Hotel at a Glance: Maui Kamaole
From a private lanai veranda attached to each condo-like unit at Maui Kamaole, guests step outside and bask in the Hawaii sunshine. Inside, rooms feature a seating area, a kitchen equipped with a microwave and coffee machine, and complimentary high-speed internet. The nature-focused decor mirrors the tropical gardens found throughout the low-rise, oceanfront property, which won a 2014 certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor. The sprawling resort also encompasses two pools, a jacuzzi, and tennis courts.
- Grill out beneath palm trees and pergolas at one of the resort's barbecue areas
- Stroll to the surf: The crystal-blue waters of both the Kamaole Beach Park III and Keawakapu Beach are within walking distance.
- Befriend a humuhumunukunukuapua'a, a reef triggerfish called "humuhumu" for short, at the nearby Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve, whose combination of lava rock and coral make for memorable snorkeling experiences.
- Tee time: Both the Elleair Maui and Wailea golf courses are located within 3 miles of the hotel
- Shopping: the famed Shops at Wailea houses 70 restaurants, galleries, and boutiques, including shops by Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co.
Maui, Hawaii: Gorgeous Beaches, Haleakala Volcano, and Seasonal Whale Watching
Voted the best island in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Maui is considered one of the Pacific’s most beautiful spots and a favorite among Hollywood's elite. The town of Lahaina, along Maui’s western coast, served as Hawaii’s royal capital before 1845. Throughout the mid-19th century, it was known as a whaling town—Herman Melville sailed from Lahaina during this time and gathered inspiration for Moby-Dick. The humpback whales that were once hunted are now protected by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and their population has flourished. The seas around Lahaina boast some of the world’s best whale watching from December to May, when female humpbacks give birth in the warm Pacific waters.
Arguably, Maui's biggest attraction is Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano, which technically encompasses 75% of the island. A paved road leads up to Haleakala's summit, where you can stretch your legs and walk around the rim of the lunar-like volcanic crater. The towering peak is a playground for bicyclists, who coast down the slopes all the way to the beach town of Paia.
Elsewhere on the island, it’s a rite of passage to drive the Road to Hana, a 68-mile route that zigzags along the scenic northeastern coast with more than 600 hairpin curves. There are several points of interest along the way, including botanical gardens, tiny villages, and waterfall pools you can swim in.