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On a gold sand beach beyond Lahaina, Ka'anapali is a master planned resort of six fantasy hotels, condos and timeshares, 48 shops (Gucci, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton), fancy restaurants (one with pink flamingos), and two 18-hole golf courses all on 500 coastal acres. What captivates some sends others searching for the real Maui. Kids love this family resort at a four-mile beach that's pretty but posted with signs to swim at your own risk. Snorkelers swarm Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock) which native divers leap off at sunset luau. Man-made waterfalls, grottos, amid jungle flora with scarlet macaws and penguins draw mobs to hotel pools. A forty-foot ...

On a gold sand beach beyond Lahaina, Ka'anapali is a master planned resort of six fantasy hotels, condos and timeshares, 48 shops (Gucci, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton), fancy restaurants (one with pink flamingos), and two 18-hole golf courses all on 500 coastal acres. What captivates some sends others searching for the real Maui. Kids love this family resort at a four-mile beach that's pretty but posted with signs to swim at your own risk. Snorkelers swarm Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock) which native divers leap off at sunset luau. Man-made waterfalls, grottos, amid jungle flora with scarlet macaws and penguins draw mobs to hotel pools. A forty-foot skeleton of a sperm whale anchors Whaler's Village, a two story mall of upscale shops and fast food joints. Dress up to dine at Swan Court, wiggle toes in sand at Hula Grille's Barefoot Bar. Ka'anapali Beach Hotel is local favorite for its aloha. Shuttles run to Lahaina shops for reality hits. When school's out this summer place teems with noisy kids, happy parents.

Rick Carroll
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Rick Carroll has written dozens of articles on Hawaii and the Pacific. His books include Great Outdoor Adventures of Hawaii, Madame Pele: True Encounters with Hawaii's Fire Goddess, and Travelers' Tales Hawaii.

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    Year-round except summer when school's out.