12 Mar New Personal Care Products With Hawaiian Essence Add To The Fun Of Shopping At Kaanapali
The annual harvest festival of ancient Hawai’i is called makahiki. It is a time to present and to share the great bounty of the year. In the old days, this sharing of goods lasted for a period of four months. The shopping opportunities at Kaanapali act as a global makahiki that goes on every day of the year.
KAANAPALI, MAUI, HAWAI’I – Trying to keep abreast of shopping trends at Kaanapali Resort, Maui? Here’s a tip for you: spa products—yes, new spa products containing natural essences and botanicals from Hawai’i.
It was inevitable. Health, fitness, and pampering are on the ascendancy at Maui’s number-one planned resort community.
In December 2003 Hyatt Regency Maui completed significant renovations of its beachside Spa Moana, expanding it to 15,000 square feet, with the addition of the new Moana Athletic Club, enlarging the beauty salon, and adding a massage suite for couples, an esthetician treatment room for facials, and two additional massage rooms. Then The Westin Maui Resort & Spa matched this challenge with its own new $5 million luxury spa and fitness facility—14,000 square feet of bliss: eleven massage rooms, two wet rooms, three facial rooms, steam, sauna, the “Westin Workout” facility, and even a yoga studio.
Now both spas have launched their own signature lines of personal care products. Spa Moana created the new Lokahi body products, which include hand and body moisturizers, oils, body scrubs, bath gels, hair shampoos and conditioners, after-sun moisturizers, sunscreen, and a complete line of men’s shaving creams and after shave balm. The products are made with natural oils and extracts from such sources as sweet almond, grapefruit, orange flower, and sea kelp. The three signature scents are eucalyptus, coco mango, and Moana Mist. Hyatt Regency Maui likes this Moana Mist line so much that they now put it in the rooms for all their resort guests.
The Spa at The Westin Maui has done something similar with its Maui lavender products. Yes, lavender is emerging as a specialty crop on Maui, and it has found its therapeutic role in the body treatments, massages, and facials at the island’s newest luxury spa.
The best part about both of these personal care lines is that you have to go to the spas to get them. (Actually, you can also get the Lokahi products on line, but that’s not nearly as much fun.)
The challenge of shopping at Ka’anapali for this or any other quality purchase is the classic problem of abundance: so many treasures, so little time. How can I find an hour to shop when I’m so busy getting revitalized with a Pacific Sea Mud Body Treatment and scalp massage? Or sailing out on a catamaran to meet the humpback whales eye to eye? Or snorkeling with sea turtles, or dining at one of a hundred places, or golfing, playing tennis, strolling beachwise in the sunset, snoozing by the pool, riding the Sugar Cane Train, touring Lahaina, visiting Haleakala National Park, learning the hula, or swimming back and forth between the Jacuzzi and the grotto bar?
And yet Ka’anapali is more than just a planned resort community with some of the world’s finest hotels. It’s more than a seaside Hawaiian village, more than 36 holes of championship golf, more than a water park full of slides and free-form pools, more than a collection of great dining experiences. It is, as well, a great international shopping mall.
People who come to Ka’anapali want to find a keepsake of some kind, a talisman that will remind them of their magic time on Maui when, later, they are thousands of miles away. Whalers Village, the resort’s centrally located shopping center, is perfectly designed to satisfy that desire.
Whalers Village includes more than four dozen shops of the highest possible quality. Almost half of these specialize in apparel. (After all, Hawai’i has always inspired people to shift their wardrobes.) Some of these specialize in casual, surf-inspired island fashions—shops such as Honolua Surf, Crazy Shirts, PACSUN, and Quiksilver/Roxy. Others represent the leading designers of “resortwear,” the relaxed fashions that serve as camouflage in a landscape that’s dominated by hibiscus flowers and plumeria trees. These island designers include Blue Ginger, Cinnamon Girl, and Reyn’s, which has been setting the standard in aloha wear since the 1950s. Tommy Bahama has its inimitable way of defining “island lifestyle” for both men and women across the board, from shirts to shoes to lamps and objects d’art. And of course Whalers Village also features some of the leading creators of international high fashion: Georgiou and White House/Black Market, for example, with accessories from Louis Vuitton and jewelry from the Paris design house Clio Blue.
Speaking of jewelry, Whalers Village has an excellent representation of uniquely tropical adornments. Shops such as Island Pearls, Maui Divers, Jessica’s Gems, and Na Hoku offer not only precious materials such as pearls and rare corals but also the design work of local island smiths in motifs featuring dolphins, sea turtles, tropical flowers, and even miniature rubber slippers. These are extremely popular for keepsakes of a Ka’anapali vacation.
Whalers Village also includes an array of specialty shops. Sandal Tree, Maui Sweets & Treats, EyeCatcher Sunglasses, Maui Toy Works, and Lahaina Scrimshaw all proclaim their particular focus in their names. Martin & MacArthur sells fine handcrafted furniture made from Hawai’i’s most alluring native hardwood, the koa. Lahaina Printsellers focuses on genuine antique engravings and prints. These are just examples of the range of shops—from fine art and music to fast food and sundries—in Whalers Village.
The happy problem of Ka’anapali’s shopping abundance gets more grievous as you move from Whalers Village to other parts of the resort. Each hotel or luxury condominium has its own shops, some for necessities and some for collectibles, art, and fashion.
For example, Hyatt Regency Maui has its Moa Moa, a kind of “Pier One Imports” specializing in Hawaiian artifacts such as quilts, home decor items, and specialty coffees and teas. Maui’s skillful artisans and craftspeople are regular visitors to the resort, and the various properties are happy to let them display their wares and visit with the resort guests. Every day at The Westin Maui, for example, you will find Hawaiian arts and crafts available for purchase in the lobby—a huge, roofed flagstone lanai that echoes with the music of crashing waterfalls.
All of these shopping opportunities lie within the resort itself. We haven’t mentioned, for example, the proximity of Lahaina town, especially the seaside promenade of Front Street, which is chock full of art galleries, boutiques, jewelers, and gift shops. Ka’anapali guests can get to Lahaina with ease by boarding any of a number of shuttles—or better yet, by riding the “Sugar Cane Train.” This little authentic railroad takes passengers back and forth between the resort and the town. Maui’s only train, this cheerful choochoo is a relic of earlier days on the island, when the sugar plantations constructed private railroads to haul their cut cane from field to mill. Riding along that sunny seacoast on the Lahaina-Ka’anapali & Pacific Railroad, with its singing conductor and its hooting steam whistle, doubles the fun of any tropical shopping excursion.
Kaanapali Resort is, in part, an international marketplace focusing first on the art, crafts, and fashions of Maui and of Hawai’i but also dabbling in the best that the world has to offer. Somehow, the visitor to Ka’anapali has to balance snorkeling and “spa-ing” with the need to grasp a few glimmering artifacts that will always lead back the delight of the place.
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 Ka’anapali Parkway, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 667-2525; fax (808) 921-4699; reservations (808) 921-4655. www.westinmaui.com.
Ka’anapali Ali’i, 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.
Kaanapali Golf Courses, 2290 Ka’anapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761. (808) 661-3691; fax (808) 661-0203; toll-free (866) 454-GOLF. www.kaanapali-golf.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 Ka’anapali Parkway, Lahaina HI 96761. (808) 661-4567. www.whalersvillage.com.
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