Mana Kai Maui Resort
A relaxing south Maui property with superior ocean views.
The oceanfront Mana Kai is one of the older condominiums in Kihei (built in 1973), but the rooms have been renovated. Found at the Wailea end of the Kihei strip, this comfortable condo complex fronts relatively uncrowded Keawakapu Beach, which is popular for snorkeling. The one-bedroom units have full kitchens and sweeping views of the ocean; although some of hotel rooms look out over the parking lot, the ocean is still fully visible. The staff is friendly and the ambience relaxed. There is an activity desk in the lobby as well as a local surf shop. The open-air Five Palms Restaurant on the ground floor serves, among other delights, a mouth-watering rack of lamb; it's a terrific place to have sunset drinks and enjoy the fresh air. The on-site Maui Yoga studio offers casual classes, private instruction and multi-day retreats.
When we last visited the Maui Brewing Co.'s brew pub in Lahaina, we were thrilled to hear this small company was making plans to package and sell their handcrafted product on the open market. Visitors to Hawaii have long enjoyed this microbrew's quality, but now it is steadily growing its market off the island.
When we think of vodka and pineapple, many good things come to mind: a tropical cocktail that combines the neutral spirit with pineapple juice, preferably served with a tiny umbrella; a pineapple-infused vodka; or biting into a pineapple that's been soaked in vodka for an adult tropical treat. But we never thought of vodka actually made from pineapple!