Ka’anapali Beach is located in Lahaina on the northern side of the island of Maui. I’ll be honest, it is a very touristy area but I wanted to stay in the area because the snorkeling located at Black Rock is one of the best spots to snorkel on the island! We saw a vast variety of sea life while snorkeling around Black Rock. A Green Sea Turtle swam about 7 feet beneath me. That was definitely a highlight of Ka’anapali! There is decent shopping around the Ka’anapali area, plenty of places to stay, and lots of families vacationing. There is an abundance of places to eat in the Ka’anapali area that are sure to please but a must stop for us was Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie shop. They serve breakfast and lunch but their pies are what stands out here. Oh my, I wish I could have frozen a bunch of banana cream pies from there and taken them home!!! We also ate at a place called Slappy Cakes. On their website it states that, “Slappy Cakes is a family owned and operated restaurant that opened in Portland in 2009. Since then, Slappy Cakes has been featured nationally on The Cooking Channel, Rachael Ray, Women’s Day Magazine, and was awarded the title of “America’s Best” by Food Network’s Alton Brown as one of America’s top ten destinations.” I recommend their banana bread french toast! I’ll give you fair warning though, you must like sweet things if you are going to order this dish! Another fun (and touristy) place to eat is the Barefoot Bar at the Hula Grill Ka’anapali restaurant. It is located right on the sandy beach and has a crab and macadamia nut wonton pupu that comes with shoyu mustard that is quite delectable. Live musicians play Hawaiian medleys while you eat which is a nice touch.
As for shopping, you can buy a variety macadamia nut shortbread cookies from Honolulu Cookie Company to take home to friends and family! There is one location in the heart of Ka’anapali at the Whalers Village and one location on Front Street in Lahaina. I wouldn’t bother checking out Front Street though, its touristy and filled with stores selling cheap souvenirs.
We stayed at The Westin on Ka’anapali Beach and couldn’t have made a better choice! It is in a prime location, has wonderful rooms, pools galore and flamingos! The resort is a beach front property that has a board walk that stretches for a few miles along Ka’anapali Beach. We took a lovely walk along the boardwalk around sunset and saw colorful, tropical flowers that I of course had to take a picture of. We originally had reservations at the Ka’anapli Beach Hotel because it had fairly good reviews and was supposedly the most “Hawaiian” hotel. DO NOT STAY HERE!!! There is a reason why it was affordable, it was awful!!! We felt like we were in a rundown, DIRTY Las Vegas casino and to top it off, there were bugs in our room! We literally walked into our room and walked right back out. We talked to the front desk and they said that our reservations had been cancelled and we would not be charged. Unfortunately, it took us a month to finally get rid of the charges and the hotel tried to say that we had stayed there the whole time! Awful, just awful.