Kaanapali Beach is famous: The long, white sandy beach runs along the strikingly blue ocean, and a fun boardwalk where there are countless shops and restaurants to enjoy. People travel from all over the world to visit the landmark beach. But, if you’re looking for a less busy beach, where you’ll find locals instead of tourists, then you need to head to Hanakaoo Beach. This beach is more relaxed, and will offer you a glimpse of Hawaiian life.
Hanakaoo Beach (also referred to as Canoe Beach), is a place where outrigger canoes often launch (hence, the nickname). It is located just a little south past the more popular Kaanapali Beach. The beach offers great swimming for the entire family, and also has other great amenties, such as BBQ’s, showers and bathrooms, covered tables, and plenty of parking. And, if you have young children, this beach is a great choice, as it is one of only seven in Maui with lifeguards. The visibility for snorkeling can often be low, but some visitors have said they were able to see plenty of wildlife, including sea turtles. Additionally, be sure to see the ancient grinding stones: These basalt boulders are located by the lifeguard stand. They were used to shape stone tools in ancient times. A small plaque nearby explains more about the grinding stones.
Getting to Hanakaoo Beach from Kaanapali Alii
There are a couple options when it comes to getting to Hanakaoo Beach from your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii. You can either drive and park, or simply walk along Kaanapali Beach – they are connected.
Hanakaoo Beach is a wonderful beach where your whole family can relax. And, it is usually much less crowded and busy than the more popular Kaanapali Beach. Here, you can set up your umbrella, pack a lunch, and plan on spending the entire day relaxing in peace as you sit and listen to the waves.
An authentic experience of Hawaiian culture is waiting for you on Kaanapali Beach! Reserve your Kaanapali Alii condo now to be here June 2-4, 2017 for the 13th Annual Wa’a Kiakahi festival. This multi-day series of events include an opportunity to ride in an authentic Hawaiian sailing canoe!
Kā‘anapali Beach Resort will welcome some of the best watermen and women who practice ancient Hawaiian canoe sailing at the 13th annual Wa‘a Kiakahi festival, June 2-4. Events will include traditional Hawaiian ceremonies, sailing canoe rides, and educational talks about celestial navigation and water skills.
Select your condo and preferred dates now! Kaanapali Alii offers a privileged location on the best stretch of beautiful Kaanapali Beach.
And there is no more exciting time to visit than during the Wa’a Kiakahi Festival.
Kaanapali Alii Offers Complimentary Ukulele Lessons for Guests!
Learn a bit of Hawaiian culture, strum an easy song, and join in the fun! Great photo ops for social media posts. Ukulele lessons for Kaanapali Alii guests (adults only this time) are led by Fred Torres, Hawaiian Cultural Advisor and hotel manager.
Every Aloha Friday from 10-11 a.m. Limited to a small group. Ukuleles are provided and lots of personal attention will be given to beginners. Sign up at the Pool Desk and gather at the Pool Pavilion. Complimentary.
This experience of Hawaiian culture is just one of many free amenities for guests of these luxurious beachfront condo rentals.
The definition of a good vacation varies from person to person. But, regardless of your preferences, I think we all can agree that relaxing on a beach can’t be beat. And, when that beach is right out your front door? That’s just paradise. When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you have access to the best beach in Maui – and it’s a few steps from your condo. Here’s everything you need to know about what makes Kaanapali Beach so great.
The Best of Kaanapali Beach
Kaanapali Beach is famous for its white sandy beaches, great snorkeling, and beautiful views. The beach is about a mile long, running from Black Rock to Canoe Beach. There are countless ways to enjoy this beautiful place in Maui. Here are a few of our favorite activities:
- Swimming & Snorkeling: The beaches are wide, and offer easy access to the water for swimming and snorkeling. The best snorkeling is around Black Rock (which is the north end of the beach). Be careful, however, the currents can be strong.
- Cliff-Jumping: If you are more adventurous, Black Rock offers a great place for cliff diving. Or, you can simply sit on the beach and watch the more adventurous leap off the rock into the water!
- Shopping: A long concrete walkway meanders through the shops along the beach. Whaler’s Village mall is filled with great stores and fun places to window shop and pick up a few items for your friends and family back home.
- Dining: Whaler’s Village has many fantastic restaurants from which to choose. Step away from the waves for a bite to eat, or stop for drinks after strolling the beach in the evening.
The Best of Kaanapali Alii
Kaanapali Alii is the perfect resort for your Maui vacation. Not only are we located on the best beach in Maui, we offer a wide variety of amenities that will make your vacation all the more relaxing and enjoyable. Here are a few things that make Kaanapali Alii the best choice:
- Ocean Front: Why come all the way to Maui, only to stay far away from the beach? When you stay in beachfront accommodations, you’ll be able to see the ocean fro your room.
- More Spacious: Our condos are much larger than the standard hotel room: Hotels are typically 400 square feet. Our condos are 1,500 to 1,900 square feet of luxury!
- Golf: Kaanapali Golf Courses are located a short distance away – this legendary course is only steps away from your accommodations.
- Luxurious: Each of our rooms has a private lanai (so you can watch the sunset each evening). And, our resort has many luxuries, including an oceanside event area, pool-side service, a large pool, and much more.
Kaanapali Alii welcomes guests with space and savings not available in hotel rooms. You’ll settle into 4x more space than a hotel room with areas to gather and private space as well. And you can enjoy healthy snacks and easy meals by stocking your condo’s gourmet kitchen. The savings start when you can dine on your private lanai instead of having to go to a restaurant 3x/day. Our unique policy of No Resort Fee also delivers significant savings! And when you have questions or requests, our Classic Resorts’ staff including a friendly front desk, bell service, concierge, maintenance and security staff are ready to assist.
Compare that to private rentals where you don’t have the safety net of the professional staff that we provide. Put your valuable vacation time in our hands for the peace of mind you deserve.
We invite you to contact us now for the widest selection of condo categories and available dates. You’ll want to be in on the fun on Maui this Summer!
Winter is one of the best times to reserve your condo at the oceanfront Kaanapali Alii. From the beach directly out front, you’ll have the best seat in town to watch dramatic whale behaviors!
February is often the peak for whale sightings and it’s the month for many fun and educational whale-related events designed for all ages. The Pacific Whale Foundation organizes World Whale Day that goes on for weeks and includes everything from a fun run to a community fair.
One event within Kaanapali Resort is the 1st Annual World Whale Film Festival on February 11. The goal is to promote visual storytellers who are passionate about whales, dolphins and our oceans. The mission of this Film Festival is to tell powerful stories that inspire ocean and wildlife conservation around the world. The Film Festival takes place just a short stroll down the beach walk from Kaanapali Alii at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
Reserve your luxury condo at Kaanapali Alii, enjoy whale watching and save on great rates and No Resort Fee!
Let’s face it: People come to Maui for the beaches. Who doesn’t want to escape from winter’s ice and snow, and the biting chill of the wind? Unfortunately, many people fly all the way to Maui, and stay at a hotel or condo away from the beach. When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, the best beach in Maui is right out your front door. You have easy access to snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, dinner cruises, boat excursions, or simply lounging in the sun and building sandcastles. Don’t fly all the way to Maui and stay at a cramped hotel a car trip away from the reason you’re vacationing.
Easy Access to Kaanapali Beach
Kaanapali Alii Resort is located right on the beach. This is Maui’s most famous beach: 3 miles of white sand and crystal blue water. Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach, and for good reason. The sights are beautiful, and there are countless activities to enjoy, and it is located next to Whaler’s Village, where you can take a break and grab a bite to eat.
Fun in the Sun
When you step out of your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii, you only have to walk a few feet to enjoy the beach. We offer complimentary beach towels and chairs, or, you can rent a beach cabana for the whole day. If you want to get out and enjoy the water, there are countless activities to try:
- Boat Excursions
- Catamaran Cruises
- Scuba Diving
- Dinner Cruises
- Boogie Boarding
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Beach Combing
- Sand Castle Building
Kaanapali Alii Beach and Kaanapali Alii: The Perfect Vacation Spot
Staying at Kaanapali Alii is the perfect choice for families of different ages: There is something for every age and activity level all in one location. And, with Whaler’s Village close by, you don’t have to hop in the car to find dinner or do some shopping. Get away from the chill of winter, and book your trip to Maui today!
Celebrity Chef Martin Yan of “Yan Can Cook” TV fame enjoyed a luxury condo at Kaanapali Alii during the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. Of course he stopped by to say hello to the Kaanapali Alii Grill Master McNiel Magdoang.
Grill Master McNiel offers complimentary assistance to guests who bring their favorite foods to the oceanfront grills at sunset. Sharing a barbecue at Kaanapali Alii is a vacation highlight for many. Complimentary plates, cups, flatware, napkins and even aluminum foil make it so easy to barbecue. And the Maui sunset offers continuous photo ops as it sinks into the blue Pacific!
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!
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!