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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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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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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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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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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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Get-A-Way to Maui for Romance and Adventure

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Have a magical romantic getaway in our luxury condos on Maui!

As the wet season sets its sun on our beautiful island, we are getting ready to enjoy warm tropical evenings brought by the long summer – which we islanders call the dry season. Most travelers don’t realize that one of the best times to visit Maui is actually right now. During this time of year, the weather is reliable, rates are lowest, and the island vegetation is lush. It’s the perfect time for a romantic spring getaway in one of our luxury condos on Maui. To celebrate this special time of year, we’ve made a list of romantic Maui activities that you and your significant other can enjoy while visiting us.

 

Haleakala Crater Sunset

There is really nothing like seeing a Maui sunset from the top of Haleakala Crater. The sky lights up with a medley of bountiful colors that are sure to reflect the feelings you hold for your significant other. Curl up under a blanket and watch the night hoku (stars) come out. The view of the Milky Way is absolutely alluring when watched from the protection of the crater.
 

Snorkeling and Scuba

The island of Maui has plenty of hidden treasures, especially underwater. There are plenty of amazing areas to snorkel, or even scuba around the island if you are so inclined. See colorful marine life up close, and at the same time, have an unforgettable experience.
 

Take a Trip to East Maui

Taking the Road to Hana is one of the most unique and rewarding experiences on Maui. Frolic in the abundant waterfalls while navigating rich bamboo forests. This part of the island is old and ancient, peppered with black, red, and gold sand beaches throughout tropical rainforests. Nothing will take your breath away like this untamed part of Maui. Take a full day and enjoy one of the most untouched tropical paradises that the island has to offer.

 

 

 

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Spot a Humpback on Your Maui Getaway

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What Are Humpback Whales (Kohola)?

Kohola (Hawaiian for humpback whale) is a large species of baleen whale. Males usually range between 40 and 50 feet long, and weigh around 90,000 pounds! Their immense size makes their graceful movements even more impressive, as it’s not uncommon to see these beautiful creatures “breach.” Breaching (also known as “cresting”) occurs when a humpback propels at least 40% of its massive body out of the water. No one knows why Kohola breach, some scientists think it may help them “scratch” itchy skin, while others believe that Kohola breach for fun. Either way, seeing a Kohola breach is one of the most fantastic things to experience when visiting Maui.

 

Why Do the Whales Visit Hawaii?

We don’t actually consider the humpbacks as visitors, but “kamaaina.” This means native born. North Pacific humpback whales are born in Hawaiian waters. The vast majority of them come to our beautiful paradise to breed, calve, and nurse their young. It’s a long, dangerous journey that is over 3,000 miles and two months in length. But when they visit, the Kohola stay for an extended vacation. They usually stay from December to May. Some Native Hawaiians believe the Kohola are “aumakua,” or family guardians. They bring warm tides, and are treated with honor and respect.

 

How Can I See a Whale?

Humpbacks can be seen across all of the Hawaiian Islands, but the best viewing spot is in the Aua Channel, a shallow length of water between West Maui (Lahaina and Kaanapali), Lanai, and Molokai. People travel from across the entire globe to see the Kohola frolic and play in our warm waters. If you want to see the whales up close, there are several whale-watching tours that guarantee a humpback sighting. For safety of the Kohola (and the sightseers!), all watercraft must stay at least 100 yards from any whale. But even at that distance, the power and grace of these gentle giants is incredibly impressive. If boats are not for you, their breaches can be seen from land. Bring a pair of binoculars with you when you visit, if you get lucky you may even get to see one spout!

 

Save Our Whales

Although the Kohola once roamed the seas in high number, decades of whaling and fishing has depleted their population. Now, the Endangered Species Act protect whales from hunting, harm, or disturbance. In the early 90s, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was established to help protect these beautiful creatures and their habitat. This sanctuary extends from the shoreline to a depth of 600 feet. If you come visit, please treat the Islands and oceans with the same respect that you would treat your own home. Mahalo.

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Ronald Lundberg

 

 

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Foodie Travelers Love Kaanapali Fresh and Kaanapali Alii’s Condo Advantage

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We overheard a guest at the pool telling a friend why she only stays at the Alii: “I HAVE to have a full kitchen on vacation!  How else could I enjoy all the goodies I bring back from the (Maui) farmer’s markets?”

 

This got us thinking about a fun upcoming event, Kaanapali Fresh. On Saturday, August 31st they will be having a Grown on Maui Farmers Market at Whalers Village. Maui farms produce a bounty of fragrant coffee, native taro, fresh vegetables, colorful flowers, exotic fruits, sweet Maui Kula® onions, landscape greens, sugar cane, pineapples, seed crops, grass-fed beef and even seafood.

 

So after you have filled your basket at the Farmers Market come “home” to your fully equipped gourmet kitchen and take advantage of all your Alii condo has to offer. You can stock your favorite foods & beverages and savor the delicious bounty of Maui at any time of the day or night.  A full-sized refrigerator, contemporary appliances, and designer details will inspire you to play Top Chef!  The open-plan design of the condos offers welcoming spaces to gather with family and friends for easy meals including large private lanais overlooking the pool, beach, mountains, or tropical gardens.

 

We also have oceanfront gas barbecue grills which are another great gathering place reserved for guests of the Alii. Bring your favorite foods and beverages to the grills and a friendly Grill Master is available with cooking tips and complimentary rubs and marinades.  To make grilling even easier, the resort offers a wooden chest of complimentary picnic supplies including tableware, napkins, aluminum foil etc.

 

For Kaanapali Alii reservations call 1-866-966-5790 or visit our website. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information on Kaanapali Fresh and to purchase tickets visit their website www.kaanapalifresh.com.

 

 

 

 

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Kaanapali Fresh – Mixing it up!

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With only a couple of weeks to go before Kaanapali Fresh, each week we will feature an article, chef or farmer from their website. Let’s start getting excited for this fun, fresh event. Enjoy …….

 

The word “mixology” has come to mean an elevated and refined form of mixing drinks. It’s the art and craft of mixing cocktails by experimenting with new spirits and concocting new adult beverages.

 

The history of the cocktail is centuries old, and has become more sophisticated with time. Whether you’re stirring it up or shaking it up, it’s about layering and infusing the flavors of the drink.

 

According to mixology.com, the most important thing to remember when making (and understanding) a cocktail is the combination of three things: the base spirit, which gives the cocktail its main flavor; the modifier/mixer, which melds exceptionally well with the base spirit but doesn’t overpower; and the flavoring, which brings it all together.

 

Nowadays, many of the spirits, flavors and mixers are being sourced fresh and locally, following a food trend of the same. Pair them with equally fresh and sustainable produce and herbs, and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable drink with a distinct focus on local Hawaiian flavors that send your taste buds into hula heaven.

 

You’ll find quality cocktails including locally distilled spirits like Maui’s Ocean Vodka and Old Lahaina Rum being served at the second annual Kaanapali Fresh, a two-day end of summer event, over Labor Day weekend, highlighting all that Kaanapali Resort offers.

 

If you want to brush up on your cocktail repertoire, plan to attend the “Mixology – A Fresh Approach” class kicking-off Kaanapali Fresh on August 30. Master mixologist Chandra Lucariello will introduce us to her Hana Hou cocktail recipe made from Maui’s own organic Ocean Vodka and drinks using Old Lahaina Rum. There will be plenty of interaction encouraged, and appetizers and beverage sampling.

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Chandra Lucariello, director of mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits of Hawaii and education director of the Hawaii chapter of the United States Bartender Guild, leads “Mixology – A Fresh Approach” on Friday, August 30 from 2 to 4 p.m at the Royal Lahaina Resort, part of Kaanapali Fresh 2013.

Tickets to Mixology are $26 and can be purchased at the event website.

 

Article courtesy of our friends at Kaanapali Fresh, please visit their website for more information.

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Hiking on Maui

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In Hawaii, summer means hiking trails, incredible views and a great way to tour the Islands on your own two feet. Maui’s hiking trails allow you to experience the beauty of the Magic Isle. For an easy hike, visit historic Iao Valley State Park. This paved trail offers fantastic valley views. For a more difficult hike try the Pipiwai trail to 400-foot Waimoku Falls in the lush Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park. Visit the Kipahulu Visitor’s Center for more information.

 

Or you can hike atop the scenic summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak. Take the Halemauu Trail or the Keeneheehee (sliding sands) trail down from the crater and see volcanic landscapes, mountainous wilderness and rare endemic plants like the ahinahina (silversword). Visit the Haleakala Visitor’s Center for more information on guided and self-guided hikes.

For more information contact the National Park Service at (808) 572-4400.

 

When hiking on Maui, be sure to be prepared with these essentials:
– Good hiking shoes with tread
– Light pants to keep cool or shorts (but beware that you may get scratches from branches)
– Light shirt to keep cool
– Light rain jacket and mosquito repellent (especially if you are going into rainforests or valleys)
– Backpack with enough water, lunch and sunscreen (depending on length and intensity of hike)
– Cell phone

For longer, tougher hikes you may want to also include:
– Work gloves
– Sweater
– First Aid Kit
– Additional water and food
– Flashlight
– Compass
– Map

 

For safety reasons, DO NOT hike alone if at all possible, but if you must, make sure to tell someone where you are going. DO NOT drink water from freshwater ponds or streams you may encounter during your hike. Avoid entering streams or ponds with open cuts. Stick to the trail and follow trail head markers to avoid getting lost. With a little preparation, your Maui hike will reap unforgettable rewards.

 

 

 

Thank you to our friends at Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau for the content.

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