The trade winds died. The normally gentle waves at Airport Beach (also called Kahikili) 100 yards away flattened into nothing. The whitecaps disappeared across the channel. The clouds piled up in the West Maui Mountains. Haze descended, obscuring the usual crystal-clear view of Molokai and Lanai floating so near. It was the Kona Wind that caused all this, a low-pressure system churning to the north of the islands effectively turning the usual wind pattern around. Locals hate the condition, which brings still, stagnant air and humidity usually blown away by the trades.
Here at Outrigger Maui Eldorado Kaanapali, we don’t really care. The beach, a short stroll along a golf fairway away, is still one of the finest in Hawaii, the Eldorado’s private cabana awaiting. This low-rise condo, a collection of one- and two-floor buildings spread over 10 acres, is adjacent to but separate from Kaanapali’s busy main beach and collection of resort hotels and condo towers. We are just inland from the landmark headland Black Rock, which makes our wonderfully sandy, ideal swimming beach so private. We have easy walking access to many fine and fun restaurants—Hula Grill, Leilani’s, Castaway—but it is quiet and peaceful in where we sit on a wide lanai. The loudest usual noises are the myna birds when they awake at dawn and the metallic thwack of big-head drivers on golf balls.
Our one-bedroom, one-bath unit, J-205, is on the second floor of the building closest to the beach, the view from the exceptionally large lanai is across a fairway. The apartments here are among the most spacious we have found, the kitchens are full-sized. There is wi-fi, a pair of televisions, a guest book full of rapturous comments.
Okay, there are no elevators and walks can be long with intervening stairs to climb, and gaps in Hawaii’s anti-smoking laws allows nicotine addicts to puff away 20 feet from our lanai.
A few pertinent facts:
Located along the fairways at Kaanapali Beach Resort, Outrigger® Maui Eldorado KaanapaliSM sits within walking distance to beach activities, championship Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, and Whaler’s Village shops, restaurants and nightlife. While not recommended for the physically-challenged due to absence of elevators and a long walk to the beach, there are house golf cart to shuttle guests to the exclusive beach cabana at north Kaanapali Beach.
The property is rated by Orbitz Best in Stay AwardsTM Best for Leisure an holds a AAA 3 Diamond ranking. There is no smoking allowed in condos. Amenities include free high-speed Internet, full kitchens and washer/dryer in studios and suites; free check-out cleaning, three pools, and parking for $7 a day.
Patti Pietschmann's been plugged into the LA scene for years as author of Harper Collins' best selling ACCESS travel, former contributing editor to LA Magazine and various radio gigs. She has traveled the world with her husband Richard, on assignments and for personal pleasure, has enjoyed hundreds of cruises (she and Richard started young), eaten in restaurants around the globe, spa hopped, trekked, hiked and hit the ground running. The former Teen Editor of Newsday in New York, Patti was also a co-west coast editor of Departures Magazine, and a frequent contributor to such diverse media as Cruisecritic.com, LA Times, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Virtuoso's Voyage, Luxurydomain.com, Bel-air Magazine, Priority Magazine, dozens of in-flight magazines, and more.