Hale Kaanapali Hotel

2780-A Kekaa Drive, Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761, United States
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Forum Posts

Kaanapali Shores vs. Maui ElDorado?

by roseeliza

Does anyone have an opinion on how the Kaanapali Shores stacks up against the Maui ElDorado, especially for a family with teenagers? And also for the kids to be able to walk safely to and from the Whaler area?


Re: Kaanapali Shores vs. Maui ElDorado?

by GracesTrips

I'm not familiar with the Maui El Dorado but I do know Kaanapali Shores is pretty nice. When we went to Maui last year, my girlfriend and her kids (ages 16 & 23) stayed there (we were at the Ritz Carlton) and the kids had a blast. The beaches are very nice and it's a safe environment. You have surfing lessons right there and a number of places to eat and shop. Have fun!

Re: Kaanapali Shores vs. Maui ElDorado?

by Odinnthor

Kaanapali Shores is on the beach, the Maui Eldorado is not. The Kaanapali Shores is much nicer, much newer, and on the beach. The Eldorado is not bad of course. It has been there forever, and likely to show some wear.

Hope my response in the "other" thread helped a bit.....d:o)

Re: Kaanapali Shores vs. Maui ElDorado?

by Jamesr3939

We stayed at the Kaanapali Shores two years ago at a place we found on VRBO. We loved it and the unit we had was awesome it was whale season and we had huge ones jumping just a few hundred feet off the beach. We have driven past the Maui El Dorado and as stated by others it does appear it could be a little dated and rough around the edges. My vote would clearly be for the KS.

Down side to the KS is the lack of nice places to eat within walking distance. The Star Market is directly x the street so you can pick up plenty of food to eat in. There is a great fish market in a strip mall maybe 1/4 mile to the north. Get there when they first open for the best catch. I recall they open around 1100 AM when the boats come back in.

Unless they have remodeled the BBQ area it is sort of in an isolated location and with a great view of the parking lot. It should be out by the beach side, but is not. BBQ's were well maintained and clean.

I am not sure I would want to walk from KS to Whaler Village (if that's what you meant). It can be done but it is not a fun walk along the beach (part rocky & part busy highway).

We found the food at the hotel restaruant for breakfast and lunch very good and dinner was just OK. Unless they have changed "do not...do not" eat next door at the old Embassy Suites (can't recall the current name) the food was BAD!

Good thing, is even if you have to drive to go out for a nice dinner it's never more than 5-10 minutes in either direction to find a place.

Re: Kaanapali Shores vs. Maui ElDorado?

by travelgourmet

Aloha, The old ResortQuest Kaanapali Shores is now the Aston Kaanapali Shores. I was there when it was the ResortQuest Kaanapali Shores and enjoyed 17 days in a two bedroom condo. Beach is great with a reef about 60 yards out for snorkling. Check out what Trip Advisor reviews say at website: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60634-d87290-Reviews-Aston_Kaanapali_Shores-Lahaina_Maui_Hawaii.html

As for the walking to Whalers Village, I would not attempt it, even from the El Dorado, a long walk and would not even attempt it from the Kaanapali Shores.

You should find out from the hotels if they are included in the free trolley to Whalers Village that stops at many hotels in the area.

Travel Tips for Kaanapali

Walk the Path of Hawaiian Legends

by WestMaui

It's free and it's very captivating - the Ka'anapali Historical Trail & Legends Tour. Offered every Tuesday morning in Ka'anapali Beach Resort and led by a resort concierge who was born and raised on Maui, this historical walking tour is well worth the time and lots of fun. You hear stories of ancient Hawaiian chiefs, warrior battles, legends of demi-gods, and the good 'ole Plantation days. Learn chants and Hawaiian greetings and talk story with your guide. There are 10 site monuments/tour stops. It starts on the Ka'anapali Trolley and finishes with a beach walk.

Paradise is the perfect cliché

by SassyMcPeaches

I always thought the word "paradise" was overused to describe the Hawaiian Islands, but now I understand why. It's such a perfect balance of weather, natural beauty, wonderful people, fascinating culture and mindblowing activities. This was simultaneously one of the most relaxing holidays I've ever had as well as possibly the most stressful holiday I've ever had. I definitely got my wish to go somewhere warm and experience a level of much needed peace. However, I also faced many fears and pushed myself past many things I used to view as limitations. It was overall an incredible experience!

I overwhelmingly appreciate Ka'anapali for what it offers: stars twinkling above pink sunsets, the constant sound of ocean waves, the smell of plumeria trees, the call of the tropical birds, eating breakfast next to a waterfall, the warm breezes at night, the kindness of the people, the gentle slack-key guitar music everywhere... Aloha and mahalo, Maui. What an amazing week!

Maui Baby!....Maui....

by Louie

"A return to the Islands"

Ok. So. I've lived in the great state of Hawaii for roughly 5 years when I was a teenager with my family. It was probably one of the most memorable times of my life. We lived in the city of Pearl City on the island of Oahu but we never managed to go and visit any of the islands. When you live there, it's like..you think it'll always be there later to visit. Well, we moved to Los Angeles from there and I never got to see any of the other islands....until now.

"Travelling as a group is great"

I think the best part of the trip was travelling with a great group of people. Here you can see just a few of people I have the pleasure of travelling with. When you share a great experience with other people, the great part about it, is that for days, months, and even years later you can recount tales and events from that trip and laugh about things all over again as if it just happened yesterday.

"The Mai Tai's start flowing"

We landed just before sunset and spent most of the shuttle bus ride to the hotel in the dark, so there wasn't all that much to see once we got there. We checked into our hotel, the Shereton Maui on Kaanapali Beach and gathered in the bar area where we had our first celebratory toast to being in Maui and to the good times we would have over the next 5 days.

Life is a beach

by Louie

"Waking up in Maui"

As I was saying...we arrived at night so there wasn't all that much to see. In the morning it was an totally different story. The hotel was amazing. The view as amazing. Everything was amazing. This was pretty much my first look at the hotel grounds in the daylight, and it was breathtaking. I may have lived in Hawaii for 5 years we never did many of the tourist things like stay at a nice hotel and such. So this was all a first for me, living it up V.I.P. style.

"What better in the morning than a Catamaran Trip"

So after a really great breakfast buffet, the first thing on the list of things to do was a cool Catamaran/Snorkelling Trip on this really cool Catamaran. I've been out on boats before in hawaii, but they were mainly fishing boats for a little deep sea fishing. This was a million dollar luxuary catamaran. We asked how much one of those ships went for and they said a million bucks easy plus routine maintenance costs. Damn....well if I win the Lottery, you know what's first on my list. :)

"Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirate's life for me!"

Ok. So I'm missing the eye patch and the parrot, the peg leg....and the pirate ship...but the boat trip was spectacular. This is one of the few shots I took of myself on the ship. That's the one thing about having a camera. Most of the time unless you have someone use your camera to take a photo of you, you hardly end up in many of the pictures. :)

"They served booze on this ship"

So I found out there was an open bar on this ship....So I spent a great deal of time below deck snacking on fresh fruit and drinking a variety of tropical drinks. Some didn't contain booze..but most did... After awhile I wasn't sure if it was the ocean or the liquor that was making that rocking sensation on board... :)

"There was a bit of rain during our boat trip"

That's what is great about Maui. You can move from sunshine to rain back to sunshine in just a few minutes. Going back up on the deck I managed to spot a rainbow forming and got this great picture.

"All that sailing can work up an appetite"

So after our trip out on the water we wandered down to the Luau at the Hyatt. They had a realy good spread. I was hoping they'd have some Pork Lau Lau but much to my discouragement, they didn't have any, but there was plenty of great food to keep me happy. So this photo is a little blurry.....what do you expect? I had been drinking on the boat all afternoon. :)

".....and slowly fade to black....."

And so the sun began to fall upon what was just one of the five perfect days spent in Maui. I'll dig through some more photos and maybe I'll be inspired to write more about the trip.


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