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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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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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Kaanapali Alii: The Best Maui Family Vacation Resort

If you’re planning a Maui family vacation, finding the best resort should be at the top of your list. Where you stay will determine the overall feel of your trip, and will have an impact on the activities you enjoy while vacationing. It’s important to find accommodations that fit each person’s preferences in your family. Thankfully, Kaanapali Alii is the perfect resort for families. Here are a few reasons why:

Maui Family Vacation - Best LocationFantastic Location:

The location of your accommodations while you vacation is extremely important. Kaanapali Alii is located on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach, which is world-famous. In fact, it was once named America’s Best Beach. You’ll have instant access to three miles of white sand, and crystal blue water, where you can swim, sunbathe, surf, or simply build sandcastles. In the evenings, a cliff diving ceremony takes place at Black Rock, at the northernmost point of the beach. This memorable event is distinctly Hawaiian, and will enrich your trip as a family.

Great AmenitiesGreat Amenities:

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you can enjoy a wide variety of amenities, all without the resort fees. We have activities for everyone in the family. For those who want to get a workout, they can enjoy full, complimentary access to our 3,000 square foot fitness center, and the ability to sign up for yoga or fitness classes. If lounging by the pool is more your style, you can enjoy pool-side food service, access to our oceanfront heated swimming pools, and a soak in our whirlpool spa, while children can enjoy our wading pool. In addition, guests at Kaanapali Alii have complimentary access to our 3 lighted tennis courts, can consult our beach activities desk, enjoy the poolside entertainment pavilion with gas grills, or sign kids up for the complimentary Alii Ki’s Club. There truly is an activity for everyone in the family to enjoy at Kaanapali Alii.

Countless ActivitiesCountless Activities:

There are countless activities for everyone in the family, just steps away from Kaanapali Alii. Kaanapali Beach’s white sands are right outside the door, allowing everyone the family easy access for water activities, or simply enjoying the stunning beach. Our accommodations are spacious and each condo has its own private lanai, allowing those who stay in the resort to have gorgeous, private views of the lush beauty of Maui. The Kaanapali Golf Courses are just moments away from the resort, providing 36 historic holes. Built by Robert Trent Jones, the two courses provide breathtaking panoramic views of West Maui and the Pacific Ocean.

Kaanapali Alii is the Best Maui Family Vacation Resort

Kaanapali Alii resort provides the best Maui family vacation accommodations in the area. With a wide variety of amenities, access to many activities, and a great location, we are sure everyone in your family will enjoy their vacation in Maui!

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Escape the Gray: Watch the Sunsets of Lahaina in Maui

Winter is cold and gray for most people in the world. Currently, the east is recovering from the “ridiculously snowy” blizzard of ’16 –  a storm that buried people in New York in over 26 inches of snow, and the unsuspecting people of Georgia with 6 inches of snow. Did your car, home, and town get blanketed in snow and ice? Thankfully, there’s a way to escape the bleak winter you are currently experiencing: Book a flight to Maui, and stay at Kaanapali Alii.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll enjoy:

 – Watch Wildlife

Kaanapali Alii is situated right on the beach. This offers you easy access to the ocean, and all the wildlife it contains. The sea is simply teeming with a rainbow assortment of fish, colorful coral, and curious turtles. One of the best ways to enjoy the sights is to rent a paddleboard, so you can paddle slowly over the beauty below.

 – Watch the Sunsets

Maui is known for its sunsets. The perfect end to a warm, sun-soaked day on the beach is to walk along the shoreline, weaving in and out of the surf, and watch the sun sink below the surface of the ocean. The orange, red, yellow, and purple shades that paint the sky are the perfect end to a perfect day in Maui!

 – Watch the Whales

In Maui, you can catch a glimpse of the whales as they migrate. They often cruise through the waters around Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and Molokai. Watching from the shore is a treat, or you can take a charter or a tour to get up close to see these majestic animals in their own environment.

Winter Warmth Sale for Beachfront Condos in Maui

If lounging on the beach and reading a book, dipping into the emerald-green ocean for a swim, or whale-watching before catching a Maui sunset sounds like a great break from the winter blues and grays, book your stay at a beachfront condo at Kaanapali Alii. Our luxurious condos start at only $399 a night. Book your stay and escape today!

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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 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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