A Magical Time of the Year

Whale breach 021315 - John Felts

Photo taken by guest John Felts on February 13, 2015

Mahalo to guest John Felts for writing this post for us and for the fantastic photo he took with his iPhone.

February is a very fun time in Maui, the weather is “cooler” but most interesting are the humpback whales that migrate here from Alaska.  They are everywhere.  Sitting on the beach (or even on our lanai) here at Napili Kai, you can see (with the naked the eye) whale spouts and the occasional breaching whale.  After several days of “watching” from the shore, we decided to venture out into the ocean and picked Ultimate Whale Watch and booked 2 seats on their 12:15 tour.  The tour heads of out Lahaina Harbor in a Zodiac (that can seat up to 24).  You are close to the water and action.  As we made out way out of the harbor on the Wiki Wahini within 10 minutes we were watching a mother, her calf and an escort (a male whale “courting” the female) breath, tail slap – they seemed to be having a lot of fun.  Then suddenly, within 20 yards of our boat, a whale came out of the water (breaching) surprising all aboard (see pictures).  It was an amazing experience to be so close and a very unusual sighting so close to the boat.  We toured around for another 1.5 hours and saw some other breaching whales (although they were off in the distance), tales and spouts.  What a wonderful way to spend a few hours (the tour was 2 hours) even in the very rough seas (the wind was really blowing).

If you have only experienced Maui and Napili Kai in the summer or fall, if you can, try to schedule a trip during January – March.  This time of year is very different and quite magical!  Aloha.


What’SUP? Stand Up Paddleboard Is

Dave and Deb, an adventuring couple from Toronto recently visited Napili Kai and made this video about thier first attempt at stand up paddleboarding on Napili Bay. The bay is a wonderful place to paddleboard, whether beginner or experienced – come try it.

New Napili Kai Promo Video

This video was created for Napili Kai by David Barry of Makai Studios for the Mobile Maui app.  There are four more videos that were produced for the Sea House Restaurant and we’ll post those on the Sea House’s blog for you to view.

The videos on Mobile Maui are stunning. They are filmed using HD video cameras. Now you can enjoy Maui in the palm of your hand. There are clips of George Kahaumoku’s Slack Key concerts at Napili Kai, as well as Clip of the Day videos available. The Mobile Maui app is available for iTunes, iPhones, iPads and Androids.

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

The Napili Kai Ohana hope you enjoy Napili Kai’s Holiday Card. Make sure your sound is turned on.

Nature’s Painting


This past weekend there was a fair bit of excitement at Napili Kai – The 2011 XTERRA World Championship came to our next door neighbor, Kapalua Resort. A total of 675 athletes, including 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong participated in the event, which featured a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 30-kilometer mountain bike and a 10-kilometer trail run. A few of Napili Kai’s guests participated in the competition and we asked one, John Felts, to be a guest blogger. His experience is recounted below.
In addition to some of our guests’ participation, our Front Office Manager, Kimberly Brown was at the event to show support for her husband Paul Brown, and her two children Aiden, 7 and Lauren 4. Paul competed in the triathlon and Aiden and Lauren ran in Saturday’s 5K and 1K respectively.  Kimberly proves that there are no degrees of separation between her and her two favorite athletes, her husband and Lance Armstrong. Kimberly is the one wearing the Napili Kai logo shirt – can you guess which one is her husband and which is Lance Armstrong?

 October 23, 2011 XTERRA World Championship By John Felts
The XTERRA World Championship Triathlon was held today in West Maui. I was lucky enough to be one of the 675 athletes who got to enjoy the scenery and wonderfully organized (and supported race).  The swim started at 9am at
Fleming beach, with two (2) loops (there was a short run along the beach in between each swim lap).  The transition area (where you transition from the swim to bike and bike to run) was located on the lawn above Fleming Beach. The bike headed straight up into the old Village Golf Course – which has been reclaimed by nature. Anyone out there today would never have know that we were on a golf course if we hadn’t been told by the organizers, although the hundreds of golf balls might have given it away! The bike course climbed up, and Up and UP then down, Down and DOWN, then up, Up and UP then…. well you get the idea. At one point we reached the top of the Kapalua Zip line, before plummeting down towards Kahana. We then zig-zagged back to Fleming Beach. The ride was hot, dusty and FUN! After transitioning to running shoes, we headed …. you got it…. up, Up and UP a little down and then to the top before “slaloming” back towards Fleming beach, which we ran along (IN THE DEEP SAND), before finishing on an uphill. 

Paul Brown finishing XTERRA 2011 with children Aiden and Lauren waiting to hi-five Dad

This race is very tough, but really a one of a kind experience.
The best part of the day, was getting back to Napili Bay and the Napili Kai Beach Resort. After removing the red dirt in the shower (I thought I actually had gotten a really nice tan until I stepped out of the shower). Sitting down at the Whale Watchers Bar for some pupus at the Sea House Restaurant’s Happy Hour (2-5:30) which was actually lunch (for me), after racing all day, was the icing on the cake of a perfect West Maui day. Their renowned Poke Nachos, Coconut Shrimp and Kalua Pork Tacos were the best. I am going to head back to the restaurant tonight to try a few more appetizers and a well deserved Mai Tai!

October 22, 2011 Run By John Felts
What an incredible setting in West Maui for the XTERRA 5K and 10K trail runs. Since I will be competing tomorrow in the XTERRA World Championship Triathlon, I opted for the 5K run which follows the same course as the 10K (this is the same course as the run in tomorrow triathlon), but turns around 1/2 way up the mountain. And UP did we go! A lot of the trail was on the Kapalua Trail system, which are accessible near Fleming Beach. We were blessed with a nice wind, although it was still very hot. The race wound up into the hills, then plummeted down to Fleming, through the creek bed (behind the parking lot) and out onto the DEEP SAND, before exiting the beach and running to the top of the hill at the Ritz Carlton. For anyone who enjoys trail running, this is a must, although I would suggest staying at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. I enjoyed the run (and did pretty good – 18th overall as well as a first in my age group), but was very happy to get back to Napili Bay and the resort. I cooled down with a wonderful swim out into Napili Bay (saw 2 turtles) and am now relaxing on the beach enjoying the cool breeze and incredible hospitality of the hotel staff!

Thank you John for your contribution to our blog. Congratulations to all competitors in this exciting event. Special thanks to Kimberly for providing the photos on this blog. We’d like to end with a wonderful photo of the Brown family with Lance Armstrong.

No Words Necessary – Sunset at Napili Kai by Guest K. Mansfield-Fisher