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Kaanapali Beach on Maui – The Best Place to Stay

by Christina Gregoire

I have lived on Oahu twice and, even though I love Kailua, Waikiki and other great spots around Oahu, I still think that Kaanapali Beach is my favorite beach in the world. Oh, I must admit that I prefer Hawaii to all other warm-weather destinations because the islands are gentle and they feel like home.

best place to stay on maui hawaiiIn addition, there are no snakes, the "natives" speak English, and the islands are part of the US, so there are no passport hassles.  And, most important of all, Hawaiians and Kamaainas are basically good, friendly people.

Sure, every now and then you might find a grumpy bartender or a harried waitress, but that's more likely to happen in Waikiki.  The service-industry workers (and anyone who lives in Honolulu) can feel overwhelmed by their love-hate relationship with tourists. Tourist dollars keep Hawaiians alive, but tourists also drive up prices and (sometimes) act like drunken A-holes.  However, most  people in Hawaii are laid back, because everyone's blood pressure goes down when they see a beautiful cloud encircling a green mountain or when they gaze upon a perfect sunset while sitting on a gorgeous beach.

And, speaking of gorgeous beaches, I would say that Kaanapali Beach is the best beach in America. Actually, I would say that Kaanapali is the best beach in the world…although I still have quite a few spots to check out.

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Why do I like Kaanapali Hawaii? As long as you pay attention to rough surf warnings, Kaanapali is a safe beach.

  • Kaanapali has no crocodiles (aka Salties) or killer jellyfish like places in Queensland, Australia.
  • Kaanapali has no scary snakes like areas in Central and South America. There are no snakes in Hawaii, period.
  • Kaanapali has nice sand, not like those rocky shorelines you find in the South of France and the rest of the Mediterranean.
  • All beaches in Hawaii are public beaches. In the South of France, you have to pay for a room at a swank hotel before you can go to their fancy, but rocky, beaches.
  • People speak English in Hawaii. It's part of the US.

I’ve heard that Costa del Sol (Spain) has nice beaches, but if I am going to fly all the way to Europe, I would rather soak up ambiance, art, and culture instead of sunshine. And, the sand in the Caribbean is nice, but I don’t like places with bars on the windows. (article continues)

Keep reading about hotels on Kaanapali Beach on page two.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Sherry

    Hi, I am thinking about getting married at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel and was wondering your opinion. If you could email me, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Tina


      I sent you an email. Sorry that I didn't answer sooner. The spam and the comments have been all jumbled together for the last 3 or 4 days. Let me know if you have any questions that
      I didn't answer in my letter.

      Tina Boomerina

  2. Laurie

    Hi Tina,

    Last February, I spent 2 weeks at Kaanapali - I loved it! My favourite was whale watching while walking on the beach. It's amazing to see those beautiful sea creatures slap their tales and blow from their blow holes...and you could even hear then if you ducked your head under the water.

    Thanks for reminding me of how beautiful the world can be :-)


    PS I tried to leave this comment 3 times, but I can barely read the captcha code. I entered it wrong 3 times, and lost my comment. :-( Luckily I'm in the habit of copying my comments before posting them -- but not all readers do this! Others would just leave your blog, frustrated that they wasted their time trying to comment.

  3. Tina


    Kaanapali is the most amazing place in the world (if you love beaches). It's easy to get to. It's got friendly people who speak English (well, Pidgeon English...da kine...). It doesn't have as many sharks as Bondi (though Kaanapali is not a surfing spot). They have NO snakes or anything creepy - except gheckos (cute) and bugs that don't bug you. And, everything else you said. Have you ever been out on a whale watching boat? You should do it next time! And... go snorkeling at Molokini. I've never done it but I watched my daughters snorkel from the boat when they were about 10 and they went nuts over the fish and the giant turtles!

    ps I hate those captcha codes. I wonder if there's another way to avoid being spammed to h*ll and back....