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Maui Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Maui is a beautiful island to visit any time of the year. Get answers to your frequently asked questions about your next Maui vacation like how to get around, what to pack and what the time difference is from the main land.

Now that you’ve explored some of the Kaanapali Alii site, you’re ready to start planning your trip to the Valley Isle. We’ve answered some basic questions below to make your Maui travel easy and enjoyable.

Q. What airport should I fly into?
A. We advise you to fly directly into Kahului airport (OGG) on Maui as it will save you a 2-hour layover in Honolulu and a connecting flight (30 minutes).


Q. What is the best way to get around on Maui?
A. If you are planning on doing a great deal of sightseeing on your Maui vacation, we suggest that you rent a car immediately after making your Kaanapali Alii reservation - be sure to ask your vacation specialist. It can happen that the car rental agencies sell out.

If you prefer not to rent a car, Executive Transportation or SpeediShuttle provide shared rides and airport transfers to and from the airport.

For local transportation, taxis are readily available on Maui or you can take the Maui Bus from Kaanapali Alii to Lahaina, for shopping, dining and other activities for just $2 one-way.


Q. What is the time difference in Maui?
A. Hawaii has its own time zone and does not observe daylight savings. When daylight savings is in effect on the Mainland (that’s what locals call the Continental U.S.), Hawaii is 3 hours behind the West Coast and 6 hours behind the East Coast. When the rest of the U.S. reverts back to standard time in the Fall, Hawaii is 2 hours behind the West Coast and 5 hours behind the East Coast.


Q. Is there internet access at Kaanapali Alii?
A. There is free high speed internet access for guests at Kaanapali Alii


Q. Do I need a power converter?
A. Electricity is the same as the U.S. Mainland: 120 v/ 60 Hz. If you are traveling from somewhere outside North America, you may need to purchase a voltage converter, if your device does not accept this voltage.


Q. When is peak Maui travel time?
A. Anytime is a good time for a Maui vacation at Kaanapali Alii. The average temperature on Maui ranges between 75˚-85˚ F. Summertime (between April and November) tends to be warmer and dry. The Fall and the Winter can be a little cooler.

To avoid the crowds and benefit from the lowest rates, plan your Maui travel between mid-April and mid-June or from September thru mid-December.

Q. Can I mail something to Kaanapali Alii?
A. Yes you can mail items to Kaanapali Alii prior to your arrival, simply mail the item to yourself C/O Kaanapali Alii to the mailing address below.  We will hold it at the front desk until you arrive.
Kaanapali Alii
50 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761  

 Watch the sunrise at Haleakala Crater, but be sure to bundle up. 

What to pack

Maui is very casual; shorts, t-shirts and sandals are perfectly acceptable in most restaurants and a casual dress or aloha shirt with khakis is appropriate even in fine dining restaurants. Aloha wear will be appropriate everywhere during your Maui vacation, so if you are planning to buy an aloha shirt or muumuu, you will fit right in.

Bring t-shirts, shorts, bathing suits and a cover up to throw on at the beach when you've had enough sun for the day, as well as tennis shoes and rubber water shoes or flip-flops (slippers). If you will be hiking, or horseback riding, be sure to bring suitable footwear. It's always a good idea to bring a windbreaker, a sweater, or a light jacket as the evening can sometimes get breezy.

Remember the tropical sun can be harsh, so be sure to pack strong sunscreen, a hat and a good pair of sunglasses. If you plan to view the sunrise from the top of Haleakala Crater, temperature at the 10,000 foot elevation can reach 40°F (4°C), so be sure to bring a warm jacket.