The West Maui area consists of Lahaina, Kaanapali, Napili, Kahana, Honokowai, and Kapalua - all prime tourist destinations. Among the assorted luxurious real estate options in West Maui are many idyllic locations such as: Front Street Lahaina, world renowned Kaanapali Beach, Black Rock, Whalers Shopping Village, and the always exquisite Kaanapali and Kapalua Golf Courses.
As you enter West Maui, the first destination is Lahaina - once a busy whaling port, a plantation settlement, and the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Today, Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic places - featuring Hale Paaho (Lahaina Prison), Pioneer Inn, and the Baldwin House. In order to learn more about the culture of this town, a historical walking guide can be obtained from the Lahaina Visitor Center, highlighting 62 significant places. Lahaina is often referred to as the "jewel in the crown of Maui," as it is a prime destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, and adventure - all within walking distance.
Located in the heart of Lahaina is one of the world's largest banyan trees, planted in the Lahaina Courthouse Square, also known as "Banyan Tree Park." The 8-foot banyan tree was a gift from missionaries in India, planted in 1873. It has since grown to nearly 60-feet and covers over two-thirds of an acre. The immense shade provided by this tree allows for a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. On the weekends, Banyan Tree Park plays host to artists, musicians, dancers and a variety of festivals throughout the year.
Famous Front Street, Lahaina is known for the dozens of art galleries, unique shops, and fine restaurants. Among traditions, Halloween has become a major celebration in Lahaina, an enormous block party is thrown each year, with crowds averaging 25,000 participants - Front Street is shut down to vehicle traffic. Conveniently located off Front Street is the Lahaina Harbor, home to multiple boat tour companies - offering an assortment of daily ocean adventures. During the winter months, humpback whales are widely spotted off the West Maui coastline. As you continue West, the next stop is Kaanapali.
Kaanapali Beach/Black Rock:
With its three miles of white sand and crystal clear waters, several luxury West Maui real estate opportunities are positioned on Kaanapali Beach. The terrain of Kaanapali beach is ideal for everyone, from families with babies, toddlers, or teens to singles or couples on retreat. The various resorts along Kaanapali Beach present an idyllic location to experience the daily sunset cliff diving ceremony - the reenactment of a feat by Maui's revered King Kahekili, a tradition dating back to the 1700's. During the reenactment - while atop Black Rock (Puu Kekaa) - an individual offers up high lei to the heavens, addressing the ancient Hawaiian Gods, and then takes a head first leap into the ocean. Also located along Kaanapali beach coast is a designated paved walking path ideal for a romantic beach stroll after a day of shopping and a delectable dinner at Whalers Shopping Village.
Whalers Shopping Village, located in the heart of Kaanapali, offers more than 90 different stores including apparel (Tommy Bahamas, Maui Water Wear, and Honolua Surf Co.), jewelry (Barron & Leeds, Na Hoku, Pearl Factory, and Maui Divers of Hawaii), designer boutiques (Coach and Louis Vuitton), Real Estate (Whalers Realty Inc), specialty (Honolulu Cookie Co., Martin & Macarthur, Sephora, and Lahaina Scrimshaw), and restaurants (Hula grill - the Barefoot Bar and dining room, Leilani's On the Beach, and Maui Fish & Pasta). Daily activities such as hula lessons, coconut husking demonstrations, lei making, and evening performances are offered to keep the culture of Old Hawaii alive. Whalers Shopping Village also hosts signature events such as the Maui Onion Festival, held annually the first Saturday in May. Attended by thousands of visitors and residents each year, the Maui Onion Festival is dedicated to the cultivation and promotion of the world famous Maui Onion. The festival features celebrity chefs, free food sampling, various contests, and local music and entertainment. Which so much going for it, one can see why Whalers Village is Maui's premier ocean front shopping and dining destination for guests and locals.
Kaanapali Golf Course:
The Kaanapali Golf Course offers two courses renovated by Robin Nelson, Hawaii's most prolific golf course architect. The Royal Kaanapali Course, one of only two courses in Hawaii originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior, is a par 71 course featuring wide fairways and undulating greens hugging the shoreline while winding its way to the West Maui Mountains; challenging your club selection and putting skills. Arnold Palmer acknowledged the 18th hole (par 4) one of the best and most challenging finishing holes he had ever played. The Kaanapali Kai course has holes nestled into the West Maui Mountains and beautiful panoramic views of the neighboring islands. This par 70 course is more forgiving with subtle, undulating greens that accommodate all levels of play.
As you continue West, past Kaanapali, you will begin to enter the areas of Napili, Kahana, and Honokowai. The Napili Plaza is conveniently located between the Kaanapali and Kapalua resort areas, providing a diverse selection of merchants for shopping and dining. The popular Kahana Beach is set inside a cove with golden sand and pristine waters; great for year round snorkeling, observing the sea turtles that often frequent this spot, and witnessing a humpback whale breach in the distance, during the winter months. Further West is Honokowai Beach Park, with two different playgrounds, ten picnic tables and five barbecue pits, an outdoor shower, and restrooms - a perfect location to spend the whole day at.
Real estate options in West Maui include luxurious condominiums, homes, and land. This tropical area offers amazing weather nearly year round and beautifully landscaped grounds, guiding you into opulence. If what you wish for is a quiet community with on-site amenities, a condo may best fit your desires. For those looking for a secluded and private lifestyle, consider a luxury home. West Maui also has land to offer, providing a stunning setting to build your dream home on. The views of the ocean, outer islands, and mountains from the properties in the Naplili, Kahana, and Honokowai area are simply incomparable - a phenomenal piece of paradise.
Located at the bottom of the West Maui mountains, Kapalua is one of Maui's premier resort areas, featuring warm weather and minimal rainfall, year-round. Kapalua is loosely translated to "arms embracing the sea." The 23,000-acre immaculately maintained grounds are home to many prestige resorts, award-winning restaurants, multiple boutique shops, historic sites, famous beaches, and two renowned golf courses - there is simply no nicer place on earth to be. Each June, Kapalua plays host to the 4-day Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, the longest running food and wine event in the USA. Kapalua has many property options to choose from - condominiums, homes, or land.
Some of the featured condominiums in the Kapalua area are: Puna Point, Kapalua Golf Villas, The Ritz Hotel Suites, Kapalua Ridge, Kapalua Ironwoods, Montage Residences on Kapalua Bay, and Coconut Grove. These condos offer gorgeous ocean views and immediate beach access. The on-site amenities include spa and gym access, lavish pools, and excellent walking trails. The securely gated communities allow for you to completely relax in your own private tropical paradise. Many of the condos offer vacation rental programs for those not intending to become full-time Maui residents.
Among the luxurious resorts, custom built homes, and the bare land ready for your dream home, Kapalua is where you will find "America's Best Beach" and other popular shorelines. D.T. Flemming Beach Park, located in Honokahua Bay, has been recognized as the best beach in America by multiple travel publications. Park facilities include picnic tables, restrooms, and lifeguards. Further along the West Maui coastline you will find Honolua Bay, approximately a 20 minute drive from Lahaina. During the winter months, this beach is a favorite spot for experienced surfers, while the bluffs above offer an excellent vantage point to observe the pros. In the summer months, this beach is popular for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Kapalua Golf Course:
The Kapalua area is known as a golfer's paradise. Kapalua Golf offers two different royal settings to choose from, the Plantation Course and Bay Course. The Plantation Course has been consistently ranked as the #1 golf course in the state of Hawaii. It was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, offering dramatic ocean views from every hole. This course plays host for the annual PGA TOUR Hyundai Tournament of Champions, each January. The Bay Course is equally impressive, having hosted over 20 major professional tournaments. It was originally designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. Since opening in 1975, this course has been known for its breathtaking 5th hole - requiring a precise shot over Oneloa Bay and the crashing Pacific surf below. On-site amenities include club rentals, driving range, pro shop, and a restaurant.