11 Mar Kaanapali Beach Resort Association Fact Sheet
Description: Kaanapali Resort is a completely self-contained resort on a three-mile stretch of beach along the sunny western shores of Maui. From the shores of Kaanapali, the Neighbor Islands of Lana’i and Moloka’i are in clear view. The slopes of Mauna Kahalawai, the West Maui Mountains, serve as the dramatic backdrop for this luxury, 1,200 acre resort destination which was once a warrior training ground and the playground for Hawai’i’s royalty.
Developers: The first master-planned resort in the State of Hawai’i, Kaanapali was developed by American Factors, Inc., (Amfac) beginning in 1959. Ka’anapali Resort opened in 1962. Today, the resort is managed by Ka’anapali Operations Association.
Resort Location: Kaanapali covers 1,200 acres from the mountains to the sea on the western shores of the island of Maui, Hawai’i. It is centrally located, and only a ten minute drive from historic Lahaina Town. Kaanapali is conveniently located to Kapalua-West Maui commuter airport and 45 minutes from Kahului Airport.
Size: Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands with a land area of 729 square miles. It is 48 miles long and 26 miles across at its widest point. Ka’anapali Resort encompasses 1,200 acres.
Population: 117,644. Ethnic mix: 36% Caucasian, 23% Japanese, followed by Hawaiian, Chinese and Filipino.
Average Temperature: 75-85 Degrees Fahrenheit
Accommodations: Approximately 4,800 hotel rooms, condominium suites and villas accommodate over half-a-million visitors each year.
Six Hotels: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Sheraton Maui Resort, Maui Marriott Resort & Ocean Club and Royal Lahaina Resort.
Five Condominiums: Kaanapali Alii, The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, Outrigger Maui Eldorado, Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas, and The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas.
Golf Courses: Kaanapali Golf Courses feature two 18-hole championship golf venues. The Tournament North Course, opened in 1962, was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and offers scenic beachfront holes and large, contoured greens. The par 71 Resort South Course began as a 9-hole executive course and was redesigned by Arthur Jack Snyder into a leisurely 18 holes, which meander through resort homes, sugar cane land, and a historic railroad.
Tennis: With 35 tennis courts, Kaanapali Resort is Maui’s largest tennis destination. There are 11 courts at Royal Lahaina Resort, five at Maui Marriott Resort & Ocean Club, three at Sheraton Maui Resort, six at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, five at The Whaler on Ka’anapali Beach, three at Ka’anapali Ali’i and two at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
Number of Visitors Annually: Half a million
Number of Whales Annually: Approximately 3,000 whales winter in Maui waters. There are only 7,000 – 8,000 humpback whales surviving today. An adult whale is 45 feet long and weighs 40 tons. Baby whales born in Maui waters weigh a mere 2,000 pounds.
Getting There: Daily direct flights from the Mainland U.S. and Hawai’i’s other islands service Maui’s Kahului Airport, a 45-minute drive from Ka’anapali located in Central Maui. All major airlines offer direct service from the U.S. and Canada to Maui.
There is also a commuter airport in Kapalua called Kapalua West-Maui Airport which has frequent inter-island flights daily, and is just minutes away from the resort.
Parking and Transportation: Each resort offers protected outdoor parking lots and many provide valet attendants as well as covered parking facilities. The Kaanapali Trolley runs throughout the resort daily and is complimentary to resort guests. Holo Ka`a Shopping Express shuttles provide daily regularly scheduled stops throughout Kaanapali resort with destinations to Lahaina and Kapalua (fees required).
Attractions: The Sugar Cane Train on Lahaina-Kaanapali & Pacific Railroad is one of Maui’s most famous attractions. Offering three boarding areas – Pu’ukoli’i Platform, Kaanapali and Lahaina Stations – the railroad’s access is convenient. Lahaina and Kaanapali Stations are historic centerpieces which will transport guests back in time to the turn of the 20th century and Hawai’i’s plantation era. Vintage steam locomotives, reminiscent of those used to haul cut sugar cane from the fields to the mill, provide open-air transportation along a scenic route with panoramic views. The Sugar Cane Train operates daily and features weekly special events.
Whalers Village Museum, opened in 1984, interactively brings to life Lahaina’s golden era of whaling (1825-1860). With a self-guided audio tour of narration and special effects, collections of whaling artifacts, photo murals and videos, as well as the American Scrimshaw collection, this is not an ordinary museum. Open daily until 10 pm; free admission.
Shopping Complex: Whalers Village is the island’s only beachfront shopping complex. Offering over 60 fine retail shops and restaurants, it is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. International haute couture and art galleries, a variety of resort wear for everyone in the family, accessories and jewelry, beach gear, fine crafts and antique maps, cosmetics, bath and body items, books and housewares are featured. Diverse dining options include three beachfront restaurants and lounges, and an international fast food court. A photo lab and convenience store with wines and spirits round out the retail mix. The Village Center Stage comes alive with a variety of ethnic musicians and dancers each evening. Weekly activities during the day include crafter demonstrations, sand prints, hula lessons, lei making, and arts and crafts for kids.
Shops: The major resort hotels feature shopping arcades, which provide souvenirs and gifts, elegant jewelry, beachwear and fine apparel, even Hawaiian crafts. Kaanapali Golf Clubhouse Pro Shop features golf apparel and equipment.
Dining: All six hotels, three condominium resorts, the shopping center and the golf clubhouse offer a vast array of restaurants and beachside cafes, 40 of them to be exact. Visitors will find Pacific Rim, Italian, Japanese, Continental, Hawaiian and American cuisine. Lounges feature live music, hula shows, and panoramic sunset views nightly.
Recreational Activities & Tours: Hawai’i cultural activities such as lei making, hula lessons, weaving, quilting, Hawaiian language and song are offered to guests at many resorts. Aloha Friday Polynesian craft exhibits take place weekly at the hotels. Most hotels offer year-round children’s programs, which include exciting Hawaiian activities, sports and games. Low impact and water aerobics classes, tennis courts and complete fitness centers are provided at many resorts. Beach rentals include boogie boards, floats, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Snorkeling and scuba diving instruction are available throughout the resort. Ocean-coastline kayak tours, windsurfing lessons, parasailing and whale watching tours are offered. Seasons: Whale watch season runs December 15 – May 15, with the height of whale watching in January, February and March. Thrillcraft season runs May 16 – December 14.
More Activities: Nearby tours include deep-sea fishing, snorkeling sails and sunset dinner cruises, scuba dive tours, surfing lessons, jet-skiing, and rafting. Other activities offered in West Maui are horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, aerial sightseeing and historical walking tours, magic and theater shows.
Dinner Shows: Authentic Polynesian lu’aus are plentiful in the resort at stunning oceanview locations: Hyatt’s Drums of the Pacific, the Marriott Lu’au and Royal Lahaina Lu’au. Each features an evening of Hawaiian and Polynesian traditions, which usually include crafts and pre-show entertainment, an imu/roast pig ceremony, open bar reception, lavish buffet dinner, and an exciting dance revue. Kaanapali Beach Hotel presents Kupanaha, featuring an island cuisine dinner combined with illusionist magic and an authentic Hawaiian hula show. Hyatt Regency Maui also presents Spats Nightclub on Saturdays.
Spa Services: Spa Moana at the Hyatt Regency Maui is the first full-service spa to be constructed on Ka’anapali Beach. The 15,000 square-foot facility with views of the sparkling Pacific comes complete with wet treatment rooms and baths, a beauty salon, massage rooms and a relaxation lounge, men’s and women’s locker rooms, each with a Roman pool, and the Moana athletic club. A Kaanapali getaway can include wellness and rejuvenation at any of the other major hotels, too. Many offer massage and body skin treatments, facials, hair, nails and other beauty services. The Spa at The Westin Maui is the latest resort addition – 14,000 square feet of heavenly treatment rooms, a deluxe salon, and oceanview relaxation lounge and garden, and Westin Workout facility.
Meeting/Convention: As Hawai’i’s most popular visitor destination, Maui is well-equipped with facilities to serve the meetings and conventions group market. Kaanapali alone offers 166,000 square feet of meeting rooms and outdoor function areas. This wide variety of function space is perfect for meetings in ballrooms, outdoor incentive programs, and theme events. Some groups have combined space in several hotels (which are connected by the Ka’anapali beach walkway), creating capacity for even larger meetings.
Marketing: The destination of Kaanapali promotes itself through a cooperative destination marketing organization known as the Kaanapali Beach Resort Association (KBRA). This group, originally formed in 1972, is comprised of resort operators, hotels, condominiums, and attractions.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina HI 96761-1985. (808) 661-1234; fax (808) 667-4497; reservations U.S. & Canada (800) 55HYATT; packages (800) 772-0011. www.maui.hyatt.com.
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina HI 96761-1912. (808) 661-0011; fax (808) 667-5978; toll-free (800) 262-8450. www.kbhmaui.com.
Maui Marriott Resort & Ocean Club, 100 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 667-1200; fax (808) 667-8300; toll-free U.S. & Canada (800) 228-9290. www.marriott.com.
Royal Lahaina Resort, 2780 Keka’a Drive, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 661-3611; fax (808) 661-3538; reservations (800) 22ALOHA. www.2maui.com.
Sheraton Maui Resort, 2605 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina HI 96761-1991. (808) 661-0031; fax (808) 661-0458; reservations (800) 782-9488. www.starwoodhotels.com.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 2365 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 667-2525; fax (808) 921-4699; reservations (808) 921-4655. www.westinmaui.com.
Kaanapali Alii, 50 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 667-1400; reservations (800) 642-6284. www.classicresorts.com.
Maui Kaanapali Villas, 45 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 667-7791; fax (808) 667-0366; 24-hour toll-free reservations U.S. & Canada (800) 92-ASTON [(800) 922-7866]; 24-hour worldwide direct reservations (403) 444-4136.
Outrigger Maui Eldorado, 2661 Keka’a Drive, Lahaina HI 96761-1993. (808) 661-0021; fax (808) 667-7039; toll-free US, Canada & Guam (888) 339-8585. www.outrigger.com.
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, 6 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 667-3200; fax (808) 667-3201; toll-free (888) 488-3535. www.starwood.com/hawaii.
The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, 2481 Ka’anapali Parkway, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 661-4861; fax (808) 661-8315; 24-hour toll-free reservations U.S. & Canada (800) 92ASTON [(808) 922-7866]; 24-hour toll-free reservations (403) 444-4136.
Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club, 180 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, Hawaii, USA, 96761. (808) 662-1000; fax (808) 662-1001. www.kaanapalibeach.hyatt.com.
Kaanapali Golf Courses, 2290 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761. (808) 661-3691; fax (808) 661-0203; toll-free (866) 454-GOLF. www.kaanapaligolfcourses.com
Lahaina-Kaanapali & Pacific Railroad, 975 Limahana Place Suite 203, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 667-6851; fax (808) 661-8389; toll-free (800) 499-2307. www.sugarcanetrain.com.
Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants on Kaanapali Beach, 2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 661-4567. www.whalersvillage.com.
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