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From journal Marvelous Maui
November 7, 2005
Kahana Falls is a small, relatively quiet resort in West Maui. The units are nicely appointed but not luxurious. There is a TV and DVD player in the living area and a TV in the bedroom as well. The kitchen has a full-size stove with an oven, microwave, full-size refrigerator, and dishwasher. There is also a washer and dryer and a small box of detergent. Kitchen cleaning supplies are provided. The only spices are salt and pepper. There is a dining area, but we ate most of our meals at the table on the lanai. The bedroom has a closet in the attached bathroom. There is a safe in the closet. There is also a ceiling fan in the bedroom, which kept the room quite comfortable.
The property has no ocean views, except from the very top floors, and even then it's just a peek. Kahana Beach is right across the street but is obscured by other resort properties and is not very good for swimming. There seems to be a problem with algae. You're better off going elsewhere for beach fun. The grounds are very nicely landscaped and well kept.
There is a free Monday night Mai Tai party with a hula show. The hula show is put on by a Halau from the Wailuku area. It's well worth attending, though the Mai Tais are very watered down. The pool is on the small side but quite lovely. There are two waterfalls. One flows directly into the pool and the other flows into the koi pond behind the pool. There is a spa with a sand bottom between the pool and the koi pond. It was very popular while we were there. You are able to check out beach towels from housekeeping as well as a Styrofoam cooler that rents for $5/week. The proceeds from the cooler rental goes to charity. There is also a gym down next to housekeeping that looked well furnished.
I can't say enough nice things about the staff at the front desk. They really went out of their way to accommodate some special requests for us, always with a smile.
This has been my second stay at this property. The service and the resort far exceeded my expectations on both occasions. I was very satisfied with my stay at Kahana Falls and would love to stay there again.
Gold Coast, Australia
September 2, 2005
From journal Relaxing Maui
Castro Valley, California
June 5, 2005
Dislikes: The pool was cold. During our stay, I did not see one person enter the water. There are only about 40 lounge chairs around the pool area, and the sun only reached the pool for part of the day. The resort sits next to the main highway, which created considerable noise when at the pool or on the lanai.
We exchanged for a two-bedroom unit and were surprised to learn that this was actually a combined one-bedroom unit of 675 square feet (living room, kitchen, bath, bed (which was better than the 428 square feet stated in a letter we received from Kahana Falls prior to arrival)), plus an attached 268-square-foot hotel room (24x12 bedroom, bathroom, closet, and a kitchen counter with a microwave and sink). The hotel room was very claustrophobic, while the one bedroom was practical and met our needs. Noise easily travels from the hotel room to the other room, even with all of doors shut. I would not want to be in the one-bedroom with someone else in the adjoining hotel space.
Ants plagued our room the entire time we were there. We had the room serviced once during our stay, but the ants persisted, especially in the bathrooms. One of our party had a significant bite on her back that occurred sometime during the second night we were there.
We received fresh towels each day but had to have them in a single pile by the door if we were out of the room. In any case, we had to distribute the towels to their respective locations ourselves. Even when we were not in the room, the towels were just piled on the kitchen counter for us to distribute.
The Hawaiian tax for room was $110 for the stay. Even though RCI warned us about this, the actual bill was still $25 higher than RCI’s highest estimate.
From journal Week at Kahana Falls
January 23, 2005
You will enjoy listening to the ocean as you sleep. The property is oceanfront (not beachfront), with a pool, grill, and manicured lawn. I think this condo has the best view for the famous Maui sunsets. You have a magnificent view of both Lanai and Molokai.
You are within walking distance of the Kahana Shopping Center. Shops, restaurants, convenience stores, and ATM machines are all available here.
One-bedroom units run $115 per night in the low season and $130 per night in the high season. Not a bad price for oceanfront condos. I use the real-estate company Chase’n Rainbows. If you are a repeat guest, you will receive a 10% discount. Look them up on the web at www.chasenrainbows.com or call at 800/367-6092.
From journal Maui on a Budget
August 7, 2004
It’s important to understand the unit sizes because some are really tiny: Hotel 276 sq. ft.), Studio (485), 1 Bedroom in three sizes (428, 681, and 761) and 2 Bedrooms (957). We had a 2-Bedroom (each with queen size bed), 2 bath (each with a jacuzzi tub and hair dryer), clothes washer/dryer, A/C, ceiling fans, full kitchen plus a partial kitchen unit. We were on the 2nd floor of the Aloha Building (unit 205AB) that had a great few of a koi pond and the swimming pools. We couldn’t have been given a nicer location. Access to the balcony was from one of the bedrooms and the living/dining area. The unit was thoroughly stocked, clean, attractively decorated, bright and airy. This was a great place for just the two of us and we used every inch of it. Maid service is provided once during the week with towel changes and trash pick ups daily.
There is a small lagoon style swimming pool with two waterfalls that cascade over rocks into the pool. We never saw many people there and many times we had it all to ourselves. Also a tiny 1 ½ feet deep children’s pool and a tiny sand bottom jacuzzi. They have the jacuzzi tucked away above the swimming pools. At night some tiki torches are lit along the pathway between the buildings and pools creating that Hawaiian ambiance. At night we enjoyed this view from our balcony while concocting our own tropical drinks and listening to the serene sounds of the waterfalls.
From journal Oh no no, Maui
February 26, 2004
From journal Maui is a paradise we have only dreamed of!
January 15, 2004
And if you brought your golf clubs with you it is a short distance to both Kapalua or Kaanapali Golf Courses.
Best Things About the Resort:Kahana Falls Resort was developed with only 70 units, and because of this there is a sense of closeness and intimacy. The staff was friendly and there were no timeshare hypes. The location was good and a grocery store nearby a few minutes south of the resort on Lower Honoapiilani highway helped tremendously. Although the location of Kahana Falls Resort may not be ideal for beach lovers, the beach is just across on the other side of the street. It is also a few minutes drive to the best beaches of Kaanapali, Napili, and Kapalua.Resort Experience:Kahana Falls Resort had been aptly given Gold Crown designation because of its excellent amenities, great facilities, high quality service, and proximity of the resort to many destination places. The resort covered three guest buildings; the Hale Kipa (guest house) is a no view two-story frame structure adjacent to the gazebo and the game area, the Aloha building, the Falls building, as well as the main building called the Clubhouse. The grounds were lush and beautifully landscaped with water gardens and there were pathways in the garden area and between buildings, which were well lit by torches at night. The free form swimming pool with two waterfalls, although small, was kept clean and was rarely busy. There was also a children’s pool with a small waterfalls and two sand bottomed whirlpool spa, one open 24-hours. The Koi pond was full of mesmerizing kois, especially at night when they all congregate together trying to sleep. At the intimate garden area near the koi pond were three barbecue grills and seating area perfect for a small group barbecue.
The Clubhouse was for check-in. It was also where the concierge desk, activity room, and a fully equipped fitness center were located. Although I was not impressed with the fitness center’s claustrophobic location in the basement, it was very clean and hardly ever busy.
Our accommodation at #207A was exceptional, and only a short walk to the free parking area. It was a one bedroom/one bath unit in the Falls Building. It was ideally located in a corner, giving us a panoramic view of the pool area, koi pond, spa, barbecue area, and lush tropical landscaping. I loved our big lanai just above one of the pools, and the sound of cascading water provided us with nice tranquil respite every night after a full day of endless discovery and adventure. It also provided me with a sense of security. From our lanai I was able to relax with an interesting book and watch our son splashing in the pool at the same time.
Our unit, at 681 square feet, had a big kitchen with terracotta top eating counter and two high chairs. It was fully equipped with good quality kitchen appliances, microwave, refrigerator, and everything else (we needed including herbs and spices) to make our stay pleasant and homey. It had a good size dining area with a big glass top dining table and four comfortably upholstered chairs.
Our living area had plenty of space to move around even with the pull out bed fully spread out. The living room had an entertainment center with a 27-inch remote control cable TV and DVD/VCR rack stereo system. There was an air-conditioning system and a ceiling fan. There was also a washer/dryer and iron/ironing board. The bedroom was appropriately decorated with white washed furnishings providing plenty of storage space. It also had a 20-inch cable TV. Although the only bathroom in the unit was inconveniently located in the bedroom, it was very spacious, had a hair dryer, and was fitted with a Hydrothermal Therapeutic Spa.
The staff was very accommodating, helpful, and pleasant. Daily fresh towels, garbage pick-up, and light clean up are provided. Upon arrival, we were offered a morning orientation, which we graciously declined, no pressure here. The front desk had the "Road to Hana" tape available to guests if they decide to go.
From journal Rainbow over Maui
December 13, 2003
The resort itself had everything you could want to really relax. It was in a quiet area with beautiful grounds and a pool. The pool was small but not crowded.
The hot tubs were great after a day either in the sun or after a long day trip and we really enjoyed using the barbecue that was provided for guests.
The resort is close to the beach and close to a variety store, but is a mile or so away from the grocery store. A car is really needed to stay at this resort, but in general a car is needed to get around anyways.
The most impressive thing I found with the resort was that there wasn't anything I needed that I had to ask for. The units were clean and had everything in them, from a corkscrew to paper towels. Most of the timeshare resorts I have stayed in do not provide the simple things like dish soap, paper towels, salt, and pepper, but this one had everything.
The staff at the activities desk and the main desk were more than helpful and answered many questions about things to see and do and how to get there. They had all of the local tours available for purchase in the resort if you prefer to have someone else do the driving.
Usually we were very tired after doing one of our day trips, and this was the perfect place to be at night as it was quiet and you could only hear the sounds of the waterfalls splashing into the pools, but if you wanted the night life, it was only a 5-10 minute drive into Kaanapali or Lahaina, where all of the activity was.
At night when the torches were lit around the pool area it was beautiful, and there was nothing more enjoyable than just sitting out on the lanai looking over the grounds. In the daytime all of the tropical flowers and the fish in the pond made for a wonderful experience.
From journal Mauii Has It All