This past week, Kaanapali has been making headlines with several milestones for this resort community in West Maui.
Kaanapali Beach seen from The Royal Lahaina Hotel
Kaanapali Named Best Beach in United States
There was a recent article in Tripadvisor that ranked Kaanapali Beach as the #1 beach in the United States based upon the traveler's choice. The article also ranked Kaanapali Beach as the #10 beach in the world. There were several other Hawaii beaches that made the list such as Hanalei on Kauai ranking #4, Ho'okipa on Maui #5, Lanikai on Oahu #15, Poipu on Kauai #16, Napili on Maui #17, Kailua on Oahu #21 and Hapuna on the Big Island #24.
There is a reason why Kaanapali was Hawaii's first planned resort. The white sandy beaches are something developers had the foresight and vision to make this such a unique place to be. In addition to Kaanapali Beach being ranked #1 in the US, there was also an oceanfront home that fetched over $20 million this past week.
Kaanapali Home Sold Over $20 Million
20 Kai Ala Drive Sold for $20,750,000 on March 8th
This was definitely a trophy property, which was situated on just under an acre and was zoned hotel, which allowed for short term rental. Although a large price tag, the home grossed $1 million a year in rental income. Just north of Kaanapali Villas, this section of beach is where the old Kaanapali Airport used to be back in the day and typically isn't as crowded as the beach south of Black Rock.
Although Kaanapali resort has been around for decades, the appreciation for its beauty is timeless and continues to be appreciated from travelers from all over.