In 2003, Kaʽanapali Beach won the title of "Best Beach in America" as compiled by "Dr. Beach." While the rankings for such a title include factors such as sand softness, water temperature, and levels of algae, there's one factor not on the list that alone justifies Kaʽanapali's title:
While everywhere from Lahaina to Kapalua is technically referred to as "West Maui," Kaʽanapali is the only place that actually faces due West.
As a result, Kaʽanapali is treated each night to a fiery sunset on the horizon. Much like snowflakes, every sunset has its own unique traits that make it different from the rest. Consequently, this is a show that reinvents itself each night and never ceases to get old.
What's better is that since Kaʽanapali Beach is more than a mile long, there is room to spread out and find your own corner to watch the flaming sky.