Ka’anapali Beach – A World-Class Destination in West Maui

Beautiful Ka’anapali Beach fronts a luxurious stretch of mid range resorts, mixed with worldly brands such as Marriot, Westin, and Sheraton, and blending in with some local Hawaiian brands that include Royal Lahaina and Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. There are several large oceanfront condo-hotels “condotels” where fee simple condo ownership is available including: The Ka’anapali Ali’i, The Whaler, and my favorite, Honua Kai.

Ka'anapali Beach

A recent shot of the northern portion of Ka’anapali Beach looking towards the famed “Black Rock” from my listing Whaler 906/908, which I put under contract in less than two weeks

Living and Loving the Ka’anapali Beach Life

I feel blessed to call Ka’anapali, Maui my home for the last 4 years. My wife and I love taking the two minute trek down from our house to the sandy shores and inviting water that Ka’anapali Beach offers. It is no wonder why Ka’anapali Beach has been named the #1 beach in the world by a number of different reputable publications throughout the years.

There are many activities that both locals and tourists can enjoy at Ka’anapali Beach. Many of the locals practice their canoe paddling at Hanaka’o’o Beach Park (canoe beach) which adjoins Ka’anapali Beach on the southern end. Growing up in Maui, I used to love our canoe regattas at this beach and the body surfing in the shorebreak that ensued afterwards.

Kaanapali Beach Towards Lanai

Ka’anapali Beach looking towards the island of Lana’i

In addition to fantastic swimming and snorkeling conditions, one can book private or group surf lessons, para-sailing, which affords you a great aerial perspective of the area, sunset boat cruises, and jet skiing a comfortable distance away from shore to keep everyone safe.

Why I Love Ka’anapali

I grew up in the small town of Haiku on Maui’s North Shore, but decided to make the move to West Maui in 2010 when I met Megan (my wife) after assisting her parents on their purchase of a home in Ka’anapali that we now live in together.

View from house

The view from the lanai at our house in the residential community of Ka’anapali Golf Estates looking down at the resorts fronting the shores of Ka’anapali Beach. In the wintertime it is really cool to sit up here because we can see tons of whales spouting and breaching even though our house is about a mile from the ocean.

I have always loved Ka’anapali…my high school friends at Seabury Hall and I used to wake up at the crack of dawn and drive from Upcountry Maui to Ka’anapali Beach just so that we could skimboard the beach in front of the Ka’anapali Ali’i.

Kaanapali Beach Towards Molokai

Ka’anapali Beach looking towards Moloka’i

We would jump off famously known Black Rock and the backside that faces North Ka’anapali Beach – an awesome place to snorkel and swim. There’s an abundance of tropical coral, fish, and of course, our gentle sea turtles (honu).

sea turtle at black rock

Honu enjoying a swim in the warm waters around Black Rock

After a day’s worth of fun, my friends and I would then enjoy our favorite local food from our classmate’s family restaurant, Hula Grill or Leilani’s. My wife loves the fish and chips at Hula Grill and I am addicted to the ono ceviche that they serve, I usually get a double order and a side of sambal hot chilli paste to accompany it.

Hula Grill

Hula Grill, Maui located at Whaler’s Village fronting Ka’anapali Beach


On each end, is myself and my wife, Megan, enjoying drinks and pupus with friends Dennis and Terri Panado whom I helped on their purchase of a home in Ka’anapali Hillside last year. The Panados are regulars guests and love Leilani’s on the Beach, which is also located right next door to Hula Grill.

The evening people-watching scene along the boardwalk section of the beach is one of the more humorous and fun ways to spend the night enjoying food and drinks, with the stunning backdrop of the beach and the sun setting between Lanai and Molokai.

Ka’anapali Beach – A Special Place in Our Hearts

In fact, the first un-official date that my wife, Megan, and I ever shared was snorkeling at Black Rock (I was trying to act like I was looking at the fish instead of Megan in her bikini) and then sharing lunch at Hula Grill. Megan and I love going to Ka’anapali Beach whenever we can to swim, surf, stand up paddle board, skimboard, play bocce ball, or enjoy our favorite restaurants and shops at Whaler’s Village.

Proposal Pic

I proposed to Megan on Ka’anapali North Beach in front of Honua Kai a couple years ago. Check it out here in our proposal in paradise blog post.

In my real estate practice, I specialize in higher end sales in the Ka’anapali resort area and feel grateful to have assisted numerous buyers and sellers in the area. I would consider ourselves Ka’anapali lifestyle experts as we run 4 vacation rental properties at Honua Kai, play lots of golf in the area, dine at many of the restaurants, frequent all of the beaches, and just generally love living in Ka’anapali. I am here at your service as I know the real estate very well and am here to help you secure your dreams of calling Ka’anapali home.

Honua Kai Vacation Rentals on Ka’anapali Beach

Hokulani #825 – panoramic ocean views from the living area, lanai, and all three bedrooms from this immaculate 3 bed/3 bath suite.

Konea #607 – my clients just recently closed on this inner courtyard 2 bed/2 bath true ocean view property in Konea.

Konea #604 – this 2 bed/2 bath unit is right accross the hall from Konea #607 making it perfect for larger groups traveling together. This is the value two bedroom unit with huge mountain and rainbow views as well as partial ocean views.

Hokulani #833 – our inner courtyard ocean view studio is the perfect romantic getaway or honeymoon suite in Maui. Come join us and enjoy all that Honua Kai has to offer.

The world comes to play in Ka’anapali, why shouldn’t you?

Jeremy Stice REALTOR (Broker)

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