Archive for October, 2008

All Access: Keawakapu Beach

Friday, October 31st, 2008
Actual View of Keawakapu Beach from Our Private Lanai
Actual View of Keawakapu Beach from Our Private Lanai

Keawakapu Beach is a beautiful jewel situated at the southern end of South Maui. The Maui Mana Kai is right on the north end of the beach. This beach is very popular with tourist and locals alike. It is lined with multi-million dollar homes which are unobtrusive and don’t overwhelm the beautiful beach.

This is a perfect beach for swimming, especially in the morning when the water is glassy smooth. The beach itself is only ½ mile long and is divided by an outcropping of lava halfway down the beach which extends out into the water. The sand is super-soft and very fine. A sunny day is practically guaranteed since Keawakapu Beach is located on Maui’s driest coast. It is a great beach for just about any activity. If you enjoy snorkeling, Jogging, walking, and body boarding this is the beach for you. Like a lot of the beaches in South Maui you can walk 20-30 feet out into the ocean. It offers spectacular sunning and swimming.

Keawakapu Beach is very long and super clean. It’s great for romantic walks and picnics and grilling on the sand. It’s very safe and perfect for families. It’s size, silky sand, lack of crowds, and perfect swimming conditions are contributing factors to its being the best beach in South Maui.

When you stay with us, not only will you have a gorgeous view of this amazing beach from your private lanai but also you enjoy direct access to the beach, just a few feet from the condo.

Check out this photo gallery of Keawakapu Beach photos I put together from Flickr. It doesn’t get any better than this!

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Winter Vacations in Maui

Monday, October 27th, 2008

If you are researching locations for your next winter vacation, look no further than Maui, Hawaii. Maui is the best choice for escaping the bitter cold of the north but there are many other reasons why visiting Maui during the winter is a great vacation.

Did you know the waves in Maui are much bigger in the winter months than in the summer? The large waves attract the more athletic surfers and many championship surfers to the area. They can be found showing off their talents on any particular day. Some of the largest waves in the world can be found in the Hawaiian islands during the winter.

The whale-watching season is also during the winter months. Whale watching attracts a large number of tourists to Maui each year during this season. The humpback whale, which is on the endangered species list, can be seen simply by taking a leisurely stroll on any beach. Several tour companies offer day trips to great whale watching locations. The shallow waters found here provide protection for the whales against shark attacks.

Maui is a great place to visit any time of the year, which is why it is such a wonderful vacation destination. It has a moderate temperature all year round, which makes it a perfect place to escape the hot summers of the deep south and the frigid winters of the north. The days are fairly long due to the fact that it is in the tropics. An 11 hour day is typical for Maui in the winter months and you can enjoy 13.5 hours of daylight in the summer. You can swim in the warm waters all year long. The lowest the water temperature will get is 73-74 degrees in the months of February and March.

Maui is voted by the locals as having the best beaches of all the islands. It’s the best island for lots of things – snorkeling, diving, surfing, and, of course, whale watching. Maui has everything one could want for a perfect escape from the winter cold and dreary winter months back on the mainland.

A good way to escape the winter blues is to book a vacation to Maui now. Leave the winter woollies behind and pull out the bikinis and come soak up the sun on a Maui beach. Our condo is located directly on the beach in South Kihei, Maui - just a few yards from famous Wailea! Check out our availability & amenities before looking elsewhere to book your Maui vacation!

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Holidays in Maui

Monday, October 13th, 2008

There’s nothing quite like Christmas travel, especially if you’re going to Maui. It’s the best Christmas present you could ever give yourself. You can escape the cold weather and relax and enjoy beautiful, sunny beaches and exciting things to do.

“Mele Kalikimaka”, that’s how you’ll be greeted while visiting Maui at Christmas. This is how the Hawaiians say Merry Christmas. You’ll find that even Christmas dinner is a departure from our customary turkey and stuffing. In Maui it usually consists of a backyard luau complete with a pig roasted in an underground pit. What a treat!

Plan to take a short drive to Lahaina while you are in Maui to enjoy the lighting of the historic Banyan Tree with thousands of beautiful colored lights. While there you will see Santa Claus island style. He may even make his appearance in a shiny red outrigger canoe. Also, you will see the World Culture Exchange Hula performances and watch kids play in the real snow at the “snow zone” with the Hawaiian snowman.

Bikinis and Santa hats are a common sight on the beach at Christmas time. You won’t find thick blankets of snow or popsicle temperatures unless you take a trip to the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island.

The Norfolk pin, which grows in Hawaii, is the most popular Christmas tree with local residents. Palm trees are frequently decorated, especially in outdoor displays and neighborhood yards. Over 100,000 trees (Douglas fir, Spruce, Silver Tip, etc.) arrive each year right after Thanksgiving on refrigerated ships and by air.

The beautiful red poinsettia flower grows in abundance in Hawaii. Wreaths are made of beautiful bright colored flowers and greenery from the foliage of the macadamia tree.

Christmas is always a little different at the Mana Kai Resort in Maui, but where else can you find so many fun things to do and so much beauty to surround yourself with?

We still have a few dates during the holidays left so book your holiday in Maui today!

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