Leilani’s On The Beach
2435 Kaanapali Pkwy
Kaanapali Beach area of Maui within the Whaler?s Village
The AAA guide for Hawaii gave us a short list of eating places near our resort. The guide shows most of the restaurants having a score of 2 out of 4. My concern was that any restaurant with a good view of the ocean might allow its food preparation slide in favor of providing a stunning view.
We visited the concierge at our hotel and he recommended two restaurants in Whalers Village just a short walk from our hotel. We walked up to the Whaler’s Village and it was a neat hike. Each hotel along the beach in this area offers connecting paved path along the beach which is really wonderful. When we returned from dinning at Leilani’s, we found that entertainment taking place was just a few feet from this path and the entertainers typically had their backs to the path so the audience could soak up the vista of ocean (if the entertainers did not rise to the level of keeping their attention). Just minutes later the sun was dipping close to the horizon so we reclined in lounge chairs at our resort to soak in the spectacular sunset.
This restaurant offers casual dining. The inside decor is unremarkable. This restaurant is right on the ocean so a good number of tables have a good view. We rate this restaurant average.
Located in the Whaler’s Village part of Lahaina, west end of Maui.
What we chose as dishes: The clam chowder is good. The lettuce wedge uses a muted blue cheese so it is understated in flavor, but nice. There is an early bird special for around $15. We tried the chef’s early bird special of swordfish. The sauce was unremarkable. Everything was cooked properly and the service was slightly above average.