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?


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


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.


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.


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.

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


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.


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


The Best Maui Restaurants

Staying at Kaanapali Alii is comfort and luxury rolled into one; a beautiful resort with first-class amenities. And Hawaii is a pristine tropical setting – but what are the best Maui restaurants near the resort? Where can you enjoy freshly-caught in-season seafood and the produce and fruit that Hawaii is known for? We have highlighted some of the top restaurants in Lahaina:

The owners of Leilani’s, Kimo’s, and the Hula Grill celebrate traditional Hawaiian culture with dishes that are made with locally-sourced ingredients and fish that is only caught during particular seasons. Each restaurant’s menu is uniquely designed to showcase fresh seafood like Ahi, Clams, Lobster and Scallops; Farm to Table Greens and the famous Maui Onion. Leilani’s has won multiple years as OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Most Booked Restaurant; Kimo’s been awarded OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Best Overall and several other accolades for 2015; the Hula Grill was named OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Best Hotspot and all have earned the distinction of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

Lahaina Grill is not only one of the best restaurants in Maui but were recently lauded as one of the top 25 restaurants in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. They excel at New American cuisine prepared with Asian, European and Hawaiian influences. For 25 years, the Lahaina Grill has been serving innovative dishes, all seamlessly combined with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui’s local farms and dairies. The Lahaina Grill offers an exclusive experience with their Chef’s Table, a semi-private room where you can create a customized 5- or 7- course menu for your party.

Roy’s motto is Internationally Influenced and Hawaiian Inspired. The menu is dynamic – though many favorites continue to be available – specialty and seasonal dishes are introduced that highlight the talent and creativity of the executive chef and sous chefs. The appetizers, seafood and mixed plates use the highest quality ingredients that coax out exceptional flavor; the dining experience and exquisite plating completes the perfect evening of dining.

Best Maui Restaurants Roys Kaanapali

Longhi’s cuisine has a decidedly Italian influence with a menu full of mouth-watering pasta dishes, and succulent beef, veal, chicken and seafood made with a multitude of preparations. This family-run restaurant has been praised by the culinary industry and celebrities a like for its outstanding food, service and atmosphere.

Pacific’o differs from most of the other restaurants in the area because it has its own farm that supplies it with the freshest, in-season produce. Their dinner menu offers local and regional favorites but to sample the most popular dishes served at Pacific’o opt for the Seasonal Menu. This six course meal is served over two hours to allow you to enjoy the refined cuisine with a leisurely dining experience. You can choose to include wine pairings with your meal to elevate your evening to the next level.

The Aloha Mixed Plate is the ideal restaurant to taste the multicultural foods of the Island. Mixed plates became popular with plantation workers who would gather together and share the dishes of their heritage – Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Koreans and Hawaiian. The traditional mixed plate is served with a scoop of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. Some of the main dishes include Lau Lau, Kahlua Pork, Teriyaki Beef or Lomi Lomi.

Mala Ocean Tavern is a laid-back bar and restaurant that sits on the edge of the ocean. The atmosphere is sophisticated and the small plates and entrees the perfect union of Asian and Hawaiian preparations. Enjoy dining outside or partake at the beautiful bar. The cuisine focuses on whole grains, organic and no preservatives.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar is one of the premier dining choices for seafood and sushi on Maui. The offer the standard sushi and Japanese dishes but have unique menu items like Ahi Tataki salad with Maui Onions, Paia Maki roll featuring local produce and the Seared Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi for the more adventurous epicure. They also have special late night and gluten free menus.


Kaanapali – Paradise Beach and Historic Resort Community

Kaanapali is an area of Maui on the western coast that encompasses more than six square miles, 3 of which are uninterrupted, white sand beaches. Named as one of the  Top 25 Beaches in America by Trip Advisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards, Kaanapali Beach is the ideal getaway.

Kaanapali was Hawaii’s first master-planned resort community, with development started in the 1960’s it became a model for developing inclusive resort communities around the world. Kaanapali was once a tropical retreat for Maui’s royalty. The stunning sunsets, calm waves and pristine beaches beckoned to the ancient rulers. Pu‘u Keka‘a, now called Black Rock, was a cliff made infamous by Chief Kahekili. The Hawaiian people believed that this sacred point was where deceased souls left the physical world and entered the spiritual world. The Chief would intimidate his rivals by diving into the waters below to prove his courage and skill. Today the rite is honored every evening at sundown when a cliff diver jumps into the ocean below.

The present day Kaanapali is a thriving vacation destination with luxurious resorts, exceptional restaurants and myriad ocean excursions. Some of the best restaurants in the U.S. can be found on the Island; with seafood caught fresh year round, it’s no wonder. Maui is a diverse culture, with a close bond to the land. The cuisine prepared by the local chefs is both modern and sustainable, using organic, indigenous ingredients but in a new, imaginative way.
Maui and Kaanapali offer endless water activities and adventures – fishing, snorkeling, surfing and whale watching just to name a few. Black Rock is by far the best spot for snorkeling, the calm waters protected by the peninsula makes for perfect conditions to view fish, turtles and other marine life. There is plenty to do for land-lovers too – zip lining, hiking, exploring volcanoes, or shopping. If golf is your thing, you are in luck, because Kaanapali has two championship golf courses – the Royal Kaanapali and Kaanapali Kai.

Maui is an Island this is laid-back and welcoming; Kaanapali Beach stands out not only for its beauty but the energy and activity it imbues. The west coast of the Island brings the happy medium of serenity and liveliness. Whatever you are looking for in your holiday – Kaanapali will deliver.


Whale Festival in Maui

Breathtaking as they breach the surface of the glistening waters off the Maui coastline. Through winter and spring, the majestic humpback whale migrates from their northern home in Alaska to mate, calve and nurse their young. During whale season, guests can witness this magnificent mammal in its natural habitat; more than 12,000 whales migrate to Hawaii every year. The Maui Whale Festival, celebrating its 35th year, is held to honor the fascinating humpback whale as well as raise awareness to the challenges they face. The event is free to the public.

Days of Festivities

The festival’s activities start on Friday evening with “Whales under the Stars” held at Kalama Park. Pacific Whale Foundation’s Founder and Executive Director, Greg Kaufman will lead an interactive presentation that includes stories and insights from his more than 35 years in the field of preservation and ecotourism. Though the event is free, there is limited seating. You can make a reservation or bring your own lawn chair and blanket.

Parade of Whales

Saturday morning begins the festival with the Parade of Whales. At 9am the parade will follow South Kihei Road to Kalahama Park. Comprised of delightful characters and floats, the Parade will also play host to local celebrities and politicians with a surprise Grand Marshall. The parade is announced by local DJs from KPOA and prizes are awarded to participants in several categories.

Whale Day at the Park

This year’s festival will take place at Kalahama Park in Kihei. The day will be filled with live music, traditional performances, a dance party, food booths, local artisans, information kiosks of non-profits looking to protect Maui’s marine life and habitat as well as a carnival for the kiddies. You can also enter the Wild & Wonderful Whale Regatta – a fast-paced race of rubber whales, vying for the finish line.

Pacific Whale Foundation

World Whale Day and the Maui Whale Festival is presented by the Pacific Whale Foundation. The non-profit was founded in 1980 to advocate for whales and other marine life through research, education and awareness. The organization is international and continues its global efforts to protect the ocean wildlife and their natural habitat.

Stay and Play

When planning your trip to attend the festival, discover the best in Maui Vacation Rentals at Kaanapali Alii near Lahaina. The resort boasts accommodations that are nearly 4 times as large as a standard hotel room, a tropical pool and activity center, steps away from Kaanapali Beach and amenities that make your vacation a paradise retreat.


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