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Easter Brunch Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation
A great activity for your Easter Sunday afternoon.
April 18, 2014
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Easter Brunch Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation

If you're wondering what to do with yourself on Easter Sunday while visiting Maui, it's all a matter of checking into what's happening on the island. The Pacific Whale Foundation will be having a beautiful Easter Brunch Cruise from 11:30am-1:30pm, and in case you weren't sure, yes, there are still whales cruising around Maui's shores.pacific whale foundation

The cruise leaves from scenic Lahaina Harbor, which is adjacent to all the shops, restaurants and art galleries of Front Street, so after your cruise you can always tour the town. Conveniently, the harbor is just a short drive from our Kaanapali condo rentals.

The cruise will feature stunning views of the West Maui Mountains, and the neighboring islands of Kaho'olawe, Lana'i and Moloka'i. You will more than likely spot some of those whales, and maybe even some dolphins. There will also be live musical entertainment. What better way to enjoy your Easter Sunday afternoon than taking in the spectacular beauty that Maui has to offer from such an excellent non-profit organization?

Seeing as this is a brunch cruise, a buffet will be prepared by a talented chef, featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with decadent desserts. Adults can also enjoy up to three alcoholic beverages, and the selection includes locally brewed beer from the Maui Brewing Co., Mai Tais, blended drinks, and both red and white wines.

This is the kind of event that you should book as soon as possible to reserve your space. If you book online at the Pacific Whale Foundation website, you'll save 10 percent. To reach them by phone, call 808-249-8811 ext. 1.

We hope you have a fantastic holiday! Don't forget your camera and your sunscreen. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo! - by Ken Rothman

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Moonlight Mele Event
A relaxing evening of Hawaiian music and history at the Bailey House Museum.
April 11, 2014
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Moonlight Mele Event

If you're looking for a relaxing and culturally rich evening event on your Maui vacation, we recommend Moonlight Mele with George Kahumoku Jr., an iconic Hawaiian performer and slack key guitar master.

Moonlight Mele is a musical event, but with a historic focus. It will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku, which is about 45 minutes away from our Kaanapali vacation rental condos. There will be a romantic tone to the evening, but it's still appropriate for the whole family.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 19th from 7-9pm. While the performance begins at 7pm, the gates will open at 5pm. That should give you plenty of time to explore the museum and check out the gift shop. Tickets to the event include museum entry. The cost is $30 for general admission, and $15 for students age 12-18. Kids ages 12 and under get in for free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside. They'll provide seating, but if you'd prefer to bring a blanket or some low chairs, that's great too.

The proceeds will benefit the Maui Historical Society, that's responsible for conserving, restoring and maintaining many artifacts and historical locations all over the island. They are a wonderful non-profit organization, and their work enriches the lives of countless visitors and residents alike.

We hope you enjoy this event. George Kahumoku Jr. really is a great artist, and his music is a delightful mix of traditional Hawaiian sounds along with some contemporary influences mixed in to keep things interesting. Hearing him play is always a great experience.

That's it for this week! Be sure to check in next week for our lates Maui vacation idea. Mahalo for reading! - by Ken Rothman

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West Maui Golf
A stunning breadth of challenging, scenic Maui golf courses.
April 04, 2014
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West Maui Golf

If you love golf, you'll love playing it on Maui. With a variety of difficulty levels to suit everyone from beginners to masters, the sprawling ocean and mountain vistas are just the icing on the cake. Because our Maui vacation rental condos are located in Kaanapali, we'll tell you a little bit about each of the courses in West Maui so you can make informed choices about where to play.

The Royal Kaanapali Golf Course was the first resort course to be built in Hawaii (1962), and you golf enthusiasts will probably also appreciate that it was one of the late Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s only two Hawaii golf designs. The green at No. 5 boasts a stunning oceanfront location, offering sweeping views of the ocean, the West Maui Mountains, and the neighboring island of Lanai. Keep an eye on those trade winds when evaluating risk vs. reward! the best places to golf in west maui

The Kaanapali Kai Golf Course opened in 1967, offering a shorter alternative to the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course. Here, you'll find an easier game featuring gently rolling topography. That being said, its tapered fairways will be challenging to less experienced players, while it would be a great warm up for the advanced player. There are many unique visual features here, such as lava rock formations, canals, and substantial stands of Norfolk pine and coconut palm.

Located further north, the Kapalua Bay Course is located within the Kapalua Resort, and includes two seaside holes, one of which is located on a cliffside. Hole 16 is considered one of Hawaii's best par-4s, and from this course, golfers will get magnificent views of the neighboring island of Molokai, along with the sparkling blue Pacific.

The Kapalua Plantation Course is also located within the Kapalua Resort, and it's the younger of the two courses. Its landscape is considered the most dramatic on the island, and perhaps in the state. The breathtaking scope of beautiful scenery at this northwest-facing course is distracting enough to add another layer of challenge to the game. The scale of the course adds to its majesty, with the very first hole spanning 520 yards from the tips. The weather is trickier at this location than others, with fickle winds figuring in as an important factor. Sometimes it's strong, other times mild, with the tendency to fluctuate, so you should be prepared for anything.

We hope you've found this information useful as you decide where to play, and that you'll make the most of what these stunning courses have to offer. The Kaanapali courses are just a couple of minutes from our beachfront accommodations, and the Kapalua courses are about 10-15 minutes away.

If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo for reading this week! - by Ken Rothman

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Best Spas of Maui
These are the spas that will get you the best experience for your money.
March 28, 2014
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Best Spas of Maui

Kaanapali CondosIf you're looking to get pampered on your Maui vacation, there are some incredible spas near our Kaanapali condos that will make you feel amazing. Spas are great whether you're on the island with friends, or you're on a romantic getaway with your sweetheart. It's also a good option for the ladies if the men are busy doing other things that aren't suited to your interests. Whichever scenario applies, here are the spas that will have you feeling like you just floated out of heaven back into your tropical paradise.

Zensations Spa & Massage is the ultimate favorite on the  island, and the proof is in the outstanding reviews. It's a very rare day when any visitor to this spa has a critical word to say about it. Their massages are a source of constant praise, as is their soothing aesthetic and their impeccable cleanliness. The staff is incredibly friendly and the price range is moderate.

Kapalua Spa has equally high reviews, but their price range is a bit higher. The facility provides a mix of indoor and outdoor experience, such as outdoor massages and indoor saunas and jacuzzis. There are healthy refreshments to be had, and a relaxing, open air atmosphere with friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Maui Zen Day Spa should not be confused with Zensations, but they do have moderate prices in common. Guests are especially fond of the products used at this spa, and as with the other options, the staff is very friendly, and wonderful at what they do. The lomi lomi massage is a special favorite at this spa. There are two locations for this spa, including one in Lahaina and one in Wailea, if you find yourself out in South Maui.

On that note, if you happen to be interested in the spas located out in South Maui, there are a couple of excellent hotel spas to choose from, including the Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea and the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, both of which are on the expensive side, but they are worth it. Also, the Valley Isle Day Spa is a top notch choice.

We hope you have an unforgettable experience at your spa of choice! Don't forget to check in every Friday for our latest Maui vacation suggestion. Mahalo for reading! - by Ken Rothman

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Mild Maui Beaches
The safest beaches for young kids and those who aren't the strongest swimmers.
March 21, 2014
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Mild Maui Beaches

West Maui Vacation RentalsWhether you are traveling with kids or you're not a strong swimmer, there are some very protected, placid beaches to be found on Maui, and some are conveniently close to our West Maui condo rentals. If you're not too familiar with Maui, the endless shoreline could be intimidating. Some spots are rough, or ideal for surfing, but others are like bathwater, with protective breaks offshore to stop the waves. We hope that this blog will give you some confidence about which beaches you want to visit.

The easiest way to tackle this topic is by area. As you bounce around the island on your various adventures, you might find yourself interested in visiting beaches all over the island. But first, one good tip that applies to all beaches is that weather conditions tend to be calmest in the early morning, while the wind and waves tend to kick up as the day wears on. Keep that in mind. You will also want to check on the wind. If the trades are blowing in from a northerly direction, then the South Shore and West Maui will be calmest. If the wind is a Kona, coming from a southerly direction (much less common), then North Shore Maui will be calmer.

West Maui:

Baby Beach is just as gentle as it sounds, and there are plenty of nice little shallow areas to play in. It's an obvious choice for young children, or anyone who would enjoy lounging in a charming ocean pool. You'll find this lovely spot just to the north of Front Street in Lahaina. You can park on Kai Pali Street. Launiupoko Beach Park is another great option. This one has a nice rock wall enclosing a tidal pool, while the area beyond the wall is ideal for beginner surfers. It's not as rough as it sounds, and if you're in the area protected by the wall, you'll find that the conditions are super calm in decent weather. This one is located just a few miles south of Lahaina at mile marker 18.

South Maui:

If you find yourself in the South Maui area, the shoreline might seem endless, but there are some spots in particular that will shelter you. In south Kihei, you'll find Kamaole Beach Park I, II & III. Conditions tend to be very good for swimming at these locations, so they're a local family favorite. They also boast some lovely tide pools. Conveniently, these beaches have showers, bathrooms and, most importantly, lifeguards. Next on the list is Kalepolepo Beach. This unique and charming spot was once a part of a native Hawaiian village, and what was once an ancient fishpond is now a fun little wading pool. This beach is nestled safely between a pair of seawalls, which provide the best protection from currents and waves that you could ask for. You'll find it on Piilani Highway in Kihei.

North Shore Maui:

Finally, if you happen to be in the North Shore Maui area on the other side of the island, you'll get a look at some of the most famous surfing and windsurfing beaches in the world right from the road. It's not all wild and rough, however. The "Baby" Beach is located on the western end of Baldwin Beach Park, and should not to be confused with West Maui's "Baby Beach." This one has a nice protective reef offshore that keeps waves and currents under control, creating a lovely sandy pool edged with rocky tide pools where colorful fish live.

Those are your best options for mild, safe conditions! We hope you've found this helpful, and if you need assistance with your Kaanapali vacation rentals, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo! - by Ken Rothman

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