Maui Jim ‘Kahuna’ sunglasses review

I have been a Maui Jim sunglasses fan ever since my first pair a few years ago. As I was planning a trip to Puerto Rico I thought…perfect time for a new pair of sunglasses.  Maui Jim is well-known for their high quality optics and I really like how the polarized lenses make everything “pop,” especially in a Caribbean-type environment, with bright blue skies and reflections off the turquoise water.

The model I opted for this time are called “Kahuna,” which I thought kind of apropos given that I’m sort of a “big kahuna” myself.  🙂  Some of the reasons I decided on the Kahuna sunglasses include:

  • Perfect for outdoor activities, including the beach…the lenses and frames are saltwater safe (good for my trip to Puerto Rico).
  • The Kahuna model comes in two color combinations, I chose the grey/gunmetal as they are perfect for very bright, direct sunlight (which you’ll find in the Caribbean). The grey lenses are unlike ordinary ones that can flatten light unevenly across various light spectrums…Maui Jim grey lenses have rich color contrast with high light production.
  • Most importantly…the fit! I like how close they come to my brow, which minimizes light from coming in when the sun is directly above. The frames are made with a Monel metal, making them an extremely strong and corrosion-resistant.

My other two pair of Maui Jim sunglasses were made in Italy, the Kahuna is made in Japan.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I do like the feel of the Italian made frames more.  I just think the Italians make the best products. Think about cars, clothes, shoes, leather and glass…the best-of-the-best come from Italy. It might just be a psychological thing.  Regardless, I’m extremely happy with the Kahuna Maui Jim sunglasses.  I should also mention that the lenses are made of glass, not plastic, which I find to be a far superior product for sunglasses.

The customer reviews I’ve seen for the Kahuna sunglasses are very, very good.  Of course, high quality sunglasses do come at a price…these are not inexpensive, but will last you a long time if you take care of them. You can’t put a price on your eyes…it’s vitally important to take care of them while in the sun, especially if you have light colored eyes like I do.

If you have any questions for me about the Maui Jim Kahuna sunglasses, feel free to leave a comment.  Or, contact Maui Jim directly at: If you have a pair of the Kahuna Maui Jim sunglasses, drop me a line and let me know what you think of them.

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


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