I personally love Papakea because it has a fabulous resort feel to it with multiple pools, koi fish ponds, beautiful lawns featuring stunning landscaping (red ginger and red lipstick (wax) palms are stunning), and a very cool putting green that surrounds the entire resort. Papakea is a pretty large oceanfront resort sitting on 12 acres but it has a very quaint and peaceful feeling to it. The Papakea resort is located right on the border of North Kaanapali and the start of Honokowai.

Papakea is a very popular vacation rental condo complex with steady income from consistent visitor travel. Aston hospitality management manages the front desk but there are a number of independent companies like our Hawaii Life Vacation Rentals who are managing properties here. Try Papakea K-105 for size here. Also, you will find a number of individual owners renting out their own respective units. All guests regardless of their rental program do check in at the front desk, are given towels, and do have access to the front desk.

Papakea Resort Location: 3543 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA 

Current Papakea Resort Condos Listings:

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Ownership at the Whaler is really all about the location right in the heart of Kaanapali on Kaanapali South Beach’s golden sand shores. The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach consists of 6.67 acres with two towers comprised of 360 units ranging in size from studio to two bedrooms. Square footage ranges from 523 sq. ft to 1,444 sq. ft. providing plenty of room for friends and family in expansive resort condominium suites. Some condo units offer sweeping views of the shimmering Pacific and some offer views of the breathtaking tropical gardens. Imagine waking up to the sound of waves caressing the beach each morning. Covered private lanais offer the ultimate seclusion in paradise. Enjoy outdoor dining, stargazing, and surreal Hawaiian sunsets from the lanai of your condo. All that and more is a reality with ownership at The Whaler.

The Whaler has a front desk rental agency that is managed by the Aston where properties can be rented from them and owners can elect to rent their properties out through their program.

Papakea Location

At one point, Papakea was a beachfront resort but due to changing ocean conditions it is now just oceanfront. Papakea does have a seawall in place that is in very good structural condition as it was just recently worked on and many owners are still paying a small assessment for this improvement. Direct ocean access at Papakea is currently restricted due to the infrastructure projects and thus you will need to go slightly south or north to enter the water. The resort is just a short walking distance to 3-mile-long N. Ka’anapali white sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.

Papakea amenities include: two pools, two jacuzzis, putting greens around the resort, two oceanfront cabanas, oceanfront bbq grilling areas, front desk and concierge access, and tennis courts. The sunsets are absolutely amazing and at dusk the magical twinkling tiki lights are reflecting on the multiple Koi ponds throughout the property.

Papakea was originally a leasehold condominium complex but many fee interests have been sold and there are a number of leasehold listings for which the fee is available by means of a seperate bill of sale. Additionally, there are a number of strictly leasehold units for sale where the fee is not available for sale. Fee simple essentially means that you own and undivided interest in the underlying land of the condo complex whereas in leasehold you don’t and thus are renting the land from the lessor.

Papakea is a great resort for walking around and lounging in the sun in a fantastic setting. The Koi ponds and water fountains are a beautiful touch and are a very rare addition to any resort here on Maui other than some of the nicest hotels.

There are several oceanfront buildings (L, F, and A) at Papakea with L generally being considered the premiere building due its more protected southern exposure. The vast majority of the units have at least some sort of ocean view (including even many of the ground floor units).

The views from in and around Papakea are spectacular with year round sunsets, Lanai island to the South, Molokai Island to the north, and is one of the very best locations for whale watching in the winter months.

Papakea is located directly across the street from a small shopping center where you will find a full service grocery store, a few small shops, and several restaurants (my favorites are Java Jazz and Slappy Cakes-make your own pancakes yum!) Additionally there is a food truck station going in shortly right outfront of the Mahana at Kaanapali which is just a few steps away from Papakea. 

Condo Information

  • Land Area: 12.28 Acres
  • Number of Apartments: 364
  • Number of Floors: 4
  • Pool: Yes
  • View: Mountain, Ocean, Garden
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Apartment SF: 435-1241
  • Number of Buildings: 11
  • Security: Yes

Building Specifics

  • Management Company: Aston Hotels & Resorts LLC
  • Building Type: Concrete, Wood
  • Roof Type: Tile
  • Architect: Johnson, Reese & Assoc Inc
  • Developer: Honokowai-Kaanapali Partners
  • TMK: 2-4-4-01-055
  • Public Report Number: 657 & 894
  • Zoning: A-2, H-2
  • Flood Zone: Yes
  • Owner Occupancy: 4%
  • Tenure: FS and LH
  • Lessor: Weinberg, William Family Trust
  • Lease Expiration Date: 2041-01-01
  • ADA Access: No
  • Manager on Site: Yes
  • Vacation Rental: Yes
  • Long Term Rental: Yes
  • Office on Site: Yes
  • Timeshare: No
  • All Timeshare: No
  • Pets: No

Condo Features – (May vary by unit)

  • Refrigerator: Yes
  • Range/Oven: Yes
  • Dishwasher: Yes
  • Washer/Dryer: Yes
  • Common Washer/Dryer: Unknown
  • Microwave: Yes
  • Storage: Unknown


  • Total Stalls: 402
  • Unassigned Parking: Yes
  • Stall Rental: Yes
  • Visitor Parking: Yes


  • AC: Yes
  • BBQ: Yes
  • Cable Paid by AOAO: Yes
  • Clubhouse: Yes
  • Elevator: Yes
  • Exercise Room: Unknown
  • Gated: Unknown
  • Concierge: Yes
  • Recreation Area: Yes
  • Restaurants Shops: Unknown
  • Tennis Court: Yes
  • Hot Tub/Spa: Yes
  • Event Room: Yes

Where is the Papakea Resort Located?

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Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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