Escape the Gray: Watch the Sunsets of Lahaina in Maui

Winter is cold and gray for most people in the world. Currently, the east is recovering from the “ridiculously snowy” blizzard of ’16 –  a storm that buried people in New York in over 26 inches of snow, and the unsuspecting people of Georgia with 6 inches of snow. Did your car, home, and town get blanketed in snow and ice? Thankfully, there’s a way to escape the bleak winter you are currently experiencing: Book a flight to Maui, and stay at Kaanapali Alii.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll enjoy:

 – Watch Wildlife

Kaanapali Alii is situated right on the beach. This offers you easy access to the ocean, and all the wildlife it contains. The sea is simply teeming with a rainbow assortment of fish, colorful coral, and curious turtles. One of the best ways to enjoy the sights is to rent a paddleboard, so you can paddle slowly over the beauty below.

 – Watch the Sunsets

Maui is known for its sunsets. The perfect end to a warm, sun-soaked day on the beach is to walk along the shoreline, weaving in and out of the surf, and watch the sun sink below the surface of the ocean. The orange, red, yellow, and purple shades that paint the sky are the perfect end to a perfect day in Maui!

 – Watch the Whales

In Maui, you can catch a glimpse of the whales as they migrate. They often cruise through the waters around Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and Molokai. Watching from the shore is a treat, or you can take a charter or a tour to get up close to see these majestic animals in their own environment.

Winter Warmth Sale for Beachfront Condos in Maui

If lounging on the beach and reading a book, dipping into the emerald-green ocean for a swim, or whale-watching before catching a Maui sunset sounds like a great break from the winter blues and grays, book your stay at a beachfront condo at Kaanapali Alii. Our luxurious condos start at only $399 a night. Book your stay and escape today!

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Winter Warmth Rates: Leave the Snow Behind-Fly to Maui!

Are you sick of the winter chill? Tired of shoveling snow? You’re in luck: Kaanapali Alii is offering fantastic rates from only $399 a night through our “Maui Winter Warmth Rates” so you can escape the freezing weather! It’s time to trade your snow shovel with a floppy hat, your umbrella with whale watching, and your wool socks with a swimsuit, flip-flops, and sunglasses!

Use Maui’s Sun to Melt the Winter Chill Away!

It’s Time to Renew and Re-Energize

Winter is tough. Between the cold temperatures, grey skies, and the feeling that it will last forever, it can be tough to keep your spirits up during the winter and spring. If you’re feeling blue, it’s time to close our eyes and dream about your Maui Warmth Vacation at Kaanapali Alii. If you’re feeling the need for renewal and re-energizing, travelling to Maui is just what you need. Here are a couple ways you can relax in Maui:

 – Seawater Purification Renewal

In the stillness before the dawn on Easter Sunday on March 27, guests will gather on the beach for a sea water purification ritual called “Hiuwai.” This renewing event is led by our Hawaiian cultural specialist, Fred Torres. During the ritual, you will wade silently into the tranquil sea while releasing grief, stress, or problems. This event is also held before dawn on each New Year’s Day.

 – Stress Relief in the Beauty of Maui

Maui is one of the best places on earth to unwind, de-stress, and relax from your busy life. Take relaxing strolls on the beach, spend the afternoon whale watching, snorkeling with tropical fish, or simply reading a good book, and finish off each perfect day taking in the magnificent sunsets of Maui. Maui is home to many natural sources of renewal that will re-energize your life during these long winter months.

Book Today: There are No Hidden Resort Fees

When you book at Kaanapali Alii and Classic Resorts, you are reserving your accommodations with the official property management company. This means a couple of things: First, there aren’t any hidden resort fees, and second, you’ll receive property services such as maintenance and daily housekeeping. In our spacious condos, you’ll have room to relax and enjoy everything Maui has to offer!

To book, visit www.kaanapalialii.com or call (866) 990-9280 and book your stay today!

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Whale Watching in Lahaina Town from Ka’anapali Beach

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

There are certain things words simply cannot describe. Whale watching is one of those experiences. How can you capture the sight of enormous creature in its natural habitat in mere words? There something exquisitely beautiful about seeing an enormous sea creature move slowly around in the limitless blue sea. As words cannot describe it adequately, we hope you’ll enjoy this video as much as we do:

Where to Watch Whales in Lahaina Town, Maui

Maui offers excellent whale watching. In fact, in many places you can see whales from the shore. If you’re excited to simply see the magnificent creatures from a distance, this is an excellent option. The beaches of Ka’anapali are a fantastic place to camp out and keep your eyes peeled for whales! The best season for whale watching is from November through May. Here are a few things we suggest you bring along when you watch whales on Ka’anapali Beach:

  • Camera: While you likely won’t capture the magnificence of whales using your camera (unless you’re a nature photographer), it’s fun to capture the memories!
  • Binoculars: It’s fun to be able to get a better glimpse of the whales from your perch on the beach.
  • Focus: One of the best things about whale watching is that it offers you a glimpse into nature. Really focus – look at the texture and color of the skin, and how it moves in the water. You’ll likely find whale watching a very relaxing experience!

Whale Watching Tours in Lahaina

If you want to get a more up-close and personal experience of whales, going on a whale-watching tour may be a good choice. There are countless places to choose from! Spend some time researching different companies, and deciding what time of experience you are looking for. A good place to start is by reading reviews of whale watching in Lahaina on TripAdvisor and other review sites. Look for companies that are highly rated!

Need a Place to Stay? Kaanapali
Alii Resort is the Best Choice

If you’re looking for accommodations near Lahaina Town, Maui, Kaanapali Alii Resort is an excellent choice. When you stay in one of our condos, you’ll have much more space than a hotel room (our condos are 1,500 to 1,900 square feet). And, you’ll be minutes away from the whale watching and other activities that Ka’anapali Beach and Lahaina Town provide. You’ll have access to our private, lighted tennis courts, as well as unlimited and complimentary use of our new fitness center and yoga studio. Kaanapali Alii resort will be your home away from home in Maui!

Book your trip to Kaanapali Alii now!

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Why Kaanapali Alli is the Ideal Luxury Oceanfront Condos in Maui

November marks the tourist season in Hawaii; as the Mainland states get colder, Maui resorts fill to capacity. The weather is only one reason that makes Maui one of the top winter escapes, the extraordinary Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina’s history and culture and the world’s best whale watching also create an unforgettable Hawaiian vacation.

Kaanapali Beach has been named one of the best beaches in America numerous times. White sand beach, crystal waters, and adventure and water activities for adults, children, families and groups. Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina are the most popular destinations for visitors to Maui. Whether your perfect vacation is filled with action, parasailing, snorkeling and surfing or you prefer to lounge on the beach or by the pool with a tropical adult beverage – Kaanapali Beach will not disappoint. Located on the Kaanapali Beachwalk, Kaanapali Alii features oceanfront or Mountain View 1- and 2-bedroom condos. Steps from the water, the resort also has a fitness center, yoga studio, outdoor pool, children’s wading pool and whirl pool as well as an onsite boutique spa.

Whale Watching season begins in November and lasts throughout winter until mid-April. More than 10,000 humpback whales make their way from the icy Alaska waters to Hawaii’s thermal sanctuary. The shallow, calm channel between Maui, Lanai and Moloka’I are a favorite spot for the majestic mammals. Watch whales breaching and lobtailing from the private lanai of your luxury oceanfront condo as Maui’s famous sunsets frame this remarkable sight.  Book your whale watching tour to experience these beautiful ocean creatures play and care for their young calves. Many cruises include snorkeling, specialty voyages and dinner and drinks. Guided tours will educate you to the history, behaviors and migration of the humpback whale as well as the conservation taking place to preserve marine life and their habitat.

Kaanapali Alii is a short walk to Whalers Village, an open-air mall that encompasses more than 90 fine stores and restaurants, outdoor stage with live entertainment and the Whalers Village Museum. If you are seeking some retail therapy or want to nosh on fresh seafood and sashimi, participate in traditional Hawaiian activities or learn the Maui history of the whaling industry you will find it at Whalers Village. Front Street in Lahaina is a few minutes away by car and is the heart of art galleries, local events and various restaurants. Another nearby attraction to Kaanapali Alii is the Kaanapali Golf Course, the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed Royal North Course and Arthur Jack Snyder Kaanapali Kai South Course, offering 36 championship holes. Hawaii Golf is definitely on the bucket list for most golfers.

Kaanapali Alii has the location for their guests to enjoy the award winning beach, a multitude of outdoor activities, amazing whale watching and chef-inspired cuisine. The resort’s amenities and service have earned Kaanapali Alii 5-star reviews but what about the accommodations? The luxurious spacious condominiums are between 1,500 and 1,900 square feet. Each of the condos have separate living, dining and sleeping areas, fully-equipped gourmet kitchens and spa-like bathrooms. You will enjoy central air conditioning, full-sized washer and dryer, private lanai and you will never pay a resort fee. Why stay in a standard hotel room when you could enjoy your Maui vacation in Luxury Oceanfront Condos?

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Top 15 Interesting Facts about Maui and Hawaii

Maui is considered the Best Place to Visit in the United States (1); the Island and the state of Hawaii have incredibly interesting culture, history and ecology. As you beginning your Maui vacation planning, here are 15 fun and interesting facts about the state of Hawaii and the island of Maui.

  1. Hawaiian, along with English, is the official language of the state of Hawaii.
  2. The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters: five vowels (long and short) and eight consonants, one of them being a glottal stop (called ʻokina in Hawaiian).
  3. First reported western contact with Hawaii was James Cook in 1778.
  4. Maui has been voted the “Best Island in the World” 16 times by Conde Nast Traveler  Magazine.
  5. Maui has 30 miles of white, red, and black sand beaches, 80 beaches in total and has more miles of accessible beach than any of the other Hawaiian Islands.
  6. Haleakala, Maui’s most famous volcano, is the largest dormant volcano in the world. The crater is 21 miles across and 4,000 feet deep – large enough to hold the island of Manhattan.
  7. Lahaina was the original state capital, until Honolulu took that honor in 1850.
  8. Hawaiian’s have the highest life expectancy in the U.S. at 81.3 years.
  9. The breathtakingly beautiful “Road to Hana” drive is 45 miles long, has 54 one-lane bridges and 600 hairpin turns.
  10. Hawaii is one of the Best Whale Watching Destinations Around The World , number 3 in fact.
  11. Whale Season is from mid-November to early-April.
  12. Over 12,000 Humpback Whales travel 3,500 miles from Alaska to Hawaii each year to breed, birth and nurse their calves.
  13. Hawaiians eat more than 7 million cans of Spam each year.
  14. Lahaina and Kaanapali receive less than 10 inches of rain per year; Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains gets more than 365 inches of rain every year.
  15. Hawaii has 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones on the islands combined.

For further information on Maui, read more:
Ali`i Kula Lavender – Sustainable Aloha on Maui
Maui Day Trips
Things to Do in Maui

Sources: (1) U.S. News & World Report, Wikipedia, Best Places Hawaii, Huffington Post

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Maui Luxury Condo Rentals at Kaanapali Alii

Most hotel rooms, regardless of their location usually consist of a bathroom and one room that serves as your bedroom, dining area, office and entertainment center. A small closet with a few hangers, an iron and ironing board as well as a hairdryer are now considered standard amenities. These rooms however can be claustrophobic, even when traveling solo, let alone with a group.

Kaanapali Alii located in West Maui on the famous Kaanapali Beach boasts 11 floors and more than 180 vacation condo rentals. The one and two bedroom luxury condos range from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet with garden, mountain or ocean views. A “standard” condo at Kaanapali Alii features separate living & dining area, two full baths, full sized washer and dryer and central air conditioning. Each vacation rental has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and private lanai.

Kaanapali Alii Resort provides guest services and amenities that you expect from luxury Maui accommodations. Guest services desk, concierge, sundry store and daily maid service will ensure that you have everything that you need for your vacation. Kaanapali Alii has two freshwater swimming pools with a waterfall, two whirlpool spas and a children’s pool; an open air pavilion and gas barbeques add to the outdoor entertainment.

Kaanapali Alii has an onsite athletic center and fitness classes, three outdoor tennis courts and the Alii Spa offering expert massage services including reflexology and “Pohaku” hot stone therapy. The resort is steps away from the top beach in the U.S., Kaanapali Beach, perfect for the energetic visitor. Myriad activities can be found at this popular beach including snorkeling, parasailing, surfing, scuba diving and a multitude of boat tours. June through mid-August the Alii Kids Summer Program, for kids 6-12, offers complimentary crafts and lessons for guests of the resort.

Maui has much to offer the more than 2 million guests the island hosts every year. Variant microclimates; dry and warm on the western coast, lush and tropical in Hana and the Iao Valley and the volcanic area of Haleakala, home to the 3,000 foot deep crater. The temperatures remain comfortable throughout the year – making a Maui the ideal vacation spot any time.

Kaanapali Alii, luxury Maui vacation condo rentals and resort, will exceed your expectations on your next stay. Exemplary service, comfortable spacious accommodations, best location on Maui and indulgent amenities.

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Ali`i Kula Lavender – Sustainable Aloha on Maui

For years when I had trouble sleeping, I would place some lavender under my pillow and surely drift off to a peaceful sleep. Lavender has long been associated with rejuvenation and relaxation so well as its vibrant hue. Lavender also has homeopathic properties that may aid with a multitude of issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and intestinal problems. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients in lavender are said to be effective in the treatment of minor burns and bug bites.

So it’s no surprise that the Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm has soared in popularity since Ali`i Chang planted the first herb in 2001. Raised on Oahu by his grandmother, Alii Chang grew to be an accomplished farmer, agriculturist, garden and botanical purveyor. Alii chose lavender, or as he liked to say, the lavender chose him, because the herb flourished in the drought-like conditions of Kula. The lavender plant has origins in the Mediterranean and North African regions and is not native to the Hawaiian Islands but adapted well to the Haleakala slopes.

The Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm doesn’t just grow the herb on the property but promotes a way of life that is purposeful, full of tranquility and grace, called Sustainable Aloha or the Lavender Lifestyle. The farm is committed to Aloha and sustainability through education, awareness and outreach. They offer daily walking tours with a guide that explains the background of the farm and the future objectives of Ali`i Kula. For the kids, and the young at heart, there is a Lavender Treasure Hunt that is not only a great way to discover new and exciting things about the farm but is also a great way to spend the day outdoors.

With a little advanced planning you can request a golf cart tour where you can sit back, relax and visit exclusive places on our entire 13.5 acre property. With 24-hour notice, you can make the most of the farm’s ambiance and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch tailored to your taste, which includes potato chips, a beverage and lavender-infused dessert. Throughout the year, Ali`i Kula Farms conduct craft classes that utilize the beautiful and fragrant lavender herb. Check their calendar often for special events and class details.

The Alii Kula Lavender Farm is a working farm that produces bath and body products, culinary treats, spices, beverages apparel and specialty items that all feature lavender. The items can be purchased online or at the many stores that carry their products on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and on the Mainland.

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Maui Day Trips

Maui was recently named as one of the 2015 Top 10 Islands in the World by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice. US News & World Report named Maui the Best Vacation Spot in the US. Long regarded as paradise found, Maui combines crystalline waters, soft sand beaches, volcanoes and the rainforests of Hana and the West Maui Mountains. A true outdoor lover’s utopia, Maui has water and land adventure to please everyone. Below are a few ideas for day trips to take during your Maui vacation.

West Maui Mountains

There are a few options for discovering the beauty of the West Maui Mountains. A helicopter ride gives you an aerial view to the spectacular scenery as well as areas that are only accessible by air like the Wall of Tears – a bluff with numerous waterfalls gracing the cliff face. You can drive through the forest reserve and tour the Iao Valley State Park, about a 45-minute drive from Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach. The park is home to the Iao Needle, a 1,200 foot rock outcropping, and the lush green of the rain forest.

One of the most memorable and scenic ways to enjoy the West Maui Mountains is a trip around the northern tip of the island along highway 30. Along the way you will come across some of the most majestic views in Hawaii like Kapalua and Punalau Beaches. Once you get to Nakalele Point and Blowhole, it’s time to get out and discover nature. The geyser reminds of a whale’s blowhole sometimes spouting water into the air 50 feet or more. They stunning views provide for a great photo op as well as the heart shaped hole in a rock overlooking the bay. The last stop on this picturesque day trip is Kahakuloa Bay. The views and aloha of the quaint village will be the perfect way to end your journey.

Farm and Botanic Gardens

A short drive south of Kaanapali in Upcountry Maui are a multitude of organic farms and dairies. Kula is one of the most fertile areas of Maui because of its rich, volcanic soil. One of the most popular farms to visit is O’o Farm. O’o Farm offers a tour and gourmet lunch where you will be introduced to the farm to table process and feast on a culinary creation as well as their home grown coffee. O’o Farm, Pacific’O, The Feast at Lele, and Aina Gourmet Market are all owned by the same partners. Another great activity in Kula is the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. You can stop by for a casual tour, join in on the evening chores and milking or opt for the grand tour that includes milking and feeding a goat, witness the cheese making process and a chance to sample the different goat cheeses the farm produces. They also have special BBQs that highlight their dairy products. Lastly, do not miss the chance to stop at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. A tour includes information about organic spirit making and sustainable farming and of course you will get to sample some incredible vodka.

Sources:
2015 Top 10 Islands in the World
Best Vacation Spots in the USA

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Spring and Summer Maui Festivals

As if a vacation in Maui wasn’t fun enough, the Island has festivals and fairs throughout the year that showcase indigenous foods, music and culture. On different parts of Maui, particularly Lahaina and Kaanapali, there are also free block parties and concerts in the park that entertain tourists and locals alike. The monthly Hawaiian Music Series is held in Lahaina Town on the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum the last Thursday of every month. Second Fridays takes place on Front Street and is a block party that includes local artisans and musicians as well as special offers from retailers.

One of the most well-known festivals on the Island is the Maui Onion Festival. The Maui Onion differs from other onions because of its sweet aromatic taste. Everywhere you go, from the fanciest of restaurants to the neighborhood joint, you will find dishes made with the infamous Maui Onion. Summertime in Maui, means the Maui Onion Festival; thousands of people attend and the day is filled with music, recipe contest with participating local chefs and an onion eating contest. The festival started in 1990 and is held at Whalers Village in Lahaina. This year however, the mall is undergoing renovations and the festival will be put on hold until 2016.

2015 Celebration of the Arts will run from Friday, May 8th until Sunday, May 10th. Held at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, enjoy an entire weekend of Hawaiian traditional visual art, jewelry, food, film, and lectures on sustainable Island living. Some highlights will include an exercise class based on the cross fit of a Hawaiian warrior, the Celebration luau and concert and the culmination of the festival with a Mother’s Day Brunch.

The 34th Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is a 4-day event taking place from Thursday, June 11th through Sunday, June 14th at the Kapalua Resort, 15 minutes north of Kaanapali. The festival began in 1981 as a homage to fine wine and local culinary products. This year’s program will include wine seminars and tastings for the local wine industry, Willamette Valley, women in wine, Zinfindel and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as West Coast Game Changing wines and wines made by Pro-athletes. Join celebrity chefs Charlie Palmer and Michael Mina in cooking demonstrations as they pair with noted wine makers and sommeliers for an interactive lunch experience. The festival begins with a welcome reception and commences with a Seafood Festival and also includes a Grand Tasting event.

Maui festivals are sure to please the music, art or food lover and will no doubt include an enjoyable lesson on the history of culture of the Islands. As laid back as Maui is, the Island is also vibrant and there is always something fun to do. Visit our events calendar and destination guide before your holiday to Kaanapali Alii; our onsite concierge can assist you in your vacation itinerary before and during your stay.

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E ala e! (Awaken) with Hi’uwai

We invite you to join us in experiencing a Hawaiian sea-water cleansing or also known as Hi’uwai.

Hi’uwai – to cleanse in sea water. In ancient Hawai’i, the bath between midnight and sunrise was regarded as a ceremony of purification. It was a symbol of cleansing all impurities of the past. Since salt water was regarded as the water of purification, everyone who could – went to the sea to bathe. The ritual of purification involves wading silently into the tranquil sea while releasing problems, stress or grief.

Take this opportunity to participate in this hi’uwai to promote inner and spiritual peace in oneself and create a new wellness.

Awaken your senses and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

When:            Sunday, April 5, 2015
Where:           On the beach in front of Ka’anapali Ali’i
Time:              6:00 AM – Hi’uwai will begin promptly.

What to bring:

  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Warm clothing for after cleansing
  • Open mind and heart

E ala e!

E ala e

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