Guest Review From Expedia

Visitor from Chippewa Falls, WI

Definitely would return

The Kaanapali Alii far exceeded my expectations in terms of service, location, and accommodations.  Our unit was superior compared to other friends and family who stayed in nearby five star hotels and condominium units.  It was large, well furnished, and the staff was exceptionally helpful.  I am someone who likes to try a new hotel/condominium when I return to a favorite vacation destination.  However, if I return to Kaanapali Beach, I will definitely stay at the Kaanapali Alii again!

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New Shanghai Circus Coming to The Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Always a family favorite, the New Shanghai Circus Chinese acrobatic skills have been passed on from farmers and craftsmen through generations.  Building on the traditional performances, artists of today’s New Shanghai Circus have added layers of complexity and daring with new techniques and spectacular stunts, thrilling audiences around the globe.

Shows are Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm.  Be sure to catch one of these three beautifully orchestrated shows at the Castle Theater.  Tickets are $12, $19, $25 (plus applicable fees).

For more information contact the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 808-242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.

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Star Noodle

Just when you might think you know Lahaina Town, new shops, restaurants and ocean activities are added so from time-to-time we will highlight what’s new on Maui.  Enjoy!

Here’s a casual eatery that you may not about…  Star Noodle.


Star Noodle Owner and mastermind Michael Moore along with his crew Executive Chef Craig Masuda, Chef Sheldon Simeon, and manager Nicky Boskoff explored noodle shops in New York for their inspiration.  The menu features a list of share plates ($4-$25), a list of noodle dishes ($7-$13), and sweets ($5).  With reasonable prices, an ocean view, stellar sunsets and an interesting space makes Star Noodle a must try.  Open daily for lunch 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and for dinner 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Located at 286 Kupuohi Street, at the top of Lahaina Business Park.

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Guest Review From TripAdvisor

Visitor from Edmonton, Canada

The Kaanapali Alii is simply one of the best ways to enjoy Maui.”

I along with 3 members of my family stayed at the Kaanapali Alii in August 2010 for 10 days.  We just keep coming back to the Alii!!!!  The accommodations are superlative, 1600 sq feet of total comfort, the staff absolutely great, the location is in close proximity within a 5 minute walk to the Whalers Village and the beach and scenery breath-taking.  The pool area has been re-done in a way to enhance ones stay when relaxing by the pool….you really have to try it!  From our balcony we overlooked the beach and ocean and when enjoying a glass of wine it just doesn’t get any better than that…….Alberta travelers.

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Feast At Lele Luau

The Feast At Lele is a spectacular presentation of authenticity that will take you back in time to when the royal family of Maui would feast and entertain on the beach of Lahaina.

The tour takes you through the Polynesian triangle beginning with the beautiful island home of Hawaii.  Experience the Hula dance of Hawaii, the Haka war dance of the Maori people of New Zealand, and the ancient drums of Tahiti. Your journey ends at Samoa “the cradle of Polynesia” where staccato splapping of legs and feet with rhythmic hand clapping emphasize the energetic Samoan dance. The show ends with the famed fire knife dance.

Enjoy traditional Polynesian staples such as Banana, Taro, and Sweet Potato Chips served with a Tropical Ginger and Ogo Seaweed Salsa. Your first course is Imu Roasted Kalua Pig, Pohole Ferns and Heart of Palm Salad, and Fresh Island Fish with Mango Sauce Poi.  Enjoy flavors of New Zealand with your second course of Sea Bean Duck Salad with Poha Berry Dressing, Kuku Patties (Maori fishcakes with mussles), along with Salmon and Scallops.

Daily show starts at 6:00 pm.  $110 per person and $80 per child (ages 2-12).  For more information on this and other exciting Maui activities contact our Activities Specialist at (808) 661-3475.
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Hawaiian Sweet Bread Holiday Stuffing

We found this Hawaiian Sweet Bread Holiday Stuffing on Foodnetwork.com and it had our mouths watering.  We thought we would share it with you so you too can bring island flavors to your table this holiday season.  Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

2  Loaves sweet Hawaiian bread or egg bread
1  Cup pineapple chunks, fresh, canned or dried
1  Cup cranberries, fresh, canned or dried
1  Cup chestnuts, toasted, cleaned and chopped
1  Tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1  Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1  Pound link turkey, chicken or pork sausage
1  Tablespoon canola oil
2  Medium onions, diced
5  Stalks celery, diced
5  Cloves garlic, minced
1  Cup whole milk
1  Cup chicken or vegetable stock
2  Pineapples, centers hollowed out

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Tear the bread by hand into large, bite size pieces and spread out in a single layer on a sheet pan.  Place the bread in the oven until it is dry and toasted, about 15 minutes.  Remove the bread and place into a large mixing bowl.  Mix in the pineapple chunks, cranberries, chestnuts, sage and thyme.  Set aside.  Cut the sausage into 1/4 inch rounds.  In a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add the oil and brown the sausage.  Once the sausage is browned, drain any excess fat from the pan and add the onions and celery to the sausage, allowing them to sweat, about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for another 3 minutes.  Add the sausage mixture to the bread.  Pour the milk and stock over the bread and sausage mixture, stirring to incorporate.  Fill each half of a pineapple with the stuffing mixture and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes or until the top of the stuffing has nicely browned.  Serve immediately.

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Friday Night Is Art Night In Lahaina

Every Friday night is art night in Lahaina.  Stroll through dozens of art galleries in Lahaina Town each Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for special gallery shows, featured artists-in-action, and refreshments, all free and open to the public!  Lahaina has earned its nick-name of  ‘The Art Capital of the Pacific,’ due to more art galleries per capita than any other American town.   A walking map of participating galleries is available in Lahaina Visitor Center.

For more information contact the Lahaina Visitor Center at (808) 667-9193.

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Travel Tip From Your Friends at Kaanapali Alii

We recently came across a new flight search site called hipmunk.com.   What we liked the most about this site is that it allows you to sort by “Agony”, which sorts flights taking into consideration price, duration, and number of stops and displays them in a uniquely eye friendly format.   Since there’s more to flights than just price we found this site gives a better overall picture.   For those of you who don’t live on the West Coast this is a great tool when planning your Hawaii vacation.   Click here to see your hipmunk results.

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