Kaanapali Alii

50 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761, United States
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loved kaanapali alii

by TripAdvisor Member cpettersen

We spent 8 days at Kaanapali Alii with a group of 26. We had multiple rooms that were all above average. The barbeque area is incredibly well maintained and not just little portable BBQs but built in areas with countertop space and lots of seating. the pool isn't as big as other big resorts in the area but is great for adults as well as the kids and the beach is a right out the front so that is great as well. Whalers village is a 5 minute walk which has a dive shop, other varieties of shopping and several resturants. the boardwalk out front is great. This was an amazing experience with the accomodations, the staff and the vacation itself

Kaanapali Alii is the place to relax!!

by TripAdvisor Member oldskibunny

This is the third time we have stayed at Kaanapali Alii and we have never been disappointed. The first two times we stayed in a two bedroom ocean view unit which was spacious beyond belief and very nicely furnished. This last time we stayed in a one bedroom unit which was also very large and had a "den" which was the equivalent of a second bedroom. I was told on check in that all one bedrooms have this den We were travelling with our two adult children and had plenty of room . The kitchen is very large and well equipped, there is a large dining room, and a huge living room. There are two large bathrooms as well, and a huge lanai. The furniture is very luxurious, nicer than what we have at home!! The staff has all been very friendly and helpful. The best thing about the Alii, however, is the location. Right in the middle of Kaanapali Beach. You would never need to get into your car for the entire trip. Everything is right here, from a fabulous beach, great snorkeling at Black Rock, great restaurants, a shopping center, and many, many great restaurants. Every activity imaginable is at your doorstep. We were ready to relax, and this is the place to do it. Lahaina is a close ten minute drive away if you want even more shopping and dining. The other thing that always impresses us here is that the units are so clean. There is very light carpeting in the unit and it is spotless. There is no dust anywhere, and I have even checked the doorsills!! I must say that that has not been the case in other properties we have stayed at in Hawaii. We are even thinking of purchasing a unit here when the time is right. We highly recommend the Kaanapali Alii!!

A Pleasant Stay at the Kaanapali Alii

by TripAdvisor Member northwestnerd

We were on Maui from January 18 to 27 (not long enough in my estimation!) Our accommodations were at the Kaanapali Alii Condominiums on Kaanapali Beach. Our unit was on the 9th floor in building 4, overlooking the pool and grounds of the complex. It was in immaculate condition, even the carpets had been shampooed just prior to our arrival. We had requested a renovated unit, and were pleased with our condo. We used our air conditioning as needed, which wasn't all the time, as we had some cool and cloudy weather for a couple of days. January is the rainiest month on Maui. We saw no bugs in the unit at all.

The Kaanapali Alii is very solidly constructed, which means you don't hear noise from your neighbors, and you have a fair amount of privacy when you sit on your lanai. The lanais are quite large and are edged with bougainvillea plants. The views from our 9th floor were stupendous; we could see the island of Lanai on our left and Molokai on the right. There were a great many whales having a "whale of a time". We had brought our binoculars, and spent a lot of time viewing the whale activity.

All the employees we encountered were professional and helpful. We especially appreciated the efforts of the housekeeping staff. Because this is a condominium, many of the owners actually live on site, at least for part of the year. This ensures a high standard of operations. The tennis courts were the only areas that were not very well maintained.

The swimming pool, while not large or elaborate, was very clean at all times. The little ones were content to play in their own small children's wading pool, which is located right next to the main pool. Beach towels and chairs are provided free of charge, as is fresh lemonade. Beach cabanas are available for a fee. A complimentary continental breakfast is served poolside each morning at 8:30 am during an introductory talk about Maui. The poolside concierge is able to make reservations and provide information about activities. There are eight gas barbecues near the pool for the use of guests. Everything in the pool area is clean and kept in good condition.

We enjoyed the Kaanapali and Lahaina areas very much. In fact, we didn't do much traveling or sight-seeing beyond this area, as we were travelling with a young child, and wanted to limit our driving. Both areas are very family-oriented, and very attractive, each in its own way. Lahaina has the history and appealing architecture, Kaanapli has the beach and water sports. Both areas have good shopping, and a wide selection of restaurants. We only ate in a restaurant for three meals during our stay. These included David Paul's Lahaina Grill, Leilani's, and Pacific O. The food and service at all three were excellent. The Lahaina Grill was the most expensive, Leilani's was the most fun, and Pacific O had a very nice waiter who let us split our orders. Cheeseburger in Paradise looked like a popular choice, and we would have gone to eat there given more time. The rest of our meals we prepared in our condo courtesy of the local Safeway at the Lahaina Cannery Mall (another good shopping venue). With a Safeway card, which you can apply for right there if you don't already have one, you will find the prices not that high compared with the mainland.

We took advantage of the Kaanapali walking path, and strolled the gorgeous grounds of the Hyatt, which are lush with vegetation, with wonderful swimming pools, but not a very wide or usable beach. The Sheraton's beach is much nicer, but the hotel itself has a rather cold and sterile feel to it (at least to me). We were quite happy with our own choice of acommodation. The Kaanapali Beach Hotel has a very enjoyable free hula show every evening in their courtyard at 6:30 pm (well, not free if you purchase a drink, but they don't force you to have one.) The quality of the dancing and accompanying music I found to be excellent. The overall feel of the show was good-natured, low-key, and humorous, with dancers and musicians all apparently having a good time.

My husband and teen daughter took a surfing class at the Goofy Foot surfing school, which we recommend. They only take cash, however. We also rented hobie-cats from the activity desk near Leilani's restaurant at the Whalers' Village Shopping Center (sorry, can't remember the name right now). A humpback whale leaped out of the water less than 50 feet from where my husband and daughter were sailing! My daughter said the whale was huge!

We met only happy and friendly folks wherever we went. We miss Maui already! We miss the beautiful environment, the birds singing us good morning, the hibiscus and ginger, the uplifting views, the sense of regeneration and calm. Until we return, we will look with longing on the photos we took, and try to remember all that we saw and did.

Kaanapali Alii, largest rooms on Kaanapali Beach

by A TripAdvisor Member

Our first trip to Hawaii was Oct 9-16, 2004. We stayed at the Kaanapali Alii because it was next door to the Marriott where my sister-in-law and her family were staying (no more suites available). The first two things we noticed were: 1) The room was HUGE, but 2) there was a very noticeable smell of mildew. Being exhausted we went to bed and called the front desk the next morning. They gladly showed us two other rooms but the mildew smell was worse in those rooms. Kaanapali beach is very humid and the bathrooms don't have any exhaust fans, resulting in the smell. It wasn't awful, just apparent every time you entered the room. Maintenance provided us with an air purifier during our stay which helped a bit. Daily maid service was provided.

The beach was wonderful (much better than the Marriott), the pool while not large was very clean and refreshing. Everyone that worked at the hotel was friendly and helpful. The grounds were extremely well kept. Clean towels and lounge chair covers were always available. Fresh lemonade is available poolside all during the day.

The Kaanapali Alli doesn't have any onsite restaurant but they have arranged it so that you can charge items from the Marriott and other close by restaurants to your room (very convenient).
Whaler's Village is just a short walk down the beach. Get a Pina Colada smoothie at Whaler's Village Smoothie shop (downstairs), it is heaven. Nothing like fresh vine-ripened pineapple! Free snorkeling was fun at Black Rock beach, which is about 1/2 mile walk down the beach (near the Sheraton). We saw lots of fish and several sea turtles.

We had a late flight (9:00 pm) so the front desk arranged for us to use their hospitality suite to shower and change late in the afternoon. We did have to share the suite with another family for about 2 hours, but at least they provided us a place to clean up and change. The hospitality suite is 1/2 of a good idea. If they just put doors on some of the rooms, multiple families could use it jointly while still keeping some level of modesty. I guess beggars can't be choosers. It would take very little to make it REALLY nice.

It is convenient to one of the best beaches on Maui and proximity to Marriott, Hyatt and Whaler's Village means you don't really need to leave for anything. Golf is on the grounds (I just didn't take my clubs this time :-(. All in all we had a good vacation. For large families the size of the rooms and the price can't be beat. Even their one bedroom easily sleeps 6.

This is a great place for Family.

by A TripAdvisor Member

The Kaanapali Alii is a great place for family. The rooms are so big. Its great to have a kitchen so that you dont have to go out for every meal. Also, the beach is right there. And it's near all the main attractions. I have been to Maui twice and stayed at the Kaanapali Alii both times. The staff is so nice and welcoming. If you're planning a trip to Maui, make sure to stay at the Kaanapali Alii!

Luxury on Kaanapali Beach

by TripAdvisor Member Traveler66

We stayed at the Kaanapali Alii in late August 04 and had a wonderful time. We enjoyed a wonderful ocean view unit with nearly 2,000 square feet of living space. The decor of the unit was classy and top-of-the-line from tile floors to granite countertops in the kitchen and baths. The view from our unit was unbelievable and the grounds were immaculate.

The guest services staff who handled the cabanas, pool and surrounding areas were extremely helpful, pleasant and attentive to our needs. They provided recommendations for restaurants, golf outings and good snorkeling locations.

Our only mistake the whole trip was taking the Road to Hana - we should have spent the time at the Kaanapali Alii. We recommend the it to anyone who is seeking a relaxing and luxurious place to enjoy a Maui vacation.

Quiet luxury

by TripAdvisor Member Marci_M

If you're looking to rent a condo on Kaanapali Beach, the Kaanapali Alii is an excellent choice. It ain't cheap, but they have many budget condos with mountain views, and the ocean view apartment all have excellent views from their balconies. We had an 2 bdrm oceanfront condo---pricey but worth it. I think these things sell for several million dollars each, and you know it. Totally deluxe. The Alii is big (3 highrise towers) but not "hotel-ish." It's quiet, with plenaria gardens. Pool is on the small side, but it adds to the quiet ambiance. No restaurant but the Westin next door lets you use theirs. It's a quick walk to Whaler's Village. We will return (when we save up some more money!).

Great Location, But....

by A TripAdvisor Member

I just returned from a week's stay at the Kaanapali Alii. This was our first vacation with our 1 year old son, and our criteria for our Maui vacation was a location on the beach, with large rooms, a nice pool and within walking distance to eateries, shops, the beach, etc. The Kaanapli met every one of these requirements perfectly. Their pool is very clean and serves fresh lemonade daily. Because this is a condominum property, food is not avaialble at the pool, however, room service is available via the Marriott next door (which you can charge to your room). The beach is wonderful and located only a few hundred feet from the pool area. The Alii has many pool-side gas BBQ's available for guests. The location is great, and the staff is very friendly. While it is not a full service hotel, they do offer bell men that are perfectly willing to go the extra mile for the extra tip. For example, on check out, the bell man took my bags down stairs, packed my car and drove my car around to the front of the hotel with the air conditioning running! This was extremely helpful since we were traveling with a baby that requires lots of baby stuff.

One word of caution about the Alii. Be specific about the room you want. Our room was huge with a wonderful view, but the furniture and carpet was very old and quite shabby. Some units are newly refurbished, some are not. BE CLEAR ABOUT REQUESTING A NEWLY UPDATED ROOM! I will return to the Alii and recommend it highly.

Perfect family accommodation

by TripAdvisor Member AussieMel

3 adults/3 kids stayed in a 2.5 bedroom, 2 bath, ocean view apartment in Sept. It was spacious, and the furnishings were adequate but certainly not "up-market". Nice pool area, with fresh towels and chair covers, drinking water/ice, and plenty of grass for kids to play on, beyond that is the beach where chairs are available. Waves were a little rough at times. Short walk to Whaler Village shops and some great food. We drove to other parts of Maui, but would definitely stay here again.

Paradise Found

by TripAdvisor Member toto1234

We returned from 2 1/2 weeks at the Alii on November 15. We loved it. The rooms are huge and great when traveling with kids. I agree with the other reviews that these units are individually owned so be specific with requests for an updated unit. Some have dated furnishings and appliances. Our unit 153 had a musty odor in the kid's bedroom that was very bad. Otherwise the unit was lovely. If you can afford an oceanfront view do it. My parents who traveled with us had the most beautiful corner unit (unit 335). It was newly remodeled and so beautiful with all new and upscale appliances and furnishings. The barbecue grills by the pool were a big plus and very well maintained. The fitness room was a bit small and the machines a bit dated but did the job. Sometimes it was crowded and hard to get on a machine. The biggest draw back was the pool. It was very small and when crowded midday very full. It reminded me of a huge bathtub...not very inviting. I think the property is talking about a new pool. I hope they follow through. Overall, a beautiful property with beautiful grounds and a great staff.


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Kaanapali condos

by grandpabob

We are looking for a 1 bedroom condo to rent around Kaanapali. Any recommendations?

Re: Kaanapali condos

by Jamesr3939

Kaanapali Alii would be my first choice. Check www.vrbo.com as there are many units available at reasonable cost. Also, look at Resort Quest. It is still called "Kaanapali" but is a little north and a little more windy than the Alii or the Whaler which are down near Whaler's Village.

Re: Kaanapali condos

by Plumeria54

I second the Kaanapali Alii - we stayed there last year and loved it. Definitely check out vrbo.com - there are lots of places. You should also check out www.wizardpubs.com for their aerial photos of the accommodations (plus check out their book Maui Revealed, available at most sizable book stores). There are a number of condo complexes available - the more expensive will be near the Kaanapali Alii and Whalers Village (great swimming beach), but there are also some less expensive ones on the other side of the Sheraton at Black Rock - it's still Kaanapali, just a different section of it. Good swimming and the prices are a bit less. We love that whole area!


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Address: 50 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761, United States