by Lissa Poirot
For families wanting a resort vacation on Maui, but in a rental home environment, the Kaanapali Alii is one of the island’s most beloved condo resorts. Built in 1982, the Kaanapali Beach Resort area is one of a string of resorts lining one of the largest stretches of beach on the island.
Kannapali’s guests are mostly families, who choose to stay in one of the nearly 300 one- and two-bedroom condos. Each condo is individually owned, but required to maintain a certain standard or dÃ©cor. No two condos look alike, but all will have a refined luxury similar to those found in traditional resorts. Guests love the condos for large living and dining areas, as well as fully equipped kitchens, and they love the resort for its oversized pool, kids’ programs, and hotel amenities, such as daily housekeeping.
Families return year after year to Kaanapali Alii, and it’s easy to see why.
Our Editor Loves
- Condo resort with one- or two-bedroom configurations
- Fully equipped kitchens and washers and dryers
- No resort fee
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
Kaanapali Alii is outfitted with 294 one- and two-bedroom condos, of which 200 are available for rent for families wanting a condo resort. The units range from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet -- nearly three times standard resort rooms, making the condos a popular option for families. Units are found in four buildings surrounding a central courtyard with large pool, overlooking the ocean. The largest unit can sleep up to six.
Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, toaster, blender, and all cookware, glassware, flatware and dinnerware. Units also include a washer and a dryer, and free Internet access. All units are centrally air-conditioned and have private Lanais, as well as TV's and DVD players.
One-bedroom condos offer 1,500 square feet of space with a separate bedroom, living and dining space. These condos sleep four in a king bed and sofa bed configuration to sleep four.
Families can request one-bedroom units that have dens, which often provide one king bedroom and one bed in a den for a makeshift two-bedroom.
Two-bedroom units offer 1,900 square feet of living space to accommodate up to six. Bedrooms are either one king bed and two full beds or one king bed, two full beds and one queen sofa bed. These condos feature two full bathrooms.
The Ali'i was just wonderful. The room, the staff, the location, the pools, the beach, all top notch. And it is a dangerously easy walk to Whalers Village and Lelani's - I think they got tired of seeing us there. The grounds and the buildings are always clean and the maid service for our room was very good. The pool complex was busy but never crowded and we were always able to find a lounge chair. They provide the pool towels and there was never a shortage of clean towels. We had asked for an upper floor but got ground level in building 3 (room 313). That turned out to be a mixed bag. We liked the easy in, easy out with no elevator a lot, but that was kind of negated by no privacy and no view. We really enjoyed having all the space in the unit and when our granddaughter joined us for a couple of days, the Murphy bed was great. When we gave the desk a list of minor items to be fixed it was taken care of quickly. When the safe stopped working, there was someone there to fix it within 10 minutes. And parking was easy. We will stay here again.
I’ve been to Hawaii several times and stayed at some really beautiful hotels. This one takes the cake. The two bedroom condo was spacious and nicely decorated. It was perfect for my husband, three adult kids and me. We grilled at the beach and got chairs easily for the beach. The condo even came with boogie boards and an umbrella but i know not all of them do. The staff was so gracious. I can’t say enough good things about my stay. I would definitely stay here again over every hotel on Maui. My only complaint is that the pools are small. But we didn’t come for the pools; we came to Maui for Kaanapali Beach. We booked the condo through Costco and got a great deal.
Alii Kids Club
The Alii Kids Club program is offered during peak seasons of spring break and winter holidays, as well as from mid-June through August. The program is for children between 6 and 12 and is complimentary. Activities include tennis, hula lessons, dancing, coconut weaving and more.
Beach and Pools
The resort is located along an expansive beach with an activities desk available to assist guests with chairs, cabanas, snorkel gear, and activities. Overlooking the beach are the resort's heated swimming pools, which include a children's wading pool. Beach towels and chairs are complimentary, though beach cabanas will cost extra.
The resort offers complimentary tennis on its three resort courts, where a pro is on staff daily for lessons and tennis clinics (also complimentary). The courts are lighted and open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
As a condo resort, there is no onsite food or beverage services at Kaanapali Alii. Guests of the resort cook in their own kitchens or enjoy one of the outdoor grills available on the grounds. Restaurant dining can be found at one of the seven hotel properties situated in Kaanapali Beach Resort and Lahaina, where guests receive privileges to charge meals back to the room.
Room service is available at the resort, provided by the neighboring Westin Maui.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The condo resort does not charge a resort fee and provides complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, fitness center access, beach chairs, kids' club (seasonal), newspapers and tennis. A free DVD library of movies is available for all guests to rent movies, too.
The Art of Smart Timing
The most popular time to visit Maui is during the summer, winter holidays and Easter breaks. As a condo resort, many of the homeowners may reserve the holidays and busy months for their personal time, and the best condos and prices may not be available. The off-season provides visitors with more options on condo styles and location, as well as better rates.
Getting to Kaanapali Alii from the Kahului Airport will require a taxi or a rental car. Taxis will run about $70. The resort is about 35 minutes from the airport.
Located in the Kaanapali Beach Resort, guests can enjoy dining and shopping at a number of the resorts on property, as well as nearby Lahaina. Shuttle service is available.
For Mom and Dad
The resort provides fitness classes throughout the week, including yoga classes, at its 3,000-square-foot fitness center. The Kaanapali Alii Spa also offers massages, ranging from deep tissue to hot stone massages.