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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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Beachfront Maui Condos mean Savings for your Summer Vacation

Kaanapali Alii welcomes guests with space and savings not available in hotel rooms.  You’ll settle into 4x more space than a hotel room with  areas to gather and private space as well.  And you can enjoy healthy snacks and easy meals by stocking your condo’s gourmet kitchen.  The savings start when you can dine on your private lanai  instead of having to go to a restaurant 3x/day. Our unique policy of No Resort Fee also delivers significant savings! And when you have questions or requests, our Classic Resorts’ staff including a friendly front desk, bell service, concierge, maintenance and security staff are ready to assist.

Compare that to private rentals where you don’t have the safety net of the professional staff that we provide. Put your valuable vacation time in our hands for the peace of mind you deserve.

We invite you to contact us now for the widest selection of condo categories and available dates.  You’ll want to be in on the fun on Maui this Summer!

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An Oasis of Calm on Action Packed Kaanapali Beach

Of course Kaanapali Alii offers guests the best location on action-packed Kaanapali Beach.  But this luxury condo resort also offers a precious oasis of calm amidst all the available activities.

First the non-stop action: learn the popular sport of standup paddle boarding, rent some boogie boards, or book a sunset catamaran cruise. All these experiences are available along this beautiful stretch of golden sand right out in front of Kaanapali Alii.

KA Beach Boogie Boards family

Equally appealing though is Kaanapali Alii as an oasis of calm. In the beautiful garden courtyard it’s easy to enjoy peace and quiet. We invite you to “slow down and smell the plumeria!” Couples enjoy private time poolside, in the shade pavilion, or under the palapas.

KA Palapas

 

 

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Winter Warmth Rates: Leave the Snow Behind-Fly to Maui!

Are you sick of the winter chill? Tired of shoveling snow? You’re in luck: Kaanapali Alii is offering fantastic rates from only $399 a night through our “Maui Winter Warmth Rates” so you can escape the freezing weather! It’s time to trade your snow shovel with a floppy hat, your umbrella with whale watching, and your wool socks with a swimsuit, flip-flops, and sunglasses!

Use Maui’s Sun to Melt the Winter Chill Away!

It’s Time to Renew and Re-Energize

Winter is tough. Between the cold temperatures, grey skies, and the feeling that it will last forever, it can be tough to keep your spirits up during the winter and spring. If you’re feeling blue, it’s time to close our eyes and dream about your Maui Warmth Vacation at Kaanapali Alii. If you’re feeling the need for renewal and re-energizing, travelling to Maui is just what you need. Here are a couple ways you can relax in Maui:

 – Seawater Purification Renewal

In the stillness before the dawn on Easter Sunday on March 27, guests will gather on the beach for a sea water purification ritual called “Hiuwai.” This renewing event is led by our Hawaiian cultural specialist, Fred Torres. During the ritual, you will wade silently into the tranquil sea while releasing grief, stress, or problems. This event is also held before dawn on each New Year’s Day.

 – Stress Relief in the Beauty of Maui

Maui is one of the best places on earth to unwind, de-stress, and relax from your busy life. Take relaxing strolls on the beach, spend the afternoon whale watching, snorkeling with tropical fish, or simply reading a good book, and finish off each perfect day taking in the magnificent sunsets of Maui. Maui is home to many natural sources of renewal that will re-energize your life during these long winter months.

Book Today: There are No Hidden Resort Fees

When you book at Kaanapali Alii and Classic Resorts, you are reserving your accommodations with the official property management company. This means a couple of things: First, there aren’t any hidden resort fees, and second, you’ll receive property services such as maintenance and daily housekeeping. In our spacious condos, you’ll have room to relax and enjoy everything Maui has to offer!

To book, visit www.kaanapalialii.com or call (866) 990-9280 and book your stay today!

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Top 15 Interesting Facts about Maui and Hawaii

Maui is considered the Best Place to Visit in the United States (1); the Island and the state of Hawaii have incredibly interesting culture, history and ecology. As you beginning your Maui vacation planning, here are 15 fun and interesting facts about the state of Hawaii and the island of Maui.

  1. Hawaiian, along with English, is the official language of the state of Hawaii.
  2. The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters: five vowels (long and short) and eight consonants, one of them being a glottal stop (called ʻokina in Hawaiian).
  3. First reported western contact with Hawaii was James Cook in 1778.
  4. Maui has been voted the “Best Island in the World” 16 times by Conde Nast Traveler  Magazine.
  5. Maui has 30 miles of white, red, and black sand beaches, 80 beaches in total and has more miles of accessible beach than any of the other Hawaiian Islands.
  6. Haleakala, Maui’s most famous volcano, is the largest dormant volcano in the world. The crater is 21 miles across and 4,000 feet deep – large enough to hold the island of Manhattan.
  7. Lahaina was the original state capital, until Honolulu took that honor in 1850.
  8. Hawaiian’s have the highest life expectancy in the U.S. at 81.3 years.
  9. The breathtakingly beautiful “Road to Hana” drive is 45 miles long, has 54 one-lane bridges and 600 hairpin turns.
  10. Hawaii is one of the Best Whale Watching Destinations Around The World , number 3 in fact.
  11. Whale Season is from mid-November to early-April.
  12. Over 12,000 Humpback Whales travel 3,500 miles from Alaska to Hawaii each year to breed, birth and nurse their calves.
  13. Hawaiians eat more than 7 million cans of Spam each year.
  14. Lahaina and Kaanapali receive less than 10 inches of rain per year; Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains gets more than 365 inches of rain every year.
  15. Hawaii has 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones on the islands combined.

For further information on Maui, read more:
Ali`i Kula Lavender – Sustainable Aloha on Maui
Maui Day Trips
Things to Do in Maui

Sources: (1) U.S. News & World Report, Wikipedia, Best Places Hawaii, Huffington Post

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Maui Luxury Condo Rentals at Kaanapali Alii

Most hotel rooms, regardless of their location usually consist of a bathroom and one room that serves as your bedroom, dining area, office and entertainment center. A small closet with a few hangers, an iron and ironing board as well as a hairdryer are now considered standard amenities. These rooms however can be claustrophobic, even when traveling solo, let alone with a group.

Kaanapali Alii located in West Maui on the famous Kaanapali Beach boasts 11 floors and more than 180 vacation condo rentals. The one and two bedroom luxury condos range from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet with garden, mountain or ocean views. A “standard” condo at Kaanapali Alii features separate living & dining area, two full baths, full sized washer and dryer and central air conditioning. Each vacation rental has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and private lanai.

Kaanapali Alii Resort provides guest services and amenities that you expect from luxury Maui accommodations. Guest services desk, concierge, sundry store and daily maid service will ensure that you have everything that you need for your vacation. Kaanapali Alii has two freshwater swimming pools with a waterfall, two whirlpool spas and a children’s pool; an open air pavilion and gas barbeques add to the outdoor entertainment.

Kaanapali Alii has an onsite athletic center and fitness classes, three outdoor tennis courts and the Alii Spa offering expert massage services including reflexology and “Pohaku” hot stone therapy. The resort is steps away from the top beach in the U.S., Kaanapali Beach, perfect for the energetic visitor. Myriad activities can be found at this popular beach including snorkeling, parasailing, surfing, scuba diving and a multitude of boat tours. June through mid-August the Alii Kids Summer Program, for kids 6-12, offers complimentary crafts and lessons for guests of the resort.

Maui has much to offer the more than 2 million guests the island hosts every year. Variant microclimates; dry and warm on the western coast, lush and tropical in Hana and the Iao Valley and the volcanic area of Haleakala, home to the 3,000 foot deep crater. The temperatures remain comfortable throughout the year – making a Maui the ideal vacation spot any time.

Kaanapali Alii, luxury Maui vacation condo rentals and resort, will exceed your expectations on your next stay. Exemplary service, comfortable spacious accommodations, best location on Maui and indulgent amenities.

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Maui Day Trips

Maui was recently named as one of the 2015 Top 10 Islands in the World by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice. US News & World Report named Maui the Best Vacation Spot in the US. Long regarded as paradise found, Maui combines crystalline waters, soft sand beaches, volcanoes and the rainforests of Hana and the West Maui Mountains. A true outdoor lover’s utopia, Maui has water and land adventure to please everyone. Below are a few ideas for day trips to take during your Maui vacation.

West Maui Mountains

There are a few options for discovering the beauty of the West Maui Mountains. A helicopter ride gives you an aerial view to the spectacular scenery as well as areas that are only accessible by air like the Wall of Tears – a bluff with numerous waterfalls gracing the cliff face. You can drive through the forest reserve and tour the Iao Valley State Park, about a 45-minute drive from Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach. The park is home to the Iao Needle, a 1,200 foot rock outcropping, and the lush green of the rain forest.

One of the most memorable and scenic ways to enjoy the West Maui Mountains is a trip around the northern tip of the island along highway 30. Along the way you will come across some of the most majestic views in Hawaii like Kapalua and Punalau Beaches. Once you get to Nakalele Point and Blowhole, it’s time to get out and discover nature. The geyser reminds of a whale’s blowhole sometimes spouting water into the air 50 feet or more. They stunning views provide for a great photo op as well as the heart shaped hole in a rock overlooking the bay. The last stop on this picturesque day trip is Kahakuloa Bay. The views and aloha of the quaint village will be the perfect way to end your journey.

Farm and Botanic Gardens

A short drive south of Kaanapali in Upcountry Maui are a multitude of organic farms and dairies. Kula is one of the most fertile areas of Maui because of its rich, volcanic soil. One of the most popular farms to visit is O’o Farm. O’o Farm offers a tour and gourmet lunch where you will be introduced to the farm to table process and feast on a culinary creation as well as their home grown coffee. O’o Farm, Pacific’O, The Feast at Lele, and Aina Gourmet Market are all owned by the same partners. Another great activity in Kula is the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. You can stop by for a casual tour, join in on the evening chores and milking or opt for the grand tour that includes milking and feeding a goat, witness the cheese making process and a chance to sample the different goat cheeses the farm produces. They also have special BBQs that highlight their dairy products. Lastly, do not miss the chance to stop at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. A tour includes information about organic spirit making and sustainable farming and of course you will get to sample some incredible vodka.

Sources:
2015 Top 10 Islands in the World
Best Vacation Spots in the USA

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Whale Festival in Maui

Breathtaking as they breach the surface of the glistening waters off the Maui coastline. Through winter and spring, the majestic humpback whale migrates from their northern home in Alaska to mate, calve and nurse their young. During whale season, guests can witness this magnificent mammal in its natural habitat; more than 12,000 whales migrate to Hawaii every year. The Maui Whale Festival, celebrating its 35th year, is held to honor the fascinating humpback whale as well as raise awareness to the challenges they face. The event is free to the public.

Days of Festivities

The festival’s activities start on Friday evening with “Whales under the Stars” held at Kalama Park. Pacific Whale Foundation’s Founder and Executive Director, Greg Kaufman will lead an interactive presentation that includes stories and insights from his more than 35 years in the field of preservation and ecotourism. Though the event is free, there is limited seating. You can make a reservation or bring your own lawn chair and blanket.

Parade of Whales

Saturday morning begins the festival with the Parade of Whales. At 9am the parade will follow South Kihei Road to Kalahama Park. Comprised of delightful characters and floats, the Parade will also play host to local celebrities and politicians with a surprise Grand Marshall. The parade is announced by local DJs from KPOA and prizes are awarded to participants in several categories.

Whale Day at the Park

This year’s festival will take place at Kalahama Park in Kihei. The day will be filled with live music, traditional performances, a dance party, food booths, local artisans, information kiosks of non-profits looking to protect Maui’s marine life and habitat as well as a carnival for the kiddies. You can also enter the Wild & Wonderful Whale Regatta – a fast-paced race of rubber whales, vying for the finish line.

Pacific Whale Foundation

World Whale Day and the Maui Whale Festival is presented by the Pacific Whale Foundation. The non-profit was founded in 1980 to advocate for whales and other marine life through research, education and awareness. The organization is international and continues its global efforts to protect the ocean wildlife and their natural habitat.

Stay and Play

When planning your trip to attend the festival, discover the best in Maui Vacation Rentals at Kaanapali Alii near Lahaina. The resort boasts accommodations that are nearly 4 times as large as a standard hotel room, a tropical pool and activity center, steps away from Kaanapali Beach and amenities that make your vacation a paradise retreat.

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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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