Welcome to the Conscientious Traveler! We hope all of our readers had a fantastic Fourth of July Weekend. CT is our blog series focusing on vendors with projects that support the environment, wildlife and local communities. In celebration of July 4th, this month’s Conscientious Traveler will feature a property closer to home: Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui, Hawaii.
Today’s Highlight: the Napili Kai Beach Resort
Napili Kai is one of the most popular properties for our clients on Maui Island. This low-key, low-rise hotel offers a quiet beach, tasty restaurant, friendly staff, unpretentious accommodations, and many activities that guests can enjoy around the resort. Take advantage of the two reefs with an afternoon of snorkeling. Just off the beach you’ll see butterflyfish, red sea urchins, coral, dragon eels, and green turtles munching on algae and seaweed. Spring for the oceanview—it’s always worth it!
Napili Kai is proud of its Hawaiian heritage and makes an effort to teach and promote Polynesian culture. In the mornings, you can catch cultural demonstrations of lei-making, tapa cloth-dyeing, and palm-weaving. But on Tuesdays, the Napili Kai Foundation really gets to shine.
The Napili Kai Foundation is a non-profit organization that teaches children ages 6-18 the dances, language, history, arts and crafts of Hawaii. It was established in 1966 and is now celebrating its 50th Year! Founded originally as a way to culturally enrich the lives of the children of the hotel’s employees, now the program has expanded to welcome all kids (keiki) to participate in educational excursions, experiential learning and performing arts, all for free.
Kumu Hula Kathy Ralar leads the program, teaching the keiki how to dance hula and make crafts. As well as immersing into the local culture, they also learn to share their aloha spirit by performing every Tuesday on the Napili Kai Beach Resort property. Kids from all ages dress in costumes and wow guests with a variety of Tahitian, Samoan, Maori and Hawaiian traditional dances. This performance is certainly a highlight of any stay at the resort—so be sure not to miss it!
Also a must-see: the Masters of Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Concert, performed every Wednesday!
Feedback from our Clients the Butters:
“My husband & I have visited Maui many times, we always stay on Kaanapali Beach in one of the big hotels. This time our incredible travel agent, from Willamette International Travel, suggested we would love to stay at Napili Kai Beach Resort. She was right!! It was fantastic. Lovely location, on Napili Bay, we could walk out to a grassy lawn, beautiful beach and calm ocean or sit on our balcony to watch the beautiful sunsets. We had a family studio unit with a well-equipped kitchen which allowed us to barbecue several times. I must say the community barbecues were the cleanest & the nicest we have ever found at a resort. also, there is an excellent restaurant on the property, The Sea House, which we dined at on three occasions during our stay. We will definitely plan on staying at Napili Kai Beach Resort on our next Maui visit.”
Most of our agents at Willamette Intl Travel have visited the Hawaiian Islands numerous times. Just a short flight from Portland, it remains one of the more popular destinations for our clients. Let us recommend the perfect hotel or condo for your stay in paradise. Call 503-224-0180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Aloha!
A Hui Hou!
photos courtesy of Napili Kai and Nancy Fowler, WIT Agent and lifetime fan of Hawaii