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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Maui-Kaanapali, Hawaii

Kaanapoli is a small resort and beach town of about 1,300 on the west coast of Maui.  Kaanapali and Maui, the 2nd largest island in the Hawaii chain, are world famous for its rugged terrain, beautiful beaches, and warm weather year round. Kaanapali Beach Resort was the original development in the 1960's  (Amfac) on mile-long Kaanapali Beach. Since then a number of big resort hotels have been built. Growth had been explosive in Maui until the 2008-9 recession, when tourism and real estate suffered. There is plenty to do in Maui for active people who love the outdoors. The beaches, mountains, golf, fishing, and hiking offer plenty of variety.

Where to Retire in Maui-Kaanapali and Home Prices

There are several developments in this part of Maui that might not be labeled 55+, but which have many active adult residents and owners. Those include Alii, Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, and Kaanapali Beach Villas (See Active Adult Communities link at top left for more). Real estate is pricey, a one bedroom condo can be found in the $600's, with homes and upscale condos priced in the $millions. Rentals are also available.

What Is Special about Maui-Kaanapali

Maui is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It also has a great year round climate - always warm but never too hot. Outdoor activities like the beach, golf, hiking, and tennis are almost always available. Maui is a very big center for whale watching - many humback whales also spend the winter here. There are many resort hotels and condo complexes in the area. Nearby Lahaina is an old whaling town.

What Is Not Special about Maui-Kaanapali

The downsides of Maui are that it is hard to get to and it is extremely expensive. People complain about their electric bills, with $300/month not unusual. Items imported from the mainland are expensive. There are some frictions between the native Hawaiians and the newer residents.

Climate and Physical Environment

Kaanapali is on the western coast of Maui, the 2nd largest island in Hawaii. The climate is greatly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and by the mountains. Like the rest of Hawaii, the island is a former volcano. The average daily high ranges from 82 to 88 and the average low from 64 to 71. January is the wettest month with 3" of rain.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

In this outdoors oriented society culture is a bit hard to find. However there is always some sort of entertainment available at the many resort hotels. Nearby Lahaina has some aspects of whaling history to see.


Crime is illegal in paradise.

Medical Facilities

Maui Memorial Medical Center is about 12 miles away in Wailuku.


The Kapalua-West Maui Airport is a small regional airport that services West Maui where Kaanapali is located.

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