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#1568 - 03/02/04 02:33 PM Kihei Resort Review
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Have you stayed at the Kihei resort? Here's your chance to tell other owners what it's really like. How big is the pool? How hot is the hot tub? What do you wish you had known before you left home?

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#57978 - 10/17/17 07:10 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
kppreno Offline


Registered: 10/16/17
Posts: 2
We had a wonderful stay at Kihei! The guest services rep loaned us an umbrella and chairs for the beach which made it so enjoyable. The resort is very quiet and clean. A/C was a wonderful treat after coming back from the days journey. There are so many restaurants close and food trucks right outside the resort which were delicious. Time for the beds to be updated, felt like the old style, a little uncomfortable but not too bad. Staff was wonderful, pool was great, enjoyed it all!

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#57907 - 09/01/17 07:28 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: TJman]
slabeaume Offline


Registered: 03/29/04
Posts: 259
Wow! Hope they get it all fixed before we get there in a couple months! We've been there 4 times now and have never had problems like that! Did they offer to move you to a different room? Was the trailer that was parked in front of the resort the food truck or is there a different trailer now? Do they have an estimated time when they expect the hot tub to be fixed?

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#57891 - 08/24/17 08:09 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
TJman Offline


Registered: 06/27/13
Posts: 1
We are staying at the Kihei Worldmark on Maui for one week, currently. We have loved our Worldmark membership and have been impressed with every property we have ever stayed at, until now. I am surprised that this property is in such disrepair considering its, well, Hawaii. We are all very disappointed in our stay here.

First, when you pull up you check in at a trailer parked in front of the resort. The resort appears very dirty. The concrete is covered in dust and dirt and the plants do not look healthy. There is garbage in the gardens as well. The resort has outside entrances and there are 4 stories. We stayed on the 4th floor....slowest elevator ever!

The room is a nice size, I will say that. However, the first night the maintenance man had to come and replace the refrigerator because it would not work. The cupboards in the kitchen are broken and drawers do not slide. The washer worked well but the dryer would not dry our clothes. We reported it to the office but they did nothing about it.

There is a place in the back of the resort to exchange your towels, it is actually their laundry room. It is nasty. You bring your beach towels there and they give you new ones but you have to be there between 8 and 4. So, don't be late. We attempted to wash our own towels but the dryer would not get them dry.

Then, my daughter slept in the murphy bed and woke up with bug bites all over her legs. I totally stripped the bed apart and could not find any bed bugs but the bites speak for themselves.

So, needless to say, we are disappointed in our stay at the Kihei Worldmark and will not return. I have heard the Kaanapali property is terrible but I can't imagine it could be worse and the location is much better, IMO.

On the positive, Kihei does have some beautiful beaches and the resort is across the street. However, I think spending the extra money on a comfortable hotel or condo right on the beach, like at Kaanapali, makes for a much better and more comfortable vacation.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention? The hot tub is out of order too.

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#57881 - 08/14/17 07:09 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: deb5]
Living4Him Offline


Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 51
Loc: California
Depending on ages and interests here are a few suggestions:
Lahaina shops, restaurants, Banyan tree park, explore resorts in Kanapali
Luau, I'ao Needle, pineapple plantation
Ma'alaea Harbor, Ocean center, shops excursions sunset dinner cruise
Up-country towns of Pa'ia, Makawaao, Kula Botanical garden, lavender farm,
Haleakala drive or do mountain bikes down, zip-line
Road to Hana full day waterfalls nature hikes, Ho'okipa Park wind surfering

Don't forget to set aside time to enjoy beaches and warm water.

Would suggest getting book Maui Revealed hope this helps have fun and enjoy
I'm going for two weeks in November can't wait.

Visited: Solvang, Big Bear, Indio (2), Oceanside (2), San Diego, Dolphins cove,
Anaheim (4), Kihei (6), Cairns and Port Douglas Aus
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#57878 - 08/13/17 10:43 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: slabeaume]
deb5 Offline


Registered: 08/23/13
Posts: 2
Spending ll days at Kihei later this month. Other than snorkeling what are the top activities and attractions to complete while there and on Maui? Thank you, debf

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#57854 - 07/29/17 08:28 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
cthayer Offline


Registered: 07/25/17
Posts: 2
Where are the 3 br units in the complex?

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#57821 - 07/18/17 06:59 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: cyberflip]
slabeaume Offline


Registered: 03/29/04
Posts: 259
There are many many great places to snorkel around Maui straight from the beach! No need to pay for an excursion. Here's a link to my last Maui trip. We do a LOT of snorkeling when we're there!
http://livingthealohahi.blogspot.com/2016/08/2016-maui-and-kauai.html
click on the date for more photos and blog for each day.

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#57724 - 05/27/17 02:02 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: janienbob]
cyberflip Offline


Registered: 04/22/09
Posts: 2
you mentioned snorkeling. can you just go anywhere to snorkel or you have to go out in the ocean and pay a company?

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#57625 - 04/09/17 05:09 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review and good owner info [Re: AndersonFong]
janienbob Offline


Registered: 12/28/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Oregon
Put yourself on the waitlist. We have done that several times and have gotten a unit each time. One year we didn't get a unit until Sept. for a March trip. Good Luck
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#57624 - 04/09/17 05:05 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: reneeja2000]
janienbob Offline


Registered: 12/28/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Oregon
Oh My you apparently didn't have a good time. We love Kihei. We go almost every year for two weeks and prefer Kihei over almost all the other resorts, especially Valley Isle. Did you love the pool? that's where we spend most of our days when we aren't snorkeling or at the beach. smirk
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#57623 - 04/09/17 05:02 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Horton]
janienbob Offline


Registered: 12/28/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Oregon
We have stayed in studios at the Worldmark in Kihei. The first one we stayed in (several years ago) was in the front building and we had an ocean view. It's been awhile and I can't really remember what kind of seating we had BUT we did not sit on the bed so there must have been, probably a sofa and maybe a chair. the room was not huge but we did just fine. there are chairs and a table on the patio.

The second time we stayed in a studio was not a good experience. It was in the back building, bottom floor and the driveway went right past our room. I didn't feel comfortable leaving the patio door open at night so the room got stuffy. Maybe it was because the first week and a half we were in a two bedroom with friends and were finishing up our vacation in the studio but I really did not like it. Again, I don't remember much about the room but do know that we did not sit on the bed. We spend most of our days out and about so size isn't a problem. Just the location.
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#57622 - 04/07/17 04:29 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
Horton Offline


Registered: 03/25/17
Posts: 1
Hello out there! Could someone tell me if studio units at Kihei are comfortable enough for two? Since they are described as not having a couch, it makes me think that they are pretty small and crampy. However if they are roomy, it may not be too bad. It would just be nice to have a couch or some chairs since we like to sit and play guitars. Someone once told me that staying in a studio was nice since they could hear the ocean breeze at night while leaving the sliding door open. Do any of the studio units have views, and where are they located--upper level, ground level etc.? Do they have a lanai/balcony with table and chairs? Any pictures would be helpful. Thank you kindly.


Edited by Horton (04/08/17 10:36 AM)

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#57598 - 03/26/17 05:49 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
wunderlust Offline


Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 10
I am so tired of owners complaining....WM is such a value and there are so many of them. Really, if you are unhappy just rent your ownership. Kihei location is perfect. Not as touristy as Lahaina and the staff went far beyond being helpful. You don't go to Maui to stay in the room, right? The rooms are clean and have everything you need after a day exploring.....not many good places to eat but you have a kitchen and there is a Costco....

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#57595 - 03/26/17 07:28 AM Re: looking for Kihei Resort Review 2017 [Re: Forum Host]
kni34 Offline


Registered: 09/19/16
Posts: 2
Have you stayed at the Kihei resort? Here's your chance to tell other owners what it's really like. How big is the pool? How hot is the hot tub? What do you wish you had known before you left home?

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#57398 - 12/28/16 03:41 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
reneeja2000 Offline


Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 3
I am done spending my time in WM resorts. Just returned from staying in Kehei and even with the remodel, it is comparable to a 2 star hotel - horribly cheap and uncomfortable beds, substandard linens, tacky décor, etc. Other owners may love it but this longtime owner wishes we never would have purchased.

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#57180 - 08/31/16 10:33 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
USMC Offline


Registered: 08/29/16
Posts: 5
My wife and I are relatively new owners and have recently returned from a 7 day visit to the WM resort in Kihei. We stayed in a 2br/queen in building #6 and found the room to be clean with a sliver of ocean view from the balcony.

You can be on the beach in a 2-3 min walk from the resort and there are many restaurants and open air markets in the town Kihei – in walking distance or a short drive. Kihei reminded me of a small beach community. We did venture out and found many beaches along the way. The town of Lahaina has many shops and restaurants along Front Street. We visited family who was staying at the Marriott in Kaanapali which was a more commercialized resort area with many amenities and golf courses; however, we prefer the quaintness of Kihei – just a personal preference for us.

The resort staff was very friendly and accommodating to any questions we may have had. The concierge provided a brief of Maui and can schedule trips. The food truck outside the resort has excellent food and the ABC store across the street has a wide variety of items from food, drinks, souvenirs, t-shirts, and a fresh deli - found some local Maui Onion Dip there which was awesome.

With check out on our last day being 1200, we were looking at booking an available studio because our flight was not scheduled to leave until 10:55 pm. The staff then informed us of their “hospitality room” designated as a shared 2br/queen which provides departing guests a place to rest and allows pool access.

We will definitely visit Kihei again.

Big Bear, Indio, Palm Springs, Las Vegas Tropicana, Solvang, and Kihei

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#57097 - 07/31/16 10:06 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review and good owner info [Re: traveling4fun]
AndersonFong Offline


Registered: 07/05/12
Posts: 1
We just got back from Maui and want to go back summer of 2017. If anyone has a reservation they don't want for June/July 2017 we are looking for a 2 bedroom for 2 weeks. Can email me kianapup@hotmail.com
Thanks,
Gina


Edited by AndersonFong (07/31/16 10:14 AM)

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#57052 - 07/14/16 10:26 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review and good owner info [Re: DavefromWA]
traveling4fun Offline


Registered: 06/28/16
Posts: 22
Loc: Tacoma, Wa, USA
Thanks for the info. I actually am puzzled why WM doesn't use tiles instead of carpet. Most condos and homes have tile because of the humidity and it makes for a smell and constant cleaning. We have stayed in the original WM Longbeach which was older and not updated and still loved it. My main concern is always the staff. They can really make your vacation time while in the condo by being helpful and kind.

I read on one of the posts for Hawaii that there is an app that vacationers should put in their phone. It tells where everything is and gives directions without wifi. If anyone has seen that please give a reply so we all can use the app.

I would like to know where others have liked staying in this resort or the Kona resort on the Big Island.
Also, remember that Hawaii is a hard to book resort. Don't forget to check the WM4M forum posts. This is a great place to pick up time at that type of resort. The 13 month booking window, with no continuing vacations makes it almost impossible to get all your dates right. That leaves dates available for members to share since on a 13 month window you can't decrease your days, never at the beginning. Sometimes on the end. Spread the love and work it out with another member. Take charge of some of the freedoms in booking that have been taken away.
By the way, I love my ownership. If you need some tricks to booking or help, give me a note. My computer can't do Private Messaging but you can email me at gardenercrone@outlook.com I'm not a quick responder usually, but I will get back to you. I have learned quite a bit since the bylaws were changed again.
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#56329 - 10/03/15 04:46 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
Cdurkee1 Offline


Registered: 09/12/15
Posts: 1
We stayed 4 days at the Kihei Resort. The remodeled rooms are very nice. Nice carpet, counters, and appliances. The resort is right across the street from the beach which is fun for the family. Currents and undertow can be strong at times so be prepared, but water is like a luke warm bathtub. ABC market is across the street and open fairly late and has everything you need. Safeway is a 5 min drive from resort but prices are 10-20% higher then mainland prices.
I encourage you sit in the the Expedia morning presentation of things to do on the island. They have a wealth of information for all. They go through some of the main attractions on the island, can book right there, and can apply our WM discount. Also they can suggest what activities are good for all ages. We were encouraged to do only part of the Road to Hana with our small children (7 mos and 20 mos ). They recommended we stop at Twins Fall ( 1 hour drive ) which was also excellent. We got to see a beautiful waterfall and even jumped in from the top of the waterfall.
Luau at the Hyatt Regency is very nice and affordable kids under 12 are free with each paying adult.

Hope this helps.

Anaheim, Angels Camp, Tropicana, Grand Dessert, Y Running, Mission Valley, Monterrey, Reno, Kihei

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#56158 - 07/30/15 05:54 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: DavefromWA]
gwtwfool Offline


Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 5
Loc: Utah
I think dirty carpet is a problem at all their resorts. My grandchildren have to throw away all their socks. I wear slippers than can be washed or thrown away. I can't imagine going barefoot ... ewww! I don't know why WM does not clean their carpets more often because I think this is a very common complaint. It is disgusting and quite embarrassing when you have guests.
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#56025 - 06/21/15 08:02 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
lindaj Offline


Registered: 01/20/14
Posts: 10
We just returned from Kihei. Loved it. We were in Building Five. It was close to the parking lot. I told them we had my mother with us and she couldn't walk far and they were very accommodating. Of course, we had booked it exactly 13 months ahead of time, so we are supposed to have a great room. We did have a nice view.
There were issues with the toilet and dishwasher, but they got attended to. I was not asked to do a "membership update". I don't know why, but I was glad!
I like the location, it is close by lots of places within walking distance. We were able to rent a paddle board right up the street and carry it across to the beach.
The staff was great. They were helpful and attended to all requests.
I enjoy my Worldmark membership very much.
We have stayed at Birch Bay, Victoria, Eagle Crest, Seaside, Oceanside, West Yellowstone, Leavenworth, Canmore.

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#55733 - 03/22/15 05:09 PM Re: Kihei Resort Review-Loan and Borrow Room Boogie Boards [Re: davel]
AlaskaLiz Offline


Registered: 08/16/10
Posts: 18
Loan and Borrow Room /Kiheo- There is a back area behind the retail display wall, where members leave things for others to use. It's easy to get boogie boards there without renting, more commonly kid size. On Several trips we have been able to pick up boards, beach chairs and umbrella for our family to use within the first few days of a trip. Check back often as things come and go quickly and you should find what you need. If you are staying a while and plan to use it a lot or you are big it might be worth your while to just pick up one at costco. Don't buy the ones at the ABC store IMO, they are cheap and break. Have Fun!

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#55699 - 03/11/15 09:50 AM Re: Kihei Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
doct Offline


Registered: 03/05/11
Posts: 1
First time at Kihei, enjoyed the location, overall the usual good (not the excellent from previous years) WM experience. From my experience:

My main complaint is about the resortNet internet. While adversing wireless 'high speed' access, there is no mention of what speeds are actually there. Never got above 1.2 mbps down and 0.2 mbps up, regardless of time of day, (in bldg 4). This is even with indication of a good connection and 802.11n. If you need actual high speed, such as streaming, downloading updates or any files of any size or even getting on some websites, you'll need to hit starbucks or someplace else. (why is WM using resortnet at all? Charging by the number of devices in today's world of ubiquitous internet devices? Charging for dial up speeds? Let's gouge the owners!!)

addendum/edit: talked with tech support and the 1.2 down and 0.2 up is "where you are supposed to be at"; so anyone needing to do anything more than checking email while here, make other plans for access. I guess 1.2 mbps upload is considered 'fast' for WM.

The usual pressure at check in to attend a 'owners' meeting, that gets real old.


Edited by doct (03/11/15 01:42 PM)
Edit Reason: update on info

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