April 17, 2011 |
As I plod toward the surf, I'm trying to channel a bit of orca because nothing in the ocean messes with Shamu. I just hope some do-gooder doesn't try to free me or toss me a mackerel. I plan to be underwater for 25 minutes, and I'm told the artificial blubber of the neoprene wet suit will be comforting. My wife, Terri, and I have hooked up with an outfitter for a swim with a twist — snuba — off the beach in Kaanapali, Maui. Think of it as scuba for dummies. Mask, fins, regulator, cool bubbles floating upward — the vast numbers of which indicate I need to slow my gaspiration rate — it's regular "Sea Hunt" stuff, and you don't need a license or certification.
November 7, 2010 |
The sunsets are good, as you might expect on the west coast of Maui. But is Lahaina really where you go to hear echoes of the old whaling days and the early missionaries? Or is it a cheesy tourist town? The answer is yes to both. On an island full of natural wonders, most of downtown Lahaina (population: about 9,100) is neither natural nor wonderful. But Front Street, its main drag, has an undeniable vitality. Running right along the waterfront, it seethes with T-shirt shops, boutiques, snack shops and a batch of galleries sporting the psychedelia of Peter Max, the saturated photographic panoramas of Peter Lik and the whales of Wyland.
November 7, 2010 |
WHERE TO STAY The Lahaina-Kaanapali area is full of hotels and condos. I dodged the priciest, most luxurious properties (including the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua and the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali) and wasn't impressed by a few of the low-end properties (including Lahaina's Best Western Pioneer Inn and the Aston Kaanapali Shores condos). Between those extremes, here are four hotels I checked out and liked. Plantation Inn, 174 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina; (800) 433-6815, http://www.
October 31, 1993 |
Dave Stockton birdied three of the final four holes Saturday to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the $550,000 Kaanapali Classic on Maui. Stockton was at 10-under 132 after his second consecutive 66 over the par-71 Kaanapali North Course. First-round co-leader Tom Wargo was at 133, with fellow co-leader Bob Murphy at 134 along with Mike Hill. Bruce Crampton and Lee Trevino are at 135. Stockton, the PGA Senior Tour's leading money winner, started the day one shot off the lead.
August 15, 1993 |
Ten major hotels on the Kaanapali "resort row," on the Hawaiian island of Maui, have joined together to lure senior travelers with special discount rates and packages. Kaanapali, situated on a three-mile stretch of white-sand beach, is three miles from the historic whaling town of Lahaina and also has its own shopping center, Whalers Village, which has more than three dozen shops and restaurants. A free trolley shuttle connects all 10 hotels, Whalers Village, local golf courses and Lahaina.
April 12, 1987 |
The planning process could not find a more pleasant place to succeed than at the sprawling, splendid Kaanapali Beach Resort here. As the history of planning has sadly illustrated, long-range master plans for such desirable areas rarely extend beyond the paper on which they are printed.