Hawaii’s cuisine is composed of distinct styles of food which come from the history of both how the islands were settled, as well as immigration. The dishes reflect influences from European, American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Portuguese cultures, as well as their roots in Polynesia. Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay helps you to plan your perfect trip by providing information and tips so that you can get the most from your Maui vacation. Today we will look at some of the most unique regional foods that you must try on your next visit. Be sure to call us today to reserve your spot at one of our beautiful rentals!

Main Ingredients

Some of the ingredients that are spotlighted in Hawaiian cuisine are unique not only to the dishes they help to flavor, but even in their other, non-edible uses. The primary ingredients that you will see you used in many creative ways are taro, breadfruit, candle nut, coconut, Polynesian arrowroot, Ti, Winged bean, and Jicama.


Taro is a popular plant that can be used to make poi, as well as taro starch or flour. Poi is a Hawaiian staple made from ground taro and commonly served with kalua roast pork. It has a paste-like consistency that is sweet in flavor. Consumption of taro is primarily the leaves and corm. It must be cooked, however, because it is toxic in its raw form. In addition to being edible, it is also sometimes sold as an ornamental aquatic plant.


Breadfruit is actually a species of flowering tree. Its name comes from the texture of the moderately ripe fruit when it is cooked, which is similar to freshly baked bread and has a potato-like flavor. A common way that it is prepared is for it to be mixed with coconut milk and baked in banana leaves. The wood of the breadfruit tree is lightweight and resistant to termites and shipworms, which makes it perfect for use in constructing outrigger canoes. The pulp from the wood can also be used to make paper.

Candle Nut

While you may not be familiar with the name, you are probably more familiar with its more common name, Kukui. The nuts come from the kukui nut tree. The name candle nut is well earned, as they can be burned to provide light. Each nut will actually burn for about 15 minutes. The Hawaiians would make leis from the shells, flowers, and leaves of the tree. The ink from charred nuts was used in tattoos and a varnish could be made from the oil. They are also the main ingredient in a traditional Hawaiian condiment known as ‘inamona. ‘Inamona is used in Hawaiian dishes such as poke and occasionally in sushi.


Coconuts have traveled around the world and even been immortalized in songs. Few people are still strangers as to what the coconut is, or how it is enjoyed. Since we are writing about Hawaiian foods, let us share with you how it used in this region of the world. One of the most common dishes in Hawaiian cuisine is coconut pudding which is call haupia and is a staple at every luau. The seeds of the coconut tree provide oil for frying, while the white fleshy part can be used to cook delicious desserts such as macaroons. 

Polynesian Arrowroot

Polynesian Arrowroot is part of the yam family. The tubers contain starch which in Polynesian culture, is typically prepared into a flour to make a variety of puddings. The flour is mixed with mashed taro, or breadfruit and then mixed with coconut cream to prepare the puddings. A local favorite in Hawaii is haupia. The starch can also be used to stiffen fabrics, which is important when weaving those fabrics together to create mats.


Not to be confused with tea plant, the Ti plant is actually part of the asparagus family. Its starchy rhizomes are actually very sweet once the plant has reached maturity. In Hawaii, the rhizomes are fermented and distilled to make a liquor called okolehao. The ancient Hawaiians believed that it had great spiritual power and only the high priests or chiefs were allowed to wear the leaves around their necks during certain rituals. The leaves would also be planted at the corners of homes to ward off ghosts or evil spirits.

Winged Bean

The winged bean loves to grow where it is hot and humid, making Hawaii a perfect place for it to thrive. Its leaves can be eaten just like spinach, and its flowers can be used in salads. In fact, if you do not have spinach, there’s no need to run to the store as you can simply use cooked winged bean leaves in the same way you’d use spinach leaves. If you are using the leaves raw, then younger leaves would better than older.


Jicama was brought over to Hawaii from Spanish colonialists. It is sometimes called a Mexican yam bean, or a Mexican turnip, but it actually belongs to the bean family. Hawaiian cuisine embraced this food and you can find it in a number of dishes. Due to its consistency, when cut into matchstick slices, it will provide a water chestnut-like crunch and possess a savory apple flavor. Jicama can be used in salads, soups, and stir-fry dishes. The seeds of the jicama actually contain a toxin which is used to poison insects and fish.

It is always interesting to learn about foods that have become such an integral part of our island nation’s culture. We hope that you learned some new and interesting facts about these foods and are looking forward to trying them in some of our native dishes when you visit Kapalua Bay in Maui. Make sure to check back on our blog where we will look at popular regional dishes. Aloha Vacation Villas wants to help you plan your perfect vacation. Call and reserve your spot today!

Hawaii is paradise. A more simple and true statement was never made. With its balmy ocean breezes and tempting azure waters, it is a paradise for those who love to surf, swim, and snorkel. The mountain peaks enshrouded in fog call to hikers, rock climbers, and explorers. The warm sandy beaches and colorful foliage invite beachgoers to stay and relax. No matter what your favorite activity is, Hawaii offers something for everyone. Kapalua Bay Rentals love introducing others to the paradise we call home, as well as welcoming returning visitors. Today we will look at the top six excursions that everyone should make time to enjoy when visiting the great island of Maui.

1. Napili Bay

This coastal area is surrounded by full-time residents and vacation communities alike. Napili is a well-kept secret as it remains a sleepy little area located between the busier areas of West Maui and Lahaina. This is an immensely popular spot for snorkeling with the beautiful Green Sea Turtles that call Hawaii home. Don’t worry about stuffing fins and snorkels into your suitcase though, there is a rental booth nearby for your convenience.

2. Farmer’s Market

One of the best things to take advantage of when you are on vacation is the ability to try new foods, especially ones that are representative of the area you are visiting! There are two farmers’ markets for your shopping pleasure. The Napili Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It is well-known for its all-local produce such as mango, pineapple, and papaya. The Honokowai Farmers’ Market is open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Not only can you find delicious fruits and vegetables here, but many vendors also offer samples.

3. Gazebo Restaurant

The Gazebo is a West Maui breakfast institution. This restaurant prepares the most heavenly macadamia nut pancakes that you will ever enjoy. Compared to other local breakfast restaurants, it is also much more reasonably priced. With its growing popularity, you may have to wait for a table, but with the gorgeous ocean view, and coffee served while you wait, we know that you’ll agree with us that it was worth the wait!

4. Slack-Key Guitar Show

For those of you who may not know, slack-key guitar is a fingerstyle genre of guitar music that actually originated in Hawaii. Essentially, the tuning is achieved by slacking one or more of the strings until together, they form a single chord, usually G major. Stop by the Napili Kai Beach Resort Aloha Pavilion for a chance to hear world-renowned Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, George Kahumoku Jr. You will not be disappointed!

5. Maui Brew Co.

Maui Brewing Company began in 2005 by selling their beers wholesale. They eventually opened their brewpub in Kahana. Not only have they achieved international success, but they have a brewery and tasting room in Kihei. Their happy hour is one that you do not want to miss. Their specials include $1.00 off beer, $3.00 off cocktails, and ½ priced house-made specialties. Happy hour is daily, and if you wear one of their many MBC logo shirts or hats on Wednesdays, you get to enjoy $2.00 off their beer all day long!  

6. Honolua Bay & Marine Preserve

Honolua Bay is the focal point for the conservation district and offers wonderful surfing opportunities for experienced surfers, snorkeling and jaw-dropping views from Lipoa Point. In addition, it also has one of the most beautifully colored beach landscapes in the Hawaiian islands. If you prefer to take in the view from Lipoa Point, you might also get to enjoy watching any surfers catching the break and at the close of the day, there is always a gorgeous Maui sunset to take in. Call Kapalua Bay Villas today to reserve your vacation spot and let us share with you even more details to help make your trip to Maui the best yet!


People around the world enjoy hiking for a variety of reasons. In fact, many people choose destination vacations for the hiking opportunities afforded in that area. Maui has many stunningly beautiful trails to offer, from easy hikes for beginners to advanced trails for the more experienced hiker. Hiking provides a wide array of benefits such as peace of mind, physical activity, fun with friends and family, and enjoying the beauty of nature. Maui has many beautiful trails from which to choose. Kapalua Bay Villas offers the opportunity to rent a vacation home in close proximity to all of these stunning hiking opportunities. Read on to see four of the best hiking trails Maui has to offer and check out our vacation rentals available in Maui.

‘Iao Valley State Park

‘Iao Valley State Park is located in central Maui and boasts easy walks that are well suited for both kids and older people. It is dramatically scenic and claims the title of the second wettest place in Hawai’i. The main attraction is the ‘Iao needle which is a high peak created by the erosion of the softer rock around it. This valley is sacred and was once forbidden to all but Hawaiian royalty. After you cross the footbridge, you can choose to head up the trail to the ‘Iao Needle Observation deck, or down towards the stream for a short nature loop with many informal trails. After hiking in the second wettest place in Hawai’i, come back to your Maui vacation rental at Kapalua Bay Villas, dry off, relax, and enjoy a nap. Contact us today to book your vacation.

Twin Falls, North Shore

Just a 20-minute drive east of the historic town of Paia on Maui’s North Shore, Twin Falls is the perfect hike for those traveling with children. Located easily off of the Hana Highway, you can book a guided tour or easily navigate the trail on your own. Some of the attractions include different waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes. Make sure you have more than just your flip-flops with you as the trails are paved simply with gravel and dirt. Some other items to make sure you have on hand are bathing suits and towels, as well as bug spray if mosquitoes tend to find you when you are outside. Last but not least, pack some snacks and extra drinking water. You may find that you want to linger longer than you had planned.

Halemauu Trail

Halemauu Trail is the perfect hike both for those looking for a comfortable yet scenic adventure, and for those visitors who are up for a challenge. Halemauu Trail is located inside of Haleakala National Park. One of the nice features of this trail system is that you can choose to do a short 2.2 mile round-trip hike to the edge of Haleakala’s rim and back, or you could use this as a jumping off point for a challenging, yet rewarding 11.2 mile hike. Make sure to take the elevation gain into account as you plan for your hike. The trail increases by 2,345 feet in elevation over the course of the hike. This path is through much of the Haleakala wilderness. One recommendation if you choose to start your hike from the summit is to make sure to catch a ride back to the visitor center with another park visitor, since you had to park your vehicle near the trailhead.

Waihou Spring Trail

Waihou Spring Trail is a lightly trafficked loop located near Makawao Hawai’i that features a waterfall and is moderate in difficulty. There is a side trail that leads down to Waihou Spring. The trail is a comfortable distance at just a 1.8 mile loop. A nice factor is that it is accessible year-round. One of the most attractive features for hikers is the lava tubes and waterfalls. Make sure to wear layers for this hike as it is upcountry and can be quite a bit chillier. While the trail is relatively easy, keep an eye on the weather as rain can cause parts of it to become slick and slippery. After your hike in this beautiful forest, you can look forward to unwinding in the comfort of your Maui vacation rental at Kapalua Bay Villas. Contact us today to schedule your vacation rental.

South Maui


When you tell someone you’re going on vacation there is an immediate spark of excitement and energy in the conversation. Everyone enjoys taking a break from their day-to-day lives and spending some time in a relaxing environment. While the thought of the destination and activities is the cause for much excitement, thinking about how cramped things will be in the hotel room can drain some of the energy of anticipation. At Kapalua Bay Villas, we know just how important it is to have sufficient space to relax and fully enjoy your time on vacation. Continue reading to learn about the areas where you will enjoy the gift of space during your stay in Kapalua Bay.

Living Space

One area that most everyone appreciates in their home is the living room. Typically, this is where the family gathers to watch TV, play games, read books, or just spend time together in conversation. At the end of a full day of fun activities, the living room provides the much-needed space to spread out and relax. While we may take the living room space for granted, we certainly notice its absence. Kapalua Bay Rentals offers beautifully appointed living spaces for your enjoyment. Call today to book your reservation.

Cooking Space

One of the biggest expenses of any trip is food. Eating out is fun and definitely offers a break from cooking and washing dishes, but it comes with a price, literally. Buying your own groceries and preparing your meals at home can provide you with huge savings while on vacation. We recommend that rather than buying groceries for the week, you purchase them daily. You may start your week off with great intentions to cook every dinner, but after spending a whole day of walking or other vacation activity, you may not feel like cooking at all. Purchasing groceries on a daily basis will save you from the problem of leftover food at the end of your stay. If you or a family member deals with food allergies, eating out may not be the easiest option. A bonus of having your own cooking space is that you have complete control over the ingredients that will be used. Whether you want to cook on the stove or on the grill, Kapalua Bay Villas has a rental just for you. Call today to check availability.

Bedroom and Bathroom Space

Most of us love the ability to have our own dresser and closet in our bedrooms. Personal space for our clothes, shoes, and other items is highly valued. If you are traveling with children, they will be able to take naps in separate rooms which will provide a much more solid sleep time.
The bathroom is one of the most heavily used rooms in any home. Whether we are getting ready in the morning, washing up for the evening, or simply using the restroom during the day, we all appreciate not having to wait for the door to open. Most hotels offer one bathroom per room regardless of whether that room is hosting one or four persons. At Kapalua Bay Villas, our vacation rentals offer multiple bedrooms and bathrooms that will help to make your stay feel more like home. Check out our calendar to book your vacation today.

While Kapalua is known for its beaches and exciting activities like snorkeling, bodyboarding, hiking, and surfing, it also comes alive at night thanks to the various bars located around the island. During this article, we will talk about some of the standout locations where you can enjoy an alcoholic beverage accompanied by live music in an exciting environment.

If you are planning on visiting Kapalua, and are looking for an affordable rental with all of the amenities you would have at your home, view Aloha Vacation Villa’s vacation rentals! With several different properties to choose from, we offer vacation villas that can accommodate both individuals as well as families. To learn about some of Kapalua’s top bar locations, read more below!

Club Alii Nui

One of Maui’s most unique bars, Club Alii Nui is located on a luxury catamaran that offers a bar stocked with your favorite alcoholic beverages. Set sail into the night and enjoy a spacious dance floor, free transportation from one of our comfortable shuttle vans, and live music provided by an entertaining DJ. If you would rather show up in style, Club Alii Nui even offers a limousine package that includes round-trip transportation. Visiting Club Alii Nui is a great way to spend an amazing evening with friends or family, and will create an unforgettable experience that you will be talking about well past your vacation.

Kohola Brewery

If you are looking for a more laid-back experience, consider visiting Kohola Brewery. Kohola Brewery offers tours of their facilities on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, where you will be able to sample some of Maui’s finest craft beers while learning about their intricate brewing process. There are a number of beers served on tap at Kohola Brewery, ensuring that you can find a craft beer that pleases your palate. With monthly events and new beer releases, Kohola Brewery has become a hotspot for visitors looking to sample a taste of Hawaii.

The Dirty Monkey

Looking for Maui’s premier nightlife location offering both alcoholic beverages and delicious food? Pay a visit to The Dirty Monkey to experience Maui nightlife accompanied by live music and dancing. The Dirty Monkey offers a happy hour for all customers beginning everyday from 3 to 6 pm, where you can enjoy discounted drink prices as well as half-priced appetizers. As one of Maui’s top bars, The Dirty Monkey is constantly hosting exclusive events as well as karaoke nights for the bravest individuals. With an oceanfront location and an extensive cocktail menu, The Dirty Monkey is a lively bar and restaurant that you won’t want to miss out on.

Although these are just a few bars located on the island, there are a variety of other locations that offer exciting nightlife activities that are worth visiting. Ensure that your getaway to Hawaii is unforgettable by contacting our friendly staff today. With so many vacation rentals to choose from, you can easily find a villa that suits your needs in regards to location, price, and size. Visit us online to learn more!

There are a number of reasons why someone would choose to travel to Hawaii. From its sprawling beaches to its renowned regional cuisine, there is something for everyone to experience in Kapalua Bay. Throughout this article, we will talk about the top three reasons why people from around the United States fly to Hawaii each year for their tropical vacation.

If you are searching for a quality Hawaiian vacation rental in Kapalua Bay or its surrounding areas, look no further than Aloha Vacation Villas. Our luxury vacation rentals are affordably priced, and offer many additional amenities not provided by traditional Hawaiian resorts. To learn more about our available villas for rent, visit us online today!

Escape the Weather

One of the biggest reasons people choose to visit Hawaii in the winter is to escape the frigid weather of their hometown. Tourists who travel from freezing temperatures are overcome with joy after stepping off of their flight and being greeted by the warm Hawaiian breeze. Not only will you enjoy the warm weather that graces Hawaii daily, you will love how easy it is to pack your suitcase. While shorts, swimming trunks, and flip flops are essential to ensuring your Hawaiian getaway is a success, you should also consider packing a pair of slacks or a formal dress if you plan on eating at a high-end restaurant while visiting.

Enjoy the Beaches

Many people in the United States do not live near a beach, and even if they do, it may not be warm enough to spend a day relaxing next to the ocean. This is one of the major perks for many who visit Hawaii. There are plenty of beaches on the island that are worth exploring, and most of the beaches offer fun activities like snorkeling, surfing, bodyboarding, and much more. From Kapalua Bay and D.T. Fleming Beach, to Oneloa Bay and Slaughterhouse Beach, there are countless spots along the ocean that are perfect for relaxing while soaking up the sun.

Experience Hawaiian Culture

Hawaiian culture is unique when compared to the rest of the United States. For example, Hawaii regional cuisine is an exclusive style of cooking that utilizes native fruits, vegetables, and animals to create a truly unique culinary experience. This is just one aspect of Hawaii that has become popular among both visitors and residents. Those traveling to Hawaii will enjoy experiencing a different way of living where days are filled with relaxation and adventure.

These are just three reasons one may choose to visit Hawaii. Whatever your reason may be, you will want to experience Hawaii properly. For this reason, you should consider reserving your vacation rental with Aloha Vacation Villas.

Many individuals that visit Hawaii aren’t prepared for the amount of money which they will spend while on vacation. Between meals, sightseeing tours, spas, and lodging, expenses can add up exponentially, leaving visitors with far less in their wallet than they had originally anticipated. For this reason alone, it is advisable to research and plan your trip beforehand, so that you will have a rough estimate of what you will be spending while visiting Hawaii. That’s why, throughout this article, we’ll discuss the easiest ways you can save money while vacationing in Hawaii, so that you can have an enjoyable experience without breaking the bank.

If you plan on traveling to Kapalua, and are looking for affordable yet luxurious lodging, consider a Kapalua Bay villa from Aloha Vacation Villas. Resorts often cost far more than you would expect, while charging you for cleaning and maintenance fees and other additional costs you had not originally planned for. Aloha Vacation Villas, however, offers numerous vacation villas to choose from in many different locations and sizes so that both individuals and families alike can find a suitable vacation rental for their specific needs. If you would like to view all our vacation villas for rent, or would like to know more about our services offered, simply visit our website to contact us today. To learn more about experiencing Hawaii on a budget, continue reading our helpful article below.

Shop and Eat In

Food is often the most costly expense that many visitors face while vacationing in Hawaii. If you plan on eating out three times each day, you can imagine how quickly this will add up over the course of a week. Worse yet, if you are bringing the entire family to Hawaii, your expenses for food will greatly increase. For this reason, we suggest visiting a local grocery store or market when you arrive in Hawaii, so that you may shop for the basic necessities you will need for cooking at your vacation villa. One meal eaten out can cost just as much as buying all of the ingredients to prepare multiple meals at home. This is why it is a good idea to purchase the essentials at a grocery store, so that you may spend far less on food over the course of your Hawaiian getaway.

Plan Activities Well In Advance

Just like buying an airline ticket, purchasing tours or signing up for activities the day of can exponentially increase the cost of said activity. Why pay more for something when you can save quite a bit on costs just by planning beforehand? This is why it is best to plan out all of your paid activities in advance, so that you can take advantage of any cost-saving benefits that comes with planning. Many tour companies will offer guests discounts for booking in advance, which will save you both time and money in planning out your vacation adventures. Not only can you benefit from receiving a discount for booking in advance, there are generally multiple tour companies offering the same activities at different prices. For this reason, you should consider researching tour companies to find all the activities you want to experience at an affordable price.

Rethink Breakfast Buffets

Although breakfast buffets provide a wide spread of delicious foods to guests, the cost of entry greatly outweighs the amount of food which you will end up eating. You can expect to spend anywhere from $30 to $35 just for a single buffet admission, which can build on itself quickly if you plan on eating at buffets throughout the week. Two people could end up paying close to $180 for three breakfast buffets within a week-long period, which could be better spent buying week’s worth of groceries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As a compromise, many vacationers will eat breakfast and lunch at their vacation rental, while planning dinners at restaurants around Kapalua. This is a great way to save a significant amount of money without feeling like you are missing out on everything Kapalua has to offer. Cooking at your vacation rental is truly one of the easiest and most effective ways to save money while visiting Hawaii, and will leave you with far more money at the end of your trip than if you were to eat out for every meal.

Search for Coupons Online

A great option for those looking to find savings on every aspect of their vacation, searching for coupons online before traveling to Hawaii will end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run. Although you may only save a small amount at each location or restaurant you plan on visiting, the amount saved over the course of your vacation will end up paying for extra meals, taxi fares, or any small expenses that you had not previously planned for. Sites like Groupon, or sites with free Hawaii coupon books are great starting points for saving money on any activities you may plan on taking part in.

Take Part in Free Activities

Though there are many great tours, ziplining guides, outdoor adventures, or snorkeling expeditions, the best things in life are in fact free. Instead of spending all of your vacation money on guided tours, first consider making a list of beaches and hikes that you would like to visit while vacationing in Kapalua. There are plenty of great outdoor activities that will cost you no money at all, while providing the same sense of gratification and pleasure that many seek from paid guided tours.

Many people visiting Hawaii find peace visiting Kapalua Bay, D.T. Fleming Beach, Oneloa Bay, or many of the other secluded beaches located around Kapalua. Even better, many escape the public by hiking along Mahana Ridge Trail, the Village Walking Trails, or Kapalua’s Coastal Trail. These are all viable options that can be explored and trekked through without spending a single cent.

Though these are just a few ideas for saving a considerable amount of money during your Hawaiian retreat, there are several other ways you can spend less while enjoying your vacation just as much. If you would like to learn more about Kapalua, or would like to view any of our available vacation rentals, contact our friendly staff today! As Kapalua’s premier vacation rental company, we are dedicated to providing customers with the finest in Kapalua Bay rentals at an affordable price. All our villa rentals are located throughout Kapalua, meaning that you will be able to find a vacation rental centrally located near sandy beaches and countless activities. Contact us today to start planning the vacation of your dreams!

Kapalua is home to several fine dining locations which serve the freshest Hawaii Regional Cuisine. The Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement dates back to 1991, when 12 Hawaiian chefs decided to come together to create a coalition of culinary experts who pushed Hawaii to embrace its indigenous fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. Today, you can find Hawaii Regional Cuisine in a number of restaurants around the island who serve up native ingredients daily. In this article, we’ll list a few of Kapalua’s must-visit restaurants, while highlighting a few delicious meals that you won’t want to miss out on.

If you are planning on traveling to Kapalua, and are looking for an affordable way to see the island while still experiencing the privacy and bliss that comes from one of Hawaii’s many villa rentals, contact Aloha Vacation Villas today. We offer properties with stunning beach views, full kitchens, and much more, and know that you will be pleased by having your very own rental that you can call home. Resorts charge exorbitant cleaning and maintenance fees, and are often overcrowded. Why pay more for less, when you could bask in the quiet seclusion that comes with a villa rental? To read more about some of Kapalua’s culinary dining experiences, continue reading below.

The Wine Palette

If you are looking for an upscale establishment serving high-end wines, martinis, and more, consider spending your day at The Wine Palette. One of the best wine bars in all of Hawaii, The Wine Palette provides guests with an extensive wine menu, where guests may order individual glasses of wine, as well as entire bottles. Choose from sparkling white wines and rosés, or bold red wines like a merlot or malbec. There is truly something for everyone at The Wine Palette, as their wine menu offers well over 100 different variations of wines to choose from. The Wine Palette also offers a daily happy hour from 3 pm to 5:30 pm, where you can choose from numerous wines, martinis, and beer. What makes The Wine Palette unique, however, is that they offer canvases, wine glasses, and frames for painting while you enjoy your very own bottle of wine. For just a small fee, guests can decorate their very own wine glass, creating a memorable experience that you soon won’t forget.

Considering eating at The Wine Palette? Why not start with an appetizer, such as an elegant dish of edamame dashed with truffle oil and Hawaiian sea salt, or a dessert like the Kapalua brownie loaded with caramel mousse. Guests may also order main dishes as well, like pulled BBQ pork sliders, or garlic and herb crusted lamb chops. Wherever your taste buds may lead you at The Wine Palette, you’ll be more than pleased that you dined at Hawaii’s best wine bar.

The Banyan Tree

Located at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, The Banyan Tree is an upscale restaurant serving delicious Hawaii Regional Cuisines such as seared mahi with barbecue spice rub, or Maui onion crusted ahi with maitake mushrooms. The Banyan Tree accommodates guests of all kinds, and even offers an extensive vegetarian menu where guests can choose from premium dishes such as fettuccine primavera, or signature Hawaiian sweet bread. Whatever your food preference may be, The Banyan Tree has a mouthwatering dish to satiate every type of palate.

Known for their unique cocktails, guests may choose from coconut mojitos, Mai Tais, or the popular grapefruit sparkler. For customers looking for a unique dining experience, The Banyan Tree also features a sunset experience menu, where guests may indulge in the finest foods while watching a sherbet sunset settle in over Kapalua Bay. Desserts range from malasada, a warm Hawaiian donut served up with a delectable scoop of vanilla ice cream, to the undeniably delightful hala kahiki mousse, a pineapple dessert with mango sorbet orange caviar. If you are interested in dining at The Banyan Tree while you visit Hawaii, be sure to make reservations online in advance, as tables tend to fill up quickly, especially during their sunset experience hours.


Straying from traditional Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Taverna is an excellent choice for those looking for an Italian dining experience. Principal partner and operator Chris Kaiwi has a seasoned palate for the culinary arts, as he previously was a managing partner to Pineapple Grill, as well as the general manager for Plantation House. With a history of success throughout various Hawaii Regional Cuisine restaurants, it’s no wonder why Taverna is one of Kapalua’s most popular dining spots.

With a wide lineup of cocktails, craft beers, and wines, all at an affordable price, you will be sure to find your drink of choice without worrying about breaking the bank. With over 30 craft beers to choose from, and a handful of red wines and white wines, you will have no troubles finding a drink that aligns with your preferred taste. However, Taverna’s food menu is where customers will really begin to take notice. Start with classic Caprese with mozzarella, basil oil, and balsamic vinegar before diving into main dishes like the bistecca alla fiorentina, a grilled 16-ounce T-bone steak with arugula, truffle oil, and charred lemon. If you plan on visiting Taverna while you are basking in the pleasures of Hawaii, consider making reservations beforehand to ensure that you will be able to be seated at a table without waiting.

Burger Shack

An unconventional and casual dining choice for those visiting Hawaii, Burger Shack is located right along the ocean in the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. A unique spin on burgers, the Burger Shack serves up dishes like the Molokai Runner, seared mahi mahi with citrus caper tartar sauce, kula greens, and pickled onions. Guests can also enjoy a rich and creamy milkshake with their meal, which are available in chocolate, savory, and fruity variations.

If you are looking for an easy way to cool off from a long day at the beach, the Burger Shack’s beer and cocktail menu will surely exceed your expectations. With fun drink creations such as the adult chocolate root beer float, you can be sure that you will find something to cleanse your palate while cooling off at the same time.

While these are just a few of Kapalua’s restaurants located around the island, there are countless dining locations to choose from while you visit Hawaii. If you are planning on booking a trip to Kapalua in the near future, consider renting a vacation villa from Aloha Vacation Villas. We offer several properties to choose from, and provide customers with an affordable rate so that they may enjoy their getaway as much as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to learn more about any of our Kapalua Bay villas, contact our friendly staff today!

If you plan on traveling to Kapalua, you’re probably wondering what activities are available on Maui. Preparing in advance can make your vacation stress free, and easier to navigate, allowing you to relax during a fun-filled visit to Hawaii. If you’ve read our previous articles about things to do in Kapalua, you’ve probably discovered a few hidden gems around the island worth exploring. During part three of our “Top Things to Do in Kapalua” series, we’ll discuss a few more popular activities that travelers enjoy while staying on Maui. If you haven’t read our past articles on everything Kapalua has to offer, check out our previous posts! Kapalua provides an endless amount of adventures which are sure to create unforgettable experiences for all who visit.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we offer luxurious Kapalua Bay villa rentals available in different sizes and locations. To see all that Aloha Vacation Villas has to offer, visit our website today! Our helpful staff is equipped to help you find your dream vacation rental so that your trip to Maui is a memorable one. We’ve assisted a number of families and individuals in finding the perfect Hawaiian vacation rental for their needs, and we are always available to help answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Read more below to learn about the can’t miss activities that Kapalua has to offer!

Whale Watching

Looking for adventure on the ocean? Take an aquatic journey with one of Hawaii’s many whale watching tours! While there aren’t any whale watching tours that depart directly from Kapalua, a quick trek down to Lahaina provides visitors with ample whale watching and snorkeling expeditions. It is important to plan accordingly, as whale watching season generally ranges from December to April. Whale watchers will be able to view a variety of marine wildlife including humpback whales, spinner dolphins, octopus, sea turtles, and many other aquatic species. If you’re looking for a unique way to experience adventure off the island, whale watching will be sure to excite you.

Surfing Lessons

If you’re considering bodyboarding or surfing while visiting Hawaii, check out the many available surfing lessons around the island. Many surfing lessons are available to kids as well as adults, and are accompanied by highly trained instructors who will have you conquering waves in no time. While surf shops on Maui offer lessons to individuals of all skill levels, you can also rent boards by the hour or by the day for your own personal surfing needs. If surfing isn’t for you, many surfing schools also offer stand up paddleboard lessons. Stand up paddle boarding is a great way for beginners to become familiar on a board and provides an extra level of balance for newcomers.

ATV Tours

After a day of rest and relaxation, you may want to add a bit of excitement to your tropical vacation. If so, Maui is home to several off-road adventures that you won’t want to miss. If you are looking to find great views on Maui throughout rugged mountains and muddy terrain, look no further than Kahona Ranch’s off-road ATV tours. Visitors will travel 1800 feet above sea level in rugged Polaris Rangers which are equipped to handle the most extreme conditions. This 2.5 hour journey throughout the rural mountains of Maui is perfect for families, couples, or solo tours, and offers a shuttle to and from the 600 acres of explorable land.

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Walking along Kapalua Coastal Trail is a great way to see popular areas around Kapalua. Measuring two miles in total distance, the Kapalua Coastal Trail begins at Kapalua Bay, and takes hikers through several bays and inlets until arriving at D.T. Fleming Beach Park, one of Kapalua’s most popular beaches. Kapalua Coastal Trail is open from sunrise until sunset, and offers stunning views of sand dunes, gorgeous bays, and indigenous plants along the way.

Horseback Riding Tours

If you’re looking to connect with nature while discovering the gorgeous West Maui Mountains, check out Ironwood Ranch’s guided horse tours. With various trails to ride along, and multiple horses to choose from, the Ironwood Ranch horse tours are perfect for families, as well as kids seven years or older. If you’d prefer walking along some of Iron Ranch’s trails instead of taking a guided horse tour, you may also discover Maui’s mountainsides by taking a guided nature walk through Iron Ranch.

If you’re ready to book your trip to Kapalua, contact Aloha Vacation Villas! We make it easy for customers to find a vacation rental that suits their needs, so that they may enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer. To view our current Kapalua Bay villas available for rent, browse our vacation rentals page now! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly staff if you have questions or concerns. We’ll help you find the Hawaiian vacation rental of your dreams at an affordable price you’ll love. Book your tropical escape today with Aloha Vacation Villas!

As a first-time traveler to a place you’ve never visited before, it can become overwhelming when planning activities to fill your schedule. With so much to do and see, it can feel like you’ll never truly be able to do everything that you’d like. However, with proper planning beforehand, you can be sure that you’ll be able to see everything you’d like without stress. During part two of our “Things to Do in Kapalua” series, we’ll highlight several prominent spots around the island that you won’t want to miss out on. If you have yet to read part one of this series, consider reading both articles to find the best activities that are right for your lifestyle.

As Kapalua’s premier vacation rental company, Aloha Vacation Villas offers various rentals of all sizes to choose from. To learn more about what Aloha Vacation Villas has to offer guests, contact our friendly staff today! We’ve helped countless individuals find the perfect Kapalua Bay villa or luxury vacation rental, and are available to answer any questions or concerns you might have. To learn more about exciting activities around Kapalua, read our suggested activities below!

The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Looking for a day of relaxation and tranquility? Look no further than The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Treat yourself to a day of pampering with a loved one or by yourself and let your worries melt away. Visitors can choose from a variety of services offered such as couples massages and facials, to luxurious hot tubs and steam rooms. With a limitless amount of peaceful amenities, your mind and body will surely be put at ease, allowing you to relax and indulge in being treated like royalty. After making reservations for your treatment, you will be able to use the spa’s facility for the duration of the day including whirlpools, wet lounges, locker rooms, and more. With gorgeous views of Kapalua Bay and plenty of perks to bask in, The Ritz-Carlton Spa is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Mahana Ridge Trail

After a relaxing day at the spa, why not spend time exploring the island? Experience breathtaking views and the indigenous plants and wildlife that inhabit Kapalua by hiking the Mahana Ridge Trail. With nearly seven miles of wild trail, you can begin your journey along Mahana Ridge Trail at two locations; D.T. Fleming Beach Park, or at the Kapalua Golf Academy. Hikers will be amazed by the stunning views along the Mahana Ridge Trail and will be able to see Honokahua Bay in all its glory. It is advisable to wear shoes while hiking instead of flip-flops or sandals, as the Mahana Ridge Trail can become muddy at several points throughout the trail.

Kapalua Bay Beach

Located just behind The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Maui. Kapalua Bay Beach is known for its crystal clear water allowing perfect conditions for snorkeling and viewing marine wildlife. Voted “America’s Best Beach” in 1991, Kapalua Bay Beach is large enough for plenty of visitors to find a perfect spot to lay out a towel and soak up the sunshine. If you’re looking for a sense of adventure while visiting Kapalua Bay Beach, there is plenty of rental gear for snorkeling, scubaing, kayaking and more at the beach’s activity center. If you forget to bring food and drinks with you, you can order salads, sandwiches and much more from The Ritz-Carlton’s Beachhouse Cafe.  

Village Walking Trails

If you’re searching for beautiful views on Maui without hiking deep into the island, be sure to check out the Village Walking Trails. This unique network of walking paths offers a scenic alternative to some of the more rigorous trails around Maui, but still provides hikers with breathtaking views of the island. For travelers seeking seclusion along the Village Walking Trails, consider taking the Lake Loop route, where you’ll see different species of waterfowl and a picturesque lake located on the former Village Golf Course. Depending on the route you choose to take, the Village Walking Trails span from one to four miles with little to no incline, making this a great stroll for casual hikers.

Slaughterhouse Beach

For visitors looking to escape the crowds that can accumulate on some of Kapalua’s more popular beaches, check out Slaughterhouse Beach. Located on the backside of The Plantation Golf Course, Slaughterhouse Beach is home to sandy beaches and optimal snorkeling around Honolua Bay. Waves at Slaughterhouse Beach are far tamer in the summertime, but surfers and bodyboarders should be mindful of the larger swells that can form in the wintertime. If you are interested in visiting Slaughterhouse Beach, it is a good idea to arrive earlier, as there is limited street parking available to visitors.

Exploring Kapalua

The more you research all that Maui has to offer, the more you’ll begin to realize that there are many great activities, beaches, and hiking trails around Kapalua which are worth exploring. If you’re considering visiting Kapalua, get in touch with Aloha Vacation Villas. Our friendly staff is here to assist you in finding the perfect Kapalua Bay villa for your specific needs, so that you can enjoy your stay in beautiful Hawaii. Browse all our available vacation rentals by visiting our website today! We have several options to choose from varying in size and location, and price our villa rentals competitively for your convenience. Get started now by booking your luxury vacation rental today with Aloha Vacation Villas!