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Top 8 Kapalua Restaurants of 2017

Amid the world class real estate, beaches, golf, and shopping, don't miss Kapalua's culinary scene.
March 24, 2017

Top 8 Kapalua Restaurants of 2017

Searching through Kapalua homes for sale isn't just about the properties themselves, but the great features in the nearby area. Whether you're looking for a full-time family home or a luxury seasonal getaway, you want to know that the place itself features the lifestyle elements that you enjoy. Around here, that includes world-class golf, exceptional spas, breathtaking scenery and gorgeous white sand beaches. Then, there's the food, which ranks higher and higher on the priority list for our new Maui residents. Here, amidst the glamorous charms of the exclusive Kapalua Resort, you'll find no shortage of delightful restaurants to sate your craving for quality cuisine. Here are our suggestions for wonderful restaurants to try in Kapalua.


Moderately Priced

Gazebo Restaurant – This charming local favorite is perched on the pristine Kapalua coastline overlooking the water, with the lovely Napili Beach just steps away. The fare includes a classic assortment of breakfast and brunch items, but with a bit of Hawaiian flare. The wait staff is friendly, helpful and upbeat, the ambiance casual, and the tranquil ocean views both soothing and inspiring. Once you've had breakfast at The Gazebo, you'll be refreshed and ready for a day of adventure. Hours are 7:30am - 2:00pm daily.

The Wine Palette – Wine, traditional American food and... painting classes? You bet! Who says you can't enjoy a delicious cut of steak while playing with colors on your own little canvas? Nestled between the Ritz Carlton and Sansei, you'll find this unusual gem. Whether you choose to take advantage of their painting class or not, the cuisine is delightful and familiar, while the wine selection should satisfy the most discerning palate (not to be confused with palette, which is for your paints). As you might imagine, this unique establishment is celebrated by families with children, couples looking for a unique dining date, and friends who want to try something new together. Hours are 3:00pm - 10:00pm daily.

Taverna – Come to this vibrant restaurant for classic Italian cuisine and fantastic cocktails. The restaurant is situated beside the gentle slopes of the golf course located at The Kapalua Villas Maui. This great place is known for its friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere, and comforting food. If you have a craving for Italian favorites, you might find just what you're looking for at Taverna. Hours are 5:00pm - 12:00am daily.


Upscale Pricing

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar – If you're looking for Japanese fare including sushi and wine options, you won't want to miss the popping flavors of this restaurant. Their prices range from about $30 to $60, and the food is well worth the money, but if you feel like spending less, take advantage of their happy hour and early bird specials. If you're interested in a menu suggestion, try their outstanding Tempura Butterfish Roll. Hours are 5:30pm - 10:00pm daily, except for Thursdays and Fridays when they stay open until 1:00am.

The Plantation House Restaurant – Surrounded by the rolling green fairways of the Plantation Course, this restaurant is known for its seafood, Hawaiian dishes, and its wine selection. Conveniently, they serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and the menu is quite extensive, which works well for those who are very selective in their choices. Hours are 8:00am - 9:00pm.


Splurge

Merriman's Kapalua – For fine cuisine featuring American and seafood options, you'll want to try this beautiful restaurant. As with many gourmet restaurants, the portions are small, but the flavors are dazzling. The seafood is their real specialty, but they also have some nice Hawaiian flavors added to the mix of their menu. Take advantage of their terrific happy hour mai tais if you can. Hours are 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, they open from 9:30am - 1:30pm, and opens again from 3:00pm - 9:00pm.

The Banyan Tree – This is the place to try fine Hawaiian fare, with a sublime array of traditional options like ahi poke and seared mahi mahi, but you'll also find Western options like filet minon and smoked ribeye steak. Their farm-to-table ingredients bring the dishes to life with fresh flavors that come right from the island and the surrounding waters. Hours are 5:30pm - 9:30pm from Tuesday to Saturday. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Cane & Canoe – This relatively new Kapalua restaurant has quickly earned the approval of both local and visiting diners with its Hawaiian food and delicious cocktails. They even provide a number of gluten free options. You'll find classic menu items like lamb chops and filet minon, alongside items like togarashi crusted ahi tuna and coconut lobster soup. The ambiance is sublime, while the menu is moderate in size, but versatile. Hours are 7:00am - 11:00am and 5:00pm - 9:00pm Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, they stay open until 1:00pm for brunch and open again for dinner as normal.


One more thing...you can't forget about the amazing Pineapple Grill. Located on "The Bay" golf course, they give you many choices and times to satisfy and excite your taste palates from breakfast to dinner. You even have the option to "Grab & Go" with your meal if you plan to explore the island, instead of sitting and staying to eat. This is an award recognized restaurant with a delicious mix of flavors for everyone who visits Maui. Happy hour is daily from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Breakfast is from 8:00am - 11:00am, Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday & Sunday. The All Day Menu is available from 11:00am - 9:00pm, Monday - Friday; 12:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday. And Dinner is available from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.


If you're considering a Kapalua real estate purchase, you may as well sample the many exceptional restaurants in the area. You can just consider it local research, for purely practical purposes, of course. If you need our assistance finding the right Kapalua property investment, we can tell you a whole lot more than we can about the restaurants! You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page if you need us. Mahalo!

Oceanfront Condo for Sale at Kahana Sunset

A rare condominium overlooking the ocean, just steps away from a secluded white sand beach.
March 17, 2017

Oceanfront Condo for Sale at Kahana Sunset

Imagine stepping out on your private lanai overlooking the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean and the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai. In the evening, the sunsets are vibrant and colorful, while in the winter and spring months, you can see whales at play not too far offshore. This 2 bed/2.5 bathroom Kahana Sunset oceanfront condominium provides all of this and more.

This unit is among the most direct ocean fronting listings north of Ka'anapali but without the hustle and bustle of a highly populated area. Kahana Sunset is like a little hidden gem among owners and vacationers looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy their own secluded little beach.

The amenities include a heated swimming pool for adults and wading pool for children, on-site management, beach towels, gas barbecues in strategic places around the property, and access to that white sand beach with chaise lounges and beach chairs. Just to the north is the world-class Kapalua Resort, with all its exquisite restaurants, shops, golf courses and spas.

Inside the unit, discover 1,064 square feet of convenient oceanfront living including 2 bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms in an elegant Townhome floor plan. The master bedroom is perched right above the living room, both of which provide those gorgeous ocean views. Some of the recent upgrades include granite counter tops in the kitchen and Master Suite and a walk-in shower. This remarkable listing also features an in-unit washer and dryer, high-speed internet, cable TV, and ceiling fans, while the building provides plenty of on-site parking.

Step through the sliding glass door on the ground floor, and you can relax on the nice grassy lawn while soaking up the sun and enjoying the views. The ocean is so close, the sounds of the lightly tumbling waves can lull you to sleep for your nights and naps. Take a quick stroll to the beach for swimming and snorkeling over the sand or the rocky areas that house corals and a nice collection of fish. Hawaiian green sea turtles are also known to frequent this area. When the humpback whales are here for their yearly migration, you can sometimes hear them singing when you dip below the surface.

As you might imagine, this Kahana Sunset oceanfront condo is currently in the Front Desk Management Program, so showing the unit can be scheduled between guest visits. After purchasing, you can continue participating to make some extra cash on your investment, or terminate if you'd rather have the space all to yourself. If you're interested, you can find our contact information by clicking here. Mahalo!

The Life and Legacy of Sue D. Cooley, Philanthropist and Friend

A remarkable woman, whose kindness and generosity has brightened the past, present and future for Maui students.
March 02, 2017

The Life and Legacy of Sue D. Cooley, Philanthropist and Friend

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Sue D. Cooley, a philanthropist and pillar to the West Maui community, who recently passed away. While this is a time of grief over her loss, it's also a time of gratitude and inspiration for the life she lived, and the legacy of generosity that she left behind.

For those of you who didn't know Sue, she was a bright, shining star of kindness like no other. Although Maui was a second home to her, she embraced the island with her profound love and caring, became an icon of generosity, and touched the lives of many. It was her remarkable contributions that paved the way for the Lahainaluna High School Foundation (LHSF) to build the first multi-purpose stadium in the West Maui community. Founded in 1831, Lahainaluna High School holds the distinction of being not only the oldest school in Hawaii, but the oldest school in America west of the Rocky Mountains. Thanks to Sue, the school finally has the state-of-the-art, multi-purpose stadium that its students and staff deserve.

What was once a field of weeds and a dirt path running track with seating for less than 1,000 fans now features a 3,000-seat stadium, a 4-lane all-weather track, and the same turf the Dallas Cowboys enjoy. The groundbreaking was held in February of 2010, and the field was ready by August. The Lahainaluna athletic teams, cheering squad, marching band, color guard and dance ensembles finally had the ideal place to play, practice and rehearse.

In 2012, Sue was honored as a "Legend of Lahainaluna." By 2014, Sue had given over $7 million to LHS, prompting the Hawaii Board of Education to present her with a proclamation of gratitude for her generosity. Over the next few years, all the other features of the stadium were completed, including the press box, restrooms, arrival building, and the bleachers. In 2015, Lahaina had its first night game under the stadium's bright, shining lights. Now, the stadium proudly bears Sue's name, so that her generosity will be remembered for generations to come. Above, you can watch a clip of a tribute to Sue by Neil Everett on ESPN's SportsCenter.

sue d. cooley and the lahainaluna high school football team

Sue was as humble as she was generous, and she initially kept her philanthropic efforts anonymous. When she finally decided to "go public" with her donations, it was for the specific purpose of inspiring others to give, especially to the stadium project. This was a choice that succeeded in touching the hearts of many community members, bolstering our resolve to share our good fortune with others, and to help ensure bright futures for our youth.

The need for a strong sense of community is important everywhere, but is perhaps even more profound on the island of Maui, where both our unique culture and our isolation remind us how important it is to take care of one another. In Hawaiian, the term "hanai" means adopted family. It refers to friends who you treat just the same as you would if they were a relative. Sue was hanai to many of us, because however much we give to the community, we get back from it in one form or another. In her life, Sue was showered with love and gratitude. Now that she has passed, those feelings have only strengthened in the prayers and well-wishes of her hanai family, the Maui community.

With these reflections in mind, we offer our most heartfelt condolences to Sue's family. If the gravity of her loss means so much to the rest of us, one can only imagine how her relatives might feel. As she is in our thoughts, so is her family. Perhaps we can all take some solace in recognizing that we were lucky to know Sue, or to know her kindness, which were one and the same. Aloha 'oe and mahalo to you, Sue Cooley.


In 2015 the wonderful students/players of the Lahainaluna High School Football team came together to sing a heartfelt rendition of their Alma Mater to Sue.

Giving Back: Hale Makua Health Services

Our very own Roy Sakamoto continues his efforts for Maui non-profit Hale Makua Health Services.
February 24, 2017

Giving Back: Hale Makua Health Services

Hale Makua Health Services provides care for elderly Maui residents who couldn't otherwise afford it. This remarkable non-profit organization is the only one of its kind on the island. Our very own Roy Sakamoto has been on the board of directors for 30 years, working hard to help it continue to provide these invaluable services to our respected kupuna (elders).

Roy's passion for this work began long ago, when his mother was being tended at Hale Makua. He was so impressed by their compassionate care, that he got involved in the special events committee. Before long, he had helped Hale Makua earn its place as the designated charity for the PGA Senior Tour's Kaanapali Classic. In the years since he began his involvement, he has been a board member and board chairman. He is now serving as the board's treasurer.

Hale Makua continues to provide around-the-clock care and personalized services for the elderly at both its Wailuku and Kahului facilities. It remains the largest provider of nursing home and health care for the elderly, here on Maui, and also bears the distinction of being the only Eden Alternative-registered home in the state of Hawaii. Roy, himself, best described their efforts.

"Besides our nursing home facilities in Wailuku and Kahului, we also offer the best home health agency on Maui, physical rehab, adult day care and a section of our Wailuku facility has been designated as a 'care home' for those that do not need full nursing home care. We are the only not-for-profit institutional nursing facility on Maui."

As Roy also explains, health care on Maui is in need of extra support from the community, as the facilities struggle to keep up with the number of patients that need care. Hale Makua Health Services, if expanded further, could go a long way to helping give care to those who need it. In fact, the cost of having patients at Hale Makua is much cheaper than having them in the hospitals.

The best way to help further these efforts on behalf of the community is to pick up the phone and contact state and county lawmakers for fiscal help from the county and the state. Allocating funds to Hale Makua is the affordable choice, and the quality of care is excellent. With some extra help from conscientious residents like Roy Sakamoto, life on Maui can be even better for those who need care.

As you can see, Roy's life is about more than his work as a West Maui real estate agent. If you'd like to join his efforts in helping Hale Makua, you can visit www.halemakua.org to learn more about what you can do. If you need our assistance with your Maui real estate search, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Featured Home: Kaanapali Ocean View Estate

An elegant 5 bed/3.5 bath front line, corner unit with breathtaking views at Kaanapali Golf Estates.
February 17, 2017

Featured Home: Kaanapali Ocean View Estate

Perched on a gentle slope within the Kaanapali Golf Estates, bordered by mature palm trees, you'll find the elegant West Maui home at 280 Wekiu. This rambling 5-bed/3.5-bath features recent upgrades throughout, and its front line corner location provides sparkling ocean vistas from several rooms. The first floor includes the kitchen, living area, a half-bath and the Master Suite, while the lower level includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den, for a total of 4,476 square feet of living space.

This home has been designed and maintained with every attention to detail. Step inside the inviting front door and you'll find sandstone tile throughout the living areas and comfortingly carpeted bedrooms. The kitchen and bathrooms feature gorgeous cabinetry and granite counters. Among the upgrades throughout this special home are the Central Air system, the central vacuum, the rock walls, some landscaping embellishments, and the exterior painting. In addition to that, the pool and grill area has been re-tiled, along with the front of the home.

Those breathtaking ocean views can be enjoyed from the Master Suite, the living room, the dining area and the kitchen. On the lower floor, the two front bedrooms and the den overlook the lovely covered lanai and the sunny pool and spa, all of which are surrounded by lush foliage and a Hawaiian style rock wall for extra privacy. Imagine this as your own little outdoor sanctuary where you could spend your time soaking up the sun, reading in the shade, or going for a refreshing swim.

Located at the Summit in the Kaanapali Golf Estates, this remarkable home enjoys a number of amenities and special community features, including 24-hour security and electronic gates. The monthly maintenance fee covers the care of common areas, pool, sewer, rubbish, gardening, and exterior home maintenance. The current asking price is $1,975,000.

This link to the Kaanapali home at the Summit includes a myriad of beautiful photos and plenty of additional information on the property. If there are any questions you might have that aren't covered by this information, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to assist you, and to schedule a viewing, if you're interested. Mahalo!

Blogs for March 2017

Top 8 Kapalua Restaurants of 2017

Posted on March 24, 2017
Top 8 Kapalua Restaurants of 2017

Searching through Kapalua homes for sale isn't just about the properties themselves, but the great features in the nearby area. Whether you're looking for a full-time family home or a luxury seasonal getaway, you want to know that the place itself features the… Continue Reading

Oceanfront Condo for Sale at Kahana Sunset

Posted on March 17, 2017
Oceanfront Condo for Sale at Kahana Sunset

Imagine stepping out on your private lanai overlooking the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean and the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai. In the evening, the sunsets are vibrant and colorful, while in the winter and spring months, you can see whales at… Continue Reading

The Life and Legacy of Sue D. Cooley, Philanthropist and Friend

Posted on March 02, 2017
The Life and Legacy of Sue D. Cooley, Philanthropist and Friend

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Sue D. Cooley, a philanthropist and pillar to the West Maui community, who recently passed away. While this is a time of grief over her loss, it's also… Continue Reading

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