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Kids Play Free on Kaanapali Kai Golf Course

Golfing for families is easy for guests of Kaanapali Alii. Now through August 31, 2016, one junior aged 7-17 can play free on the Kaanapali Kai Golf Course with each paying adult.

KA Kids play free KGC

Golfers love to share their favorite vacation activity and it’s so easy at Kaanapali Resort. Juniors can also play the Royal Course all day long for a special rate of $49 (regularly $75). Kaanapali’s popular keiki tees measure a junior-friendly 2,459 yards and play to a par 71.

Kaanapali Golf View

In addition to being located so close to the Kaanapali Golf Courses, the luxury condos of Kaanapali Alii are popular for multi-generational family vacations.  Spacious two bedroom condos can sleep up to six with lots of room to settle in and feel at home.

Grandparents love to take their grandkids out on the course during this Summer Junior Golf promotion. And just as often the whole family gathers for friendly competition. It’s for fun and learning together on the beautiful Kaanapali golf courses.

 

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Kaanapali Alii tennis pro makes play fun for everyone

This oceanfront condominium resort of Kaanapali Alii offers the rare amenity of an experienced on-property tennis pro! Dan Van Poucke emphasizes making tennis something everyone can enjoy. Families can easily borrow racquets and share informal play with no time pressure. Yet Dan also understands the unique needs of tennis pros because he played the Hawaii Grand Prix circuit for 15 years! “The most frequent comment I hear from guests is how comfortable they feel here. I maintain that welcoming attitude!” explains Van Pouke.

Guests of these luxury beachfront Maui condos enjoy unlimited play on three lighted Classic Clay courts reserved exclusively for guests of Kaanapali Alii. This soft surface is easy on the body and creates a medium play pace.

 

Kaanapali Alii Amenities Tennis Pro

The tennis courts are part of the Alii Athletic Club. All guests of Kaanapali Alii are members and can enjoy unlimited complimentary use of the fitness center with Matrix cardio equipment and a yoga stretching studio. Suggestion for guests with a late flight home: after check out, drop off your luggage at the bell desk, energize with a pre-flight work out, schedule a massage, and leave refreshed!

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Ali`i Kula Lavender – Sustainable Aloha on Maui

For years when I had trouble sleeping, I would place some lavender under my pillow and surely drift off to a peaceful sleep. Lavender has long been associated with rejuvenation and relaxation so well as its vibrant hue. Lavender also has homeopathic properties that may aid with a multitude of issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and intestinal problems. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients in lavender are said to be effective in the treatment of minor burns and bug bites.

So it’s no surprise that the Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm has soared in popularity since Ali`i Chang planted the first herb in 2001. Raised on Oahu by his grandmother, Alii Chang grew to be an accomplished farmer, agriculturist, garden and botanical purveyor. Alii chose lavender, or as he liked to say, the lavender chose him, because the herb flourished in the drought-like conditions of Kula. The lavender plant has origins in the Mediterranean and North African regions and is not native to the Hawaiian Islands but adapted well to the Haleakala slopes.

The Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm doesn’t just grow the herb on the property but promotes a way of life that is purposeful, full of tranquility and grace, called Sustainable Aloha or the Lavender Lifestyle. The farm is committed to Aloha and sustainability through education, awareness and outreach. They offer daily walking tours with a guide that explains the background of the farm and the future objectives of Ali`i Kula. For the kids, and the young at heart, there is a Lavender Treasure Hunt that is not only a great way to discover new and exciting things about the farm but is also a great way to spend the day outdoors.

With a little advanced planning you can request a golf cart tour where you can sit back, relax and visit exclusive places on our entire 13.5 acre property. With 24-hour notice, you can make the most of the farm’s ambiance and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch tailored to your taste, which includes potato chips, a beverage and lavender-infused dessert. Throughout the year, Ali`i Kula Farms conduct craft classes that utilize the beautiful and fragrant lavender herb. Check their calendar often for special events and class details.

The Alii Kula Lavender Farm is a working farm that produces bath and body products, culinary treats, spices, beverages apparel and specialty items that all feature lavender. The items can be purchased online or at the many stores that carry their products on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and on the Mainland.

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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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Spring and Summer Maui Festivals

As if a vacation in Maui wasn’t fun enough, the Island has festivals and fairs throughout the year that showcase indigenous foods, music and culture. On different parts of Maui, particularly Lahaina and Kaanapali, there are also free block parties and concerts in the park that entertain tourists and locals alike. The monthly Hawaiian Music Series is held in Lahaina Town on the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum the last Thursday of every month. Second Fridays takes place on Front Street and is a block party that includes local artisans and musicians as well as special offers from retailers.

One of the most well-known festivals on the Island is the Maui Onion Festival. The Maui Onion differs from other onions because of its sweet aromatic taste. Everywhere you go, from the fanciest of restaurants to the neighborhood joint, you will find dishes made with the infamous Maui Onion. Summertime in Maui, means the Maui Onion Festival; thousands of people attend and the day is filled with music, recipe contest with participating local chefs and an onion eating contest. The festival started in 1990 and is held at Whalers Village in Lahaina. This year however, the mall is undergoing renovations and the festival will be put on hold until 2016.

2015 Celebration of the Arts will run from Friday, May 8th until Sunday, May 10th. Held at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, enjoy an entire weekend of Hawaiian traditional visual art, jewelry, food, film, and lectures on sustainable Island living. Some highlights will include an exercise class based on the cross fit of a Hawaiian warrior, the Celebration luau and concert and the culmination of the festival with a Mother’s Day Brunch.

The 34th Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is a 4-day event taking place from Thursday, June 11th through Sunday, June 14th at the Kapalua Resort, 15 minutes north of Kaanapali. The festival began in 1981 as a homage to fine wine and local culinary products. This year’s program will include wine seminars and tastings for the local wine industry, Willamette Valley, women in wine, Zinfindel and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as West Coast Game Changing wines and wines made by Pro-athletes. Join celebrity chefs Charlie Palmer and Michael Mina in cooking demonstrations as they pair with noted wine makers and sommeliers for an interactive lunch experience. The festival begins with a welcome reception and commences with a Seafood Festival and also includes a Grand Tasting event.

Maui festivals are sure to please the music, art or food lover and will no doubt include an enjoyable lesson on the history of culture of the Islands. As laid back as Maui is, the Island is also vibrant and there is always something fun to do. Visit our events calendar and destination guide before your holiday to Kaanapali Alii; our onsite concierge can assist you in your vacation itinerary before and during your stay.

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The Best Maui Restaurants

Staying at Kaanapali Alii is comfort and luxury rolled into one; a beautiful resort with first-class amenities. And Hawaii is a pristine tropical setting – but what are the best Maui restaurants near the resort? Where can you enjoy freshly-caught in-season seafood and the produce and fruit that Hawaii is known for? We have highlighted some of the top restaurants in Lahaina:

The owners of Leilani’s, Kimo’s, and the Hula Grill celebrate traditional Hawaiian culture with dishes that are made with locally-sourced ingredients and fish that is only caught during particular seasons. Each restaurant’s menu is uniquely designed to showcase fresh seafood like Ahi, Clams, Lobster and Scallops; Farm to Table Greens and the famous Maui Onion. Leilani’s has won multiple years as OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Most Booked Restaurant; Kimo’s been awarded OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Best Overall and several other accolades for 2015; the Hula Grill was named OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Best Hotspot and all have earned the distinction of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

Lahaina Grill is not only one of the best restaurants in Maui but were recently lauded as one of the top 25 restaurants in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. They excel at New American cuisine prepared with Asian, European and Hawaiian influences. For 25 years, the Lahaina Grill has been serving innovative dishes, all seamlessly combined with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui’s local farms and dairies. The Lahaina Grill offers an exclusive experience with their Chef’s Table, a semi-private room where you can create a customized 5- or 7- course menu for your party.

Roy’s motto is Internationally Influenced and Hawaiian Inspired. The menu is dynamic – though many favorites continue to be available – specialty and seasonal dishes are introduced that highlight the talent and creativity of the executive chef and sous chefs. The appetizers, seafood and mixed plates use the highest quality ingredients that coax out exceptional flavor; the dining experience and exquisite plating completes the perfect evening of dining.

Best Maui Restaurants Roys Kaanapali

Longhi’s cuisine has a decidedly Italian influence with a menu full of mouth-watering pasta dishes, and succulent beef, veal, chicken and seafood made with a multitude of preparations. This family-run restaurant has been praised by the culinary industry and celebrities a like for its outstanding food, service and atmosphere.

Pacific’o differs from most of the other restaurants in the area because it has its own farm that supplies it with the freshest, in-season produce. Their dinner menu offers local and regional favorites but to sample the most popular dishes served at Pacific’o opt for the Seasonal Menu. This six course meal is served over two hours to allow you to enjoy the refined cuisine with a leisurely dining experience. You can choose to include wine pairings with your meal to elevate your evening to the next level.

The Aloha Mixed Plate is the ideal restaurant to taste the multicultural foods of the Island. Mixed plates became popular with plantation workers who would gather together and share the dishes of their heritage – Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Koreans and Hawaiian. The traditional mixed plate is served with a scoop of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. Some of the main dishes include Lau Lau, Kahlua Pork, Teriyaki Beef or Lomi Lomi.

Mala Ocean Tavern is a laid-back bar and restaurant that sits on the edge of the ocean. The atmosphere is sophisticated and the small plates and entrees the perfect union of Asian and Hawaiian preparations. Enjoy dining outside or partake at the beautiful bar. The cuisine focuses on whole grains, organic and no preservatives.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar is one of the premier dining choices for seafood and sushi on Maui. The offer the standard sushi and Japanese dishes but have unique menu items like Ahi Tataki salad with Maui Onions, Paia Maki roll featuring local produce and the Seared Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi for the more adventurous epicure. They also have special late night and gluten free menus.

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Things to do in Maui: Whalers Village near Kaanapali

Shopping

You could spend all day window shopping at Whalers Village. Then again, why not stop in and get all the Island apparel you could ever want including fashion flip flops, surfer styling or iconic Hawaiian shirts. Complete the look with a pair of sunglasses and an awesome beach hat! There are so many stores at Whalers Village filled with fun and personality but if you take shopping a little more seriously, the mall has a Coach and Louis Vuitton boutique as well as numerous jewelry stores.

Cuisine at Maui Restaurants

With the beautiful outdoor setting of Whalers Village Maui, the onsite restaurants are the ideal place to not only savor American steak and seafood fare and traditional Hawaiian delicacies but enjoy the paradise-like environment. The Hawaiian Ceviche at Hula’s Grill spotlights the local fresh seafood but intensified by Island flavors. Leilani’s cioppino and pan-seared catch of the day will make your month water. And Maui Fish and Pasta’s innovative menu includes locally sourced ingredients and a creative spin or fish and pasta dishes. If you are looking for things to do in Maui, Whalers Village is a must-see and a must-eat adventure.

Events at the Mall

To round out your shopping on Maui experience, the mall has daily events to entertain and educate. Though most of your Maui vacation will be spent at the beach or the pool, it’s a nice change of pace to take a day to saunter the promenade and let the breeze comfort you. A new outfit to commemorate your Island trip, a tropical drink or cold brew, succulent lunch or dinner and culture too.

  • Lei Making
  • Coconut Husking
  • Hawaiian and Polynesian Hula Dancing and Lessons
  • Tahitian Dance
  • Live Music
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Annual and Seasonal Events throughout the year
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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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Windsurfing Maui

Maui offers one of the widest range of recreational activities for tourists and residents. With its’ pristine beaches, mild weather, and fun loving culture, it’s the birth haven for fun in the sun. One of the most sought out after activities to do in Maui is windsurf. For those who don’t know what this is, essentially it is the use of a wind sail attached to a surfboard that propels a surfer across the surface of the water. Your feet slip into a binding, your hands grasp onto the shaft of the sail, and the sail catches onto the wind and guides you along the water.

There are numerous beaches in Maui that offer this recreational activity. The majority of windsurfing takes place on the North shore. The North shore is known for powerful north east trade winds that bring perfect waves sailing up and down the center of Maui’s shore. The beaches on the north side include Hookipa, Camp One, Sprecks, Sugar Cove, and Kanaha. On the south shore of the island, the beach Kihei offers windsurfing areas as well. At these beaches, one can find ideal places that allow for windsurfers to fully enjoy the sport.

If you don’t have the gear for windsurfing or are only going to be in Maui for a short amount of time, renting is a clear choice. There are multiple locations and shops that offer rental equipment. One can easily find options for windsurfing lessons as well, if one is needing a little extra help getting started. There are multiple websites of shops that offer rentals, pricing, and locations to best suite your needs if one is wanting to research that before arriving to the island.

Whether you’re a pro or a beginner windsurfing in Maui is a purely fun option.  Ideal beaches and locations, numerous options for rentals, and offered lessons make it an easy and fun way to spend the day out on the water and in the Hawaiian sun. Catch some rays, catch some waves, and catch some wind, adventurers!

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Beaches for everyone in Maui!

Okay, so you’re in Hawaii. The last thing anyone should really be worried about is finding a decent beach. Maui offers some of the most pristine, beautiful, and fun beaches on the globe. Whether you’re wanting to surf, hang out, or see a gorgeous view, Maui has you covered. There are numerous beaches to choose from. From the north, south, east, or west, there are a plethora of beaches to suit your every need. There are a few notable beaches of course, focusing in on the south side, three particular beaches stand out.

The first one is Makena Beach. Dramatic cliffs, fine and rich orange/white sand, and swells strong enough to satisfy the surfers, this beach has it all. Great surfing conditions, beautiful scenery, and clear blue/green water, this beach is an all-around competitor. Note: this beach is known for stronger and unpredictable swells, be cautious with the younger kids and the water currents.

Next to Makena Beach is the notable Maluaka Beach. The beach is a pristine stretch of white sand colliding against the crystal blue/green water shared with the Makena Beach. This beach offers surrounding picnic areas, restrooms, and showers. Another great activity one can enjoy at this beach is the snorkeling. This beach offers perfect snorkeling areas so one can see not only the beauty above the water but also under it. Don’t know what Ariel was complaining about, life under the sea is pretty awesome!

Another beach fit for the whole family, is the Charley Young Beach. On the north end of the Kamaole 1 Beach, is a large stretch of fine sand, complete with amazing views of the island. This is a swimming beach. The ideal place for a picnic with the whole family or just a fun time at the shore. The parking for the beach is said to be on the side of South Kihei road.

Whatever kind of beach experience you’re looking for, Maui’s diverse selection of beaches will be sure to attract your attention and tastes. Maui beaches are a trademark of the Hawaiian experience. Choose some beaches you want to visit, try something different, and have fun!

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