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Spend the Day on Kaanapali Beach by Your Condo

When you think of vacationing in Maui, what comes to mind? Odds are, the scene you picture in your head is this: Miles of white sand, a turquoise ocean lapping the shore, the sun shining brightly in the sky, a light breeze cooling the air, sandcastles being built on the shore, and a refreshing cocktail in hand.  If this is how you picture vacation, then you’re in luck: When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you have access to one of the best beaches in Maui. This picturesque scene can be an every day reality during your vacation. Plan on spending the day on Kaanapali Beach by your condo – we’ll show you just how close it is to the beach, as well as offer a few great activities you can enjoy.

World-Famous Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Alii is located directly on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach. This world-famous beach is the perfect location for a relaxing vacation. Here’s everything you need to know about why this beach is so great:

If you’re picturing the perfect beach-lounging vacation, this beach is the best choice for you. World-famous, and simply stunning, you’ll have the most picturesque vacation of your life.

Stay Right on the Beach

The best part about staying at Kaanapali Alii is that you get to stay right on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach. You heard us right. Our ocean-front condos are located within seconds of the beach. No piling into the car, and no walking miles to go relax on the beach. When you stay at our luxurious condos, you can be on the beach within minutes of waking up. And, you’ll enjoy amenities that no hotel can offer, such as:

  • Much More Space: Each condo is four times larger than a standard hotel room. Our condos range from 1-2 bedrooms, and are 1,500 – 1,900 square feet.
  • Fully Furnished Kitchen: Our condos have fully-functioning kitchens, which means you don’t have to eat out for every meal.
  • Private Lanai: Each condo is equipped with its own private lanai. Enjoy your coffee with a fantastic view in the morning – all to yourself!

Spend Each Day on Kaanapali Beach by Your Luxurious Condo

If you’re looking for the quintessential beach getaway, Kaanapali Alii is the condo for you. With easy access to all the restaurants, bars, and activities you could possibly want, and more importantly – with its location right on the beach – you’ll experience the most relaxing vacation you’ve ever been on. Book your stay today!

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Celebrate King Kamehameha Day in Maui with Locals

June 11th is a special day of celebration across Hawaii. If you’re traveling to Maui during this time, be sure to celebrate King Kamehameha Day with the locals! Here’s a look at this exciting holiday, including the history, and how you can join in.

King Kamehameha Day: The History

King Kamehameha ruled Hawaii from 1782 to 1819. He was known as an intelligent ruler who unified Hawaii. This unification, which brought together O’ahu, Moloka’I, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and Hawaii in 1785, and later, in 1810, Ni’ihau and Kaua’i. King Kamehameha fought hard to preserve the Hawaiian culture, while maintaining business with the Western world. King Kamehamaha Day is celebrated to honor this well-loved monarch. The first celebration took place on Jun 11, 1872. Hawaiian’s celebrated by attending carnivals, fairs, horse raises, and more. This holiday is the only royal holiday under the Kingdom of Hawaii to continue, even after Hawaii became a state.

Celebrate King Kamehameha Day in 2017 on Maui

Each year, the celebration takes place on June 11th. Because this day falls on a Sunday, the holiday has been moved to June 12th in the year 2017. If you are staying at Kaanapali Alii, don’t miss the festivities. They take place in Maui along Front Street in Lahaina Town, ending in Banyan Tree Park. A parade (the Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau Parade), is a colorful parade complete with bright floats and a string of local marching bands. After the parade, a well-loved Hawaiian celebration, called a ho’olaule’a is enjoyed. There is also a lei draping ceremony that takes place at the statue of King Kamehameha in the Capitol Visitor’s Center.

Kaanapali Alii: The Perfect Location

Kaanapali Alii is the perfect accommodation for your Maui vacation. Located less than a 10-minute drive from Front Street, it allows you to easily access shopping and restaurants. Front Street is the hub for entertainment (even the King Kamehameha Day parade).

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The 3 Best Restaurants in Kaanapali to Enjoy During Your Vacation

One of the best parts about vacation is the food. For one, you don’t have to cook (which is pretty much a vacation in and of itself), and you can try new and exciting restaurants every night, choosing a different cuisine (or sticking with your favorite). One of the best things about eating out is that you can try the food from the area – what the locals eat. Today, we’re going to look at three of the best restaurants in Kaanapali (ranging in lower to higher price), so you can plan where you want to eat during your vacation!

Teppanyaki 2 Go by 808 Afternoons

Listed as the number one best restaurant in Lahaina on Yelp, Teppanyaki 2 Go is a great choice if you’re looking for delicious food at a great price. Reviewers having nothing but good things about their tasty food.

Foods to Try: According to reviewers, you’ll want to upgrade to the kimchi fried rice, as it is “off-the-hook yummy.” Choose from scallops, chicken, fish, or steak – they’re all delicious!

Prices: If you’re looking for something fast, are feeding a big family, or you’d like to try something a bit less formal, this is a great spot. Prices range from $11 – $30.

Getting There: Teppanyaki 2 Go is located less than three miles from your condo. Here are directions: It’s best to drive, and takes about six minutes.

Leilani’s On the Beach

Leilani’s is a special place, for many reasons. First, they source much of their food from 40 family-owned Maui farmers. This includes fresh-caught (daily) Hawaiian fish. They’re well-loved by locals and visitors alike. Located right on the beach, you’ll enjoy a wonderful evening dining with your friends and family. Plan on going around sunset, and you can enjoy drinks while taking in the fantastic ocean views.

Foods to Try: Be sure to order fish – because it’s fresh, it is absolutely delicious. The fish tacos are a favorite, and be sure to ask what the fish of the day is.

Prices: This restaurant is reasonably priced, with prices ranging from $4-$18 for appetizers, and $14-$24 for entrees. Head there with the family, or a romantic evening.

Getting There:  Leilani’s is conveniently located only a short walk from your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii. It’s best to just walk along the beach, as you can enjoy a short stroll and fresh air before and after your meal.

Roy’s

Another favorite, Roy’s serves Asian-fusion food that is well-loved by visitors and locals. The restaurant is located at the Kaanapali Resort, with a view overlooking the 18th of the golf course.

Foods to Try: Roy’s is known for their excellent take on meats – try the Hawaiian Sea Salt Ribeye with fingerling potatoes, grilled Maui onions and shishito peppers, or the Niihau Lamb Meatballs with linguini and grilled focaccia. You won’t be disappointed, no matter what you try!

Prices: Roy’s is slightly more upscale, with appetizer prices ranging from $14 – $37, and entrée’s ranging from $16 – $64.

Getting There: Roy’s is located just across the street from your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii. It is a less than 10-minute walk, and the views of the golf course are stunning!

Best Restaurants in Kaanapali – Walking Distance from Kaanapali Alii

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii you are within walking distance to some of the best restaurants in the area. There are many different places where you and your family can enjoy a meal together – you don’t have to eat at a restaurant twice, unless you want to!

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Hanakaoo Beach – A More Relaxed Beach for the Day

Kaanapali Beach is famous: The long, white sandy beach runs along the strikingly blue ocean, and a fun boardwalk where there are countless shops and restaurants to enjoy. People travel from all over the world to visit the landmark beach. But, if you’re looking for a less busy beach, where you’ll find locals instead of tourists, then you need to head to Hanakaoo Beach. This beach is more relaxed, and will offer you a glimpse of Hawaiian life.

Hanakaoo Beach

Hanakaoo Beach (also referred to as Canoe Beach), is a place where outrigger canoes often launch (hence, the nickname). It is located just a little south past the more popular Kaanapali Beach.  The beach offers great swimming for the entire family, and also has other great amenties, such as BBQ’s, showers and bathrooms, covered tables, and plenty of parking. And, if you have young children, this beach is a great choice, as it is one of only seven in Maui with lifeguards. The visibility for snorkeling can often be low, but some visitors have said they were able to see plenty of wildlife, including sea turtles. Additionally, be sure to see the ancient grinding stones: These basalt boulders are located by the lifeguard stand. They were used to shape stone tools in ancient times. A small plaque nearby explains more about the grinding stones.

Getting to Hanakaoo Beach from Kaanapali Alii

There are a couple options when it comes to getting to Hanakaoo Beach from your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii. You can either drive and park, or simply walk along Kaanapali Beach – they are connected.

Hanakaoo Beach is a wonderful beach where your whole family can relax. And, it is usually much less crowded and busy than the more popular Kaanapali Beach. Here, you can set up your umbrella, pack a lunch, and plan on spending the entire day relaxing in peace as you sit and listen to the waves.

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Spend the Day Relaxing on Kaanapali Beach by Your Condo

The definition of a good vacation varies from person to person. But, regardless of your preferences, I think we all can agree that relaxing on a beach can’t be beat. And, when that beach is right out your front door? That’s just paradise. When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you have access to the best beach in Maui – and it’s a few steps from your condo. Here’s everything you need to know about what makes Kaanapali Beach so great.

The Best of Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach is famous for its white sandy beaches, great snorkeling, and beautiful views. The beach is about a mile long, running from Black Rock to Canoe Beach. There are countless ways to enjoy this beautiful place in Maui. Here are a few of our favorite activities:

  • Swimming & Snorkeling: The beaches are wide, and offer easy access to the water for swimming and snorkeling. The best snorkeling is around Black Rock (which is the north end of the beach). Be careful, however, the currents can be strong.
  • Cliff-Jumping: If you are more adventurous, Black Rock offers a great place for cliff diving. Or, you can simply sit on the beach and watch the more adventurous leap off the rock into the water!
  • Shopping: A long concrete walkway meanders through the shops along the beach. Whaler’s Village mall is filled with great stores and fun places to window shop and pick up a few items for your friends and family back home.
  • Dining: Whaler’s Village has many fantastic restaurants from which to choose. Step away from the waves for a bite to eat, or stop for drinks after strolling the beach in the evening.

The Best of Kaanapali Alii

Kaanapali Alii is the perfect resort for your Maui vacation. Not only are we located on the best beach in Maui,  we offer a wide variety of amenities that will make your vacation all the more relaxing and enjoyable. Here are a few things that make Kaanapali Alii the best choice:

  • Ocean Front: Why come all the way to Maui, only to stay far away from the beach? When you stay in beachfront accommodations, you’ll be able to see the ocean fro your room.
  • More Spacious: Our condos are much larger than the standard hotel room: Hotels are typically 400 square feet. Our condos are 1,500 to 1,900 square feet of luxury!
  • Golf: Kaanapali Golf Courses are located a short distance away – this legendary course is only steps away from your accommodations.
  • Luxurious: Each of our rooms has a private lanai (so you can watch the sunset each evening). And, our resort has many luxuries, including an oceanside event area, pool-side service, a large pool, and much more.
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Kaanapali Beach is Out Your Front Door at Kaanapali Alii Resort

Let’s face it: People come to Maui for the beaches. Who doesn’t want to escape from winter’s ice and snow, and the biting chill of the wind? Unfortunately, many people fly all the way to Maui, and stay at a hotel or condo away from the beach. When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, the best beach in Maui is right out your front door. You have easy access to snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, dinner cruises, boat excursions, or simply lounging in the sun and building sandcastles. Don’t fly all the way to Maui and stay at a cramped hotel a car trip away from the reason you’re vacationing.

Easy Access to Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Alii Resort is located right on the beach. This is Maui’s most famous beach: 3 miles of white sand and crystal blue water. Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach, and for good reason. The sights are beautiful, and there are countless activities to enjoy, and it is located next to Whaler’s Village, where you can take a break and grab a bite to eat.

Fun in the Sun

When you step out of your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii, you only have to walk a few feet to enjoy the beach. We offer complimentary beach towels and chairs, or, you can rent a beach cabana for the whole day. If you want to get out and enjoy the water, there are countless activities to try:

  • Snorkeling
  • Boat Excursions
  • Catamaran Cruises
  • Scuba Diving
  • Dinner Cruises
  • Parasailing
  • Surfing
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Beach Combing
  • Sand Castle Building
  • Sunbathing

Kaanapali Alii Beach and Kaanapali Alii: The Perfect Vacation Spot

Staying at Kaanapali Alii is the perfect choice for families of different ages: There is something for every age and activity level all in one location. And, with Whaler’s Village close by, you don’t have to hop in the car to find dinner or do some shopping. Get away from the chill of winter, and book your trip to Maui today!

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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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Celebrate Halloween in Maui: A Look at Ancient Superstitions

Halloween is an exciting time in Maui: Everyone joins in on the fun, and walking down Front Street in Lahaina Town is a real celebration. In fact, Halloween is one of the biggest celebrations in Maui! If you’re staying at Kaanapali Alii, joining in on the fun is easy. To prepare to celebrate Halloween in Maui, here is a look at some of the ancient superstitions in the area.

Ancient Superstitions of Hawaii

We’ve all heard the superstition that you’ll have seven years of bad luck if you break a mirror, or that seeing a black cat is a prophesy of upcoming doom. But, there are likely a few Hawaiian superstitions that you haven’t heard. Here are a few to get you in a creepy mood for Halloween:

  • Don’t Whistle at Night: If you dare to whistle at night, you might just accidentally summon the huakai po, (which translates to night marchers). These terrifying specters are the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. If you happen to hear drums beating in the distance, you’d better get out of there fast – the drums signal the path of the huakai po.
  • Bring Berry Offerings: When you hike a volcano in Hawaii, it is wise to bring an offering of ohelo berries to Pele in order to rightfully proceed.
  • Arrange Chopsticks Carefully: When eating rice with chopsticks, do not leave them standing straight up in the bowl! This is how rice is offered to the dead, and doing so will bring you bad luck).
  • Sleep Away from Windows: When sleeping, don’t sleep with your head by the window, you might get your head chopped off by a demon! You must also avoid sleeping with your feet to the door – doing so can result in being dragged off by a night marcher, or you could lose your way when your soul leaves your body at night.
  • Don’t Get Cursed: Don’t take any sand or rocks from Hawaii or Maui: If you do, the fire goddess Pele will curse you, and you’ll experience bad luck until you return it.
  • Speaking of Pele: If you see an old woman on the side of the road, or an old woman wearing a white cape, offer her a ride and food and drink. The goddess Pele often shape-shifts into the form of an old woman.
  • Visits from the Dead: If you suddenly are overwhelmed by the sweet scent of flowers, don’t panic: It means a deceased family member is visiting you. Also, if you spot a black moth – definitely don’t kill it. This is your deceased loved one paying a visit.

Celebrate Halloween in Maui at Kaanapali Alii

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you have easy access to Front Street, which is the center of the celebrations. These spooky superstitions will have you looking over your shoulder all night! Remember to have a great time as you celebrate Halloween in Maui!

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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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Maui No Ka Oi and Other Great Hawaiian Expressions

In Maui, there is an expression that leaves little up for translation. “Maui no ka oi,” means: “Maui is the best.” And, for those who visit this Hawaiian Island, this expression couldn’t be more true. While Maui is the best island, Kaanapali Alii is the best place to stay: You have access to the best that Maui has to offer. Just a short walk from the beach, restaurants, and shopping, our luxury condos are the perfect place to base your explorations of the beautiful island of Maui. The Hawaiian language is ancient, beautiful, and unique. Let’s take a look at the history of it, and how it is experiencing a revitalization.

History of the Hawaiian Language

Captain Cook recorded the Hawaiian language in 1778. He and his companions noted the similarities of the language to Maori and Tahitian – they even used Tahitian words and gestures to communicate with Hawiians. Despite its similarities to other languages, Hawaiian is unique and exceptionally beautiful. The use of many vowels results in a lilting cadence that is simple and beautiful. Today, there are only a thousand native speakers left in Hawaii, while over 8,000 can understand speak it. A renewed respect for the language has taken root in the past 50 years, with Hawaiian being made the official language in 1978. Since that time, Hawaiian has been taught as a second language in schools all throughout the area. The true Hawaiian language has been given a new life, and is being preserved for future generations. Here are a few Hawaiian expressions like Maui no ka oi to learn during your stay!

Aloha and More

We all know that “aloha” is the way to say hello when you’re in Hawaii. But, there are other variations of this well-known phrase. There are also phrases for saying goodbye. Here are a few of our favorite Hawaiian phrases:

Leaf-IconAloha kakahiaka – Good morning

Leaf-IconAloha ke akua – God is love

Leaf-IconE komo mai – Come in, welcome

Leaf-IconAloha nui loa – Much love, fondest regards

Leaf-IconKomo mai e noho – Come in, sit, rest

Leaf-IconA hui hou – Goodbye, until we meet again

Leaf-IconMalama pono – Take care, be right

Leaf-IconKe Akua pu a hui hou – God bless you and see you later

Leaf-IconE pili mau na pomaika’I ia ‘oe – May blessings ever be with you

Leaf-IconKa makani ‘olu ‘olu – Refreshing, perfect wind

Leaf-IconMai ‘ai – Come and eat

Experience the Best Island at Kaanapali Alii

When you visit Maui, you’ll agree with the locals – that it is the best. And, when you choose Kaanapali Alii as your accommodations, you’ll have access to the best that Maui has to offer. Our luxury condos have four more times space than a standard hotel room, which means you’ll have a home away from home. We know you’ll thoroughly enjoy your stay – give us a call to learn more about booing your stay.

E pili mau na pomaika`i ia `oe (May blessings ever be with you)

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