The Royal Kahana is a large 12 story direct beachfront vacation rental building right in the heart of Kahana town and sitting directly on the sandy shores of Kahana Bay. The majority of the units in Royal Kahana are now fee simple but there are still a few leasehold units. Royal Kahana is one of nine or so high rise buildings that sit directly on Kahana Bay and are quite noticeable considering that there are no other buildings even close to as tall as these in the near proximity. Kahana Bay is experiencing erosion issues at this time but is still an absolutely gorgeous sandy bay and many individuals and entities are working to obtain a long term solution for restoring the sand levels at Kahana Bay. There is currently an environmental impact study which is taking place right now as the first step in finding a solution.

Royal Kahana has fantastic year views of both Molokai and Lanai island, year round sunsets, and is fantastic for whale watching. I personally spend a lot of time out in front of Royal Kahana on my SUP board surfing the winter swells that line this coastline. The beach itself is completely sand as is the bottom when you first enter the ocean making it perfect for those who are less comfortable in the water.

Royal Kahana is a large but very quiet resort overall so it generally does attract a more mature demographic or at least one that highly covets solitude. This one of the rare resorts that is quite large in size but doesn’t have crazy resort atmosphere to it.

 Royal Kahana Location: 4365 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA 

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Royal Kahana Location

The Royal Kahana is a relaxed oceanfront community situated between it’s west Maui neighbors, Ka’anapali and Kapalua Resorts. For those who have discovered Kahana’s understated charm, it’s appeal is undeniable. Directly across the street from the resort sits a few shops and restaurants my favorites of which are Miso Phat sushi, Dollies Pub, and Maui Brewing Company. Kahana is a nice walking community as there some sidewalks and the speed of traffic is quite slow.

The Royal Kahana is situated between the Valley Isle Resort to the South and the the adjoining Hololani Resort to the North. The most desirable aspect of ownership is the fact that is a very well built highrise building that is offered a relatively affordable price point. The entry to the water is very calm and inviting unless there are large winter surf swells. The swimming, kayaking, and stand up paddling are absolutely fantastic right out front of the resort.

A SUP paddler enjoying the spectacular views right out front of Polynesian Shores with Lanai island in the backdrop.

Polynesian Shores Property Improvements

The Polynesian Shores complex doesn’t have a seawall but there is a bit of a rocky coastline right in front of the resort and the buildings are set back further from the ocean so erosion is not really an issue here. There was an oceanfront deck out above the coastline at one point but it became rather dilapidated and believe that the state restricted the reconstruction of this deck so it was removed in its entirety.

The buildings are well kept but I have observed just a few deferred maintenance items. One important note is that currently at Polynesian Shores there is no A/C permitted for any of the units at the resort. The board is possibly discussing making this change and they would likely need to upgrade the electrical work but this is what it currently stands as. There are no elevators at Polynesian Shores.

The onsite resident manager keeps very close tabs on everything at the complex. 

Polynesian Shores Amenities

The pool at Polynesian Shores is round and located on the center ocean facing courtyard of the complex. It is moderate in size and there is no jacuuzi. There are several grills around the pool area.

The oceanfront lawn at Polynesian Shores is beautiful and gently slopes towards the ocean. This is a perfect place for those with extra energy to stretch their legs or for lawn games. 

The center courtyard at Polynesian Shores 

Polynesian Shores Vacation Rentals

There is an onsite management company for Polynesian Shores and thus the owners have the option to utilize this program or to rent the properties out on their own or with an independent management company. Polynesian Shores does have fairly strong consistent following of returning guests. The rental rates at Polynesian Shores are pretty moderate but so are the acquisition costs so it all works in tandem. 

Polynesian Shores HOA Fees

The HOA fees at Polynesian Shores are relatively high in comparison to comparable buildings at $1.45/sq.ft. of interior living area do not cover electric costs so you will want to budget for this. The complex doesn’t allow pets of any kind. 

An oceanfront 3 bedroom unit with the loft third bedroom in the upper right hand corner.

Polynesian Shores Real Estate Offerings

The majority of the ground floor units one bedroom one bath residences of about 550 sq.ft. plus a covered lanai leading right out to the grassy lawns.

The majority of the second story units two bedroom units of roughly 750-850 sq.ft. but there are a few select ground floor single level two bedroom units as well. It is important to note that the upstairs two bedroom units with a loft area are not actually permitted as bedrooms with the County of Maui.

There are also several three bedroom units near the oceanfront which rarely ever come up for sale, these are technically permitted as 2 bedroom units with a loft third bedroom. I represented the buyers and sellers on the last 3 bedroom sale which took place in 2013 and the previous three bedroom sale took place in 2005. 

Condo Information

  • Land Area: 3.46 Acres
  • Number of Apartments: 236
  • Number of Floors: 12
  • Pool: Yes
  • View: Mountain, Ocean, Garden
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Apartment SF: 431-1287
  • Number of Buildings: 1
  • Security: Yes

Building Specifics

  • Management Company: Destination Maui Inc.
  • Building Type: Concrete
  • Roof Type: Built Up, Flat
  • Architect: Bernard & Nobler
  • Developer: Royal Kahana Venture
  • TMK: 2-4-3-010-007
  • Public Report Number: 619
  • Zoning: H-2
  • Flood Zone: Yes
  • Owner Occupancy: 1%
  • Tenure: FS and LH
  • Lessor: Unknown
  • Lease Expiration Date: Unknown
  • ADA Access: No
  • Manager on Site: Yes
  • Vacation Rental: Yes
  • Long Term Rental: Yes
  • Office on Site: No
  • Timeshare: No
  • All Timeshare: No
  • Pets: Yes

    Condo Features – (May vary by unit)

    • Refrigerator: Yes
    • Range/Oven: Yes
    • Dishwasher: Yes
    • Washer/Dryer: Yes
    • Common Washer/Dryer: No
    • Microwave: Yes
    • Storage: Yes


    • Total Stalls: 236
    • Unassigned Parking: Yes
    • Stall Rental: Yes
    • Visitor Parking: Yes


    • AC: Yes
    • BBQ: Yes
    • Cable Paid by AOAO: Yes
    • Clubhouse: Yes
    • Elevator: Yes
    • Exercise Room: Yes
    • Gated: No
    • Concierge: Yes
    • Recreation Area: Yes
    • Restaurants Shops: Unknown
    • Tennis Court: Yes
    • Hot Tub/Spa: Yes
    • Event Room: Yes

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      Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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