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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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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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Kaanapali – Paradise Beach and Historic Resort Community

Kaanapali is an area of Maui on the western coast that encompasses more than six square miles, 3 of which are uninterrupted, white sand beaches. Named as one of the  Top 25 Beaches in America by Trip Advisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards, Kaanapali Beach is the ideal getaway.

Kaanapali was Hawaii’s first master-planned resort community, with development started in the 1960’s it became a model for developing inclusive resort communities around the world. Kaanapali was once a tropical retreat for Maui’s royalty. The stunning sunsets, calm waves and pristine beaches beckoned to the ancient rulers. Pu‘u Keka‘a, now called Black Rock, was a cliff made infamous by Chief Kahekili. The Hawaiian people believed that this sacred point was where deceased souls left the physical world and entered the spiritual world. The Chief would intimidate his rivals by diving into the waters below to prove his courage and skill. Today the rite is honored every evening at sundown when a cliff diver jumps into the ocean below.

The present day Kaanapali is a thriving vacation destination with luxurious resorts, exceptional restaurants and myriad ocean excursions. Some of the best restaurants in the U.S. can be found on the Island; with seafood caught fresh year round, it’s no wonder. Maui is a diverse culture, with a close bond to the land. The cuisine prepared by the local chefs is both modern and sustainable, using organic, indigenous ingredients but in a new, imaginative way.
Maui and Kaanapali offer endless water activities and adventures – fishing, snorkeling, surfing and whale watching just to name a few. Black Rock is by far the best spot for snorkeling, the calm waters protected by the peninsula makes for perfect conditions to view fish, turtles and other marine life. There is plenty to do for land-lovers too – zip lining, hiking, exploring volcanoes, or shopping. If golf is your thing, you are in luck, because Kaanapali has two championship golf courses – the Royal Kaanapali and Kaanapali Kai.

Maui is an Island this is laid-back and welcoming; Kaanapali Beach stands out not only for its beauty but the energy and activity it imbues. The west coast of the Island brings the happy medium of serenity and liveliness. Whatever you are looking for in your holiday – Kaanapali will deliver.

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