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New Intro to Fitness session free for guests

Get started on an enjoyable path to good health during your luxury condo vacation. Each session of Introduction to Fitness is tailored to the interests and fitness levels of the guests.

Kaanapali Alii’s Fitness Trainer Tom Ockerman draws on 23 years of experience in fitness, nutrition, anti-aging, trigger point therapy and related expertise. The state-of-the-art Fitness Center includes Matrix equipment, a yoga stretching studio, and spa treatment rooms. Expansive windows offer inspiring views of Maui’s tropical flowers & trees.

9-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Complimentary for guests of Kaanapali Alii. http://www.kaanapalialii.com

Kaanapali Alii’s Fitness Center is located across from the Front Desk on the 2nd floor of this new facility.

 

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Experience Renewal with the Cleansing Hi’uwai On New Years Day

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!

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Live Hawaiian Music and Hula Dancing During Your Stay in Maui

Hawaiian music is addicting: When you sit and enjoy live Hawaiian music accompanied by hula dancing, you’ll want to jump and join in. During your stay in Maui, we highly recommend attending a show to experience the music of Maui. You’ll hear some of the best music in the world, see some incredible traditional dancing, and we guarantee your foot will be tapping all evening. Here are a few of our favorite venues for enjoying live Hawaiian music and hula dancing during your sty at Kaanapali Alii.

Hula Grill Kaanapali

The Hula Grill, located in Whaler’s Village, has live Hawaiian music you can enjoy while grabbing a bite to eat. During the Aloha Hour (from 3-5pm), you can get discounted drinks, enjoy the view of Ka’anapali Beach, and listen to live island music and see hula dancing out on the Barefoot Bar.

Front Street Entertainment

Front Street is bustling with activity: There are many different restaurants and bars that offer live Hawaiian music while you dine. Visit places like Cheeseburger in Paradise, or Kimo’s to hear authentic music live!

Attend the Maui Ukulele Festival

The ukulele is central to Hawaiian music. To enjoy the best ukulele artist in the area, attend the Maui Ukulele Festival. It takes place on Sunday, October 2nd from 1:00-6:00pm. You can relax on the lawn and listen to the best ukulele musicians fill the air with the best Hawaiian music. This free event allows you to soak in the best Hawaiian music, and enjoy traditional island foods with your friends and family.

Attend a Show

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center has many shows that celebrate Hawaiian culture. Check out shows like Mōhala Mai, a celebration of the culture through hula, language, and song. Or, Pāka’a Lanakila! – a musical setting of the story of Pākaʻa, Check out the schedule of events to find the best show during your stay.

Stay at Kaanapali Alii: Easy Access to All Maui Has to Offer, Including Live Hawaiian Music

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you have easy access to all tha Maui has to offer. It is only a short distance to the Whaler’s Village and Front Street, where you can enjoy great food and listen to the best live Hawaiian music the island has to offer!

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Enjoy the Kaanapali Beachwalk During Your Stay in Maui

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you’ll have easy access to the beautiful Kaanapali Beachwalk. Not only can you enjoy all the beauty that nature has to offer, you can stop along the way for a drink or a bite to eat, making it the perfect way to spend an evening in Maui.

Enjoy the Kaanapali Beachwalk

Walking the Kaanapali Beachwalk gives you the opportunity to see the area around your condo. You can spot people taking surf lessons, try parasailing, swim, and build sandcastles along the way. If you get hungry, you can stop at Whaler’s Village, and find snacks to enjoy along your walk. Pick up an ice cream cone, stop for lunch, or grab a drink to enjoy on the beach. Use your stroll as an opportunity to scout for a restaurant to try in the evening. Many visitors have reported seeing more whales during their walk along the beach than they do on an official whale watching cruises. Here is a great video of one visitor’s visit to the beachwalk:

Along the Kaanapali Beachwalk, March 2015 from Thomas Wilcox on Vimeo.

Benefits of Staying at Kaanapali Alii

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you’ll be able to enjoy many benefits. One of the best is that you won’t have to find parking to walk along the Kaanapali beachwalk. Instead, you can access it only a short distance from your condo. Located towards the top of the beach walk, a walk in either direction offers beautiful sights. Walk North, and you will find yourself at Black Rock, famous for snorkeling. Here, you can spot the adventurous jumping off the top of the rock, into the ocean below. Walk South, and you’ll head towards Hanakao’o Beach Park. After your walk along the beach, you can go back to your condo and find a spot on the beach to relax the rest of the day: We provide complimentary beach towels and chairs, and you can rent a cabana to stay out of the sun. Staying at Kaanapali Alii allows you to enjoy the beach without worrying about parking, and offers easy access to the Kaanapali Beachwalk.

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Golfing in Maui Steps Away from Your Kaanapali Alii Condo

Golfing in Maui is truly unique: When you’re surrounded by panoramic views of the West Maui Mountains, lush Hawaiian botanics, and breathtaking ocean views, it’s difficult to find a better golf game in the world. And, when you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you are just steps away from the championship Kaanapali Golf Courses. If you’re a golfer, you’ll love golfing in Maui at these exceptional courses.

Kaanapali Golf Courses

The Kaanapali Golf Courses are located just across the street from your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii. The 36 championship holes offer a breathtaking view of the area.

  • The par 71 Kaanapali Tournament Course (the North Course) is 6700 yards. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this course has been home to the Champions Tour, World Cup, Women’s Kemper Open, and the Champions Tour Skins game.
  • The South Course, Kaanapali Kai, was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, and is a better option for less skilled golfers. At 6,400 yards, this part 70 course is beautiful and provides excellent views as well.

If you are a golfer, staying at a Kaanapali Alii condo will give you the best access to some of the best golfing in Maui.

Other Golf Courses in Maui

If you wish to explore additional golf courses in Maui, there are many to choose from int eh area. Here is a brief overview of each option:

  • Kapalua Golf Courses: Located around 10 miles fom Lahaina Town, Kapalua Resort is home to a course that hosted the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
  • The Dunes at Maui Lani: If you dream of plaing a Scottish links course, The Dunes at Maui Lani provide the closest you can get. Massive sand dunes are scattered through this fantastic course, which begins on an old Maui plantation.
  • Kahili Golf Course: Located on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, Kahili Golf Course offers fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and the highest point on Maui – Haleakala. This unique course is great for a unique golfing experience!
  • King Kamehameha Golf Club: The King Kamehameha is named after the most beloved king in Hawaiian history. This private club can be enjoyed for a day through the club’s special packages.
  • Wailea Golf Club: Wailea Golf Club is renowned for its great weather, and has been rated as one of the best courses in the country by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. You get ocean views at every hole at this course!

Stay at Kaanapali Alii: Enjoy the Best Golfing in Maui at Your Doorstep

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you can enjoy some of the best golfing in Maui, just steps away from your accommodations. The award-winning championship courses at Kaanapali Alii offer breathtaking views on a challenging course. And, with other golf courses within an easy drive, Kaanapali Alii is the best choice for the avid golfer visiting Maui.

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Whale Watching in Lahaina Town from Ka’anapali Beach

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

There are certain things words simply cannot describe. Whale watching is one of those experiences. How can you capture the sight of enormous creature in its natural habitat in mere words? There something exquisitely beautiful about seeing an enormous sea creature move slowly around in the limitless blue sea. As words cannot describe it adequately, we hope you’ll enjoy this video as much as we do:

Where to Watch Whales in Lahaina Town, Maui

Maui offers excellent whale watching. In fact, in many places you can see whales from the shore. If you’re excited to simply see the magnificent creatures from a distance, this is an excellent option. The beaches of Ka’anapali are a fantastic place to camp out and keep your eyes peeled for whales! The best season for whale watching is from November through May. Here are a few things we suggest you bring along when you watch whales on Ka’anapali Beach:

  • Camera: While you likely won’t capture the magnificence of whales using your camera (unless you’re a nature photographer), it’s fun to capture the memories!
  • Binoculars: It’s fun to be able to get a better glimpse of the whales from your perch on the beach.
  • Focus: One of the best things about whale watching is that it offers you a glimpse into nature. Really focus – look at the texture and color of the skin, and how it moves in the water. You’ll likely find whale watching a very relaxing experience!

Whale Watching Tours in Lahaina

If you want to get a more up-close and personal experience of whales, going on a whale-watching tour may be a good choice. There are countless places to choose from! Spend some time researching different companies, and deciding what time of experience you are looking for. A good place to start is by reading reviews of whale watching in Lahaina on TripAdvisor and other review sites. Look for companies that are highly rated!

Need a Place to Stay? Kaanapali
Alii Resort is the Best Choice

If you’re looking for accommodations near Lahaina Town, Maui, Kaanapali Alii Resort is an excellent choice. When you stay in one of our condos, you’ll have much more space than a hotel room (our condos are 1,500 to 1,900 square feet). And, you’ll be minutes away from the whale watching and other activities that Ka’anapali Beach and Lahaina Town provide. You’ll have access to our private, lighted tennis courts, as well as unlimited and complimentary use of our new fitness center and yoga studio. Kaanapali Alii resort will be your home away from home in Maui!

Book your trip to Kaanapali Alii now!

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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.

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The Road to Hana

“It’s about the journey, not the destination”, is a fair motto and philosophy of the beautifully, adventurous road to Hana. This 55 mile drive along the Maui coastline serves up gorgeous views, such as cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests, and the surreal Maui coastline as the Pacific gloriously collides into white sands or steep, rock cliffs. This road truly shows off the natural beauty of Maui.

For most, the journey starts in Kahului. From here, it is 55 miles to the final destination, Hana. Starting from here has been noted to take all day, if one does the trip right. It is recommended for one to plan out the stops and sights to see before beginning the drive. Taking the time to truly see and learn about Maui is what makes this drive memorable and worthwhile. Yes, it is a gorgeous drive even to just whip through. But there is much more to experience. Take your time, plan ahead, and enjoy the journey fully.

There are numerous stops on the trip that are worthwhile to see. Twin Falls is one of them. This spot is around the two mile marker going from Kahului to Hana. At about the 21 mile marker, the Wailea overlook or Waikani Falls, boasts more spectacular views and perfect photo opportunities. More stops include, Wainapanapa State Park, Hookipa Beach, and the Seven Sacred Pools. The Seven Sacred Pools are one of the most popular attractions on the island, to avoid heavy crowds, visit the pools as early as possible- before noon. Also, weather may cause the pools to close, so check in with the ranger station to be sure about the park’s opening.

A full day should be set apart to truly enjoy the road to Hana. Bring snacks, lunch, drinks, a camera, and good company. If there is any proneness to motion sickness, maybe bring some Dramamine as well, go slow and allow for time outside of the car to recuperate. Remember, it’s about the journey not the destination. See it fully, friends.

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Windsurfing Maui

Maui offers one of the widest range of recreational activities for tourists and residents. With its’ pristine beaches, mild weather, and fun loving culture, it’s the birth haven for fun in the sun. One of the most sought out after activities to do in Maui is windsurf. For those who don’t know what this is, essentially it is the use of a wind sail attached to a surfboard that propels a surfer across the surface of the water. Your feet slip into a binding, your hands grasp onto the shaft of the sail, and the sail catches onto the wind and guides you along the water.

There are numerous beaches in Maui that offer this recreational activity. The majority of windsurfing takes place on the North shore. The North shore is known for powerful north east trade winds that bring perfect waves sailing up and down the center of Maui’s shore. The beaches on the north side include Hookipa, Camp One, Sprecks, Sugar Cove, and Kanaha. On the south shore of the island, the beach Kihei offers windsurfing areas as well. At these beaches, one can find ideal places that allow for windsurfers to fully enjoy the sport.

If you don’t have the gear for windsurfing or are only going to be in Maui for a short amount of time, renting is a clear choice. There are multiple locations and shops that offer rental equipment. One can easily find options for windsurfing lessons as well, if one is needing a little extra help getting started. There are multiple websites of shops that offer rentals, pricing, and locations to best suite your needs if one is wanting to research that before arriving to the island.

Whether you’re a pro or a beginner windsurfing in Maui is a purely fun option.  Ideal beaches and locations, numerous options for rentals, and offered lessons make it an easy and fun way to spend the day out on the water and in the Hawaiian sun. Catch some rays, catch some waves, and catch some wind, adventurers!

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Beaches for everyone in Maui!

Okay, so you’re in Hawaii. The last thing anyone should really be worried about is finding a decent beach. Maui offers some of the most pristine, beautiful, and fun beaches on the globe. Whether you’re wanting to surf, hang out, or see a gorgeous view, Maui has you covered. There are numerous beaches to choose from. From the north, south, east, or west, there are a plethora of beaches to suit your every need. There are a few notable beaches of course, focusing in on the south side, three particular beaches stand out.

The first one is Makena Beach. Dramatic cliffs, fine and rich orange/white sand, and swells strong enough to satisfy the surfers, this beach has it all. Great surfing conditions, beautiful scenery, and clear blue/green water, this beach is an all-around competitor. Note: this beach is known for stronger and unpredictable swells, be cautious with the younger kids and the water currents.

Next to Makena Beach is the notable Maluaka Beach. The beach is a pristine stretch of white sand colliding against the crystal blue/green water shared with the Makena Beach. This beach offers surrounding picnic areas, restrooms, and showers. Another great activity one can enjoy at this beach is the snorkeling. This beach offers perfect snorkeling areas so one can see not only the beauty above the water but also under it. Don’t know what Ariel was complaining about, life under the sea is pretty awesome!

Another beach fit for the whole family, is the Charley Young Beach. On the north end of the Kamaole 1 Beach, is a large stretch of fine sand, complete with amazing views of the island. This is a swimming beach. The ideal place for a picnic with the whole family or just a fun time at the shore. The parking for the beach is said to be on the side of South Kihei road.

Whatever kind of beach experience you’re looking for, Maui’s diverse selection of beaches will be sure to attract your attention and tastes. Maui beaches are a trademark of the Hawaiian experience. Choose some beaches you want to visit, try something different, and have fun!

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