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Welcome to Kahana, Maui.

Hana CoastlineThe moment you arrive on Maui you will realize why you chose this as your vacation paradise. With the warm feeling of tropical breezes, and that famous warm Maui sunshine, you can't help but feel, that coming to Kahana is the best vacation decision you could have made.

Maui is full of wonderful sights and sounds, and whether you are here to enjoy our many beautiful beaches or indulge in the many outdoor activities there is PLENTY to keep you busy.

Following are just a few ideas near-by: Snorkeling Beach

Snorkeling – Within a few minutes drive from the condo, snorkeling is available for every level from beginner to the more advanced snorkeler. Enjoy the shallow water snorkeling at Napili Bay; there you will enjoy swimming among the regular families of resident sea turtles. Or enter the water at Mokuleia or Honolua Bay and be amazed with the sights of shallow to deep-water snorkeling. A gentle surf provides excellent snorkeling just down the road in North Ka'anapali. If you would rather stay at home... get your gear and swim in front of the condo from Kahana Beach to Kahana Reef; there is aways something to see.

(RIGHT FROM THE LANAI) – Season in Kahana is from December - May.
When the whales aren’t around the sea still abounds with marine life to watch . The Green Sea Turtle and dolphins make the area around Pohailani their home. You could spend your whole vacation just exploring all the beauty of the seas surrounding Maui.

swimming poolPools – There are two swimming pools at the Pohailani-Maui Resort. They are both located on the Mauka (inland) side of our complex – in other words right across the street.

Tennis – We have a tennis court on-property also on the Mauka side of our complex.

Pohailani ResortBarbecue Grills – Don't feel like going out? Want to barbeque your catch of the day? There are grills on both the Makai (ocean) and the Mauka (inland) sides of the complex. The closest is down the stairs, through the garage, and to the left. Fire up the grill and enjoy a little surf and turf!

Kahana Beach – Steps Away … need we say more? The face of our own Kahana Beach is ever-changing, but always a fun little beach to take a stroll, a morning jog or just lay back and relax.

Kahana BeachSurfing/Windsurfing – If you didn't bring your own equipment it can be rented on the island. Enjoy some of the best waves and windsurfing anywhere.

Shopping – The Kahana Gateway Shopping Center is only 1 block away. There you will find restaurants, a coffee shop/internet café, and shops providing locally-made and imported items. For the more serious shopper, visit Whalers Village (just a 5 minute drive) in Ka’anapali or the shops and galleries in Lahaina Town (just a 10 minute drive).

Sports Club Kahana– Just a short distance down Lower Honoapiilani Road is the Valley Isle Resort, the home of Sports Club Kahana. If you’re missing your daily workout at the gym "back home" – this is the place to go.


And here are a few ideas for short trips around Maui:

Hana WaterfallTours and Packages - Boss Frog's ... a business specializing in setting up local tours and packages is located just up the street on Lower Honoapiilani Road in Kahana (next to Dollies Pizza). With Boss Frog's you have a single location for booking dinner cruises, snorkeling excursions, helicopter tours, submarine tours and other maui vacation activities. If you need a little help in setting up your itinerary then this place is for you.

Makena Beach (Big Beach & Little Beach) – In our opinion, Makena ranks among the best beaches on the island. Wide and pristine, the sand almost sparkles, and the surf is PEFECT for either a board, or bodysurfing. Located minutes south of Wailea this is a not-to-be-missed destination.

NOTE: "Big Beach" is the local name for the main beach at Makena. "Little Beach" located at the north end of Big Beach OVER the lava flow is locally known as a clothing-optional beach. BOTH are beautiful beaches, you decide which is best for you.

Keanae PeninsulaPoli Poli State Park – Reforested by a public works project during the Great Depression, Redwood trees thrive and hiking trails abound in this high mountain State Park. It's picturesque location in the high-country leaves most who have experienced its natural beauty with the opinion that this destination should not be missed. Hiking and Mountain-Biking are just a couple of ways to enjoy this magnificent park.

Hana – Everyone has heard of the "Road to Hana" and indeed this winding road is a lot of fun to travel with waterfalls, and rainforests abounding. BUT, don’t overlook going to Hana around the OPPOSITE side of the island. Well beyond Makawao, the road gets "bumpy" at best … the rental car agencies ask you NOT to travel this road, and if you do, they warn its at your own risk. BUT this is one of our favorite drives on Maui. The winding, half-paved road goes through and around magnificent lava fields… you will find out-of-the way churches, and pristine shorelines. It is truly, truly an awesome ride. (Give yourself extra time, and be aware of bumpy driving conditions ... but it is worth it!)

Kahakaloa VillageOnce you arrive at Hana, don’t overlook the Black Sand Beach, and ask the locals how to get to the Red Sand Beach (this one is a bit out of the way, and you will need to hike a little, but this little beach is truly beautiful).

Kahakuloa Village & Kaukini Gallery – This is another one of those "drive at your own risk places" … even with the steep narrow roads, this is a "worth the trip" destination.

Traveling along the West Coast is one of the most scenic drives on the island. Past the Nakelele Blowhole and the Olivine Pools Highway 340 narrows considerably for about 1 1/2 miles as it descends the mountain and enters Kahakuloa Village, one of the few remaining "truly Hawaiian" villages.

This community is one of the most isolated spots on Maui and most of the residents work in and around the village. Aina Anuhea Tropical Gardens, Kaukini Gallery and Bruce Turnbull Studio and Sculpture Garden are a few examples of local businesses.

Mokuleia and Honolua Bays - These twin bays, located only a short distance North of Kapalua comprise a must-see destination. Mokuleia has a small sand beach, but most activities involve snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing. Honolua has no sandy beach, but provides phenomenal snorkeling opportunities.

This destination is located in a marine life preserve, the fish are numerous and the coral formations are spectacular.

Haleakala VolcanoHaleakala Crater - Sitting high above the Island of Maui at just over 10,000 ft is the crater of the volcano Hale a Ka La (House of the Sun God). Take the time to drive up to the beautiful and un-earthlike destination. This unique area is home to many specialized species of plant and animals found no where else in the world.

Hookipa Beach - Hookipa is just past Paia on the way to Hana. They say that more windsurfing footage is shot at Hookipa than any other place in the world. A really good windsurfer can go over 50mph and on a really good day there can be over 100 windsurfers sailing across the water at Hookipa.

Even if you're not a windsurfer, it's a lot of fun to watch. Hookipa is home to a number of international windsurfing competitions and there are dozens of windsurf shops and board/sail makers on Maui.

La Perouse Bay - Located in the 'Ahihi Kina'u Natural Area Reserve, this bay is a protected by state law. The entrance to the water is very rocky but the snorkeling can be excellent during calm seas. Several trails inland traverse the area which is covered in rough lava from the last eruption of Haleakala in 1790. King's Highway, an ancient Hawaiian footpath, continues from the bay toward Cape Hanamanioa.

UpcountryUpcountry, East Maui - In addition to the spectacular volcano Haleakala the section of East Maui known as "upcountry" is full of wonderful surprises:

• Tedeschi Vineyards and Winery - Sample award winning wines in a spectacular upcountry setting. Tasting room is open daily from 9am - 5pm; free guided tours are offered 7 days a week at 10:30am and 1:30pm.
• Surfing Goat Dairy - Located in Kula ... surrounded by a coconut grove and an orchard of fragrant citrus trees ... this working goat farm is a producer of more than 25 varieties of gourmet cheeses. A winner of nine national awards, Surfing Goat Dairy is a great destination for any true "cheese-lover."
• Makawao - A place where Hawaii meets Texas ... In Makawao the word rodeo puts a sparkle in the eyes of the local Paniolos (cowboys); an upcountry destination that provides a beautiful backdrop for horse-back riding excursions and picnics on grassy slopes.

And a Quick List of some additional activities for you:
Hiking ………………………... Through-out Maui
Biking ………………………. ..Upcountry & Haleakala Crater
World-Class Golf …………... Kapalua, Wailea & Ka’anapali
Fishing ……………………… .Deep-sea Tours
Wildlife Viewing …………….. From Your Lanai, Kealia Pond National Wildlife Preserve in Kihei
Horseback Riding …………...Ironwood Ranch in Napili, Piiholo Ranch in Makawao, and Lahaina Stables in Ka’anapali

Live Theater ………………… Old Lahina Lu’au and the Feast of LeLe in Lahaina
Cinemas …………………….. Lahaina
Museums ……………………. All Major Towns on Maui

Contact Boss Frog’s or Maui Dive Shop for information on:
Tours of Area Attractions

As you can see, there is no shortage of activities and natural beauty that Maui has to offer for your island vacation experience.

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