I’m sure you are witty, charming and attractive, but I don’t want to see you here at Ka’anapali. It’s already too crowded. There is no room for you. I do not want to share pool chairs, the Beach Walk or a sand table at the Hula Grill with you. There are not enough Mai Tai’s here for me and for you. (Please note: if you are Hugh Laurie, Joel Kinnaman or Charlie Hunnam, the foregoing does not apply to you.)
Ka’anapali is bustling and sometimes just a bit much so. We’ve been coming here since the 80’s and every visit we’ve had to get up earlier and earlier to reserve chairs by the pool, and the wait for dinner at Hula Grill gets a bit longer. Stay away!
Truthfully, I guess we are the ones cluttering up the place. This visit, we had a total head count of fourteen. Baby Caleigh chalked up her first visit to Hawaii at five months of age, and I will not apologize for the fact that most of my photos are of her.
Our first wave brought the CE and me, Taylor, Daniel and Chris. Tina, John and their three girls arrived a few days later. Then Angie flew in with her boys and Bobby made a last-minute appearance. Lots of fun for us all.
There are plenty of places to stay at Ka’anapali, but we always come back to the Westin. Lots of memories here of the girls and the boys when they were young, and now the grandkids are enjoying the water slides, snow cones and tete a tetes with resident cockatoo, Keoki.
The days start early here. The CE and I are entrusted with early pool duty, which is a rigorous responsibility. If you arrive much past 6 am, you will have to fight for a chair in the shade. If you’re looking for isolation, Ka’anapali is probably not your choice destination. Proof of urbanization: we noticed this trip that a second Starbucks has popped up along the Ka’anapali Beach Walk.
The beach walk is one of Ka’anapali’s greatest assets – it stretches from the Hyatt at the south end all the up to North Ka’anapali. This morning we took a four-mile stroll.
The day is spent between the pool and the beach. You’d be amazed how fast seven hours go by!
Sometimes we take a break from all the hard work and break out a deck of cards. Uno, Hearts and Cribbage have all been a hit this trip.
Evenings here start and end early. We might wander over to the Hula for a fish sandwich, or to Leilani’s, because they have that awesome Hula Pie. Last night the CE and I took the four little ones while the younger adults went out for a date night.
And, of course, after dinner, there is time to play on the lawn or go for ice cream.
As you can see, Ka’anapali is a most undesirable place to be. You would never, ever want to come here, right? I can’t wait to come back, and hope NOT to see you while I’m here!