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Reviewed 4 June 2012

I am writing this while still in our gorgeous 2BR, 2B condo at Ke Nani Kai. We are leaving tomorrow morning, and sad that we have to go. It's not as if we're going home to the mainland, but to Kauai. Still, if it weren't for our daughter, who lives on Kauai, expecting us, we'd perhaps some how find a way to stay here.
We've driven around the island, and seen most of the places where one could stay for vacation. We think that we were lucky enough to chose the best.
There is something for everyone staying here. Gorgeous views, a sparkling pool and hot tub, ping pong tables, tennis courts, and of course an array of drop-dead gorgeous beaches within walking distance. The beaches provided a place to walk, run, fish, and hunt for shells. Oh, and of course, also watch the sun set.
We saw some of the most vividly colored rainbows ever right from our well-appointed condo too. There is a small variety store right on the property, but otherwise, grocery shopping and gas stations are about 20 miles away. Did we mind that? Absolutely not. The drive is just beautiful.
Nature lovers will love this part of the island. There is a multitude of deer and wild turkeys that we spotted almost every time we were out and about exploring.
Do we love Ke Nani Kai? Yes we do. We also have quickly fallen in love with Molokai. One last word. This is likely not the island to visit if you expect an active nightlife, or to be entertained with touristy type things to do. This is for those who love to relax, and make their own quiet kind of fun in an absolutely gorgeous place.

Room Tip: I'd opt for an upper level condo, as the ceilings are vaulted, making it seem much larger than the lower level units.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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8  Thank stjohnlover
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

We traded a week of timeshare here and stayed in unit 104.
The unit was typical of any timeshare. Do your own dishes. Take your own garbage out. Wash your own towels. No maid clean up during your stay. All standard policy.
The unit however, wasn't poorly decorated and it was a nice place. It had beach chairs and coolers in the closet, washer and dryer with laundry soap, BUT.... there was spilled wax on the floor in the living room that didn't get cleaned, cupboards and shower shelfs were at and angle so things fell off. Things seemed to be missing in the kitchen area, couldn't find lids to things, odd numbers of dishes, ect. There was a terrible ant problem before we even got there and we tried to keep everything as clean as possible in the kitchen and bathroom. Then kitchen had not been cleaned properly prior to our arrival though. The microwave had a bowl of cooked rice left in it, most of the dishes in the cupboard we had to wash before we could use them and the stove knobs had grease and food all over them from whoever used it last.
The people above us live there and they stomped around all day and all night. They walk so heavy that they made the light fixtures rattle.
The pool is ice cold because it isn't heated. The only thing people used was the hot tub.
There is 1 BBQ for use in the pool area. The are other ones that you can walk to if you can find them.
Parking was never an issue.
There are frogs everywhere at night - kind of neat.
There are fruit trees of all sorts through out the property, bananas, either papayas or mangos or both and lime trees. Depending on who you talk to, some people say take what you want others say it is their tree so stay away....who knows. We took what we wanted if it was on the ground. The lime trees are a free for all from what I gather though.
It is super windy all the time.
The beaches are pretty, even though you can't see them from the rooms. They are close enough to walk to. You can't really swim in them or sit on the beach because of how windy it is.
You are a ways a way from town of Kaunakakai. About 30 minutes.
Maunaloa is still 20 minutes away and there is not much there. Post office, kite shop and little general store.
There was a little little store on the property, kind of. If you walk towards the pool for the other property kind of through the abandoned buildings, there is a shop with the basics and some gift kind of things.
The property around is all run down, vacant buildings, old golf course. Lots of potential. It's a shame it's not used for such stupid reasons. It was fun to walk the old golf cart paths and hike around to try to imagine playing golf here with such good views, although with the wind I'm really not sure how you would play.
All in all, I don't know that I would stay here again. I don't regret the one time, but one time was enough for us.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank LW88
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We exchanged into a timeshare, one of seven in this particular complex. Our unit, 257, was in need of a little polish and extra care but it was certainly liveable. The staff at the Ke Nani Kai were very helpful especially Tina....she came to our aid on more than one occasion plus giving us valuable tips on where to go and things to see.
I say "westend blues" because this area is the westend of the island and like a previous review this area can be depressing due to the condition of the other buildings and the lack of amenities. This area is depressed due to the pull out of the Molokai Ranch Company which practically made a ghost town of the small town of Maunaloa. The only thing left is a small general store, a post office and a kite company...the Sheraton Hotel, the Cinema and restaurants are all closed due to the politics of this area (check on line for details). Would we go back...most likely not, the costs in getting there and the cost of groceries (nearly $11 for a gallon of milk and well over $5 for gas) make this costly. There is something to be said for the more remote experience. Also, we came just after a major storm and that weather limited some of the things we wanted to do here and thet colors the experience we had on Molokai.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Takarehi
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Although we exchanged through a timeshare company, we received a privately owned cono that is not in good shape. We just were unlucky I think. What bothers me more than the unit, however, is the sad situation of this part of Molokai. When the Molokai ranch company closed all it's vacation facilities a few years ago, after a bitter dispute over building upscale homes, it turned this area of the island into a virtual ghost town. All the restaurants, the movie theater, and the gas station are boarded up. The abandoned golf course is a field of wild weeds. An after-the-crash atmosphere hangs heavy over the remaining condos and houses. For sale signs dot the landscape which consists mostly of scrub trees. With a gallon of gas pushing $5, it is expensive and inconvenient to drive 18 miles to the nearest restaurant or small grocery store. I sure wish we had stayed near town or on the east end of the island which is more lush and full of life, whether referring to landscape, buildings, or people.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank hanalei2014
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

We stayed at #108 (one of the timeshare units) this past week. Our one bedroom unit was well stocked including nice beach chairs, towels and a good size Coleman cooler. It is located across from a wonderful beach Kepuhi which you can walk across to and enjoy the peace and quiet. You are only a five minute drive from 3 mile beach. We often found that we were alone or with only a couple other people on one of the 5 or 6 beaches within 10 minutes of the condo.

Room Tip: A second story would give you a better view, but we enjoyed the first floor lanai with our ability to watch the wildlife, etc.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank leflerpet
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