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Best Family Reunion Locations: Kaanapali Alii Oceanfront Condos

If you’re looking for the best family reunion locations, look no further. The oceanfront condos at Kaanapali Alii are hands-down the best choice. There are many reasons for this – we’ll go over them in this blog post. If you have any questions about the Kaanapali Alii resort, and how it accommodates large groups, don’t hesitate to contact us – we are happy to help!

Leaf-IconReason #1: Kaanapali Beach

One of the biggest reasons that Kaanapali is at the top of the list for best family reunion locations is that it is the perfect location: The resort sits right on Kaanapali Beach, which is considered one of the top beaches on Maui. Maui’s beaches are famous for their beauty, and Kaanapali Beach is the quintessential white, sandy beach. There are a myriad of activities to enjoy right on the beach, including snorkeling, swimming, parasailing, whale watching, surfing, or just lounging in the sun reading a book.

Leaf-IconReason #2: Wide Variety of Activities

One of the reasons that Kaanapali Alii is at the top of the best family reunion locations list is that its location provides easy access to a wide variety of activities. For those traveling with a bigger group, it offers many different activities for the variety of preferences in your group – and all within walking distance. The Whalers Village Shopping Center is just steps away, and there are many shops, restaurants, and bars to explore and enjoy.

Leaf-IconReason #3: Spacious, Comfortable
Accommodations

Kaanapali Alii’s condos are spacious, and comfortable for big groups. Our condos range from 1,500 – 1,900 square feet, which means even the biggest families can stay comfortably. Each on of our condos features two full baths, air-condition, a fully-equipped kitchen, and the best part: A private lanai for the whole family to enjoy. When your family books their family reunion in Maui, Kaanapali Alii’s oceanfront condos are the best accommodation choice!

Best Family Reunion Locations According to USA Today: Kaanapali Alii a Great Place for a Reunion

You don’t have to take our word for it: According to USA Today, Kaanapali Alii is one of the top 10 great places to gather the family for a reunion. The gorgeous location, wide variety of activities to fit the preferences of every person in your group, and spacious, luxurious condos will create the perfect backdrop for the best family reunion ever!

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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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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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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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Kaanapali Beach #1 US Beach According to TripAdvisor

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Kaanapali Alii proudly announces Kaanapali Beach is #1 in the US according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Beaches awards.

 

The Travelers’ Choice Beaches awards honor top beach spots around the world, based entirely on the reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. In total, 276 winning beaches were named across Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, the U.S. and more.

 

We have always known that Kaanapali Alii is located on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach’s golden sands. But now travelers have confirmed it. Kaanapali Alii is definitely the #1 Beach in the US!

 

“The Travelers’ Choice Beaches winners have joined an elite list of destinations that are enjoyed and appreciated by a large community of travelers,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “This award is a great honor for the local tourism industry and reflects the destination’s great charm and appeal.”

 

The complete list of 2013 Travelers’ Choice Beaches can be found at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches

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Whales are here in Maui

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Breaching Whale

Did you know that Lahaina was once the royal capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom before it was moved to Honolulu in 1845? At that time is was also the center of whaling in Hawaii (1825 to 1860). During that time, Lahaina was known as the Pacific’s most significant whaling port. At its peak, whalers were hunting thousands of whales each year—to the point of near extinction. Today, conservation has helped to save whales and increase the overall whale population – and Maui is the best place to see them.

It is whale season now (until around April) so this is a great time to visit Maui and experience the amazement of the majestic North Pacific Humpback Whales. There are many reasons Humpback Whales spend the summer in Maui. They come to breed and give birth but they also put on a great show. If you want to see these amazing creatures up-close then treat yourself to scenic ocean views as expert guides take you to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. But remember – regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale and you should never swim with or touch whales or any other marine mammals.

A great way to find a whale watching tour is to visit Lahaina Harbor. A short drive from Kaanapali Alii you will find whale watching kiosks lining the harbor with a variety of whale watching options. There you will find a wide range of whale watching tours from charter boats to passenger rafts. Tours last roughly 2-4 hours long and some even offer early bird specials.

To explore more of Lahaina’s whaling past, the harbor offers many opportunities  (delete “there”) as well. Echoes of the past can be found from the modest Lahaina Lighthouse (the oldest lighthouse in the Pacific) to Hale Paahao, the Old Lahaina Prison, where rowdy sailors were rounded up for the night in the 1850’s. A short stroll from Kaanapali Alii is Whaler’s Village with an extensive Whaling Museum that is free to the public.

These are just a few of the reasons to give yourself time to explore the fascinating town of Lahaina. And there’s no better place to stay than Kaanapali Alii where all the adventures of Lahaina Town are just a stone’s throw away!

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Celebrate Japanese Obon this Weekend


Obon is the Japanse Buddist tradition that sets aside a time to honor family and loved ones who have passed away.

Traditionally celebrated in the summer, Obon is a holiday during which family members return to their ancestral homes to visit and pay respects.

Over the past five hundred years, Obon has evolved into a social and cultural event.  Celebrations are happy and joyous occasions and include the dance of Ben Odori, which symbolizes and celebrates the sacrificies the ancestors have made on our behalf.  It is said that during the dance, the spririts of the dead dance among us.

Visitors and tourists are welcome and encouraged to participate.   Join the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission this Friday or Saturday nights at 7:00 PM to experience Obon for yourself.

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission
1828 Vineyard St
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

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Beachfront Grill Master Services at Kaanapali Alii

Kaanapali Alii first resort to offer beachfront Grill Master services

– Guests get tips & sauces from Chef Michael Barry

 

KAANAPALI, MAUI, Hawaii – Kaanapali Alii adds Grill Master services to its long list of innovative amenities for guests. Effective immediately, Chef Michael Barry will be at the Alii’s popular oceanfront gas barbecue grills from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. He will offer cooking tips and a variety of rubs, Maui pineapple sauce, and marinades. Grill Master services and condiments are complimentary for guests of Kaanapali Alii.

 

Michael Barry, Kaanapali Alii's new Grill Master
Michael Barry, Kaanapali Alii’s new Grill Master

The barbecue grills are the centerpiece of the Alii’s picnic lanai located directly on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach. A fragrant herb garden and a barbecue chest with complimentary plates, utensils, napkins, and aluminum foil add to the appeal of this inviting area reserved for Alii guests only.

 

“The Alii is the first resort to offer Grill Master services! We listen to our guests who often tell me how much they love our oceanfront gas barbecues.  Now our Grill Master makes it even more fun and service oriented,” commented Mark Altier, general manager.

 

Guests return again and again in part because the savings of an Alii vacation are so significant.  No resort fees, free parking, daily newspaper and internet connection, free tennis and clinics with an in-house tennis pro, free use of the fitness center and yoga stretching studio, and a free kid’s club in the summer.

 

Kaanapali Alii is managed by Classic Resorts, a Hawaii-based condominium management company specializing in luxury properties in unique resort locations.

 

Reservations 1-866-966-7169 or visit our website. For frequent updates we invite you to follow us on Twitter find us on Facebook.

 

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