Whale Watching starts at the Kaanapalii Alii

From November through May, whale-watching becomes one of the most popular activities on Maui. During the season, all outfitters offer whale-watching in addition to their regular activities, and most do an excellent job. Boats leave the wharves at Lahaina and Maalaea in search of humpbacks, allowing you to enjoy the awe-inspiring size of these creatures in closer proximity.

As it’s almost impossible not to see whales in winter on Maui, you’ll want to prioritize: is adventure or comfort your aim? If close encounters with the giants of the deep are your desire, pick a smaller boat that promises sightings. Those who think “green” usually prefer the smaller, quieter vessels that produce the least amount of negative impact to the whales’ natural environment. If an impromptu marine-biology lesson sounds fun, go with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Two-hour forays into the whales’ world are around $30. For those wanting to sip mai tais as whales cruise calmly by, stick with a sunset cruise on a boat with an open bar and pupu ($40 and up). Afternoon trips are generally rougher because the wind picks up, but some say this is when the most surface action occurs.

Every captain aims to please during whale season, getting as close as legally possible (100 yards). Crew members know when a whale is about to dive (after several waves of its heart-shape tail) but rarely can predict breaches (when the whale hurls itself up and almost entirely out of the water). Prime-viewing space (on the upper and lower decks, around the railings) is limited, so boats can feel crowded even when half full. If you don’t want to squeeze in beside strangers, opt for a smaller boat with fewer bookings. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, light long sleeves, and a hat you can secure. Winter weather is less predictable and at times can be extreme, especially as the wind picks up. Arrive early to find parking.

The Kaanapali Alii provides quick access to whale watching tours, or you can simply relax on our beachfront lawn to take in the action.

This post is courtesy of Fodor’s Travel News

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Maui onion & sesame seed crusted seared ahi

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serves 4

seared-ahi

INGREDIENTS (Ahi)
4 x 6 oz. Premium Ahi tuna steaks “sashimi grade”, filleted, fully trimmed and cut like a “center cut” filet steak, about 2” thick.
12 oz. Maui Onions, sliced thin, then dehydrated and crushed
16 oz. Maui Onions sliced & caramelized (see below)
3 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Sesame seeds, not toasted
Salt and pepper

METHOD
For caramelized onions, over medium high heat, cook sliced onions with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy bottom braiser or sauce pan, constantly stirring until onions caramelize, then set aside.

For Ahi, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Roll Ahi filet in dehydrated crushed onions and sesame seeds. Sear on all sides until browned, rare to medium rare temperature preferred.

INGREDIENTS (Vanilla Bean Jasmine Rice)
1 tbsp. Shallots, finely chopped
1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1 cup Premium Jasmine Rice
2 cups Clam or Fish Broth
1 each Tahitian Vanilla Bean, split

METHOD
Cook rice over medium heat with vanilla bean, shallots, butter and clam broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff.

INGREDIENTS (Apple Cider-Soy Butter Vinaigrette)
2 cups Filtered Apple Juice
2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup White Balsamic Vinegar
4 oz. Soy Margarine, chilled and cubed
2 oz. Unsalted Butter, chilled and cubed
1 oz Chives, finely chopped

METHOD
Mix the vinegar and cider in a sauce pan over medium heat. Reduce to ½ cup. Just before serving, add cold butter and margarine in small quantities while mixing over medium heat. Place in a blender and pulse for just a second or two. Season to taste.

PLATING
Serve on a large plate, arrange the vanilla jasmine rice in the center, top with the seared Ahi and a tablespoon of caramelized onions. Drizzle sauce over and around fish and garnish with chopped chives. Serve with freshly steamed vegetables of your choice. Organic baby carrots and roasted baby beets are our preferred choices.

This recipe is provided by the Lahaina Grill, a landmark restaurant located in the heart of Historic Lahaina, Maui. The Lahaina Grill is just minutes away from Kaanapali Beach and all of the wonders of Maui.

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Easter at Kaanapali Alii

Kaanapali Alii hosted their 20th annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The Alii staff spread out over 4,300 eggs across the oceanfront lawn creating a sea of yellow, blue and pink that was a sight to behold.  As the time neared 8:30am a deep voice called ready, set, go and with that egg hungry children of all ages raced to secure their bounty.  The Alii did a very nice job creating separate sections for different age groups so that no child misses out or is pushed aside and that was perfect for our family as I have two daughters, Samantha who is 2 and Lucy is 5.  Both my girls had a wonderful time and it was terrific for my wife and myself to see their eyes light up as they displayed their eggs proudly.  I can’t say enough about the memory that my girls will carry with them of their time collecting eggs and celebrating Easter on the lawn of this one of a kind luxury condominium in Maui, it truly provided a unique Hawaii Easter experience for all of us.

Easter at Kaanapali Alii

Easter at Kaanapali Alii

Easter at Kaanapali Alii

Easter at Kaanapali Alii

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