Maui plays host to the International Festival of Canoes

This two-week program dedicated to cultural revival brings master carvers and canoe-makers from all over the Pacific. These native artisans create canoes, carry them through Lahaina town in a big parade, and demonstrate traditional skills such as surfboard shaping, drum carving, and house thatching. (808) 667–9175.

This traditional May event can only be witnessed on the Island of Maui.  The Kaanapali Alii is perfectly situated to enjoy all of the events and activities that make Maui a special place for your next Hawaii vacation.


Kaanapali Alii Hosted Stay

Thank you so much for the beautiful and very thoughtful basket we found in the room on our arrival at the Kaanapali Alii for our stay April 22-24th. My wife and I found it to be most enjoyable and it complemented the fabulous accommodations perfectly. Mahalo for your generosity and we look forward to coming back for another visit in the future.


Bryan Outram, Sr Editor –


Wa’a Kiakahi is a special event that you have to see!


Ka’anapali Beach Resort on Maui is hosting the Wa’a Kiakahi canoe-sailing event May 29-31.

Waa Kiakahi, which is open to the public, perpetuates the ancient sport and culture of Hawaiian canoe sailing.

The schedule of activities includes:

Friday, May 29, 3 p.m. Traditional Hawaiian welcome for 10 participating crews.

Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Complimentary Hawaiian sailing canoe rides. Crew members will be on hand throughout the day.  The public is welcome to meet the crews and learn more about this ancient form of Hawaiian canoe sailing.

Sunday, May 31, 8 a.m. Traditional Hawaiian farewell ceremony for the crews before the teams race from Kaanapali to Molokai.

If you are already headed to Maui, and staying at the Kaanapali Alii, you will want to experience this event.  If you are thinking about a Maui trip, now is the time to book your trip and make sure that your trip itinerary includes some time watching this special form of Hawaiian culture.


Whale Watching starts at the Kaanapalii Alii

From November through May, whale-watching becomes one of the most popular activities on Maui. During the season, all outfitters offer whale-watching in addition to their regular activities, and most do an excellent job. Boats leave the wharves at Lahaina and Maalaea in search of humpbacks, allowing you to enjoy the awe-inspiring size of these creatures in closer proximity.

As it’s almost impossible not to see whales in winter on Maui, you’ll want to prioritize: is adventure or comfort your aim? If close encounters with the giants of the deep are your desire, pick a smaller boat that promises sightings. Those who think “green” usually prefer the smaller, quieter vessels that produce the least amount of negative impact to the whales’ natural environment. If an impromptu marine-biology lesson sounds fun, go with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Two-hour forays into the whales’ world are around $30. For those wanting to sip mai tais as whales cruise calmly by, stick with a sunset cruise on a boat with an open bar and pupu ($40 and up). Afternoon trips are generally rougher because the wind picks up, but some say this is when the most surface action occurs.

Every captain aims to please during whale season, getting as close as legally possible (100 yards). Crew members know when a whale is about to dive (after several waves of its heart-shape tail) but rarely can predict breaches (when the whale hurls itself up and almost entirely out of the water). Prime-viewing space (on the upper and lower decks, around the railings) is limited, so boats can feel crowded even when half full. If you don’t want to squeeze in beside strangers, opt for a smaller boat with fewer bookings. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, light long sleeves, and a hat you can secure. Winter weather is less predictable and at times can be extreme, especially as the wind picks up. Arrive early to find parking.

The Kaanapali Alii provides quick access to whale watching tours, or you can simply relax on our beachfront lawn to take in the action.

This post is courtesy of Fodor’s Travel News


Maui onion & sesame seed crusted seared ahi

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serves 4


4 x 6 oz. Premium Ahi tuna steaks “sashimi grade”, filleted, fully trimmed and cut like a “center cut” filet steak, about 2” thick.
12 oz. Maui Onions, sliced thin, then dehydrated and crushed
16 oz. Maui Onions sliced & caramelized (see below)
3 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Sesame seeds, not toasted
Salt and pepper

For caramelized onions, over medium high heat, cook sliced onions with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy bottom braiser or sauce pan, constantly stirring until onions caramelize, then set aside.

For Ahi, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Roll Ahi filet in dehydrated crushed onions and sesame seeds. Sear on all sides until browned, rare to medium rare temperature preferred.

INGREDIENTS (Vanilla Bean Jasmine Rice)
1 tbsp. Shallots, finely chopped
1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1 cup Premium Jasmine Rice
2 cups Clam or Fish Broth
1 each Tahitian Vanilla Bean, split

Cook rice over medium heat with vanilla bean, shallots, butter and clam broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff.

INGREDIENTS (Apple Cider-Soy Butter Vinaigrette)
2 cups Filtered Apple Juice
2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup White Balsamic Vinegar
4 oz. Soy Margarine, chilled and cubed
2 oz. Unsalted Butter, chilled and cubed
1 oz Chives, finely chopped

Mix the vinegar and cider in a sauce pan over medium heat. Reduce to ½ cup. Just before serving, add cold butter and margarine in small quantities while mixing over medium heat. Place in a blender and pulse for just a second or two. Season to taste.

Serve on a large plate, arrange the vanilla jasmine rice in the center, top with the seared Ahi and a tablespoon of caramelized onions. Drizzle sauce over and around fish and garnish with chopped chives. Serve with freshly steamed vegetables of your choice. Organic baby carrots and roasted baby beets are our preferred choices.

This recipe is provided by the Lahaina Grill, a landmark restaurant located in the heart of Historic Lahaina, Maui. The Lahaina Grill is just minutes away from Kaanapali Beach and all of the wonders of Maui.


Easter at Kaanapali Alii

Kaanapali Alii hosted their 20th annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The Alii staff spread out over 4,300 eggs across the oceanfront lawn creating a sea of yellow, blue and pink that was a sight to behold.  As the time neared 8:30am a deep voice called ready, set, go and with that egg hungry children of all ages raced to secure their bounty.  The Alii did a very nice job creating separate sections for different age groups so that no child misses out or is pushed aside and that was perfect for our family as I have two daughters, Samantha who is 2 and Lucy is 5.  Both my girls had a wonderful time and it was terrific for my wife and myself to see their eyes light up as they displayed their eggs proudly.  I can’t say enough about the memory that my girls will carry with them of their time collecting eggs and celebrating Easter on the lawn of this one of a kind luxury condominium in Maui, it truly provided a unique Hawaii Easter experience for all of us.

Easter at Kaanapali Alii

Easter at Kaanapali Alii

Easter at Kaanapali Alii

Easter at Kaanapali Alii


Maui Onion Festival Winning Recipe

Maui Onion Festival

Winning Recipe Maui Onion Festival 2008
3660 On the Rise/Kakaako Kitchen
Chef Russell Siu


Pan Seared Laquered Salmon, Pickled Maui Onions, Yuzu Butter Sauce

Service for 4 people

8 each salmon fillets, 3.5 ozs. each
1 each Maui Onion, (medium size) thinly sliced rings
1 cup rice vinegar
¼ cup sugar
4 Tbsp. oil for sautéing
4 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Season salmon with salt and pepper. Rub boneside of fillet with soy sauce. Press soy sauce side of fillet onto sugar. Heat pan over medium heat and add oil. Place salmon (soy sugar side) down onto pan and sauté until sugar caramelizes and produces a nice sheen. Turn over and sauté salmon to your preferred doneness.

Pickled Maui Onions:
Mix together rice vinegar and sugar in a non reactive pot. Bring to a boil. Taste mixture for a sweet and sour taste. (If too sweet, add more vinegar. If too sour, add more sugar.) When mixture comes to a boil, remove from stove and add onions. Steep until mixture cools. Add salt if needed.

Yuzu Butter Sauce:
1 cup rice vinegar
1 cup white wine
1 each ginger, 1 inch piece chopped
1 clove garlic, cut in half
1 Tbsp. green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. shallots, brunoise
½ cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. yuzu
¾ cup unsalted butter

Reduce all the ingredients except for the cream and yuzu by half. Add heavy cream and yuzu and reduce until cream slightly thickens. Add ¾ cups unsalted butter a little at a time whisking constantly over low heat. When butter is fully incorporated, season with salt and pepper. Strain through a fine Sieve and keep sauce warm until ready to use.

Place 2 ounces of sauce onto center of plate. Place salmon atop and garnish with a mound of pickled Maui Onions. Garnish with micro greens or green onions.


Oceanfront yoga on Maui

Oceanfront yoga classes are open exclusively for guests of the luxurious oceanfront Maui condo, the Kaanapali Alii.  Easy stretching and relaxing postures transform a vacation into an experience of renewal and inspiration!  The weather is warm, the early morning sun is gentle and the oceanfront location overlooking the golden sands of Kaanapali Beach is “no ka oi” (the best!). And when class is over you can continue to relax in your own private fully furnished apartment.  You can stock your full size frig with healthy beverages and snacks and even grill your own easy lunch at the oceanfront BBQs. It’s all about comfort and renewal.

Carman Karady leads hatha yoga classes at the Kaanapali Alii
Carman Karady leads hatha yoga classes at the Kaanapali Alii

Whale watch from your private lanai

Luxurious Maui condo rental offers ocean views with whale watching
Luxurious Maui condo rental offers ocean views with whale watching

Winter on Maui is an especially exciting time to visit because it’s whale watch season. From November even into April you can be sure to see whales either on one of the many whale watch boat tours or from the shore in special locations. One great location is from your private lanai when you rent the best Maui condo rental, Kaanapali Alii.  You really can see the whales while you’re sitting there with our favorite beverage.  Hours will go by like minutes when you’re watching whales slapping their tails and breaching (lifting their huge bodies completely out of the water then crashing back down!).  It’s an experience of a lifetime.


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