Travel Tip From Your Friends at Kaanapali Alii

We found this article on CNN recently and really liked the travel tips Jessica Ravitz has collected from master jet-setters, airport workers and flight attendants.  The first tip, Book your flights wisely, states  “It’s easier to travel on weekdays or the actual holiday.  Changing tickets is simpler, too, if you booked through the airline.  If there are multiple flights to your destination, try to book the earliest one.  In case of cancellations or delays, you’ll be better positioned to hop on the next.”  Since you may be traveling this holiday season we thought we would share this article with you to help make your travel easier.  Click here to read the full article.  Happy Holidays!


Ocean Discovery Camp for Kids

Pacific Whale Foundation is offering an Ocean Discovery Camp for children entering grades Kindergarten to 5 years old on December 20-31, 2010, March 14-18, 2011, and May 31, 2011.  Campers will enjoy a variety of activities that support a weekly theme including  sports, field trips, arts and crafts, hands-on science investigations and labs, guest speakers and more.  Kids receive quality guidance with a staff to camper ratio of 1:10 or better.  Science projects, creative crafts, field trips and ocean sports make this an educational and fun experience!  If you pre-register before 11/30/10 it is $67 per child after 11/30/10 $72 per child.  You can book the same day for $77 per child.
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Discovery CampEach week’s theme is different so the activities vary to provide a dynamic camp experience for repeat campers.

The upcoming sessions:
December 20-22 and 29-31,2010
Week 1:  Magnificent Marine Mammals

  • Monday – Whalewatch aboard a Pacific Whale Foundation vessel
  • Tuesday – Surfing Lessons at Kalama Park
  • Wednesday – Whalewatch aboard a Pacific Whale Foundation vessel

Week 2:  Incredible Invertebrates

  • Wednesday – Tidepool Exploration and Maui Ocean Center
  • Thursday – Windsurfing Lessons at Kanaha Beach Park
  • Friday – Snorkel aboard a Pacific Whale Foundation vessel

March 14-18, 2011
Daily Themes:

  • Monday –  Masters of Camouflage
  • Tuesday –  Surgeonfish
  • Wednesday –  Wonderful Wrasses
  • Thursday –  Butterflyfish
  • Friday –  Toxic Wonders

For more information on this and other exciting activities contact our activities specialist at (808) 661-3475.


Guest Review From Expedia

Visitors from Los Angeles and Seattle

“wonderful family gathering place”

Ground floor garden apartment for family with children was perfect for our needs.  Housekeeping adapted our schedule, pools were warm, towels plentiful, barbecue equipment available for evening meals (and well used by all), whales jumping every evening, good beach for swimming and sandcastles with the walkway for excursions for small shopping or ice cream purchases are very convenient.  It has been years since we stayed here and nothing has changed included the well landscaped property and very friendly staff.

Traveler’s tip

great place for grandparents to enjoy grandchildren and give some time off to parents.


Travel Tip From Your Friends At Kaanapali Alii

Since your luxury condo vacation rental comes with a fully equipped kitchen, you might want to stop at Costco (5 minutes from airport) and stock up on your favorite foods and snacks.  This is a must-do if you have a group but helpful even for small families.   Click here for map and directions from the airport to Costco.

Another popular stop and one that is a new addition to Maui is Whole Foods, about 10 minutes from the airport.  Click here for map and directions from the airport to Whole Foods.  You will also find grocery stores in Lahaina close to Kaanapali Alii.  Wherever you shop, look for meats and veggies ready-to-grill on our oceanfront BBQs.


Pit Fired Ham Glazed With Pineapple & Mango Maple Syrup

With the holidays right around the corner, we thought we would share this simple recipe for Pit Fired Ham Glazed with Pineapple and Mango Maple Syrup from courtesy of Chef Jill Davie.  It’s easy to bring Hawaiian flavors to your table with a fully equipped kitchen in your luxury vacation condo rental!  Bon Appetit!


  • 2 cups store bought mango sauce or 2 mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup maple syrup, light or dark
  • 1 4 ounce can pineapple chunks
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pineapple rings, juice reserved
  • 13 to 15 pound ham, bone-in
  • Toothpicks, as needed


Preheat a barbecue, charcoal pit, or oven to 350 degrees F.  In a small saucepan, add the mango sauce or mangoes.  Stir in the maple syrup, pineapple chunks and pineapple juice and bring to a simmer.  Continue to simmer for 8 minutes and then remove from the heat.  Working with a sharp knife, score the ham on the bias, fat side up, by drawing the knife from 1 side of the ham to the other.  Be sure and make the incisions deep enough (about 1/2-inch) so that the glaze can reach the meat underneath the layer of fat.  Continue scoring the top of the ham in the other direction to form a criss-cross pattern over the top.  Using the toothpicks, attach the pineapple rings to the top and sides of the ham.  With a pastry brush or a large spoon, liberally apply a layer of the glaze.  Place the ham in the oven or a barbecue pit and cook, frequently applying coats of the glaze about every 20 minutes.  Allow 20 to 25 minutes per pound of ham in a barbecue pit and 10 to 15 in a 350 degree F oven.  Slice and serve.


Don’t Miss Sunrise At Haleakala

Wake up before dawn and drive up to Maui’s Haleakala Crater to see a sunrise you’ll never forget.  Drive from sea level to 10,000 feet in just 37 miles on your way to Maui’s highest peak.

Drive yourself or join a tour and leave the driving to the professionals!  You may have made the sunrise trip to Haleakala once but watch this Hawaiian cultural video and you’ll definitely want to see it again!  For sunrise times click here.  For information on a professional tour call our activities specialist at 808-661-3475.


Guest Reveiw From Expedia

Visitor from Kennewick, Washington

“The best vacation EVER!”

The best vacation we have ever had.  There was nothing that could be said negatively about the Ka’annapali Alii.  The people, the beach, the pools, the condo, all wonderful.  I highly recommend the Ka’annapali Alii to anyone who wants a stress-free vacation.


Travel Tip from Your Friends At Kaanapali Alii

How to keep your houseplants watered while on vacation, by Jill Leviticus, Demand Media, USA Today.

We’re tried those beautiful round glass watering globes but not always with success.   This story has a number of creative alternatives but we like the simplicity of #2:   Make a few holes in the bottom of an empty plastic bottle with a nail and place the bottle on top of the soil in a pot.   When the bottle is filled with water, the water will slowly drip into the soil.   Vary the size of the bottle used depending on the size of the pots.   To read the full story click here.


Guest Review From Expedia

Visitor from California

Affordable paradise

We absolutely loved our stay at the Kaanapali Alii and can’t imagine staying anywhere else on Maui in the future.  The condo was huge — plenty big for our family of four, including two teenagers — and about the same price you’d pay for a one-room hotel room in a nearby hotel.  We felt like we were living in a home, not a hotel/condo.  The staff and facilities were great, too.  We can’t wait to go back again!