorkels, fins, and masks, boogie boards and beach chairs right down to binoculars and tropical CDs for our guests and us to use.
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 #208, one of the nicest units in Hale Kai O’Kihei -- itself the best in boutique accommodation in South Maui -- we’ve perfected 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!
Adam Leamy, Owner purchased this condo in 2011
We’ve been visiting HKOK since 1997, and bought our first apartment in 2008, selling it this spring. 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 #208. 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 #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 208, uniquely renovated, offers 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.
Just a quick note to let you know we are at the airport waiting to depart. We had a great time and managed to criss cross the island by land, sea and air.
Thanks for the hospitality; we really enjoyed the condo - the location and views were amazing.
We love this apartment! It feels like home to us. I just have to share with you that I have always loved the Portmeirion dishware in your condo. Every time we go there I comment on them to my husband. So this trip he said to just order them!!! They were waiting for me when I got home. Just perfect in my Island home. I chose celadon and biscuit colors and also one large bowl. Not only are they lovely, but after all the use in Maui, no chipping. So thanks for the inspiration. I love them!
Still the best place to stay on Maui. The Hawaiian luxury of the unit, with everything you could possibly think of supplied, and, however much you've seen on your travels, you can never get tired of the palms-and-ocean view from Adam and Michelle's lanai. Thanks Adam, for setting up my late arrival with your prep crew on short notice. A too-quick visit, but perfect as ever. I'm always amazed that you and Michelle are able to improve on what already is the top-notch Maui experience. New chairs on the lanai, and the Hawaii magazines on the coffee table. (I've seen these in airports but have never really had the time to actually look at them. Got some good ideas from them for next time.) I travel a lot, and I'm always on the lookout for upgrades. In Maui, I've stopped looking, simply because I can't conceive of a more perfect Maui experience (short of paying three or four times the amount for a hotel penthouse). So, thanks for all your ministrations and attention to detail. It makes a stay, whether short or long, an event to be looked foward to, enjoyed completely without worry, and turn into the best of one's vacation memories. I'm already thinking about the next time I can get to your Maui stunner.
We just returned from spending three weeks in Maui. It's our fourth time staying in this condo and I believe 13 times on this property. People ask why do u keep going back! Well it's easy! The condo itself itself has all the amenities of home, and the decor has a beautiful Hawaiian feel to it. The view from the lanai is stunning - 50 swaying palm trees and the soft rolling surf. It also has the best views for sunsets - no need to go out and find a place to have dinner to watch the sun go down when u can watch it from your own lanai. The beach is safe for swimming and it's a delight to watch the three large green turtles floating about during the day or riding in the surf later in the day.
We had a friend come visit who usually stays up in busy Kanapalli every year and after spending the day with us he said "is it always this quite and peaceful'. When we answered yes, he said 'you guys have something very special here'.
Thanks again Michelle and Adam for letting us enjoy this Maui paradise. Mahalo! Brian and Sue
We just spent two weeks (April 23 to May 7) in unit 208 and had the best vacation ever !! Adam is a pleasure to talk with and offers unforgettable amendities during your stay. While visiting don't forget to spend at least two weeks to see and do everything Maui offers. Especially drive to Hakeakla summit, spend the night in Hana to visit the O'Heo Gulch (seven sacred pools) and visit Charles Lindberg gravesite, drive on ALL the roads on Maui as we did and fly with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters over the West Maui Mountains and over Molokai. Too many other joyful and relax full things to do in anything less than two weeks. We will be back again someday. Thank you Adam, Michelle and Barbara for a spectacular visit.
We have been to Maui a few times and without a doubt this was our best experience. The condo is exactly as described and beautiful with all the amenities one could hope for. Close to the beach, quiet , unforgettable views and easy access to amenities .The unit is fully, and efficiently air-conditioned ,but even on the hottest days of our stay when the temperature was in the high 80's the prevailing breezes and electric sun canopy kept us comfortable as we sat and read our books and sipped our drinks. We appreciated greatly the in-suite and super quiet washing machine which enabled us to travel with minimal changes of clothing and yet have the appropriate "outfits" for special evenings out. This was our second trip to HOK and we are making plans for a return visit since we know that the will be no stress to our stay in this particular piece of paradise where the thoughtful owners have literally thought of, and done, everything to make the stay perfect
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|
Summer 2016 - Sold Out!
Apr 22 2016 - Dec 11 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2016 - Only 3 wks left!
Dec 12 2016 - Apr 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 15 2017 - Dec 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Cleaning fee||$140 + Tax|
Cancellation Policy: If booking cancelled 31 days or more prior to arrival date, rental payment, less a $100 (plus applicable taxes) non-refundable booking deposit, is refunded. If a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to arrival date, rental payment is 100% non-refundable, although the $300 security deposit, and the cleaning fee are refunded. There is no refund for shortened stays after you have arrived, and there is no fee charged for arrival- or departure-date changes if there is time available and changes are made well in advance; if there is not time available, the cancellation policy will apply. Please consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance if you think your plans may change or be interrupted.
Seven-night minimum stay. Rates are for two people. Our Summer 2016 rate (Apr. 22, 2016 - Dec. 11, 2016) is $150/nt. Our Winter 2016-2017 rate (Dec. 12, 2016 - Apr. 14, 2017 ) is $285/nt. Our Summer 2017 rate (Apr. 15, 2017 - Dec. 11, 2017) is $160/nt. Cleaning fee is $140. Rates subject to 13.42 HI State Tax (HI Tax ID 111-920-3328-01). We offer guests staying 28 nights or more 10% off posted rates.
Year-in-advance reservations: Airlines generally don’t post their flight schedules more than a year in advance. For guests who have booked their stay with us in advance of airlines’ publication of their schedules, a difficulty has been created when airline schedules are announced, and flight options don’t coordinate with the dates guests have booked with us. And because we are often fully booked, we’ve been unable to change guests’ accommodation dates to match flights. This was very frustrating for guests, so we don't accept reservations more than a year in advance of guest arrival at Hale Kai O’Kihei. That said, we offer our current guests the first opportunity to book the apartment for the same time period in the following year. To take advantage of this, please make your reservations for the following year during your stay.