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A quick word to Canadian visitors. When Michelle and I first started visiting HKOK, the Canadian dollar was quite low in relation to the US dollar. At one point, I remember paying $1.62 for each US dollar! We were younger then, and we had to budget carefully. The Canadian dollar’s drop of late, while not to that low level, is still cause for significant concern.
Through the recession of 2008, Canadians were great friends to Hawaii, continuing to visit in record numbers, and playing an important role in the efforts of many to contribute to Hawaii’s economic stability in very difficult times. And Hawaii has always made Canadians feel particularly welcome.
So while we can’t turn back the clock on the current exchange-rate gap, we always add some touches that make a visit to Hawaii and a stay at Hale Kai O’Kihei with us exceptional. As always, we extend a warm welcome to Canadians who make what is still, from several parts of Canada, a difficult journey, and we’ll see what we can do to lessen the exchange-rate shock along the way.
We’d be delighted to have you stay with us, and we hope you’ll still include Hawaii in your travel plans.
-- Adam and Michelle
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.
We've just finished the upgrade to our 203 kitchen, and we think you'll like the results. Complimenting the Kenmore 'Elite' appliances, is a an elegant new granite countertop in 'Tropic Brown', a lustrous backsplash in imported 2' x 4' glass-mosaic tiles, and a gorgeous Blanco double sink in stainless. We've moved to Grohe for the faucet, as theirs are the most reliable and aesthetically pleasing fixtures available. Under-cabinet lighting controlled by Lutron dimmable switches allows you to set the mood with soft lighting. And now, a 25 cu. ft. counter-depth Kenmore 'Elite' refrigerator in stainless, with door-based ice and water dispenser rounds out one of the most spectacular kitchens available at Hale Kai O'Kihei.
In finishing, furnishing, and maintaining our apartments 203 and 208 (www.vrbo.com/357582), 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 the L'Occitane en Provence toiletries. 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 203 or 208 to family members and friends.
Again, thank you for choosing Hawaii and Maui, and for considering our apartment 203 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 203 . . . .
Whether you are staying in our Unit #203 or #208, Hale Kai O’Kihei offers the Hawaiian experience you've dreamt of. Relaxing in Unit #203 on the second floor of this beautiful Kihei beachfront property, you will feel a world away from the stress and pressures of hectic Mainland life. Hale Kai O’Kihei, with only three levels and just over 50 units, offers the best in boutique accommodation and oceanfront experience — privacy and calm amid the sight, sound, and feel of gently breaking waves, swaying palm trees, and soothing ocean breezes.
Enjoy the ocean view from your private lanai. Swim off our beach in the warm, impossibly blue Pacific. Relax in the pool as you look across the lawn at the island of Lanai, framed between swaying palms. Sit on the golden-sand beach watching the sailboats and whales pass by. Or just savour another stunningly perfect Maui sunset from your special spot under a palm tree of your choosing . . . do all this and more knowing you are just minutes away from all the conveniences of Kihei, in one of the most beautiful units Hale Kai O’Kihei has to offer.
Located on a quiet residential street off busy South Kihei Road, Hale Kai O’Kihei affords guests one of the best oceanfront experiences in Maui, with the ease of grocery shopping including Times Supermarket (formerly Star Market), Longs Drugs, banks, restaurants and other shops and services a mere three-minute walk from our door.
Our one-bedroom, fully remodeled second-floor oasis will be your ‘home away from home’ with all the amenities you will need for the Maui vacation you’ve dreamt of. Kihei, located on the sunny, southern shore of Maui, is only 20 minutes from the airport in Kahului.
Have you checked out the calendar only to find that unit #203 isn't available for the period you'd like to visit? Don't worry! Just have a look at our listing for HKOK 208 at www.VRBO.com/357582 and check the calendar for availability -- these are two of the nicest units in HKOK, and each offers you the Hawaiian experience you've dreamt of!
Four dryers are accessible in the first-floor breezeway (in the middle of the building), and can be used from 8:00 am to last-load start at 7:30 pm. Cost per load is $1.75, with change available through dollar-bill changer, from Resident Manager, or at Customer Service desk at Times Supermarket, one block away....moreless
Three washers are accessible in the first-floor breezeway (in the middle of the building), and can be used from 8:00 am to last-load start at 7:30 pm. Cost per load is $1.25, with change available through dollar-bill changer, from Resident Manager, or at Customer Service desk at Times Supermarket, one block away....moreless
We've added our own in-unit WiFi for our guests' exclusive use at no charge. The building also offers free WiFi, but its reliability makes it less suitable for guests requiring assured access....moreless
Our tiled lanai features a table for dining and three wicker chairs. As well, there is a wicker love seat for after-dinner relaxing. Decorative works by local artists hang at each end of the lanai....moreless
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Dec 18 - Apr 21, 2015
7 night min stay
Apr 22 - Dec 17, 2015
7 night min stay
Dec 18 - Apr 21, 2016
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Seven-night minimum stay. Rates are based on two people; for each additional guest, please add $15 per night.
Our Winter rate (Dec. 18, 2014 - Apr. 21, 2015) is $255/nt. Our Summer rate (Apr. 22, 2015 - Dec. 17, 2015) is $155/nt. Cleaning fee is $125. Rates subject to 13.42 HI State Tax (HI Tax #W87097056-01).
We offer returning guests and those staying 28 nights or more 10% off posted rates.
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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.
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: 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 spilled over to our renovation and redecoration of our home in Hale Kai O’Kihei. We considered our 'perfect' Maui home with great care, then worked long hours in two visits over in the summer of 2008, and in many visits since, to make the plan real. Working with good trades, and creative suppliers, we've built the kind of unit we always wanted to stay in: top-end appliances, thoughtful colours and finishings, rich linens and deep thirsty towels, locally sourced vintage Hawaiian artwork, and all the details -- from snorkels, fins, and masks right down to tropical CDs -- that make coming to our place, and leaving it, the hardest things about visiting Hale Kai O’Kihei. When we visit our home at Hale Kai O’Kihei, we feel that we're settling in to the Hawaii we always dreamed of. We hope that's your experience, too!
Why the Owner Chose Hale Kai O Kihei:
We'd been visiting Hale Kai O’Kihei since 1997. We knew after our first visit that, simply, the place just worked. The perfect tonic to hectic life. It was the break we needed, the sound of the surf we'd longed for, and the sight of that wonderful, gorgeous blue Pacific that we'd dreamed of. Right from our own balcony, or lanai. And when that wasn't enough, a few steps across the lawn, through the palm trees to the beach, and that Hawaiian beachfront walk that helped put life into context, and tease out the solutions to whatever challenges there were. In 2008, it seemed like to the right time to buy -- the time to find if all the things we'd said needed to happen before we bought were just excuses, or in fact, conditions. Well, they were conditions! And with them met, we were ready to buy at Hale Kai O' Kihei. It's great that shopping and other services are only a short block or two away, but for us, that's not the real draw; it's the fact that once we get in the door, and put our groceries in the refrigerator, we're set for the rest of our stay. Sure, we go out to other beaches, and there are restaurants to revisit and new ones to explore, but through the many visits we've made since we purchased and remodeled, we've come to realize that our Maui home, decorated in the style it is, and set up the way it is, offers a remarkable Hawaiian experience, all day long -- from sunup to sunset -- and truth be told, beyond, as sitting on the edge of the beach with a glass of wine, long after the sun has disappeared behind Lanai, is a star-gazer's paradise, too.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
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 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.
Hale Kai O'Kihei -- right on the beach, steps to sand and surf -- awaits you!
Awaken in your tropical bedroom to the sounds of the surf and swaying palms.
The morning view off your lanai; the lawn, the palms, and the blue Pacific.
. . . or maybe outdoor, ocean-view cooking amidst the palms on one of two BBQs.
Rainfall showerhead and thick thirsty towels a comfy mix after swim and sun.
As sunset approaches, people are drawn to the beach in quiet contemplation.
Settle in to your elegant, tropical living room in time for the gorgeous sunset.
Watch the sunset from the lanai, or from the soothing warm South Pacific waters?
Top-end appliances, supplies make for a quick return to the lanai and relaxing
Elegant, private lanai affords quiet and calm as your Maui day winds down . . .
And now it's just you, the fading light of day, and your thoughts of tomorrow.
Experience unforgettable Maui from your beachfront home! It's all here for you.
The sun's rise over Haleakala chases clouds away and begins a perfect Maui day.
Early morning coffee on your lanai, right on the beach, the day yours to fill.
Kitchen upgrade adds granite, glass tiles, Grohe, and Blanco to Kenmore Elite
Swim in the ocean, your pool, or the Olympic-size pool up Lipoa Street . . .
Late afternoon, as if the sea protests the sun's imminent departure . . .
From sunrise to sunset, the colors, sounds, and sights are constantly changing.
Gentle waves and shallow water and an easy, peaceful beachfront experience.
The sun embraces the promise of what lies beyond the far side of Lanai . . .
Each sunset majestic, unique, with meaning and significance all your own.
Evening's arrival finds you experiencing a quieter, romantic Maui on your lanai.
Maui transformed under deep blue Hawaiian night skies. A midnight swim, perhaps?
Maui and Hale Kai O' Kihei offer the Hawaiian experience you've dreamt of. . . .
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