Results 1-10of 20 Reviews
August 14, 2005
We arrived at the Pono Kai after about 17 hours of travel. I asked at check-in if we were able to see the ocean from our room and was pleased to find that we had an ocean-front unit on the top (3rd) floor. This was a one-bedroom, one-bath obtained with Bluegreen points.
The unit was very clean. The master bedroom faced the parking lot and the living room had the lanai overlooking the ocean. If you opened the sliders, you could hear the waves washing against the shore. We got up for our first sunrise and walked along the beach. Paradise.
The kitchen had plenty of room and storage. It was very well stocked with pots, pans, and casserole dishes. There was service for six, even thought the unit accommodated four. Towels are changed out every other day (trash also), with a full cleaning midweek. We had plenty of room for four, although bathroom timing was required.
There is a welcome session/continental breakfast where the concierge brings in various activity people to sell you on their tours. Raffles are held for two-for-one deals after each presentation. Your welcome packet also includes a couple discounts and a restaurant discount card, but we didn’t use this.
My daughter spent a lot of time at the pool, and we also played bocci and croquet. One evening, my son, daughter, and husband joined some of the locals in a sand volleyball game at a park at one end of the beach. I enjoyed the rather central location. Traffic could be an issue at times since it is only on a two-lane road.
Kauai is less commercial than some of the other islands and very quiet. My husband got a kick out of the wild roosters. We took a helicopter tour and a catamaran tour on the Napali coast. One week is not enough time to do all. Next time, we will skip the commercial items and spend more time exploring.
From journal First Hawaii Trip - Kauai - Week One
Victoria, British Columbia
March 9, 2005
From journal Relax in Kauai
February 18, 2005
Across the street is a business center with public Internet access. The town of Kapaa had many neat shops within walking distance.
Our favorite beach, Poipu Beach, was approximately 45 minutes from the resort.
Best Things About the Resort:The great view from the lanai, the friendly staff, the tennis courts, and the concierge/activities desk were the best things.Resort Experience:The resort was very clean and well maintained. The view of the ocean from our lanai was gorgeous. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. On Sunday morning, the concierge/activities desk does a 2-hour presentation on all the activities on the island available to you. They raffle off buy-one, get-one-free tickets, so it is definitely worth going to. Most activities cost $100 or more a person.
The one-bedroom unit we were assigned was very spacious and appeared to be newly remodeled. The bedroom did not have air-conditioning, but it did have a ceiling fan. There was ample parking at each unit. The resort offers web TV for a fee, but they don’t have an Internet provider, so you must use your own. We found it was easier to go to the Internet café down the street.
The resort offered shuffleboard and tennis. We were surprised that there were no restaurants on site, and the pool seemed small for the size of the resort. The resort did provide beach towels.
From journal Kauai - The Garden Isle of Hawaii
February 4, 2005
From journal Trip to Kauai
Crystal River, Florida
January 6, 2005
From journal Poni Kai Resort on Kauai, Hawaii
October 3, 2004
From journal Kauai for quiet rest and relaxation
Santa Cruz, California
September 25, 2004
The landscaping at the Pono Kai was very well kept up and there was a lovely Koi pond seen on the way to housekeeping where you could exchange your pool/beach towels once per day. The swimming pool was basic, but the kids still had a great time swimming there and always seemed to find someone else to play with. The kids also had fun with shuffle board and golfing on the putting green. Don't lose your room key - the fee is $25, as we found out when we lost ours. Luckily we found it later.
On Sundays and Thursdays they have the orientation by the pool where you can hear about different activities offered. The Sunday one includes about 45 minutes of entertainment, so leave about two hours to listen to everything. There are also more people at the Sunday orientation, as most people arrive on Saturday, so you are less likely to win a 2 for 1 door prize.
One other note, the Pono Kai gives you a $100 activity discount if you go to a timeshare presentation down the road (which took us almost three hours - if the kids wear their suits, they let them use the pool), but at the Kapaa outdoor market, there is a guy which said he could do a better deal for the same presentation. He gives discounts for every activity you want to do, so if you want to do a lot of activities, that would be the better way to go.
From journal First Kauai visit and first timeshare vacation
San Diego, California
August 8, 2004
The rooms were a good size with a good view. The bed needed to have a better mattress because it was very uncomfortable. The local chickens were annoying because people would feed them, so every morning at sunrise or before, they would call for their meal! Once the people were out of sight, the noise stopped. So don't feed the chickens.
You must have a car to get around. Many great places to eat. The best was the movie tour; a must thing to do. Bring rain gear in the summer and extra shoes.
From journal Kaui
October 18, 2003
We checked in on a Tuesday and were not told of ANY activities, mid-week full cleaning, Sunday continental breakfast, or even given a parking pass. Actually, we felt a bit "ignored" and were told later this was all due to checking in on Tuesday. That shouldn't make any difference. Although it is our home resort, I doubt if we would ever go back--we can do much better.
From journal Beautiful Kauai
West Haven, Connecticut
August 23, 2003
From journal Hawaiian Paridise Kauai