I was first considering staying at the Honua Kai since we have a 1 year old, but after looking around, it's hard to imagine not going for an ocean front condo/house for the same price as a place at Honua Kai with no real good view (a lot of the mountain views overlook a parking lot). Plus I hear that the wind on the west side is ridiculously strong compared to the south side.
We'll be heading over there end of Jan so if you know of any other terrific areas we should check out please let me know! THANK YOU!!