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#7892 - 04/13/04 04:28 PM Questions and Comments for Kihei
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#57853 - 07/29/17 08:19 AM Re: Which is better booking activities before arrival vs when we get there? [Re: Forum Host]
cthayer Offline


Registered: 07/25/17
Posts: 2
We have a large group coming in September and have been looking at different activities. We want to get the best deals and were wondering if we should book them from the internet or have the concierge book it for us when we get there?

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#57820 - 07/18/17 06:53 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: cyberflip]
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Registered: 03/29/04
Posts: 259
there is a nice rock outcropping to the left (looking out to sea---and towards the lifeguard stand). I would think the snorkeling there would be decent, but we haven't tried there yet. But do go early before the winds pick up.

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#57819 - 07/18/17 06:50 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: mtnwhale]
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Registered: 03/29/04
Posts: 259
Another way to get a reservation in Kihei is to get put on a waitlist. If I remember correctly, you can have 4 waitlists going at a time. Hawaii reservations get cancelled quite often since they're booked 13 months out---a lot happens in 13 months. I've used waitlist for Kihei many times and have always gotten what I wanted. Sometimes it's not until around the 30 day mark when reservations are cancelled in order to not have to fight to get your points back.

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#57818 - 07/18/17 06:44 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Rebecca72]
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Registered: 03/29/04
Posts: 259
Usually the chairs and umbrellas don't make it to the "loaner" room. They seem to have been going to the owner update scheduler lady. If you agree to the owners update, she usually suddenly has some available to borrow that she says are hers---all dozen of them. We've "borrowed" from her 3 times now.

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#57808 - 07/10/17 05:17 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: mtnwhale]
Living4Him Offline


Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 50
Loc: California
Places like Kihei are really popular You have to be patient and flexible on dates
that way when something opens up you can grab it. If size of unit isn't critical or
twins or queen that makes it easier. All you need is that first date and then
you can book as many days as you have credits for. I have been to Kihei 6 times with
7 coming up in November, I usually go in October but I think September would be good
as kids are back in school. You will need to check first thing 6am you'll get it
and you'll love it their. Good luck

visited: Solvang, Big bear, Indio (2), Oceanside (3), Anaheim (4), Dolphins cove,
San Diego, Kihei (6), Cairns & Port Stephens Aus
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#57802 - 07/09/17 07:49 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
mtnwhale Offline


Registered: 07/19/05
Posts: 6
This might be a total rookie question, but I'll ask anyways.
How do you go about booking something along the lines of 7-10 consecutive days at Kihei? It seems like each day is completely booked out, exactly 13 months in advance. Do you really need to book it one day at a time, bright and early, as each day hits it's 13 months?
I'm just hoping that I'm missing something... BTW, we're looking at September of 2018, so we're about a month out for the 13 month period to open. Thx!!!
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#57738 - 06/06/17 02:34 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: cyberflip]
johton Offline


Registered: 05/12/09
Posts: 5
Kam 1 is ok, but only in the early morning, at least when we've been there (June and July). The waves pickup pretty good, maybe starting at 10:00 am, and by 11 or 12, you definitely won't want to snorkel there. Try Ulua Beach, but get there early too.
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#57726 - 05/27/17 05:49 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: cyberflip]
Living4Him Offline


Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 50
Loc: California
I've read that the right side at end of Kamelo I is better snorkeling, I would
suggest buying the book Maui Revealed shows you all the beaches and where snorkeling
is better. All Hawaii beaches are public so if you can get to the water go for it.
Conditions vary that's why book will help available at AAA or probably Amazon.
I've done the snorkeling excursion it's cool but if you're looking to save money just
go to most any beach for free. Hope this helps PM me if you have more questions.
Making my 6th trip to Kihei in November can't wait enjoy your stay.
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#57725 - 05/27/17 02:11 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: klamba]
cyberflip Offline


Registered: 04/22/09
Posts: 2
is it good snorkeling at the beach across?

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#57688 - 05/07/17 05:59 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Rebecca72]
Living4Him Offline


Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 50
Loc: California
Check out Boss Frogs and Maui Dive shop both in Kihei Looks like you
can get most from Boss Frogs, also check loan area in check in building
you might find some of equipment you want to use and return.
I'm not sure but I think you can rent snorkel gear from Expedia people
down by the pool ask when you check in.
Hope this helps enjoy your stay
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#57670 - 05/01/17 11:46 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
Rebecca72 Offline


Registered: 04/28/17
Posts: 1
Where is the best place to get snorkel and beach gear (chairs, umbrella, etc)? We are heading there in a few weeks and would really appreciate some advice. Thank you.

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#57586 - 03/23/17 03:37 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
wunderlust Offline


Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 10
WorldMark Kihei

My husband and I returned after spending a week in Kihei. The staff was so helpful and accomodating. Yes, the rooms are a bit older but they are clean and have everything you need. The beach is right across the street. We liked Kihei as it was slightly less "touristy" than Lahaina. We reccomend a trip to up country. Also we had a small charter take us on the road to Hana which is the only way to really appreciate the island culture. A must go to is the "fishpond" canoe trip. Snorkeling and swimming with turtles was awesome. We also saw a great many humpback whales. A great trip...

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#57549 - 03/05/17 09:00 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: AlaskaLiz]
RanMatPat Offline


Registered: 01/05/10
Posts: 2
Liz,
We am so sorry for taking so many years to respond to your post. We were very new to the Forum and am still now having problems finding what I am looking for. We just happen to stumble onto your response to our post. Thank you so much for your time and information, hopefully one day we will end up at Kihei at the same time so we can meet in person. Thanks again, Sincerely, Patricia and Randy

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#57468 - 01/27/17 10:07 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: tnjbz16]
LOTES Offline


Registered: 03/19/04
Posts: 87
Originally Posted By: tnjbz16
It seems to me that there should be some control for owners who want the time for vacations versus people who are making a business venture. What are the new Board Members going to do to address this?
Recent changes implemented over the past ~2 years are steps to rein-in rentals. These include:
  • Grouped Reservations (7+ nights using more than one resort) must use the same guest name on all segments. In general, this increases the difficulty of recovering costs as the owner will likely have an unrented portion of the Grouped Reservation.
  • Grouped Reservations may no longer by-pass the 13-month booking window. All segments of a Grouped Reservation must be inside the 13-month window at time of booking.
  • All segments of a Grouped Reservation must now be in the same season. (?? Not sure I have that entirely correct -- but there has been a change relative to Grouped Reservation portions and season.) Again, increases the difficulty of recouping costs if rented out.


Edited by LOTES (01/27/17 10:09 AM)

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#57465 - 01/24/17 07:09 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
tnjbz16 Offline


Registered: 08/31/16
Posts: 6
I love Kihei, the location, beaches and staff. I have been going there (when I can get in) since it opened. On our Nov 2016 honeymoon trip we were told at the Owner Education that there are owners who snap up condo' s and then rent out. For Christmas 2015 they were renting rooms for $750/night!!!!! And the Kihei staff had to endure upset people who had "rented" but, then faced with moving units every day as nights were not consecutive. I have spoken to Owner Care 're this and been told that they have no control over what owners choose to do with there time. It seems to me that there should be some control for owners who want the time for vacations versus people who are making a business venture. What are the new Board Members going to do to address this?

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#57028 - 07/12/16 06:26 PM Khei vs. Valley Isle [Re: RanMatPat]
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Registered: 06/28/16
Posts: 22
Loc: Tacoma, Wa, USA
I usually have read over the years that Kihei wins over Valley Isle. The reviews change as upgrades are done. There are lots of complaints about the carpet. I have noticed that most condos have tiles or hard flooring over carpet due to the humidity. Just in case anyone is interested, I have an overlapped vacation at Kihei. I keep trying to post on the vacation rental WM4M but have struggled to get them on the board. I have June 30, 2017 thru July 5th or 6th. We would also be willing to work with the entire time of the 30th to July 14 if anyone wants a two week. Private message me, if interested. This was hard work. We are also going to the Big Island Worldmark Kono right before the Kihei vacation, thus the overlap. I will update on our stay after we go.

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#56572 - 01/15/16 08:09 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: RanMatPat]
AlaskaLiz Offline


Registered: 08/16/10
Posts: 18
We have been a regular at Kihei since our honeymoon in 2001. Last year had a reservation at Valley isle. We went and viewed room , but cancelled for a few reasons. The beach although across the street from Kihei is much nicer, larger and swimmable. There is just a small beach area here. We didn't like the limited hours of the office, getting towel service, etc. We like to Grill daily and what a pain it would be 2 elevator which during both times we have visited seem busy and slow. The grill locations on the main floor are not convenient. The pool is nice , but I like the set up where Kihei is all Worldmark and you aren't just one of THOSE guests.

As far as the room we looked at the Studios were very nice and larger-I read some reports of uncleanliness but did not see any upon inspection of a freshly cleaned room myself. Furnishings and appliances all adequate. Looking at the grounds and building Kihei appears to be landscaped prettier imo , its larger property too with many buildings.

We have talked to many people over the years that prefer one to the other or like them both. People are obsessed with being on the water, Well because their is NO air conditioning at Valley Isle they tell you to leave your doors open to get the trade winds, with a locking screen door. We like air conditioning, privacy, security and quiet and find it at Kihei. A chief complaint at Kihei is that you will not be guaranteed a room with a view, but you are in Hawaii and you can walk across the street in 2 minutes have your toes in the best sand with lifeguard on duty too. I am up early and normally walking the grounds in peace at 6am and often chatting with night crew. We like the atmosphere and are happy to have a beautiful beach across the street from Kihei. Feel free to PM me questions specific to Maui or Kihei I can probably answer most. Aloha, Liz

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#56529 - 01/01/16 09:14 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
RanMatPat Offline


Registered: 01/05/10
Posts: 2
My wife and I spent a week at the Kihei Resort a few years ago and are looking to go back to Maui in 2017. Can anyone tell us how Valley Isle compares with Kihei? We have never visited that Resort

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#56191 - 08/12/15 06:30 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: yzaske101]
slabeaume Offline


Registered: 03/29/04
Posts: 259
Or it could be that most of us who spend so much time getting there book more then one week at a time. So by the time your week start day is 13 months out, we've already reserved it as part of our 2,3 or more weeks.

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#55894 - 05/08/15 09:33 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: pktanner]
yzaske101 Offline


Registered: 05/07/15
Posts: 2
[quote=pktanner]Here is a peeve: We were TOLD at check in that the REASON for the need for chained reservation to a week at a RED ZONE resort is that there is a group of owners that has decided that they can use Worldmark Kihei as a vacation profit making enterprise. So thank you to my fellow owners who are using a loop hole to mess up my vacation plans to enhance your pocket book. I hope you get turned over to the IRS and state taxation people for enforcement.

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#55674 - 02/28/15 06:42 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: LeonandSue]
AlaskaLiz Offline


Registered: 08/16/10
Posts: 18
I don't have a pic. The studio unit had no oven, just cook top. There is a microwave and sink. I don't recall about the dishwasher, but we only stayed in studio a day or two last year. Call the resort direct to confirm if you need to they are always helpful. We love it at Kihei. Aloha, Liz

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#55655 - 02/23/15 02:45 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
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Registered: 02/21/15
Posts: 1
Hello. Does anyone have a photo of the "Mini Kitchen" in the Studios at Kihei? If no photo, can you describe the "mini kitchen"? I'm assuming that it does have a refrigerator, sink/wash basin, micro wave. Does it have a stove (top burners). I'm pretty sure there is no oven nor dish washer. Just wanted to check before we buy our groceries. We always go to Costco after we land at the airport!

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#55635 - 02/17/15 06:41 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: abbytreasures]
JoeRoss Offline


Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 2
We have been visiting Maui for 15+ years, usually during whale season. We recently (2013) inherited a Worldmark timeshare and decided we could try it out on our 2015 trip. Since we needed 13 months the 2014 trip was not an option. What a hassle. OMG. We had to book Kona for a week (that we could not use) just to get Maui for the week we needed. And even that was not easy. It is one big game and we are novice players.

Upon becoming owners we went to the San Francisco property for a weekend (5600 credits) and attended an owners update which was really a hard push for us to pay $10,000 more to get into Travelshare so we actually could "book easier". She told us the reason we could never get into tropical properties was because we were the lowest level and if we would buy into Travelshare we could book earlier than the 13 months. Anyway, she asked for my SSN to 'update their records.' I didnt want to give it to her but she insisted Worldmark must have it on file. What she really did was go run my credit! I was livid when I found out later. I have since been told she (and her male boss) were not being truthful about the 13 months. Everyone can only book 13 months in advance right?

So we burned credits and never went to Kona. Spent one night here at Kihei and the next 6 at Valley Isle. We will not be back. Dumping this Worldmark ASAP. The 'view' at Kihei is slight at best. We go to watch whales and we always get big ocean view units at various properties we like. We did not like this one for that purpose. Valley Isle had a much better view and was on the beach. I saw a comment in the forum that VI was like a convalescent home. LOL I guess it was, but hey they were all very nice old people. Our 11 year old son loved the beach there. I would never consider spending time and $$ for a unit that was not a great ocean view. Otherwise you are just in any other boring hotel. Yes this trip was cheaper, but you only live once.

If you want the best whale watch trip use Ultimate Whale Watch. They only take 18 people on the boat. $50/ea but well worth it.

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#55632 - 02/17/15 09:02 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
Crwte Offline


Registered: 02/13/13
Posts: 2
We have been owners since 1996 and have seen the changes and aren't happy about some if them. I don't like that some of the owners are profiting from my condos. This is a vacation timeshare not a travel agency. And no I don't like not being able to choose my view. Having said that, we have been to Kihei twice, once with our kids and grandkids for 7 days and didn't have a view, then again with 4 friends for a month and had a limited view. We will be going for 6 weeks, yes retirement is grand, and have a limited view again. Does not having a view take away from our trip? Absolutely not, does having it make our vacations? No it just enhances it. This is our favorite resort and are happy to hear it's being renovated. We will continue to go back as often as possible. The staff is the best we've had at any resort.

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#55605 - 02/09/15 06:11 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
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Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 1
I have been to Kihei. With the costs of flights these days, it's too much of a gamble to "hope" you get a view other than the parking lot. I think this is a move backwards for Worldmark, placing owners in the dark as to what they will receive when they get there. I, for one, will not be back. It's just not worth the gamble.

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#55600 - 02/07/15 04:45 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei - New Policy for Room Descriptions [Re: cotraveller]
pktanner Offline


Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 3
Yep! mees CA REal Estate View requirement. We had same thought. Had 8211 Condos just south and tree left same "blue" visible. So Yes LIMITED view

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#55599 - 02/07/15 04:25 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
pktanner Offline


Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 3
Here is a peeve: We were TOLD at check in that the REASON for the need for chained reservation to a week at a RED ZONE resort is that there is a group of owners that has decided that they can use Worldmark Kihei as a vacation profit making enterprise. So thank you to my fellow owners who are using a loop hole to mess up my vacation plans to enhance your pocket book. I hope you get turned over to the IRS and state taxation people for enforcement.

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#55597 - 02/07/15 04:20 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
pktanner Offline


Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 3
I get the need to reclassify room types. Trees grow. Buildings have been added south that were not there when original classifications were made. However, I would be very upset as a Platinum Elite Owner that got a view of the Coast Hotel instead of the ocean with a 13 month in advance booking due to random luck of the draw.
If I were the people making this decision I would either take out the trees and or have a select group of owners like me that would go from room to room and classify the room correctly with today's real estate.

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#55566 - 02/01/15 09:14 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei [Re: Forum Host]
gobellagio Offline


Registered: 11/09/05
Posts: 6
Loc: St. Louis, Mo
I am disappointed by the new policy also of not letting us know where our units will be located in regards to our view. They say it is to streamline the booking and check in process? How does this help when it is all computer generated??? I have been to this resort 9 times and without knowing where we will stay I am reluctant to go back. A view of the parking lot is not my idea of a relaxing resort atmosphere. There is no problem filling up these rooms, as they are all booked 13 months in advance with no options left after that time period. Sandy is correct, the Board has made a horrible decision. Why not tell the guests if they are going to have a view or not? They will only have more complaints now when guests begin to arrive. Major let down for some people.

I just returned from a week in Kauai at WM and a week at Kihei WM. Kauai has a beautiful resort with awesome views right on the ocean. The renovation that is going on at Kihei WM is extensive. Looks like they are doing it building by building, an entire building at a time. The rooms were totally gutted and new flooring, counters, etc. were being installed. Much overdo!!!!! My guess is that it will take at least a year to do all the units.

The Kinaole Food truck and Whale of a do-nut food truck are still both awesome. Have to check them out, both parked directly on the street in front of WM.

Good luck with booking everyone!!!

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#55563 - 01/31/15 12:46 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Kihei - New Policy for Room Descriptions [Re: SandyW]
cotraveller Offline


Registered: 03/18/04
Posts: 504
Loc: Colorado
Considering that this was the view from our "limited-view" unit, I don't see the new room descriptions as a big deal.


The darker blue between the two treetops in the center of the picture is the ocean. That is a very limited view. For booking purposes the new descriptions without the distinction between the view types opens up more units in each catergory rather than having them split into two different categories. Makes It easier to get a reservation and to fill a wait list request.
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