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Kaanapali (Maui), Hawaii, was Hawaii’s first planned resort community. Once named America’s Best Beach, Kaanapali boasts three miles of white sand, crystal clear (Pacific Ocean) water, and plenty of Kaanapali homes for sale. Just to the north of Lahaina, Kaanapali is home to world class open air shopping at Whalers Village and two championship golf courses – Royal Kaanapali and Kaanapali Kai!

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Peggy Lyn Speicher, Chris Speicher, and Maui Estates Group present the Maui Estate’s Group Kaanapali Guide and always up-to-date Kaanapali homes for sale. As Hawaii’s first planned resort community, Kaanapali (Zip Code 96761) is home to the west side’s highest concentration of hotels and high-rise condominiums, and is about 50 minutes from Kahului Airport.

Did you know? Airport Beach on the northside of Kaanapali used to be an actual airport.

A little further north of Lahaina and just to the south of Kahana, Kaanapali’s weather is slightly cooler (that’s a relative term here in Hawaii) and it gets a little more rain. Kaanapali averages temperatures in the low 80s year-around and averages about 50 days of rainfall per year (and it almost never, ever rains all day).

Did you know? There is a daily cliff diving ceremony off Kaanapali beach northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa (Black Rock). Every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff and then dives off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili.

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The main area – Whalers Village – is right in the heart of Kaanapali along beautiful Pacific Ocean with stunning views of Lana’i, Moloka’i and year-around sunsets.

Kaanapali is the only area on the west side of Maui’s that is approved for golf cart use on roadways… and there is plenty of golf cart parking everywhere you go.

Did you know? Kaanapali Golf Courses have hosted multiple PGA and LPGA events throughout the years.


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Kaanapali is also home to some of the west side’s best restaurants and bars. Here are our favorites:

  • Want amazing views and good food? Duke’s (best calamari on the island)
  • Want to sip some of the coldest beer while your toes are in the sand listening to live music? Hula Grill (their beer taps are kept at 29 degrees)
  • Want really good sushi with a stellar view? Japengo (it’s in the Hyatt – just let the chefs choose for you)



According to, Kaanapali has a Walk Score of 17 out of 100. Kaanapali is Car-Dependent so almost all errands require a car. Of course, it depends on exactly where you live. Up on the hillside will be less walkable than down near the water and Whalers Village but nothing in Kaanapali is more than a 10 minute drive.


Here are the public schools in Kaanapali.

King Kamehameha III Elementary
Grade Levels: kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade

Princess Nahienaena Elementary
Grade Levels: kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade

Lahaina Intermediate
Grade Levels: 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade

High School
Lahainaluna High
Grade Levels: 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade

Here is the private school in Kaanapali.

Maui Preparatory Academy
Preschool through Grade 12


Kaanapali has a lot to offer as it’s Hawaii’s first planned resort community. Sightseeing / whale watching / dinner cruises dock directly on the beach… Shopping is a no-brainer at Whalers Village… Three miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear water… It offers residents everything within a small area. Check out all the the Kaanapali homes for sale.