Where is Papakea? Papakea is located in West Maui. It is one mile north
of Ka'anapali and three miles north of Lahaina. A map to guide you from
Kahului Airport to our condo will be sent to you with your Key Release
What is the weather like? It is about 75-85
degrees. It may rain but rarely all day long. In November through April,
you'll have lots of whales to watch and great winter surf! (The weather
varies on average only eight degrees between summer and winter.) When
the tradewinds are blowing, it is balmy and almost cool (no AC needed);
when they aren’t, it can feel quite humid and hot.
Where is the airport? There are two airports.
We recommend that you fly direct to Maui, to Kahului Airport, which is
30 miles (45 minutes) from Papakea. That way, you can avoid the the busy
Honolulu Airport. If you do fly into Honolulu, we would recommend that
you then take a shuttle over to Kapalua Airport (a.k.a. West Maui Airport)
which is about two miles from Papakea. You can book on either Island Air
Shuttle, 800.652.6541, http://www.islandair.com or Go Airlines, 888.435.9462,
5am - 10pm Hawaii time, http://www.iflygo.com.
Tip: Try to carry on a small bag instead of
checking luggage so you can avoid a 1.5-hour delay at both ends of the
trip. All you need to take is shorts and tops, swimsuits, flip-flops (you
can buy a beach towel in Maui) - - no tennies or jeans unless you plan
to go to the top of Hale’akala Volcano. Wear shorts on the plane.
When you arrive in hot, humid Maui, you'll be SO HAPPY not to have on
jeans or tennies.
What's within walking distance? If you can tear
yourself away from the resort, there is a beautiful 3-mile, round-trip
walk on Ka'anapali Beach. There is no need for shoes on this stroll. If
you love to snorkel, there is a beautiful underwater coral garden just
a few hundred yards to the left of the resort. Bring your mask, snorkel,
and fins, and buy a disposable underwater camera. Love to cook? A small
shopping center is within walking distance. Tennis courts, swimming pools
with jet spas, saunas, and putting greens are on the resort's 13-acre
grounds, and championship golf courses are but moments away. There are
weekly resort activities; sailing, surfing, scuba, cruises, helicopter
tours, and sumptuous luaus can be arranged at the activities desk in the
Internet / email access? For those of you who
need to combine business with pleasure, high-speed Wireless Internet service
is provided at no cost.
Feel free to contact Anne for vacation tips and/or questions. She has
been going to Maui for the past 21 years and knows a lot about the island
as well as Papakea. We have a "Maui Hints" document that has
suggestions and descriptions of all aspects of visiting Maui. Just ask
us to email you a copy.