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Whale Watch Season is in full swing

Winter is one of the best times to reserve your condo at the oceanfront Kaanapali Alii. From the beach directly out front, you’ll have the best seat in town to watch dramatic whale behaviors!

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February is often the peak for whale sightings and it’s the month for many fun and educational whale-related events designed for all ages. The Pacific Whale Foundation organizes World Whale Day that goes on for weeks and includes everything from a fun run to a community fair.

One event within Kaanapali Resort is the 1st Annual World Whale Film Festival on February 11.  The goal is to promote visual storytellers who are passionate about whales, dolphins and our oceans. The mission of this Film Festival is to tell powerful stories that inspire ocean and wildlife conservation around the world.  The Film Festival takes place just a short stroll down the beach walk from Kaanapali Alii at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

Reserve your luxury condo  at Kaanapali Alii, enjoy whale watching and save on great rates and No Resort Fee!


Celebrity Chef Martin Yan & Kaanapali Alii Grill Master

Celebrity Chef Martin Yan of “Yan Can Cook” TV fame enjoyed a luxury condo at Kaanapali Alii during the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. Of course he stopped by to say hello to the Kaanapali Alii Grill Master McNiel Magdoang.

Grill Master McNiel offers complimentary assistance to guests who bring their favorite foods to the oceanfront grills at sunset. Sharing a barbecue at Kaanapali Alii is a vacation highlight for many. Complimentary plates, cups, flatware, napkins and even aluminum foil make it so easy to barbecue. And the Maui sunset offers continuous photo ops as it sinks into the blue Pacific!


Want to feel better? Just come to Hawaii!

Reserve a spacious luxury condo at Kaanapali Alii and know that exhilarating sunny days are in your near future.

Well being starts on the world famous Kaanapali Beach and extends to complimentary unlimited use of our popular Alii Athletic Club. As a guest it’s a Club and you belong! Drop by the 3,000 square foot fitness center featuring state-of-the-art Matrix cardio equipment and individual TVs, a yoga stretching studio, spa treatment rooms, and more. Meet our tennis pro and enjoy complimentary unlimited play on the adjacent lighted tennis courts. Late flight home? After check out, drop off your luggage at the bell desk, enjoy a pre-flight work out, shower in the Athletic Club, and leave refreshed!


Why Kaanapali Alli is the Ideal Luxury Oceanfront Condos in Maui

November marks the tourist season in Hawaii; as the Mainland states get colder, Maui resorts fill to capacity. The weather is only one reason that makes Maui one of the top winter escapes, the extraordinary Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina’s history and culture and the world’s best whale watching also create an unforgettable Hawaiian vacation.

Kaanapali Beach has been named one of the best beaches in America numerous times. White sand beach, crystal waters, and adventure and water activities for adults, children, families and groups. Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina are the most popular destinations for visitors to Maui. Whether your perfect vacation is filled with action, parasailing, snorkeling and surfing or you prefer to lounge on the beach or by the pool with a tropical adult beverage – Kaanapali Beach will not disappoint. Located on the Kaanapali Beachwalk, Kaanapali Alii features oceanfront or Mountain View 1- and 2-bedroom condos. Steps from the water, the resort also has a fitness center, yoga studio, outdoor pool, children’s wading pool and whirl pool as well as an onsite boutique spa.

Whale Watching season begins in November and lasts throughout winter until mid-April. More than 10,000 humpback whales make their way from the icy Alaska waters to Hawaii’s thermal sanctuary. The shallow, calm channel between Maui, Lanai and Moloka’I are a favorite spot for the majestic mammals. Watch whales breaching and lobtailing from the private lanai of your luxury oceanfront condo as Maui’s famous sunsets frame this remarkable sight.  Book your whale watching tour to experience these beautiful ocean creatures play and care for their young calves. Many cruises include snorkeling, specialty voyages and dinner and drinks. Guided tours will educate you to the history, behaviors and migration of the humpback whale as well as the conservation taking place to preserve marine life and their habitat.

Kaanapali Alii is a short walk to Whalers Village, an open-air mall that encompasses more than 90 fine stores and restaurants, outdoor stage with live entertainment and the Whalers Village Museum. If you are seeking some retail therapy or want to nosh on fresh seafood and sashimi, participate in traditional Hawaiian activities or learn the Maui history of the whaling industry you will find it at Whalers Village. Front Street in Lahaina is a few minutes away by car and is the heart of art galleries, local events and various restaurants. Another nearby attraction to Kaanapali Alii is the Kaanapali Golf Course, the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed Royal North Course and Arthur Jack Snyder Kaanapali Kai South Course, offering 36 championship holes. Hawaii Golf is definitely on the bucket list for most golfers.

Kaanapali Alii has the location for their guests to enjoy the award winning beach, a multitude of outdoor activities, amazing whale watching and chef-inspired cuisine. The resort’s amenities and service have earned Kaanapali Alii 5-star reviews but what about the accommodations? The luxurious spacious condominiums are between 1,500 and 1,900 square feet. Each of the condos have separate living, dining and sleeping areas, fully-equipped gourmet kitchens and spa-like bathrooms. You will enjoy central air conditioning, full-sized washer and dryer, private lanai and you will never pay a resort fee. Why stay in a standard hotel room when you could enjoy your Maui vacation in Luxury Oceanfront Condos?


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


E ala e! (Awaken) with Hi’uwai

We invite you to join us in experiencing a Hawaiian sea-water cleansing or also known as Hi’uwai.

Hi’uwai – to cleanse in sea water. In ancient Hawai’i, the bath between midnight and sunrise was regarded as a ceremony of purification. It was a symbol of cleansing all impurities of the past. Since salt water was regarded as the water of purification, everyone who could – went to the sea to bathe. The ritual of purification involves wading silently into the tranquil sea while releasing problems, stress or grief.

Take this opportunity to participate in this hi’uwai to promote inner and spiritual peace in oneself and create a new wellness.

Awaken your senses and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

When:            Sunday, April 5, 2015
Where:           On the beach in front of Ka’anapali Ali’i
Time:              6:00 AM – Hi’uwai will begin promptly.

What to bring:

  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Warm clothing for after cleansing
  • Open mind and heart

E ala e!

E ala e


Kaanapali Alii Amenities: The Finest in Maui Resorts

With so many Maui resorts to choose from, the amenities and location can often be the deciding factors in which resort you choose. Situated on the world famous Kaanapali Beach, Kaanapali Alii is one of the best locations for a Maui vacation. Within steps of the resort, you have endless water activities, first class restaurants and a multitude of shopping and events with which to partake. The Kaanapali Alii property also has onsite services and amenities that you expect from a luxurious resort.

Unwind with a Maui Spa

Enjoying a massage or other body treatment during vacation can make a good getaway, the perfect getaway. Alii Spa at Kaanapali features the Alii massage for relaxation and rejuvenation, a hot stone or deep tissue massage to soothe your body and soul or reflexology and aromatherapy for your overall well-being.

Fitness to Fit Your Mood

Kaanapali Alii’s athletic center is a 3,000 square feet state of the art facility. With exercise and cardio equipment, a yoga stretching studio, fitness and yoga classes from an in-house instructor and onsite tennis courts – you can enjoy getting healthy while vacationing in paradise. Bask in the brilliant sunshine at one of the beautiful outside pools, whirl pools and a children’s pool. Landscaped with tropical palm tree and overlooking the nearby ocean beach, fun in the sun will be all yours. Take advantage of the outside shaded pavilion for family picnics and barbeques.

Something for the Kiddos

Give the kids a break too at Alii’s Kid’s Club. Guests 6 to 12 years old can experience Hawaiian culture through music and chant, Hawaiian coconut weaving, and mixed flower lei making. They can take part in the hula boot camp or tennis madness. Their complimentary membership also includes special discounts to local family activities.

Location, Location, Location

Kaanapali Alii is located in Lahaina, a historic town now populated with restaurants, shopping and ocean activities. Two of the main retail areas in Lahaina are Front Street and Whalers Village. Front Street is a quaint set of boutiques and galleries, a block from the marina. Many events are held on Front Street near the Banyan Tree to celebrate food, libations and Hawaiian culture. This area also has many restaurants to choose from that will satisfy any palate. Whalers Village not only offers great retail choices but has cultural and music events as well.

There are many reasons why Hawaii is so popular for vacations. Maui Resorts are some of the best in the world and Kaanapali Beach has everything to offer for those looking for adventure or serenity.


Things to do in Maui: Whalers Village near Kaanapali


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

Kaanapali Beach: Maui Beaches Endless Adventure

The sunshine glistening on crystal waters and the white sand beaches stretch out beneath your feet. Children laugh as they play in the gently lapping ocean and you hear the exhilarated squeals of a group parasailing. Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a picturesque bustling resort village – you are at Ka’anapali Beach in Maui. Trip Advisor recently named Ka’anapali Beach the second of the top 25 beaches in the U.S.

Three miles of pristine sand line a clear blue ocean beachfront, the perfect playground for an endless list of water activities. The beach is known for its shallow waters by the bank and calm waves near the coast. A paved beach walk follows the shoreline and guides you past restaurants, parks, luau’s and the Whaler’s Village shops.

Kaanapali BeachAdventure is yours for the taking and if you love to be active, wakeboarding and surfing will get your heart racing. Parasailing on Kaanapali Beach is another breathtaking experience to have during your Maui vacation. For a more serene marine venture, book a snorkeling or whale watching tour during the light or end your day with a dinner, cocktail or sunset cruise. And for those that like solitude, a walking tour of Kaanapali or renting a kayak might be right up your alley.

At Ka’anapali Beach’s northernmost cliff, the Black Rock or Puu Kekaa, a daily cliff diving ceremony is one of the most popular events for visitors to Maui. Held at sunset every evening, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, and dives off of Black Rock in a homage to Maui’s revered King Kahekili. The King would prove his spiritual strength and prowess of Lele Kawa, or cliff diving, by jumping into the waters below, and intimidating his adversaries.

Beach vacations remind us to slow and enjoy, the Aloha spirit one might say. Another Hawaiian concept that refers to this sense of peace is Aina, its direct meaning is land, but the theory is to connect with nature, to be one with the air, sea, and earth. Ka’anapali Beach provides you with the tranquility or the excitement that you want on your resort vacation.


The Ices of Maui: Cold Island Treats

Being in Maui, the surroundings don’t exactly scream cold and ice. The weather is warm and mild, the setting is Caribbean and tropical, and it’s far from ice and snow. The thing about Maui is that the people love ice and they know what they are doing with it. Icy cold treats are locally famous desserts that locals and tourists alike enjoy daily, sometimes hourly- they’re really just that good!


Shaved ice is a Hawaiian trademark. So if you’re on Maui, be sure to try some of these authentic frozen desserts. Ululani’s Shaved Ice on the Maui island features esteemed shaved ice treats that are notorious for their taste and refreshment on a hot Maui day. Their syrups are made from pure cane sugar giving them that authentic and fresh taste.


Another Hawaiian trademark dessert is Shaka Pops. These handmade popsicles can be purchased from local vendors or stores. Some argue that these are better than the local shaved ice. These popsicles are made from fresh fruits and than frozen into different layers that create a unique presentation and taste experience. Organic flavors, fresh frozen fruit- it’s the perfect dessert for the island life.


Gelato is also a big hit on the island. Ono Gelato Company on the Maui Island boasts it is “the best gelato on the island”. It features authentic Italian, slow-churned gelato covering a wide array of fresh flavors. From chocolate to fruit, the flavors are fresh, bold, and delicious. Gelato is not only healthier than ice cream it is tastier too. Less calories, more flavor, Maui made- it’s a win, win situation all around.


Maui is notorious for the cold sweet treats it makes. Local, fresh, and delicious, these treats have to be tried. There are plenty more options to choose from when it comes to delicious desserts on the island, though these are a few standouts. Brain-freeze? Worth it.


Enjoy friends.