Experience Renewal with the Cleansing Hi’uwai On New Years Day

Another year has almost passed. As we begin a new chapter of our lives, it is good to step back and reflect on the events that have occurred, as well as prepare for the coming year and whatever it holds. One of the best things to do to start a new year is to travel to a new place: Hawaii is the perfect setting to watch the old year become the new. Every year, we hold a special cleansing ritual to begin the year anew. It is called Hi’uwai. Today, we’ll look at exactly what this ritual signifies.

What is Hi’uwai?

In ancient Hawaii, the annual bath between midnight and sunrise was regarded as a ceremony of purification, symbolizing a cleansing of the misdeeds and impurities from the past. The definition from the Hawaiian Dictionary says:

“In the old days, the bath between midnight and morning was regarded as a ceremony of purification. It was a sign that the bather wished to be cleansed of all (ceremonial uncleanness of the past year. Since salt water was regarded as the water of purification, everyone who could went to the sea to bathe.”

The act of wading into the tranquil water, and mentally releasing all the stress, worries, anxiety, and woes of our lives can be extremely freeing. Entering the new year with a clear head allows you to focus on the events and plans that next year holds.

Stay at Kaanapali Alii – Experience the Cleansing Hi’uwai

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you can easily participate in this exceptional cleansing ritual. It takes place every New Year’s Day. Hawaiian cultural specialist Fred Torres leads the renewing tradition. When you begin a new year while vacationing in Hawaii at one of our spacious, luxurious accommodations, you will experience a tranquil relaxation that will put you on the right track, no matter what the year 2017 holds! To learn more about the hi’uwai ceremony, contact one of our customer service representatives!

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Celebrate Halloween in Maui: A Look at Ancient Superstitions

Halloween is an exciting time in Maui: Everyone joins in on the fun, and walking down Front Street in Lahaina Town is a real celebration. In fact, Halloween is one of the biggest celebrations in Maui! If you’re staying at Kaanapali Alii, joining in on the fun is easy. To prepare to celebrate Halloween in Maui, here is a look at some of the ancient superstitions in the area.

Ancient Superstitions of Hawaii

We’ve all heard the superstition that you’ll have seven years of bad luck if you break a mirror, or that seeing a black cat is a prophesy of upcoming doom. But, there are likely a few Hawaiian superstitions that you haven’t heard. Here are a few to get you in a creepy mood for Halloween:

  • Don’t Whistle at Night: If you dare to whistle at night, you might just accidentally summon the huakai po, (which translates to night marchers). These terrifying specters are the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. If you happen to hear drums beating in the distance, you’d better get out of there fast – the drums signal the path of the huakai po.
  • Bring Berry Offerings: When you hike a volcano in Hawaii, it is wise to bring an offering of ohelo berries to Pele in order to rightfully proceed.
  • Arrange Chopsticks Carefully: When eating rice with chopsticks, do not leave them standing straight up in the bowl! This is how rice is offered to the dead, and doing so will bring you bad luck).
  • Sleep Away from Windows: When sleeping, don’t sleep with your head by the window, you might get your head chopped off by a demon! You must also avoid sleeping with your feet to the door – doing so can result in being dragged off by a night marcher, or you could lose your way when your soul leaves your body at night.
  • Don’t Get Cursed: Don’t take any sand or rocks from Hawaii or Maui: If you do, the fire goddess Pele will curse you, and you’ll experience bad luck until you return it.
  • Speaking of Pele: If you see an old woman on the side of the road, or an old woman wearing a white cape, offer her a ride and food and drink. The goddess Pele often shape-shifts into the form of an old woman.
  • Visits from the Dead: If you suddenly are overwhelmed by the sweet scent of flowers, don’t panic: It means a deceased family member is visiting you. Also, if you spot a black moth – definitely don’t kill it. This is your deceased loved one paying a visit.

Celebrate Halloween in Maui at Kaanapali Alii

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you have easy access to Front Street, which is the center of the celebrations. These spooky superstitions will have you looking over your shoulder all night! Remember to have a great time as you celebrate Halloween in Maui!

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Live Hawaiian Music and Hula Dancing During Your Stay in Maui

Hawaiian music is addicting: When you sit and enjoy live Hawaiian music accompanied by hula dancing, you’ll want to jump and join in. During your stay in Maui, we highly recommend attending a show to experience the music of Maui. You’ll hear some of the best music in the world, see some incredible traditional dancing, and we guarantee your foot will be tapping all evening. Here are a few of our favorite venues for enjoying live Hawaiian music and hula dancing during your sty at Kaanapali Alii.

Hula Grill Kaanapali

The Hula Grill, located in Whaler’s Village, has live Hawaiian music you can enjoy while grabbing a bite to eat. During the Aloha Hour (from 3-5pm), you can get discounted drinks, enjoy the view of Ka’anapali Beach, and listen to live island music and see hula dancing out on the Barefoot Bar.

Front Street Entertainment

Front Street is bustling with activity: There are many different restaurants and bars that offer live Hawaiian music while you dine. Visit places like Cheeseburger in Paradise, or Kimo’s to hear authentic music live!

Attend the Maui Ukulele Festival

The ukulele is central to Hawaiian music. To enjoy the best ukulele artist in the area, attend the Maui Ukulele Festival. It takes place on Sunday, October 2nd from 1:00-6:00pm. You can relax on the lawn and listen to the best ukulele musicians fill the air with the best Hawaiian music. This free event allows you to soak in the best Hawaiian music, and enjoy traditional island foods with your friends and family.

Attend a Show

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center has many shows that celebrate Hawaiian culture. Check out shows like Mōhala Mai, a celebration of the culture through hula, language, and song. Or, Pāka’a Lanakila! – a musical setting of the story of Pākaʻa, Check out the schedule of events to find the best show during your stay.

Stay at Kaanapali Alii: Easy Access to All Maui Has to Offer, Including Live Hawaiian Music

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you have easy access to all tha Maui has to offer. It is only a short distance to the Whaler’s Village and Front Street, where you can enjoy great food and listen to the best live Hawaiian music the island has to offer!

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Maui Pineapple Salsa – Kaanapali Alii Grill Master

Grilled Maui Pineapple Salsa

Sunset grilling at Kaanapali Alii enhances the natural sweetness of the fresh tropical fruits and vegetables! Share this delicious salsa with family and friends at our oceanfront grills!

Ingredients:

1 whole Pineapple – cored, outer peel cut off, cut in 1 inch thick rings
2 each Jalapenos – cut in half, inner seeds and white portion removed
2 medium Maui Onions – cut in ½ inch slices
4 ears Fresh Corn on the cob – husk and silk removed
1 large Red Bell Pepper – cut in ½, seeds removed
2 each Limes – cut in half
1 bunch Cilantro – rinsed and chopped
Pinch Salt & Pepper – to taste

Directions:
• Heat grill with lid closed. 450 degrees is best for grilling. Keep lid closed while cooking.
• Place corn directly on grill. Cook 10 minutes, turning frequently.
• Place Maui pineapple and onion slices directly on grill, turn after 5 minutes. Grill another 5 minutes.
• Place red bell pepper halves and jalapeno halves on grill, turn after 3 minutes. Cook another 2 or 3 minutes.
• Cut cooked corn off cob into a bowl.
• Chop: grilled pineapple, onion, jalapeno, red bell peppers, and cilantro. Mix into bowl with corn. Squeeze 2 limes over the mixture and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.
• Enjoy as an appetizer with chips or over your favorite grilled chicken or fish!

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An Alii grill master arrives at the resort’s popular oceanfront gas barbecue grills at dinnertime and offers cooking tips plus a variety of rubs and spices on a complimentary basis for guests of Kaanapali Alii.  The barbecue grills are the centerpiece of the Alii’s picnic lanai located directly on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach. A fragrant herb garden and complimentary plates, utensils, napkins, and aluminum foil add to the appeal of this inviting area reserved for Alii guests only.

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Maui No Ka Oi and Other Great Hawaiian Expressions

In Maui, there is an expression that leaves little up for translation. “Maui no ka oi,” means: “Maui is the best.” And, for those who visit this Hawaiian Island, this expression couldn’t be more true. While Maui is the best island, Kaanapali Alii is the best place to stay: You have access to the best that Maui has to offer. Just a short walk from the beach, restaurants, and shopping, our luxury condos are the perfect place to base your explorations of the beautiful island of Maui. The Hawaiian language is ancient, beautiful, and unique. Let’s take a look at the history of it, and how it is experiencing a revitalization.

History of the Hawaiian Language

Captain Cook recorded the Hawaiian language in 1778. He and his companions noted the similarities of the language to Maori and Tahitian – they even used Tahitian words and gestures to communicate with Hawiians. Despite its similarities to other languages, Hawaiian is unique and exceptionally beautiful. The use of many vowels results in a lilting cadence that is simple and beautiful. Today, there are only a thousand native speakers left in Hawaii, while over 8,000 can understand speak it. A renewed respect for the language has taken root in the past 50 years, with Hawaiian being made the official language in 1978. Since that time, Hawaiian has been taught as a second language in schools all throughout the area. The true Hawaiian language has been given a new life, and is being preserved for future generations. Here are a few Hawaiian expressions like Maui no ka oi to learn during your stay!

Aloha and More

We all know that “aloha” is the way to say hello when you’re in Hawaii. But, there are other variations of this well-known phrase. There are also phrases for saying goodbye. Here are a few of our favorite Hawaiian phrases:

Leaf-IconAloha kakahiaka – Good morning

Leaf-IconAloha ke akua – God is love

Leaf-IconE komo mai – Come in, welcome

Leaf-IconAloha nui loa – Much love, fondest regards

Leaf-IconKomo mai e noho – Come in, sit, rest

Leaf-IconA hui hou – Goodbye, until we meet again

Leaf-IconMalama pono – Take care, be right

Leaf-IconKe Akua pu a hui hou – God bless you and see you later

Leaf-IconE pili mau na pomaika’I ia ‘oe – May blessings ever be with you

Leaf-IconKa makani ‘olu ‘olu – Refreshing, perfect wind

Leaf-IconMai ‘ai – Come and eat

Experience the Best Island at Kaanapali Alii

When you visit Maui, you’ll agree with the locals – that it is the best. And, when you choose Kaanapali Alii as your accommodations, you’ll have access to the best that Maui has to offer. Our luxury condos have four more times space than a standard hotel room, which means you’ll have a home away from home. We know you’ll thoroughly enjoy your stay – give us a call to learn more about booing your stay.

E pili mau na pomaika`i ia `oe (May blessings ever be with you)

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An Oasis of Calm on Action Packed Kaanapali Beach

Of course Kaanapali Alii offers guests the best location on action-packed Kaanapali Beach.  But this luxury condo resort also offers a precious oasis of calm amidst all the available activities.

First the non-stop action: learn the popular sport of standup paddle boarding, rent some boogie boards, or book a sunset catamaran cruise. All these experiences are available along this beautiful stretch of golden sand right out in front of Kaanapali Alii.

KA Beach Boogie Boards family

Equally appealing though is Kaanapali Alii as an oasis of calm. In the beautiful garden courtyard it’s easy to enjoy peace and quiet. We invite you to “slow down and smell the plumeria!” Couples enjoy private time poolside, in the shade pavilion, or under the palapas.

KA Palapas

 

 

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Enjoy the Kaanapali Beachwalk During Your Stay in Maui

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you’ll have easy access to the beautiful Kaanapali Beachwalk. Not only can you enjoy all the beauty that nature has to offer, you can stop along the way for a drink or a bite to eat, making it the perfect way to spend an evening in Maui.

Enjoy the Kaanapali Beachwalk

Walking the Kaanapali Beachwalk gives you the opportunity to see the area around your condo. You can spot people taking surf lessons, try parasailing, swim, and build sandcastles along the way. If you get hungry, you can stop at Whaler’s Village, and find snacks to enjoy along your walk. Pick up an ice cream cone, stop for lunch, or grab a drink to enjoy on the beach. Use your stroll as an opportunity to scout for a restaurant to try in the evening. Many visitors have reported seeing more whales during their walk along the beach than they do on an official whale watching cruises. Here is a great video of one visitor’s visit to the beachwalk:

Along the Kaanapali Beachwalk, March 2015 from Thomas Wilcox on Vimeo.

Benefits of Staying at Kaanapali Alii

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you’ll be able to enjoy many benefits. One of the best is that you won’t have to find parking to walk along the Kaanapali beachwalk. Instead, you can access it only a short distance from your condo. Located towards the top of the beach walk, a walk in either direction offers beautiful sights. Walk North, and you will find yourself at Black Rock, famous for snorkeling. Here, you can spot the adventurous jumping off the top of the rock, into the ocean below. Walk South, and you’ll head towards Hanakao’o Beach Park. After your walk along the beach, you can go back to your condo and find a spot on the beach to relax the rest of the day: We provide complimentary beach towels and chairs, and you can rent a cabana to stay out of the sun. Staying at Kaanapali Alii allows you to enjoy the beach without worrying about parking, and offers easy access to the Kaanapali Beachwalk.

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Kids Play Free on Kaanapali Kai Golf Course

Golfing for families is easy for guests of Kaanapali Alii. Now through August 31, 2016, one junior aged 7-17 can play free on the Kaanapali Kai Golf Course with each paying adult.

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Golfers love to share their favorite vacation activity and it’s so easy at Kaanapali Resort. Juniors can also play the Royal Course all day long for a special rate of $49 (regularly $75). Kaanapali’s popular keiki tees measure a junior-friendly 2,459 yards and play to a par 71.

Kaanapali Golf View

In addition to being located so close to the Kaanapali Golf Courses, the luxury condos of Kaanapali Alii are popular for multi-generational family vacations.  Spacious two bedroom condos can sleep up to six with lots of room to settle in and feel at home.

Grandparents love to take their grandkids out on the course during this Summer Junior Golf promotion. And just as often the whole family gathers for friendly competition. It’s for fun and learning together on the beautiful Kaanapali golf courses.

 

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Kaanapali – Where the world comes to play and relax

Kaanapali Beach is known as the place where the world comes to play! And Kaanapali Alii is in the middle of all the action on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach. All the Maui activities that you can imagine are available along the beachfront boardwalk right out front.  Stand up paddle boarding, surfing, snorkeling and just playing with your kids by the shore.

Kaanapali Beach

Yet guests return again and again because these condos offer a unique oasis of calm.  There’s a welcome change of pace as soon as you step off the boardwalk into the peaceful pool garden of Kaanapali Alii. Our beach and pool staff are always close by to assist you with lounge chairs. The fragrant plumeria trees and tropical flowering plants add to the magic of a long lazy Maui day in this relaxing oasis.

KA Palapas

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Golfing in Maui Steps Away from Your Kaanapali Alii Condo

Golfing in Maui is truly unique: When you’re surrounded by panoramic views of the West Maui Mountains, lush Hawaiian botanics, and breathtaking ocean views, it’s difficult to find a better golf game in the world. And, when you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you are just steps away from the championship Kaanapali Golf Courses. If you’re a golfer, you’ll love golfing in Maui at these exceptional courses.

Kaanapali Golf Courses

The Kaanapali Golf Courses are located just across the street from your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii. The 36 championship holes offer a breathtaking view of the area.

  • The par 71 Kaanapali Tournament Course (the North Course) is 6700 yards. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this course has been home to the Champions Tour, World Cup, Women’s Kemper Open, and the Champions Tour Skins game.
  • The South Course, Kaanapali Kai, was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, and is a better option for less skilled golfers. At 6,400 yards, this part 70 course is beautiful and provides excellent views as well.

If you are a golfer, staying at a Kaanapali Alii condo will give you the best access to some of the best golfing in Maui.

Other Golf Courses in Maui

If you wish to explore additional golf courses in Maui, there are many to choose from int eh area. Here is a brief overview of each option:

  • Kapalua Golf Courses: Located around 10 miles fom Lahaina Town, Kapalua Resort is home to a course that hosted the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
  • The Dunes at Maui Lani: If you dream of plaing a Scottish links course, The Dunes at Maui Lani provide the closest you can get. Massive sand dunes are scattered through this fantastic course, which begins on an old Maui plantation.
  • Kahili Golf Course: Located on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, Kahili Golf Course offers fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and the highest point on Maui – Haleakala. This unique course is great for a unique golfing experience!
  • King Kamehameha Golf Club: The King Kamehameha is named after the most beloved king in Hawaiian history. This private club can be enjoyed for a day through the club’s special packages.
  • Wailea Golf Club: Wailea Golf Club is renowned for its great weather, and has been rated as one of the best courses in the country by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. You get ocean views at every hole at this course!

Stay at Kaanapali Alii: Enjoy the Best Golfing in Maui at Your Doorstep

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you can enjoy some of the best golfing in Maui, just steps away from your accommodations. The award-winning championship courses at Kaanapali Alii offer breathtaking views on a challenging course. And, with other golf courses within an easy drive, Kaanapali Alii is the best choice for the avid golfer visiting Maui.

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